|Star Trek: The Original Series [Enemy Unseen] (standard:Fan Fiction, 2141 words) [1/2] show all parts|
|Author: Captain Kirk||Updated: Aug 20 2002||Views/Reads: 2300/1415||Part vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|In this episode, the Enterprise responds to a distress call sent by a mining colony on Gamma Hydra V. Having been attacked and raided, the colony is besieged by an invisible army that uses the jungle to conceal itself...until now!|
Click here to read the first 75 lines of the story him a nod of confirmation that Enterprise was now within transporter range. "Agreed, Captain. We wish to resolve this situation as quickly as possible, in order to return to our mining and make up for lost time." The being remained remarkably still throughout the transmission, the only slight of action on his end being the short, choppy motions of his toothy mouth as he spoke. "Understood, Kirk out." Uhura cut the transmission, returning the viewscreen to its default feed of forward display, which now showed Gamma Hydra V off-centered to the left just slightly, growing larger by the second. "Mr. Sulu, slow to impulse and assume standard orbit. Uhura, have Dr. McCoy meet Mr. Spock and myself in the main transporter room, and Mr. Scott, you have the conn." Kirk bolted out of his chair and over to the bridge's turbolift doors, where Spock was standing patiently. As they slid open, Kirk stepped in and was followed closely by his first officer. Scotty moved from his post at the engineering station to the command chair, easing into it gingerly. "Transporter room one," Spock commanded, then turned to Kirk as the lift's engines hummed to life. "Captain, I suggest we take a security officer along on this trip as well, should the perpetrators we locate turn out to pose a real threat. After all, the Romulans have been known to show themselves around this part of the galaxy, along with other aggressive races." "Good thinking, Spock. I'll have Ensign Davis join the landing party." Kirk smiled slyly at the joke, in that Ensign Emily Davis carried a reputation aboard the Enterprise not only for her sharpshooting phaser skills and her effective hand-to-hand combat maneuvers, but for her stunning beauty as well. Spock lifted an accusing eyebrow at his captain, whose smile slowly vanished and was replaced with an awkward clearing of throat. "Ensign Davis will be fine, Captain," Spock offered, then flipped on the communication port inside the turbolift and ordered Ensign Davis to transporter room one. * * * As the doors of transporter room one slid open, Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy walked in and looked around at the faces already gathered there. "Would somebody tell me why I was just called out of an administration of Retinox III on absolutely no forward notice?" McCoy stared intently at Kirk, who was strapping a phaser to his side. "Bones, glad you could make it. We're taking a trip to the surface and thought you'd like to come." Kirk smiled and stepped onto a transporter pad. "The surface of what?" McCoy insisted. "Gamma Hydra V, Doctor," Spock filled in, "Where a series of terrorist attacks have left a mining colony besieged in their own camp. There will likely be wounded among the miners, and your presence would be a logical precaution to take." Spock was also wearing a phaser, and a science tricorder was dangling loosely from a strap around his shoulder. "Well, hell," McCoy swore, and then snatched the medicorder and medkit that had been placed out for him on an instrument table. He slung the shoulder strap of the medkit around his thin, wiry body and adjusted its weight onto his hip, then strapped the medicorder over his other shoulder and let it hang loosely across his opposite hip. Adequately armed with enough ammunition to wage war on thousands of malevolent microbes and viruses, he stepped onto the transporter pad between Kirk and Spock and sighed. "Well what are we waiting for, body fatigue?" He asked, readjusting the weight of his medical equipment as a transporter engineer stood across the room confirming the transport coordinates. As if on cue, Ensign Davis strode into the transporter room, already set with a phaser. Her long legs carried her effortlessly across the room and onto the transporter pad, where her long, blonde hair and her deep, green eyes beamed flawlessly against her red miniskirt-style security uniform. McCoy's glance slowly moved from Kirk to Spock, then back to Kirk. "Security," Kirk answered simply. McCoy again turned to Spock. "Security," Spock repeated. "Right," McCoy laughed. "Alright, sir, ready to transport," the engineer called from behind the transporter console. * * * The florid array of golden sparkles surrounding the materialization of the landing party on the surface of Gamma Hydra V had barely dissipated before disruptor blasts fell onto them from all directions. "What the-- Get to cover!" Kirk yelled, diving behind the base of a large shrub-covered trunk. McCoy and Spock fell beside him, each taking care to keep their heads below the protruding roots of the great, gnarled jungle tree. Davis was also there, already returning fire at an enemy she could neither see nor take proper sight at. The disruptor blasts, coming less frequently now than when they had been standing in plain view, were originating from within random grooves and crevices of the dark jungle floor. Every brush, every shrub, every tree, and every wall of moss created shadows, and from within these shadows the enemy was strategically concealed. Kirk and Spock, with their backs against the great wall of the tree, returned a few phaser blasts into the thick jungle in an attempt to hit anything at all. Davis was firing in the opposite direction, rising to fire over the tree's roots and then dropping back into cover. "We're going to have to run for it," Davis yelled above the noisiness of the weapons exchange. "I can see some buildings just through there!" She pointed to their right, where a small encampment could just be seen through the thick brush. "Ensign Davis is correct, Captain," Spock replied, "my tricorder indicates that those buildings are in fact the mining colony Nexus Iota. It also indicates that we are surrounded by as many as twenty of these armed bandits, but only in front and to these two sides. Not in the direction of the colony itself. Our only logical maneuver is to try to make it to the colony as quickly as possible." Kirk pulled out his communicator and flipped it open. "Kirk to Enterprise." He waited for a few seconds, but received no reply. He tried again after adjusting the settings to all-channel and high frequency, but still got no reply. "Bones, we're going to have to run for it. You and Ensign Davis go first, Spock and I will cover you. Once you're a safe distance, we'll follow. Go!" A disruptor blast caught the tree root covering his head, sending bits of debris exploding all around him. Kirk spun around and returned fire, and Bones grabbed his gear and began running through the jungle. Davis took off after him, trying to get in front and watch for any surprise attack from that direction. As they headed for the colony, Kirk and Spock fired a wide array of blasts through as many of the hiding spots as they could find to shoot at, unsure of whether they were hitting or missing. "Captain, I believe that Dr. McCoy and Ensign Davis are safely on their way, as should we be now." Spock said seconds later, his hand on Kirk's shoulder. "Go, Spock, I'm right behind you!" Kirk replied, still firing his phaser at every waving leaf and every dark patch he could see. After a few seconds, Kirk jumped to his feet and raced toward the mining colony. He could see Spock just ahead, and had begun to pick up his sluggish pace after the stiffness of lying on the ground wore off, when a disrupter blast slammed into a large, broken limb that he was stepping over. The force of the explosion knocked him off balance, and he stumbled hard and head first into a thicket of thorns. The bush cut and stung at his flesh as he fought free of it, but the disruptor blasts were coming in much faster now. His enemy was in pursuit, and gaining on him rapidly. Kirk got to his feet and fired three blasts into the jungle, then screamed in horror as ten blasts came at him in response. There was only enough time to register the fact that he had been shot at, not enough to dodge the blasts. Spock spun on his heel suddenly as he heard Kirk's cry, but was unable to locate his captain's physical location by sight. He quickly flipped on his tricorder to register human life forms, but closed his eyes solemnly as he read its report. His captain's life sign was weak, indicating that he had been rendered unconscious by a disruptor blast. Worse, Kirk was now immediately surrounded by more than a dozen of these invisible warriors. Tweet
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