Naomi looked from member to member of this new little group that had been formed practically overnight. They'd escaped okay, got out from under the control of the EM Shield and Joseph teleported them home. Now came the next part; figuring out what they were going to do.
"Alright," David put down a couple of files and sat down at the head of the table, "Obviously that mission both went well and it didn't."
Naomi eyed the files, "How are we supposed to fight this? This is different than a weapon, weapons take time to make and build and this was supposed to be a huge blow and now we find out that this is a lot bigger than we thought and there might not be any way to stop them? I mean, what's the point? We destroy them in one place, then they'll be grown in five months in some other underground laboratory, if there aren't more out there already."
"There are 24 facilities, all of them are growing clones," Lisa told them, "When they're ready, the growth acceleration is slowed down and they're sent off to a training camp to further enhance their abilities. There are fourteen of those and more being built."
Jane, who was viewing the world around her with the fascination of a child spoke up, "You cut me off from my brothers and sisters."
"I cut you off from the hive mind that the facility incorporated in you, so that they couldn't find you and take you back. You're human now," Able told her.
"No," She stared at him with a mixture of hurt and shock in her eyes, "I'm not."
She stood up and walked up to the room that Able had earlier showed her would be hers.
Joseph leaned back, "Here's my question; what do we do with that thing? She's a clone, she's one of them, how can we trust her?"
"I changed her programming; she'll be loyal to us," Able stood up.
"Yes, because your ability is so perfect," he snapped, "What if it wasn't absolutely perfect?"
"Then I redesign a computer program and try again," Able stood as well, "I'm going to bed."
Lisa turned to David, "There's something else I need to do."
Her words stopped Able in his tracks, "What is it?'
"There are some files about Jane and her programming on the computer at home…I deleted the important ones today in the computer at the lab, but not at the house. I didn't even think about it!"
"I can take you home," Joseph said, "It's still probably chaotic at the Facility, I doubt anyone will be there."
"Take this with you," Able handed him an external hard drive, "Cut and paste everything and destroy the computer. Teleport it into the bay or something."
"I'll go with them," Naomi stood, "I'll help her pack up what she needs."
"I'll monitor the security cameras around the house to make sure you don't get any company when you're there." Able grabbed the laptop that he always carried around with him and turned it on.
David stood up, "And I'll be in my office, let me know when you get back."
He walked up the stairs and watched as Joseph teleported himself, Lisa, and Naomi out of the compound.
He walked into his office and closed the door, it was one in the morning and highly doubtful that any of his superiors would be awake but he didn't care. He put the phone of speaker and dialed the number from memory. It was too risky to keep it on speed dial. They were already asking questions about his motives.
"This had better be good," someone snapped after the third ring.
He scoffed. They could call him at all hours of the day and night, but if he did the same? He'd hear about it for months, "You didn't tell me that they were clones."
There was silence.
"You said that it was a weapon. You didn't say anything about clones. And you can claim ignorance, but I know better."
"It was need-to-know basis, David. Were they destroyed?"
"No," he put his hands on his back, and stretched, "But we do have one."
"We'll pick her up in the morning for testing."
He laughed, "I doubt that'll happen as smoothly as you think it will."
"Able turned her as human as he possibly could. He's grown attached, and he won't let her go without a fight. And the others are already starting to question my leadership so they'll side with him."
"Well isn't that amazing? You've managed to screw it all up," the man snapped.
"Yeah, yeah, there's also something else."
"What?" the voice demanded angrily.
"I have Lisa Eisley with me."
A few seconds of silence passed on the phone, "You're not her Guardian, you have no authority to add her to your team."
"It's already done." He turned on his computer and accessed the security cameras that monitored the living room. Able's hands moved furiously over the keyboard, he hated using his ability and took a lot of credit in doing it manually when he could, "I just thought you should know."
"David, you're stepping beyond your boundaries. If you keep doing that, then not even I will be able to help you."
"I know," he hung up the phone and leaned back, he brushed his hand through his hair, he was tired but getting any sleep would be doubtful, "But I think I can handle myself."
Coming soon – "The Hunter" – As the team starts adjusting to living with each other, Frederic Braun releases a clone called "The Hunter" to track them down.