Here's Ch 178-Pt 2-K&K
"At last! We're within your inner markers and we expect to make planetfall there at 1200 hours today. I've got an 'FYEO' (For your eyes only) top secret signal for your base commander. We are transporting a very high echelon prisoner to you folks there. Real hush hush stuff ya know. Over." drawled the pirate.
"Send me your signal, sir and I'll route it directly to Commander Ishikawa, sir. I give you my solemn oath. Over." replied 'Seto Central'.
"OK tomo. Roger willco only don't screw up or it'll be your ass not mine when O'Halloran gets there. Over." said a humourous Han Solo. He sent the signal and sipped his mocha java. "Give it time to sink in." he thought. "5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and--" he mused. Right on cue the kid at 'Seto Tower' called back.
"Holy Christ, sir! Gomen, sir but you don't mean 'that' O'Halloran, do you, sir? Over." replied the flustewred kid.
"Y'all mean there's another one? I sure as Hell hope not, kid. Yeah it's 'that' one, pal and her co-hort Donovan's with us too. You get that signal, kid? By the way- my name's Solo. Han Solo that is. Oro's yours? Over." said Han who was still chuckling. The kid recognized that name OK!
"Onishii, General Solo. Subaltern Kione Onishii, sir and hai, I got your signal and sent it up to the commander, sir. His orders are to extend you every courtesy and er quote 'Get that red-headed psychofreak nutcase off my base as soon as possible!' unquote, sir. Over." replied Suba Onishii.
"That's our Kei for ya- the mere mention of her name and grown men tremble in fear." thought Han amusedly. "Roger that, Kione and willco. See ya after we've docked at noon. Solo out." said Han.
"You got it, sir. Onishii out." replied the kid. Five long hours later Kei personally 'tractored' Gaara Yeshiru/Yalytor over to 'Seto Kaiba' having already sent poor Yuri on ahead to handle the red tape and paperwork. Legato, Han and Yuri exchanged salutes with Onishii and Ishikawa before beaming back aboard and reporting to the Boss.
"Onegai waste no time in departing, gentlemen!" had been the final words hurriedly whispered to Han and Legato by Commander Ishikawa.
"If we've worn out our welcome then we'll just leave! Fire up the thrusters and take off for home. Next stop- 'Shimougou'! Yuri, you'd better tell the 'G Boys' mission accomplished. I'll be over to see ya right after liftoff. Go. Legato, you got the comm. Dismissed." said Kei who made no move to rise from her chair at her desk in the ready room so the trio departed for the bridge. Legato gave the word and the 'Angel' lifted off for 'Shimougou' and home- at last!
"Arigatou be to Christ that that's finally over and done with!" announced the Boss when she strolled onto the bridge a few moments after liftoff. "Everything going OK, Blue? No hitches?" she asked.
"Just fine, Boss. We're on course for home and it looks like smooth sailing all the way." said Legato.
"Well- get our resident alches up here anyway and see if they can find us a shortcut home. The sooner we get back to Furool the better I'll like it. I'm getting sick and tired of gallivanting all over the Fxxxing universe! Keep a weather aizu peeled for any trouble and let me know if metal arm, tin suit and Teacher find anything useful. I'll be down in my quarters. Yuri, you're with me. Blue, the comm is all yours. Ja mata guys." said Kei and then she and Yuri rode down to the Boss's suite and Yuri threw herself full length onto the sofa.
"Man! Am I ever beat! Oro the Hell do ya need me for Kei?" she asked, her voice muffled by pillows.
"How many people we still stuck with back home?" demanded Kei, lighting a cheroot and dropping into an easy chair. She put her booted feet up on her coffee table and closed her aizu. "Never mind. Charlie probably wouldn't tell us anyway. He wouldn't want his two favorite Angels to worry. Just take it easy kid and get Mar or Nyssa to do our reports. We deserve to take it easy for a bit, dammit!" said the Boss taking a long pull at her cheroot and pouring out a 'Jameson's' for herself. "Want anything?" she asked and waved a hand at the bar.
"A beer maybe? Nai, don't get up. I'll get it myself." said Yuri and she reached across the bar for a glass and a bottle. She poured out her drink and swallowed it slowly. "Ah- a cold beer after hard work. The best. OK, I figure we got about forty left all told. The 'G Twins' are running outta places to stick 'em. Guess that means that Ojou, Fuji, the alchemist gang and Nyssa will be bunking in with us at Nakasone and Krillin. Hopefully the Doctors can come to our rescue and take all of 'em home." said Yuri, kicking off her boots and her flight suit soon followed them.
"Boy is it ever hot!" said the commodore, taking another long pull on her 'aoishi beer'!
"Christ! Slow down, partner! That stuff ain't beer! It's frigging 'Romulan Ale'!" yelled Kei, dashing to Yuri's side just in time to catch her before she hit the deck. Kei lowered her onto the sofa and covered Yuri with an afghan. Then she tossed a set of sweats and a pair of sneakers onto the sofa. Next kei applied 'amyl nitrite' aka 'smelling salts' to her tomo's nostrils. The effect was not long in coming.
"Ooh! My acing head! Did you slip me a 'Mickey' or was that crap some stale 'El Presidente' that you had squirreled away, Kei? Oro the frigging Hell!?" yelled Yuri and she sat up when she got a good look at her own reflection in the shiny Kelvinite bulkhead wall. "I look like shit! And-- oro the Hell am I doing in my unmentionables!" she screeched.
"A little louder, bigmouth! I don't think they heard you over in Engineering! You drank some 'Aoishi Ale' and it sure knocked you on your ass! Get that stuff on and I'll rep you some java and a big 'prairie oyster'." chortled Kei. Yuri pulled on the sweats and sneakers. After a few hot javas and two 'oysters' she felt a little better so Kei packed her off for a nap before dinner. Only a few of the 'Angelites' answered Ed's luncheon call. He, Al and Izumi had had no luck at all with their 'searching circles' this time around so the 'Angel' was still a week's journey from home.
Nota, the Rockabells' white nekko (kitten) had gone in search of his young mistress- Winry. His keen sense of smell led him to the lift but being unable to use it Nota looked for another way downstairs and he soon found the rear gantryway stairs which he followed down to Level Eight. Winry's scent was strong there but after wandering all up and down the deck she was nowhere to be found. Back to the gantryway he ambled and down to the next level- seven. Here the young blonde's scent was overpowering. Following it Nota finally found the girl in the 'star room' sound asleep in her chair. Winry stirred in her sleep but she did not awaken when her pet snuggled into the blonde's lap and went to sleep.
At 1700 Goat Smith yelled 'Come 'n get it!' over the squawkboxes but girl and nekko slumbered on. By 1730 the meal was over with only a few stragglers left in the dining hall. The flight crew had eaten on the bridge and Kei had had her own and Yuri's meals sent up to their cabins. At 1745 klaxons began braying like jackasses all over the ship and all Hell broke loose! Winry awoke with a start and poor Nota went tumbling to the deck floor. "Oro the Hell's all the shimatta commotion? How the Fxxx is anyone expected to get any shuteye with all that racket! Mr. 'CC' sir? Oro is going on? Oro's up with all the noise, man? Talk to me, dammit!" howled Winry. She tripped over Nota when she reached for her jacket (Yuri had repped her up a Terran NFL "atlanta Falcons' jfleece warm-up jacket) and she went sprawling onto the floor.
"Are you injured, Miss Winry? (The blonde shook her head) Oro a relief. it er seems that we have inadvertently strayed into an asteroid field er that's like a mine field on your world, my dear. I would advise you to starp both yourself and that furball of yours into a chair. I'd best see oro's happening topside. Be careful and onegai stay off the bridge. Miss Angel is still quite cross with you, young lady. TTFN (Ta ta for now)." said 'CC' and Winry wasted no time in complying with his suggestion. Meanwhile two decks above them--
"Mae! How in the Sam Hell could you possibly miss that bloody field? It's well over six kilos wide for Christ's sake!" stormed Rally.
"I dunno Rally! Really! One minute there's like totally zilch and the next we're in really deep shit! It's not my fault!" sobbed the 'Blonde Bomber' babe.
"Buck up and go help out in the galley! Make us some java! That should keep ya outta trouble for awhile anyway!" yelled Mar.
"Hey man! Lighten up a bit, girl! It wasn't her fault. She just ain't used to scanning is all. After all, you don't have ships capable of warpspeed space travel on Terra yet, do ya? Give the kid a break, man!" said Legato as he dodged yet another asteroid.
"Keep your aizu on the road, Blue!" yelled Han.
"I am, Solo! Thing is that I don't recall a field being this shimatta close to 'Seto K', do you?" replied Legato. Han shook his head.
"Nope. Nearest one would be the 'Brothers'- the 'Cain and Abel Belt' over by 'Rygiel Nine' but that'd be six parsecs- a half lightyear East of us! Look out! A big 'un at nine o'clock, tomo!" yelled Han and Legato yawed to port and yelled loud enough to be heard in the nav room next door.
"Yo Mar! Recalculate our position willya? I think we're offcourse, Blondie! And hurry up!" called Legato.
"While we're still young, Princess!" howled Solo when Mar didn't respond right away.
"OK! Christ, gimme a minute willya!" she yelled back to him.
Cont in Ch 178-Part 3