Tao had indeed enjoyed the tour of the Legion HQ; it was every bit as amazing as she had seen in the show. One thing she couldn't wrap her mind around was why she was here during this time. She had watched this back when the show had aired in two-thousand and six; she decided not to ask Brainy about it. Feeling she would be left more confused than have more answers.
As they enter the common room, where Computo stood in the middle, they found Superman, Phantom Girl and a very tempered Lighting Lad sitting on the couch.
"How did it go?" Brainy asked. Tao feeling bad because she knew exactly what happened.
"I ran into my frickin' brother and Superman and Phantom Girl stopped the Fatal Five. Just please tell me there's a mission." Tao saw a small picture of sand beside Lighting Lad's head it looked like a photo of his brother, Ayla and himself, She quickly rubbed her eyes and it vanished, Maybe simply her imagination. Brainy was about to tell him no, when Saturn Girl turned away from Computo.
"Well it's not much but there's a satellite reading coming in. It's going to in and out something about a storm. I think we should maybe check it out." The others nodded. Just then Timber Wolf and Bouncy Boy came back in.
"Does anyone else want to patrol with me? I may have accidentally kicked Bouncy Boy in ball form off a building and now he won't patrol with me." Tao held back a laugh. accidentally, sure if that's how he wanted to put it. Phantom Girl answered.
"Sure, Bouncy Boy can switch me on this mission, sounds kind of like a snoozer anyway."
Before anyone could argue Phantom Girl fled with Timber Wolf in pursuit. Lighting Lad turn back to the group.
"What are we going to do with her? I hate to say it but we can't just leave her here."
"Why don't I just come along, Phantom Girl said it sounded like a snoozer so I shouldn't be in any danger." Tao answered. Everyone looked among themselves before looking to Saturn Girl.
"It does look like it's coming from an abandon satellite; there shouldn't be any really danger. For all we know it could just be an extremely old transmission just finding its way here now. So long as she understands the danger, I see no reason she can't come along."
"Besides, we can't leave her here alone. There's a more likely chance she'll be attacked here in the city then if she comes with us." Brainy added. Everyone did a double take, did Brainy just care about someone?
"Alright, I have no complaints so long as she does exactly as we say." Lighting Lad sighed. Tao nodded vigorously.
As they travelled through space, she was running through her head what possible episode it wasn't she heard Bouncy Boy cry out.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, horror movies galore until we arrive." Wait Horror movies!? Uh oh the Fear Factory. This had always been one of her least favorite episodes because she always wondered what fear of her it would tap into. As everyone head began to prepare for movies she felt the need to tell them what lay ahead but as she went to tell she felt a hand on her shoulder. She looked over to find Brainy standing there with a stern face.
"You said you knew us from you world through a TV show right? I'll wager you've seen this episode too?" Before she could answer he continued. "It would probably be wiser to just let things play out the way their supposed to. I know it's hard because you're afraid of how hurt we'll get but if we made it through before we'll do it again." It scared Tao how right Brainy had been but he was right, she could interfere but how much would she change for better…or worse.
As she had guessed, they landed on an "abandon" space station and had been treated as guest. It had happened again as they had sat around the table she had seen what looked like a golden screen beside Superman's head as "Mama's Chicken Noodle Soup", an image began to appear it showed a younger Clark Kent sitting up in his bed excited as his mother brought in a tray of food including soup. Quickly shaking her head the image had disappeared but had left her with a slight head ache.
"Are you alright, Tao?" Brainy asked concerned.
"Y..yea, I think I'm just a little light-headed. You know space travel is extremely different from anything I've done before."
"You should all spend the night; the storm doesn't seem to be letting up." Before anyone could protest they were shown to their rooms. Tao sat on her bed knowing it was only a matter of time before Bouncy Boy's cry in the dark would start a living nightmare.
Tao walked down the hall with Brainy and Superman, they were all that was left Bouncy Boy, Lighting Lad and Saturn Girl had all fallen to their nightmares. She looked at the pictures that lay on the walls. How many years had this been going on? She felt a pit in her stomach, she had made it this far maybe the being didn't care about her, was it wrong to think she was of no interest to him. Her headache wasn't making any of this easier as each of her friends their overpowering feelings of fear and nightmares pulled into her, during Lighting Lad's kidnap she was frozen stiff with memories of fear.
She had been so zoned out she hadn't realized Brainy had been talking to her.
"I'm sorry, Brainy, what were you saying?"
"Tao, I want you to be extremely careful with where were going next. I don't know what's going to happen or whose fear will see but we all need to be ready." Tao gave a shy nod, feeling if she nodded any harder her headache would worsen.
As the entered the room Tao already knew to stay out of it, this was Brainy's and Brainy's alone to fight. She placed a hand on Superman's shoulder as Brainy had begun to fight back.
"You're just going to stand here and let him be taken like the others."
"No, but Superman, how much help were we actually in those?" Superman could not argue, didn't mean he like it any more than she did. As the explosion happened and Superman rushed to grab Brainy, through the smoke Superman came carry brainy's body.
"Oh my god, Brainy!" She held him tightly after Superman had laid him down. Tao had totally toned out as Brainy's computerized version, after Superman had rushed off toward the computer center, Tao turned back to Brainy's body only to herself pale, she was now looking at the body of her younger sister Killian, her darker brown eyes bore into her own pale green.
"Why are you gone? Now, Hayato and me are mom and dad's attention, what if Dolan and Doyle can't get into University in 2 years? Why? Why are you not here?" Tao began to panic, she could feel herself hyperventilating, and she had to calm down. She closed her eyes focusing completely on releasing her bent up panic, when she reopened her eyes she felt something flowing through her and hands. She looked to her hands golden sand flowed from them.
"Wh...What the?" An explosion brought out of her thoughts. She saw her friends all race toward her and Brainy. Fearful of what this sand was she quickly backed away.
"He sacrificed himself.." Superman said holding back the tears.
"Ok *Yawn* Who's got his back up chip?" Bouncy asked. Tao had noticed a speck had landed on him and all of a sudden he was drowsy.
As they waited for Brainy's back up system to kick in, the others finally noticed how far back Tao was standing.
"Umm, Tao, why are you so far back and what is with the sand?"
"I don't know but I think it's what made Bouncy drowsy earlier." Tao wrapped her arms around herself.
Bouncy Boy tried to calm her down but did not really help.
"Come on Tao that's ridiclu…"
"Stay back!" Tao panicked and before she knew it, Bouncy Boy was laying asleep on the floor, having a very pleasant dream it seemed.
"I…I'm….I'm sorry!" Without another word she rushed to her room on the ship and locks the door. "I have to keep them safe from me; I don't know what's wrong with me!"
The others stood dumbfounded, Saturn Girl had of course checked bouncy boy and breathed a relieved sigh.
"He's just sleeping and by the smile on his face, I'd say a pretty pleasant dream." The others had let out the breath they had help in. All was quiet until….
"I leave you guys to watch her for 5 minutes and now she's locked herself in her room." Every quickly turned to a now wide awake Brainy. "Anyone want to tell me what happen?"
Tao's Journey of Understanding has just begun.