The way things were (6)
001 Boomer sets the household pa system to play reverie for Holiday. He fixes a big pot of Dawn and sets down at the kitchen table. Dara wanders into the kitchen wearing only a robe and a t-shirt and offers to make a Holiday Feast for everyone as her gift to them. Dee agrees, as does Boomer, so Dara fixes a huge meal. Keiko wanders in, yawning, wearing only a t-shirt and accepts a cup of Dawn from Boomer. Haruhi arrives, wearing tiny boy-shorts and a top, and slides in next to Keiko. Elaina and Yuri are still asleep, much to everyone’s surprise. Dara finishes a quick breakfast, and everyone eats up before moving to the living room. Yuri and Elaine show up, at last, and presents are exchanged. Boomer hands out his gifts, and in turn receives some psi-enhanced sights (for his gun arm, from Yuri), a bio-analysis unit (from Haruhi, possibly stolen), a collectors psi-cutlass (from Keiko), some purification tablets (from Elaina) and dinner from Dara. Also Dee got him an advanced boarding vacc suit. Everyone enjoys the day, and talk amongst themselves.
Boomer takes some time alone to study and train on his teleport skill. He doesn’t do so well, but Fate intervenes and he improves his talent. The girls want to go swimming, especially Elaine, so everyone climbs into bikinis, except Dara and Elaine, and they go down to the lake. Elaina tries out her scuba gear, and discovers some clamshell doors at the bottom of the lake.
002-008 Next day, it is discovered Elaina is nowhere in sight. The girls are concerned, and Boomer and Keiko head off to go look for her. They discover some “unwanted and unexpected” guests down by the river. Sounds of gunfire echo, and Boomer calls back home for backup. A fight ensues, and Yuri and Haruhi show up. Boomer psi smacks one of the 2 men, but the other is shielded and the fight continues. Dee shows up as Yuri and Keiko go looking for Elaina. The fight finally ends as Haruhi shoots the second man and drops him, injured. Boomer goes over to search for loot and/or info from the other vehicle, and Yuri and Keiko radio they’ve found Elaine. Dee takes her and the other girls back home while Boomer and Haruhi head off to the Planetoids Brig to drop off the 2 men. Boomer get’s hurt by the Planetoid’s computer and takes mental damage. He interrogates one of the men, and discovers they were looking to kidnap Elaina under the Family’s orders.
Not doing so well, Boomer contacts Slaughter and has him come to them. He does so, and they continue questioning the two men. Slaughter heals the wounded one, and they ask more questions. They find out about their boss, Mr. Banner, and how he is working for Lord Miller. Slaughter makes one of the men contact Mr. Banner, and they have a little chat. The conversation turns into a pissing contest, and Slaughter promises Banner he will be there soon and will kill him. After this, Slaughter finds out Boomer is hurt and must rest and heal before he can be of help against Banner. Much to Slaughter’s dismay, they wait while Boomer heals himself and they get their plan in order.
008-013 Boomer recuperates so he and Slaughter put on their Battle Dress and grab Silverbolt and head off to Glisten. They go to the Serenity Club, where Boomer teleports them both inside to Mr. Banner’s office. He is shocked as Boomer drops him. Boomer takes his PC and hard-drive unite, then they both pop out. They return to The Lovely Angel and head home, locking Mr. Banner up in the Brig on Wolverine.
Boomer uses his talents and mind rapes Mr. Banner, getting lotsa info, like the passwords for his PC and drives. Slaughter interrogates Mr. Banner some, finding out more info, and then downloads about 1 Mil creds on Mr. Banner’s cred-stick. Boomer then searches his mind for rivals in the city, and learns about Lady Katriana, another one of Lord Miller’s under bosses, like Mr. Banner, except her thing is prostitution. Boomer contacts Breaker and get’s him hopping on the PC and drives, then he contacts Glisten Authority and asks for Sgt. Doolittle. They talk and arrange a meeting over on Glisten, and Sgt. Doolittle contacts Slaughter and asks him to join them. Sam and Dee come along with them, as well as Grunt, Shipwreck and Silverbolt. Slaughter and Boomer go to a restaurant and meet Sgt. Doolittle where they talk and swap info. Sgt. Doolittle get’s up to leave, and Slaughter feels the officer is gonna bite it. Sure enough, outside a sniper takes pot shots at all of them. Slaughter joins them outside and finds the sniper, whereas Boomer drops him. Then they hand him over to the Glisten Authority and so back to the ship.
Later on, he and Boomer head off to the Red Heart Hotel, in the swanky part of “town”. Slaughter drops his name and rank to the staff and they ask to meet with the Manager. The duo wait in the bar, and eventually they are called before Lady Katriana. They talk, and Lady Katriana asks them to retrieve one of their men off the Imperial prison planet in exchange for calling off the contract on the Yuri and the Four. She even offers them both rooms, with special “benefits” while they think it over. Dee and Sam show up with the two and settle in. Sam calls for “special service” and a duo of hot “servants” show up to “serve” the two. Each receive their own “happy ending” in their own way. Boomer and Dee, however, enjoy a swim and some time in the sauna before retiring to their bed for their own fun.
Next day, Boomer tells Slaughter he has chosen not to aid Lady Katriana because of the problems they will open themselves to. Slaughter agrees, so they go and talk to her. She takes the news well, but also drops a big hint that she knows where the Four live and she can’t promise anything about them. As the duo leave, Boomer contacts the Four and advises them to pack and be ready to go. Pronto. Slaughter goes to GINA and talk with Dean Hardsman about buying out the contracts for some of his people and hiring them. He makes a sizable donation to the school just to grease his path, and goes and hand picks 3 professors – Prof. Poe, Prof. Harding and Prof. Collar. All three of them are masters in their field of science, as well as knowledgeable in a couple of others. They gather their stuff and arrange a truck to take it to the spaceport. As evening approaches, the Four show up with their baggage which is loaded onto The Lovely Angel as well. Haruhi asks to speak privately to Slaughter, and when she does she tells him Keiko is concerned about becoming a 20 year old virgin, and Haruhi “asks/offers” Slaughter if he would be the one to “fix” her. Slaughter, taken aback, advises Haruhi she needs to talk to Sam about that, so Haruhi does so. Sam is incredulous, pointing out Keiko is only 18, not to mention the Senator’s daughter. Slaughter suggests they should include Keiko in any further conversations or planning, and Sam agrees, still incredulous.
Slaughter contacts the Countess, and talks with her about the “Princess” and how she is invited to come to a “private school” with the Four if she will allow it. The countess agrees for only one term, and if Elaina’s grades have slipped in any way she is gonna yank her home. They wait for a bit, and a limo full of baggage shows up with Elaina joining The Lovely Angel. The ship lifts off and fly’s off toward Wolverine with everyone aboard.
014-016 The gang arrives back at Planetoid Wolverine and settles down. The Prof’s all move into the old Compound, sharing the space with Devon, and the Four + 1 settle in at the Eagles Nest. Boomer covers the “rules” for living on Planetoid Wolverine, and makes sure the Princess, as well as all the others, understand them. Then he orders some special Transceivers and equipment so Devon can implant them in his family. That night he overhears a loud argument amongst the Four + 1, and when he goes to find out what it is he he discovers Haruhi being tossed out of their room as Keiko cries and Yuri fumes. But he discovers nothing else about it, and returns to his living room.
Morning comes and Boomer starts PT with the Four + 1, running down to the lake and back – then returns home before deciding to set out on some exploration. They head off to “the Bridge” and locate the “Flight Decks” and make sure to disarm the security there. Then they take a Shifter to it and explore. They discover and explore the whole installation, including the Fighters and Shuttles, until Boomer decides to take one of the Shuttles up. In size and layout it’s much like a Pinnance, so he instructs the Girls as he flies off Wolverine and into orbit. There, they discover a probe of unknown origion scanning the Planetoid. Boomer has Haruhi get in the Gunner’s chair and she tries over and over to shoot it. Finally, Fate aids her and she scores a blast, destroying it. Then they return to the Flight Deck and return to the Bridge, where they get in the Air-Raft and head for home. Boomer instructs the Princess in driving skills, and they don’t die. Once they return home, everyone decided to go swimming, so they don their skimpy bikini’s and head down to the lake. Boomer notes Keiko, Yuri and Haruhi “making up”, with Dara’s aid, and they have a little discussion while they all swim.
Next day, Boomer researches the Merc lists and finds a couple of candidates that he set’s up interviews for. He meet’s the prospective clients on Glisten, and interviews them – and finding they have all the skills he’s looking for he hires them. First Sgt. of the Artillery Ouzo, and Corporal of the Calvary Jaeger.
017-022 Time passes after the holidays and everyone adjusts to their new life on Planetoid Wolverine. The implants Boomer ordered show up with the scanner and such, so Boomer asks Devon if she can implant him and his family. She agree to and does so. The new Merc’s show up and settle in, with the Merc’s adjusting to the necessary space. The Four 1 to the Cargo Bay. There they attempt to recover the missing Planetoid part, and encounter the Collector and Preserver guarding it. A firefight ensues, during which Boomer, Shipwreck, Heavy Duty and Elaina get hurt before they recover the part. Gathering it up, they fly to the Base and have Devon look them over. She works on them before they return home.
331-335 A couple of days pass, during which Yuri takes Boomer and Elaina to meet with Devon to have a checkup. Finally Boomer has Silverbolt, Air Raid, Rabbit, First Aid, Elaina and Yuri take the Cutter to pick up Tralfaz and go to re-install the missing part. Keiko and Haruhi join them as they travel across the Planetoid to a formerly undisclosed Backup Bridge where they locate the tools necessary and install the part. The Planetoid reconnects with the Glisten system.
Returning home, Boomer checks his emails, discarding the junk ones and ignoring one that appears to be from Damos. He relaxes and watches a documentary on Marastan Carnivorous Plant Life by Steve, and also checks online for supplementary research. He obtains a list of 20 diseases the flora has, and contacts Devon about possible defenses or cures. She advises him 15 of them are preventable, but the other 5 aren’t, and of them 3 are fatal.
Boomer contacts GINA’s Botonology Dept and talks with a Prof. Coswell who agrees to set him up with Lady Maria Harowitz, local expert in Carnivorous Plant Life, for a meeting at Momma Larosa’s eatery on Glisten. He asks Elaina if she would like to go, as a sort of Noble Liaison, but the rest of the Girls find out and clamor to go as well for some Holiday shopping. Boomer has Roget and Heavy Duty join them to act as “chaperon/guards”.
Next day they all board the Cutter and head off to Glisten, where they drop the Girls off so they head to the Mall while Boomer and Elaina head to their meeting. There they meet Lady Harowitz and discover she is a determined flirt, plus Boomer discovers she is Psychic. Elaina helps him survive the meeting and the two leave with a collection of info to rejoin the Girls and the Mercs.
336 Boomer checks his email msg’s and finds one from Mr. Kelzar asking to meet him for lunch at the SuSAG cafeteria tomorrow.
337-338 Boomer goes to Glisten and meets with Mr. Kelzar and discusses the mission specs. Mr. Kelzar wants him to go to Mora and retrieve some data from an old, abandoned SuSAG facility on the outskirts of town. The data belonged to Prof Hito Akiracho and his wife Lady Suki Akachiro, the developers of the specialty cyber limbs like the one Boomer wears. Boomer arranges to meet with Mari Kei and have lunch with her while reviewing the mission info. They meet up and visit, and Boomer discovers that the Prof’s last name is the same as Haruhi’s maiden name. However, due to his planning for the mission and detailing various plans in his mind he forgets momentarily to make a note of it. After lunch, he heads for home where he explains to all concerned what his next mission is and implements even more plans concerning it. He contacts Silverbolt, Roget, Rachet, Breaker, Rabbit and Devon to meet himself and the Four+1 at the Emeraldus the next day.
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Keiko and Roget spar in the cargo hold of the ship as the group travels.
Arrive at Mora and spy Arch Duke Norris’s fleet in orbit protecting the system. Silverbolt guides the Emeraldus into a low orbit and parks. Boomer has Silverbolt and Rabbit stay on the ship while everyone else descends to the planet with him. Land at down port and rent a TransGrav-Van and travel about the city looking at the wreckage and rebuilding going on. Locate Mushauns Noodles and stop for some lunch before continuing on across the empty and abandoned parts of the city. Encounter an unexpected Cybot patrol on the way and have an encounter until they manage to get away. Find the old SuSAG buildings and park, taking the time to slip into the Over-World to avoid the Cybot patrol apparently searching for something in the building ruins. Boomer opens a portal and they all move thru the Over-World up to the top of the research building, when they come out and search for the Data. Haruhi discovers a picture of her parents and her from long ago at the same time as Elaina retrieves the data and the Cybots find them. Needless to say, she is upset, but Boomer locks the doors and rigs up a Sapphire Grenade booby trap on them. Then they all go into the Over-World, and slip thru a portal back down to the parked vehicle just as the charge detonates, taking the top of the building and the Cybots with it. A huge section of debris rains down on the group, and most everyone dodges except Yuri, who is covered and hurt. Devon stabilizes her and they rush across the outskirts again toward a hospital. Along the way they encounter another Cybot patrol but evade it until they get to the hospital, where Boomer contacts Arch Duke Norris’s fleet and requests help. A detachment of Space Marines drop down and take up position guarding the hospital, defending it and taking out the Cybots as they approach. Yuri is in treatment for about 3 days so the group stays at the TAS until the Doctor announces she can leave. She has broken ribs, broken legs, and a broken back that the Doctors repaired with Cybernetics. She uses her psi gifts to convince the Hospital to let her go early. Devon agrees to watch over her as the gang returns to the down port and head back up to the ship and then home.
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Keiko and Haruhi stay by Yuri’s side, helping her with everything she needs.
They dock back at home and everyone returns back to their bases. Boomer drops off the Girls at home and sett;es in to recoup and relax with Dee watching over them. Devon agrees to come by daily for checkups on Yuri. Boomer contacts Mr. Kelzar and delivers the goods, making sure to mention he expects Hazard Pay in addition to the “standard fee”.
358-360 Boomer decides to make plans on refueling the Planetoid, but to do that properly he contacts the Merc psychics to meet him and Keiko at the Bridge to undergo training. It works well for all of them except Silverbolt, who fails to grasp the nuances. Still, Boomer has Devon keep and eye on Silverbolt while he recovers, and he takes the rest to the small ships for practice. Boomer also contacts Slaughter and has him join them while they all practice.
Next day they all pack up on the Planetoid and head out across the system to the far side of the Asteroid field. Once there they man the ships and start Harvesting the Asteroids, filling the Planetoid’s tanks. A Cybot Pyramid appears and bears down on them, so they perform a defensive retreat and head toward Arch Duke Norris’s fleet near the gate. While doing so, Boomer asks the Planetoid to construct more psychic Warbots to man the fighters in case of emergency. The Fleet moves to intercept them, and Boomer has Yuri use her Clairivoiance to locate the Cybot bridge. Then he linked thru her and injected his memory of “pollen rage” into the Cybots, which caused mayem long enough to stop the Pyramid, and allow the Fleet to join and defeat the Pyramid. Then they return to the far side of the system again and collect more Asteroids.
361-362 One of the shuttles won’t start, and Boomer gets Rabbit and they discovers part of it is “missing”. Fearing it is the Collector again, Boomer suits up in his Battle Dress and takes Rachet, Livewire, Red Alert and Flint then heads off to retrieve it. They search about for a while but are unable to find the part this time, They all go to the other Flight Bay to look over one of those ships and check if it has the part they need. They locate it, but decide to simply take one of the shuttles back and use it, so they do. Over the next day or so they Harvest more than enough Asteroids to top off the tank, as it were, and the Planetoid is happy.
363-365 Boomer contacts Mr Kelzar and asks about Haruhi. Mr Kelzar asks to meet him for a personal face-to-face meeting tomorrow, so Boomer agrees. He contacts Stegal, Rojet and Heavy Duty and advises them they will be accompanying the bunch as they go to Glisten.
Boomer takes Dee, Yuri, Keiko, Dara, Elaina and Haruhi and the Merc bodyguards to Glisten so they can do some last minute shopping while he goes to SuSAG. Haruhi listens in but stays away as Boomer talks with Mr Kelzar. They discuss how the megacorperation, Naasikira, tried to hire Prof Akiracho away from SuSAG, and he refused, so Naasikira put a hit on him and his family. It was successful in killing the Prof and his wife, Lady Akiracho, but the blast that destroyed their home apparently missed Haruhi, because she wasn’t there. He didn’t know she had survived, and apparently she was good at staying undetected, so she became an orphan living on her wits and the help of strangers. Naasikira slowly over time erased any and all details about the Akiracho family from records and messed with the official reports until time had forgotten about it. Mr Kelzar says the only place that would possibly still have any records would be Makhidkarun, a megacorperation known for their genealogies, amongst other things. Boomer notes this and bids Mr Kelzar adieu before contacting the girls and heading for home. The Holidays happen with much fanfare and feasting.