Reconciliation by Ebonyswanne
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Jun walked up to Ken, "What's going on?" She asked.

Ken's face became tense. "We have a new threat from a powerful family in looks like they are taking over from Galactor...Dr.Nambu's looking into it-"

They both looked at the screen that came to life before their eyes, a man with white smiling mask stood before them all. Even through the mask Jun could feel his arrogance radiating before them.

"Well, well if it isn't the Science Ninja Team..." He mocked them confidently, Ken clenched his fist.

"He can't see us." Dr.Nambu reassured them.

"Who-are-you." Ken said through clenched teeth.

 "Some call leader." His mocking voice rang throughout the room. "Others call me the Count of Egobossler... the new leader of our world. I'm being generous Gatchaman and I have decided to give you all a chance to surrender."

"Who ever you say you are... you underestimate us." Ken's growled.

Jun glanced sideways at him- something about the way he spoke and the tight muscles of his face sent a shiver of forewarning down her spine, she couldn't place the feeling but something had begun to slowly change in him over the past few months. She hoped it would settle down the pain he felt inside, she still felt it too and she hoped he realized he didn't have to do it alone.

Saying nothing she waited to see what this Count Egobossler really wanted from them.

"Ken calm down!" Dr Nambu said firmly. Then he turned to look back at Count Egobossler. "Why did you really call me?"

"I already told you... I'm going to rule the world if you surrender immediately-"Count Egobossler purred.

"Are you insane?" Dr.Nambu slammed the desk." Like hell we'll surrender to the likes of you."

"I knew you would say that...convenient it means I get to destroy you instead of having you at my back." Egobossler laughed again. "I'll destroy you...don't say I didn't warn you."

Then the screen went blank. The silence echoed through the room as they all took in the new threat to the fragile peace they had had in the past few months.

"We can't let him hurt innocent people." Ken said impatiently. "Let us go and stop him!"

"No, you'll wait here to protect the base, the UN air force are already onto it." Dr.Nambu's firm voice didn't halt the Eagle.

"I'll take them on alone if I have too." Ken's anger at being held back became more apparent. Jun put a hand on his arm to calm him down, it had no effect.

"You fight as a team, not solo." Dr. Nambu's eyes narrowed to slits as he stared down Gatchaman. The tension in the room mounted, and the silent battle between them began to escalate. Eventually Dr Nambu's gaze softened and he gave the consent Ken had been looking for.

"Look after Joe." Ken said. Jun could only follow her commander out the door. Something about this rash behaviour seemed out of place with the normally cool headed Eagle.

* * * *

The ship lurched side ways, but still Ken ordered Ryu to advance.

"We can't Ken. It has us in its grasp!" Ryu cried out as he struggled with the controls.

"This beast will not defeat us- I just have to blast just a few more missiles into it..." Ken desperately ordered Ryu to get him a clear shot.

"Ken...watchout it's got another weapon." Jun shouted to get his attention but her warning came too late. The ship rocked like it had been hit with depth charges throwing Jun from her seat like a rag doll. Gasping for breath she could only watch in horror as Ryu lost control of the ship and it plummeted towards the Earth in a death spin. A wail left her lips as she tried to reach for Jinpei...

In a last desperate action to save them Ryu pulled the nose up. After the first explosion she blacked out. Nausea and the sound of something mechanical temporarily pulled her back. She saw Ken stumbling past her, but she felt too weak to call out to him. She wondered in a foggy haze if he saw her amongst the wreckage.

Are we dying? She thought. Is this it? We survived Galactor only to die at the hands of some Count and his new beast?

The world began to spin again... her life began to flash before her eyes, she saw Ken, the way he looked at her before things turned sour between them, then Dyami's first cry as he entered the world. The flash of pain through her body told her it must be the end. Ken calling her name... "I'm coming Ken..."She called, trying to find him in the fog. "Jinpei...Ryu where are you." She cried. Panic began to build. Then in the haze she saw Ken, laying on a white cloud, peace surrounded him, as she walked closer she saw his relaxed handsome features pale and calm like death had claimed him. His hands felt icy...then she knew death had claimed him and taken him from her...

Then something changed, the sounds around her became more real in her mind.

"Jun...please come back to us." Ken sounded desperate.

"What...happened...?" She croaked.

"We almost died...that mecha had us in its grasp, but then Kamo showed up and saved our butts in his digger...we lost the ship, but thankfully we're all alive." Ken informed her.

Who's Kamo? She thought drowsily.

Jun opened her eyes to see Ken sitting beside her holding her hand, his piercing eyes looked bluer than the sky from the redness around them. He looked tired, and older sitting there beside her hospital bed.

"I feel like a train wreck." She confessed. "My chest hurts and my lungs feel like they are on fire."

"You got hurt the worst, and then you stopped breathing..." Ken's voice cracked and he looked away. "But your okay now...I'll call in Ryu and Jinpei...Joes waiting outside too, though he's as weak as ever..."

"I'll live then...and back in action as soon as I see the doctor." Jun smiled weakly.

"You'll live...promise me you will." Ken said standing up.

"You too..." She suddenly tried to sit up, Ken stopped walking, and he turned to look at her and frowned.

"What makes you say that?" He asked.

"Just...promise won't do anything stupid." Jun saw the dream flash before her eyes again, why did she feel she had just been given a prophecy of horrors to come?

Ken's lopsided smile made her relax a little." What could possibly make me do something stupid?"

"You got very worked up just before the mission." Jun lay back on the bed and stared at the ceiling. Ken didn't respond to that, instead he opened the door and the others walked in and she mildly heard their chatter as they expressed their delight at seeing her.

"Jun, what's wrong?" Joe asked quietly.

"Where do you want me to begin?" She said slowly turning her head to look at his face. She didn't like what she saw in his dull grey eyes, Joe looked defeated.

The world began to spin around her again- she could hear Dr.Nambu talking to someone in the distance.

"She needs a good nights rest..." she heard him say.

"I'll stay with her..." Ken said. "That chair in the corner looks cosy..."

Jun tried to say she'd be fine, he should go and rest in a real bed, but exhaustion and weakness took over before she could get the words out of her mouth.

This time in her dream she walked through a black world of darkness wearing only a white hospital gown... "This is what your life will be like when Ken's dead..." A gentle voice told her. "He's not dead..." She told it. Salty hot tears escaped her eyes at the thought of him leaving her like that.

"But Ken will die and so will the child you abandoned...nothing you love will stay with you... your worth nothing, so why should you have love... you had your chance, and you blew it. " It said in its gentle tones once more. Is it female? Jun mused trying to make sense of it.

"It doesn't have to be like this...he doesn't have to die...I'm not worthless..." She snarled at the voice.

"Your wrong! Dyami is alive and safe... "She cried Jun knew the emotion the voice spoke of, she felt it the day she left him in the hospital. Beneath all the numbness her heart ached for him.

"All things leave us eventually...all things die...don't be so naïve to think you can have happiness after you gave up your own flesh and blood and denied him his only child...That pain is yours to bear...and it will never leave." The gentle voice became harsher as it spoke, stroking her pain and twisting it until she couldn't bear it any longer.

"I didn't have a choice..." She rebuked it shouting at it and letting out the anger that still boiled deep inside of her..."I didn't have a dare you judge me!"

"Nothing stays as it is... "The voice became gentle again...

"Jun wake up, your having a bad dream..." Someone said, but she couldn't make out who the voice belonged to. Cold sweat dripped off her forehead. Then she gradually fell into a deeper sleep that dreams didn't exist in...

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