|The Abduction of shuttle 367 (standard:science fiction, 4843 words)|
|Author: Nathaniel MIller||Added: Mar 05 2015||Views/Reads: 702/507||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Inspired on Hubble Pic: A story of an Earth Science vessel exploring unknown galaxy runs into aliens and some of the crew become prisoners.|
“Shuttle 167, to control, we are ready to depart.” ”Yea, Yea, just hold your horses... we have another shuttle coming in on approach.” “Copy that...” A lone shuttle sat on the flight deck of the shuttle bay aboard the U.S.S. Repulse, a science vessel sent from Earth, to study the galaxy known simply as four eleven. The galaxy itself is equivalent in size, or slightly smaller than the Milky Way, and they had scanned only twenty-five or so solar systems that ranged from several different classes of systems and planets located here. The Repulse would be the first Federation ship to remain in this area, as a scout to explore the many solar systems that had been located here. It would also explain the disappearance of over twenty vessels of the Earth Federation that had vanished without a trace in this area, before it was cordoned off-limits by the Earth Council. As the shuttle sat there, another ship loomed overhead, hitting its retro thrusters and slowly landed on the flashing symbol marked on the deck of the ship. Besides the twenty missing vessels, however, galaxy four-eleven that it was relatively unexplored, and even more troublesome. As far as Earth was concerned, too many ships were being lost in this sector for strange reasons, either by radio black outs, disappearances, or maybe even hostile attacks, and it was the Repulse's job to figure it out. Earth was counting on the aging relic of a science vessel, known to the crew as “The Bucket”, to complete that mission and double, if not triple check everything in this galaxy, every solar system that they had detected here. The crew who mans the Repulse is no strangers to being sent to far out of the way places, described by the crew as the rear entry of space, but they understood they had a job to do despite the chatter among Headquarters, and the higher ups on Earth for the choice made to lead the expedition. As the small craft sat in the launch tube, Commander Deek Baker, and Lieutenant Omara Sherith are the only occupants of the shuttle. Otherwise the ship has been converted into a flying science center, with a whole series of computer equipment and sensory equipment for this mission. As for the crew, Deek Baker is about thirty one years of age, tall, muscular, vital active man with long brown hair, falling in confused curls around his face, a round but square jawed face, and cold gray eyes. He is in command of the mission, put in charge by the Captain himself of the Repulse, a flight he really didn't want to make. It is because of study is Astro-Biology, and Life Sciences that had qualified him greatly as the pilot for the shuttle, but he is a troubled officer with a shaded past, and career of nothing but trouble. His companion is Omara Sherith, she is from India on Earth, the exact state is hard to tell, as they had been in civil war since the late twenty-first century, but she joined the Earth Federation as a Star Navigator, and Scientist to study the features of space. She is educated, holding three P.H.D Degrees in the science field, and a Master's degree in Communications. Her education and knowledge for the Repulse's mission had been useful from their departure from Earth, making her quite valuable up until finding the same kind of trouble as Deek. Omara is short, with short black hair, a round face with a dark complexion and black eyes. She wears a simple tunic of the Earth Federation Science Division, and at her side she wears a ceremonial dagger, a gift from her mayor of her city, when she volunteered for this mission, but she had not expected to be put on a bucket like the aging Repulse either. The trouble for the pilot and co-pilot also, is they hated each other's guts with a passion, being off and on lovers for most of this mission. She was abusive to him and demanding, he was laid back and relaxed, never following regulations. They fought constantly on and off the ship. How they were put together for this mission was questionable, but it was one that required their unique skills and the Captain, less than happy with the choices had assigned the “Battling Bickersons” to the job, as he nicknamed them from an old style radio show from the twentieth century. Their relationship was not a secret on the ship. In fact, it was talked about regularly, as the hind end of a party pun or Click here to read the rest of this story (505 more lines)
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