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taking that as a compliment 

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Several decadent meals later (Thai for lunch, Korean for dinner and Monoceros giggles at Katie's spice tolerance, crepes filled a dozen ways for breakfast the next morning, Chinese complete with exotic meats... and finally, submarine sandwiches) they pile into the submarine.

"I think you'll like your pearly dress. Wardrobe pulled a little overtime getting it all together soon enough but it came out fab."

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"I hope it's comfy."

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"I think it will be if you don't try to sit down. Might be lumpy to sit on."

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"How long am I gonna be wearing this thing for?"

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"Just a few hours."

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"And I can't sit down that whole time? I hope my legs don't get tired."

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"You can, it'll just be lumpy. Might not be a big deal if the chair's soft enough. Maybe you can sit in my lap."

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Beet red cheeks. "I wonder how all the fancy scientists will react to that."

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"Oh, self-indulgence is de rigeur."

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"My kind of people."

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"You'll fit right in with every other catamite and test subject and trophy captive."

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"Catamite? Wow, these people are charmingly old-school."

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"It's a fun word!"

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So, what sort of amenities does this submarine have?

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Portholes! Cheerfully painted interiors with exposed pipes! A movie room in which a goon trio is presently screening "Everything Everywhere All At Once"! A galley kitchen with two freezers and one fridge and a lot of cunningly arranged cabinetry! An engine/control room she can't enter! And a room for her right over there, with a label bearing her name on the door.

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Lovely. She hopes the trip will afford Mo more time to spend with her. On that note, "Hey, how long is the trip gonna be?", she asks.

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"Thirty-eight hours, about," Monoceros says. "If you get stircrazy we can get near enough the surface for you to go swimming with Queequeg."

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"Don't think that'll be an issue. I'm used to spending most of my time inside."

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"All right. Goonion rules means they get the TV room for three hours a day minimum but you can shuffle them around if you want the big screen. I'm mostly going to be driving."

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"How come the helicopter can run on auto-pilot, but not this thing?"

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"Because pigeons don't know how to swim."

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"...And fish brains can't be turned into cyborg autopilot systems?"

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"Fish are much harder to train! I could do one of the belugas but I'm planning to wait till they age out of their current jobs."

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"Okay, yeah, that makes sense. Why can't a goon do it though?"

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