Quinn signaled the ship wide COM link. “May I have your attention? To alleviate confusion, I am reporting the following. We have received data that indicates there has been a large gathering with continuous weapons fire in the area where we believe Major is presently at. In approximately one half hour, we will be sending a search team to the surface that will decide what measures to take. That is all.” Quinn slammed his fist down to shut off the COM. “You have the crew manifest?”

“Right here,” Eric responded. “The teams already marked.

“Haff’s, you gather the search team.” Eric handed him the handheld Comlink. “Eric, you’re in charge of the control room. Doris, you stay with him. Sadia, Chief let’s go to the docking bay.” They hurried from the control room.

Eric moved to the center seat and Doris joined him. “I don’t like the way this whole thing is going.” She admitted.

“As much as I hate to admit it, I agree with you.” He turned to her and touched her hand. “Still we’ve come too far to turn back now.” He gripped her hand in his and gave her a reassuring smile. “The truth is this is the adventure we signed up for. So, we might as well get used to it.”



Chief Conrad stood at the entrance to the makeshift Recon section. When he saw Haffs and Matsui come around the corner he looked down at his watch. “What took you two so long?” he demanded.

Haffs laughed having told Keiko that would be the first thing out of Conrad’s mouth.

“We stopped by my quarters.” Keiko explained.

“Oh really,”

“What’s on your mind Sergeant,” Keiko alluded to his response. “He was just showing me some courtesy,”

“Courtesy, we have to earn courtesy around here.”

“Sorry sir, it won’t happen again.” She said rolling her eyes.

“See that it doesn’t!” He looked at Haffs. “As for you,”

“Don’t be hard on him Serge; he was just doing his job.”

“You’re not one of my officers, so I don’t need to hear your opinion. Is that clear.”

“Clearly noted Serge,”

“That’s Sergeant. Let’s get one thing straight, I don’t like you. Until further notice I will be keeping both my eyes on you.”

“Look all you like, I don’t mind.” She turned to give him a nice view of her shapely body in her tight jumpsuit.

Haffs was grinning ear to ear. “Next time Chief you can deal with her.”

“They keep going out of scanner range.” Quinn announced coming out of the recon room.

“It must be the atmospheric conditions.” Matsui explained.

“Thank you for your expertise.” Chief brazenly remarked.

Quinn decided to put an end to the conflict. “Dr. Matsui are you saying we can’t pinpoint The Major’s position?”

“I’m afraid it’s up to Major Stewart to signal us his position. Still if we dip below the interference, send a tight beam in the direction of that Village, he may be able to get it.”

Conrad was impressed but He still wouldn’t admit it.

“Can we, do it?” Quinn asked.

“Absolutely sir,” Matsui assured him, “the problem is will Major Stewart be able to answer it.”

“Well if anyone can figure it out Stewart can.”


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