Here's Ch 38 (Part 2)-K&K
"OK, I'll come down after I get some clothes on, Kei." she said, standing in the drying alcove and activating the drying jets. "Don't be too long, Yuri. I'll be at the bar." Kei slammed the outer door and strolled to the lift. As soon as she'd reached the rec room, she crossed right to the bar. The InuYasha crowd and the Saiyaans were already there. Bulma was the BOD. "Jameson's straight up, Bulma and make it a double." Bulma poured Kei's drink and set it down in front of her. "Sorry Kei. No places left to sit." said Bulma, gesturing at the packed counter. "Wanna bet?" said Kei, kicking a very intoxicated Louie onto the floor. "Look! An empty seat, Bulma!" said Kei, sitting down in Louie's place. "How's Yuri?" asked Bulma. Kei glanced at her wristchromo and frowned. "Dead if she ain't down here in another five minutes! She's supposed to rep some beds for the new sorcerer's gang. Then she can go back to beddie bye. And Bulma, pretend not to notice that she's got a shiner, OK?" said Kei. Bulma smiled and nodded. Kei tossed down her double and stood up as Yuri walked over to them.
"Don't you ever grow up, Yuri?" asked Kei. Yuri was once again wearing her green/white schoolgirl's uniform and she carried a replicator under her arm. Ignoring the redhead's comment she said "I know the way. This won't take long, Kei." she said, walking towards the lifts. It was now 2100 (9 PM) hours and still the 27th yobi of December AD 2250. However, destiny had not quite yet finished with the 'Fellowship of the Angels' for the evening! There were still san (three) more quite unwelcome visitors yet to come. Everyone was both invigorated and exhausted from the day's activities and by 2200 (10 PM) hours, interest in the holodecks had waned and they had been shut down for the night. A few stragglers were having a last nightcap at the bar. Yuri had long since finished her tasks and returned to bed with a glass of warm milk, a holonovel and 14 milligrams of 'Zaloron', a sleep inducing agent.
At 2300 (11 PM) hours, Bulma yawned and sent the InuYasha crowd, the elf hunters, the treasure seekers, the 'Bebops' and the Kenshin entourage as well as the Ivanhoe gang packing. Pouring one last finger of 'Jameson's' for herself and Kei, she said "cheers' and tossed hers down. Then she hoisted up her hubby (Vegeeta) and Goku. With Kei's help, she got the two very loaded (Vegeeta and Goku had discovered rum courtesy of Merrill) Saiyaans back to their rooms. Kei then returned and polished off her nightcap. For once, Don Poporo had gone to bed BEFORE he passed out! Marlene had luckily found (and used) a convenient wormhole to shave several hours off their flight time. Their new ETA for 'Kagura' was 1400 (2 PM) hours today the 28th (since it was well past midnight by now). Kei checked her wristchromo. A little less than 13 hours to touchdown. Great! Maybe when they made planetfall, this Wonderland ride would finally come to an end! Hopefully Gooley and Garner would call soon to tell them that Dr. Cue's teams had finished repairs on the 'Kronos' project and they could all go home at last!
Since planetfall was so close now and there were no more asteroid belts, meteor showers, takion storms, etc. to worry about, Kei could leave Mugghi and nammo to man the bridge and let Kome and Mar get some much needed sleep. Ka-Mi! They all needed that! Maybe she could even get some sleep herself. She might even use san (three) milligrams (Kei had never used more than go (five) milligrams) of 'Zaloron' this time. Rousing herself from her musings, Kei debated making the long trek up to the bridge and back to her own cabin. She decided to use the comlink instead. She trilled Kome and Mar. "Hai? Marlene here. Oro? Kome, you there? Good, Kei's on." said Mar. "Go ahead, Cap. I'm all ears." said Kome, yawning heavily. "I make it at a little over 12 hours to touchdown. Put the ship on 'George' (autopilot) and leave Mugghi and nammo to man the comm. Then you two can go to bed. Kome, don't worry about accidentally waking Yuri tonight. She took some 'Zaloron' so she's in 'Never Never Land' by now. I'll see you in a few minutes, Mar. Arigato guys. Good night, Kome and sleep well. Mugghi, wake me at 1000 (10 AM) hours or if (and only if) there's an emergency. G-Night. Kei out." Kei signed off and sighed. Then she stuck her hands in her jacket pockets and once more lounged her way to the lifts.
"Captain's quarters stat." she said to lift control. "Confirm." said 'CC'. "Dam." thought Kei. "If that kid would leave the codes alone I wouldn't have to keep changing them!" Aloud she said "Valhalla. Authority, Kei 1. Code, Asgard. Angel 2-1." she recited from memory, stifling a yawn. The doors swished shut and the lift shot upwards. At Level 3 the doors opened and she left the lift. Kei padded down the hall to her suite. She keyed open her portal and went into the living room. A few seconds later the outer doors opened again to admit Marlene Angel. "Night, Kei." Marlene waved to Kei as she trudged into her bedroom and the door shut behind her. The weary navigator had soon undressed and climbed into her bunk. Serena was asleep as was either Sango or Kagome. Marlene couldn't remember who was sleeping where anymore.
Kei had a nice cup of tea laced with whiskey. She decided against the sleeping draught. "Zaloron' and booze were not really compatitble and made for strange bedfellows anyway. Kei glanced over at the other bunks whose occupants were soundly slumbering. "Either Rei or Serena and either Sango or Kag. Damned if I can ever remember who's where anymore!" thought Kei as she slid the Mark XIII under her pillow and peeled off her sweats. She'd already thrown off her jacket and glove. She kicked off her sneakers and pulled off her socks. Then she crawled into her bunk and settled in for a nice long (for Kei anyway) rest. The chromo stood at 0200 (2 AM) hours on 28 December AD 2250.
Kei awoke to a strange rushing sound and a pulsating beam of light shining through from her living room. Kei checked her wristchromo. 0415 (4:15 AM) hours it said. Kei reached under her pillow and yanked out her mark XIII ion cannon. Snatching up her green kimono, she threw it on and slipped her feet into a pair of mules (fuzzy slippers). Cinching her kimono's obi (sash or belt) around her waist and gripping the cannon in her right fist, she used her left hand to hit the door release panel. Kei did a double take! Facing her was a white marble Roman column pulsating with an ivory glow. There was also a low dwindling whine apparent to her sharp ears. But these things were only secondary to oro she saw in her living room! Seated in her two wing chairs on either side of this monstrosity were two of the weirdest guys Kei had ever laid aizu on!
One was a slight, bearded man with black hair, 40ish and dressed entirely to match his hair color. He wore a black swallowtail coat, black shirt and trousers, black boots and black gloves. He smiled pleasantly at Kei. The other guy was much younger (although still a lot older than Kei), 30-somethingish. He had wavy dark hair and deepset aoishi aizu. His garb was a black and red kimono and sandals. He also smiled at the redhead. Both men looked positively aku (evil) to Kei O'Halloran!
As she stared at the duo, a woman with long, deep raven tresses and piercing black aizu (who looked a Hell of a lot like Kagome Higurashi) stepped from behind the pillar and walked over to join the two men. She was wearing her birthday suit and NOTHING else at all!
END Chapter 38. Chapter 39 to come soon.
Onegai r/r and happy holidays to all our tomos. meri Kurisumasu to you all and may Kami bless you. See ya soon-K&K
To Be Continued in Ch 39