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A note from Ashish choudhary

Hi guys, another chappie for ya all. It took a lot out of me to write this one. phew glad it is finished.

Have a good day ya all and take care :)

If you see more than normal errors then blame's on street dogs who held a howling competition when I was editing it. xD

Chapter 5

Old Man

(Incoming transmission from mothership)

“Put it on.”

(Yes, Prime.)

It was Prika.

(Establishing connection)
(Exchanging encryption keys)
(Connected)

Prika’s voice came in first. “Sam, I am so glad to see you... Where is Old Man? Is he okay? Is Sky okay?” A moment later, the holographic feed came on and she relaxed on seeing both of us. “Good lords you are okay.” She sighed in relief and collapsed in the command chair.

“Prika, what happened?” Sam beat me to asking the question. Leaning forwards I repeated “What made you so worried Prika? You have seen Sky and Bastion in action, so then why were you so worried?”

“Temporal disjunction, we had to fight an entire alliance fleet which popped up suddenly without any trace of hyperdrive bleed. When Abby gutted the flagship with a Type 7 Directed Nuclear Warhead, the entire fleet vanished again without a trace. 70% of our launched missile pods reappeared in the magazines, it’s… it’s a freaking mess. Ship clocks and buoy clocks show different times, a difference of 3 minutes and 12 seconds. When the fleet vanished, it left behind thousands of scattershot missiles on full burn… I… I don’t know what to do.”

All the calm and relief left her face and anguish took its place. I felt like someone punched me in the gut, my heart rate spiked. I took a deep breath, and repressed old memories that surfaced at the mention of temporal disjunction. Holy fucking hell, how did this happen… I thought Kaplow slagged the Temporal warfare division of those fucking slugs. Argh! I ain't paid enough for this shit. I slowly unclenched my fists, noticing blood on my nails and palm, I turned around and walked out of the bridge.

Sam stood up and followed after me, grabbing my elbow she asked “Oldie… you okay?”

Taking a deep breath, I shook my head, “I need a few moments, tell me when we have docked.”

 

Sky, give kids the comm log Kaplow sent us during the Zeran rebellion as a scout.

(As you wish Prime, shall I provide the report compiled by Primus Imperius, Black Templars, Saber One, Saber Two, Valkyrie One, Valkyrie Two, Umbra Sentinels, Executioners, Royal Cybers, and Bulwark as well.)

No, kids are not ready for that. Arin, Sam, Aaron, and Btor will lose themselves to the rage when they find out what happened. Not now, Sky, not now. I locked Arin’s memories for a reason, we’ll unlock them when the time comes.

(As you wish Prime.)

Start building a Z-space transmitter, we are calling in Sarah and her order.

(We… We are calling in Black Templars, but they are only called when Code Ragnarok is initiated.)

Well, I am initiating it right now and I’ll get Kaplow on this too. We are the ones with authority for this, pretty sure I’ll get his approval. In fact, He’ll initiate it if I don’t when he finds out slugs are back.

(As you wish Prime)


Sam

After Oldie left the bridge, restraining his anger. I sat there at the helm for some time processing the implications of Temporal disjunction while watching the silvery gray drops on the carpet where he was standing. I turned back to the holotank and saw Arin staring back at me. His black hair disheveled, eyebrows pulled down and his brown, indigo-rimmed eyes filled with tears. He tried to smile but only a twisted frown came on his face. I wanted to comfort him but, no words came out of my mouth, all I managed was a small sob. He sighed and slowly stood up from his chair, staggering, he walked out of the bridge. I can't watch him like that, taking a deep breath I killed the connection.

Sky’s avatar appeared on the bridge, a small brown bird. The avatar froze and then it disappeared, replaced by a report no, it’s not a report it’s a comm log when code Ragnarok was active… What the hell is code Ragnarok...


Log 236%^R&*[REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

Time: [REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

Location: [REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

Ship Name: Telum

Ship Type: Monster Class Scout Gunship

Armament: [REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

Operator Designation: Gore Kaplow, [REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

 

<Verifying connection>

<Establishing protocols>

<Connection secure>

 

“Lone wolf to wolf’s den, do you copy?”

“Wolf’s den to lone wolf, check your comms.” pzzzaaat “have static” psssttzzz

“I’m in position I repeat I’m in position, Strisateuthida and Grasalis’ fleets are converging. Alliance fleets are combat-ready.”

Pzzzttsszzz “ Z-space transmitter, Call in Black Templars and Umbra Sentinels and jump to Eldra. You are ” pssssaaaattt

“Sending out Z-space transmission and jumping to Eldra, Over and out”

 

(40 hours for our friends to clean this place up, wanna bet winner gets to decide on the new secondary gun.)

“Winner chooses new gun, I’m in but, 40 hours NO FUCKING WAY. I don’t believe it, it’s Sarah and Novik we are talking about. They’ll mop up this bullshit in 30 hours tops, I’ll be winning this wager Telum.”

(No, there are too many ships here. They will need at least 36 hours.)

“Bah, These shiny ships you see will turn into smashed and slagged junk in 24 hours and can last no more than 30.”

(Bullshit, -

TELUM DISENGAGE COMMS

(FUCK)

END OF LOG


Watching Kaplow's and Telum's banter brought a small smile to my face. They are always betting about one thing or the other. The log flickered and was replaced by another.


Log 237%^R&*[REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

Time: [REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

Location: [REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

Ship Name: Telum

Ship Type: Monster Class Scout Gunship

Armament: [REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

Operator Designation: Gore Kaplow, [REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

 

<Requesting… … …>

<Authorised>

<Verifying connection>

<Establishing protocols>

<Connection secure>

 

“Howdy, Sarah”

(Kaplow, what has got your dick stuck this time huh? I am not giving you drones, troops, suicide bombers, or any fucking thing.)

“SARAH!! Calm down, I am not asking for anything. I have a big fleet for you, It-

(Oh shut up and give me the location, I don’t have time for your antics. Heretical insurgents must be righteously pacified.)

“Okay.. okay, coordinates transferred. Umbra Sentinels will fight with you.”

("No Fear! No Pity! NO REMORSE!")

END OF LOG


Log 238%^R&*[REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

Time: [REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

Location: [REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

Ship Name: Telum

Ship Type: Monster Class Scout Gunship

Armament: [REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

Operator Designation: Gore Kaplow, [REDACTED (CODE RAGNAROK)]

 

<Requesting… … …>

<Authorised>

<Verifying connection>

<Establishing protocols>

<Connection secure>

 

“Greetings Primus Kaplow”

“Greetings Novik, I have coordinates for where the enemy has gathered. I was instructed to give the coordinates to Black Templars and Your order.”

“We hear and remember, the enemy will be obliterated. It is a great honor to fight with Templars. May Argenta’s blessing be with you. Rip and Tear!

Rip and Tear!”

END OF LOG


 

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Ashish choudhary

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Bio: I am an honored guardian and an intergalactic explorer pretending to be a normal human, in order to throw my enemies off my trail and prevent them from disturbing my mission to gather data of all sapient and interesting life forms.

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ducksoup ago

Aashu....

So this was a different chapter...you inferenced different logic than before. Starting with the earlier skirmish that ended abruptly. That the fired rounds returned to their berths unused and others continued on.

Code Ragnorak sounds secretive as it seems to override everything.

So now this is me...[don't take this the wrong way mate...] I like where this story seems to be going. I took too long to read this chapter from the last and sort of lost myself. Due to your studies, your primary job these days, it takes too much from you to write these chapters. It is my decision to pause reading this story. This should allow you to build up chapters so when I return to it will have more to read. And since it may be a while I will restart at the beginning so as not to gloss over and miss important shit.

You are a good kid so don't take this as abandoning you, I am not.

    Ashish choudhary ago

    Oh glad i could project code ragnarok is top of the line case.

    Oh i will never think that way duck, you are a great person. You don't abandon people :)

    And yeah, there is some stuff going on now along with studies which takes too much mental peace. Oh and I'll let you know once i write like 5-6 more chapters :) or you can check once every few weeks :)

    Thanks for being considerate :)

AlQaholic77 ago

Sci-fi is a great genre man, good pick. I really l liked the picture you had of the Diatra in the previous chapter. You drew that yourself? It's pretty good! I like how there's always a lot going on in this story on the ships, dramatic scenes, and how everyone has to work together to get missions done. Old man "Oldie" is probably my favorite character. The mechanic scene where he was repairing the ship was interesting. The nanite pack detail was pretty cool since they can fix things easy with that stuff instead of having to do it the old-fashioned way.

In terms of feedback, I think once you get the pacing of the story and grammar in check then you've hit the nail on the head with this one. Lots of potential, so you definitely can develop this into something more. The strongpoint of this story in my humble opinion is that there's always something going on so you don't get bored. Lots of action and dialogue.

librarysmiles ago

I feel like this is a "it could be good" story. Maybe someday I'll check back and see what's going on. :)

(I saw this in the latest updates about a month ago and have been reading about one chapter a week until now.)

Thanks for writing! :)

ducksoup ago

Aashu, Happy National Author's Day!

It's an American thing, but to me ALL authors deserve the same...

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