“We are receiving a communication from the unidentified ship, sir.” The head communications officer reported. A bead of sweat ran down the Captain’s forehead. And the blood drained from his face.
“Any advice?” Richard Green asked, turning to his first mate.
“Take the other route next time.” James said with an unusual cheer to his voice. Richard Green chuckled but inside he was terrified and torn. He knew he should have listened to his advice. He knew this was his fault. He knew they were probably going to die if this really was Cpt. Luis’ flagship.
“Doesn’t Cpt. Luis have a Mercenary group that he leads?” Captain Green said nervously.
“He did have a mercenary group that he led.” James responded almost jokingly. Richard gave him a hard stare to try and tell whether he had given up on life, or this was all one big joke. Either way Richard had to keep his head on straight.
“Sir, we are receiving a transmission from the unidentified space craft.” Captain Green swore and shifted in his seat. He was at a loss for words so he just nodded and motioned for the communication officer to patch it through.
Soon a man with a light goatee and moustache came on screen. His dashing green eyes coupled with his dark eyebrows and sharp face structure made him ideal for mind games. Just looking at him made you cringe with fear. The man was wearing a small grin, but that was not as noticeable as his dark, pirate tri-corn hat. Captain Green stuttered and stammered around to find words, he tried to look tough and menacing, but couldn’t bear to look the man directly in the eyes.
“Ah, you must be Captain Green.” The man said with a slightly charming thin English accent.
“I am, and you are?” Richard Green asked, gesturing to the man. The man looked shocked.
“Richard, I’m offended! Surely you know who I am.” He said, giving the Captain a hard drill.
“How do you know who I am?” Captain Richard Green asked, shifting in his seat.
“Oh, I have my sources.” The man replied extremely casually. “After all, I am known for my deceit, aren’t I Mr. Watkins?” The man said, shifting his gaze to James. James became red in the face and began to stammer over his words.
“Nonsense, I know not who you are!” James defended. Captain Green looked at James with a questioning look on his face. Is it possible that James had led him into a trap? No, he wanted me to take the other route.
“Captain, he is using deceit this very minute to make us question each other!” James continued his defense while Richard Green pondered who was lying.
“What do you want?” Green finally asked the man who was obviously Captain Luis.
“Your cargo, kindly.” Cpt. Luis answered in an honest tone that almost made it sound like he was asking if he could have it for free.
“We are on our way to the mining fields, we have no cargo yet.” Cpt. Green lied. He knew all those years of poker with the buds would pay off. And with any luck, it would. But he knew better. Captain Luis was more crafty then a serpent, more dangerous than a hundred angry ursidoks and more deceitful then the Devil himself. Captain Luis laughed at Captain Greens bluff.
“Okay, listen, you lying is like a fish flying. It happens very rarely, and when it does, it doesn’t last long. So, you want to be a hero? Save some lives and surrender? Or do I have to kill yet another arrogant captain…” Captain Luis’ voice just made you want to follow him to the ends of the universe.
“You don’t scare me, pirate!” Green said with the most menacing voice he could muster. “Laurence, take us out of here! Full speed, go!”
“Yes, sir.” Laurence responded. The frigate started to rumble and the ship began to accelerate.
“I’m afraid this is not goodbye, Captain.” Luis Pintail assured. He turned his head and nodded, then the communication cut out.
“Sir, multiple destroyers just appeared!” The Radar manager warned.
“They are locking onto our-“
“Seven more destroyers-“
“Multiple targets warping in-“
“Several projectiles are headed towards our engines!” The warnings just kept coming. The captain tried to listen to them all and act accordingly, but it proved impossible. Pretty soon the Captain was completely overwhelmed.
“Our weapons won’t power up!”
“Shields have been disabled!”
“Communications array has been… I don’t even know what happened!”
“Shut up!” The captain screamed. The command room fell deathly silent. “Watkins, erect the main defense turret and-“ Captain Green stopped talking when he realized his First mate was nowhere in sight.
“Where is Watkins!?” Captain Green asked darting his eyes back and forth. Then the lights flickered on and off and the computers began to show static. Captain Green swore. He knew Watkins was the mole and he also knew he was dead. Now it was an information war. If he could get word out to separatist space that Captain Luis had returned, there would be an armada waiting for him if he returned. Captain Luis’ face appeared on every screen in the Command bridge. He had a small smile that spread across his face into a full on grin.
“Prepare to be boarded, Captain.” He said before the screens returned to static. Silence swallowed the room.
“Sir, our automated defenses are offline and we can’t sound the battle station alarms. We are sitting ducks.” Laurence told the captain.
“Tell me something I don’t know.” The captain responded glumly, rubbing his forehead.
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Edited by MarkusDaWise on 11/13/2012 12:02 PM PST