ONLY TWO MORE EPISODES AFTER THIS ONE
INTO THE FIRE
The INVISIBLE HORIZON pulled around the planet to get a look at the incoming enemy. Two battle ships were dropping transports to the surface leaving them wide open for attack. Quinn transferred the ship controls to the center seat. He could override the computer; his basic instinct wasn’t to trust a machine in a situation like this. “Tactical.” A schematic materialized in front of the view portal showing the two Khad ships. “Prepare to fire all forward cannons.”
CAUTION IS ADVISED
“Caution for what?” He bellowed clearly annoyed.
INTEL INDICATES THE KHAD WERE BRIEFED WE HAVE CLOAKING ABILITY, YET THEY SEEM ALMOST CARELESS IN THEIR ORBIT SELECTION
“So why is that our problem? We need to get rid of these ships as fast as we can, so we can help our people below.”
SORRY REGULATIONS 30-2248 PARAGRAPH 16 STATES NO EARTH SHIP SHALL EITHER ENGAGED OR RISK ENGAGEMENT WITH AN UNKNOWN ENEMY UNTIL ALL INFORMATION ON POSSIBLE STRATEGIC COUNTER CONDITIONS CAN BE ANALYZED. FURTHERMORE…
“That’s enough. I’m giving you a direct order so carry it out.” Quinn stood. “Prepare forward weapons.”
WEAPONS MAXIMUM EFFECTIVENESS IF LAUNCH AT ZERO POINT SIX-NINE-NINE. WE WILL BE IN POSITION IN LESS THAN THIRTY SECONDS
The Horizon moved steadily towards the Khad Ships. Suddenly the control room was bathed in red light as the sirens came on. “Mother what’s happening?” Quinn screamed over the noise.
A THIRD SHIP HAS ARRIVED, AND WE HAVE BEEN TARGETED
“But how…? They can’t detect us?”
WE HAVE INCOMING
Quinn couldn’t believe it. “Bring the force field to maximum. Hurry!”
It was too late.
The blast from the Khad ship sent the Horizon tumbling over and the ship righted itself just in time to get hit by the second blast. The stabilizers were the only thing that saved the crew from being smashed against the bulk heads.
In the Control Room debris was everywhere, the lights are out, and all is pitch black except for the consoles glow. The area where the center chair used to be is shattered and the wall behind open to the corridor.
Upon seeing this Keiko activated her headset. “Jim, are you, all right?” There’s no reply. Keiko shined her light to the spot where the captain’s chair should have been. Keiko struggled up and over to the center area and look around. “Jim!”
“Seavers reporting, I’ve got Haffs and Belvedere with me.”
“We’re okay.” Peter announced.
A few seconds later a faint groan could be heard. Keiko looked around. “Did you hear that?” Keiko shines her torch in the direction the sound came from. The groan sounded again. She moved forward to see Quinn on the ground, lying protectively over Doris Travers debris covering Quinn’s back.
“Quinn’s here,” Keiko hurried over to him.
“We lost the Control Room in the blast.” He mumble disoriented aloud. “Did WE lose the Horizon?”
“No, we haven’t lost the Horizon, at least not yet, and we did not lose you.” Keiko told him.
ALL SYSTEMS ARE OFF LINE
“Get us the hell out of here.” Quinn ordered.
MAIN ENGINES WILL BE OFFLINE FOR 30 SECONDS
“Then switch to manual,” Doris said from below them.
“Manual thrusters full speed ahead.” Seavers said at the helm.
The Horizon lurched forward and traveled along the planet’s atmosphere. It managed to get beyond the dayside and into the darkness on the other side of the planet, the battleship in hot pursuit. The HORIZON had to out run them or be destroyed.
ONLY THREE EPISODES LEFT
THE NATURE OF OUR SITUATION
“Drea this is Alison, my Shuttle is under attack.”
“Alison what is your position?”
“We’re getting our butts kicked up here.”
“This is Drea I’m coming to assist you. Jet; return to the Horizon. There’s no point in both of us getting killed.”
“Who said anything about getting killed?” Jet changed course to catch up with Drea who had a big lead on her.
Drea’s ship cut in front of the emergency shuttle and steered towards the incoming interceptor missiles.
“Listen to me, I will increase my forward force field and discharge a solar burst. Hopefully this will cause the missiles to lock on to me and I can lead them away from you.”
“Can’t we just blow them out the sky?” Tatiana asked.
“Not a chance, I might get two or three but the others will have you guys. They have to be lead away from you.”
Jetsenia arrive just in time to see Drea’s maneuver. She watched the bright flash appeared in the sky as the shuttle went one way and the S10 went the other. It worked as the missiles turned to follow Drea and were easy targets for Jet’s pulse cannons.
Then their missile warning system lit up again. This time it was further off. Off to their left they saw a white flash. “Something has just launched.” Jet announced.
“This one is way too big to be ordinary rocket.” Drea added. “Where the hell did it come from?”
“Drea those sneaky bastards have a hidden launch base.”
“No shit Alison. But where is it located? Run a diagnostic Ruthie.” Drea ordered. “Hurry before it reaches our altitude.”
Ruthie’s ship had advanced computer relays that the others lacked. “I’m on it.” Her onboard screen lit up with schematics of images. Then it read possible alien technology. “I got a ninety percent match. It’s a dual stage ICBM.”
“I lock in the coordinates when the missile launched.” Tati shouted. “The base is twenty kilometers down east. Oh, shit guys their target has just revealed itself. Drea It’s the COMPOUND!”
At the Compound Matt and the colonist received the message, “They’re a lot smarter than we gave them credit for,” Deforest said to Matt with a dejected sigh.
“Yeah, BASTARDS,” Matt said sporting a glower, “Where in the hell did they get those long-range missiles?”
Maggie heard him and walked over, “They were probably already there hidden in solos.”
“I thought they were abandon and empty.” Matt admitted, “I wanted to nuke them anyway,” He turn to look for April, “But that would have been an act of aggression. Omori Shi may be ugly, but he’s no fool.”
The loud speaker boomed; “INCOMING”
Matt realized all eyes were on him. “OKAY. Time for plan B!”
“There’s a plan B?” Maggie asked.
Sadia just smiled at her. “There is now,”
“EVERYONE, TO THE COMPOUND!” Matt yelled, “FORCE FIELD FILL MAXIMUM POWER, everyone inside and hold on to something and brace yourselves.”
First there was a sonic boom then the projectile hit the barrier. The explosion and shockwave was surprisingly mild. “THE FORCE FIELD HELD,” Sadia screamed.
Matt took a deep breathe, on the screen it showed how much power remained in the generator. “Strike team, do you read me?”
“Drea here, You guys still there?”
“Yes, but we won’t be if we sustain another missile hit. You have got to take out that Launch base or it Farewell,”
“Understood, pray for us. Drea out,” and they all began to pray.