-The Last Chance-
// July 25, 2512 (Earth’s calendar), 22.00 //
// EAF Aeshma Cruiser, Orbit of Isu 7 in the Isirius system //
Who would have thought that all those years studying to become a navigator would lead me to this place. Hundreds of light years away from my home planet: Earth.
When I decided to become a starship pilot, I was thinking that I would be in the middle of huge battles piloting between asteroid fields and trying to give a better angle of fire to the gunners, but I was wrong. That type of job is given to the best of the best, and since they don’t give me a single chance to show what I can really do, I’m stuck here in this empty system trying to find some Neo Terrans forces. At least, I’ve been assigned to an Aeshma cruiser which a lot of pilots would like to have between his hands since the Aeshma is a new generation class of military warship. With 600 meters in length and 55 levels, it’s the biggest cruiser in the space navy of the Earth’s Alliance forces. Packed with more than 25 missile tubes, 50 machine gun turrets and 2 powerful Magnetic Mass Drivers on the front end of the ship it can even compete with a first generation dreadnought.
I’ve been on this ship for 7 weeks already and nothing has hapenned since then. My job is to pilot this bulky spaceship through the Isirius territory while the others on the bridge are sleeping or scanning the area from time to time to be sure no rebel forces are in the area. Rebel forces, eh, never saw any of them. I couldn’t even tell who they are actually. Maybe my job is totally useless, but then, why would we be patrolling this whole system for so long? There must be something here. Anyway, I shouldn’t ask myself those questions, because as my superior, captain Burton, would say: “Unlike me young boy, you’re not paid to think!”. And yet again, another planet without any sign of life. I’m really losing my last hopes of seeing some action during this “mission”. Now moving to the next planet… It’s a shame that we can’t use subspace tunnels to move short distance like this. They say it would be too “dangerous”, but no one ever tried, so how could they know? I promised myself to try it someday, I bet it would work. But for now, I just need to turn this big boy toward Isu 8 and wait five full days before being close enough to scan it.
// July 26 2512 (Earth’s Calendar), 2.00 //
// EAF Aeshma Cruiser, Isirius System //
“Mr. Burt, I need you on the bridge A.S.A.P!” the captain yelled aggressively into the intercom. very surprised by this unusual sentence, I didn’t even replied, put my uniform on and ran to the bridge in a matter of seconds. Every other member of the bridge crew were already sitting and working at their desk. It took me a few seconds to realize what was the actual problem but then I understood, we had received a transmission from a rebel group in the area. The captain was looking at me with some unusual angry eyes and he asked me to take position at my chair and to listen to the transmission.
// loading Transmission #01981 received on the 26 of July 2512 at 01.57 //
“…Here is the commander of the NT forces stationned in the Isirius system. I don’t know what you’re doing in this area but I can’t let you fly in our space any longer. You have two choices, leave us alone, or keep patrolling our area untill you find out our real position. As a leader myself, I already know what will be your descision, but it will be a mistake…beeeeeeeep”
// Trasmission ended //
I turned back to see the captain in his chair. I knew what he was about to say and I knew I would be happy to hear it so I asked him: “What’s your orders sir?”. He looked at me for a couple of seconds, and slowly said: “Let’s pay them a visit. Move the ship to coordinate 990227.5590.0”. I entered the coordinate, the ship rotated slowly and I saw that we were heading toward an asteroid field. I turned to him again, and asked: “Sir, this transmission clearly came from a pod dropped in the sector, we have absolutely no way to determine where the rebels are. So, if I may permit myself to ask, why are we heading toward this asteroid field?”. He had a smile and replied: “My instincts, young boy, simply my instincts”.
This was the short first chapter of a sci-fi story I had in mind for a long time. I’ll keep adding chapter as I write them. Next update might be only next weekend tho. I hope you enjoy it…if you don’t tell me and I’ll stop writing it ;). I’ll be waiting for your comments! and if you have any ideas/suggestions, drop them here!