“We need to find Del and Bruce,” he said to Dash, who floated above his head as if everything was right in the universe.
“Well, that’s just great now, isn’t it.”
“Is that a question?”
“No,” Archer said in disgust. “It’s a fact. Why won’t they help us find them? I’ve asked Sousha at least ten times and each time that I ask she just smiles and dances away.”
“And before we do that we have to come up with a plan.” Archer’s head hurt just thinking about it. “Maybe we should just go and find them on our own. You can scan for life forms and—“
“Archibald, my readings aren’t at 100% capability down here. The walls of the caves interfere greatly, as does the power from the prisms.”
Archer jumped to his feet. “But we can’t just do nothing. They might have fallen into an underground river or something and everyone knows that cats can’t swim. What if Bruce drowns? What if Del gets hurt trying to save him?”
Archer spied Sousha chatting with one of the guards and decided that he had to take things into his own hands. He jumped down the path and ran toward her, Dash zooming behind him.
Archer came to an abrupt halt, realizing he was making things worse.
Archer scrubbed at his eyes and glanced around, his gaze fierce. “He lost my mom you know. She got sick and she went away and…and she’s not coming back. My dad needs me. He needs me to figure this out and stay safe because he’s coming back for me. He’s coming back!”Archer didn’t know he’d been shouting until he heard his words echo in the vast chamber.
Running back up the path he ducked behind a large boulder and sank to the ground, his body shaking, his heart beating so fast that it hurt. For the first time since he’d been left behind, Archer felt hopeless.
“I’m sorry,” Archer said gruffly. “That wasn’t cool.”
“Cool?” she asked.
He shrugged. “I was acting like a baby and it won’t happen again.”
Sousha stared up at him and patted his face. “You are sad.”
He nodded. “Yes. I just want to help my friends and then I want my dad to come for me. Sometimes I think that maybe he’s not. Maybe he won’t find his way back to this planet or if he does, maybe it will be too late.”
“Too late?” Sousha’s eyes were huge and then a smile swept across her face. Her big ears trembled and she jumped up, clapping her hands before reaching for him. “It’s never too late, Archer.”
Archer watched the great spider with a bit of fear and a whole lot of awe. Magnar was on the opposite side of the cave and yet he looked bigger than ever.
Magnar spread his own legs and dipped his massive head, allowing his cargo to slide from his back onto the ground in front of him.Del and Bruce.
Bruce was purring, rubbing his purple body along Archer’s legs and Archer petted his head. “I’m glad you guys made it here.”
“Yes, Archibald. We had some help, but we’re in one piece.”
“And we’re ready to go get my dad,” Del said.
Archer nodded. It was time. “Okay. Let’s do it.”