New Plan of Attack

Izumi tilted her head. “You want to do what now?”

“Please let us do it,” Taro said. “We are the only ones.”

“That is out of the question,” Natalia said. “We can’t do it!”

“But we have no choice!” Masayuki said.

“No!” Izumi said.

“Are we just going to leave them there?” Taro asked. The angels looked at each other.

“Well, no, but…” Liz said.

“Then let us do it,” Masayuki said. Natalia was about to speak up.

“What’s going on?” they heard someone ask. Everyone looked up to see Ben looking around the corner.

“Nothing,” Izumi lied.

“We’re trying to get Baby Doll and Maxxie back,” Masayuki blurted out. Natalia smacked herself in the forehead as Izumi glared at him. Ben’s eyes widened.

“Really?” he asked. Liz threw back her head and groaned.

“Yes,” she said. “And it’s a bad idea.”

“But it’s all that we have going for us,” Taro pointed out. Ben looked at the boys and the angels with a confused look on his face.

“What are you talking about? How?” he asked. Taro and Masayuki turned to him.

“We want to soul travel to where Baby Doll and Ben are,” Taro said. Ben’s eyes widened.

“You can do that?” he asked.

“We can try,” Masayuki said.

“But it’s too dangerous,” Yoshiko said. “You could be lost in there forever.”

“It’s the only way,” Taro said. He turned to the angels. “You said so yourself.”

“Well, yes, but…” Izumi said.

“Then let us do it!” Masayuki said.

“No!” Natalia said.

“Let them do it,” Ben said. Everyone looked at him. He lifted one finger but nothing came out of his mouth. He lowered his eyes.

“I just want my friend back,” he mumbled.

“See?” Masayuki asked, pointing over at him. “We can do it. Let us go.” Yoshiko turned her head.

“We should let them do this,” she said. “It will shut them up at least.” Natalia frowned.

“It’s too dangerous,” she said.

“We can handle it,” Masayuki said. “Just open the gate way for us to go.” Everyone looked at Natalia now. She frowned and puffed up her cheeks.

“Will you shut up after this?” she asked.

“Yes,” the boys said. The main angel threw up her hands.

“Fine,” she said. Natalia rose to her feet. “Come with me.” She walked over to the stairs. Ben and the angels followed behind. Taro turned to Masayuki.

“You sure we can do this?” he asked. His friend didn’t look him in the eye.

“I’m going to try,” was all Masayuki would say. He walked to catch up with the group.

“You better be right about this,” Taro said to himself. He walked after Masayuki, holding his breath.