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Posted 10 October 2011 - 07:38 PM

"Oh, I don't know, cats are pretty intelligent too." Darius said, smiling. "They have their humans trained really well. I haven't owned cats myself since I usually have a bird around, but I've seen them at friend's houses. Dogs definitely show their affection in a more boisterous way, and cats are more subtle about it. If you don't think you have time for a pet, you probably don't, or you need a low-maintenance pet. Cockatoos are definitely off the list, they require lots of attention." He had continued walking around the park as they spoke and he occasionally admired Kristen, noticing that she was looking him up and down as well. She was quite bold, but she seemed to like conversation and getting to know someone beyond the basic. He really liked her and wanted to see more of her. He couldn't help but gaze at her,  not even realizing they'd gone into hyperspace since he wasn't around any windows.

"Oh yes, I love flying JoJo." Shawntee said, grinning. "Kris and I, we love the adrenaline rush and it's just a helluva lot of fun. Actually, I took to the Scorpion pretty easy, but JoJo complains a little, but he's a little stuffy anyway." She looked up at the dome when a bunch of other people did and smiled. "Hyperspace. Wonder where we're going."


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Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:49 PM

Dr. Debbie entered her quarters and glanced out the window that looked out into space and she smiled. She hadn't even felt the ship go into hyperspace and wasn't even sure how long it had been there. She briefly wondered where they were going before three slinking bundles of fur wound themselves around her legs, greeting her with meows that said they wanted to be stroked and petted. "All right you three." She said, amused as she walked carefully over to her sofa and sat down, letting the three of them pile onto her lap. She then relaxed as she stroked them, the rumble of their combined purrs vibrating through her body and more relaxing than a massage sometimes.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 07:05 PM

Corven looked up as the ship went to hyperspace, he felt a little thrill of anticipation.  Where would they go next.  He couldn't wait to be back flying with the squadron.  He finished his drink and decided it was time to call it a night.  He waved his goodbyes to a couple of friends and left the bar.  It would be good to walk for a while, fortunately the ship was big enough not to feel too crowded. Corven walked briskly on his way back to his quarters.  He might watch a movie before hitting the sack.  He liked to watch old films about Earth.  He was space born and had never been there but somehow the planet felt like home. Maybe he'd head for the rec room and see what the duty pilots were up to.

He had a lucky coin from Earth, it was usually in his flight suit but he had it in his pocket.  Heads for home, tails for rec room.  Tails it was.  Corven jogged back the way he'd come and headed to the rec room. Sasha, Jake and some of the others were there.  "Hey guys," Corven said.  "Looks like we're headed somewhere specific."



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Posted 11 October 2011 - 07:53 PM

Sasha glanced up from the pool game. She smiled. "Hey, Corven! Yeah, we're taking the whole fleet this time. Must be important."

She looked at the clock on the wall. Still some time left before she and the others were off duty. "Want to grab a soda and have a game with us?" she asked Corven. Then she remembered his wrist. "How're you healing, by the way? You should be back to flying soon, right?"

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 12:41 PM

Corven laughed.  "Soda it shall be and I'm happy to try and beat you even with my wrist in a cast.  Healing pretty good should have the cast off in a day or two and be flying pretty much the same time.  It itches like crazy though."

He helped himself to a soda and walked over to the pool table.  "Who's winning?" he asked.


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Posted 14 October 2011 - 07:47 PM

"Well, I'd like to say me," Sasha said to Corven with a grin, flipping her long ponytail over her shoulder, "but I'm not. But don't congratulate Jake, he's been gloating enough as it is."

"It's not gloating," the tall, dark-haired pilot answered. "It's taking pride in kicking your ass."

Sasha laughed as Alex racked up another set of balls. "You take the first shot, Corven," she said.

The group waited as Corven went to the table.

As Janie passed Sasha she whispered, "You talk to Randy tonight?"

Sasha frowned and shook her head briefly. She didn't want to think about her boyfriend right now. Janie looked at her sympathetically, but Sasha didn't want to talk about it. If she did decide to share, it would more than likely be with Evie. But Janie was just trying to be her friend, too. Sasha caught Jake looking at her, then he glanced away as if embarrassed. That wasn't like Hendrickson, Sasha thought, then pushed all thoughts of all guys out of her mind.

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 11:19 PM

Arrival ETA is three hours twenty six minutes. Shall I page the squadrons next on the roster?

Jerry punched a command into his command chair's left armrest and looked over the roster bofore answering. "Page Green Alpha, Red Beta, Yellow Alpha and Blue Omega for patrol. I want them launched immediately upon exiting hyperspace."

Affirmitive....page sent to all listed pilots.

Jerry sat back and patiently waited.


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"This seems like a nice..."Steve was saying before a beep from his comm link on his wrist interupted him. "Excuse me. I hope you have a great evening." He glanced around as several pagers beeped around room. "Looks like a lot of our pilots are here." He moved toward the exit with several other people, most of them headed off to their quarters to get ready while Steve headed to the Alpha Flight deck on top of the Washington DC to prep his squadron's Scorpions. As he walked he tapped his commlink.

"Athena, wake up the other AIs and get the ships ready for patrol."

You got it Boss

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 08:17 AM

Kristen softly growled an annoyed phrase under her breath when her pager bleeped. She took it out of her pocket and read the message. She'd been aware that the fleet had entered hyperspace but hadn't paid much heed to it since Darius had been much more interesting. "I've been called to patrol the minute we exit hyperspace. We'll have to meet up again soon though." She said with a smile despite her annoyance and disappointment that their walk had been cut short. "Still, here's how to contact me." She handed over her contact details without any hesitation. Kristen liked Darius and definately intended to see him again soon.

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Adrian looked up at the dome at the same time as most other people did as the ship jumped to hyperspace. He too wondered where they were going and without thinking about it he said. "I hope it's a new alien planet with lots of new lifeforms to study." Which was true. He enjoyed few things more than a whole planet full of new and alien life so unlike Earth's. He glanced directly at Shawntee when her pager went off. Adrian made the deduction it was probably work related and likely something to do where they were going.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 12:26 PM

Corven took his first shot then looked up as pagers started to go off.  "Should have expected that I guess," he said with a wry smile.  "I can see the point of having time off following injuries but I can fly just as well with this on my arm as without it."

He gave the cast a tap and sighed.  "Have fun kiddies," he said.  "I might just buy you all a beer when you come off duty."


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Posted 16 October 2011 - 06:25 PM

Shawntee glanced down at her beeper when it went off and sighed. "Just when I was having fun." She commented, glancing around as a whole lot of beepers went off all at once. "Must be something big too, maybe you'll get your wish." She glanced at Adrian, wishing she had more time to talk. "I hope we can get together again." She said, handing him a slip of paper with her contact information on it. "Call me sometime." She then pulled off her high heels and  scampered for the door, hailing a taxi when she made it outside. She hoped he would call her again, he was about the most interesting male she'd met in a long time and she liked him.

Darius started a bit when Kristen's beeper went off and he sighed audibly, obviously disappointed that their evening was ended. When she handed him a piece of paper with her contact information on it he took it, then handed her one with his contact information as well. "Call me when you get back." He said, indicating that he definitely wanted to take up where they were leaving off. He whistled for Jonas, who came to him immediately.

Debbie relaxed on her sofa with the three cats surrounding her-the calico, Patches, the black tom, Aladdin and the Siamese, Neko. She always loved snuggling with the three cats and it didn't bother her that she didn't have a man right now. Most usually didn't call her back once they found out she had three cats, and that meant she didn't want them anyway. The cats were part of the bargain, just like children would be and anyone who would ask her to get rid of them would get the boot instead. She yawned and got drowsy with all the rumbling purrs and eventually drifted off to sleep,


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Posted 16 October 2011 - 08:16 PM

Sasha nearly whooped when her comm link began to beep. She saw Alex, Janie, and Jake's eyes light up as well. Red Beta and Janie's squadron, Blue Omega, had both been called to duty. Then she gave Corven a commiserating look. "Next time you'll go," she said. "You'll be healed by then for sure. It happens to all of us at one time or another. I'll take you up on that drink, though...tell you all about what we find."

Since they were already at the base, the three pilots took their time heading to the changing rooms. Since it wasn't an emergency, they took their flight suits with them to dress. Sasha waved to the guys. "See you out in space," she said with a grin.

A familiar voice came over her comm link as she was slowly changing from her base uniform into her flight suit. "Heya, gorgeous," Sammy said. "I assume you got the page?"

Lieutenant Cooper was too excited to chastise her AI at the moment. Janie grinned as her own AI contacted her, albeit a bit more professionally. "Yes, Sammy, I did...and I assume you were contacted as well."

"Yes Ma'am...sure was," Sammy said in a horrible Earth Texas accent that made Sasha laugh. "The Captain's AI had us all put on alert. We're checking the Scorpions over as per protocol, then we'll fire 'em up for you pilots."

Sasha zipped up her flight suit and began to gather her hair up in a ponytail. More and more of the female pilots were entering the changing area, those that had been on or near the base. There were excited murmurs of voices, wondering what they would find once they exited the Washington and found themselves once more in the blackness of space.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 07:49 PM

Jerry watched the main status board as each Scorpion's AI logged themselves into the system. As usual each of the squadron leaders did their duty with precision and had their AIs ready the fighters for launch. Finally all of the lights for the forty Scorpions flashed yellow showing they were ready for flight and waiting for the pilots.

"Download standard patrol information to all ready craft, this is a standard new planet patrol. I want Red Beta and Blue Omega to patrol three units out from the fleet and the remaining ships to stay within the fleet. Contact Planetary Exploraion Team One to prepare their science vessel for planetary exploration and approval for colonization. Tell them they have one week to decide the planet is safe. Contact the EFS London that they are next in line to colonize if the planet proves to be safe."

Data sent to Scorpions and message sent to Planetary Exploraion Team One to be on standby for launch.

Janet O'Brian turned toward the command chair and brushed her blond hair away from her face, which happened often. "EFS London reports they are preparing and will be ready."

Jerry nodded and turned his attention back to the status board and waited for al of the lights to turn green.

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Steve carried his helmet as he walked across the Central Park sized flight deck toward his Scorpion. He nodded at the other squadron leaders walking to their ships. As he approached his Scorpion Athena slid the canopy open while one of the ground crew place the ladder by the ship. Steve nodded at his flight prep-crew member.

"All weapons loaded?"

"Yes Sir. I even polished the wingtip phasers for you." Carol, his flight prep-crew leader said with a straight face.

"Is that a joke? I thought you never joked." Steve asked.

"No Sir, I don't."

Jerry glanced at the wingtips and saw the shine and shook his head. "We need to activate your funny bone."

"Yes, Sir."

Steve shook ia head as he climbed into the Scorpion. "Athena, status of squadron."

All ships ready, Boss. Waiting for the team to arrive.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 07:18 PM

Adrian couldn't help but watch Shawntee when she turned around and scampered out of the door. Then he stared down at the contact details in his hand and gave his head a little shake. He would definately be calling her again. He didn't get much more time to think on the matter as he himself recieved a page indicating that he was to report to the science vessel in order to prepare for a planetary landing. Adrian's eyes brightened a little at the thought of a whole new alien planet to analyse and hurried back to his lab to collect up some specialized equipment he'd need then raced down to the science vessel to report in.

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Kristen nodded to Darius as she walked away. "Will do." She confirmed with him. She headed directly down to the Scorpion bays and into the changing room without stopping by her quarters to change. She waved at Sasha as she entered. "Hey there." She greeted her fellow pilot as she opened her locker and cleaned the light film of makeup off her face then changed into her flight suit.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 05:32 AM

Shawntee hurried into the changing room after grabbing a taxi from the Stargazer and tossed her shoes into her locker. She then skimmed off her dress and pulled on her uniform trousers and tank top that she kept in there before slipping into her flight suit and boots. "Hey Kris!" She called out to her friend, who was changing by her locker. She then quickly divested herself of her makeup and grabbed her helmet, then walked over to her friend in preparation for heading to the Scorpion bay. "So, how'd you like Darius?" She asked. "I saw you leave with him."

Darius watched Kristen go after telling him she would call him once she got back. He wasn't sure when that would be, but he was glad she liked him enough to give him her contact details. He glanced down at them, then put the paper into his wallet. He then smiled when Jonas flew back to his shoulder and squawked 'Buh-bye' at her retreating form even though she probably didn't hear the bird. He guessed the ship was in hyperspace and wondered if they found another planet to possibly colonize, that was usually why pilots got beeped to go on duty if they were off having fun, at least he hoped she'd been having fun. He wandered in the direction of his apartment, not really in a hurry or sleepy, since Jonas liked it outside and the bird kept up a constant chatter of squawks whistles and simple phrases as he went, making him smile and answer back once in awhile. "I hope you like her." He finally told the bird. "Cause I think I'd like her hanging around a bit more." He reached up and scratched the bird on the head as he walked, hoping she wouldn't mind hanging around someone who had a bird for a companion.


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Posted 19 October 2011 - 07:11 PM

Kristen grinned at Shawntee as she pulled on her uniform trousers. "I like him." She said approvingly as she put on her tank top then her flight suit and boots. "We were having such a nice walk and conversation before I got called in. And although he has a fine appreciation of my body." She began with a cocky grin. "It's not all he's interested in. Seems he actually wants to get to know me as a person." She armed herself and grabbed her helmet, tucking it under one arm as she regarded her friend. "Did you get anywhere with that slightly nerdy looking fellow you were talking to?" She asked.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 05:57 AM

"Oh yeah." Shawntee said with a grin when Kris asked about Adrian. She zipped up her flight suit and started walking to the Scorpion bay as she talked. "His name is Adrian and he's a scientist. If this is a new planet we're stopping at, he'll likely be on the exploring team. He studies alien life forms and things. I left him my contact information before I left Stargazers, hopefully he'll call me when he has time. He's definitely the most interesting guy outside the military I've met in a long time, he actually has a brain in his head. I'm glad you like Darius, I knew you would if you two ever got to meet. He's a little scruffy, but I see you didn't let that fool you." She patted her friend on the shoulder as they headed for the bay and grinned.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 08:22 PM

After waving to Kris, and figuring Shawntee wasn't far behind, Sasha had finished getting suited up and left with the first wave of pilots to leave the changing room. She reached her Scorpion and climbed the short ladder waiting for the tech to move aside so she could climb into her seat. The green light on the sensor array told her that Sammy had logged them into the system already.

"We're ready for launch, Sasha, whenever the Captain gives the signal," Sammy informed his pilot. "This is a standard patrol of a possible Earth-compatible planet. Red Beta and Blue Omega are escort and defense for the Exploration Team."

"Roger that, Sammy," Sasha replied as she donned her helmet but didn't secure it yet, then began to manually check the ship's console out of habit and because she and Sammy always double-checked each other.

Waiting for the order to launch from their Captain was always the hardest for Sasha. She almost grew too excited to wait, but her military training provided her with the patience she needed.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 09:36 AM

Kristen grinned back at Shawntee as they headed into the Scorpion bay. "Looks like we both have something to look forward to then." She replied before putting on her helmet then boarding her Scorpion. "Hey Avuna." She greeted the AI as she sat down in the pilot seat and made herself comfortable. She saw from the green light on the sensor array that Avuna was already logged in to the system. A further look at the information displays told her that Avuna was almost finished doing her own pre-flight checks. "Hello Kris." The AI replied. "Our mission today is for us to work with Blue Omega in escort and possible defence of the Exploraiton team as they are heading down to a possible Earth-Compatible planet." This caught Kristen's attention as she went over the pre-flight checks with Avuna. "Well then, let's hope that it is compatible." She said.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 04:45 PM

Scorpions on deck showning 85% ready for launch. Arrival estimated in ten minutes. Launch green will be in ten minutes and ten seconds. Andrea reported.

Jerry nodded in satisfaction at the timing of readiness for the squadrons being so good. "Alert flight deck Alpha to go to flight status yellow."

On flight deck Alpha, situated on the top of the Washington DC, the lights turned from white to yellow. Flight prep crews rushed off the flight deck as the Scorpions lifted a few feet off the deck in unison controlled by each squadron leader's AI and moved as one unit to face the "open" end of the deck where space was held back with a forcefield. Some people never got use to knowing that the cold vacuum of space could be held back by what looked like nothing and many of the original flight crews had been washed out because of that.

Command reports launch red in two minutes. Athena reported to all fighters pilots of Blue Omega Squadron.

Steve checked his weapons system and found them on active standby, as usual with the AIs preparing the ships. "Standby Blue Omega, we are assigned shuttles one and two."

Time seemed to stand still for a long time as adrenaline rushed through Steve's body.

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In normal space several bright flashes of white light formed several light minutes from the planet and the Galileo. The Galileo's nevigator announced the effect calmly. " White hole formation in sector two three, multiple marks arriving."

Where once there was nothing was now suddenly filled with over a thousand ships.

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On the flight deck, the lights switched to red. Moments later Blue Omega Squadron punched through the forcefield and streaked into space as one.

Launch Red!

"Break link and hold pattern for the shuttles. Red Beta is assigned to shuttles three and four. Remaining fighters will patrol the fleet." Steve ordered, being the most senior pilot in space he was responsible for giving that order even though each squadron knew their orders. Ah, the military he thought to himself as he angled his Scorpion toward launch bay Beta on the bottom of the Washington DC, where the shuttles would launch from.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:23 PM

Having arrived, Andrea now ran a ship check to be sure none where lost in the trip through hyperspace.

All ships accounted for and safe. Scorpions away and shuttles launching in three minutes. Galileo on approach to join the fleet. All systems read green.

"Very good," Jerry responded, " Take us out five thousand meters from fleet once the shuttles are away."

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