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A spit shine

Posted on Tue Apr 8th, 2014 @ 2:38pm by Commander Mercia Kavi

Mission: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship!

Ash stood in the transporter room, waiting for the Durrighash to beam back on board. They had gone back to their ship to assemble clean up teams to come to the Gladiator and give it a spit shine- quite literally. Lieutenant Kavi- Ash couldn't think of her as Mercia while they were on duty- stood to her left. Both women were going to lead the Durrighash around the ship to make sure they got into all the nooks and crannies.

"I think I should have picked up some gloves..." Mercia made a comment, unable to stop thinking about the fact it was spit she was going to be using.

Finally, the two groups of Durrighash arrived. There were two very young ones- they were half the size of the others.

"We brought Egglings because there is no way we will fit into your maintenance tubes," Danielle explained. "They are eager to help."

"Good thinking," said Ash, smiling. And she turned to translate to Kavi.

Mercia smiled at the group, "I got a bunch of that finally... Well gang..." she paused thinking of her wording. "I thought we might need a new gang. Not really had a gang before. It's new. Well my own gang at least." she scratched her head still trying to quell her nervousness.

"Are you a queen?" asked the smaller of the two Egglings, gazing at Ash. "He says all your woman are queens," he added, indicating the other Eggling, who stood by, looking expectantly at Ash.

Ash grinned. "Yes," she answered with a wink at Kavi. "Yes, I am. Anyway, come along. We're going to hunt out all these wretched plants and you lot are going to spit on them for us- thanks for that, by the way. Come along!" she added, and started leading the group to the doors. "The worst place is near the Science Department. We'll start there together, and then probably split up and work our way out. That's the plan. Amendments welcome."

"I want to make sure I get in to the turbo shaft near the science department... Those plants took my boot and David's knife from us." Mercia said. "Lets head out." she said motioning to the door.

"You're really worrying about a knife?" asked Ash as they headed out of the transporter room, the Egglings following and the rest of the Durrighash bringing up the rear. "The boot I understand- shoes, right?- but a knife?"

Mercia smirked at Ash, "Look princess, I don't care so much about shoes." she laughed. "Its Hawkins knife, he said it was his favorite, I want to make sure it doesn't get lost in the clean up." she said. "Its not like the boot is some pair of ruby red slippers." she said.

"A girl who doesn't care about shoes?" said Ash. "I don't believe it."

"What makes you a queen?" asked the smallest Durrighash.

Ash thought for half a second before replying. "That's difficult to explain," she said. "We're queens to our mates, I suppose. Well, I guess, more accurately, we choose the men who treat us like queens."

"So, who's queen are you?" asked the smallest Durrighash. "Are you the Captain's queen?"

"No, I'm Liam's queen," replied Ash. "Girlfriend. Girlfriend, I'm his girlfriend. Please don't tell him I said I was his queen. I'll never hear the end of it."

Both small Durrighash laughed at that. "You are not his queen yet?" asked the larger of them.

"No," said Ash.

"Why not?" asked Danielle. "You should take him. It is quite fun."

Ash grinned. "I'm sure it is," she muttered. "What are your names, by the way?" she asked the two smaller ones.

"I'm Samuel and this is Jacob," said the smaller one.

"Samuel and Jacob," she repeated. "It's a pleasure to meet you. I'm Ash and this is Mercia. Okay," she said as they approached the lift. "There's no way we're all getting in at once. We'll have to split into two groups. You want to take the first group?" she asked Mercia.

"Sure, now don't actually spit on me you little ones, or You're going straight on the naughty step." she wagged her finger at them. She looked at Ash, "And I'm so telling, Your Majesty!" she smirked.

Ash gave her a dirty look, but couldn't snap at her not to call her Your Majesty because she had just explained to the children that all women were queens. So, instead, she just waited for the lift to take the first group and she stepped onto the next one with the second group.

Once all had arrived on the correct deck, she started leading them towards the science department when she spotted something different. "Spiders!" she said, surprised. "Don't normally get spiders in space."

"Can we have them?" asked Jacob, excitedly.

"Uh... sure," said Ash.

The two young Durrighash immediately made short work of the five spiders who were building webs in a nearby doorway.

"How did they get here?" Mercia made a face. Well at least the dinos were good for pest control!

Ash wrinkled her nose. "We'll have to keep a look out," she commented. "Five spiders. Hm. I wonder if the plants have anything to do with them." She didn't mind spiders, but she was sure they didn't want an infestation on their hands. "Furthermore, what are they EATING?" she asked.

Mercia shuddred, "I dont know, but we'll have to watch out, and call science about it. Maybe their holograms had another error!" she said.

"Never mind, we'll deal with that later," she said. "Come on, the plants are just ahead."

Mercia waved her hand at the pair she would have with her, "Lets head for the hatch down that way, get us in to the trubolift shaft. Do you have any more coming abourd? With this small of a group we'll never get it all done." she said.

"Of course," answered Danielle. "The others are preparing."

Mercia nodded, "have your people signal when they are ready and we will have people waiting to work with them around the ship." Mercia nodded, then parted ways with Ash, followed by the group she would be working with. Already the eggling that was with them was trying its Hand? at spitting at the plants and gleefully clicking as it shriveled.


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