Arkane would be lying if he said he didn’t worry about Azariah and Undyne. He did, every day he did, especially with the mess that had gone on shortly before he had left. Aranck though seemed to have left them alone, or at least, didn’t care that they had stuck around. He had stayed long enough to see how they were being treated in the pack. Azzy had been left alone, Undyne had been working for him to make herself able to be closer to the boy. He was pretty certain if he had to worry about anyone it was Undyne since she was getting into trouble, but she also was more like her mom. He never really worried about her. Azariah on the other hand, was always so positive, kind and nice, she reminded him of his mother, Isola, though, perhaps a bit more energetic. That didn’t mean she wasn’t dangerous though. His mother never really fought much that he could remember, but he did know she could. Azariah and Undyne, ultimately, had all the tools to take care of themselves, they had been cut loose a heck of a lot sooner than Ark had cut himself loose from his own family. He regretted that, and that lead to his decision to leave with his family when they had all left shortly after his mother had passed. He thought he should be with them to make up for that regret, but he figured out he was wrong.
He was surprised Avery was the first he had run into, but it gave him hope that the girls were just fine. He didn’t know the wolfess had only returned a short time before he did. Fate worked in mysterious ways, as they say. ”I’ve always looked good though, so I guess age just made me that much better.” He said his eyes still twinkling his tail giving a little flourish. The angelic vanity, what was he to do? His children somehow, avoided all that though, all the baths he had to give, all the lectures on fur care. Dear lord what type of disaster would they be when he finally did find them? ”You look like you are doing pretty well yourself.” At them netion of the girls though he watched her face and eyes went through an array of feelings.
Sadness, panic quickly followed by that hot spice he knew her for, though this time he knew it was tempered with a mother’s rage. He didn’t think he would have to deal with this if he had come back. ”Well before you bite my head off I can at least attest that they were fine when I left, and I have been around the lands and say I don’t think they are in the Taviora, Iromar, or Asteraia. They knew they had family in Diveen so, I was going to check there first for them. A lot has changed over the lands…” he said somberly averting his gaze. ”I did leave though, shortly after Aithne fell. My mother died, much of my family, lost without her left Moladion. I thought it was best I go with them, make up for time I didn’t spend when them in my youth but… I left back then for a reason. I shouldn't have gone with them this time either.” Ark explained his eyes meeting her own before rolling his shoulders. They knew where and why he was going, but he figured Avery would have been able to put that together, he didn’t just up and vanish. Never.
”Glad to know I wasn’t the only one who felt that way.” He said, he frowned though, Aithne and Avery had been close, Ark knew if she had been there when Aithne died that whole deal with Aranck would have likely ended a lot faster. ”The wolf who killed her is dead, but the one who killed her was taken over by this pupnappers you heard rumors about. They weren’t wrong… He took Pine and Aster’s children and used them against them to make them stand down. Least that’s what my source said, seemed… sorta reliable. What a farce of a leadership if that’s what happened. Where’s the honor in taking a pack like that, how do you get respect?” Ark spat, he heard the new alpha was bad news, but not sure how bad. He certainly had followers… somehow… he skirted the border enough to tell there were scents in there, but not many.
”The girls are fine, we know they are still out there. Come on, basically had the toughest bitch on the block for a mom, then I mean, I’m pretty perfect as well. They were pretty strong on their own right before I left. Not children anymore.” He assured her, so at least she knew she had something good to look forward too. ”Aithne’s children, I’m sure, will be happy to meet you at least. Or those grandchildren.” Ark experienced a lot of loss, a lot of change in Moladion too. Most of his family was dead or gone, some murdered, some murderers. He couldn’t say he was ever close enough to anyone to have a best friend, he guessed Avery would be as close to that as he could get, that and his sister. He still had things here though that made him come back, she did too, maybe she just needed a reminder of how good it could still be.