Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Two for one|
We spent two weeks at the station while rumors spread about a new push by the Saints. I was working with captain Jenning and intelligence on systems I might want to hit. Lindell was the one I finally chose and we began planning. When we left the station it was actually like taking a deep breath.
I glanced at Peter in the pilot seat as he hummed and then at Tana as she whistled the counterpoint. I grinned at Lorenz in the holograph and she shook her head, “Ideal hands.”
I laughed as I stood and headed to my cabin for a few hours of rest. I had chosen a site outside the heliopause of Lindell on a jump point from a primary system. There was a lot of activity in the system with ships jumping in everyday. The first few had warships escorting them which we left alone.
Almost three weeks after we set up and a month after arriving two cargo ships jumped in together. I straightened and then hit the GQ after getting a good passive read on both. I began accelerating as everyone rushed to their stations. I glanced back and made room for Sonia in the spare seat.
I leaned back, “Samantha?”
She glanced up from the holograph, “prepped and waiting.”
I looked at Tana, “map them.”
She nodded and went active and the two ships began accelerating. I waited and Tana glanced back, “clean.”
I looked at Samantha, “put two missiles between and in front of them.”
A second later two missiles streaked out and exploded in front of the ships. I expected one of the ships to keep going or both but when we I ordered them to stop they did. I looked at Lorenz in the holograph and then grinned, “Samantha we are going to need two boarding parties.”
She shifted and frowned, “are you sure?”
I shrugged, “we are going to take Dillon’s Choice first and if everything goes smoothly we will move to the other ship after they kick the life boat away.”
She nodded, “copy.”
We turned to move towards the first ship and an airlock while Tana issued orders to the two ships. It seemed to take longer to dock and I sat stiffly as Peter and the boarding party swept into the first ship. I was watching the second ship with Samantha in her fire control room and sent Sonia to the airlock.
I glanced at Tana, “Tell Traveler that if there is even one trap I will blow up any life boat and space any crew.”
She nodded and turned to call the other cargo ship. It was several minutes before Peter called, “secured Alex and the boarding party is heading back.”
I nodded, “as soon as we move away start heading out and plot your jump.”
A few minutes later Sonia called, “boarding party back aboard and the outer hatch is sealed.”
I began moving us away on thrusters and headed towards the other ship, “anything on scan?”
Tana shook her head, “nothing close enough to risk skipping out.”
I glanced at her, “the other ship?”
She grinned, “already heading out and accelerating.”
I nodded and maneuvered to dock with the other ship and Tana cursed, “a destroyer is risking it and skipping out.”
I looked at her as the ships came together and we docked, “tell the boarding party to hurry.”
I began shutting a few systems down, “put everything on standby Lorenz.”
She looked at me and I gestured, “now!”
She spun to do as I ordered and I looked at Samantha, “use passives only.”
I looked back at Tana, “get to the other ship and as soon as you kick the life boats away tell Sonia to get out.”
She nodded as she stood and ran out and I glanced at Samantha, “prep the missiles but do not program the seekers.”
She nodded as I moved to watch the scan section before it went dark. I went back to the pilot seat and glanced at the holograph of Samantha, “as soon as they secure the ship and we separate begin a passive track. With our systems down they won’t see us until we fire.”
She nodded and I looked at Lorenz, “When I tell you I want everything back online, especially the skip engine.”
She grinned, “I’ll be ready.”
It was an agonizing several minutes before Sonia called, “we are kicking the life boats free and separating.”
I nodded and used thrusters to push us away as soon as I had a green light from the air lock. The cargo ship started turning and I saw the other one jump. I glanced at Samantha, “I’m blind here.”
She smiled, “it is going to be a few minutes.”
I nodded, “wait until they are almost point blank.”
She nodded and I went back to waiting and worrying. She held up her hand and start started counting down. I glanced at Lorenz as Samantha hissed, “NOW!”
The missiles launched and shook the ship. I gestured and suddenly we had power and I waited a second before I was sure the skip engine had power before skipping. I spun the ship when we came out and started a spiral, “again!”
Samantha jerked up, “it exploded!”
I looked at Lorenz in the holograph before looking at Samantha, “get up here on scan.”
I turned and accelerated after the cargo ship as it was reaching the heliopause. Samantha slid into the scan console and the scan relay sprang up for me to see. She shifted, “there is a couple of life globes.”
I almost decided to leave but knew they wouldn’t survive if I did. I cursed, “do we have anyone to lock them up?”
She nodded, “use the starboard airlock.”
I slowed and turned to head toward the first life globe, “watch insystem.”
It was several minutes before the cargo ship jumped. I went to thrusters and then drifted before the intercom came on, “capture!”
I waited and a minute later the intercom came on again, “we have her.”
I glanced at Samantha as she shifted in her seat, “strip her and search her carefully before putting her in the brig.”
That was the only good thing, warships have a brig for prisoners. I began moving towards the other life globe. Five minutes later we had capture and another female prisoner. I turned to head out of the system and before we even jumped the two women were begging us for sanctuary.
I plotted our jump and once we came out I started to relax. I waited for Samantha to get the system scanned as I started us moving insystem. I grinned when I saw the two ships, “call Peter and have him slow so the other cargo ship can dock and then call Sonia and tell her to dock with Peter.”
I changed course, “let Peter know we will dock on his port side and Sonia on his starboard.”
I waited until the two ships were docked before moving closer to dock. We had already made our calls to captain Jennings. Everyone found something to take from the two ships and we filled our tanks on the way to the station. One of the cargo ships had a small cargo of first class meals which everyone helped move to our galley and pantry.
When I walked into the lounge three weeks later it was with some very large credit vouchers. The two females we saved were talking to intel who were very happy with the information they were getting.
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