The CAP: Readying the decoy, pt 1
Where are you going? Omar asked.
I have to go prepare a few things for our date tonight, lover. She gave him
the look that meant...well, its none of your business what it meant.
Okay, he said. Ill wait for you. The meeting doesnt start
until this afternoon, but I have some, um, business to discuss with you. He wiggled
his eyebrows at her.
She blew him a kiss and grabbed Birdly before running off.
Are you sure shes okay with this? Ladybug asked her sister. I
mean, the Sov went and brought our ammunition all this way, and he probably
wasnt too gentle about it.
Yeah, shes fine. For a price, of course, Birdly told her.
Isnt it funny how some things are the same all over, no matter what universe
Funny, Ladybug said. Yes, thats a good word for all this. I wish
this werent even necessary.
But you havent been well, Bird pointed out.
Its the only way. Weve got to keep Omar distracted during this
Indeed. Here we are. Ladybug opened the door to her dorm room, which was
seldom used these days since she often stayed in the mansion, but lately shed been
laid up sick there. The illness had left her weak enough that bringing in a replacement
was necessary. And this was the perfect place to teach her new protege.
They entered the room and there, pacing nervously, was a girl who looked exactly like
Ladybug, except that she was very modestly dressed.
Well then, so this is the other Ladybug! Its remarkable!
How do you do, the other Ladybug said, curtseying politely.
Get a load of her, Ladybug said to Bird. Whats the deal
Remember, shes the opposite of you, her sister told her.
Oh brother, do we have our work cut out for us then, Ladybug sighed. All
right. Come on over here, honey, let me have a look at you.
The other Ladybug immediately complied. I must tell you I was a bit skeptical at
first about all of this, she said, while the girls inspected her. I think we
should define the terms of our agreement, however, to make sure that it is all to both of
our specifications, so that everyone is satisfied in the end.
Good idea. But I need to call you something besides Ladybug or Ill get
confused, Ladybug said. Do you have a nickname?
My Omar calls me sugar bear, she suggested.
Hm, I see they have that in common. But I wouldnt feel right calling you that.
I dont know. I like flowers. Maybe you could name me after a flower.
The only thing I can think of is a primrose, Bird murmured.
Thatll do nicely, Ladybug said. May we call you Rose?
Sure, the alternate Ladybug replied. I love roses. Especially white
ones. Theyre so ethereal in their beauty, pure and clean, yet not exactly white, so
that you feel theyre not so removed from earthly pleasures....
Shes poetic and sappy like you, anyway, Bird giggled, and her sister
Do you have my payment? Rose asked.
I do. Ladybug handed it to her. A full leather-bound collection of the
scrolls of Ernestus Hemlock.
And in mint condition, Rose breathed, handling them all gingerly.
However did you find this? The only one known to exist at my Deb U is all worn with
Dont tell me you people actually use the library to study! Bird said in
Indeed we do. I have a 4.0 GPA and Im even taking some honors courses.
Bird laughed hard. Shes WAY different from you! Ow, Ladybug elbowed her
Lets get to work, said LB.
Posted on Aug 13 1999, 10:49 AM