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Tanya's Truth

By Katy McCoy

Romance / Drama

Chapter 1

The tension could have been cut with a knife, the game was tied and the ducks knew that if they didn't score a goal soon they would go into overtime. It wasn't like the fans would mind, it was just that they really didn't want that to happen. They had things to get done that evening. The game ended with a goal scored by Nosedive in the final seconds of the game.

Tanya sighed, she had been sure that the game was going to go into overtime again not that the idea particularly bothered her, she was just concerned that things wouldn't get done as planned. Then Nosedive took off at a run past her, nearly knocking her over in the process

"Watch it Dive!" she yelled

"Sorry" Nosedive replied, but Tanya knew it would happen again, he always got overexcited when they won. She didn't blame him, he was young and a bit eager at times, but that was what kept things at the pond interesting.

They got down to their lair and began to prepare the latest issue at hand. Finding out about a strange crime wave that seemed to be hitting Anaheim like a wrecking ball.

Tanya hadn't felt right for several days and she knew exactly why, but she wasn't about to say a word to any of the others, especially Wildwing since he would make a big deal out of her neglecting to take care of herself the way she ought.

She left the room to seek a bit of quiet when she felt a hand on her shoulder. She looked to see Grin behind her.

With Grin around, keeping a secret was difficult for anyone

"Tanya, keeping a problem to yourself is no way to fix it" he said, the logic of that simple statement was all to obvious to Tanya, as was the fact that he knew something wasn't right, but he hadn't figured out what.

"I'm fine" Tanya said trying to sound convincing, but she could tell Grin didn't believe her, but he chose not to argue the point. That was the good thing about Grin, he didn't argue with the team

"Tanya, just remember, a team should have no secrets" Grin left her to think about that

'Feathers, does he have to be right all the time' Tanya thought to herself before returning to the group to try and figure out their next move.

They went on patrol and Duke noticed Tanya wasn't quite up to her usual standard.

"Tanya, are you sure you're okay?" Duke asked

"I'm fine" Tanya replied with a sigh, did everyone have to notice when she was a little off.

Wildwing noticed that Tanya was quieter than normal as did Nosedive

"Sheesh, I don't know whose being quieter tonight Grin or Tanya" Nosedive said

"I've noticed that too," Wildwing replied then looked over his shoulder at Tanya "Allergies acting up again?" he asked

"Yeah" she lied, and she could feel Grin glaring at her, he knew that was a bold faced lie

"Tanya, why don't you tell us what's really bothering you?" Grin asked at a whisper

"Nothing is bothering me" she snapped

Grin shrugged it off, he knew that snap only meant he was right, and that there was something going on that Tanya refused to speak of. He sat back in his seat with a sigh, he had a bad feeling that something was going to happen with Tanya, but he didn't know what, all he knew was her aura wasn't right and it had him worried.

They returned to the pond and went to rest for the evening and soon were all heading for bed. Though not all of them would find it easy to sleep.

Tanya had insomnia for the third night in a row so she decided to work on some of the systems that made up Drake One as she knew they needed some fine tuning.

Before she realized anything had changed it was after three in the morning and her eyelids were drooping. She went to bed and dropped off into a fitful sleep that yielded very little in the way of rest.

The alarm went off for practice and Tanya knew that it was only a matter of time before Wildwing figured out something was amiss and began pressing for answers from her.

It wasn't just the sleepless nights that had Tanya thinking that Wildwing wouldn't stay clueless for very long, it was also her nonexistent appetite that had already set of alarm bells for Grin.

She got through practice without any obvious problems and everything seemed to be fine, but tonight was a big game and Tanya worried what might happen there.

The game went on as planned, but it was obvious Tanya was off her game. The ducks were able to keep the heat on their opponents even with Tanya's issues, but things were about to go from bad to worse.

Tanya had just gotten the puck and was about to pass it to Nosedive for the score when she felt her balance wane and she knew something big was going down.

The crowd booed when one of the opponents checked Tanya. She hit the boards, that was nothing new, but then she hit the ice and the crowd went silent.

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