Here's Ch 67-Part 1 for ya-K&K
DISCLAIMER: OK Stephanie, it's all yours! First, thank you to Mr. T. for the use of the Angels. Thanks to everyone else who is letting us use their creations. How was that, Yuri? Great! Oh yes it was, Kei! Well, we left you up in the air so let's get to Chapter67 without further preamble:-
'Discipline Returns to the Angel'& 'Ellen Rogers' Journal'
"You used the tractor beam?" Kome nodded. "You had to de-cloak to do that. Did you remember to re-cloak afterwards?" demanded Kei angrily and Kome's face dropped. "Sorry Kei, I must have forgot. Oro's the big deal anyway?" sulked Kome. Kei hit the 'cloak' panel on the console. "We maybe OK. He doesn't seem to have noticed us." said Kei. "When you used the tractor beam, you left an energy trail. While we were visible, Berringer could have found us! Either way, it was very irresponsible of you, Kome. I seem to have let discipline slip of late. After all, this is a 3WA vessel and you and Mar are still only TC 'trainees'. Well, from now on, you're damned well going to look like trainees! While you're on duty you'll wear regulation 3WA tro-con uniforms like these." Kei slid open a closet door and pulled out two red blazers with the 3WA logo on them. Across the shoulder of each one was the word 'Trainee'. She also held up two black miniskirts and two pairs of short red boots. "Maybe if you look like a trainee, you'll start acting like one. Now get changed at once." she ordered. "Can't I just wear one of my pink jumpsuits instead?" begged Kome. "Nai, it ain't regulation 3WA wear. You think these are the pits, you should have seen oro Yuri and I once had to wear- they were called 'battle bikinis' and they left absolutely 'nothing' to the imagination! Put it on now and that's an order, dammit! Mar, Ann and Zoe will have to wear it too. Yuri and I as well as our counterparts from 2140 are included. The guys are not going to escape either! Move it!" yelled Kei.
"Right now? Here?" asked Kome. "Why the Hell not? Nobody else is here, are they? Anyway, according to Mugghi and Nammo, while they were fixing the air controls, you were up here in your undies so oro's the big problem? Get those sweats off!" Kei sat down at the vidscreen while Kome kicked off the sneakers, shucked out o the sweatshirt and was just stepping out of the bottoms when the vidscreen's monitor winked twice meaning an incoming communication. Automatically, Kei flipped on the receiver and the face of the 'Green Baron' (Fritz von Dekker) appeared before her.
"This is der 'Emerald Queen' calling der 'Angel 2'. Anyone there, bitte (please)? Ach! Fraulein (Miss) Kome! You are looking most kawaii (lovely) and quite fetching today! When you people at der 3WA say you're going 'casual', you really mean it, don't you?" he said. Kei glanced over at Kome. "OK, you'd better finish changing in the ready room. Oro do you want, Baron?" she asked. "Ah! Hauptmann (Captain) Kei! Berringer is headed your way. Emma thinks he locked onto your signal when you used der tractor beam! Naughty, naughty!" siad the Baron.
Kei checked the screens and confirmed that the 'Starcrusher' was, indeed, less than shi (4) hours away from them. "Then we're all out of options and we'll have to hyperjump directly to 'Endor'. Danke scoen (Thank you) for the information, Baron." said Kei. "My pleasure, Hauptmann. Do not worry. I am no tattle tale. I will tell noone about Fraulein Kome." he replied. "Arigato, Herr Baron. I owe you one. Kei out." replied Kei.
A very red-faced Kome walked back onto the bridge. Now she wore the hated TC Trainee outfit. "Well, Kei? You gonna keep your promise?" she asked sulkily. Kei keyed her PA mike. "Attention! All flight crews and deck watches will wear regulation 3WA TC uniforms while on duty. This order is effective immediately and there are NO exceptions to it. By my command. Kei out." She tossed down the mike and said "Satisfied, Kome?" Kome nodded and sat down. Kei next trilled Marlene. "Mar, I need you up here as soon as you've changed. We're going to have to hyperjump to 'Endor'." A few minutes later, Marlene Angel stepped off the express lift and walked down the back corridor to the bridge. She swung the doors open and strolled in wearing an identical uniform to the one Kome had on. She nodded to Kei and Kome before entering the nav room.
"Attention all hands! Jump to 'Endor' has been calculated and coordinates laid in. We jump in five minutes so strap in and hold on." she announced over the PA system. Making a few more minute adjustments, she trilled Kei. "Ready for countdown, Boss." she trilled. "Go for it, Mar." trilled Kei. "Go, shi, san, ni, ichi, rei. Jumping now." trilled Mar, punching the hyperthrust panel. The stars became lines of light as the 'Angel' accelerated. Twenty minutes passed. "Coming out of jump. ETA on 'Endor' is three minutes. Prepare to land." announced Mar.
"Crews to your shuttles as soon as we're down." commanded Kei. Marlene glided the 'Angel' smoothly onto the surface of 'Endor'. "We're down and safe, Kei." she trilled. Kei grabbed the PA mike and keyed it. "Attention all hands! We have just landed on 'Endor'. Yuri, Marlene, Legato, Keitarou, Zoe and Rally will report to my ready room stat!" she announced. Within five minutes the four shuttle captains, Zoe and Rally had reported as ordered.
"Zoe, you will be the assistant pilot for the 'Angel' and Rally, you will be the scanner officer for the 'Angel'. You will continue to scan for Berringer. Both of you to your posts at once." she commanded. Zoe and Rally had both borrowed TC uniforms from Marlene and both wasted no time in complying with Kei's orders. Kei faced her four shuttle commanders. Yuri and Mar were in TC uniforms with the black micro-mini-skirts while Keitarou and Legato as well as the chiefs wore male TC uniforms. The 2140 'Angel' counterparts (Kei 2 and Yuri 2) as well as Ann Hathaway had been ordered into TC uniforms also. Ann's orders were to accompany han Solo in the 'Flying Falcon' while Rebecca's orders were to go with Jett Black on the 'Hammerhead'. Jett's craft would provide cover for Han's shuttle which would be ferrying supplies, arms, ammo and equipment between the mother ship ('Angel') and her four shuttles.
"Are all of your crews ready to go?" was Kei's question to her shuttle captains. "Hai, Kei." replied all four of them in unison. "Then get a move on your asses! Legato has the 'Raphael' and will go to 'Antares'. Mar has the 'Leonardo' and will go to 'Lyoko'. Yuri's ship is the 'Michaelangelo' and she's off to 'Eldrad'. Lastly, Keitarou has the 'Donnatella' and is heading for 'Minerva'. Emma, the Baron and Arkton have the 'Emerald Queen'. They and their two shuttles are responsible for defending 'Halcyon', 'Zygon' and 'Tekla'. The 'Queen' is going to 'Halcyon'. You all know oro to do, right? Hold out as long as you can. Then fall back to the next planet or moon until you reach 'Tekla'. That's where we'll make our final stand and we cannot, at all costs, allow Berringer to get beyond there! He definitely must NOT reach 'Shimougou' or we'll be in deep crap! We have just received word that 'UG', 'Starfleet', 3WA and 'ISSP' fighters have converged on 'Gysymeo' and are thinning out Berringer's fleet. Kome has relayed bounty information to 'Punch 'n Judy' on 'Big Shot' which means the heavens will soon be flooded with 'cowboys'! (Kei grasped her comlink) Excuse me, gang. Hai, Rally? Oro? You're sure? OK, keep me informed. Rally reports that the 'Starcrusher' has been spotted with a twenty ship escort. Looks like the fighters and 'cowboys' have been pretty busy 'cause that seems to be all that's left of his flotilla of over 200 ships! Legatos, he's headed for 'Antares' with five ships. Five more are headed for 'Lyoko', 'Eldrad' and 'Minerva'. Yuri, Mar, Keitarou? Did you get that? (The four shuttle captains replied in the affirmative) Emma, are you guys on 'Halcyon' yet?" asked Kei.
Continued in Ch 67-Part 2