Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...   Posted by Shan Yu.Group: 0
Cole Jackson
 player, 8 posts
Thu 27 May 2010
at 02:44
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
Cole laughed aloud at Lydia's comment, a jovial laugh that had been missing for a while.

"Girlie, there ain't nothing in this 'Verse that would make me want to give you up."
Gregory Delatorie
 player, 9 posts
Thu 27 May 2010
at 03:01
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
Gregory give Mama a bow as she leaves then takes a seat around the table with Tommy.

"It seems that my place is here for now unless God calls me to do something else. When I left here last time I was unsure if going into the black was the right thing to do but I can say now that the verse is calling and I need to go where I am lead. I think it will help me put some old ghosts to rest and allow me to see many thing anew. So if you don't mind, I can can serve as a cook and I hear I can at time pilot a shuttle as well.", Gregory responds to Stacey question.

" I think after what we all have been through our answers lie together rather than apart. The only question is how then do we get back into the black."
Makani Ano
 player, 15 posts
Thu 27 May 2010
at 16:24
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
Makani smiled, glad to see Lydia relaxing a little.  She tilted her head slightly catching the Captain's eye.  Once she saw that she had his attention she widened her eyes slightly and held her hands out as if to say 'what else can I do?'

"It would seem your ship will be needing a 'nanny'," she quipped her eyes twinkling.

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Stacey Yanoro
 player, 14 posts
 Captain of the Aurora
 Unification War Veteran
Thu 27 May 2010
at 19:49
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
(Brass Pelican)

Stacey smiled as the crew spoke in turn, each reaffirming what he had hoped - that their needs were with his - a ship, a job, a home. The commitment made him feel stronger, growing in resolve as they confirmed the bond that had been flung together by fate and Bettencourt - a bond they now each deliberatly chose to pursue.
Emboldened, Stacey chuckled at Cole's good natured teasing of the kid and her quick witted retort. Gregory's solidity and Makani's twinkling assertion she nanny for their little family reinforced his vigor, and turning again to meet Tommy's patient gaze Stacey reached up to rub the dark stuble on his chin.

"There you have it - the core of a fine crew wouldn't you say Tommy?". Stacey's manner was relaxed but his dark eyes shone persuasivly. "I don't know what you have heard of our work before now, but I've a hunch a man dosn't get to your position without having an ear for rarer information. .". As the captain continued strengthed by the conviction of his fellows, his eyes narrowed like a hawk invigorated by the hunt.
"With a ship and the right backing this crew can do things other folk can't. All we need is a boat and a course to sail.".
It was his responsibility to negociate the best for them all. The Captain did not know what Mama or Tommy had in mind, but there would be something, or else they would never have been called here.
"If you and Mama can aid us finding the right ship, we would be much obliged. And after that, well, I figure the question comes back to this; what can we do for you Tommy?".

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Shan Yu
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Fri 28 May 2010
at 03:15
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
Tommy listened politely to the crew as they made their remarks, and when everyone had finished, he sat down at the table with them and leaned forward, his hands resting on top of one another on the table top.  "Well, it would appear you do indeed have the beginnings of a crew, Captain Yanoro.  As for a ship, I can offer you the same services that I offered to Captain Electra.  As was mentioned earlier, I have a variety of contacts, and I can put out the word that I'm looking for a ship.  But I must tell you, it won't be easy, and I'm not optimistic.  The shortage of ships that existed when Captain Electra was in the market hasn't gotten any better.  And whatever ships may be available will be very expensive.  There's a better chance of signing on to someone else's ship, but those are usually individual jobs, and from what I hear, you would prefer to remain together."

Tommy sat back in the chair with a sigh.  "What I recommend that you do is investigate through any channels to which you may have access.  I'll do the same.  It may be a good idea to start recruiting now for a complete crew, because while what you have may be a fine bunch, you are missing some very key skills.  You might have to move quick if a ship does become available, either for sale, rent, or perhaps someone looking for a crew for their ship, and you might not have time to look for a crew then." He paused to let what he had said so far sink in.  "You're welcome to use the Brass Pelican as your base of operations."  He gestured behind him at the bank of video monitors on the north wall.  "We have vid feeds into the Maritime Guild and the most popular employment directories.  The bar doesn't open until noon, so the place is yours every day until then for interviews or planning sessions.  And, of course, you and your crew can stay at the Celestial Dragon...for a nominal fee, as Mama said."  This last he stated with a wry smile and an slight shake of his head.  "It's a wonder she managed to stay in business all these years.  As to the question of what you can do for me, and Mama...for now, nothing.  However, there may come a time when we may ask a service of you.  When...if...that time comes, well, we'll just leave it to your conscience."  He looked at his watch, then at Stacey.  "So, does that sound like a plan?  Any questions?  If not, I'm afraid I have to leave...things to do, places to go, people to see."  He leaned forward in his chair, waiting to see if there were any questions or final comments before standing.
Lydia Li
 player, 17 posts
Fri 28 May 2010
at 14:56
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
Lydia stood up, hesistant at first, then slowly she gained confidence, a fire lit inside her. Licking her lips, she addressed Tommy, her voice shakey at first, but slowly gaining confidence. "Y-yeah, I got a request..."

She paused, scared when Tommy looked to her, then continued. "I... I have caused great shame to Mama Fong... When... When the others say Talia died for me... It was because of me... That assassin was coming for me. Yeah, the assassin is dead, but that's just saying the gun was taken away but the man pulling the trigger is still out and about."

She let the implication last, mostly that she herself was not off the hook for letting this Mama Fong's mei mei die because of her own cowardice. Honor was big with her father, and it was time to step up and live to her father's ideals.

"My husband was the one that called the hit on me, the one that killed Talia. His name is 'Hei Lung' Tsu, the Black Dragon, and leader of the Black Lotus Tongs.  I don' much know if it'll help, but I can tell you bout where he last had his 'den,' but since I ran, I doubt he's holdin' up there anymore.

Want the real person what killed Talia? One of 'em is standin' before you, the gorram coward she is... The other... Find the Black Dragon."


Her eyes suddenly went cold hard, her voice as sharp and cold as a dagger. "And tell my dear husband how much I truly miss him." The implication in the statement was absolutely clear, and startling from coming from this shy, tame, and sweet child.

With that, she stood, ready to take any punishment, as well as willing to provide any additional information should it be asked.

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Makani Ano
 player, 16 posts
Fri 28 May 2010
at 16:38
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
Makani's eyes widened slightly as the change came over her Lei-Hulu.  In that moment she realized that her 'dear child' was now and forever more her dear friend.  She had stepped away from the role of being the fearful child and assumed the mantle of a determined woman.

The orchid had finally bloomed, although now it seemed to be more foxglove than true orchid.  She waited for Tommy's reaction.

She had sworn to protect Lydia and, at least on an intelectual level, she understood that whatever happened next was of Lydia's choosing.  She had no idea how her heart would react should Tommy try and exact any vengence upon her Kaikaina

Without realizing it she held her breath, waiting for the next moment to arrive.



Lei-Hulu - Beloved child
Kaikaina - Little sister

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Shan Yu
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Mon 31 May 2010
at 14:54
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
Tommy's brow furrowed as he listened to the normally reserved girl before him relate her story.  When she finished, he turned and slowly walked across the floor in a random pattern, head bowed and obviously deep in thought.  After perhaps half a minute, he stopped his pacing and turned back to the group, his eyes locking onto Lydia's and his face reflecting concern.  "Young woman, I appreciate the effort it must have taken for you to unburden yourself the way you have, and the courage to place yourself before me for judgement.  Were I someone who allowed emotion to override reason, I might have agreed with your self guilt...but I'm not, and I don't.  As a trained lawyer with years of experience in practicing objectivity, the way I see it, there was one, and ONLY one, person responsible for Captain Electra's death, and that person is dead."  He paused to let his words sink in.  "Further, I must emphasize to you, probably more bluntly than is polite, that your problems are not my problems...or Mama's problems.  As far as we're concerned, a friend of ours was killed, and you and your friends, as was your loyal duty to your Captain, administered the justice and vengeance that the situation demanded.  Case closed.  I should tell you that had you not done so, your welcome here would have been decidedly...colder."  Another pause.  "You said you had a request,  but the only request that I heard was an implied one...that we somehow seek out your husband and kill him because the assassin he hired happened to inflict some unintended collateral damage and killed an innocent bystander.  Captain Electra was in the wrong place at the wrong time, nothing more.  No, miss...as far as we're concerned, your husband's business is none of ours, the only person responsible for Captain Electra's death has been dealt with, and we will not get involved in any tangential issues.  I think you would be well advised to try and put any guilt you feel about Captain Electra's death behind you, lest it eat you from the inside.  As for the situation with your husband, run if you must, hide if you need to, and be thankful that you find yourself in the caring and protective company of such fine friends as these."  He gestured with his hands at the other crewmembers seated at the table.  "You're under the protection of the Fong clan while you are our guest, here within the confines of these buildings...but we will not become involved in something that does not concern us."  Tommy briefly smiled a kind smile, perhaps to lessen the sting of his words, but quickly returned to his business-like manner and turned back to the group.  "Was there anything else that needed to be brought up?"
Stacey Yanoro
 player, 17 posts
 Captain of the Aurora
 Unification War Veteran
Mon 31 May 2010
at 20:19
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
(Brass Pelican)

As Lydia spoke Stacey felt himself tense. Though it was not the tensing he was accostomed to in the heat of battle or rush to make a swift decision in the black. Instead it was a more personal tension as 'the kid' spoke up, putting herself forward for judgement for events she wrongly felt to blame for. Significantly, he knew it was not something he could, or should intervene in.

Yet if Tommy took her to blame for Talia's death or held some other loyalty to the Tong...instinctivly the Captain cast a glance at Cole. Like him, the lean man's frame seemed coiled ready for action, and it was a welcome release to see Tommy's response thoughtful rather than angered.

As the man finished his words Stacey ran a hand through his hair and examined Lydia carefully. She was brave, but Tommy's response had been blunt and might sting such a raw wound. How he wanted to turn on the kid and somehow get it through her fragile little skull that it was the Tong who were the Tāmāde hůndŕn, that she had a family around her now she could depend upon. But again, it was not his place and so like a father trying to protect his child Stacey stood to deflect attention from Lydia.

"One final question if I may Tommy. I, ", he corrected himself quickly, "We all agree that Lydia holds no blame whatsoever in the death of Captain Electra and will respect the position of the Fong clan in this instance. But to avoid any potential mis-steps, I would be greatful of any knowledge you might have of the Tong here in New Dunsmuir.".
Stacey was unsure what information Tommy could offer, but he little doubted the small lawyer would know more than most should the Tong have a local presence. He paused wondering if Tommy would reply immediatly, or supply such information through other means, then continued.

"Other than that, please pass on our gratitude to the Fong clan for your gratious hospitality. If you do not mind we would like to make use of the Pelican for a short while immediatly.".
He offered a short bow to Tommy. Xičxič Tommy Fong.".

Tāmāde hůndŕn - filthy bastards
Xičxič - thankyou
Shan Yu
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Tue 1 Jun 2010
at 20:00
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
Tommy bowed his head with a smile at Stacey's words.  "It is our honor to have you as our guests.  Regarding your question about the tongs here in New Dunsmuir, I am unaware of any presence of the Black Lotus Tong.  I believe their power base is on Santo.  Of course, there are numerous tongs here...as there are on many of the worlds of the 'Verse...but not so many as one might find on worlds that have heavy Chinese populations, such as Gonghe, Liann Jiun, or Sihnon.

You must understand that not all tongs are criminal in nature, and many are devoted to advancing the public good.  Tongs tend to be rather territorial, exercising their control over a neighborhood, or town, or moon, but not much outside that.  They may form alliances with other tongs to spread their influence, but especially among the criminal tongs, loyalty towards others tends to be a fragile commodity."


He stops talking and chuckles to himself.  "Sorry, I didn't mean to start a class on Chinese tongs.  It's a very complicated subject, trying to follow the intricate and convoluted web that is tong structure, and much of it is difficult for anyone not raised in the Chinese culture to fully understand."

He claps his hands, and the back door immediately opens, emitting the cleaning crew that had been there earlier.  "So, if there's nothing else, I'll take my leave.  I'm sure you've kept abreast of any opportunities listed on the monitors, scarce as they may be.  You'll probably want to post your own advertisement.  I'll contact you if I find out anything.  Good day."  He shakes hands all around, and with a final wave, leaves the bar through the front entrance.
Cole Jackson
 player, 9 posts
Tue 1 Jun 2010
at 23:26
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
Cole sat calmly, relaxed, as everything played out.  As Lydia spoke, and Tommy began his retort, Cole slowly placed his hand under the table.  Deliberately, and as quietly as possible, he removed the safety strap from his revolver.  He did not want to use the weapon, but Lydia meant too much to the man to allow her to give up her life for a stupid reason.

When Tommy made the declaration that the matter was closed, Cole let out the breath he hadn't realized he was holding.  Removing his hand, Cole reached for his cup of coffee, only to realize that he hadn't brought it with him.

"Gorram it," he mumbled to himself.

As Tommy stood, Cole did as well.  He gave a short bow, not one as deep as he had for Mama Fong, but a sign of respect anyway.  He remained standing as Tommy left.  As soon as Mama's number two son left, he turned on Lydia, all signs of calm and concerned gone.  What remained was barely unrestrained rage.

"Gorram, selfish little girl," he started, pulling himself to his full height, towering over Lydia, but keeping his voice fairly soft. "You think you're the only one hurting after everything that's happened?  You think ain't no one else that done lost sumpin' since we first left this place.  Don't for one second think you ain't.  Offering yerself up like that don't do nothing more than spit on the lives that done protected you.  You think Cap'n Electra deserves that?  You think Tinker deserves that?  What about Will, Greaseball, or even me?  Did you think about us?  Guess not."  Cole accent had grown think while he was ranting.  It started to soften again as he continued.  "Now if Tommy had decided to do something, I would have offended Mama by killing him to protect you.  Not something I reckon would bode well on finding a ship.  Now I'll ask you not to do something like that again.  You're part of this crew and I will protect you no matter what.  Please don't make me do something stupid as well."
Makani Ano
 player, 17 posts
Wed 2 Jun 2010
at 12:08
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
Makani had just started to release the tension she gathered at Lydia's outburst.  She was almost numb when she gave a respectful nod to Tommy but her relief and pride in her Kaikaina were quickly replaced with outrage at Cole's outburst.

A flash of anger was reflected in her eyes as as she looked first to Cole and then to Lydia.  Would Cole's comments cause her to retreat?  She prayed it was not the cost... Lydia had come so far... she had stood up to Tommy, if offering yourself up could be considered 'standing up,’ but it was a start.

She waited, waiting to gauge her own reaction based on Lydia's.




Kaikaina - Little sister
Lydia Li
 player, 19 posts
Wed 2 Jun 2010
at 15:12
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
Lydia stood, listening to Tommy, but her face began to drop as he spoke rather coldly (in her mind) to her. This was not the reception she expected. Furthermore, being a teen, she did not hear the kind intent behind the words, but rather his flat-out refusal to offer any help or the like. She thought these men would like to have revenge... She wanted revenge so bad. But, denied. Not only denied, but told she was a silly girl for thinking they would even care, which (again, in her mind), they didn't care. She deflated as Tommy left.

And she didn't even get a chance to catch a breath as Mr. Cole started ripping into her. Her face began to redden deeper and deeper as he flew into her verbally, ripping her apart and he himself now telling her she was just a silly girl.

She couldn't handle it anymore. From Tommy was bad enough, but from Mr. Cole? It was too much. Lydia stood there, shaking, staring up at Cole after he finished, then burst into tears and just bolted out of the room faster than a startled cow that just got branded.
Shan Yu
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Wed 2 Jun 2010
at 16:17
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The cleaning crew had just re-entered the bar and was resuming their efforts when Tommy left and the fireworks started.  The Chinese all looked up with surprise when Cole began his scolding, and they cast glances at one another in embarrassment and shock, unsure of what they should do.  So they did what they had all learned to do as children...see nothing and hear nothing, for nothing happened.  But through their minds, the same thoughts ran.  "Rung Tse Fwo Tzoo Bao Yo Wuo Muhn!!"  This was terrible bad luck...to have the peace and tranquility of the establishment devastated so early in the day!!  It was almost painful to them to see such face being lost by someone so young, and when Lydia bolted, the entire cleaning crew started to quickly and quietly migrate toward the back door.  It was second nature for them to be part of the background and ignore everything around them, but there was a time that it was best to be somewhere else, and this was it.  They converged on the door and left, thankful that Mama hadn't been present.
Makani Ano
 player, 19 posts
Wed 2 Jun 2010
at 16:39
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
(Brass Pelican and Celestial Dragon)

Makani watched in surprise as Lydia quickly reverted to a scared, angry and very hurt child.  Like a 'touch me not' the beautiful flower had pulled back into herself.

One could not force a flower to bloom, but perhaps it was time to pressure the girl into accepting her role as a woman.

She gave the retreating form of her friend a dissapointed shrug and turned to the others.

"Gentlemen, if you will excuse me..."

She gave a slight nod to those gathered and quickly followed Lydia, hoping not to lose sight of the younger woman.

"Lei-Hulu..." she called after the retreating woman.
Cole Jackson
 player, 10 posts
Wed 2 Jun 2010
at 16:40
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"Gorram it," was all Cole could say as he plopped back down in his chair.
Stacey Yanoro
 player, 20 posts
 Captain of the Aurora
 Unification War Veteran
Wed 2 Jun 2010
at 17:01
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
(Brass Pelican)

No sooner had Tommy ducked out of the room, the cleaning crew filing into to complete their duties as if the Pelican were as empty as ever, than did Cole's honest anger flare. The tall security officer's passion glinted in his eyes and despite himself, Stacey empathised with the man's words - maybe the kid didn't realise what being part of crew meant - that had Tommy's response to her rash call for vengence and judgement been different, Cole and the Captain himself would have forgotten all else and turned the Pelican into a shooting gallery. They could judge her later - in that instant her naivity and self admonishment had near caused chaos.

Yet as her pale eyes welled and features sank toward innocent sorrow, overwhelmed by emotions she had not the years to master, Stacey, and likely the others, were reminded she was still almost a child. Like any of them, everything she did was for what her heart thought best - had she been any other way, mayhap the former crew of Aurora would have disbanded by now. But her youthful nature bound her protectors together.

He growled loudly at Lydia's flight.
"Kid - you've got 2 minutes to get back in this room and sit down! You are a member of this crew and you're going to act like it." Stacey stood directing her with the force of his will, to quell her raw emotion with the flat order.
He hoped her flight would be halted, or that at least she would return momentarily, her passion abated.

Without waiting to see if she obeyed, Stacey turned on Cole.
"Not a word out of you either, Jackson. Turn those vid screens on and sit yourself back down too." He pointed to the other end of the table from Lydia's seat. "There."

Scowling, he spun, taking a chair for himself and motioning for Makani and Gregory to sit too. Too late, Makani, as Lydia's guardian, was already moving and he understood why. To himself he pondered - maybe now was the time for Lydia to realise for herself what she had to do, not to be guided like a child - and Stacey hoped that decision would be to return to the Pelican.

For now, with the Fong clan offering no immediate reprieve to their employment needs, it was time to take control of their future.
"Mama has no immediate job for us, and I'm not about to wait until fate hands us some reprieve at her leisure in God knows how many months time."
He ran a hand through his hair, pausing for a moment before continuing. They all needed time to take stock.
"So what do we have? Credits - maybe's enough to buy ourselves a ship. Cole and I have spent the last few days getting to know the market here on New Dunsmir, seeing what is out there.". Stacey indicated the vid screens behind them. "But we need to know how much we have to put up. I have just over 5500, all of which I'm willing to put forward."
The Captain went on, spreading his palms out before him as he set out his 'agenda'.
"Between us, we're the start of a damn fine crew. It can take years for a crew to build the trust needed to start working right - but thanks to Bettencourt," he left Miranda unmentioned "we're past all that." He met Cole's eyes accross the pockmarked table. "And maybe we have something valuable ourselves from that trip..." If they were lucky, Cole still had the recordings of Miranda herself. Who knew what value they had, or what they should do with them?

He left the scentence unfinshed, they had other concerns.
"But we've got gaps. So we've also been putting the word out in the right places we're looking to hire. A pilot, engineer and maybe medic for starters. But we have other needs too."
Stacey looked to Makani and Lydia's chair where he hoped she'd had the courage to slip into. "Ixion records say one female was killed by a Tong assassin. Alliance records show the Aurora was destroyed a few days ago - no survivors. It's in Bettencourt's interest to stay quiet about anyone who made it off that ship...everything points to Lydia Li being dead.". He paused to gauge their reactions.
"So alongside the more traditional interviews lined up, I think we have an oppourtunity to find someone who might help our 'cabin girl' find a new start."

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Lydia Li
 player, 21 posts
Wed 2 Jun 2010
at 18:16
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
Like any teen who was upbraided for something she felt that wasn't her fault, Stacey's command, especially the tone he used, only infuriated her more, drowning out Makani's plantive calling, and resulted in her shouldering him forcefully aside as she ran out into the main room. Beads clanked loudly as she bolted out of the bar itself until she was in the lobby of the hotel. There, she found herself, almost on instinct, a couch and collapsed on it, crying little shuddering sobs. Even at the height of his worst cruelty, her husband never got her to cry vocally. Being loud was not her nature. So, instead, she laid in the couch, clutching a pillow as she sobbed siletntly, her entire body quivering in the rage she wouldn't vocalize.
Gregory Delatorie
 player, 11 posts
Wed 2 Jun 2010
at 18:45
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
Gregory was about to say something when Stacey broke in with his commands to Lydia and stayed on his tongue never spoken. He waited until things calmed a bit and Makani left the room after Lydia.

He then says,"Excuse me for a second, I will be right back."

He then gets up and sees if he can get a glass of milk and some sort of muffin from one of the workers.

He then head out after Lydia and joins her next to the couch. He says in a soft voice,"Who is right or wrong I will not say but I do know everyone here cares for you and will express it in different ways at different times. It might not always be pleasant to hear but remember that it is done because they care." as he places the plate with the muffin and milk next to her.

Seeing Makani next to her he then says,"Don't be long as we are discussion all of our future together and I believe all of our input is needed. Even if they do not want to hear it at times as well."

He then heads back and joins Cole and Stacey at the table. making sure to ask if had missed anything in his abscense.
Makani Ano
 player, 20 posts
Thu 3 Jun 2010
at 11:26
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
(Celestial Dragon, Lobby)

Makani waited until the others had settled back in at the Brass Pelican then gently began stroking Lydia's back in a soothing manner.

"Well then... she said with a sigh as she felt the tension leaving the younger woman's body.

"We seem to have heard from everyone in the crew..."

Gauging the younger woman’s reaction she paused and then began again, speaking softly.

People do not always act in ways we understand or want.  They have different values, different codes… different ways of doing things.  You stand on the border between youth and maturity and making it even harder is the fact that you feel everything.  People’s words rarely match what they feel and it only makes understanding them that much harder.

Look beyond the words and the emotions—look at the reasoning behind what they have said.  Look at their motivation.  Nothing said in there was meant as a personal affront.  It is what it is.

Tommy is about business, and cannot afford to lose track of that.  Cole is a security man and cares about you deeply.  He does not like you putting yourself at risk.  The Captain wishes us to stick together and worries about how to do that without a ship.  The Padre is about harmony and direction and harmony has been upset and … without a ship, there is no direction.

You are on the border, learning to see these things but until your mind and your heart are on the same page, you cannot stay on one side or the other.  I have studied control since I was a child:  control of self, control of body, control of mind… control of my surroundings.  That is both a blessing and a curse for true control is merely an illusion.

I am proud of you accepting your part in things and face them,


She paused.  How much of a slap in the face was Tommy’s reaction to a young heart wanting, no needing revenge.   “But you are not your husband.  You my dear must learn to let go.  You cannot build a future while holding onto the past.  Today is a new day… every moment is a chance to change and grow and if we do not embrace the new day, we lock ourselves in the past and will never move on.
Stacey Yanoro
 player, 23 posts
 Captain of the Aurora
 Unification War Veteran
Fri 4 Jun 2010
at 11:11
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
(Brass Pelican)

Stacey leaned back, his summary to Greg and Cole complete. They had much to discuss and he was glad to have their company. The actions of Lydia were understandable and he hoped Makani would be able to placate the youngster - sometimes they forgot everything she had been through in so few years.
He would ensure he spoke to Makani later in the day and follow her judgment on how best to approach Lydia - both had valuable input to the family he was forming.
For now though he, Gregory, and Cole had work to do.
Lydia Li
 player, 23 posts
Fri 4 Jun 2010
at 15:03
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Lydia barely noticed Gregory's offer of treats, and continue crying as Makani patted her back. "They... they just don't... understand... Papa... he told me... own up to your mistakes... I killed Tahlia... as much as that assassin did... but they keep shrugging me off... calling me a kid... treating me like a fragile doll... gorram it all... I'm not a kid! I screwed up! I should not be treated like one!" Her plantive arguing was a little garbled in the sobs, but the intent was clear.
Makani Ano
 player, 21 posts
Fri 4 Jun 2010
at 17:06
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(Celestial Dragon)

Makani supressed an amused smile and shook her head.  Hopefuly Lydia would see the kindness in the humor if she sensed it at all.

She remembered being that age and being treated the same way, and when she'd reacted poorly she realized that reacting in a childish way to being treated like a child was well... ironic.

"You are the only one one who holds yourself responsible Lei-Hulu." she said softly.

"I am your Blessed Protector and it was not I who protected you from what happned.  Would it not then, by your reasoning, be my fault?"
Gregory Delatorie
 player, 12 posts
Fri 4 Jun 2010
at 19:03
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
"bringing on more people is needed but we need to be careful about Miranda and Lydia. Until we know we can trust them with sensitive information that all best be kept quite and only among those who were there.  I know it kind of goes without saying but it never hurts to make sure of things. I was wondering if we should give Lydia a nickname we all use and the new crew will pick up as well in common speak. It would avoid her real name being overheard in places not as safe as here." Gregory says and then switches gears with,"About a ship I don't know how much help I would be except dealers tend to be more honest at time with Shepherds around. I do not have any capitol to put forward as my share went to the church and to those who lost loved ones on the Isis."

This message was last edited by the player at 19:06, Fri 04 June 2010.

Shan Yu
 GM, 34 posts
 Are you familiar with...
 the works of Shan Yu?
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 04:50
Re: Chapter 1: Of Brass Pelicans and Celestial Dragons...
Stacey and the other former Aurora crewmembers continued to make tentative plans and discuss their futures, while Lydia and Makani tried to resolve the emotional issues that recently surfaced.  Greg was asked to raise again the suggestion of a nickname for Lydia once everyone had a chance to get together, and Stacey would talk to each crewmember individually to get a tally of their available funds.  After the better part of  an hour, the Captain adjourned the group to start their hunt for a crew and a new ship.

Over the next several days, a couple of things became apparent.  First, there were damn few ships for sale, and those that were available were either junk heaps, death traps, or they were far too expensive, even for the stack of credits that the crew was willing to spend.  The war in the Blue Sun system continued to be a major topic in the daily vid-news, although the Alliance offensive had reportedly met with significant successes (or so they said).  Still, ships continued to be commandeered for use in the war.

Advertisements for crew positions were also few and far between, and they were all for individual replacements, and not an established crew.  Still, Captain Yanoro left his name with several shipping companies and even some maritime employment brokers, all in the hopes of stumbling upon a ship, any ship, in need of a crew.

Stacey made good use Tommy's offer of the Brass Pelican as a base of operations, conducting numerous interviews of prospective crew members.  Some of the applicants were obviously unacceptable, but there were enough good prospects for Stacey to think that he just might be able to cobble together a versatile crew.  The Captain took addresses for these and promised to let them know.

After several days of trying to find a ship in need of a crew, a suspicious trend began to appear.  The brokers with whom Stacey left his name all contacted him and terminated their agreements, emphasizing the word "immediately" in their hastily delivered rejection speeches.  There was an almost apologetic tone to some of the conversations, but conspicuously absent from the terminations was any credible mention of why.  Mumbled excuses such as "too busy", or "family emergency" were all that was given...usually just before the Cortex feed was abruptly cut following a curt "Must go, good-bye."

Of particular interest to Stacey and the crew was a vid-news report that appeared on all the major channels...
"Thanks, Lance, for that report on our brave military, risking their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms of our truly enlightened society."  The newscaster looked away from her colleague seated to her right and made eye contact with the camera, her professional, newscaster smile only slightly less artificial looking than her shiny blue hair.  "And now for a related story.  The Beaumonde Ministry of Transportation and Interpol have released their joint preliminary report regarding the recent shipping disaster that occurred in close orbit around Beaumonde six days ago.  Many of you saw the explosion that brightened the heavens...it was an event that seldom occurs in this day and age, and for those who witnessed it, something that they won't soon forget." (the screen shows stock footage of a ship exploding) "Although the ship has not been positively identified, it is believed to be an old ore freighter, the "Duchess of Dyton" out of Regina.  The cause of the explosion is likewise unconfirmed, but indications are that the ship may have been carrying munitions bound for terrorist hands here on Beaumonde.  The investigation continues, and anyone with any knowledge of the event is encouraged to contact the authorities.  We are confident that our dedicated men and women of Interpol will soon find the answers to all the questions, with arrests soon to follow.

And now on the lighter side, a report on the latest fashions...for dogs!"


In spite of the lack of progress, as well as the disturbing media reports, Stacey and the rest of the crew continued with their plans.  The flow of job applicants dried up, and the Captain made the decision as to who to hire.  Dispatching messages to the hirees via one of the countless young members of the Fong clan, he directed them to report, with full bag and baggage, the following Monday morning to The Brass Pelican.

Now if only they could find a ship.