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Seventeen years ago, a twenty mile long alien ship entered the terran solar system. It was cloaked and undetectable as it hid on the dark side of the earth's moon. It released yet another and smaller three mile long alien ship that entered the orbit of earth on earth's dark side. As it circled the earth it transported people from every continent on the face of the planet, as each one lay in their beds sleeping. From that night onward not only were they (no longer in Kansas any more, Dorothy) they were no longer at nor in their homes on Earth. After a meeting with an alien admiral of a united consortium of inhabited worlds, they were informed that they were, to make a long story short, contestants of a sort, brought aboard to be trained, providing that they could be trained, in one earthen year, to do battle with the twenty mile long ship that awaited in moon orbit. The prize to the winner would be the planet Earth itself. Thirteen other worlds had played the game and had lost. Robert Jackson and the rest of humanity on the tiny blue marble known as Earth would bend the rules and cheat the aliens out of the first battle that they had ever lost. Now thirteen years later, it might not be as easy, for Jackson and humanity, as it was the first time. View table of contents...


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Submitted:Jul 31, 2014    Reads: 8    Comments: 1    Likes: 1   


"What's going on Robert, and just where in the hell, am i?" Tori asked as she stepped a few paces back to bump into Sathrana Celane as she came running through his ready room doorway.

Sathrana gave Tori a shove that about knocked her to the carpeted floor. Tori miraculously regained her balance and made way to swing her right fist into Sathrana's face.

"Tori, Sathrana, have a seat !" Robert Jackson belted out the order, and both Tori and Sathrana quickly did as he demanded while he bolted around his desk to activate the ship wide vid-com link.

"Listen up everone." he said as he took a seat.

"For those of you that were unable to attend yesterday evenings social gathering in the round forest sciences section, today just might not be your day. Perhaps you flew into a rage and are spending some quiet time in our brig for assaulting someone that you were totally unfamiliar with, because you are in unfamiliar surroundings. Perhaps you are resting in our med-bay because you aren't healthy enough to spend some quiet time in our brig, because you were assaulted by someone." Jackson said as he gazed over at Tori and Sathrana.

"Perhaps you flew into a rage and are on your way to our brig, for assaulting someone that you are familiar with, because you're getting the run around in these unfamiliar surroundings," he continued.

"Welcome everyone. This is Fleet Admiral, Robert Andrew Jackson, aboard the United Galactic Consortium flagship, Orion," Jackson said as he gave his little speech.

"Maybe, and providing that the human race lives long enough, we'll become members of the United Galactic Consortium of Inhabited Worlds." he stated.

"Not all of you have been here before, nor for that matter have you ever traveled in to space. By now, some of you should know where your quarters are and be somewhat acquainted with your personally assigned counselor who should be your mentor and guide for the rest of your stay on this ship," Jackson informed the entire ships crew and passenger complement.

Tori Buckingham raised herself up from her seat and direly wanted to say something, but Sathrana reached up and pulled her back down and onto the couch. Tori gave Sathrana Celane a light shove. The look that Robert Jackson gave them made them cease from starting a new fight.

"A few of you have granted yourselves the liberty and or freedom to traverse this vessel without being fully informed as to your duties and responsibilities for which you have been brought aboard. This has gotten you into the deep trouble that you are now, unable to get yourself and or selves out of," he went on to say.

"Yes, we are all on a starship, presently in the orbit of the planet Mars, and as of now we're preparing to depart the solar system and arrive in the orbit of a planet, by the name of Glammadren. Once there we will rendezvous with the Zaleen battle cruiser destroyer, Kalaketvia Tawn," Jackson further informed the crew while Tori Buckingham sat there, along side Sathrana Celane, disbelieving every word.

"Our current mission is to determine, beyond the shadow of any doubt, what her captain's true intentions are. And that being in regards to the safety and welfare of all the inhabited worlds in our galaxy," he informed everyone throughout the ship.

"Once again, welcome aboard the Orion, and hopefull your stay will be a short one. Fleet Admiral, Robert Andrew Jackson, out," he said as he cut the link.

"Shall we commence to the bridge and get under way, Captain." Jackson ordered as he made his way toward the door, motioning for the both of them to take the lead while he followed.

"I'm having one unholy terror of a nightmare." Tori Buckingham said as she exited the admiral's ready room. "What in the hell did they put in my drinks last night?"

Captain Celane led the way into the octagon shaped corridor and across to the bridge while Tori Buckingham and Admiral Jackson followed on her heels. One of the three oval doors parted to the main bridge and Sathrana, Tori and Robert entered onto the outer ring section. Sathrana made way to her chair on the rotating command section and Jackson nudged the nervous Buckingham down a few steps to stand in the inner ring section of the bridge, where she could face the main view screen.

Donald April hadn't arrived on the bridge as of yet but Alexander Scott was in his seat, at the engineering station. Laura Andrews was in her seat, at the communications station. Bohemeah Javreen was in his seat, at the helm operations station. Aleta Soltari was in her seat, at the navigations controller station. Tori Buckingham gazed about the vast area of the huge bridge on the alien ship and Donald April exited the turbo lift elevator and took his seat, at the sciences and main computer station.

"We ... really are ... in the orbit of ... the planet Mars." Tori uttered as shivers ran up and down her spine.

"Yes, Tori, we really are in the orbit of Mars." Jackson replied as her eyes bore into the main view screen between the engineering station and the environmental control station. Four smaller screens above the outer ring stations showed different views of the ship as it spun around in its four mile long titanium space dock bay stationed in the orbit of the red planet.

"Damn what a trip." she uttered. "And i don't even remember it."

"This is Captain Sathrana Celane, commanding the United Galactic Consortium Starship, Dorion Adriakar, to all crew and personnel." the captain's voice echoed throughout the ship.

"We'll be departing the Terran solar system in ten minutes and will be setting course for the Glammadren solar system to rendezvous with the Kalaketvia Tawn. All outer view ports will be closed and sealed shut in eight minutes," she said as she glared hatefully at Tori.

"I've got to sit down." Tori said as she walked over and took a seat at the weapons and defense station D, while Robert Jackson stood next to her and watched the central command station rotate around until the captain, helmsman and navigator faced the main view screen.

"This is Space Dock Control to the Orion." said a voice over the com system speakers. "Retracting forward and aft, central core gangways and docking rings."

"Hold us steady, Lieutenant Javreen." the captain ordered as she looked down over the helm station.

"Helm responding, Captain." the Lieutenant said as his fingers danced magically over the console in front of him.

"Gangways and docking rings released. We are holding steady." Boh Javreen relayed the information to his captain as they watched the forward gangway which held the outer docking ring, swing away from the ship while all the grid lights began shutting down, one by one.

"Central Core entry air locks are shut, sealed and secured, Captain. External running beacons are on." Javreen said from his station.

"Secondary engines are on line and ready." he added as he turned in his seat.

"Secondary at zero point two five, Lieutenant." the captain ordered as she turned to face the admiral and smiled before swinging back around in her chair.

"All ahead at zero point two five, Captain." said Javreen as his hands moved expertly over his console once more.

The Orion crept slowly out of her docking bay, in it's own orbit of Mars, as everyone on the bridge kept watch on their view screens.

"Engage all deflectors." Celane ordered as her ship cleared itself of the gargantuan space dock.

"All deflectors are on line and functioning at the norms." Alex Scott responded.

"Take us out of orbit, at zero point seven five, Lieutenant Javreen." the captain said as Davadra Adriakar entered onto the bridge and ventured over to stand beside the admiral.

"I've a ... how do you Terrans say it on Earth ... a bone ... to pick with you, Admiral." she told him as she grabbed him by the right arm. "But for now, it can wait."

"That bone that you have to pick with me wouldn't just so happen to be sitting here on the bridge with us, now would it? the admiral asked her as he detached Davadra's death grip on his right arm with his left hand.

"What do you think of her, Robert?" Davadra asked.

"The refit really does her---

"Not the ship, Robert," Davadra replied. "I mean---

"Well, Tori may be a little rough around the---

"Not her, Robert," Davadra said, interrupting him once again. "I mean---

"I think I'm going to be sick." Buckingham said aloud as she began heaving her cookies on to the bridge decking, interrupting Davadra this time.

"She'll make a fine captain aboard the---

"I don't mean Sathrana Celane, Robert, i'm talking ... about our daughter!" she said angrily, interrupting him yet again.

"You Terran imbecile!" stormed Sathrana as she spun around in her seat to see the mess that Tori had made.

"Later on in years ... she'll make a fine ... ah ... I haven't had that much ... ah ... time ... with her to ... ah ... rightly say," Jackson stuttered the words out to her.

"She favors you ... a ... lot though ... however." he ended in telling her as he stood between one mad Talmurran female starship captain and a sick Terran female that wasn't feeling so hot right now.

"Do you really think so?" she asked and watched amazingly, as Robert Jackson nodded his head yes in answer to her question while holding Sathrana at bay with his right hand.





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