Captain's Log: Stardate, 2314.20.04.
How nice to have some peace and quiet aboard the ship.
I swore to myself I'd never have any children after spending time with some of
my crew after Barabin's enfulence. Thank heavens everyone is back to normal.
We are in Quadrent 3 survying an unmapped section.
Normally, this would be a boring mission, but right now I'm enjoying it. There
are some gumbles here and there, but everyone is doing a good job. After all,
that's what's most important.
I think that some…
"Captain to the bridge"' Interrupted Commander Spenser
"On my way. Computer, end report." Lawrence walked
briskly from her office and headed for the turbolift.
When Lawrence walked onto the bridge, Spenser Hawkes
motioned to her from the communication console.
"Captain, we picked up some interference from
communications about an hour ago. I had Timofeyeva initiate a search and she
recorded a message sent real space. Sir, ... the communication is over two years
Lawrence turned to Yura Timofeyeva. "Play it."
This is Captain Malcolm MacGregor of ...(static).
.. cargo ship BIG MAC. We have come under ... by Orion pirates. Our
subspace communication is down ... engineering is trying ...are
drifting. We are heading ... asteroid field in third quadrant. Our
position is 105.5, 150.3, + 42 .5. If you .. Red Alert! Red Alert!
"There was nothing after that, Captain," Yulia
reported as she looked up from her console.
TE ordered her Operations Officer, Somerville to check
the computer on any information that was available on the BIG MAC.
"West, set a course of 245, mark 25.0, warp 7."
"Aye, aye, Captain."
"Somerville, I'll be in my office. I’ll meet you
there. CDR Hawkes, you have the Conn." Lawrence ordered as she left as quickly
as she had entered.
Scott Somerville entered the Captain's office twenty
minutes later. "I searched the computer files Sir, and this is what I found. May
I ...?" He asked pointing to Lawrence’s computer.
Lawrence nodded in reply.
Scott punched some keys on the desk computer and
pulled up the entry on the missing cargo ship. TE leaned forward to read.
Stardate: 2312.8.07- The Third Dimension Space News.
The search for the cargo ship, BIG MAC, has been
called off. The ship is presumed lost. The BIG MAC was a Monarch Class freighter
privately owned by Captain Malcolm MacGregor. MacGregor was carrying a high
priority cargo to the third quadrant. Because of the type of cargo that
MacGregor hauled to high risk destinations, he frequently traveled far off the
spacelanes. Twenty-five crewmen were lost. His wife, Sally and two children,
Anna and Scott survive Malcolm MacGregor A private ceremony is being held at the
White Hills Chapel at 2000.
'I wonder what he was carrying.' Lawrence thought.
The next morning at 0500, Lawrence was again summonded
to the bridge.
"What is it, Harrison?" TE asked as she entered the
"Sir, sensors have picked up a lifeboat drifting dead
"Any ships or vessels known in the area?"
"What's the ETA."
"Fifteen minutes, Sir." Answered the Helmsman.
TE sat in the command chair and hit the comm. button.
"Medical! I want a team to Shuttle Bay 4 in ten minutes. Engineering! Send a
team to Shuttle Bay 4, ten minutes. CDR Gwawren, gather a team and meet me in
Shuttle Bay 4, in ten. She next contacted Security.
She wasn't at all surprised to see her CMO Kora
Natevera and Sullien Macinis in the Shuttle Bay with the crew.
"What did you get from the scan, Kora?"
"There are two humans aboard. No life signs, Sir."
"OK beam it in," Lawrence ordered.
The lifeboat beamed into the shuttle bay was heavily
damaged. There were dents and scrapes along its body and a small hole in the
"Jesse, it's from the BIG MAC," said Macinis.
"Those poor devils," TE commented. "Fortunately, they
couldn't have lasted more than a month."
"A month too long, Sir," said Mon'Teith
Engineers were scurrying around the lifeboat working
to open the doors.
"Kora, take care of the bodies." TE turned to Gwawren,
"Stand by in the lab for samples. Mon'Teith, I want a guard on this lifeboat. I
don't want anyone near it."
"I'd like to take a look inside after the bodies are
removed," spoke Soen. "I don't expect much, but I'd still like to look.
By 0800 the crew was well aware of the early morning
visitor in Shuttle Bay 4. It was the conversation at the mess hall tables during
Soen Mon'Teith didn't expect to find anything, but
find something she did. It was a small recorder that had been jammed in the back
of the lifeboat bench. The Captain called a meeting for 0900 in the Ready Room.
Kora Natevera, T'rri Gwawren, and Sullien Macinis sat
at the right of the large table. Soen Mon'Teith, Scott Somerville, and COL TJ
Morrison sat on the left. They all look at Lawrence as she entered the room.
"While searching the lifeboat," she began, "Mon’Teith
found a recorded message. We assume the two found in the lifeboat recorded it.
Mon'Teith leaned forward and sat the very damaged
looking recorder on the table and hit play.
This is Corey Waite of the cargo ship BIG MAC. With
me is Sarah Pinkerton. Our ship was attacked by Orion pirates and
our cargo taken. The ship was severely damaged and left to drift by
the Orions. Despite our desperate attempts to restore power and
communications, in the days following the Orion raid, we failed.
When alien beings offered assistance, we jumped at the chance and
welcomed them aboard They promptly overpowered us. The captain and
crew were taken from the ship, l presume to one of the asteroids.
Sarah and I were able to hide undetected. When the aliens, with our
crew, abandoned the ship we wafted until the ship was close to the
field and escaped in a lifeboat. The BIG MAC struck an asteroid and
exploded. Sarah and I know we have no chance of making it, but maybe
someone will find us and search for our crewmates. We don't know if
they are alive or dead. The battery is running out and I'd like to
tell my wife, Cindy, I love you. A woman's voice sounded next. Phil,
I love you and the kids. .............
Soen turned the recorder off.
"We're going to find out what happened to that crew.
There may be a chance that they are still alive. It would seem that these aliens
may not give them up easily so I want all departments ready for a confrontation.
I don't want any surprises with our ship. Let's get busy folks! We're going on a