If the Shoe Fits...
A/N: This fic takes place after the "Museum of Mystery"/ "Secret of the Birdstyles" episode. Jun has just escaped from Katse and retrieved her shoe. The team doesn't know how much information Katse gained from examining Jun's shoe, but they are concerned that he will somehow use this knowledge against them in the future...I borrowed the character Madiana and the village of Danya from the Top Cow comics.
How could I be so careless? I've endangered the team. I can't believe I let my shoe fall into Katse's hands...he must know what I look like by now. How much of my face did he see? Jun shifted her position on Nambu's couch, and twisted away from the other team members, preoccupied with her new found fears. Maybe I should quit the team and move away...
"Jun? Jun? Are you going to answer my question?" Nambu regarded her as she stared out the window. She was physically sitting in his house for the debriefing, but mentally far away.
"Hmmm? Oh, yes, sir! Uhhhm...could you repeat the question, please?" Jun blushed as Keyop snickered at her response.
"Daydreaming about Ken again, sis?"
She promptly reached over and smacked him on the head. "Shut up, Jinpei! I've had enough of your teasing for one day!"
"Enough...both of you... now, Jun...I need to know... did Katse get a good look at your face?" Nambu's eyes bore straight through her as she suddenly felt four other pairs of eyes lock on to her. The room became dreadfully quiet.
"Ummm, well, he tried to look...but I wouldn't let him...he saw all of the other girls, though. Just as he was about to turn me around, the Phoenix showed up, and he ran to see what was happening." She looked down at her shoe. There it was... the cause of all of her problems. She felt so embarrassed and ashamed.
"We can't afford for your cover to have been blown. Just be sure that he hasn't identified you. If he has, you may have to leave the team and change your identity for your own safety." Nambu said grimly. "Since you were taken captive, you will also need to be checked out in the infirmary. Make sure to fill out the paperwork with as many details as possible."
"But, Hakase..." Jun tried to speak, but she was cut off by Nambu.
"It is imperative that we be prepared for Katse's next move. If there is nothing else to discuss team, you are dismissed."
Everyone stood and replied with the usual, "Yes sir!" and left the office.
Jun's head lowered as she left the room. She had never felt so alone, so disconnected from the team before. It was a lonely, depressing thought. Nambu's words replayed in her mind as she dragged herself to the infirmary... you may have to leave the team and change your identity for your own safety.
She heard footsteps coming quickly behind her. "Jun! Jun! Wait up!"
Ken was following close behind her. What now? She thought. Is he mad at me, too?
Ken stopped her by grabbing her shoulder. He looked deep into her eyes and asked, "Are you ok?"
Jun averted his eyes and stared at the floor. "I'm ok, just a little tired, I guess..."
"Come on, you can tell me...what is it? The paperwork? I'll help you fill it out..." Ken guessed wrong on purpose to get her to talk.
"No. It's not the paperwork." She wasn't making his interrogation easy.
"Look, I know something's bothering you, and I'm not giving up until you tell me, ok? So you might as well just spit it out..." Ken prodded. "If I know you, you're feeling guilty... like you let us down or something, am I right?"
Jun nodded, welling up with tears. "How did you know?"
"Because you remind me of me. Remember when I lost my bracelet? What did you tell me?" Ken pulled her chin up, so she had to look him in the eyes.
"I told you it was an accident... it wasn't your fault..." She recalled defending him from the wrath of Nambu and the rest of the team when he lost his bracelet in a dinosaur exhibit.
"Is this situation any different?" Ken smiled.
"Well, yes. Katse may be able to find out who I am. Then I'll be separated from you and everyone else...the only family I have..." Tears flowed down her cheeks now.
Ken pulled her close and comforted her. "I'll make sure that doesn't happen."