We met up with the Horde team about an hour later. It was uneventful. We both spotted each other at almost the same time. I saw them first and told Zane to drop flat on the ground in the high grass and stay there. They glassed me and I flashed them our recognition sign. It was probably out of date but it was generic enough to be recognizable to one of us. What was surprising was none of the team were mine. They had Ninjas patch but there was no Ninja leading them. No Night either. I wasn't sure what to make of that. As soon as they approached close enough that we could talk quietly I asked the three man team leader "Where's Ninja?"
"He's busy sir."
"What kind of busy?"
I hadn't told Zane to move yet and I was pretty sure they didn't know exactly where he was.
"Sorry sir. He wanted to come, as did the Lady Night, but they had to stay for a meeting."
"No shit" is what I said. What I was processing was 'the Lady Night' thing which was a little weird. This was the first time I had heard that. What strange shit had gone on that I had missed? I mean I hadn't been gone for that long.
"Sir...we should get going. Where is the boy?"
I wasn't getting a bad vibe. I recognized all three of them. One had turned to watch behind his team and the other had split off about ten paces and was watching the horizon and not me. Never the less I decided to ping him "What boy and who the hell are you?"
He let my implicit challenge roll over him and calmly told me who he was, and what he did in Ninja's company, battalion, or whatever the hell we were calling it this week.
I stared at him and told him to wait here. I backtracked a bit and called for Zane. After a couple of beats he popped up and we joined up with our welcoming commitee. We headed back with them walking a wedge, Zane behind that, and me walking drag.
Note: I am using a laptop without spellcheck to write this as I am at work dealing with a down circuit and a tech that was supposed to be here an hour ago.