Here's Ch 146-Pt 2-K&K
"Your wish is my command, tomo. Anything else you'd like?" replied 'CC' and Kei thought a bit.
"Yeah. Quietly trill Lt. Badgiruel and Ensigns Allster and Athna. Ask them to please meet me in my ready room at 1930 hours. Trill me after you've told them and 'CC', please make it quite clear that this is not an order but rather it is for their own benefit. I--" said Kei, one leg in her uniform trousers.
"I get your drift, Boss lady. Lemme take care of it for ya. You just finish putting your pants on, baby!" chuckled 'CC' and Kei rankled.
"You pervert! Have you been getting yourself an aizuful all this time? From now on you keep your vidsensors 'off' when you come in here! And er arigatou, tomo watashi." she said and yanked up her pants and belted them on.
"The time is 1820 Kei and you've got a meeting downstairs at 1830 so I'm gone." chortled 'CC' while Kei pulled on her new 3WA blazer with the gold and silver pips and epaulettes which proclaimed the young tro-con to be a full-fledged admiral. Then she pulled on fresh socks and slid on short black ankle boots. The debated whether or not to arm herself when-
"A 3WA/'United galactica' officer is not in uniform unless he or she is under arms, my dear admiral." advised 'CC' so Kei buckled on gunsash, fanny pack/ammo pouches and holster before she spun her trusty old Mark XIII ion cannon into its holster and tying it down to her right hip. She completed her ensemble by binding a Kelly green ribbon around her fiery mane.
"You can activate your vidsensors, 'CC'. How do I look, tomo?" she asked, her hand on the door controls.
"Fit to kill, kiddo so go tell 'em the bad news, baby! And er oh yeah- I've prepared a chamber per your specifications on Sublevel Three and next to the fuel lockers. It's marked 'Private' and 'No Unauthorised Entry' so even you can't miss it. I delivered your message to the lieutenant and her two ensigns. They'll be here at 1930 they said. Oh er did ya know that Miss Allster's are hot pink, Miss Athna's are fluorescent green and Miss Badgiruel's are basic black?" said 'CC' mysteriously.
"Oro are?" asked Kei idly.
"Yours are a kawaii shade of pale aoishi (blue) today, love." replied 'CC' innocently and realization finally dawned on Kei!
"Underbriefs! You will deactivate your vidsensors whenever you enter any of the cabins on this ship and that includes this one and my ready room and the nav room upstairs too, you lecher! Ja mata, boyo." said the redhead, zipping up her blazer.
"Kei, I do think that they'll agree and I do think that everyone knows how serious this meeting of yours really is. The lieutenant and her ensigns have no ties back home and will probably agree to stay in this era." said 'CC' confidently.
"And the 'serious' bit?" demanded Kei, glancing at her wristchromo which now stood at 1827 hours.
"You'll see, ma'am. Better get a move on now and may the force be with you, love." said 'CC' in a mock serious tone.
"Aw, go to jigoku!" she chuckled, dashing for the gantryway and racing down the steps two at a time. Kei shoved open the rec room's door and did a double take!
Every single man and woman-jack of her crew was wearing full 3WA uniforms! Rally, nat, Caggie, Saavie, Faye, Keisie and all the guys were wearing pants while Flaysie (natch!) had chosen a microminiskirt, in fact the same one that Kome had harped so much about when Kei had made her wear the damned thing!
"Admiral's on the deck! Ten-Hut!" cried Robin, leaping to attention and snapping off a salute. Everyone else did the same. Kei blinked, returned their salutes and said "At ease. Onegai osawaru er please sit down folks."
"I see that you've all guessed that it's bad news I've got to tell you eh? Well here goes-" said Kei, explaining her her orders in full detail to them. She concluded with- "--And just you remember not to wear those uniforms down on 'Sontarra' even if we are only staying overnight. Dismissed." she said.
At 1900, Gene announced their arrival at 'Sontarra' and Jett was dispatched to pick up supplies. A half hour later saw Kei in her ready room once agin wearing her comfy sweats and sneakers. Man, are those new bloody uniforms hot! The redhead was perusing the starcharts around their objective when- "Kei? Open up onegai." was heard outside in the corridor.
"C'mon in, kiddies." she replied and hit the door release controls to admit Nat, Cag and Flay.
All three were in full 3WA uniforms. In addition each one had two suitcases with them. All three were armed with Mark IV disruptor guns which were belted to their right thighs. In addition Nat had a laser sword hilt stuck in her belt while the two ensigns each had a plasma rifle slung over her shoulder since the trio had the upcoming guard mount.
"Siddown and make yourselves comfy. If you guys remain under arms I gotta consider ya still on duty and I can't offer you a drink. Ditch the thundersticks, disruptors and blazers if you like and er it's just us gals if you wanna get rid of it all. Kimonos and sandals in that closet. Now then- Nat, has Gene perhaps already told you why I've asked you all up here?" asked kei, pouring drinks for them all- champagne no less! Nat nodded.
She and Caggie had preferred to simply remove their blazers while Flaysie had gone the whole route and padded back to the table barefooted and wearing a kawaii violet kimono. Nat pretended not to notice but inwardly she frowned at her young ensign's affrontery!
Nat drained her glass and poured herself another one. Kei and the ensigns had left their untouched.
"We've all talked it over and decided there's nothing back home for us. We're loners and we've no ties back there to worry about. All I'd want back there would be a ship of my own but here I can either enter the 3WA or join Trace on Gene's 'Star'- as security officer. Trace has already accepted Gene's offer to serve as chef on the 'Outlaw Star' and er Gene's offered me the post of security and weapons officer as well as the captaincy of a shuttle every now and then. Those two wanna buy their own ship and go into the trding business like Mr. Solo. So er how do we make all this stuff happen, Reds?" said Nat.
"Do you recall exactly oro you guys had along with you and oro you were all wearing when you first came aboard my ship?" asked Kei, sipping her champagne and pouring Nat another.
"I er think so." said Nat and Flaysie made a wry face.
"Caggie and me come aboard in our undies and nothing else!" she said and blushed while Cagalli nodded her agreement. Nat pursed her lips in thought.
"Let me see- I had my saucer cap, tunic jacket, turtleneck, skirt, shoes, gloves, leggings, knee highs, pistol belt, holster, pistol, lanyard, guardstrap, leg holster, derringer, dagger, slip, girdle, brassiere and underbriefs. Those two had only brassieres and underbriefs. Of course we had some personal jewelry and I had a few things in my pockets too, however, I think that about covers it all. Why?" asked Nat.
"Because that's oro the Hell we gotta jettison into the rift- all of it and any other jewelry or personal jazz you brought aboard as well. Then you three gotta remain in a sealed and shielded room belowdecks on Sub Three for a few days and this has all gotta be done before I fire the 'God Gun' on the 25th at 0403 hours. So pack up oroever else you'll be needing, say all your farewells just in case it doesn't work and report to that chamber by the 24th. If you'll all follow me, I'll show ya where it's at. Flaysie, it's awful cold down there so you'd better get back into uniform and put on your shoes. You two will need your blazers again. Don't forget your weapons. You got the next guard mount, don't you?" said Kei, pulling on her flight jacket while Nat and cag had both put their blazers back on. Flaysie grabbed her castoff stuff and made a beeline to the bathroom. When she returned she was once again an ensign in the 3WA.
Kei escorted the trio to her personal express lift and they jetted down to Sublevel Three in a jiffy. Then she showed them their new home for the next few days where they'd be locked in until January 28th. Sure, Doc 'Q' had said twenty-four hours, a full solar day but he'd been wrong before so Kei was taking no unecessary chances. The 'EA' group left their suitcases and returned with Kei to her ready room. After warning them not to wear their uniforms on 'Sontarra' and to be back aboard the 'Angel' before 1030 hours ashita, she dismissed them for their guard detail.
Cont in Ch 146- Part 3