The apartment was small with wrestling posters here and there on the blue walls, a bed with a blue blanket and white sheets on a wood frame, a bookshelf to the side and a bathroom near the wooden door. On the bed was a backpack, and a certain hippo was packing things up for a long trip.
Murray had gotten news that Bentley had found Sly and needed him to meet the turtle and Carmelita at their Paris safe house. But ever since he moved to this apartment complex, he felt at home with new friends who wanted to hear about his wrestling exploits.
He laughed, he cried, he even helped a few others out, who helped him in return. But all that was about to end when he got that call.
With supplies packed, he zipped the bag up and put it on his back. Murray soon left, ready to do his duty as the brawn of the Cooper Gang.
He took one final look at the apartment door. "See ya, new home," he bade. "I'll miss you and my new friends."
The hippo hurried off down the hallway. But halfway there, one of the doors opened and out stepped an apartment resident, who noticed Murray with the bag.
"Where are you going?"
Hearing a strict female voice, Murray gulped before turning around.
Standing with her hands on her hips was a squirrel-chipmunk woman with brown fur, blue eyes, and short, red hair. She wore a red, long sleeved shirt over a brown vest, blue jeans and black shoes.
"Oh, uh, hi, Alicia," Murray greeted.
The girl noticed the bag on his persons. "What's with the backpack?" the woman, Alicia, asked. "Are you going somewhere far off?"
"Yeah. I need to help someone out," he explained.
"And that requires you leaving on an important day?" Alicia reminded him.
Murray soon realized that the apartment manager was coming to inspect the rooms they were living in. "I'm sure he can wait!" he hoped. "I just need to-!"
She took hold of his hand and gave it a tight squeeze. That actually caused a bit of pain for the hippo and he managed to pull it back to shake it off.
"Just because you're a professional wrestler doesn't mean you live life just for yourself, understand?!" she lectured angrily. "I know you've got things to do, but it can wait! Besides, do you know how much we'd worry if you just went off without-!"
"I know, okay?!" he yelled. "But I gotta do this!"
There was a pause while the air because thick with tension. After a moment, Murray calmed down.
"Alicia," Murray began. "For the longest time, I've been keeping something from you and all my apartment neighbors here. But, I think it's time I...you know, came clean."
"Huh?" she asked with surprise. This was the first time she saw him this serious.
Murray then explained everything to her: how he was a member of the Cooper Gang, about his two other friends, and how much he had grown while with them. He also told her that the reason why he had to leave for a while was to save someone he loved dearly from being stranded in time forever.
"That's why I gotta be there for him," he finished. "Not just because I'm doing this because any other friend would, but...we're more of a family than a band of thieves. In fact, they're the only family I've got! And when one of us is in trouble we charge in like a hammering ram to stand up to him!"
"I think you mean 'battering ram'," Alicia told him with a giggle.
"Oh, yeah! I love those! All the destruction they make is so cool!" he beamed.
"You were saying?" she asked.
"Oh, oh yeah! That's why I gotta leave for a while. I probably might not come back, but it'll be worth it to help him out. Plus, I didn't want to lie to you any longer, Alicia."
A tear came down her eye when he said that. The hippo really meant it.
"I...I understand," she complied. "Go ahead. I'll tell the manager you're off to participate in a tournament. I'm going to miss you, but promise me you'll be careful out there."
"Cross my heart, hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye!" Murray told her.
Alicia sighed. She would never get his weird way with words, but she liked that about him.
With farewells exchanged, Murray was off to reunite with Carmelita and Bentley.