He pulled his deep blue,
early eighties' model firebird to the front of
the house. As he got out of the car, he looked at his surroundings. Things
hadn't changed very much in the past year. Spring was in the air and
everything was beginning to bloom. He looked over to see Mia's jeep parked
in the driveway. The smile that came across his lips couldn't be resisted.
He took a deep breath and walked towards the
''I'm gonna kick your ass
this time, Ryo.''
''No way Kento! This game
The two were on the floor
playing one of their numerous video games when
the doorbell rang.
Cye was watching them, while
Rowen and Sage sat on one of the couches,
''Cye, could you get that?''
''Yeah, yeah. Always me.
Maybe I'd like to sit and relax once in a ...''
he mumbled as walked towards the door and opened it.
''Hello, Torrent,'' the
familiar voice said.
''Holy shit!'' Cye exclaimed.
This brought the other four
boys running. They stared at the figure in
the doorway, jaws dropped, not believing their eyes.
''Anubis?!'' Ryo said.
He looked pretty much the
same. But, he didn't. He had the same
shoulder length crimson hair. His green eyes still flashed with untold
knowledge. He stood with that same sense of pride. Yet, seeing him in a
white dress shirt with black jeans and boots, he looked like a regular guy.
No one would guess in a thousand years that he was actually around 300 years
old. The former wielder of the Armor of Cruelty and prodigy of the Ancients.
''Actually, it's Alex now.
May I come in?''
''Yes, yes, of course,''
Cye said. ''C'mon, guys, get out of the way.''
They moved to the side,
still staring awestruck. Anubis walked into the
living room where the paused game still sat. He seemed to be looking for
something. Or someone. Sage noticed this.
''Mia isn't here right now,''
Anubis nodded. ''I suppose
you are all wondering what I'm doing here.''
''Actually, we're all wonderin'
what ya doin' alive,'' Rowen blurted out.
''Yeah, man. You fell.
Mia and Yuli said you died. What happened?''
''Please, come sit. I'll
The Ronins gathered around
Anubis and listened intently as he told his
tale. Questions were asked and answered. By the end, they were all laughing
and joking, like old friends. But one question still remained.
Ryo asked, ''But Anu...,
uh, Alex, why did you decide to come here? Why
didn't you stay with Kayura and the Warlords and help them rebuild the
They heard a car pull up
''Sounds like Mia's back
from her date with (sigh) Bobby,'' Cye said,
fluttering his lashes in mock admiration.
No one noticed Anubis' eyebrows
furrow. Am I too late!
''Lo-oo-ser!'' Kento and
Rowan both said, their fingers in the shape of
''L'''s on their foreheads.
Anubis smiled. Perhaps not.
''Why the hell is she still
with him?'' Sage asked.
''Maybe he's good in bed,''
''Eww, man, that's gross.
Anyway, they haven't gone that far.''
''How do you know, Ryo?''
''Kento, didn't ya know
the Wildfire is see all know all,'' Rowen chided.
''Shut up, Rowen. They
just have similar interests.''
''Legends and history can
only take you so far. What's the point if you
don't click when reality and the present rear their heads?'' Sage asked.
The question hung in the
air as the door opened.
''Whose car is that?''
''I don't know. Maybe the
boys have a friend over.''
''Those kids are all here
again aren't they? And this time with a
friend. I swear, Mia. Kick them out! Make them find their own place to
''I'll say it again, Bobby.
I will not! They're family to me. We all
get along just fine.'' They walked into the kitchen.
''Yeah, well, just once
I'd like to come back to your place and find it
empty. I don't understand why we don't go back to my place.''
''Because, Bobby, you're
''So, help me clean up a
little, it'd be fun,'' he went to put his arms
''What! Now I'm your housekeeper.
''Mia.'' Cye walked into
She let out a sigh and turned
to him, ''Yes, Cye.''
''Sorry to interrupt but
there's someone here who'd like to see you.''
Cye just smiled and led
her into the living room.
As she turned the corner,
her eyes flew wide open. Her hand sprung to
her mouth as she let out a loud gasp. Was that really him standing there?
''Anubis,'' she whispered.
She flew to him and threw
her arms around his neck. His automatically
went around her waist. The Ronins looked at one another and they all smiled.
Mia pulled back to look
up at him.
''How, why, what are you
''It's kind of a long story,''
he replied, wiping the tears from her
''You have time, right.
I mean you're not going anywhere, are you?''
''No. You don't have to
worry about that,'' he smiled.
Mia smiled back at him.
''Ahem. Hello! Boyfriend
Mia realized she and Anubis
were still holding eachother. She went to
pull away but he wouldn't let her. The look he gave Bobby nearly made the
creep jump out of his skin.
The boys came to her rescue,
''See, Bobby. Alex is an
old frienda ours,'' Rowen started,
''Yeah, he's been out of
town for almost six months now,'' Cye said.
''He kinda surprised us,
but we were hoping we could catch up on old times
together,'' Ryo said as he grinned.
Mia turned to look at Bobby.
''How 'bout I call you tomorrow?''
''Well, why don't I...''
'' You heard the lady.
Time to go, Bobby,'' Kento said as he walked
''Now, wait a minute...''
''Look, dude, don't make
me throw you out. Cause it won't be on your
ass, it'll be on your head.''
Kento stared down Bobby.
He may have been a little taller than Kento,
but there was no way he could beat that strength. He looked at them all in
turn, then stomped out of the house, slamming the door behind him.
Mia looked back at Anubis.
''Mia, will you take a walk
''I think that's a good
Anubis held out his arm
to allow Mia to go first. As they walked towards
the door, he turned back
to the boys.
''Don't wait up,'' he said.