Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Making a name|
All my life I have fought for everything I had, food, clothing, education and finally my position as a space pilot. I shifted the power setting again as the huge barge glided above the third asteroid belt towards the next ore dump, “the second reactor just died Lorenz.”
“What else is new? This bucket of scrap is lucky it can stay in space.”
I glanced at her holograph in my display, “having both and the other half of the gravity generators would be nice when we reach the ore.”
She continued to work, “you are asking the impossible again.”
I smiled, “I can always ask.”
She snorted and sat back, “okay the feed is back online.”
I changed the power settings again, “only half the dead gravity generators are back.”
She moved away, “that will take longer.”
I began slowing and rotating the barge until the waiting ore was above us. We came to a stop and I opened the comm, “Bingo three on site and preparing to load.”
“Copy Bingo three.”
I turned after setting the gravity anchors and opened the ore bays. I switched on the gravity tractor beams to begin pulling the raw ore and crushed rock into the bays. One at a time they filled slowly and I finally closed the outer hatches, “How do the reactors look Lorenz?”
I turned and brought up the long range scans to plot our course back to the station and froze, “Lorenz?”
“I’m busy Alex.”
I turned to look at the holograph, “there is a Saint fleet attacking Rodney IV.”
Lorenz stuck her head in the holograph, “What?”
I glanced at the long distance scan, “it looks like a battleship with a couple of cruisers, a half dozen destroyers with a few corvettes.”
She frowned, “What is the Imperial fleet warships doing?”
I snorted, “staying away from the battleship and trying to kill the smaller ships.”
I frowned at a few visible explosions on the planet’s surface, “the battleship is firing kinetic strikes at the planet.”
I turned, “go to your life globe.”
“What are you going to do?”
I brought the reactors online, “I’m going to jump the barge into the battleship.”
I looked at her, “once you punch out use the override and go to the station.”
She hissed, “you will only get one jump before the jump engine goes.”
I smiled, “one is all I need. Good luck getting back to the station.”
She nodded and left and I watched until the life globe separated. I started turning the barge before slowly accelerating. It took almost an hour before the barge began to shake with strain. I kept glancing at the scan and saw a couple of destroyers turning towards the barge and smiled, “you are going to be to late.”
I started plotting the jump and armed the pilot ejection pod. I took a deep breath before opening the reactors up all the way and starting the jump engine. The barge screamed as the engine came alive, jumping this deep in a system was not normally done. I looked at all the red flashing lights before locking the plot into the jump computer.
There was several long minutes before the wormhole opened and everything turned inside out. Suddenly the barge was back and impacting into the huge battleship. I slammed my hand down as I was thrown forward against the restraints and the pilot’s seat exploded straight up. The life globe snapped around the seat as it erupted out the escape tube.
I was pinned back but kept my eyes on the globe scan. I slapped the override as the corvette was suddenly in the globe’s path. I dialed up the thrusters as I rotated the globe and then scrambled out of the seat. I closed the evac suit I wore before dumping the air in the globe. I grabbed the gravity tractor gun from the back of the seat and opened the globe and leaped into space.
I fired the gravity anchor at the passing corvette and the gun screamed as it tried to compensate and pull me after the ship. The battleship exploded with hundreds of life globes spreading out. Imperial fleet warships started closing in as they began to engage the other ships. The tractor gun was finally pulling me in and I held on until I reached the corvette.
It had turned to accelerate towards the outer system as I used the inset hull guide holds to pull myself to a airlock. I cycled the airlock to vacuum and waited for the green light before opening the hatch, I closed it after slipping in. I moved to one side where the maintenance controls were and opened the panel. I input a maintenance check cycle and closed the panel as the airlock began pressurizing with oxygen.
I started stripping out of the evac suit as soon as the oxygen levels were high enough. The maintenance cycle would prevent a alarm from going off on the bridge. I pulled the small energy knife I carried and waited before opening the inner hatch. I knew generalities about ships like a corvette, they carried a crew of fifteen to twenty. I turned to head towards engineering as I heard the bridge chatter on the ship speakers.
The ship should have two or three crew in engineering and up to five on the bridge, the rest would be in either a missile position or working damage control. I moved as quietly as possible and peeked into the engineering section. I moved quickly and sliced across an older man’s throat before stabbing into the temple of a younger man. I shut the knife off as I looked around before kneeling to search both men.
I slipped into damage control to see two men watching monitors. I had found a second energy knife and switched both on as I stabbed through the back of each man’s neck and up into their brain. I pulled them away before searching them and leaving. I kill two men each in the three kinetic missile bays and two in the weapons fire control section.
When I stopped outside the bridge the captain was cursing and yelling for his crew to answer. I moved when the crewman walked out and shoved a knife up under his ear as I started walking onto the bridge. The captain spun and opened his mouth but I was already to close and jabbed with a knife. It struck through an eye and into his brain as I continued to move.
I stabbed the scan tech through the spine as he turned and shoved the other knife through the pilot’s throat as he lunged for me. I looked around at the dying men before sitting in the pilot’s chair. I quickly checked everything including leaning over to peek at the long range scan. I turned the ship off the course it was on and headed towards the third asteroid belt.
I looked at the scan again to see the Saint fleet spreading out as they headed out of the system. No Imperial fleet ships were close so I took time to start pulling bodies to an airlock. I came back several times to check our route and the scan before sitting and accessing the ship data core. I knew that if I approached the station in a Saint corvette the automated defenses would fire on me.
I altered the SFT (Ship Frequency Transmitter) and replaced it with a private ID under my name. It was a long two days to the station before I slowed and used thrusters to nudge the corvette into an old disused barge slip. I shut down the bridge before heading to engineering and shutting everything down. Next I went to the airlock and cycled out before starting to hook up the station connections.
I did a check for Lorenz and smiled when I saw she had made it to the station. I went back aboard the corvette and to the captain’s cabin. I washed up and cleaned my clothes before going onto the station. I had to walk a long way before I could use a station tram to the central parts of the station.
When I walked into the company office Mr Ashton looked up and frowned, “about time. You destroyed my ship.”
I nodded, “and if the Saints continued to destroy everything they would have been hitting the stations next.”
He waved, “your fired.”
I sighed and walked to the desk, “you owe me for a year’s pay.”
He snorted, “I don’t think so.”
I leaned over the desk as my hand jabbed out and then I was pulling him across the desk by his throat, “you sorry worm.”
His eyes were wide and his face white as I turned and threw him into the wall, “I’ll take my pay out of your hide.”
I pulled my knife and turned it on as I took a step. He scrambled up, “wait!”
I reached for his throat, “why?”
He moved sideways towards his cabinet, “I’ll pay!”
I moved after him as he turned and reached into a drawer. He spun, “I”ll...”
I caught the wrist that held the elegant plasma pistol and twisted as I sliced across the forearm. He screamed and jerked his arm back as he let the weapon go. He backed away, “I didn’t...”
I followed as I tucked the pistol into the small of my back and he turned to pull a desk drew open, “your money is in here!”
I touched the energy knife to the back of his neck, “It better be or I’m carving a big piece out of you.”
He pulled out several large packets of credit notes, “its here!”
I took the packets and shut the knife off, “I bet you didn’t pay Lorenz either did you?”
His lips tightened and I smiled, “I was her ship captain.”
I turned him and shoved him into the back corner. I pulled a couple more packets out and slipped all four into my shirt before I looked at him, “I’ll be contacting all the other barge pilots and engineers.”
I walked out and headed towards a distant lounge, I didn’t really know what I was going to do. I did stop to contact Lorenz and give her two of the four packets I had taken. I didn’t pay attention to the news as I went to my small set of rooms. I had lost a lot of stuff when the barge had been destroyed.
I changed into comfortable station lounge clothes when I reached my small set of rooms. I went to answer the door chime and found an Imperial Captain. He looked me up and down, “Alexander Christian Steel?”
I nodded and he gestured, “may I come in?”
I stepped back, “why not.”
He walked in and looked around, “you have guts. Jumping a barge into a large ship like a battleship could have killed you.”
I shrugged as I went to sit in my chair, “actually I jumped barely short.”
He looked at me, “how would you like to work for the empire?”
I snorted, “like they would ever put me in a pilot seat.”
He sat in the other chair, “My name is Captain Jacob Jennings. I guess you could say I’m recruiting privateers.”
I looked at him carefully, “privateers?”
He nodded, “we will have to find a ship and a few more crew but I want you as the ship captain.”
I looked at the screen showing an ocean, “and what do I get out of it?”
He stood, “Imperial rank and privileges.”
I shook my head, “I want colony credit for myself and my crew.”
I stood and walked to the small kitchen, “what type of target did you have in mind for us to go after?”
He followed and nodded when I offered tea, “cargo ships.”
I handed the tea to him as I thought and took a sip of my own. I finally nodded, “you pay us for any ship we take?”
He nodded as he absently sipped his tea and I smiled, “you pay for the ship fuel and maintenance?”
He hesitated before nodding and I set my cup down, “and you give me that in writing.”
He stopped at that and sighed as he shook his head, “that I can’t do.”
I grinned, “You are trying this off the books.”
The captain reddened slightly, “yes.”
I walked towards the door and opened it, “just so you know, I already have a corvette.”
He stopped and looked at me carefully before smiling, “a Saint corvette?”
I nodded and he grinned, “just for that I will have the contract with everything you wanted delivered within an hour.”
After he was gone I used the station comm and called Lorenz. She was abrupt when she answered, “Alex?”
I smiled, “How would you like to be the chief engineer on a corvette?”
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