Tadeb looked over the terminal. Everything was in place. The fake distress call had been sent. The fake sensor readings were in place. Now he would wait. Then he would strike.
Most humanoids were unable to servive in the vacume of space for a prolonged time but he could. He could not be in space without an e.v.a suit indefinently but a few days was not a problem. This mission would not take days. In theory it could be over rather quickly. That was the hope.
The Carolina was a scout vessel that was part of star fleet patrol fleet. It was smal and cramped. It was designed for utility not comfort. It served it’s purpose.
“I should have not have said anything!”lt Rene Picard said.”what’s that? “Lt j.g Natasha Ryder asked. “At the first contact dinner I mentioned to my dad I would like a command of my own. I ment in a few years. I did not mean a glorified shuttle! ” Rene said.
“Captain! We are getting a distres call from a talerien freighter. They say they are experiencing engine trouble. “Lt. Broskel a benzite said.
“Send the coordinates to my station!” Rene said. He got the coordinates. The ship set course for the freighter. “Course plotted.”Natasha said.
“Why are the teleriens this close to Cardesien space? I understand that the teleriens and Cardesien are part of the kitomer coilition but given the bad blood between the two,I would not risk it.”Rene said.
“I thought you wanted excitement Rene ?”Natasha said. “I did!”he said. “The other ships are on there way!”a bolien said. “Have them stand by. We have no idea what this is. ” Rene said.
Tedeb could empathically sense the presence of the crew of the scout ship. He knew they were getting closer. He would soon be able to challenge them.
The scout ship headed to the source of the distress call. They had no idea that it was am ambush.
“We are nearing the source of the dibre!”the benxite said. “Scan the area!”‘rene the pilot and commanding officer said.”I am detecting dibre. It is telarian.I believe that the vessel was destroyed.” the bolien said.
“Whoever did this did it fast!”Natasha said.” sir The dibre was not recent. “Broskel said.”it’s a trap! We are getting out of hear!”the commanding officer said.
The scout vessel tried to get out of the way. The Cardesien augment left the debre field. He appeared to fly though space. The augment arrived at the ship.
“We have incoming! “Natasha said the Cardesien arrived at the ship. He seemed to walk though the walls of the ship.
The augment entered the cock pit.he appeared to have the ability to walk though walls. Was he phased or something else? The crew was shocked.
The benzyte got up. His eyies emitted a kind of pulse. The Jr officer was vaporized .
The chasers were locked away. Rene figured that the Cartesian would never let them get to the weapons.
“What do you want? “The officer in charge asked. “I want the ship! I will have it!”the man said. “Who are you? I am thinking your true way?”Rene said.
“Surender and you will not be harmed. I am only interested in the ship!”the augment said. “What is your aim with the ship?”Rene said.
Rene suspected it was probably some kind of Trojan horse style invasion it attack. The true way was a quasi political and religious group. They opposed Cardesien involvement in the kitomer coalition. He was guessing that this was a plot to pit the federation against the Cardesien and fracture the alience. At the same time emberes the detopa council who support the partnership.
There was rumors that the true way were involved in genetic augmentation. This was similar to earth ‘s eugenics program that led to the rise of Khan Singh. It seemed that those rumors were true.
The Augment went for the bolien.the bolien tried to lunge into the attacker.the man’s eyes emitted the weapon at him. The officer was vaporized.
“You have no choice ! I am basically in charge of this ship any ways so why not yield?”the cardesien said. “Never! You won’t my ship! You Wil do it without my help!”Rene said. “Or myine!”Natasha said. “Very unwise!” the alien said.
Rene knew that they had to resist but did not know how to accomplish that. The cardesien was in charge of the ship effectively. The ship was basically under the control of the attacker. The alien did not have actual control. Might made right but only to a point.
Rene had to think fast. That was not much to combat generic enhancements. Rene lapped to his feet. He set up a forcefield. His eyes fired on the force field. The field held. The augment was furious. “Deactivate that field!” the cardesien insisted.”what you will destroy the ship if I don’t?”the star fleet officer in command said.
The cardesien was furious. The commanding officer could tell that. The cardesien tried to back them to a corner.
He had to come up with a longer lasting solution. He had to do it now. Time was of the essence. That was not an understatement. He was known for thinking on his feet. That was his reputation.
He scanned the area. After a scan by the computer ,he was prety sure that he found what he could find It.
The ship went to warp. Natasha. Had no idea what he was planing.she trusted him. She knew he only did what was absolutely nesciary. She would not questione him. She knew he had a plan even if she did not know what that was.
The ship headed for a nebula. It was a tactic many star fleet captains might attempt. Many if course have. He was out of options.
The ship headed into the nebula. He hoped maybe the nebula would render his abilities neutralized. He had no idea if that was the case. He released the force field. Natasha was shocked that he would attempt something this bold.
The cardesien augment found he could not operate in the nebula.he would not just give up. He decided to try to get the upper hand the old feshoned way. He hit him. Rene struck him back. The two wrestled though the ground.
They exchanged punches. They Rolled around they punched.they kept doing that over and over .the Victor was undetermined for quite some time.
Natasha went and took out a phaser and fired on the attacker. The phasers did nothing. The nebula did not effect his natural armor.
Natasha wanted Rene out if danger. She knew him sense they were both babies. His parents we’re friends with her parents. She went from being his best friend, to having the turlurian plaugue to being friends. She wanted it to be more. She cared for him deeply.
He punched the super cardesien. He punched back. He had quite a punch. Rene would not yield. He May not be as strong as tedeb but he was just as determined.
Natasha fired again. She had the phaser on kill. He barely did any damage. She went for a head schot. She fired. He stumbled. He got back up. Rene punched him.
He fell over. He collapsed. The blast took a bit but he keeled over.
The two hug each other. “I was so scared for you!” she said. “I was scared for you! “He admitted.
After a few minutes of embracing,they decided to get back to work. The scout ship left the nebula.
The vessel randevez with the rest of the patrol task force. The true way planed to have tedeb seize one of the patrol ships. They would have a fleet standing by . the ship would collide into the observation post at the planet cafeer four. The fleet would strike and would capture the sector.
They hoped that the victory would inspire citizens of the cardesien republic to overthrow the elected civilian government and ask the true way to form a new government.
Now that would not happen. The true way would not give up. This was a major set back. This would bring the federation and cardesien republic closer together not further apart as the plotters hoped.
Both Rene ans Natasha were given comidations. Rene hoped that this would bring him closer to getting a major class of a starship in the fleet. When he got a command he would definitely want Natasha as his exo.
This is set in the early 25th century.
The cardesien union is now a republic. The detopa council is an elected border with a written constitution.
This is rewrite of the previous post.I was not pleased with the earlier version but liked the concept.
In 2401, the Cardesien union had been transformed into the Cardesien republic. A once warlike empire replaced by a peacefull stabilizing force.
A group opposed to the reform called the true way revolted. They seized control of the planet sucrora.they declared it the real Cardesien home world.
While the federation has returned to it’s roots. They have returned to exploration. They have responded when necessary.
The planet m 137 was a planet that was near territory belonging to the federation. The true way claimed it as well. Star fleet mantaned an unmanned facility on the planet nicknamed planet rougue. A team came to checked it out every six mouths.
“Scan for any ships in the area!”the officer in charge ordered. The other officer began the scan. “I am nit detecting anything sir. “The female officer said. “Ok move in closer to the planet. Prepare to land. “Lt. Jr grade Rene Picard ordered.
The scout ship moved closer to the planet. The vessel began to land. The landing was complete. The Door opened, the four officers excited the smal craft. The officers headed toward the facility. The facility would have all the data the setilites gathered on true way activity in the sector.
Standing orders was to be eternally vigilant. All scans showed the planet to be life less. They still had to be carefull. Truy way optitives loved to diploy mines or other Bobby traps.
They neared the facility. Lt. J.g Picard entered his password. All of the team members had to give there hand print. The door opened. The team entered. They were inside. “Corbin Jefferies proceed to the reactor. Conduct the usual diagnostic then report back. Natasha with me !” he said.
The door closed . other doors shut. They were trapped. Some kind of door way opened up. Corbin prepared to open fire. A mobile mine came though. He tried to dodge it. The mine exploded killing Corbin.
The rest of the team got there phasers ready. Another door way opened, Jefferies fired. A Cardesien came though. The man fired on Jefferies. Then he phased away. Natasha went over to Jefferies. The officer was dead.
The two ran to a doorway. Natasha tried to override the lockout and open the door. Rene attempted to cover her. The door way could oppen any where. It seemed that this was a planned ambush. The purpose of the attack was not clear.
Ensign riker did everything she could think of to oppen the door. They both knew that Time was not on there side. At any time a door way could open. Either a mine or true way soldier or any other surprise they could think off might come against them.
Natasha was an expert on computers. She was well versed in technology. She was highly saught after for missions such as this.after multiple attempts she thought of something. She jumped at the chance and gave it a try. She had no idea if it would work or not. She had no choice but to try.
The door opened. The two ran out. They had there phasers ready. “It worked?” Picde declared. “Why rin you sound surprised. What ?.you don’t have confidence in my abilities?”she asked.
“No of course not tash! “Rene said.”we need to seal this door!”she told him. “If we do we could be trapped ” Rene told him.
“We have no Choice. According to the tricorder, only the bay is susceptible to the doorway. Somehow the bay was slightly removed from the space time continuum. I don’t think they can use the gateway in hear. At least not yet. I have no idea how long that will last. ” she said.
The two officers revealed the hatch. He knew that she was right but he stil was concerned by all this. It was a risk.
The team continued to move out.they kept going. They tried to get to a computer terminal. She scanned the terminal. “The terminal is rigged with explosives. ” she reported.
“Of course it is. They think of everything. “Rene said. “Indeed they do. Lets see if maybe there are other terminals that have not been tempered with. “Natasha suggested.”lets see. Can’t hurt to look!”he said. “Agreed”Rene said.
The two made it to another terminal. She scanned it with the recorder. “It is boobytraped!”she announced.
To the officers in charge’s astonishment, she went for the terminal. “Tash what are you doing?” Rene Picard asked. “As i suspected. It was a false reading.they were trying to fool us. Scare us into cowering in fear. The syustom was purged. They erased everything. “She said.
“So they got whatever information this facility had accumulated and we can’t get to it. “Rene said.
“It would seam so!” he said. “I am guessing that they are either planing to mobilize near hear or unleash some kind of weapon perhaps a biogenic or either kind of weapon of planetary destruction. “Natasha said.
“They have to be up to something. I am sure of that. “The Sr officer said.
“They have gone to a lot of trouble to keep us hear. ” she said. “Yes they certainty have. “He said.
They heard noise.someone was heading there way. Rene decided to engage them. They got there phasers ready. A Cardesien fired on them. They returned.
Natasha ducked the fire. She nearly made it. Rene fired. The scooter seemed to divide himself.
Starfleet and allied intelligence suspected that the true way was experimenting in genetic augmentation. This seemed to include some Kind of bilocation.
The Cardesien split into five.they all came at them. Rene fired on the head of the first scooter. The rest vanished. The scooter fell to the ground.
The scooter was dead. They got the disruptor. “I am detecting multiple augmentation!”she said. “There were rumors that the true way had been researching genetic augmentation. It Seams its true !”Rene said .
“It is like they are toying with us. Taunting us. They have the information. They May have this planet. “She said.
“The true way is a quasi political and religious. Mayby they want to prove the superity of Cardesien over humans or over the federation. “He said.
“We should get moving. “She said. They got moving.they made it to the command deck. The control room was like the rest of the facility.it was smal. The base was mostly automated. Use by actual people was on routine visit that ocured twice a year. There were not a lot of creature comforts.
She tried to access the back up files. Mostlikly they had been erased as well. Mayby there were in a hury.
“If my parents knew what I was doing right now they would be in a panic!” tasha said.”she cannot sense you?”he asked. “Not from this distance. I hope. Hopefully grandma can’t. “Natasha said.
“You think you have it bad tas,I was born later in both my parents life. I am surprised they let me go to class which was on the other side of the ship. “Rene said
“You think we will make it out of hear ren?”she asked. “I am not giving up? “Rene said.
“Secondary backup files were erased. “She said. “I am not surprised. This sector is remote. An attack on the Cardesien republic or the federation would be impractical at this juncture. “Rene said.
Rene motioned for her to follow him. “What’s going on?”she asked. He turned on the outside monitoring devices.
“They are trying to steal the scout ship. My gues they will arm it with a biogenic weapon. The vessel will head for star base 492. It will detonate the weapon. The true way can force the federation to pull out of the sector. They can curve all enough sector to lunch sn invasion of the republic. “He said.
“I am attempting to activate the photon launcher. Its off line. “She said. “I have another idea. ” he attempted to override the shops functions from his watch.
The scout ship left the ship. “They are clear of the planet. “She said. The vessel stayed on course.
“There is no way to stop that ship now!”Natasha said. “Mayby there us!” the commanding officer said.
It j.g Picard went to the bay. He took a device he found on the augmented Cardesien. He activated the doorway.
The officer emerged on the ship. The vessel was on auto pilot. He cod not deactivate the auto pilot. He took out a phaser. He set IT for over load. He tried to open the doorway. It would not oppen.
It had to be done. His sacrifice would hopefully save federation and Cardesien lives. He hoped that his action would stop a war. The scout ship exploded.
Natasha saw the ship explode. She started to cry. She turned around and saw Rene. “How are you hear?”she asked. She hugged him and held him tightly. “I have no idea. The ship exploded and then I was hear. “He said.
They repaired the com relay. Then the u.s.s Constantinople arrived to pick them out.
With the plot thawed the invasion was postponed. They had dodged that bullet. Calm returned to the region.
Was this a fluke between Rene Picard and Natasha Rucker. Time will tell.
Rene Picard was the son of Jean luc and bevily Picard. His character was used in the poker book star trek the next generation novels that took place after star trek nemesis.
Natasha Ryker is the daughter of William t Ryker and Deana troy Ryker. In the destiny novels Deana appeared to be poised to lose the baby. Intervention by aliens called the queler . alowed her body to be restored an bring her to term.
In the. Noval needs of the Manny, a mobilization of the star trek on line, Rene and Natasha married. Rene did not join Starfleet. That was a parallel universe.