Chapter 9 – Blast off into the wide unknown It wasn’t long until Barry spotted a familiar figure in the crowds. Genji had assembled a group at the north of the moon base check in desk. The girl behind it tapped the intercom"Would captain Hercules please report to central station"?Genji gathered his team for inspection."Captain, the crew of x-bombers escort cruiser is ready, awaiting your orders".Hercules walked down the line giving each candidate an icy glance."This the best bunch of misfits you could find at such sort notice Yodama?“Yes sir, best selected candidates the academy has” Genji said showing the crews records to Hercules. Barry continued down the line. What's with the kid? Hikaru Joji the youngest pilot the academy had spawned, only 13, he was above all the other candidates. Strategic planning, fire arms, also tactical prowess. He reminded Hercules of a younger Shiro,"Same look in his eyes, like he could take on the alliance all by himself.-Yodama this isn't kindergarten. I asked for pilot's not children.Genji went over Hikaru's credentials. If these where accurate, then the d-bomber crew had a gifted genius barely out of school.Hikaru spoke up “Sir I assure you I am more than capable and will be a valuable asset to your team. Hercules turned back to the youngster, a look of annoyance on his face. “Kid you ever held a blaster?”Hikaru answered yes“You ever shot one at an oncoming enemy?”“Only in simulation sir”“A real enemy is nothing like a bunch of pixels and programming, there are real ruthless son’s of bitches out there who would not think twice about popping a phaser burst through a kids head”Hercules could see he was making the Young pilot uncomfortable“Then you’ve got the Alliance heads, you can never quite figure out what they would do to you, Kill you, torture you or worse make you one of them”.Hikaru started to sweat “Enough Captain Hercules!!, I’m sure the young pilot can handle himself if the worst was to happen”.The slender but curvy shape of Miranda Kyle stood arms crossed over her ample bosoms.Hercules looked a bit urked not know where to look. Nobody, neither man or woman had told him what to do, and yet the Generals Daughter got to him every time.“Barry?” Miranda could see she’d ticked him off.“Yes Boobs, I mean boss, Ma,am”. Hercules started to sweat a bit “Get you’re troops aboard the Class D, oh and…”“Yes?” said Barry“My face is up here”. She gestured to her flawless face only slightly hidden behind a few brown bangs.Barry gulped, this woman, what was it that got to him, she had that same innocent look that Lamia had but she was tough as old boots with an air of elegance, she swished her hair back and with clip board in hand took off up the ramp. Herc noticed a slight wiggle in her step. “Oh momma, I’m in trouble with this one”.He headed up the ramp with his bag over his shoulder, as the door closed he looked over the courtyard of the hanger. It was then he spotted somebody he thought was long gone.“Shiro!”The door came up, and he tried to lower it again but the magnetic lock had sealed, Barry rushed to a nearby window to see if it was indeed Shiro, but nobody was there.“Man I’ve spent way to much time in space, it’s turning my brains to mush”.He took his place on the bridge and the crew did it’s checksGenji announced the Captain was on the bridge,Susan checked the radios and communications, all where in proper working order.Hikaru turned on the weapons and armaments.Leroy took his place on the main gun turret located under the bridge.Miranda turned to Barry, “Ok captain I believe the next line is yours”.“Yeah, So I was thinking how about after this we have a nice meal out somewhere?”.Miranda gave him a steely gaze, “I meant I think it’s time you addressed the crew and gave them some sort of encouraging speech before we launch”.“Oh sure”.Barry turned to his crew, raised a hand and gestured towards the oncoming cosmos“LET’S GO KICK SOME ALIEN ASS!!!“IDIOT!! – Miranda placed her face in her palm, was he the best person to be put in charge of a newly experimental Battleship?The D-Bomber slightly shook as the engines roared up for the first time. The slight sound of contracting metal creaked about.The monitors flashed and onscreen was Dr Denardo, the expert who built the D-Bomber.“I take it everything is working well Captain?”Hercules looked about the ship and then addressed the monitor“This bucket of bolts should get us out of the hanger without falling apart I take it Doc?”The Doctor got a bit flustered by this quip. “I assure you both Professor Hagen and myself, worked on the D-Project. That so called bucket of bolts will serve you well Captain Hercules”.The hanger doors opened and out of the southern exit came the D-bomber it’s large red and white twin wings just fitting though the gap of the hanger area.“May your journey be swift and safe crew of D-bomber”. Dr Denardo saluted them and in turn did the crew back.And off they set on there mission to the Sargasso colony, Barry Still had that feeling, What happened to Shiro, would the answers he seeks be revealed there?
Look an Alien cruiser!!