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The Yuri Squadron episode 79: Meetings Resume

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Most of the major characters are based off of actual members of GS's yuri fan club. New names have been drawn from a fedora. 

"Can we just skip the meeting?" Debora asked. 

"It's the first one in a while," Mischa said. "Do you not feel up to it?" 

"I just want to spend some time alone," Debora said. 

"There'll be plenty of time after the meeting," Mischa said. 

"Fine," Debora said. "Just hurry up and kiss me before everyone else shows up." 

*****

Kitty and Melanie were walking hand in hand towards the club room.

"Hey guys," Kody said. "Heading to the club?" 

"No," Melanie said. "We're heading to the arboretum." 

"There's no need for sarcasm," Kitty said. 

"It's cool," Kody said. "It was kind of a dumb question." 

The three walked into the club room. Debora was sitting in a chair. Mischa's stuff was sitting nearby but he was nowhere in sight. 

"Hey Debora," Kitty said. "How's everything?"

"The same as always," Debora said. "I always seem to find myself surrounded largely by thickies." 

"I know that feeling," Melanie said. "Where's the boss?"

"He went to the restroom," Debora said. Kitty knelt down and stared at her. "Is there something on my face?" 

"Your lipstick is smudged," Kitty said. 

Debora shrugged. "Must've happened during lunch." 

Mischa came back in. "Ahhh, you're all here," he said. "We're just waiting on Amanda and Leonard." 

"Yo," Leonard said, peeking his head in. "Someone call?" 

He and Mischa placed their fists together. "Where's Amanda?" Mischa asked. 

"She said she had a surprise," Leonard said. 

"Hey everyone," Amanda said. "I brought a visitor." Jennifer walked in by Amanda's side. She was dressed up in a nice dress with jewelry. 

"Hi everybody," Jennifer said. "It's good to see you all." She blushed and gave a slight twirl. "How do I look?" 

"You look nice," Kitty said. 

"Aren't we the picture of subtlety," Debora said. "Why don't you just ask Mischa if he's changed his mind about you yet?" 

"That's... I'm..." Jennifer stammered "It's not like that." 

*****

Looks like things are back to normal. What does Jennifer have planned and how would she react if she knew that Debora and Mischa were a couple? These questions and more may or may not be answered next week in Soniczero's blog. 

Head Writer: Ktulu007

Assistant Writer: Soniczero1993

Omicron Squad episode 25: Prisoner Escape

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It started with an unusually large rush of wind, followed by a second, smaller one. That was when Sirvanna noticed that both the feline and Ines were gone. 

"Undine, get back here," she said. "You can't take it on alone. It's dangerous." 

"Danger is lurking around every turn," Ines said. "I've gotta trust my feelings on this matter. Besides, it's too fast for the rest of you." 

Sirvanna glanced up. The other three were still stationary. 

"They're testing us," Alena said. 

"Seems so," Sirvanna muttered. "Aurora, I want you to hurl daggers of light at the remaining three. Sylph, kick up a cloud of dust around them. Maybe we can obscure their sensors. I'll make them ride the lightning." 

"What should I do?" Alena asked.

"Stay back with Pixie and warn us about what you see them doing," Sirvanna said. "The sun should set pretty soon and then you can join us." She looked at Katelyn. "Feel free to jump in whenever you notice an opening." 

*****

"They certainly have shown up in force," Jenny muttered. 

"You guys go fight," Anya said. "I'll protect him." 

"Are you sure?" Jenny asked. 

"Yeah," Anya nodded. "My gift is the most suited for defense." 

"Then we'll be off," Jenny said. 

"Try not to kill any of our gifted friends," he said. "Unless you have no choice, of course." 

"We know," Jenny said. 

"Please don't worry," Christina said. "We'll make sure to be careful." 

He pulled a beeping device out of his jacket and looked at it with some amusement. "This again?" He pushed several buttons and put it back. 

"What was that?" Anya asked. 

"There was just a little something developing," he said. "Nothing to worry about, I dealt with it." 

*****

The ape lumbered after Sirvanna. Her lightning didn't seem to affect it. She shot the ground beneath it, causing it to leap into the air. She rolled under it, firing crimson lightning at its underside. 

Yuni saw the saurian approaching. She took several steps back and shot light daggers into it. They didn't penetrate its armour. She sent a large ball of light at its head to blind it. It kept coming. 

The orb's arms moved towards Alexa. She gestured and a great wind blew it away. Its arms quickly retracted leaving it as a smooth orb and it came right back. This time the wind wasn't effective. 

*****

"The nukes reversed course!" a soldier cried. "We can't regain control!" 

"It wasn't the computer girl stopping us?" General Anderson asked. 

"Apparently not." 

"Order the personnel of the bases that fired them to take cover!" Anderson said. "If we're lucky these ones will be deactivated like the last ones were." 

*****

There was a sharp knock on the transport's rear. Red, Hudson and Berkley looked at each other. They gave some quick hand signals. Berkley and Hudson readied their guns. Red opened the door with one arm. 

"There's no one out there," Hudson said. 

"Odd," Red said, closing the door. "Could something have been knocked against it? Or maybe..." 

He was cut off when the knife pierced his throat. Berkley and Hudson both fired in his direction, but there was no visible target. 

"A plaguer?" Hudson asked. He glanced around. Berkley was lying dead in a pool of blood. He felt a tap on his shoulder. He turned to see a muscular man with dark hair and brown eyes. 

"We prefer to be called gifted," the man said. He thrust a knife between Hudson's eyes. "Don't do it again." 

"Wraith?" Trojan asked. "Why?" 

"My Lord wants you rescued," Wraith said. "And what my Lord wants he shall have." He held out a cell. "My smart phone should have more than enough of a charge to last the trip." 

"Got it," Trojan said. The phone's screen shimmered and she vanished. Wraith placed the phone in a protective case and disappeared from sight. 

*****

"Must keep on moving ahead," Ines thought. "But, I can't keep this up forever. I'll tire before it will. I need a plan." She activated her communicator. "Sirvanna!" 

"I'm a bit occupied right now," Sirvanna said.

"Won't take a moment," Ines said. "In thirty seconds just loose a burst of lightning in a stream in front of you. Thanks!" She glanced back. The feline was still right behind her. "That's it, Kitty. Take my lead, I'll set you free." 

She doubled back and ran toward Sirvanna. The feline turned to follow her. She counted down the seconds. "Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two," she ran directly past Sirvanna "one." Sirvanna loosed a stream of lightning. The mechanical feline was caught by it. It was thrown to the ground where it sparked, fidgeted and stopped moving. 

"Oh yeah!" Ines said. 

*****

The feline had been eliminated, but the ape was still coming. Sirvanna moved away from it. "Just fry it," Ines said. 

"I can't," Sirvanna called. "It's insulated." 

"What a pain," Ines said. She ran up its back. Sirvanna couldn't make out her movements both due to her speed and due to the fact that they were on opposite sides of the machine. The next thing she saw was Ines being tossed off and the ape turning towards her. 

"Above the right shoulder!" Ines cried. 

Sirvanna looked at the spot. A hatch had been torn open, revealing its insides. She aimed and hurled a bolt. It hit right inside that hatch. The ape staggered, its arm fell of, but it didn't stop. It punched the ground with its remaining arm, sending a wave of dirt at Sirvanna. 

Before she could move away she was scooped up. "I've got you," Ines said. "What next?" 

"Take me to its stub," Sirvanna said. 

"Got it," Ines said. "I'll show you a little dash." 

Within seconds the two of them were right alongside the ape. Sirvanna fired a stream of lightning right into its stub. It collapsed, pieces falling off of it as it went. 

*****

Yuni ran from the saurian. It followed behind her, taking bites as it went, but she managed to outrun it. That was when she saw Alena in her path. 

"Get out of here!" Yuni cried. "Run!" 

Alena shook her head. "I won't." 

"But it'll kill you," Yuni said. 

"Unless someone stops it or it goes dark in thirty seconds," Alena said. 

Yuni moved between them. She hurled daggers at the saurian's feet. They weren't effective. She had to protect Alena but what could she do? Her powers just bounced off of its hide. Wait, that was the answer. She stood her ground as it approached, gathering energy in her hand. When it snapped at her she struck, hurling all that energy down its throat.

The robot's insides blew and it fell into a smoking heap. 

"I did it," Yuni said. "I... I really did it." She stared at her own hand. Alena took it in hers. 

"I knew you could," she whispered. 

*****

Alexa took to the air. No matter how many times she pushed the orb away it kept coming back. The last time it had almost reached her. 

"Hey," Katelyn's voice came in clearly. "Do you think you have enough power to send it over here, or did you use it all trying the same tactic over and over again?" 

Alexa looked over. Katelyn was standing by the canisters. 

"Don't regret it," Alexa said. She landed back on the ground and summoned a great wind to toss the orb towards Katelyn.

"Bottom of the ninth," Katelyn muttered. "Bases loaded." She gestured and one of the canisters uprooted itself from the ground and crashed on top of the orb, crushing its components. "And its a strike! Or would this be more of a foul ball?" 

"Looks like we did it," Sirvanna said. "Let's regroup." 

*****

The six of them gathered back together. Yuni had her arms around Alena. 

"She's tired," Alena said. "Used a lot of power." 

Alexa looked shaky. 

Sirvanna's legs were wobbling and she was sweating profusely. "Well done, Everyone. But there's still a person out there somewhere. I've sent Undine to run a search but we should all look for..." 

"Too late," Ines said. "Those three Lieutenants are dead and she's gone." 

"Could they still be around?" Sirvanna asked. 

"Unlikely," Ines said. "I saw a stealth jet flying away, low. The prisoner and whoever rescued her are probably on board." 

"I'll call for air reinforcements," Benton said. "It might not be too late. You six get some rest." 

Milestone and a top ten

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I know that my blogs are usually pretty regular and this one is going to come as a surprise to many of you, but I wanted to share a personal milestone with you all. Many of you know that I write weekly anime reviews for The Anime Manga Squad union. The complete archive sorted by score can be found here. The reason I bring this up is that I just posted my one hundredth review. It's been roughly a year and a half since I started and it's been a lot of fun for me to do these.

I don't want to shamelessly plug my work all day, so I'm going to move on to the top ten mentioned in the title. In honour of 100 anime reviews I'm going to count down the top ten anime themes, but the only anime I'm going to include in the list are ones I've reviewed. I actually watched every opening theme from those anime yesterday afternoon in order to make this list. I judged the themes based on two criteria, the music itself, I wouldn't want something horribly sung like Ready Steady Go on here, and how well constructed the visuals were for the theme. Let's get started. 

10. Get Over from Hikaru No Go. 

This probably seems like a strange choice since I didn't have many positives to say about the anime, but this theme is really strong. The song is really good and the accompanying visuals give the impression that an anime about kids playing Go could be intense and interesting. 

9. Kiss that Started a Miracle from Steel Angel Kurumi 2.

Not only is the song really catchy in this but the theme has a lot of energy and hyperactivity. It really gets you into the mindset for the anime perfectly. 

8. Catch You Catch Me from Cardcaptor Sakura.

A really good song combined with a lot of brightly coloured cute visuals. What more can I say? 

7. Red Fraction from Black Lagoon. 

This song makes me laugh every time I hear it. The Engrish is absolutely hilarious. The visuals that accompany it are nice and quick, interspersed with text to give a good impression of speed. It's a theme you won't forget and you won't want to. 

6. A Happy Life from Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight. 

Not only is the song perfectly sung, but there are two things I really like about the visuals. the first is the use of graffiti for the credits. It's quite clever. The second is the way it's set up like a home movie. Which really works when one of the major characters carries a video camera around. 

5. Galaxy Bang Bang from Galaxy Angel.

This is a theme that perfectly encompasses the anime it goes to. It's high-energy, zany and just funny to watch. A hilarious theme for a hilarious anime. 

4. My Soul, Your Beats from Angel Beats.

I love this theme. The music is excellent and the visuals are strongly attached to them. I like the way the song and visuals both start out calmly and both go faster and more frantically in sync. It's just really well put together. 

3. Moonlight Densetsu from Sailor Moon.

This is a theme that not only gets you pumped up, but exemplifies the show. It's a song you'll always remember with visuals to match. 

2. Melissa from Fullmetal Alchemist.

There's not much to say. The song is excellent. The visuals match it perfectly and it makes you excited for the anime. 

Now, those are some pretty great openings. What could I get to compete with them? Well...

1. Shine! Girls from K-on.

This one has it all. It's bright. It's intense. It's almost like watching a music video, which is perfectly suited to the anime. It's the best theme in terms of visuals and music from any of the anime I've reviewed. 

Omicron Squad episode 24: Heavy Metal

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"I'm sorry if I interrupted you," he said. "But time is of the essence." 

"Not at all," Jenny said. "You didn't interrupt anything." 

"Jenny dear," Christina said. "You may want to... Well..." 

"You've got hand-prints on your butt," Anastasia said. 

Jenny blushed and looked down.

"You didn't have to put it so bluntly," Christina said. 

"When did you and Zhao start getting into it?" Anastasia asked. 

He raised his right hand very slightly and everyone in the transport plane went silent. "That's better," he said. "Let's focus on the mission and not get nosy about anyone's personal life. It's quite impolite." 

"I object to you being involved in this," Anya said. 

"I know," he said. "But it can't be helped. The plan won't work if I don't appear in person." 

"You should've used a shape shifter," Anya said. 

"Now now," Christina said. "Let's be calm. He has all of us to protect him. He'll be perfectly fine." 

"I'll be relying on your strength," he said. "However, I do have one important order that I'll have to ask you all to follow." He stood up and walked calmly to the transport's centre so that the members of Omega Theta Sigma were in a circle around him. "Behemoth, Druidess, Svarog, Anya, Carmilla," he looked at each of them in turn as he spoke "you are all going to survive this mission. Even if you have to leave me behind." He held up his hand before any objections could be raised. "Now, I don't think it'll come to that. However, I will not have you pay for my vision with your blood. If someone must perish, let it be me. I will entrust you all, as well as our other gifted comrades, to turn my vision into your own and realise it after I'm gone." 

*****

"This is it?" Sirvanna asked. 

"It will have to do," Benton said. "The man responsible for this war is touring the eastern front. Most of our soldiers have been diverted to mount an assault. The prisoner transport will be up to me, your squad, and Lieutenant's Red, Berkley and Hudson." 

"It'll be fine," Yuni said. "We don't have to take her through hostile territory or anything."

"It would be tactically unsound to mount an attack behind enemy lines just to save one spy," Alena said. 

"All right," Sirvanna said. "Undine, scout ahead. If you see any potential danger run back. The rest of us will keep an eye on the prisoner. It's a pretty long drive, but we can sleep in shifts when the time comes. Maintain radio contact at all times." 

They set off on the road. Ines ran ahead. The rest of Sirvanna's team sat in the back of the truck along with Hudson and Red. Benton and Berkley were in the front. Trojan was being kept in shackles. She made no move to resist. 

Everything was peaceful for a couple hours when Ines ran back. 

"Another break?" Sirvanna asked, scooting over.

Ines shook her head. "A bunch of cylinders were just dropped by unmarked aircraft moving at great speed ahead of us." 

"Stop the truck!" Sirvanna cried. The vehicle came screeching to a halt. 

"What's going..." Benton was cut off by a succession of loud crashes.

"We'll watch the prisoner, you go," Red said. 

"Got it," Sirvana said. "Benton, you and Berkley had better stay put too." 

"I'll go along as an observer," Benton said. "My first duty is still to keep an eye on you." 

"Do whatever you want," Sirvanna said. "All right, let's go." 

"At least we get to stretch our legs," Katelyn muttered. 

The six scrambled out the back. There were four large cargo canisters on the road roughly five yards away. 

"What do you think is in them?" Yuni asked. 

"Ice cream and spoons," Katelyn said. 

"That can't be it," Yuni said. "They don't look refrigerated. Besides, they're far too big." 

"Sylph, Aurora, cut them open from here," Sirvanna said. They had moved to within a yard of them." 

Alexa and Yuni were just about to get started when the canisters opened on their own. A large metallic feline with rockets attached to its sides emerged from the first. It was followed by a bulkier ape-like robot. There was also a large saurian and one that looked like a great floating orb with all kinds of mechanical arms attached to it. 

"Robots," Sirvanna said. "Everyone, be on your guard. Wait until you find out what they can do and strike back." 

"Where's Megaman when you need him?" Katelyn asked.

"There may be more trouble," Alena said. She nodded towards an empty parachute, barely visible behind the cylinders. 

"Great," Sirvana said. "That's all we needed." 

The Yuri Squadron Episode 77: Date Night.

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Most of the major characters are based on members of GS's yuri fan club. Fictional names have been used to safeguard the sarcastic.

Amanda watched Leonard. He wasn't doing badly. Unfortunately, he wasn't doing the best either. Amanda sighed. Why was she stuck watching an event like this while all of her friends enjoyed themselves? 

*****

"Do you wanna order some wine?" Melanie asked. 

"Not really," Kitty said. "I'm fine with tea. You can have some if you like though." 

"It might make the dancing more interesting but I'll pass too," Melanie said. "Besides I don't know what kind of wine would pair well with sushi." 

"Are you ladies ready to order?" 

"Sure," Melanie said. "We'll have a pot of tea, a sweetheart roll and a tempura roll."

"Coming right up." 

*****

"I can't believe that I didn't beat you." Debora muttered. 

"The problem is that we're too evenly matched," Mischa said. "So our scores are liable to remain roughly the same." 

"Don't get cocky," Debora said. "I still plan on beating you eventually." 

"I won't make it easy for you," Mischa said. 

"You wouldn't be a worthy rival if you did," Debora said. 

*****

"This is really good," Kitty exclaimed. "Try some." She held her chopsticks toward Melanie. "Say ahh." Melanie leaned over and took a bite. 

"It really is," Melanie said. "Here, have some of my tempura roll." 

"Ahh," Kitty said, opening her mouth wide. 

*****

"Hey," Debora said, her voice uncharacteristically quiet. 

"What's up?" Mischa asked. 

"Did you notice that I didn't tell you not to kiss me today?" 

"Didn't you?" Mischa asked. "Don't worry, I won't try anything." 

"Did you ever consider that I would tell you not to try it if I didn't want you to try it?" Debora asked. 

"I just figured you'd forgotten," Mischa said. "You've made your feelings pretty clear." 

"Have I really?" Debora asked. "Are you sure?" She leaned forward. 

"Umm, we're getting a little loud," Mischa said. "Can we continue this at a softer volume?" 

"Fine," Debora said. "All I'm saying is that you could try asking." 

"I didn't really consider it," Mischa said. 

"What would you do if I asked you?" Debora asked.

"What?" Mischa asked. 

"What would you do if I asked if I could kiss you?" Debora asked, her cheeks were starting to redden. 

"I guess I'd say it was okay," Mischa said. "But I know you'd nev..." he was interrupted when Debora leaned forward and kissed him. 

*****

"I love slow dancing with you," Kitty said. 

"There's no need to flatter me," Melanie said. "You're definitely a more graceful dancer. Do you want to lead for a while?" 

Kitty shook her head. "You lead. I led last time."

*****

Mischa stared. He tried opening his mouth a few times, but he couldn't think of anything to say.

"I like you, okay," Debora said. "I don't know when it happened but somewhere down the line I grew to like you. If you don't wanna have a relationship that's okay. We can go back to being friendly rivals. If you need time to think about it I can give you a couple weeks." 

"I don't need a couple weeks," Mischa said. He gingerly held Debora's hand. "I wanted to respect your wishes so I tried to keep it bottled up, but I like you too." 

"Good," Debora said. "Then we're a couple. We just need to set boundaries. You may kiss, hug or cuddle up to me. You may not fondle me, remove my clothes or do anything that involve putting your hands under my clothes. I'm not ready for that." 

"That's fine," Mischa said. "I'm probably not ready for that either." 

"Then we're agreed," Debora said. "Another thing is that we will not be doing any of that old fashioned nonsense. I don't need the door held open for me. I don't need you to pay for me when we go on dates and I don't need you to buy me ridiculously expensive presents. We're going to be equals in all respects." 

"I understand," Mischa said.

"One more thing," Debora said "we aren't going to tell any of the others. They don't need to know. When we're around them we act like nothing's changed." 

*****

Well, that escalated quickly. It looks like Debora and Mischa are going to give romance a try. Kitty and Melanie are still adorable and Amanda's feeling neglected. How long can they keep their relationship secret? Will Leonard win this round and pull forward in the rankings? When will this be picked up as an animated television show? These questions and more may be answered next week in Soniczero's blog. 

Head Writer: Ktulu007

Assistant Writer: Soniczero1993

Omicron Squad episode 23: A Spy in Boise

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Ines sped through the base. It was the third time she'd been so she was perfectly familiar with the layout. She ran down another corridor, taking careful note of everything and everyone she passed. 

"Undine," Sirvanna's voice came in over her headset. 

"I'm here," Ines answered. 

"Have you found anything?" 

"Nothing," Ines said. "The strangest thing I've seen on my run through was a couple having sex in the janitor closet, but I haven't seen any indications of anyone spying." 

"Was the couple at least cute?" Katelyn's voice joined in. 

"I don't know," Ines said. "I can't really judge guys." 

"Let's keep this professional," Sirvanna said. "Have you found anything, Pixie?" 

"Not a thing," Katelyn said. "Is there really a spy here?" 

"Information keeps getting leaked from this base," Sirvanna answered. "There has to be someone doing it and it's our job to catch them." 

"You want me to buy bear traps?" Katelyn asked. 

*****

Alexa floated in the air above the computer terminals. She was using binoculars to examine what everyone was doing. 

"Sylph, have you found anything?" Sirvanna's voice came in clearly. 

"Not a ruddy thing," Alexa said. "Unless you want to talk about the decidedly unprofessional sites some of these people visit during work." 

"I'm fine, thanks," Sirvanna said. There was some static as her radio exchanged hands. 

"Put the names of the soldiers down on report," Benton's voice came in. 

"Whatever," Alexa said. "I'll do it if I remember when I'm done keeping watch." 

*****

"Your team is insubordinate," Benton said, handing Sirvanna the radio back. 

"It can't be helped," Sirvanna said. "We weren't exactly trained. Still, we get the job done." 

She kept staring at the monitors and tried to ignore her chaperone problem. "Mara, have you found anything?" she asked. 

"Nothing," Mara said. "The files all seem to be in order." 

"I see," Sirvanna said. "How about you Aurora?" 

"I've written down everything said at the mess," Yuni said. "Some of it might be important." 

"And by that she means that it's all idle gossip," Katelyn said. 

"That's mean!" Yuni said. "There could be a code of some kind." 

"What's the last entry?" Sirvanna asked. 

"This is from a lady talking on her cell," Yuni said. She cleared her throat. "'Yes dear, I'll bring home milk. Don't worry so much, we aren't that close to the front anymore. Yes. I'll see you when I get home. I love you too, bye.'" 

"Mystery solved," Katelyn said. "Let's nail her and head home." 

"You think?" Yuni asked. 

"She was being sarcastic," Sirvanna said. "Keep listening. Maybe you'll hear something." 

"Yo," Ines said. 

"Shouldn't you be running through the base?" Sirvanna asked. 

"I came to check the monitors," Ines said. "See if I missed any major part of the base." She put a hand on Sirvanna's shoulder and leaned forward. "Wait, what?" Her voice trailed off and she stared intently at the main computer room monitor. 

"Sylph is watching that," Sirvanna said. "Did you see something?" 

"There it is again," Ines muttered. "And again. Of course, it all makes sense now." She looked down at Sirvanna. "You may as well recall the others. Except Alexa, of course. We don't want to alert our prey." 

"Got it," Sirvanna said. She went to hit the talk button on her radio. 

"Hold on a second!" Benton said. "You're really going to recall everyone because she 'saw something' even without her telling you what?" 

"Undine may have negative aspects," Sirvanna said "but she's reliable. If she says that she saw something I'll trust her." She hit the button. "Mara, Pixie, Aurora, return to the security room." 

*****

"See," Ines said. "It's always the same computer."

"I see it," Alena said. The lights in the room had been turned off as had every monitor save one.

"So, what is it?" Sirvanna asked. 

"One of the unused computers is sending messages," Ines said. "So fast that even I almost missed it." 

"That's impossible!" Benton cried. "Computers can't..." 

"Shush," Ines said. "The grownups are talking." 

"Why you little..." Benton began. 

"Sergeant," Sirvanna interrupted. "You were sent to observe, not to get involved. Please allow us to do our job." 

"In short shut up, sit back and stay out of the way," Katelyn said. "So, what does it mean?" 

"Either they have a way to tap into the computer remotely that's beyond our current technology," Alena said "or there's a plaguer at work." 

*****

"Is it still the same computer?" Sirvanna asked. 

"Yes," Alena answered over the radio. 

Sirvanna nodded and Ines stormed through the room, unplugging every computer save for the suspicious one. 

"What are you all doing?" the demand came from a muscular woman in a high ranking uniform. 

"Sergeant Alex Benton special forces," Benton said, showing his papers. "We're here on official business. Please vacate this room." 

The woman called in his information before ordering everyone out. Alena arrived as they were leaving and Alexa floated down. 

"One computer left on," Ines said. "And it looks to be the one we want." 

"I'll just have to fry its mainframe," Sirvanna said, a burst of lightning emerging from her fingers. 

Light flashed from the monitor. A woman emerged from the screen. She was roughly 5'7 in height, slim with blue-green hair and bright blue eyes, even her sclera were a bright blue rather than the natural white. She held up her hands and bowed her head. "I surrender. Go ahead and kill me." 

"We aren't going to kill you," Benton said. "We're going to take you in for questioning." He turned to the squad. "You ladies watch her. I'll call this in." 

"Torture then," she said. 

"We wouldn't do that!" Yuni said. "We're the good guys!" She looked around at her companions. Alena, Ines and Katelyn all looked away. "Right?" 

"Sometimes you have to do distasteful things for the greater good," Sirvanna said. "Especially in times of war." 

"No way," Yuni muttered. 

*****

Where are you going?

"I'm taking a little trip to the front," he said. "I'll trust you to look after everything while I'm gone." 

You can't go to the front! You're useless in a fight. 

"I have no intention of fighting," he said. He picked up his cell and dialed. "Jenny, get your power armour and meet me at the front gate. Don't dawdle now, or I shall be cross." He hung up and dialed a different number. "Anya, get your team together. I have a new mission for you. Yes. I'll send you the coordinates. Thank you." He hung up and his cell rang almost instantly. "Hello Zhao. Yes, I'm afraid that I'll need her. I will. As a matter of fact, I do. Yes, I have a package I'd like you to deliver. Of course. Get the FT-Y7 group ready. I'll also be sending Wraith. Thank you, I'll bring you back a souvenir." 

What are you planning?

"I'd love to give you the details, but time is rather important. If all goes well I'll be back in a couple days." He grabbed his suitcase and strode away. 

Naoko looked at his laptop, it had been left on. It was displaying a simple message. 

"I'm sorry, I've failed. They've caught me. I just hope that I was useful to you. Please, remember me fondly. With love always, Trojan." 

The Clerics: Desperate Tactic: Uriel takes the field.

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"It all seems so... unbelievable," Sam said. 

"I understand your feelings," Courtney said "But it's hard to deny the evidence of your own eyes." 

"So, what do we do?" Sam asked. 

"We keep fighting until the enemy returns home or is completely beaten," Miranda said. "The key is going to be beating the Celestials themselves." 

"But how do we find them?" Sam asked. 

"You shouldn't seek them right now," Hermes said. "You're still inadequate." 

"What about when we find the final cleric?" Courtney asked. 

"We'll see," Hermes said. 

Sam stroked his back. "I can't believe I'm talking to a dog," she muttered. "Hey, what's his name?" 

"He's just the dog," Miranda said. 

"I call him Hermes," Courtney said. 

"Hermes?" Sam asked. "I like that." 

"We should focus on the mission," Miranda said. "What we call the dog is irrelevant." 

"Is she always so... um focused?" Sam whispered. 

"She's just worried that she won't be able to protect everyone," Courtney whispered. "It's one of her charms." 

"You do realise that I can hear you," Miranda said. 

Sam blushed. "You know we didn't mean any harm," Courtney said. 

"Honestly," Miranda said "you two could use more focus." 

"I understand that what we're doing is important," Courtney said. "However, I think it's important to try and stay regular girls as much as possible." 

"It's just not practical," Miranda said. 

"Don't you ever just wanna have fun like any other girl?" Courtney asked. 

"Well," Miranda began...

"Umm," Sam interrupted. "There's a creepy guy in a cloak coming." 

Miranda and Courtney turned around in unison. "Those are more like monastic robes than a cloak," Courtney said. 

"Should we, maybe, untransform?" Sam asked. 

"No," Miranda said. "We'll head away and double back later after we've had the chance to revert in private." 

"Clerics!" The blond man shouted. Miranda instantly tensed up. Courtney subconsciously reached for an arrow. Sam took a few steps back, behind the others. 

"who are you?" Courtney asked. 

The man produced a sword seemingly from nowhere. "I am your end!"

Omicron Squad episode 22: Inquiry

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"Let's begin this inquiry," Colonel Trask said. He was sitting in a semi-circle with five other high ranking officers. "Miss Bowman, what were you doing before the power went out?" 

"I was reading the collected novels and stories involving Sherlock Holmes," Sirvanna said. 

"Were you alone at the time?" 

"No," Sirvanna said. "Undine was around." 

"And what was she doing?" 

"She was just hanging out," Sirvanna said. "She complained about being bored and just sat down." 

"Did she ever leave?" 

"No, she was there the whole time," Sirvanna said. 

"How were you able to tell?" 

"She can go too fast for the naked eye," Sirvanna said. "But the door was closed and she couldn't have snuck off without stirring up a breeze that I would have noticed." 

"And what did you do when the power went out?" 

"At first I thought it was just a power outage so I went to find a torch," Sirvanna said. 

"What did Miss Reyes do?" 

"She went with me," Sirvanna said. "And she made some flirtatious comments about ways to occupy ourselves in the dark." 

"What happened when the alarm sounded?" 

"I sent Undine ahead," Sirvanna said. "When I arrived Aurora was feeling ill. Pixie filled me in on the situation so I sent Mara and Sylph to guard the perimetre so the culprit or culprits couldn't escape." 

"And what did you do?" 

"I went to examine the power station," Sirvanna said. "I couldn't due to the repair teams so I went to check the command centre. Nothing appeared amiss so I returned to the others." 

"You may go, Miss Bowman" Trask said. "Leave out the side door." 

Sirvanna nodded and shuffled out of the room. Trask grabbed his radio. "Send in Miss Reyes." 

The group shuffled their papers when the front door opened. Ines was standing in front of them before they could look up.

"Yo!" Ines said. 

"Miss Reyes," Trask began "What were you doing before the power went out?" 

"Thinking," Ines answered. "There wasn't anything else to do on the base." 

"Were you alone?" 

"No," Ines said. "I was with Sirvanna. She was reading something or other."

"Why were you around her if you weren't going to interact?"

"No real reason," Ines said. "I just like to be around her." 

"What did you do when the power went out?" 

"Suggested that me and Sirvanna..." Ines paused "...play, but she wanted to be boring and find a light." 

"Do you often flirt with your squadmates?"

"Define 'often'," Ines said.  

"Never mind," Trask said. "What happened when the alarm went off?" 

"Sirvanna sent me ahead," Ines said. "Katelyn told me there might be an intruder so I combed the are several times to check it out." 

"Did you see anything suspicious?" 

"The generator was down," Ines said. "Other than that there was nothing of interest." 

"You didn't see anyone?" 

"Just our own soldiers and techs," Ines said. 

"How do you explain that?" 

"Best guess is that it was an enemy plaguer who could teleport, turn invisible or shapeshift," Ines said. 

"That will be all Miss Reyes," Trask said. "Go out the side door and wait with Miss Bowman." 

He grabbed his radio "Send in Miss Richards."

*****

"Sir?" 

"Yes, Jenny?" 

"Something's been bugging me lately. I don't mean to pry, but is Zhao really older than you?" Jenny asked. 

"She is," he answered. "By several years in fact." 

"How is that possible?" Jenny asked. 

"Zhao's body hasn't aged since I met her," he answered. "I can only deduce that it's an unexpected result of her gift similar to the hair colour changes some of us underwent." He shrugged. "Of course, she is the only one I've met with such a side effect and, unfortunately, I can't tell you why. I've given her periodic exams, tested her cell structure, brain chemistry and everything else in an attempt to isolate those factors which resulted in her ageless body, but my efforts have been fruitless. All I can tell you for certain is that her body doesn't age but her brain does. It's quite a fascinating puzzle really." He stretched an open hand back to her. "Would you care for a kinder egg? They're quite good." 

"Thank you, Sir," Jenny said. "So, why treat her like a child?" 

"I don't," he said. "No more than anyone else, anyway." 

"Is that so?" Jenny asked. "Well, I have to get back. She needs me to model that stupid power armour." 

"Have fun," he said. "Oh, and take an egg for her too." 

*****

"Now, Mr Washington says that your partner was acting strange, how do you explain that?" 

"Of course she's strange," Katelyn said "she's a plaguer. We aren't exactly the nuclear family down the street."

"So, you attribute her behaviour to the fact that she's a plaguer?" 

"No," Katelyn said. "I attribute it to her being a muppet." 

"This is a serious inquiry Miss Kyle," Trask said. "It's not the time for sarcasm." 

"My watch must be off then," Katelyn said. 

"And what happened when the other members of your squad arrived?" 

"We got naked and danced in a circle to bring in the solstice," Katelyn said. "We went looking for the culprit, of course. Yuni and I stayed near the barracks in case it was an attempt to take out the soldiers or worse, to steal my pillow. Ines went to run around. Alena and Alexa went to patrol the perimetre and Sirvanna went off to look things over." 

"Did you see anything suspicious?" 

"Now that you mention it," Katelyn said. "I saw a bunch of dudes in uniform carrying guns." 

"You saw our own troops?" 

"Are you admitting to something, Colonel?" Katelyn asked. 

"Get out of my sight, Miss Kyle." 

"So, behind you then?" Katelyn asked. 

"Out!" 

Katelyn joined the others. "I didn't know I was the last one," she said. 

"Yeah," Alexa said. "It wouldn't have been such a pain if our fearless leader hadn't been useless in an emergency." 

"Say that again and to my face!" Sirvanna said. 

"Gladly," Alexa said. The little conference room filled with lightning and wind. The cameras were quickly destroyed. An electronic bug was tossed in the air where Ines caught and crushed it. 

"We're clear!" she called. 

The lightning and wind died down immediately. 

"We don't have long until they come to investigate," Sirvanna said. "I'd just like to say three things. The first is that you all did really well. The second is that I have no intention of letting anyone here die. If that means we have to play both sides on occasion, then so be it. You're my squad and I will keep you safe. Even so, I think it's important that we try to win this. Even if it's flawed, this is our country and we should protect it. Now, any questions will have to wait until we ren't under tough scrutiny. Until that happens no one is to mention any of this." She and Alexa locked their arms.

Colonel Trask came in with Benton and a group of soldiers. "What is going on?" he demanded. 

Sirvanna and Alexa split. "A slight discipline problem, Sir," Sirvanna answered. 

"Take it outside next time!" Trask cried. "Never mind, we have a new mission for you."  

The Yuri Squadron Episode 75: And the scores are in

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Most of the major characters are based off of real members of GS's yuri fan club. Names have been changed to protect the sarcastic. 

"Read it and weep," Debora said. "My midterm scores were flawless." 

"Yours too?" Mischa asked. 

"Let me see those!" Debora said. "No way, we tied? Then, who's treating whom?" 

"I guess no one's treating anyone," Mischa said. "Did you still want to go?" 

"I suppose we might as well," Debora said. 

*****

"Well, I aced my midterms," Melanie said. "My lowest grade was a 93%. How about you?" 

"Guess who aced her maths!" Kitty said. 

Melanie hugged her. "Congratulations. I was hoping you would." 

"So, what's my prize?" Kitty asked. 

"Tomorrow night we are going out on the town," Melanie said. "I'm taking you dining, dancing and then, maybe, back to my place." 

"You mean our place," Kitty said. She nuzzled against Melanie's chest. "Hey, do you think this'll last forever?" 

"What?" Melanie asked.

"Us, like this," Kitty said. "Since we started dating there's just been so much... magic. Will it always be like that?" 

"Yeah," Melanie said. "It definitely will." 

"You think?" Kitty asked. 

Melanie nodded. "When we're ninety we'll still be every bit as in love as we are right now. I'll still get excited when you take my hand and we'll sneak off away from the nursing home as often as we can to spend time alone." She stroked Kitty's hair. "Your eyes will still be full of energy and passion and I'll still wonder why I was lucky enough to get you." 

Kitty shook her head. "No, I'm the lucky one." 

*****

"I can't believe your grades," Amanda said. "You're smarter than this. I know you are." 

"Hey, I passed," Leonard said. "Isn't that what counts?" 

"It's not just about passing," Amanda said. "It's about putting in your best effort. Can't you just do that once?" 

"It doesn't matter," Leonard said. "A diploma is a diploma. Besides, my effort is going into the tournament. The next round starts soon." 

"I suppose it's going to take you away from the club for a while," Amanda said. 

"Maybe a little," Leonard said. 

*****

"Sensei," Kody called. 

"Yeah?" Mischa asked. 

"I did really well on the midterms," Kody said. "Mostly As, one B." 

"Well done," Mischa said.

"Hey," Kody said. "Are you excited for club activities to restart?" 

"Yeah," Mischa said. "It has been slow for a while." 

"Any plans for events?" Kody asked. 

"Not really," Mischa said. "We'll definitely do some stuff before finals, but I haven't really planned for anything specific yet." 

"I'm sure you'll think of something fun," Kody said. "Maybe you could take suggestions tomorrow?" 

"We're actually re-opening the day after tomorrow," Mischa said. "Almost everyone has plans for tomorrow. Melanie and Kitty have a date. Leonard is going to the next round of his tourney and Amanda's going to support him. Debora and I are going to have dinner to celebrate our grades." 

"Oh," Kody said. "Well, don't worry about me. I'm sure I'll find something to do." 

"You always do," Mischa said. 

*****

Poor Kody, looks like there's a little more time before they all get back together. Will Kody find something to do? Will Leonard win the next round? Will Kitty and Melanie really still be together when they're ninety? The more practical of these questions may be answered next week in Soniczero's blog. 

Head Writer: Ktulu007

Assistant Writer Soniczero1993

Omicron Squad episode 21: One option? Sirvanna's decision.

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"They're going to nuke us?" Sirvanna asked.

"Well, I could probably outrun it," Ines said. "But I'm not strong enough to carry more than one person."

"We should bail," Alexa said.

"We can't," Sirvanna said. She tapped the base of her neck. "Explosives, remember? We do need a plan, though."

"Maybe I could race to the sub-level and disarm it," Ines said.

"It won't work," Sirvanna said. "For one thing, it's going to be heavily guarded. For another, you don't know how to disarm a nuke. You could very well blow us all up by mistake."

"Do you have a better plan?" Alexa asked.

"Well, no," Sirvanna said. "But there has to be something..."

"One other option," Alena said. "But you won't like it."

"What is it?" Sirvanna asked.

"They won't have to detonate the nuke if the enemy doesn't fall for the trap," Alena said. "And they won't fall for the trap if they know about it."

"We send them a message!" Ines exclaimed. "We warn them away and then we don't have a problem."

"That's treason," Sirvanna said.

"Wouldn't want to betray the guys controlling us with threats of violence, would we?" Alexa asked. "What exactly do we owe them? I don't remember being asked to get blown into molecules for the 'greater good.'"

"Could you do it without getting traced?" Sirvanna asked.

"If we hurry," Alena answered.

"Do it," Sirvanna said. "As soon as you're finished I'll fry the laptop. Then Sylph will scoop it away in a tornado, hopefully it'll be dropped over a river or something. When that's done we rejoin Pixie and Aurora and look busy until the alert ends."

*****

"Will Jenny hand Zhao the mallet?"

"Sure," Jenny picked it up and handed it to the smaller woman.

"Thanks to Jenny," Zhao said. "Could Jenny lift this apparatus for Zhao?"

"Roger," Jenny grabbed the mechanical monstrosity and easily picked it up. Zhao moved underneath it and go to work. "Hey, can I ask you something?"

"Jenny can ask Zhao anything," Zhao said. "Zhao will do anything for Jenny."

"How did you get involved in all of this?" Jenny asked.

"Jenny wants to know more about Zhao?" Zhao gave her a wide grin. "Okay, Zhao will tell her story. Zhao met the professor before he gained an army or even a land. It all happened twelve years ago when Zhao had only just entered adolescence. She became very sick. The authorities told her parents that she was going to die anyway, so that they had to end it quickly before Zhao could infect anyone else."

"That's horrible!" Jenny cried.

"Maybe, but Zhao's parents believed it. So Zhao was tied and weighted down. Her parents watched as she was thrown from a boat into the east China sea. Zhao thought that she was going to die without growing up or learning what it meant to fall in love, but Qinglong was looking out for Zhao. Before her lungs burst she felt the weight falling from her legs and a force pulling her up. She found herself in a small boat with a silver-haired youth a little younger than she was."

"Wait," Jenny said. "He's younger than you?"

"Zhao is older than she looks," Zhao said. "In any case, Zhao was delirious. She warned him that he would catch the plague from her. Professor pointed to his hair and said that Zhao didn't have to worry. He'd already had it. He told Zhao that she could survive it too if she was strong. Then he smiled and offered Zhao an egg." Zhao smiled. "She had never had European chocolate before. It was the best thing Zhao had ever had. The smooth texture was perfect and the little bear inside was cute. And..."

"You don't have to describe kinder eggs for me," Jenny said.

"Oh, right," Zhao said. "Zhao managed to eat the egg. Professor took care of Zhao while she was sick. He caught fish for her, cooked them for her and even washed her. By the time they landed in Japan, Zhao was feeling much stronger. Professor spoke to the coast officials in Japanese so Zhao doesn't know what he said, but was able to get permission for himself and Zhao to land. Zhao and Professor lived alone in a small apartment that he did odd jobs to afford. One day he brought home a severely wounded Naoko. Professor nursed her back to health like he'd done for Zhao. Shortly after that Zhao, Professor and Naoko embarked on their quest to save the world using Professor's brilliant plan, Zhao's inventions and Naoko's Naokoness."

"I get the feeling you're leaving a lot out," Jenny said.

"Did Jenny want every single detail?" Zhao asked.

"No, that's okay," Jenny said. "It must've been hard for you."

"It was difficult at first," Zhao said. "But Professor gained new comrades wherever he went. Then Jenny joined after the Australia campaign and Zhao finally learned what it means to fall in love."

"Why?" Jenny asked. "I'm nothing special."

Zhao shook her head. "Jenny is special. When Professor asked the gifted of Brisbane to join him Jenny was the only one who did it without any hesitation. Jenny has always had her own brand of courage and more determination than anyone!" Zhao reached up and gently touched Jenny's cheek, leaving a greasy handprint. "That's what makes Jenny special." Jenny pulled her head back. "Can Jenny not look past Zhao's body?" Zhao asked. "Does Zhao just look too young?"

"That's..." Jenny hesitated. "It's not that It's just... Your hand was really filthy."

"Then Zhao will try again after work when she's washed," Zhao said.

*****

"I'm just so glad that I can feel safe as a valued part of this army," Katelyn said. Sirvanna had just finished explaining what they'd found.

"Did you cover for us?" Sirvanna asked.

"Totally," Katelyn said. "I told them Alexa and Alena were checking the perimetre for intruders and that you'd taken Ines to the barracks for some inappropriate conduct."

"Pixie," Sirvanna began.

"Kidding," Katelyn said. "I told them Ines was doing a quick sweep and you were doing executive things. Although I suspect that's code for sitting on your bum."

"I mished you sooo much," Yuni said. She was hugging Alena's arm. "I waited for you in the bushes forever, but you weren't there. I was sooo lonely I jusht had to take care'a myself." She snorted loudly. "Is akay though. We'll get to it next time."

"I'll have to fill Aurora in again when she sobers up," Sirvanna said.

"I'll take care of it," Alena said.

"Really?" Sirvanna asked. "I'll leave it to you then."

"Are we really safe?" Alexa asked.

"Well, I doubt they're going to go on a suicide run," Sirvanna said. "We can only hope."

*****

Ellsworth is a trap.

"I know," he said. "Trojan told me." His chair turned to face her. The little mutt was in his lap and he was stroking it with one hand. "But how did you find out?"

Someone sent a message.

"Interesting," he said. "We may have friends on the other side."

Does Trojan still dot her js and is with hearts?

"Well, yeah," he said. "But her quirks are unimportant. She's a very skilled operative."

She's a twit.

"Be nice, she's our precious comrade." He gently lifted the mutt who writhed around in his arms. "Try to find out who our friends are. We must thank them."

Understood.