There was supposed to be a Jake walking away on Panel 5 that I even had drawn, and somehow, some way, he failed to show up. This is why they're looking towards the road away from Ring Lake and there's suddenly no one there.
In the early Sonic Archie comics (pre-70), Tails was frequently called The Chosen One by the Ancient Walkers. This came to be in a badass way as Turbo Tails made Super Sonic and Hyper Knuckles look silly as he took on Mammoth Mogul. I decided to play with this in a different way. Hey, if I'm fucking with the early Archie canon this much, I may as well smack it way out of the park! =D