<USS Banshee> "Bad Omens"
- From: "Brad Ruder" <GroundZero@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: ussbanshee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 14:44:01 -0700
by Lieutenant Joshua
The fighters were all aligned in their
respective positions. The lights from the holo-shuttlebay glistened
and reflected off the newly polished hulls of the small crafts and
the bobbing helmets of the pilots within bobbed as the engines
ignited behind them. Josh stepped softly back into the bay and
surveyed his readying crews. Josh was thoroughly impressed with
their performances and their ability to do what they all wanted to
Ensign Thomas Lark made his way between the ships towards
the Lieutenant. His eyes perused the surfaces of the ships and the
underbellies to make sure that all was well. After making his final
calculations and examinations he handed his PADD to Josh. ?I think
you?re all ready to go, Lieutenant.?
Quickly glancing at the
PADD and the plethora of information engrossed in it, Josh handed it
back. ?I assume that all the phasers have been tinted with blue as
requested? And the torpedoes have been modified with the specific
explosion ratios and desired colors??
?Yes, Lieutenant, all
the specifications to all crafts have been carried out. Shogun Nine
had some problems reintegrating the phaser matrix after the
conversions were complete, but we?ve solved that problem.? He smiled
and headed for the doors, ?They?re all yours, Lieutenant, be careful.
Remember that this is the holodeck and you can?t die, but out in real
space it?s a whole different ball game.?
?Preaching to the
choir, Lark.? Josh smiled and put his helmet on, clasping it
underneath his chin, ?I?ll see you tonight at the poker
Lark called out over his shoulder, ?Yes, sir, looking
forward to it.? With that he disappeared out of the holodeck and
into the corridor beyond.
Josh just shook his head and
headed towards his crew. He assumed the lead fighter, being he was
the squadron leader, and clasped his helmet onto his head as he slide
himself around the joysticks and tapped his own engines into
activation. His eyes scanned his instruments and checked the varying
levels of engine status, environmental controls, and the weapons
?Lieutenant Asper to the Shogun Squadron, commence
readying procedures and call out readiness in order.? He tapped his
engines and the docking clamps disengaged with a hiss and he raised
off the ground. It was the best feeling in the world. To be
released from the solid surface of the ship and to be complete at the
controls of the loose cannon was like nothing other Josh had ever
encountered ? it was total bliss.
?Shogun 2 ready. Shogun 3
confirmed and ready to go. Shogun 4 prepped. Shogun 5 couldn?t be
more ready. Shogun 6, we?re good to go. Shogun 7 ready at your
order, sir. Shogun 8 ready. Shogun 9 all go here, Lieutenant.
Shogun 10 waiting on you. Shogun 11 finishing procedures. Shogun 12
is waiting in the back for the rest of you to move!? The constant
jabbering echoed through his head set as he heard the docking clamps
disengage from their crafts.
Josh chuckled, ?Understood,
commencing departing procedures out to coordinates section twelve of
the exercise sector. Rendezvous and start the constant moving figure
with glowing nacelles in the figure eight pattern.? His fighter
hummed to life and the engines engaged and he was rocketed out into
the blackness of the holographic space.
Trailing behind him
the fighters emerged identically and followed him out to the point in
space where they would begin their maneuvers. The ships entered
their positions perfectly and without incident. Josh gazed out his
viewport and looked at his troops circling their figure eight
patterns as instructed.
?Prepare for split into groups of
six.? He paused and looked at his escape trajectory,
Splitting into two separate groups, but maintain the
flight pattern, the group of twelve dwindled into two groups of six.
The fighters maintained their poise and determination in handling
their flyers. Round and round the ships went, never faltering.
?Shogun 2 maintain group of six.?
Shogun 2, the leader of the
second group, pulled his group out a bit further. ?Prepare for
separation for the Bloodwine maneuver.? Josh?s eyes darted to the
readout displays for the status on all of his ships. They were all
functioning within normal parameters and he didn?t see anything out
of the ordinary. ?Split into three circles, two of five and one of
two. Go now.?
The fighters once again separated with sheer
perfection and entered the final stage. He tapped the console and
his weapon systems activated; several others lit up and before long
the entire pack had their weapons charged with the fireworks of awe
?Shogun 2 reporting good to go on
?Shogun 11 reporting Bloodwine segment prepped and
ready for execution, Lieutenant.?
He nodded internally,
?Understood. Prepare to discharge 12 torpedoes, one from each fight
in all different directions. I?ve sent the trajectories for your
respective launchings. Launch now.?
All twelve fires launched
the sparking and shimmering torpedoes out into open space. Their
array of colors and wild movements were a spectacle to Josh as well.
His stare was cut short by panic on the communications
?Holy Shit! I?m hit! Shogun 7 blasted me with his
Josh?s eyes dived to his status display and,
needless to say, Shogun 7 wasn?t in good shape. Shields were down,
weapons were off-line, and his engine core was near breaching. ?Stay
in formation, Shogun 9, use escape velocity and travel to safe haven
The shogun started to pull away and in a couple of
seconds was clear of the shoguns and where the Banshee would?ve been
had it been the actual show. Josh received the communications from
the Shogun at fault, ?Lieutenant Asper, this is Ensign Micknin, I
swapped the last two numbers of the trajectory when I was processing
it into my targeting computer.?
Computer, reset Shogun 9?s computer systems to full readiness and
move him back into formation before the dispersal of the first
barrage of torpedoes.? The computer complied quickly and there it
was back in formation. ?Prepare for discharge
?Fire.? This time it
went off without a hitch. They sparkled and scattered and vaporized
into nothingness and the effect was gone. Josh smiled to himself and
looked at his tactical read out. ?Shoguns 11 and 12 begin Bloodwine
effect and the rest of you fly out one million kilometers and assume
the circular formation for the Starburst.?
and the Bloodwine move began. Red sparkled with white and a red mist
formed around the two moving fighters who had entered a never-ending
circle. Phaser fire, tinted with a deeper red emanated from the
center and the nacelles glowed with bright neon scarlet that lit up
the surrounding space. The phaser sparked out and the effect went to
Starburst teams reached the destination and
turned, forming up into the circle. ?Prepare for the Starburst.
Start the crossover at nine hundred thousand kilometers from here.
All teams open up right ventral plasma ports to increase length of
plasma trails. Close to ten meters on every surface and prepare for
the most astounding effect ever attempted.?
Agreement came and
the speed increased and the distance between them decreased. Josh
was the lead in his team and took the vertical road. The Bloodwine
show was still in progress when Josh?s team went up.
proximity alert klaxons sounded. Josh?s eyes darted hastily to his
proximity grid and found nothing. ?Status report Shogun
?Four?s drifting, four?s drifting! Pull out!? All five
fighters pulled across as were their orders, but the back fighter was
to slow and slammed into the nearest one. A chain reaction occurred
and all five fighters were reduced to dust.
dropped as the program ended and all twelve pilots were deposited
once again on the baron floor of the holodeck. ?What the hell just
?The thrusters on the number four fighter became
sluggish and couldn?t keep with the rest. It drifted too far over
and when we pulled out it couldn?t do it as fast and collided with
number five. Cascade effect and we?re all dead.? The man ran a hand
through his hair. ?Shall we break, sir??
?No.? Josh stood
poised. ?I won?t allow this excellent chance to show our abilities
be burdened by technical problems. We?re doing this until we get it
Josh recited the famous line, ?When at
first you don?t succeed, try, try again.?
They all sighed and
the computer was rebooted.
Failing on their first try wasn?t
anything to worry about, was it?
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