2373USS ATHENE [CSS AUDITOR]: Blue Skin
- Oct 21, 2004SD. 16.1021.1626 (GMT+0200)
-¦- Scene: CSS Auditor, Main Bridge -¦-
So, there he was. Right in the middle of a war, on a confiscated
enemy ship. Ensign Ian Hollander, assistant CSO of the Athene, was one
of the people to come over from that ship to help out the Horizon's
skeleton crew on the Auditor. But even with the reinforcements from the
Yeager and the Athene, the ship remained dangerously understaffed.
Someone had been kind enough to reprogram the entire computer in
Federation Standard. Unfortunately, unlike on Federation vessels, not
all the controls on the weapons console had a computer-generated label.
There were also some buttons with no label whatsoever. Ian just hoped
he only had to use the ones whose inscription he could read. Of course,
it didn't help that the Telmarcians didn't seem to trust the ship's
computer when it came to performing even the most basic tasks--just
like they didn't trust the Federation to administrate the Cocoon Portal
fairly--so there were twice as many monitoring screens and meters and
whatnots than on the much larger Athene.
Outside, and shown on the too-small viewscreen at the front of the
bridge, two squadrons from the Emerald Fleet were engaged in fighting
the thirty-odd enemy vessels, chasing each other around the immobile
form of OP721. Now and then one was destroyed, eliciting sighs of
relief or exasperation depending on what side it belonged to.
In a brief communiqué, Admiral Tergin welcomed the Auditor,
Manticore, Athene, Horizon, Yeager, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth
Blackwell, Dakota and Renegade to the fray with instructions on how to
tackle the Telmarc threat. In short, the idea was to show them all hell
and defend the Outpost at all costs.
They were just moving into their designated attack formation, when
Cmdr. Burke called from the Horizon.
<snip from Susanne, and more ahead>
>[Lt. Cady has beamed over to the Telmarc ship bearing 095 mark 35. Spec</snip>
>Ops is about to retrieve him.]
Ian didn't know this Lt<jg> Cady, and from all the conflicting
things he heard about this guy--or man? Or boy?--he wasn't able to form
a clear picture. Some, like the newly promoted Lt<jg> Einicrox,
believed him to be a traitor. Others thought he was the cutest boy in
the quadrant, and believed he'd done nothing wrong. Most people hung
somewhere in between, and so did Ian. But Burke's words here were clear
enough. Cady had escaped custody, and if he was guilty of nothing else,
than at least of that.
Right next to Ian at the tactical console, Einicrox hissed like an
angry cat. Andorians weren't known for their kindness, but where Cady
was concerned, Einicrox was all animosity. Thinking about the infamous
leader of the Horizon's SpecOps team--Lt. Anakin, or something--Ian
wondered if the skin colour had something to do with the fierce
Calming down a little--just a little--she looked something up in
the ship's database before responding to Burke with a plan to help the
SpecOps team retrieve Cady. She wanted to cut the Capital Market off
from the rest of the Telmarc Fleet, allowing SpecOps to work in
relative peace. The only flaw that Ian could see was the use of the
Auditor to do the cutting off. He didn't look forward to fighting off
Telmarcians in a ship he hardly knew, and much more so because the
enemy knew it all the better. Then again, he'd have that problem
anywhere in the battle, so he might as well face it here. Perhaps the
Andorian's plan would actually work.
>"Helm bring us as close the the CAPITALand
>MARKET as possible and hug her as if she were your child. Understood ?"
>Vymora was already at work to fullfill her part of the plan.
>"Guns - fire at will on any enemy ship that tries to get between uns
>the CAPITAL MARKET.Einicrox went right on with more orders, so Ian didn't bother
acknowledging his. Instead, he just set to executing them. One of the
Profits--the CSS Prosecutor, his console informed him--broke formation
and came after them. He allowed the helm officer a moment to stabilize
the ship, locked on target, and fired the forward phase cannons. The
Prosecutor deftly moved aside.
*Getting evasive, eh?* Ian snickered. The Prosecutor was coming at
them head on, leaving them only so many directions to evade the
Auditor's weapons. Ian launched a new volley, followed a fraction of a
second later by another one to the right and one to the left. He scored
a direct hit when the Prosecutor jumped to the left to evade the
central blast. Their shields flared as they struggled to absorb the
energy and the ship changed its approach vector to one more tactically
Another Profit turned towards the Auditor, coming at them from the
opposite side. Much closer by, the Capital Market was trying to keep
its distance, but the Auditor's helm followed with the persistance of a
child looking for candy.
> "Sir" a former ATHENE officer now operating the sensors of the AUDITOR"One is coming around to port, the other to starboard," the sensors
>reported, "We have two Telmarc ships decending down on us."
"Targeting the lead vessel," Ian announced, unleashing another
spray of phaser fire on the Prosecutor. At the same time, both enemies
fired their weapons, assaulting the Auditor from both sides. The bridge
shuddered a bit, but that was all.
"Shields are holding," Einicrox said, only to add, "I think." Ian
cast a quick glance to his left and noticed the Andorian's confusion
over the alien controls.
The Capital Market suddenly came to a full stop, and the Auditor
was forced to do the same. Ian was afraid they were going to do that.
Hovering right above the Capital Market, the other two Telmarc vessels
didn't have a clear shot at the Auditor's belly or even its sides, but
its top was wide open for attack. Einicrox was reinforcing the shields
there, but it certainly wasn't a situation they could endure for a long
time. Problem was, as soon as they moved away, the Capital Market was
pretty much free to go anywhere. Their best hope, it seemed, was a
quick apprehension of Cady.
"Sir," the sensors officer started and fell silent. After a brief
hesitation, he continued, "Sir, I hope I'm reading this incorrectly,
but it looks like the Capital Market has opened several hatches in its
dorsal hull. Things that look like... like repair drones are heading
towards our ship." Repair drones, perhaps, but they wouldn't come to do
do any repairs.
"Ops, can you beam them away?" Lt. Seldon asked. Ian checked if he
could perhaps reach them with his weapons, but there was no chance.
"Negative, captain. They're equipped with some kind of dampening
The sensors officer turned around. "The first one just attached
itself to our hull."
NRPG: Just putting an old Athene char of mine to use :-)
Tag, Susanne & Peter!
(Wingman Award [2x], Starfleet Leadership Medal, Blue Ribbon,
Golden Chain Award, Meritorious Service Citation, Gold Ribbon)
Commander Rudolf Fischer, CO, USS Yeager
Commander Thar Emond, departing FO, DS101
Mrell, Private Aide and Consultant, USS Nightingale
Branch Admiral Tandro Landi, Fleet PO, Cocoon Fleet
UGM USS Horizon
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