AW CH 40 Pt 2 Enjoy and toodles-K&K
"Yes and I also know that you are not getting transferred. Neither one of you. (He held up a hand when Yuri yelled "Shit!") Sorry, my dear Maureen. I know that Don wants you back and that Anton really wants Deirdre back too but 'God almighty' hath spoken so there is an end to it. Uncle Vito wants the two of you to continue training our cadets at the Academy. It really is all your own faults, Maureen. If you and Deirdre were not such damned good instructors Lee Chan and Stan Gazelle (Anton's brother-in-law and the Angels' beach volleyball coach a few years back) would be stuck with running the place instead of you guys. Kome will be asked to stay on with you but just for the next semester. After that, however, she is slated to become Mar's exec on the 'LA3'. Until then her exec will be Lee Chan. If all goes well, in another year or so Lee and Stan will replace Deirdre and you at the Academy while she and you will become the commander and exec of a brand new elite unit we are soon to form. I cannot really tell you too much about it now but it will have its roots in these 'time sight' experiments." said Garner and Yuri nodded her head abstractedly.
"Uh huh. Yeah, the 'Avenging Angels', sir. Tell me this, Charlie. Will our first two new trainees be Annie Hathaway and Keitarou Riff?" she joked with a grin.
"Even I cannot hope to know what the future holds, however, there are more things twixt Heaven and Earth than are dreampt (dreamed?) of in your philosophy, my dear child. If there is nothing else (Yuri shook her head) then I bid you good night." said Charlie Garner and he polished off his gin and OJ before seeking his own bunk.
Yuri yawned a few times and then went up to her own quarters.
Kei had checked on her bridge crew and then gone down to the 'star room' for a quiet think before turning in.
"Am I to be like Edward Nolan (the man without a country) slated never to go home again or am I to take after the Master of the 'Flying Dutchman' (the ghost ship doomed to wander the seas forever and never is her crew nor her captain ever to set foot on dry land for all of eternity. Her Captain cursed a storm and said 'may we reach land tonight or may we never reach land again!' and he got his wish if you choose to believe in curses that is) doomed to wander these galactic oceans and cosmic seas for all eternity?" she mused aloud.
"So philosophical for one so young. Is there something troubling you, my dear Boss?" said a quiet voice behind her.
"Just wondering if I'm ever gonna get back home again and get to stay there for at least a little while, Doctor. I suppose you've heard all about 'Ariadne's Thread' and about those damned peace talks and oh Hell! Is there anything a Fxxxing time lord doesn't know? I doubt it. I'm so bloody sick and tired of running that Kami shimatta (God damned) Academy it's Fxxxing pitiful, dammit! Why can't I just be a frinnin' tro con with Willy's department again like I was before all this 'Kronos' crap got started? That's all I ever really wanted, Doc. Can ya look into your magic crystal ball and tell me oro (what) the Hell my future holds for me? Can ya do that, me boyo?" said a very glum redhead who was still staring out into the nothingness of space.
"Even if I could, Poppet, I would never be permitted to tell you of your own future. I'm sorry but all I can say is that the future is not necessarily set in stone if you, as Perpigillian would say, 'get my drift', girl Don't worry so much, kid. Good night." said the Gallifreyan and he left for his own digs.
"Thanks, Doc. Night." replied Kei and she too headed for her bunk. Soon the only souls not asleep were the bridge crew and the guards. Just before the day shift took over at 0800 (8 AM) Joey Bishop spotted the 'Shimougouan' inner markers and locked onto them.
"Good morning, Mr Bishop. We'll take it from here, son. Ah, I see that you've locked onto the markers already." said Gene Starwind.
"Can you er land us OK, Cap?" asked Bishop and Han Solo smiled.
"Who the Hell do ya think's been docking this tub for most of this mission, kid?" he drawled and Joey left to get some food and sleep.
Gene warned all hands to 'strap in' at 0900 (9AM) and docked the massive starship the 'FC Aerospacedrome' a half hour later. The Boss reached her bridge at 0945 (9:45 AM) with Yuri, Kome and Mar and then she pointed at the blonde 'Brian Westbrook' of the 3WA. (OK if you don't know the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles' football team you will not know that the team would be lost without BW who can run, receive, run back punts and kicks and even fill in as guard and blocker)
"As of now Colonel Marlene Angel is an Acting Brigadier by the direct order of 'God almighty' himself- Mr Galadriel. As I have other duties to attend to I am hereby handing command of this vessel over to her. This ship's new mission is to provide both transport and security for Project 'Ariadne's Thread' and her new destination is the battle moon 'Ariadne'. Wing Commander Yuri Donovan is hereby appointed temporary weapons officer and Suba Kome Sawaguchi will be this ship's comm and transport officer. Acting Lieutenant Nami Richards will continue as the ship's naviagational officer and Lieutenant Rally Vincent will remain the scanning officer. Each of these officers has already been briefed by our chiefs. Until such time as I return to assume my command the mission commander will be Acting Brigadier Angel and she will have 'carte blanche' (absolute) authority over all aspects of this mission including these 'time sight' experiments. Anyone who has any objections to these orders is to be referred to me- personally. Good luck and may Kami (God) bless you all. Sayonara for now. Mar, the comm is yours." said Kei. Mar saluted but the redhead was already gone.
"Mugghi, Nammo. You're with me. I'm taking the 'Raphael' for my personal transport for my own mission. Let's go, Furball." she said and left for the docking bays.
The 'Raph' touched down at 'Takachiho Academy' a few minutes after 1000 hours (10 AM) and the kawaii (lovely) redhead left Mugghi and Nammo to watch the shuttle. She had already (reluctantly) changed into her brand new full dress Marshall's uniform and thought to herself that she looked more like 'Kommandant Colonel Wilhelm Klink' than 'Klink' Kleinholdt looked! The Boss clamped a 'morphing' bracelet on her wrist and spun her twin Mark XIII's into their holsters just like old Marshall Matt Dillon from Terran TV's 'Gunsmoke' shows. Kei debated on slinging a plasma rifle across her back but finally decided against it. It might have been viewed as hostile, however, as a 'UG'/3WA officer she was required to be armed while in uniform and/or on duty so there shouldn't be any objections to her sidearms or her laser sword hilt.
She drew in a deep breath and exhaled it. Then she quickly strode into the proctors' lounge which had been hastily converted into a makeshift conference room. Leia and the 'Rygielian' leader were already there and both arose from their seats at the huge oval conference table when the Boss entered the room.
"Good morning, my dear Marshall. Thank you for coming." said the King of 'Orlean'.
"Yes Kei. Thank you so much for your assistance and on such very short notice too. I really must apologize for--" began Leia Solo but Kei held up a gloved hand.
"No need for all this damned formality, is there? I'm just here to moderate these discussions. I appreciate that you both trust me enough to ask for me personally. (She then explained why Yuri wasn't coming as well. Both King and President agreed that Yuri Donovan's skills at space technology and PDO graphical engineering were needed elsewhere then a peace conference) Now before we begin could I ask you for a small favour? Might I please have some breakfast first? I am famished. It's been a long damned mission and I ain't really had an uninterrupted meal in weeks. Would you care to join me?" asked the redhead, her finger on the replicator's 'activate' bar.
Leia and the King gratefully accepted and Kei repped up the victuals. When all three had their plates in front of them and Kei had served java to them all she spiked her java from her silver pocket flask. Leia frowned but said nothing. The 'Rygielian', however, insisted on trying some of Kei's 'golden elixir' and pronounced it to be 'the best damned booze I've had in many a bloody moon!'
Kei ate like a ravenous jacaronda beast, Leia ate daintily and the King ate like he was afraid someone might take his platter away from him! Kei poured more 'java royale' for herself and the mellowed 'Rygielian' and plain unspiked java for the princess.
"That was great. Now I think we'd best begin eh? Since I'm merely a master of ceremonies here could one of ya tell me oro (what) the Hell this crap's all about so's I don't muck up too much and come off looking like a total Limurian jackass? How's about you, Leia?" asked the Red Marshall.
Leia glanced at the King who waved away any objections so she quickly explained matters to the redhead.
"So now you see why this matter is so secretive, my dear Boss Lady?" said King Galdonicus Alorien and Kei yawned.
Cont in Ch 40- Part 3