Type M Blood: Part Eighteen

Will and Ash had been walking through the dense wood for hours before the trees finally started thinning out. Glimmering pinpoints of light showed up in the sky.
Will nodded.
"I never thought I'd be so happy to see them again," Ash said as she stared up at the sky.
"It's been so long since I've seen any light except the ones at the facility," Will said softly.
Ash nodded and leaned against Will.
"We're almost there, Ash."
She almost smiled. "I wish…"
Her voice trailed off. Will didn't need to hear the finished sentence to know what she wished. That her dad had survived.
Will wrapped his arms tightly around her waist. "I know, Ash. I know."
She leaned back against him. "What's it like living with a family?"
Will shrugged. "It's kind of hard to explain, I mean that's not a question you hear a lot."
Ash smiled. "I know, but I don't know what it's like living with one."
Will held her tighter, trying to find the words to explain. "You always have someone to talk to, someone that will always be there when you need them, there's always someone to make you laugh. After the twins were born, things got a little crazy, but we all still loved each other at the end of the day. And after dad left, things got hard, but we had each other and we got through it."
Ash nodded. "So you live with your mom and the twins?"
"Tell me about the twins."
Will smiled. "Taiga and Tundra. Taiga's a girl, Tundra's a boy. They both have pale skin and dark hair. Taiga's is closer to black, and Tundra's is closer to brown. But the colors are so close it's hard to tell the difference. They love to play outside, and they thought I was the best thing ever."
Ash turned and faced Will. "You miss them."
Will nodded.
"You don't know how long you've been gone, and you don't know how old they are now or if they'll remember you."
Will didn't say anything.
"Will, you're their older brother, and I'm sure they remember you. After your dad left, you took on the father role for them, right?"
Will nodded.
Ash put her hands on either side of his face and brought it down til he was looking at her. "Then they'll remember you. You're not the type of person one forgets easily, Will."
Will smiled. "Thanks, Ash."
She nodded and put her head on his chest.
"You miss your dad." It wasn't a question, but a statement.
Ash nodded and bit her lip to hold back the tears. "I thought fo so long that I'd killed my whole family, and then I found my dad and for the first time in my life, I felt like things were going to be okay. And then he sacrificed himself so that I could escape. But now I don't have a family anymore." She looked up at Will. "There's still so much I don't remember, so much I don't know about myself. I could've asked Blaze, but there wasn't time. He's gone."
Her voice cracked one the last word.
Will held her tighter and kissed the top of her head. "Ash, I promise I'll help you remember. My mom's a doctor, and when we get to my house, she'll help you. Ash, you are going to remember."

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