YE 45.1.3 - Evening
YSS Resurgence - Wardroom
Poppy went to the wardroom to get dinner and was impressed by the big spread of Japanese food chef Rossa had been able to produce for the crew. Even with the "Emma" robot assisting her, that was a lot of dishes for a lone cook to make for one meal. She was going to complement Rossa, but the cook seemed to be in a conversation with Thia. Poppy went over to Euikoshi instead. "How'd the mission go?"
"It was a success, and I'll start detailed studies on the alien artificial life soon. I'm too tired to do anything else but relax for the night, though. We had to assemble around a hundred drill pipe sections in the middle of below freezing weather," she told Poppy. "Thank goodness I had help or my arms would have fallen off."
Nanook strode into the wardroom famished from his exertions on the planet surface. Deep core drilling was a worthy scientific pursuit, but was neither interesting or stimulating to his tastes. He had enjoyed the weather, it was kept far too warm on the ship in his opinion. He approached the dinner spread and surveyed the menu.
He opted on an entire tray of fish and rice. Picking up the tray and an entire jug of green tea, he proceeded to a quiet section of the wardroom and began to wolf down Kodian-sized paw fulls of fishy rice.
Pidole came in with her beetle in tow, and Euikoshi offered her seat to the redhead engineer so that she could slide over and sit by Nanook. "Hey, big guy," she smiled.
"Hey, small woman." Nanook replied in between mouthfulls of salty goodness.
Kiyo walked into the wardroom feeling hungry after work on that ice world. She planned to grab something to eat before joining her daughter in the Onsen.
Emiko's pile was not quite as grand as Nanook's, but it was still impressive nonetheless. She surveyed for her fellow infantry personnel, and for her fellow officers, thinking on deciding which way to go. In the end, she went with "whatever was closest so she could get started eating."
Emiko did, however, wave and nod to Kiyo in passing. "Heishō."
"Were you asking something about marriage?" Euikoshi asked. "I heard something about that."
"Mmmm yes, about that. I think... I may have turned down an offer of marriage from Ms. Chiasa. I fear it may have insulted her deeply. This is reinforced by the realization that she just left my arm on Gashmere. There was the whole, getting shot at thing, but still..."
"I am surprised Poppy didn't grab it," Euikoshi said, "Perhaps she didn't see it. Maybe everyone just figured growing a new one would be easier? I appreciate it has sentimental value. Um, I don't know if you should rush into things anyway, you have only known Chiasa a short time, right?" Euikoshi said, giving Nanook a friendly pat on the back.
Nanook washed down some more fish and rice with a large pull of tea. "Indeed, I was quite...taken aback when she mentioned an engagement. I am not used to having to worry about entanglements like ... this." He said, his right index claw made a circular motion in the air. "On Gashmere life was simple. We trained, or we went on patrol, or had a mission. It was much more, task oriented. Things here seem more ... intimate."
Kiyo nodded to Emiko in greeting, before her attention went to the conversation around her and blinked her eyes.
Bidole the blue beetle audibly fluttered across the room and returned to Pidole carrying a dumpling in its legs.
Kiyo blinked as she both saw and felt the little adorable beetle scurry by.
"I think it's a natural process of everyone trying to fit in and work as a group," Euikoshi told Nanook. "I think you're doing a great job for being so new to the ship," she said. "I'm glad you're with us for this ride around the Kikyo Sector."
Nanook flung the last bit of food from his tray into his toothy maw and chewed on it as he mulled Euikoshi's words. "I am honored to be here, as for fitting in," he raised his paws in front of him. One paw with claws very close together, the other with the claws far apart. "Sometimes it feels like it is a very tight fit." He chuckled at himself, finding his comment supremely humours. "I feel like I should go and cleanse my fur. Thank you for the kind words."
Euikoshi made an, "mhmm," sound and gave Nanook's paw a squeeze. "I'm sure it will be good for your back after today. See you, Nanook."
"Do you like the beetle?" Poppy asked Kiyo, gesturing for Kiyo to come over to sit with her and Pidole.
Kiyo moved over to sit with Poppy and Pidole. She decided she should be polite and kind. "its very interesting" she said
Pidole smile. "This is Bidole. I love her," she said, lowering her chin onto the table so she could stare at the beetle as it ate.
"Temporary duty, eh?" Poppy asked. "What's your story?"
Kiyo smiled at Pidole, and thought about Valkyr her drake and her smile widened at the thought. "yeah temporary, i volunteered to come aboard, though i have been considdering when its over to leave the ship alone, and let Luna stay. and theres not much to tell, i'm Yayoi's youngest sister, we came from the same batch. While Yayoi was a Ranger, and a Giretsu trained one at that, I was a Infantry, trained by a Samurai Yojimbo, and gained Armorer certification. To stop people hassling me when i did maintenance on my Mindy"
"Oh, I didn't realize you were sisters!" Pidole said. "Neat! And a fellow technician?"
"My daughter Luna is a true Technician, and yeah we're sisters, see the person in charge of our creation treated us like her daughters so we'd just started calling each other sisters, and we aren't the only ones.. Theres like a army of us hehe." Kiyo said before munching on her food.
"It's very Nekovalkyrja," Poppy grinned.
Kiyo smiled and nodded "Indeed."
YSS Resurgence - Onsen
Cheilith was soaking in the Onsen and trying to relax
Opting to head straight for the showers after doffing her Mindy, Chiasa quickly cleaned herself off before heading to the Onsen on a whim, if only to relax after a long away mission. With a dainty steps, the tiny Nekovalkyja went up and down the steps leading into the circular pool before settling in, taking extra care not to cause a splash in doing so. Her white hair was worn in its typical style—with cornrow braids on the left side while her right side was worn own.
A presoaked Luna entered the Onsen with a yawn as she made her way into the Onsen's waters.
Mineko had followed a few of the other away team members. Her hair was soaked through but tied up in a double bun, over which she kept a wet towel. While showering, she had wrapped a small towel around her torso and hips and is was already wet by the time she sat at the lip of the pool
"Nice way to follow up a relaxing first mission," Mineko said to the room. "With a relaxing soak."
"Hai..." Luna said sleepily as she relaxed. "Though i've not had a first mission, work was tiring today." She said to Mineko
"Ever thought about being a combat engineer?" the analyst replied.
Luna shook her head. "nah, i mean i thought about it, but the amazing Itatski Sachiko is or was one, and it feels like i'm just copying her." Luna replied.
"It was a nice change of pace." Chiasa admitted. "Though I wouldn't have minded if we had run into pirates, rogue mercenaries, or angry nanotechnology miners." She added with a playful smile, before lowering her naked form into the pool as a dreamy sigh escaped from her pouty pink lips.
"I've thought of how different things might had been if I had went for Infantry, but I feel like I made the right choice as a pharmacy specialist. I still get to shoot stuff at least!" Chiasa added with a coy giggle.
Mineko was about to make a quip, but at Chiasa's last words she slid into the water. She settled low on the bench so that even her mouth was covered by the warm heat of the water.
"Have you thought of other occupations, Mineko-Hei?" Chiasa said, before mirroring the hime cut-Nekovalkyrja's actions in sliding into the water, causing a few bubbles to manifest on the surface as she did!
Mineko's eyes brightened and the blue at the bottom of them shone as she heard the question. She tilted her head so that more ofher neck dipped into the water while her mouth raised above the surface.
"Yes!" the black panel said. "I was interested in the science field! There's a lot of overlap between scientist and analyst. I was friends with my recruiter, though, and she um, saw potential in me for SAINT." Mineko wasn't quite sure what it was Stella had seen in her. Perhaps it was her athleticism, the analyst wondered. "So I get to do a bit of the same as a scientist with a bit more of the unknown of... all the rest."
Luna shifted as she listened to Mineko's response to the question. "Science is amazing!" she couldnt help but add in.
"Technician has a bit of overlap with science, as well. As does a pharmacist." Mineko agreed. "It's interesting."
"Science? That's so effing rad!" Chiasa poured out, briefly floating up out of the water to bring her head above the surface, a wide grin manifesting across her pinkish-tan features as she did. "You should totally go for green if you get bored of black, if you get my vibe! Take it from someone who also switched, but I didn't exactly switch colors..." The tiny Nekovalkyrja mused.
"I can confirm the overlap between science and the pharmacy! I work in the science lab when synthesizing prescriptions and drugs." Chiasa added.
"The science lab on the Fuji seems so cool," Mineko straightened in the water and swam forward a bit as she said this. "It's like your own little weird attic. I don't have any reason to go up there... yet." She added the last words with a little bow of her head and a glint in the red of her eyes.
"Maybe i should switch completely to scientist" Luna said as she listened, it all seemed interesting to her as she watched Mineko and then followed her. "As for saint.. I think my old captain told mommy that she could do well in SAINT, and i do know of another who might work well there too."
Chiasa's features immediately turned a special shade of crimson, at which point the tiny Nekovalkyrja bashfully covered her mouth, closed her eyes, and briefly lowered her head under the water, bubbles sprinkling across the surface as she did. She came back up a moment later, her white hair sticking to her narrow shoulders as her pointed, elf-like ears twitched with elation.
"If you ever need a reason, let me know~" Chiasa purred softly, before shifting her attention to Luna. "Who else do you know that might do well in SAINT?" The pharmacy specialist added, arched eyebrows raising in curiosity as she spoke.
A satisfied smile formed on Mineko's face as she both backed away from Chiasa and looked from her to Luna. The lean girl laid back in the water with her happy smile intact as the white towel clung to the middle of her chest. It splayed out at her hips, so she twirled in the water to cover back up.
Nanook entered the Onsen, wearing a pair of dark purple swim trucks and a towel the size of a large blanket slung over his shoulder. Seeing the pool was occupied, a wicked thought entered his mind. Making some quick calculations he broke into a run, leaping into the air, he curled into a fetal position as all two thousand pounds of Kodian plopped into the pool with all the grace of an overturned elephant.
"A Neko named Makoto, she's so cool, she has a body thats similar to ours but different, she can fully turn invisible, and she's a Ninja." She told Chiasa. Then blinked as the hugest man she'd ever seen, and her eyes widened, "oh...my..."
At the entrance of a new member of the opposite sex and the mention of people being able to turn invisible, Mineko became nothing more than a floating towel and the flickering backdrop of the onsen behind her thanks to her skin-based holographics. Not quite as infallible as that which the NH-33s that makato possessed, she was still able to attempt to hide herself.
Mineko had absconded at his quick approach and made it out of the pool before he had made it into it. Having taken inspiration from Luna's words, she giggled in her direction.
"She can turn invisible? That's so rad!" Chiasa exclaimed.
It was only then that Chiasa's gaze widened as her pointed ears registered the powerful footsteps of a giant, two-thousand pound Kodian approaching faster than such a large being had any right to. She knew immediately what Nanook was about to do, but could do nothing to stop it save for letting out a high-pitched squeak as he came crashing into the warm water, splashing not only everyone inside the pool, but anyone who might be standing outside of it as well!
Nanook sat up enough that his nose, eyes, and ears emerged from the settling pool. Attempting to gauge the reactions of the other occupants. A few bubbles escaped the water as he breathed out of his nose. He rose up a little, he hated getting water in his eyes. He grabbed a nearby towel that seemed to just be floating about for convenience...
Luna blinked and whiped Onsen water from her face. "Hiya Giant Brother!" she called to Nanook before she turned her attention to Chiasa as she registered she'd said something. "Yeah!"
For her part, Chiasa giggled upon realizing that Mineko was now a giant towel, a prospect which drew out a few adventurous thoughts before she shifted her attention back to Nanook. Not long after, Chiasa's gaze went wide when she saw the Kodian grab said towel!
"Nanook, that's not-"
Unfortunately, Chiasa's warning came far too late!
With a small squeak of a noise, Mineko was sure to keep her projection up on the part of her body that had been covered while also raising her arms, letting the towel fall at Nanook's pull without hindrance.
Nanook wiped the water from his eyes with his new found towel, then saw Chiasa wide eyed before him. "It was a calculated risk, and I never said I was good at math...."
Luna blinked as she watched and remembered Mineko turned into a towel. Then watched the scene before her.
Unseen, the analyst inched further away from the pool, sure to keep her mouth clamped shut as she felt even more sounds trying to erupt forth. But something on the floor caught her attention.
"I was going to say that wasn't going to get you dry." Chiasa frowned, before looking back to said "towel", which was now moving further away from the pool. "But maybe I was wrong?" The tiny Nekovalkyrja blinked.
"Isn't the point of this to get wet?" Nanook asked as he tossed the towel over the side of the pool and started to float about on his back.
As he said this, he wouldn't have been able to see a bucket somehow floating around the flickering bamboo walls of the onsen. It scooped into the water next to Chiasa. As the bucket lifted above Nanook's prone position, Mineko came into view in a black bodysuit -obviously projected- with a double fanged grin that spread from cheek to cheek. She dumped the water on the furry belly of the Kodian, savoring his words.
Luna covered her mouth as she watched the scene before her and tried not to betray Mineko with her giggles.
"That is the point!" Mineko said with laughter infusing every word.
Nanook flailed about as the bucket of water poured over his face in a very unfair ambush. His large frame sunk, muscle didn't float very well unless you could concentrate on it. He was able to get his large paws on the floor and stand in a large trubulent fountain of water. He glanced around, trying to find Mineko, he fixed her with his gaze. Then. His ears flattened as he mumbled out loud, glancing down, "Where's my shorts?" He quickly fell backwards into the water.
Chiasa let out a high-pitched, cackling giggle as the scene came to its climax, causing the tiny Nekovalkyrja to unwittingly slide deeper under the water!
Luna giggled though her own was much more quieter so that poor Nanook didnt get extra embarrased because of it.
"Sorry, Nanook-san," Mineko said from outside the pool. "You probably didn't know but you grabbed the towel I was wearing. Only fair to get you back." She had tried to give a proper apology, but her lips were squirming to stay shut and not break out into a wide smile. "I'll give you your shorts if you give me my towel back?" Mineko said, fishing around for an amorphous purple blob in the water.
Chiasa located said purple blob, and discreetly kicked it back to Mineko while it was underwater, a playful giggle on her lips as she did!
YSS Resurgence - Bridge
"Arriving at Shirakawa no Iori," Gabriela said. "Would you like to dock, captain?"
Aoba nodded. "Yes, go ahead."
Gabriela immediately began requesting clearance. After a moment, the Resurgence proceeded into the one of the huge docking bays of the Fourth Fleet's Iori-class Star Fortress. Soon, they were docked with a large mechanical arm attached to the Resurgence's side, allowing the crew to walk between the ship and the station. Since most of the Star Army of Yamatai ran on a common time schedule, it was night on the station as well and pretty quiet.
"We'll explore the station tomorrow, and the planet below. Until then, feel free to get some rest Gabriela," captain Aoba said. "You too, Kalena," he added. In the safety of a friendly port, the ship had reduced bridge crew requirements.
"I think I'll go to the onsen," Kalena grinned. Meanwhile, Gabriela went to find her old friend Poppy.