The way things were (9)

001 Boomer and the gang spend the Holiday and enjoy each other. Boomer gets up in the morning and enjoys his coffee, doing pre-mission briefings and dividing people into safe teams. They separate and move out. They go to the ship and get some stuff, but Boomer spies a Death Bot approaching and decides to get going. The ship leaves toward safety while the rest of the gang go to the Over World, and once there they portal to Rohovan. There they spy a Shimmer Beast, so Boomer decides to sneak into the company. He opens a portal to enter, but after Rachet goes thru it it snaps shut and a psi shield erects over it. The Shimmer Beast notices them, so the rest of them escape to Reality near the power lines. Boomer teleports Dee inside to work on the door lock with Shipwreck to guard/watch over her, while the rest work on severing the lines. Dee locks to door, but screams alert as she spies a Robot Spider inside their. They cut the power lines and Boomer teleports everyone inside joins Dee and a big fight ensues. Boomer fails to blow up the spider-bot, and Shipwreck get’s wounded, but Keiko finds data-wafers – the kind they need. Grabbing them, Boomer manages to blow the wall and escape but unfortunately has to abandon Shipwreck as the Shimmer Beast and Death Bot converge. Boomer manages to match up the hole with the Over World wall and free Rachet, so when they all ascend to the Over World they meet up with him and, one long ass portal later, they go to Libart. There they take up rooms at the TAS an await the arrival of the Columbus.
002 Boomer wakes and mills about, visiting the vending machines and such till everyone else is up. The Columbus shows up filled with the rest and they all play catch up. Gabriel complains about the attitude of the ship and suggests to Boomer he establish a hierarchy of sorts on in. Avoiding Libarts hostile weather, the gang goes to the Columbus and get in and head for Abraxis.
003-004 [A/H DRIVE] Boomer has Haruhi search for the ships plans. She finds them.
005-008 ABRAXIS
Arrive at Abraxis and call for Sebastian. Go home and unpack, settling in once again. Boomer contacts the palace and reports in, and makes an appointment to meet with the Emperess tomorrow. He tells Gabrial and Yuri to be prepared.
Next day the trio go to see the Empress. She is pleased with Boomer and gang as he turns over the plans. She offers some drinks and then Damos goes berserk. He tries to shoot the Empress, and she has to shoot back but, thanks to Damos, she hits Yuri instead. Boomer gains a moment of clarity and teleports home, where he almost kills Dee. He misses, but takes it upon himself to wander about his house and almost kills Elaina. He takes a moment to toss a grenade at Dara when Kira shows up. He is taken aback and does nothing for a moment, giving her time to suggest he kill himself. He tries to do so, and the ensuing damage takes him down. Dee contacts the Forbidden Circle and calls for their help. Oddly enough, Damos and Devon work to keep Boomer alive for a while until Boomer suggests they wait till he’s prepared. Gabrial and Yuri show up and exclaim their surprise over Boomer till the Forbidden Circle shows up as well. Reynaud and Cheri explain the procedure and detail it might be risky but they’ll try it. They gather around and, over the course of time, they manage to pry Damos out of Boomer. They gather up the crystal, bid Boomer farewell, and go home. Boomer rests.
Next day Boomer and gang rests and recuperates. He makes apologies to everyone and makes a sincere letter of apology to the Empress. Not surprisingly, a reply is returned detailing Boomer should return to the palace at earliest opportunity for a brief sit down. Boomer agrees to go with Gabrial, Yuri and Dee this time and notifies with a reply.
Next day the gang report to the Empress and explain, as best he can, what happened blaming “space madness” and such. The Empress gives Boomer the choice to go back to the Frontier or stay on Abraxis, in the Heart of the Imperium. She tells him of a ship that recently “reappeared” after being lost during the war. She asks Boomer to investigate it, since the last party to do so vanished. She also makes him a Count as thanks for his service. Boomer has Yuri do a little snooping and find out the previous team died, but he accepts the mission anyhow.
009-010 Come the dawn Boomer has breakfast and solidifies his daily plans. Everyone handles packing and moving stuff to the Columbus. Kira comes and talks with Boomer about things, including her regeneration and warns him of the Time Police. She advises him never speak of such things to anyone. Afterwards Boomer talks with Haruhi about things, and the Slaughters. Slaughter calls and they arrange a dinner party tomorrow night. With everything done, Boomer sits back and reviews the mission specs. He figures out the basics but decides he can do better, so him and Dee go to the Columbus and has the ship examine the record. He formulates a list of all the sightings of the Kinuir in the Regina Sub-sector and lines them up for further investigation. He finds out the only oddity is the cargo from Becks World suspiciously labeled “Do Not Touch” – Becks World was also someplace the Ancients stored their “failed” experiments and one of them might have awakened the rudimentary AI on the ship. He also discovers the Columbus has been “disinfecting” everything, but it wont give him the formula. He calls Haruhi to solve the issue, and she shows up, spends some Will, and cracks the computer into divulging the formula. Boomer takes it home to have Devon look it over, for Yuri’s sake.
Next day, after some breakfast, Boomer decides to go jogging around the landscape. He is joined by Keiko and Elaina,who run around with him for a while. Afterwards, he showers and changes and relaxes a bit with Dee. Devon shows up and gives her report on the disinfectant and announces it – mostly – is safe for Yuri. Night approaches and the Slaughters show up. Everyone welcomes all and chat a bit, but Boomer takes Bull off for a private chat. They discuss various things, and Bull advises Boomer of what he wants back home. Elaina comes in to find Boomer, and asks if she can arrange to buy some things to take home. They all return to have a nice meal and a reminiscent evening.
011-012 Boomer awakes and has his last coffee with his breakfast as he considers the move. Gabriel joins him and talks some shady hit about Elaina’s boxes of junk she has bought, then he ever-so-subtly mentions asking Boomer to sign some papers for him to marry Elaina! Also, there is the mention of a baby. Boomer is taken aback but semi-agrees, and goes downstairs to talk with Dee. Find her and tells her his concerns about Gabriel and his plans on what to do with the two. Keiko shows up and joins their chat for a bit, and Boomer asks her to keep a close eye on Haruhi and her packing. Then Boomer set about packing, and contacts Sebastian to also oversee the “house goods” and present him a list of any “missing” when they go, heavily mentioning Haruhi. Afternoon comes, and Boomer talks with Elaina a bit, trying to find out info “on-the-sly” with no real success. Then he talks to Kira, and they mentally discuss time-lines and dimensional stuff. She tell him “it obvious” Elaina is with child and that he should be careful about who he mentions that to since it will make this universe more chaotic. Dee shows up and joins in their mental chitchat to ask multitude of questions. Then he and Dee take Rosa out to do some last minute shopping, and when they return home Gabriel presents Boomer with the papers to sign. Boomer scans them, makes sure his son is on the up and up, then signs them.
Morning and there is no coffee, so Boomer orders breakfast sent to them. Everyone enjoys it, and Sebastian presents the bill for the household goods, as Boomer requested, but he also presents him the house codes and ownership files as a gift from the Empress as a “going away – get out” gift. Boomer accepts this and the party boards the Columbus and they leave.
012-019 A/H DRIVE
019 WOLVERINE
The Columbus touches down at the Compound and everyone departs. Boomer has the Mercs come out and load the cargo onto the shifter, then take it to the Eagle Nest, Once that is done, everyone goes to their home and Boomer and crew arrive at the Eagles Nest. Boomer contacts Studd who invites him and Dee to come on over for a “meet-and-greet” over food. Boomer agrees, so Studd gives him his shifter code so they can find him easier. (Apparently he has one now!) Dee agrees, so they clean up, tell everyone in the house farewell, and go to Studd. The three reminiscent over stuff and the current going’s on around Wolverine and in the Glisten system. They visit and talk about things, and Boomer shows off his photo album and talks about how the Rebellion is over. News to Studd, but he accepts it. All is well, then Dee and Boomer go home.
020-023 Next day Boomer takes Haruhi and goes to talk with Wolverine PC a bit. Ask about Becks World and learn is was once called Skarr and was an Ancient dumping place. By accident the Imperium scrap crew may have picked up something it shouldn’t have and awakened, half assedly, the Kinuer AI to self awareness and now it searching for the other half. Boomer’s task is to shut down the AI and save the ship. Haruhi has the PC modify one of the translator bugs for Boomer’s suit so he can “speak”Ancient. He also has a device made so Dara can understand Ancient. Then they go home, where Boomer contacts Mr. Kelzar. They discuss borrowing Juni and the old portal rings a bit. Discuss coming by the shop for a visit, which Boomer agrees to.
Next day Boomer, Dee, Yuri, Gabriel, Elaina, Haurhi, Keiko, Dara, Rosa and Kira go to Glisten. All visit friends and family an Boomer meets Mr. Kelzar and catches up. He picks up Juni and the rings. Spend the day reestablishing contacts and with Mary Kei and Magda and such. Boomer also has Kira “check out” Elaina for a baby, and is confirmed, so he loans Gabriel some cred to “make do” and settles at the TAS for the night.
Everyone wakes and they go back home to Wolverine. Boomer talks a bit with Elaina and when they arrive they have the Varger work crew start expanding the Eagles Nest…..again. Then Boomer picks the crew for the Columbus next mission – Dee, Yuri, Haruhi, Keiko, Gabriel, Elaina, Juni, Silverbolt, Devon, Rabbit, Air Raid, Rachet, Breackneck and Heavy Duty. Boomer restocks ammo and supplies and makes ready
Final day and Boomer talks more with Elaina about babies and such family matters. He also contacts the Countess about various things, Studd comes over via his new shifter to visit and feast for a while.
024-025 A/H DRIVE
026 REGINA
Obtain rooms at the TAS and settle in. Boomer contacts Oberlinde Lines and find out the info on the mysterious crate they found.
027-029 Awaken to dawn and supplies of fun, Boomer and gang go to a meeting with Oberlinde Lines and discuss a lot of things. They talk about the Kinunir and the crate they found various info of the ship. They define the difference between “bots” and “robots”, both of which are on the ship. Boomer sends Rabbit out to retrieve sensors for the mission, and he asks Haruhi to write a virus for possible dispersal onto the ship. Then they all go home, where Boomer contacts Starbots, a local business, and orders two fancy bots to be delivered to him for his plans with Yuri. A little later Juni comes buy at Boomers request to discuss her opinions on what cities to explore on Becks World. Night rolls around and everyone sleeps.
On the next day they gang all just rest and prepare to go, gathering supplies and making sure everything is set. They make sure all the gear is set and ready to go. Boomer makes plans on what to do on their trip and what to do should that fail.
Next day, the gang all get up and go to the Columbus and go to Becks World. It is a small 2 hour trip, for the Columbus, and they arrive on a crappy junk-hole of a world, with a pitiful starport to land on. They enter the Last Stopover, the local bar and set up shop. They find a palace to rent a vehicle, Joe’s Jeeps, and find Sgt. Cabell to talk to to get a license from. They acquire all the necessary paperwork and vehicle and Juni chooses a city to start in. They go there, and find lodging at the No Tell Motel for a week, and search, but all in vain. Darkness falls, and they rest.
030-036 For each and every day they search around, but come up with junk. A couple of days they find nifty stuff, but in the end it’s all still junk. Boomer starts to wonder about this part of the mission. On the final day they break camp and head to the next city over. They find another branch of the No Tell Motel and acquire rooms for another week again, and settle in.
037-039 This day they search about and find something nifty, but are ambushed by a pack of wandering outlaws. They fight, and win, but barely. They escape with the device and return home. Juni examines the device for a day or so and decides it is the “other half” of the AI in the Kinunir and what they were seeking. Boomer pays th finders-fee to Becks World and they go all the way to Glisten. There they drop off Juni and her find and then they go back to Regina. They check into the local TAS for the evening.
040 Wake and board the Columbus to go to their best bet – Kinorb. Amazingly, they find the Kinunir waiting and “searching”. They contact it a bit and communicate with it until it starts maneuvering closer. They avoid it and think on a new tact to deal with it.They avoid it and think on a new tact to deal with it. A brief discussion among the crew leaves them with the decision to “get closer to it” and try to dock, rather than always run from it and get destroyed. Unfortunately, as they do so the Kinunir opens fire on them, raining destruction all about. They return fire as well, but in the exchange Devon get’s severely hurt plus the Columbus’s A/H Drive gets damaged before they manage to dock. Boomer separates out different parties for the trip, including him, Haruhi, Keiko, Gabriel. Breakneck and Heavy Duty. They retrieve the rings and prepare to exit the Columbus to the Kinunir. On the Kinunir, they quietly advance until they encounter a warbot. Stuff goes down then, but Boomer manages to deactivate it psychically. He has Yuri and Keiko scan about with their clairvoyance until he joins them via telepathy and teleports to the computer room with Haruhi. Boomer activates the ring and coordinates it’s location to the other one in the back of the ship as Haruhi starts dismantling the PC and the others begin to arrive. Unfortunately, so do three warbots and a firefight breaks out. Boomer is hit and manages to hastily repair his suit while the combat continues. Everyone hides and continues to fight as they manage to get hit and hit the enemy. Gabriel is hit bad, and only luck and the use of his “fate” manage to save his destruction. Boomer uses his psionics and moves about as needed until he is severely wounded again. He manages to return to a lower position and Keiko aids him in repairing his suit. Then he and her move up via lift tubs to rejoin the fighting. He adopts a more “behind the scenes” approach after that, while Haruhi feverishly deals with the AI. By using his advanced psionics he manages to aid the combat without getting killed, and Haruhi finally wins over the AI and everything shuts down. Boomer picks up his crew and they bid a hasty and fervent retreat, rejoining the Columbus and retrieve the rings just as the ship finishes up it’s repairs and they go home.
041 They take rooms at the Kinorb TAS and Boomer contacts the Imperium to know the Kinunir’s status and to register a salvage claim, if needed. The Navy agrees to go out and “pick up the trash” for Boomer. He takes the time to write his report for the Empress and settles back.
042 The Navy returns with the Kinunir in tow and docks it while Boomer sends his report to the Empress. Then he relaxes.
043 Dee notices Boomers Cheri Mark on his forehead and inquires about it. Boomer decides to go to Warzburg and get it checked out. They gather the group and inform them they are going on a brief trip before going home.
044-045 A/H DRIVE
046 WARZBURG
Arrive at Warzburg starport, Caer Donn. Boomer grabs a group and heads to the Over World intending to port to Ardais. Boomer, Dee, Gabriel, Elaina, Yuri, Haruhi and Keiko go with him as they travel. Arrive at Ardais and meet Dee’s father, Lord Ramiriz. They talk briefly, and everyone is introduced, and then they mention they need to meet with Ramiriz’s Keeper as soon as possible. He agrees to send her to Dee’s estate, so they all go to her’s and Boomer’s place to rest.
047-048 Boomer decides to exercise his inner skills, so he takes up horse riding for a bit. Yuri joins him, much to Haruhi’s displeasure. They also practice Survival, Bladed Combat, and explore the Local Culture some. Boomer learns the Ardais clan is,,,,odd. Gabriel and Yuri get in a bar fight in a local pub and Boomer has to explain to them to keep it cool. Much to Haruhi’s displeasure.
049-050 Ardais’s Keeper, Lady Larice, shows up with her bredu, Kamar, to aid Boomer. They all settle in the study while Boomer and Lady Larice talk about his problem. At the end, she checks him over and deduces he has a criminal mark, as her people refer to it, or a Soul Brand from the Cheri, as it is also known. With training and time he can learn to use it. Boomer is interested, so she explains to him how to open it and discharge his psi power to do damage. (3 points of damage per each psi point.) She promises to return the next day and explain to him how to use it for healing. Boomer and Dee discuss their children and what to do with them. They call in Gabriel and Yuri for a stern talking to. The duo explain why and how they need to act while n Warzburg, and the everyone goes to bed.
Next day, as promised, Lady Larice shows up to continue her training. She explains to Boomer the ability to Heal by the same mark, and clarifies more to him. (3 points of healing per each psi point.) After all is done, Lady Larice explains that the mark can also act as empathy, and deliver various emotions as needed. When she leaves, Boomer and the rest gather their things and return to Caer Donn and board their ship and go home.
051 A/H DRIVE
052 WOLVERINE
Arrive at home and everyone settles into their place. Boomer contacts Studd and they talk, before taking the gang to the Eagles Nest, Discover the Varger are done and all is ready, so Boomer settles down to check his emails and such. Gabriel and Elaina go and inspect their new rooms. Boomer asks Gabriel about his and Elainas wedding plans and he responds by saying they may stop by Glisten soon and can he borrow the cutter. Boomer agrees, and wryly warns him there is no need to rush; it’s not like Elaina has a bun in the oven. Gabriel says nothing.
053-055 Gabriel makes plans to borrow the Cutter and take Elaina to go to Glisten. Boomer agrees, but in the meantime he figures out what Gabriel is up to so he talks to Dee and arranges for them to join up with the duo. Boomer also calls the Countess and lets her in on the plans. He tells her Elaina told him everything, but it turns out Elaina already told the Countess everything and she will be attending. Feeling Gabriel is not up to his parents coming along, he also calls the Compound and delivers strict orders that Gabriel is not to board the Cutter unless he and Dee are there.
Next day every one gathers and goes to Glisten. Gabriel drives and complains along the way, mostly to his co-pilot Boomer, but when they arrive the are met by the Countess. She has a talk with Boomer, then they all go to the Cathedral and attend a very posh, yet intimate, ceremony to get hitched. Boomer calls Yuri and streams the wedding ceremony directly to the Four, of which they are delighted. The Countess arranges for the two to stay at the TAS Honeymoon Suite. The Countess talks some more to Boomer and ask him to maybe perform another job for her. Seems she has her eye set on a young Aslan female named Akeliah to be her Game Warden in her fancy zoo. The Young female will, most likely, agree to this job, but currently she is stationed on her clan trader. Named Khytul, she ship is currently in Glisten for a indeterminate brief time, during which Boomer will have to infiltrate it and talk to the girl. Of course, the male clan members on the ship probably wont agree to any of this, so he will have to figure a way to pull it off. Boomer hesitantly agrees, and makes a reservation for a suite in the TAS. He contacts Yuri and arranges for her, Keiko, Haruhi and Dara to come to them. He also contacts Silverbolt and tells him to get Rojet, Air Raid, Heavy Duty, Livewire and Rachet and bring them and the girls to the TAS soon. That done, he arranges and places an ad in the mercenary listings on the net. Then he and Dee talk a bit before he settles down to review the Countess’s datastick for information on Akeliah.
Next day, after the crew and family members arrive, they all have breakfast. Then Boomer arranges for a car to pick them up and take them across the starport to where the Aslan ship is docked. Finding the Khytul, they come up with a plan to investigate, and maybe buy, some of their Akoff cargo. They approach it and meet “Warrior of the Evening Sun” who invites them in to examine the cargo. Boomer introduces Dee as his wife and manager of goods ho will be examining the cargo in depth. They begin to do so, and they meet “He Honors his Ancestors” who stands by while they examine the cargo. As they do so, another Aslan shows up named “Place of the North Wind”, who is mute but can communicate via hand signs. Boomer is starting to notice the mass of Aslans in the room, but Dee announces she will speak with the ships goods manager to complete everything. Soon “Captain Killer of Ten Thousand” shows up with Akeliah in tow to finish things. Dee arranges some private time with Akeliah, and then turns her over to Boomer. Boomer quickly explains things, from the Countess’s view, and makes note of the options available to her. He also leaves a note of where she can gt in touch with him, then Dee arranges to buy three crates of cargo for $30,000 credits of Boomer’s cash. The deal made, the mercs and the Aslan move the cargo off the ship and into their vehicle. Then they all return to the TAS for a rest and to await Akeliah’s call.
056-058 Wake and have breakfast. Boomer contacts the Glisten Police to check up on the case with Dara and the attempt on Yuri’s life. He talks with Detective Odell about things but comes up with nothing. He inquires on Yuri, but Boomer shushes him and asks for a meeting with the head of the Family Crime Unit to talk over things. Returning home, Boomer settles back and checks his emails and looks over the newspaper articles to see if anyone has noticed him. Finally in the evening he talks with Haruhi about things, including Yuri and such.
Come the morning he awakens and fixes dawn and enjoys it when Haruhi awakens and joins him for conversation. She mentions the hacking he previously asked her to do, and the results obtained. Boomer decides to contact the Port Master and set up a meeting with him. Around 1pm the goes across the starport and meets with Tannroff, the Port Master, and talks. They discuss things including the Khytul and options concerning it. Learns there is little they can do to delay the ship leaving, for political reasons, so Boomer contacts Rojet and has him, Keiko and Heavy Duty go to the Khytul and, discretely, see what is up with Akeliah. Meanwhile Gabriel and Elaina show up and settle in with the family, with Gabriel bragging about how they “did the deed” and how he “furthered the Sagara line”. Elaina mentions she now has a bun in the oven”, which kind of takes Boomer aback. He asks her about it, and she confides by using a special, nobles only thing, she will have the child around July – same as Yuri. Time passes, and Keiko calls Boomer and says they are having problems. Boomer asks Haruhi to contact the ship, while he contacts the Varger pirate fleet and orders them to circle Glisten, just in case they have to block the ship from leaving. Then he takes Dee, Gabriel, Live Wire, Rachet and Air Raid in a car to the Khytul. They arrive and are given the cold shoulder at first, so Boomer contacts Yuri and asks her to find Akeliah. Then he psi locks the airlock doors on the ship open. Yuri finds Akeliah, but within seconds Captain Killer of Ten Thousand shows up with Akeliah in tow. He has a word or two with him, and things seem to be going south, when Akeliah suddenly announces she is all for Boomer,s idea and will go with him. The other Aslan are dismayed, but her word is final and she gets in Boomer,s car. Boomer thanks all and drives her to the Countess’s and drops her off. Then they all go back to the TAS and rest.
Next day they all gather and go home, Boomer and Yuri talk about the baby a bit, in an effort to inspire Gabriel or Elaine to open up, but to no avail. They arrive at Wolverine and take the shifter home to the Eagles Nest where they settle in for some well deserved time off.
059-062 Breakfast dawns and so does Boomer. He goes over his list of things to do while Haruhi and Keiko come to breakfast. He talks with them and they discuss Gabriel a bit. He mentally contacts the world computer to regulate the plantoid weather patterns for now. Elaina wakes and joins the gang, with boomer asking her about the wedding invites. She tells of who she plans to invite, and Dee comes to join the conversation and involves who she would like to invite. Boomer agrees and also arranges a list of his own invites to go thru. All told the list of invites grows as the family is all decided upon.
Next day Boomer goes to glisten to hand deliver a list of invites, sine mailing them will take to long. Then he goes via Over World to Warzburg and drops off Dee’s family invites. Giving it a thought, he sucks it up and teleports via the Over World to Abraxis and delivers some invites. Bull especially is amazed to receive one, so Boomer tells him he can bring Sam and the kids and stay a while as a vacation. H agrees, and after dropping off one to the Empresses he heads home. It is dark when he arrives, so he has dinner then talks a bit with Yuri before retiring.
Next day dawns bright and Boomer gets online and places Samantha’s order for her stuff. Kira comes to join him and they talk. Boomer contacts Devon and talks with her about fixing up the Mercs and getting supplies for the births. Another thought occurs to Boomer and he sets up Keiko with some Mercs to thoroughly clean over Bulls home for his arrival. Boomer discovers Rosa eyes are glowing as she is playing with Haruhi’s PC she left on so Boomer calls her and gets Rosa. Haruhi freaks out when she discovers Rosa accidentally deleted some stuff and cries. Boomer reminds her to shut off her PC if she is going to leave it. He also contacts Dee about Rosa’a glowing eyes. Dee says she will think on it, and Boomer contacts Dara and talks with her a bit. Kira comes in to talk with Boomer a bit when he gets a call from the Countess about some cred disappearing from her accounts so he goes with Kira to talk to Gabriel. He admits him and Elaina “borrowed” some cred from her, but didn’t think anything of it. Boomer and Kira discuss the morale of that and find out what they were planning to do with it. Boomer also tells Gabriel of the upcoming list of guests that may soon arrive and the dinner party they will all be having.
Next day Boomer has dawn and catches up on the Empirical News from the fallout of the Rebellion. Nothing much is new, so he breaks ot his PC and works. Rosa shows up and wants to play, so Boomer helps her along teaching her how to type. Amazingly, she is good, and eventually types out words that she shouldn’t be able too. Dee shows up and watches them a bit, and expresses discomfort at the whole thing. Boomer remembers Haruhi’s incident and remembers to lock and shut down his PC.
TIME BUMP
Awake in confusion and chaos. Discover room and explore it to find clothes, stuff and a gun. Realize he is on a ship that has undergone some damage and is shaking. Move about the hall an discover a short, whit haired girl. They talk, then move on to find a blonde haired tall girl. Again they talk, then move on to another room where he mysteriously gets ambushed by a fist. Discover a well built brown haired guy, who apologies for the attack and helps him up. Casting suspicious glances, they move on to find a brown haired fro of a guy. Greet him with some conversation and move on to the last room where they discover a pregnant brown haired girl that is asleep in her pod still. They all wake her up and get her dressed, then she joins them moving on. They all go down the hall, exploring, until they find the bridge and a robot woman in the captains chair. They attempt to wake her, but only succeed in antagonizing her and getting all their asses kicked. Finally, the leader imagines teleporting behind her and manages to drop her. It works, so the group claims the bridge and starts searching for any proof of what happened. They find some stuff, including the destination they were apparently headed to. In the Sword Worlds, to a planet called Orcrist searching for a ship called the Argus. The group comes up with names for each person, based on when they awoke. The leader is #1, the white haired girl is #2, the blonde is #3, the brown haired guy is #4, the brown fro of a guy is #5 and the pregnant girl is #6. They all disperse to explore the ship a bit more, find the galley, eat, and all manage to find rooms for their rest.
Next day, #1 awakes and dresses, opening his door to surprisingly discover the robot standing there. Although he is startled and suspicious, he questions her a lot as they walk to the galley and assigns her the name Dumbass. The others arrive and engage in breakfast, while #1 brings them up to speed concerning the robot. They talk with her and discover her backstory, the story of SuSAG, the overall mission, and about something called “Desi C” stored on the Argus. They are supposed to take the cargo back to Glisten. They also all gather data sticks with their personal information on them. Everyone goes to their rooms and settles in to read their data sticks. #1 discovers he is called Souske Sagura, or Boomer, and the detailed information about the others. #2 is Haruhi, #3 is Keiko, #4 is Gabriel, #5 is Silverbolt, and #6 is Yuri. He learns of his relationship with each of them, as well as random information on who they are. Suddenly and alarm sounds, so Boomer heads to the bridge where he encounters the others, and a Ling Standards ship off the port bow. Boomer attempts to communicate with is but it fires missiles, so Boomer initiates hyper drive and jumps away. Discover by accident that Dumbass is an S&S Salvage Ancient bot.
After 2 days in Jump, Boomer talks a bit with Dumbass and discovers there is a chance, slight though it my be, to recover his memories earlier than waiting around for a week. He agrees, and barely makes it – but he does – and recovers his lost memories. He agrees to allow the others to try, so they do successfully, except for Haruhi who has to spend a fate point to do it.
Another day in Jump and they arrive at Orcrist, and find the Argus. They scan the ship but find no life signs. Boomer designates Dumbass with the name Tina, then divides the group up into teams and they discover the lack of “necessary equipment” on their ship. Nonetheless, they enter the Argus. All is well until they encounter a crewman right off the bat, who tears thru Tina like paper.
TIME BUMP
063-085 Awake at home in bed. Decide it must have been a nasty dream, and discuss it with Gabriel, Keiko and Haruhi at breakfast to no avail. The day is uneventful, and drags by slowly as things don’t happen. The cycle of sleep, eat, and wait builds as the days drift on by until Boomer decides to visit the planetoids bridge. He decides to check up on some ideas he has floating thru his mind, and finds failure after failure, until he comes upon a pyramid hidden in a jungle on a suspicious planet nearby he suspected of harboring an Ancients robot factory. He adds some Mercs into the mix, and loses them, but after a while he manages to find a way into the factory. At least, in theory.
One evening he talks with Dee about Rosa and how she is being so sedate, and Dee suggests that she had noticed her daughter acting weird also and suggests taking her to Warzburg for a visit. Boomer selects a hand-picked crew and they all board. [Boomer, Dee, Kira, Rosa, Yuri, Keiko, Haruhi, Dara, Elaina, Gabriel and Silverbolt] Travel to Warzburg and gate via Over World to Ardais. There they meet Lord Ardais and go to their residence to wait. Eventually they meet the Ardais Wise Woman, who talks to Dee a bit and looks over Rosa a bit with Kira’s help before discovering she is a newly formed center point for some time ripples and will eventually slow down to a stop before resetting all time around her. Boomer is shocked and wants it fixed, so the Wise Woman describes some blank crystals nearby that they can try to unlock the ripples from and center them on the crystal and destroy it. Dee and Kira will go out and search for a day or so to find the crystals, and the Wise Woman will come back. Time passes while the two search and collect the crystals, and finally they have enough and call the Wise Woman back. She returns and between her and Kira they manage to unhook the ripples from Rosa and lock them into the crystal whereas they can destroy it and free her. Time has slowed down thru this, but they return back to Glisten just in time for the wedding and everything comes off gloriously.
086-087 The big day of the wedding arrives. Boomer and family awake and enjoy breakfast and prepare for the big event. Go to Glisten and enter the church, watching everyone gather all about the building in their own parts. The ceremony is detailed and lovely, and Boomer acts as the Best Man to his best. Elaina is beautiful and even Gabriel is well made, and Boomer and Dee are proud of the two. Finally the ending lineup comes, and Boomer is shocked to see Akane in the line. She comes over to the family table and greets everyone, settling down as she does so. Her and Boomer play “catch up” and Boomer invites her to come to the Eagles Nest and visit for a while. Akane agrees to do so, and Boomer realizes he should visit other family members at the wedding. So he offers his excuses and wanders off into the crowd. He locates and visits his mother for a bit, and also Magda as well. He also tracks down Mari Kei and spends time with her, Plus tons of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins until he finally comes across Lord Ardais and his son, Reginald, and is surprised to discover Akane enveloped in Reginald’s arms busy talking with him. Boomer decides hot to make a scene of it, and returns to his table to pick up Rosa and “dance” a bit with her. He also talks a bit with Kira. Finally the event is over and the family gathers to go home for the night. Boomer realizes he would like to hold a little “get together” for his family, and decides to make plans for it.
Morning dawns and Boomer fixes an ole military standby hangover elixir. Downing a lot of it, he offers some to Haruhi and a knock comes to the door. Turns out it is Akane, right on schedule, and reminds Boomer of his invitation. Boomer invites her in, and she greets everyone as they get up. They discuss things until Boomer decides to go off into the back and mentally contact the bridge computer. He explains the presence of Akane, and suggests she be placed on amber status for now. The computer does a brief rundown of her name and announces she has multiple warrants on her plus an investigation into a possible “Family” influence. The bridge suggests possibly bringing her to the chair, if possible, but Boomer decides to wait on that. Returning to the family, he joins in the conversation again till Akane mentions she is sleepy and wonders if she can steal a nap. Boomer leads her to Gabriel’s room and lets her sleep there. Then Boomer checks his emails, and stuff on his PC, and sets a time to go retrieve the bots he ordered. Then he establishes some interviews for some Merc’s he decides to possibly hire. Then he’s off to the kitchen for some lunch, and Dara is there to fix him a sandwich as well.
088 Boomer and Haruhi meet at breakfast and enjoy their dawn. Boomer psychically contacts the bridge and asks where Akane is. He finds she is in the Eagles Nest. He talks a bit with Haruhi and collects some info from her on various jobs she is working on. Akane comes down to breakfast and Boomer talks with her a bit about the various job requirements and other stuff, plus he establishes some ground rules. On that note he arranges to go to Glisten and offers to take Akane and Haruhi, after Akane has her physical with Devon. The two dash off to get dressed, and Dee come to talk with Boomer a bit. Akane, Haruhi and Keiko show up, but Haruhi asks Keiko to watch over Yuri while they are gone. Then they go to the Compound, where Devon sets up to check out Akane. Haruhi and Boomer talk physically, and discuss Akane’s tricks and stuff. Devon comes back and is worried, telling Boomer that Akane is massively psychic as well as a wanted felon. Plus she has Family ties of sorts, and Devon warns Boomer to watch her. They return to a cold scene between Akane and Haruhi, so Boomer takes them to the Cutter. They go to Glisten, and go to Bots R Us for a bit. There Boomer sets up the final things for the Bots with Dr. Extranus and agrees to come pick them up in a few hours. He returns to find the two locked in an icy stare, so Boomer takes them to a restaurant for lunch. They have a quiet lunch and return to claim the Bots and take them to the Cutter. That done, they return to Wolverine with Akane driving them. Barely. Once there, Boomer take the bots to the bridge and boots up the adult, filling her in on all manner of information. He names her Yuki Nagato and takes her home. Once there he gives her a tour of the Eagle Nest and outline her duties and such. Also he makes Kira, himself and Dee her boss for now. He settle in for the night with Yuki patrolling.
089 Next day Yuki’s new clothes show up and she changes. Without going anywhere….Boomer introduces her to the bathroom. Akane shows up and comments a bit with Boomer. He fixes his dawn and contacts the Varger work crew and gives them their new assignments. He asks Akane what she wants for er room and she comments black carpeting and black/gray wall paint. Boomer gets cleaned up for the day, and then receives an email from the Duchess Delphine of Moria who want to have a word with him. He contacts her and they talk about a upcoming party that is happening here Family traders are rumored to be selling Denuli gems to any and all. She wants him to infiltrate the party and, if possible, stop these sales. The Countess verified his abilities and even slightly mentioned his ability to travel places “really fast”. Boomer agrees [what choice did he have?] and makes plans to go to Moria. Boomer contacts Stegal and has him conduct the interviews with the newbies and possibly hire some. Then he gathers himself, Dee, Akane, Yuri, Keiko, Haruhi, Dara, Devon, Rabbit Silverbolt, Break Neck Air Raid, Ratchet, Red Alert, Flint and get on the Columbus.
090-091 [A/H DRIVE]
Boomer talks some with Akane about things, including the Family. She is distant and shady about the whole thing. Boomer finds her a place on the Bridge to work and goes aside to fit her in the ships crew roster. The Columbus tells Boomer all about Akane and how she shouldn’t be allowed to have full access. Boomer gives her mid-grade access and promises to have a talk with her.
091 [MORIA]
Arrive at Moria and disembark to go to the TAS. Once there they find their suite and settle in. Boomer talks with Akane for a bit, to no avail.
092 Boomer receives an open-ended invite to the party. Yuri comments on it, as does Akane, after their meal. Boomer decides to scope out the museum, but first, he has Haruhi work on negating the TAS and the museum security systems as well as the psychic sensors out there. Haruhi agrees but asks for Yuri to help her. Boomer sends Dara out to purchase 4 backpacks and then go to the Columbus and fill them. Then he puts Devon in charge of the left-overs, as it were, before a special group goes off to the museum to check it out. All is well, until Boomer notices some Family looking thugs who notice them almost immediately. Offhandedly, they leave and go to a nearby park and from there they go into the Overworld, except one merc who they send back to the TAS. They return to the museum, but notice a large spider “watching it” so they go to the TAS and find it has been “taken over”. With little else to do, they return to the park and wait to find a subway back to the TAS. Once in the subway, they find an old man in an empty car, and then 3 Family men show up. Gunfire exchanges, with the old man joining in, until the Family goons flee and the old man sits. Boomer and the gang exit at the TAS, and Akane explains the old man was a Watcher, someone who keeps an eye “on certain individuals” and hinting it’s the Family. Boomer doesn’t buy it, but Haruhi states she found the security systems and shut them down. The psychic sensors not so much. Boomer decides to interrogate Akane, but fails ever so slightly. Scope out various business around the museum and make plans to station men there, while taking the tie to talk with Haruhi and get a layout of floor plans including circuit breaker box. In the afternoon, he takes a party of people to the park and goes to the Overworld to erect an emergency marker there. It takes the rest of the day, but he finally finishes and returns to the TAS.
093 The morning ritual occurs and Akane and Keiko have a delicate argument discussion concerning the old man on the subway. Akane has nothing to say to her. Boomer ignores them and instead divides everyone into teams and waits for the party that night.
Then he changes his mind and assigns Akane, Haruhi, Yuri with Silverbolt to the Columbus. Akane asks why and Boomer tells her and she goes on and on about the Watcher without saying anything until Keiko tells her to shut up. The day passes without much todo, and everyone cleans up nice and puts on their best fancy dress. They go to the party and walk in, noticing a tremendous amount of Family members. Nonetheless they blend in and go to enjoy the buffet. Boomer txts Haruhi that they’ve arrived and the situation. They all mingle and dance about, but it isn’t long before Boomer notices the Watcher there. After a bit, a lady comes up and asks for some alone time with Boomer. Dee agrees, but isn’t happy with it, so the lady introduces herself as Lady Carla Brentworth, owner and representative of Dynacare. Within seconds she asks Boomer if he can transport a gem for her to Glisten. Boomer agrees, and also checks with Haruhi to make sure the psi sensors are off. She says they are, so he establishes a psi link to Yuri (and her baby!!) and also Haruhi and tells her to check for any “passengers” at the party. He tries to link up with Akane, but he can’t, so he has her link up with him. Then he accidentally mentions they Watcher, and Akane freaks and advises him to get out. She tells him what she knows about them, and just as Boomer rises to leave the Watcher (called Amos.) comes over to talk. As they do so, Dara comes over and mentions a Marquis Robert Baron want to speak with him. She introduces the two and they talk and Boomer agrees to deliver “birthday presents” to Glisten for an undisclosed amount. He is suspicious of the Marquis, but everyone makes their goodbye runs and Boomer plans to leave. That’s when he notices Dara is missing. They search about and Dee finds a pair of S&S panties in the female bathroom. Fearing the worst, Boomer contacts Yuri and has Haruhi check to garage outside and spies Dara’s unconscious body being loaded into a waiting van and taken away. Sans panties. Boomer finds Lady Carla and asks questions about the Marquis, only to find he is shady among even the Family. Gang goes home, and Yuri and Akane ask about Dara, so Boomer tells them all. Although it’s late he calls the Marquis, and via his answering machine he is told “what happens to Dara if” and terminates. He has Haruhi talk to the Columbus’s computer and mentions the Watchers. It freaks and Haruhi decides to chat with it later.
094 Morning with coffee and plans for the day. Boomer explains to Haruhi that, during his last psi link with Yuri he had a “little” hug from an unknown source. Haruhi freaks and storms off to wake Yuri and Keiko and they all sit and complain until Dee gets up. They discuss things, and Yuri, Dee and Keiko aren’t bothered by the news. Then Keiko and Dee go off to rest more. Boomer calls the Duchess and, although its early morning, reports to her. They formulate plans and fill in the details of everything. Lady Carla shows up with her goons and drops off her “urn of remains” to be delivered, and comments on Marquis Baron. Boomer and the gang pack up and weapon up and they go to the Columbus. There they meet Marquis Baron and his cargo, which he drops off while notifying that “all will be well and the transaction will go smoothly – on Glisten.” Boomer stows the cargo with a growl, and they all leave.
094-095 [A/H DRIVE] Boomer tries to examine the crate, with all manner of scanning, to no avail. It is guarded by Scanlock, although he has an idea to use Clairvoyance on it. That works, somewhat, and he is pretty sure there are a lot of gems in there.
096 [GLISTEN] Arrive at Glisten, ahead of schedule, so the ship heads to Wolverine. Going home, Boomer is surprised, pleasantly, to find Gabriel and Elaina back home, and surprised, unpleasantly, to find Rosa is having a fit. Boomer holds her and examines her, realizing she is “remembering” a memory she couldn’t possibly had, that she got somehow from Kira. Their minds are so similar that when they “napped” Rosa “borrowed” the memory. Kira apologizes, and Boomer calms
097-107 Boomer wakes and remembers Dara’s chip will enable them to find her, so he hatches a plan to return to Mora and look for her – until Haruhi comments that Dara most likely isn’t on Mora, given flight ties and all that. Boomer agrees and instead checks his email and other things about the house. Gabriel and Elaina return home and he greets them while they “move in again” to the Eagles Nest. Time passes as he fiddles around with things and the others do so as well. Eventually he gets an idea, and goes to Wolverines bridge to talk with the computer. He asks about the Watchers, and what the Ancients knew of them. He doesn’t like the answer as the bridge is apparently concerned about Amos and tells him to great detail about it all.
107 Word comes to Boomer that the Marquis ship has arrived at Glisten, so he can officially go there as if he just arrived and seal his business. Not to mention get Dara back. Slingshot, Breaker, Heavy Duty, Silverbolt, Gabriel and Boomer load the Cutter and set off to Glistens starport. They deliver all the Marquis cargo, and are given the whereabouts of Dara. Then he travels over to deliver Lady Carla’s cargo, which he is happily paid for. Then he decides to go retrieve Dara from the warehouse district. Boomer sets up a detailed plan on how to split the group up before he goes in. Once inside he discovers Dara has been kidnapped – again – by someone named Salvador who’s holding her for ransom. Boomer is unfortunately captured by Salvador and his cronies as soon as he gets a visual on Dara. They are separated and taken away in separate vehicles while Salvador holds Boomer hostage. Boomer managed a brief psi contact with Dee before all this, and after a bit when they arrive at a place where the extraction team can come claim Boomer Dee and Keiko show up thru the Over World and take them all out, freeing Boomer. Boomer tells Gabriel to go get Dara, but the link is cut off. Worried, Boomer also notices the extraction team has arrived and discovers he is gone try to leave. That’s when Boomer uses his psi tricks to overtake and kill them, claiming a vehicle for himself. They travel thru Glisten to a horrific scene – two cars crashed, dead bodies around, and worst of all Gabriel and Dara both dead. Dee and Keiko freak out, and Boomer manages to take them to the TAS to get a suite and rest. Feeling unable to figure out anything to do, he contacts Kira and tells her what has happened. He tells her to inform everyone, and to have Stegal arrange to bring a couple of Low-Berths to Glisten, plus any others who want to come along. She promises to do so and then come to Glisten in her DART to offer help. Boomer arranges food and drink, and Dee and Keiko come out of their rooms to join in, then they go back. Kira arrives and Boomer is mentally torn up, even further when Kira tells him she can save one – but he will have to choose. Boomer is crushed.
108 Boomer wakes next to a catatonic Dee, aware she cried herself to sleep. He rises and has coffee, when Kira and Keiko come out and join him. Gloom and doom fill the air as they discuss what to do. Keiko gets snarky and rises up to return to her room and cry. Boomer contacts Stegal and discover they are on their way. He also engages Dee into the conversation over who should live or die. She is of no help, being torn up over both, but she obviously misses Gabriel more. Finally, Boomer talks to Kira and decides on saving Gabriel, since he is concerned for Dee’s long term mental health. To ensure all is well, he asks Kira to wipe the memories of everything from his and Dee’s mind. Kira agrees, and so she leaves. Boomer goes to talk with Keiko, and tries to settle her down a bit when –
TIME CHANGE
Boomer is having coffee with Gabriel and Dee as they recover from their previous injuries. Keiko is still upset and alone in her room. Kira shows up and joins in with the rest of the family to finish off breakfast. Boomer asks Dee to go with him to talk with Chef Domo. She agrees, so they go visit with Chef Domo at the local hospital where Dara is kept. Boomer explains everything and Chef Domo understands, forgiving Boomer of any fault. Dee and Boomer return to the TAS and settle in to watch TV as suddenly Stegal’s people show up, with Elaina, Yuri and Haruhi in tow. Immediately, Yuri and Haruhi go to cry with Keiko as Elaina goes to spend time with Gabriel. Stegal and the Mercs – almost everybody – show up to chat with Boomer and Dee. Boomer arranges some banquet halls and tons of food for all as they offer condolences for the three. Boomer calls Mari Kay and talks with her for a bit, then he contacts his mother and Magda, whom he converses with both for a bit. He sends emails to Mr Kelzar and the Duchess filling them in on the potential problems that see to be looming over his actions. He also contacts his lawyer and asks him to check over Akane’s legal problems. Then he finds out a Mr Shelzar was at the front desk looking for him, but since the TAS has him listed as “untrustworthy” they wanted to know if Boomer wanted his presence publicly known. Boomer declines.
109 Breakfast and Boomer chats with Haruhi. Chef Domo calls and informs him of Dara’s viewing and invites him. Stegal also takes the time to mention Devon is watching Akane, Yuki and the base in general. Boomer contacts her and advises her to put the base on red alert. Boomer checks up on the area around Rose Garden funeral home, then contacts the front desk and arranges a ride. The front desk agrees and advises him Mr. Shelzar has been around again but the TAS called the police on him and had him thrown out. Boomer contacts the Glisten Police Inspector and talks with him a bit. Find out Shelzar is a well known assassin and works for the Family. Boomer then calls Akane and talks with her about Shelzar. She tells him he is a danger and wont be fooled by Boomer’s plan with the car.
Time passes and the gang get ready to go to Dara’s viewing. The mercs get ready as well and get in the car to go distract Shelzar. Boomer and his gang go out the back of the TAS and ascend into the Over World. A moment or two later and they descend next to the Rose Garden and enter. The view the body, and visit with Chef Domo, who invites/tells them of the funeral tomorrow. The mercs arrive and pay their respects, then everyone returns to the TAS. They visit the suite, but run off when they realize there is something wrong with it. They barely escape just before a bomb levels the place. The TAS is shocked and sets them up with another suite. Boomer contacts the local doctor and has him come and check up Elaina. He announces she has “psi residue” from something. Boomer orders a hug plate of milk and cookies then goes and talks with Dee a bit.
110 Next day arrives and everyone gets ready to leave. Boomer takes a moment and contacts the female psychologist to come work for S&S Salvage. She agrees, and mentions she’ll prepare to arrive. Go outside and discover odd people watching him, so he calls up the mercs and escapes. They go to the Rose Garden and attend the funeral. The body is incinerated and the remains will be placed in the Nobles Rest, a fancy graveyard. Boomer and gang exit the funeral home and encounter goons. They immediately escape to the Over World, but they encounter Shelzar there as well. A fight ensues, with Boomer using his half powered Cheri Mark in response to Shelzar beginning the fight. Everyone uses psi shields and has guns blazing, except Haruhi who tries to pop his head to no success. Boomer orders Gabriel to “light him up” and he uses the rest of his Cheri Mark. Haruhi tries again to pop his head, but fails again. Shelzar manages to cause great pain and targets Haruhi, then he run’s away. Boomer is shocked and takes everyone thru portals and back to Wolverine. Keiko is freaking out and puts Haruhi to bed. Devon shows up to check her out and proclaims her dead. Keiko drops into overdrive loosing it and even Yuri is upset. Dee shows up and – unfortunately – gives up her baby, Boomer didn’t know about, to save Haruhi. Yuki takes Dee and Gabriel takes Haruhi to the shifter and to the Compound where they rest. Dee, Haruhi and Boomer take rest in separate beds before Devon takes Dee to surgery to remove the dead baby. Devon and Boomer have a brief discussion while Haruhi is still unconscious. Boomer sends Kira a txt telling her where he is and what state he is in. Then he is left waiting for his turn in surgery.
111-113 Awake and settling in at the Compound, Boomer gets some food from a merc and goes over the last 24 hours in his mind. He also checks up on the girls. They are fine, and Boomer sets back down to rest as Yuri and Keiko show up to visit. They fill in Boomer on everything he missed, and then Kira shows up to visit Boomer. They all visit, and Boomer psi trains and gathers rest as time passes. Dee and Haruhi rest also, and psi train some, until finally Boomer is released. Now he goes to the Eagles Nest and checks on his email and finds out he is offered a “job” from a Baron Marc Oberlindes of the company with the same name. Boomer agrees to meet with him tomorrow.
114 Met up with Baron Marc Oberlindes and have a talk. He wants to hire Boomer, and by nature S&S Salvage, to take a ship to Lair to retrieve a corpse. Boomer and his crew will be “mercs” of a sort, working for Oberlindes. Boomer agrees for 500K, seeing how he only has to pony up a ride to Regina and from there the rest is taken care of. He starts to work on what and who to take, and then realizes he is running out of time for his Anagathics dose. He contacts Mr Kelzar and argues about his “supposedly free” Anagathics. Also Gabriel argues about going on a mission when Elaina is so close to giving birth. Yuri also complains a bit on the subject. Boomer unfortunately changes his mind and his list some. Boomer decides to talk with Dee for a bit before he goes to the Bridge to talk with it. The Bridge discusses what the Ancients had used and suggests it to Boomer. It says it will need about 2 liters of his blood (Which is a damn lot!!) and will use is in test with Everlife, the Ancients drug, and get back with him on it. Eventually, it announces the blood, and therefore Boomer, is compatible with Everlife and the Bridge can administer it right away. Boomer promises to think on it and will come back with an answer later. He returns to the girls and Dee and talks with then. Dee mentions something called Whisper Weed from her home world Warzburg. Boomer thinks on it as well.
115-116 The girls awake and ask for dinner. They eat, and Boomer suggests visiting the bridge again – and Yuri asks to asks about Elaina. Boomer agrees, but it turns out Elaina doesn’t use Anagathic so Boomer takes Yuri and the girls to the bridge. The bridge explains Everlife v/s Whisper Weed and Yuri tearfully agrees to use Everlife. Haruhi suggests telling Marc Oberlindes he will take care of the mission himself and they will help. Boomer suggests the girls retrieve their medical info from Devon for the bridge, then plans on contacting Studd. Boomer talks to Dee and discovers she is on Anagathic as well so he calls up Yuri and has her get Dee’s records as well. Dee fixes dinner as the girls retrieve the medical records and deliver them. Rosza plays with her teddy bear and manages somehow to set it on fire. Boomer retrieves her for safety and then she sets him on fire. He drops and rolls. Then he calls Kira over and talks to her about Rosza setting things on fire, and she says she never did that. He visits Devon for tending and she notes he has 5 marks on his back that she can’t heal. Returning home, he notes Rosza setting Dee on fire. She freaks and he rushes her to Devon who notes she bears the 5 marks on her boob..
Next morning, Boomer is awakened by a series of noises. He discover Yuki is on fire, while Rosza sits and watches. Boomer helps put Yuki out, and tells Rosza to be good. Yuki changes into her old, sexy outfit, and Boomer tells her change again and fix breakfast. Everyone gathers, and mysteriously Rosza sets Yuri on fire. While Yuri is trying to put herself out he grabs Rosza and smacks her bottom, telling her to be good. Rosza reacts poorly and bursts into a ball of fire. Haruhi takes Yuri to Devon and Yuki takes Rosza to be changed while Boomer goes to see Devon as well. Yuri bears the 5 marks on her tummy, and Haruhi is not happy. Boomer shifts to the bridge and psi chats with the bridge and shows it the various Rosza incidents. The bridge compares the 5 marks to Becks World junk pile and says the Ancients use to mark their dangerous stuff with that mark, to tell others to stay away. Boomer goes home and catches Rosza setting Haruhi on fire. Keiko takes Haruhi to Devon while Boomer grabs Rosza. Rosza teleports to the bedroom the girls share and hides, while Boomer talks with Dee a bit. Dee tearfully admits they might have to dump Rosza off at the “Monastery” on Warzburg. Boomer points out that if Rosza “teleports” then nowhere can hold her. Dee mentions the monastery can handle stuff like that. Kira comments she never had that ability and finds it all “irritating”. Yuri notes Rosza almost grabs Keiko until she intercepts her – and Boomer takes the opportunity to tap Rosza’s mind. He sees she is worried about Cybot attacks on the family and she is marking them all. Boomer, Dee, Akane, Gabriel, Yuri, Elaina and her baby, and Haruhi, Keiko and Yuri’s baby.
117-118 Morning dawns [pun intended] and Boomer starts his day with a talk with Akane. Rosza pops in and tries to set Akane on fire, marking her. Akane avoids this, noting she is keeping an eye on her little sis these days. Gabriel comes in and joins the talk, only to find Rosza sitting on his lap and branding him. He shouts, and Elaina come in to join all – she manages to dodge Rosza, with Gabriel’s help, and escorts him to see Devon. Boomer “suspends” Rosza midair for safety sake, and Dee comes in having heard the ruckus and spies Rosza. Boomer explains why Rosza is “suspended” in the air and asks Akane to contact Studd and see if he can do the mission for S & S. Haruhi comes in and joins the gang, gets a lowdown on the situation, tries not to laugh about Gabriel, and chats with Boomer a bit. They all finish breakfast and spend the day doing stuff until Boomer comes to a decision. He talks with Dee and tells her he is going to talk with Devon and go to the Bridge to use the everlife. She tells him to be careful, and Boomer goes to the Compound where he meets up with Devon. She discusses the treatment and checks him over before declaring him fit. So Boomer goes to the Bridge and tells the computer he’ll take the treatment. The ship does everything necessary to administer the drug, and does so. Boomer almost dies, but manages to pull thru Fate and survives. He talks with the ship a bit and discusses what to do for Yuri and the others to get the treatment. Akane calls up and says Studd is a go for the mission, so Boomer is relieved and heads home. He talks with the girls a bit and they decide to go to the bridge. Boomer calls Marc Oberlindes and they chat about the upcoming mission and the changes. Mr Oberlindes agrees, so Boomer calls Studd and they talk. Evening comes and Boomer takes Akane outside to teach her how to best ascend to the Over World. She tries a few times, and almost fails, but Fate sees her way thru it all. The girls come home with Yuri depressed but skinny. She had to cut a deal to get the everlife involving putting her baby into a psudeo-womb till “birth”. Boomer has them all go to the Compound to see Devon.
Next morning amid cups of dawn Kira approaches Boomer. She seems upset and chats with Boomer and tells him the timelines have begun to converge. She suggests exploring the various options with her DART, but she wants Boomer’s opinion on it all. Boomer thinks this is a bad idea, so Kira talks with Dee and she talks with Boomer and in the end he agrees. Suddenly, Rosza manages to attach herself to Kira and brands her. Boomer rushes her to the DART because she says she needs to go now. Kira leaves and Boomer goes home, only to find Rosza teleports to Keiko and brands her. Haruhi and Yuri take Keiko to Devon. Rosza teleports again and this time brands Elaina, but Gabriel accidentally sends Rosza thru their bedroom door. Time passes, and Dee and Boomer go to the Compound to check up on the wounded. All is well until Rosza teleports and Dee freaks. They go home and find Akane holding Rosza at hands distance from her. Boomer sets up his hand comp before Rosza and flashes pictures of Cybots on it. Rosza is dismayed and manages to “randomly type” some letters on the hand comp. Boomer asks questions about them, and Rosza “manages” to answer him. Suddenly, Kira barges in the home and tells Boomer she knows what is going to happen. The Cybots are going to invade Glisten, and either Yuri’s baby must die or Boomer and Dee will die before the timeline will resolve.
119-120 Breakfast comes and Boomer has dawn while waiting for the others. He solidifies his plans oh how to handle the Cybot issue when Akane comes in. She joins Boomer and chats a bit about Rosza. They are talking when Rosza teleports in and terrifies Akane to pieces. Dee comes in after the noise and her and Boomer chat about possibly putting Rosza and Elaine safe on Warzburg. As if hearing her name summoned her, Elaina and Gabriel come in to have breakfast. Boomer orders Yuki to fix breakfast and they all eat. After all is done, Gabriel asks “permission” to take Elaina to Glisten for a bit. Boomer assigns 2 mercs (First Aid and Breakneck) to join them and sens them off. That done, Boomer takes Akane off and introduces her to the Claws and teaches her to fly one. She manage to activate the ships psychic powers and they travel about the planetoid. They spy a odd ship cruising about so they engage it and down it. They land and investigate it and discover a spider-bot thing that emerges and attacks them. Boomer calls for the mercs and has a firefight and they destroy it. Boomer and Akane go to the Compound for treatment and then go home.
The next day after breakfast the mercs report they have retrieved the leftovers so Haruhi and Boomer go to the merc base. Rabbit joins them and they survey the wreckage. They move it into the planetoid and Boomer has it explain what they are looking at. Boomer decides to launch the pieces into the Melior system star, getting rid of it. Then they go home and settle in to talk with the girls a bit. Suddenly Kira shows up in a panic and says she was mistaken and the Cybots have arrived. Boomer freaks and contacts Gabriel and requests him move Elaina to the Over World but something blocks out his psychic powers as well as his hand comp. The whole system is on lockdown, so Boomer has Dee and Akane ready themselves while he informs the Girls. Cybots show up at Glisten in full force and start wasting things, Duke Norris’s fleet responds to their attack, and Boomer has his Varger pirates fly off to help save Gabriel and any others. Then he contacts the mercs and has them land the Dagger onto the planetoid while hooking the other ships up via tractor beams. Then while the Cybots are distracted, he has the planetoid leave at Jump 6 to Warzburg.
121-126 [JUMP 6]
The planetoid hurtles along into jump without a care, its atmosphere condensed and the extra ships in tow. After a mere few moments, however, the planetoid informs Boomer that there is a Cybot probe following them, tracking them to determine their position. Boomer is displeased and ponders on what to do to take it out. Unfortunately he soon comes to the realization that there is nothing that can be done now, only after they leave jump. So, as time passes he has the Girls come down to the Claws and practice using the psi-button and get some experience with the ships in the hanger. Boomer runs and jogs in between things to keep fit. He also visits Kira, who is feeling depressed, and talks a bit about the timeline deviation. She feels that something is still deviating it, but doesn’t know what. She is concerned about Yuki. But Boomer assures her Yuki was not purchased to replace her, just to aid her. Then he tracks down Akane and chats a bit with her. He finds her in a hidden section of the planetoid and visits her there, only to discover heavy artillery. A thought occurs to him, and he goes to the Bridge and talks with it and decides on using the Claws when they leave jump and destroy the probe, since they cant fire up the weapons while in jump. To pass time, he invites the Girls to come to the Claws, and Akane and Kira, and teaches them all how to fly them. When the moment comes, the Girls join up with Kira and Akane and Boomer and they are hurled out of the planetoid and intercept the probe. There is a big firefight and they destroy it while the planetoid screeches to a halt.
127 WARZBURG
Parked on the other side of the faint red dwarf star that illuminates Warzburg the planetoid begins setting up shop. It carefully releases the ships into its orbit, and returns the Dagger to orbit as well, where it joins up with the Columbus. Meanwhile, Boomer attempts to contact the Varger pirates and check up on them, plus he remembers to send new co-ordinates to Studd out in the stars. He also has a talk with Kira and Akane about going out and collecting some “fuel” for the planetoid. They agree, and take off while Boomer receives some news from Glisten. All is not well, and the Cybots have taken a beating from Duke Norris fleet, they still have come out on top. Boomer will have to wait a bit for more news. The group gathers themselves for a rest.
128 The planetoid has gotten everything back to normal so Boomer contacts Haruhi to go with him to visit the Eagle Nest. Everything is a mess as it seems the gravity was still on while in jump, but the air was diminished to a point where everything in the Eagles Nest blew all around and all over. Windows are shattered and stuff lies scattered all over the outside and down the hill. Strangely enough, he finds his bottle of 151 Rum is, again, gone missing but he retrieves a bottle of Bourbon. He realizes it will take a while and lotsa hard effort to get things tidied up again.
129-130 Deciding the Eagles Nest is too messed up for now, Boomer agrees to let Yuki continue her “cleaning it up” routing she has been doing for a while and and returns to the family. He putters around the base and sets things in motion, checking up on Glisten as well as the Varger pirates but nothing. He decides to go to the bridge to chat a bit, and once there he asks several questions. Some are answered poorly, others are answered well, but in the end he arranges for the planetoid turrets to be fixed up on auto. Then he goes thru some websites searching for lost family members on Glisten, but only discovers his mother is safe. The rest aren’t mentioned. Leaving the bridge, he goes to the Compound and talks a bit with Devon. He chats a bit about the planetoids gunnery positions, and convinces Devon to take some training. Then he contacts Yuri and has a long chat about Glisten and what may develop there. In the end he finds Dee and plays with Rosza a bit before going to bed.
Breakfast is normal and plans are discussed by those who come to have breakfast. Haruhi discusses maybe making a still out of the spare planetoid junk lying around. Boomer checks up on Glisten again, and gets nothing, fearing Glisten is kaput now. Also he discovers that the communication officer reporting to him on the Glisten stuff accidentally “hacked into” Archduke Norris personnel logs instead of the local ones and gave him info from there. To take his mind off things Boomer checks up on the planetoid’s gunnery tutorials and arranges for various crew-members to take them. He surveys the weaponry sites and gathers the teams to undergo the tutorials. Time passes till lunchtime is passed and Boomer chats with Kira. He discovers she has been working on a device that will mask the signals the Cybots are “supposedly” using to detect the tri-sphere marks on them. Taking this in account, Boomer also checks on Glisten again. Nothing, so he makes a decision and gets the Columbus. He composes a list of Silverbolt, himself, Rabbit, Akane, Haruhi, Keiko (He has a lengthy argument with Yuri as he denies her for this trip) Kira, Rachet and Rojet. (In the end he has another argument with Dee as well.) Boomer checks with the Columbus and inquires about the markings Rosza left on them. He finds they can be “subdued” for a bit. Boomer combines this with what Kira told him earlier and decides all is well. For now. Boomer has dinner with the family (Who aren’t happy right now!!) and goes to bed.

The way things were (9)

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