NEW STAR HORIZON

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.
“That’s good.”
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.

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