I stood before an oval door in a corridor on deck . . . oh what difference did it make any way at this time of the night, because I was bushed and I wanted to make sure that Patricia and the children were safe and secure before I called it a night for however long that lasted on this alien ship. The door to my quarters zipped open and I stepped inside to find myself in almost total darkness.
"Alright, it would be nice if I had a little bit of light to see by!" I said aloud as my eyes adjusted to the dark.
"Level, Captain?" said an unseen person hidden there in the dark.
"Who's there?" I asked as I tried to make out each shape in the room.
"There's no one in your quarters, Captain." the person answered as I nearly tripped over a chair.
"Then who the devil said that, if there's no one in my quarters?" I asked as I stood by the chair while noticing the twinkling lights that were eminating from the wall.
"I did, Captain Jack---
"Can the Captain Jackson crap and come on out and show yourself, right now!" I ordered, as I expected someone or some thing to come out of their hiding place and jump me. "Where are you hiding?"
"I'm not hiding, Captain, nor am I able to come out and show myself." the voice informed me. "I am not an android or robot, or a galaxian of any known or unknown spe---
"Okay, then what are you?" I asked as my eyes darted from wall to wall.
"I am Issac, the Dorion Adriakar's internal ships systems analytical computer---
"Lights to a moderate level then, Issac." I ordered while waiting for my command to be enacted before I began my search of the bedroom areas of my living unit for my wife and children, and, to no avail.
"Issac, where's my wife Patricia, and our children, Eric and Amber?" I asked into the air of the living room and shortly thereafter a flat screened television on the wall above a large desk activated automatically.
"Robert, I've got Patricia and the children here in the medical unit." said the voice of, and an image of, Doctor Barbara Jane Henderson from Milwaukee Wisconsin being transmitted from the wall unit.
"Are they alright Doctor Henderson?'' I asked, filled with an unquenched concern and deep worry for my family as I leaned over the desk and gazed into the vid com unit.
"I had to sedate her, Robert, but the children are fine and being taken care of." Henderson explained. "She and the children were found on one of the viewdecks and---
"I'm coming to the medical unit right---
"Robert, I wouldn't advise that right now, but I will suggest that you get some sleep." she told me. "They're resting in my care and you have nothing to worry ab---
"Nothing to worry about Doctor, nothing to worry about!" I thundered at her while also noticing that she was twirling her car keys nervously in her right hand. "Better toss those car keys in a desk drawer, Doc, you won't be needing them out here."
"They're serving their purpose right now, Robert she replied.
"Sorry for the outburst, Doctor." I told her. "Take care of them Barbara, and yourself as well, and don't hesitate to reach me as soon as they're able to see me."
"I promise." she said as the screen blackened and the transmission ended and I found myself in what was to become my home away from home staring sleepily into a blank vid screen monitor. Surely this was just a dream I was having, like Donald kept telling us, wasn't it? I mean yes, Patricia and I took Eric and Amber to Marsha and Donald April's home for a pizza party, and Alex was there as well. I arose from my chair and headed for my bedroom and gazed at myself in a mirror above a set of drawers.
"Captain, huh, what a joke, me, a space ship captain." I said to my image in the mirror before getting myself ready for bed.
"Inauctu so bevratum." the alien female said as she stood there leaning over me, while shaking me awake.
"Huh, what did you say?" I asked, as I rolled over and searched for the translator that had fallen from my left ear.
"Inauctu so overslept, Captain." she said as I checked the device to make sure that it was seated properly in my ear while she took a seat at the foot of my bed.
"I got the overslept part alright but the inact two so part, I didn't quite catch." I said having pulled the covers up and around my neck.
"I said that you have overslept, sir." she replied.
"Oh, are you my alarm clock now?" I asked as I noticed her likeness to the admiral.
"I am your yeoman, Captain." she answered. "My name is Zaella Zaranazi, from the planet Uorexua."
"How long have I been asleep, Yeoman Zara-whatever?" I asked as I noticed my wrist watch was missing.
"I haven't any idea sir, when did you retire?'' she asked me as she sat there emotionless.
"Well, most of my friends might tell you that it was when I graduated from kindergarten, but you probably have no idea what I'm talking about." I answered her. " I don't remember working to hard after that."
"What time was it when you went to bed, Captain?" she ask before cracking a grand canyon smile.
"Night time, Yeoman, only not enough of it!" I growled, and watched as her smile disappeared. "Sorry, Yeoman, I guess that I'm not dreaming after all, am I?"
"I'm afraid not, sir." she answered as she gazed at me.
"I could use a time piece, that is if you have such a commodit---
"Like this one, Captain?" she asked as she extended her right arm and gave me my first ever look at a universal vid com wrist watch.
"Nice watch, Yeoman." I answered as she took her arm back and placed it in her lap.
"It's a combination universal chronograph and video communication device." she explained to me before she stood up from the bed. "You have much to learn before the battle that is coming."
"Sayeela, sit back down if you would, and enlighten me about this oncoming battle that we're about to become involved in." I asked as I sat up in bed with the blanket still clutched about my neck.
"Well, Captain, to begin, galaxians entered our solar systems and gave us two choices, the first choice being an unconditional surrender of each world and it's inhabitants to suffer from complete dominance and slavery, or the second choice being the annihilation of each world and it's inhabitants to suffer from complete destruction and captivity." the Uorexuan explained as she sat back down on the foot of the bed.
"These galaxians as you called them, they keep your worlds and you serve them til you die, or else they destroy your worlds and you become their prisoners until---
"Yes, Captain." she replied, having interrupted me before I could say, until they had no further need of you.
"My parents, brothers, and sisters, except for one sister, and all of my realatives, except for my Uncle Kondulon, were murdered." she told me, now on the verge of tears, letting me know that she was indeed capable of emotions after all, but hell, who wouldn't be an emotional mess after the horrendous ordeals that they had been through.
"I and my sister and uncle were on Zanaria at the time." my yeoman continued with her explanation. "The Zaleens destroyed Uorexua, Andulon, Delindria, Perinna, Sanarta, Talmurra, and Uda Thane. Zanaria was able to raise a planetary shield, but not before my capture. We saw other worlds fall prey to the destruction wrought upon them by the Zaleens that have sent us ahead of themselves, to your world, to warn and to prepare you to do battle with them, when they arrive."
"So, we're all in this proverbial boat together." I said as I gazed about my bedroom unit.
"Proverbial boat, Captain?" she asked as her eyes also gazed about the room. "Should you be unable to save your world as well as our people as was prophesied, then it will be added to the list of those inhabited worlds that are no longer inhabi---
"I still don't believe that your prophesy is referring to me Sara . . . nessie!" I stormed as she made an attempt to take my right hand into her left hand and decided that it was best to withdraw it.
"My uncle believes it, Captain!" she thundered back at me as she bolted up and off of my bed.
"Yeoman, out, and that's an order!" I said as I sat there steaming. "Get me one of those watches and locate Donald April, and Alexander Scott, and tell them to meet with me and your uncle in my ready room."
"Yes, Captain." she answered as she tore out of my bedroom. "On my way, sirrrrrr!" she growled.
"Damn." I said as I was left alone to shower and shave and put on the uniform that had mysteriously been laid out for me on the bed.
"Issac, am I alone in my quarters?" I asked as I peaked around the oval doorway between my bed chamber and the living area.
"Yes, Captain, you are alone." the ships computer answered as I shrugged and returned to the bed and continued to get dressed. "Incoming communication on vid com, sir."
"Jackson, hey Jay, Robert, are you up yet?" said the voice of my best friend as the screen came to life above my desk in the front living room. "This is Donald, how about getting something to eat on this tub before we meet with you and Admiral Mahogany in your ready room?"
"I'm here Donald." I said as I hurried to the desk so that he could see me as I sat there slipping my shoes onto my feet.
"I'm a little empty you know." he said as he stepped back and took to patting his stomach.
"I was feeling hungry myself until I saw your belly." I told him as I stood there gazing at his red sunburned stomach on the screen. "Did you over do it in a tanning bed or fall into a toaster some---
"You don't even want to go there, Jackson." he answered, just as quick as he pulled his uniform top down to cover up the fact that he had gotten scalded in his shower.
"Alright then, let's meet at the vid com tower in the corridor and have Issac print us a---
"Ohhh, he scared the shit out of me too!" April thundered before he ended the transmission.
"See you in the corridor." I said to the blank screen.
The oval door to my living unit zipped open as I neared it and closed behind me as I exited into the busy corridor. Other doors slid opened and closed and I saw Donald and his family leaving their living unit as well as Alex Scott from his. Then to my utter surprise, a hand shot out from the crowded corridor and grabbed me by my collar, hoisting me up and off of the decking beneath my feet. I had the breath knocked out of me as I found myself slammed hard against the wall behind me.
"Okay Bro, I want to know where the hell I am and how in tarnations did the wife and children and I, myself, get here!" boomed the voice of my brother David, as he pinned me up against the wall with an iron grip. "Where ever here just so happens to be?"
"Hi David, and how are you today?" asked Donald April as he came to stand by my brother, which in this case happened to be the wrong thing to have done. My brother reached out with his other hand and Donald shared a place on the wall next to me.
"Apparently, he's not in a very good mood is he, Jay?" Donald asked as he turned his head so that he could see very clearly, that I was in the same predicament as he.
"No shit!" I replied nervously.
"I knew that April must have had a part in this some how, somewhere along the way!" David growled angrily. "You two connive things together!"
"Well big brother, if you would kindly lower the two of us connivers back down to the deck beneath us, we'll try our hardest to explain to you what we've been trying our hardest to find out for ourselves.!" I said as I blew up in his face.
"Yes, we . . . will try." Donald said a little more calmly as Alex Scott moved into our view and gave David a hateful look.
"He your friend too?" David asked, if one could call it asking, because it seemed to me as more of a demand to want to know than it was a question.
"Yes." April managed to squeek out.
"Wrong right answer!" my brother said as he dropped Donald and I to the deck flooring and made a grab for Alex.
"David Crockett Jackson, back off right now!" I thundered, almost gagging as my right hand shot upwards to my sore throat.
"David, no one knows to any great extent as to how or why we've wound up here." Alex Scott explained to my irate and younger brother as he prepared himself to tangle with David Jackson should he be forced to do so. I was now back up on the wall as both Donald and Alex stood there watching.
"Okay again, big brother, just you and me!" David spat out. "The two of us have gotta have a little talk, you and I!"
My brother held me as steady as steel on the wall and I had to think of something to get myself out of this mess.
"Are you hungry David?" I asked, now trying to appeal to his stomach if not to his brain.
"Humm, yeah, now that you mention it, yeah I am." he answered as I crashed to the floor, thanking God that at least David's stomach was co-operating with me.
"I can wait to pound on somebodys head after I've eaten." he said.
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