A Bubblegum Crisis / Dirty Pair crossover story
by John-Martin Lotz
Disclaimer: Bubblegum Crisis is owned by ADV and JVC/AJC. Dirty Pair owned by ADV and Takachiiho & Studio Nue/Sunrise Future.
-One hundred and seventy-eight kilometers above Mega-Tokyo
Yuri fought her way back to the Bridge as Kei frantically started flicking switches, trying to get the Lovely Angel under control. "Kei, what the hell just happened?!" She dodged involuntarily as a defense satellite missed their ship by scant meters.
"That's a Mark Nine-five laser satellite. Who the heck still uses them?" Her voice put them up there with the medieval reconstructionists or folks who ran around in furs, knocking dinosaurs on the head.
Yuri took her word for it, as her mind oriented the scene before her. "Uh. Kei?!"
"Does that planet we are heading for at a very, very high rate of speed look familiar to you?"
Kei looked up, her eyes widening, "That's Old Earth," she gasped.
"It gets blown up, you know. They ARE going to blame us. Remember, be circumspect"
"Don't attract any attention."
"Inspector," The patrolling officer didn't salute, instead choosing to twist her neck, unkinking it. "When the Lovely Angel was 24 hours overdue for check-in, we dispatched a Search and Rescue team to Acton. Gods, what a mess."
"I see this is your first time dealing with the Dirty Pair, Officer Kiyone."
"Yes, sir. "
"And have you tracked down the Dirty Pair?"
"Well, sort of, sir. I think so." she pulled out a note pad.
The Inspector peered gravely at the officer; "You seem to be taking the stress well."
"Oh, after my last partner, they're simple to deal with."
The Inspector’s grave peer turned extremely confused. "Simple?!?"
She smiled, "Straightforward. We believe that they are in XXI-century Neo-Tokyo."
"Records from the period were largely destroyed, but it appears as if they worked with a group called the Knight Sabers. They seemed to disappear the same time as the Tokyo Tower was destroyed."
"Makes sense. They are the Dirty Pair."
"Of course, we identified three other places in time and space where they also might have appeared: XIX-century Pre-Catastrophe Nerima, late XXI-century Ross Ice Shelf around the time of the Second Impact, or Third-Era Middle Earth. Records of all three periods are sketchy at best. I'm sure they'll be okay, sir," she concluded.
"Oh. They'll be okay. Cockroaches are harder to kill."
"Yes, sir. But they are highly-trained, well-armed cockroaches, sir."
He studied the report, not responding to her statement. "Dread Pirate Roberts. I hunted him when I was on patrol. I even fancy I was the only one ever to catch sight of him. Tall, middle-aged fella, well-built, always wore a mask."
"Sir, all reports we have of him say he's short, young and slender; he does wear a mask, though."
"Hrrhumm. I wonder if he's the same fellow. MO's the same; ship’s the same. There must be some mistake."
Kei cautiously pulled the covers off of her head as another Youma bit the dust, "Is it over?"
"Yeah," her partner pouted, turning off the flat-screen television.
"Thank the kami!"
"I been working, you know. I found couple of pieces interesting information." Yuri continued in her ‘I’m not paying attention to you because you’re a party-pooper’ voice, "First, there is this group we really should find. They look high-tech enough to fix the Lovely Angel, since neither of us really trust Genom that much."
"Who are they?"
"Oh? Oh yeah. They call themselves the 'Knight Sabers'."
Kei nodded, "How are we gonna find 'em? I picked up some information on them as well. They are very secretive. Unless we rob a bank, we can't afford to hire them"
"Oh, yeah, they are mercenaries. It's real easy; we just find a rogue boomer. Eventually they'll show."
"Quit wrinkling your nose, I still think that thing we killed on the vacation world was one. Oh, before I forget, I found her. Priss and the Replicants are playing not more then a kilometer from here."
Yuri started humming under her breath.
"Great." Kei rolled her eyes.
"Come on, the show will begin any minute."
"If you ask her to sing that song once, I'm leaving, you do realize that?"
-Mega-Tokyo, Raven's Garage
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