On The Way ~ (Chap. 1-3)

This is a novella I've been working off and on since the summer and I decided I would put the first three chapters out for the world to see. Now I don' t want to spoil too much of the plot here but it involves a supply ship going across the galaxy and the problems that arise on the journey.

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1. I

The star cruiser Axium II detached itself from Ulari Station and set out towards the Logi System where it would deliver military supplies to the Galactic Federation base stationed there to quell the civil war that had started on the planet Logi 115. The Axium II initiated it’s lightdrive and tore off through space.

 

Sitting at the helm was Space Commander Jian Harrison, a man of fair complexion with short black hair. He was a quiet, thoughtful type, favouring thinking through problems rather than thrusting himself and his crew into danger. He wore an all white suit, minus his black boots, with multiple medals pinned to it.

 

Next to him stood his second in command, Amanda Kyles, a woman of average height with shoulder length auburn hair and green eyes. She was only a few years younger than Harrison but still regarded him her senior because of his years of experience in the military. Often he would rely on her for advice whenever a situation arose, and more times than not he would act on it.

 

“We will reach the Castor system in about an hour Commander” reported one of the navigation officers.

 

“Thank you Captain Petrov. Begin charting our course through Castor and into the Alime system.” replied the Commander.

 

“Right away sir” Petrov said with a salute as he went back to his station on the main deck of the ship.

 

The main deck was a long wide room with a viewport in the front. In the middle, on an upraised platform was Harrison’s seat from which he commanded. All around were cubicle like stations with flashing buttons and Holoscreens where crewmen scuttled about seeing to different functions of the ship.

 

The ship itself had a long rounded figure with the main deck protruding out from near the rear end of the ship. Its gunmetal grey hull was complemented by the dual red stripes running up the middle of the ship. This signified that it was not only a Federation ship but a freighter, designed purposefully for moving goods and not for combat.

 

For defense the Axium II was equipped with twin G230 laser cannons and a G105 missile launcher. These were all hidden on the belly of the ship, to give the appearance that it would be defenseless in the event of an attack. It was also equipped with a small fighter squadron to defend against smaller targets. Most Federation transport ships were built to look unsuspecting as opposed to the military dreadnoughts which were equipped with all manner of firepower.

 

As the Axium II  flew through space Harrison went over the briefing file on the civil war that had broken out in the Logi system. The two factions involved were the Alki, an alien race native to the Logi system, and the Mori, a species that have immigrated to the system after their homeworlds had been decimated in the 500 year war when the Federation was nearly wiped out by the Tsari Empire.

 

The Tsari Empire was a militaristic power that valued things such as death and honour very highly. For many Tsari, dying on the battlefield was the greatest honour one could receive. The war started when the Tsari jumped from the Sexta C galaxy where they had nearly conquered every species to be found, to the home galaxy of the Federation, Andromeda XII. From there war broke out, culminating in the year 3246 when the nearly broken Federation finally beat back the Tsari to their home galaxy.

 

The Logi system crisis started when relations between the Alki and Mori, which were already stressed due to racial prejudices from the Alki, worsened when a band of Alki extremists attacked an Mori bulk cruiser that was carrying refugees. This caused immediate backlash from the Mori who began plundering Alki trade routes and hitting Alki space stations. To resolve the conflict the Federation established a military presence in the system to keep order until relations between the two races could be reestablished.

 

Harrison read the rest of the file on the civil war on his Holopad. As his eyes began to haze over the words he heard Captain Petrov speaking to him.

 

“We should be coming out of Lightspace in twenty minutes Commander.” he said, looking up from where he and his crew were stationed on the deck.

 

“Good, prepare to disengage the lightdrive Captain, and reduce speed.” replied Harrison, snapping back to reality.

 

“Right away sir, but there is one thing” Petrov continued.

 

“What is it?” Harrison questioned.

 

“A distress signal, sir” answered Petrov “would you like me to send it to you?”

 

“Yes Captain, send it to my Holopad.”  Harrison ordered in monotone, he was used to hearing about unidentified signals that usually turned out to be debris or waste floating through space.

 

“Right away sir,” Petrov replied sending the signal to Harrison’s Holopad.

Harrison furrowed his brow while reading through the distress signal. It claimed to be from a merchant transport had a malfunction with its lightdrive and needed assistance. He read it over multiple times and gave it over to Amanda saying “What do you make of this Ms. Kyles? Should we move in to assist?”

 

Grabbing the Holopad from him Amanda looked over the signal and replied “It doesn’t seem harmful to me sir. I think that as part of the Federation we are obligated to help them.”

 

“Yeah, I figured you would say that” he sighed. She passed the Holopad back and he continued “Captain once we get out of Lightspace plot a course for this distress beacon.”

 

“Aye sir” Petrov replied.

 

“Ms. Kyles arrange a shuttle crew to be ready to board the transport and repair their lightdrive” he said to Amanda and as she began to walk away he said “and Amanda?”

 

“Yes sir?” she said, stopping and looking over her shoulder to face him.

 

“Maybe tell the weapons crew to start charging our cannons, just in case. I have a funny feeling about this.” He ordered.

 

“Good idea sir” she replied and turned away towards the door.

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