As she stood on top of the sleeping truck with Abel
, Sophie peered through his high-powered binoculars at the surrounding area...it was easy enough to see through the sparse trees, at least for a short distance. Dmitri
was position on top of the medical truck.
"How long have Alexander
been down there?" she asked the guard.
"Shortly after we pulled in. They seemed in a hurry to get out of the sleeping truck," Abel said, taking the binoculars back. He slung them back around his neck, then leaned his rifle over his shoulder.
"Can't say I blame them," Sophie said. "It's hard being cooped up so long when we travel. Just...keep an eye on them, okay, Abel? The two of them 'watching out' for each other makes me nervous sometimes...but at least Alexander has his brain juicer on him. At least he'll stay sane with that."
Then Sophie turned to face the cliffs on the other side of the sleeping truck. She could see partially across the rock surface so at least they weren't all that tall really. She wondered if it had been some sort of small mountain or hill...before...that had had the top sheered off. It'd be interesting to know what was on the other side.
"Hey up there!" a deep voice floated from down below.
," Sophie called down, as she leaned over the side.
"Everything looks safe enough on this side...out to that treeline there. We should do a further sweep later, though...once Ishmael
, and Wynn
are done with the last truck."
Sophie nodded. "Yeah...we will. Where are Cassie
heading off to? Water run?"
"Yep. They'll stay in the safe zone for now, Cassie said." John turned to look back in the direction he'd just come from.
Sophie laughed. "And you believed her? Really, John...you know Cassie does what she wants...well, I guess she does try to follow orders but...well, you know."
Still not entirely sure why the other two Agents had agreed to come with them, Sophie still expected them to follow her.
Her and Ishmael. And not go off on their own or do whatever they wanted. She was responsible for this trip...and for everyone who'd agreed to come. It was Vivianne
who'd suggested they be allowed to join the expedition when Sophie announced the group was taking their trucks and going off on their own for awhile.
"Hey, Sophie, I see Ishmael
heading in this way," Abel said. "We'll keep an eye on everyone over here, don't worry."
Sophie nodded her thanks then began to climb down off the truck. She jumped the last few feet and had reached the command truck when Ishmael reached her, covered with grease and dirt, coming in through the gap left for the last truck.
"It'll take us another couple of hours to switch out that gear set. I'm pretty sure it must have been damaged already."
As he explained the problem Sophie frowned. That's all they needed was parts on these particular trucks to be damaged or falling apart. She doubted there were parts anywhere that were easily accessible for their advanced vehicles. But it did sound odd that the damage had occurred in the first place.
"And to answer your next question, checking the other drives out here will take pretty much an entire day. Per truck. I'd rather wait until we get back and have the resources of an actual garage before getting into that."
"Yeah...we can't afford to be stranded in one place that long," she said.
Then Sophie smiled slightly. She was happy to be out on their own again...the last two weeks had been interesting, educational, fun in a way, sometimes dangerous, but definitely freeing. To be in control of where they were going and what they were doing, for all of them to be together...and yes, to not
have to worry about her father or Joseph...was the way she liked it.
Putting her hands on Ishmael's shoulders, Sophie looked up at him. "It'll be fine," she said, trying to be positive. "The parts will keep working until...well, until we're in a position to look at them." Then she said, "But that wasn't going to be my next question...," and stood on her toes whispering in his ear.
Then she pulled back. "But...since you have to get back and finish up then pull the truck in here, I guess I'll ask again later." Normally much too serious, Sophie laughed as the sun broke through the patchy clouds. "I'll see about getting the camp set up until you guys bring the food in."
Edited by Nikki Peppermint, 14 May 2015 - 11:38 AM.