No Compromises Part 1
By Paul A. Metcalfe
1st - am
rhythmic breathing coming from Amy's bed, was rudely disturbed by the
incessant clanging of her Mars University alarm clock, informing in
no uncertain terms that it was time to get up. Instinctively she
stretched out her arm, and slammed her hand down on the off lever.
ya, it's morning again, and I was having such a wonderful dream about
what presents I'll get for my birthday", commented Amy to
herself as she threw back the covers and shuffled out of bed.
she stood in her satin pink pyjamas, and stretched in attempt to get
some wakefulness running through her body, the thought of a nice
refreshing shower was strong in her mind.
as she headed towards the bathroom, her telephone started ringing.
this always happens when I really need a shower", she said to
herself, while picking up the receiver.
Wong." she said into the handset.
dis is Hermes." came the voice of the Planet Express bureaucrat.
Hermes, what do you want at this time in the morning? answered
a slightly irritable Amy.
News actually, due to an electrical fault at de office, you can come
in late today, say about 9.30." came the response
you Hermes, I'll see you then." answered Amy as she put the
phone down and restarted towards the shower.
walked into the Planet Express Building lounge some 40 minutes after
Hermes had rung Amy, and stared in disbelief at the mess it was in.
There were boxes strewn all over the floor, most of the tables and
even the sofa. Sitting at the only table without any boxes was
Hermes, who appeared to be scribbling furiously on a sheet of
Hermes." she said once his attention had been captured.
Leela, I gave Amy most the morning off so I could complete this
inventory of her Birthday Party items, but Fry and Bender have
disappeared again, so will you help?" asked Hermes with a
desperate look in his eyes.
she muttered under her breath.
sure what needs to be done?" she replied dejectedly
that box over dere, and then we have to hide them in de Lab", he
said pointing to a large rectangular box with "Banners-R-Us"
emblazoned on the side.
walked over to the box and opened it, and withdrew a banner, after
stretching it out to full width, she noticed the wording "Happy
Birthday Amy" was surrounded by multicoloured balloons.
wall width banner with 'Happy Birthday Amy' printed on It." she
everything is here for Amy's surprise birthday party, now we have to
hide it in de Lab." responded Hermes, as Leela repacked the
and Bender nonchalantly ambled back into the lounge, just as Leela
and Hermes were taping up the last box.
dat you two are here, you can store dese in the de Lab."
why? We helped to bring them in!" responded a crest-fallen Fry.
why do we have to do it?" chorused Bender.
you two hadn't gone and left Hermes to do the inventory, then you
wouldn't be moving the boxes again." retorted an angry looking
mon, now get to it, and quick." commanded Hermes.
you'd better go and meet Amy, and make sure she don't come in here."
Fry and Bender started removing the boxes, Hermes wandered back to
his table and started bureaucratically tidying up his inventory notes
and Leela headed to the front door to intercept Amy, pondering the
best way to distract her.
waited by the front door for a few minutes, before Amy strolled in
wearing her familiar pink sweat suit.
Leela, I thought there was an electrical fault this morning?"
managed to fix the fault, Fry had overloaded an electrical point last
night, and it had blown the main circuit fuse, responded Leela.
OK, so why are you standing there then?" questioned Amy.
was waiting for you to arrive", came the brisk response.
Why? Hermes said I could get in late!" came the truthful
I know he did, but I'm having trouble thinking of a Birthday Present
for you, why don't you come shopping with me, so that you can pick
what you want?" she asked.
sure Leela, that's unusually friendly of you." responded Amy
with a mischievous grin on her face.
I just want hit her so hard" thought Leela
that wasn't very nice." retorted Leela.
Leela, I'd love to help you pick my present, as long as we go to
Alien Overlord and Taylor for it" answered Amy.
that's the most expensive shop in New New York!" was
Leela's choked response.
Guh, its the only place I shop"
I can see! sarcastically replied Leela as she looked at Amys
Leela, this is a NuevoGucci Sweat Suit, do you want to help me or
not? as she pulled the bottom of her top down a bit to reveal
the logo, in a slightly annoyed manner.
just this once though, now let's go." said Leela, as she grabbed
Amy's arm and dragged her out of the building and towards the Tube
and Bender stowed away the last of the boxes, and headed back to the
lounge for another well-deserved rest.
what have you got Amy for her birthday?" asked Bender.
nothing yet, but I have plans", came the uncertain response.
gonna give her some liquor, and if she don't like it, I will."
can't do that for someone's Birthday." answered Fry.
not, it's not that important to her, she has one every year"
contested Bender, as he sat down on the sofa. "Aww screw this,
let's watch some TV" he said looking up at Fry, who was staring
at him in bewilderment.
good plan" answered Fry as he sat down, and pressed the ON
button on the remote control.
the other side of New New York, in a long deserted warehouse two
figures sat around a table.
so in order to finance this project, I'm going to need to invest $10
million more" a female voice asked.
'fraid so, if you wanna make this the future for robots" a
metallic Italian sounding male voice responded.
it's going to take me some time to get the capital requested"
the female voice explained.
lady, and I'm the President, you have 1 week, otherwise the deal's
off", he instructed.
I'll have the necessary funding by then. I have a fiendishly
disgusting plan on how to get some of the money quick, my boys will
kidnap the Wong's daughter, and then well hold her to ransom, they're
sure to pay up" she responded.
better, or it's the end of Mom's Friendly Robot Factory." said
the male figure as he got up from the table and headed out of the
behind the female figure, three more people with a similar height and
build appeared from the shadows.
why kidnap the Wong's daughter?" one of them asked
her parents are loaded, they virtually own Mars University, have the
largest Buggalo herd and own Wong Racing, the current holders of
Universe Motor Racing Championship. So they should be able to give
me the 5 million, without any trouble."
so what's your plan for kidnapping her?"
go to her apartment and grab her, then take her to the refining plant
on Europa for safe keeping." she ordered.
good plan as always, we can do that." came back a half-confident
now that's clear, I'm going back to the office to see if our stocks
are starting to rise again, after we lost millions during the crash"
as she got up and left them standing there.
let's get to the delivery truck, and then disguise it, in case anyone
sees it, when we grab the Wong girl." commanded the leader of
the three henchmen.
time do we nab her?" asked one of the cohorts.
when it's nice and dark." he replied with an evil sounding
and Leela exited the tube and walked the short distance to Alien
Overlord and Taylor's store.
have a look in the Women's Fashion Department, maybe we can both find
something new" remarked Amy while staring at Leela's tank top,
pants and especially her boots.
don't need anything new, Amy" insisted Leela, a sharp tone
lacing her voice.
g'uh, you could have fooled me!" responded Amy with a wry grin
as she pressed the elevator button for the 5th floor.
because I'm not a fashion guru, it doesn't mean I have to spend all
my money on new clothes" shot back Leela venomously.
why did Hermes pick me for this, anymore of her sarcasm and I'm gonna
go out of my mind"
OK, I was only suggesting it" came Amy's stunned reply at
Gai, Leela's so touchy about people trying to help her, it's
and Amy continued up the elevator to the 5th floor, with a stony
silence between them.