Here's Ch 73-Part 1 for ya-K&K
DISCLAIMER: OK Ivy, 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 (did we ever! Yumi is missing! WOW!) so let's get to Chapter 73 without further preamble:-
'Yumi's Decision' or 'The Kids' Daring Venture'
"It is as lady Zoe had feared. She told me that Lady Kagome was picking up activity down in the docking bays. A skysled has been activated but no airlocks have been opened as of yet down there. I have sent Mordor and Fingal to investigate. Lady Zoe fears that your conversation with her was overheard by Lady Yumi and that she will warn Lady Ellen of our plans. She is quite fond of Lady Ellen is lady Yumi, My Lady." explained the knight but Kei O'Halloran had heard qyuite enough so she grabbed a ship's mike and keyed it. At the same time she activated the vidscreens for the bays. "Mordor! Fingal! Any sign of Yumi?" she demanded, panning the vidcams across the bays until they had reached the airlocks.
"Sorry, my Captain. No sign of the young one, I'm afraid." reported Mordor in an oily voice. Suddenly Kei spotted the juvenile at the airlocks. "Mordor. Go left. Fingal. Go right. She's dragging a skysled to Airlock 1-A. Stop her!" yelled Kei, yanking on a pair of jeans before discarding the kimono and pulling on a black turtleneck. Buckling on her gunsash, she fished the Mark XIII out from underneath her pillow and spun it into her side holster. Grabbing hold of the astonished knight and dragging him to the lifts, "Docking Bays. Northern Sector. Stat!" she barked to lift control as the doors slammed shut. "Zoe! Override the controls on ALL the airlocks! I don't want that kid to be able to open the shimatta things!" commanded the fiery redhead via her comlink.
Suddenly Mordor and Fingal yelled "I got her!" simultaneously as they both grabbed the startled teenager. Two pulls, a sound of tearing cloth and each wizard had one half of Yumi's blazer and one half or her slacks! Yumi (now clad solely in her black pullover and a pair of fiery red bikini underbriefs) was desperately shoving on the release panels for the airlocks but to no avail as Zoe had overridden her commands. Finally Mordor grabbed her and twisted her arm up behind her back in a painful hammerlock. Suddenly Yumi Ishiyama noticed her blatant lack of proper attire! "Could I at least have my pants back!" she squealed in outrage, using her left hand to pull her top dow to cover her briefs.
"You can release her now, Wizard. She ain't going nowhere." said Kei, entering the bays with Ivanhoe in tow. Obediently Mordor released the girl who broke away and snatched back her ruined slacks from the White Druid. She quickly tried to yank them back on before having to settle for just holding both halves of them up in front of herself. "I have got to warn Ellen-San! I don't want her going to prison, Kei-San!" sobbed Yumi. "And nobody is going to stop me either!" she yelled, slapping her side before realizing that her tiny blaster was still in her blazer pocket. Resignedly, she raised both hands in surrender, oblivious of hewr torn pants dropping to the floor.
Kei reached her in two quick strides and slapped her across the jaw- hard! "Baka! Fool! Didn't you hear me say that if anyone had a clean slate, we would NOT hold them! You have my solemn word that Ellen Rogers will NOT be arrested! Sorry, kid but you'll have to be confined to quarters until further notice. Can I trust you to stay put or do I need to post a guard outside your door?" demanded the tall tro-con. ""I'll be a good girl, Kei-San. You have my word that I'll stay in my room." replied Yumi.
Fingal handed the redhead the small blaster he'd fished out of Yumi's blazer. Then he draped the ruined garment across the trembling girl's shoulders. "Fingal, onegai take her back to her room for me. Arigato." said Kei. "And you get some sleep, OK?" she told Yumi who nodded OK and allowed herself to be led away by the old bearded Druid. Fingal took the chastised teen back to her room and waited in the anteroom while the girl prepared for bed. When he deemed her to be raedy, he lightly rapped on her bedroom door. "Come in, Fingal-San, sir." she replied to his tap. He entered the room and smiled benignly down at her. Yumi was sitting up in bed wearing her pajamas and a kimono. The old man was carrying a tray laden with sweetened oat cakes (bannocks) and some curious-looking vials beside a steaming pot of hot tea. "Oro is that, 'jijii-san' (Grandfather, Grandpa)?" she asked him. "A small snack for you, my child and one of my brews to help you sleep. Do not be alarmed, my dear. It is an herbal tea made with mint and sassafras roots. It is quite pleasing to the palate." he replied. Fingal's face hardened slightly. "However, Yumi-San, this time you will drink it. You need rest, my child, more so than anything else." He supported her head with his left hand while he held the cup to her lips with his right, forcing Yumi to swallow the sweet and pleasant-tasting concoction. His hands were incredibly strong and surprisingly powerful for one so old! She found that out when she decided to pretend to swallow so she could spit it out later! That trick didn't work and she had soon drained the entire cup! "These are oat fairy cakes made from a special mixture of fruits and honeys. They will give you strength. Onegai, eat one or two, my child." he said not unkindly and she soon found herself swallowing three of the small bannocks.
Suddenly she felt amazingly drowsy and before she realized it, Yumi had drifted into a deep and fitful slumber. Fingal smiled in satisfaction and began to unbandage her throat. An angry red welt had formed where the blade of Shishio's tanto had bit deep into her tender skin. Working swiftly, the old Druid quickly had a mushy and pasty substance (a poultice) which he rubbed into her throat, wrapping leaves of sassafras across the wound to bind it when he had finished. He slid the child down into bed, covered her up and tucked the girl into bed snugly. "Rebecca taught me that recipe for the poultice and salve I just used on Lady Yumi." whispered the old wizard to Ivanhoe whom he'd found impatiently pacing the floor of the anteroom.
"The child will recover with no ill effects, Ivanhoe. The cut was deep and severe but certainly not life-threatening, than God. You had best return to your post, my son." The knight nodded, swirled his cloak about himself and left. Fingal settled into a chair by the faux (fake) fireplace with the strangely curious thing that Lady Kome had called a 'laptop'. He'd been ordered not to leave the teen unprotected for even a moment (Think Kei didn't trust the kid?)!
Meanwhile Misao (the Oniwabanshuu girl) wearing her newly repped 3WA tro-con uniform of shirt, tie, blazer, miniskirt, gloves and boots, had been sent to spell Kagome on scanner watch. She was accompanied by Mordor who was under Kei's orders to examine kag, treat her wounds, see that she got some rest and watch over the teenaged schoolkid until she awoke. Why? Kei knew that Kagome would not give in without a protest. Finally, Misao cajoled kagome into complying with the Boss's wishes. Picking up her blaster and sliding it into her shoulder holster, Kag slung her blazer over her shoulder and allowed the wizard in black to escort her back to her quarters which was where the fun started!
Continued in Ch 73-Part 2