Small scout force, 50 wrote:
Far from the main fleet itself, a small group of ragtag ships, bribed/coerced/forced to scout for the CDF fleet, were on the lookout for any Kelverite ships. So far things have been fairly quiet, and they hoped to finish out their job so they can return home. They themselves were completely helpless should anything happen. Unfortunately, they were found as disposable, but hey at least the pay was great, and that was what these men needed desperately.
A crew member on one of the ships in front, the H-enarblok
suddenly noticed a small blip on the edge of his radar screen. At first he noted nothing of this, as it could be a simple cargo vessel or pirate vessel. Pirates rarely attack scout ships since they hold nothing of value anyway.
What really got his attention was that there were more blips on the screen, slowly increasing in number so that massive patches of blips were beeping like crazy on the screen.
"C-C-CAPTAIN!" he shouted. "You should take a look at t-this!"
In an instant, the grizzled old dog bounded across the bridge in a feat of supernatural youth and peered at the screen.
"My god..." he muttered. "It's a fleet, and I have an aching suspicion I know what it is... All crew! Prepare for battle stations! Tell the rest of the fleet!"
Suddenly the ship shuddered and they were stuck dead out in deep space. "Heh heh heh, I wouldn't do that if I were you," a voice from nowhere said.
The main screen blipped on in this image:
and he said, "You aren't going anywhere. We know who you are and who you work for, you savage CDF dogs."
The rest of the crew fell silent. They knew they were hit by a tractor beam the moment a Kelverite capital ship loomed into view.
"But I'll tell you what. You can join us and take us to them. We'll give you.... triple what they are paying you."
"NEVER!" the captain said, tossing a random book to the ground. "We may not want to work with the CDF forces, but we don't want to see it destroyed!"
"That's too bad," the machine said as in the distance the lasers could be seen charging up with dark blue energy. "And you could have been so helpful too."
The screams of the H-enarblok
fell silent as a big fat dark blue laser streaked through the inky void and slammed directly into the front of it, easily bypassing the shields and making it erupt in a brilliant fireball.
"I know the rest of you are listening in," the Kelverite said to the rest of the ships. "Either you are going to help us, or you're going to end up like your friend over there. What's it going to be"?