[ Bebop II, Training Room: ]
Dorothy: Hm...It is a pleasure to meet you, Ms. Draak'ha.
*Headband's circuits flickering once, twice, she continues speaking*
Dorothy: My name is Dorothy Wayneright. I am an android of unknown purpose, but...
*Turning her gaze to Makoto, then Yuuka, then Pitou, she finishes*
Dorothy: ...But I am finding...Purpose.
Makoto: *Wraps arm around Dorothy's shoulder* I'm Makoto Nanaya!
Pitou: ... *Looks to Shroom, before back to Haruko* ...
Haruko: When this ring rattles...It means Atomsk
*A faint rumbling can be heard from far outside the ship*
Pitou: Are you going to go after him? This is the first time he's come to you
Haruko: ...Nah. He's got some
thing in mind. Dunno what though.
*She continues watching the rattling ring idly*
Pitou: Atomsk...Heh. I'd rather like to see him for myself.
Haruko: Famous last words.
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[ Outside the Ship: ]
Wekiga: *Charging gray flames*
Red Light: *Continues blinking, as well as giving off breathing noises*
Wekiga: Incredible...Your power...It's just like what I see in those two girls...Haruko and Mamimi...Yet...
*A hot breeze rustles against him, scalding his face and instantly drying his odd skin*
Wekiga: ...Yet, you are in an entirely different league. Not since Arazu
have I felt like this...
*Licking his lips, a maddened grin spreads across his demonic features; his single, silver eye glints brightly*
Wekiga: You are far more powerful...Your mind is unknowable...You see a General of Void as unimportant...
*Sweat starts beading on his brow, then streams down his features*
Wekiga: Heheheheh...I'm terrified.
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[ Ryuten: ]
Hishima: *Meets his brothers on the dock* ...
Mushima: Program 32 has been retrieved, brother. I've taken this opportunity to hook up the Y-7 Core and start the Program running. All that's left is Special Program 17, correct?
Hishima: Correct. We shall set out for Anbaro at once. *Looks over shoulder*
*The ring of metallic strips has returned, apparently invisible to all but the Shima Brothers*
Mushima: ...And it has still
yet to make a move?
Hishima: Indeed. Ready the ship.
*Nodding, Mushima and Takashima head back into the ship*
Hishima: *Continues eyeing the construct warily*
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[ The Bebop II, Kokonoe's Lab: ]
Tamao: *Has walked in, and is fanning her distressed brother*
*With Aries dismissed and Coco still napping on the couch from before, it is mostly peaceful*
*However, a transmission suddenly comes through in a nearby room; Washu seems to answer*
*Moments later, a being teleports in with a rustling, and follows Washu out; chatting idly*
*At first glance, Washu appears to be talking to Ryoko*
Tamao: *Gives the Space Pirate a fierce glare, before another presence phases into the room*
*Whirling, Tamao's eyes widen as she sees that they've now been joined by...*
I thought Zev's mom would never
Tamao: *Stares back at the individual Washu is talking to*
*At that moment, the individual stops talking to Washu and looks over at Tamao*
???: *Looks exactly like Ryoko, but with a pair of twin crescent scars on her cheeks* ...?
Ryoko: Oh great. Goody-Goody
is here. I had really missed
being compared to you, Minagi.
Minagi: Oh come on, Ryoko! You know I wouldn't bother you guys if it wasn't important!
Washu: Now, now. You're ruining the latest addition to my Video Album~ *Has a cellphone out*
Minagi & Ryoko: *Look over to Tamao* *Together* ...Oh boy.
Tamao: *Hyperventilating* Two...Two Ryokos...Two of them...Two of them
Kokonoe: *Tosses aside an emptied box* Relax. She's not a combative hussy like the Ryoko we know and love.
, you little Demon Cat!! Watch what you say about people who are in the room!!
Kokonoe: I said
"know and love." Would Washu
have said that much?
Tamao: *Face is turning red; hair is falling out of bun again* I will only remain patient...A while longer...!!
Kokonoe: Fine. A long time ago, while constructing Ryoko, Washu had a number of assistants. Among them was a swordsman named Yakage. He saw potential in a Ryoko of his own...So, he lifted a half-finished DNA sample and completed it with copies of his own X chromosomes. The result is a sort of...Sister
Minagi: *Bows politely* I apologize for making you upset, Glory-san. I didn't know you and Ryoko-san had an...Unpleasant
history. *Stands upright, smiling sweetly* All the same, I hope we can be friends!
Ryoko: *Grumble* *Grumble* ...Goody-Goody Minagi shows up in all the stories, uninvited
Washu: Would you have something to let the rest of us hear, Dear Daughter?
Ryoko: *Flinch* ...! S...Screw you, Washu. You can't scare me.
Washu: Keep telling yourself that~ So, Minagi. Why do you feel like joining in?
Ryoko: Yeah - I thought you were handling corrupt merchants and politicians around the Horsehead Nebula?
Minagi: ... *Eyes soften* ...It's about...Yakage-sama...Something that was his.
Kokonoe: *Whispers to Tamao* Yakage passed away some years ago.
Tamao: *Whispers back* I see. That explains a bit.
Minagi: I wish to retrieve a sword that was stolen from him... *Eyes turn downward*
Washu: *Draws closer* What's the matter? And don't lie to me about it.
Ryoko: ... *Eyes soften* You can tell us about it.
Minagi: It was stolen...Because of...Me...
Washu: Just talk when you're ready.
Minagi: *Nod* *Nod*
OOS: Hey, Shroom. We gonna go back to Omaha and the Flowered Planet soon?
...If you wanna?