>Previous threads can be found at: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Psion%20Quest>Sitting in the charger and refueling on phaeron, Einstien sat. You could check his data at any time, you knew: http://pastebin.com/CaAF0yS8Sitting back on your favorite couch in the house, you simply leaned back, relaxing into the infinite fluffiness of the cushions, Anna sitting on the other end. She looked this way and that - at the picture of you and your family, Einstein in the lower corner, one of you and Alex at seven years old, and one of just your parents, twenty years younger. "Just a few more minutes!" Your dad said, as she flipped something that hissed on the skillet."Hey, hun." Your mother said, covered in grease as she sat back in her recliner. She held a grease-covered hand out toward Anna- and then realized, and wiped her hand on her overalls until it was something approaching clean."Hi, my name is Allison." She said."Anna." Anna responded, taking it. "I'm one of heather's friends from school.""Nice to meet you!" Mom said.
Rolled 75>>23753949"hey mom, mom,mom look what I can do "float something to the front of the tv hen turn the TV on and have it display "Ta Da!!"
>>23753949"It's good to see you mom! It feels like it's been a lot longer than a week. How have things been?"
>>23753949>"Hi, my name is Allison." She said.>Your mother is Anna Leery. Your father, Sallanee. Your father's maiden name is Smith.I see your sneaky name-clash-avoidance retcon, Exa.
>>23754077>Anything I say in greentext is less canon than what I say in the narrative. Also, when I named Anna I'd completely forgotten about mom."It's good to see you, Mom! It feels like it's been a lot longer than a week. How have things been?""Well... Things are a bit harder at work without you around to help, but now I can spend more time with Sally without you around to get in our hair." She said, and stuck her tongue out at you."Hey, mom!" You say, sitting forward. "Look what I can do."With your mind, you reach out, and pluck up a vase, telekinetically hovering in front of the television. You focused, and the television clicked on, the two trid panels sliding out of the wall to display a hovering 'Ta-da!' with sparks and fireworks."... Huh." Your mom said, reaching out to grab the vase. "That's... really cool! How did you turn the TV on? And control it? Is it like a... psychic version of one of those mental implants?"
>>23753949"Anna can shoot lightning from her fingers, mom!"
>>23754133"I've developed technopathy! Which is exactly what it sounds like."
>>23754133even better, I can talk to tech! you can do all sorts of things, Anna can shoot lightning from her fingers!
>>23754133"As far as I can tell, it is.""I broke a polycarbon array when I went full force! It was great!"
>>23754133"Something like that! It's great!"
>>23754162Didn't we have a recording of that as well?"Einstein, open projector and play recording."
>>23754133"I just kind of... asked it nicely, with telepathy."
>>23754133yep but It works on every machine even simple things like a single piston, and the more complicated things have personality,
"I've developed technopathy! Which is exactly what it sounds like."Her eyes widened."That's so cool! Come on, let's test it out." She said, and sprung to her feet. " What can you do, Anna?""I can shoot lightning from my fingers, but I can't lift things." Anna said. Your mom wiped off both hands again, and grabbed yours and Anna's, tugging you all the way to the mechanics bay.There, you saw a large aircar being refueled and painted, alongside the normal mechanical debris that sat around - your mom had a lot of projects, and she never quite finished any of them."I haven't had time to finish this walking drone's programming." Your mom said, pointing to a large, four-legged drone, six pinpoints of light that served as its eyes.The eyes of the drone were arranged exactly like the scythe creatures' eyes. You suppressed a shiver."Can you see if you can make it move, heather?"
Rolled 52>>23754237"I've never done programming, but I'll give it a try!"
Rolled 22>>23754237I can make it dance
Rolled 73>>23754267APPARENTLY NOT
Rolled 36>>23754237Let's give it a shot
Rolled 2>>23754237Please dont fryWALK
>>23754237Maybe I'm just being paranoid but I've got a feeling this is going to end badly.
"I'll give it a try!" You say, and hone in on the drone.It was entirely, utterly devoid of thought. It was like an empty puppet, and you simply... pushed your mind inside, and made it take a stuttering, clumsy step forward. And then another. And then a third. The long, stilt-like legs took a bit getting used to, but soon enough, it was able to hop from the ground to the aircar, and then spring off onto a nearby workshop table.Your mom laughed, and clapped.Anna was simply looking around, curious."Wonderful!" She said, grinning up at it. "Oh! That reminds me! How have your ion boots been doing?"
>>23754318"They blew up. So not good."
Rolled 77>>23754318"They kind of...malfunctioned at first use. But I fixed them up again, and they're working great now!"
>>23754318"Kaboom!" "but I fixed it"
>>23754318"I had a couple more crashes, but they'll definitely work this time!"That's probably what we say every time.
"I had a couple more crashes, but they'll definitely work this time!""Awesome!""Didn't one of them blow up?" Anna asked."Oh, my. How are your feet?"You give her a thumbs up."So, really, how's school been?" She asked, leaning back on one of the tables. You absentmindedly have the drone start dancing.
>>23754402"It's been pretty good! All the researchers teach the lessons and then we just have to train up our brain powers."
>>23754402"It's been pretty good. Oh! And Alex is there now. He's some kind of accidental defensive specialist most psionics don't work on him at all."
>>23754402"Really good so far! I've been getting on pretty well with telekinesis. I broke the testing machine!"
>>23754402"There aren't many people there but they're all really nice. The lessons are pretty normal and boring. The psychic training is fun. And I made friends with the ice cream machine."
>>23754402"It's been pretty fun, but also tiring. Turns out psionics take a lot out of you! I've been getting to know everyone so far, they're all really nice!"
>>23754402great if you don't count the three days that never happened when we were attacked by an omincidle space queen/physic monster lady.
"Really good, so far! I've been getting on pretty well with telekinesis. I broke the testing machine!" You say. "All the researchers teach the lessons, and then we just have to train up our brain powers. Turns out psionics takes a lot out of you!"You tell your mom about school as you, her, and Anna all make your way back to the living room, and then your dad comes out, plates balanced precariously in her hands."Breakfast burritos!" She said. "Yeah, it's lunch, but I slept in, and before I knew it, I started making the wrong thing."She laughed and scratched the back of her head, cheeks pinkening.You sit down again and start to eat while your mother cleans up, and your dad goes back into the kitchen to grab sodas for everyone."They seem really nice." Anna said, quietly.
>>23754521"Yep! They're the best parents!""Do you still want to visit the beach? It's probably best if I teach you how to swim in the pool, then you won't have to worry about any big waves or currents or anything."
>>23754521"Yep, and the foods good too,"(don't forget to grab some towels for the beach)
>>23754521"Yeah.""You doing okay?"
>>23754521"They are /awesome/."
>>23754521"I'm glad you think so! They're the best parents I could ask for."
>>23754521"They are the best!""Do you want me to teach you swiming? We can visit the pool now, if you want."
>>23754521"How are you doing by the way? Is the gravity alright?"
"Yep! they're the best parents!" You say. "Do you still want to visit the beach?" You ask. "It's probably best if I teach you how to swim in the pool, then you won't have to worry about any big waves or currents or anything.""Well, the pool might be better." She said, and pushed the back of one of her hands against her forehead. "You doing okay?""The heat's kind of been getting to me, so I want to stay inside for a bit, where it's cool." She said. "At least I don't have to walk as much as I feared, though.""Is the gravity alright?""I was worried that the planet would be a full G." She said. "It's a lot more than I'm used to, though."
>>23754628"Take as long as you need, that's what this place is for. Resting and relaxation."
>>23754628"You'll have to let me know if you're feeling particularly bad, wouldn't want to risk your health. Speak up if you need to lie down or something." with a concerned frown
>>23754628Get Anna something against the warm weather, maybe a cool wet towel.
>>23754628Give a cold drink and ice cream! Ice cream fixes everything.
>>23754628"If you need to lie down, my bedroom is empty. Or we can go in the pool to cool off now, if you want to try that."
>>23754628well the water should help a bit I hope.
>>23754690do we actually have a pool on the property?because that would be really convenient.
You nod, skip into the kitchen where your dad was cleaning up, and grab two cold sodas and a tub of ice cream, making your way back."Take as long as you need." You say, tossing one to her - she caught it. "That's what this place is for. Resting and relaxation."She spent some time fussing with the pull tab, but got it before you could offer to help."I will." She said, and took a careful sip, before holding the can up to her forehead. Then she seemed to realize something."... So, um, guess what I forgot?" She asked.
>>23754749Only if the waters cool, It's better if we give her some water to drink first.
>>23754628'Well, water should help you cool off when we go. And it's kinda like Zero G."
>>23754756"Uh, uh, that pendulum thing! To practice TK!"
>>23754756>Using soda to rehydrateCome on, Heather.
>>23754756"What? Your TK practice? To tell someone where we were going? That we were planning to repaint the ship?"
>>23754756tell any one we left?repaint the ship?
>>23754800it's got electrolytes.
>>23754756"Uh, to pay for parking? Take your medicine? What?"
>>23754749We have one, it was mentioned at the end of the last thread.>>23754756"A swimsuit. Repainting the wyvern. Your exoskeleton. The quadratic equation. Your father's birthday."
"Uh, uh, that pendulum thing! To practice TK!""No, I still have that." She said, grabbing it out of the bag Renard was carrying."To tell someone where we were going?""I told professor Neva yesterday.""Take your medicine?""Tch." She said, rolling her eyes. "I forgot that on purpose.""A swimsuit.""I can swim in this, and I'm wearing a swimsuit underneath.""That we were planning to repaint the ship?""... I did forget that, but that's not what I'm talking about. I forgot about my pyrokinesis."She closed her eyes for a moment, and a chill entered the air."So um... the heat won't actually be a problem. In fact, being really warm might actually help me, because the more I cool things down, the more calories it gives me."
>>23754853"Oh my god. How could I forget something like that? It's so useful as well!"
>>23754853"Oooooh, that makes sense. How useful! You won't have a problem swimming after all, then."
>>23754853"you're a walking AC-unit."
Rolled 46>>23754853well that was silly of you.manifest simple illusions of the rest of the students so we can show the parents."mom dad, since I forgot to bring pics here are the rest of the class"
"Oooh, that makes sense. How could I forget something like that?""How could I? It's my ability, after all." She said. "And I train it every day."She sighed."It's so useful! You won't have a problem swimming after all, then.""Yeah. Let's go now, then." She said, and finished off the last of her soda while you put the ice cream back.The pool was as cool and clean as ever, and you heard the cicidas in the trees not far from here. Dumping her hat and sandals in the shade, Anna promptly sat down and stuck her feet into the pool."So um." She said. "Let's try to make sure I don't drown."
>>23754976"Don't worry. I can just lift you right out of the water if you go under."Let's jump in.
>>23754976Hahaha, no worries about that. Worst case scenario, I can just lift you out with my powers, although it won't come to that. Just jump in the shallower end and I'll help you through the basics!"
>>23754976"I've got telekinesis, if you fall I'll just lift you.""Here, start in the shallow end and just slowly lift your legs until you're floating. It's easy."
>>23754976we'll have to get in and act as a safety net, start in the shallow end if it has one.
>>23754992>>23754993>>23755011>Moving her away from the water>Not moving the water away from herDo you even Moses?
>>23754976Get in the pool with her. Be there if she needs help.Start in the shallow water.
>>23754976"Just come in up to your knees to start!"
"I've got telekinesis." You say, untying your sarong and putting it in the shade. "If you fall, I'll just lift you. Einstein, stay in the shade."With a 'hup', you swung your legs into the shallow end, making your way in with a splash."Just jump in the shallower end, and I'll help you through the basics!""Alright." She said, and climbed in."Just slowly lift your legs until you're floating. It's easy." You say.She closed her eyes and relaxed under your direction, and soon enough, she was floating on her back."... You're right." She said. "This is a lot like zero-G. Not quite like it, but close enough. I could probably move around like I do in-pressure, with zero-G." She said, and made a splash as she kicked her feet, propelling her.Some time later, you'd taught her enough to keep her from drowning, and she was quickly picking up the rest. There was one incident where she'd inadvertently froze the top of the pool, holding her there for a time until the sun melted it, but other than that, there were no problems.Anna lounged to the side of the pool, eyes closed.And then suddenly, the entire sky started to go dark. Ys had risen - and it was an eclipse, like it was sometime around every month. The great white planet covered the white sun in its entirety, blocking almost all the light, and it looked like it was night.Anna opened her eyes and gasped up at the stars."This is too weird." She said, suddenly.
>>23755138"What? It's normal. Happens every month."
>>23755138"Oh! I'd forgotten it was eclipse day! It's amazing, isn't it? All this, just from simple orbital motion."
>>23755138"The eclipse...it's cool, right? It doesn't last very long, but it can be very enchanting."
>>23755138"oh? this is a once a month thing for me."
>>23755138grab her by the wast "I think its beatufull"
>>23755138look at her "beatufull even" when she says something about stars, go "nope you " thin kiss her
>>23755138"It's beautiful, isn't it?"
"Oh! I'd forgotten it was eclipse day!" You say, and for a moment you wish you hadn't lost your almanac."It's amazing, isn't it? All this, just from simple orbital motion.""Eclipse day?""Happens every month." you say, and the large white planet started to move on. "It doesn't last very long, but it can be very enchanting.""I can see how." She said, as light started to come back, and once again everything was sunny as usual. Ys was close, but rather large, and orbited once and a half times each day. You're rather lucky that you hadn't gone to the beach first - the tides would've been really bad for Anna."... My skin feels weird." She said, and you give her a look- and she was starting to get bright red.And then you realize what would happen to someone who'd spent all their time in space and inside suddenly came out to lounge in the sun.
>>23755243"Oh dear. I completely forgot about sunburn. Let's go get some lotion."
>>23755243"Erm, um, let's go indoors."Surely there's got to be some future-skin soothing lotion, right? Give it to her and tell her to put it on.
>>23755243"Oh my god, how could I forget that you're not very resilient to sunburns. I'm so sorry!"
>>23755243Time for Heather to apply lotion to Anna's skin.
>>23755243shade, lotion, stat."I got you burned!"
>>23755243"Shit. Um, I forgot to explain about safety didn't I? Well, when you're in the sun too long, your skin kind of, uh, dries up. There are lotions for this, though, I'll go grab some and put it on you."
>>23755295Let's stick to just her back for now
>>23755243well we better rub some lotion on her
IT RUBS THE LOTION ON ITS SKIN OR ELSE IT GETS THE HOSE AGAIN
"Oh f-""Language!" Your dad called from the mechanics bay. She seemed to have a sixth sense about that sort of thing."Oh dear." You correct"Hm? What?" Anna asked."I forgot to explain about safety, didn't I? Well, when you're in the sun too long, your skin kind of, uh, dries up." You say. "There are lotions for this, though. I'll go grab some and put it on you.""Uh... okay." Anna said, and made her way into the shade.You run inside, skid across the floor with your wet feet, and then pull open a drawer and grab the lotion.She was lucky she was wearing a shirt and swim shorts instead of a bikini like yours - less of her skin was exposed."Oh fuck that's cold." She said, arching her back when you start to rub lotion into her shoulders and neck. "I'll... um, do my own legs." She said. "Hand me the lotion?" You hand it to her, and she started reading the instructions."I need to look up how sunburns work, so I can figure out how to fix it with pyrokinesis." She said, squeezing out dollops into her palms.
>>23755374"I think it's more of a biological thing, so you might have trouble with that, unless you can figure out something like Biomancy, I guess?"
Rolled 98>>23755374solar radiation, damages cells in the skin is the best I can tell you...
>>23755374"Yeah, it's...not very pleasant. If you're not screaming in pain, I guess you didn't get it too bad. Good thing you mentioned it though. I guess I should put on some as well, even though I'm not as vulnerable as you, mind doing my back after?"And rub that stuff in real good.
>>23755374"I know it has to do with overexposure to UV light, and that melanin in the skin is the natural defense to it."
>>23755374"Mind doing my back?"
>>23755374lucky we caught it relatively early, its a biological reaction so i'm not sure Pyrokinesis will work on it.can you put some on me as well?
"I think it's more of a biological thing." You say. "So you might have trouble with that. I know it has to do with overexposure to UV light, and that melanin in the skin is the natural defense to it.""Huh." She said, and finished working the lotion into her legs. You finish with the back of her neck, and she started rubbing lotion into her face."Mind doing my back? I guess I should put some on as well, even though I'm not as vulnerable as you.""Sure." She said, and brushed her hair out of her eyes with an elbow. "This is getting irritating, though. I should probably get my hair cut before we leave."You turn around, and Anna started rubbing lotion into your spine and back. Her fingers were tough, the skin having seen as much work as yours have.
>>23755374Put it on me, too?
>>23755504Shudder a little at her touch.
>>23755504"But you look good with longer hair."pout.
>>23755504"You can go get it cut at the mall if you want to leave the paint-bots on automate when you redesign your ship!"
>>23755504"Aaagh, you're right about the cold. Still, it's pretty refreshing on a day like this as well. And I knew you'd be a natural at swimming!"
>>23755504"we can get you a hair cut back in the mall. would you still like to see the beach?"
"But you look good with longer hair." You say, shying away from the cold lotion."It's been bothering me for a few years, now." Anna said. "Should never have waited this long, actually. Zero-G and long hair doesn't go well together.""You can go get it cut at the mall if you want to leave the paint-bots on automate when you redesign your ship!""Eh, I'm not... a fan of leaving people or things to work on my ship when it's not there." She said, hands on your shoulder. Telepathically, you catch something along the lines of <-never knew she'd have this much muscle, I'm->"Would you still like to see the beach?""... Not really." She said. "We can always come here next weekend, but I think I've had enough swimming for today."
>>23755603"But you've never felt sand! Or built a sand-castle! Or been buried in sand!"
>>23755603"Aw, alright. I'll go find my mom and ask about the repainting, then."
>>23755603"You're probably right. I'll check with mom when she can do the painting. Are you really going to just stand there and watch the whole time?"
>>23755603"you don't really have to swim at the beach, but I'll relent for now, you did a great job while we were playing dress up."
>>23755603stand up and flex
>>23755603Are we actually really muscled because mechanic work, or are we just a lot more than her because zero-g and she doesn't know what's normal for planet people?
"But you've never felt sand! Or built a sand castle! Or been buried in sand!""Why would people be buried?" She asked, finishing up the lotion. "No, no, we can do it next week.""Aw, alright." You say. "I'll check with mom when she can do the painting. Are you really just going to stand there and watch the whole time?""I don't need to watch, I just need to be there." She said. "Yeah, I'm a little paranoid about the wyvern.""I'll go find my mom and ask, then." You say."I'll be here." She responded, and lay back into the shade, closing her eyes.You make your way into the mechanics bay, where your mom was examining an electrical bit."I think you forgot to pack this." She said, giving you a grin. You look down at it - it was one of your old projects, before you started work on the ion boots.>Wat is it?
>>23755823hardlight constructs for the fucking win
>>23755823This. Seems like something Heather would love to have around.
>>23755809V̶i̶b̶r̶a̶t̶o̶r̶Omnitool using futuretech memory materials to take a great variety of shapes.
Rolled 18>>23755809a pneumatic cargo handling suit(basically a muscle enhancement suit)
>>23755809"The harmonic disconjulator! How could I forget that?"No, I don't know what one of those does.
>>23755823This. Seems like something Heather would love to have around for various projects.
>>23755823>OmnitoolSpace Station 13-style or Mass Effect style?
>>23755809"Thanks, Mom!""Hey, do you think I could borrow the paint-drones for a bit? Anna wants to get her ship repainted, for...uh, reasons."
>>23755809low G Ion pack with thin solar absorbent wings wings of a gold wire mesh."you know I have no idea why I mead these" put them on
>>23755823This, a million times this.
>>23755809for lack of better ideas, voting omnitool.
>>23755823Seems really fucking useful, i agree with and support this motion.
>>23755847>hardlight constructsEw, no.
>>23755603Laser drone which shoots down incoming projectiles!
>>23755809Compressed Phaeron gas Plasma gun.
>>23755925>>23755847>Hardlight constructs? Basic hologram tech hasn't been perfected yet. Trid is as close as it gets.You pick up the omnitool, a simple wrist computer armed with various tools, and loaded with all the fabrication parts you could find - right now you only got the plastics fabrication working and programmed, and you were having real trouble with the alloy fabrication - you remember giving up on it because you got so frustrated with it."The omnitool!" You say, and slip it on, extending a ratchet from it with a button. "How could I forget that? Thanks, mom!""No problem." She said."Hey, do you think I could borrow the paint drones for a bit? Anna wants to get her ship repainted, for... uh, reasons.""Oh, that's fine." She said. "They're in that box right there. Might be a bit heavy, but the two of you should be able to carry it. Just make sure to bring it back when you're done."
>>23755925>not liking hardlight constructs
>>23756005"Heavy? Mom, I broke a polycarbon array, I can lift these no problem."
>>23756005Pick it up with TK like it ain't no thaaang.
Rolled 35>>23756005LIFT DRONES"silly mommy weight is not issue with ME"the roll is also for cackling maniacally
>>23756005>do we even lift?yes we do, with TK!go see if Anna is ready to head out before that though
>>23756005"Heh, heavy."Lift it with TK and balance it on one finger.
>>23756005"I bet I could lift the whole house!"
"Heavy?" You ask. "Mom, I broke a polycarbon array. I can lift these no problem." "Oh, I'd forgotten!" She said, and giggled. "Right, right."You reach out with telekinesis, and lift it from the ground. It quivered, but you'd hardly used any of your powers today. Normally you'd be training by this time, but for now, you were raring to go.When you make your way back out to Anna, you find her trying on your sarong, having taken off the wet shirt and swim trunks, wearing the black bikini underneath. She swished her hips this way and that- and then whirled around when you came near."Uh. Hi." she said, awkwardly.
>>23756108"I like it!"
>>23756108"Heh heh.""I've got the paintbots if you're ready to go."
>>23756108"You look good.Shall we go and paint the ship? You might want to put on something else though, you don't want to get all splattered in paint."
>>23756108"I bring paint drones!"
>>23756108"looks good on you, want to buy one on our way to the Wyvern?"
>>23756108Giggle."Why didn't you say you wanted to try one at the store? We could have bought two!"
>>23756108just star at her but :"looks good on you"
>>23756108"That looks really good on you, Anna. D'you want to hang on to it?"
>>23756108"Take it! It's yours now."
>>23756108A wink. "Looking good!""I've got the paintdrones! What'll it be, captain? Paint or haircut?"
"Looks good on you, Anna. Do you want to hang on to it?" You say, and giggle. "Shall we go and paint the ship? I've got the paintbots if you're ready to go."You nod at the levitating crate, which was almost as difficult to hold up as it would be with your arms."Uh, Y-yeah." She said, with a nod, squeezing the water out of her shorn shirt and trunks, as she hung it to dry. "Let's go.""What'll it be, captain? Paint or haircut?""Let's haircut first." She said. You nod, and set the crate down just inside. "Maybe we can get more of those lobster shaped ice cream things."The two of you made your way out to the monorail, and you hit the touchpad calling for it. It whirred by, and the two of you climbed in. Anna seemed somewhat less shy about the bikini - most likely after seeing most of the pedestrians and people on the rail wearing the same sort of things.Some time later, it stopped off at the mall."What do you think would look good on me?" She asked. "Other than making it just shorter."
>>23756108Gape and drop something
>>23756273"I think you should get a bob cut."
>>23756273Bob cut? I approve.
>off to sleep>goodnight gentlemen
"I think you should get a bob cut." You say."A what?"You extend the trid screen on your omnitool, and angle it right so that she can see it, and technopath an image of Anna in a bob cut. Her eyes widened."... That would be perfect!" she said, grinning, and the two of you strolled down to the hair salon. You sit Anna down in one of the seats there, and scrolled through the list of hairstyles until Anna found the one she wanted."So, what color should I choose?" Anna asked, her nose wrinkling when the machine tugged at her hair now and then. "Not for the hair, I'm keeping it black, but for the wyvern."
>>23756380"Hmm. Grey and light Blue?"
>>23756380"Get one of those fancy ultraviolet colors that Sarvesh talks about."
>>23756380"Grey with white stripes."
>>23756380"Are you sure you want my advice? Not afraid of ending up with a bubble-gum pink ship with green and blue dots?"
>>23756380"How about grey with blue accents? It's not as threatening as the red and black, but that's not really a bad thing."
>>23756380"Why stick with two colours? What about Gray, Blue and White?"Pic related, best colour scheme.
>>23756465I'd say that's more grey-and-redorange with glowy bits. But I like it.
"Are you sure you want my advice? Not afraid of ending up with a bubble-gum pink ship with green and blue dots?""Just because I'm asking for your advice doesn't mean I need to take it, if your advice is horrible." She said."Get one of those fancy ultraviolet colors that Sarvesh talks about." You say, the color in your mind from your dream. It *was* kind of reddish, though you know that's not how the wavelength of light works."I don't even know what that would look like." She said. "And that's the problem.""How about... grey and light blue accents? It's not as threatening as red and black, but that's not really a bad thing.""... I think I'd like that." She said, with a nod. "The edges can be the light blue, and the main body can be a bluish green or something."
>>23756586>bluish green>Meant bluish grey, of course.
>>23756586"And white stripes! Let's do iiiiit."
>>23756586"Yeah, that sounds like it'll look good!"
>>23756586"Yaaay! It'll look *even* better now."
>>23756595I was kinda hoping you meant a greyish turquoise, like #5c7780
>>23756666>... That works."Yeah, that sounds like it'll look good!" You say.After Anna's haircut gets completed, the machine let go of her hair, and it all fell into place. Most of her hair cut directly below her jawline, her bangs were cut half an inch above her eyebrows. It wasn't that common a style around Heaven's Jewel, and if you'd seen her like this instead of the wild long mess she had before, you'd have instantly assumed she was a spacer.She shook her head from side to side, and looked into a mirror.She grinned at her own reflection."I like it." She said, and hopped to her feet, paying the machine. "Now, should we go straight to the spaceport and paint it, or should we go somewhere else in the mall first?"
>>23756716"...How could you forget? How could you?""Lobster ice-cream!"
Rolled 81>>23756741...and alcohol...
>>23756752Sure, let's smuggle some onto the station, but drinking it before we're due to take off? Nah, not the best idea.
>>23756716"You forgot two very important things, alcohol and those cool lobster snacks."
>>23756716"Is there anything we can't get on the station? Maybe get a few gifts for everyone back there."
>>23756716"I dunno, is there anything else you wanted to pick up?"
"You forgot two very important things." You say. "Those cool lobster snacks and alcohol.""I'm starting to rethink getting the alcohol for you." Anna said, as the two of you grabbed some more lobster-shaped ice cream cookies. "On some worlds, it'd be giving alcohol to a minor." Then she thought about it for a moment, and gave you a somewhat evil grin. "Have you had any experience with alcohol?"You shake your head."... Then I'll have to grab a little of everything." Anna said.
>>23756880"What is the best stuff?"
>>23756880"Teach me your ways, pirate queen."
>>23756880"I'm in your hands, Pirate Queen."
>>23756880"Ohh we will have a mix party. That sounds cool."
>>23756880"You're the best. Make sure to get good stuff.It's too bad we can't get Sarvesh drunk, he'd be funny drunk."
>>23756880"I wonder how Jilly and Summer take to alcohol...hopefully it's not poisonous for them."
>>23756880Best grin."Sounds like a plan! I'll go stock up on lobster ice cream if you grab the booze!"
"You're the best." You say. "Make sure to get good stuff.""I will." She said.You give her a grin."Sounds like a plan! I'll stock up on lobster ice cream if you grab the booze!""I will!" She said, gave you a thumbs up, and she ran off."... I'm rather offended that you called this treat 'lobster ice cream'." The old man at the stand said. "As you should well know by now, it has it's groundings in taiyaki, created nearly seven hundred years ago..."And then you were treated to a fifteen minute rant, as the old man explained the long and storied history of the treat, and by the time you've made your purchases of a small horde of the things, Anna had returned, bags in her arms.Then you realize that he hadn't explained what the things were *called*."I think I have everything." Anna said, and appraised you with an eye. "You know... I think kahlua would suit you. I also think that with enough, you would be the most dangerous force in the universe."
>>23757054"I'll have to remember that next time I need to break the telekinesis array."
>>23757054"Ooooo~ tell me more."
>>23757054"Muahaha. I shall shatter the world and turn the machines against the pitiful humans, fear me.Too much?"
>>23757054Go away from the lobster ice cream guy"Well fucking up the whole space station while drunk, and then waking up in the rumble saying 'it was hell of a party' sounds fun! I can't wait to test it!"
"Ooooo~ tell me more." you say. "Is it... sweet?""It is! But I'll keep everything else secret." She said. "I will, however tell you that I was able to score something I thought I'd never find around here." She said, and pulled a flask out of one of the bags. "Fermented Ekyzzka extract. Has a nasty smell and burns your nose, but it's a centaur drink that just so happens to be incredibly alcoholic."She gave you another grin. "Let's go, then. Painting, next?"You nod, and the two of you make your way out of the mall, and hit the monorail, riding it back home so you could pick up the crate (and so Anna could put the sarong with her other clothing, and pull on her now-dried shorts and shirt)."Welcome back, you two." Your mom said, while Anna slid the bags full of alcohol next to her bags full of clothing, hoping your mother wouldn't notice. "How long do you plan on staying by? Feel free to stay the night, if you want, Anna."
>>23757230"We can stay the night, we aren't in a hurry." Look at Anna, what she thinks of this.
>>23757230Ahh, swamp brew. How we love thee.And can we stay the night? That's actually a good question.
>>23757230"Well I don't know maybe we will depart before the sun down but if you want to Anna I won't have a problem with staying. At least we would have home made dinner."
>>23757230"We're probably going to have to go soon, sorry Mom. We've got classes and brain-training tomorrow."
>>23757230"I think we have classes tomorrow, but I don't remember when tomorrow is. Einstein, how does the time match up between here and the station?"
>>23757230Depends if we have time for it really. If we left at 6AM station time or something then we should be back in time I guess.
Huh, we don't actually have any idea exactly how late it is/how long painting and drying takes, so it's hard to say. Will we miss Sarvesh's sister leaving if we stay?
>>23757230Einstein, do we have classes tomorrow?
"Einstein, how does the time match up between here and the station?""Heaven's Jewel is three hours ahead of the Institute in question." Einstein responded."If we stay, we'll miss Pheles leaving, and it'd be easier for me to sleep on the station." Anna said. "There's less gravity there.""We're probably going to have to go soon. Sorry mom." You say. "We've got classes and brain-training tomorrow.""Oh, that's fine." Mom said, and gave you a kiss on the forehead. "You can visit again next weekend, or the next."
>>23757440>ahead of the institute>I got that entirely backwards. Your home city on Heaven's Jewel is behind the institute by three hours. That's why it was morning when you arrived.
>>23757440"Of course!" Kiss her back."I couldn't leave you here all alone with dad, that would a nightmare."Then give a knowing wink.
>>23757440"Thanks, Mom. We'll be back with the paintbots soon!"
>>23757440"Well I don't want to impose on Anna too much. I already owe her way to many favours. But when I build my own ship, I can go wherever I want! Ooh, do you want to see the plans?"
>>23757440"I might do that. I'll be sure to call ahead of time before I come. I could even make my own ship with more room than Anna's though not as fast, bring more of my friends to visitI love you Mom." Give her a hug and a kiss, and then let's go paint that ship.
>>23757440"I'll try! I'll definetely visit when I get my own ship done though. Anna's dad even look at my design, it's great!"
"Of course!" You say, and kiss her on the cheek. "Well, I don't want to impose on Anna too much. I already owe her way too many favours.""You paid me back the favor you owed me, if you remember." Anna said."But when I build my own ship, I can go wherever I want! Ooh, do you want to see the plans?""Of course!" Your mom responded, and you had Einstein send the schematics to the TV. It flicked on, and your mom looked it over."It looks good!" she said. "Kind of familiar... I think I've seen that same cargo bay and maintenance bot design before... but it looks good!""Thanks, mom." You say. "We'll be back with the paintbots soon!""Alright, take care!" She said.Anna picked up her own clothes and the drinks, while you stacked the ice cream lobsters on top of the paintbots and lifted it, your own new clothes in hand, and you hit the monorail to go to the starport.Not long later, the two of you arrived at the starport, and Anna started loading up the wyvern with all of your stuff, strapping it into the cargo bay, while you set up and customized the paintbots.They weren't truly paintbots, in that they didn't quite shoot paint - instead they stimulated the layers of plasma between the polycarbon plating into changing colors, making the entire hull change color.Then the bots got to work, and anna lay back on top of the ship, pulling herself up on top of an already-painted patch, waiting."You know how I got this?" She asked. "Wyvern, I mean."
>>23757717"Nope. How did you get it?"Here I was expecting the port authority to impound Eyvern for suspected involvement with the space station attack.
>>23757717"A poker match between rival pirate queens?"
>>23757717"Not really, I could make some guesses and pieces together what I know, but I haven't done that."
>>23757717You pirated it?No! You were given it in exchange for the previous owner's life!
>>23757717"You won it in FuturePoker?"
>>23757717"Oooh ooh, did you steal it from a rival pirate captain?" with a wink
>>23757717"The crew of the Manticore mutinied over you feeding them nothing but green stuff, and cast you adrift in their little supercharged dinghy."
>>23757760>>23757793>>23757717After the poker match, she refused to give you your due! and you dueled atop a burning space station! Yes!
>>23757846"With two chainsaw katanas!"
>>23757874"Wow, how did you learn to fight with those?"
"You won it in a poker match?""Nope.""The crew of the Manticore mutinied over you feeding them nothing but green stuff, and cast you adrift in their little supercharged dinghy?""Nope. The crew of the Dragon were the ones that almost mutinied, back when I captained it.""You pirated it?""Right!" She said.You blink."Well... yes *and* no." She said. "We - Blackreach, I mean - got hired to go down to a demiurg world. They got hold of a bubble drive somehow, and that was something the UPA really couldn't afford. We already have a big problem with the demiurg, and the only reason they haven't dominated the galaxy is because they don't have FTL or quantum entanglement. So we went down there - I was piloting the Manticore at the time - and the crew started kicking ass, as they do. Ferret interrogated a few demiurg engineers, and they told us that the drive was being fitted to an overlord's ship, on a space platform. So we landed on the platform, all of us exosuited up, and then we killed the warlord, I got one of those bore things in my arm, and then we stole it. I called dibs on it, forfeited half my pay, spent the rest fixing it up."Then she shrugged. "And that's that, really."
>>23757889"Sooooo coooool"Starry eyes, stat.
>>23757889"Take me, oh gallant captain."
>>23757964It's a joke, pull the dragon dildo out of your rectal cavity.
>>23757934yeah, no. You Annafags can wait till the vote just like everyone else.
>>23757889"Wow. If you kill the warlord does that make you the new warlord?"
>>23757889You're so cool anna! you've done all these fantastic things!
"That's... That's... fucking awesome!" You say, starry-eyed."Well, it wasn't that hard." Anna said. "It was only really scary with a suit puncture and I was bleeding out and it hurt really bad and I had to fly a demiurg ship away when I didn't know the controls." She rambled for a bit. "They have really small hands." She said. "So their controls have buttons like... really close to eachother, in little patches. And they don't use joysticks or wheels. Instead you have to shift your weight in the chair or whatever.""Wow. If you kill the warlord does that make you the new warlord?""If you're demiurg. If you're not, then, well, you're just a murdering xeno."
>>23758040"Murdering xeno is the best title."
>>23758040"Damn, that's cool. How are the paintbots getting on by the way?""...Would it be safe to try one of those, uh, kahlua things now?"
>>23758040You piloted a ship while bleeding?!You're like some hero out of the movies!What else have you done?
>>23758040"Tell me more stories of your glorious conquests"
>>23758040"You managed to escape in a ship while bleeding to death after killing a warlord? Didn't rescue any helpless maidens or rob an evil organization after that, then?"
"You piloted a ship while bleeding?!""Well, Toad was doing what he could, but we had to go ten minutes ago, and he couldn't give me any painkillers, since, well, I had to fly.""You managed to escape in a ship while bleeding to death after killing a warlord? Didn't rescue any helpless maidens or rob an evil organization after that, then?""... Well, if Alex counts as a helpless maiden, and if ArmaTek counts as an evil organization, then... yep." She said."You're like some her out of the movies! What else have you done?""Uh, more fighting demiurg, on a different contract." She said. "Basic dogfight stuff. Then there was the time we had to steal something from some guy that was too rich for his own good. We pretended I was Ox's daughter, so that the guy would inevitably capture me... and then there was the time I got my torso cut up ... but that's a different story.She shrugged, and closed her eyes."You know, Heather? I'm really glad I have some time to just sit and relax. Ever since dad shut himself down, I've been working and fighting and flying everywhere. I'm glad to have some time off. Thank you."
>>23758233"You're welcome. It's good to just hang out with friends sometimes."
>>23758233"I'm glad I could help, Anna! Thank you for bringing me here, and for a wonderful day."
>>23758233"Hey, don't mention it. It's been a great day for me too, so thank you as well."
>>23758233"You're welcome. We can hang out anytime!"
"Hey, don't mention it. It's been a great day for me too, so thank you as well." You say, and lay down on the top of the wyvern next to her, as the paintdrones continue to hum colors onto the hull. "It's good to just hang out with friends sometimes.""Yeah, it is." She said.Eventually, the paintbot crate pinged, signalling that it was done.Anna sat up, and climbed off of the wyvern, taking a few steps to take it in. You do as well - it was a greyish turqouise, with stronger blue accents around the edges, the wings, the flaps... but there were no accents around the panels that hid the weapons, as you guessed Anna intended - it would be easier to hide that way.And then Anna looked back up to the sky. You saw Fura slowly hiding behind Ys, the two moons about in the same location by now.She was perfectly, utterly still."Do you hear that?" She asked. "That... static?"
>>23758384"No, I have a feeling it might be bad though."
>>23758384"I...no? I don't think I can hear any static."
Rolled 90>>23758384"...No?"Feel around with technopathy, see if there's anything that might be broadcasting to Anna's implants.
>>23758384"Eh? I don't hear anything. It might be magnetic interference between the moons and your implant though. Maybe...wait in Wyvern for a bit, just in case anything bad happens?"
>>23758384"No I don't. What static?"
>>23758384Check the ship and Anna with technopathy, see if anything smells like virus.
"I... no? I don't think I can hear any static." You say, and close your eyes. You reach outward with technopathy- and her implants were heating up, her entire body tense. You tap into it... and then you can hear it too. Static.And then a ping. A ping of a distress beacon."This is the UNE Ishelda, Engineer... William Hayes." A long dead voice spoke into Anna's brain, and through her implant, into yours. "We need help. My god, send help."You hear the sound of screeching metal, and the long-dead voice came back, breathy, panting."They're... they're killing us. they're killing all of us! Send help! SEND HELP!"And then there were two blasts of a gunshot, and a piercing scream.And then silence.The static faded.>End thread.
>>23758502Awwww shit on a biscuit.
>>23758502You hear that guys? That's the sound of shit getting real.
>>23758502huh.Well, now we know what happened to the Ishelda.
>>23758502"Time for another adventure Anna!"
>>23758502It's the plot! Quick, don't let it get away!
>>23758502Well I'm glad that meta-cliffhanger's over. We can all rest easy knowing that the next cliffhanger wasn't significantly more scary than normal.
>>23758502We just wanted a day off and look what we get. Aliens, Isheldas and distress signals from the past.Imagine what it'll be like when we go looking for trouble.