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The Galaxii Series Omnibus 1 By Christina Engela Characters: 5243

Updated: 2018-06-29 12:01


"Lt." He called. Nordyke's eyes found him. "Still no reply from the station?"

Nordyke blinked again before confirming. "No, sir. None."

"Encrypt and send following to Rear Admiral Hobbs, Space Fleet Core Command: Antares reached Starbase 91 at this time, starbase completely destroyed, wreckage displays signs of violent attack by large Corsair force. Attached is black box transmission from Starbase 91 dated five days ago. Proceeding to rescue one survivor. No sign I.S.S. Holbrook in vicinity. Standing by for further instructions, compliments, I.S.S. Antares, Falcone. J, commanding."

"Aye, sir!"

"Helm – hold this position."

"Aye sir!" Ensign Linson replied from the helm station.

"Ensign Kneal, " He called the weapons operator, "Keep the shields up, weapons on standby."

"Aye, sir." Samantha Kneal snapped smartly.

"Right – someone contact Dr. Payne, tell her to meet us in transport with her medical kit and a stretcher. There's a survivor over there, and we're going to look for him. Commander Jones…" he said, rising, "You're with me. Lt. Nordyke?"

"Sir?"

"Inform Commander Nore he has command, and have a squad of security marines meet us at the transmatter ready for an incursion."

"Yes, sir."

"And if anything goes pear-shaped while we're over there, somebody phone me!" Falcone jibed, rising to his feet.

"Respectfully sir, " Ripley interjected, "We're in a potentially hostile situation – if the ship should be attacked by Corsairs while all command officers are off the Antares, that would place us all – and our missi

and strain. She went up to him and placed a familiar hand on his shoulder.

"Are you okay, sir?" She asked him gently. The old man nodded as he received a sidearm and holster from Lt. Hanson, and clipped it onto his uniform belt to his right side.

"Yeah." He replied, and gave her a strained smile.

"I heard about the starbase – everyone has." She intimated. "What do we do now, sir?"

"I don't know, Jaki." Falcone said numbly. "We go in, get the survivor, and wait for Command to send further instructions. It was a Corsair attack... the biggest ever – which means there could be a war, and this ship is not in any shape to actually go into battle right now."

Falcone looked at his Chief Medtech with a serious expression.

"All right, let's get this over with." He said abruptly. "Places, everyone."

The team boarded the jump platform, with the marines taking places on the outside of the circle, to surround the rest of the party. Falcone gave a thumbs-up to the operator behind the control desk.

"Ready." Falcone said.

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