While the humans were still trying to figure what happened, Sagebear now lay off to the side like some kind of deflated beach ball. Covering her was a blanket that one of the twins draped on top of her.
She could hear Dennis in a clear amount of distress over his son being missing. As a result, she herself was filled with dread.
Getting to her feet, Sagebear moved in such a way that the blanket covered her entirely. No one seemed to notice she was moving.
Sagebear then sniffed her way outside. No one else was around, which made it ideal for her to move about undetected.
Once more, under the guise of her blanket, Sagebear went off in search of her owners.
Shark was still in a state of utter despair, as he continued crying on Sinbad’s shoulder. Harwood tried to make him feel better by rubbing his back, to no avail.
“Come on, dude. Think happy thoughts!” Sinbad told his fiance. “Think about…Well, think of what our married life is going to be like.”
Hiccuping, Shark tried wiping the tears from his eyes. “Like what?”
“Like…” Sinbad twirled his free hand as he tried to conjure up a happy scenario. “I don’t know, like…We got our own house, perfect for a bunch of dogs to play in.”
Shark nodded. “Uh-huh.”
“And you get to watch all the TV and Netflix you want. There’s always something really good to eat for breakfast, lunch, hell, just for anytime you’re hungry!”
Again came a nod, and another, “Uh-huh.”
“There’s also getting to visit your parents and your in-laws whenever you like!” Harwood spoke up now. “If you ever want get your portrait painted, or just want to try some new tea, come right over.”
Everything they were saying was at least enough to put a smile on Shark’s face.
The whole time they were speaking, Annette watched from her hiding spot. She wanted to try and say something, but it didn’t seem like the right time to do so.
It felt like an eternity before Sagebear made any progress. By the time she got any leads, she was back out in the wasteland of the future.
Sagebear did her best not to sink too much into the dirt and silt, which proved to be easier said than done. The whole time, no one called out to her or was even around.
Thankfully, she was able to find a more sturdy foundation. Taking the opportunity, Sagebear stretched out and yawned.
Before her now was an odd-looking door. A set of buttons and a display screen was situated next to it. When she got back to standing height, a robotic voice spoke as if from nowhere:
“Voice identification, please.”
Now sitting down, Sagebear looked up and gave a strong, hearty “Woof!” To her surprise, the door opened.
Rather than try to figure out how the door would open for a dog, Sagebear wandered in and proceeded to sniff about again.
Somewhere in the new location, she could hear whispering and soft whimpering. There was also several very familiar scents, albeit faint ones.
Now having a very big clue about the missing human’s whereabouts, Sagebear ran back out and back to where the others were.