The CAP: Going AWOL
Omar darling. Rose spoke quietly, nestled up against the android, who was
almost in sleep mode.
I have to know something.
Why have you been running out on me with Nanaea.
O.M.A.R.s eyes blinked wide open. Even if he wasnt a real man, he knew that
question was loaded, and it meant big trouble. I havent been, of course.
Theres nothing between me and Nan. I could never look at anyone but you.
Youre lying! She cried, and sat up in bed. Even my Omar looks at
other women! She clapped her hand over her mouth, eyes wide. Oh no! She blew it!!
O.M.A.R. was terrified. She must know he wasnt the real Omar; what was he to do? He
knew he could only be truthful. Your Omar is flawed, he said. If he
looks at other women, he is insane. You are too beautiful for words. He touched her
face. I am different. Leave him for me, and I will treasure you for always. I
Rose looked at him, stunned. It was as if hed known all along. Her stomach
fluttered. I have an idea, she said. She knew that his Ladybug would be angry,
but it was too bad. The deal was off. This Omar was hers now. I still have some
money. Its from a smaller grant that the others dont know I received. I was
saving it for something else, but lets take it and run away together, just you and
me. Well tell them we went to try and track down Autolycus. Come with me, Omar.
Well never have to go back.
Looking into those deep green eyes, the unit was helpless. This was his chance. The real
Omar would never find them now, never take her away from him. I will go with
you, he said. And the android fell in love with the alternate-universe Ladybug.
In the morning they were gone. The other chancellors found a note at the front desk for
them, explaining that Ladybugs great guilt for letting the check get away from her
had led her to seek out Autolycus, and Omar had gone to protect her along the way.
Damn, Nanaea sighed. I was gonna get lucky. She shrugged and ate
How are we going to check out of here? We cant settle our hotel bill.
Astraea was worried.
Wait a minute! Hebea snapped her fingers. If he gets near Deb U, you
know the girls will find him. When they go to use him for their usual purposes,
theyll surely find the check. Since the CAs can forge our signatures, they can sign
it and cash it and send us the money to get out of here.
We have to wire them ASAP! Astraea led them off in a hurry. And
lets hope were not too late.
Back at home, Autolycus handed over the check to Jackie. When do I get my cut?
he asked impatiently. All Ive gotten so far is a little thrill off of tying up
that chick back at the hotel, whoever she is.
Soon enough, she said. Well get our girls to sign this puppy and
get it cashed. Then youll see your share.
Good. And hurry up. Theyre gonna wise up before too long.
Tough, Jackie chuckled.
Youre pretty cold, noted the thief.
You know it, babe. She winked at him before running off to round up the other
Posted on Sep 10 1999, 05:02 PM