Namah: ... *Pats at her stomach idly*
*Looking up at the other two with a blank gaze, she thinks for a few moments...*
Namah: ...I'm hungry. Let's go get something to eat.
*She heads for the elevator*
OOS: Please, play along.
[ Bebop II Bridge: ]
Makoto: *Smiles, thinking to self* Cute~!
*She suddenly gets a message on a console nearby; four beeps, and a light flashing orange, pink, pink, orange*
Makoto: Hmmm. *Looks to Yuuka* I've gotta see what the Angry Doctor wants.
*Getting an idea, she smiles widely at Yuuka*
Makoto: Wanna come along? Plea~~~se~?
[ Kalta Thaea's Surface, Nearby the Bebop II: ]
Ryoko: *Finally speaks to Washu* Washu...Who is that girl?
Washu: ... *Looks away from the still-sleeping girl at long last* ...Her name is Sara. She was...One of my students.
*Kneeling down beside Sara, who it still in a deep, deep sleep, Washu looks down at her*
Washu: I heard that when I disappeared...She was very upset. But... *Sighs heavily*
Ryoko: What is it, Washu? Aren't you happy to see her? *Brow furrows in frustration*
Washu: Of course, but... *Sighs again* ...I barely know anything about her, in-depth...
*Gazing down at Sara, her eyes are brewing with confusion and emotions*
Washu: ...I can't imagine why the Vrishkans would see her as such a threat. At the academy, she was sweet, got good grades, and never designed weapons of any kind...She was just a smart, adorable little klutz...
Ryoko: ... *Stays silent, not knowing how to console the diminutive scientist*
*Suddenly, several screeches can be heard from nearby*
Ryoko: *Prepares to leap, but stops suddenly at a gesture from Washu*
Washu: ...Let me do this. I want to find out a few things. *Eyes have a steely, dangerous glint*
Ryoko: Oh, oh...Whatever. *Angrily backs down from Washu*
Washu: *Begins typing on another holographic console*
[ Meanwhile, On A Distant, Abandoned Research Center Floating In Space: ]
*All is dark and quiet*
*Without warning, a hole is warped into a platform at the nucleus of the station*
*Some kind of black, eight-sided, rhomboid crystal begins to emerge from the strange portal*
*A number of small, white, one-by-four panels begin circling the crystal in separate rings*
*More of the small panels align next to eachother by their long sides, slightly apart; these chains pass right into the station's consoles and machinery*
*After a series of beeps, clicks, and whirrs, a relaxed, female voice speaks from everywhere and nowehere at once*
???: Security systems deactivated. Research Center void of life. Original purpose: [Obsolete.] Processing...
*The crystal spends several more minutes beeping and whirring and clicking; forming its flat, rectangular satellites into larger, asymmetrical panels*
*Finally, a little digital lightbulb appears above the top of the crystal for effect*
???: Solution Reached. New Objectives Set, Dedicating Systems For Purposes:
*Massive chains of satellite-strips lash out, digging into every corner of the room*
*They extend beyond the core room's confines, digging up long-buried programs and weapons and devices; unbelieveable resources lie lost in the station's reaches*
*Everything that could possibly be of use is 'accessed' by satellite-chains entering them*
???: Step One: [Assimilimate Station For Purposes.]
*The entire station rumbles, before violently being dragged in on itself*
*When all is said and done, only the black crystal is left floating in space*
???: Steps Two-Five: [Gather Information On Designer's Whereabouts.]
*Within a matter of moments, it has pinpointed a view of Washu on Kalta Thaea*
*It observes her as she approaches the Vrishkan forces, scanning the location, other individuals in the vicinity, records on Washu at various computers across the Universe, climate, Washu's physical state, etc., etc.*
*Next, it records all of this information and somehow sets up a system to keep tabs on her*
???: Steps Six-Eight: [Use Information Gathered To Design Appropriate Body For Step Nine...]
*It uses all of this information to design schematics, works out the specs on construction, and finally begins to take a small, slightly familiar humanoid shape...
???: *In a disturbingly familiar female voice* ...Step Nine, Final Step: [Commence New Primary Objective.]
*A strange giggle emanates from it, as first one, then both lavender-purple eyes open*
???: ...New Primary Objective: [Test Creator's Security.] Hee hee~!