August 10th 2627
The bridge had been on constant alert since the attack of the Kappa and Rachel could feel the tense atmosphere heighten as the vessel drew in close. The approaching craft's hull was scoured a dull non reflective gun metal color with a white trim indicating it was a Union design. The crew on the Gallant's bridge was hushed and moving quickly and Rachel could see flashing from the ordnance station indicating that the Gallant had acquired firing solutions with her high yield missiles. She recognized the make of the craft immediately as a Mongol class corvette, a small vessel used as a gunboat against destroyers and cruisers. She knew that in fact this was a modern vessel unlike the Kappa and while smaller than the older destroyer this was a ship built in the same mindset as the Gallant. It was a ship meant to kill bigger vessels with a minimum loss of crew and resources. This was a ship that would move fast and hit a ship like the Gallant with overwhelming ordnance before they could respond. So naturally she wondered why was it slowing down and coming in on a standard approach vector.
“Status?!” Saskia barked.
The new first officer stood and looked up to the command balcony. “They are running with fields down. Weapons are offline. We’re only detecting three persons on board. One of them is reading a strange energy signature. It matches the readings we took from the girl on the Kappa.”
Saskia exchanged a glance with Rachel and Alice. “Open coms!” She ordered.
“Open!” A junior officer said back.
“This is the mercenary destroyer Gallant, operating license 2784-T32A. Saskia Janssen commanding. State your intentions or we will fire on you!”
There was a short pause before the junior officer at the coms station looked up. “The commander of the vessel is requesting private communications with you.”
Saskia nodded and pressed a switch on the command balcony. A thick panel of transparent material which was in fact a coms screen slid across the opening of the balcony and the doors sealed. She gestured through the screen and the coms officer nodded. The transparent screen suddenly flickered and a face appeared, red in the light from the bridge of the Mongol class ship. He was young, only a few years older than Clara and their resemblance was unmistakable. Behind him two other crewmen worked, most likely the communications and tactical officers as the captain often piloted such small ships.
Fiona flailed her arms. “Shit! He looks just like that little bitch!”
“Fiona!” Rachel hissed, silencing her.
“How can I help you?” Saskia said her voice serious in spite of her small age.
The teen seemed to smirk for only an instant before it faded. “Clearly my sister made it aboard your vessel based on your appearances.”
Rachel spoke up. “Don’t give her too much credit. Most of us were like this already before she invited herself aboard.”
He nodded. “Then my suspicions were correct. You were already looking for a way to stop the Restoration before it occurred. His eyes went to Maggi and he regarded her. ”You must be the one the Lady wants…”
Saskia interrupted. “Hello! We were speaking here? What do you want and why shouldn’t I just blast you apart right now?”
The teen smiled. “Indeed, why shouldn’t you…” He then turned towards the two officers behind him and raised a small slug thrower from his side. With two precise shots, two loud “thumps”, he blew both of their brains out before turning back to the face the stunned onlookers in Saskia’s command balcony.
“What the fuck!” Saskia and Fiona said almost in unison.
“We don’t have much time so I’ll make this quick. The Lady will realize my intentions soon.” He began pressing some buttons on his bridge. “I’m sending you the coordinates of a world in the OR sector. OR-98-16. This is the Lady’s home world, where the Restoration will take place. You must stop her.”
“What is the Restoration?” Saskia asked.
“She will revive her race at the cost of our own. Her species was advanced, but they destroyed themselves with their technology in war after war. Those who survived went into isolation, searching for a way to use their ruined technology to save their race. The Lady found a way…”
“How would she do that?” Maggi asked.
He was still pressing buttons and did not look up. “She found a way to make a temporal wave that propagated itself through subspace.”
Alice gasped. “She’s found a way to reverse time on a galactic scale!” The balcony filled with curses and growls.
He nodded. ”She will activate the central construct there and Restore the universe to how it was when her species was dying out. This was billions of years ago of course. Once restored to reality she can end the fighting with her power. Then she will control reality and rule over existence.”
“She’d be a God then!” Olga snarled.
“Yes… an unpleasant thought.” He added.
“Wait!” Maggi interrupted. “Why not travel back in time then?” Everyone looked to her with surprise on their faces. “I mean, why go to such trouble? If you can control time, why not change it?”
The teen shook his head. “You can’t change the past… at least that’s what she believes.”
“Why?” Maggi asked, her thoughts dwelling suddenly on her own actions on OR-21-23.
He was still working the consoles. “She said you can’t change the past, because if you changed it, then you wouldn’t have had a reason to change it in the first place. No… this is different.” He glanced to Maggi again. “She will just be changing the present. She would be restoring the beings that existed when her race was at its peak. Surely you realize that was the intention of her central construct?” He chuckled as if the idea was so simple. “Why else make a device that can record DNA and brainwaves at the same time?”
“Who are you? Why are you telling us this?” Rachel asked.
He stopped what he was doing and looked up. “My name is Brandon Logan. My sister Clara is on board your ship yes?”
Saskia nodded. “Yes… though she won’t be going on any dates for a while.”
He nodded, a smile finally breaking over his face. “I must thank you for stopping her… She was…”
“Psycho.” Olga said.
“Yes… she was. Her… Our mother was taken by the Lady and transformed into a child before she took us as weapons or follows of sorts.” He seemed quiet for a moment before he continued what he was doing on the terminal. “The lady needs to retrieve DNA samples from humans; she calls them words of light. She needs them to activate the construct and then she can begin. Miss Williams has one… the last one she needs. I’m not sure how they came to be in her body, but I don’t need to tell you how bad it would be if she was to get her hands on her.”
“Central construct? Is this like a hub? Is this the same place where the signal to change a person’s age comes from?” Alice asked.
“You are a credit to our species miss Star.” He said with a nod. “Yes it is. Destroy it, you destroy her and stop the Restoration. I’m sending you all of the scans I managed to collect of the Lady. I hope it will help you.”
Saskia looked and saw the data being recorded by her systems before looking back. “You still haven’t explained why you’re helping us.”
He looked up his face suddenly resolute. “Upload complete. It’s really simple. I want you to save our species.”
Just then the panel next to Saskia blinked. It was the tactical officer on the internal com. “Ma’am! We’re being targeted! He’s locking weapons onto us!”
“What the hell!” Saskia snapped, looking to him.
His face was calm, almost relieved. “I can feel her reaching out to find me. Soon if I don't act she will realize what I have done and will control me like she did Miss Williams. I cannot allow this.”
“His ordnance weapons are arming!” cried the tactical officer. “H's locking firing solutions on us!”
“Stand by!” Saskia ordered. “Stop this or we’ll rip you apart!” She yelled.
“Stop! We can help you!” Alice pleaded. “We can shield you from her!”
He shook his head. “No. That would draw her ire against you and bring her whole force down upon your heads. She thinks I’m baiting you and if I’m destroyed by you, she will believe that I was killed after delivering my message by duplicity on your part.” He sat back in the command seat, the same content smile on his face. “Besides… its better this way. It’s better than having her in my blood… in my head.”
“His weapon ports are opening! He’s going to fire!” The tactical officer screamed.
“Don’t do this please!” Alice yelled as Vivian covered her eyes.
“Destroy that ship!” Saskia ordered. The Gallant shuddered as both her forward missile bays fired. Two streaks of blue light shot towards the small craft.
On the screen Brandon just kept smiling. “Take care of Clara and my mother for me-SSSSSSSSSSSSSSZT!”
The screen went to static as the missiles impacted and destroyed the small corvette in a bloom of blue light like a brilliant star, which was born and died in less than five seconds. Then only debris scattered away in the expanding shock wave. Silence descended on the bridge, save for the tactical officer reporting a successful shot. Vivian began to sob in Maggi’s arms as everyone but Saskia lowered their heads.
“Why… why did he…?” Fiona asked.
“He must have been pretty tortured.” Rachel said. “He knew we would have to fire.”
“He was stupid…” Saskia hissed, causing several of those present to glare at her. “One should never stop fighting… not while they still can fight.” Alice was looking over the data. “Anything we can use doctor?”
Alice nodded. “With what he sent, it confirms we can do what we were planning.” She looked up. “However, the hub is bigger than me and Lorraine theorized. We’re going to need extra ships to do what we are thinking.”
Saskia looked to Maggi and Vivian, who was wiping tears from her eyes. “I think it’s time to call in that favor my dear.”
Maggi nodded and quickly went with Vivian to the coms station on the balcony. Alice suddenly made a hissing sound and stood up. “There may be a problem..,”
“When is that any different?” Rachel said sarcastically.
Alice was silent so Saskia turned to face her. “Please don’t keep us waiting doctor!”
Alice looked at them all. “From this data, the hub is surrounded with plating and planetary crust. There is no way our emitter can get through it, even with the entire fleet.” She showed them a scan of the system, revealing the hub beneath the surface. It was like an orb, with strange orange like slices along its surface but was buried beneath twelve miles of rock and debris.
Rachel stared at it a moment. “It looks like it opens up… as if it can shake the crust off by itself.”
“Yes…” Alice said, thinking. “Most likely to deploy itself… but I doubt it could open up without being activated from within and even if it did, it would take at least a few hours to attain the power needed to generate the kind of temporal and quantum surge it would need.”
“Hmm…” Rachel said quietly. “I think we might be able to use heavy ordnance to blast a hole in the crust… maybe something like a Q.I.B. One or two could do it!”
Saskia laughed. “Oh yes? We’ll just pull a quantum implosion bomb out of our asses then? Those are the most powerful weapons humankind has ever created! How do you propose we get one?”
Rachel smiled. “Actually, we have four left on the Stalker in a hidden compartment.
Saskia looked surprised as she had actually had the Stalker searched when she acquired Rachel and her team. “But… how?”
Rachel shrugged. “Cataphract Marines have access to heavy ordnance and permission to use it.”
Alice nodded. “She’s telling the truth. We used one to take out the Dark Moon and stop Rossi’s mutation from activating the creatures on OR-21-23”
Saskia allowed herself a big laugh and nodded happily. “I'm impressed. Truly impressed. So once we get the Union to cooperate we have a genuine plan!”
Rachel grimaced. “Yeah, that may not be so easy.”
Saskia crossed her arms. “No worries Commander! I have an offer that they will be happy to accept!” Rachel gave her a strange expression and Saskia laughed again, putting a tiny foot up on the balcony edge for effect. “Thanks to our special guest you brought aboard, I am certain that we can make them listen…”
Union Fleet Assembly Zone
August 11th 2627 C.E.
“Chief Lieu! You have a private communicate coming in.” came the report from the communications officer. Chen’s room was dark as the clock showed it was 2 a.m. and the natural lighting system had faded almost to pitch black.
Chen sat up in bed and growled. “Patch it through!” He was shaking the sleep from his head and cursing. “Who the hell is calling at this time of night?!” He spit. The monitor flicked on and he almost gasped when he saw who it was. “Williams! Anders!? Holy shit, you’re alive!”
They smiled back at him. “Sorry for disappearing! We were… occupied by what was happening in the hanger.” Maggi said. “Chief… Chen. We need your help!”
He suddenly looked concerned. “Wait a minute! You two were awol after Aropos! H-how do I know you two weren’t grabbed by the traitors?”
Maggi shook her head. “You’re just going to have to trust us!”
“What do you want? Where are you?!” He asked.
“We found out where the Lady is going and what she is planning!” Maggi said.
“Chen please! We need the Union’s help to stop her from destroying the entire galaxy!” Vivian suddenly pleaded.
“Destroy… what? What are you talking about?!” Chen asked, still shocked.
“We know how to stop her!” Maggi continued. “We found a way to destroy her and shield our ships from her power!”
“That’s incredible. How?” Chen asked.
“We don’t have time to explain. We need you to get in charge with whoever is in command of the fleet now and relay a message for us!”
Chen shook his head. “I’m just an enlisted Chief! I can’t-”
“Chen, listen we don’t have time!” Vivian started when a new face appeared in the screen. It was a little girl with big bushy blonde pigtails and a frown on her face.
“Chief... Chen was it?” The girl said.
“Chief Chen Lieu…” He replied, surprised to be addressed by this kid. “Who are…”
The girl nodded. “My name is Saskia Janssen, mercenary commander of the Gallant and my operating license is 2784-T32A. I need you to get off your ass and bring this data package we are transmitting to your commanding officer right the-fuck-now!”
Chen was still trying to absorb this strange sight when a data package suddenly began downloading into his computer. He looked at it and then back to the screen. “R-right now?”
“I believe I said right the-fuck-now.” The girl repeated.
Twenty minutes later Chen had brought the data and explained what Saskia and Maggi had told him to Admiral Neimon. She had listened and reviewed the data with an emotionless face.
“Are you sure we can trust them?” Neimon asked.
“Miss Janssen’s clearance checks out and the data they sent seemed accurate.” Alex Harrison, the Captain of the Monitor said.
Neimon was silent a moment more. “Seems like an awful risk…” She almost whispered. “…especially coming from the word of a mercenary.” Chen was silent, waiting for her to make her decision. Finally she set down the information pad and shook her head. “I’m sorry Chief, but this is too great a risk for us to follow a mercenary's plan. If the situation were different I…” Chen raised his hand and Neimon stopped. She nodded for him to speak and he handed her a second data pad. “What’s this?”
“It’s a data slate containing a recording of Marshall Steiner confessing to his crimes, without having been tortured.” Chen said slowly.
"What!" Neimon and Harrison sat forward at this and looked to the pad. True enough it contained a video file of a captured Marshal Steiner confessing his involvement with the Sedition, naming his conspirators and even had a signed written confession attached to the file as well. However the names were obscured and the voice would distort electronically when the names were spoken.
“Holy shit!” Alex hissed, realizing the importance of this.
“H-how…” Neimon started. While Marshal Steiner only had a bounty of 15,000 credits, the dirty secret was that there was already a separate bounty of nearly a million credits for information that lead to the capture or exposure of any members of the Sedition… each! If the size of this list was accurate, then Saskia would be entitled to the greatest sum of money ever collected by a mercenary, save the reward for the lady which had just gone up to a billion credits.
Chen could see the gravity of this and realized he had to make this moment count. “Saskia Janssen has acquired Marshall Steiner and extracted a confession from him.” He pointed to the code panel on the data pad. “She is therefore entitled to his and the other Sedition members impressive bounty sum, but she has offered to waive the collection of this sum if the Union agrees to aid in this operation against the lady. She has described it as proof of her good intentions and the dire nature of the situation.” He finally raised a finger. “However this data pad is encoded and will delete itself without receiving her access code in 24 hours. She says she needs our help and if we refuse to help that none of his testimony will matter.”
Neimon was silent and exchanged a glance with Harrison who nodded broadly. “She really offered to waive her bounty for Marshall and the Sedition?” Neimon asked.
“Yes! As she put it “money won’t matter if we all die” Admiral.” Chen said plainly.
Neimon looked back to Harrison who looked like he wanted to explode with excitement. He nodded again and Neimon tilted her head sideways. “I’ll have to clear it with command, but Saskia does come with a highly respected record…I think they’ll listen.”
Both Harrison and Chen sighed in relief and Harrison slapped Chen on the shoulder. “Thank you ma’am.” Chen said.
She nodded “In the meantime, Captain, prepare the fleet to move out!”
“Yes Ma’am!” Harrison barked, before rushing to issue orders.
Neimon turned to Chen. “Cheif, take the coms station, let your friends know we are in!”
“Yes ma’am!” He said, feeling hope for the first time since Aropos fell.
“Oh and Chen…” Neimon called. He stopped and looked at her. “Please accept and express the Union’s personal gratitude to you and your colleagues.”
He smiled. “Yes ma’am!”
Gallant Medical Bay
August 12th 2627 C.E.
Rachel was smiling in the mirror as she was once again restored to her normal age. This time Alice had assured her that the procedure would remain stable. Rachel appreciated this, but given what was about to happen she wondered if any of them would be safe. The fleet had agreed and they were en route to what may be their final battle. However while she was happy to be back, Fiona and Saskia were even happier. Both of them were on either side of either side of her checking out their restored bodies and grinning widely. However Rachel was grimacing as both of them were completely nude… Saskia was squeezing her breasts with her open palms and chuckling to herself while Fiona had her ass facing the mirror and was slapping her cheeks to make them bounce.
“I must say it is a very invigorating feeling to grow up in a matter of seconds!” Saskia said, crossing her arms confidently in front of the mirror.
Fiona was laughing with a husky tone as she stared at Saskia’s rear, her cheeks red with excitement. “I like your body being back to normal too!”
Saskia smiled, but waved a finger to bring Fiona’s face back up to her own. “Tsk, tsk! My face is up here and unfortunately for you, I am married.”
Fiona sighed with a defeated huff. “All the buffets are closed…”
Rachel leaned down and gave her a patronizing kiss on her forehead before tossing a towel into her face. “Get dressed Fiona! That’s an order.” Rachel laughed as she said the words.
Fiona frowned at first, but the smiled. “You used my name…”
Rachel furrowed her brow. “I've used it a few times already. You didn’t notice?”
“Yeah, it just seemed natural this time.” Fiona said, before she hugged Rachel. “Thanks.”
Rachel laughed nervously as her junior officer hugged her nude. “O-Okay! Get dressed now alright?”
Fiona stood and saluted, her small but attractive body bouncing with the gesture. “Yes sir!” She then ran naked out of the med-lab.
Saskia was now wearing a pair of boxers and pulling a tank top on over her head. “I like that one.” She said with a grin. “She goes for what she wants.”
“I guess so…” Rachel said, before looking back to Saskia. “So… You’re married?” Rachel asked, smiling a bit.
“Yes… to several people on different worlds.” Saskia said, frowning at her blonde hair in the mirror. “Hmm… Needs to be pink!” She hissed, before shrugging.
“How does that work?” Rachel asked with a grin.
“Well you just dye it pink with a pigment imprinter.” Saskia said.
“No… no I meant how does…” Rachel started.
“I know what you meant.” Saskia said, grinning. “Let’s go see if the doctors have restored Miss Bhatti yet.” Rachel grunted a laugh and followed her enigmatic mercenary back into the lab.
Alice and Tara were standing at the terminal for the device as Alice calibrated the machine. She was still working out the bugs and was learning how to properly alter time. Earlier she had turned Rachel into a teen and then couldn’t make the device work for an hour, while Saskia had spent about twenty minutes as a sixty year old woman. However she seemed to have gotten the hang of it and while she finished restoring the crew that she could, Lorraine was working with a group of technicians to configure the ships emitter to use the same frequency. When they entered Tara’s face paled and she stepped behind Alice. Rachel glanced at her but then looked to Alice.
“Well, how is it going?” She asked.
“Good. We’re just about to restore Miss Bhatti.” Alice said, her eyes moving from Rachel to Tara. “Ah! Here she is!” Alice chimed as Radha entered the room. Radha was wearing her transparent gown, allowing the outline of her tiny body to appear underneath it as she hopped up onto the emitter table.
Radha was frowning. “I ate that terrible paste, so can we please get this over with before my stomach sends me to the bathroom!?” Radha said, holding her belly.
“We’ll start right now.” Alice said as she was working the controls.
Radha gave Rachel a quick glance before sticking her tongue out at her. Rachel sighed. “I don’t think she’ll ever get along with me.” She muttered so Saskia could hear.
Saskia smirked. “She is a stubborn woman, but actually quite noble when she is forced to be.”
Rachel shook her head. “I guess…”
Saskia frowned. “What she did to you was wrong.”
Rachel snorted. “I got her back… but I do feel a bit guilty about it.”
Saskia laughed “Don’t. I know she doesn’t feel guilty about what she did.” Saskia gave an exasperated sigh. “My love never feels regret unless it hits her in the face.”
Rachel grinned as the emitter began to power up. “Your “love” you said?”
Saskia nodded. “I said I was married didn’t I?” With that Saskia walked up to the console as the device was about to start. She leaned down and pointed to the controls. “Doctor, could you humor me?”
Alice looked at what Saskia was pointing too and a look of confusion came over her face. “You want to…?”
Saskia nodded. “Yes I do! If you would please indulge me?”
Alice was about to protest when Radha suddenly spoke up in her petulant voice. “Could we stop wasting time please doctor? I am tired of waiting on you “so-called” geniuses you to fix me!”
Alice frowned at Saskia who shrugged. “By all means, go right ahead.” She gestured to the controls.
Saskia adjusted them and began to grin. Radha noticed this and suddenly looked concerned. “Saskia… what are you doing?” She squeaked before she suddenly began to vibrate and gasp with the emitter turning on.
Saskia chuckled. “I’m just punishing my love for her misbehavior earlier.”
Radha looked down at her body as the vibrations became less intense and she could feel the fabric shifting around her. She was not actually getting older, but was in fact now growing younger. Her body was sinking inward as her limbs grew shorter and shorter. She began to fuss and kick as the garment was now swallowing her like an amoeba did its food. She wailed as her hair started to get shorter and her belly started to stick out. Her four year old face darted up and she gasped.
“Saskia, pwees don’t!” She wailed.
Saskia shook her head. “I explicitly asked you not to be a competitive ass before we took our guests on board and you promised me you would behave!”
Radha was now barely able to peek out the top of her garment. “Saskeeuh! This es embarusseeing!” She whined as she continued slipping backwards.
“You broke your promise, so you get to be embarrassed.” Saskia scolded. “I think this will keep you in line next time!”
With an angry huff the little Indian girl crossed her arms and pouted. “No fawr!”
Rachel was amazed to see that the Indian goddess was now becoming quite possibly one of the sweetest baby girls she had ever seen. Her little arms and legs grew shorter but not fatter, while her little legs shifted inward towards her groin. Her face became small and round, but still maintained her skinny shape. Her big green eyes were perfect and her hair was still a shimmering black tone. Finally as Saskia shut off the device, the transparent garment fell away revealing that Radha had become an adorable baby, no more than a year old. She had an indignant expression on her face as she sat naked on her garments.
Rachel tried to suppress a snicker while Saskia smiled and walked to the baby. She bent down and kissed baby Radha on the forehead before taking a few pictures with a small device. Baby Radha looked like she wanted to throw a tantrum, but when Saskia smiled at her the tiny baby girl could not help but smile back at her lover. They were in fact so much closer than Rachel could ever have known and loved each other enough that either would give their life in an instant if the other was in danger. Seeing them up close, Alice looked to Tara and squeezed her hand. Tara smiled back returning he squeeze.
“I do so love you.” Saskia whispered in Radha’s ear. Baby Radha made a cute noise like a happy squeal, before Saskia turned back to Alice. “She’s learned her lesson! Now please if you would doctor, bring my sexy Hindu goddess back to me.” Saskia stepped aside.
“My pleasure.” Alice said.
She activated the machine and Radha began to bloom back towards maturity. In seconds she went from a tiny baby, back to the skinny girl she had been seconds before. Now she was shooting towards maturity and she threw herself back on the table. Her legs grew downward, ripples of muscle and fat causing them to grow thicker as she grew upwards. Her round stomach began to flatten like it was dough under a roller, until it began to sink back into the shape of toned abdominal muscles like the same dough rising in a hot oven. Her arms stretched out above her head as she moved them as if dancing, each one lengthening and becoming graceful and smooth like the necks of swans before their muscles regrew as well. Her breasts bloomed outward in heavy suddenly rushes as her natural growth spurts were repeated once again until they were huge and heavy once more.
Saskia actually turned red and looked overwhelmed to see her lover grow back.
“Saskia!” Radha said with a gasp of exhilaration. “My arm! It’s staying! It’s staying with me!” She said as tears flowed down her olive colored skin.
“I can see.” Saskia said happily. “It’s prettier than the other one even.”
Feeling her mature arm Radha could only laugh. “They look exactly the same!”
Her hair spilled down like a silk draping covering her shoulders, then rolling down over her exposed breasts which were still bouncing with her heaving breasts. She gasped and wrapped herself in her hair, blushing as it suddenly bloomed between her legs right in front of Rachel. She covered it up and chuckled, to which Rachel waved her hand to imply it was okay. Finally Radha’s large round hips reappeared above what Rachel had to conclude was probably a perfect ass, each cheek bouncing slight as it came back. Finally the device powered down, just as Radha’s hair reached down to her calves. She laughed and dove naked from the table into Saskia’s arms. Even though Saskia was shorter than her, Saskia still dipped Radha back and kissed her on the lips.
“I missed you.” Saskia whispered.
“I know.” Radha said with a big grin.
Suddenly Saskia gave her a glance, to which Radha nodded as if given an order. Radha stood and looked to Rachel. “Commander… please forgive me for my actions I…”
Rachel raised a hand. “Forgiven.” She smiled and Radha suddenly smiled back, appreciating Rachel not drawing this out. Rachel just grinned. “Besides, I got a picture of the merciless bounty hunter Radha Bhatti as a baby so I feel pretty satisfied.
Radha frowned, her hair still covering her breasts and threw her fists downwards. “Why you…”
Saskia hissed through her teeth. “Radha! We are all friends now!”
Radha suddenly withered, nodding with a frown. “Yes, love.”
Alice stepped in and cleared her throat. “EHEM… we actually need the machine for some tests. We are going to try restoring one of the babies now. So could everyone please clear out?”
“Ah yes of course doctor!” Saskia smiled. “If you will excuse me, I need to get dressed…” She then looked at Radha and smirked. “Why don’t you not get dressed?” Radha blushed, looking surprised. “I believe your current attire would improve morale on the ship yes?”
Radha gasped and slapped Saskia on the ass, as the captain jogged from the room laughing. As she passed Rachel she grinned. “Who do you think is painted in a naked state on the hull of my ship?”
Before Rachel could laugh at this, Radha growled loudly. “Saskia! Get dressed!”
Saskia left the room smiling. Rachel offered Radha her transparent garment to which Radha smiled and nodded. “Thanks. I guess we're even?”
"Yeah." Rachel smiled and extended a hand. "Lets get ready! We have a big day tomorrow!" Radha nodded at that and shook Rachel's outstretched hand. 'Besides... we can hate each other again later when we save the universe."
They both nodded at this thought.
Later that evening several figures stole into the Dervish quietly, careful to avoid security. Maggi and Vivian were sitting on the bridge as Lorraine, who was still a cute tiny little doctor entered the bridge. She muttered as she saw them sitting there, and she looked more tired than she had in her late forties.
“So what’s up?” She asked.
Vivian and Maggi shrugged. “Not sure. Olga just said not to be followed.”
Lorraine sighed. “Why the hell would Olga want to see us in private like this?”
“Because we need to talk about ending this…” Olga entered and the room fell silent. Instead of a small teen with blonde hair in a military cut, a tall woman in her mid-twenties now stood before them. Olga Hurwitz was back to normal and she was stunning. Wearing only a long t-shirt and shorts, her body was able to show its natural strength. She was toned and fit like a person who spent most of their life in a gym. Her face was strong and pointed, her bones giving her a chiseled visage. Her hips were wide and her breasts modest, allowing her to look amazingly beautiful without sacrificing her strength.
“Wow! I forgot how beautiful you were!” Lorraine whistled.
“Never mind. We have to talk!” She looked around from person to person. “They are making a mistake! I looked at the data and they would never be able to punch through the crust of that world with all four Q.I.B.s from the Stalker. They are too low a yield.” Maggi and Vivian exchanged a glance, unsure of that, but Lorraine’s face darkened. “You already knew that didn’t you?” Olga asked.
“Yeah… I figured the same thing…” Lorraine said. “But we gotta try something! It’s the only way!”
“Not quite! Remember how Alice said it would shake off the crust when activated?” Lorraine nodded. “Then she said that it would still take time to charge even if activated?” Olga asked.
Lorraine nodded again clearly frustrated. “Yeah, at least an hour and thirty six minutes. Why?”
Olga looked to Lorraine. “So… if we could activate it, it would have to expose itself to the fleet?”
Lorraine gave her a quizzical look. “Yes… I suppose but how do you propose we do that?”
“Let me go to her.” Maggi suddenly said.
“WHAT?” Vivian jumped up in shock, standing by her side.
Maggi waved her back. “If she has me, she’ll activate the hub and expose it!”
Lorraine was surprised and turned to face her while. “That boy on the ship said that would be very bad thing! That sounds terribly stupid!”
“Actually I think she’s right and that’s what I was thinking.” Olga added. Now everyone was looking at her. “Maggi and I were talking about this last night, although we were hoping to use Maggi as a distraction. However now we need to get through the crust to the hub. The only way is if they open it on their own. That doesn’t leave us lots of options.”
Lorraine shook her head. “No! This is dumb as hell!”
Vivian nodded. “Lorraine is right! This would mean giving her what she wants.” She looked to Maggi with tears in her eyes. “You can’t give yourself to her! I won’t let you!”
Maggi embraced her and looked into her eyes. “It might be the only way…”
“No! This is idiotic!” Lorraine growled. “We’d be giving her the power to unravel time! There are too many variables!”
Olga shrugged. “Unless you have a plan to both get through the crust of OR-98-16 and keep the lady busy from zapping us into fetuses, then I think it’s our best bet.”
“I agree! We need to keep her busy while the fleet gets into position!” Maggi said sternly.
Olga growled. “Not to mention we have an entire fleet of warships that have converted to follow the lady. We have to get through them first!”
Everyone was silent for what felt like an eternity as the reality of the situation sank in. Olga looked to everyone. “We started this… back when we boarded the Black Moon we set this in motion. Now we have to end it and that means we have to make sure their plan works.” She held them all in her gaze.
Vivian finally spoke. “Alright… I think she’s right…” Lorraine looked to her disapprovingly but said nothing. “I don’t want to lose you Maggi! So I’m going too!”
Olga turned to her. “We’ll go together! We’ll use the Dervish to sneak past the fleet. Then we land and make the entire thing look like we were coming to kill the lady on our own. She gets her hands on Maggi, activates the system and we keep her busy while the fleet gets into position.” She looked to Lorraine. “Alice will still be here to get the machine ready. Saskia can guide the fleet into position and fire the emitter once the hub is exposed.” Lorraine still said nothing. “It’s the only way.” Olga finally added.
“What happens to us then?” Vivian asked.
“Doesn’t matter.” Olga said coldly. “This is an end-game and we have to try. If we die, we die. As long as the Restoration is stopped, nothing else matters.” The room was silent a long moment more.
Lorraine stared at her for a long moment before looking to Maggi. “Are you willing?” Maggi nodded without hesitation. “Very well… We go with Olga’s plan if the vote is unanimous!” Everyone looked to her. “All in favor say Aye!”
Maggi nodded. “Aye!”
Vivian smiled weakly at her lover. “Aye…”
Olga crossed her arms. “Aye.” Lorraine let her shoulders sink and sighed. “We’re just waiting on you Lorraine.” Olga added.
Lorraine was about to speak when a new voice suddenly burst into the darkened bridge. “Aye!”
All eyes darted to the figure that now stood in the doorway. Gasps and shocked expressions came from everyone. Only Lorraine seemed to suddenly smile, a grin creeping over her face. She began to sob slightly and cover her mouth as the others smiled. The figure crossed her arms, her leather jacket making a mild stretching sound. “We’re just waiting on you Doc… are you in or out?”
Lorraine stiffened and saluted, wiping tears from her face as she did. “Aye… Captain Holt.”