The following morning the fire was stone cold. The stormy wind of the previous night had been replaced with a gentle breeze and a grey overcast sky. Helena walked down through the main corridor and she saw Jasmine and Paul together.
Helena walked over and sat on a chair and saw that her sister was awake "You both look like you had a good night."
Jasmine knew she couldn't hide anything and said "Yes."
Helena studied Paul for a moment as he slept obliviously "I can see that he's cute."
Jasmine was eager to change subject "Where's Nathan?"
Helena flashed her eyes "Still asleep."
Jasmine knew the look in her sisters eyes "You didn't"?
Helena smiled "We both went to bed. I was brushing my teeth. Nathan came in we started talking and then one thing led to another."
Her face went red with embarrassment.
Jasmine got her answer and put on Paul's dressing gown "Kitchen."
Helena nodded and followed her sister to the kitchen. The kitchen was well stocked with coffee and food.
Jasmine looked to Helena. It had gone just after seven and the house was silent.
Helena's eyes narrowed as the kettle boiled on the stove "When do we leave?"
Jasmine sat on a bench "We have to leave at ten. We have to make a quick assessment of the island. A plane is waiting for us."
Helena was intrigued and said "This is going to be fun?"
Jasmine responded "It is. You both know what you've got to do."
Helena poured herself a drink and turned back to her sister "Look at the shore line for points of attack. Meet here at two. I will work with Nathan on this."
Jasmine nodded and could see her sister digressing "You like him?"
Helena shrugged her shoulders and sat next to her sister "I don't know. I first met him only a few days ago. At first I couldn't stand him and I thought he was to arrogant."
Helena turned the tables and looked at Jasmine "Are you in love with Paul?"
Jasmine put down her cup of coffee and she looked at her sister seriously "You know my mum asked me that. I still don't know but I do like having him around."
Helena responded "Your not sure. That I can understand. These things don't always make sense."
Paul got up and the sun was shining through the window and he was woken up by Nathan walking into the lounge as he creaked on a wooden floor board.
Nathan looked to Paul "Have you seen Helena?"
Paul shrugged his shoulders and said "No".
They both heard laughter coming from the direction of the kitchen.
Paul got up and quickly got showered and changed. He cleared away his sleeping bag before joining Jasmine in the kitchen. He walked to see all three of them drinking coffee and laughing. Jasmine moved up on a small bench and motioned for him to come over. There was light hearted banter going on. Paul felt apart of what was going on for the first time in days. He sat and ate some of the warm croissants.
Paul could see that everyone was content and looked to Jasmine but he looked at her differently and he stared at her for a moment before returning his gaze to the conversation. Jasmine had noticed it. When Paul turned his head towards Helena. Jasmine turned to Paul and she saw things that she hadn't seen before such as his ears being low set and blonde streaks in his brown hair that looked natural.
Helena was talking about how she chased a dangerous drugs baron through the twisting back streets of New Delhi and caught him as he tripped into a pit used for human waste and then she followed him straight into the lake of human waste. Then she explained how she handed him into the Indian authorities covered in human poo. She used hand gestures to illustrate the pong that came off her. They all laughed.
Yet ten o'clock was approaching quickly and they both cleared the table and got ready for their missions. The house buzzed with activity and preparation. Jasmine and Paul departed for the plane. Helena and Nathan used the van that had brought them there from Bendoet to scout for possible landing sights so that troops could land and make ready their assault on the Brethrens lair.