Ch 25 will have to be divided at least 3 maybe 4 times. Sorry for the splits and have a great day-K&K
This is Part 1
"Christmas Eve Aboard the 'Angel'" or "Ed's Strange Adventure"
Spike Steigel had been listening in on his comlink. "Hai, just use the PA intercom mikes. Tell Zoe or Leila oro you want and they'll replicate it for you. Spike, Jett, Faye, I've got an extra replicator on board. If you want it you're more than welcome to it. Call it a Kurisumasu present if you like. Peace on Terra, goodwill towards men and all that stuff, you know." Trilled Kei 1. 'WE KNOW ALL ABOUT THAT HOLIDAY, Kei. Don't forget that Faye and Ed both hail from Terra. Both of them can probably tell you all about the Kurisumasu dentos (traditions) down there. Say Faye, where the oni is Ed? Oh, she's playing with the 'Angel' mainframe. Well as long as she's quiet I guess it's OK. Kei?" All Spike could hear were the sounds of running bootsteps and excessive cursing coming over his comlink. "Hey Yuri, leave the comm. To Mar and get your ass down to Level 5 pronto! Ed's playing around in the mainframe of our computer systems!" trilled Kei 1. ""She's doing oro? OK Kei, I'll get Faye and grab her! Where will you be?" trilled Yuri 1. "I'm roasting in this morphed winter stuff! I'm going to my quarters to change. Then I'll check in with our chefs. How soon until we reach the 'Bebop'? asked Kei 1. Yuri 1 had reached Faye's room and was pounding on her door. We should be getting there right after dinner assuming we'll be eating at (she glanced at her wrist chromo quickly) roku (six). Go ahead and change now Kei and I'll see you later. Yuri out." Faye had just appeared in her doorway wearing an aoishi silk kimono over her matching pajamas. On her feet were a pair of white mules (slippers). "Yuri? Oro do you want? When's dinner?" she asked, yawning. "Dinner's at roku (six) Faye. We've got a real big problem first though. Ed's playing around in the mainframe of our computer system! Come on, we've got to get her out of there now!" cried Yuri 1. "Is that all? Relax honey, Ed's a frigging genius. She knows more about computers than anyone I know! She never goes anywhere without 'Tomato', that's the name of her computer. Did you notice those strange goggles she's always wearing? They're monitor screens for 'Tomato'. Don't worry love, she won't break anything. She might even kick your systems up a notch or two!" Faye yawned again and headed back inside. But Yuri 1 grabbed her arm and pulled her down the hallway. "Kei goes ballistic if anybody touches those shimatta things! I'm the only person she EVER lets touch them and they're even a bit over my head too! Come on!" she yelled as they jumped onto the turbolift. "Level go (five), Mainframe room stat." Ordered Yuri 1. "Oro is your code level? Give sign and countersign onegai." Responded the lift's computer control. "Code Level 002. Yuri 62, Orion. Prey." Answered Yuri 1. "Access approved. Complying with request." Control responded. Yuri 1 faced Faye as the lift began to ascend. "See oro I mean? She's baka over that system of hers!" she said. They exited the lift and hurried to a portal labeled "Mainframe-No Entry Without Authorization". Yuri 1 swiped the edge of a plasticene card through a track next to the doorway and said clearly "Code Level 002. Authorization Yuri 62, Nebulae. Daedalus." She yanked on the door handle but the door wouldn't budge! Yuri 1 repeated the process a few more times with the same results each time. "Computer override. Authorization Yuri 62. Comply." She commanded. "Override impossible. Codes have been changed and reset." Responded the portal access control. "Override. Authorization Yuri 62." She repeated firmly. "Cannot comply. Codes altered." It replied. Yuri 1 was irritated and trilled Kei 1 via her comlink. "Kei, why the jigoku did you change the codes for the mainframe room and oro are the new ones?" she demanded. Kei 1 shot back with "Oro? Yuri, have you been smoking dilythium or something? I ain't changed any frigging codes in a month!" answered Kei 1. "Well the computer that controls the door says that somebody did and we can't get in there!" trilled Yuri 1. A new voice trilled into this tirade of accusations.
Laughing, it said "Kei Kei not change codes, Ed change codes! Yuri lady and Faye faye want come in?" trilled Ed. "Ed? Where did you get a comlink? You open this door right now! Then you WILL change those codes back to their original settings! Do you understand me young lady? Now do it!" Faye Valentine was beside herself with fury. "OK, Ed let Yuri lady and Faye Faye in." trilled Ed. The lock clicked and the door shot open. The tro-con and the 'cowgirl' hurried inside. Ed was kneeling on the floor in front of a huge bank of dials, switches and other stuff which even Yuri 1 was at a loss to understand. Faye grabbed Ed (who was now clad in a dark aoishi pullover top, one of Kome's pink jumpsuits and short grey ankle boots). 'Tomato' was beside the kid and the goggles covered her aizu. She pushed up the latter and appraised Faye for a moment. "Faye Faye wear pretty dress but forget to take off nighty-nights! Hi Yuri lady!" said Ed giggling. Yuri 1 was busily engaged using her own laptop to check the systems for any damages Ed might have done to them. She soon discovered that the efficiency level had increased to 75 percent in all systems! "Oro do you mean Ed? I'm not wearing a dress." Replied a puzzled faye. Yuri 1 glanced up. "Oh, she must be talking about your bath kimono and you're still in your jimmies, pajamas." Supplied Yuri 1. "Oro?" Faye suddenly became conscious of her lack of proper attire! "I can't believe that I've been wandering all over this shimatta ship only half-dressed! Ed, have you reset those codes yet?" she asked. "There, all done Faye Faye!" replied Ed. "Good, let's go back down to our rooms so I can get dressed!" said Faye. Yuri 1 finished her inspection and immediately noticed oro Ed had on! "And put Ed in something of mine or Kei's. That's Kome's jumpsuit and if she sees Ed in it, she'll have a fit!" said Yuri 1 escorting both 'cowgirls' into the hallway. The door clicked behind them and Yuri 1 trilled Kei 1. "We got Ed out of the mainframe room and everything is fine now. Our systems' efficiency is up 75 percent in ALL sectors! Don't you usually only manage about 40 percent?" she asked. Kei 1 trilled back. "75 percent? You're positive? Guess Ed is a genius after all! I'm on my way to the rec room now. Hope Zoe and Leila still like replicating." She said. Spike Steigel broke in on their conversation via his own comlink. "Hurray! Good food for a change! I can't wait! After having to eat that slop that Jett cooks for the last five months-" he trilled. "Hey! I heard that Spike!" yelled Jett. "Sorry Jett. See you guys at roku (six), bye." Spike broke off his connection. Yuri 1, Ed and Faye had reached the lifts on Level go (five) once again. The trio rode back down to Level 3. After dropping off the two 'cowgirls' Yuri 1 said "Don't forget that dinner is at six guys. Faye, I know that Kei said she was 'thrilled' with the new efficiency of our computers but I'd still keep Ed away from there and onegai don't let her get near the core of the warp drive either. Oh, that reminds me, gomen (excuse me) me for a minute." Yuri 1 picked up the intercom mike off the wall and keyed it.