“Uggggghhhh, we’ve been walking forever,” said Pause.
“Pause, stop whining, man. You’ve been to my house before. You know I like to be a little ways away from everyone. We are almost there.”
“I agree with Pause. We have been walking forever,” said Arkas. “And it’s super cold out.”
“You all are a bunch of babies,” said Nebris, rolling his eyes and picking his up pace so he was in front of everyone.
“Let’s play a game!” suggested Aurey brightly.
“How about the quiet game,” Guude muttered under his breath.
“Guude! Stop being a Moody Marvin!” replied Aurey.
“Moody Marvin? Who says that?” asked Pakratt. “That is not a thing.”
“Well, I’m making it a thing! There’s Negative Nancy and now there’s Moody Marvin.”
“You guys are all so weird,” said Doc.
There was a brief silence amongst the group and then Pause yelled,
“Beef’s base! I can see it from here! It’s the light at the end of the tunnel!”
“Yay! I’m so tired of walking,” said Arkas.
“You may have mentioned that,” said Guude.
With determination, the group of friends reached Beef’s place. Once Beef unlocked the door, they all hurried to get inside, eager to sit by the fire, warm up, and dry off.
“Beef, do you have any food? I’m hungry!” said Pause.
“Yeah, I kinda am too,” Aurey admitted hesistantly.
“I’m sure I could whip up something real quick. Is fish okay with everyone?”
“Yeah sure, as long as it’s not those fish we once slapped each other with,” Doc said with a teasing tone to his voice.
“Eww that would be disgusting,” replied Beef. “I threw those out long after that battle.”
The Mindcrackers sat around reminiscing about some of their favorite memories together while eating.
“And then Nebris acted like he had no idea what an oath was? Remember. He was like ‘is that that thing that Arkas built?’ It was brilliant,” said Guude, in reference to when Nebris was put on the stand during the B-Team vs. Etho trial, a fond, but distant memory.
“What? You think I know what an oath is? I legitimately have no idea,” Nebris said in a playful tone.
A lot of them started to bring up memories involving Vechs, but then they became sad, their minds being forced to think about the terrible event that had happened earlier that night.
“How do you think silverfish got into the desert? I know they spawn randomly in blocks now, but it didn’t look like Vechs was digging anything and besides, I don’t think they can hide in sand blocks.” said Aurey.
“This is very unlikely, but maybe the End portal was somewhere nearby? I know it’s a longshot, but it’s better than thinking about worse possibilities,” Doc said, shuddering.
“We need to stick together,” said Guude. “From now on, if you go anywhere, you need to take a buddy with you. Does everyone understand? This is very important. We don’t need to lose another person.”
Everyone chimed in with their agreements to Guude’s rule. Slowly, people started cleaning up their dinner mess and heading to bed. Guude, Nebris, Beef, and Aurey were the last ones awake.
“Oh gosh dang it,” said Beef.
“What is it, Beef?”
“I thought I made it perfectly clear that when in my house people need to use coasters!” Beef said, annoyed as he reached down to pick up the cup. “Aww man, it left rings on my tabl-ahhhh!”
Guude, Aurey, and Nebris watched in horror as the glass in Beef’s hand shattered. Unfortunately for Beef, a massive shard of glass got him right in the heart and he dropped to the floor, dead.
“Wha-Beef? What just happened? How did that happen?” asked Aurey, struggling to get words out.
“I was just saying we didn’t need to lose another member and we did...I feel so terribly.”
“It’s not your fault, Guude.”
“As the leader, you guys are my responsibility. Two people have died on my watch now. I can’t help but feel guilty and responsible for this.”
“Guude, it’s not your fault, really. I don’t know what this crazy shit is happening, but we will figure out how to keep everyone else safe,” said Nebris.
The three of them were so shaken, they had a hard time getting to sleep that night. They dreaded having to break the news to the others that Beef was dead.