The USS Eagle was on a high priority diplomatic mission
"A distress call, sir!" announces the communications officer.
transporting Turethian diplomats back to their homeworld when they received...
"On screen" Captain Kematsopoulos orders.
The recorded message plays on the main view screen. A
captain appears; he is in his forties and has graying hair. He is scared.
CAPT PALUMBO> This is the Federation passenger cruise
liner, The Rigellian Star Adventurer. We are under attack. I repeat we are
under attack. Any ships in the area please respond. We...
The transmission was interrupted by a loud explosion.
The picture dissolved into a shower of dots; the sound into cacophony of
"Any other ships in the area?" asked the Captain.
"No sir, replied LT Schuler.
Mr. Tanaka, change course to intercept and rescue," the
"Aye, plotting new course, sir, " replied the helm officer.
"But sir! Ambassador Releth will be furious for any delay,"
LT Manheim, the protocol officer interrupted.
"So be it. Quote him General Order Six and let him file
a complaint with the Council. Federation lives are at stake. Top warp, Mr.
Tanaka," the Captain ordered.
"Aye, sir," replied the helm officer, his fingers dancing
on the console.
"Execute," the CO ordered.
"Aye sir," Mr. Tanaka replied.
Captain Kematsopoulos opened the comms to engineering
and medical, "We have an unexpected detour. A Federation cruise liner has
been attacked by a party or parties unknown. ETA two hours to intercept.
Prepare for heavy casualties and high collateral damage," Kematsopoulos out.
The small science vessel sped toward the large passenger
spaceliner, not knowing what dangers lie ahead.
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