Here's Part 1 of Ch 120-K&K
DISCLAIMER: OK Gene, 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 Chapter 120 without further preamble:-
'Rescue Mission' or 'Vacationing Vagabonds'
"Oro do we know about this ship- the 'Lovely Angel 2', Gene?" asked the 'Star's' first officer, Jim Hawking.
"All that I was told by Khan's lieutenant, MacReedy was that Khan, Feb and her crew of Jan, April, Mai, June and July had been kidnapped and were being held against their wills so our task is to get 'em out and back to the safety of 'Ragnorak' (Re-mor-ah) as soon as possible. For that we are to be paid a hefty fee of a billion credits- too rich a prize to ignore!" replied Gene.
"I dunno, Gene. Sounds sorta fishy to me and it's sure to be dangerous, ain't it? I say we forget about it." said Jamie Wilson.
"Look Jamie, we only signed you on because Galaxea and Kiva said you were a pretty good fighter but you don't get a vote in any of the decisions we make! This ain't a democratic ship- it's my ship and my decision's the only one that counts! On the 'Star' my word is LAW! You do understand that, I trust?" demanded Starwind.
"Yeah and if I didn't need a break from 'Reds' (Kiva the MEGAS robot pilot), 'Coop' and that oversized giant leviathan (MEGAS itself which was a giant robot from AD 3000 Terra currently trapped in 21st Century Terra in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA) that we tool around in, I wouldn't even be here!" retorted Jamie.
"You could always just get out and walk, son." suggested Jim Hawking with a grin.
"YO! Pipe down, you guys! I'm trying to sleep! What the Hell's all the ruckus about anyway?" complained Goat Smith (Jamie Wilson's buddy from Jersey).
"If the crew doesn't get a vote and guests don't either, stowaways sure as the Hell don't get one! If you must know we've finally reached our objective." said Gene.
"Yeah? No fooling? Any hot babes on it, man? That's why I tagged along with you guys!" yelled Goat while he was peering into the scanners. "It's like all fuzzy! Is this the focusing knob?" he asked and started fiddling with a knob marked 'Disruptor Beam Firing Control'!
"Don't play with that! You'll disintegrate something, you moron!" yelled the exec.
"But it's too dark outside to see anything through the windows and the picture's fuzzy on the TV set here! Where's the horizontal hold on this stupid thing, man?" asked Goat.
"That's cloud cover, dude! We're still above the stratosphere and at 0100 in the morning, it usually is dark outside. Now either sit down and shut up or go back to bed!" roared the Captain. "Villa! Target their weapons and propulsions systems only. Take 'em out with a plasma blast. Be careful not to damage their life support systems though. You may fire when ready, Villa." commanded Gene.
Villa was one of the original crew members of the 'Liberty', a starship used by the 'Blake's 7' crowd but he had soon tired of fighting the Federation forces and so he'd signed on with Gene Starwind as the gunner on the 'Outlaw Star'.
"Molly, how many souls are aboard her?" asked the Captain offhandedly.
"About 200, sir- give or take." she replied.
Molly had been Iris's 'Lovely Angel' partner in the 3WA, however, in their final mission trouble had struck costing Iris an arm and Molly her memory. We know that Iris became a hired killer and changed her name to 'Lady Flair'. She had believed that the 3WA had abandoned her and Molly but in the end she discovered that Chief Garner had tried to reach them but Iris had angrily smashed the comlink which Garner had been using to track them. Iris died as an 'Angel' defending Yuri, Kei and Garner against a madman named Waldess. Waldess did kill Iris and then Kei iced him. Of course Iris had been certain that Molly had been killed in that last mission where Iris had lost an arm, however, unknown to her Molly had survived her fall from the catwalk. A med tech of Waldess's had found her and treated her wounds. All she could recall was a name- 'Molly'- so the tech gave her his last name 'Callahan'- and she became Molly Callahan. The tech, 'Dirty' Harry Callahan being a good tomo of Gene Starwind's had suggested to him that Molly (who seemed to know everything about logistics, navigation and computers) might make a good addition to Gene's crew. Gene had initially signed her on as a 'cabin girl/gopher' but she had soon worked her way up to communications, then gunner and finally navigator. As such, Molly was third in command of the 'Star'. Molly loved scanning and navigation ans she really excelled in those fields. Her amnesia didn't seem to hinder her abilities in any way whatsoever and she was a valued and esteemed member of Gene's crew.
Molly became suddenly aware that Gene, Jim and Jamie were staring dumbfounded at her. "Did you say two hundred, Molly?" asked Gene Starwind.
"Yes sir. You can check the scanners for yourself, Captain. Er, one other thing, sir?" she replied.
"Go on Callahan. Oro?" coaxed Gene.
"The name of that ship is somehow quite familiar to me, gentlemen. Perhaps it'll come to me later, sir." answered Molly.
"Good God, Starwind! They're powering up weapons! I'm activating our shields, Gene. Dammit! I just fired at them and the bloody ship vanished! The blighters must have some sort of cloaking ability, man! Oro do we do now?" asked a worried Villa.
"Now I remember, sir. Kami shimatta ni jigoku! 'Lovely Angel 2'! I used to be a 'Lovely Angel' a long time ago, I think!" shouted Molly.
"Holy Christ! Coop, Kiva, Goat and me tangled with them aboard MEGAS-XLR! They're real bad news, man!" cried Jamie. He and Goat looked at each other as realization finally dawned on them both at the same time.
"The frigging 'Dirty Pair'!" they yelled.
"That's 'Lovely Angels', dammit!" screeched Molly, slamming a fist into each man's jaw. Gene and Jim still stared at them with blank looks on their faces.
"They're 3WA, man! Some kinda psycho intergalactic cops! They call 'em the 'Dirty Pair' because they wreck every Goddamned thing in sight! And, er, Gene? Out here- they're the LAW! So if Khan and those 'Bianca' babes are being held by THEM chances are pretty good that it ain't no kidnapping! Let's get the Fxxx outta here while we've still got a chance, Starwind!" yelled Jamie, his finger poised over the 'Lift Off' panel.
"We'rebeing hailed, sir." said Molly.
"Onscreen, Lt Callahan." commanded Gene Starwind grimly.
The vidscreen now showed a huge bridge dominated by a gigantic fierce looking catlike creature at least seven and a half feet tall! "Move over Mugghi!" The huge nekko was shoved aside by a slightly built violet-maned beauty in a yellow kimono. "Who are you and how dare you fire on a 3WA/'UG' starship? Identify yourself at once or I'll return fire!" yelled the vixen.
"You're bluffing, man! You gotta de-cloak to fire and--" began Gene.
ZAP! POW! An energy bolt zanged off the 'Star's' shields! "Shields down to fifteen percent strength, sir." advised Molly.
"From a single blast! That's impossible!" yelled Starwind.
"Still think I have to de-cloak to fire, sir? Now who the Hell are you?" demanded Yuri Donovan angrily.
Defiant to the last "You first, Sweetie." replied Gene Starwind.
Yuri fumed but kept her composure and replied "Commodore Yuri Donovan, 3WA/'United Galactica', Executive officer of the patrol starship 'Lovely Angel 2'. Your turn, Sweetheart!" she countered.
"Captain Gene Starwind, commanding the 'Outlaw Star', a trading vessel, at your service, ma'am. We thought that you guys were holding hostages against their wills. My apologies, ma'am." answered Gene.
"We hold many prisoners. Which ones were you referring to, sir?" asked Yuri politely.
"Khorenghis Khan as well as the entire crew of the vessel 'Sol Bianca', ma'am." replied Gene innocently.
"Khan! We're holding him for 'Starfleet Command'! He's a murderer, a pirate, a brigand and a savage! Just oro the oni do you want with him, Captain?" demanded Yuri hotly.
"Mugghi, get Solo quick!" she whispered to the huge nekko thing and it loped off the bridge.
"You are aware Captain, are you not, that this is a 3WA vessel and that we are tro-cons or officers of galactic law and by firing on us, you are committing a felony as well as an act of piracy? You do understand that, I trust, sir?" explained Yuri, her aoishi aizu aflame with anger.
"We did not realize who you were, Commodore, ma'am. Of course, we would never knowingly fire on a 'UG'/3WA ship ever!" replied Starwind. Gene turned and whispered to his exec. "Get this bucket of bolts ready to warp into hyperspace quick! Looks like we'll have to make a run for it, Jim!" commanded Starwind.
"If you should attempt to leave without my permission, sir, I can qyuite easily 'tractor' you back here, you know." said Yuri quietly.
"We wouldn't dream of leaving without the 3WA's OK, ma'am." replied Gene.
"Your ship is still targeting us, Captain! Either stand down at once or we will fire on you, sir!" cried Yuri.
"And the little hellcat means it too, Gene. If I were you, I'd do just what she tells you to do, old buddy." said Han Solo who had just come into view behind Yuri. "Have you called the Boss yet?" he whispered to her.
"That baka! Are you nuts! I don't want to see this guy blown outta the sky! We can handle this ourselves, can't we?" begged Yuri hopefully. Han nodded. "You know this guy, Han?" she whispered and agin he nodded.
Cont in Ch 120-Part 2