Yosho's Tales...

Author: Daferge

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Disclaimer: Tenchi Muyo! is a copyright of AIC/Pioneer Ltd.

All respective characters are property of their original owners. All original characters and ideas are the property of the author...

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Yosho's Tales...

Chapter 17... Copy Right...

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( Famed Star ship space dock... )

The manager was leading the tour of the company's newest ship, the company's pride and joy...

It not only boasted the latest, stronger shielding, but also new secret upgraded sensors and with advanced experimental sub-light engines it was said to be able to move twice as fast as before...

This could make it more than a match for any thing built outside the Juraian Empire or the Airaian Kingdom...

Rumor had it that it was light years ahead of any thing the competition had...

And there were even designs on the drawing boards that were said to even out stripped this model...

As the tour group made their way to the bridge, his watchful eye saw one of the several dozen perspective clients jotting down notes, some thing that was against the rules...

A quick check of his clipboard showed that she was part of a small party from a backwater planet he'd never heard of before...

There was no details about them, just that the credit check on them had come back rating them in the top 10 and with an odd note, "They have the money!... "

Like the others, the young girl had been informed of the rules and the consequences of breaking them...

He motioned to a security officer, who, with another officer confronted the girl...

Surrendering the small pad, she was led away, he would see about it later...

As such, he didn't see the young female close her eye for a moment as she was led away, then open them and smile...

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( On the bridge... )

The design of the bridge was his favorite part and he went to great pains to describe it's many stations and their workings...

Having done that he let them look around, though the bridge was a special design, there was nothing new or unusual about it...

There fore there was nothing worth stealing, so he could relax...

Or at-least he thought he could relax, until a young dark haired male and a light haired female approached him...

It seem that it was going to be a long day, a very long day, but he managed to smile any way...

" And how may I help you?... Questions about the ship?... I'll try to answer them, within reason!... "

The young male sighed and smiled...

" No, No, it's a very nice ship... A little small, but nice... "

Small?...This was one of the largest craft in it's class and for it's power ranges... Nice?...

He managed to smile and not lose it...

The young man smiled and continued...

" I was looking around and we seem to have misplaced one of our group... "

The manager sighed...

Why am I not surprised?...

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It was now, as another, light-haired female joined them, that he noted the dark eye glasses that they were all wearing...

Even the colored-haired female had been wearing them...

They must come from a world under a dimmer sun...

He also noted the small creature on her shoulder, for the first time...

Didn't ANY of this group hear the restrictions about coming on board?

Trying to remain calm and smile, he pointed at the creature...

" I'm afraid I must ask that you remove your pet from the ship... Pets are not allowed on board... "

She started to say something, but a slight nod and smile from the young male stopped her, she just sighed and turned away...

That taken care of, he turned his attention back to the young male...

" You were saying, Sir!... "

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Smiling, the young male took a slight breath, as if sighing...

" Yes.. I was going to inquire as to if you happen to notice what happen to one of our group... I noticed that she hadn't joined us on the bridge!... "

Still smiling, the manager steeled himself for their reactions...

" Ah, yes!... It seems that she was caught taking notes and was escorted to the Chief Manager's office... She will be questioned before being released or jailed... "

Oddly, the only reaction from the couple was a slight smile...

" And the reason for her being jailed?... "

He hadn't really wanted to say any thing, but he needed to defend the company...

" Unfortunately, with new breakthroughs come an increase in industrial espionage... In recent months, since the day view of our latest model, we've apprehended a number of agents, working for other companies as well as other governments... We know that Jurai has shown an interest, but since we are a part of the Airai Kingdom, they've been more cautious... "

The female on his arm smiled...

" You needn't worry about mother, she doesn't work for any one but her self... "

As the manager was about to reply, the other Female returned, holding the hand of a small female child...

This caught his eye, as children were also not allowed on the tour and he pointed his finger...

" HOW DID THIS CHILD GET HERE?... "

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There were a number of reactions to this...

The returning female put a hand on the small child's shoulder, as she had instantly hidden behind the taller female at the out burst, to comfort her...

The other female had started to react, a frown on her face, when the male stopped her...

Seeing the two females looking past him, the manager turned around, to find the male looking at his, his smile gone...

As if with great patience, he spoke softly...

" Now, was that really necessary?... "

There was a calmness in his voice that made the manager nervous, a calmness as if from years of dealing with the realities of life, but how?...

Then he recalled that the female standing next to the male had made a comment about her 'Mother'?...

An eyebrow went up, but the first female had been way TOO young to have had a daughter, unless...

Only a few races could be that young looking and still have children...

And there was the male, who appeared to be more mature than his appearance suggested...

" Are you Juraian?... "

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The young male tilted his head slightly and continued to smile...

" As a matter of fact, yes... "

THAT was enough for the manager, he motioned to a number of the security officers to approach...

As an officer came to stand next to the male and three females, the male gestured to the small female to join him...

As she moved to his side the officer standing next to her tried to grab her, but was stopped by the female next to him...

He was surprised, as the grip on his arm was nearly crushing it...

Looking into her eyes sent a chill down his spine as she spoke with a slight smile...

" It's not nice to grab... "

At that, she released his sore arm and he carefully joined the little girl, now holding onto the male, who was stroking her hair...

Calmly, the young male looked at the manager...

" What now?... "

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The manager wasn't sure, as he looked around...

" You're Juraian!... "

The young male sighed before replying...

" SO?... "

Building his resolve the manager nodded to the officers...

" We've been expecting the Juraians to attempt something... "

The young male continued to look at him...

" We're taking you to the Chief Manager's office, to get this sorted out... "

Looking at the others, the male nodded his head...

With the manager in the lead, the whole group proceeded to leave the bridge...

Another official took the manager's place with the tour, directing their attention to more of the new feature that were included with this model star ship...

A tall, light-haired female had been watching the whole thing and smiled slightly...

Feeling the small creature wrapped around her neck move, she looked around, but no one had seen it...

She carefully reached up and stroked it behind the eat, to calm it...

In due time, all in due time!...

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( The Chief Manager's office... )

The Chief Manager entered his office and questioned one of the security offices watching the the young female...

" Any thing to report?... Has she made any more attempts to record data?... "

The officer shook his head and handed the Chief Manager the small note pad with it's strange notations...

" She's been quiet... Just looking out the window at the dock... "

Almost as an after thought he continued...

" She did spend some time leaning on your work station, but then she went to the window... "

The Chief Manager looked at his work station, where all his important data and secret files were stored...

" And she only leaned on it?... She didn't try any thing?... "

" No, sir!... We would have notice, we watched her the whole time... "

That seem to reassure him...

Any one attempting to access the system would have not only had to had the pass words, but gotten by the Bio-scan, as well as the most advanced security system and she'd only been here 15-20 minutes...

Also, any attempt would have set off alarms all over the place...

He smiled...

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Walking over to the window, he stood by the young female, looking at the ships being built...

He decided to see if he could get a reaction...

" Are you Juraian, also?... "

Her reaction was not what he expected, she started giggling...

After a while she calmed down and looked up at the Chief Manager...

" What a silly idea... My daughter talks too much... "

Recovering his wits, the Chief Manager tried again...

" But the male said... "

There was pride in her voice as she interrupted him, with a big smile...

" My son-in-law is only part Juraian, but you can't hold that against him... You don't get to chose who your great-grandparents are... "

Her eyes seem to glow as she said that...

SON-IN-LAW?... GREAT-GRANDPARENT?...

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Before he could reply, there was a knock on the door...

The others were here!...

Pulling himself together, he waved his hand and the doors opened...

In walked a young male and three more females, along with their escorts...

The Chief Manager looked at the young female and then her four companions...

" Would some one like to explain what's going on here?... "

The young female had stepped over to the office's large communication screen...

She pulled out a small card and held it in the air...

" This will explain every thing!... "

As every one watched, she inserted the card into the screen's access port and the dark screen activated...

No one moved or spoke...

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After a few minutes, a female appeared on the screen and she didn't seem happy...

She noted a number of people in the room, but she focused on the closest male, the Chief Manager...

When she spoke, it was low and sent a chill down his spine...

" How did you get this access code?... "

It had taken only a moment for him to recognize the dark-haired female, his head dropped in a bow...

" Your, Majesty!... "

The security officers, being Airaian, recognized Queen Aimi Magma and snapped to attention...

The Queen was going to ask again, when her eye noticed the young female standing to the side...

" I see!... "

With that she looked around the room...

A slight smile came to her face as she saw the other females and the male, she returned her attention to the first female...

" A family outing?... "

The female smiled as she replied...

" Something like that... "

The Queen sighed, but smiled as the female child peeked from behind the young male...

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The Chief Manager looked at the smiling female, then the Queen, then the female again...

" Your, Majesty!... You know these people?... "

The Queen sighed again, but continued to smile...

" The male is Tenchi Masaki, the new Crown Prince of Jurai... The two females with him are his wives, Princess Mihoshi Kuramitsu Masaki and Princess Ryoko Hakubi Masaki... And the female next to you is his mother-in-law professor Washu Hakubi... "

The Chief Manager hadn't reacted, until Washu's name was mentioned, then his jaw dropped...

The Queen looked around...

" I don't see Ayeka... Is she alright?... "

Washu smiled as she replied...

" She's quite alright... She and a few others are at the galaxy Stock Market, awaiting reaction to the news that this company's newest genius designer is a fake and has been using stolen plans to work his way up in this company... "

The Queen looked at the manager and then back at Washu, her smile had disappeared...

" You do realize that they are one of our major military ship builders!... Such a scandal could cause the stocks to drop and a rush to sale, possibly even bankruptcy... "

Washu nodded...

" Ayeka and others will be buying stocks in your name, thus preventing any attempts at a hostile take-over... "

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The Queen looked at the Chief Manager and then motion to the security officers, who left the room...

As the Chief Manager started to leave, Ryoko smiled, produced a light sword and held it before him, preventing him from leaving...

As a couple of the security officers started to intervene, the Queen spoke up...

" It's O.K, officer Mihoshi of the Galaxy Police will handle it... "

Mihoshi waved at the officers, after which they turned and left the room...

As the door closed, the Queen turned her attention back to a smiling Washu...

" I assume you have some reason for this accusation?... "

She noted Washu looking at the Chief Manager and not smiling...

" Little Washu!... "

Washu looked at her son-in-law, smiled and sighed...

She then turned back to face the Queen...

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" Due to recent events, very few people are aware that I've returned... And I have kept it like that... For obvious reasons... "

The Queen smiled, she was well aware of some of those 'recent events'...

" However, recently, I had some spare time and decided to check on a few things... "

She paused a moment...

" Among other things, I decided to check on my old lab at the Academy, which was sealed after my kidnapping with a stasis lock, preventing access and preserving my work... With long lives, Juraian trees and stasis fields it's the standard procedure when professors are away for long periods of time or when material is considered too dangerous for public release... "

She glanced at the Chief Manager...

" To my surprise, I discovered that several years ago, an explosion had accured, blowing a hole in one of the Lab's walls... An investigation ruled that, since I was known to deal with dangerous substances, some of my lab material had become unstable and exploded... A reasonable conclusion, after several thousand years... Besides the wall, a portion of the Lab was damaged and research document damaged or destroyed... A quick check for any other unstable material was done, nothing being touched or removed, the wall was repaired and the lock reset... "

She paused again...

" Being the only one to know what was and wasn't in the lab, I was also the only one to know that there was no material in the lab that could have become unstable, much less explode, even after a 100,000 years... "

The Queen looked at Washu and then the Chief Manager...

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Washu continued...

" Learning of the explosion, I conducted my own investigation, having access to ALL the evidence collected, as well as ALL security footage of the area... "

She had the Queen's attention...

" By studying scans taken in the Lab, of the wall and the damage I was able to determine that - A. the hole in the wall was not created by an explosion, but cut by a drill, - B. the explosion had been set to explain the hole and hide the fact that research files had been removed from the lab,,, "

" You were able to tell that research files were missing?... Even after all that time?... "

One of the Queen's eyebrows had gone up as Washu was talking...

Washu smiled...

" The thief had not taken into account the possibility that - 1 - I might return and 2 - I would have duplicate, backup files in my sub-space Lab... "

Both of the Queen's eyebrows went up...

" AND the types of files - stolen!... "

The Queen was now looking at the Chief Manager...

" A collection of star ship designs and experimental engine designs that I had considered at one time or another when I was working on Ryo-Ohki... Also advanced weapon and defense suggestions... Though mostly out dated by Juaian and Airaian standards, as well as my own, they are still centuries ahead of general Galaxy designs... "

Washu was now looking at the Chief Manager...

" Design improvements that I noticed when examining the remains of the Raider craft that attacked the Juraian light cruiser Dark Sun some time ago... Even a ship that old should have been able to fend off a couple of small attack craft, even Raiders... But instead, had it not been for the arrival of Ryo-Ohki and the Yukinojo, it would have been destroyed and a great many upper-class Juraian would have lost family members, possibly causing civil unrest... "

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BOTH females were looking at him and the Chief Manager began to move backwards, until he felt a hand on each of his shoulders...

Looking , he discovered Ryoko and Mihoshi standing on each side of him, each with a hand on a shoulder, nether was smiling...

He didn't see Tenchi standing at his desk, Ryo-Ohki back in her pet form, in his arms...

Tenchi had more than enough experience with these females to know when to stand aside...

Ryo-Ohki could care less what the others were doing, like most of the Masaki females, she had Tenchi's attention and he was scratching her behind the ear...

Across the room, Washu felt the emotion radiating from her youngest daughter and smiled as she wondered if there would be another wedding and another princess in the future?...

DON'T EVEN GO THERE... MOTHER!...

Seeing Ryoko looking her way, she realized she'd been thinking too loud and Ryoko had picked it up through their link...

Her eye brow went up as she saw Tenchi smiling at her and kiss Ryo-Ohki on the forehead...

She's always been a Princess to me!...

Washu quickly brushed away some thing in the corner of her eye...

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The Queen's voice returned Washu to the present...

" And what led you here?... "

Washu smiled...

" Knowing which files were taken, I checked and discovered that shortly after graduating from the Academy, our friend here applied for a designer's opening... He was soon showing great promise, coming up with a number of advanced designs and concepts... ALL similar to those in the stolen files... This all which led to his very rapid advancement... "

Her eyes narrowed as she looked at him...

" Checking the investigation files, I was surprised to discover that at the exact time of the explosion, he was being given his diploma in front of tens of thousands of witnesses... But although the explosion did wreck part of the lab and cover the fact that the hole had already been there, it didn't set off secondary explosions around the lab which would have destroyed just about every thing... Contrary to rumors, I didn't have any explosive material in that lab... Thus we were able to fix the actual break-in at about 24-36 hours earlier, when security footage puts him in the general area, moving boxes of stuff around... "

Now ALL eyes in the room were on the Chief Manager...

" And then there is THIS!... "

Washu pulled out a small metal ball and held it out, allowing it to float from her hand and up to a spot above the center of the room...

Snapping her finger, they all found themselves in some kind of lab...

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The Queen and the Chief Manager, both stared at where they were...

Tenchi and the others had experienced this before and didn't blink an eye...

Washu spoke to the Queen...

" This is an experimental multi-D imaging system I've been toying with... It recreates images in such a way as to allow you to move in it... "

Smiling, she passed her hand through a lab table next to her...

" An idea I got while watching the girls play a game on the entertainment system back at the house... "

She could see that the Queen was impressed...

" If you'll watch the wall over there, we'll finish this... "

Washu pointed to a section of the 'Lab' wall in view of the Queen and every one else...

After a few moments, a metal rod pushed it's way out of the wall and then disappeared...

It was replaced by a metal saw blade which slowly proceeded to cut a round line in the wall...

When that was finished, the section of wall was pulled backwards, leaving a hole in the wall...

A figure, dressed in a form fitting white safety outfit, crawled through the hole...

As they watched, the figure moved to a nearby cabinet and began going through files, removing some, leaving others...

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This took a while as the figure seem to be very selective in what they were removing, but being as through as possible...

Taking the large bag of selected file, the figure removed an object from a bag and placed it on the cabinet...

The figure then exited the same way they had entered...

The section of wall reappeared and the cut area around it was filled with a paste that quickly hardened...

Washu walked over to the section of wall and pointed to an object attached to the replaced section of wall...

" This is the real cause of the explosion, damaging the wall enough to cover signs of the entrance hole... "

She pointed to the other device...

" And THAT is to cover any evidence of missing files... "

She snapped her finger and the figure appeared again...

" Shall we see who our thief is?... "

Brushing her hand across the face of the figure, the protective hood disappeared, leaving the face of a slightly younger Chief Manager...

The only one not smiling was the Chief Manager, his mouth wide open...

Washu saw the Queen nod her head, she'd seen enough...

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( A short while later... )

When the security officers returned, the office was back to normal and they were ordered by the Queen to take the Chief Manager to max security, until Royal security could pick him up...

The assistant Manager was informed that he was in charge for the moment, due to the Chief Manager's removal...

He didn't ask any questions when informed as to who these people were, though he was surprised that another female had joined the group...

Nagi Katsumoro, the famous bounty hunter...

The queen sighed and looked at the manager...

" I suppose we should contact the top owners of the company and get permission to examine the company's files?... "

Washu smiled...

" As this company is under Airaian protection, that means all that is needed is Royal permission for the search... Your Majesty... "

One of her Majesty's eyebrows went up as she nodded her head...

" You have OUR permission, Professor Washu... "

With a smile, Washu stepped to the desk and waved he hand over it and an odd shaped box appeared...

" I put this here as soon as I was escorted in... It took a few minutes to work through the primitive security system... But as soon as I was in, I spent my time going through and studying the various files, locating my stolen files, as well as any information on the Chief Manager's activities... All while waiting for him to return and Tenchi and the others to join us... "

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The manager looked around...

" How... How were you able to study the files, without any one seeing you?... "

Washu's smile got even bigger as she tapper her sunglasses...

" You've just got to love those earthling and their TV shows... No wonder the galaxy Police has scramblers blocking the transmissions from reaching the rest of the universe... It's not JUST the violence that they don't want being picked up... "

She removed her glasses and turned them around, exposing the tiny screens on the inside of each lens...

" A certain young female saw a similar pair while watching a show and asked me if I could create a pair so she could watch her shows without bothering the others... "

Every one looked at a blushing Mihoshi...

" From there, other uses were obvious... "

She removed several small crystals from the device and held them up...

" This one is data on his Raider contacts... Even as I speak copies are being sent to the Grand Marshall of the Galaxy Police, Queen Funaho of Jurai and to your Majesty... "

She turned to Nagi...

" This one has data on some underworld criminals with bounties on their heads, some thing I trust you can handle... "

Nagi smiled as she accepted the crystal...

" And this last crystal contains all the stolen files, removed from the system... "

The manager stared at the crystal, containing his company's future...

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Washu smiled one of her wicked smiles...

" Don't look so glumly... Now that these files are back in their rightful owners hands, I'm sure we can work out an arrangement... Royalty rights for the systems already being used will have to be worked out... "

She noticed the Queen watching her and smiled...

" Those rights will be to the Airai Royal family!... "

The Queen's eyebrow went up again...

" This will give you even MORE say in this companies working... Cutting off a source of newer technology to black-markets and to people like Raiders who would put it to the wrong use... "

Washu looked at the Queen...

" Besides, it keeps it all in the family... "

The Manager didn't understand, but the Queen did and smiled...

This would go far to help his Majesty accept the fact that, through the Masaki family and Prince Tenchi, his great-grandson, he was now blood kin to the Juraian Royal family, his long time rivals...

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She'd once heard her daughter mention there never being a dull moment when the Masaki family was involved, she was discovering that to be so true...

The quiet was broken by a loud voice coming from behind the Queen...

" AIMI!... WHERE ARE YOU?... THE TUB'S WATER IS GETTING COLD!... "

As every one watched, the Queen's face reddened as her eyes widened...

" Got to go!... BYE!... "

With that the screen went dark, leaving a silent room...

Washu smiled as Ryoko whispered some thing in Tenchi's ear, causing his face to turn red...

Mihoshi had Tenchi's other arm and had missed every thing...

Nagi just shook her head and smiled...

Washu saw the manager staring at the blank screen and waved her hand near his head...

" You saw nothing... Nothing happen... It was all a dream... "

She turned to a smiling Tenchi...

" Well... It was worth a try... "

She couldn't help smiling...

" Let's go home... "

Leading the way, Washu exited the office, leaving the Manager staring at the screen...

Had there been any one there, they would have heard the Manager mumble some thing...

" You saw nothing... Nothing happen... It was all a dream... "

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To be continued...

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