Coffee, Chaos and Questions, Part One
Disclaimer: Same as before.
Author's Note: I realized that in canon Shipwreck's last name is Delgato not Delgado.
This latest development of a relationship between Tolansky and the Delgato girl is something that's piqued some interest. I caution you, though, to avoid making overly optimistic assessments. For all you know this could be just like any other teenage crush. I ask that you keep overly personal assessments out of future reports.
I do wonder about the remainder of the Delgato family and their influence on Todd as well. Especially some of the reports I've heard about Brittany, Quinn, and Daria Delgato that mention they've been responsible for several additions to the long list of places that Shipwreck is banned from.
The Pit, Officer’s Quarters
Conrad Hart and Kate Todd
21 February 2002, 0645
“What the Hell happened to you?” Kate asked as Conrad walked into the apartment. He was soaking wet, and covered with soap suds. Clutched in his left hand was a thermos.
“Put it this way, mutants and coffee do not mix,” Conrad replied as he walked into the apartment and set the thermos onto the kitchen table.
“I figured it had something to do with Todd,” Kate replied, “If it didn’t I’d wonder how you managed to get soaking wet just checking out the Mess Hall to see what BA was serving.”
“As I said, it did have something to do with Todd and mutants and coffee are in fact a recipe for chaos,” Conrad replied.
“Ok, what happened?” Kate asked.
“Todd drank some of BA’s coffee and went into a great fit of hyperactivity,” Conrad replied.
“How can coffee cause an already hyperactive mutant teenager to get even more so?” Kate asked.
“I do believe that the coffee is BA’s special blend,” Conrad replied.
“What did BA do? Spike the coffee? That sounds more like something Shipwreck would do,” Kate replied.
“I’m not sure,” Conrad replied, “But whatever he did sure makes it potent.”
“Ok, so start at the beginning, how did you wind up looking like a dishwasher exploded all over you?” Kate replied.
“Well, it all started when I went to go check out the menu to see if we should get breakfast at the mess hall…” Conrad began.
The Pit, The Mess Hall
Big Lob, Tunnel Rat, Conrad, Toad
21 February 2002, 0600
Conrad Hart walked into the mess hall as Todd was working with Big Lob, Tunnel Rat, and Cross Country to help set up for breakfast.
“So I ain’t seen you around much,” Tunnel Rat said to Todd.
“Been hanging around Shipwreck’s place lately,” Big Lob smirked as he laid out several coffee cups near the beverage table.
“More like his daughter,” Tunnel Rat said, smiling.
“Oooh! Someone’s got a girlfriend!” Both of them said at the same time.
“Shut up!” Todd said, blushing.
“Ah, young love,” Conrad commented as he walked over. Todd turned an even darker shade of pink.
“Got to first base yet?” Big Lob said as he ruffled Todd’s hair.
“Come on, guys, cut it out!” Todd said, blushed red now.
“Hey guys, lay off him,” Cross Country said as he came over after setting up the last stack of trays, “Kid doesn’t need you giving him a hard time now.”
“Aw, we’re just yanking his chain a little,” Tunnel Rat replied, before turning to Todd, “Come on kid! Let’s celebrate.”
“Hey Big Lob,” Tunnel Rat said, “Give me a cup of that coffee.”
Big Lob complied and poured four more cups for the others in the room, “Come on kid, have a cup of Joe with the Joes.”
Todd cradled the cup of coffee, looking at it and sniffing, “I dunno it smells pretty strong.”
“So it’ll put hair on your chest!” Big Lob replied.
“Really?” Todd said, eyes growing big.
“Guys, I don’t think you should do that,” Cross Country said.
“Aw, come on, it’s just a little coffee,” Tunnel Rat replied, “What harm can it do?”
Todd took a swig. Then another. His eyes began to swim and he gasped, “WHOA!”
After taking a much larger slug from the cup he began to grin…