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.