Andy cleared his throat. "So now that that's over with, what happens now?"
"What do you mean?" Hobbes asked.
"Well, with Thunderstorm and Shadow condemned to who knows where, that's another pair of bad guys taken care of. Holographic Retro was killed, Rupert Chill is in prison, trapped in a human body, Earl and the other aliens have been quiet, and now Thunderstorm and Shadow are gone. What's going to happen to us next?"
"Ohh, I daresay some sort of conflict will arise to keep us busy eventually," Sherman said knowingly.
"Yeah, there's always something," Socrates agreed. "For example, we still haven't figured out what the deal with my tail is. I mean, I always thought the red stripes were just a birth defect or something, but maybe it's something more."
"I've noticed that everything has its reasons," MTM added. "There must be someone else returning that we don't know about."
"That stands to reason," Calvin said quietly. "Yes, I imagine there's still a lot for us to do."
"It's just not going to happen as frequently as it used to," Andy said with a hint of sadness in his voice.
"Is anyone else feeling a distinct change in the air?" Socrates asked, rolling his eyes around the sky as if searching for it in the clouds.
feel like the end of an era for some reason," Sherman put in. "Almost as though… I don't know how to describe it. It's like… we have less evil to worry about for now. It used to be every week there was something to worry about."
"Perhaps the universe is deciding we're due for a break," Hobbes suggested. "These past several years have been pretty rugged lately."
"Past several years…," Calvin murmured, seeming a bit confused for a moment before he shook it off. "Yeah, a lot has happened. You know, I remember back in the very beginning when it was just Hobbes and me against the world – fighting against the slimy girls, homework, babysitters and eggplant casserole. Then we met a mad scientist who wanted to rule the world with imagination
, and then a bunch of idiot aliens mistook me for the Earth Potentate
, then we met Socrates, and then we met Andy and Sherman, and then Dr Brainstorm and Jack showed up, and then I had the MTM, and it's just been one madcap adventure after another. It used to be so quiet around here, and now I'm constantly saving the planet with my five best friends in the world.
"Yeah…," Hobbes said quietly. Then he grinned. "It's good, isn't it?"
"The best," Calvin agreed.
"Wouldn't give it up for anything," added Andy.
- The constant True Companions moments help, too.
- From the same chapter has Calvin finally admitting that Socrates is his friend.