One for love
One for truth
One for me, one for you
Where we once were divided, now we stand united
We stand as one... undivided.
"Undivided" by Bon Jovi
Divided We Stand
She waited nervously in a booth at the Middleton Buenos Nachos. Their booth to be precise. Or at least it used to be. Now it was neutral ground. A place to try and mend a broken friendship.
Ron was late. That was the thought going through her mind right now, only increasing her nervousness. On the one hand Ron was never the most punctual person, on the other he was never late for the important stuff.
What if he wasn't coming?
What if he thought their friendship was beyond repair?
What if he hated her?
She looked up to see Ron standing beside the booth holding a tray of food. An order for both of them. That had to be a good sign right?
Or maybe he was just hungry and didn't want to be rude.
Shut up subconscious. Kim ordered mentally.
"Hey Ron. Are you going to sit down?" Kim asked when she noticed he was still standing.
Like he was waiting for her to ask he sat. Without a word he placed one of the meals in front of her and began to eat his own. An uncomfortable silence filled the booth as they sat and picked at their food. Finally Kim couldn't take it anymore.
"How… How's Wade?" She asked kicking herself for still avoiding the issue.
Ron swallowed that last of his naco before he responded. "As well as can be expected. He moved out of the apartment. Living upstairs with his parents now. He's still having nightmares about it. They can help him through it more than I can.
"I mean, I'm there for him and all that. It's just… he needs his family more right now. Besides, they're around more. I've started going on missions again. I don't think he's up to helping with that yet. Or maybe ever."
Kim looked down, ashamed that she hadn't realized just how badly her friend had been affected by his experience. She had a reason though. With this whole Grissim mess Global Justice was going through a huge shake down. She barely had time to sleep let alone check in on friends. Maybe things would settle down now that Dr. Director had Grissim's old job?
"Maybe I should go visit him tomorrow?"
When Ron looked at her he gave her his first sincere smile since he'd walked through the door. "I think he'd like that."
"Maybe I should make a point of being around more for my friends. All my friends."
"Hey Ron?" Kim asked after a moment as something just dawned on her.
"If Wade moved out how are you going to afford the apartment?" Wade's parents would most likely give him a break for a month or two since he was Wade's friend, but eventually he would have to come up with some cash. She definite didn't want to see him on the street.
"I have some extra cash stored away for a rainy day." He told her leaving out just how substantial that extra was. "Besides I'm moving out. Bonnie and I are getting our own place."
"Oh." Was all that Kim could come up with at that moment.
"I know, you don't like her. You don't approve of our relationship."
"No. I don't." Kim said after thinking about it for a minute. "But I'm starting to see it. To understand what you see in her. She stuck with you through all of this. Which is a lot more than I thought she was capable of. She…"
"Loves me." Ron finished for her and Kim nodded. "And I love her."
The uncomfortable silence grabbed a hold of the booth again. Neither really knew what to say after that. No, that's not right. They knew what needed to be said just not how to say it.
"You hurt me you know?" Ron said suddenly.
Kim looked down, suddenly finding her empty tray to be real fascinating. "I know."
"How could you, of all people, believe I was capable of cold blooded murder?"
"Ron! I didn't want to! But they just had so much evidence. Video, fingerprints, witnesses, everything." Kim said looking pleadingly at him. "You would have thought the same thing faced with all of that.
"No!" Ron stated firmly. "No video, no witness, no evidence ever brought to me could convince me you were a murderer! I would have had to have been there. I would have had to see you do it with my own eyes before I would ever even consider it for fact!"
He spoke with such conviction that she had no doubt of his words. She fought the tears threatening her eyes, but he could see them easily enough. It didn't change what had to be said.
"I don't know if I'll ever really be able to trust you again." Ron said sadly.
"I just hope one day I earn it back." No longer fighting back the tears her look turned to one of determination. "No. One day I will earn your trust. I promise."
Ron reached over and held one of her hands in his own. "This is a good start."
It was late in Middleton. Or early. Depends how you look at it since it was well past midnight and people would soon be awakening to their daily morning rituals. One young couple was wide awake already though.
The young man was leading a dark haired girl through Middleton Park. She was blindfolded and he was carefully leading her away from the public field to a more secluded wooded area.
"Ow!" The dark haired girl exclaimed as she nearly tripped over a fallen branch. "Ron where the hell are we going?"
"You'll have to wait and see Bonnie." He told her.
"Alright, but is it much farther? If I'd know we were going for a hike I wouldn't have worn heels!"
"Almost there." Ron assured her. "It'll be worth it. Trust me."
The reply was immediate. "I do."
They walked and bantered for a few more minutes before Ron suddenly stopped them and took off Bonnie's blindfold. "We're here."
"Oh Ron!" Was all Bonnie could get out when she saw where they were.
They were standing in a small clearing surrounded by woods on three sides. Before them was Lake Middleton spreading as far out as the eye could see. It was a favourite place of Ron's growing up she knew. He came here to think and never told anyone about it, not even Kim.
Then he brought her here for their first date. A picnic lunch. They talked and laughed the whole afternoon and ended up having a picnic dinner there as well. Luckily Ron packed the lunch and they had no shortage of food.
It was where they shared their first kiss. Where they said their first 'I love you's'. Where they first… Well they had a lot of firsts there.
Ron broke her from her reverie as he took Bonnie's hand and led her to a small bench by the water. He had built and brought it there years earlier. They sat in relative silence enjoying each other's company. The only sound was the waves lazily crashing on the shore.
They watched as the sun began to rise. It was always so beautiful from here. Slowly the reds and oranges painted the sky and when they finally outweighed the dark of night Ron stood.
"Bonnie." Rod said nervously as he ran a hand through his still brown hair. "I need to ask you something."
Bonnie nodded curiously. Her eyes went wide as he dropped to one knee and took both her hands in his.
"Bonnie. I can't imagine my life without you and I don't want to. I can't imagine spending my life with anyone else. I love you more than I could every express. You're everything to me." He pulls a small velvet box from his pocket and opens it revealing a diamond engagement ring. "Will you marry me?"
"Yes!" She exclaimed as she kissed him. The sunset was long forgotten.
Will Du stood before a semicircle shaped table. Seven imposing figures were seated, silhouetted by the wall of monitors behind them, the only light source in the room. Confidently he walked up to the table and placed a small vial of green liquid on the table.
"The mutagen as requested. I took the liberty of taking some in case Grissim's plan had fallen apart. Apparently it was a good move on my part."
"Indeed." One of the figures spoke. "You have done well to bring us the mutagen."
Will wasn't sure which of the figures the shot came from and could only stare in shock as he fell painfully to his knees clutching his chest.
"However you have become a liability and liabilities need to be removed."
Before his body could even fall further to the ground a pair of guards had him. They carelessly drug the dead agent out of the room and closed the door.
"Was that really necessary?" One of the figures asked.
"He's a wanted criminal now. Having him connected to us would needlessly complicate things."
"Indeed." Another spoke. "Du and Grissim have served their purpose. They brought us the mutagen and all blame will be on them."
"It's a shame we had to lose control of Global Justice though." Contemplated one of the others.
They seemed to think on it for a moment before one voice the general opinion. "They are of no consequence. They don't know we exist let alone our plans. There is no way for them to stop us."
"Still with them, Kim Possible, and Ron Stoppable out there it may be wise to bump up the schedule."
"No need to rush things." Stated a figure that was speaking for the first time in this conversation. "I have a feeling Kimmie-Cub and Ronald will be kept busy enough as it is."
I'd just like to take a moment and say thanks for reading this. I hope you enjoyed it. Also I would like to thank everyone who reviewed. 64 at the time of writing this. That's more than the rest of my stories combined!
Anyways, for those of you who are going 'what the hell kind of ending was that?' there is reason behind my madness. I am planning on writing a sequel.
"United We Fall"
The mysterious Council is preparing to make their move as Ron and Bonnie are busy planning their wedding. Monkey Fist and Anton (the fourth of the men train by the Ancient One) disappear. Caesar suddenly returns. But is it Kit back from supposed death or someone else?