"Can't I just sleep on a couch or something?" Ai asked in an irritated tone.
"No couches in this room." Turles said simply.
"Can you move one into here?" Ai asked, almost begging.
"I don't think so." Turles replied.
"Aw man..." Ai sighed defeatedly.
"Why are you so hesitant about this Ai?" Turles asked her.
"Well... I'm not used to men advancing on me..." Ai admitted, blushing a bit, looking at the floor.
"Well, I give you my word that I won't try anything in the night. Oh, and if you don't sleep in the bed with me you'll have to bunk with my men. I promise you they won't be nearly as curteous as me." Turles said, warning her silently. Ai's shoulders slumped. No good choice, but one was a lot worse than the other.
"Fine..." she said and slid into the bed, getting beneath the sheets as best she could. Turles got in next to her, and true to his word, gave her a fair amount of space and didn't touch her. After a long time of worrying that Turles would turn on her in her sleep, Ai fell asleep. Hours later though she began to wake, feeling rather warm and snug.
"Hmm?" Ai opened her eyes and saw that she was closely snuggled to Turles. Apperently she had done so while asleep. Squeaking, she scuttled back to the other side of the bed. That was kinda creepy to her, despite having enjoyed the warmth. Her quick movement woke Turles, who quickly whirled around, expecting attack. But he quickly found that it was just Ai.
"Something wrong?" he asked.
"I... I was cuddled up to you..." Ai whispered, looking at him shyly with a blush. Turles smiled.
"Trying to get warm, eh?" he chuckled.
In the morning Ai joined the rest of the men for breakfast, consisting of tough meat and a bitter drink. Ai sat as far as she could from the men, not liking thier typical manly rough talk and rough housing.
"Hey Ai, enjoying the bed with Master Turles?" Daiz chuckled, smiling at Ai. Ai just huffed, raised her chin and looked away from him.
"Yeah! Try anything in there?" the purplish twins cackled. Ai just ignored them until breakfast was over. Before she could scuttle away to some obscure part of the ship Turles stopped her, putting a hand on her shoulder.
"Ai, we have to get you properly armored since you're going to be staying with us." he said, his tone brooking no arguement. Knowing arguing wouldn't help her at all, Ai just nodded and followed him. They soon arrived at a storage room filled with all types of equipment arrayed in neat racks. Stopping by one Turles picked out a set of armor, not unlike his own but with different color patterns. He held it out to Ai.
"This should fit you well. You can change over there." he said, pointing to a small cubby in the wall. Ai quickly did so and changed. She was surprised to find that the armor fit her snugly and quite comfortably. She smiled, even liking the look of it.
"Huh... Not bad." she said to herself, looking herself over.
"Okay... Now what can I do for fun around here?" Ai asked, finding herself quite bored in a short amount of time.
"We often train for entertainment. Never know when you might encounter some mercenaries or have to exterminate a planet." Turles replied, smiling.
"You guys beat eachother up for fun?" Ai asked, hardly believing it.
"Crudely put, but I suppose you could say that. But, I suppose its for fighters. A small girl like you wouldn't be interested." Turles said coaxingly. Ai's eyes widened.
"Hey! Just because I'm a girl doesn't mean I can't fight! If you think I'm just some stupid weak girl, why not try me on yourself?" Ai snarled, going right up to Turles as if she would slug him right there. Turles smiled approvingly.
"The spirit of a saiyan! Well, lets have a bit of practice. Follow me." Turles said, still smiling and led her to an armored room with multiple obstacles to simulate cover in fighting situations.
"Okay then... Lets go tough guy!" Ai said to Turles challengingly, taking a fighting pose. Turles assumed his own stance, ready to block or attack.
"Its good to see some fierce spirit in you Ai. I was worried you might be a sissy!" he laughed. That got Ai's blood boiling. She jumped forward, launching a flurry of punches at the saiyan warlord. Turles backed up steadily but blocked her punches effeciently. He snapped out a kick with his left foot, hitting Ai in the ankle and tripping her. Not expecting something like that, Ai tripped forward and fell on top of Turles in a heap. As fate would have it, her lips plopped to his, making her blush horribly.
"Okay then... I suppose thats enough training for now..." Turles said, just as surprised as Ai.
"Okay... Like, what are you and you bozo buddies trying to do?" Ai asked Turles later on.
"Well, myself and my men are deserters from Frieza's disgraceful legion. Frieza betrayed us and destroyed Planet Vegeta, our homeworld. For that, I plan to kill him, plain and simple. But I know I'm not anywhere near a match for Frieza. So to raise my strength I'm going to plunder a planet, although I don't know which, and plant the seed of The Tree of Might. The strength it will give me will allow myself and my men to challenge Frieza and his excuse for a military. After he is out of the way, we will rule the universe!"
Ai gulped. Turles was more ambition than she dared to think. And this guy wanted her to be his mate? She had to get out of there...