I couldn't believe my ears.
"You want me to kidnap and interrogate Koma?" I asked Gyrobo. "But...but..."
"Why, yes my dear. You'll be perfect at it!" the robot said cheerfully. "After all, he's been gunning for you since day one. Wouldn't you say you have an axe to grind?"
"Hmmm, since you put it that way..."
"I knew you'd agree. Here, when you're done use this on him." Gyrobo handed me a small device.
"What will it do?" I asked, hoping my still wild electrical charges wouldn't fry the innards.
"Oh, you'll see." He laughed somewhat maniacally.
"Well, ok." I retreat to the inner rooms Gyrobo set aside and contemplate my next move. Obviously Koma is expecting us. It was nice of him to let us know where he's at. 2 hours south of Melbourne...unless it's a misdirective...
Wolverine storms in. "I can't believe that punk called me smelly."
I look him up and down. "I can't believe he called you little."
"So darlin'...want some help."
"Quite. Let me call the boys and we'll be on our way." Shatner and Kenobi have been hanging around me ever since I gave them those jobs when we were doing the Dagobah gig. I place a few quick calls on me cellphone and soon Kenobi materializes in front of me and Shatner beams in. "Ok,Kenobi...I need you to scout this out. Find Koma. He is really two hours south of Melbourne? Shatner...when Kenobi sends the word, I'll need you to either beam us there...or..."
"Beam...him...here..." Shatner grins evily.
While we wait, I indulge a little.
Just a little.
A few happy hours later, Kenobi gives us the location.
"So, what...do...you want...us...to do..." Shatner asked.
I consider. "Kenobi, lure him outdoors...and then Billy-boy, you beam the cocky aussie here..."
"Yes, Your majesty," Kenobi said with a nod of his head, disappearing again. I never should have told him I was a princess.
Shatner rubbed his hands gleefully and began chattering into his communicator.
I tune mine into Kenobi's end and listen...
"Now!" Shatner shouted.
A stunned Koma was deposited infront of us.
I nod to Wolverine who knocks the Aussie upside the head and ties him into a chair. Too bad there wasn't more of a struggle, there's nothing quite like watching male muscles. But that's beside the point, isn't it? Bennet would accuse me of thinking like a man and give me a hard time about it.
Rising slowly to my feet, I toss the rest of my wine into Koma's face.
"You!" he cries, waking back up. "I should have known it would be you, you red-headed..."
I can hear the electricity crackling at my fingetips. Koma apparently brings it out in me. "Go ahead...call me a harridan...one more time..."
Koma reconsiders. "Uhm, red-headed amazon..."
"That's better." I move slowly, gracefully around the table. Reaching out my hands, I act like I'm going to caress his cheek.
"No!" He starts crying. "Please! The last time you touched me, I was out for hours."
"That would explain your sudden obsession with ducks," I reply remember how I had accidently knocked him unconscious. He was never right after that.
"Actually, I've always loved ducks," he said, still sobbing.
"Nevermind." I reign my power in. "Come now, Koma. Don't make this hard for any of us. Just tell us what we want to know, and we'll go easy on you"
"Like I believe your promises. I don't know anything about the beer consipracy. Nor do I know the combination code to the Australian fence."
"Or the secret ingredient to the beer, I would imagine."
"Don't be ridiculous. Everyone knows it's kangaroo pee..."
"Do you think I'm that stupid?" I demand. I step closer to the silly purple man and get in his face. "Kangaroo pee doesn't explain the addictive quality, or the mind numbing side effect that allows the drinker to be hypnotized and seduced."
Koma doesn't answer and I realize where he's looking. I slap him hard. "Quit looking at my boobs!"
"But you put them right in my face!"
"That doesn't give you permission to stare!" I walk away. "Wolverine, beat some sense into him."
"Noooo!" Koma starts crying again. "Please, don't..."
"Then give me what I want!" I storm back to him. "Tell me the numbers, the ingredient...everything!"
In a heart beat, I change tactic. "Koma, Koma, Koma..." I lean in close again. "Would you like to see them closer? What about touch them? Be with a real woman instead of those lame synthoids."
"I think I'm gonna be sick," mutters Wolverine.
"Give me a real woman and I will!" Koma nearly shouted. "You're no woman..."
I slap him again, this time releasing a touch of electricity. Just enough to put a glaze in his eyes.
"I've seen her in the bath," Wolverine admitted. "She's more woman than you'd ever be able to handle, bub."
"You weren't supposed to tell!" I hissed.
"7 - 4 - 4 - B..." Koma started to drool. "5."
I transmit the numbers to Gyrobo, hoping the silly purple man isn't just rambling.
"Hydroxy Solution #248, with a dash of NHY-987-O."
Well, not sure what to do with that but I'm sure it'll come in handy sometime.
"Go on Koma...what else..." I give him another small zap of electricity.
"I love ducks..."
"That's no secret...unless you mean..."
"I'm wearing pretty underwear..."
I call Gyrobo. "What do you think?"
He laughs mechanically. "The code's legit, as are the ingredients. Good job, girl. Now use that button on him and leave him to me."
"Ok Boss," I reply. I snap my phone shut.
"I know now's not the time for a stupid question, but..." Wolverine scratched his ear. "Why do we need the combination to the fence? Why can't we just have your...Billy-boy beam him in and out?"
"Australia raised their Ionized Particle Shield when we beamed him out," Shatner answered from the corner, managing to string an entire sentence together. But it didn't last long. "Can't...beam...through."
"Good enough?" I asked Wolverine as I pulled out the device Gyrobo had given me.
Koma was still spouting information. "Cylons are coming...soon..."
"Thanks for the warning." I point my device at him and press the middle button.
"Whoa..." we all manage to say.
Our eyes clear and we wait for the little dots to disappear.
"Where's he go?" Wolverine asked.
The ropes around the chair are empty...we search the room frantically...
"Ow!" I exclaim as something bites my ankle. "Oh...here he is...