No Compromises Part 2
By Paul A. Metcalfe
2nd - early am
quietness enveloping Leo and Inez Wong as they slept was shattered by
the shrill ringing of the bedside telephone.
that Leo, so I can go to sleep again," mumbled Inez as she
looked through sleepy eyes in the direction of the telephone.
Ranch, this had better not be a wong number," said a sleepy Leo.
very carefully, I shall say this only once," a soft melodious
replied Leo shaking his head in an effort to wake up.
have kidnapped your daughter Amy and her friend Leela, and are
demanding $5 million for their safe return."
have done what?" Leo repeated as he tried to comprehend what had
just been said.
is happening?" asked Inez as she nudged him in the ribs.
saying they kidnapped Amy and her one-eyed friend," he said
holding his hand over the receiver.
to me very carefully, the money must deposited in a secure container
at the back of the Blernsball Pitch in New Central Park before
midnight tomorrow, or else you'll never see them again"
threatened the caller.
Leo could reply to threat, Inez grabbed the telephone from his grasp
and yelled "We just want Amy, the other is of no concern."
pay the money," sounded the cool response.
we give part of Buggalo herd instead?" answered Leo who had
wrestled the receiver back.
compromises, just the money, or else." said the caller before
they put the telephone down.
looked at Inez for a couple of seconds, before dialing the number to
New New York's Police Chief to report the matter to him.
personal alarm clock, better known as Bender, crashed his way into
his apartment closet, which doubled as Fry's bedroom and general
Skin tube, you alive yet?" he yelled while tugging the
sheet that covered Fry's body.
Bender, you ruined my dream about Leela," responded a slightly
sleepy and annoyed Fry.
all you EVER DO, is dream about Leela," said Bender as he sat on
the couch, and turned the TV on.
is Linda Cavanagh and Morbo, with the latest news here on the early
morning edition of Square Root 2 News. This morning's headline, Amy
Wong, daughter of the Mars Wongs, has been kidnapped"
I hear that correctly?" asked Fry.
have ears don't you, use them better," responded Bender.
over to our ace reporter, Stephen Reid, with the latest news from
outside her apartment." The picture on the TV switched from the
studio to a tall, dark blonde male news reporter.
last night, Amy Wong was kidnapped from her apartment in the building
behind me," reported Stephen as pictures of Amy faded into view
on the right hand side of the screen.
of Police, Theris Bracken will make a statement later on today, after
they have ascertained who took Miss Wong. There is a rumor of a
ransom demand being made, but this is not confirmed or denied at
present. Now back to the studio."
you, Stephen, for that report, what do you think of this Morbo?"
laugh, "So, humans will pay money for their lost children.
Morbo's people will make much profit from this!" He ends with
another evil laugh.
you Morbo, now onto the next item"
hope Leela is all right, she was with Amy yesterday," said Fry
as he turned the TV off.
be okay," came the reassuring response.
better call her," said Fry as he got up and headed towards the
telephone. Just as he placed his hand on the receiver, it started to
this is Fry" as he placed the earpiece to the side of his head.
mon, get your lazy ass to work, Amy is missing, and we need a meeting
about it," came Hermes' voice.
I just saw it on the tube."
trying to contact Leela, but she's not answering, so I guess she's on
her way to work."
hope so, anyhoo, see you shortly" as he placed the telephone
was that?" asked Bender.
he wants us at work, now," answered Fry as he began to get
amongst the boxes of Mom's Robot Oil in the back of the truck, were
three figures. One, a robot, stood up with its back to the side of
the truck. On the floor, sat next to the robot was a pink sweat
suited female figure with arms and legs firmly bound together and a
bootless, bound, and gagged female figure was laid carelessly on the
you two best keep quiet
well one of you keep quiet," said
X-Bot as first Amy and then Leela started to regain consciousness in
the back if the truck.
happening to me?" asked Amy, as she struggled to move her arms.
being held to ransom for five million dollars by the Robot Mafia,"
mean I've been Cutenapped?"
and we 'kidnapped' the cyclops."
got Leela as well, but why?"
interfered in our plans, and we couldn't leave her as a witness."
said Leela through the gag, as she rolled around the floor in effort
to free herself, as she rolled into a face down position, the gag
over her mouth got caught on a discarded piece of tin, and ripped it
a little bit.
you all right," asked a concerned Amy.
am bound and gagged you dummy, what do you think?", Leela
responded once she'd rolled back onto her side.
I was you, I'd conserve my energy, you could be like that for a long
while," advised X-Bot.
even you can't undo that tape without help," said Amy as she
gave up on her struggle against the tape.
don't you tell me what to do."
but you are not in charge, are you?"
few seconds later, a slightly muffled but audible sigh came from
Leela as she stopped rolling around the floor of the truck, and
looked balefully up at Amy and X-Bot.
guess you are right for once, Amy." followed by a sigh of
if you promise not to try that again, I'll sit you up next to your
friend for the rest of the journey" said X-Bot.
I won't try again," despondently responded Leela.
stood up, walked over to Leela, picked her up, and then placed her
sitting upright next to Amy.
a long journey. I suggest you try to keep you friend calm, she looks
like she might try to do something, that would do herself harm"
he said addressing Amy.
I'll try, but she can be stubborn. OUCH!" answered Amy, as Leela
managed to head-butt her shoulder.
and Fry arrived at the main door to Planet Express, the sign on the
inside of the door still reading "Sorry, We're Closed!" Fry
pushed the doors open and then him and Bender entered the building
and headed towards the Conference Area.
are my good friends Fry and Bender," said Zoidberg as they
seen Leela?" asked Fry, as he looked around and noticed two
she's caught up in the Tubes," answered Hermes
I'm just worried about her, this not like her to be late"
is a human female, they are allowed to be late" interjected
a toothpick in it, ya mutant appetizer!" yelled Hermes
I was trying to be helpful" came the sorrowful reply
Bat of Muscat, he's attempting the impossible" sarcastically
Zoidberg, shut up, I thought this was about Amy" shouted Fry
shut your holes, or old Bender will do it for you" Bender added.
my yes, let's sort of this problem with Amy. Where is she?"
asked the professor as he walked into the conference area.
daft old coot, she's been kidnapped. I told you earlier"
did?" he answered and then turned and looked at the others "Now
off you go, and deliver a consignment of High Tension string to the
isn't here yet, so how can we do the delivery?" queried a
fraught looking Fry
is missing as well? you never said anything" queried the
Professor looking at Hermes
is only late at the moment, she is not missing" sternly
you tried to contact her communicator?" asked Fry anxiously.
actually I haven't, I'll go and do dat now" Hermes said as he
turned away from the table and headed out of the conference room.
my, I'll have to create a new intern, with a built-in photon cannon
and an unlimited appetite for human brains..." mumbled the
room fell into a stunned silence while everyone stared aghast at what
had just been said.
Professor, Amy isn't dead." a slightly stunned Fry responded
what? You still here, you're meant to be on a delivery."
t'ings are even worse now, Leela is not answering" announced
Hermes on his return.
going to look for her" said Fry as he got out of his chair
all well and good, but where do you start?"
visit her parents first and then I'll try her apartment"
but put dis on your arm first, so we can contact you" said
Hermes as he handed over a wrist communicator.
but Bender is coming with me." answered Fry looking hopefully at
his metallic friend.
yeah, rely on machines to do all your work, nothing changes"
Doctor might be needed?" a hopeful looking Zoidberg added.
you can go as well, dat's de first good t'ing you've ever said"
Zoidberg will be useful! I need to get something first."
meet us at Leela's Apartment, we'll go and see her parents first.
Maybe she's just visiting them" replied Fry
lean, gaunt figure of Theris Bracken sat behind a desk, in his office
on the 25th floor of the New New York Police Headquarers. Looking
across at the three Police Officers he had recently called in, to
discuss the Amy Wong Case.
Doyle, what exactly do we now know about this kidnapping?"
after an extensive search of the victim's apartment, we now think
that two persons have been taken not of their own free will",
answered Michael Doyle in his thick Irish accent.
We've only had a report for Miss Wong."
there was two wrist communicators and a pair of Grey Boots found on
the floor of her bedroom, the boots are at least a size larger, after
comparing with the ones we found in the wardrobe." interjected
the brown curly haired Officer Zach Conaway.
so have we any idea, as to who the Jane Doe is?"
the moment, forensics are examining the communicators and boots for
evidence." the feminine figure of Officer Carina Roche replied.
have we any idea as to who perpetrated this crime?"
Sir, until forensics are finished, we have no idea." she
and Leo Wong have been told that their daughter is being held to
ransom for the sum of $5 million, they are going to pay the money to
of them, or just Miss Wong?" asked Doyle
Amy, she is their daughter."
what do we do about the other one?" a concerned Doyle enquired
you or the forensics team can get me a name of the other woman, then
I can assign more officers to this investigation"
I'll go and try and help forensics" said Roche as she left the
two, go and keep an eye on the Robot Mafia, with Smitty and URL"
ordered the Chief.
Sir", replied both officers, then turned and left Theris Bracken
to mull over the proceedings of the morning.
2nd - early afternoon
the planet Galantron, the crew of The Nimbus were keeping a wary eye
open for Space Pirates, who had been mercilessly attacking the local
go and see if the tailor has my new Velour Gloves ready for wearing"
Captain, I thought you need everyone at battle alert",
will be on duty, I'm temporarily assigning you to a more important
I'll go and check", as he bent his head in dismay, and headed
into the corridors.
officer, target that large metal object and fire a missile at it"
if we blow that up, the Galantron's will not be happy, that's their
primary communication satellite" Weapons Officer Wolff
find something to shoot at then, that's why we are here!"
was walking past the main recreation area, when he stopped suddenly,
turned around and ran in as the end of a News Bulletin caught his
I hear that Amy Wong has been kidnapped?" he anxiously asked the
crew members who were watching the HDTV screen.
you did, someone is holding her to ransom of 5 million dollars"
a brown haired crewman responded
they say who?"
Police have no idea at the moment, why do you want to know?"
my first girlfriend, and I don't want to lose her" he responded
before turning around and rushed towards his quarters, with a tears
starting to appear from his eyes.
and him, that's got to be a joke" the crewman said nudging his
friend in the ribs.
she is in desperate need of a REAL man came the cruel reply
Bracken sat in his chair, pondering over his computer monitor, which
was showing him, constantly updated information of the Amy Wong
guess, I'd better contact her parents, and see if they have decided
what to do about the ransom money he muttered to the monitor.
connect me to Leo and Inez Wong, please he said to the monitor.
Police Department Advanced Telephone System, altered the image to
show the relevant numbers being dialled, and then after a few
seconds, the image of Leo Wong appeared.
the hunt for our daughter going? asked Leo Wong, before the
usual greetings could be exchanged.
investigation is progressing nicely, we've got the Forensics team,
looking for clues to the kidnappers, as well as trying to find out
who the other person with her was as answered in a calm manner
don't know, who has our daughter and her friend Layla, yet?
came the irritable response
is that the name of her friend, asked Bracken as her wrote it
onto a sheet of paper.
a work colleague with one eye, from Planet Express, the captain
came the answer.
you, Mr. Wong that information was helpful. Have you made a decision
about paying the ransom?
are going to pay the ransom for our Amy, then she can go about
finding a real man, and giving us grandchildren.
you are going to pay, what about this Layla, she's involved as well?
don't care about her, she's not our concern.
not a nice thing to say, she is your daughters friend, maybe the
ransom is for both of them?
only say, that the ransom is for Amy a woman's voice
interjected on the telephone
kidnapper is a WOMAN! was Bracken's surprised response.
person who contacted was female, we know no more answered Leo
is more vital information. Thank you for your time, I'll contact you
later on today, to help organise the drop-off of the ransom he
said, as he closed the connection.
descending the ladder that led from New New York into the ruins of
Old New York, Fry and Bender were greeted by a couple of unhappy
you've come to invade our little society again" said Blinkus,
her four eyes blinking one after the other at them.
we've come to find Leela's parents, shes missing" answered
the first mutant to make a success up there, wish it was me"
wistfully answered Gutini, pointing all five arms towards the roof of
freak, and she's better off up there" responded Bender
that doesn't help, we really need to find Leela's parents." said
Fry first looking at Bender then back at Blinkus
take you there, as Leela is involved and providing he doesn't cause
any trouble" unhappily replied Blinkus, while Gutini pointed at
set off into one of the many dank and dark tunnels, picking their way
carefully around any loose garbage and other unsanitary items. After
taking countless left and right turns, they came upon a four way
intersection, which had the drain cover open and the sky providing
some much needed light.
how much further is it? asked Fry, all this rain is making my
not rain, well not as you know it, replied Gutini with a grin.
have to go straight on here, and them its about another 3
tunnels away added Blinkus, as she briefly looked at Fry,
before setting off up the tunnel.
couple of hundred metres into the tunnel, Blinkus stopped. Fry still
not used to the lack of light, crashed straight into the back of her.
stop for? asked Fry
I thought I saw something new of interest down here, but I was wrong,
its just another Slurm Can she replied before continuing
you are, this is where they live." said Blinkus after they had
left the last dark tunnel, and walked across large cleared out area
to the front of an Old New York shop.
you, hopefully they can help" replied Fry
wait here, until you're finished, then we'll guide you back to your
entrance point" said Gutini
knocked on the rotting wooden door, and stood back, a couple of
seconds later, a purple haired cyclops appeared.
you help us, your daughter Leela is missing" asked Fry, before
Maurice could get a greeting in.
do you mean, missing?" he asked
she never turned up for work this morning"
is it darling?" asked Maurice's wife
never went to work which is unusual"
do we do?" a look of concern crossing her face
not down here, or at least she hasn't been to see us" answered
Maurice first looking at his wife and then at Fry and Bender.
going to her apartment, can you search down here?"
you're good at finding things you're not meant to, go and see if
Leela is in the neighbourhood or got lost trying to get here."
I'll be back as soon as possible, I'll try and get some of the others
to help me" he said as he ran off into the sewers.
you" said Fry.
you can go and check her apartment, we can only access the bedroom,
to check if she is OK, so we'll let you know that way."
instructed Maurice, then he turned to Blinkus, Take them to the
entrance closest to Leelas Apartment, Ive shown which one
that is before.
well go now! she answered and then started down the
OK and thanks Maurice" Fry said as Blinkus beckoned for them to
a nice young man, he did save our lives and he obviously loves our
beautiful daughter said Leelas Mom to her husband, when
the three were out of earshot.
but hes not Leelas type, which is a shame Maurice
responded, and then they walked back into their house.
Police Officer Carina Roche knocked on the closed door of the
Forensic Labs, while making a mental
note of the occupants name, a couple of seconds later the top of
Chief Forensic Officer Holly Brickley's head appeared at the hatch.
I help you?" she asked a slight Irish inflection in her voice
Officer Roche, here to assist you with the Amy Wong case"
and how do you intend do that?"
I was on the search party, and I did find the communicators, plus an
extra pair of eyes may spot something different"
so you are the Roche who found them, come in then" as Brickley
unlocked the door and opened it.
you, so how can I help?"
the bench over there, are a pair of grey boots that an Officer Doyle
brought in earlier, they don't belong to Miss Wong, maybe you can
re-analyse them, in case we missed anything" Brickley said
pointing to the other end of the lab.
I've done detailed examinations on other cases" she replied as
she headed past tables full of items waiting to be examined.
you find anything, just yell, I'll be here checking out these
communicators for anything stored on them, once I get past this
password encryption thats been bugging me for hours now"
Roche sat down and then put on a pair of latex gloves, before picking
up the left boot and looking at it. Wow, not the comfiest
footwear Ive ever seen, but practical, she thought to
down with her right hand, she picked up a pair of tweezers and gently
undid the Velcro straps, making a quick check with a magnifying glass
for anything that could be construed as potential evidence.
nothing on the straps, now I need to check the inside of the boot
she thought out a little bit loudly.
Roche, if you go with the boots through the door on the other side of
the desk, theres the latest NNYPDs X-Ray Machine with DNA
enhancing imagery, use that if you want. There are very good and
easy to follow instructions on it .. for once! Brickley yelled
across the room.
Holly, Ill give it a shot. Call me Carina, Officer Roche is
too formal for an office this size as she picked up the boot
and started around the table.
Carina it is. I think Ive partially cracked Miss Wongs
password, its 5 characters long and starts with K and has an F
an idea. try and find out if she has a current or former boyfriend,
or a close relative, she may have used that, some people still do use
stupid passwords like that as she closed the door on entering
the X-Ray room.
soon as Fry and Bender exited the sewers about a block from Leela's
Apartment, narrowly avoiding being run over by a van passing over the
top, they set off at a fast pace down the crowded New New York
street, narrowly avoiding collisions with other pedestrians on
we are Bender, this is Leela's Apartment Block" a breathless Fry
struggled to say
meatbag, which floor does she live on"
floor apartment, 1i"
entered the building and walked up the stairs to the first floor.
Arriving at her front door, Fry knocked on it and after receiving no
response, knocked again.
you in there?" he anxiously yelled
Fry, looks like old one eye isn't here, let's go get drunk"
Bender suggested as he turned around and started down the stairs.
she could be seriously hurt in there, we have to get in"
that it matters to me, you humans are too caring"
could be unconscious and can't raise help, can't you do something?"
frantically yelled Fry down the stairs.
but you owe me some booze for this, buddy" replied Bender as he
turned around and walked back up the stairs.
thank me yet, we're not in there" said Bender as he opened his
chest door and stuck his hand in.
couple of seconds later he held up a small black box, which he placed
in front of the security pad, and pressed a button, a light blue beam
emitted from it, raced up and down the panel, and then a click was
door's open, let's go find her" Bender announced, as he pushed
you alright in here?" yelled Fry as he shot past Bender and into
the apartment, and then just beyond the door stopped, as one of his
most prized memories came flooding back.
ya stopped here for? asked Bender as he closed the door behind
him, and looked around at the empty white walls.
just remembered the last time I was here, it seems like yesterday,
when me and Leela, nearly, well you know he answered blushing
you and those Worms, what a combination through a robotic
youre right, but something happened between me and Leela then
Alright now, though, everything is normal responded Bender
patting him on the shoulder.
go and check for her in the bedroom, you search the bathroom and
kitchen, OK asked Fry.
Buddy, but she aint here he answered as he walked towards
the kitchen area.
cautiously walked towards the bedroom door, and gently knocked on it.
After waiting a few seconds and getting no response, he gently
pushed it, and after it had fully opened, walked in, with eyes
you in here, he asked after a couple of seconds, then slowly
opened his eyes, in case his worst fears were confirmed.
shes not dead he sighed, as he realised that the bedroom
was empty, and hadnt been used in the last few hours. To make
certain, he checked under the bed, inside her wardrobe.
any luck? he yelled.
not down here either, a voice came through a grille just above
the headboard said.
Ghosts! yelped Fry.
Maurice, Leelas Dad, weve checked our area, there is no
sign of her, we darent help anymore, otherwise her secret will
be revealed, let us know if you find her.
are you? asked Fry looking all around at speed.
the wall, at the end of her bed, theres a little grille. This
is how make certain, shes safe.
saw us that night? asked Fry, his mind temporarily wandering
it worry you if we had? Ive got to get back home, otherwise I
maybe caught answered Maurice, as his voice started to fade
into the distance.
talking to yourself, again? asked Bender as he walked in.
I just found out the Leela isnt in Old New York, and shes
not here either his voice starting to break up.
we go for that booze then?
Leela is missing and I may never see her again he started to
sob, as tears welled up in his eyes.
Fear, Sherlock Zoidberg is here" came a raucous yell as the
bedroom door opened.
turned around, a smile slowly crept across his face at the sight of
Zoidberg wearing a Deerstalker hat, holding a Calabash Pipe to his
mouth in Holmesian manner, while looking at Bender through a
magnifying glass with the other claw.
my Robotic Gods, look what walked in said Bender
why are you dressed like T. J. Hooker? asked Fry wiping tears
away from his eyes.
here to find Amy.
is missing as well, she hasn't been home since yesterday
the complications, well Amy and Leela then
do you suggest we go? asked Fry
scene of the crime, Amy's apartment, my dear Watson, our carriage
awaits replied Zoidberg throwing himself into the part, before
exiting the apartment.
gone nuts, said Bender, as both of them followed the detective.
is that lay-about called Kif? asked Zapp, when he finally
noticed that he had not returned.
ave no idea Sir a French-Canadian accented voice from
behind him responded
go and find him, my hands are getting dirty with no gloves on
Mon Capitan! responded Private Henri Joyeaux as he mock saluted
Zapp and left the bridge.
find us something to shoot at, this patrol need spicing up a little
Aye Sir, responded the blonde haired, bespectacled Weapons
Officer, as he studied his radar a little closer than usual. Out of
the corner of his left eye he spotted three unusual green dots start
to appear and head towards the middle.
three presumed enemy at 9pm he turned and yelled
that gives me plenty of time for a pre-battle snack responded
Zapp, looking up at the clock on the wall.
I mean they will be attacking out Port side any moment, not that they
will be here at 9pm answered the shocked looking Wolff.
inconvenient of them, no matter. Lets see them on the view
pressed some button on his control panel, and the view screen
shimmered slightly as the focus changed to show three large ships,
shaped like ancient pirate ships, flying in on an attack vector, with
weapons armed and pointing straight at The Nimbus.
whistling form of Private Joyeaux entered the main recreation area of
Frenchie give it a break, that gets on my nerves a male voice
yelled as he walked past a table.
but I love to whistle, it keeps me going he responded with a
quick dismissive wave of his hand. Then stopping and turning to face
the person who had yelled at him ave you seen ze bosses
lap-dog, Kif Kroeker?
he went left here a while back, he was in tears over his girlfriend
is missing or something.
Blue, zat is bad news, you know where he went?
think he mumbled something about wanting to be alone, maybe hes
in his quarters?
mon friend, Ill go and look, Joyeaux answered before
starting up his whistling and walking back out into the corridor.
2 incoming missiles detected Wolff yelped from his position, as
a pair of small green dots, emerged from the slightly larger ones on
the radar screen.
two missiles to intercept them ordered Zapp.
want me to fire missiles at missiles, all I have to do is press this
button and our external anti-invasion missile device will do the job
hit the button if it makes you happier, then fire our missile at the
gladly pressed the EAIM button and watched as the two smaller green
dots blinked out, then quickly targeted two of the three invading
ships and fired off a couple of missiles, in retaliation.
a incoming transmission from the leader of the opposing force
announced the female Communications Officer.
them through, let me see the whites of their eyes answered Zapp
attempting a bit of bravado.
viewscreen shimmered again, to reveal a haggard and heavily scarred
face. Zapp made an involuntary shudder in shock at the sight.
I am Captain Blackeye, of the Intergalaxial Pirate Force, what are
you defending those land-lubbers for?
am the famous Zapp Brannigan, who has defeated more then enemies than
you have fingers.
Captain Brannigan, the idiot who blew up the DOOP Headquarters with a
is a wild and dangerous statement, my friend, I just .. err,
accidentally hit the wrong button answered Zapp, ignoring the
other crews member slapping their heads at the blatant lie he just
what we heard, but why are you the FAMOUS Zapp Brannigan,
stop the likes of you, robbing these poor people
poor people attacked us first, this is pure revenge answered
Blackeye as he appeared to lean closer to the viewscreen. Zapp
shrank back into his chair, as if his opponent was going to eat him.
.err .. didnt know this Zapp responded clearly caught
off guard by this revelation.
advise you to leave, or be destroyed with them, to prove our
sincerity, watch the Satellite, youve been near carefully.,
a quick motion of an arm, and the viewscreen turned towards the
satellite, as a missile hit it and destroyed it.
why did you do that? asked a shocked Zapp
prove, that we are not to be meddled with, as you are one ship
against our superior force, I suggest you leave
only count 3 ships, youre bluffing shot back Zapp with an
attempt at Bravado, to keep the slowly ebbing Morale high on the
suggest that you check again, I think you maybe surprised
Blackeye leered into the viewscreen.
can confirm another 20 30 blips have appeared on the radar
announced Wolff anticipating Zapps next and obvious question.
Zapp could respond to this information, the door to the bridge opened
and in walked a non-whistling Private Joyeaux, his arm around the
shoulders of a still sobbing Kif.
I ave found monsieur Kroker, he is upset.
have you done now? asked Zapp as Kif sat on his usual chair.
girlfriend, Aimeé, is kidnapped, he is too upset to talk,
answered Joyeaux, giving Kif one last sympathetic pat on the
shoulder, before returning to his seat.
youve lost the love of your life? Unlike me who never has
one! said Zapp with a sorrowful look in his face.
I hate to interrupt you, but the opposing fleet is now 40 strong,
what do we do? asked Wolff
dont know, fire all weapons at them or something.
we do that, well die.
well die knowing we did something brave, except for Kif, he
normally pale yellow of Kifs eyes, seemed to darken a little
bit as he lifted his head out of hands and looked up at Zapp, a faint
look of anger crossing his mouth.
are an OAF! he said slowly his eyes wide and now a distinct
bright orange, his skin the darkest green anyone had ever seen.
you think about is death and glory and trying to get into women,
which you are useless at. You only got Leela, because she felt sorry
for you he continued, totally ignoring the flabbergasted look
on Zapps Face.
you really care about anything or anyone, then we get the HELL out of
here, or are you going to do like you did on the Titanic and put me
in charge, while you whimper off and use an Escape Pod, AGAIN!
he yelled straight into Zapps ears.
calm down, he can have you locked up for this said a stunned,
shocked and half-astounded Wolff.
dont care, all I want is to get my AMY found, not die under the
orders of a complete waste of .a .. errr. whatever he classifies
as, he answered thrusting one of his fingers into Zapps
chuckling from the view screen got their attention. This is
excellent, I like this little green man, he shows a sense of loyalty
to a woman, I havent seen in a while. Ill do you a deal,
if you leave now, we wont hinder your progress. Delay or
attempt to attack us, and WE WILL DESTROY YOU!
still stunned bridge of The Nimbus turned in one and looked at the
bubbling wreck of Zapp Brannigan, to see what his next move would be.
Zapp briefly stared into Kifs eyes, then turned to the
Navigation Officer and mumbled Lets go find his Amy,
before he eats me.
2nd - mid-afternoon
tell X-Bot we're about to land ordered Walt.
we're about to land on Europa, make sure everything is ready he
yelled into the wall behind him.
the window first, you idiot said Larry as he stared at his
opening the window parting the cab from the main body, he yelled the
message through, then turned around looked sheepishly at first Larry
then Walt before muttering Sorry
and Amy looked at each other in surprise at this latest piece of
ladies, I'm going to have to blindfold you both, as you cannot be
allowed to see where we are going to hold you said X-Bot, as he
bent down and ripped several lengths off cloth from the side of a
can only be going one place said Leela
ya, you're right, Mom's Friendly Robot Factory has an Oil Refining
Plant there followed up Amy
isn't the only place there answered X-Bot in an attempt at
we know where we are going, why blindfold us? asked Amy.
don't know where you are going, you're just guessing you do he
responded as he walked past Amy.
better close your eye, or I will have to help you do it, and that
could be painful, he ordered Leela.
Leela had closed her eye, he leaned down and picked up her head with
one hand and with the other placed a piece over her eye. Tying it
into a knot behind her head Added another piece of tape over her
mouth to cover the slight incision that was in the original piece.
your turn he said to Amy.
but I'll still be able to talk? she asked.
for a little while, you regained consciousness too early, so I'm
going to have to gag you as well. Now close your eyes and keep your
Amy had eventually fully complied with his order, he tied another
piece of cloth around her head, that covered her eyes and then placed
two strips of tape in the shape of a cross over her mouth.
you two stay still, until we're finished he said, as he went to
let the boys know everything was ready.
couple of minutes later, Walt gently landed the truck into the
arranged landing garage, and then got out and walked around the back,
followed by Larry and Igner.
you two, let's get them to the holding room as quickly as we can,
without being seen as he opened the back door and started to
easiest way, is for those two to move Miss Wong, while me and you
move the cyclops X-Bot said to Walt as he rounded some boxes.
that will save at least one trip he answered.
and you, will lead the way, as I can use my abilities to see if
anyone is coming as he tapped the side of his eyes.
two, pick up Miss Wong carefully, and then wait outside the truck for
us ordered Walt.
bent down and grabbed both Amy's legs, before taking an involuntary
step backwards which pulled her off the seat and onto the floor.
The faint sound of a moan, could be heard escaping from behind the
tape covering Amy's lips.
she awake?" asked a slightly surprised Walt.
they woke up, that's why she's blindfolded and gagged now."
nothing we can do about that he answered and then turned to
faced Igner and thundered I said carefully, can't you do
I slipped he answered his face going red.
grab hold of her by the shoulders, leave the legs to Larry
shoved Igner out of the way and grabbed hold of the legs, while Igner
walked around and placed both his hand under Amy's shoulders.
Lift said Larry without waiting for confirmation, as he hoisted
them into the air. Fortunately Igner lifted the shoulders at the same
time, and they both shuffled off to the door, followed a couple of
seconds later by the other two carrying a slightly struggling Leela.
not making things any easier for yourself by struggling said
we could drop you, and itd be all your fault added Walt.
quickly realising the futility of trying to continue resistance and
with a mumbled OK just relaxed and let them carry her.
spending about an hour, using the X-Ray machine, Officer Carina
Roche, now approached Theris Brackens door with some pertinent
is it? asked Bracken into his intercom, when the door buzzer
Roche, just back from Forensics, weve found out some more
useful information she answered into the microphone.
come in, lets see it he replied as he pressed the door
open button, and as Roche approached his desk, he beckoned for her
sit in the chair opposite him.
the other woman who is missing is one Turanga Leela, she works as
Captain for the Planet Express Delivery Company, and is a work
colleague of Miss Wong as she handed over a folder, containing
the information and a few photos of Leela.
Wong, mentioned a name Layla and that she was the Captain, in a
telephone conversation to me earlier, good to see those facts match
also know that Miss Wong has a current boyfriend, thanks to Miss
Brickley cracking the password to her communicator, hes called
Kif Kroeker and hes a First Officer in DOOP.
luck with Miss Leelas communicator?
one that the Cryogenic
people use, and itll only work
when its attached to her, something to with a DNA match to the
person it was originally assigned to, so we think its
unbreakable, unless we send it to the manufacturers
that will take too long he angrily responded by thumping the
you want me to inform the boyfriend, or Planet Express she
thats my job, youve done well today, some clever
you Sir, as pride filled her voice.
Roche, Ive one last order for you today. Go back to the
Forensics, and assist Miss Brickley with the other communicator, two
heads are better than one.
Sir. She responded as she stood up, saluted him and then left
soon as the door closed, Theris Bracken settled back in his chair to
read the contents of the folder more closely, to gain information
that he could pass onto any relatives of Leela.
You can't go in there, it's under restricted access to New New York
Police only said a burly officer as the Fry, Bender and
Zoidberg arrived at Amy's Apartment.
am the infamous detective Sherlock Zoidberg, here to check for a
are you, how come we've never heard of you? his robotic partner
he said, he's infamous which is bigger than famous answered Fry
get out of my way, me and my friends need to solve this case
Zoidberg ordered waving his claws in a threatening manner.
you have the proper paperwork with you, so we can let you in?
asked the human officer
am here, by order of the Wongs, they wanted help
they are her parents, you can go in, but be quick he answered
after a brief discussion with his partner.
answered Fry as he pushed Zoidberg and Bender into the apartment,
before he shut the door behind them.
what do we do, our wonderful detective? asked Bender in a
I have no idea, but the contents of the waste bin look tasty
and Bender will search the bedroom, you do the rest of the apartment
ordered Fry, as he headed towards the door.
looking all over the bedroom, and only finding an unmade bed, Fry
looked at Bender in disappointment.
looks like Leela never came into Amy's Apartment, so where is she?
a Robot, not a Crystal Ball bluntly responded Bender
mon, dis is Hermes, came a muffled voice from underneath his
haven't found any sign of Leela and she's not with her parents
replied Fry after he'd rolled his sleeve up.
know mon, I just heard from de Police, dey t'ink she's been kidnapped
replied Fry after a couple of seconds of shocked silence.
I know mon, de Police are hoping de kidnappers will get in touch wid
Hermes, thanks, said Fry with anguish in his voice as he
clicked the off button.
didn't I call her last night, after she never came back to the
office?" he said staring to sob
it would have done any good," replied an unconcerned Bender.
I know, but at least we would have known and then WE could have
called the Police."
humans, always thinking of others, never yourselves," said
Bender as he got up and headed out of the bedroom.
we may never see Leela or Amy again," venomously spat out Fry,
as he started to get angry at Bender's lack of compassion.
Zoidberg's eating the contents of her waste basket out here"
responded Bender totally oblivious to the change in tone of Fry's
did you hear what I said," Fry yelled
I did, but I'm not human, so it doesn't affect me," he responded
as he walked back into the bedroom.
anger welling up in Fry boiled over, and with a guttural yell, he
leapt up and attempted to strangle Bender.
UNCOMPASSIONATE HUNK OF METAL," shouted Fry at the top of his
voice into the general location of where Bender's ears should have
placed his hands onto Fry's side and lifted him up, then placed him
onto the bed. Fry collapsed headfirst into the pillows, and started
to sob uncontrollably.
Fry, there's plenty of other females in the world," said Bender
in an unusual attempt to be sympathetic.
the next few seconds all that could be heard were the muffled sounds
of Fry crying and his body writhing back and forth after each
outburst. Eventually, he turned and red faced looked towards Bender,
tears still filling his eyes.
know, but Leela is the only one I love, the only one I know I CAN
love and no other can replace her," he struggled to say, before
burying his head back into the pillows.
was all Bender could say, as his circuits registered that his friend
was in obvious pain over what had happened
Zoidberg is useful, he yelled as he entered the bedroom waving
a piece of paper above his head.
you got there Lobsterhead?
a receipt from Alien Overlord and Taylor for a pack of Tank Tops and
the sobbing on the bed ceased, and Fry rolled over, stood up on the
floor and in a daze walked over and took the receipt from Zoidberg's
been buying Lingerie, I wonder what? as he started to show some
interest in life.
human females buy that makes them think they look good Zoidberg
it doesn't matter what Leela wears, she always looks glamorous to me
for when she wore that Lime Green Tank Top said Bender nudging
Fry in the ribs.
bought herself a.. WOW, I want to see her wearing it, said Fry
as his eyes nearly popped out his head as he read what the item of
not going to, unless we find her, remember, meatbag?
you're right, we can't stay here, let's go and ask Hermes what to do
next as he headed out of the bedroom.
he knows nothing, I say we go and have a good lunch replied
we're going back to PE, in case there's some more news.
and X-Bot carrying Leela, followed by Larry and Igner carrying Amy,
walked through the myriad of corridors, laboratories and warehouse
space that made up the Europa refining plant. Every so often, they
had to take refuge in an office area to avoid being seen by any of
the regular employees.
how much further, shes beginning to get heavy asked
Larry, a muffled ME HEAVY! could just about be
understood, as Amy squirmed in reaction to the comment.
much further, it should be around the next corner he answered.
said that 10 minutes ago, and were still not there came
leave them here, this is a quiet room, my eyes detect no-one within
hearing range of these two ordered X-Bot, as he quickly scanned
the surrounding buildings and corridors.
this isnt where Mom wanted them, but as its quiet, we can
leave them for a while, then move them later he answered and
started to lower Leela to the floor.
YOU find where added Larry
them alone, thats not a wise idea said X-Bot with a touch
of robotic concern.
we leave them on the floor, as they are, theyre going nowhere
youre in charge, but this isnt the best idea
responded X-Bot as he lowered the rest of Leela to the floor, and
then watched as Larry and Igner did the same with Amy. Walt then
bent down and yanked the tape off of their lips.
two, were going to leave you here, dont move and
screaming would be useless ordered Walt to the prone figures on
if we can move, you moron responded Leela rolling furiously
back and forth.
watch it Leela Amy added as Leela nearly rolled over the top of
three boys and X-Bot left the office and split into two groups to try
and find the actual location where the abductees should be.
wasnt wise removing the tape, but it may help them if they can
talk to each other. mentioned X-Bot as they walked down the
Bender and Zoidberg arrived back at the lounge area of Planet
Express, and sat down on the couch, next to the Professor and Hermes
just in time to catch a Breaking News story on the TV set.
is Steven Reid, here at the New New York Police Headquarters, where
Chief of Police Theris Bracken is preparing to make a statement,
about the Amy Wong kidnapping case the reporter holding a
and Gentleman, thank you for your attention. We have made some new
discoveries into this abduction of TWO women, and not as we
originally thought just Miss Amy Wong. Bracken announced as he
walked up to a microphone placed on the top step of the entrance to
the building, Ill answer any questions at the end of the
statement he added to dismiss one or two raised arms in the
crowd of reporters.
forensics team consisting of Holly Brickley and Officer Carina Roche,
have ascertained that Turanga Leela, who is a work colleague of Miss
Wong for the Planet Express Delivery Company, was also taken as well
a image of Leela appeared on the TV screen for the viewers.
current whereabouts unfortunately is still unknown, but we have
initiated a City wide search, of all known or possible hiding places.
In addition to this, Mr. And Mrs. Wong, have received a ransom
demand from unknown parties to the sum of Five Million Dollars for
the release of their daughter only, to our knowledge a similar demand
has not been made to any parties for the release of Miss Leela.
will endeavour to keep everyone informed with any new information, as
much as possible during this trying time for the relatives. Thank
you for attending, as he started to back away from the stand.
Im Steven Reid of Channel Square Root 2 News, how did your team
find out about Miss Leelas being involved in this case.
let Officer Roche answer that, as she made the discovery
Bracken answered and the beckoned for Roche to speak.
you Chief she said with a nervous smile, before turning to face
was assigned to help Miss Brickley speed up her part of the
investigation. During the course of investigating a pair of boots, I
came across several human hairs attached to the inside, that when
under DNA analysis revealed Miss Leelas identity.
anything else found out at the same time, with regards to relatives
of Miss Leela? asked Reid
contacting her employers, it seems Miss Leela is an orphan and has no
close relatives, only her work colleagues.
if a ransom demand comes in for her, who will pay for the release?
another reporter from in the crowd asked.
a demand for monies if forthcoming, then a decision will have to be
made at that time, its no use speculating on something that
might not happen answered Bracken after relieving Roche of the
he just say, that they dont care about Leela, asked Fry
to Hermes as he turned the TV off, tears again starting to appear in
mon, tPolice are in a difficult spot, until whoever has Leela
decides what to do, they cant do anyting.
we can do something, cant we? he asked desperation
clearly in his voice.
what, no-one on Earth knows where dey are.
I guess, but I want her back.
mon, I know dis is hard on you, but de best idea is go back home,
Ill call you wid any news.
Hermes, I hope we hear something shortly, she means the world to me
he answered with a twinkle of hope in one eye.
Buddy, lets go get drunk said Bender as he grabbed Frys
arm, and pulled him off the couch.
calm down, youre only going to exhaust yourself and injure me
said Amy as Leela crashed into her again.
do you suggest we do, stay still and do nothing? angrily
around like you are, will accomplish nothing.
youre just going to give up then, like a typical RICH kid would
Im not giving up. I just dont see the use of exhausting
myself replied Amy as she arched her body in an attempt to find
the tape going around her legs.
we maybe here for ages, I just cant lay around and do nothing.
I know this is unusual for you, not being in charge, but if you calm
down, another and a better idea may appear
youre right, again, but Im not going to totally give up,
like you have.
That was uncalled for, Im trying to be friendly and you say
that. Im trying to undo the tape around my legs, instead of
trying to wear the tape and my body out by rolling all over the
floor shot back a slightly enraged Amy.
Im sorry, that was the wrong thing to say. Its just that
you didnt seem interested in doing anything as she rolled
next to Amy.
OK, youre frustrated. How do you think the others are doing?
dont know, but I suspect Fry will be frantic with worry for me
have gone out of his mind, he REALLY loves you, when me and him were
attached, I could see it in his eyes every time you walked near us.
know he does, hes sent me love letters, poetry and is trying to
think you can give him a chance, someday?
think about it, but this isnt the proper place for decision
ya, Ive got an idea shouted Amy.
its about Fry, leave it until later.
all we have to do is place ourselves back-to-back and attempt to undo
each others tape around the hands.
a stupid idea, itll never work said Leela before giving
it a second thought Yes, thats a brilliant idea coming
from you, for once.
were going to try it? asked Amy as she rolled onto her
said away from Leela.
I said so, now you need to be closer. answered Leela as she
rolled onto her side, and waited for Amy to shuffle back towards her.
I hope this idea works, but this is going to make my Sweat Suit
dirty came the response as Amy shuffled backwards and found the
tape around Leelas hands.
END OF PART ONE>>
piece you have read, probably would never have been finished without
some severe virtual nudging from Andy, after I gave it a
month or two hiatus.
BIG Thanks go to the people who put up with me
hassling/asking/persuading/cajoling them into reading, reviewing,
grammar checking and other things that made it legible :- Ellen,
Steve, Matthew, Andy (again) and Jeremy.
story is based on the assumption that Amys birthday is the 4th
August. Lauren Toms birthday on the Futurama Calendars
is 4th August 2980, so I put two and two together, and
thought what the hell, it can only be a coincidence, but Ill go
2 will be written sometime in the near future, but first Im
going to give more attention to the Second part of Minds Apart, then
have a mini-break from writing.
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