Several months after the Battle of Earth for the crew of Turles, and rather that smarting from the blistering defeat, they seemed to have moved on. Turles and his crew had actually improved since the encounter. Turles was vastly more powerful than he had been before. For one thing, his saiyan recovery ability almost doubled his strength, just having barely survived Kakarott's attack. But in addition to that, Ai had taken the initiative to stow away as much of the fruit as she possibly could, leaving them with a sizable stash. After he had recovered fully, Turles and everyone on the ship dined on all the fruit, Turles predictably getting the bulk of it. A single fruit had what he estimated was roughly 200,000 units of energy, and he'd eaten no less than a dozen. The scouters they had couldn't measure his total power level now. It was simply off the scale! The other members were by no means weak though, after having eaten a handful each themselves. A single one of them was now a complete match for the entire Ginyu Force.
Not being a fool though, Turles wanted his team to test out their new-found abilities on some fresh meat, as well as weaken Frieza's hold on the galaxy. Next stop... Gamma Base.
Ai was fitting in much better now than she had before, now almost seamlessly intigrated into the team. She also seemed to be Turles's unofficial second in command. At first she didn't notice, but after awhile she realized Turles held her in high regard because he gave her orders more often to maintain the group. Plus the others seemed to ask her more questions, directions and such, also as to what Turles wanted. Who would've guessed? She had authority on the ship! That morning Ai and Daiz were eating in the galley, keeping to themselves when Turles walked past to get to the engine room. Without conciously aware of it, her tail stuck out stiffly as Turles approached, and her tail went back to normal as he left. Daiz noticed and smirked.
"Getting excited around the boss, eh?" he asked, chuckling.
"What?" Ai asked, trying to feign innocence.
"Oh, you know what I mean little lady." Daiz said simply, leaning back in his chair. Ai blushed.
"You're imagining things." Ai declared stoutly.
"Oh? Okay then... Lord Turles! Ai wishes to have a word with you." Daiz shouted suddenly.
"Hey! What're you doing!?" Ai hissed at him.
"What is it?" Turles asked, ducking into the room. As Daiz thought, Ai's tail began to stick out on end, her cheeks a little red.
"Oh, ummm..." Ai paused, trying to think of what to say. Then she had it. She smiled evilly.
"Daiz thinks that he might be able to take you on." she said, smiling. Daiz sat upright in alarm.
"Thats not true!" he almost shouted.
"Would you like a bit of sparring time, Daiz?" Turles asked, smiling, his arms crossed. No one on the ship doubted that Turles could take any of them apart. Daiz was a fierce and tough fighter, but he wasn't in the same league as his leader.
"No sir! You know I'm not that dumb." Daiz said in defense.
"Thats not what you were saying a second ago." Ai provoked, wanting to make Daiz sweat. Daiz wasn't about to have any of that however.
"Thats true. I was saying you wanted to have a different kind of sparring with Turles... alone in the dark." Daiz said. Ai's eyes almost bugged out of her head, and only to further prove his point, Ai's tail stuck out even further than before. Turles was clearly surprised.
"Sh-shut up!" Ai squeaked, her cheeks dark red.
"I rest my case. Boss." Daiz grinned and took his leave. Ai blinked.
"Eh heh heh... Um, can we talk about this later?" Ai asked, willing her tail to go limp as it usually was, but it wouldn't be so. A blaring whine filled the ship in answer. They were coming up on Gamma Base!