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Codename: Alpha One Base (standard:science fiction, 2188 words)
Author: Nathaniel MIllerAdded: Jun 10 2015Views/Reads: 740/537Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
A Base used for research becomes the prelude for ww3 against China
 



Codename Alpha Base: 

Commander's Log: July 15, 2042, Commander James ‘Squirrel' Nong
Commanding. 

The base is under repair after typhoon hit last week, causing light
damage despite shields that were up to deflect the wind and debris 
caused by the storm.  Everything should be on track and fully 
functional in another day's time, already resuming flight operations 
and shipments of the SST sent from Edwards Base in California. It is a 
welcomed situation after a week without shipments in a nightly basis. 

So far we have not been noticed by the Chinese fleet that has been
roaming across the Pacific, giving our Navy a hectic time to keep tabs 
on them. Our base has maintained anonymity and with luck it will stay 
that way.  So far both sides have kept the peace. I suspect that it 
won't be too long until all out battle erupts on the Pacific as a 
battleground, and so long as it does not interfere with our task and 
our mission here I am thankful.  If that happens, we are undermanned, 
with only two squadrons, insufficient for repelling an attack of the 
Chinese forces, and I have sent for reinforcements.  There should be a 
response in a day or so, granting the request. I am hopeful for a 
positive outcome. 

Commander Nong sat in his desk in his office, located underground, and
he finished typing his log entry on his computer screen. As he reread 
it quickly, checking for mistakes, he managed a nod and a grimace at 
the log entry. He had been here a long time on this base, as Commander, 
a safe haven located far out in the middle of the South Pacific in 
which he conducted flight operations on NASA test modules. A job that 
was not half bad, even for him. The island itself is a large facility, 
about fifty miles in diameter, and it has one large runway and three 
hangars around the large deep water lagoon in the center where three 
ships were moored as part of the detail of protecting this base. It is 
also one of the most high tech in the world and could repel most 
attacks, but even then it was surely undermanned for the report of the 
Chinese Fleet that now roamed across the Pacific like the Japanese over 
ninety years ago during the last big war. Still something nagged at 
him, an uncomfortable feeling which he just could not shake. He managed 
a silent frown. 

As he scanned the office silently, he cast a look at the large bay
window that overlooked the reef located here at the base, silently 
watching the schools of fish as they swam along with other creatures 
who are residents of the reef here.  James felt his mood drop even 
further as he watched the fish in his personal aquarium, and he turned 
away in disgust. He scanned his office, a Spartan furnished office that 
is rather large, with a couch against one wall, a desk in the center of 
the room near a Bay window behind him that overlooked the reef. His 
eyes fell upon the door, and there his XO stood, Juan ‘Chihuahua' 
Valdez, who managed a casual salute to his Commander.  He had not heard 
him enter the office or seen him prop himself at the door. 

Juan is five, five, with dark hair, slightly heavy set, with dark eyes,
and he wears the familiar reddish uniform of the EDC that was 
established in the 2025  when the Moon was colonized and Mars using the 
new fleet of ships that had been designed by NASA for deep space 
travel. 

“What can I do for you XO?” James intoned sharply, glancing at the bay
window as he motioned for him to enter.  Juan casually entered, and he 
stood casually in front of the desk, not taking a usual seat as he 
always did when entering James' office. 

“Just reporting in Commander. We have a radar contact from the shack on
the scopes. The Chinese fleet just past us again, followed closely by 
the US NAVY.” he said with a grimace. 

“Great. The more the merrier,” James said with a sneer. “Have they
figured out that we are here yet?” 

Juan shook his head. “Shields are at a constant sixty-five percent
during day, and the cloaking device is constant to keep us hidden from 
view. I have two F-18 Super hornets on alert though, just in case we 
are discovered by anyone, and to ID any unknown contacts.” 


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