"Yeah, I was hoping that mom would be around today morning but she was gone. But we'll only be able to confirm by tomorrow morning," said Harry.
"Well there goes my sleep for the day," said Daisy," at least I got a decent sleep today."
"Well you could always try to sneak off and find mom," suggested Harry, winking at her.
"Tell me you didn't just say that Harry," Aria said.
"I didn't just say that," replied Harry, looking the picture of innocence.
Aria let out her trademark sigh and rolled her eyes as the other two broke into laughter.
That day they'd been given a note instructing a few parts of the flight control systems be dropped off at different locations to the incinerator and so they found themselves running all across camp and they hardly noticed the time passing till the lights went off abruptly, signalling the end of their shift. The trio decided to spend a third night taking some time to gaze at the stars before they returned to hopefully hear some news.
As soon as Harry and Aria were at the door to their quarters it swung open to admit them, the beaming smile on their mother's face there to greet them. Judging from the smile and her eagerness to talk to them, Harry was already internally starting to celebrate.
"Come take a seat. I know the first thing you two are going to do is start grilling me about this if I don’t tell you," she began as soon as they walked into the room.
Harry and Aria had identical 'caught with hand in the cookie jar' smiles as they both sat on either side of their mother.
"So what did you manage to find? asked Harry, unable to contain his question.
"No beating around the bush today?" said Mrs. Kane, smiling.
"Mom," said Harry, pouting.
"Okay," said Mrs. Kane, laughing at her son's expression," After I notified the guys at you-know-what, Alex went out to the gate to confirm what you saw and the reports came in at around lunchtime today."
"And what was in the reports?" asked Aria, leaning in even as Harry did the same.
"The wiring is....in fact," began Mrs. Kane pausing before she continued in a whisper,"...damaged."