RotG: Dark Menace
Chapter 08 - Epilogue: In the years that would follow
The jet landed safely in Haven's hangar. Sojourner didn't even have enough patience until the engines were stopped completely before he ran towards it and eagerly waited for the passengers to climb out of it. Thunderhawk at least took enough time to put off his headset before he followed his friend.
"That took you two long enough to arrive. We already thought you wouldn't come anymore at all and we would be stuck in here for another month", he jokingly complained as soon as Sabre and Locke appeared on the ramp.
"Yeah, I also think it's good to be back", Locke said. "Although I think only a month in Haven is a bit short. I never got the chance to fully explore it until our shift was over again."
"Short?" Sojourner sounded shocked. "Seriously, if it wasn't for Thunderhawk by my side I would already have thought about quitting the whole Guardian job. With him it's at least funny."
Locke raised an eyebrow. "I know your description of funny. I hope it's nothing too destructive."
"Well, I doubt that a Quad race around Haven's core can be called destructive", Thunderhawk shrugged. "At least nothing too expensive was broken."
"Wait, you did what? Tell me that was just a joke!"
"Well, who knows", the lavender Echidna said with a secritive smile and walked a little faster, Locke right on his heels.
"That wasn't an answer! Tell me what you have done to my Haven while we were away!"
"And? Has anything of importance happened on the island or in Albion while we were locked up in here?" Sojourner asked.
"If you would also have an eye on the surveillance systems once in a while you would know about that", Sabre answered. "You know, those big screens aren't there for video games only. But no, nothing happened. No wait, if I think about it... Commander Davis and councillor Newton fell out of yet another bar dead drunk but that's not really something new. That happens on every Ascension Day."
"Actually on every single holiday imaginable, even the ones Echidnas don't even celebrate."
"And during each birthday of every single member of the EST and the white guard."
"Okay, okay, we didn't destroy anything and now stop following me", Thunderhawk's voice was heard from another corridor. Locke was about to return when the voice added, "But I don't deny we had a Quad race down there."
"Have you heard from Spectre?" Thunderhawk asked after they had gathered up in the surveillance room. "Lately he can be hardly seen around Haven."
Sabre chuckled. "What else did you expect now that he has a two year old in defiant phase and with the Chaos outbursts of a Guardian to take care of?"
"Especially when she has the toughness of her mother and the temper and strength of her father", Locke added. "With a child like that you would be able to take over the world. Thank goodness Spectre is on our side. Just imagine him as an evil overlord."
"Actually Spectre had wanted to wait until she was at least at schooling age before starting with her Guardian training but now an early start became necessary. Maybe she won't be able to control her temper but then she at least should know how to handle her outbursts."
Thunderhawk leaned back and crossed his arms behind his back.
"Oh dear, thank goodness that no one else of our crew has decided to reproduce yet. One powerful baby is more than enough."
A little while later when Sojourner and Thunderhawk had left to throw their bags into the jet and the other two were alone again Sabre turned to Locke, a little grin on his face.
"Do you want to tell them about that sweet little secret Lara is carrying?"
Locke returned the smile.
"Maybe. I still needed a chance to return that bit of a shock."
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