Written by Old Bluffer 27th Oct 2009
Kindly written by Kooshmeister
General Leland Copperfield is the commanding officer of the army biohazard containment team sent to Snowfield to contain what the government thinks is a toxic outbreak of some sort but which is actually an ancient, evil being known as, aptly, the Ancient Enemy. The General brings along paleobiologist and disgraced author Dr. Timothy Flyte, who is just bursting with exposition about the damn-near supernatural creature they're dealing with.
Copperfield outlives pretty much his entire complement of soldiers and scientists, all of whom fall prey to the Ancient Enemy. Accompanied by lawman Sheriff Bryce Hammond, local doctor Dr. Jenny Pailey and her younger sister Lisa, the General ventures outside the armored mobile lab to look for two of his men, Harker and Velasquez, who they just lost contact with. Dr. Flyte comes running up to them at this point, having just witnessed the Enemy kill everyone in a nearby church, exclaiming, "It's here, it's everywhere, all around us!"
As if to drive this point home, black goo (of which the Ancient Enemy is composited) oozes up through some cracks in the pavement beneath Copperfield's feet. From this goo comes several thin tendrils with wrap around the General's legs and seize his arms. "Dr. Flyte, what is this?!" cries an astonished and very worried Copperfield. Suddenly a thicker tentacle pushes itself into the back of Copperfield's hazmat suit and begins filling it with the black sludge, overflowing into the General's helmet.
We see his terrified eyes vanish beneath the swiftly-rising slime, and then the faceplate cracks open to reveal... General Leland Copperfield. Sort of. The Ancient Enemy has completely dissolved all of Copperfield, and the face that Flyte and the others see beyond the shattered faceplate is a duplicate of the General. After providing Flyte with a sample of itself to study (which forms into a gecko), it snarls, "My flesh. Study it. Write the Gospel. But do not try to leave, witnesses to the miracle," the Copperfield-Thing then keels over and turns completely into black goo, oozing back down between the cracks in the asphalt, leaving the General's empty clothes behind.