"Sissy, can we play Candy-land?" Elaine begged, tugging on my shirt. I smiled and ruffled her light blonde hair.
"Sure, can you run inside the tent and grab it for me? I need to finish this letter," I asked, kissing the top of her head. Her small face erupted into a smile, her brown eyes sparkling with happiness.
"Thank you sissy!" She cried, hugging me. I laughed and hugged her back. "I love you!" And with that she ran towards the canvas tent that my parents set up earlier that night. I smiled and shook my head, returning to the letter.
Its been over 5 years since we last saw each other. And that just doesn't seem right… We used to be best friends… more than best friends, we agreed, before our families separated. So much has happened since we last talked. I have a little sister, Elaine. You'd love her, she's absolutely adorable. My parents are still enjoying their line of work… even though it's been over 20 years! And from the letters your parents have been sending us, it sounds like you're getting in enough trouble, even without my help.
But there is something I want to tell you, even after all these years. It's that I've always—
I stopped writing and listened closely. Something was filling the silent air of the desert. It sounded oddly familiar… but from where?
"Henry, Audria, please be careful! Be back in exactly 20 minutes!"
"Yeah mom, don't worry!" Henry yelled, taking a torch that lined the campsite we were currently living at. "Come on Audio!" I sighed, letting him take my small hand in his own, leading me out into the uncharted forest.
"Please don't call me Audio, Henry!" I laughed, ducking under a leaf around the size of me.
"Fine… but I'm still going to call you Audio, Audio," I smiled silently to myself, and then I tripped over a root.
"I'm fine, Henry, thanks for asking," I muttered, taking his offered hand. I looked around, and then I noticed Henry's other hand was free.
"Henry, where's the torch?" I asked, panic rising. The air filled with a strange crackling sound filling the air. We'd heard it earlier today, when Ming Li had shown us the explosive substance.
"Black Powder," I whispered, my eyes got wide.
"Black Powder!" Henry yelled, grabbing me around the waist and pushing me into the forest, onto the ground, he immediately followed, landing on top of me.
There was an explosion, a loud one, and a violent flash of heat. I screamed and started crying, Henry was trembling violently.
Then, just as soon as it happened, it ended. My leg hurt, it felt like it was on fire. I continued screaming.
"Henry! My leg, put it out!" I cried, beginning to shake with pain. "Henry, make it stop!" I screamed. Then I blacked out.
After three days in the hospital, my leg was heavily bandaged, but I was released. I was told that I would have a scar on my leg for the rest of my life. All because of Black Powder.
"Black Powder," I whispered, dropping my pen and running towards the tent.
"Sissy, what's wrong?" Elaine asked, clutching Candy-land. I quickly scooped her up and left the tent, but as soon as I turned around… the tent exploded.
With my parents inside it.
Author's Note: Hi, this is obviously my first Unnatural History fanfic. I do not own Unnatural History, or else things may have turned out differently on a few episodes... I don't know why there was Black Powder randomly in the middle of a forest, maybe some accident involving it? But it made for a good prologue in my opinion. I would love a Beta if anyone is interested, but I don't NEED one desperately. Sorry the trio is not introduced into this chapter, but you'll meet someone next chapter...
Oh, and in case you're wondering, I was actually inspired by The Brave and the Loyal by Kaleidoscope of Colors, I'm doing my best to make sure our stories are highly different, but other than the fact that Henry already knows Audria, there should be no other similarities in our stories.
Anyway, reviews are always greatly appreciated!