Gender: Male Age: 54 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Taking a councilor|
We got a large bonus for the freighters and the two cruisers. Lorenz wanted to go over the ship with Andy and David so we spent two weeks on station. Peter, Samantha and I began going through the reports from systems and chose Saint Siegfried. We left the station and after going up and over the asteroid belt Lorenz grinned in her holo, “skip.”
I checked the grav reading and plotted a skip before touching the button. The ship jumped quickly and smoothly and we came out just as smoothly. I looked at Lorenz and she grinned, “we did some work on the...”
I waved a hand, “do not spoil it. You know us pilot monkeys can not follow it anyway.”
She grinned and I heard Andy and David laughing. I began plotting skips and an hour later we were on the heliopause. I checked the long jump plot before opening the wormhole and jumping. I turned and started towards our spot above the heliopause as Samantha finished her passive scan and put it on the repeater, “two cruiser on the edge of the skip zone and four destroyers deeper in.”
I nodded and relaxed as the ship seemed to run smoothly, “merchant traffic?”
She chuckled, “four cargo transports leaving deep insystem and a single freighter going in on the edge of the skip zone.”
It was a week before we were in position and another three before all the warships were out of immediate range to skip. What made me sit up and take notice was the SFT a small cargo transport was using. I hit the general quarters and accelerated. I glanced at Samantha when her holo appeared, “put a missile in front of the transport.”
She looked, “it is a small...”
I growled, “do it.”
A few moments and the missile streaked away. I glanced at Edgar, “watch the warships insystem.”
I looked at Andy in engineering, “warm up the skip and jump engines.”
He nodded and I looked back at Peter and Sonia, “they may fight when we board. Peter I want you to check the crew in the lifeboats carefully if they do not. At least one is going to be a Saint Councilor.”
His eyes widened and he nodded and I turned back, “send the warning Edgar.”
The transported did not stop and I growled, “put the next missile a couple of kilometers in front of it.”
It flashed out and detonated moments later. The ship rolled and turned but kept going. I shook my head, “tell them I am putting six missiles in them in ten seconds and start a countdown.”
Edger nodded and at the count of eight the ship suddenly slowed and came to a stop. Edgar cleared his throat, “the warships are heading out. One tried to skip but it looks like something went wrong.”
I nodded as I closed with the transport and began slowing to dock. As soon as we had a seal Samantha’s boarders opened the hatch. The crew from the transport began firing but my people were ready and the modified prospector hard suits stopped the rounds. I was watching the scans as another ship tried to skip.
Time seemed to crawl before Samantha growled from the intercom, “we have him and the ship is clear.”
I spun to look at the scan, “close the hatches and kick us loose.”
She came back, “what do I do with this councilor asshole?”
I grinned, “strip him and shove him into the brig.”
I waited until I had a green light on the hatch before I began using thrusters to move away. Peter started the transport moving and kicked the lifeboats out. I hesitated to bring our ship alive and follow as I watched the enemy destroyer skipping out. I glanced at Samantha several minutes later when she appeared in the weapon control holo, “prep the missiles.”
Edgar gasped and I glanced at him before looking at the scan repeater. I cursed as I turned the ship and measured the distance, “fire!”
I plotted a skip as six missile streaked out and hit the button. The battleship did not even have shields up as the missiles impacted and we skipped. I spun the ship as we came out behind the battleship and Samantha did not wait for me and fired six more missiles. I plotted and hit the skip button as the battleship was hit once more.
I twisted and rolled and turned when we came out and once more we fired. I hit the skip button as twenty large missiles launched and we skipped. I was sweating as we came out and turned while rolling and once more we fired. The battleship was ripped apart as something inside went. I turned and headed out and two destroyers jumped in between us and the jump point.
Samantha was cursing as she launched another six missiles, “we only have six more!”
I skipped and spun to see both destroyers being ripped apart. The destroyers skipping out stopped as I turned to head out. Peter had already jumped out and a few minutes later I jumped. When we came out I headed insystem as Edgar began scanning. There were a dozen cruisers on the edge of the system as I reset the SFT.
I found Peter and headed towards him. After we docked I sat back and shook for a minute as Edgar grinned and Samantha began laughing. I stood and looked at Sonia, “watch the ship for me and start shutting down.”
I headed to the brig and walked in to the councilor cursing at one of my men. I smiled and leaned against the wall, “well it looks like we caught a bloated scum sucker.”
My man laughed and then shook his head before heading for the hatch. The councilor glared at me, “I will see you dead.”
I snorted, “how would you like to walk to the station?”
He turned, “you will get nothing from me.”
I smiled, “want to bet? Before we reach the station you will tell me anything I want to know.”
I turned to go to the transport and the captain’s quarters. Mostly the ship was only carrying luxury items for senior officers. What made me grin was what the councilor had tried to delete from the comp in his room. The captain’s comp access let me retrieve it and save it on a data stick.
I sent an encrypted message to captain Jennings before letting the crew move to this ship. I returned to the brig and smiled at the councilor as I opened his cell and held up a shock stick, “first I am going to use this to burn your testicles off. Then I will start on each of your major muscle groups until you are only a quivering blob. That is when I will start asking questions.”
He backed away, “you can’t. It is against the conventions.”
I smiled as I stalked towards him, “but I am a pirate and not subject to the conventions and you are not a soldier so they do not apply anyway.”
He hit the wall, “wait! I... I have information.”
I smiled as I waved the shock stick, “you will give it to me when I finally begin asking.”
He looked around in desperation, “I have credits and can tell you how to get more.”
I started extending the stick towards him and he screamed and began talking and talking and talking. He gave me unit positions, system strengths, movement orders and much more. He also gave me the time and place of a major shipment of credits for their fleet payroll. When I walked out he was kneeling on the floor and crying and I had not even touched him.
I returned to the transport and went straight to the fresher in what had been the councilor’s quarters. I opened the access panel for the sewage and reached in to pull out a large bag. I closed the panel before opening the bag to see stacks of credit notes. I grinned and closed the bag before heading to the bridge.
I sat the bag on the captain’s seat when Peter glanced back, “we just got a bonus.”
I gestured to the bag, “fifty million credits from the councilor’s own account. He was going to buy a star yacht.”
He grinned and then laughed, “to bad it is not any good.”
I laughed as I glanced at Tana who smirked, “but we can get it converted and will only lose half.”
He laughed and nodded as I brought up the system comm and sent another message to Jennings. It was answered immediately with a request to dock at the military station. I shook my head and sent my answer and looked at Peter, “they want us to go to the military station.”
I moved to relieve him, “the holds are full of luxury items.”
He grinned as he moved and I sat and began a check. It was three weeks before the corvette separated and moved to our docking bay while I brought the transport to another. Two men stood by the airlock with the councilor while I shut down. I let my people leave first when I opened the airlock.
A dozen fleet officers and two security guards came aboard to take custody of the councilor. The two admirals with Jennings were stone faced as I dropped the data stick into his hand, “he gave up a lot of information.”
He nodded but did not say anything as I held up a data cube, “we had to destroy a battleship and two destroyers to get him out.”
That had an effect as he froze with wide eyes and the two admirals looked at each other. He cleared his throat, “you fought a battleship with a corvette and won?”
I grinned as I started walking, “we only have six missiles left so we would appreciate it if you sent over more to replace what we had to use.”
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