The Mall Rats were forced to abandon their home at the end of Series 5, but not their hope. Wish Upon A Star follows their quest in keeping the dream alive as they venture to a new home and further try to rebuild a world void of adults.
I do not own or wish to infringe upon copyright. This is a work of fanfiction based upon the tv show “The Tribe”. All characters and referenced plots are a property of Cloud 9 and their creator(s) except those obviously an original work of my imagination to expand upon the story of the Mallrats into the unknown after the last episode of Series 5 of the show.
Chapter 1: Wish Upon a Star
Cloe turned over to find the space beside her flat and cold. It had been months since their escape from the Techno Prison Camps, she and Ved, Bray, Tai San, and a few other of the deleted prisoners. They had found this place, a little city on an island, someplace safe and secure but even if it were paradise, Ved was unhappy.
Getting up, she went in search of her boyfriend. She found him lying barebacked in the sand and she dropped down beside him. “Another bad dream?” she questioned.
Ved sat up on his elbows, peeling his eyes away from the sky to search her face in the moonlight. “Don’t you miss them, Cloe? I mean the Mallrats?”
“All the time, even the kids,” she replied. She used to hate babysitting the kids, but that did not stop her from missing them.
Ved grunted. “We should have tried to find our way back as soon as the camp was abandoned.”
“Even if we could have, Ved, that would not have been wise. Tai said Mega was still in charge.”
Ved became silent remembering how Mega had planned all along to rid of Ram, get Java, and take control of the City. After Ved found out that very information he went to tell Ram, but he never made it to his destination. Instead, he’d found himself zapped and deleted. At least he had been shipped to where Ram had sent Cloe.
Even in darkness, Cloe read the anguish on his face. She wanted to do something, help him past the things they couldn’t change because she hated seeing him this way. She missed the old Ved: sarcastic, stubborn, yet adorable.
”It’s Jay isn’t it?" she asked.
“He was my brother, Cloe, family. All I ever had after the virus was Jay and the Technos, and after it all, it was Jay who cared most. I was just too stupid to realize it until it was too late.”
Sighing, she reached out, covering one of her hands with his, “Don’t give up hope, Ved. I am sure you’ll see your brother again.”
Ved didn’t believe her, his hope had vanished days ago, but as he glanced up at the sky again, he thought he saw a star falling from the sky. Deciding it could not hurt him to make a wish, he made one: to see Jay again.
In the distance, on a little boat packed with Mallrats and a few undecided members, Jay glanced up at the dark, moonlit sky. Spotting a shooting star, he gave wishing a try.
“What’d you wish for?” a familiar voice behind him beckoned.
Jay turned around, surprised to see Ebony, amazed that she could tear herself away from Slade for five minutes.
“If you must know, I wished to see Ved again.”
Ebony sighed joining him at his side. She leaned against the railing enough to see over it. She stared at the dark water, her focus on moon’s reflection. “I’d give anything to see my sisters again, but…” she stopped, remembering that Ved, unlike her sisters, may still be alive. Choosing her words more wisely, she went on, “You know what? Their dying taught me a little something about family.”
Jay, shocked that Ebony was being so open, asked, “What’s that?”
“It’s too precious to waste, like life, especially when all you have is each other. So do me a favor Jay, do not give up hope on finding Ved. Sure he may have been a pain in the neck at times, but all you had was Ved, and he had you, you two were…are a family.”
“I can’t believe all that just came from you.” Although he could believe it having once seen behind her mask. “It’s definitely more precious than what Amber’s been saying about how we have to be open to the fact that the ‘deleted’ are dead. So for what it’s worth, thanks.”
“Don’t mention it,” Ebony snorted. And she meant it, nobody needed to know she was soft on the inside.
The two of them stood there on deck in silence. Then Jay had to ask, “What did you wish for?”
“What makes you think…? Nevermind.” She gave up the facade. Jay knew her too well for her to start pretending. “I wished that we’d really reach that little city island in the morning, I think my sea-sickness is a little more than I bargained for.”
Jay laughed, “When are you going to tell Slade the good news?”
Ebony smirked, “When are you going to tell Amber you’re leaving her for Ruby?”
Jay smiled, he knew that meant a never if she could help it. She would hide the truth until it was almost too big to conceal, like his growing affection for Ruby.
As Ebony left him, making her way back to Slade, Jay took a final look at the horizon, praying that the island in the distance would bring him happiness. He had been far too unhappy for far too long.