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setsuai_kijo
10/28/2006 10:49 AM

In the far future, the 'Earth that was' has been destroyed. Humans have moved out into space. The two cultures that survived time intact were the Americans (USA) and the Chinese. The government is the Alliance, and on the central planets life is a technologically advanced paradise. There are few things medical technology can't cure, and almost nothing you cannot have a machine do for you. On the outer planets and satellites, life is different. It is very much like the 'old west' frontier of a young America. Horses carry people and goods along with hover transports, crime is ever present, and law is left up to individual mayors or crime lords. And then there are the Reavers: Humans, legend says, who reached the end of space and were driven mad by it. They file their teeth, inflict scarring wounds on themselves to decorate their bodies, and ride their ships with barely any shielding around the engines. When they attack, it is far from a pretty thing. Better to put a hole through your head than let yourself be taken by a Reaver.

The truth is out. The Alliance created the Reavers in an attempt to 'calm' people and eliminate aggression completely on the planet Miranda. Most of the population was calmed, so much so that they simply lay down and let themselves die. A small portion of the population reacted adversely to the chemicals used. Instead of becoming calm, they became extremely aggressive. The crew of Serenity, using Mr. Universe's broadcasting equipment, recently let all of civilization know how the Reavers came to be: An Alliance experiment that was kept a secret from all but a few.

Now there is a war brewing. The government has betrayed its people, and they are not happy about it. Several different pockets of dissent are forming on the frontier, and will eventually gather together for a full on assault of the core planets.

[Recruiting, See OOC thread]



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Set sighed as she pushed the last crate into place in the cargo bay and straped it against its fellows. It was a small, legitimate load of medical supplies that were more than likely needed on the edge of the Alliance's true influence, where there were Alliance personel to be mobbed by distrustful settlers. Shaking her head at the thoughts of the mostly pointless violence on the edge, Set moved to lean against the outer hull of the Boshi and watch the crowds outside. The port wasn't quite as full as usual, which ment both that there were fewer possible passangers and there were fewer ships to take them. It didn't phase her much, but it did allow her a somewhat better look at those who chose to approach her firefly class vessle.

As she waited, her throughts took their own path back through the past month. Leroy was the only one who had stuck with her, and it was a little depressing. Of all people, she would have thought her first, Jeff, would have stayed. He'd seemed almost personally offended at the thought she would openly defy the Alliance. To him, smuggling was just bending the rules. A fight like she wanted seemed completely beyond his comprehension. It hurt to think he hadn't understood her, when she had thought he would have been the only one to agree.

With a deep sigh she shook loose of her thoughts. Someone was aproaching, and a depressed captian is never a particularly reassuring sight. With a forced smile, she nodded in welcome to who was drawing near. "Mornin'."

[Edited by setsuai_kijo on Friday, November 10, 2006 2:11 PM]

lesliweird
11/11/2006 7:24 AM

"Mornin'," said Yongmin with approaching with his best timid stance. His clothes were plain, nondescript, but with the clean, pressed look of an inner planet citizen who would be lost and easily taken advantage of so far out into the rim. He held a large case of tools with two shaking hands. "I'm very sorry, Captain, I have to ask you a favor..." He licked his lips and couldn't meet her eyes. "My name is James Kim. My brother Jesse and I... god this is embarassing... We're from Osiris. We're technical engineers. There was supposed to be an Alliance Development Project- OPD1819- here on Persephone. They..." he bit his lip and tried to hold back a grimace, made a show of trying to suppress the disgust and hurt. "When they gave us the job they insisted that if we only paid for our tickets and our tools we would be taken care of, but once we got here...." He took a long, patient, calming breath. "The project had been cancelled. There was nothing even set up for our return."

"I... I don't really know how to ask this..." He looked up at her imploringly. "But we haven't any money. All we want is to get back to the inner planets. We're willing to work our way, just for room and board. We have our papers from the OAIS, if you'd like to see them." His face had that kind of naive openness that could get a man killed this far out into space. "We don't mean to be a bother, but... we need your help."

Min watched her face as if it held the whole of his fate within it. It wasn't entirely untrue. He and Shin needed to be off-world as quickly as possible, before anyone noticed the large sums of cash they were missing. If it wasn't this ship it would be another, but he liked the look of this one. Fireflies were good solid ships, with fine bits of classic engineering that would keep his brother entertained.

Everything should be in order. The papers were in their aliases, the tools were legitimate, the aerosol carfentanyl canister was explainable in any number of ways, and the cash and costume pieces were well hidden. There was nothing to suggest they were anything other than what they claimed to be.

He begged the captain with his face. The next move was up to her.

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
11/11/2006 8:43 AM

Kyp Torvyn stepped of the transport ship. concealed in a thick dark cloak. Persephone was, even though not quite the inner planets, not as open to smugglers and criminals. Kyp new this, Looking back to the rank Kyp waved good by to his former captain.

"Kee'To, don't get yourself into too much trouble!!!"

Simply nodding Kyp dissapeared into the shadowy rainy night. Kyp had been confined to Haven and short distant operations for far to long. Feeling the call of truth, Kyp new it was time he explored more of this galaxy and discovered what really happened to his father and mother.

Stopping at a building Kyp listened to a few drunkards talking about the arrival of some Firefly class Transport. Kyp knew it this what he had heard about all the way on Haven. Taking mental notes, Kyp discovered it was docked in a local space port, not too far from the Tavern he stood near.

Taking off again. Kyp appraoched the large Port. Ready to push the door open, a small poster to the right, read: Wanted!!! Smuggler Ring. Dead or Alive. Captain Jacta Tole, and Executive Captain Kee'To, high priority. The poster also sported pictures of both him and his captain. [i]Damn[/i] kyp new this was bad. Would this captain be willing to take a common criminal. [i]Good thing they don't know my real name.[/i]

Pushing the door open, the rain immediately silenced, as the dome like port opened up before him. To the right sat the Firefly Class vessel, along with a small crowd of people, talking with a sing woman. [i]That must be the captain.[/i] Moving closer, Kyp listened to talk about being stranded here by the Alliance, and other tales of why they wanted to join. Kyp dared not step up yet. Instead he decided to wait until the crows began to disperse more.

narcissuspool
11/11/2006 9:38 AM

Yongshin played his half of the con in distracted silence. [i]Look lost, look small,[/i] he told himself. [i]Even daft will do.[/i] He wanted to get a closer look at the Firefly, even from the outside, but Min had often told him he had a calculating way of studying things that wouldn't play well. Instead, he took in wet, wide-eyed stares at the port and its more unsavory clientele, hoping the captain would notice. Hoping, too, that he would be able to spot any number of people that might be coming after them.

He paused as his eyes lit on a dark cloaked figure who was stopped on the dock not far from them, then moved his gaze smoothly to the next person as if he had noticed nothing. He didn't linger on the man long enough to make out a face, but he was definitely watching them. He didn't have the look of a bruiser, the type of person their victims would have sent after them, but having anyone on the outside pay any sort of attention to their play-acting was enough to unnerve Shin. Who knew, he could have been a third-party vigilante that had been tailing them for months.

[i]Not a very good one, if he is,[/i] he thought. [i]A cloak that shade of sinister is just silly if he's trying not to be noticed. He might as well be wearing a beacon.[/i]

Still, Shin hefted his bag and stepped up next to his brother, who had just finished "explaining" their situation to the captain and was waiting for her to respond. Shin nodded his agreement with Min's plea and mirrored his expression, identical to the last detail.

"I hope we can get home soon," he said, looping his free arm around Min's elbow and sinking an imperceptible finger into his skin. "I just don't feel [i]safe[/i] in a place like this."

Airiana
11/11/2006 2:12 PM

Leah walked slowly down the cargo plank of the [i]Boshí[/i], tanned arms crossed over her Army-green tank top. Her brown-and-blond hair was tied back in a low ponytail and she squinted out into the morning light to see what was going on. The doctor was of middling height for a woman and wore baggy cargo-style pants in a color not too far from that of her shirt. Hearing the plight of the engineers, she sidled closer to Set to await her response.

setsuai_kijo
11/11/2006 9:09 PM

Set eyes the man seeking to barter work for safe passage. This business of picking up a new crew made her understandably uneasy. She let their story sink in, and read over the offered papers as the back of her mind quickly tried to pick out anyting that might be off. The paperwork was right shiny, that was for sure.She made a show of looking over the papers again to gain herself a bit more thinking time.

The first one, James, seemed a bit nervous, but that was understandable with their professed situation. The other seemed as he he might already be soft on [i]Boshí[/i], but was trying to not let it show. Set had been around enough mechanically inclined folk to recognize the sort of look he was avoiding staring down the hull with.

Handing the papers back, Set offered the more forward of the pair a smile, but adressed 'Jesse' first. "You seem the type who would build an engine up from scratch just for kicks," Set was exagerating on the hints she had picked up on, but most she treated as such took her banter as compliment. "And we could use a mechanic right now." She resisted the urge to mention that they could use any sort of help they could get. "But how exactly can you be of use to us, James?" The plural was ment to make it sound that she had more of a crew than she did, but it was still legitimate since Leroy was around. Wherever she was.

Footsteps on the ramp alerted Set to Leroy's aproach, and she flashed her crewmate a smile that clearly let her know that input was welcome even before she got around to introductions.

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
11/12/2006 12:35 PM

Kyp smiled underneathe his redicously large quote. Having dealt with all types it was obvious the twins who seemed to be quite dismayed over their situation, were obviously lieing. Ho was Kyp to judge though, if he hoped to get aboard he would have to revert to that as well. Criminals weren't exactly welcome, even in the seditious side of Alliance Society.

Slipping behind a large pillar out of sight of all, Kyp slipped his cloak off folding it into a case he carried with him. Covering his weapons that were concealed with in. Ensuring his uniform was in order, Kyp was ready to test his pursausive abilities. Having lived in the Outer Systems, he had gained a natural ability of wooing those, having gotten himself out of numerous arrests.

This was different though. He had to act against his usual instincts. Kyp had hide his smuggler heritage and not allow his pursuasive allure ot give away he was of less the legitamate careers.

Walking out of the shadows with a more confident stride, Kyp stood feet behind the two con artists. WHile waiting, Kyp admired the beauty of the FireFly class Transport. It's size, its Meneuverability, and most of all it's Open innards. Kyp was a man of spacecraft. Above all Kyp was a master of the space ship. A Masterful pilot, technical savy Engineer, and proficient Tactician, Kyp in better situations would most likely be wanted by even the Alliance.

Kyp peered underneathe, to ensure the lack of arms was true. It was. Though good in speed, cargo, and stealth, the Firefly class was no warship. All the more need for a good pilot. Kyp hoped this might play for him giving him a chance aboard the monstrosity.

Reaching into his Vest pocket, Kyp pulled out a forged ID card and credentials paper. Living on haven opened him up to such illegal services, just a plus of being a smuggler. Smiling at his picture, Kyp thought to himself [i]Boy, you are more handsome than I thought.[/i] Pinning the Card to his lapel, Kyp continued to ensure his papers were in order. They Read:

[i]InterPlanetary Commerce Company,
Mr. Kyp Torvyn is an excellent pilot, and has saved more than a dozen convoys of trade ships from pirate attacks. His Honour and skill tops that of most men. To wherever this man transfers his working status too, I fully support him. I ensure he will keep you, your ships, and you interests safe and ready for anything.
IPCC CEO,[/i]

He was ready this was his only chance. He would also woo him with his weapons knowledge, but this was all he could do.

lesliweird
11/12/2006 7:11 PM

Min nodded enthusiastically as Shin pressed his arm. His brother had a tendency toward overcaution, but it had saved both of them more than once. He didn't look, but he ran his mind through their escape routes again.

He watched the captain shuffle their papers. She was being cautious. That was good and bad. The paperwork was flawless, of course, right down to a few technical flaws for versimilitude, but there was a chance she wouldn't trust them anyway. He wondered if he'd gone too far with the offer to work for free. Still, a cautious captain was more likely to run a safe and respectable ship, free of thugs and lunatics. As much as Min enjoyed the frontier lifestyle, there were times everyone needed a break. He noticed the doctor as she came into view. Yes, there were definitely worse people than these to share space with.

He let himself smile fondly at her compliment to Shin.

"But how exactly can you be of use to us, James?"

Min allowed himself to look horrified and glum, as if there were a very real possibility he would be separated from his brother completely, forever. "It never hurts to have a second engineer around," he offered mildly, "especially on Firefly and Dragonfly class ships like these, where the engine room and flight controls are separated by such a long distance and by blast doors. Both of us have some piloting skills... and... " he looked torn. He bit his lip.

"Tell them," said Shin, "hoarding won't do us any good." It was a line they'd used before. They went through it like clockwork.

Min sighed and reached into his coat pocket. "We were saving it to celebrate our new lives, but he's right..." He feigned reluctance long enough to let a certain ammount of drama build up around the small segmented cannister he held out. He opened it to the scent of basil, rosemary, garlic, and curry. "I can cook. Even standard issue space rations taste like real food with these."

[Edited by lesliweird on Sunday, November 12, 2006 7:14 PM]

Mablung_Surion
11/13/2006 4:51 AM

Ian entered the hanger, just as he was informed it was a firefly class.
'oh well,' he thought 'it keeps me away from the alliance.' he noted many people milling outside the ship, one was dodging in and out of shadows. His huge sword though made him stick out, so instead of using stealth he decided to just walk up to them, he had been trained since he was 4, he knew he could look after himself if anything got nasty. Drawing a deep breath he headed toward the ship, he hoped they would accept him, cause he knew the alliance was coming in a formidable force for just one man.

Airiana
11/14/2006 4:21 PM

Leroy came over and gave the twins' papers a cursory glance, before eying the pair of them. There was an act there, she could tell, but the border-girl had learned that trust could go a long way. And besides, they needed a crew.

When James opened a cannister and the smell of cooking spices filled the space between those who were bartering for passage and Set and Leroy, the doctor gave her captain a sidelong look. "A mechanic would definitely be good to have aboard," she offered to the slightly shorter woman beside her, "and all things aside, protein bars are pretty bland. Not to mention, as the man here has said, having an extra engineer with piloting skills wouldn't be such a bad idea on the [i]Boshí[/i]. Someone needs to take a look at that front console anyhow, Set. Damned wiring's come loose."

narcissuspool
11/14/2006 5:22 PM

"Loose wiring we can handle," Shin piped in, slinging an arm around his brother's shoulder in an effort to put distance between himself and the two persons that had lined up behind him. The one he had noticed earlier was carrying a bag that could have held [i]lahn[/i] anything, and the other was wearing a sword in plain sight. There was no way he and Min could have appeared dubious next to that, despite Leroy's discerning gaze.

He hadn't quite liked the appreciative look Min had given the doctor, but it was more important to seize upon whatever opportunities were left open to them, so he favored her with a shy smile. "In fact, it's probably better if the guts are already loose... I always thought the Firefly's helm could use a little streamlining. The control board's awfully cluttered, isn't it?

"We have everything we'd need right here," he continued, patting the box of tools Min was carrying. "We could give your whole ship a diagnostic and have you ready to depart in under an hour with both of us working together. What do you think?"

[Edited by narcissuspool on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 5:23 PM]

setsuai_kijo
11/14/2006 7:50 PM

The spices set Set's face into a genuine smile, and it didn't waver untill she glanced at Leroy. She could recognize the look. Trust went a good way, but caution was always in order. She winced at the mention of the loose wiring. No need to let them know the ship looked like it was falling apart. She resisted the urge to assure them that it worked just fine despite a few gaps between the pannels...but the sour face only lasted a minute as the twins voiced that they didn't mind.

With a slight sigh, mostly of relif at how normal the pair seemed compared to the little crowd that was gathering to wait their turn to talk their way into the crew, she nodded to the pair. "No need to be in such a rush. We're not in line to leave untill after lunch today." Her smile came back as she went on "And I bet we'll all enjoy some of Your cooking, James, even if you don't dip into your little stash there." She thought a moment before adding, "You're welcome to stay around out here and see who else you'll be sharing ship with." She waved vaguely at the others waiting, inviting them to aproach closer as the brothers were welcomed aboard, then looked to Leroy for a moment, "Or else I don't think the good doctor here would mind showing you pair to the crew quarters."

lesliweird
11/14/2006 8:45 PM

"Thank you, captain! You won't regret it."

Min smiled at the invitation with the doctor into the crew quarters. He turned his head to Shin and raised an eyebrow. His twin shrugged.

It would be nice to get a look at the quarters and put their things away, not to mention get the personal tour. On the other hand, if Shin was right and at least one of the people behind them might be after them, it would pay to get a good look at them. Min smiled and gave a small, gracious bow. "It's always good to know who one will be working with." He shuffled their things back up into the cargo hold and situated himself on the plank behind the doctor. It would be a good, shady vantage point to watch the rest of the interviews and maybe even make a friend. If nothing else, the spot offered the best view. They were easily the least suspicious of the lot, that was for sure.

"Excuse me," he said quietly Leroy. "Thank you for your help. I don't think I ever caught your name?" He paused a moment, then ammended: "Yours or the captain's, actually." He favored her with a sweet, open smile, though he kept an eye on the men and the captain. If they did prove to be trouble, nothing ever seemed to ingratiate oneself to a woman quite like stepping in front of a punch for her.


[Edited by lesliweird on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 8:58 PM]

Airiana
11/15/2006 6:37 AM

Leah noticed the face that Set made and shrugged internally. Too late now, though she did kind of wish she would have spoken to the captain before they docked on all the specifics that she was and wasn't allowed to talk about. Not like what she had said made the twins any less willing to come aboard, though.


"Excuse me," he said quietly Leroy. "Thank you for your help. I don't think I ever caught your name?" He paused a moment, then amended: "Yours or the captain's, actually." He favored her with a sweet, open smile, though he kept an eye on the men and the captain. If they did prove to be trouble, nothing ever seemed to ingratiate oneself to a woman quite like stepping in front of a punch for her.

"I'm sorry, my manners seem to have left me. Your name is James, right?" She asked, putting out her hand to the engineer in greeting. "I'm Leah. And the captain is Set. Pleasure to meet both you and your brother."

From there, Leroy turned back to view the small crowd around the edge of the plank. A man with a sword... now that was certainly interesting. And the man standing near him seemed somewhat shady in his own right. Were brigands and liars all they were going to get for a crew?

Mablung_Surion
11/15/2006 10:45 AM

Ian quickly relaised that somehow he had not been noticed by any of the people outside the ship, or was he being ignored? Ian made his way to whom appeared to be the in charge.
"excuse me...." Ian waited for a response but got none.

Instead Ian got a stare, the look was searching as if dbating what to make of him, then without hesitating he chose to reveal who and what he was.
"I'm looking for the person in charge, my name is Ian, and i wish to join this ship as security or master of arms, or another job along those lines."

[Edited by Mablung_Surion on Friday, November 17, 2006 5:02 AM]

narcissuspool
11/17/2006 7:00 AM

Shin sat cross-legged on the plank at his brother's feet and dropped his hands in his lap. He'd really wanted to take them up on their offer and get safely on the ship as soon as possible, but he trusted Min's judgment. Even so, the anticipation of sinking his hands into electrical boards and computer systems, where everything was sensible and rule-driven and perfect, made him drum his fingers on the plank impatiently. He was certain there were lots of routine snags in Firefly circuitry he could fix...

The drumming slowed as Ian spoke the word "security." Shin felt his face sour a little, but he was facing down at his hands, so it was unlikely anyone would notice. So Ian carried a sword because he was a soldier, not a swashbuckler. That didn't bode well.

Well, unless Ian was in it for the con, like they were. He wondered how that would play. What happened when conflicting con artists collided? Would they share a laugh over the comedy of errors and swap stories, or would they battle to the death like gladiators for conning supremacy? He wasn't sure. Well, it was two to one odds, in any case.

setsuai_kijo
11/17/2006 8:18 AM

Set offered another slight smile at the twins when Leroy mentioned her name. Maners were far from the top of her list today. Mentally shaking herself, she turned back to size up the next hooligan who wanted on the Boshi. The sword he wore was awful shiny. Despite how useful guns tended to be, she had a healthy apreciation for blades. And that was one hell of a blade. Why would anyone need something that unweildy in a 'verse full of guns, though?

As he spoke up, almost nervously, she arched an eyebrow. She couldn't help but smirk as she heard his 'ticket' onboard. "Security?" She asked coyly, brushing some stray hair from her face. "What makes you think I don't feel secure?" Even this long since leaving earth-that-was, some men just assumed women still needed looking after. Patting the guns at her hip, she added, "I've got the security I need right here."

With all this talk about security, she couldn't help but adjust her finger gloves. She pulled both of them tight and wiggled her fingers around in them as she waited for him to try a little harder to get in with her crew.

lesliweird
11/17/2006 4:19 PM

"James," Min said with a heartfelt smile, a nod, and an enthusiastic handshake. "The pleasure's ours." He played it straight and earnest. There was no need to go flirting just yet. There would be plenty of time for that in space.

This would be a fun trip, he could tell, and that's what this was all about. That's what it had all been about, really, ever since they were young. He got a look at Shin looking down and barely resisted a visible wince. This was the lull... they'd gotten away with a con, then gotten onto the ship, but as far as they knew no one was after them yet. The waiting always seemed to make Shin jumpy and sullen. Min supposed he could understand it, but at the same time, it always struck him as a lack of faith. They were geniuses and a fabulous team. They had inexorable trust that others could only dream about. They had each other. Sure things hadn't always worked out perfectly, but they'd always come out on top, grinning like cats with canary feather lipstick. It made him sad Shin didn't always see it that way.

He pushed the thought away and concentrated on the wide eyed innocence as he looked around, face cheerfully blank as if he were seeing the fronteir for the first time, straight out of the inner planets, and not fully understanding them. It let him get look at the potential crew coming up, including the man with the sword and the one in the uniform (is that a military uniform, Kyp?). Min nudged Shin with a tiny movement of his foot, then waited till he had the corner of his brother's eye to look at Kyp and give the bareset hint of a nod in question. The two of them had been at this for a long time, and they were good at being subtle. Someone would have to be very good to notice them.

He heard Ian mention "master of arms". On a cargo ship? What would people say next? And who in the 'verse would carry a giant sword nowadays anyway? Min hoped they hired him. He was willing to bet he could con this guy out of his own pants.

He heard the captain's reply and almost chuckled. You go, girl. She was definitely the strong type, and neither she nor the doctor were hard on the eyes.

This was going to be a great trip.

Mablung_Surion
11/18/2006 11:15 AM

"What makes me think you don't feel secure." Ian chuckled to himself. Most of the crew was now looking at Ian, well actually his sword.
"I don't know whether you are secure 'now'" Ian emphasized the now.

Ian seemed to think for a second, he wasn't going to be able to con these people, he could tell from looking, one smiling at him seemed familiar but he ignored this.
"What you should ask though," He said after a moment. "Is why do 'I' think you are not secure?" Ian again played heavy note onto a key point, then noticed that the figure smiling at him was now eyeing him, although he was very subtle, Ian had been trained to notice little things, this was all well and good but sometimes he would miss the obvious.

Ian now looked behind him to the entrance and saw it, a man with a radio or something, he couldn't quite see but he knew what was happening, and he knew he had been followed. He silently cursed himself for not noticing but then turned back to the woman, if she said no, he would have to move, and fast.

Airiana
11/18/2006 11:46 AM


"James," Min said with a heartfelt smile, a nod, and an enthusiastic handshake. "The pleasure's ours." He played it straight and earnest. There was no need to go flirting just yet. There would be plenty of time for that in space.

Leah smiled back, and looked from James to his twin, wondering for the love of apples how she was going to be able to tell them apart. She was sure that like most twins, they would find this both amusing and annoying. But every set of twins had their differences between the two of them, and the border girl was determined that before they'd been on the Boshí for ere too long, she'd have it sorted so she didn't mix them up.

"What makes you think I don't feel secure?" Even this long since leaving earth-that-was, some men just assumed women still needed looking after. Patting the guns at her hip, she added, "I've got the security I need right here."

With all this talk about security, she couldn't help but adjust her finger gloves. She pulled both of them tight and wiggled her fingers around in them as she waited for him to try a little harder to get in with her crew.

[i]'At a girl,[/i] Leah thought and with a slight smile, knowing that Set could more than handle anything the man with the sword could throw at her, Leroy looked at the other fellow standing nearby. His ID card was clipped to his shirt, and the doctor squinted a little to read his name.

"...Kyp Torvyn?" She read aloud. "Hi there," Leroy put out a hand to go along with the smile on her face. "My name is Leah Michaels. So what brings you to our little ship?" She asked inquisitively.

Though she gave most of her attention to the man in front of her, Leroy had her ears piqued and was listening closely to the conversation going on next to her between Set and the man with the sword.

setsuai_kijo
11/19/2006 6:32 PM

Set rolled her eyes. That was exactly what she'd just asked. She was starting to get the feeling that the man was a bit thicker than he considered himself to be. And, it seemed, on the run from someone or other, judging by how aggravated he was by a guy off just a little ways.

Set crossed her arms, and gave him a hard stare. "You aint gunna be bringing no trouble on my ship?'Cause it's startin' to look more like you need a get-away than you think we need protectin'." Her speech always seemed to deteriorate into boarder dialect when she got irritated, impatient, or otherwise worked up. Except when she was truly angry. When she was full on pissed her English was perfect.

Her fingers drummed against her arm as she stared down Ian, and she tried to figure out what the hell he wanted with her and the [i]Boshi.[/i] He could be actually just looking to crew up, but she was beginning to suspect that was unlikely. More plausible was the possibility that he needed off Persephone in a hurry, and knew that the [i]Boshi[/i] was scheduled to leave in under three hour's time. Almost as unlikely was that he had heard of her from one of her few contacts that knew what she was up to. But if he had, he would have mentioned something about it already.

It made her want to hit something, all the uncertainty.

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
11/20/2006 5:00 PM

"Dr. Micheals, it is a pleasure to meet you." Kyp remained cool and acted out of genuine passions. "I was once a member of the InterPlanetary Commerce Company."

Kyp haulted to ensure the name sunk in. Kyp had done careful work procuring an actually company and actual certificate of release, and then finding a forger good enough to change the names. His plan was being tested now. He hated having to lie to people he would end having to become family with if accepted but to take an outright wanted smuggler into a crew was too risky for any ship. It was his only way to find a vessel he could truelly learn the truth from.

"I was pilot. I flew Alliance designs and Firefly classes just like this. Beautiful creatures if you don't mind me saying. Rugged as a lion, gentle as a leaf. Also flew a few small arms defense fighters, much faster, much less skill needed to control one of them." The woman in front of him looked as if she was losing interest. "Here letter from the CEO. Should include all the credentials necessary to hire me. I just need to fly ma'am. Their are alot of things about this galaxy and everything that I don't know, that I need to learn to know, but flying, it is just what I do. I am willing to take any job, just to get away from it all. Yes even if it means handing down my piloting career. Though I pray it doesn't go that way."

lesliweird
11/20/2006 8:35 PM

Min leaned over Leroy's shoulder to get a look at the letter. It was very difficult to look like he was displaying a naive, healthy curiousity, rather than a business interest.

....excellent pilot... dozen convoys ....pirate attacks... honour and skill... I fully support...

Huh. You'd think a CEO would have signed. He wondered if the letter was old Hiram the Mollusk's work, off Cerebus... Hiram seemed to specialize in IPCC documents.

Min gave Kyp a friendly, guileless smile. Certainly the man wasn't giving any signs that he was interested in them specifically.

[Edited by lesliweird on Monday, November 20, 2006 9:57 PM]

Mablung_Surion
11/21/2006 10:43 AM

Ian stared at her, she was indeed clever not many people could actually avoid answering that question, but still he had noticed that she had griped her weapons a bit harder before he had orginally spoke.

He heard the man called Kyp explain about his piolting skills and also noticed someone look over the other person's shoulder to get a better look, but now he had to sort this out, he was about to play his wild card, he knew this would either break it or get him onboard that ship.

He checked, although people were listening, some people of course trying to do it discretely he knew that none would look over. So he leaned his head to her ear.
"I think you better look at this." he whispered. Carefully he drew out of his shirt his 'dog tag' giving his name, rank, unit, level of clearence and speciality.
"I think you may need me with you, cause i know everything about what you intend to do on this ship, as does the alliance."

Ian thought for a minute as he leant back to normal position and replaced his 'dog tag'
"And as an act of good faith that man in the hanger just radioed alliance forces." Ian appeared now casual, he had played his wild card, either this would work or all of them would jump him at once.
'it would be interesting to see the outcome' he thought but opted not to grab his sword and instead gave a look of indifference which stated, i don't care if you don't want me.

setsuai_kijo
11/21/2006 8:04 PM

As Set read the dog tags and listened to the man, she frowned. Inside her head she was screaming every curse she knew, but she only allowed a scowl to penetrate her inner defenses. [i]He could be screwing me, he could be a spy, he could be lying through his teeth...so many possibilities, and not one shred of pure proof. But what if he were telling the truth? We could land in some deep shit if I don't play along. if if if If IF!!! ARHG![/i] Set was not a happy camper.

Taking a deep breath, she forced a grin and turned to her Doctor. She flashed the other woman her 'make friends with your gun but act natural' face and asked in a level voice, "Leroy, would you mind taking Ian here and our mechanic friends in to the galley? I'll be with you in just a sec." Facing away from Ian, she mouthed 'Watch him' to Leroy before turning to Kyp.

"Pilot?" She was in a bad mood now, and didn't even wait for the affirmative and a chance to look at his papers, which she seriously doubted the authenticity of at this point. [i]Bleeding bunch of cons, liars, and bull-shit artists [/i] she thought sourly. "You want on this ship?" Again, she didn't wait for an answer. "Then follow them. If not, get the hell off my gangway." At any sign of hesitation from him, or anyone else, she just snapped "NOW!"

The second everyone was off the gangway, Set stormed into the ship herself, slammed a hand down on the 'close' button for the hatch as she passed the console, and clomped loudly after everyone towards the dining area.

narcissuspool
11/22/2006 8:06 AM

Shin had jumped up quickly to avoid getting bulldozed when Set gave the order to move in, and waited to let everyone else pass before he brought up the rear in front of her. He wasn't sure what to think of these other two new crew members... on the one hand, their highly suspect antics would take the attention off him and Min. On the other, the captain had been set straight on edge and would be especially vigilant. Never a good quality in a mark.

But what had set her off, anyway? He'd been too far away to hear what Ian said to her, only that his mouth had distinctly formed the word "alliance" more than once. Was the ship somehow involved with the government? Against the government?

Sigh. The interference of others had ruined a good thing for them. As usual. He looked up from his thoughts to see Min fall back to join him.

"The galley, huh?" he asked, ribbing Min with an elbow despite his nerves. "I guess this is your chance to earn our berth."

"At least it comes early enough that we'll be let off in port instead of shot off into space if they don't like it," Min replied, cheerily.

"That's very reassuring." Though he wouldn't have put any of that past the captain in the temper she was in.

He lowered his voice to a rasp, soft enough to pass for a whisper, but loud enough for Set to hear from behind them. "We seem to have fallen in with some unsavory folk, James."

"I wouldn't worry," Min grinned, mussing his short hair. "We're in good hands."

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
11/22/2006 8:18 AM

"Dammnit this isn't looking good."

Kyp was still young. The treatment he had just recieved seemed to rattle his nerves. In battle he was a stone. On the sky a feather. Yet under pressure of a possible firend he was a blundering alcoholic. Kyp seldom failed and this instant hit him hard. Obeying the nagry order, Kyp hung his head low and slipped apicture of his mother and father out of his pocket.

Hiding his face, a slight tear slipped down his cheek. [i]Dad this is for you. All of it.[/i] Seeing prying eyes, Kyp ensured he quickly slipped the picture into his pocket. For now he would have to hide his emotions. He had to face up to his fears. Following the crew through the final door, he entered the gallary ready to face up to his goal.

Airiana
11/22/2006 2:34 PM

Leah looked over the pilots papers. Too glowing a report to be real, she decided, but said nothing to the man as she studied him. He may actually be a good pilot, even if the papers were fake. Though what he was hiding from was a curiosity, and the doctor wasn't sure just how many more of those the small crew of the [i]Boshí[/i] really needed.


"And as an act of good faith that man in the hanger just radioed alliance forces."

Though the words were said low, the doctor pricked her ears. She distinctly heard "radioed alliance forces" and had a rather hard time keeping her face from showing the twinge of panic that let off inside of her. [i]Dear Buddha, keep us safe[/i] she thought to herself.


Taking a deep breath, she forced a grin and turned to her Doctor. She flashed the other woman her 'make friends with your gun but act natural' face and asked in a level voice, "Leroy, would you mind taking Ian here and our mechanic friends in to the galley? I'll be with you in just a sec." Facing away from Ian, she mouthed 'Watch him' to Leroy before turning to Kyp.

Seeing the look on Set's face, Leah nodded almost imperceptibly, acknowledging that she understood. With a quick smile to the three men now under her charge, she waved them up the gangway. "Alright, fellas. Let's get you all inside. I'm sure once we're about to leave you'll get to take the grand tour of our little Jewel here." She said, leading them through the cargo bay and up the steps to the main catwalk.

From there she moved back towards the front of the ship, passing the crew cabins and through the door to the mess and galley. "Well, here we are," she said, hands motioning towards the chairs around the dining table in the center of the room.

Mablung_Surion
11/23/2006 3:09 AM

Ian sat at the table, he noticed that the doctor gave him a perculiar look.
'The doc and the captain must be friends or something,' he thought 'probably wondering how i got onboard.'

Ian relaxed a little, he knew he had near enough forced his way on this ship and probably the captain hated him or worse, thought he was against her. ian hadn't realised but his face had become contemplative, he knew that the unit name was of no significance, his unit was only known to a select few, trained from birth, oh how it had all gone wrong, why had they gone into that building?

he knew he would have to give his story to the captain and probably the doctor too. But, there was something weird about two members of the crew, not the pilot but the other two, something about them, Ian wasn't quite sure, for now though he knew he would have to earn trust and respect, because now he was seen as a necassary evil

"oh how times change." Ian quietly chuckled to himself then looked straight at the doctor shooting a glance that said 'i am hear to protect you, not harm you' within a second though he merely looked down and drew his wlather and started to study it as if for the first time.

setsuai_kijo
11/23/2006 9:08 AM

Entering the galley, Set moved to the chair at the head of the table. Rather than taking a seat, she grabbed hold of the back of the chair and looked the room over with a hard glare.

The brothers' story seemed plausible, although she hadn't heard of any such project like the one they claimed to have been invited to. They seemed a decent sort, either way, even if they were lying to get onboard. Lying was hard to avoid in these times, as it was usually the easiest way to get something done.

Kyp seemed shaken at her outburst. She considered that a good sign. Better than having him not bat an eye and march right along. Spoke to his humanity. She only hoped that he was less flappable when it came to flying in a pinch.

Ian...Ian...there was something extremely irritating about Ian. She caught the apologetic sort of look he tried to give Leroy, and had to wonder. Was he sorry about the way he'd set Set off? Or was he sorry for something he had yet to do? Even more questions circled in Set's mind. For all she knew, he could have swiped the tags off of some Alliance prat in one of the riots around the inner edge of the frontier.

She closed her eyes for a moment and sighed. Time to take a small chance. She walked over and closed both of the doors before coming back to her place behind the head chair. Seeing that she had everyone's attention, she spoke.

"This is [i]my[/i] ship, and you all want to be part of [i]my[/i] crew. And I need a crew right now." She paused for breath, and to gauge reactions. "Problem is, I'm getin' the feelin' that you're all trying to play me." She kept talking, leaving no room for denials. "Now I can understand that. This ain't the sort of 'verse where lying is pointless. It's gotten me out of a fair pile of tight scrapes, but it's gotten me into just as many." Looking around again, she steeled herself and went on. "I'll take you where I said I would, even if you don't come clean, but don't expect to stay on this ship a while without 'fessing up."

There, let them chew on that. She glanced at Leroy, and trusted her to let the captain make the decision on when to come clean about their motives.

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
11/23/2006 5:25 PM

Kyp remained leaned against a wall, away from the table a bit. He knew trust was important. Yet could they truly trust him if they new he was a smuggler and wanted by the Alliance??? [i]I am alot like these semi-outlaws, If I had the choice I wouldn't take the risk and take me anyway.[/i] Kyp shook off his thoughts, he would have to hold it back . He could still be true to his past, his goal and his skills without telling them his legal stance.

Standing straight to show a little more confidence, Kyp quickly took another small glance at the picture before moving up toward the table closer. It was time he proved his worth.

"Captain.." The angered woman turned to him, obviously annoyed with the interruption. "Forgive me for the interuption, but may I ask, where shall we be heading first." Kyp let out a suavy smile trying to lighten the mood. Kyp prayed his sudden show of confidence would sway the odds for him and allow the tensions of the room to lower. Now he would simply wait.

lesliweird
11/23/2006 8:36 PM

Min and Shin took their seats at the table as Set led them in. Next to their potential shipmates, it seemed important to appear as honest and upright as possible.


"This is [i]my[/i] ship, and you all want to be part of [i]my[/i] crew. And I need a crew right now. Problem is, I'm getin' the feelin' that you're all trying to play me."


Min sighed and gave Shin a readable look of "it's useless, they know now".


"Now I can understand that. This ain't the sort of 'verse where lying is pointless. It's gotten me out of a fair pile of tight scrapes, but it's gotten me into just as many. I'll take you where I said I would, even if you don't come clean, but don't expect to stay on this ship a while without 'fessing up."

"Captain.." The angered woman turned to him, obviously annoyed with the interruption. "Forgive me for the interuption, but may I ask, where shall we be heading first." Kyp let out a suavy smile trying to lighten the mood. Kyp prayed his sudden show of confidence would sway the odds for him and allow the tensions of the room to lower. Now he would simply wait.


"Um..Before..." he stood awkwardly, apologetically, "before we get into that... I wanted to... our names aren't really James and Jesse." He took a deep breath, watching Shin tense like clockwork across from him and shake his head. "We're sorry, we didn't mean any harm by it. We really are engineers, but we weren't coming to a project when we came out here. We were trying to get away. We caught one of our superiors channeling funds out of the company we worked for and... well, when we confronted him it didn't go well for us. We've been using assumed identities since then.... it's gotten to be a habbit, I'm afraid." He took a deep breath and a look around to gage everyone's reactions. The facts were out. That was always a dangerous gamble, but the captain seemed to be in earnest. Nothing won points with honest people like honesty. "My name is Yongmin, and my brother is Yongshin."

"I'd understand if you never trusted another thing we said to you, or if you wanted us off the ship... But we really are the engineers we said we were, and we can prove that, if you'll let us..." Well, that was at least half true. Shin was easily the engineer they had said they were and then some. Min was nowhere near his level, but he'd had a good look around this dirtball port, and he was willing to bet good money that no matter how far behind his brother he was, he was still a distant second for best on the planet.

And of the two of them, he was easily the better cook.

[Edited by lesliweird on Thursday, November 23, 2006 8:37 PM]

Mablung_Surion
11/24/2006 1:07 AM

Ian considered what the captain said as he studied the rest of the crew, he placed a hand on his chin and went into deep thought.

'On one hand she may not believe me,' Ian thought 'On the other she may believe, what would be worse.' Ian noticed that Kyp had gone quite quiet, unlike the other two they spoke after glancing each other a look.

'So' Ian thought 'another 'truth' from a certain perspective' Ian himself had decided to inform the captain and her friend but could he trust the others. he shook his head he knew that they would only see the alliance side of him, not the betrayed by alliance side.

"Captain," Ian stood up "If you and your closest friend on this crew care to go somewhere private I shall tell you the full story, what you do after that is up to you." he noticed that she was mad, very mad. "I would apologize for working you up to." His voice could never sound sympathetic but his face showed honesty, a policy, it appeared had been lost on this ship.

Airiana
11/24/2006 12:13 PM

"oh how times change." Ian quietly chuckled to himself then looked straight at the doctor shooting a glance that said 'i am hear to protect you, not harm you' within a second though he merely looked down and drew his wlather and started to study it as if for the first time.
The doctor caught Ian's quick, almost apologetic look, but before she could fully decipher the words he spoke with his eyes, he cast them downwards. This small assurance, though, made the border girl feel slightly better. But then, damned near anything would have made her feel better after hearing about the Alliance being radioed.

Leah Ray had stood back, arms crossed, while the captain gave her speech, nodding a little here and there. For all the little quirky differences between the two of them, Set and Leroy were much of the same mind about basic things such as lying and fairness. Another quick glance. This one Leroy knew well. That was "don't say anything... I'll tell them" and Leroy nodded to her friend in response.

"Captain.." The angered woman turned to him, obviously annoyed with the interruption. "Forgive me for the interruption, but may I ask, where shall we be heading first." Kyp let out a suave smile trying to lighten the mood. Kyp prayed his sudden show of confidence would sway the odds for him and allow the tensions of the room to lower. Now he would simply wait.
Leroy almost winced. She knew that this young pilot was trying his damnedest to calm everyone down, but interrupting Set was never a good idea. Especially when she was spitting nails faster than an automated nail gun. It was rather lucky for him that the twins had then stood up and made their confession. That would probably get more of the captain's attention, and keep her from doing anything rash.

When James... [i]No, Yongmin,[/i] Leah mentally corrected herself. When Yongmin stood up and told them his and his brother's peace, the doctor nearly smiled. She moved over to the man, and put out her hand. "Well how's about we make that introduction again? My name's Leah Ray Michaels, and I am the physician on this ship. Nice to meet the [i]real[/i] you, Yongmin," and here she turned to the twin who was still seated and put out her hand to him as well, "And Yongshin, too."

"Captain," Ian stood up "If you and your closest friend on this crew care to go somewhere private I shall tell you the full story, what you do after that is up to you." he noticed that she was mad, very mad. "I would apologize for working you up to." His voice could never sound sympathetic but his face showed honesty, a policy, it appeared had been lost on this ship.
It seemed like everyone decided to jump up and tell the truth now that Set had confronted them. Leah wasn't sure if she was reassured by this, or if it made the whole situation reek even more of lies and deceit. This one is the one who had set the captain on edge to begin with, and Leah herself as well. And now he wanted to speak to them in private? Either he wanted to tell them some lie, and the others could call his bluff on it so he opted to keep it out of their earshot, or else he had something worth hiding, and didn't want the rest knowing about it.

[i]Gambles, gambles...[/i] Leah thought with a sigh to herself. She knew that if this man tried to pull anything too shifty, that between her aim and Set's, they'd be able to get out of it, but she still felt a little nervous going in. Curiosity was always the doctor's vice, though, as Set well knew, and so she was inclined to hear this man out, for better or worse. Leroy cocked an eyebrow at Set and gave her a look as if to say "as you wish" and rested one forearm on the butt of her six-shooter for assurance of safety. This could prove interesting.

setsuai_kijo
11/24/2006 4:28 PM

Set spared a glance at Kyp, but she let the twins steal her attention before she decided to Cut him a new smile for being a smart ass.

Set nearly colapsed into the chair as the twins came clean. She didn't though, and managed to simply shake her head. She hadn't been sure the pair had been lying, and she was somewhat happy that she hadn't accused them wrongly. She didn't like pinning blame where it didn't belong. She offered them a slight smile as Leroy re-introduced herself. They wouldn't have lied about their capabilities as mechanic and cook unless they wanted a very uncomfortable trip, so knowing what was probably their real names made her feel better. It played well for them that they were the first to come clean, too. "Glad to have you pair aboard." She said truthfully. "You haven't lost all my trust, but tread lightly by both of us."

Turning on Ian, she considered what he had to say. She nodded, understanding his want for privacy, but not particularly intent on granting it. "The reason I confronted the lot of you like this was so we could share secrets." Her smile was almost evil, and her eyes showed the intelegence of her decision. "That way, if someone turned you in, you'd have something on them, too. It wouldn't be fair to Yongmin and Youngshin, here, if you knew why they were hiding and they didn't know why you were lying to all us." Her expression melted into a more thoughtful one. "Since it's my ship, I get to go last, but everyone is gunna take a turn in front of everyone." She turned to scowl at Ian, "You included."

narcissuspool
11/24/2006 5:22 PM

At that, Shin was almost sorry that the captain didn't know about the touch microphones he had wired into one of his maintenance gloves. The bulkheads of a Firefly-class ship weren't so thick as to prevent him from picking up a conversation on the other side. Let the soldier have his illusion of privacy while the rest of them were all in on the secret. Oh well... she had given Ian an ultimatum, and the glove was with the rest of his tools in the cargo bay anyhow. Besides, now he could use it later without arousing suspicion.

So Min had defaulted to their usual appeal of half-truths. That was all right with him, really, if the others thought that was the end of it. But it did make them less likely to be trusting in the future, and who knew how long they'd be stuck with this berth. And he did so hate it when strange people addressed him by name. Maybe he could get away with pretending to be his brother when they were at opposite ends of the ship.

Ah, speaking of that... he reached into a breast pocket and withdrew a pair of forbidding horn-rimmed glasses. They were fake, of course, with clear plastic lenses, but they were good for creating an identity he could easily slip out of. He placed them on his nose and leaned his elbows on the table, watching Ian with an expression of patient disinterest.

Mablung_Surion
11/26/2006 9:17 AM

Ian stood, not surprised, no Ian was never surprised, or at least not now. Ian thought he registered a look of regret on one of the twins, but thought better of it. He was going to shock them, he knew when people hid things, but only if they gave him the hint.

"Ok, if thats how you want it captain, I'll tell you why i am here," Ian glanced, not openly but out of the corner of his eye at the twins "And i won't hide anything either," He fished in his pocket for some documents and for his dog tag. "You all think that the origin of the Reavers was a big thing, that the alliance created them, well what was more disgusting was how they intended to get rid of them."

Ian allowed this to sink in. "I was born, as everyone else is, i was then kidnapped and taken into a secret military compound, somewhere in what was once the Lindeaum," The small history lesson seemed to make one of the twins lose interest, or so he thought, "We were trained from 1 year old to kill, by 8 we were trained killers in every weapon imginable," Ian threw the documents on the ground. "That is a list of the names, date of births and place of origin and how obtained of every member of the unit."

Ian made note of the captain's reaction, it wasn't stable he knew he had got her full interest, and as for Kyp's well, he made note of it and carried on. "The regiment was know as the SAS, in 'honour'" Ian mocked the word honour. "of us being all, descendants of the UK, they say there were no one better than the British for taking orders and killing," Ian couldn't help it, he snarled at what he said. "Its actual name was Special Alliance Services.."

Ian placed his dog tag on the table beside the documents. "Then about 6 months ago we raided a warehouse, suposdly housing reavers, our job was to eliminate all, no survivors." he looked around the room, they were all looking at him, not one had turned, although he had notice the captain and the doctor look at the documents. "there we found these and learnt what we were, in reaction we went rogue, of course the alliance couldn't afford any incidents so slowly had us eliminated, I'm the last, the documents tell you all, and even has records of genetic make up so you can check if you like, but as the captain already knows, our time is running out." Ian leant against the wall of ship and seemed to switch off, waiting for anyone's response.

[Edited by Mablung_Surion on Monday, November 27, 2006 10:51 AM]

lesliweird
11/26/2006 1:18 PM

Min watched everyone's responses closely. The doctor and the captain seemed releaved, even pleased. That was excellent. Ian and Kyp seemed less so, but the ladies didn't seem to be in any hurry to trust them either. That was workable. He would much rather be on the captain's side of that fight, if it came to that. He gave everyone a shy, hopeful smile.

Shin went straight for the glasses. That was good. It was always easier for people to trust them when there was some easy way to tell them apart.


Leroy moved over to the man, and put out her hand. "Well how's about we make that introduction again? My name's Leah Ray Michaels, and I am the physician on this ship. Nice to meet the [i]real[/i] you, Yongmin," and here she turned to the twin who was still seated and put out her hand to him as well, "And Yongshin, too."


Min shook her hand enthusiastically. The real him. Oh goodness.


She offered them a slight smile as Leroy re-introduced herself. They wouldn't have lied about their capabilities as mechanic and cook unless they wanted a very uncomfortable trip, so knowing what was probably their real names made her feel better. It played well for them that they were the first to come clean, too. "Glad to have you pair aboard." She said truthfully. "You haven't lost all my trust, but tread lightly by both of us."


Min nodded to both Leroy and the Captain. "Thank you both for giving us another chance." He gave Leroy an extra smile. She had been the most trusting, the most friendly, and he would certainly not be opposed to becoming even better friends with her.


"The reason I confronted the lot of you like this was so we could share secrets." Her smile was almost evil, and her eyes showed the intelegence of her decision. "That way, if someone turned you in, you'd have something on them, too. It wouldn't be fair to Yongmin and Youngshin, here, if you knew why they were hiding and they didn't know why you were lying to all us. Since it's my ship, I get to go last, but everyone is gunna take a turn in front of everyone." She turned to scowl at Ian, "You included."


The "I get to go last" caught Min's attention especially. That bore some thinking about. Was she really going to reveal some potentially dangerous information about herself to a ship full of strangers as part of this strategy of cohesion through mutual blackmail? That was ballsy. The captain was a high roller. He was more certain than ever that this would be a particularly enjoyable trip.


"Ok, if thats how you want it captain, I'll tell you why i am here," Ian glanced, not openly but out of the corner of his eye at the twins "And i won't hide anything either,"


Subtle, Min thought, barely managing not to roll his eyes. With any luck Ian would continue to discredit himself faster than Min could have. In fact, if he and the captain got on poorly enough, Ian's disdain might even put him into a better position. Still, having him constantly calling him and his brother out wouldn't do. He and Shin would need to work out some scenarios for this man, just in case. Right now, the most important thing was learning something about him.


"You all think that the origin of the Reavers was a big thing, that the alliance created them, well what was more disgusting was how they intended to get rid of them. I was born, as everyone else is, i was then kidnapped and taken into a secret military compound, somewhere in what was once the United Kingdom. We were trained from 1 year old to kill, by 8 we were trained killers in every weapon imginable," Ian threw the documents on the ground. "That is a list of the names, date of births and place of origin and how obtained of every member of the unit."


(Ian, I'll edit this to match any changes you make. Also, you probably still shouldn't be saying what people's reactions are unless they have already said so.)

Min picked up one of the folders and looked over it. If any of this was true, they should space this man as soon as they broke atmosphere. The last thing in the verse they needed was a judgemental trained killer from some gestapo branch of the alliance who wanted to provide them with "security." For all his vices, Min wasn't a violent man, and the idea of someone who was brought up to kill without flinching was disturbing enough that he could almost get behind the idea that the universe would be infinitely better off without him.

The documents looked authentic. That was not a good sign.


"Then about 6 months ago we raided a warehouse, suposdly housing reavers, our job was to eliminate all, no survivors. There we found these and learnt what we were, in reaction we went rogue, of course the alliance couldn't afford any incidents so slowly had us eliminated, I'm the last, the documents tell you all, and even has records of genetic make up so you can check if you like, but as the captain already knows, our time is running out." Ian leant against the wall of ship and seemed to switch off, waiting for anyone's response.


our time is running out?

Min looked at Shin, and hoped he'd held on to some of his little explosives. The two of them had gone pretty bare of weapons in case someone wanted to search them. Who would have predicted that they would be threatened by a killer supersoldier gone rogue? The captain had weapons on her, for sure, and she looked like she knew how to use them, but that was hardly a guarantee of protection for the brothers. The two of them were generally prepared for low level thugs and angry bankers, but this was a level of danger they were not accustomed to dealing with. And even if this man decided not to turn his arsenal on them, he was being actively pursued by the alliance military? No thank you.

Well, it looked like the confessed killer was not going to wipe any of them out immediately. Maybe the captain could get rid of him, and they could go about their pleasant trip. If not, it would probably be best for him and Shin to get out of here. None of this was worth that kind of risk.

setsuai_kijo
11/26/2006 6:57 PM

Set crossed her arms, listning in quietly as Ian spun his tale. She lifted a stack of papers off the table and took her time looking through them. Absolutely perfect, the sort one only finds at the highest levels. She couldn't help but mumble the old saying "Truth is stranger than Fiction" to herself.

She looked at Ian as she placed the folder down, letting anyone who wanted access to them. She walked slowly over to where he stood, looking him up and down. She nodded once, deciding something, before moving. She leaned into his personal space, and gently pressed her right fist against his stomach. An odd move, but not particularly threatning unless one knew her fun little secret.

"Give me one good reason," Set's voice was like ice, and her eyes were full of fire, "Why I shouldn't throw you off of my ship in pieces." She flexed her free hand oddly between their faces, and as she made a fist a wicked blade extended rather forsibly from the back of her glove. "And even if that doesn't work," She added in a lower tone, "I'm fairly sure that one of the other guns in the room could bring you down."

She was confident enough in Leroy at the very least, and the others seemed shocked enough to go along with her for the moment. Besides, she would be satasfied knowing that the alliance would probably get this guy in the end. They always seemed to get what they were after.

The little voice in the back of her head couldn't help but ask at the height of it's mental volume what the hell she was doing and when she'd become a stupid, unthinking, irrational, suicidal crazy.

Mablung_Surion
11/27/2006 11:01 AM

Ian laughed, he laughed so hard it hocked everyone.
"Why shouldn't you? Good question, I don't have an answer.........yet" Ian's pause was used to bait anybody, he knew he had made an enemy of the captain, well not an enemy, but not someone very friendly.

"As for what might happen, if you decide to kill me i'll go queitly, no matter what you do i can gaurantee it won't be worse than what the alliance does." He looked around, he gathered others wanted to talk so slowly and carefully placed his hand around her wrist and for a milisecond his eyes narrowed, but quickly changed to one of joyful play.

"Put your hand down captain and lets hear your's and the good doctors story." Ian forced her hand down, his smile genuine, in the past month he had had freedom, he had no intention of loosing it, he could now choose his own destiny.

Airiana
11/27/2006 7:02 PM

After hearing Ian's tale, Leah's blood ran icy cold. This was definitely not good. A probably half-crazed, trained killer, and he was being hunted by the Alliance? [i]Run-tse de Fwo-tzoo, ching bao-yo wuomun[/i],* she thought to herself, now actively forcing herself not to take hold of her weapon right then and there.


"Give me one good reason," Set's voice was like ice, and her eyes were full of fire, "Why I shouldn't throw you off of my ship in pieces." She flexed her free hand oddly between their faces, and as she made a fist a wicked blade extended rather forcibly from the back of her glove. "And even if that doesn't work," She added in a lower tone, "I'm fairly sure that one of the other guns in the room could bring you down."

She was confident enough in Leroy at the very least, and the others seemed shocked enough to go along with her for the moment. Besides, she would be satisfied knowing that the alliance would probably get this guy in the end. They always seemed to get what they were after.

The little voice in the back of her head couldn't help but ask at the height of it's mental volume what the hell she was doing and when she'd become a stupid, unthinking, irrational, suicidal crazy.

Hearing the last part of what Set especially clearly, Leroy flexed her gun hand and forced a calm to come over herself. If Ian so much as looked funny at the captain, he'd be a dead man. Though through this calm, the doctor made a mental note to ask her friend later what in the blue blazes had made her lose her senses so.


He looked around, he gathered others wanted to talk so slowly and carefully placed his hand around her wrist and for a milisecond his eyes narrowed, but quickly changed to one of joyful play.

"Put your hand down captain and lets hear your's and the good doctors story." Ian forced her hand down, his smile genuine, in the past month he had had freedom, he had no intention of loosing it, he could now choose his own destiny.

Seeing this movement, Leroy drew and cocked her gun in one fluid motion, aiming it directly at Ian's head. "Touch the captain like that again," she vehemently spat, "and your brains'll be splattered all over the floor. [i]Dong ma, shiong-muh duh duang-ren[/i]?"** She asked, glaring. "I suggest you step away from her and keep to yourself before any other tales are told on this boat." The doctor's eyes were alight with fury as she continued to glare down the barrel of her gun at the A.W.O.L. soldier.

[hr]
* Run-tse de Fwo-tzoo, ching bao-yo wuomun = Oh merciful Buddha, protect us.
** Dong ma, shiong-muh duh duang-ren? = Do you understand, you violent lunatic?

Mablung_Surion
11/28/2006 11:34 AM

Ian didn't even glance at the doctor, in fact he looked upwards.
'Just hearing things.' he thought to himself.
"I'm sure you can use that thing doctor," he seemed to think for a second "But are you forgetting the hippocratic oath that every doctor must make." Ian didn't look for a response, he knew that every doctor took it, even now, Instead he looked at the captain.

"Sorry captain, I appear to of upset your doctor, but you see, last time someone waved their hand in front of me like that, i was lashed 10 times, you'll understand if i don't like it."

Again ian thought he heard something but chose to ignore it, he knew definately that people wanted to say something, anything to break silence, except Ian thought he could hear something, but as he had been taught with no eveidence he couldn't say anything.

narcissuspool
11/29/2006 8:18 AM

Shin made a big display of getting up awkwardly. He raised his hands in front of his body as if all the unsheathed weapons in the room were pointed at him. As well they might have been, as soon as he moved.

"Listen... um..." He paused to worry his tongue against a back molar. "Could we just--just calm down and put the weapons away?" His voice was high, tremulous, tinged with nerves. "No--nobody wants things to go like this, do they? I don't think anybody here signed up for... for..."

He doubled over mid-sentence and coughed into his hand. Obviously a result of being too worked up over the tension. Or it would be, if he weren't busy dislodging an explosive no thicker than a fingernail from a false tooth cap as he coughed.

Seeing what he was doing, Min jumped up and ran around the table. He put one hand on Shin's shoulder and another on his back. "There's no need for that," he said, patting him as if trying to stem his coughing fit. "No need for a [i]fuss[/i]. We could just ask to leave."

[i]Everyone here's pulling out weapons and going psycho and you want to be polite?![/i] Shin's mind screamed, but he made a noncommittal noise and eased off the coughing. He dropped back into his chair, right hand closed around his miniature bomb.

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
11/29/2006 12:14 PM

Kyp leaned against the wall in the center of the chaotic scene. Ian was a man of mystery of answers for Kyp, he couldn't allow him to be removed from the roster, yet by defending him he would be shunned himself. He needed this vessel if he was to discover the truth about his dead family. [i]Reavers created by ALLIANCE!?!? What else could the Alliance be hiding from me?[/i]

"Shin's right!!!" Kyp again tried to show a bit of bravado while still being genuinely caring. "I may know nothing about running a crew, but I do know that when flying not all the gadgets work together all the time. And if we fight to get one to do what the other wants the vessel will tear itself apart. It is obvious we have many differences here. Yet do we want to risk tearing apart the vessel, by not allowing things to simply take their course."

Kyp backed out of the now semi-silent crowd. He didn't know if he overstepped his boundries again but knew it was worth a try. Bloodshed had to be diverted at all costs. Un holstering his pistols, Kyp dropped them to the floor in a sign of peace. "If you want bloodshed I'll volunteer to be the first to go, but if we want to get this thing going why don't we just all drop our weapons."

lesliweird
11/30/2006 9:39 AM

Well this was all going pretty much to hell in a handbasket. Think, Min.

Obviously getting away from Ian took first priority. There was very little risk involved in sending the authorities back this way, especially if it would distract them long enough for the brothers to make a discreet exit from the planet altogether. It felt wrong to abandon these nice ladies to the tender mercies of a lunatic with a giant sword, and hostage negotiations didn't always go fabulously, but his first priority was himself and hisbrother. Though there was still the aerosol carfentanyl, if they wanted to play heroes... or hijackers. That would at least require getting to their bags.

He coughed gently.

"Listen, Ian. You've made it clear you don't like me or my brother. Why don't the two of us just head out? That fine with you captain? Better than bad blood between crew, eh?"

If asking didn't produce an exit, at least Shin still had his bomb, and Kyp had been kind enough to drop two pistols on the floor.

setsuai_kijo
11/30/2006 10:03 AM

Set Sighed and steped back, fussing with the gloves for a moment to retract the blades. She waved at Leah to put the gun away as she grabbed a chair and sat down. This was not the way she wanted things to go. All she had wanted was a couple of people to help her keep Boshi in the black, and eventually find some people who wanted to be on her side of the conflict she saw as inevitable. She mumbled a string of language that was unbecoming of a lady before looking up.

The twins were ready to bolt, The pilot was trying to play peace keeper, and the Doc looked ready to shoot Ian still. She opened her mouth to speak, and a keening alarm pierced the air in the gally. "FUCK!" Rather than explain, Set jumped up and headed full speed for the bridge. She barely had the doors open before she was through them.

The newcomers might not recognize the tone, But Leah would know it was the alarm she had set to moniter alliance traffic and go off when they got to close.

By the time anyone else could make it to the bridge, Set was in the main chair, glaring at the displays at her hands flew over the console.

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
11/30/2006 12:37 PM

[i]Alarms, just like back on the Nautilus IV. ALLIANCE!!![/i] Looking around the silent and confused chamber. Kyp acted. Lifting his pistols he re holstered them and left all his gear on the table. Not knowing whether he would be banned from the cockpit or invited in, he took his chances and ran through the neck of the [i]Boshi[/i]. Entering the Cockpit above the already active Captain. Kyp looked at the readings. They were close, too close.

"Captain Set, with your permission may I suggest evasive actions." Kyp waited for an answer, knowing very well her presence had become a sort of nuisance to the rogue leader.

Moving down the walk way toward the pilots chair, Kyp simply stood their caressing it's inviting seat looking to it then to the Captain waiting for an answer. Kyp knew very well what the alliance would do to trap this vessel, and would be very successful if not given permission asap. He however refrained from showing any disdain or opposition with the Alliance.

Mablung_Surion
11/30/2006 2:16 PM

Ian reacted quickly, following the captain he made his way to the bridge so as to see what force it was that had been summoned.
"This isn't right." Ian looked at the force, this was just a group of military policemen, there were alot but of no real consequence.

"Captain," ian turned to her, his voice calm and suddenly he seemed to sound ancient, like one who has lived many years and fully understands himself. "I don't mean to be pushy but, something isn't right, I advise we leave asap."

Ian himself now drew his rifle an old thing, a supposed relic of earth, but it was all he had of his fathers after finding it only months ago.
"Captain, is the hatch open, if not open it slightly i'll try and cut down the numbers a bit."

Hearing Kyp talk about evasive manueavers he turned to him and cocked his head to one side.
"Pilot, be weary something isn't right." Without another word Ian ran back towards the hatch hoping there was a gap, yet hoping at the same time it wasn't open fully, then things would get interesting, too interesting for him at the moment, especially on Persephone.

Airiana
11/30/2006 10:59 PM

Seeing Set's motion, Leroy uncocked her six-shooter and holstered it, though still eying Ian with a dour look. The others were right... things should be kept a bit more peaceable if they all wanted to stay on this boat much longer. The quick uneasiness of the would-be crew made the doctor wonder how they were going to fair once it was time to stand up to the Alliance, though she resolved to think more about all that later.


She opened her mouth to speak, and a keening alarm pierced the air in the galley. "FUCK!" Rather than explain, Set jumped up and headed full speed for the bridge. She barely had the doors open before she was through them.

The newcomers might not recognize the tone, But Leah would know it was the alarm she had set to monitor alliance traffic and go off when they got to close.

"[i]Jen dao mei[/i]," Leah muttered, hearing the alarm. "Alliance is on it's way," she said bit louder just a moment later, realizing that the others still in the room may or may not realize what the alarm was for.

Knowing how crowded the bridge could get, and seeing that both Kyp and Ian followed the captain that way, the doctor moved over to the nearest comm unit. "Set, how close are they?" She asked, drumming her free hand on the holster of her gun out of sheer nervous habit.

[hr]
Jen dao mei = Just our luck

narcissuspool
12/01/2006 10:19 AM

While Leah waited for the captain to respond, Shin got up out of his chair and approached her with a calm that was out of step with his earlier outburst of fear and peacekeeping. His right arm stiffened at his side, the little foil bomb still clutched in his fist. It wasn't activated yet, but it was a simple enough sequence to perform one-handed.

He shot a glance behind him at Min before he spoke to her, and his voice was quiet with impatience and anger. "Why don't you explain to us why you're so afraid of the Alliance? What have you done?"

"What he means is," Min cut in, giving her a pained but genuine smile, "we're just looking for a quiet trip, Doctor, nothing more. And if there's more to this than that, we'd just as soon leave."

"If we even can anymore," Shin spat, scowling at the comm and wondering, as Leah had, how dire their situation was.

setsuai_kijo
12/03/2006 6:33 PM

"Thank you captian obvious," She muttered harshly at Kyp's suggestion. It wasn't that she was angry with him at the moment. Rather, she was trying to figure out how the hell they'd gotten so close without setting off the alarm.

The cryptic warnings from Ian didn't help her mood either. But she still nodded as he asked that the bay doors be opened for him a bit. As he retreated, she yelled to him "There's a Semi in the big gally cabinet!" With those numbers, his riffle wasn't going to do a whole lot of good.

Too much at once. Way to much at once. Muttering quietly all the commands as she entered them into the system was a calming sort of mantra for her, but the Comm unit interrupted her.



"Set, how close are they?" She asked, drumming her free hand on the holster of her gun out of sheer nervous habit



He shot a glance behind him at Min before he spoke to her, and his voice was quiet with impatience and anger. "Why don't you explain to us why you're so afraid of the Alliance? What have you done?"

"What he means is," Min cut in, giving her a pained but genuine smile, "we're just looking for a quiet trip, Doctor, nothing more. And if there's more to this than that, we'd just as soon leave."

"If we even can anymore," Shin spat, scowling at the comm and wondering, as Leah had, how dire their situation was.


Leah hadn't lifted her hand off the comm all the way, and Set heard the twin's protest. It was a two way at once comm anyway, so Set turned her's on and responded.

"Sorry for the trouble, boys. I'll let you off just as soon as you like, but now might not be the best time. There's a rather large group of trigger happy-lookin' alliance folks out there, and they might not notice you pair are fresh additions to my aquantience list." Set paused in her talk to partially open the bay doors for Ian, who ought to be out there by now, and motion for Kyp to sit down. "As for what's gotten the riled up, well, we aint actually done much of anything, yet. But talking seems to worry them near as much, and our words on the alliance have never been kind. Especially since we learned about the reavers." She punctuated her speach by starting up the engines.

She punched a few buttons on the comm, putting it on internal all-call as she didn't know quite where Ian had gotten to. "Hey sword boy! Don't shoot unless they start it. No need to go making them angrier."

Mablung_Surion
12/04/2006 10:04 AM

Ian barely caught the word semi, but he gathered that she meant a bigger gun than his, obviously she had never seen a SA-82, not many people had, it had 3 functions, semi, single and full auto, not that he intended to use it.

Arriving at the bay door he found it had opened suddenly from the comm panal he heard.


"Hey sword boy! Don't shoot unless they start it. No need to go making them angrier."


"There are alternatives to fighting." he told himself, but right now Ian was thinking to fast.
"Time to calm it down, now you can prove yourself, just remember." Ian shook his head, talking to himself, that was a sign of a crazy one. he looked out of the bay into the hanger.
"Well thats neither good or bad." Ian commented to himself on the MP's, still no real army, but that was a real enough turret they were setting up. He remembered the best time for alliance MP's of setting up that type of turret was 5 minutes, not much time. he went to the console and connected to the bridge.

"Captain, you got 3 minutes to come up with a plan, otherwise i'll have to go out there and save this ship, i still think something is wrong though captain." ian gave her the warning and then as an afterthought.
"I'll follow whatever plan you have captain." Ian thought quickly about what that might entail, but he had noticed that at least Kyp wanted him here, if no one else.
"Doomed if i do, doomed if i don't" he whispered to himself, as he again looked out into the hanger.

Airiana
12/04/2006 6:57 PM


"Sorry for the trouble, boys. I'll let you off just as soon as you like, but now might not be the best time. There's a rather large group of trigger happy-lookin' alliance folks out there, and they might not notice you pair are fresh additions to my acquaintance list." Set paused in her talk to partially open the bay doors for Ian, who ought to be out there by now, and motion for Kyp to sit down. "As for what's gotten the riled up, well, we ain't actually done much of anything, yet. But talking seems to worry them near as much, and our words on the alliance have never been kind. Especially since we learned about the reavers." She punctuated her speech by starting up the engines.

Leah was about to respond to the twins and try to console them when Set spoke.

"Well, I guess that answers my question..." Leah murmured, hearing about the group of Alliance folk outside the bay door and shutting off the comm unit. Turning to the twin engineers, the doctor sighed. "Right now might not be the best time to get off this here boat, fellas. But I promise that the captain and I will tell you our piece as soon as we're safe out of harm's way, shiny? Like Set said, though... we ain't done nothin' particular to them, but they don't seem to like ill talk towards them much, and the Reaver 'cast stepped our disquiet with the gov'ment up a notch or three. Needless to say, they aren't exactly friendly when their ears get to burnin'."

The doctor continued to drum her fingers on her gun holster meditatively. [i]Wonder if this Ian character will need any help with them?[/i] she wondered, thinking of the shotgun in its case under her bunk.

Hitting the comm unit again, this time for the cargo bay, the doctor talked to Ian. "Hey crazy man. If things start getting to be more than you can handle, give a hollar and I'll come do what I can."

lesliweird
12/04/2006 8:58 PM

Min raised an eyebrow at Shin. Nothing to bring people together like being sitting ducks for government thugs. He tried to calculate the odds that two wanted men who had skipped out on a government contract would be set free just because they promised that they weren't with the other dangerous psychopaths, seditionists, and who knows what else on this ship, versus the odds that the Boshi could make a clean get away. The answer seemed pretty clear.

"Doctor Michaels, you said there were a few things on your ship that needed fixing? I think now would be an excellent time for you to let us into your engine room."

He waited till he was sure she couldn't see him, then flashed a look to Shin that spoke volumes of "you can crank this thing up, right?"

[Edited by lesliweird on Monday, December 4, 2006 8:59 PM]

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
12/05/2006 12:45 PM

Kyp scanned his instruments. [i]Damn they may be here for me!!! No can't be.[/i] Looking across the scanners Kyp froze at what he saw. Above coming in orbit of Persephone was a large vessel, sleek yet menacing. [i]Dammit, Ian was right, this forward attack is to lure us into the sky.[/i] Kyp quickly grabbed his controls, getting ready for any orders.

"Captain!!! Alliance Destroyer, coming over the city now!!! These troops are trying to lure us into it." Kyp knew he could out run it, he was a smuggler, a blockade runner, It was his job. "Ma'am I know I can out run it!!!"

Looking determinedly in the Captains direction Kyp waited. Time was ticking, they only had a short amount of time to break through, the order would have to be quick and decisive. Otherwise he would probably be joining his dead family in wherever they had gone.

Mablung_Surion
12/05/2006 1:33 PM

Ian heard Kyp.



"Captain!!! Alliance Destroyer, coming over the city now!!!


"Dammit!" he said to himself, thinking quickly and knowing only a skilled pilot could get them out of this one he switched on to talk again to the bridge.
"Captain, you still there? a plan would be good idea but kyp getting us out of this one is a good second plan."

Ian suddenly froze, where had the MP's gone, he'd only dropped his watch for a brief second, the turret was still there, but no men.
"Think Ian!" He snapped at himself, then it struck him "Captain, we need to leave now! standard alliance procedure, we weren't scared off by turret, next is to try and board ship, unless it has changed or MP's do things different."

Ian drew his sword from his back and balanced it on his shoulder, guns were pointless in close quarters, if they came here, they would find only death itself waiting for them.

Airiana
12/05/2006 1:46 PM


"Doctor Michaels, you said there were a few things on your ship that needed fixing? I think now would be an excellent time for you to let us into your engine room."

He waited till he was sure she couldn't see him, then flashed a look to Shin that spoke volumes of "you can crank this thing up, right?"

Hearing all the commotion going on in the cargo bay and on the bridge, Leah nodded. "I'll take you to the engine room now. One of you come with me down to the cargo bay to get whatever supplies you'll need from your bags. It may be a bit hairy down there, so whichever of you that comes, stay behind me at all times, dong ma?" The doctor asked, not even bothering to wait for a reply.

"This way, and be quick." With that, she moved back the way they'd came into the mess hall, except that instead of turning to get on the catwalk to the cargo bay, they kept moving straight ahead, going down a couple steps in doing so. "This is it," she said briefly, hitting the engine room's door button a little hard, the mechanism kicked and slammed itself open.

Giving a general look inside, she nodded to the twins. "Alright, which of you is coming with me?" She asked, already preparing to get herself down to the cargo bay. Her revolver had left its holster and found its way to her hand almost magically, and she held it, barrel up, while she waited for a response.

[hr]
Dong ma = Do you understand?

lesliweird
12/05/2006 2:36 PM

"Wo dong," said Min, probably a little more brightly than the situation warranted. He liked the idea of staying close behind the doctor. "I'll go with you- Shin, can you see what you can do till we get back?"

Shin gave him a flat, unamused look, but nodded. "Bring back something we can defend ourselves with." He didn't mean just pistols, of course, but both of them knew better than to mention a demolition fetish in mixed company.

Min turned to the doctor, and in an offhand voice added, "so, anything in those holsters for me?"

(Note to the doctor- Min's going to stay behind you like a good boy unless he sees a very promising low risk chance to look heroic. You can push him around all you like, and he's not going to fight your leadership, though he may ask you to carry something when y'all get there. You've got my permission to role play him within this frame work as much as suits you to get where you need to go if I don't get back in a timely fashion).

setsuai_kijo
12/05/2006 9:00 PM

"Wrong wrong wrong, tell me WHAT the bloody hell is wrong and I'll take your advice." she muttered, more to herself than the comm. Kyp brought the cruiser to her attention, and she couldn't help but sware loudly. "How do you know what kinda shape Boshi's in, bud?" She asked at his assertion. The ship was in good condition, but not exactly top form. It it were, then she might believe him.

She hit the dual-way all-call, figuring Leah and the twins would have abandoned the galley by now. "Doc, Twins, Sound off!" Her typical call asking where people were in the ship. She waited for a responce before telling them "The cavelry's been spotted in the air, and the foot soldiers are about to try and break in. Don't lose a hand in my engine," she added to the twins, almost playful dispite the stressful situation, "It'll gum up the works and we'll need all the power we can muster in a minute."

She turned to Kyp beside her and asked flatly, "How long 'till you lose your window?"

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
12/06/2006 4:20 PM

Kyp looked at his readings and all his angles once more. It was close, impossible for most seasoned pilots. Kyp was more though. He was not simply a master at his trade, but an artist. He could easily complete this.

"A minute 15 give or take a few seconds. That depends on these ground troops though. Once that ship crosses this point it's weapon batteries will be far to close to out run. I could stall them but capture would be imminent."

Kyp looked at the Captains gray eyes. Beneath all the anger she was a competent woman. She knew facts and logics and would not gamble unless she knew their was any slight chance of victory. Kyp admired this quality.

narcissuspool
12/06/2006 4:34 PM


Don't lose a hand in my engine," she added to the twins, almost playful dispite the stressful situation, "It'll gum up the works and we'll need all the power we can muster in a minute."


Shin made an obscene gesture at the comm to demonstrate just how functional his hands were, then turned to have a good look at the engineering deck. It lacked the smooth elegance of a modern engine room, but the fact that all the workings were exposed would make things easier to find. The engine itself rotated sleepily on its axel, oblivious to its surroundings. With the various converters and pipes stuck to it, it rather resembled a child's failed art project.

[i]Chou ba guai. Perfect,[/i] he thought, placing the foil bomb back over his tooth. [i]Trapped in a siege, and here I am in the one room most likely to blow up in a firefight.[/i] He glanced back at the door where Leah and Min had exited a moment ago. [i]And without tools. I'm a systems engineer, not a grease monkey...[/i]

Nothing to be done for it. He unbuttoned the cuffs on his sleeves and rolled them up his arms. He pulled the fake glasses off his face impatiently as he bent to inspect the jumble of wires under the spinning engine. Some of them looked like they had been redundantly inserted in case the primaries failed; cautious, but in a life or death situation it would cost them fuel.

"Here we go," he muttered, and dug in.

[Edited by narcissuspool on Wednesday, December 6, 2006 7:26 PM]

Airiana
12/06/2006 5:41 PM


"Wo dong," said Min, probably a little more brightly than the situation warranted. He liked the idea of staying close behind the doctor. "I'll go with you- Shin, can you see what you can do till we get back?"

Shin gave him a flat, unamused look, but nodded. "Bring back something we can defend ourselves with." He didn't mean just pistols, of course, but both of them knew better than to mention a demolition fetish in mixed company.

Min turned to the doctor, and in an offhand voice added, "so, anything in those holsters for me?"

Leah nodded once to the two engineers and took in one long, slow breath. Being steady was always the key to keeping bad things from happening in situations like these. At Yongmin's question, the doctor looked down at the one, now empty holster. "This is the only gun I carry," she replied, "but if you treat her right, I'll hand 'er over. My shotgun's just down the hall." With that, she handed the piece over almost ceremoniously. Then she jogged back up to the crews quarters and jumped down the ladder to her room, retrieving her beloved Wildcat out from under her bed. She grabbed a box of shells and stuffed them into one of her large, cargo pockets.

Shimmying back up the ladder quickly, she retrieved the twin in her charge and started heading towards the cargo bay. "Remember," she reminded him. "Stay behind me. Only shoot if you absolutely have to. Otherwise, let me handle it, shiny?"

A moment later they were on the catwalk and running down the steps into the cargo bay. "Ian," she called. "How's it goin'?" A familiar [i]click, click[/i] was heard as she loaded her double-barreled gun and held it ready to blow someone's head off, if need be. Moving into the bay, she motioned for Min to follow. All the belongings of those the [i]Boshí[/i] had picked up were in a neat pile not far away now.

Mablung_Surion
12/07/2006 7:46 AM


"Ian," she called. "How's it goin'?"


Ian turned to her, he had to admire her courage and secretly he was glad someone else had come to, here would be where the alliance would board.
"Hey Doc, you here to join the party?" Ian called, his face a fair smile, but his eyes were deep with remorse, if he messed up or acted to early then he was a deader and so was everyone else.

Ian heard a saw one MP get to close to the hanger, his assault rifle aimed straight at him, no not at him, the doctor who was more open than he was. As quick as a flash he had drawn his walther and aimed and shot at the MP, the bullet going straight through his ribs and probably puncturing his lung.

"Well Doc and twin, glad to see i have some friends along in this ride." again Ian was trying so hard to make up for his earlier self, that was to get on board, now he had to build trust and friendship, now they had to survive.

Turning into the comm,
"Hey captain, any plans, alliance men are getting a bit... how do i put it, adventorous."

setsuai_kijo
12/07/2006 9:05 PM

Set nodded to kyp, mentally setting a timer. Her hands went back to flying over her console, bringing up readouts one after another. As she was working, contemplating and assesing the situation, Ian's shot and voice echoed through the comm. At the same time, the engine read outs were changing for the better thanks to Sin's rooting around.

"Leah, any explosives left in the hidey hole?" Set knew that they had sold most of them, and only kept a very little for emergincies. But there had been an emergency on the last run before the rest of the crew went off their seperate ways. Set couldn't remember, but they had in fact used up what had been left. Before the doctor could respond, she voiced her intenion. "I want to drop them on the troops when we get into the air."

"Get us ready," She said to Kyp.

[i]Tick, tock, tick, tock, [b]tick, tock, TICK, TOCK[/i][/b] Set could feel the seconds slipping by, and she gritted her teeth. She was on a ship full of people she didn't trust, with a very large group of trigger happy Alliance guard dogs shooting at her ass, and a nasty big war ship waiting for her in the sky. She not only didn't trust the man in the pilot's chair, but also had no proof he could fly at all, let alone get them out of this mess.

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
12/08/2006 2:08 PM

Kyp looked away from the Captain ahead at the Skies above. It called for him it was where he belonged. All his checks had been completed, the systems were a go. The ship was beaten up, and he knew it couldn't withstand too much. [i]I hope those twins down their can hold us together.[/i]

Grasping the controls with a loving and caring grip, he became one with the vessel. His mind raced counting down the seconds. Waiting patiently the time had become near. Troops began to scurry around the Hander forming ready to board.

"Captain we are out of time." With that Kyp engaged the boosters, and pulled lightly up on his controls.

The back of the ship reared down pushing with immense force onto the ground below. The Ship lifted gradually smoothly. Turning his rudders it spun in it's position toward the Battle Ships trajectory path. Kyp knew this would be his most open path, right into the vessel as it could not turn to meet them.

"Captain we are in the air, you give me the go and we are off!"

narcissuspool
12/08/2006 4:28 PM


"Captain we are out of time." With that Kyp engaged the boosters, and pulled lightly up on his controls.

Shin had just finished fussing with the bridge control protocol when Kyp pulled back on the throttle. The charge ran through the wires the instant he plugged them back into the engine, showering sparks between his fingers. He yelped and spilled onto the floor as the engine spun to life, lifting the ship into the air.

He spat a round of curses in about seven languages as he got up and stalked over to the comm against the wall. He leaned against the button with an elbow. "How about some communication up there?!" he shouted, wetting his singed fingers in his mouth. "Give me a sign or something, you idiot!"

He glanced back at the engine, whirring with activity but not yet alight.

"And don't even think about full burn down here. Break atmosphere first, then we can run as fast as you want."

Airiana
12/10/2006 5:13 PM


"Hey Doc, you here to join the party?" Ian called, his face a fair smile, but his eyes were deep with remorse, if he messed up or acted to early then he was a deader and so was everyone else.

"That I have. Can't have none of those [i]huh choo-shang tza-jiao duh tzang-huo[/i] on our boat!"

A moment later, another of the Alliance grunts tried to force his way in, and he was met with a nice load of buckshot straight in his face. He screamed momentarily, but was dead an instant later, falling down on his comrades trying to climb in the small opening of the cargo bay.


"Leah, any explosives left in the hidey hole?" Set knew that they had sold most of them, and only kept a very little for emergencies. But there had been an emergency on the last run before the rest of the crew went off their separate ways. Set couldn't remember, but they had in fact used up what had been left. Before the doctor could respond, she voiced her intention. "I want to drop them on the troops when we get into the air."

Hearing Set's question and intended use, the doctor went over to one of the many little compartment's in the firefly's walls and lifted out a section of metal to reveal their hiding spot. "Well, hun... we'll have to make a Plan B, then. Think Trigger used the last of it on our run before he left." Leroy replaced the grate and stood, checking to make sure none of the Alliance boys had gotten brave enough to try again.

Before Leah could even turn to point Yongmin to his bags so that he could make his repairs, the [i]Boshí[/i] was in flight and the doctor was forced to steady herself from the change in velocity. "Alright, then..." she grunted. "Guess we're gonna need your help back there even more than we thought," she told him, turning to see the engineer. "Grab your stuff and get back to the engine room as fast as you can."

[hr]
Huh choo-shang tza-jiao duh tzang-huo = Animal-fucking bastards

lesliweird
12/11/2006 8:15 PM


"Well Doc and twin, glad to see i have some friends along in this ride."


Min threw out all subtlety and gave him a look like he had opened his mouth and spewed from it the rancid content of his bowels. Rather than point out that he had a name, or that it was likely all Ian's fault that they were being pursued by the alliance, or that shooting at them would only make it harder for those of them not currently scheduled for termination by whatever clandestine black-ops gestapo had spawned this lunatic, Min helped Leah open the explosives compartment. He made note of both the expectation of explosives and their absence.

The explosive, unnanounced take off nearly sent him sprawling. He tucked the doctor's gun into his belt and grabbed as many tools as he could, then took off at a cumbersome hopping sort of run for the engine room.

Min skidded into the engine room and let the tools down, wincing under Shin's accusing glare. "I'll just help with the dorsal conduit then?"

"Yanse lang.*" Shin appeared less than amused.

"We'll get out of this fine." Min wished he sounded more convincing. With a glance at the speaker he added quietly: "I guess this puts plans on hold."

"Shocking," Shin said, sucking on one of his burned fingers before diving back into the engine.


*Yanse lang= male whore

[Edited by lesliweird on Monday, December 11, 2006 8:17 PM]

Mablung_Surion
12/12/2006 2:22 AM

Ian smiled closely at the twin, seeing her her eyes the hatred, and the thought that he brought these people.
'Had i of brought them' he thought 'we'd already be dead, no' he decided 'there after sokmeone else'


huh choo-shang tza-jiao duh tzang-huo[/


Ian was getting fed up of people speaking different languages other than common, as if they thought he didn't know what they meant, of course he was going to know what they meant he hadn't just been trained how to kill, he had been an expert at escape and evasion, inccluding fitting inot a set society.

As the ship lifted off he showed no sign of losing balance though his eyes seemed to go a bit weird and his ears popped. Knowing now that immediate danger was over he re-placed his pistol into its holster and sheathed his sword into his scabbard.

He looked over at the doctor, 'she had handled that shotgun quite well' he thought to himself as he just looked at her judging her in a new light
"Maybe you would of pulled the trigger." he spoke quietly though not intentional. Then he realised he spoke it out loud and tried to hide any emotion that might show up on this face. 'Weird,' He thought 'either i'm beginning to like her and the captain, or i'm starting to think coming here was a bad idea' He smiled at looked at the bay door, no real damage so then he turned to the comm panel and spoke up to the bridge.

"Ok captain we have two KIA's from their side, nothing on our side, your walls got a peppering on the inside, put no real damage, anything else you need doing?"

narcissuspool
12/12/2006 7:02 AM

(Point of order: the Chinese isn't meant to throw anyone. In this show/fandom there's an expectation that every character would know both English and Chinese, so nobody's doing it to go over Ian's head.)

(Also Min and Shin are men. :D)

[Edited by narcissuspool on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 7:03 AM]

setsuai_kijo
12/12/2006 8:30 AM

(Set just isn't overly fond of chineese, so she sticks to english. Mainly because I'm to lazy to look up good insults)


Set hissed through her teeth as they left the ground, initializing the gravity control to dampen the impending acceleration and keep them on the floor.


He spat a round of curses in about seven languages as he got up and stalked over to the comm against the wall. He leaned against the button with an elbow. "How about some communication up there?!" he shouted, wetting his singed fingers in his mouth. "Give me a sign or something, you idiot!"

He glanced back at the engine, whirring with activity but not yet alight.

"And don't even think about full burn down here. Break atmosphere first, then we can run as fast as you want."



As shin's voice came through the comm, Set glanced at Kyp. Her expression was a cross between doubt and irritation. You ALWAYS kept in full contact with the engine room when there was someone down there. Well, it was part her oversight too, so she went back to glaring at her own console. As an after thought, she mentioned to Shin that "We keep a basic first aide kit down there in the tool cubby, incase the blast doors close off." First rule of space: Be prepared for every eventuality.



Hearing Set's question and intended use, the doctor went over to one of the many little compartment's in the firefly's walls and lifted out a section of metal to reveal their hiding spot. "Well, hun... we'll have to make a Plan B, then. Think Trigger used the last of it on our run before he left." Leroy replaced the grate and stood, checking to make sure none of the Alliance boys had gotten brave enough to try again.


"Damn. Well, just a thought. Not enough time for a plan b." Tough shit.



"Ok captain we have two KIA's from their side, nothing on our side, your walls got a peppering on the inside, put no real damage, anything else you need doing?"



"Just stand clear." She ordered, before closing the hatch from her end. "And hold tight, all of you."

With a grimmace, she nodded to Kyp. "Get us the hell out of here."

Airiana
12/12/2006 8:41 PM


"Maybe you would of pulled the trigger." he spoke quietly though not intentional. Then he realized he spoke it out loud and tried to hide any emotion that might show up on this face.

Leah nodded, hearing Ian's revelation. "Never good to underestimate a girl that walks around with a gun strapped to her hip in all situations. Chances are, she knows how to use it, and will if she feels the situation warrants it. Welcome to the border and to civilian life, soldier man." She said half smiling and winking at him.


"Just stand clear." She ordered, before closing the hatch from her end. "And hold tight, all of you."

"[i]Juh jen sh guh kwai luh duh jean jan,[/i]" she said sarcastically and sighed. "Roger dodger, hun." She said in the intercom, then turned back to look at Ian. "It'd probably be best if we got back to the galley. There's chairs that you can strap into up there if necessary."

She then turned and bounced up the stairs, hung a left and went back to the engine room. She peaked through the door, her long hair swinging to fall over her shoulder as she did so. "You alright back here? If you need your paw looked at, I can probably do something for you."

[hr]
Juh jen sh guh kwai luh duh jean jan = This really is a happy day

narcissuspool
12/12/2006 8:44 PM

(Awww, crap! Airiana beat me.)


Well, it was part her oversight too, so she went back to glaring at her own console. As an after thought, she mentioned to Shin that "We keep a basic first aide kit down there in the tool cubby, incase the blast doors close off." First rule of space: Be prepared for every eventuality.


"I'm fine!" Shin barked, to no one in particular since he'd taken his hand off the comm. He heard heavy footfalls running toward the engine room and reached for his glasses, but settled when his brother's familiar scent preceded him up the corridor. He always smelled like smoke and green tea.


Min skidded into the engine room and let the tools down, wincing under Shin's accusing glare. "I'll just help with the dorsal conduit then?"

"Yanse lang.*" Shin appeared less than amused.

"We'll get out of this fine." Min wished he sounded more convincing. With a glance at the speaker he added quietly: "I guess this puts plans on hold."

"Shocking," Shin said, sucking on one of his burned fingers before diving back into the engine.


"Hmm," he muttered, rooting through the cables that tangled below the spinning engine. "There's not much else we can do here without interrupting power, and who knows when they'll need it to do something stupid and abrupt." He stood back up and brushed dirt off his knees, glancing up at the ceiling as he thought of something. "Speaking of that, I'd better loosen the hydraulics."

"You do that," Min offered, cheerily handing him a pair of insulated pliers. He stooped to glance under the engine. "What can you tell?"

"Their last engineer was a nervous [i]yangwei da shabi[/i]. That should make things easier." Shin flipped open the panel and puzzled over the wires before deciding which ones to cut. When he'd severed a few, he glanced back at his brother. "What about you?"


She then turned and bounced up the stairs, hung a left and went back to the engine room. She peaked through the door, her long hair swinging to fall over her shoulder as she did so. "You alright back here? If you need your paw looked at, I can probably do something for you."


Shin gave a start when Leah appeared. "It's fine," he said, lifting his hand and wiggling his fingers around the pliers. "Just a few sparks." Almost immediately, he winced and dropped them. "Ow."



yangwei da shabi -- impotent dumb twat

[Edited by narcissuspool on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 8:50 PM]

[Edited by narcissuspool on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 9:07 PM]

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
12/19/2006 2:04 PM

Kyp nodded as the Captain gave him the go ahead. Kyp was now in pilot mode. He was aware how much danger he had put the engineers in but knew how much worse they would be if he hadn't. Taking his controls forward the [i]Boshi[/i] Rocked forward as the engines tilted backward. Holding off on his speed, the vessel began to lift off at a gradual bearing toward the Battleship above.

Kyp continued to watch the incoming readings upon his console. It was close. If he had waited too long he would have to redraw his plan, if not he would still have to be ready to ignite the boosters on a dime. Pushing his throttle forward the Vessel began it's scolding ascent through the atmosphere. Looking to his communications he activated.

"Hey forgive me for the lack of warning before. I need those burners ready for full burn a little early. I can use the jump of the engines and the orbit to sling shot us away from this Destroyer."

Kyp leveled the FireFly out just yard into the atmosphere. He needed to use the natural gravity to regain the lost time. Praying, Kyp hoped that the battleship wouldn't be able to scramble fighters in time.

"Captain, any of those Explosives left??? We may need them if fighters scramble us."

lesliweird
12/20/2006 10:58 AM


"Their last engineer was a nervous [i]yangwei da shabi[/i]. That should make things easier." Shin flipped open the panel and puzzled over the wires before deciding which ones to cut. When he'd severed a few, he glanced back at his brother. "What about you?"


"They expect to have a cache of explosives but don't. We seem to have landed amongst vulnerable scoundrels. Which would be delightful and shiny if there weren't bigger dogs chasing them." He paused to bridge a conduit he had cut the frayed wires out of. "I don't trust Ian. We need to fix him fast."


Shin gave a start when Leah appeared. "It's fine," he said, lifting his hand and wiggling his fingers around the pliers. "Just a few sparks." Almost immediately, he winced and dropped them. "Ow."


"You'll have to forgive him." Min apologized. "He's very proud."


"Hey forgive me for the lack of warning before. I need those burners ready for full burn a little early. I can use the jump of the engines and the orbit to sling shot us away from this Destroyer."


"In atmo?!" Min demanded at the speaker. "Are you fuc-" he caught himself, with a quick glance at the doctor. "We're too close to the planet! Just get out of the air and full burn. This thing corners faster than their big ships, if you can get them chasing us we can swing around and lose them then."

(just a note- doesn't slingshotting only work when you're already in space moving at considerable velocity toward a gravity well? Ie- not when you first take off?)

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
12/20/2006 3:03 PM

Kyp snarled at their lack of trust. "Hey I have flown for years Dammit. Please Don't question my understanding of the laws of nature." He paused to check his gauges once more and check the Captains face. He hoped to God she had some explosives left, even a small amount. "I need the burners launched by the time we get out of atmosphere, just seconds before we break that thresh hold. I know we can outrun that cruiser, but if they get fighters on us, we need that extra jolt. Please just trust me. Just have it ready, and keep it sustained."

{OOC: I know that. The Burners will take a few crucial seconds to jump into full power once we are out. We start it seconds early and by the time we break orbit we are at full burn, Then I drop the Explosives to give us and extra jolt and sling shot off the orbit. Any fighters sent to scramble will be lost in the shrapnel from the explosives and traveling to slow to catch up.}

lesliweird
12/20/2006 10:11 PM

(I'm not sure that's how it works. It's my understanding that "slingshotting" is using the gravitational pull of a heavenly body to speed yourself up and make either a full or partial turn- ie to put yourself into partial orbit and use the pull of gravity vs. centrifugal force to make a turn without expending the fuel and time necessary to come to a full stop and then start in a different direction, or to make slow and constant adjustments for a wide turn. Unless I am misreading our position vis a vis the Persephone, using the planet's gravity to accelerate= crashing

What you are describing sounds a lot more like putting a cherry bomb under a frog. I'm not sure it's good policy, as any shrapnel that would be a danger to the fighters would likely be bad for us as well. Which may be a moot point what with there not being explosives. Even so, I'm not sure how well explosives work in space, with there not being adequate oxygen for a lot of the burning. Unless they're just small explosions designed to fling shrapnel into the void rather than cause combustion damage.)

[Edited by lesliweird on Wednesday, December 20, 2006 10:19 PM]

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
12/21/2006 7:43 AM

(They are mostley for sending shrapnel to make us hard to follow. And We are just under the break between space and orbit, To get out of atmosphere a ship needs to beat against the gravitational pull. We can do this withlout the burn but we will be slowed by the fight. If we burn seconds early the loss of speed will be small. THan we fly with the Orbit and and shut off the burners before sling shotting and then reengaging.)

lesliweird
12/21/2006 8:30 AM

("You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.")

narcissuspool
12/21/2006 9:35 AM

(For clarity: the strategy isn't a bad one (though I can't guarantee the twins won't fuss), it's just not called a slingshot.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravitational_slingshot (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravitational_slingshot)

[Edited by narcissuspool on Thursday, December 21, 2006 9:36 AM]

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
12/21/2006 3:21 PM

(Hmm almost exactly the explanation I was looking for, I am just using it on a much small scale. So the speed willl be more, the direction will be opposite yet we wont be hurdling to fast out into space. Can I stay with this tactic or should we scrap it?)

setsuai_kijo
12/22/2006 3:19 PM

(sounds good to me, but this sort of thing, I think, should be in the OOC area. But it's all good. Any way, I'm gunna be down from the net for a little while. a week or so, hopefully, at most. just go on without me, pretend i'm agreeing with everything. I'm just posting this from a friend's house, and i have to go. Sorry, but be back as soon as i can.)

Mablung_Surion
01/14/2007 2:38 PM

Ian let out a sigh of relief, probably he thought to everyone's shock, the pilot's gamble had paid off and somehow they had escaped the approaching alliance vessels.

"A very capable pilot." He commented to no one in particular, he looked around no one seemed to be ready to talk, not even the twins, who were usually always muttering about something.

Ian made his way to the bridge and looked to both captain and pilot alike.
"Fine bit of piloting that, and thanks for trusting me captain, though you probably didn't mean to." Ian smiled and left the bridge and headed to the hanger, there he began to make sure that the ship was indded unscathed.

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
01/21/2007 5:12 PM

"Captain, I believe we are in the clear from here. If you need to check on the crew and ship I would say it is safe."

Kyp turned back to his controls. Checking the scene behind, the fighters swirled around in disorganized mess, and the alliance battleship seemed to stay on course. Obviously to any spacer if they had any chance in catching up it would be to orbit the planet all the way around rather than fight gravity and turn. Kyp decreased the thrusters slightly, hoping to save fuel while keeping a fast trajectory.

Turning course to ensure anyone following their wake would lose direction, Kyp silenced all the radios and laid back in his chair, allowing the sweat that pebbled down his head to cool him. He had done well. He knew that. He now prayed he would gain the respect of the Captain and the crew.

setsuai_kijo
01/26/2007 8:17 PM

Once her pilot confirmed that they were in fact all clear--barring another trap--Set relaxed visibly. Alliance was too over confidant to ever set a double trap, though, and even she didn't wholly believe that they could have made it. But made it they had. With half a smile to herself, Set realized that she had already come to accept Kyp as part of the crew. Trial by fire proved more than months of dull service, and he seemed to tread the same path she herself would choose between action and obedience.

A few diagnostic screens told her what she had hoped to see: no damage a few hours worth of tinkering couldn't fix. The bullets in her cargo bay weren't a big issue, so she just shrugged it off for the time being.

"Nice flying, Ace." Set said as she turned the half smile to the man beside her. He was a damned good pilot, and it seemed she owed him her freedom at the moment, if not her life.

Set shook out her hands as she leaned back in the seat, trying to shake off the adrenalin that she knew would take a while to dissipate. With a sigh that blew her bangs from her face, Set pulled herself out of the chair. "Think the auto can manage for a bit?"

She motioned for Ian, and Kyp if he cared to, to follow her off the bridge and back down to the galley. She pulled a chair towards her when she got to the table, spinning it around to sit front to back and use the back rest as a chin rest. She glanced at the comm. on the wall just out of reach, and decided that she could wait for Leah and the twins to show up on their own when it became clear that things had settled some.

"All I wanted was a crew to keep you in the black," she muttered, talking to herself but addressing the ship. "And we end up with these [i]shiny[/i] folk."

Mablung_Surion
01/28/2007 7:26 AM

((ok sorry if this is a bit early))
Ian followed the captain, he was calm, many would be extremely put out about this, but with Ian's life if you allowed adrenalin to take over completely you would end up dead, though don't get him wrong adrenalin had saved Ian on previous occasions.

Ian heard The captain mutter something as she led him to the galley.
"You say something captain?" ian cocked his head to one side and gave her a sympathetic look, or at least he thought it was, he's never used one before so he didn't know.

Once he entered the galley, he looked straight at the captain, he face saying more than his words, at same time asking so many questions, asking why had he been asked here, and was he going to be a permanent member on board this ship.

narcissuspool
01/28/2007 7:30 PM

Shin was still twisting his burned fingers in his other hand as the lights in the engine room dimmed in a slow fall. He knew that they always did that in the wake of a full burn, waiting for the power supply to reach equilibrium again, but it still made him uneasy. If the ship was any older than he thought, shocking it like that could power the whole thing down in an instant, and they'd all be dead in space.

"Hey, we didn't blow up!" Min chirped, smiling up at the lights as they fluttered back on.

"No thanks to that idiot," Shin replied, snarling at the silent comm. He glanced at his injury. "I wonder if I can punch left-handed..."

"You can't punch at all."

"Then I'll swat at him ineffectually until he dies." When Min cocked an eyebrow in the doctor's direction, perhaps indicating more discretion was necessary, Shin shook his head and turned back to the engine. They were getting off this floating junk-bucket of psychopaths as soon as humanly possible, and he didn't much care what anyone thought of him up till then.

Min came up beside him as he bent under the engine. "How's it doing?"

"It's unhappy," he said, scowling as the column spun with agonizing slowness as if it were arthritic. Changing tacks, he went on: "I think I've made all the modifications I need to on this end... you know, to make things go more smoothly."

"What's left?"

"Well..." He looked up and glanced at the doctor before responding. "I'll have to get at the cockpit to make any real progress."

"We'll be sure the pilot's not there when you do," Min said, winking at the doctor. "Wouldn't want him to get hurt."

Airiana
02/03/2007 1:00 AM

Leah smiled briefly at the twins. Looking at Shin, she glanced at his hand briefly. "It's nothing major, doesn't look like... probably more an annoyance than anything. But I think once you boys have done what you need to do in here, you should head back up to the galley... I imagine the rest have rallied there by now. Once we get done in there, I'll get you all healed up. With the equipment I have, you'll never even be able to tell you were hurt. Be just a memory."

With that said, she nodded up towards the galley to indicate her direction and began moving that way. An interesting day this was turning out to be!

Sighing, the doctor came to the galley, her hands in her back pockets as she came through the door. With a quick glance around the room, Leroy pulled a chair back from the table. She flipped the seat around, so that the back of the chair leaned against the table's edge, and she straddled it when she sat down, her arms crossed over the back of the chair. Resting her cheek on her crossed arms, she looked at Set. "Well... we're still flying..."

setsuai_kijo
02/03/2007 8:20 PM

Set gave little notice to the looks Ian was trying to give to the side of her head. In her opinion, she was still to jittery from the close call to be dealing with this shit. She closed her eyes and focused on her breathing in an attempt to calm herself down. It didn't help.

Set was one of the people gifted with the ability to think perfectly clearly during a crisis. The problem was that, once she was in the clear, she tended to geek out twice as bad as the situation warranted.

At the moment, she was trying with all her might not to start screaming hysterically or gibbering like a part of her mind wanted. The fact that Ian, whom she still didn't really trust, was standing right behind her helped immensely.



Sighing, the doctor came to the galley, her hands in her back pockets as she came through the door. With a quick glance around the room, Leroy pulled a chair back from the table. She flipped the seat around, so that the back of the chair leaned against the table's edge, and she straddled it when she sat down, her arms crossed over the back of the chair. Resting her cheek on her crossed arms, she looked at Set. "Well... we're still flying..."



Setsuai lifted her eyes, and little else, when Leroy put in an appearance. Seeing the doctor mirror Set's position at the other end of the table was a strange sort of comfort, and at the comment she couldn't help but laugh slightly. "Lucky shot, that." She replied.

With a sigh and half a smile, she gestured for everyone to take up a seat at the table before she began. "Well...that was a bit of craziness I'm none to keen on repeating," was her understatement of an opener. She spent a moment collecting her thoughts before going on. "I suppose we ought to finish up the discussion from earlier, now that things have settled down." Eyeing Kyp (or his absence) Set shrugged. "As for me and the Doc, well...Like I told the twins, we've never been overly fond of the Alliance. Haven't [i]done[/i] much to them, but we tend to talk a good bit. And not a word of it's pretty for them to hear, I wouldn't think. Soon enough, though, I'd think we'll have done enough to get them right worked up."

Set paused, looking around to gauge the reactions of her impromptu crew. She picked back up before anyone could butt in. "Y'see, that Reaver cast has got people, from the core to the rim, feeling more than a bit discontent. Along the edge, where the Alliance still has a bit of a hold, there have been riots. Further in, they're grumbling much louder than they used to. Further out, well, they're still busy setting themselves up, but soon enough they'll be heard too. Word is, there might even be another war."

She paused again, done with her recap of current affairs and about to make her point. "Thing is, I see the war as a forgone conclusion. No 'might be' about it. Those Alliance pricks have been sittin' pretty way too long, and there are more than enough malcontents to bring them down. All it'll take is one to act as a rallying point. And see, I plan on being just that."

Set resisted letting out a deep sigh. Instead she let her eyes look over the people around the table again. She'd just opened Pandora's Box, a second time. Last time she'd known the people around her as well as she could. Perhaps not as well as she thought, but well enough to know that they wouldn't outright turn her in. Everyone but Leah had split, and the pair had been left by their lonesome.

Now she was playing a dangerous hand, despite the game of mutual blackmail. The twins wouldn't have it bad. She'd promised to drop them off as soon as she could, and she would. All they had to do was hop ship and wave the feds, and good by Boshi. Ian wouldn't. He was AWOL from the feds too, so he might join on. Maybe not, but he wouldn't play rat. Kyp...well, hopefully Kyp would stay on. She'd be hard pressed to find something to hold over his head, and she really didn't want to resort to kidnapping him.

lesliweird
02/04/2007 11:06 PM


"Once we get done in there, I'll get you all healed up. With the equipment I have, you'll never even be able to tell you were hurt. Be just a memory."


Min waited until the doctor exited, then elbowed Shin and smiled. "Luck! I was hoping I'd be the first one she'd kiss and make better." He made sure he couldn't hear her footsteps anymore before he asked "what do you want to do about the soldier problem?"

"You're the brains of this sha gua outfit," Shin said in a tone that implied a wild inaccuracy in the statement.

"Maybe I should find a way to go see the doctor after all." Min scratched his chin.

"Don't prioritize with your dick."

Min threw an arm around him and squeezed. "Never, little brother. Lets go see what they have to say, hm?"

Min reached the galley in time for most of the captain's speech. He had to agree with her assesment of people's readiness to fight, but Browncoats from the Rim against the Alliance didn't sound to him so much like a war as like a slaughter. One hundred altered frieght ships would still loose against a serious military vessel, and even if rebels could take the outer planets it would only be a matter of time before the center systematically crushed them again. He didn't like this talk of being a flashpoint for the coming rebellion. It was too visible. Certainly there was a romantic allure about it, but realistically, one had to look around and realize when one was holding a hand that demanded you fold.

"You have a plan for this one act?" It would help him to know what it was, and how much time he had to avoid it.

narcissuspool
02/06/2007 10:23 AM


"Maybe I should find a way to go see the doctor after all." Min scratched his chin.

"Don't prioritize with your dick."

Min threw an arm around him and squeezed. "Never, little brother. Lets go see what they have to say, hm?"


Shin let himself be dragged toward the galley, though he really thought this would be an opportune time to go see about the cockpit. If everyone was busy with starry-eyed fantasies of bringing down the Alliance by blood and balls alone, there'd be nobody to pester him.

He pressed his glasses further up his nose when they reached the doorway, then folded his hand into the opposite arm. A blister had started to rise under his index finger... the sooner he flattened it, the sooner he could get back to being occupied away from other people. Maybe it wouldn't be [i]so[/i] terrible to sit under close scrutiny while the doctor fixed him up, but he still had half a mind to slip his glasses to Min. He'd done dumber things than set his hand on fire to get some woman's attention...

"You have a plan for this one act?" It would help him to know what it was, and how much time he had to avoid it.

"All the best rallying points were martyrs," he muttered.

Mablung_Surion
02/09/2007 3:07 PM

Ian looked at the captain then to the doctor.
"So you want a war? or at least you think war is inevitable." Ian shook his head, ever since he realised that he had been taken from his parents and raised to fix the mistakes made by the alliance he had hated them, but he hated violence even more, the only problem was, was that, that was all he knew.... violence and conflict.



"All the best rallying points were martyrs," he muttered.


"were they?" Ian asked, he remembered something from his military history training, something about a Field marshal Montgomery, either way it mattered little, Ian could swear that the tension in this room was thick enough for a knife to cut it, what ian cared about was now he knew exactly what they planned.... on this ship, it was suicide to fight a an alliance vessel, but ian had been known for his gambles.

"Well captain... if you don't have any objections i shall stay, I have less love for the alliance than the reavers do... i guess," Ian looked at the crew. "but if you don't want me i shall leave at the next planet, don't worry though, i could rat you out even if i wanted to." the way ian said that gave a hint that he didn't want to, in fact he wanted to stay, mainly to prove to himself that he was no longer under the influence of the alliance, another reason was he wanted to prove his teachers wrong, he wanted to prove the alliance was not undefeatable.

LunaMaria
02/17/2007 11:31 AM

Camden; "Captain were picking up a read off a ship, firefly class,"

Luna; "Where's the Aura?"

Camden; "Wolfs in our wake about 2km away, the firefly is only 12km ahead of us."

Luna; "Is it the same one we've been hearing about off the alliance?"

Camden; "Could be, Alliance didn't say nothing bout ID numbers though."

Luna; "Run us silent, get Wolf to hold back he can't help us here."

Camden; "Good to go,"

Luna; "I'll leave it to you then,"


Luna turned, her short hair following her, she moved down the main deck of the Zefie, the lighting went down leaving the blue safety light illuminating the corridor. Luna turned into the galley on her right the door was already open. Roxy, Hope and Alexus were sat round the table when the captain came in, "Best all get to where you need to be guys,"

"Yes captain, but do we have to power down every time I can't do a thing in the engine room with the lights out."

"Hope you weren't doing anything anyway, Roxy take Alexus back to her room ,I don't want her running around if guns start going off."

She turned and left the galley before any more complaints could be raised and went strait into the next door, this was the armoury. Stacia, Woody and Fry were already there , the lockers were open and they were arming themselves up,"We goina need grenades captain?" asked Stacia.

"Bring them but this is gona be a cakewalk, transport ships got no guns on them," she gave a sly smile but it couldn't be seen in the aqua light. "All we do now is wait, wait till we hit them,"


Zefie was like a silent dart, Camden had done this so many time he had it down to a fine art, "Don't you dare move," he whispered under his breath, "Don't you dare."

[Edited by LunaMaria on Saturday, February 17, 2007 11:32 AM]

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