CHAPTER 14 - LAVAN SYSTEM
The Nosan maneuvered to a nearby asteroid in the Lavan system. John knew that the system was quiet and he knew it was risky being so close to Punan space but he had little choice the Nosan was running low on key minerals needed to run the ship.
Commander Kotan looked to a distant crewman and said "Collect what you need you have ten hours before we leave" she was aware of the ship being vulnerable and close to enemy space.
A distant crewman shouted "We've picked up a good supply of hydrogen and the materials we need."
She and the Captain had been tense for days and needed to speak to him.
Apart of her kicked herself thinking she was stupid and she had never done that before in her fifteen years serving on different ships.
She shook her head as she saw shuttles emerge towards the large cluster of asteroids.
Things were tense on the ship but the crew carried on as normal John was working with Jogan on a virus. So far they had a difficult job trying to decrypt Iquan computer language.
But they had succeeded and were planning to plant a virus using a distress beacon as a ploy using a probe broadcasting an Iquan distress signal. The probe would use a powerful laser to broadcast the virus which would disable enemy ships.
The Nosans klaxons began to wail as the enemy approached.
The Captain quickly emerged onto the bridge to see three large enemy destroyers in front of them emerging from hyperspace.
"Have they seen us?"
Commander Kotan replied "Yes they are en route and they'll be on us in four hours."
The Captain was concerned knowing they were taking on supplies "Tell our ships to finish up and to get back here."
The commander looked to him "We've got a problem."
"Because of the strong gravity of the gas giants the hyperspace engines are unable to work. It would take us six hours to be clear of it but the only place close enough is past those enemy destroyers."
The captain said "That's not good."