Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: In the middle of battle|
We took a few extra weeks to relax before going out again. I was looking at a fringe system the Saints had renamed Christopher. One of the things I liked was the fact that it was a high tech system so anything coming out would bring a high price. I started planning and made a few checks on the estimated enemy strength.
I didn’t like the vague answers or the looks I got from the intel people. While we were at the station Lorenz and Andy had looked at the missiles and found a way to almost triple the yield. They and David started to alter the missiles as I loaded the supplies. I sat in the captain’s seat while Sonia moved us away from the station.
It was actually a relief to head out again and I glanced at Samantha on scan as she hummed. Three weeks later I was the pilot and plotted our jump. When we emerged Tana jerked up, “oh shit!”
I looked at her, “what?”
She relaid the scan as I turned the ship and the holograph repeater sprang up to one side. I jerked as I saw at least a hundred ships fighting in the system. A large freighter was moving through the battle at its fastest speed. I looked another few seconds, “Samantha?”
“I see them.”
I glanced at Lorenz in her holograph, “keep the jump and skip engines ready.”
I turned to Peter leaning forward in the captain’s chair, “see the freighter?”
He snorted, “you want to go into the middle of that?”
I looked at the holograph once more, “they are ignoring it but what strikes me is the enemy.”
Samantha snorted, “they are keeping the fleet action clear.”
I nodded, “if they are trying to get it out I would like to see what they are carrying.”
I looked at Lorenz and she hesitated before nodding and then at Peter who was frowning but nodded too. I turned and changed course as I accelerated straight for the freighter. Tana jerked, “MISSILE!”
I glanced at the display while beginning to spiral the ship. The destroyer that had fired was beyond effective range and the missile would take over ten minutes to arrive. What was worse for the destroyer was the fact that they had turned away from the other warships. It exploded under their concentrated fire.
I glanced at Samantha, “put a missile ten kilometers in front of it.”
I kept our ship on an erratic course and looked at Tana, “when the missile goes off send out our warning.”
The missile streaked away as I slowed the ship, “don’t kick the life boats away until just before you jump Peter.”
He stood, “okay.”
The freighter hesitated before slowing and then coming to a stop. I think what helped was someone began jamming all the comm frequencies right then. I rotated the ship as we approached and slowed to use thrusters. The corvette docked smoothly and I waited nervously while watching the scan repeat display.
It felt like a long time before Samantha came on using the intercom from the airlock, “secure and ready to go.”
I nodded, “tell Peter to go.”
I waited a couple of long minutes before beginning to undock. I stayed close as the freighter began accelerating. I glanced at Samantha when her holograph from weapons control came up, “anything heading this way?”
She shook her head, “it looks like the battle is breaking up though.”
I nodded and prayed they would leave us alone long enough to jump out. Samantha hissed, “A cruiser is skipping towards the freighter.”
I cursed as I looked at the scan repeater and then frowned, “prep the missiles.”
She frowned at me and I smiled, “we aren’t using a SFT and this is a Saint corvette.”
She grinned and then laughed, “we will have one shot.”
I snorted as I looked at Lorenz, “prep the skip engine.”
As the cruiser came out of skip to one side the comm came to life and I turned the ship, “fire!”
It was almost point blank and the six missiles slashed out. The cruiser didn’t have time to do anything as the six missiles impacted and ripped it apart. I rolled the ship and turned to follow the freighter, “Status Tana?”
She grinned, “most of our side are headed this way and the Saints are forming up on the way into the system.”
I nodded and then glanced at the scan repeater as the lifeboats were ejected from the freighter. It was a minute before it opened a wormhole and jumped. I plotted our jump and hit the jump button and waited for several moments before we jumped out. When we emerged I headed in and waited for the scan.
Tana sighed, “The freighter is ten thousand kilometer ahead and to the starboard.”
I glanced at the repeater and changed direction, “let Peter know we will dock on his port side.”
I maneuvered closer and sent a message to captain Jennings. Once we docked I put the ship on standby, “anything on scan?”
Tana shook her head and I stood, “I’ll be checking the freighter.”
The ship was huge and it took awhile to find the cargo master’s office. I sat and tried to access the cargo list but it had been deleted. I used a comp to unlock the ship safe and found data sticks which held the cargo manifest. I grinned as I went through it and then headed for the captain’s quarters.
I tossed a fancy engraved plasma pistol to Peter when he walked in and turned back to the captain’s log, “we hit a jackpot.”
He snorted as he walked to the desk, “it better be.”
I frowned at the log entry for the destination, “this isn’t right.”
He looked over my shoulder and then squeezed it, “I think we just hit a bigger jackpot. I bet when we check the Gal chart that is an unlisted system.”
I used an empty data stick and copied the log, “I need to check the ship’s nav system.”
I headed to the bridge and smiled at Sonia and Tana as I pulled up the nav system. I grinned at Peter who had followed me, “they deleted it here too.”
I sat in the captain’s chair and opened the comm to call captain Jennings. Our trip in seemed longer than normal but I spent it with the crew as I planned a trip to the unlisted system. We had to dock at another bay since the freighter was so large. I waited for Andy with Samantha in the airlock and then sent them back to our ship.
Jennings had two men with him, one was fleet intel. He looked at me as I led the way to the cargo master’s office, “we received a report that an enemy corvette saved and escorted this ship out of Christopher during the battle.”
I grinned, “and destroyed a cruiser with only six missiles.”
He looked at me as the intel officer turned. I smiled, “we did a little tinkering with our missiles.”
Jennings grinned, “send the after action report to me and add the tech details.”
I snorted, “encrypted.”
We made three times as much for the freighter and when I returned to our ship they were already loading six new missiles.
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