“So do you think there’ll be a chance to reverse the crystallization in the past?” Amelia asked her sister while inspecting the currently inactive time portal.
Amara just stood behind her with her arms crossed. “The Time Traveler only did it as a last resort, I think. Unless he’s left documents telling us what to do in the case of this, then I don’t know for sure.
“I’ll bet that it’ll reverse once they return though. And if it doesn’t, well…Hope they can get used to another era.”
Both sisters were still worried about the group’s potential fate. They also knew that they really could do nothing but wait in the end, though.
Right away, Sinbad was in front of Shark, trying to say the words he wanted to hear.
“Dude, calm down! I’m right here! We’re all here, okay? None of us are dead or any of that shit!” Sinbad’s voice didn’t seem to do much good. Shark’s cries only grew louder, before he fell onto his side.
Eventually, all of them swarmed him out of concern. Harwood managed to pull himself over with the others. Even Sagebear waddled over and whimpered as she sat next to him.
“We’re right here, boy!” Dennis called out to his son. “Your parents and everyone you love is here!”
“Ya think that after a while, I’d know what to do in case of this happening,” Blaise told the others. “But I don’t. I’m a failure as a parent.”
Marc just shook his head. “No, you’re not! This just isn’t something you can control, it’s not!” He tried emphasizing his reassurance by waving his stump at her.
Harwood said nothing. He only put one hand on Sagebear’s back, as he watched helplessly as his future son-in-law carried on.
The only one who hadn’t already run over to Shark was Annette. Just as she made to approach him, however, the door to the room opened. As if by magic, Shark’s tantrum had stopped then.
Now that she had obtained three of the bodies needed, The Twin returned to her hideout to retrieve the last one.
“Where’ve you been? I was waiting for you,” Annette said to her as she watched her stride across the room.
The Twin didn’t so much as look at anyone when she picked up the body of Horse-Face’s companion. She then lowered her head while holding him tighter to her chest.
Everyone watched her every move. The Twin just hesitated for a few moments, reaching under the young man’s hood.
“Hey…What are you doing with him?” Annette’s inquiry was again ignored. The Twin turned into the direction she’d come into, and began to leave the room.
Once she had exited again, Sinbad got to his feet and watched past him.
“Right, so…” He then turned to look at the others. “All in favor of following Silent Bob to find out what the fuck she’s doing with a dead kid?”
Everyone raised their hands, except Annette. Dennis then pulled Shark to his feet, and in turn, Shark picked up Harwood to set him on his back again.
All of them began to leave, but were delayed by Annette’s sudden protests.
“Wait! The Builder’s out there! You don’t want her to kill you all, do you?!” Everyone then proceeded to stare at her, with gazes as icy as the dead of winter.
“Ya know, it’s kinda funny,” Blaise said after her, putting her fingers to her temple as if in thought. “Every time she showed up, bad things happened, right?” The men nodded.
Dennis took his turn to speak next. “It’s as though the woman is cursed. A stubborn curse out to destroy those we love and care about.”
“How do we know she isn’t a malevolent fox spirit?” Listening to Harwood speak against her now made Annette’s heart hurt.
Marc was next. “And how do we know she ain’t in cahoots with the lady that hacked my arm off?”
The only thing Annette could do was shrink back with every accusation thrown at her.
“Of course I’m not working for The Builder! I just want to get my ring back and return home! I want out of here as much as you guys-”
“Is that all you think about, Madam Cyanosis?!” Sinbad interrupted her. “Is it always ‘me, me, me’ with you?! Do you ever think about anybody besides yourself?!”
Annette was briefly caught off guard before answering. “Of course I do! I have a lot of people I loved and still love very much!”
She then turned to look at Shark. “You believe me, right? You know I had the best intentions back then?” For a few moments, Shark remained silent. Then, he shook his head.
“I don’t think I’ve ever actually believed you, Miss Annette,” he said in a low tone.
Now that everyone said their piece, Sinbad led them all out of the room. To Annette’s dismay, Sagebear went with them.
“No, wait…!” But this time, the group didn’t seem to hear her. Once the door slammed shut behind them, she fell to her knees and cried.