Here's Ch 144-Pt 2-K&K
In the flat she shared with the Boss Marlene Angel had already become bored so she had showered, dressed in a smart jumpsuit and returned to 3WA HQ where she had immediately made the mistake of asking Ella Hathaway if she needed any help! Now Mar was catalogueing the infamous 'DP's' latest missions and typing out reports for their superior. As a rule the 'Lovely Angels' usually filed 'daily' reports every six months or so! Ella approved of the blonde's work and said so.
"Good work, Miss Angel, however, from here on in you will show up here for work in a 3WA uniform. Is that clearly understood, Lieutenant?" barked Ella.
"Yes, ma'am but er you made a mistake there, ma'am. You er meant to say 'Ensign', didn't you?" replied Marlene.
"Nai, my dear. I meant Lieutenant (jg), Tro-Con First Class! Your promotion just came through from Uncle Vito Galadriel himself! Quite an honour, Mar." answered Ella.
"Domo arigatou and er Kome made 'lieutenant' as well, ma'am?" asked the naviagator but Ella shook her head.
"Nai. Not enough experience nor enough time in grade. Maybe next quarter. Congratulations and here are your new bars, Honey." said Ella, pinning them on Mar's shoulders and saluting her. The younger blonde returned her salute and smiled. Ella beamed at her.
"Hell, let's take the rest of the day off! I gotta feed that Kami-forsaken nekko kitten (Naruda) of Yuri's anyway, kid." said Ella with a grin. Mar left with Ella and they jetted over to Ella's place to feed the kitty. They used Ella's aircar for the trip. Then they stopped off at Mar's place so she could change into her comfy sweats and sneakers. Afterwards Ella took her bar-hopping until 1700. When Ella and she had been booted out of six different taverns and clubs, Mar suggested that they call it a night and Ella reluctantly agreed. Mar took the controls and they jetted back to Mar's flat where Ella collapsed onto the sofa and passed out. Mar covered her with an Afghan and settled down to watch some holovids. Feeling hungry she used her vidcell and ordered pizzas for them. Then she went to the kitchenette in search of wine.
All she could find was a strange bottle labelled 'El Presidente' in the back of the cupboard and it was covered with dust. The bottle contained some weird mixture deep violet in colour.
"Some kind of cheapo wine that the Boss bought and then forgot about, I guess but it's better than nothing." thought the blonde and then tried some of it. "Hmmn, Not too bad really. Like 'Tokay' sorta." she said to herself.
By this time Ella had come to, let in the pizza guy, paid the bill and started munching on a slice. Then Mar came in with the 'El Presidente' and two glasses. Between the two of them she and Mar had soon polished off the entire bottle of whatever the Hell it was! Soon Ella had again passed out- this time across the pizza box on the floor of the living room. Mar went to move her to the sofa and collapsed on the floor of the kitchenette. It was 1800 hours.
An hour later the chromos read 1900 or seven o'clock PM when a knock came on the flat's door.
"Hullo, anyone to home? Hullo there." Receiving no answer to her hails Jr. TC Trainee Edna Jordan who was Tomah's kid sister and a junior tro-con trainee newly assigned to Ella's division, found Mar's spare keypad door code under the mat, keyed the panel and opened the door. She called out "Hullo? Miss Angel? Miss Hathaway? Anyone here? I er have some documents for Miss Hathaway to sign for Cliffie er Mr. Delcroix in R and D (Research and Development). Hullo? Christ Almighty! Oro the Hell?" she yelled, tripping over Ella.
Edna took a quick whiff of the glass beside Ella, made a face and went to the kitchenette to brew some strong coffee.
"Holy shit! Another one?" she cried, falling on top of Marlene. She lifted the unconscious blonde and manhandled her into the right hand bedroom and threw Mar on the bunk. She covered her with a quilt and returned to the living room where she did the same with Ella. She put her onto the bunk in the left hand bedroom- the Boss's room.
Then Edna vidded Tomoh and told him she was OK and not to worry. Next she cleared up the messes and vacuumed the rugs. She poured out two mugs of steaming java and placed one on each bedside table after forcing each of them to swallow some of it. Guess they were semi-conscious and not totally out of it eh? Edna fell asleep watching holovids on Mar's divan and soon it was morning.
"Ooh! My poor aching head! That shimatta wine is really potent stuff, man!" complained a grumpy Marlene. She sat up and drank some of the cold coffee and grimaced.
Next door Ella awakened and did almost the same thing as Mar. It occurred to both of them that the other of them must have made java last night. Stumbling into the living room they stared at Edna Jordan on the divan! Ella spoke first. After all she knew who Edna was even if Marlene didn't.
"Edna? Oro the Hell are you doing here? Trainee!" she howled and Edna jumped a mile.
"Huh? Whazzit? Oh hullo there Miss H. er Miss A. I brought some stuff for you to sign, ma'am. For Mr. Delcroix in R and D, ma'am." replied Edna Jordan.
"Who in the nine Hells are you and oro the Fxxx are you doing in my flat, girl? How'd you get in here anyway?" yelled Marlene. Edna looked terrified and began bawling. Ella glared at the blonde beside her.
"She's Edna Jordan, Tomoh's kid sister. She's a junior TC trainee in my division and er oh yeah, that's right! She joined us after you nuts had already left for 'Cybytron' last fall! She musta used your door code from under the mat to get in. Don't cry now Edna, Honey. You musta put us to bed and made the joy juice for us. You cleaned up this pigsty too? Arigatou- a lot. Gomen er sorry you had to spend the night here though, kid." said Ella soothingly and Mar melted.
"Yeah, Hon. Sorry I yelled at you. Arigatou for all your help. Gad! I can still taste that rotgut crapola we drank last night, Ella!" said Marlene and she made a face.
Edna picked up the 'El Preidente' bottle from the trash heap and held it up gingerly by two fingers.
"Yuck! This Kami awful stuff! You baka moronic idiots actually 'drank' this shit? Even that red-headed freakazoid nutcase wouldn't touch this crap!" yelled Edna.
"Why? Oro is it anyway?" asked Mar suspiciously.
"Miss O'Halloran got it as a present from Lord Elrond for rescuing his daughter. That, my tomos, is a bottle of genuine 'El Presidente'- 'Xyglorian Schnapps'! It is 350 proof 'white lightning' like they used to make on ancient Terra! To most folks it's just rotgut booze but on 'Xygloria' they got a different kind of metabolism and they love the stuff! 'They must have cast iron guts then!' is oro Daddy said about the 'Xyglorians'." giggled Edna. ('Daddy' was Jim Jordan, the Supreme Galactic Chief of 'Andorian 5' way out in the 'Delta Quadrant').
"Just wait until Uncle Anton hears about this one! Wowie!" she added.
Ella looked her square in the aizu and frowned. "You 'will' keep this little matter to yourself, Missy! Is that understood?" demanded her superior.
"OK. OK. Sheez! Always spoiling my fun!" replied a sulking Edna. Mar chuckled at that one.
"Oro's so funny?" asked Ella.
"Oh, I was just er remembering something one of the guys on the 'Angel' used to say." and she proceeded to tell them all about Inu Yasha's 'Osawaru Boy!' antics and his customary remarks to Kagome Higurashi. Then all three of them had a good laugh. Marlene glanced at her wristchromo and frowned.
"Wow! It's after 0900 er nine o'clock already! I er I mean we are gonna be very late! Better call Fiona and explain." she said and Ella put her hand over the phone cradle.
"Forget it! I just decided we are all taking today off. With the 'G Twins', Gustav and Mr. Popo away I'm the frigging Boss anyway! Let's do something fun!" replied Ella.
"No more drinking! Onegai! Please!" chorused Ena and Marlene simultaneously.
"OK. No boozing but oro should we do? Edna?" asked the older brunette."Let Miss A- er Marlene decide. After all she's been through all the trouble." answered Edna Jordan and turned to the navigator.
"It's just Mar, Edna. Whenever we needed to relax on the ships we used our holodecks. We had a nice pool and some heavenly glorious hotsprings too. I'd love to visit some real honest to Kami hotsprings for a change. How's about we go to the ones at 'Renkotsu Retreat'? I've still got quite a few hundred credits left on my vidchit disk." she suggested and Ella beamed.
"Yeah, I've got about a hundred or so left on mine too." agreed their boss. Slowly Edna shook her head back and forth.
"Uh huh. A break sure as Hell would be nice but I'm er all tapped out until next week's payvid." she lamented ruefully. Mar smiled at the kid.
"My treat, guys. I insist. Look, I haven't used a single woolong of my own since I was last home soI've got plenty- more than enough for us three. Besides which, this (she flashed her 3WA 'red card' holovid ID disk) opens a Helluva lotta doors for me, kiddies! Kei doesn't need one of these of course. Her shimatta name is all it takes! That alone strikes fear and terror into the heart of anyone who hears it! I sure hope the Boss is OK." brooded Mar and Edna yanked out her vidcell.
"Here. Call her." she said and shoved it into Mar's hands who declined the offer.
"Arigatou, Edna but I can't. She's way outta range of this thing and Yuri's still too far off- Wait! Kei said that Tomah was a frigging genius with electronics and she said he had a comm system that could even reach all the way to the 'Omega Quadrant'! Is er you brother home, Edna?" replied Mar.
Cont in Ch 144-Part 3