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On December the second of 1940 the United States and the United Kingdom clinched a deal. In exchange for fifty destroyers with which the British government could fight Hitler on the high seas, the United States was granted land in a number of British possessions, for the purpose of establishing naval or air bases on ninety-nine year rent-free leases. One such base, Beane AFB, lies on the western coast of St. Lucia.

It was quite natural, of course, for the pilots at Beane to be on alert that October night given what had just happened in the Pacific. It was similarly quite natural for them to scramble all their jets immediately when the two-hundred-foot bogey appeared on the radar due south of their position and started heading westward.

They probably didn't expect the orders to swing south to Mustique and pick up four passengers and their nuclear accelerators, though.



"Whooooeee." The Hornet pilot shakes his head, squinting out the jet's window. "That Gozer guy's hauling some serious ass."

"No more than we are," says Ray. He's trying not to let the jet's motions get to him. Ray's all right with flying, but small planes move around far too much for his liking, and even a full-sized multipurpose fighter like the Hornet still qualifies as 'small' compared to the beasts that take off from La Guardia. "We're all in the same boat this time."

"Yeah, but I've got a jet to do it with," the pilot points out. "That guy's about as aerodynamic as a brick. Hey, how's your passenger holding up back there?"

Date: 2008-12-09 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Jhalak likes flying! Approve very much!"

Date: 2008-12-09 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Big G." "Big October thing, for big October conflict." "Ray has-- had-- good idea." "Good idea hasn't gone anywhere; still has it!" "Is idea still present after execution?" "During execution. Conflict didn't happen yet." "Choosing form of Gozer and big October conflict are different ideas." "One follows logically from other. Same."

...Jhalak likes arguing semantics with itself.

Date: 2008-12-09 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Sound barrier?" "What's it mean?"

Date: 2008-12-09 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Is always a tomorrow." "Might not have this planet in it, though."

...Jhalak isn't so good with the tact thing.

Date: 2008-12-09 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
It lets out a delighted giggle, raising an arm to stare at the pilot.

"How fast is plane accelerating?" "Fast, fast. Going fast, too." "Same word for big speed and big acceleration. Language is imprecise." "How fast?" "How fast, how fast?"

Date: 2008-12-09 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"One thousand one hundred ninety. One one nine zero. In base two, 10010100110. In base three, 1122002. In base five, 14230. In base eight, 2246. In base twelve, 832. In base sixteen, 4A6. In base thirty-six, X2."

Date: 2008-12-09 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Me too," it agrees, and falls quiet for once.

Date: 2008-12-09 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"The sky is green," Jhalak observes. "Strange phenomenon." "Strange phenomena happen a lot."

Date: 2008-12-09 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Shut your yap is colloquialism?" "Means stop talking." "Dr. Venkman doesn't shut his yap very often."

Date: 2008-12-09 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Hold on tight," Jhalak agrees. "Jhalak holds on." "Is holding."

Date: 2008-12-09 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
Jhalak raises two arms to peer out the window.

"...Fish are running away," it concludes.

Date: 2008-12-09 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
"Away from big October thing."

It focuses a third eye on the window, clinging to the seat with its remaining two arms.

"Everything runs away."

Date: 2008-12-09 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] facile-fivefold.livejournal.com
Jhalak watches with interest.

"Whee," it chirps.

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