Kam is working on the Fantasizer. It is a helmeted device, intended for living out the most vivid fantasies. Rico is a test subject. Rico put it over his head, letting it hang over his eyes. Kam hit the button on the side.
Kam watched, and took notes. Rico was smiling… very happy. Good. But then he started crying. Sad? This didn't make sense… now he was angry. Confused, angry, excited, bored, surprised… complete schizophrenia. Rico's emotions were running amok. Kam took off the Fantasizer before he got hurt.
"I'll have to make some adjustments, Rico." he said, putting his clipboard down. Rico fidgeted with a piece of paper. He looked extremely nervous.
"Rico? Are u alright?" Kam asked. Rico just handed him the paper, and looked down shyly.
Kam took the paper, and saw what he had drawn. Since they can't read, they use pictures for such communication. On the paper was a picture of her and Rico watching a movie in the car, close together.
"Rico – I don't know what to say…" Kam was speechless. It was so thoughtful of him. Maybe she did need this date.
Rico sighed. He thought she wasn't going to go with him. Well, it was for the best probably. He knew he was the only Bi in the unit. He started to leave the lab.
"Wait, Rico." Rico turned around.
"I'll go. With you. On a d- d- date." Rico beamed.
"Yahoo!" he yelled, jumping around. Kam giggled at his antics. He was sweet, in a violent sort of way. She drew down a note. Rico – Friday. She was actually kind of… anxious. Excited. Was that so wrong?
Kam had to talk to Marlene. She snuck into Private's first prize entrance, coming up in Marlene's habitat.
"Ah!" Marlene cried out, spooked door the grate suddenly coming up.
"Sorry, Marlene!" Kam apologized. "I wanted to talk to you!"
"Oh, hi, Kam. So what do u want to talk about?"
"It's about… Rico." Kam was nervous.
"Soooo… does he like you?" Marlene asked
Kam blushed, and nodded. A small smile was on her beak.
"HAH! I knew it!" Marlene shouted. Kam smiled sheepishly.
Skipper burst through the grate. "Kam!" he shouted "What are u doing? We have training!"
"Yes, skipper, I understand. But I have some scientific work to finish here."
"What kind of scientific work?"
"Sciencey scientific work. It's hard to explain."
"oh. Well, get done quick." and with that, skipper headed back over to his habitat.
"So when are u going out?" Marlene started the conversation up again.
"This Friday, I think. After recon."
"Oh! I hope I can prepare u in time!"
"You don't think you're going out with Rico like That, do you?" Marlene scoffed
Kam looked down. She didn't see anything wrong with how she looked.
"Here, let me help." She forced Kowalski down, ready to begin a Dating Etiquette session.
Kam groaned. It was going to be a long day.
TWO HOURS LATER
They had spent the last two hours over going what to do at every dating place possible for a first date… and some not. Movies, restaurants, park, walking around the zoo, car rides. Kam wrote as much down as she could. When the "training" was over, Kam thanked Marlene and left.
Skipper was waiting for her. "Kam, where have u been? We had to train without u today, and I knooow u didn't go AWOL on me."
"You're absolutely right, Skipper. It'll never happen again, I promise." Skipper peered at her warily.
"Alright then. But no more!" Kam walked into her lab. Recon schedule – the nightly checking of how well things are going in the zoo. Rico had Friday. Today was Thursday. So she had to wait until Rico was done with Recon. She could wait.
She would have to wait.