Thanks to the title of this story, I'm sure you know this is the sequel to "Noticing Adam." I thought long and hard about what to name it and nothing seemed up to par to the name of the former story, so I decided to stick with it. Besides upon reflection with the events that I know are going to happen in the story, it still fits. In any case, I hope some of you will join me for this story, as well. =) I hope you don't mind that I started the story right away, haha.
Obviously, you must read "Noticing Adam" to understand what is going on in this story. Really, it isn't hard to follow if you haven't read it, but you will have missed a lot of background.
Noticing Adam: The Uprising Chapter 1
Adam had known leaving home would be hard. He had never done so for an extended amount of time and now that he was doing it, he actually felt pain. And, it wasn't just emotional pain—no, it was a physical pain as well. His chest had tightened almost to the point where it burned as he told his father good-bye one last time and stepped through the dimensional gate.
But he wouldn't cry anymore. He couldn't. He had to be strong for the people of Etheria and his sister. They were on a mission and he couldn't very well perform if he was wallowing in self-pity.
As soon as he stepped onto Etheria, both Adora and Teela moved to hug him. He slung his bag on his back and slipped an arm around their shoulders. They leaned on him slightly for a moment. He wasn't too sure if they were trying to comfort him or if they were the ones who needed comfort. Regardless, the moment was over all too soon when Adora pulled back and said, "We better get to camp. There's no telling when the Horde will show up, and we need to find out exactly what happened right away."
He nodded his agreement, and as Adora began to walk away, he glanced over at Teela. She was looking around, observing their surroundings, with her eyes wide open. "Welcome to Etheria, Teela," he whispered in her ear.
She smiled lightly, even though he was quite sure she wasn't too happy, and nodded. "It certainly is different…" she replied, "…pretty, but different."
"That it is," he agreed. As Adora climbed onto Spirit, he glanced over at Cringer and winked at him, because the tiger had made a similar observation about the planet in the past. When he looked back, he noticed his sister was biting her lip lightly as she looked back and forth from him to Teela.
"I'm afraid Spirit can handle all three of us," she said.
That explained her look. He shrugged and replied, "Don't worry about it, sis. I'm fine with walking."
"Me, too," said Teela grabbing his hand and squeezing it gently. Adora turned around abruptly and she and Spirit headed for the forest.
Within no time, they were in the Whispering Woods and on their way to camp. Teela looked around constantly as they walked. He grinned when he realized she was memorizing landmarks to know how to get back there if she was ever on her own. He let go of her hand, wrapped his arm around her waist, and pulled her to him as they continued to walk. "You know memorizing landmarks is kind of pointless," he whispered so Adora wouldn't hear.
"What do you mean?" she asked.
"Well, the forest moves," he explained. "It does it to confuse members of the Horde and anyone else who means to harm the Rebellion." When she widened her eyes, he laughed and said, "It's good just to know directions. You'll find it, and I'm sure the forest or the Twiggets would help you out."
"Remember, the short little purple beings in green. You met a couple during mine and Adora's birthday party earlier in the year."
"Oh, yes," she replied, "I remember. Are they spread throughout the forest or something?"
"Not really, but they are the guardsmen, if you will. The closer you get to camp, the more likely you will run into them."
She nodded and motioned towards Adora. They had fallen back several feet as the Rebel leader lead the way. "She's okay that I'm here, right?" she whispered, changing the subject.
He nodded. "Of course. She was surprised at first because we hadn't discussed you coming along yet, but she's okay with it."
"Good," she mumbled as she stared at Adora's back.
King Randor sat at his desk, stared at the mountain of paperwork in front of him, and groaned loudly. He knew he should be getting ready for bed, but the truth was he didn't think he would be able to sleep. Things just weren't settling well with him, and he didn't know how to feel about that. On the one hand, anybody would understand his uneasiness about Adam leaving for Etheria. His son was going to be gone for an undetermined amount of time and it was stressful to think about how much time might pass while he's away. Even more stressful was contemplating what might happen to him on Etheria. He had almost died multiple times recently on Eternia. Arguably, he had died once. Now, Adam was on a planet where the king wouldn't be able to reach him quickly. Anything could happen while he was away and the notion was painful.
His thoughts were interrupted by the sounds of his office door opening. Queen Marlena walked into the room and said, "Randor, we need to get some sleep. We have court in the morning and you need to be well-rested."
"Well-rested?" he questioned disbelievingly. "Marlena, I think that's something that simply isn't going to happen too easily for some time to come. I keep thinking about what might happen on Etheria. Even though I know Adora is there, too, I nearly panic when I think about Adam." He took a deep breath. "I don't like him being away from the palace. I want him here where I can protect him, if need be. I want to help him."
Marlena walked farther into the room and wrapped her arms around her husband's head as he leaned on her chest. "I know you do, Randor," she replied softly, "but what you must realize is that you are helping Adam. You are going to make sure Eternia is safe until its champion returns. You cannot discredit that. It's an important job that needs to be done."
"I know that, my dear. It's just that…I'm afraid one of these messengers from Etheria is going to walk through those throne room doors and tell me that Adam won't be coming home, that he's…" He broke off. He couldn't bring himself to say it as tears gathered in his eyes.
"Don't think that way," she commanded firmly. "Adam knows what he's doing. He's in good health again and he has his family back in one piece. Skeletor and Hordak won't have any of those advantages that helped them here recently. You must believe that."
He didn't respond. He knew what she was saying was true, but that didn't change how he felt. Anxiety at not seeing Adam every afternoon, at not knowing if he's okay when he goes to bed at night, was mounting and he wished wholeheartedly that there had been a way where he could have joined his children. But he supposed he should be grateful that at least Teela had gone along with them. He knew she wouldn't let anything happen to him or Adora. It was a comfort, however small.
As soon as they arrived in camp, a multitude of rebels circled Adora as she climbed off of Spirit. "Thank goodness that you're back, Adora! Did you hear about the ambush?" one man asked. Similar questions and comments came from others.
Adam moved to stand beside his sister and Teela followed.
"Yes, we're aware of the ambush. What happened? Who was taken?"
Before anyone could answer, they heard a shrill cry, "Gangway! Coming through! Ahhhhhh!" Madame Razz and Broom flew through the mass of people and ended up hitting a nearby wagon which contained a lot of the Rebels' supplies. Several barrels fell out but luckily nothing busted open.
Adam, Teela, Cringer, and Adora ran to the fallen duo as the others simply watched.
"Madame Razz, are you all right?" questioned Adam, quickly. He reached out and helped her up while Adora grabbed Broom.
"Oh, deary my, yes!" she exclaimed as he held her hands up in front of her chest and got a faraway look in her eyes. "I just came back from the Fright Zone."
"The Fright Zone?" questioned Adora, clearly shocked. "Why were you there? Did you escape?"
"No, Adora. Your father's soldiers have stationed themselves outside several yards away from there and I just left them. I think they plan on attacking and getting our friends out," she explained.
"That's probably not a good idea," Adam stated softly. "A smaller group might have a better shot at getting them out without drawing any attention."
"You're right, brother," Adora agreed, but then she turned back to Madame Razz. "So, tell us what happened and who was caught! All we know is that there was an ambush."
Madame Razz narrowed her eyes and spat quickly, "We were tricked, Adora. Our contact in Thelmore contacted us a day early and told us that our supplies had arrived. He said he needed for us to come and get it right away because the Horde was expected to be in town on the following day. Of course, we decided to go, because we were running low on food anyway." She shook her head and cried, "According to Kowl, who managed to escape, as soon as they went into the storage unit to gather the supplies, Hordak and the rest of his goons circled and froze them immediately. They never even had a chance. The only reason Kowl wasn't taken is because he had flown up into the rafters as soon as he and Bow had entered the room."
"Well, that answers one of our questions," Adam said. "Bow is one of the captured. Who else?"
"Glimmer, Castaspella, Frosta, and many others, along with some of your father's Guard."
He nodded and looked at Teela. "What do you think?" he asked.
"I think your initial response was accurate," she replied. "I haven't seen the Fright Zone, but from what I've been told, it is a massive place. Our soldiers won't have much of a chance to fight their way through and rescue our friends. No, it has to be a smaller group and I'm not so sure it should be He-Man and She-Ra either."
"What?" asked Adora. "Then who?"
Teela shrugged and said, "I think we should continue with the plan that Adam had on Eternia. We need to get someone in on the inside to feed us information. Someone needs to join the Horde. That way, the person will not only find out what is going on with Skeletor, he or she will be able to help us retrieve our friends."
Adora bit her lip and said, "You know that might work, but I don't know if I like my friends staying in the Fright Zone any longer than they have to!"
Adam grabbed her hand and replied, "Sis, I think Teela's right. This is our best course of action. We can't simply run in there and get them out. There are too many captured to sneak them out. Sure, He-Man and She-Ra might be able to get in there and fight their way out, but what if someone gets left behind in the inevitable chaos? Then, Hordak would really step up security which will make it nearly impossible to go back in there and get whoever they recaptured. I think this will be the safest way for everyone involved and we'll learn if Skeletor has teamed up with Hordak."
She nodded once and said, "Okay, we'll try it if you think it will work, brother. But now, we have to question who will do it. It obviously can't be you or me. He'll recognize us almost immediately."
As Adora and Adam began to look around the camp, Teela stared at them with an almost piercing glare. "I think the answer to that question is obvious."
The twins turned to look at her inquiringly. Each looked like they didn't have a clue who her suggestion might be. She took a deep breath to tell them when Adam suddenly gasped.
He knew as sure as they were on Etheria what her next words were going to be, and he didn't like it one bit. "Teela," he stated a little sharply.
She ignored him and turned to Adora. "You clearly need someone who is trained to handle rescue operations and you also need someone who Hordak will not easily recognize."
Understanding suddenly dawned in Adora's eyes and she quickly glanced at her brother. He shook his head a little at her.
Despite their actions, Teela continued to speak. "I'm the best choice. Hordak doesn't know me and I've been trained for situations like this." When she looked at Adam, she let out an exasperated sigh and exclaimed, "Oh, come on, Adam! You know I'm the best choice. I came here to help, not to sit on the sidelines and merely keep you company!"
So, will Teela or won't Teela be their spy? Decisions, decisions. Just playing. I already know. Anyway, I know this isn't the longest chapter in the world, but like I said on a different story, I'm going back to work soon and I wanted to get chapters out ahead of time. I did start writing the next chapter to "Teela's Visitor" but this story called to me instead. I hope no one minds. Well, let me know your thoughts! =)