"Like a van? We can't fit all of the people in a minivan, and also, where should we have them live?"
Clara butted in to our conversation. "Where are you having us live? Why can't we live where we want to?"
"Do you want to live, always separated for your . . . characteristics? Do you want to always live away from everyone else?"
"No," she admitted. She had hit a sore spot in her.
I tilted my head. "What about an RV of sorts? So we have a place to live as we travel?And we'll be together." I looked at Clara. "Together where we can use our powers in safety and help each other grow in power."
Airo's eyes were wide and excited, and for once, Clara actually looked hopeful. I brushed my arm again, looking down at the floor. Memories were coming back. Flashes, bits, but coming back steadily and slowly, trickling into my mind like poison.
I pressed my hand against the wall and shut my eyes tightly, forcing the memories back to where they'd come from, deep in my subconsciousness. They'd come again. Just not now.
"Can't you just order the people you've brainwashed to give you one?" Clara said, not noticing Airo sneaking out. He saw an RV in the parking lot. He thought hard. How would he get the keys? He touched and the engine began to purr to life. He gripped the handle and pulled. It opened willingly. His eyes widened in shock.
Was this what they meant when they had said he had powers?
I looked around. Where was Airo? "Airo?" I started to look around more panicked, and the others followed. FInally, I spotted him. What was he doing about to get into a random RV?? "AIRO!" I yelled as I ran out the door. "Get AWAY from that vehicle!!"
I run after the RV when it drives off. How could I be so careless? I should have been watching him better. He was just a kid. My shoulders slumped and I walked slowly back to the rest of the group. "I'm sorry guys. I should have been watching him better.But I promise I'll get him back." I felt my anger returning. "Even if I have to kill the people who took them."
(Wow, I didn't think you'd take that turn.)
"Let's follow the vehicle." I hop into a parked car, and hot wire it on. Everybody else gets in, and it feels like they're taking forever to do so. I slam on the gas pedal, and chase the RV. Clara is complaining about having less than a foot of room on either side of her, but I just tell her to shut up, and keep on driving.
(I was originally thinking that his power would be mostly mechanical, although that could still be an option, but this turn is interesting!)
I press my hands against my head. I need to stop overthinking everything. Surely they are white suits. And they have Airo again! I rock back and forth slowly, while Clara watches me, skeptically looking me up and down. She puts a hand on my shoulder and smiles.