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Mutants & Masterminds: Mecha Mayhem - Chapter 2.1a Big Stick


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Gordan and Roxanne were met by Commander Jackson in the Hangar bay as their fully refurbished Valkyries were just being cleared for flight again.

He Nods to each of them. "I'll be flying over with you, Gordan, and Until You are given leave to speak, I want you both to remain quiet. You're to be a second and third set of eyes and ears for our ship." He looked at Roxanne. "I'm glad you managed to find an untorn uniform, Lieutenant Devereaux, most of the men we'll be dealing will likely be quite shocked to meet a woman like you."

"When you do speak, do not answer questions about where we come from, or your nationality, We are simply members of Pantheon, and we are sorry for the destruction of their fleet."

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Gordan had just about managed to make it in time after grabbing a shower and a shave, then digging out his dress uniform from where it sat at the back of his wardrobe.

"Certainly Sir. Will we be taking any guards, or just assuming they don't want a second example being made of them?"

Either way I'll keep a datalink to my Valk to have it recording stuff, and if they get funny I could bring it in to get us out.

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Roxanne had to hide her disappointment that her job was just to stand-by and watch. She nodded nonetheless and took mental note of the remark about her ‘appearance’. Pantheon wasn’t a society that was gender biased but Earth of 1940 knew no women in military – especially not amongst the officer’s cadre.

She looked at Flash and nodded as he asked his question. Roxanne was glad to have him assigned as her wingman and he was a quick thinker which should proof to be crucial for diplomatic missions. Still it bothered her that she didn’t get the chance to speak with the Admiral personally, “If I may add, Sir? I already had contact with the US-Admiral – I was the one asking him to surrender. Unfortunately he chose to attack us. I just thought you should know that… in case he asks… I mean…”, Roxanne bit her lower lip somehow having lost her trail of thought and forgotten what she actually wanted to say. Her cheeks reddened with embarrassment.

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Commander Jackson shakes his head to Gordan's question. "We'll be going with just us. Omoikane has been instructed to cuse CWIS systems to handle any hostage situation. We're esily within range and they have pinpoint accuracy."

He looks to Roxanne and smiles. "I know what happened Lieutenant Commander, I'm counting on him recognizing the voice. It will make him weak, and possibly more willing to listen to what we have to say."

He nods. "Now, let's get moving."

He began clmibing into the Copilot's seat in Gordan's Valkyrie, not waiting for the two escort pilots.

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Gordan shrugs minutely to Roxy behind Jackson's back as he climbs into the cockpit, then uses the datalink to start the pre-flight checks as Gordan himself starts climbing into his own cockpit.

Once inside he settles his helmet on his head and continues the flight checks, taking off when given clearance behind Roxy.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Roxanne knew there wasn't much she could add to what Commander Jackson said and prepared herself for the flight to the US-Forces.

"Meet you on deck.", she said to Flash and initiated the starting sequence.

"This is Lt. Cmdr. Devereaux requesting clearance for lift-off for diplomatic mission."

I hope this works better than our first try...

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Clearance was given and the pair of fighters were launched. The landed on the flight deck of the Enterprise. A troop of marines stoold at attention, Admiral spruance and his Adjutants there with him.

"I am Commander Jackson, Pantheon Enterprises. I am the second in Command of of the Mobile battle fortress ARK. These are my Adjutants, Lieutenant Commanders Deverereaux and Smythe." He indicated the two of them.

"Admiral, we can speak here formally, or adjourn to somewhere more private to simply discuss things as men. If you're guarantee their safety, then I will meet you alone."

The Admiral considered the two pilots, as did every other male on the deck. "I must respectfully decline. You and your officers shall meet with me and mine. If you would, follow me."

He turned and left and Jackson nodded to Roxanne. "Don't take your flight suit off for any reason. Gordan, you stay with her and make sure none of these guys try anything funny. I want you two to fake it if nescessary."

then he followed after the admiral.

True enough, all the men went back to staring at her after the Admiral left.

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Roxanne had her hand on the zipper of her flight suit the moment they were on deck and reluctantly kept it zipped up. The suit was rather a snug fit and she usually unzipped it halfway down whenever she had the chance to. With a frown she had to accept Commander Jackson’s request and almost asked him if she should put her helmet on, too. Just to make sure.

She looked at Flash with a raised eyebrow and rolled her eyes and tried to appear casual putting on a smile that melted hearts when she was on stage while she avoided too much eye contact with the US-Crewmen. They didn’t look much at her eyes anyway…

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Gordan raised his eyebrow back at Roxy and turned so the two marched away after the Commander. In the meantime he activated his datalink, and made sure that his Valk was sealed, on standby, and was recording what was going on around them back to it's databanks. Assuming that Roxy would also have a datalink, few of the pilots didn't to be honest, he opened a side channel and asked his Valk to try to open a link through to Roxy.

*May be I'm being slow today, but any idea what he meant about us having to fake it if necessary? If any of them try anything we slap them down and protest about 'Conduct unbecoming...', and if it goes beyond that we power up the Valks.*

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Roxanne was obviously a bit surprised by Flash’s voice over the link and turned to face him a bit too obvious before she resumed her casual stroll. *Honestly – I got no idea. My plan B is to flash em my boobs and then run for my Mecha – that should buy us enough time I suppose.*, she winked at him with a smirky grin.

*Maybe that’s the Commander’s plan A?*

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Gordan kept a straight face as he marched behind the Commander, *Nah, he hasn't got the imagination for that. Anyway, if you flash those lethal weapons around you'll have the whole ship chasing you. Remember, these are all male ships.*

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*Right*, Roxanne replied but couldn’t manage to suppress a giggle. Even with her flight suit on there was no way in hiding that she wasn’t a woman and her dark bluish hair didn’t help much either to “blend” in with the crew or any other male.

Roxanne’s eyes traced the old ships design and ‘ancient’ weaponry. It must’ve been hard for these people to accept that a single Valkyrie was capable of taking out most of their fleet single-handedly. The ARK and Pantheon’s technology was more than vastly superior. They must’ve appeared like some kind of aliens from outer space for them… which wasn’t so far fetched to be honest.

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Gordan marched in step with Roxy behind the Commander to what he presumed would be a conference room of some kind. The ship was like a maze, but he was confident that he could either retrace their steps, or with the help of his Valk find a quicker route. Everyones eyes were automatically drawn to Roxy as they passed, which was only natural, but Gordan's attention was focussed more on the sheer number of crew aboard the ship and if things went completely wrong how long they might have to try to rely on sidearms until the Valks could get to them.

He sure hoped the Commander and the Admiral could sort something amicable out, and the quicker the better.

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Slowly it dawned on Roxanne what Commander Jackson must’ve meant by “faking it”. She looked at Flash and smiled at him while she sent over the link, *I think the Commander meant that we should fake being a couple if I draw too much attention to myself. This is your once-in-a-lifetime chance, Flash.*

Her smile was heart melting even though she was only joking it would’ve swayed the heart of most men.

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Roxanne stopped for a brief moment before she realized she was falling back. She gave Flash a long look, as if she saw him for the first time and imagined a romantic evening with her fellow pilot. The thought wasn't unwelcomed but her fantasy was rudely interrupted as Mr. Blue suddenly jumped out of the middle of the dinner table ruining the whole atmosphere and reminding her of the contract and her responsibility as Idol singer of Electric Dreams...

All this happened in the instance of a second and with two quick steps Roxanne closed the gap to Flash again.

*Maybe... who knows?*, was all she could manage to say. Her heart was beating unusually fast and she felt insecure. There weren't too many men who actually had to courage to ask her out... and what Flash just said was also only a "what-if" situation... or did he ask her out?

She looked at him again furrowing her brows as if she wanted to ask him but didn't say anything. After a short moment of silence she turned her head away from him again faking interest in some unimportant detail of the carrier's design. They were on a mission and these thoughts didn't belong here.

I got to ask Sera about this once I'm back..., she decided and buried everything else with that decision. Her mind needed to be sharp and focused.

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The Admiral and the Commander were engaged in their own debate and argument. There was talk all over the ship about the strange people from the enemy fleet, and the beautiful woman who'd come over. Dozens of new faces were gathering round to see this woman of the future.

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Roxanne was oblivious to the attention she drew while she still kept thinking about Flash’s little flirt. She bumped accidentally into her wingman which brought her back to reality and realized how the men looked at her. The buxom beauty was used to drawing attention being an Idol Singer on the ARK but this was a new kind of ‘attention’ she got.

Roxanne smiled nervously which could easily be misinterpreted by someone who fell easily in love. The mixture of cuteness, innocence and womanly shape was a deadly mixture – especially for the lonesome sailor man on board the US-Carrier.

Maybe she did something wrong and missed it? Her eyes scanned the crowd trying to find a reason for all the fuss around her but after a short moment she came to the only possible explanation – her appearance.

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The crew seemed to hang on her every movement, finally aftertwo hours of staring, and a somewhat unenlightened tour of the ship, The Commander and the Admiral summoned them to the Flight deck.

"We have reached an agreement with the American Navy. We will Escort them back to Oahu and provde what support we can to replace the materiel they lost with same level tech from our fabricators in return for a temporary base of operations on One of the unpopulated Islands." Mount your planes and let's go let the Captain know. We'll need three days to finish salvage operations, afterwards, we'll head out."

It was clear he ws repeating it for everyone's benefit, not just theirs.

He smiled. "As close to win-win as it gets, given the circumstances."

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“Sounds good, Commander. I’m glad negotiations turned out to the benefit to everyone involved.”, Roxanne stated but was still somewhat disappointed that she didn’t get a chance to participate in the negotiation itself. She started to question the reason for her presence, especially after the rather unpleasant experience of being ogled nonstop by the crew – as if they had never seen a woman before. Actually they certainly haven’t in Roxanne’s case. At least none like her.

Roxanne nodded at Flash and got into her Valkyrie initiating the starting sequence while her thoughts both circled around the negotiations and Flash’s flirt…

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Gordan nodded at the Commander's summary of the results of the meeting and ordered his Valk over the link to commence the start up sequence while they were still on the way back to the flight deck. By the time he had the Commander settled and had strapped in himself they were ready to take off.

Checking with Flight control on the aircraft carrier, for politeness mainly, Gordan passed the clearance on to Roxy and the pair of them lifted off using VTOL. If nothing else it underlined the difference in technology between the two groups.

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