"So, let me get this straight, you want me to go down to a filthy planet named Earth and get furon DNA from human brain stems?" asked Crypto, crossing his arms and raising an eyebrow.
Pox nodded. "Precisely. And I want you to go now!"
Crypto sighed. "Alright alright. I'm going."
"And remember, I'm sending a hologram of me to go with you so I can see everything down there. And whenever I talk here the hologram will say what I say," said Pox.
"So basically you're coming with me," said Crypto, not wanting to hear the whole lecture.
"I guess you could say that. Now go!" cried Pox, getting impatient.
Crypto ran off to his saucer. He entered it and took off with the hologram.
"Destination: Earth!" cried Crypto, excitedly.
HoloPox smiled and nodded.
The saucer finally landed on Earth, in the middle of Washington D.C. in America. Crypto hopped out of the saucer with HoloPox at his side. The saucer's cloaking device was on so no one saw the saucer land. There were humans everywhere, all wearing summery clothes as it was bright and sunny out.
Crypto stepped out from under the saucer and gasped. The heat touched his grey skin and almost burned him. He immediately jumped back under the saucer.
"Ow! That hurts!" he moaned blowing lightly on his skin to cool him down.
Pox sighed. "Well you'll have to get used to it because it's nearly always sunny and warm here."
Crypto groaned. Furons weren't used to this weather. On their home planet it was always dark and cool. He stepped out again. It wasn't as bad this time. He tried to ignore the slight pain on his skin.
"So what do you want me to do, Poxy?" he asked.
"Well first I want you to kill some humans and take their brains. After about ten minutes of that come back to me. I'll be here in the saucer with another mission for you," answered Pox.
Crypto nodded. He used his jet-pack to fly out into the open.
Loads of humans saw him and gasped in shock. Crypto grinned mischievously.
"Hello, puny humans. I come in peace," he greeted.
He zapped them all with his Zap-o-Matic until they were all dead. "Or not," he added chuckling.
He flew around looking for more humans.
Suddenly he spotted an army and their boss marching over. He landed on the ground and waited for them to come closer. They stopped a few yards away from him. The leader took one step forward.
"Greetings, alien. I'm Armquist. I'm the leader of this army and-"
"Enough with the chit-chat, Armquist. I'm guessing you're here to try and destroy me, right?" interrupted Crypto crossing his arms.
Armquist shook his head. "No, not for the moment. We aren't sure if you're dangerous or not yet."
"Oh I see. So how you gonna find out if I'm dangerous or not?" asked Crypto grinning, showing off his sharp white teeth.
"Men, bring her out," ordered Armquist.
Two men stepped out holding a teenage girl. They threw her onto the ground in front of Crypto. Crypto frowned in confusion.
"This is a poor orphan girl we found," explained Armquist. "We're leaving her with you for about fifteen minutes while we go and do some quick business. When we come back we shall see if the girl is harmed or not. And if she is, well, then we will kill you."
Crypto raised an eyebrow in response.
With that, Armquist and his army left the furon and the girl alone.
When they were out of sight Crypto looked down at the girl. She was lying on her front with her face covered in her sleeves. She was very thin and weak and her clothes were ragged and torn. Her long brown hair was tangled and knotted everywhere and she was motionless.
Crypto poked her shoulder. "Hey, you still alive, human?"
She fidgeted at his touch and slowly lifted her head to look up at him. Crypto's eyes widened. She was very pretty for a human but her face was unclean and her eyes were sad and empty. She stared at him, petrified.
Crypto stared back, suddenly not wanting to hurt her. He blinked when she finally did.
"Here, let me help you up," he offered. He put his hands under her arms and lifted her up to her feet. She stood for a mere second but she was too weak to stand any longer. She fell back down again. Crypto caught her in his arms and held her up, one arm on her back and the other under her legs. He looked her in the eyes. She was still terrified.
"Hey, calm down. I'm not going to hurt you," he said softly.
The fear and panic in her eyes faded and she relaxed.
"What's your name?" he asked.
"L L Lauren," she managed to say.
Her voice was quiet and shaky, but at the same time soft and sweet.
"Hey, Lauren. I'm Crypto."
"C Crypto," she said smiling.
He nodded, like he was trying to teach a baby to speak.
"How old are you, Lauren?"
"Eighteen," she whispered.
Crypto glanced down and noticed that she was a thin but full-bodied woman. He then looked back up at her face.
"Where do you live?"
She pointed. Crypto followed her finger and saw she was pointing at a cardboard box on the side of the street. There was a small blanket in it and that was it.
"Oh," he mumbled, feeling sorry for her.
The sun went behind the clouds and there was a cool breeze. Lauren shivered.
"Are you cold?" he asked.
She nodded. He held her tighter. She smiled happily and rested her head on his shoulder and closed her eyes. Crypto stared down at her. He didn't know why but he had a soft spot for this human girl. He felt a connection between them. They stayed in that position until Crypto suddenly looked up as he heard Armquist returning. Lauren's eyes shot open as she heard him too. She looked up at Crypto, sadness filling her eyes. She thought he was going to leave her there so he could get away before they returned.
Crypto thought quickly. Pox would kill him if he brought her with him but he couldn't leave her there. He didn't want to leave her there. He made up his mind. He looked down into her eyes. "I'm gonna take you with me, ok?"
She smiled in satisfaction and nodded. He lifted off the ground with his jet-pack, clutching her tightly. She gaped in shock as she saw she was off the ground. Armquist and his army soon came.
"Stop him! He's getting away with her! Shoot him!" shouted Armquist.
The men began shooting. Lauren buried her face in his chest as he flew off to safety.