The Resolute: Into the Frontier
"This is CESS Resolute to CEC. Reporting Hydrogen Gas Giant in sector..." Valerie's talk with CEC soon became inaudible to
anyone listening. Darren did his best to try and work out what they were
saying. It seemed that they were both talking about the chemical makeup of the
planets in the system they were currently in. Or were they talking about the
makeup of the nebulae? Or were they sharing beauty tips? At the current moment,
Darren didn't really care. Fashion was really not his thing.
He turned from his center seat to his right where Kello sat tapping his
terminal. He turned from his terminal to acknowledge Darren's gaze.
"How are the engines and the FTL AI functioning?" Darren asked.
"They are functioning at optimal capacity, Captain. The emergency FTL
jumping technique we practiced in our shakedown cruise may have lowered their
general kinetic output a bit but other than that, they are extremely efficient.
Quite surprising. The efficiency of our Kiaden ships are mostly generalized on
the fact that the output from our engines does not completely turn into Kinetic
Energy. It is not really what..."
"So the engines are working fine in case of we get attacked?"
"Good. Are the mineral scans on the planets down?"
"Right. Prepare to jump to the next sector."
He heard an expression of shock coming from the left of him. He turned round.
From the sound, he concluded it was Valerie. "Did they really?" he
managed to hear Valeria say.
That was it.
"Ahem," he coughed.
"It is a Communications terminal. Not a gossip terminal."
Valerie's mouth opened wide to from a letter O.
"Captain, I do not mean to be rude, but you seem like type to gossip. I
Darren did not react to this remark out loud but he would be having words with
Valerie later. Or would he? She did appear to be calm. If someone accused him
of doing something he didn't, he probably would've opened his mouth and
defended himself with words many people had thought only middle aged folk hundreds
of years in the past used.
He decided he was going to let the remark slide. It wouldn't look good on his
next application form to Yamamoto if he wrote down that he had taken out his
frustration verbally on a crew member.
"Anyway, enough of accusing me to gossip. I have some information that
might be of interest to you."
This got Darren's attention.
"What kind of information?"
"Every call for help from a ship, whether that be life or death, or
running out of fuel because they didn't know how to do simple maths, is
recorded by the Colonial Fleet for future reference."
"And this interests the Captain how?" Hako joined in the conversation
from his security terminal in front of the center chair.
"I have managed to "acquire" these calls."
"Aren't those supposed to be classified?" asked Darren.
"Yes they are. But my friend, well ex-friend, well ex-boyfriend works in
that particular department. I've fed up with him. He still thinks he has a
chance with me, so in order to pull me over to his side, he sends me all of
useless information he picks up. Can you believe how many pieces of classified
information I have to read through and incliner..."
"Enough of your personal life!" Darren interrupted, so loudly it made
everyone on the bridge turn around. Darren then quickly coughed in surprise. He
then said quietly, "How does this concern our mission in this
"Well, I've read through all the maintenance calls from this sector. I
noticed a pattern. 15% of ships that passed through reported a minor power
failure on their journey."
"15% is not really that much."
"45% reported a major power failure."
"How come we've never heard of this, "Anurbes Triangle?"
"Most of the power failures occurred on civilian ships. Military ships
reported no problem whatsoever and since no-one pays much attention to these
logs, the issue seems overlooked."
Darren thought about it and smiled.
"We're in an exploration ship. In the same sector as the ships were that
reported the powercut. We have information that the Colonial Fleet has
Hako immediately objected, "Captain, I can't recommend this. It's a
probably just the fact that the military ships had better maintenance that the
civilian ships, you cannot..."
"But, it could be interesting," Darren argued. "I mean, what fun
is it to serve on an exploration ship mindlessly jumping between sectors
scanning planets? It might be interesting."
"But, it could be danger..."
"You're the security officer. You job is to protect us from that
"And you're the Captain, your job is to make sure we don't just wander
into that danger."
"I have made my decision, Commander. Kello, divert spare power to sensors
and commence sensor sweeps of this sector."
"Valerie keep scanning those call logs. There might be further clues in
"Seriously, Captain. Why must you torture me with this. I will do it,
"And Hako. Why don't you go and brief some of the security officers on the
ship. In case some fighting starts."
Hako opened his mouth object and left the bridge.
Darren stared at the blackness of space. He smiled. He would solve the mystery
of the Anurbes Sectors. And Yamamoto would offer command of a military ship.
But fate, is not always in your hands.
Regular LP uploads to Youtube will continue next week. I will be using this time to catch up on the written portion of the LP as it is becoming important to continuing the narrative.
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