Middle of Now Here
Boppy dashed ahead of the others and leapt straight into the middle of Tora's group, turning to announce, "I found 'em!"
"Sure you did," Duke congratulated the little mog, suppressing a horsy snicker, "Great job!"
Marae rushed over to check on Tora while Dorian hastely put the finishing touches on his wardrobe. "Is everyone here okay?" she asked, purposely overlooking the shapeshifter.
"I guess," Tora replied, still blushing slightly, "Thanks for, um... coming to find us."
"And with remarkably good timing," Jo snickered under her breath.
Still wearing her Chesire grin, Neko remarked, "So you're the resue party come to lead us back to the others?"
Marae frowned a bit. "I wish we could," she said awkwardly, "but... well...um..."
Tully chose to spare his love, "We're a bit lost ourselves, you see." There was sort of a universal moan.
"Some rescue..." Neko muttered.
"But we aren't without hope," the Nyrond continued, unfazed and fondly patting the load on Duke's back, "We have provisions."
Marae rolled her eyes. "Yes, dear. That's the important thing," she said with a smirk, "but what do we do now?"
Tully had an answer for that as well, hefting his trusty sextant. "By my calculations, we can either try to find the hotel by going off in that random direction." He pointed to no where in particular. "Or we could set off in that random direction to try to rendezvous with the Vikings. If you prefer, there is a third random direction we could explore to find Toz and his ever increasing group. Failing that, we could wander off in a fourth random direction in the hopes of randomly bumping into TOOO and his group."
Having replaced his pants and some fraction of his dignity, Dorian interjected, "Wait, isn't there an option that doesn't involve the words 'random direction'?"
"How come we don't just go back home?" Boppy asked innocently.
"That would be nice," Marae sighed, "but we aren't sure which way it is."
"Sure we do," the hanyo said brightly, "It's off datta way." He pointed in the one direction that Tully hadn't mentioned.
"How can you be so sure?" Dorian asked skeptically.
"Dat's easy," the puppy-boy explained excitedly, "The hotel's real big and gots lottsa scents I know real well. And it's not a part of this place, so it's easy to pick out from all deudder scents." He looked up at the breezy blue sky. "And when the wind shifts I can kinda tell which way it is."
"Wait a minute," Jo interrupted, a little perturbed, "You mean you've known which way the hotel is this entire time, and you didn't tell anyone?"
Boppy suddenly looked very sheepish, or sheepdogish, and said in a small voice, "But nobody asked..."
Deciding to cheer him back up, Duke said, "I have to admit, Boppy, I'm fairly impressed that you can track the hotel from such a great distance."
The little hanyo perked back up. "Oh, it's not dat far. We just been walkin' circles around it." Still being young and innocent, Boppy didn't understand why the whole group groaned and got real quite all of a sudden.