Space Station Zebra Episode 3 (The Enemy)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Eli is forced to take on new responsibilities, meanwhile the Zebra crew meets the enemy for the first time, but perhaps the true enemy is the enemy within...

Submitted: January 09, 2012

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Joe and Eli stand in the Engineering spaces in front of a large machine with interconnecting pipes and valves.
 
Joe: Alright kid it's time you carried your weight around here.
 
Eli: I don't do maintenance, I don't know how, and I don't want to.
 
Joe: This is the oxygen production plant.
 
Eli: That's nice
 
Joe: It's your responsibility now.
 
Eli: You had better want me to take a fucking picture of it.
 
Joe: All you have to do is start it up every few days.
 
Eli: That doesn't sound to hard, how do I do it?
 
Joe: We have a procedure.
 
Eli: That sounds easy.
 
Joe: Yeah, well, unfortunately it's not that easy, it's a little tempermental. It doesn't start all the time.
 
Eli: okay
 
Joe: Everyone who's operated this has kept a journal on operation, to pass down the tips and tricks.
 
Joe hands Eli a small green book.
 
Eli: Okay, cool.
(He opens the book and reads a passage)
 
Eli: "Valve B6 needs to be jiggled a little to open." okay. 
 
he looks closer
 
Eli: This entry is 200 years old!
 
Joe: Yeah it's a bit of an antique. Just a heads up, the last few guys have become a little eccentric because of this.
 
Eli: "the machine has been responding well to BLOOD SACRIFICE!"
 
-Opening sequence-
 
Eli walks into a passage way Bob is standing there with a box on a cart.
 
Eli:What is that.
 
Bob: laser welding torches
 
Eli: Cool can I see one.
 
Bob: They aren't toys.
 
Eli: Okay they definItely have to be cool.
 
Eli opens the box and and pulls out a small handle, when he turns it on it looks just like a lightsaber.
 
Eli: Oh my god! It's a laser sword.
 
Bob: No it's a welding torch.
 
Eli I know a laser sword when I see one.
 
Bob: No such thing exists, in what tactical situation would it be appropriate to use a laser sword?
 
a short young man walks up behind them
 
Craig: Hey guys how's it going.
 
Eli: hey hold this 
 
eli hands craig a welding torch. Craig turns it on.
 
Eli:Hold it up
 
Craig holds it in front of him
 
Eli swings at Craig's weldings saber, Eli's torch passes directly through Craig's, and cleaves Craig in the chest
 
Craig falls on the floor gurgling and coughing.
 
Eli: Oh my God!
 
Bob: What the hell!
 
Eli: I thought the swords would bounce off each other.
 
Bob: What would ever make you think that!
 
Co's stateroom
CO: The ummm... new arrivals are coming today.
 
XO: You mean the enemy forces, who were sent here on accident.
 
CO: Not accident, the enemy legitimately believes that Zebra is part of their territory.
 
XO: Who do they think has been running it for the past two centuries.
 
CO: If they're anything like Earth Central Command, they probably don't care.
 
XO: Good point
 
Hallway
 
Eli: Oh my god, Oh my god!
 
Bob: What's done is done, he should've recognized you were an idiot long before you swung at him.
 
Eli:You think he'll wake up?
 
Bob: No.
 
Eli: So do you know anything about the oxygen generator?
 
Bob: Who told you about that?
 
Eli: Joe told me to fix it.
 
Bob: Stay far away from that thing, it will kill you.
 
Eli: I've been reading through these journals, the last ten pages have been written in what I hope is blood.
 
Bob: Those things are evil too.
 
Eli: We need oxygen, I'm gonna need to find out more about it.
 
Eli walks off
 
Bob: No! It will take your soul!
 
Co's stateroom
 
XO: So do we have any idea what these guys look like?
 
CO: I didn't get a description.
 
XO: How about this, are they human?
 
CO: No idea.
 
XO: Do we have any clue who the enemy is, why they're the enemy or anything?
 
CO: I think it was a border dispute.
 
XO: We are the border.
 
CO: Probably why it's best not to tell the new guys who's in charge of it.
 
Two men with black hair, pail skin, covered in bright medals in dark red uniforms walk through the air lock
 
The XO is waiting to great them
 
XO: (Shouting and waiving arms) DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH!?
 
they look and each other and respond
 
ENEMIES: (Shouting and waiving arms) YES!  (they speak in thick slavic accents)
 
the XO turns his head for a minute and the proceeds to great them
 
XO: I'm the executive officer Welcome to SSZ Kareem Nebula, Defense Force, Mission Force. Where are you from?
 
Enemy1:This small talk is tedious.We wish to begin are work here immediatly.
 
XO: Fair enough.
 
XO: Normally we'd start you guys out with a suicide watch, but we're a little low on manning, so lets just get you settled in. What are your occupations?
 
Enemy2: Espionage
 
Enemy1: Assassination
 
XO: Jesus Christ.
 
Enemy2: In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti.
 
Enemy1: Amen
 
XO:Catholics, really?We don't really need an espionage artist, just go work for the chaplin, you seem to have an idea about that kind of stuff.
 
Enemy2: Is the chaplain catholic?
 
XO: I don't think he believes in God.
 
Enemy1: And What shall I do?
 
XO: Go to the Engineering control room and see if you can help them out, pick up a qual card.
 
Enemy1: As you wish.
 
 
In the Engineering control room Eli walks from panel to panel
 
Eli: Do you know anything about the oxygen generator?
 
Control panel guy: Quiet I'm adjusting station's mood lighting.
 
Enemy1 enters the control room.
 
Enemy1:I was sent to help and... GLORIA PATRI! Is that ze VFDP?
 
ELI:What?
 
Aaron leans over his panel as if to protect it.
 
Enemy1: ze ventilation fragrance distribution panel, it controls ze various scents sent out through stations ventilation.
 
Eli: What the hell are you talking about, it always smells like old milk and pet dander.
Enemy1 looks at the panel.and nods.
 
Eli: Aaron, what the hell?
 
Enemy1: Can I operate on zis panel? I had to use one, before I was sent to ze assassin school.
 
Eli: Assassin School?
 
Officer: What do you know?
 
Eli: Assassin School? (higher pitch)
 
Enemy1: The switches open various fragrance banks to portions of station ventilation systems.
 
Eli: Your an assassin?
 
Officer: Okay, that's a start.
 
Eli: A start! Before he walked in you had no fucking idea what that panel was for. And did he say he was an assassin?
 
Aaron: It's true!
 
Officer: Aaron one more word and I'm going to get the tazer out again.
 
Eli:  it's a useless system, and Aaron deserves some sleep, and food, and a long fucking shower. Also why do you have a tazer? And also someone tell me why there's an assassin in the Engineering control room.
 
Officer: Fine, give me a couple hours to route the paperwork, and we'll put you on  watch.
 
Aaron lets out a gleeful noise.
 
zap
 
Eli: Hey red, do you know anything about oxygen generators?
 
Red (enemy1): It depends, there are many types, that use various methods of oxygen cultivation, I might understand some of the theories behind the-
 
Eli: I'll take that as a yes. Come with me.
 
The XO is sitting in his quarters
 
XO: (Talking to himself) I sure hope those two new guys settle in okay.
a distant laughter echoes through the hallways.
 
XO: HELLO?! 
 
The second enemy enters the chaplains office
 
Enemy2: Hello?
 
Chaplain: Well hello.
 
Enemy2: I am sent here to assist you.
 
Chaplain: You're a little pale for my taste, but you'll do.
 
Enemy2: I'm not comfortable with your implication.
 
Chaplain: Listen I'm about to take my pants off, and unless you can do some amazing things with your hands, you had best follow suit.
 
Enemy2: I don't think I like it here.
 
Chaplain: You think you got it rough? I'm not even gay! But you play the cards your dealt.
 
Enemy2: Why do you do such things?
 
Chaplain: We can have this dialogue later, now we must focus on the passion of the moment.
 
Enemy2: This is a terrible place.
 
in the engineering spaces at the oxygen generator Red looks at it while Eli reads his book and starts drawing runes in blood.
 
Red: This shouldn't run. It's broken.
 
Eli: Not an option, unless you have a better gas to breath this has to work.
 
Red: what are you doing
 
Eli: Apparently the gods of chaos must be summoned for a proper startup.
 
Red: This offends my religious beliefs.
 
Eli: Well if Jesus was willing to be summoned I would have gone to him first!
 
Red: where did you get all this blood?
 
Eli: I had a big lunch.
 
Bob and another guy walk behind Eli as he continues to read.
 
Eli: Crap, I should have finished reading, I need a human soul.
 
Bob: Now!
 
the large man and bob grab Eli and put a bag over his head.
 
Red: Oh thank God.
 
Bob: Take him to the cleansing chamber.
 
the large man drags Eli off as he makes muffled screaming sounds
 
Bob: your coming too. (he points at red)
 
CO's stateroom.
Captain: Where on earth did the executive officer go? He was supposed to meet me here. I hope he didn't get caught in the chaplains office, I hatie losing good men to that monster.
 
 
the room has a ronald mcdonald statue sitting on a bench, a partial drum set. Various inspirational posters and a plethra other ecclectic items.
 
Eli: Where is this?
 
Bob: tThis is the cleansing chamber Eli, you need to purify your soul
 
Eli: how?
 
Bob: We're gonna get high.
 
Eli: What, what about the less than 0% no drug lock down.
 
Bob: We don't have any bioanalyzers. Unless they catch you red handed, they can't prove it.
Eli: So do we just never get them shipped in.
 
Bob: Actually we got a shipment in this morning.
 
Eli: What happened to it?
 
Flashback
Bob hacks at a wooden box with a welding saber, random machine parts are sliced apart as Bob hums the theme song to indiana jones.
 
Eli: Bob, how did you order this?
 
Bob: Order it, fuck man, I grow it.
 
Eli:Where.
 
Bob: oxygen garden, 46% hydroponic marijuana.
 
Eli: We have an oxygen garden!
 
Bob: Yeah, you think we've been summoning eldrich evils to create oxygen for the last century?
 
Eli: Well yeah, we have a coffee maker that uses piss, I'm willing to believe a lot of things
 
Bob: Well as it so happens the last few times we've had to seal a hell mouth in the engineering spaces it became more trouble than it was worth.
 
Eli: Why haven't we destroyed the oxygen plant?
 
Bob: The operators have been pretty protective of it.
 
Eli: Well I'm the operator now, and I say we take the fucker down!
 
large man: YEAH!
 
Eli: Who the hell are you?
 
Bob: This is Greg, he's Craig's brother.
 
Eli: Who's Craig?
 
Bob: The guy you nearly killed eight hours ago.
 
Eli: Oh yeah, sorry about that
 
Greg: Don't worry about it, these things happen.
 
Red: (already smoking) I like zis place, except for the clown, he makes me feel awkward.
 
The group walks to the Engineering spaces, they walk on the oxygen plant, and it's running.
 
Eli: It's been started! Who could've done this.
 
Bob: Something terrible has happened.
 
XOs stateroom
CO: Tom! Damnit Tom! are you in here, You are two hours late for our meeting.
the Captain kicks the bathroom door open to find a wide eyed and very dead XO with a burning welding saber sticking out of his mouth.
 
Red, Bob, Eli, and Greg stand in front of the captain, in his quarters
 
Captain: So um new guy.
 
Bob: We call him red sir. 
 
Captain: What's his real name
 
Bob: No fucking clue... sir.
 
Captain: Well, um, Red. It says in your record that you are an assassin, it just so happens 
our executive officer was assassinated. 
Red: I didn't do it sir, I have an alibi.
 
Captain: Really?
 
Eli, Bob, and Greg start frantically motioning.
 
Red: Yes sir, I vas smoking hydroponic marijuana from oxygen garden, that we can't analyze for because the bioanalyzers were destroyed by welding swords.
CO: What!
 
Eli: What! No, I just met him a few hours ago. Way after he killed the XO.
 
Bob: I'm pretty sure when we first met him, he was talking about assassinating someone. And he had blood all over him. So naturally, you can trust nothing else he said.
 
Greg: I saw him do it!
 
Red: no vait!
 
Bob and eli staring out a window into space.
 
Eli: Executed at dawn, bad luck.
 
Bob: That's what snitches get.
 
Eli: I wonder who really killed the XO.
 
Bob: We've been having a few assassinations a month for a couple years now,
 
Eli:What?
 
Bob: Yeah I even have a betting pool going.
 
Eli: Really?
 
Bob: Yeah it was after I dissolved the suicide pool.
 
Eli: Why'd you do that.
 
Bob: People kept betting on themselves.
 
Eli: Oh that's just cheating.
 
Bob:Yep
 
Eli: $2,000 on Greg, I hate that guy.
 
Bob: Shhh. Here it comes.
 
a man in a red suit flys out into space, and explodes leaving blood splattered on the glass.
 
Bob: Nice knowing you Red.
 
Eli: Oh man, I could've used that blood.
 
Bob: Let it go man.
 
-Ending Credits-
 
Eli in engineering control room.
 
Eli: Sir I'm gonna qualify on the vfcp
 
Officer: The what?
 
Eli: The one with the deranged, bearded, stinky man in front of it.
 
Officer:Sure, you apparently know about it, your qualified. Good job.
.
Aaron stands up, and Eli sits down. Aaron pulls out his catheter and tries to hand it to Eli.
 
Eli: I'm good man.
 
Eli starts turning switches.
 
Officer: *sniff* *sniff* What is that? Lavender? I hate lavender! You're disqualified! Aaron get over here and relieve this hack.
 
Aaron groans and walks back towards the panel.
 
Outside the control room a large man with glasses stands by the oxygen generation plant
 
Rodney: Did it please you my love?
 
Rodney: What's that, you require more? As you wish.
 
-to be continued-
 


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