A vision Suddenly appeared in Sadia’s Head. In her mind’s eye, she saw him. “MATT.” She said voice quaking. “This is Sadia Mirza all Officers report to command, I’ve located Major Stewart and he may be in big trouble’” the Horizon went on Red Alert throughout the ship.
Pilot Eric Seavers was alone in the control room as conflicting reports were coming in all over the COM system. Doris Travers rushed in the control room with a handheld blaster. Her face was red and she was breathing heavy. “We’re under attack!” She saw that no one except Eric was in the control room. “Don’t worry I won’t let anything happen to you my beloved.” She said pointing her pistol at the door.
“You’re not going to fire that thing in here, are you?”
Eric’s protest annoyed Doris, here she was trying to protect him, and he was still infuriated. “We can’t let them take the control room.” Doris informed him.
“How do we go about it, by blowing up the ship?” Eric snatched the blaster from her hand. He knew she meant well, but no situation warranted shooting off a blaster in the control center.
“I’m your co-pilot. I’m supposed to protect you.” Doris pleaded her case.
“If I wanted to feel safe I’d stayed at the Academy.”
The door slid open and Belvedere rushed in accompanied by Haffs. “Has Major Stewart attempted to contact us?”
“No sir.” Eric said. “In fact, his last report was so time ago.” Eric had an anguished look on his face.
Conrad, Quinn entered, “CAPTAIN’S IN THE ROOM.” Belvedere shouted.
“At Ease,” Quinn said. “And it’s Lt. Commander.”
“What’s going on?” Conrad asked.
“What’s going on?” Eric shrugged at Quinn. “I don’t know what’s going on.”
Sadia dashed in, “It’s Matt Stewart.”
“Sadia, where is he?” Quinn questioned.
“Do you think he’s in trouble.” Conrad added.
“I saw Matt, he was alone in a Khad cell with matted dried blood on his forehead and he was unconscious. Don’t ask me how I know.”
“So much for keeping a low profile, I thought we were just observing.” Conrad grumbled.
“Are you sure about this?” Quinn asked.
“I’m not sure but he’s in trouble. He’s in serious trouble and he needs our help.”
“Corporal Seavers, what’s the status of forming a Search Party”
“They’d been assigned and a shuttle is warming up on the docking pad.”
“Then they are ready to deploy?”
“Yes, sir and the shuttle is fully operational.”
“We’re wasting time.” Sadia said. “We have to help Matt,”
“First we have to find him.” Quinn admitted.
STS-131 suited payload egress training (FFT PLD EG 91019) at Building 9 – FFT. Photo Date: September 14, 2009. Location: Building 9 – FFT. Photographer: Robert Markowitz.