By the time Horse-Face crawled back out of his hiding place, The Builder had ceased their rampage. Now they stood in the carnage, shaking and holding their hunting knife.
He kept his guard up in case they were still in a destructive state of mind. Instead The Builder opened a portal back to the base. When they glanced at him, they growled an order to him.
“Go get the other three assistants,” they demanded. “And make sure you get my China Lake and Molotovs.”
“But…” Horse-Face was silenced when The Builder raised their knife to his throat. The sudden movement caused his pants to become wet.
Seeing this, The Builder scoffed in disgust. “Nice one. Now if you don’t mind…”
They turned to go after sheathing their blade. Not even Horse-Face protesting could stop them.
Defeated, he stepped in to do what he was told.
Marc was still sitting at his mother’s grave when he heard footsteps. Looking behind him, he saw his father and half-brother approaching him with Sagebear in tow.
“Figured you’d run off to here, bro,” Sinbad told him as he let Sagebear down on the ground. “The old man said your mom was buried here.”
“That I did.” Harwood and Sinbad then sat down on the ground next to Marc when they got close enough. Sagebear ran in front of the three of them and rolled onto her back, requesting a belly rub.
For a little while, none of them said a word, only obliging to Sagebear’s current want. Then Sinbad broke the silence.
“So, uh…Given what you were saying earlier, your mom was a hell of a lady.”
“Yeah, she was,” Marc answered as he patted his lap for Sagebear to climb into. “She was everything someone could ask for in a mother, and then the heartless bastard she married took her away.”
In a show of fraternal sympathy, Sinbad rubbed Marc’s back.
“If I’d known that was going to happen to her…” Harwood trailed off. Setting his cane down on the ground, he too put a hand on his child’s back.
Marc gently shrugged. “Well, the guy’s dead. He got shanked in prison when one of the other inmates found out what he did. Normally I don’t condone murder, but…”
Now he put one hand on Sagebear, and the other on Melanie’s grave. “An eye for an eye, I suppose.”
It was hard to come back to normal after what they just experienced. Nonetheless, Blaise and Dennis tried to do so anyway.
“Ya said ya wanted a pizza burger, right Sharky?” Shark nodded to answer his stepmother’s question.
“Don’t forget to get something for Sagebear, too,” He reminded them.
Dennis nodded and gave him a thumbs up. “We know what to get her, boy. I promise.”
Then, both of them left for the local restaurant to get dinner for everyone. As a result, he was left alone to watch their temporary house.
Although he had the TV on, Shark was a tad bit more occupied with staring at his engagement ring. As he did, he thought about how lucky he was.
He also couldn’t stop thinking about Sebastian and Liam, and how his relationship could have ended up like theirs.
Sebastian had left the scene so quickly. Knowing what happened, it was possible he went to Liam’s old house. Shark wished he’d gone with him to make sure he was all right.
In the end, he decided the two needed some kind of alone time, and went back to watching the movie currently on TV.
With a sad little smile on his face, Liam watched as Sebastian carefully exhumed the body he once inhabited, and lay it onto a few sheets. He looked a bit sheepish when he realized Sebastian was having a little trouble.
Both of them knew this was probably not the best idea. Liam still requested it, though. He then forced himself outside to the back of the yard, where a large hole had been dug.
Trying to be quick about it, Sebastian wrapped up the body and then drained the bathtub. He then carried it outside, taking care not to get any blood on his clothes.
Still watching, Liam could feel his grip on the world of the living weakening. This started the moment Sebastian threw the first shovel of dirt into the makeshift grave.
“Sebastian…” He said to let him know what was happening. Seeing that Liam was fading from view, Sebastian stopped to reach out to him.
Although they couldn’t properly hold hands, Liam still gave him a smile to let him know it was all right.
“Goodbye, Sebastian. I hope we see each other again one day…” In a matter of seconds, he was gone, leaving Sebastian alone.
He was still heartbroken, but now Sebastian continued his task. When he finished refilling the grave, he tamped the dirt with the shovel and smiled.
“Goodbye, Liam,” he whispered. He then set the shovel onto the ground, and quietly left the premises.