Thursday, October 2, 2014

Interlude 4: Kicking the HORNET's Nest

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Be Aware: The following is an excerpt from an internal thought log contained in a squirt transmission received from Ray-D7107 on 12/28/18811 at 1243 Melanicus local time. At the time, Ray was scouting the Proxima Hydrae system when she encountered a HORNET Fleet Support Ship.

1: Range to target, 500 light-seconds. 100 seconds to weapons release. 50 seconds to power up. Still no indication they've detected me. No sign of escorts, but they've got to be here somewhere.
4: I hope this works.
7: Why oh why couldn't they have given me standoffs instead of short-rangers?
1: Range to target, 460 light-seconds. Begin power up.
5: Z-Bombs #1 and #2 spinning up, 40 seconds.
6: Agitator rifles charging from batteries, 5 seconds.
3: Bringing reactor online, 8 seconds.
6: Agitators charged, standing by.
3: Reactor ready for full power on demand.
10: This is for Zid, you psyching nutter!
11: Noidal won't even see me until I'm right on top of him.
5: 20 seconds until Z-Bombs are fully spun up.
8: Where are the escorts? I don't like this.
7: As long as I get the Support Ship, I'm a good trade for that.
5: Bombs are spun up, releasing.
5: Drive on #1 is engaged.
5: Drive on #2 is engaged. Bombs are running free and clear.
4: Yeah! Eat it!
9: Beginning sidestep burn, reactor at 100%.
4: Nuts!
7: Psycher was behind an asteroid!
4: He's right on top of me!


5: What happened? Am I okay?
1: Main scope is dead, shutters opening on backup.
6: Rifles #1 and #3 are dead. #2 is recharging. #4 isn't responding, I'm trying a reboot.
6: I know I took out one bomb. I think I caught the edge of the gravity pulse from the other.
9: Drive containment field is destabilizing. I have two seconds before I lose it.
2: Well, nuts.
1: Bombs are still running clear. Another 200 seconds before impact, then another 300 before the light gets to me.
6: Don't even get to know if I killed the psycher.
11: Sending squirt transmission to Melanicus. Last thoughts?
1: Long live the Republic!
2: Long live humanity!


Be Aware: Ray-D7107 was listed on the Wall of Honor as a Martyr for Mankind (First Class) for this action.

Reminder: The highest honor possible is to die in defense of humanity.

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