I stepped out of my room clean and ready to face my demons but none of them were there. I stood just outside my door and looked down the long hall in both directions. Silence was all that greeted me.
Normally the lack of sound would be a good thing but I couldn't shake the cold presence I felt. I cautiously made my way down the stairs hyper aware of what awaited me the last time I traveled down them. What I saw shouldn't have been a surprise.
Everything was exactly as it was before the fight. No blood, no gore, no wreckage, and no brothers. I stayed still at the bottom of the stairs and listened carefully, besides the soft hum of the air conditioner it was quiet. I searched our main floor for any sign as to where Alexander and Bradley were but found none.
I quieted my mind and searched for the connection I had grown use to and came up empty handed. Whatever link I had with Bradley was severed completely, I wouldn't be finding him through it nor would he be finding me. I needed to talk to him about the attack, I deserved answers.
I let my hand hover over the door handle almost scared it would shock me if I tried to leave. For the first time since being here I would leave the safety of our living quarters on my own. As far as I knew I wasn't allow to leave without James or Bradley. I took a deep breath and opened the door to the lab slowly. I peeked my head out into the hall.
White walls and doors went as far as the eye could see, and much like the space behind me, it was quiet. Unlike the first day I arrived there were no humans running hurriedly through the halls.
Once I realized there was no danger I opened the door fully and stepped out into the hall. I almost expected and alarm to blare overhead, but nothing happened. I took another step and then another. I passed by closed doors and listened hard before approaching each of them. With each empty room I passed I became more worried.
When I reached the end of the hall I debated which direction I should go. I began to walk to the right but I faintly heard something to my left. I turned back and hurriedly walked toward the doors on my left. The further I walked the louder the noise got, voices.
I stopped and listened intently, I needed to know which door the muffled voices were coming from. My head snapped to a door at the end of the hall and I rushed toward it. When I arrived at the door I pressed my ear firmly against it to confirm it was where the voices were coming from. I heard Bradley's voice over the sea of mangled voices and almost opened the door, but I stopped in my tracks. They were talking about me.
"They are here for her! We've had two attacks on the facility since bringing her back and I'm starting to think we should have left her out there!" I didn't recognize the voice and it was muffled by the thickness of the door. If it wasn't for my advance hearing I probably wouldn't be able to hear them at all.
"I had been looking for her all that time and you chose to bring her back here without notice and now you just want to take her back? How would you explain this to her or her adoptive family back home?" Alexander's voice was clear to me and anger was evident in his tone.
"That doesn't matter. We have to do something. I don't like the idea of sending her back either Alex but something has to be done. She's drawing too much attention to us." Bradley's words pierced me and I wondered what he'd have them do with me. Silence followed his statement, no one dared refute him because they knew he was right. "It's either we leave her here like a sitting duck or we clear her memory and send her back into the world." This time he was refuted.
"So you suppose we knock her out and drop her in the middle of nowhere? She wouldn't survive in the human world now. How would she eat? And we can't exactly give her back to her adoptive parents." He paused, "what would we tell them? 'Sorry we stole your inhuman daughter but we brought her back with no memories. No harm done right?" His voice rose with every word and was dripping with sarcasm.
"Alexander calm down. Don't let your feelings for the girl cloud your judgment. She endangers us just by being here and once she learns of her capabilities there is no going back." Footfalls got louder as someone neared the door.
"I won't let you take her from me again." The door handle turned and I bolted around the corner to get out of sight. Alexander exited the room and slammed the door behind him in anger. I watched him grow smaller down the hall and I held my breath until I could no longer see him. I stepped from around the corner and then followed in the direction he went.
I wanted to believe that Bradley would tell me all about this meeting the second it ceased but somehow I knew he wouldn't. I also knew he'd send me away if he thought I was dangerous despite his feelings toward me. I thought he cared about me but the more I thought about it the more it seemed that he only wanted a way to control me. Our stupid bond had nothing to do with feelings, it had everything to do with him keeping tabs on me.
My legs felt heavy and anger seeped through my pores. They would wipe my memories just as they did when I arrived. Was anyone going to tell me they took them in the first place? I thought this was my home but I've been proved wrong multiple times now.
I caught sight of Alexander's retreating form and I ran to close the distance. He didn't turn around at the sound of my running and he didn't stop when I got closer. I walked fast behind him to keep up and I searched for the words to say. I reached out for his shoulder and spun him around to face me. His eyes became round with shock and he pulled away from my grasp.
"Tessa? What the hell are you doing out here? It's not safe for you." I stepped closer and looked up into his golden eyes.
"I know that now. So tell me, when will they send me away?" His jaw dropped for a split second before he composed himself again. His back straightened and he grabbed my hand. He pulled me down the hall towards the unknown and I wasn't sure if confronting him was my best idea.