“Yuri, you can take a break,” Ophelia said. “Me and Lucy can man the bridge for a while.”
“I do not require rest,” Yuri pointed out. “And if my brother has set some kind of trap on our course, I will be the most likely to notice it.”
“Yuri, we’ve been over this,” Ophelia said. “Everyone on this crew takes breaks for R&R, including you.”
“I promise that I will take it easy once this mission is completed,” Yuri stated.
“She may have a point,” Lucy said. “You don’t have to give me that look. I’m just saying, we have a member of our crew who’s willing and able to operate at peak efficiency without rest. We can let her do it just this once and then give her extra time off.”
“Fine,” Ophelia agreed. “But only because it’s such a personal mission for her.” She turned to Yuri. “Understood?”
“I understand,” Yuri said. “Thank you, Captain.” She looked at Lucy. “I am curious. How did you know what expression she was making with your eyes closed? Is it akumillian empathy?”
“Partly,” Lucy answered. “It’s also that I know my Honey so well.”
Grace sat back and looked at the pile of parts she’d strewn around her workbench. She didn’t have all the standard parts to make a standard EMP grenade much less the specialised one she’d had on the old Cerberus.
There was an even bigger problem.
A normal EMP grenade wouldn’t work on an android like Yuri or Y3. The only reason her other one had been viable was that it had been specifically attuned to Yuri’s brain frequency. She didn’t know Y3’s.
She had to think of something else. Something she could, realistically, do during the trip. If she could create a large enough EMP pulse, she could blast right through his shielding and bring him down.
Technically, it was possible but she’d require something as big as the fighters’ canons. And if they could hit Y3 with a blast from the fighters, they wouldn’t need it to be an EMP pulse.
Maybe she could modify some targeting missiles to specifically go after androids. If they kept Yuri out of the way, they’d go directly to Y3. Trouble was it had never been done before and they didn’t exactly have a bunch of targeted missiles on board. And they’d have no way of testing them.
No, she needed something better. Something they could control and carry around easily. That was when she had an epiphany and went straight to work.
The Cerberus was still a day away from its destination when Grace called everyone together.
Grace carefully spread a towel over the conference room table.
“Ladies, Gentleman and Leon I have come up with the perfect weapon for you to use against Y3,” Grace announced.
She placed a metal case on the table and took a metallic disc from it and placed it on the towel.
“Some kind of land mine?” Kat asked.
“Oh, I get it,” Leon said “We detonate it remotely and it destroys everything within fifty kilometres.”
“It’s not a mine,” Grace said. “I call her the ultimate mini saboteur or Meredith, if you prefer. What Meredith does is if you attach her to anything mechanical, she sets off a reaction that turns its systems against themselves casing it to overload. If we can attach her to Y3, his systems will be fried. Or, at the very least, he’ll be writhing in agony long enough for you to dismantle him.”
“In other words, you’re saying one of us has to get close enough to him to attach it,” Lucy stated.
“I may be able to get close to him,” Yuri stated. “If I engage him in conversation.”
“I’m afraid that won’t work,” Grace said. “In order to get Meredith to stay attached even if someone attempts to remove her, like an android she’s been attached to, she’s designed to latch onto any machine she touches and then activate. If Yuri tries to hold her, she’ll activate.”
“I can not wear heavy gloves to block her activation?” Yuri queried.
Grace shook her head. “I thought Y3 would probably wear, you know, clothes, so I designed her to activate regardless of garments. Even if you were wearing a heavy duty spacesuit, she’d go off. It would weaken her effect, but she could still do some damage.”
“That’ll make things more difficult,” Lucy noted.
“He will not willingly allow any of you to approach him,” Yuri stated.
“But we do have strength in numbers,” Kat added. “If he’s trying to challenge you all as a group, someone may be able to sneak up on him and use Meredith.”
“I’ll take it,” Leon said. “And jam it right down his stupid throat.”
“Honey, someone with better stealth skills might be better suited for it,” Paul said.
“I can be stealthy,” Leon muttered.
“Me or Farah,” Lucy said. “Filorya and Leon are too… large and Yuri can’t touch it. It’s going to be a tough mission, but it’s our best chance.”
“I don’t mind taking Meredith,” Farah said.
“Well, I’ll take her for now,” Lucy said. “You’ll be our backup if I’m not in a good position to take her in.”
“Then we have a plan,” Ophelia said. “Leon, Yuri and Filorya will draw his attention. Lucy and Farah will find a way to touch him with Meredith. Lucy, Yuri, I’ll be counting on you two to come up with a strong contingency plan if that fails.”