Hello everyone,

Yes I know it's been ages since I've updated anything but I promise that I'll try to get things up to date soon (The Indian Princess for example)

Anyway this my first Manlen (Manny x Helen) fic so please enjoy & feel free to flame me (honestly I will totally understand if you flame me :))

I do not own Ben 10 or any of the characters except for Lucas. If I did own the show there'd be a whole lot more Gwevin in it! :P


"I can't believe you brought him back here" Pierce yelled angrily into the empty room.

"What else was I meant to do? He doesn't have anywhere else to go Pierce" Helen retaliated to her older brother.

"Well you didn't have to bring him here!"

Helen shook her head & sighed. Sometimes Pierce could be so stubborn.

"I don't believe you. I make a friend & you treat it like it's a disease."

"No I don't but do you remember Lucas?"

Helen rolled back in hurt & shock. How could she forget? She looked at her brother straight in the eye.

"I make one mistake & you hold against me. What would Mum & Dad think?"

Pierce took a couple of steps back with a hurt expression on his face. He hated it when their parents were brought into conversations. He re-gathered the little strength he had. He had to be strong for himself & for Helen.

"I'm sorry Helen. I just don't want you to get hurt again. You don't know anything about this guy. Do you know who his father is or what his father has done to us?"

"His father is Govan Armstrong… the plumber who murdered our parents... our foster parents. That doesn't mean this guy is anything like his father."

Helen rolled towards the door & placed what used to be her hand on the handle.

"Helen… don't go."

"Why Pierce?"

"Because I'm the only family you have just like you're the only family I have."

Helen sighed. She knew he was right. They had no parents, no money, they had nothing but each other. Helen gripped the door handle.

"I can't be around someone who doesn't trust my judgment."

"It's not you I don't trust… it's him."

"That's what you always say Pierce."

Helen opened the door & sped out into the faintly lighted dark hallway. Before the door had closed Pierce whispered into the empty room.

"I'm only doing what Dad would've done."

Helen continued to run through the hallway until she came upon a figure waiting beside the entrance door to the building. The figure had a hooded jumper on with hood up & covering their face. They also wore dark tracksuit pants & old worn out sneakers.

"Let me guess. There's no welcome wagon for me to join your little gang right?" the figure asked Helen.

"No sorry."

"Should've figured."

The hooded figure pulled back the hood to reveal a young male Tetramand. He looked no older then thirteen years old.

"Well there's no point me staying here. I'm going hit the road."

"Wait…" Helen cried.

The Tetramand turned around to face Helen. He wasn't sure whether the Kineceleran was going ask him to stay or integrate him.

"Can I go with you?"

"What? Look your brother doesn't like me and I'm pretty sure that if I took you with me that's not going to get me on your team any quicker."

"No it's not that. I just need to get away from him. I've been cooped up in here for so long that well I just like to escape sometimes."

"You really want to come with me?"

"Yes."

"Alright but if your brother…"

"He's not my brother. He's my foster brother."

"Oh sorry…"

"Come on let's get out of here."

"There's a little restaurant about a block & a half away from here. Joe's finest it's called."

"I'll see you there."

Helen rolled to the entrance door, opened it & sped off into the young night leaving the young Tetramand bewildered and confused.

"But I didn't get your name."


Half an hour later the Tetramand arrived at Joe's Finest restaurant. He couldn't see the Kineceleran anywhere.

"Took you long enough to get here." A voice whispered behind.

The Tetramand turned around with his fist clenched, ready to punch whoever was behind him but to his surprise it was the Kineceleran.

"Dude it's me."

"Sorry I've had some other people do that and it hasn't turned well for them. Come on let's go in."

"What! No I am not going in there."

"Why?"

"Umm hello. I look like a freak… a monster."

"No you don't! You're beautiful."

"What?"

"I mean uhh… This restaurant is 100% alien friendly. Besides my friend owns the restaurant."

"Oh. Now that's been cleared let's eat some grub. I am starving."

The young pair walked to the entrance of the restaurant & entered.

It wasn't big or fancy restaurant but it looked similar to an old diner that may have been the hip joint in the 50's. A man walked over to greet them.

"Evening folks. How can I… Oh Manny your back. Come on in. I have your booth all set up. I wasn't sure when you'd be back and you have a girlfriend! Wait till I tell Margie!"

"No! Don't tell Margie anything Rick. Look I'm just having dinner with this girl & then I'll be out of your hair."

"Manny… You don't have to leave. This is your home."

"Can you just bring me the regular please?"

"Burger & fries for you as well miss?"

"Sure but can I get a glass of water please?"

"Sure. I'll bring it out with your meal."

Rick walked Manny & Helen to the booth. Once they both settled he went to the kitchen to get their food.

"So Manny huh?"

"Yeah."

"Short for Mansfield?"

"Yeah."

"Manny…"

"What's wrong with it? Sorry. I was named after my father's father. I hate my father."

"That's an awkward way to start a convosation but I know who your father is."

"How do you know?"

"He killed my parents. Well my foster parents. They were plumbers but when one was away on a mission the other stayed behind to look after Pierce & me. Then they had to go on a mission together but they never came back. Magister Tennyson tried to move us to another set of plumber's but Pierce said he could look after himself as well as me… so a year and a half later we've been living in that base. It's where our foster parents used to get their missions."

"I'm so sorry…"

"Helen. My name is Helen Wheels."

"Helen is a pretty name."

"I beg your pardon."

Manny choked up a false cough. "Why am I flirting with this girl? Sure she's an alien but that isn't it. There's something about this girl…"

"Hello? Manny?"

"What?"

"Umm your food is getting cold."

Manny looked down to see a plate with burger & fries served to side in front of him, "When did that get here?" Manny thought to himself. He picked up the burger & began to devour the burger. In less than 10 minutes he & Helen had finished their burgers & fries. The two teen aliens sat in the booth for a while not knowing what to talk about. Finally Manny plucked up whatever courage he had to ask Helen the one question was dreading to hear the answer for.

"So do you have a boyfriend?"

Helen looked up and stared into his four eyes. For moment everything else around them ceased to exist. Helen was the first break their stare then looked down again but with hurt & sadness in her eyes.

"There was a guy once but… it didn't work out."

"What happened?"

"He tried to take my power & kill me."

Manny sat in utter silence as that hit him. Someone had tried to steal her power and then just kill her. Who could do such a thing?

"Where does this guy live? I'm going to bash him up good." Manny said with anger in his voice.

Helen looked up at Manny and then smiled cheekily.

"You know it's quite noble that you'd want to go beat this guy up for me."

"Well I just don't like guys taking advantage of a young girl's power."

"Nice cover but how bout I explain to you what happened before you go & bash him up?"

"Fine." Manny growled folding two of his arms across his chest. "I guess I should know the reason. Then again I'm pretty sure I could take this guy down with three hands tied behind my back."

"Well that'd be impressive if he didn't try to take your powers."

Manny looked at Helen again only this time he was concerned.

"A few years back… back when I was human… Pierce & I went to a preppy school. I got through on a scholarship for athletics. Pierce got in because of his academics. I was the fastest runner in the state."

"Cause of your powers?"

"Back then I didn't know I was an alien. I just thought that I was gifted. That's what my parents went along with. Being the only female athletic student in the school lots of the kids didn't get along with me. They thought I was weird or something. I didn't mind… I… left them alone. Then one day one of the senior boys, Lucas came up to me and started talking to me. He was impressed that I was athletic but also smart. He invited me to dinner. Every girl the school was jealous but that wasn't the worst to come. That night my parents called Pierce & I to the living room. I got there first but when I saw Pierce he was different. He had a big white streak going through the middle of his black hair & he had quills sticking out his face and his arms. I didn't know how to react."

Helen paused for a moment to let Manny take all this in & then she continued her story.

"Our foster parents explained that Pierce & I are aliens but from two different races. Our birth parents weren't able to raise so they sent us to the Plumbers in the hope that we would be brought up in a respectable family home. It wasn't long after that I changed. My skin turned blue. I had a horrible migraine but at the same time it felt like something was growing over my head & out of my tail bone as well. My feet were curled up, my hands were in fists. It was so horrible that I ended up blacking out. The next morning I looked like this."

"So how does Lucas & his power-taking abilities fit into your story?"

"Lucas comes from a family of aliens that has the ability to absorb any alien's powers whenever he touches them."

"What's Lucas' last name?"

"Morningstar."


Cliffhanger!

I wasn't sure how to end but I thought if Lucas has tie in to Michael somehow it would like "Oh snap"

Anyway what did you think? Should there be a part 2? If you think there should be a part 2 leave it in your review (no pressure) or PM me.

Read or Read & Review. Totally up to you

One quick note before I go & leave you to your read/reviewing last year I got to meet Yuri Lowenthal (Ben) at Supanova (I meantioned this in one of my other fics...)

This year I got to meet Greg Cipes! That's right the lovely voice of Beast Boy from Teen Titans/Caleb from W.I.T.C.H./Kevin Levin from Ben 10 AF/UA was at Supanova.

If you guys meet him he is the most lovely guy in the world. My knees turned into jelly after meeting him (I kid you not). He signed a Gwevin page from a Ben 10 Alien Force comic I have asking him to put write something like "Kevin" would & he signed my Ben 10 AF bag to! I also met Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy from the HP movies) but I should let you get on (sorry I don't mean to show off I just like sharing stuff like this with you lovely people :)) May do reviews of Ben 10 UA in next fic...

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