10. Moving Day
Their small escort stopped bluntly, watching until such distance passed that they were invisible in crags. Hein pretended not to notice, despite the frequent backward glances by his own. So wrapped up in his snubbery, he neglected the fact that they had picked up a stray.
His pride survived well, mostly due to the fact that he was the first to notice the strange young man that followed them all the way back to the American continents.
"And you would be...?"
"Gene," the ruddy youth beamed, "I thought you might want some help."
"Ah... huh." The fact that he might have been a spy notwithstanding, Hein did not want to know what new hexes Nova would experiment on him with if she caught him kidnapping her people, "Go home; the queen bee won't be happy to find you missing."
"Oh, she already knows," Gene replied, "Besides, you really could use me."
In following, he happily exclaimed, "I start fires!"
The hole in the wall had been home for nearly four years. It would have been four years in about a month and a half; and Tyler felt really strange about it all. Moving always felt strange, but the weirdest bit had to do with the things on Elijah's side of the room.
Not that there was much over there. Half a dozen books and a small photo album were probably the bulk of it; a few loose leafs, the two data cubes, and his half of the little metal figurines they picked out of the ruins some months back filled out the collection. It all fit neatly into one crate.
Tyler's crate was more impressive, but it was still only one crate. They stacked neatly on top of one another, for easy carrying.
The more he thought on it, the less sense it made. Numerically, they had lost one, but gained two. That should have been an accomplishment of some kind. Sara was fun, and Gene was... combustible, but Elijah was his best friend, and it failed to balance out. It even wasn't fair.
But it was time to go.
Working Title: Field Mice
Inspiration: Can't remember.
Noteworthy: Mostly original characters, hey?
Disambiguation: The various characters were supposed to be related, somehow, to the film cast characters. Hein is obvious, Nova was Aki's, and I don't remember any of the others. The "Snake's Way" was supposed to be reminiscent of the Serpent Road, from Final Fantasy IV (called the Devil Road in the GBA remake). Eli's problems are his own darn business.
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