A/N: This is set as though they planned to go save Karen sometime in season one.
"Dad, I need to talk to you." Said Ben entering the room, he looked serious.
"I'll give you some space." Said Anne and she left the room.
"Did you tell Hal you'd go get Karen back?" Asked Ben getting straight to the point.
"Yes, we're going to go tonight. I don't know if we'll find her." Said Tom, who was sat down and giving his son his full attention. This was rare for Ben because his dad was normally so busy that they had to catch up while he was rushing around. It wasn't his dad's fault it was like that, if it was up to his dad he'd spend all day with all his sons.
"You said she was with one of the different invaders."
"Yes, a Shon, we've decided to call them."
"That means she'll be ten times harder to get than I was. I saw them sometimes and the harnessed children with them were untouchable. It'll be a suicide mission." Explained Ben.
"Are you sure about this?"
"I know I never saw Hal with Karen but I know they were in love. I wish it was different but I wouldn't forgive myself if something went wrong and I hadn't told you."
"This is going to crush him." Tom muttered more to himself than to Ben.
"It's not your fault." Said Tom hugging his middle son.
"You'll still be able to save her but you'll need more men and a different plan." Said Ben.
"It's just getting Hal to wait which will be the main problem," said Tom. Tom knew Hal had been eager to go get her back ever since he'd seen her on the other side of the door. Hal didn't know what was happening to Ben yet so didn't know Karen's time was limited. "I'll go talk to him." Said Tom and he left the room.
Ben had got his food and was heading to an empty table to eat it. He didn't feel hungry but you ate when there was food. He set his tray down and went to sit but the chair had been moved and he crashed to the floor. He turned round and looked up to see Hal throwing his chair to the side.
"What do you think you're doing?" He shouted jumping up. Hal grabbed onto his shirt and pushed him against the wall. Ben screamed as his spine hit the wall and his spikes got squashed.
"You told dad that rescuing Karen would be a suicide mission, he's cancelled going now." Shouted Hal pulling and pushing Ben so his back hit the wall again. Ben grabbed Hals shirt and pushed him so his back wasn't against the wall. Before he was taken he would never have been able to move Hal. Hal turned it around though because he used Ben's strength to throw him on the floor. A bit of a crowd was starting to gather now but no one was trying to break them up.
"I didn't mean for him to cancel it. I just meant for him to change the plan." Said Ben getting up and holding his hands up to show he didn't want to fight. Hal was very angry and took no notice of Ben and went to grab him again but Tom got in between them just in time. He grabbed onto Hal's jacket and dragged him out of the canteen. Ben was left with everyone looking at him before he followed his dad out of the room. In the corridor Tom had Hal against the wall who was trying to free himself.
"Calm down." Shouted Tom.
"He should have kept his mouth shut." Spat Hal. Tom noticed that people were watching them so keeping a hold of Hal's jacket he pulled him into their private room. Ben went to follow but Tom closed the door behind them.
Tom let go of Hal but stayed stood in front of the door.
"Hal you need to calm down." Sighed Tom.
"I'll calm down when Karen is back here safe. They've got her dad." He shouted pointing in the direction of Boston.
"I know, it must be frustrating but it won't do her any good if we both get killed trying to save her," said Tom and this made Hal stop and think. "I want her back here too. I would love to have her back here."
"I won't forgive Ben for this." Said Hal.
"Don't talk like that. He's your brother."
"Maybe he should start acting like my brother."
"If you had seen him come to me this morning you wouldn't be saying this. It tore him apart breaking the news to me. I'm on his side," said Tom lifting his arms as he said it. Hal looked at the wall with a face that told Tom that he wasn't going to talk to him anymore. "I want you to stay in here. I mean it, I don't want to see you anywhere near Ben." Said Tom and he turned and left the room. Ben was sat against the wall opposite the door. Tom beckoned for Ben to follow him and they walked outside.
"Is he okay?" Asked Ben.
"He'll be fine, he's just wound up. Are you okay? Turn around let me look at your back."
"I'm fine," said Ben while turning around just so his dad could check to put his mind at rest. "How long will Hal stay angry at me?"
"I'd just give him some space, we've probably seen the worst of it now."
"It brought back memories fighting like that." Said Ben.
"It brought back memories breaking you up from fighting like that." Said Tom.
"I can't even remember what we used to fight about," laughed Ben but then he stopped laughing and paused, thinking about what he was going to say next. "I heard him say he would never forgive me."
"He was angry, you can't ever take what people say when they're angry seriously," explained Tom. "You should hear some thing's he's said to me when he was angry. He wanted to disown me when I wouldn't let him go to a concert last year." Ben smiled to let his dad know he'd heard but he still wasn't convinced it was the same.
Tom checked in on Hal who was laid on his bed. Hal didn't move when he heard the door open so Tom took the hint that he didn't want to talk. He left the room again closing the door behind him. He went to go find Anne but saw Matt running to him.
"Hey kidda." Said Tom grabbing his youngest son and lifting him up.
"Dad, Ben's gone to get Karen." Matt said urgently.
"What? When?" Asked Tom putting Matt down and banging on the door behind him to get Hal's attention.
"Just now, he said Hal wouldn't ever forgive him so he had to go for her himself." The door behind Tom opened and Hal was stood there.
"Did you say Ben has just gone on his own to get Karen?" Asked Hal.
"Yeah, because you were a jerk to him." Said Matt hitting Hal.
"Matt you stay here." Said Tom and him and Hal ran to the bikes to chase after Ben.