Ash was leaning against the deck railing, her arms crossed in front of her, looking out into the forest. Will silently came up behind her. He leaned against the door and watched the wind lightly dance in her charcoal and black hair. She didn’t know how beautiful she really was, he mused as he watched her shift her weight to her other leg.
“Enjoying the view?” she asked with a hint of laughter without turning around.
Will pushed off the door and walked across the redwood deck to her. “The scenery out here is nice, and I forgot how much I loved these woods while I was gone.”
Ash smiled and leaned back against him as he put his arms around her waist. “Because trees were exactly what you were looking at.”
Will returned her smile. “I was, but then I was distracted by you, wondering what you were thinking about.”
Her smile fell. “My family and if I’ll ever get my memory back and how we’ll destroy the facility.”
“That’s a lot to think about,” he said as he put his chin on top of her head. “But maybe I can help. I’ll tell you all I can remember about your family, but my mom would be better at that than I would, and I don’t know if you’ll ever fully get your memory back, but I hope so. And as for destroying the facility, I’ve got the same thing you’ve got, nothing. But I know that we’ll have to do something big to eradicate it. That thing won’t be destroyed with a water gun, we’ll need something much bigger.”
She sighed. “I know. But what? The only other thing I can think of is a bomb, and I’m not sure that’s a good idea because it could hurt other people that don’t need to be.”
Will nodded. “Another problem with your ‘flawless plan.’ How do we make one and transport it there without getting blown up? Those things require a lab to be built in, which is something we don’t posses.”
“There’s also another problem,” Ash said. “What about all the people like us in there? Like Vale?”
Will sighed. Vale was a friend from the facility who controlled earth, or was supposed to, she hadn’t reached her coming of age yet and had no powers, just the elements in her blood.
“The only way I can think of saving them is infiltrating the facility and escaping again. But that’s too risky, that puts both of us at risk again.”
“Yes, but this whole plan does, Will. No matter what we do, there’s going to be a risk. And I can’t sit by and let innocent people die.”
Will smiled grimly. “So we evacuate the scientists and murderers first, too?”
Ash shook her head. “No. They’re not innocent, they’re killers. By innocent, I mean…”
“You mean people with our blood type. Like Vale and all the others there.”
Ash nodded. “Exactly. But for that, we’ll have to infiltrate the facility again, not get caught as ourselves doing it, or they’ll kill us for sure. And then we’ll have to rescue everyone in there and blow the place sky high. Great plan,” she said with a grim smile.
“We’ve escaped before, we can do it again,” Will said, still not sure himself if they could manage it again.
“We’ll have to,” Ash added, and then doubled over, clutching her stomach.
“Are you okay?” he asked, concern in his voice.
She slowly stood as the pain receded. “I think so. Just a random cramp.”
Will nodded. “Alright. Well let’s go back inside and start talking more with my mom about this. We need to have at least one outside person informed about our plans.”
Ash nodded and allowed herself to be escorted back inside, Will’s arm protectively around her shoulders. As they walked back through the door, she pressed her hand to her stomach and wondered if the pain really had been just a random cramp.