Ch 47- Part 4. Sorry for the almost double post esp to hassun and DB-K&K
At 2200 (10 PM) hours, Kei announced that the bar was closing for the night and sent the Inu Yasha crew, the elf hunters, the swordsmen, knights, time lords, treasure hunters, etc. off to bed. Yuri and Sango (with a certain concerned monk assisting) went off to bed. The 'Bebop' cowboys/girls had just discovered that there were hefty bounties on the heads of John Berringer and his thugs. Earlier in the evening Robin and Haruto had returned to the bridge for a final scan. Robin had given the 'all clear' for the new 'OOWZ' site. Kei relieved Kome on the bridge. Mar was using one of the command deck's back bedrooms (behind the ready room) to sleep in since hyperthrusting was a delicate science which Kei had yet (or evr?) to master!
"Hi, Kome. How's it going up here? Any messages? (Kome shook her head 'nai') Hope you don't mind but Yuri loaned Sango some of your stuff to wear. You can call it a night, Kome. We're going to orbit 'Gysymeo' until morning. I'm not going to chance a cloaked landing at night into these solar winds and a 200 'G' force gravity well vortex! Mar can handle coming out of warp OK without you. I want you fresh for tomorrow's touchdown so go to bed and Mugghi will trill you at 0600 (6 AM) hours. We'll land at 0700(7 AM). Oh, make sure Rei's tucked in, will you?" Kome nodded and waved on her way to the express lift and bed. Kei sat down in her command chair and lit a cigarette.
The Nav room's door opened and Marlene came in with a tray of coffee and Danishes. She placed a cup in front of Kei and poured out coffee for her. Kei waved off the pastry. "Less than two hours to go. You're not going to land tonight, Kei, are you? Not with a cloaked ship, those solar winds and the grav well at night!" asked Marlene worriedly. "Nai, Mar. We'll drop out of warp, re-cloak and orbit until morning. We'll land at 0700." answered Kei. "Wanna catch a couple of hours of shuteye, Mar? I'll hold down the fort for us." Mar yawned and nodded. "Arigato Boss. Call me at 2345(11:45 PM) hours so I can bring us 'OOW' (out of warp). G'Night." said Marlene, heading for the back room she was using tonight.
Kei poured herself more coffee and 'spiked' it from her one of her pocket flasks. Then she lit another cigarette up and blew out a few smokerings. She called up a holovid map of 'Gysymeo's' Northern coastline and studied it intently, planning out ashita's (tomorrow's) approach. In about ni (2) more hoursit would be New Year's Eve 2251. Finally! OK, the LZ (Landing Zone) would be the 'Hokassan Forest' and the 'Angel' would be cloaked. Then we transfer all hands to either the 'Raphael', the 'Michaelangelo', the 'Donnatella' or the 'Leonardo'. Jett would take a few on the 'Hammerhead' which would fly point (front of the line). The 'Flying Falcon' (Han Solo's shuttle) would remain (with Han) on the 'Angel' just in case. Ditto for the TARDISes of 'the Master' and the Doctors. Next we fly the five shuttles to the ice caverns and find some nice big ones to hold the four shuttles and cloak them. Jett could share her (the 'Raphael's') cavern which would be on the Western point of the cliffs. Then use a few of Bulma's 'building capsules' to set up their camps including Yuri's NY Eve/Day bashes and her 'surprise' for me on NY Day (wonder oro the Hell it is?) which would take place deep in one of the caverns. At least shi (4) guards on duty at the cavern mouths at all times so shifts of roko (6) hours each times shi guards equals 24 daily guards on a rotating basis. And, shimatta! Arms for everyone and that would include those san (3) baka time lords as well, whether they liked it or not! Wrist rockets (sling shots) and boomerangs for the kids. (Unknown to anyone, Ryosko and Miss Ari (the elf hunters) were teaching the kids how to use Mark I miniblasters so the other weapons would be in addition to firearms for the kids!)
Now as for the entertainmentIn minus 110 degrees Kelvin temperatures and with 500 kph winds entertainment would be difficult! Football was definitely out as was golf! Dam! If only the 'Angel' was small enough to squeeze into the caverns they could have used the Kami shimatta 'holodecks'! Wait! Why should SHE worry? Weren't Spike M. and Legato B. their morale officers/gamesmasters? Let them come up with something. They had the 'replicators' at least. Oro more did they need really? OK. Who gets left behind to crew the 'Angel'? A meeting of all hands would have to be held ashita before they left for the caverns. Hmmnmy suggestion would be Anton and Don (the two chiefs with Anton in charge), Yuri 2 and Kei 2 (her and Yuri 1's 2140 counterparts), Han (Natch! Who would fly the 'Falcon' if he came with them?), that crybaby Prince John (His Royal Pain in the Fing Ass Highness!) and of course that fat slob toady of his, Falco! (The duo were inseparaable- where there was one there would be the other! At least she wouldn't have to listen to Johnny's whining for a week or so!).
Note to self- have 'CC' set up a meeting for all hands in the rec room for 100 (10 AM) hours ashita. A final briefing of the pilots at 1045 (10:45 AM) hours and the deployment of the shuttles at 1100 (11 AM) hours. Order would be "Hammerhead' first followed by the 'Leo', the 'Mikey', the 'Donny' and finally her flagship, the 'Raph'. Mar would pilot the 'Leo'. Keitarou would get the 'Donny'. Jett of course would fly the 'Hammerhead'. Yuri would get the 'Mikey' and Legato would fly her flagship, the 'Raph'. She (Kei) would be fleet commander. Kei made a few more notes to self and then keyed the whole thing into her vidpad and then relayed it all to 'CC'. She made a few more notations on her vidpad, ate a danish, smoked a few more cigarettes, drank a few more 'Irish coffee royales' and dozed off. She awoke with a start. The deck chromo read 2245 (10:45 PM) hours and she was sweating profusely. Dam frigging air conditioning units malfunctioning again! Mugghi and Nammo could deal with it in the morning.
Since it was just her and Mar up here until ashita she might as well make herself comfortable. She began to remove her winter togs (hooded parka, sweater, jacket, tunic, boots, gloves, ski pants, gunsashes) and then she had an afterthought and sealed off the main hallway's bridge enrance portals. Just in case that weirdo monk, wolf or sorcerer (Miroku, Kouga, Louie) were wandering around the ship! Then she shed her slacks and her tee shirt as well. She pulled off her socks and laid back in her chair, feeling cooler already! She draped a green silk kimono around her shoulders and relaxed, jade green aizu roaming over the 'Angel's' outer view screens as she began to drift off into another doze.
Dam you, Johnny Berringer! I never wanted to kill Max (John's brother), 'Mad Dog' Karp or his gang (AN- See 'DF Flash'/Mission 3/Act 5 for further details)! It just happened. I never thought a power cable's blast would take off the roof of the 3WA HQ building, nuke Max, go right through 'Mad Dog's' ship and then wreck most of District 427 ('Splattertown') in 'Furool (Foo-Lon) City', did I? It just wasn't my fault! KA-MI! Now I sound like the 'Vacuumhead'! Of course it was my Kami shimatta fault! I didn't think about the possible repercussions before I acted and now I've put my tomos, my crew, my passengers and the 3WA and UG themselves at risk! The lines of blurred starlight were quite soothing to the aizu and soon Kei had drifted off into slumberland!
End of Chapter 47
Chapter 48 to come as soon as we do our taxes. Cead Mille Failte/Erin Go Bragh to all our tomos (boyos and colleeens both) on this St Patty's Day. Thanks and see ya soon. Keep those reviews/suggestions coming!-K&K
Continued in Ch 48