The Six Senses - Chapter 2: Rising Black Smoke
Hey, it’s Halloween, so here, have an update! I’ll be updating this fic three times next month (hopefully) too, so keep an eye out!
Summary: Flashback - Stan and Ford escape from the Company, with help from a gaggle of southern farmers.
And I hope the junkyard a few blocks from here
Someday burns down
And I hope the rising black smoke carries me far away
And I never come back to this town again
- The Mountain Goats, “No Children”
Cog wakes up with a gasp. Information floods into his mind. As the rush slows to a trickle, he sits up in bed. He knows.
“The dampeners went down,” Path whispers. “Can you tell why?” Cog shakes his head.
“Gonna take me a while to sort through all this intel,” Cog replies, still feeling shell-shocked by the unexpected influx of knowledge. The door suddenly falls off its hinges, landing on the floor with a deafening crash. Standing in the doorway is the kid, with fire in her eyes and in front of a small army.
“What’s going on?” Path asks. Cog feels that push in his mind and lets the answer flow over him. The kid responds, but he already knows.
“Wha- really?” Path asks. The kid nods.
“They lied to us. We do have families.” She smiles back at the crowd behind her. “Mine found me.”
“I see the resemblance,” Path says. His tone is carefully aloof, but Cog can sense him humming with excitement at the news. Cog can’t blame him.
We have families? This- this changes everything. One of the kid’s siblings, a young woman with long, bright red hair, looks over her shoulder nervously.
“All right, now we’ve found ‘em, can we get goin’?”
“She wouldn’t leave without the two of ya,” one of the kid’s brothers, short with dark hair, says.
“Your accents…are you from the south?” Path asks. The boy nods, but Cog is more interested in his age than his voice.
“You’re her twin,” Cog says. The boy beams.
“Yessir.” He grins at the kid. “I got a twin sister now.” Another brother, with reading glasses and sandy blond hair, clears his throat.
“We really should get goin’. It ain’t smart to stay fer too long.”