Mind, Body, and Soul
Arthas and Anub’arak were lounging backstage of the Nexus. Arthas, feet up on the table tuning his guitar. Anub’arak flipping though the Battle Records in his Flight case.
As Arthas ran though some warm-up cords, he noticed the air was cooler than normal, and there was a smell in the air, iron maybe? At the same time, Anub’arak noticed and they both looked towards the green room door that had just opened.
In the doorway stood a familiar figure they hadn’t seen in years. For a what felt like an eternity there was silence. Finally, Arthas spoke. “Kel’thuzad? You damned skeletal son of a lich. You gotta lotta nerve showing your face around here.” Athas had risen from the couch and moved over to the floating figure. Kel’thuzad betrayed no emotion as Arthas slammed his hand down on his shoulder. Arthas face broke into a smile. and he pulled Kel in for a hug.
“Always the sentimental one.” Kel responded dryly as Arthas released his grip.
“What is the reason for your return, lich?” Anub’arak asked. Despite his eerie and alien vocal tones, the suspicion in his voice was clear.
“I am here to get the band back together.” Kel’thuzad extended his massive hands in a friendly gesture as he said the words.
Anub’arak scoffed, “YOU abandoned US for your solo career. It is your fault everyone thinks you are a one hit wonder. Now that you can not replicate your success, you return?”
Arthas smirked, “I hear you play ‘Naxxramas’ TWICE at your concerts.”
Kel waved them both off dismissively, “I’m not here about the past, I want to discuss our future. We need a reunion tour! I wanted to discuss terms with you both. I hear that Ner’zul is no longer managing you? I think I recall warning you against trying to be manager and star, didn’t I Arthas?”
“You said, ‘Don’t put on too many hats.’, but I have been managing things very well since then. That’s not something I plan on giving up. If you are going to work with us again, that’s how it’s going to stay.” Arthas had dropped the friendly pretence. Emotion in the room was raw despite the years that had passed for it to cool down.
“Of course.” was Kel’thuzad’s reply. “I don’t want to shake up what you’ve got going on, I just want to be a part of it again. A reunion tour would do us all a world of good.”
Arthas’ severe expression melted into a more pleasant one. He almost smiled again. “I’ll have a contract written up. We can start working on tour schedules…”
“AS soon as we get the others.” Kel interjected. Both Arthas hand Anub’arak’s faces froze in astonishment.
“But… Malganis is dead.” Anub’arak stated, although it could have been a question.
“And Sylvanas…” Arthas threw his hands up. He didn’t need to explain. “She would never.”
Kel’thuzad leaned in towards the two of them. His calm demeanor started to crack. Slowly he curled his hands in to fists. “When I said I wanted to get the band back, I meant the WHOLE band.”