Disclaimer: I do not own any of these characters
The New Tomorrow People – Going Away
Adam disappeared from their lives as quickly as he'd entered them. One day he
was sitting in Megabytes kitchen and the next he'd vanished.
The obvious place for him to be was the ship, it was where they'd all first met
him. In fact Adam had been the first to break out and go there, so he was the
one who had told them who they were and what they could do. As a result of
this they all looked up to him and he was the one they all turned to if they had
He wasn't on the ship. He wasn't anywhere.
Adam going off on his own wasn't unusual, him going and not telling anyone
was. It wouldn't have been a big deal if they'd been able to contact him, but
they couldn't. They'd all tried to reach him, individually, together, and using
the ship to make the connection stronger. But every time they tried all they
got was a big fat nothing. The only thing they knew for sure was that he
was still alive, they had no idea how they knew this, they just did.
Megabyte was frantic, the others had never seen him so distraught, but then he
and Adam had become very close. He couldn't bear just to sit at home waiting
for news, so systematically Megabyte was teleporting daily to every country in
the world looking for his friend. It was exhausting both mentally and
physically, and so far he'd found nothing, but he wasn't about to give up, not
Jade kept her mind off Adam by looking out for Megabyte. She still wasn't
skilled enough to teleport everywhere with him, so she made sure whenever
he got back she was there waiting for him. He never said anything but she
got the feeling he liked having her there. If things were normal she'd be
making the most of all the time she was spending with him, but things weren't
normal. Adam was missing and although she knew deep down he was ok, she
also had this awful feeling that they'd never see him again. It was a fear she
hadn't dare mention or even think about in Megabyte's presence. He would
almost definitely have picked up on it if she had, and right now Megabyte was
stressed out enough as it was.
Ami had returned from Australia, but she kept going back just in case, after all
it was where Adam came from, even it he did seem to spend more time at the
ship. But as far as she could tell he hadn't been home in a long time. The
problem with Adam was that they didn't have much to go on, he'd never really
spoken about his life before he broke out, or his family. They were all
searching blind, well almost. They knew he was alive and Ami kept having
flashes of a place where she thought he was, but she wasn't sure. She couldn't
make sense of any of the pictures she was getting anyway.
Even Lisa had made contact again, much to everyone's amazement. Adam had
stayed in touch with her, so as soon as she'd felt his absence she'd teleported
straight into Megabytes bedroom to find out what the hell was going on. He
couldn't tell her of course, but since then she'd never been out of contact with
any of them. In a strange way Adam disappearing had brought her back to the
Kevin was frightened. He'd always assumed that Adam would be there guiding
them all towards their role in mankind's future. And now he was gone and they
had no idea where to look. He had noticed though that since Adams departure
they'd all begun to pull together more, be there for each other, work as a team.
And he wondered, not for the first time, if that was what Adam had intended
all along. If so it appeared to be working, but he could have picked a better way,
after all Megabyte was turning into a basket case trying to find him and Kevin
couldn't believe that was what Adam had really wanted when he thought up this
"He's right you know. Megabyte won't give up until he finds me or loses his mind
trying. Can't I just go back to let them all know I'm alright, so that they..."
"No. They need to learn to function without you Adam. They were all
beginning to rely on you far too much, and you were beginning to expect it.
In time they will stop searching and carry on. Then maybe you can return.
They know you're not dead and that is enough to be going on with."
"Not for Megabyte." Adam replied, turning towards the room's only other
occupant. "You don't know him the way I do. He may eventually seem to
have given up, but he never will. Wherever he goes and whatever he's
doing he'll still look for me and the others will know and look too. Knowing
I'm alive is just going to add fuel to that. Let me go back and explain it all to
him. I don't have to see the others, just Megabyte. If he appears to be more
at ease with my disappearance then so will everyone else."
"Adam the whole purpose of this is that they don't know what's happened to
you. If we allow you to return to speak to Megabyte then he will know
something the others don't and will simply take your place and we'll be back
where we started. This way they'll work together to find you and when they
don't they'll be so connected, nothing will pull them apart."
"They're already connected." Adam said, his famous calm beginning to slip.
"That's what I've been trying to tell you. I could have stayed with them and
nothing would have pulled us apart. Yeah, so I suppose I was the leader
kind of, but then so were you, did it have any affect?"
"Not really, but then we were brought here. We knew what we had to do."
"Then tell them." Adam replied and, as the other man shook his head, added
quietly. "Then let me go back, please, if just to say goodbye. I need to say
"You'll see them again Adam. When you are all ready for what lies ahead then
you'll be reunited. Until then you have work to do here."
"They'll never stop searching for me. He'll never stop searching for me."
Adam said repeating his earlier statement.
"Yes he will." Came the reply.
"Would you have?" Adam asked. "If it had been Stephen, or Elizabeth, or
Mike, who had disappeared without a trace."
The silence between them was deafening. But Adam heard the other man's
answer echo inside his head although no words were spoken.
"They won't give up either. That's the connection. You had it and so do we.
It's what makes us what we are and what sets us apart as Tomorrow People.
They absolutely will not give up until they find me."
"I think the new generation are learning much faster that we ever did. But I
still can't allow you to go back, not yet."
"I know John." Adam replied sadly, as he turned to look out of the observatory
window at the earth below him. "I know."