Annette tried in vain to escape The Builder’s iron grip. It seemed as though the more she struggled, the tighter they held on to her.
“Why the hell are you making them do that?!” Immediately, she felt the question she asked was a pointless one.
The Builder turned to face her, only to pull their free hand back and strike her in the face. The impact was enough to cause her to slip out of their grip and fall to the floor.
Annette was still rubbing her cheek when The Builder pointed their knife at her.
“You dare ask me a ridiculous question like that?” Their voice was practically dripping with malice. “You of all people should know about that relationship.”
The knife drew closer to her as they changed the subject. “If I had that ring of yours, I’d smash it right now in front of you! If not that, then I’d cause you so much pain that you’d be asking for death!
“And besides,” they continued with their voice suddenly chirpy and bright, “aren’t you happy your nephew and the old man get to be together again?”
There wasn’t anything that Annette could say to that. Once The Builder sheathed their knife again, they turned to go and left her there.
Watching from a hiding place, Horse-Face’s companion tried all he could not to burst out and help her.
“It’s almost like she’s a magnet for bad luck,” he whispered to The Twin, who was behind him. “You’d think she’d catch a break.”
Then came a thud toward the ground. As the young man turned to look behind him, he was dismayed by The Twin curled up on the ground.
“Hey, what is it?! Are you all right?” Running over to them, he knelt down and tried to get them to look at him.
The Twin was clearly in a large amount of distress. It seemed to take them a large amount of effort to reach up and grab hold of his shoulder.
Once Sagebear and her crew emerged from the sewer, she immediately zipped along into one of the many hallways. By this time, the humans were out of breath.
“You think that dog is superhuman or something like that,” Marc wheezed as he, Blaise and Dennis tried their best to keep up.
Thankfully, Sagebear abruptly stopped in front of a multicolored heap on the floor. A thorough sniffing over revealed it to be Annette.
Immediately when Annette realized who it was, she quickly wrapped her arms around the chubby dog. She didn’t care the least bit that Sagebear was wet or stinky.
“Well, I’ll be damned! Haven’t seen her in the waking world for quite some time now,” Dennis commented.
“Yeah! Long time no see,” Blaise said after him. “Funny thing was, we were looking for the other three! Ya seen ’em?”
Annette stopped hugging Sagebear and looked up at them. “Yeah, I have. But I should probably tell you…”
It seemed Shark now realized just what it was he had agreed to. It appeared to be the most plausible reason he was now sobbing uncontrollably in front of Sinbad and Harwood.
All Harwood could really do was scratch the back of his head, as Sinbad tried to comfort his fiance.
“Look, man. I know you don’t really want to fuck the old man, but…”
Shark looked up and sniffled. “I didn’t want whoever that was to kill you! That’s why I said I would.”
“I don’t blame him, Sinbad,” Harwood added. “That person was scaring me. And I know scary. I’ve had a few relatives in the Green Gang.” Harwood then sidled over to Shark and put a hand on his forearm.
None of them said anything, leading to a very awkward silence. The very topic was touchy enough without going into much detail.