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Omicron Squad episode 37: Wagner speaks

Sirvanna found herself in a comfortable bed with lots of cushions. She sat up and looked around. There was a plate with some kind of rice dish in it on a table that clearly wasn't made for chairs in the middle of the room. The room did have an easy chair, which was facing some kind of electronic screen. The room was otherwise unfurnished but it had two doors. 

Sirvanna walked over the plush carpet and tested the first door, locked. She sent a burst of lightning into it. The bolt dissipated around it. Some kind of shield? 

She moved over to check the other one. It led to a simple bathroom. A change of clothes had been left sitting on the cabinet. 

*****

Alexa looked at the change of clothes that had been left for her. Yeah, she wasn't getting naked in this place. It didn't look like there were any cameras in the bathroom. The tile, walls and ceiling were all completely solid, but she wasn't risking it. 

She glared at the dish they'd left. Poisoned? She had to find some way to escape. 

*****

Yuni spread out across the bed. Alena had felt dead when she'd touched her. Tears streamed down her face. 

"Please," she sobbed "tell me it's a lie." 

*****

"What, no bell to ring for room service?" Katelyn asked. She smelled the dish that had been left for her. "What is this stuff anyway?" 

She took a bite. 

"Actually, that's pretty good." 

*****

Alena finished her careful examination of the room. She tried punching one of the walls, her hand bounced back like she had hit rubber. It looked like the only way out was going to be through the locked door. 

She looked at the cylindrical device she'd found under the chair and turned it over in her hands. It seemed to have some kind of circuitry in it, but why? 

*****

Ines paced. She'd eaten her food, showered, changed clothes and couldn't figure out how the screen turned on. Now she was bored. 

The screen flickered on and Michael Wagner appeared. 

"Ladies," he began. "Now that you've had time to eat and take care of other needs, we can talk. The chairs in front of you have microphones beneath them. He held up a small electronic cylinder. The buttons are at the bottom. You may press them to ask questions or otherwise communicate with me. 

"Why not just talk to us in person?" Sirvanna asked

"Because I respect your abilities," Michael answered. "This seemed like the most efficient and safe way to talk with you." 

"Then why did you kill Alena?" Yuni cried, her voice shaken. 

"I'm not dead," Alena said. "Please don't cry." 

"What you perceived as her death was an illusion created by my friend," Michael said. "I apologise. Had I known that you were under that impression I'd have arranged for you two to see each other before this conference. As you may know, multiple governments tested a synthetically enhanced strain of the plague on several orphaned or discarded children in Munich some time ago. There was one survivor, me. They ran endless tests to try and figure out what gift I had developed. Little did they suspect that my cognitive abilities had been enhanced. After many events that don't need explored at this juncture, I decided that the most reasonable course would be to use that gift to unite the planet." 

"If you're so smart why haven't you cured the plague?" Alexa asked. 

"A fair question," Michael said. "Tell me, do you know why we all develop different gifts as a result of the plague?" He waited for nearly a minute. No one spoke. "It's because our bodies develop different defenses against it. The antibodies that enable us to survive are also what cause us to develop gifts. However, since everyone has different ones finding a way to cure the plague has proven a very formidable challenge. I have tried synthesising a cure using various types of anti-bodies, but they've all proven ineffective."

"Why jump straight into fighting?" Alena asked. 

"I know what you mean," Michael said. "There should be a better way, shouldn't there? However, our people are suffering. We're herded into prisons, killed, experimented on and given all other manner of vile treatments. I will not stand idly in the face of such injustice. I swiftly realised that I had two options. The first being to start a civil rights movement and the second being to unite the world under one banner and give our people equal rights and protections under the law." 

"Why not the civil rights route?" Sirvanna asked. 

"Trying to acquire civil rights peacefully is an arduous process," Michael said."Trying to do it on a global scale even moreso. And I was unwilling to sacrifice all of the innocent lives that would be lost while waiting. No better, in this case, to fight and save as many of our people as possible than to allow them to keep being sacrificed." For a moment he seemed to be looking directly at them through the screen. "Take yourselves as an example. Your government locked you in cells without you having committed a crime without any kind of trial. With the intent of leaving you there until your deaths. And now that they've been forced to go to you for help they've placed these..." he held up one of the explosive implants in a jar. "in your heads to force your compliance." 

Sirvanna rubbed the back of her neck. "Is that..." she began.

"From you?" Michael said. "No, this one came from Miss Doyle." 

"Me?" Alexa asked. "But there isn't a mark on me." 

"There won't be a mark on any of you," Michael said. "Although you're all officially free." 

"How?" Alena asked. 

"Let's just say I know a lady with a gift that enables her to move substances out of the body without harming organic tissue," Michael said. "Now, your lives are your own. You have three choices. One, you can join me. Two, you can withdraw from the battlefield. I'll provide you with a safe place to live behind the lines until the war is over. Three, you can continue to fight against me. In which case I'll have to have you relocated as prisoners of war. Where you will be welcome to try to escape should you wish." He rose. "I know that this won't be an easy decision. I'll give you twenty four hours to decide. In the meantime, we will see to your needs. Should you decide sooner, you can use the communication devices to summon me." 

The Yuri Squadron episode 89: Trekking the light fantastic

"Does he suspect anything?" Debora asked. 

"About us? No," Mischa said. "He got used to us spending a lot of time together before we were even dating. And he's not the most observant about things like body language so if we're giving off any subtle hints he's not going to notice. If anyone does it'll be Kitty." 

"We'll have to be careful around her," Debora said. "Want to see the new Star Trek movie?" 

"You mean watch a Star Trek movie from the director who gave us the single worst thing in the history of Star Trek even moreso than Nemesis or the worst episode of Enterprise?" Mischa asked. "Sure. If nothing else we can poke fun at it." 

"Wouldn't the worst episode of Enterprise just be Enterprise itself?" Debora asked. 

*****

"You don't have to worry about her," Kitty said. "She just has ways of getting under your skin. We both know what happened with your ex wasn't your fault. You wanted to stay together, remember?" 

Melanie nodded. "You're right. I just... it's a sensitive area, you know? And as unfair as it is, we'll always have to face extra obstacles just because we're both women." 

then we'll face them," Kitty said. "Together. And if we need them we've got a whole group of people to support us. That's an advantage Suzy doesn't know about. Back when she and I dated I didn't have a lot of close friends." Kitty twirled around and smiled. "Now I've got you, Kody, Mischa, Heidi, Leonard, Amanda and Debora." 

Melanie nodded. "You're right. She can't tear us apart unless we let her. In the meantime, let's go out. Do you wanna see a movie or something?" 

"There's nothing good playing," Kitty said. "I have an idea." She fiddled with her PC for several minutes and Strauss' Gesellschafts started playing. Kitty walked over and curtsied, blushing slightly. 

"Can I have this dance?" Melanie asked. 

*****

"It's open," Leonard shouted. He turned back to his writing. Was that the right word? He'd have to ask Mischa later.

"Hey there," Amanda said. Hugging him from behind. "Working hard?" 

Leonard nodded. "I'm going to get this finished and see if the publishers'll take it.

"Where's Mischa?" Jennifer asked from behind them.

"Debora borrowed him," Leonard said. 

"Honey, you used 'rouge' when you meant to say 'rogue'," Amanda pointed. 

 *****

"Well, it was an improvement," Debora said. "Granted a very very minor one." 

"I suppose," Mischa said. "It's still the second worst Star Trek work ever made." 

"Maybe Abrams is trying to make really terrible movies," Debora said. "Kill the classic sci-fi franchises to make room for new ones." 

"I'm betting he's just grossly incompetent," Mischa said. 

"He's incompetent either way," Debora said. "Stupid people will go crazy for anything that has nice special effects even if the script, acting, and characters are all terribly done."

"I wonder if Leonard is still throwing things?" Mischa wondered. 

"Who cares?" Debora said. "Let's go get something to eat. There should be a few places still open." 

*****

Is Leonard still throwing things? When will Suzy turn up again? What fool hires JJ Abrams to direct sci-fi anyway and how much will it cost to send both of them directly into the sun? These questions and more may or may not be answered next week in Soniczero's blog. 

Also, I apologise for this being late. Into the Darkness was so terrible that it temporarily put me in a state of incoherent rage. 

Head Writer: Ktulu007

Assistant Writer: Soniczero1993

Omicron Squad episode 36: One against six, Omicron takes on Naoko.

"How did she stop you?" Sirvanna asked. 

"I'm not sure," Ines admitted. "I didn't see anything hit me." 

"All right," Sirvanna said. "Go after him from all sides. She shouldn't be able to block all of us." 

Omicron surged forward. 

One. Alena was thrown backwards and collapsed on the floor. 

"Alena!" Yuni ran backwards to her.

"My legs feel heavy," Ines thought. "The path to him shouldn't take this long. Unless..." 

Two. Ines felt a heavy pressure in her stomach. She went down. 

"Ines!" Sirvanna cried. She fired several bolts of lightning at Naoko. Who vanished only to reappear in front of Sirvanna.

Three. Naoko's leg slammed into Sirvanna's face. Sirvanna staggered for a moment and Naoko's fists came down on the back of her neck. She collapsed to the floor. 

Katelyn and Alexa reached the spot where Michael had been. Only to find him missing. 

"Well, this is going well," Katelyn said. 

"What's her power anyway?" Alexa wondered. 

"She moves where she wants to, when she wants to and hits hard," Katelyn said. "We'd better keep her back while we think of a plan."

Katelyn telekinetically grabbed a bunch of objects to swarm around them while Alexa created set up heavy winds flowing all around them. 

Boo. Naoko appeared behind them and tossed them forward. They slid for a while before regaining their footing. The winds and floating objects were gone. 

"Where did it all go?" Katelyn wondered, scanning the floor. 

"Unforgivable!" Yuni screamed. the two looked back. She was cradling Alena's collapsed form, with tears streaming from her eyes. "It's absolutely unforgivable!" 

A burst of light propelled her forward after Naoko. Naoko gestured and bursts of flame came up after Yuni. She ignored them and tossed beams of light at Naoko in response. Naoko vanished. 

Yuni stopped in her tracks. "Where is she?" 

Four. Naoko appeared beneath Yuni and launched herself from the ground, decking her. Yuni fell back a few steps and let out a blast of light. Naoko held out her hands and bounced it back at Yuni.

"How?" Katelyn asked. 

Alexa rushed forward but Naoko was gone again. 

"How does she do that?" Alexa asked. 

"Reality is warped and space is bendable," Katelyn replied. "It's just like the physics of a bad action movie." 

Five. The ground opened up and warped itself around Alexa. When it opened she was unconscious. 

And Six. Walls of flame surged at Katelyn. 

"Not quite," Katelyn said. Waves of water crashed around her and the flames extinguished. Naoko reappeared and glared at her. 

"I figured out your little game," Katelyn said. "It's not that you have an inexhaustible supply of powers. You're a psychic. This whole time we've been fighting on some kind of mental plane. We didn't know the rules so you were able to knock us around at will, hoping we'd stay ignorant. But that was your mistake. You took out Alena, Ines and Sirvanna right away because you knew that they were the most likely to figure it out. But that left you weakened and you had to try and toy with the rest of us while rebuilding your strength."

Not bad. You're more clever than I anticipated. However, we are still in my realm and now it's just you against me.

"Bring it on," Katelyn said. 

*****

Michael gently placed Alexa's unconscious body with the others. 

"My, my," he muttered. "It seems like she's doing well." He walked over and braced himself to catch Katelyn when he noticed a pipe floating slowly towards Naoko. "Ahhh, so she figured it out." He walked over and moved the pipe several feet away. It instantly started its slow trek again. "But can she really afford to divide her attention?" He moved it backwards again. 

*****

Your mind isn't bad. Naoko evaded the slew of projectiles coming at her. But mine is sharper. 

She sent a mental bolt hurtling into Katelyn. Followed by another and another. Katelyn staggered but stood firmly. 

"It's... only in my... mind," she muttered. 

Perhaps, but your mind houses your consciousness. If I defeat it, you will fall. Naoko split into five and they swarmed all over Katelyn. 

*****

Michael sprinted to catch Katelyn's falling form before it hit the ground. The pipe fell harmlessly to the floor. 

"I trust you didn't hurt them too badly?" 

They'll be fine. They'll just wake up with severe headaches. There will be no permanent damage. 

"That's alright then," Michael said. "Take them to the guest rooms, I'll speak with them when they wake up." 

The Clerics: Assembly

Millie gave an exaggerated yawn. "I hate assemblies," she complained. "They're so boring." She nudged Courtney. "By the way, what happened with you and Miranda?" 

Courtney blushed. "Nothing." 

Millie sighed "you're hopeless. Where is she? I'll talk to her for you." 

"Cut it out," Jean said. "Courtney's going to do it herself, remember? Now pay attention, the principal is going to speak."

"And I'm sure she's going to be riveting," Millie said. She looked around. "Where is Miranda?" 

"She never shows up for assemblies," Courtney said. "She thinks they're a waste of time."

"I know, right?" Millie said. "They just always say the same things at these things. Some kind of event is coming. We should show up to show our spirit. What's coming up this time, anyway?"

"It's a school festival!" Rose scooted over to join them. Violet was half hiding behind her. 

"How much did you hear?" Courtney asked, nervously. 

"It caught my attention when Jean here said to pay attention because the principal is talking," Rose said. 

Courtney let out a sigh of relief.

Their attention was diverted when they heard a loud crack. The principal stopped her speech and everyone looked around. Courtney saw some small fragments of rubble fall from the ceiling.

The sound came a second time and larger fragments came. 

"Don't panic, the principal said. "Evacuate in an orderly manner." That was all the encouragement the students needed to panic and swarm the doors. 

"They won't open!" someone cried. 

Sam found her way over to Courtney and the others. "Could it be... them?" she whispered, her voice barely audible. 

Courtney nodded, very slightly. 

"Who?" Violet asked. The two turned towards her. She was peeking out from behind her sister.

"Who what?" Rose asked. 

Violet shook her head, staring at Courtney and Sam. 

A part of the ceiling came down over the empty seats and a woman with bird wings, talons and a beak descended. 

"The hell?" Millie asked. 

"A harpy?" Jean said. 

"Why is she attacking the school?" Courtney wondered. They didn't have anything of cultural significance. Or was it looking for them? 

The school's security and several teachers got between the creature and the students. She pulled her wings back and flapped them, somehow creating a miniature whirlwind that scattered them. 

"They can't deal with that thing," Sam said. 

"No," Courtney agreed. "But..." She looked around at all the people surrounding them.

Omicron Squad episode 35: Out of the frying pan

"You can't be serious!" Sirvanna cried. "My team is tired, injured and you want us to go right back?" 

"I'm always serious," Trask said. "We've found a plaguer who can teleport groups of people. He's going to send you right into Michael Wagner's bedroom where you'll lie in wait and kill him as soon as he shows up. Even with your minor damage it shouldn't be difficult. Besides, his personal guard dogs are worse off than you are so you should be able to do it quickly and escape." He leaned forward. "Or have you forgotten that it's through our good graces that you're alive and free, Fury?" 

"No, Sir," Sirvanna said. "We'll prep immediately." 

*****

"Interesting." 

What is it?

"Someone's trying to teleport in. It looks like my personal chambre is the target." 

It's probably Justine on another of her trips. 

"Not this time, the signal is too massive. I'm going to redirect it here."

You could just block it. 

"A good host doesn't complain of uninvited guests. Besides, I'm perfectly safe with you." 

*****

"Colonel Trask?" The Colonel turned around. A mousy woman in a lab coat approached. She held out her hand. "Chelsea Preston, Sir. You were expecting me?" 

"Miss Preston," Trask took her hand briefly. "I wasn't expecting you for several days."

"Project Golem has gone more quickly than anticipated," she said. "Are your girls around to help with testing?" 

"Unfortunately, they just left," Trask said. "But I do have another plaguer you can use." 

"Splendid," Chelsea said. "The process will take almost a day. We're hoping to speed it up later. In the meantime, here's the requisition form for your plaguer." 

*****

"Where are we?" Sirvanna asked. 

"I feel nauseous," Katelyn complained. "I think that trip messed up my insides." 

"I don't think we're in a bedroom," Yuni said. 

"Welcome," the group turned to see Michael. He was sitting comfortably with a little mutt in his lap. A Japanese woman was standing beside him. "Tea and biscuits will be ready soon. I'm sorry I couldn't offer you anything more readily, but your visit was rather sudden." 

"Ines!" Sirvanna cried. 

Ines rushed forward for him, only to be intercepted and thrown back. 

If you want to harm him, you'll have to go through me. 

The Yuri Squadron Episode 87: Let's go back

"Kitty!" her ex ran forward as though to hug her, but Melanie stood between them. 

"What is it, Suzy?" Kitty asked. 

"You aren't still mad about that little incident are you?" Suzy asked. "I told you, those things happen." 

"Cheating isn't just something that happens," Kitty said. "You really hurt me. It was hard to get over that, you know? But I managed it. I made some wonderful friends who helped me and I even managed to fall in love again. She's wonderful, you know? She's caring, kind and she treats me like a lady, you know? I..." 

"Calm down," Melanie said. "Take some deep breaths and think about what you want to say." 

Suzy laughed. "She's always been like that. She rambles when she's nervous." She eyed Melanie. "So, you're the new girlfriend?" 

"That's right," Melanie said. "Do you have a problem?" 

"I came to take her back," Suzy said. "I may have made a mistake, but I still love her and I'm the only one who can make her happy. I just came to make her realise that." 

*****

"How is it?" Leonard asked. 

"You keep mistaking defiantly for definitely," Mischa said. "I keep warning you about that." 

"Maybe I meant to say defiantly," Leonard said. "Did you think of that?" 

"He defiantly needed a shave," Mischa said. "Seriously?"

The two heard a knock and Debora walked in. "You're helping a lost cause," she said. 

"No one asked you," Leonard said. 

"He's not a lost cause at all," Mischa said. "He gets his words confused sometimes, but he does really well if he's got an editor." 

"Hard to believe, given who we're talking about," Debora said. She shrugged. "In any case, I'm going to borrow your editor." She grabbed Mischa's hand. "Come along." 

"I guess I'll finish editing this later," Mischa said. "Keep up the good work." 

"The hell just happened?" Leonard asked. 

*****

"I'm happy with Melanie," Kitty said. "Why would I go back to you?" 

"Because you still love me, Kitten," Suzy said. 

"No I don't!" Kitty cried. "It may have been love, but it's over now. Now, there's only one woman I love." She reached out and gently grasped Melanie's hand.

"Really?" Suzy said. "You forget that I know you too well. You can put on your little act, but you can't fool me." She stroked Kitty's cheek. I will take you back." 

Melanie slapped her hand away. "She already gave you her answer now get lost!" 

*****

Looks like things are getting awkward for Kitty. What does Suzy have in store and where is Debora taking Mischa? You can "defiantly" find out next week in Soniczero's blog. 

Head Writer: Ktulu007

Assistant Writer: Soniczero1993

Omicron Squad episode 34: Rematch

"Resistance is pretty light so far," Alexa said. 

"Keep on your toes," Sirvanna said. "It's not going to last." 

"You don't say," Katelyn said. "And here I thought they were just taking it easy on us because we're cute."

"They're sending out robots!" Alexa called. One of the machines at the forefront tore itself apart and the pieces flew at her. She flew into the air and sent a heavy wind to block the pieces. "You!" 

"Just surrender so I don't have to hurt you, again," Anya said. 

"You won't take me this time, Babe," Alexa said. "This time we're in my kind of field." 

Flames surged towards Sirvanna. She sent a wall of lightning to collide against them. 

"I'm glad you're not surrendering," Svarog said. "I want another shot at you." 

"Are you sure you don't want to take the little one?" Katelyn asked, scampering backwards. 

Druidess approached her, smiling. "I see we've learned our lesson. That's good, it means I won't have to hold back so much." Her face contorted and her body grew coarse hair. She quickly transformed into what looked like a wolf-human hybrid. She howled and rushed towards Katelyn. 

"Careful!" Sirvanna cried. "Carmilla and Behemoth are unaccounted for." 

"Don't worry about them," Svarog said. "They're taking care of your little friends inside." 

*****

"This should be the main lab," Ines said. 

"We've just gotta grab the techie stuff, right?" Yuni asked. 

"Yep," Ines said. "We knock out the scientists. Grab the schematics and plant the explosives. In and out." 

The two ran in only to have several bright lights shined on them.

"I thought so," Jenny said. "I'll give you a choice. Surrender or be taken." 

The door closed behind them and Carmilla smiled at them. "Please come peacefully. It would be such a waste to hurt you." 

Yuni covered her lips and climbed out of Alena's arms. She shook her head. 

"Pity," Carmilla said. 

Ines took off. She ran around the facility. 

"You know you can't hurt me," Jenny said, crossing her arms. "Just what are you trying to do?" 

Ines ran up the wall, over the ceiling and back. "Just... building... up... speed," she said. "Have... to... go... super... sonic." With a sonicboom she launched herself into Jenny, sending her sprawling backwards. 

"Not bad," Jenny said, picking herself up. "If I hadn't been wearing this armour that might've taken me down." She looked around. "You did set the sprinklers off though." 

*****

Anya gathered more robot parts around her and sent them hurtling towards Alexa. Who flew away from, over and past them. She tried to use the force to deck Anya, but a hastily constructed metal shield blocked her approach. 

Svarog put her hands to the ground. Jets of flame erupted around Sirvanna. Who dodged from side to side and sent a bolt of lightning back, only to have it consumed by a ball of fire. 

"Nice doggy," Katelyn said. Running backwards. Several rocks hurled themselves at Druidess as she spoke. 

"You're only delaying the inevitable," Druidess said, in a gravely voice. She lunged at Katelyn, who managed to change her course telekinetically, causing them to just miss each other. 

"Can't let you do that, Wolfie," Katelyn said. 

Alexa flew as fast as she could, avoiding the trail of bolts and armour plating that was coming after her. She passed by Katelyn who mouthed something to her. 

"Don't lunge at me again," Katelyn said, falling back. "I don't know if I can take it." 

"You're up to something," Druidess observed. "What could it be?" 

"Now!" Katelyn cried. A fierce wind launched Druidess in the air towards Katelyn, who snagged her telekinetically and tossed her into the air, where she collided with Anya. 

The two fell to the ground while Katelyn and Alexa high-fived.

*****

"We're all friends here," Carmilla said, as one of Yuni's light daggers went through her. "Just lower your guard." 

"My... guard," Yuni said. "No... I won't." 

Alena fired several bullets at Carmilla, which she phased through.

"Don't worry," Yuni said. "I won't let her control me again." 

"Just give up," Jenny said. "You can't hurt me, and I'd like to avoid wrecking this lab as much as possible." 

"I managed to get you wet," Ines said. "And that's going to be your fall." She rushed forward, tossed something at Jenny and ran to the side.

"A wire?" Jenny asked. "Shi..." The electricity surged into her. The armour sparked and she collapsed. 

Carmilla vanished in a mist and reappeared beside Jenny. She hoisted her up and the two vanished in a haze.

"Let's get this job done," Ines said. 

*****

Anya floated cautiously away from Alexa, her right arm hung uselessly to the side. Druidess was limping towards Katelyn. Svarog and Sirvanna were exchanging projectiles.

That's when a bright light illuminated the compound.

"Alexa, grab Katelyn and let's go!" Sirvanna called. She sent a surge of electricity towards Svarog and bolted. Alexa grabbed Katelyn's hands and followed after. 

Anya assembled the robot parts in a dome around her teammates. That's when the compound blew. 

*****

"Zhao is sorry," Zhao said. "She should have built better security."

"It's not your fault," Michael said. "I should have anticipated an attack behind our lines. I shall have to be less careless in future. For now, you should go to Jenny. She'll be okay, but she is going to be bedridden for a while." 

What did they get away with? 

"Nothing too important," Michael said. "Some robot designs and the blueprints for an interface device they'll never be able to use." 

Seems a lot of trouble for some basic machines. 

"On the positive side this'll become a war mostly fought by machines," Michael said. "Which'll eliminate a lot of casualties." 

Omicron Squad episode 33: Unexpected Resistance

"Sir?" Trojan asked. 

"I thought that you were going to bed," Michael said. He had arranged a dozen computers around him. He hit several keys on one of the keyboards and swiveled around to use the next. 

"It's been nine hours," she said. "I'm quite rested. What are you doing?" 

"I'm attempting to break through their security by overwhelming their defenses," Michael said. "Would you assist me, please?" 

"Understood," Trojan said. One of the monitors shimmered and she got to work. 

*****

"I've got it," Sirvanna looked up from the facility map. "Pixie, Sylph and I will create a distraction outside the facility. Mara, Aurora and Ines will run in. Aurora will use her powers to absorb any light around you to keep Mara's powers at their peak. Grab the information, plant the explosives and get out. At that point, Aurora will send a signal and the three of us will withdraw."

"You do know that they've got a bunch of plaguers on their side," Alexa said. "What's to stop us from getting over-whelmed outside?" 

"They don't seem to keep many plaguers in one area," Sirvanna said. "We'll have to count on that." 

"I've always wanted to gamble with my life," Katelyn said. "I just always thought I'd have a way to cheat." 

"You'd better carry Yuni," Ines said. "You've got more strength than I do and she won't be able to keep up on foot." 

"That would be best," Alena agreed. 

"Try not to trip this time," Katelyn said. Alena glared at her. 

"She won't trip!" Yuni said. She put her hand on Alena's. "I won't let her powers go out. So she won't trip."

*****

"Jenny!" Zhao cried. "Have you come to embrace Zhao and tell her your feelings?" 

"Not right now," Jenny said. "I'm here on business. He suspects that they're going to attack this place." 

"The enemy is coming after Zhao?" Zhao asked. "Then Zhao will use her robots to beat them back!"

"You'll also have us," Jenny said. "The girls and I are at your service." She looked around. "What are you working on anyway?" 

"Zhao is building robots to send into combat in order to minimise our casualties," Zhao answered. "She is also working on an interface device to allow the Professor to sync with computers sort of like Trojan does." 

"Is that even possible?" Jenny asked. 

"Not for normal people," Zhao answered. "But the Professor's gift should make it viable for him." Zhao put down her wrench and started to saunter towards Jenny. 

Jenny laughed. "What are you doing?" 

"Zhao is being seductive," Zhao answered, trying to adopt an alluring expression. Jenny took one look and burst into laughter. "Why is Jenny laughing?" Zhao asked. 

"The seductive approach really isn't your strong suit," Jenny said, stifling a laugh. "You should just be straight forward and honest, that's your strength." 

"Is Zhao sexy when she's straight forward?" Zhao asked. Jenny nodded. Zhao smiled. "Then, Zhao wants to kiss Jenny!" Zhao said, puckering her lips. 

Jenny grabbed a wet washcloth, wiped the grime from Zhao's face and kissed her. 

"Will Jenny..." Zhao began. That's when the alarm went off. "Zhao will hold that thought," Zhao said. She moved over to the main console and activated it. "Zhao's lab is under attack," Zhao said. "There are three enemies, all gifted." 

Jenny looked over Zhao's head. "Omicron?" She asked. "Where would the other half of the team... of course!" She grabbed her communicator. "Anya, Svarog, Druidess, head outside and engage the enemy. Carmilla, meet me in the main laboratory. I suspect we'll have company soon." She looked over at Zhao. "I want you to evacuate and head for the main base." 

"Zhao will stay here with Jenny!" Zhao cried. "Zhao can fight too!" 

"No, you can't," Jenny said. "Please, I can't concentrate on the battle if you're in harms way and I certainly can't use the power suit if you could be hit by one of its attacks." 

"Very well," Zhao said. "Zhao will escape and send reinforcements but Jenny has to promise to be okay." 

"I'll be fine," Jenny said. "I have the suit you lovingly made for me, don't I?" 

The Yuri Squadron episode 85: Getting into character

"So, what are you up to?" Mischa asked. 

"What could you mean, Oh dear sweet friend of mine?" Leonard asked. 

"You know exactly what I mean," Mischa said. "This whole act and don't try to pretend that hitting your head changed your personality. That only happens in cartoons and some anime." 

Leonard shrugged. "Hey, I was just taking your advice."

"My advice?" Mischa asked. "Care to elaborate?" 

"The way to get into the head of a character you're writing about," Leonard said.

"Oh," Mischa said. "That's what you're doing. Still, I'm surprised that you're writing about a character who's that nice." 

"Who do you think you're talking to?" Leonard asked. "I write varied characters. Are you going to tell the others?" 

"No," Mischa said. "You've kept my secret when I've done it." 

"You were just weird when you role-played Zhao," Leonard said.

"Zhao wasn't so bad," Mischa said. "I just earned some funny looks. Erron is the one who got me into trouble."

 "Isn't that when Kitty decked you?" Leonard asked. 

"You wouldn't think that Kitty could or would punch someone like that," Mischa said. 

*****

"Do you think he's figured out what's wrong with Leonard?" Amanda asked. 

"Aside from him being Leonard you mean?" Debora asked.

"They have been in there for a while," Kitty said. "I'm sure he's on to something." 

Mischa and Leonard finally returned. Leonard smiled and looked around. "It's so good to have friends like you all. Let me give each of you a hug!" 

"What's up with him?" Debora muttered. 

Mischa shrugged his shoulders and shook his head. 

*****

"That was an odd meeting," Melanie said. 

"I hope he's okay," Kitty said. 

They turned the corner towards their apartment. 

Kitty stopped in her tracks. "H... hey, let's go hang out somewhere! We can go dancing or maybe just to a nice restaurant." 

"Sure," Melanie said. "Let me just put my things away." 

"Why don't you bring them with us?" Kitty said. "Come on, let's go!" 

"Kitty, what's going on?" Melanie said. 

"It's..." Kitty looked away. "Umm..." she pointed towards their door. 

"Who's that girl?" Melanie asked, maintaining calm. 

"She's m... my ex," Kitty said. 

*****

Looks like the mystery of Leonard's behaviour has been solved but why is Kitty's ex here and what does she want? These answers and more may be revealed next week in Soniczero's blog. 

Head Writer: Ktulu007

Assistant Writer: Soniczero1993

Omicron Squad episode 32: Bad Omens

Michael put the finishing touches on some plans and looked over the status reports. It was going well... almost too well. Why were they being so quiet?

He looked up as his door creaked open. 

"Shouldn't you be in bed?" he asked. 

"I had a nightmare," Blair said. "A big monster grabbed you and I couldn't stop it."

"If there truly was such a thing as a monster than I am quite confident in your ability to protect me," Michael said. 

"I know that," Blair said. "But it isn't easy to remember when I'm asleep." 

"I see," Michael said. "Well, now that you've reassured yourself, please return to bed." 

"Kay," Blair said. She paused on her way out. "Would you... never mind." 

"Go ahead," Michael said. "If you have something to say you should do it clearly." 

"Sing me a lullaby?" Blair asked. 

"If you'd like," Michael said. 

He walked with Blair to her room.

"Let me think," he muttered. "How did it go? Ahh, I remember." He cleared his throat and began "Guten abend, gute Nacht, mit Rosen bedacht, mit Näglein besteckt,..."

*****

"It's a simple mission," Trask said. "I want you to go behind enemy lines and break into a research facility, steal some of their data and destroy the facility itself." 

"Because nothing screams simplicity like going into a hostile area and breaking s^#&," Katelyn said.

"If you have objections, Pixie, you're welcome to retire," Trask said. 

"Whoever said anything about objections?" Katelyn asked.

"Good," You leave tonight," Trask said. 

"Talk about a hostile work environment," Katelyn muttered, the instant they'd left the briefing room. 

"We'll be fine," Ines said. "They're too slow to keep up with us." 

"They've caught you before," Alexa said. 

"Do you think we'll be okay?" Yuni asked. 

Alena put a hand on her shoulder and nodded. "I'll protect you," she whispered. 

"There's nothing to worry about," Sirvanna said. "Last time they knew we were coming and they had the advantage. This time we have the element of surprise." 

*****

"Trojan?" Michael asked. 

The monitor shined and she emerged. 

"This is a surprise," she said, bowing demurely. 

"You've been working nonstop for quite a while," he said. "Is something wrong?"

"Yes!" She cried. "See, there's this heavily encrypted project I can't gain any kind of access to. I think the enemy is up to something big." She looked at the screen and shook her head sadly. "I've been trying to find a backdoor for hours without luck." 

"Take a break for the moment," Michael said. "Get some sleep and try again when you're fresh. In the meantime, I'll see what I can find." 

"Understood," Trojan said. "I could probably get into it from one of their secure computers. If you'd like me to go behind their lines." 

"Too risky," Michael said. "Now that they know about your abilities you'd surely be caught. We'll get in from here." 

Trojan gave him a slight curtsy and walked away. 

"Project Golem..." he muttered. "What are they planning?"