May 21st, 2013

Lean

Search and Rescue (Tom>Richard)

"Honestly, I really doubt they would torture him or even really rough him up." He knew Kelvin and Sayid were perfectly capable of doing it. He also knew that Kelvin had changed and he would avoid something like that if at all possible. (He didn't know about the other people but he thought Kelvin could influence them.) He smiled softly and continued rowing.

Tom frowned. "You don't really believe that." He didn't like Richard pacifying him and didn't know why he was.

Richard looked at Tom. "I do honestly believe that," he said. He had hoped he would take him at his word but he wasn't that surprised that he hadn't.

Tom thought about what Richard said and decided he was probably telling the truth. "Okay."

"I can't say anything about the new people but I know Kelvin and Sayid." He paused for a moment. "Kelvin wouldn't allow something like that to happen if he had any say in things." He also doubted it would be Sayid's first choice of action.

"I hope not," Tom replied.

"Yeah," Richard agreed. "I hope not as well." He continued to row. "As I said, I don''t think that's likely." He obviously couldn't know with complete certainty but he felt safe in his belief. "At any rate, worrying about it won't do anybody any good."

Tom knew that was true. Of course, it was easier said than done.

He thought about what was ahead of them. "When we get ashore we should start thinking of a plan of action for when we reach the camp." He knew there were a lot of variables they couldn't control there. It would be best if they had a good handle on the ones they could.

"Why wait?" Tom asked. "We should talk about it now."

Richard thought about that. There really wasn't any reason they couldn't discuss it right then. He had just thought they would know more about the situation when they were near the camp. "That's fine," he said. There were still things they could discuss right then.

"Okay," Tom replied.

"I had been thinking we would wait until we were near the camp so we would have a better handle on the situation," he explained. "We don't have to do that though." He smiled. "It actually probably would be good if we started thinking about it right away."

"So, what do you think would be the best plan of action?" Tom pushed.