July 25th, 2013


On Mutual Ground (Tom>Ben, Sayid, Kelvin, etc...)

"There is danger coming to the island and it seemed the prudent thing to work with them rather than going on my own."

Richard frowned. What was Ben talking about? "What kind of danger are you referring to?" he asked. He didn't know about anything like that.

Tom was wondering the same thing.

"The danger is some very hostile people coming to the island," Ben said. "They were brought here on a freighter that is anchored somewhere close to the island." (Ben didn't know their exact location but he assumed it was close.) "Their mission as I understand it involves killing anyone who gets in their way."

"What?" Tom's mouth dropped and he quickly snapped it shut. "Are you sure?"

Ben nodded. "Yes. I am," he said. He was as sure as he could be anyway.

Nodding, as well, Tom accepted Ben's reply. Although, he still wondered if it was a ploy.

"We have it on good authority," Kelvin added. "Plus, we recently found something that backs that up." Seeing the explosives had removed any doubt he had about what Miles had told them.

Tom turned his attention to Kelvin.

Kelvin looked at Tom and Richard. "You are likely in danger as well," he said. They were on the island so they were in the same boat as the rest of them.

"And what do you plan on doing about it?" Tom asked.

Kelvin looked at Tom. "We plan on fighting them if we can," he said. "If that doesn't work our plan B is to leave the island." Hearing those plans spoken he wondered if they would be enough. There weren't really many other options so they had to be.

Leave the island? Tom wondered how they planned on doing that.

"This area is easy to defend and we have the element of surprise." They also had the explosives and traps they planned to set. Kelvin thought they at least stood a chance.

"I would like to speak with Ben," Tom then said. "Alone."

Sayid didn't like that idea. Not at all. He looked from Tom to Kelvin.

Kelvin raised an eyebrow. "You're welcome to talk to him," he said. He couldn't see any reason to deny that.

Tom was glad to hear that, but had a feeling there was more to it.

"But anything you have to say can be said in front of all of us." Right now wasn't the time for secrecy. (Not to mention he didn't trust them not to try something.) "Those are our terms. Take them or leave them."

And there it was. "If he is working with you, then it shouldn't be a problem," Tom refuted.
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