Part 86: Mission 26 (Rand) - PrologueLast time, ZEUTHs more relaxed groups decided that they had enough working under Zafts directions and, now, weve lost half our Super Robots and deployment slots because theyre sheep working for THE MAN!
Since we only have 8 squads to make, heres what well be using (Eurekas launching as an event, mind):
- Rand, Jiron, Rag
- Gainer, Gain, Adette (Rushrod)
- Baldios, Sara (Dobeck), Roybea
- Getter, Tekkouki, Michiru
- Kei, Maai, Riea
- Aquarion, Gauli, Burume (Promeus)
- Garrod, Witz, Bello (Dobeck)
- Holland, Matthew, Hilda
Doc corrected me and, as such, only Gaulis still stuck on the Panther but, being with Aquarion, movement range doesnt matter much.
Lets get this going!
At an undisclosed location, we find Dominic asking Anemone why shes in a bad mood when the man shes been awaiting for such a long time is finally coming over.
Dominic tries to get her to come with him to where the mans at but she refuses and punches him away. Of course, he doesnt know why she did that but the girl starts yelling about how she feels something leaking from her head.
She demands him give her some medicine and Dominic tries to get her to calm down, adding that shell suffer much more later on if she exceeds her current dosage. She doesnt care about that and yells that she needs her meds NOW.
Her mood completely changes when Dewey appears, happy to see his Anemone and hoping that his absence wasnt painful. Either way, its been three years since hes last seen her, so he calls her closer to get a look at her face.
She happily welcomes him home and, though this is far too quick for his tastes, he requests that she lend him her strength once again he needs her to deploy for an assignment soon. Anemones more than willing to do anything for him.
She wants to bring her pet, Gulliver, along and he sees no problem with it (the little guy IS her friend, after all).
Dewey gives Dominic the job of tending to it and, as soon as the thing gets in his hands, he realizes that it's VERY heavy. Anemone happily says Gulliver gets heavier when hes in a bad mood and, while Dewey had forgotten about that ability, the pet will stay on Dominics care.
As Anemone leaves to prepare for deployment, Dewey asks about the Gekkostates location and Dominic reports about their travels in Galia with half of ZEUTH. Dewey asks for his estimate of their units strength and he says, even with the loss of the Zaft and AEUG groups, our still has significant strength with our combination of Emaanian, Breakers, Mobile Suits and Super Robots.
Dewey sees that a group like this isnt something the regular Federation armys equipped to deal with, despite our hostile actions, and figures he ought to thank the Gekkostate for bringing things to such a point its because of them that he was released.
Dominic figures hes using Anemone to take them out, then, but Dewey corrects him, saying that the Ageha Squads true objective isnt the destruction of the Gekkostate. With that in mind, hell leave Dominic and Anemone to deal with us while he focuses on that true mission.
Inwardly, Deweys eager to see how much of a fight Holland cant put up.
Location: Eastern Galia Gekko Go, Living Room
We find Renton telling her sister of their separation from Zaft and the AEUG: he ponders Hollands dislike for military-types and hes sure something happened to cause this (probably connected to Eureka, seeing how he left the army because of her).
He always sees Eureka suffering because of her past and wonders what he can do about it. That said, he realizes that he doesnt know much about anything: not about Eureka, Holland or even the world in general.
His monologues interrupted by Garrod telling him to stop daydreaming and Moondoggie remembers seeing him muttering to himself and staring off into the distance every now and then. Gidget asks if he's fantasizing about all the stuff he could be doing with Eureka which makes the kid yelp panickingly (that said, he inwardly admits that he cant well say it ISNT true).
It falls on Gainer to remind Renton that were in the middle of a meeting, so he needs to keep his head focused. Renton, if anything, is thankful for his bro for treating him as a grown man.
Not quite, Gainers asking him to pay attention because the Gekkos store is under Rentons management, so this is important to his job upon realizing hes just the part-timing kid in the others eyes, Rentons back to being disappointed.
Either way, the main task at hand is figuring out a way for our group to make money. Our decision to quit our job with Zaft, who had been supplying our folks up until now, means that well have to pay for our own food and stuff from here on out.
Roybea wonders if we cant ask Löwen for some help but Matthew and Mimsy veto it, as taking on a debt like that would mean wed be under their leash when push comes to shove, effectively rendering the reason why we split off from Zaft moot.
Still, Kei thinks well manage, as money travels all over the world, so all we have to do is get on that flow. Maais impressed with how Keis thinking like an Emaanian but he figures the concept of no work, no dinner is the same no matter what part of the world youre in.
Of course, Ryouma says that our objective is still to follow the movements of the aliens, Fallen Angels and demons but the point remains: will anyone be paying us enough to eat if we do that? How can we survive?
Ryoumas got no answer and Hilda figures doing as he says will need to be taken care of after we get on our feet. Hayatos starting to wonder if they made a mistake in coming with us but Pierre is sure that the Fallen Angels, at least, will always be gunning for the Aquarion.
As for the aliens, Raita figures theyll come after us so long as Marins over here and, yes, he means it like Marins spying on us and Earth for the guys. Marin wonders how many times hell need to tell him that hes not as spy before Raita gets the hint but, of course, no spy would say hes a spy.
Jamie jumps in to stop them both and Matthew adds that everyone in the ship wants them to quit bringing their mutual bitching aboard.
Raita tries to protest and Gain says, if Marins really a spy, then Raita either presents proof or lets this go - he doesnt have anything NOW but promises to expose Marin sooner or later. Benkei thinks his suspicion of Marins a bit overkill but Oliver says thats probably at least half pride by this point: hes come too far in his accusation to back down.
Roybea asks for his opinion on this and Olivers still keeping his guard around Marin. He figures you can never be too careful and Roybea is impressed that he fights so well with Marin while keeping that mindset (that said, its not like a lot of ZEUTH members didnt also keep each other at arms length).
Setting aside the Baldios teams continuous arguments, Rand says well need to get some cash sooner or later and Jiron has an idea: weve got all these ships over here, so it wouldnt be too difficult for us to make deliveries, yes?
Rag sees where hes going and asks if he wants Elchi to run that courier business into the red once again. Indeed, Burumes sure that they could burn through 50k blue stones in one week if they did business following Elchis guidance (not even the Emaanians could cover for that).
Rand and Mel have their own idea, though: everyone joins the Beater Services as repairmen and we can even change the ZEUTHs name to that (with Mel as the CEO, of course).
: Im gonna have to pass on being ordered around by some wet-behind-the-ears kid.
: Besides, with Rand over here, wed probably get a lot more requests to do the exact opposite of repairing stuff.
: Hey, Ana whats the exact opposite of repairing?
: Thatd be destruction. In other words, breaking things.
: AHAHA! Thats exactly like Uncle Rand!
: Really, she IS right!
: O-oi girls you hurt Uncle Rands feelings when you talk about him like that...
: Uncle Rand, your hands are shaking!
: Talk about being patient...
: Its not easy being a grown-up, eh, Rand?
No respect as always
Either way, Tsugumi knows well be in trouble if we dont do something about it and Silvia can only sigh, figuring our other half is having no such issues with Zafts funding.
Hayato thinks theyre probably off living the good life, considering theyve Sandmans help too, and Michiru wonders if DEAVA couldnt give us a hand. Reika and Sirius say Fudou told them to do something by their own power and to consider this self-sufficiency as training.
Tekkouki is much more direct and says if theres something we want, we should just take it a simple solution for all our issues. Thats the demon way of solving things, of course, and Hayato suggests that, as a scientist, Tekkouki should strive to be better than these simplistic methods.
Tekkouki agrees and, since hes trying to abandon the way of the demons, says hell try his best to think of a way to make money (Tsugumis surprised that he sort-of seems like a good
Silvia doesnt appreciate his suggestion that she and Sirius should lower themselves to thievery and Apollo figures, in that case, shed do well to start eating less as shes starting to pack some weight. As Silvia yells at him at quit bothering her, Pierre has the idea of the Elements using their ESP powers to get a circus going.
Sirius, of course, refuses as his swordsmanship wasnt honed to be used as a party trick but Pierre figures, with his fiery shots, Juns x-ray vision and Silvias super-strength, theyll get loads of customers. Reika and Tsugumi can be his assistants, in these bunny suits that he just happened to have handy.
Roybea is all over that idea, saying those clothes would suit them quite well, and Kei agrees, adding that they could also have Mimsy, Adette and/or Sara handle this mind you, when Gainer gets worried, Kei says hes talking about the Freedens Sara (Gainers Sara isnt amused that he doesnt think she could pull that off).
Sirius says none of the women have to accept this vulgar joke of his but Roybea figures this circus thing isnt a half bad idea: Tifa could make quite the name for herself as a fortune-teller.
Garrod vetoes the idea to use her power as a spectacle which makes Rand figure that, indeed, our only option is the repairmen option all they need to make a nice buck is a smile and a hard-working attitude!
: Right, Fatman?
: Urgh, stifling! And lame, too!
Ryouma is still insisting that their priority should be to work towards world peace but Matthew yells that thats next in line. Apollos had enough discussion and wants to start eating already, which prompts everyone to start ordering food for Renton to grab from his shop.
The kid can hardly keep track of all the orders at once and Gainer figures, considering what we were talking about, maybe we should cut back on what we eat to save stock. Apollo quickly shushes him, saying well think about that when we dont have any more to eat and Sara says that irresponsible attitude would get them killed.
The argument gets interrupted when Holland enters and tells everyone to shut up.
He says, if weve got the time to argue with each other, we should be getting ready to go outside: some really good waves are coming over! Moondoggie and Renton are hyped to get some righteous Lifting going after all this time and Pierre is interested enough that he wants Renton to teach him.
Garrod also wants to give this a try and, as everyone leaves, Gauli wonders if this merriment is appropriate. Gain sees no problem as they chose to go their separate ways from the Zaft group precisely because they preferred this sort of ambiance.
Rand agrees, thinking we all wanted to leave that war behind us, so we might as well enjoy life now. Holland calls him and Gain to go grab some lifting and says nothing beats having a beer on top of a Trapar wave.
Eureka stays behind, silent, and Tifa asks if shes not feeling well. She says hes got a bit of a headache but Tifa knows Eureka will still go because the Gate is waiting for her.
A bit later, our group sees something ahead that looks like an egg amidst a whole bunch of clouds.
Rag wonders if its got anything to do with the Trapar waves Holland was talking about and Jiron sees the Gekko heading right towards it.
Renton is blown away by the humongous object inside the clouds but Holland tells him to settle down.
Ken-goh is quite surprised that they found it, even if by chance, and Hap confirms: its a Coralian. Moondoggie and Matthew cannot believe their eyes, that they would find one so suddenly, but Renton has no idea what that even is.
Hap explains the waves we detected are all flowing towards that object in the center of the clouds: the Coralian itself. Talho asks what well do, then, and Holland seems hesitant to answer.
She presses him and Holland says if they lose this chance, they dont know when theyll get another. Stoner realizes that hes really going ahead with it and, when Holland asks, Renton says Eurekas with the Nirvash.
Talho has noticed that she doesnt seem to be doing too well and Mischa is surprised to see her worrying about the girl. Regardless, her exams have shown that, physically, Eurekas fine so Mischa figures her problem is psychological.
Talho wonders if Eurekas got a weak mind but thats got nothing to do with it: a persons mind can get exhausted even from something as simple as a cold. That sounds pretty complicated and Mischa says that the issues shes been having properly linking-up with the Nirvash are likely the cause of her mental stress.
Renton didnt know that and, when Talho asks, Mischa says the problems more likely to be with Eureka than with the Nirvash. Still, Holland knows theres a way around it and thats to have Renton accompany Eureka to the Coralian.
If anything happens to her, though, Ill kill you Holland growls.
At the Freeden, Sara informs Jamil that the Gekko is launching its troops to investigate the situation ahead, so he has everyone else to do the same and follow Hollands orders.
Tonya wonders if it isnt too dangerous to go near something they know nothing about and he concedes that possibility. However, this is also a chance to get some insight on what the Gekkostates up to.
Sara agrees that there are several parts of their objectives that were not privy to but, right then, Tifa enters and Jamil asks if shes feeling something from what huge cloud. The butterfly is spreading its wings is all she says and Jamil remembers her previous prophecy that the butterfly would fly towards the future.
Those clouds have something to do with that? She doesnt know but she IS feeling something. Jamil wonders what that butterfly represents and how it all intersects with Hollands goals.
Inwardly, Tifa tells Eureka to be careful