Things seemed to have been going relatively well! Once Typhon had begun to move, it was only a few minutes before they had entered the city proper, giving the residents of the town quite the scare as they all seemed to drop what they were doing in an effort to run away. To be fair, this was what Ryden had planned on all along, so he wasn't really taken aback by the sight of all these people running away; after all, if they weren't in Typhon's way, then they wouldn't have to worry about getting crushed, and, better yet, Ryden wouldn't have to worry about them either! Two problems solved!
Well, until a third problem decided to show itself out of the blue.
Up until that moment, Ryden had been pretty leisurely humming to himself while he hovered around Typhon's big blue head, both hands folded behind his head and with one leg crossed over the other, his gaze pointed towards the sky for the most part. Occasionally, he would look down to make sure that the Pamyati hadn't accidentally killed anyone on their path to the naval base, but otherwise he was pretty relaxed for the most part, as he should have been! He was expecting this to be a pretty simple thing to do; just walk through the city, look at some ships, and then leave! Simple!
But then this woman showed up, and started shouting at him! It was...well, it was just plain unexpected to be honest. She seemed to have emerged out of the crowd of hundreds of people running the other way, an air of confidence surrounding her as she approached the Human-Pamyati duo with a clenched fist. It was certainly enough to get Ryden's attention, with the boy turning his eyes towards the woman as he scratched his head in confusion. Why wasn't she running away like everyone else?
But, first he had to at least respond to her, especially after she called him and the Sea God "idiots"!
"We're just goin' for a walk through town, that's all!" Ryden whimsically shouted back, still hovering beside Typhon's head as he did so. The way that she had called him an "idiot" was...hmm, familiar, so to speak. "Just sightseeing, trying to look for some big ol' metal boats is all! We ain't trying to scare folks, but goin' through town's the quickest way to get where we're going! Honest! I actually thought this was the best idea..."
Then she said it. She called him a "fucker" and questioned whether or not the two even cared about what they were doing. Ryden narrowed his eyes at that, a stark realization coming into his mind. Now he knew why she sounded familiar to him!
"Hey~," he began, a frown on his face as he tried to get a better look at her from a distance, "your last name isn't 'Karma', is it? You sound kinda like a guy I know."
This was really a bit of a jarring experience, going from being complimented as a "predator" by a titan of the sea, right back to being called a bunch of rude expletives like he normally was. "Fucker", "idiot", "jackass", "dumbass", and the like. Ah well, you had to be brought back down to earth sometime, right?
"Don't, uh...don't ask what that means. I don't know either..." Ryden whispered to Typhus, in regards to the aforementioned word, "fucker". The kid wasn't lying when he said that though; he really didn't know what it meant, just that it was an insult. Still, this woman was trying her damndest to villanize the two, wasn't she?
"It's not that we don't care, it's just that...uh, well, we've got somewhere to be, that's all! We were actually hoping that the people would start runnin' away, then we wouldn't have to worry about crushin' 'em or anything! Nobody's been hurt, so I don't really see what the problem is..." the boy said, genuinely confused as to why he--and, for that matter, Typhon--was getting the third degree all of a sudden.
And then came the threats. Ten seconds to turn around and leave, or pain would follow, either by her or the Hero Force.
"The Hero Force?" Ryden asked quizzically, rubbing his chin as he tried to recall where he had heard the name before. It sounded so familiar to him for some reason...had he run into them before, perhaps? Or maybe...
"Ah, I remember now!" he thought, snapping his fingers.
"Oh~, them! I know who you're talkin' about now! Yeah, I had to fight with one of them before; his name was...uhmm...what was it again? Android-something. I think it had somethin' to do with some kinda pie? Android Apple? Android Cherry? Android Creme? Ohh, wait, I think I got it now!" Ryden said, working his brain as hard as he could while he tried desperately to remember his robotic ally's name.
"Yep, I'm positive his name was Android Pecan! No doubt about it! Haha~!" He laughed, both hands behind his head as he said so. "Anyway, he seemed pretty cool, and I'm sure he remembers me from when we fought those dudes from space, so he probably won't mind too much. I'll bet he even put in a good word for me!"
Now, at this point, Ryden was just about ready to tell Typhon to just step over the woman and keep on going, but then someone else showed up...and with a boom, one might add! It was enough to tear the boy's attention away from the person he was speaking with, that was for sure.
Surprisingly enough, however, the new arrival was also a woman, but something was different about her. Unlike the other person--as far as Ryden knew, anyway--this one actually seemed to have had powers too!
"Ooohh! Hey, you're fast! You even make those 'booming' sounds when you fly, just like me!" The teen said, smiling gleefully as he watched the girl approach Typhon and try to...shoo it off? Once he saw that, his smile faded a bit as he tried to figure out what it was that she was doing. Did she think that he was a dog or something?
Upon further inspection of her, however, she looked to have been...important, in some way, not to mention the fact that she had powers. Could she have been one of those Hero Force members that the other woman had been talking about? Was it possible that she knew the Android guy? It couldn't have hurt to ask, but before that, Ryden turned to Typhus and started to whisper to the creature.
"Hey, if things get too bad, then you just make a run for the navy base, 'kay?" He said, turning his attention now towards the woman making the weird gestures. Maybe if he played this right, then he and Typhon could just cruise right on by...
"Hey, uh, does the name 'Ryden Prolae' mean anythin' to you? Y'know, helped save Eden, fought with Android Pecan? Killed a bunch of barbarians? I was thinkin' maybe you could let me and the big guy here go and, uh, look at some ships for a bit? Since I helped save the world an' all..."
He sure hoped she was part of that Hero Force. Otherwise he'd probably just sound crazy.