"Well Yeoman Zaranazi, are we ready to go?" I asked as I stood up from the table and prepared to head back to my quarters as was ordered by Admiral Mazanurra.
"Robert, I'm coming with you." David said as he arose from the table. "Janice, take the kids and go back to our quarters, my brother and I have got to talk. And don't worry, I won't be long."
"No fighting or fussing and complaining?" I asked as I left the galley along with David, Zaella, and the others. I wanted to hurry back to my quarters and contact Doctor Henderson and check up on my family in the med unit before I viewed any red disk.
"Nah, not now any way." David answered as we all walked across the bridge and entered onto the path that led us here.
"See you on the command bridge, Donald." I said as he readied to pass by with Marsha, Andrew, and Ben. "Where's Martin?"
"Around here somewhere." Donald answered. "He probably knows this part of the ship better than any of us."
"See you guys later." Jim said as he rushed past us.
"Darla and Summer with you?" I asked.
"Yeah, that's why I'm in a hurry." he said as he disappeared up ahead. "I think she went to see Patricia."
"Looks like you're going to have your hands full now with the Perinnan security chief." I said as David and I walked side by side and I checked the time on my vid com watch. Yeoman Zaranazi tagged along behind us with her hands folded behind her back.
"Heck, I never had the slightest idea that that little twerp was going to be my superior officer or . . . Robert, tell me, where are we for real?" my brother asked as we continued down another pathway.
"We are aboard an alien space vessel from one of thirteen destroyed or dominated worlds." I explained to the best of my knowledge. "We have one year to prepare ourselves and take this ship into a battle against an invading race and try above and beyond all and everything else, not to become the fourteenth world to fall."
"Commander Jackson, when you play your red disk in your living unit, you will know, even if you do not completely understand." Zaranazi said as she walked up beside and cut in front of the two of us, stopping us in our tracks.
"Who are you?" David asked.
"I am Yeoman Zaella Zaranazi, from the planet Uorexua which no longer exists,because of the Zaleens." she explained to my brother with tears in her eyes.
"According to the admiral and his niece here, ours is to be the next world on the Zaleens list for extermination." I said as I dug for, and passed her, my handkerchief. "That's why we are here to prevent, that is we are able, the destruction of our home world."
"So we've been drafted . . . abducted, or whatever else, aboard this space ark to save the Earth and our own bacon from an alien attack force." David replied as he folded his hands behind his back.
"The admiral believes that we are our worlds only hope for the continuation of life in our solar system." I said before he took me by the right arm with his right hand.
"I don't like any of this brother." David said as we stood by the airlock portal that would lead us from the sciences section to the command section of the Orion. "Something just isn't clicking right because we sure as hell aren't the military or freedom fighters or---
"I know, lets find out what we can decipher from viewing our red disks in our quarters and we'll take the next step from that point onward." I replied as we entered into a busy corridor.
"Yeoman, may I ask you what a Slopan Sliver and a Thrug Sherbet is?" my brother asked.
"A Slorpan Sliver and a Thrug Shalurt are . . . or were horrendously fanged creatures that once lived in the worst of filth and slime or garbage in the swamps and bogs of the planet Perrina." Zaella Zaranazi answered.
"I think I've been called a pig, more or less!" David stormed madly.
"David, I've got a little over three hours before I have to report to the command bridge on this ship, so, we had best get to our quarters while time is still on our side." I told him.
"Yeah, see you around bro." he replied as he moved on down the corridor to find the security section.