"Zane. Attempt to bargain with your family units. Information for the Chaos Emerald."
"What do you know about the Chaos Emeralds?! Those are sacred items...not to be uttered by such machinery such as yourself!"
Smooth Chimera...icy smooth... Zane thought, shaking his head slightly. The Eggbot did still need to work on his timing on questions. Nevertheless, he was happy that there wasn't an all out brawl right now.
"Fenrir, stand down or I'll have you isolated for the rest of the day! These are our guests, and I will not have you threatening them. We will answer their inquiries at a later time!"
Zane let out a small sigh of relief, seeing Fenrir stand opposite of him on Fang's side and the group made their way to the village. It was almost surreal that he was here right now...he was back home. And his father was still alright. I'm glad...
Seeing his home like in the current state it was, was certainly new for Zane. When he left it, it wasn't too much in shambles, but now? Buildings were broken and shattered, it's debris basically freezing to the snow. It hurt him greatly just to see this.
"This is the Arctic, home of the Wolves and Freedom Fighters. Recently, we were attacked by an army of shadowy demons looking to wipe out our people...especially those who were gifted, like Fenrir. When I thought about what happened here, I was worried for your life. You are one of the gifted as well...I just hoped they hadn't hunted you down. But I see your old man didn't raise a fool! You probably handled those demons with ease!"
After his father spoke, Zane was about to respond to it as he rubbed his shoulder after Fang hit it. However, Fenrir was the one to bring the mood back down.
"Surely easier than us. Many of our comrades died. If you had been here..."
His fists clenched tightly, as the arctic wolf thought about what Fenrir was basically implying. Then again, he had been fighting that exact thought ever since his vision back in Dewdrop during the Dire Wolf ritual. And unfortunately, it was one phrase that had always kept him awake at night.
"This is your fault Zane..."
But before he could bite back at the wolf, Fang stepped in, and he was glad he did. Otherwise, he most likely would've just let this guy have it.
"I didn't want your return to be met with such melancholy...so let's celebrate instead! Tonight we shall hold a feast! My son has returned!"
"H-Heh...jeez dad...it's not that big of a deal." Zane chuckled, knowing good and well it was, provided what happened with him and everyone. Nevertheless, he now was approached by a few of the younger wolf pups.
"Zane's back! Wow! It's the real Zane! He's alive!"
"How are you not dead!? Did you fight those scary guys?!"
Zane chuckled a bit, kneeling down and giving a few of the pups a high-five before smiling. "Hehe, sure did. And you can't take me down that easily!" he said, giving the pups a thumbs up and a smile. "Besides, these guys I've been traveling with are wicked cool!"
He glanced up, noticing firstly that Fenrir had wandered off. Good...one more word out of him and I might've decked him. he thought, noticing also that Fang was still close by him. Zane did really need to talk to him...even before the feast and what not.
"Hey...dad? Can...can we talk?" Zane asked, standing up from his knelt position. "Just...there's so much I wanna tell you. And not sure where to start...where to finish...and what we can save for the feast."
Fang looked to his son with an understanding, but concerned, face. "Of course, Zane. Let's walk and talk. I'll give you a tour since you haven't been here since the...Renovations? Heh."
"Heh, renovations...yeah that's a good way to put it." Zane chuckled, before turning around to look at the group. "Ken, Axel...guys I'll be back. And Chimera...just keep everything on Safe Mode...please?" With a quick bow, he turned back around to walk with Fang. "Jeez...where do I even start?"
"You can start off when you left the village. Not a single letter, Zane? Your old man might be tough, but he's gotta soft spot for his spawn!"
Zane sighed, shaking his head. "Yeah, knew that was coming..." he said, before placing his hands together and smiling sheepishly. "Okay I can explain dad..." he started, before sighing again, lowering his arms and head. "...okay maybe I can't. Don't get me wrong, I was wanting to write to you all...it's just...after I told you I was leaving the village, even though you gave me this vest as a parting gift, I...I actually thought I upset you."
"Well after giving your old Popsicle the Cold Shoulder, why would you have a thought like that? HOHOHOHO!" Fang slapped Zane's back. "Seriously...I'm just glad you're safe. What happened outside of these gates?"
Zane looked at Fang, shaking his head, being immediately reminded where he got his habit of cold puns from. He smiled and nodded. "Thanks...well, after being in Metropolis for a while, the attack happened. Mephiles, the creepy and inky lookin' guy, started his thing...Dad it wasn't pretty...after that I met Silver's students back there, Ken and Axel."
"Mephiles huh? I had my suspicions..." Fang looked back to where they had started to see the two he was referring to. "They look kinda...lanky? So where's Silver then?"
He looked at his father and just slowly shook his head slightly. "From what Ken told me, Silver sent them to where we found Chimera, the Eggbot back there, and he remained...Axel has even said he's passed on."
Fang rubbed the underside of his chin. "That's pretty heavy...Silver was always a force to be reckoned with back in the day...course he was older...Geez that's some rough news." Fang sighed. "But Mephiles was beaten down once...I'm sure we can beat him down again, EVEN IF IT'S JUST US WOLVES!"
"Heh...yeah." Zane nodded. He debated whether or not to tell his father about the reason that Mephiles attacked everyone, but he figured Axel might be the better way to explain it. "Oh...right. Dad, you won't believe this either. But, when we visited Dewdrop, heh...I met someone who had some extensive knowledge about something...dad...I'm a Dire Wolf now!"
"Dewdrop? Dire...what now?"