The Odessa’s engines turned over with a high pitch whine as the gas plasma turbine came to life.
The landing and location beacon lighting activated. Pulsing and flashing in the large capacity cargo hold.
Mamimi stirred, giddy with anticipation as her sister ran through the checklist.
"Right and left stabilizer." Haruko uttered as she mentally hinted to her twin.
Mamimi got over her giddiness just long enough to squeal "Check." While watching the liquid gel pack displays.
"I am in Luton, the source of the transmission originated there." Rei digressed.
"Hold tight we're on our way."
"Oiy, Land of the limey's. Ha ha ha." Haruko shouted out. Sharing in the ambient nature of Mamimi’s joyvulante mental state. "My other sister is a bloody limey." She said making an attempt at mimicking Rei's distinct accent.
"Cycling through engines powering sequencing." Haruko throttled up the ship and set the counter thrusters.
"Boost pressure nominal. Plasma injectors are stable." Mamimi smiled widely.
Haruko flicked on the hangar bay receiver. The amber warning lights of the cargo airlock system activated. As the bay door warning indicator alarm announced that decompression was imminent.
The buzzer rang through out the cargo bay, a flashing whit strobe pulsed as the door way to the black velvet void opened up. Revealing the bright blue marble beneath.
As the RP descended Haruko released the docking clamps resulting in a metallic clanking thud.
Sub coming to the gravitational forces of momentum. The Odessa slipped out the aft end of the cargo ship and into a fluttered backward fucoid.
The nose bobbed up and down as Mamimi fired the thrusters. Slowing the ship's aft ward traverse and set the motion for its descent forward.
Haruko bucked the ship "Yeee Haaaaa." She yelled.
Mamimi thought she would turn green and quickly fell silent.
"Don't you dare." Haruko stopped.
"Descent rate at 200 Km/s." Mamimi quickly changed the subject.
"Guhhhh, well we'll be there in an hour or so." Haruko smirked.
The sun broke over the horizon as the Odessa quickly settled into the troposphere then the stratosphere and finally Mamimi announced "100 km/s current alt 10,000 km."
As the tiny star ship leveled off above the Atlantic it headed out past the last transporter boost station.
For as far as the eye could see were the dark blue ripples of the murky deep. But as the horizon scrolled forward they could see a dot on the horizon.
"Land Hooo." Haruko announced.
"Silly girl Land ho. Not you ho."
"Hey, I'm no ho."
Haruko laughed "We'll be there in 30 min."
The Odessa clapped above the waves. Breaking the crests with a sonic boom. The hydraulic drag flaps opened up as the s-9 type starship slowed to cruise speed and approached land.
"I see that you made it." Rei's melancholy transmission crackled across the air waives.
"Yep." Haruko peeped.
"The flat is 50 km from your location."
"I see a place over there in the east quadrant of which we could land." Mamimi added.
"Mind the traffic." Rei finished trailing off the comm as she closed off.
The skies above London were grey as rain threatened to pour from the nearly black cloud formations. Traffic patterns of the London suburb were dense at this time of day. A noon day rush meant it was best to wait until night fall before doing any kind of gumshoe activates.
The Odessa flew low over the Luton district below the streets were filled fussa-mobiles.
These 4 wheeled vehicles were a nostalgic look back into an earlier time. Four wheeled and varied in shapes these rugged vehicles that filled any empty spaces in the street as traffic flowed.
Mamimi looked over the cockpit window at the chaos below. Having second thoughts at what she knew her sister was ultimately going to do she protested.
~Look, I know you really don’t want to go down there but, we have to find Quol. It’s important.~
~But its suicide.~ Mamimi whined knowing of what experiences she had gotten from Haruko’s home world colony where they still used these 4 wheeled contraptions.
“Bah, we’ll be alright.” Haruko comforted her sister. “Take us over there.”
She added pointing over to the small set of buildings over to the east.
“Ok,” Mamimi banked the ship over and dropped from the busy upper causeway traffic. “Whew glad that’s over.”
The Odessa flew down between the streets flying at less than 10 km/h and slightly above 50 meters. On the other side of the residency inn’s and the central business plaza was a park and a row of garages.
A landing pattern was set, the gray skies opened up as a down pour drenched the streets. The echoes of the landing thrusters carried the sound of the approaching craft through out the streets. Water and light splash sprayed the areas surrounding the ship.
The Odessa’s presence upsets a flock of pigeons and hundreds of them take to the skies. The ship spins around and tips from wing to wing before slipping into the bay.
With a slip on the control stick Mamimi levels the ship out and reverses it into the bay. Touching down on its skids the type 9 star cruiser cycle’s its engines down.
The canopy opened and the twins slid out.
= Rei, night fall isn’t for another 8 hours we’re going to delay any further activity till then. Let’s meet up some place got any suggestions?
= Yes, there is a library next to Penny wink’s.
=Rei, darling you think too small. Come with us to Penny winks.
Rei didn’t have a response to their request instead she pondered on the request from where she had been standing, was across the street in the grove staring at the residency inn as the down pour drenched her. Then she walked out of the grove with eyes down cast shuffling her feet through the rain soaked streets to the place where she would meet her sisters.
Both Haruko and Mamimi ran through along the streets ducking into each awning they saw trying to avoid getting drenched by the down pour that was dumping on the city.
Rei arrived at Penny wink’s first and was greeted by the door man. “Well hello there, How many?”
Rei looked up at the man with her piercing gaze.
The man froze as he could feel Rei’s calm expression and cold intense stare bored straight through him. “Two more.” She said before breaking her gaze.
Once the large pair of red eyes broke contact he sighed in relief and offered her a seat.
Rei rarely ever gave anyone her complete undivided attention but when she did it was very intense.
The host seated Rei and quickly left the girl with a shudder. As he left Rei gazed his direction with a modicum of curiosity.