The others paired up and ran off as well. Jake and Hana quickly entered the forested area and began to use what little stealth training they had. Oddly, Jake started to notice his body did feel different, but he ignored the sensation. Suddenly, light poured into the forest as if the sun had appeared in the middle of the colony. “Looks like they are eager to find us. Day cycle started three hours early,” Jake said. Both quickly found a small foliage enclosure and quickly created a camouflaged shelter. It wasn’t the best, but it would be impossible to see from the sky. Unless someone used sensors, Jake and Hana should be safe there.
“Well this is completely unexpected,” Hana said after awhile. Jake nodded an agreement. They had been sitting there silent for some time, but had not heard or seen anything near them.
Jake suddenly had the urge to laugh at the situation, but he managed to keep himself calm. He had to distract himself a little, so he said, “This is first time we have been alone with each other in awhile. Truly alone that is.” The look Hana gave him quickly made him realized he said that entirely wrong. “Oh God no, Hana, I would never think along those lines,” he said while suddenly realizing he might have just dug the hole deeper.
The punch to his shoulder followed by Hana saying, “Silly, just get it out what you want to say."
Jake recovered himself and asked, “Why did you join the T.F. military? You never really told me. I might brag about myself some, but I highly doubt you joined just because of me.”
Hana looked away from him. She scrunched herself in a protective position that Jake never really saw her do before. He got as close to her as he dared before she said, “It hurt Jake. Ajax, Sarah, and all the others dying. My parents said I was too weak for space travel, and they didn’t even pay attention to me. All they were concerned about was the money I received. The pain stayed with me, and then you made your decision. Believe it or not, I was thinking of joining before you spoke about it.”