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[SCENE:&#160 In orbit above the Shelliak home world, Pegasus&#160 sits quietly, as the admiral and his XO, Korrioth, prepare to beam down to discuss business with the Shelliak.

From the surface, a large torpedo-like ball of energy flies toward, and hits, the ship, encasing it in an aurora borealis of coronal discharge and knocking it out of orbit, crippling several ship’s systems in the process.

On the bridge, bodies go flying – including that of Our Hero&#153, who was not prepared and could not brace himself in time.

Fast forward fifteen minutes later.&#160 The bridge is still a mess, but at least some systems have been restored.&#160 The Admiral, still in his hooded cloak, is on the intercom to Engineering.]

THE ADMIRAL:&#160 Good work, Ozy.&#160 Soon as you have power up, work on bringing the particle disruptors online.

[As main power kicks in and the bridge lights come up, all heads snap around to face the Admiral.&#160 Shocked visages are on the faces of the bridge crew.&#160 Even Captain Korrioth, though his jaw is the only one not on the deck, might be mistaken for Gowron at the moment.]

OZY MCCOOL (over speaker):&#160 Uh…confirm that last order, m’lord?

[A snarl crosses the Admiral’s countenance.&#160 The eyes again glow purple.]

THE ADMIRAL:&#160 You heard the order, Commander.&#160 Now.

OZY MCCOOL:&#160 (ulp) Uh…aye, sir.

KORRIOTH:&#160 Admiral, surely…

THE ADMIRAL:&#160 Station, Captain.

[Korrioth visibly swallows hard himself.]

KORRIOTH:&#160 Yes, my lord.

THE ADMIRAL:&#160 Helm, bring us within range.&#160 Lock disruptors on the planet.&#160 Their strongest power source, if you can find it.

K’HADIBAK’H (knowing better than to argue):&#160 Yes, Admiral.

[Touching the appropriate controls, K’hadibak’h moves Pegasus&#160 20,000 kellicams from the planet, while simultaneously establishing disruptor lock.&#160 The speakers chirp from the command console, and Ozy’s voice comes across.]

OZY MCCOOL:&#160 Engineering to Bridge.&#160 Particle disruptors online and ready.

THE ADMIRAL:&#160 Thank you, Commander.&#160 (to K’hadibak’h) Full power, tactical.&#160 And…fire.

[Cut to external view.&#160 Four particle beams emanating from Pegasus’&#160 wings converge on a point 50 meters ahead of the ship’s bow, then are joined by one larger beam from the ship’s nose.

The unified beam then, after a second’s pause, shoots toward the Shelliak homeworld.&#160 The planet is vaporized on impact, the shockwave sending Pegasus&#160 backwards several hundred thousand kellicams.

As Pegasus&#160 drifts, sheer silence reigns on the bridge for two solid minutes.&#160 The Admiral’s eyes have ceased glowing – for now.&#160 But on his face, a look of intense pain has temporarily replaced the scowl, the result of a severe migraine headache.

Korrioth is the first to break the silence.]

KORRIOTH:&#160 Orders, my lord?

[The Admiral considers for a moment, then stands and turns for the bridge doors.]

THE ADMIRAL:&#160 Yes.&#160 I’ll be in my quarters with that Theragen concoction of yours.&#160 Contact our shipmaster and advise him that the…negotiations…with the Shelliak were a failure.&#160 Let him know that the materials he requires will be coming from elsewhere.

KORRIOTH:&#160 Aye, sir.

THE ADMIRAL:&#160 Then set course for Nossican territory and contact their government.&#160 Advise them of our needs and that we’ll pay a fair price.&#160 And send them footage of our Shelliak “negotiations”.

KORRIOTH (swallowing hard again):&#160 Yes, my lord.&#160 Anything else?

[The Admiral turns and freezes Korrioth with the hardest look the Klingon/Vulcan hybrid has ever seen.]

THE ADMIRAL:&#160 Yes.&#160 Make sure they know that they will be dealing directly…

[As he speaks, the Admiral’s eyes are once again ablaze in purple.]

THE ADMIRAL:&#160 …with Lord Darth Venomous himself.

[The Admiral dons the hood and stalks out.]

Okay, Denizens, the Big Box&#153 is back up.&#160 Ranting shall now continue, unabated.

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4 responses to “A turn to the dark side”

  1. RobertHuntingdon says:

    OK, so why was this classified under illegal aliens…


  2. Shouldn’t have been.&#160 Just fixed it.

  3. umm Robert, last time I checked….what’s left of the Shelliak empire (which ain’t much after that blast) would be considered “alien” and methinks the Pegasus has standing orders to consider a living Shelliak as “illegal” and therefore subject to immediate and ruthless adjudication.

    Would that not be correct, Admiral?

  4. Well, for now they can keep Tau Cygna V.

    But only until I get pissed off at ’em again.&#160

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