Chapter 25: The Betrayal
Viggo had just barely gotten back to his base in time. After escaping from the valley, he ran as fast as he could through the woods toward what remained of his campsite in the Northern Region. By the time he finally arrived, half of his upper arm was swollen and the skin was just starting to turn dark.
He stumbled into his tent and immediately began digging through the chest behind his desk where he kept the antivenom he had specially gotten for this very scenario. The antivenom did the job and for a month or so afterward, Viggo took the time he needed to recover from Viper’s bite.
About a month after the battle, Viggo and Robert, along with the hundred or so men that had survived, gathered in the old base to discuss what would happen going forward. Almost all of Viggo’s empire had been wiped out and they had no base. Robert’s trust and faith in Viggo had been greatly weakened after their incredible defeat and some rebellious thoughts had begun to enter his head.
Eventually, Viggo declared that the best thing for them to do would be to disappear and gather their strength again in secret. They headed far beyond the northern border of Jasper Park and up near the mountains. For weeks, they searched the numerous caves at the feet of the mountains for a decent place to set up a new base.
One day, around a month after they had finally gotten settled, Robert convinced Viggo to take a couple of men to scout out the caves around the area for any wolves. The day was halfway through when they arrived at the first cave. Robert kept some men outside to “keep watch” as he said, while Viggo and a few other men went inside.
However, once Viggo was far enough inside, Robert ordered one of the men next to him to collapse the entrance with a grenade from his belt. When the man didn’t comply, Robert took it upon himself to take the grenade and put it on a small ledge underneath the entrance to the cave. It wasn’t long before the grenade exploded, collapsing the entrance and trapping Viggo and the men who had gone with him inside.
Viggo had made enough mistakes, ridiculed Robert time and time again, nearly choking him out in a blind rage a couple of times. Now with him gone, Robert could take control and rebuild the army the way he saw fit and utterly destroy the Western Pack. And this betrayal was the first step in doing just that. After all, as Viggo had once told him, no one was irreplaceable.