Chapter 2: Gunnara Waits For The Others
Fast forward to the present.
I watched as one of the kids came into view, a black-haired, blue-eyed seven-year-old girl. I could hear her call out, “Mommy, why did we come to this dump? It looks too much like Hawk’s bedroom.”
I shook my head. I know whose kid that is.
Whitney came into view at that moment. She walked right up to the kid and said sternly, “Bonzai Yusuke Urameshi, we came because your aunt asked us to. Oh, and when we get to the camp, you are going to have one heck of a time-out for insulting the planet,”
Bonzai razzed her mom.
Speaking of Yusuke, he came over and tapped me on the shoulder. “Must be something important if Adora and Kurama took off before us,” he commented.
“It is,” I told him. “According to Adora, they’re celebrating the anniversary of the Rebellion’s first victory over the Horde. I thought that coming here might get Adam to finally get over a certain hurdle and finally let loose his inner Warrior, if you know what I mean.”
He just nodded.
Suddenly, we heard the sound of someone yelling, “Gunnar! Wait for us, you speed demon!”
Another voice, this one belonging to a seven-year-old boy, added, “Yeah, Gunnar, hold up!”
Yusuke glanced over toward another group of trees. There, running like the wind, was my middle child. The Spirit Detective fired a warning shot with his Spirit Gun, getting the fired-up prince in the ankle. He blew on his finger. “Guess he’ll think about running like that next time,” he said.
I stared at him. “How powerful was that blast?” I asked.
“Don’t worry, Gunnster. I didn’t do any damage. It might sting a little, and he might have wanted to give me a one-way trip to wherever the Horde is, but it stopped him.”
I just wondered about that. About the Horde, anyway. When they were defeated the first time, it allowed Adora to join us in retrieving Adam from his mission. Whitney had even placed a spell on the planet to keep the Horde out (she calls it a curse, I call it a spell—it’s a unique power that separates the Eternian spiderhumans from the ordinary ones). Somehow, the Horde found a way to break it and reconquered the planet. Adora got word about this a few days ago, and took off with Kurama and Hawk to attempt to free the planet—again.
What she didn’t know was that before she asked us to join her, Yusuke and Adam had just received word that Hordak (aka my favorite punching bag) had found a way to summon demons to do his bidding. (I’m curious about that, especially since some of those demons may have ties to the evil Nightstalkers.) Jordan and Gohanna elected to stay behind on Eternia and run the kingdom while the rest of us came to deal with this situation. Hiei and Kuwabara stayed behind too, just in case any of those said demons decided to invade while we were gone.
Gunnar walked up to us a minute later, limping a bit. He glanced at his left ankle, then at Yusuke. “You didn’t have to use the Spirit Gun, you know,” he commented.
Yusuke grinned. “Had to snap you out of your BC moment somehow,” he said.
Kuramahiei met up with us at that moment. She wrapped an arm around her younger brother. “Dad got worried about you when you took off like that,” she said, her emerald-colored eyes glinting in the sunlight. “Is Uncle Yusuke right in saying that you had one of your moments again?”
He rested his head on her shoulder. “Yeah, but he didn’t have to shoot me.”
She looked down at his ankle. “At least there’s no damage done to it. You’re lucky it wasn’t the kind he uses on evil demons.”
Adam finally caught up to us, with little Greyskull riding on his shoulders. “You guys are hard to keep up with,” he joked. “I had to carry him the rest of the way here.”
Greyskull leaned forward and planted a kiss on his daddy’s head. “Thank you, daddy,” he said sweetly. “I can walk the rest of the way myself.”
Adam knelt down, letting Greyskull slide down off his back. He rose to his feet, noticing Gunnar’s slight limp. He turned to us. “Let’s head on,” he said. “We should be close to the camp.”
I gestured with my hands in the direction we were going. “Lead the way, Your Majesty,” I joked.
He got me back. “As you wish, Your Majesty.”