Blaise and Dennis kept pushing other people out of their way, in an effort to make it out in one piece. The entire time, they kept an eye out for the others.
“Hey, Denny!” Blaise shouted over the pandemonium. “Was this what ya had in mind when you said ‘for better or worse’?!”
“Not really!” He shouted back. “But I stand by my vows, doggone it!”
Now Dennis tried to remain close to Blaise, so that neither of them were separated again. Every so often, he would try to look up in search of the others.
After the both of them shoved one last person out of the way, they both were out the door. Grabbing each other’s hands, Dennis and Blaise ran to a far more quiet place.
“Shark!” Sinbad raised his voice as loud as he could. “Where are you, man?!”
Despite managing to fight through the hysterical crowd, Sinbad saw no sign of his fiance. It was even more mind-boggling given that Shark could easily tower over all these people.
The longer Sinbad went without hearing Shark’s voice, the more despondent he became. He could feel tears actually starting to sting his eyes.
“Come on, man! Where are you?!” When he pulled himself out of the thick of it, Sinbad felt something pull at his pant leg. “Wha…?”
Looking down, he saw Sagebear at his feet. Thankfully, she didn’t look to be trampled by the other people. If anything, she happily wagged her tail and looked as if she’d been helping herself to dropped pancakes.
“Am I glad to see you, dog,” Sinbad told her before picking her up and holding her close. Making sure she was securely in his grasp, he ran back out and headbutted anyone in their way.
Harwood and Marc were halfway to their goal before they were knocked onto the floor.
Now that he’d gotten the wind knocked out of him, Harwood tried not to get stomped on by frantic people. To his pleasant surprise, though, it was Sinbad and Sagebear.
“Now what took you two so long?!” He said as Marc pulled all of them back to their feet.
Sinbad now looked even more worried than he already did. “I was looking for Shark! You guys know where he is?!”
Both men shook their heads. This got Sinbad to grit his teeth in desperation. He tried to look over the crowd again before Harwood got his attention again.
“Let’s just try not to get ourselves killed first! Come on!” He yelled as he took hold of Sagebear for Sinbad. “Just stay close to us!”
“Yeah! And Shark’s a big tough guy, bro!” Marc added. “Don’t worry about him!”
This didn’t really make Sinbad feel any better. Still, he took their advice, and all of them tried getting through the mass of people together.
Sinbad tried to keep his mind clear as he and his family rammed through everyone to get to the door.
Somehow, in the heat of everything, Shark managed to get upstairs. There were still people running about and shrieking, but it wasn’t quite as bad.
He still was increasingly worried the longer he went without seeing any of his family. Shark was somehow able to keep from being toppled over like a fragile statue.
“Sinbad!” He started calling out names at that time. “Harwood! Marc! Mom! Dad! Sagebear! Where are you guys?!”
Just as he was done shouting their names a second time, Shark felt himself get shoved down into a hidden door. The impact combined with his immense physique caused the door to fly open.
“Ow! What’s going on?” Strangely, there wasn’t anyone in the room he’d just fallen into. Or rather, there was someone, just not a horde.
The blond man looked surprised at Shark, apparently not thinking anyone would find him. When Shark stood back up again, he looked the man right in the eyes.
“Who are you?”
Sebastian didn’t expect anyone to know where he was. He was at least grateful it wasn’t his mother.
Still frightened a little, the brown-haired man asked him again. “Who are you? Do you know anything about all this?”
He didn’t sound accusatory in the least. If nothing else, something about him seemed trustworthy. Sebastian shook his head to his question, and got closer to him.
Then, another question. “I’m looking for my fiance Sinbad. Do you know where he is? Tan skin, long red hair, five o’clock shadow…”
Sebastian just shook his head again. Instead, he took a hold of his shoulder, and led him to another part of the room. Something told him to keep him safe until the cacophony outside died down.