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Wednesday 05/05/2094 10 am
George said. "When should we deal with the other members of the council Kerstin?"
Marita made an appearance. She said. "They do not want to put any pressure at all on you two. In fact they dare not ask. Undepoldus knows that they want to be like Tun Wong and Anne-Marie as soon as you are happy to see them."
George said. "Marita, I think that the best way is to let them know that Kerstin and I will be available when they want to call. You know as well as we do that we only need somewhere quiet and comfortable to lie down. We carry our equipment with us all the time."
Marita said. "Consider it done George. Ivan suggests that we use the top suite in the club. Then we can welcome them with most of the crew at fairly short notice. The suite was last used when all my students were there. It is the ideal place for welcoming new members. I hear that Sarah wants you to make the party last as long as possible. You will have all the support you want. We can give the council members the run-around that we organised for Mike and the others. I have just heard that Tun Wong, Annie and Anne-Marie want to be there when the councillors are processed. They want to revisit hell again as residents. It seems that we will have a big party soon."
George said. "It is handy having you as a human communicator Marita. I think that Kerstin and I will formally appoint you as our resident witch. I hope that you won't feel lonely when your other half goes and you only have Kerstin and me for company."
Marita said. "George, you are the sweetest man I have ever known. You have always done your best for both Kerstin and me. You always want to make sure that we are happy and have no worries before you consider yourself. That is why we love you so much. With Kerstin's permission I would like to show you how much I love you."
Kerstin said.. "Forget the permission Marita, let us both show George how much we love him. You can have him first but I will be watching you more closely than anyone else ever could."
Marita said. "Kerstin! you are picking up my bad habits. I can see that I will soon have competition as chief voyeuse."
Kerstin said. "As someone once said Marita, you are a very good teacher."
Wednesday 05/05/2094 10:30am
Later Marita said. "The councillors will arrive at 18:00 on Friday. There will be six female and three male Spacers to receive the gift. How can we deal with them all without making them wait around?"
George said. "It is a pity that Derek and his family cannot have the gift, otherwise they could help. I am trying to think how I can deal with six females without making them wait or giving any of them short change."
Kerstin said. "I have an idea. We have Tun Wong, Mike, Gurprit, Ivan, Leonov and you. When we are in hell, none of them will know who any of us are except Marita and me. If Kerstin is the chief devil, Lan Fang, Rachel and Sil could join you men so that they could all be processed at once. We can give the others the power to pass on the gift for the one night."
George said. "We will have to organise a proper rehearsal for a new spectacular. We can put on a better show than we did in Undepoldus House if we plan things properly. I suggest that we call as many of the crew together as we can and try to work out a presentation to shake those councillors to their roots."
Marita said. "The call has gone out to convene at the top suite at 11:00. Ivan will cover for Leonov. Lan Fang and Jane are out at the moment but they should return before 12:30. Ivan has asked Charlie to help us prepare the suite for an amateur dramatics production to entertain the Council."
George said. "Charlie is very resourceful. He knows where and how to get almost anything. He loves our technology but never says anything about it outside the Club. I have some ideas that might work. You two collate yours. Then when most of the crew are available we can get their ideas. We should be able to fix up something between us."
Kerstin asked. "George, would you mind being just an ordinary devil like the rest?"
George said. "Not at all Kerstin. In fact I think that it would be better if I appeared to be the same as the others. You cannot hide yourself so you must be the master devil. I just think that you could act like a judge and condemn all of them to purgatory. We could all appear to be neuter and threaten them with being neuter too. If the nine of us arranged to look like each other, we could give them all some surprises."
Kerstin said. "I think that Marita should be in charge. She can command more resources than I can. Undepoldus can help her directly. He cannot help me except through Marita. It would be fun for me to watch like I did with the witches and wizards."
Marita said. "I hope that you won't mind me messing around with your body Kerstin. I want to look like the most evil male devil that ever there was. The councillors do not know of a male Spacer as big as we are. They do not know we can change our appearances. With our nine identical demons, they will not know we are Spacers at all."
Kerstin said. "I like being male now and again, particularly if I am well-endowed. One can have a lot of fun with an emblem that is half a metre long. I know what an evil mind you have Marita. I also know that you will have to share this body with me for a long time to come. I am sure that you won't cause it permanent damage for your own sake as well as mine."
Wednesday 5th May 11am
Charlie was able to provide a set of gravity neutralisers to form a virtual platform seven metres long. With the aid of some planking they could be used to make a virtual stage. He also found some lighting equipment and curtains from the days when the Club was a hotel. Another idea he had was to reactivate a service lift that was situated behind where the stage would be set up. George and Kerstin tried to invent a suitable story to explain why his help would not be needed during the rehearsal or the performance.
Charlie said. "I know what you lot are up to. I know that there are a lot of top brass Spacers coming here tomorrow night and they would not come here just for a social visit. You are going to change them like you did the Rear Admiral and the Commander. It is my job to know what is going on here so I can provide the services you need when you want them.
You have forgotten that this place has hidden security cameras. I saw what you did to Commander Smith in your cabin. Nobody else saw the recordings but me. When I saw what you could do, I knew that all recordings like that had to be erased - totally. If it wasn't for me, a lot more people would know how Undepoldus has changed you and a lot of others.
The day after Undepoldus changed the Commander I noticed that he could hardly stay away from his wife. The day after, the Rear Admiral was the same. It wasn't until I saw the recording with Commander Smith that I saw how the Commander and his wife had been changed. Then I realised that the other girl I didn't recognise was Mrs. Chebychev. The other thing you forgot was the vidcom. Although Commander Andersson is dead, all the processors in the Club registered her as still being a resident. I checked and found that she had made several calls and had been called and answered after she was dead. The voiceprints matched her Big-Mar 207 identification. I had to invoke Asimov to erase any traceable references to her existence while allowing her to continue to use the vidcom.
I know that you can do a lot of magical things but your security is as leaky as a sieve. I understand your Spacer ways and how you don't care tuppence if someone sees a pair of you at play. If my wife and I were a lot younger, we might have tried to join you. Now we are too set in our ways to change. I don't want to be made young again like the Commander and his wife. That is OK for you Spacers because you can whizz off into Space where nobody will notice that you are not getting older. I'm happy here on the Earth where staying young would cause more problems than it would solve.
Now stop pretending and tell me how you would like to scare the brasshats out of their skins."
Marita said. "Charlie, you are a sweetie. Thank you for looking after us so well. Undepoldus saved my personality and arranged that I could share Lieutenant Broberg's body. You can tell all the processors that I am actually dead because I do not need to use the vidcom any more. You know that we have a lot of strange and new powers. We would like to show our appreciation of your help and discretion by rewarding you in a way that will not be noticed. If you and your wife come here at 18:00 tonight, we can make sure that you both will never suffer from any disease for the rest of your lives. We will also show you other things that we can offer you and you can choose whether you want them or not.
How would you like to be able to talk directly to a vidcom processor? I can call you on the vidcom now just by thinking about it. The call is untraceable. Listen."
The vidcom announced. "There is a call for Mr. Charlie Potter from Lieutenant Broberg."
Charlie answered. "Maintenance, Potter here."
"This is Marita talking to you Charlie. You can hear my voice both ways can't you?"
Charlie looked at Marita and then back at the vidcom and saw the vidcom image growing hair."
How would you like to be able to do this Charlie? I think that it could save you a lot of work."
Charlie said to the vidcom. "Can you prove that it is not a trick?"
Marita answered. "Not very easily. I can show you something that you might think is another trick."
The image changed to Charlie looking at the image of himself looking at the vidcom in several iterations. As he turned his head, the images moved as if he were watching how he would be seen by a camera. He said. "
That is a good trick Commander Andersson but it does not prove that you are communicating directly with the vidcom."
Marita said. "Come and stand by me and check what you see happening on the screen."
Charlie walked slowly backwards towards Marita and saw his image get larger as he did so.
Marita said. "You are seeing yourself as I see you. Now slowly move your hand to cover my eyes as you watch the screen."
Charlie watched in amazement as he saw his hand gradually filling the screen until all he could see on the screen was his hand.
He asked. "Have you got cameras for eyes Commander Andersson?"
"No, Charlie. I use Lieutenant Broberg's eyes as cameras. If she shuts her eyes, the picture disappears. The vidcom processor treats her blinks as temporary losses of signal and fills in with previous signals. The result you see is just like a camera view."
"That would be very useful indeed Commander Andersson. Does it work everywhere?"
"I don't know. I have only tested it as far as Basildon but it could work further away from London. Clearing."
The vidcom images vanished.
"I will bring my wife here at 18:00. Please do not turn into devils while she is here."
"I can promise you that we will all look normal."
"Thank you Commander Andersson for showing me your vidcom."
After Charlie had left George asked. "How will we treat Charlie and his wife Marita?"
Marita said. "We will have to be a bit unethical. We will have to make them share with us and then forget that they had."
Kerstin said. "I think that we had better tell them the truth. Charlie knows the score. He saw how we treated Mike and he would think we had done something different to him if sharing was not involved."
After most of the crew had arrived, George looked around and could not see Kerstin. He asked everyone there if they had seen where she went. None had. George did not think she could have gone far away so he decided to start the discussions on his own.
He said. "Kerstin and I suggest that Marita should be the chief devil and nine of us should be demons. She will be male and proud of it and we demons should be neuter to start with. We demons will have to deal with nine councillors at once. We will need three girls and six men. We have only five of us men here now. Tun Wong will be recruited to be the sixth.
As you see, we have seven metres of gravity nullifier space that we can use as a stage if we want to, and there is a service lift we can use to get in an out unseen. Now I think of it, Kerstin has probably used it to see where it goes. We want to put on a good show. Your suggestions are needed now."
Rachel asked. "Only you and Kerstin can supply the gift. How will you manage with nine councillors?"
"Kerstin and I will enable all demons to supply the gift tomorrow night. All the councillors will get the gift at the same time."
Mike said. "We will need someone to meet the councillors when they arrive at the Club. Then they will have to be escorted here. You did a grand job with me but I was only one and I knew where I was going. Handling nine at once will be a lot more difficult."
Leonov said. "I think that all of us should be demons at some time or another. Sarah and Eva can be demons while Ivan and I handle the protocol. The councillors know that they will have to be discreet so they won't expect a ceremonial welcome. Then, when we have got them here, we can disappear and join the rest of the demons."
Martha said. "We could stage it like a vidcom game show. I am not sure what we would call it yet. I think that 'Be a Devil and have some Fun' would be a bit obvious. I am sure that a better title could be thought up. We start like a game show with the councillors as the audience. We will apologise that they have been brought here under false pretences so we are offering an entertainment to keep them happy. Leonov and Ivan can tell them that the game show is only an introduction. What they want will come later. One or two of us can be fake contestants to start it off. Then we will get some of the councillors to join in. As it will be a Spacer game show, they will not worry if we are nude and the contestants have to be nude. When we have had them all on the stage, they will return to their seats nude. We will tell them that they will all be expected to take part in the second round after a short interval. Then, when the second round starts, we will all be demons apart from Kerstin as the devil MC. That is my idea for an introduction. Has anyone got any thoughts about an alternative or ways to make my idea better?"
Rachel said. "I like that Martha. We could stage the show as a sort of two team quiz. Three of us could be the resident team and three councillors at a time could be called up on the stage to be the challengers. I am sure that we could think up some silly questions for them to answer."
Eva suggested. "If we could get all nine of them on the stage at once on three settees, we could arrange that any team that lost would drop down out of sight of the others and go down to the underworld. When two teams have lost, the third team is told that it has won the fabulous prize - a meeting with the king of the underworld."
Gurprit said. "That could be tricky with the gravity neutralisers Eva, but it is a brilliant idea."
Leonov said. "We could make those who go down to the underworld come back shortly afterwards as devils and demons. We can make each of them think that they have not been changed while the others can see what they look like. If they try to talk to each other they will not be able to. Those they speak to will not be able to understand them. The unchanged contestants will look at the changed ones in horror and the changed ones will become increasingly horrified that they cannot communicate with the others."
Kerstin suddenly appeared apparently out of nowhere. She said. "I like that Leonov. What you have just said fits in with what I have been doing. I have been here all the time. I willed you all not to see me and you couldn't see me. It is a variation on the trick Undepoldus uses to disappear. I did not know how easily or how well it would work. It became easier when you got involved with your suggestions when you were not looking for me. It worked very well so it is a trick that we all can use to add confusion and mayhem among the councillors."
George said. "I would suggest a variation on your idea Leonov. All those who have visited the underworld will think that they have not been changed. Each one will think how dreadful it was for the other eight and will find that none of them are recognisable. Then the nine will find that they cannot communicate with each other. It will be a form of Babel that will make them all very scared."
Kerstin said. "I like that George. Then we can arrange that they can only understand me. They will be in hell. Then we can bring on the demons. The demons should be as grotesque as possible with vestigial wings. I will tell them all they will have to couple with the demons for 1,000 years."
Sil said. "I think that when we have made them enjoy the sharing we should drive them as hard as possible until they faint. Then we should start them going again and gradually turn back to human while they are sharing. Then we drive them again until they sleep and as they wake they are in hell again with reversed gender. We drive them again until they sleep and then they wake as humans with reversed gender. Then we drive them yet again. They wake as humans with original gender. Then we please them gently as humans. We demons will change over each time so that when they wake each time it is with a different demon or human."
Rachel said. "That is excellent Sil. It is a good way to get them sharing almost continually and it will give all of us girls a chance to share as demons. I am sure that Annie and Anne-Marie will want to take part. We will have nine female demons to deal with three males. We can use Sil's idea to make sure that we get two shares each."
Marita said. "I would like to have a little game with them when they think it is all over. As humans they will all have tails. Each of them will have an overwhelming desire to pick up the end of another's tail and suck it. When this happens, the one whose tail is sucked changes gender. He or she will want a tail to suck. When he or she succeeds in getting a tail to suck he or she will become aroused by having his or her tail sucked. When his or her arousal cycle has peaked he or she will change gender again and will become ever keener to suck a tail. I will try to get them into a circle of tail suckers so that their arousal cycles and genders continually go around the circle. It should be fun to watch. We can try it ourselves when we have a rehearsal to see how well it works. What do you think?"
Lan Fang said. "I think we could add to the fun so that whenever the change is to male, it is half as big again as the last change to male."
A few more interesting and wild ideas were circulated as the format based on a game show became the chosen presentation. Tun Wong, Annie and Anne-Marie were as keen as any to produce a frightening and funny show.
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