Hmmm ... wonders how long my "time out" actually was ... :/
@ The End
You got him well, the old badger. Well written ... the attitude of a lifetime and mood of the moment captured in few touching sentences!
It's exactly the way I've understood this scene, too ... there's a collage in my thread which easily could be an illustration for this. Scroll down to Deathwish in post 6 when you are interested.
@ yound Lilac
He looks somehow lost ... his large blue eyes are so sad ...
@ The Most Ancient Call
Amazing scene - you described this joining perfectly. Being lost in the moment of answering recognition - framed in the ambivalent feelings before and after!
Still think it feels weird when I look at this pairing ... but who says that weird can not be done beautifully!