, Ellen may be needed.jpg
[x] Locate the Gap commander.
[x] If she's left or not easily found, send a minion to locate her.
[x] Then proceed to drill Inazuma, getting R&D when you can.
— - — - —
First thing's first: Yukari needs to be updated on the status of things. Now, you could ask Orange for help, but Mima seems to be keeping an eye on her from the talk of her actually noticing her disappearance. And, at a time such as this, finding Mima eating is likely, if not Yukari herself.
Besides, food is important, no matter how much work needs doing. Ignoring that today shall be a simpler day. However, today shall be none the less important. After all, you have to begin drilling the Inazuma, as well as investigate just what sort of formal training she has as of this point.
After a quick shower, you head for the mess with food and CO in mind. There, you spy Mima and Yukari alike. However, for now you head for neither, instead going for the most chipper blonde you've met. That smile you spy as you approach remains as infectious as ever. "Good morning, Ellen."
Having spied you from far off for obvious reasons, she greets, "Good morning, Commander♥ How did you sleep? We're having oatmeal this morning!"
You look to the steaming oaty sludge, considering what might be different about it. This at least seems an average color, as opposed to the green soup or gelatinous one. "So it seems." You do spy what you think to be berries within it, however. Ever the creative cook, it seems, even within more standard meals. "I slept well. Yourself?" For once. It's quite nice, not waking in a cold sweat.
"Ahh." She doesn't immediately answer, and sounds slightly evasive when she does. "...I slept as well as ever, Commander." She does give you that same cheerful smile as ever, however, so perhaps it's nothing.
Taking a few ladlefuls of the steaming oats, you nod. "I'll see you at lunch, then."
Her brightest smile becomes all the more brilliant. "Good luck with work, Commander♥"
"Thank you." With that, you head for Yukari, who also easily spots you coming, as you and Kotohime stick out like a sore thumb. "Ahh, Meira... I see you're well." She looks you up and down with those eyes of hers. "Perhaps better than ever, in fact? Come, sit with us." You take the seat not flanked by them both, as you needn't talk to Ran at this point. "I'm leaving this night, so it's convenient you're showing up. When the ship next returns the night after, you shall be getting a new arrival."
You raise a brow, wondering just what she means. "A new arrival?"
"Ohh, yes. That little bundle of nerves is only the first success, after all. You had R&D look into a sister for that girl. A good choice. Not a right or wrong one, but that autonomy is good nonetheless. I picked well, it seems..." She smiles. "Right! Well, I leave the base in your hands. You may do what you want, how you want and however you see fit. You are not special, and you will do well to remember this. I expect the next naval base to crop up in a year's time, so, should you fail, don't worry. It may be your heads, but the rest of us on mainland should survive a while longer."
At your increasingly incredulous look, she answers, "Yes, I know. Sudden, right? I'm a busy woman, and I've bigger Fish to fry. You still answer to me, but you need only give status reports. This is not a war one can win on their own; you know this, and you recognize this as well. Both are good traits in a commander of men." Her lips quirk into a smirk of a smile. "Be sure to welcome the girl when she shows up tomorrow night. A distant relative of Aoko, if I'm not mistaken, so this should solve some loneliness issues. She even has the same 'qualities', making it quite likely that she will be able to avoid the same fate that has claimed so many, one way or the other."
"Qualities?" You don't think you like the sound of that.
"Ohh, yes. She's—" Ran clears her throat, earning a huff from Yukari. "Very well, Ran. I suppose I will leave it at 'special,' if only for now. Need to know information and such, sad as it is."
You nod, and begin eating your food, knowing not to push to settle petty curiosity. As you chew, you quickly realize that it's not so much fresh fruit as various sundried sorts. It's good, though you can't place the kind of berries. It's certainly no raisin, that's for sure.
Half way through your meal, Yukari and Ran make their way out, and you exchange a silent farewell. By the time you finish, you notice that the Inazuma seems to have arrived, oddly enough, as convenient as that happens to be. However, what makes it odd is that she seems to lack those small-scale versions of her weaponry, and is sitting on a chair without it buckling like a house of cards under a bowling ball. "Inazuma?"
She looks up from her... meal, if you want to stretch the term to the breaking point. She has what looks like a small can of oil. She smiles up at you, her lips slick with the fuel. "Good morning, Sir." She gives you a small salute, which you return with a nod. You then look her over, and she grows just a bit nervous under your scrutiny. "Sir...?"
"I was just wondering how you're managing to sit."
She perks up, answering, "Ahh! Well, it seems R&D doesn't quite understand how I work yet, but it seems that my backpack is removable. Oddly, when it was removed, I returned to a normal weight." She seems pleased as punch, thinking about it.
"And the... oil, if I'm not mistaken?"
"Rika thinks I'll go mad if I don't sleep or eat or drink." ...Blunt. "So, as I can refuel through my mouth, they had me drink this."
You shudder just a bit at the thought. "And does that taste... good to you?"
"Erm... no, sir. I turned off my taste receptors after a single sip." She winces at the memory. "But... if it makes them able to help others, I'll try their ideas out. I'm just happy to be able to move about, honestly." Taking a sip from the least lucky straw in the world, she asks, "So, erm... you spoke of drilling us?"
You nod, answering, "Yes, that's right. I want you to be prepared for duty as soon as possible." No matter how absurd the prospect should normally be. "As such, for today session, we shall stick to the basics."
"Erm... Sir, with all due respect, I do know the basics." She then starts blinking. "...Oddly well, in fact?" Her eyes go blank a moment, and she adds, "...Umm... I should probably talk to R&D about this before we do. I... don't remember doing a lot of this, and yet I... remember doing it...? If that even makes sense..." She seems more than a little confused.
— - — - —
[ ] Write-in