Re: Seymour - \"Babysitting\"

Above, Vanessa had realised her "sister" was missing and had gone
back for her. All she saw was a gap where the ventilation shaft
should have been, and on the other side was a drooling baby.
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"STOP!" Vanessa yelled back to Shakespeare and the other patients
Shakespeare turned and looked back, spotting the baby on the other
side of the shaft.
"There'st is nay wayeth to cross'eth thine gap!" he said "verily, we
must findeth another wayeth to rescue'st yonder infant!"
"ALOTA!" shouted Vanessa "stay there!!"
Alota burbled happily, and turned and crawled back into the ducts....
Below, Jayne was cornered by the mob, clutching a large bottle of
medicinal alcohol under her right arm, her left hand twitched as it
hovered over her gun holster. She had to get away from the mob
somehow, and rejoin the others, but wanted to avoid hurting anoyne
if she could.
There was another vent covering a shaft further down the corridor,
this one along the top edge of the wall, near the ceiling, she was
pretty sure the mob hadn't spotted it. From the corner of her eye
she noticed a cluster of fire extinguishers against the wall. In a
split second she had drawn her pistol, and fired three rounds, one
into each extinguisher, filling the corridor with gas and foam.
The cloud was thick, and Jayne had lost sight of the mob, and
therefore assumed correctly that they had lost sight of her as well,
so she darted down the corridor, and using a vending machine to
support herself, vaulted feet first into the high vent, kicking the
panel inwards, she quickly scrambled to replace it, in an attempt to
cover her tracks and retreated deeper into the shaft, the angry
shouts of the mob echoing behind her.
Coming to a junction a little further down, the baby Alota gurgling
her way into Jayne's path, she quickly grabbed the baby under her
free arm and proceeded to crouch her way along the corridor.
It wasn't long, before a voice was heard. "ALOTA!!!" it was Vanessa,
calling out to the child...pointlessly...Jayne, followed the sound
and nearly came to her end as her foot slipped over the edge of a
lift shaft, she pulled back and regained her footing and looked
around, she could still hear Vanessa's voice, coupled with the
"OVER HERE!!" Yelled Jayne, and a moment or two later Vanessa popped
her head out of a vent on the opposite side of the lift shaft.
"Smeg!" she exclaimed "Now what do we do!!"
"Is there another way around?" Jayne asked
"Probably" Vanessa replied "But in a ship this size we could get
lost for days trying to find one.."
"Ok..then, we split up and meet somewhere out in the main ship..say,
"See you there!"
"Nay!" Shakespeare interuppted, "Feast thine eyes!" he was pointed
upward, a loud rumble was coming from above and when they looked up
Jayne and Vanessa saw a turbolift hurtling downward..
" soon as the lift passes us, we jump on top of it..." jayne
"What? Are you crazy?!" Vanessa asked, "you're carrying a baby and
the most precious substance on board, and we've got a woman on a
stretcher and a bunch of other injured people"
"Can you think of a better way?"
"Fair point..."
"Quick, here it comes!!"
the lift passed quickly, and Jayne went first, landing feet first on
the lift's service hatch and kicking it through into the lift.
Vanessa came next, with Shakespeare closely behind, the stretcher
carrying Jenny between them, with Jenny, thankfully, securely
fastened to it.
The others followed shortly after.
They all landed inside the lift, the last people managing to do so
seconds before the lift dropped so far as to be a dangerous drop,
when Jayne spoke.
"Ness, sorry about that..I know that kind of stunt isn't the best
thing for a pregnant woman."
"Er...HI!" said Rufus, who had been standing next to Rosette in the
lift the whole time.
<tag becca and Smandy!>
--- In, "Onion" <theonion770@...>
> <OOC - I had a great idea to put Andy's character's in some
> but then realised I had no characters there - but then I
> my youngest character! This will be my first about baby Alota
> either of her parents >
> Who: Jayne, Vanessa, Shakespeare, an unconscious Jenny Bond and
> Alota
> Where: Vents
> When: After fleeing the medibay
> Jayne threw the bottle of alcohol onto the stretcher where Jenny
> laid unmoving, only breathing lightly. Jayne pulled jenny's limp
> so that it held the bottle firmly.
> She paused. Then placed the burbling baby Alota under Jenny's
> arm. The unconscious woman had suddenly become useful as she
> the thing-to-put-other-things-on, which helped as they only had to
> pull one thing through the vents.
> Having to pull a woman in a place where you couldn't even stand
> started to get very difficult after a very short time. Shakespeare
> started, until Jayne realised he didnt have the strength and was
> slowing them down considerably. She pushed him aside and rolled up
> her sleeves. Given her brief stint in crime she had become used to
> working up her muslces.
> Ahead, Vanessa shouted back to them. "This vent splits, which way
> shake we go?"
> Jayne shrugged, her knowledge of the Blue Dwarf's ACTUAL corridors
> was pretty slim, as she hadn't been aboard for all that long, let
> alone the bowels of the ship where humans weren't intended to ever
> Shakespeare launched into some philosophical argument with himself
> about the poetic benefits of left or right, and contradicted
> so many times that everybody ignored him.
> Meanwhile, the crewmembers who had broken into the medibay were
> complete retarded morons. Well... they WERE retarded morons, but
> weren't without some shared intelligence between them and had
> worked out that the medical staff had escaped through the
> system. They followed the vent as it crossed over the top of two
> rooms next to the Medibay, and then crossed over a corridor. One
> picked up a wooden mop that had been left and started hitting the
> ventilation shaft above him.
> The noise rang around the vent shaft and Jayne dropped the
> to cover her ears. The small baby rolled off her mother and
> crawling in the opposite direction. Jayne looked back and saw the
> rugrat powering away from her. "Come back!" She said.
> Being a clone, Jayne had no appreciation of what it would be like
> be a baby, and hadn't spent any time around them. So couldn't
> understand it was doing something as insane as crawling in the
> direction. She looked in the direction of Shakespeare, Vanessa and
> all the other patients and they were moving on without her.
> "Wait!" she called.
> Another knock from the angry mob below shook Jayne's feet, and she
> scowled. She knew had spent her entire life looking out for only
> herself but now she felt compassion for a very small person she
> didn't even know. It was a strange and alien emotion.
> She crawled back to catch the baby, but as she did so the
> shaft started to shake so hard that it came free of it's bindings
> tipped diagonally downwards. Jayne was caught by surprise and
> get many seconds of warning before the image of the escaping baby
> replaced with a view of the corridor below she was sliding towards.
> Jayne outstretched her arms and legs and this halted her decent
> the pressure she needed to hold on was excruciatingly painful.
> Jenny Bond slid down the diagonal shaft on her stretcher, passing
> directly under Jayne's outstretched legs and slid out onto the
> corridor below. As she slid past, Jayne snagged the bottle of
> from her limp arms.
> Above, Vanessa had realised her "sister" was missing and had gone
> back for her. All she saw was a gap where the ventilation shaft
> should have been, and on the other side was a drooling baby.
> <tag Andy! Hope I haven't put you out at all, I just thought some
> complication could be fun>

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