Chapter One – Destination
CHAPTER TWO – Meet Thine Enemy
AUGUST 15TH, 2115
9 MONTHS AFTER THE VOTAN MARS ARRIVAL
6 MONTHS AFTER CAPTAIN JACK BARETT AND THE CREW OF THE ALNOS EXPEDITION DEPARTED FROM EARTH’S SPACE STATION THE MORIA
THE BRIDGE OF THE ALNOS VESSEL
Jack stands before the Bridge main window, and looks in the distance at the Mars Colony below…
Taren is at the Helm. Taren is about a 24 year old girl, who has short black hair, and dark blue eyes. She’s very serious about her Pilot position… And very good at it.
“That thing is huge… I wonder why they’re only sending 80 colonists every 8 years up here… They have 850 plus civilians living in a facility that could hold 20 to 30 thousand easy…” Jack thinks to himself.
Just then Siri enters the bridge… Siri is a very attractive 27 year old Russian girl, whose body is 42.7% Cyborg… She has spiky white hair, and doesn’t try to hide the fact that her left arm is 100% cybortronics…
Siri nods at Taren as she approaches Jack… Taren nods in return.
“I’m not sure how you got them to allow me to come Captain… I usually consult much larger operations…” Siri says as she stands slightly behind him, also casting her gaze at the colony below.
Jack looks at her with his sad brown eyes “Yeah, well… They also only assigned 50 Robo Marines to this mission, which I insisted they raised to 85… Which still isn’t enough” he explains, then makes his way to his Captain’s Chair.
“Soldier Botts Sir…” Siri replies.
Jack looks at Siri “Yeah… Well… Whatever… They’re not Human”.
The Zorin Ordoff then enters the bridge “Greetings! Greetings! I am most excited” he speaks.
Siri looks at the Zorin, then Jack “Sir…” she speaks as she pardons herself, and leaves the bridge.
“Good morning Ordoff… I hope your 6 month rest left you feeling alright…” speaks Jack as he looks over some figures on his screen.
“Oh, quite sir…” Ordoff speaks as he approaches the main window “And there’s your colony… Brilliant… Brilliant I say” he turns back towards Jack.
“35% of the technology in that structure is Zolan conceived… Well… Not Zolan conceived, we did borrow a bit from the Neendro-Dun…” he speaks at Jack, who isn’t really paying attention, yet murmurs out a courteous reply.
“Eh, heh…” well, not so courteous really.
Ordoff steps right next to Jack… His four green scaly arms twitter their fingers, which catches Jack’s attention… He looks up into Ordoff’s large black eyes.
“You don’t care for us Zolan all that much, do you Sir” speaks Ordoff.
Jack closes his screen… “You’re alright… Caused a lot of death on my planet trying to figure out diseases… But your intentions always seemed to be good… At least from what I’ve heard… And like I told Colonel Richards, you’ve really helped us out in the Space Travel department…”
“I see… I see” responds Ordoff as he looks for somewhere to sit.
Jack pushes a button, and a chair comes out some 10 feet away from the Captain’s Chair.
“Oh thank you Sir” Ordoff replies graciously as he sits.
“The Votan ship is coming into view Sir…” speaks Taren.
With this Jack and Ordoff stare wide eyed at the enormity of the Votan Ship.
“And you’ve never seen, or heard of the Votan Race, right?” Jack speaks at Ordoff more than asking.
“No indeed we have not… But their ship technology is most impressive… Interesting that they allow their shield to be seen like that” speaks Ordoff.
With this Jack walks up to the main window “You mean that green glow around it?” he asks Ordoff.
Ordoff is quickly at his side “Yes… Very odd… With that kind of technology, they really shouldn’t need to reveal their shield” he explains to Jack.
Jack looks at Ordoff impressed with him already “Really…”
NEXT TIME… CONTACT