A nanosecond later, the fighter impacted. The phased energy sphere reacted accordingly, and released its stored energy into normal space. The hull of the Bladerunner also reacted, as the energy completely tore it apart as well as the miniature warp core that was in the fighter. A moment later, an explosion of energy ripped across not only normal space, but also subspace, as the antimatter reacted to normal matter. When the two annihilated each other anything close by would feel it.
That was precisely what the Dragon felt as Tom was thrown back into the command chair. Though it wasnt as bad as any weapons impact because of the distance, it was enough to fry Toms already frayed nerves.
A moment later, the energy cleared, and he could see the enemy vessel again.
"Theyre retreating!" Ada shouted in glee.
"Tell the fighters to let them go," Tom said, readjusting his posture anxiously. A moment later, the vessel vanished into warp.
"Theyre hailing us," RSharn reported.
Tom nodded as he stood up, wondering what they had to say. "On screen."
The empty starfield was quickly replaced with a dark screen a screen with interference in it from damage. Tom felt good about this, knowing they had provided more damage to the enemy vessel than they had let on.
"You may have defeated us," a strained voice stated defiantly. "But more will come and we know you can not defeat more than one of our ships."
With that, the starfield returned. RSharn looked back at him and shook her head solemnly. "I hate to be the bearer of bad news," she said, "but eight more ships, much larger than the one we fought, are on their way to us now."
Tom closed his eyes in frustration, realizing that they couldnt get a single break today. "Time to intercept?" he asked.
He nodded as he moved back to the command chair. "Then lets get that warp power repaired and lets hope we can resolve this Devils Virus problem "
Tentacles made Engineering look like a tropical rain forest as an odd slime of some sort dripped from bulkheads and railing. In the exact center, the source of it all a large mass of a creature.
Meylar noted with some amusement that the creature somehow looked like it was bending over a command console as several tentacles were hovering over it. Meylar guessed that it was trying to remember how to work computer consoles.
That was all the time he took for speculation. In a whisper, he said, "Lieutenant, hook up the power line."
Lieutenant Vicki Allison nodded as she helped set the device down. She then grabbed the power feed and moved to one side of the corridor. As she removed a panel, Meylar once again checked his pulse rifle to make sure it was also set to the proper frequency. Pulse Rifles werent capable of firing precisely low enough to kill the creature but it would hurt the creature. At least, long enough to keep them all safe.
Suddenly, a high scream pierced through the air. Meylar quickly looked into engineering to see the creature looking at them. It didnt take him long to realize that a lot of the tentacles were detaching themselves from around engineering and were heading right for the group of engineers and security personnel.
Before he even had a chance to say anything, the security personnel moved in front of him and began firing at the tentacles, trying to keep them away from the group. Meylar kneeled next to the device and began to prepare it to fire. A moment later, Vicki kneeled next to him.
"All set, sir," she said quickly. "Power transfer from the fusion reactor appears nominal."
He nodded his reply as he made the final preparations. He powered the reserve cells on the device, then brought the firing mechanism online.
He looked up at the security guards, who were having a very difficult time keeping all of the tentacles at bay.
"Look out!" he shouted as loud as he could. Knowing what he was about to do, none of the officers spared a moment. Firing ceased, and they moved out of the way.
It took Meylar no more than five seconds to take aim at the center of the body of the creature. As he did so, however, tentacles had begun to creep into the corridor, ready to grab the closest person.
A moment later, a wide crimson beam shot out and pierced the creature square in its body. It reared back, emitting screams of pain. The tentacles retracted immediately as the creature immediately turned pale.
Kara, who had also been with the group, moved ahead of everyone, making sure to stay clear of the beam. She opened her medical tricorder and began scanning the creature. It was obvious that she was having trouble getting a clear scan of the creature from this distance, but a moment later, she smiled and nodded her head triumphantly.
She shouted something back at Meylar, but he didnt hear her due to the energy device as well as the creatures screeching. After he signaled to her that he hadnt heard her, she closed her tricorder and moved next to him.
"I said its definitely working!" she shouted. "The creatures cells are being destroyed. Its contracting, trying to keep a wound of any kind from forming, replacing dead cells with already living ones."
Meylar sighed slowly, realizing that it was almost definitely over. The creature would shrink no doubt shrink to a certain point, which would be when they would have to go in with miniature power devices and finish it off. Soon enough, the ship would be theirs again.
He tapped his comm badge and said, "Palzen to bridge signify the stardrive section that the creature will soon be destroyed and that they may begin docking procedures. Bring all fusion reactors online."
"Acknowledged," Vendar replied. "Congratulations, Meylar."
He didnt reply all he did was heave a sigh of relief. It was finally over
First Officers log, Supplemental
The Devils Virus mutation has been completely wiped out thanks to the brave efforts of our engineering and security teams. The ship has unified again, and weve left our new enemys territory. Weve begun a search of the surrounding systems to try to find a map of this new species territory so that we may circumnavigate it.
Though we still cant get above warp eight due to damage, repairs are coming along well Im also happy to report that, thanks to Karas medical wonders, all nerve damage to Kalia has been repaired, and shell soon be ready to return to duty.
Kalia smiled as Meylar approached her bio bed. She sat up, still finding it difficult, and nodded to him. "Good to see your face again, Meylar," she commented.
Meylar equally smiled and nodded. "Good to hear that you remember me."
She laughed at the comment and shrugged it off. "Im just glad it wasnt a side effect of Theta radiation Ive had enough problems with it in my life."
He put his hand on her shoulder and pushed her back down onto the bio bed. "Look, you need to rest," he told her, almost like she was still having memory loss. Though Kalia couldnt remember anything during her memory loss, she had learned that many people had talked to her as if she were a child. It was something she was very glad that she couldnt remember.
"I will, dont worry," she stated, looking up at the ceiling. She looked back at him and frowned. "Just make sure my ship is in one piece when I come back."
He nodded in compliance and said, "Dont worry the shipll be completely repaired by the time youre back on your feet. Ill see to it."
Instead of replying, Kalia simply looked back up at the ceiling, and closed her eyes. This was at least the second time he had helped get the crew out of a real fix and so she knew he was very capable of doing exactly what he promised.
More than anything, she was relieved. Before, she had been frightened that a horror from her past had come back to haunt her. She didnt know what she preferred, however memory loss from Theta Radiation, or a Devils Virus infection
As they say between a rock and a hard place She mentally laughed at the saying, wondering how it had come about. After a few moments of speculation, she simply decided to forget it.
It didnt take long for the dream world to find her
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