A long chapter now. Ch 83-Part 1-K&K
DISCLAIMER: OK Alley, 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 Chapter83 without further preamble:-
'Alley's Adventures Continue' or 'Aelita's Painful Arrival'
In all likelihood, somehow she'd become one of the many passengers on 'Angel', 'Starcrusher', 'Emerald Queen', that newest one- that pirate vessel 'Sol' something or other or even on one of those shimatta shuttles! "Hold on here!" she thought. "I can't be on the 'Angel' or the 'Queen' because they are both manned so the power would be activated on them. However, I got no response for either heat or light and according to 'UG' regulations, starship shuttles must have activated systems at all times so I'm not aboard one of those things either. From oro Yuri's told me about that time lord hunk, the Doctor 4, TARDISes work all the time so I'm not aboard one of them. The two rogue ships have had their crews apprehended and Kei's holding 'em in one of 'Angel's' brigs. At least that's oro Sawaguchi's report said!" thought Allison. Suddenly, she snapped her fingers.
"Computer. Emergency illumination. Activate now." she shouted. Instantly the room was flooded with light. Now Allison could see the whole room- a bunk, some lockers (empty), two closets (likewise empty), a door marked 'Weapons' (locked of course) and a main door. She tried it and it was unlocked! It let onto a sort of mini-corridor. Snatching up the blanket, she wrapped it around herself. At least she'd be warm! As an afterthought: "Computer. Emergency thermo. Activate now." she commanded.
"That order is impossible to obey. Except for illumination and communications, all systems are either shut down or currently offline." answered a mechanical voice. "Computer. Restore power to all systems immediately." she said. "That order is also impossible to obey. All systems are currently locked down and only Captain February can unlock them." replied the same voice. "Who is Captain February?" asked Allison. "The commanding officer of the 'Sol Bianca'." informed the computer. "Are ALL parts of this shimatta ship currently shut down, dammit?" demanded an exasperated Allison. "Hai. Except for the arms cabin (apparently the room Allison had woke up in) and the bridge." said the voice. "Where's the bridge?" she cried. A portion of the air in front of the blonde shimmered and a complex diagram came into focus. A large area began to glow yellow on the map. "That is the bridge." said the voice. A red line formed leading from a small box and stopped several meters away. "This is the path that you have been traversing to this point." informed the voice again. Allison saw that she was on the very lowest level of a five level ship. She soon saw that the bridge was on Level Five. "Nearest turbolift?" she asked and a small box glowed green. It was just around the corner of the hall she was in and Allison jogged off in that direction. She found it easily and gingerly punched the 'Call' button. The doors shot open and Allison hopped aboard the car. There were no visible controls! "Onegai state your destination." said another voice.
"Level Five. Bridge." said Allison. The doors snapped shut and the lift accellerated upwards before stopping with a sudden jolt. The doors opened and she stepped off and she was standing in the centre of the bridge. Being a trained navigator, Allison was no stranger to starship control rooms and she quickly found the 'Comm Relay Grid'. Snapping it to 'ON' and seating herself at the console, Allison grabbed the mike and keyed it. " 'Sol Bianca' calling 'Lovely Angel 2'. Allison Kurtz calling Yuri Donovan. Onegai come in. (She waited) Yuri? Kei? Marlene? Kome? Rally? Han? Anybody? Over." she said and listened again.
"Konnichi wa to pretty lady in a gray blanket. Whaddaya wants?" responded a childish voice which sounded to Allison like its owner didn't have 'both oars in the water'! Then it hit her. "You can see me?" she asked. "Sure. You pretty blonde lady in a gray blanket. Ed can see you good. Can't we, Ein? I get Faye-Faye!" replied the childish voice.
"Ed! You'd better not let Auntie Kei catch you up here on the bridge! Now, oro the Hell is so impor--" Faye broke off as Allsion cried: "For Christ's sake- is anyone there? This is Allison Kurtz calling!" Faye answered her with: "Hai, Miss Kurtz. I can both see you and hear you. Your vidcam must be off which is why you can't see us. This is the 'Lovely Angel 2' and my name's Faye Valentine. Where are you calling from, Miss Kurtz? Over." replied the 'cowgirl'.
"Some shipped called the 'Sol Bianca' but nothing except the lights, lifts, communications and the emergency computer is working over here! Can someone come and get me, onegai? Over." said Allison. "That ship you're on is sitting some few hundred meters from the 'Angel'. Miss Kurtz- above your head should be a green knob. If you press it you should be able to me. Over." said Faye, whacking Ed's rear and sending her to get some help.
"Yes, Miss Valentine. I can see you fine now. Oh! My Kami! You can see ME? Gomen about the shimatta blanket but--" stammered the blonde Teuton. "That's OK, Miss- may I call you Allison? I'm Faye. Anyway Allison, I'll send some fuku over for you and we'll have you over here in a jiffy. But just who the Hell are you? Over." said Faye.
"She's Allison Kurtz- Gooley's personal lapdog, Faye!" replied the redhead in the green kimonowho'd just walked onto the bridge with Ed and Ein in tow. "Kei? Kei O'Halloran- is that you?" asked Allison. "You forgot to say 'over'. Hai Alley- it's me. New fashion statement, kid? Over." said Kei, lighting a cigarette. Allison huddled inside her blanket. "Very funny! It was either this or freeze to death! I went to sleep in my nice WARM apartment and woke up here! By the way, where is 'here'? Are you still on 'Endor'? Over." asked the blondetro-con.
"Hai, kid. We're still here but we lift off ashita for the trip home to 'Shimougou'. One of our time lords is on his way over with some stuff for you to wear, Alley. He knows how to get up there to the bridge so just sit tight, kid. Over." said Kei.
"Kid?" thought Allison. "Kei's nineteen- no, twenty now. I'm almost twenty-seven and she calls me 'Kid'!" Allison giggled to herself. It was an inhouse joke at the 3WA and 'UG' that Kei acted tough but she was really quite a caring person. After all, look how she'd risked her own life to save little Keitarou two- no, it was three years ago now- on those mountains of Gyrol. And yeah- Allison wa sone of the little guy's godmothers too!
Just then the lift doors opened and Doctor 2 stepped off. "Good evening, my dear. Better put these on. It's a bit chilly outside." he said, handing Allison a pair of yellow hotpants, a black turtleneck, a yellow suede jacket, a pair of red kid gloves, a pair of yellow knee-high stockings and a pair of white ankle boots. "I'll wait outside in the corridor for you to change, Miss Kurtz." he said, walking out the door. The Doctor had been on his way to get some suitable female garments from his TARDIS when Spike Steigel (who'd been eavesdropping over his comlink) dragged him into Faye's suite and proceeded to load him up with one of Faye's old outfits complete with boots. The time lord had then hurried to the transporter and had been whisked over to the engine room of the 'Sol' and from there he'd taken the turbolift up to the bridge.
"OK, Doctor. I'm ready. Let's go." said Allison, who had just emerged from the bridge. "How did you know that I was the 'Doctor'?" he asked. "From Yuri Donovan's description, you could have been no one else! Onegai call me Allison, Doctor." she replied. "This way if you please, Miss Kurt-- er, I mean Allison." said the Doctor, leading her to the lift station. "Engineering Deck." said the time lord. The lift doors shut and the lift slowly descended. An eternity later, the lift doors opened and the Doctor led Allison down the hall to where he'd first materialized. "I have Miss Allison with me and we are now ready for transport, Miss Kome." said the Doctor before linking arms with the tall blonde. The hallway walls seemed to shimmer and suddenly they were both standing on the floor pads in the transporter chamber back aboard the 'Angel'.
Facing them and smiling from the control console was a six foot tall green turtle sporting a violet headband across his aizu and wearing a 'Bo' staff or wooden quarterstaff on the back of his huge shell! Advancing on the duo, he stuck out a four-fingered claw. "Konnichi wa. I'm Donnatella. You can just call me Donnie." he said with a grin. Allison was of course in shock, however, the Doctor seemed nettled!
"This is Miss Allison Kurtz- Mr Gooley's personal aide from 'Alderaan Five', Don. Onegai be so good as to get Miss O'Halloran on the horn. We must let her employer know where she is. Pleasantries will just have to wait!" said the time lord.
"Whatever you say, Doc!" he replied. "Hey! Is that oro the babes are wearing now? Cowabonga, dude!" said another turtle almost identical to the first. This one was a tad shorter than Donnatella and had a red headband rather than a violet one. His weapons were a brace of 'numchakas' (weighted chains with short wooden slats attached to leather thongs not unlike Terran South American bolos).
Continued in Ch 83-Part 2