Sorry for the bit of a mess this is, but the way i write has changed a lot. I call them Episodes now, not books, that kinda thing. anyways, hope you like
Start of Ep one
Location: a living room in West Canada...
With the Xbox sound on high, Alex and Bob just finished playing a game.
"Man, it's boring" Alex mumbles as he lets out a sigh. Bob yawns and says "Yea, I wish something would happen" as he puts the controller down and gets up to move around, he looks over to see Alex surfing the web. "Hey Alex, anything fun happening on Moddb?" "Nah, even Sensu is being quiet....that worries me" A light fills the room and Alex says "Why do I think he has something to do with this?" Any reply from Bob is cut off as they both disappear along with the light.
Location: a bedroom in South Africa...
SoE logs of his computer and picks up his guitar. "Hit my data cap for the month, time play some music..." The same light fills the room. He looks up and chuckles, "Looks like he got it to work, took him long enough. Oops, can't forget this!" He manages reach his pick just as him and the light vanish.
Location: a bedroom in England...
Caine slides into his chair, rubs his hands together, and says "Dust time...or should I do some lag training on halo...hmmm" The light appears. "Come on man! Now?" Grabs a J20 and waits to beam out...then starts to reach for his iPod, but is not quick enough "Hold on just let me get my....."
Location: a bedroom in East Canada...
As Piper closes a tab in her browser, her face wrinkles in disgust, "Oh no, either he's back or most of Croatia needs therapy..." Her computer flickers as the light starts to fill the room. "WHAT ON EARTH?!" she yells, but even if there was anyone there to answer her, she is gone before they would be able to...
Location: a paintball field in Argentina...
With bursts of CO2, paintballs fly past the players. Mularac lead three of his team mates forward, but the ground around him begins to glow, little spiders of static jump from his clothes to the ground. The game stops as everyone stares at the new star that seems to be growing before them, then Mularac and the glow disappear...
Location: a game room in south east USA...
Af is sitting in his chair, playing a game...he takes a drink of soda...looks at his watch, remembers his raman will be done soon. Checks it again, his raman still won't be done for about a minute. "I feel like I am missing out on something..." He shrugs and unpauses his game.
End of Part 1
Location: a ship in high orbit...
Warren leans forward in the command chair with a deep sigh, then looks over at his sister who is sitting at one of the consoles
"Kara, did you even push the button?"
"Yes! It just takes bit to 'port them all up here. Seven people scattered across the Earth is not an easy job, and this automation code you HELPED write doesn't do anything good for the teleport speed, let me tell ya"
Warren stands up to get a drink, when he returns with his soda, he points a finger at Kara
"Could you have done it without Caine and a room full of other Techs at SGC?"
She shakes her head.
"Ha, thought not"
A light fills the bridge, then seven wide-eyed gamers appear. Warren stands, seems about to say something but stops. Then his demeanor changes and he says with a dramatic voice
"Welcome to the BC-304D Aries."
Then he breaks down laughing
"Sorry guys, I had to do that! Kara, is everyone here?"
She gets a evil grins, then says in a sing-song voice
"All but one"
Her hand hovers over a button. As the seven freaked out gamers stand there, staring at their new surroundings and twitching, Warren dives at Kara screaming
but falls on his face as the others point and laugh, the daze seeming to have pasted at this point, perhaps because of his fall. SoE and Caine help Warren up, and walk him over to where Piper and Kara now standing. They look up to see on the girl's faces the kind of grin that sends a chill up and down a man's spine. All the men in the room say in one voice
"What'd you do?"
Both of the girls point at a screen showing a very dazed looking Af sitting in a chair holding a Xbox controller. Kara waves a hand to calm her brother down
"Don't worry, he's in locked in a room for now"
Warren glances at the control panel
Kara looks down "The weapons con..."
she goes bug-eyes and slams a button, Af vanishes and then appears on a new screen
"....the mess hall."
Alex smiles and says
"smart move. So.....why'd you beam him up?"
Kara gets that grin again,
"For Warren to play with"
Warren thinks for a moment then gets a grin of his own
"Hey guys, he has no idea what's going on or who's behind it...anyone thinking what I am thinking? Nah, that'd be too evil. Lets head to the mess hall, say 'Hi' to Af and get some food and then I'll tell you why you're all here"
End of Part 2
Location: The Aries mess hall...
While gathered around the captain's table, everyone enjoys the meal and talks about the fun they have had in the past and the fun they should have in the future, even though most had never met face to face before today.
Warren stands up, and puts his hands in the air to get everyone to quite down so he can speak.
"Now, I know you're all having fun, but there is something we need to talk about. The reason you are here"
He walks over to a screen set in the wall and pulls up an image, a dark swirling mass appear on the screen.
"This is a rift in space time. It is outside of our galaxy, near rim of the Pegasus galaxy. We are not sure how it opened or were it leads, and that's were we come in. SGC and the IOA want it scanned, them have this ship, but no crew for it. Caine..." He points to the amazingly young boy next to him, "...and I helped write code for this ship, so I said we'd make the run with a few coders we know that way we can make changes to the code on the way if needed. The code we are testing is some automation updates to make it so a ship's whole crew can leave in fighters or whatever and the ship will jump away, and jump back when called. Anyone want to come?"
The hands of everyone in the room fling up too fast to see.
"Good! Your familys will be told you're joining a Think Tank in.....Texas, and you will be beamed down to get some of your clothes, computer, games, say goodbye and the like. Not sure how long this trip will take, but flying there will take about 2 weeks. Well, you'll beam down in a bit, and the ship will...er...um..sail..in the moring. See you then."
End of part 3
Location: The Aries...
Warren walks on to the bridge with some coffee and stares and the earth below, maybe for the last time before they head out. Kara soon joins him and as she sits down, says
"SoE is asleep, trying to get used to Ship time, he's ahead of it by 8 hours. Caine's going to sleep deprive himself to ship time because he's only ahead of it by 6 hours, he's unpacking his stuff right now, then he said he came up here"
Warren takes a sip, "Alex and Bob should be ready to beam up soon, after them it's Piper then Af...Mularac will be up after them. I'm going to my room for a bit. Maybe take one of the fighters out for a ride."
As he leave the bridge, she yell down the hall at him,
"Don't break it, ok?"
He yells back,
"I'll try not to!"
Caine runs past him, turns around and stops in front of Warren.
"Warren, you going to fly some?"
"can I come?"
"To test the 'Wing Man' program...say with a fly-by past the moon"
"It is a program I wrote based on the the 'Follow' program the Aries has. It's makes it so a un-manned '302 can fly in formation with a pilot. May try to code a targeting program so it can fire too"
"Sure. Grab an O2 suit."
Once in the hangar, Warren and Caine each start a 302, but Caine gets in Warren's fighter. Warren closes the cockpit and looks back at Caine.
"Tower, this Wolf 1, do you copy? Need Hangar bay two's hatch open"
The radio crackles to life,
"I copy Wolf 1, BAY DOOR two opening. Caine with you?"
"Roger, we're taking Wolf 2 out for auto-pilot testing"
"All right, I'll buzz you when they're all here and ready to go"
Wolf 1 and 2 rocket out of the hangar, start to fly around the Aries.
Caine looks at what will be his home in the coming weeks, and states
"Odd to think we are flying around in space..."
"Sure is...now...shall we have some fun?"
Warren says through a grin as he pulls back on the joystick, putting the ship through a flip.
"Caine, lets see how your program holds up. Start it on a port side follow formation."
Warren flies around Aries with Wolf 2 off his port wing. Then he flies past the bridge, and just as he heads for the moon the radio comes back on,
"Wolf 1, you do that again, and 'tower' will kick you...HARD"
As Caine giggles in the back, Warren replies,
"I was just playing around, sorry"
Once over the moon, they decide to visit the landing sites of the Apollo missions. Just past the Apollo 11 site, Wolf 2 starts to fly oddly, then do a barrel roll over to the starboard side Of Wolf 1, right before Warren freaks out, Caine taps him on the shoulder.
"Did I scare you?"
"DID YOU DO THAT?!"
"Yea" Caine says with a hint of a giggle in his voice. "I am remote flying it from my controls on this ship. Kinda like playing a video game"
Just then, an Al'kesh decloaks, forcing Wolf 1 and 2 to pull apart. Warren and Caine loop around and come in for an attack run, but see the SGC logo next to a Wolf icon. Piper's voice comes over the radio,
"This is Wolf 11, nice moves 1 and 2. Everyone got all their stuff to the Aries and all but Kara and SoE are on the Wolf 11 with me. So...Let's head out"
Kara joins in,
"Wolves, this is Tower, come back to the den, doors are opening as we speak"
Warren pipes up,
"all right everybody, lets head home"
Most of the way back, Kara comes on over the radio,
"Wolf pack, this is tower, the hangar doors just closed and I have no idea why"
A gasp comes over the speakers,
"Warren, the "call" program just came online, and I just got locked out of navigation."
Anything she said after that was cut off by the Aries opening a hyperspace window and jumping away.
End of Part 4
The crew is amazed to see their new home fly away, and they all fear for the two left on the ship, as no one knows who called the ship or where they called it too. Bob is the first to say something,
"Who wrote the call program?"
Caine replies "Warren and me...and a room full over other coders at SGC."
"what exactly does it do?"
"Basically, when the program comes on line, gets the call if you will, the Nav AI kicks in and it jumps to hyperspace. When it arrives at it's destination, it sends a sub-space signal to the Wolf squadron Nav computers."
Mularac chimes in "So can't we just wait for it to tell us where it is?"
Warren sighs "Not much else we can do. Kara's a smart girl, she'll think of something"
Meanwhile, back aboard the Aries, Kara knocks on SoE's door. "wake up and get dressed something has gone wrong"
SoE opens the door, fully dressed, but sill rubbing his eyes,
"Someone or thing just called the Aries, locking us out of navigation and making it jump to hyperspace"
Suddenly more awake, SoE starts to run down the hall, Kara calls after him.
"Where are you going?"
"The armory" he says, like it is the only place he could be going.
When Kara catches up to him, he is in the back of the armory and has already covered some of the front of a vest he put on with various types of grenades, strapped a Zat to each leg, and is picking up a M-60 machine gun. Kara straps a Zat to her right leg, and grabs a P90. He pounds over to her, his steps made heavier by all the weapons, and asks "What now?" with a smirk on his face. She looks at all the equipment he is wearing, hints of terror and awe on her face, "I guess we head to engineering, see if we can stop the ship." He nods and breaks into a run, the earlier heavy steps either having been acting or he is just forcing himself to run with all that extra weight.
Apon reaching engineering, SoE drops onto a chair, its piston moaning under his weight, and Kara begins to tap away on one of the consoles. About twenty minutes later, the ship drops out of hyper space. SoE walks over and pats her on the back
"Good job, thought it would take longer"
She turns around with a look of horror on her face
"It would have...if I was the one that stopped it"
They look out a window to see three Ha'taks and a moon.
"Quick..." She says as she runs out of the room with SoE plodding behind her, "...we have to get to Wolf 12 in the hangar, it's a puddle jumper. We can hide in it with it cloaked, and try to contact the rest of the Crew."
Back on the Wolf 11...
Alex, Bob and Caine talk over one channel of the radio about ways to get the ship to drop out of hyperspace, and Mularac, Af, Piper and Warren talk on another channel about how to get the ship back when it does. The screens on the ships flicker to life, showing "Aries destination reached, open bay doors?" Everyone stares for a moment, the meaning of the message not having sunk in yet. Caine is the first to speak,
"It dropped out!"
Mularac runs to a console to save the data the homing signal is sending to the Nav computer, just as he finish, the signal disappears.
"Did I do that?"
Alex looks over at the console,
"No, the signal is just...gone"
Piper starts to set up for the jump to the Aries, but Warren's voice stops her,
"It was jammed. That means it got where it was going, and whoever called it tried to keep it from telling us where it is. You guys in the Wolf 11, start a jump to the rim of that system, we'll get 1 and 2 in close to you and use your Hyperspace window. Once we stop, Caine and I will break off, and then you jump in close to the Aries, and cloak. Use the ring transporter to get to the ship, find Kara and SoE, then take back the ship. Maybe if you have time, try using the ship's weapons to take out any ships around Aries. Once you're onboard, Caine and I will jump in and give the enemies in space something to think about using Wolf 1 and 2."
"Aye aye captain" replies Af with a mock salute.
The Nav computers calculate the jump as the ships form a tight V, then open a window and jump...
End of Part 5
Out on the rim of a star system, three ships appear.
Warren says "Wolf 11, this is 1, do you copy"
Mularac comes on the line, "Wolf 1, we here you loud and clear, what's up?"
"Caine and I came up with something and the way here. If we expanded all three ships' shields, and pumped O2 into the shield bubble, Caine could move over to Wolf 2 and he could fly better that way. Even if the shields fail, him and I have O2 suits on. We just want the bubble so we won't lose as much air from the fighters"
Those on the Al'kesh stare at the speaker, and Af slides into a control chair.
"All right, form up" he states as he expands the shields. As the three orbs on the screen merge, Caine unbuckles the seat belt he had on, and seals his O2 suits helmet. Once the bubble has fully formed, Warren opens the cockpit and moves Wolf 1 close over the top of Wolf 2, with his ship flipped over, so the ships are facing each other cockpit to cockpit. Just as they are passing, Caine jumps out of Wolf 1 and seems to be flying to Wolf 2.
"This is SO epic" he says over the radio, then crawls into Wolf 2, and seals the hatch.
"Wolf 2 online."
Warren comes on over the radio,
"Good to hear. Wolf 11, you are clear for jump"
The Al'kesh jumps, and the 302's form up to ready for their jump.
In the hangar of the Aries, Wolf 12 sits quietly, invisible to all but the best scanners. Inside, SoE is camped out on the floor, M-60 pointed at the rear hatch of the jumper and Kara reads data scrolling on a display. The subspace comm channel hums for a moment, then Piper's voice is heard.
"Wolves 1 and 2, this is 11, away team is on the Aries, you are clear for your part."
"Roger that 11, try not to get hit by stray shots, k?"
"I copy Wolf 1, see you back on the ship"
Kara slams the comm switch,
"Wolf pack, this is 12, can you hear me"
A mass of hoots and other sounds of joy tells her they can.
"Good, SoE and I are in the cloaked jumper, so we're safe for now."
Her brother is the first to speak,
"Alright, the away team is onboard. Their radios are on channel 7, you should be able to reach them that way."
SoE grabs a walkie-talkie, and presses the talk button,
"Away team, this Wolf 12, where are you?"
Mularac replies "Just got Zats from the armory and we are headed to the bridge."
SoE drops the M-60, slams the hatch switch, grabs a Zat in each hand and runs out the open door.
Out in space, the 302's are making attack runs on the Ha'taks, as no Death Gliders have appeared. The Wolves use short range jumps to further confuse the gunners on the enemy ships.
Once the way team nears the bridge, they start to hear weapons fire, and see SoE laying on the floor, a bit of blood on his arm where a bullet grazed him.
"Are you ok?" asks Bob.
SoE shrugs, "More or less. Took out 6 of them before you got here."
Alex pokes his out around the corner, and is greeted by a few burst of rounds, but he pulled back quick enough not too be hit. "Hey SoE..." he asks "Got any flash bangs on that weapons cache you call a vest?"
SoE nods and grins, then throws one on to the bridge. The team covers their ears and once they see the flash shine on the wall, they charge on to the bridge, firing zats at the would-be high jackers.
In space, the Caine and Warren just do an air show, knowing they are too hard to hit and having run out of missiles. The Aries begins to move and lashes out with it's railguns and energy beams, destroying too of the Ha'taks before even taking a hit.
"Wolf squadron, this is Tower, bay doors are open. You may want to land before we jump...just saying"
Wolves 1, 2, and 11 land just as the last Ha'tak is ripped apart.
Warren voice is heard on the radio,
"Head for the Alpha site."
The bay doors close as the ship opens a window and jumps...
About a day later, the ship has made it to the Alpha site, and unloaded the prisoners they captured in taking back the bridge. Once again, they are all in the mess hall, eating and telling stories.
Mularac puts down his fork and thinks for a moment,
"So...who tried to take this ship anyways?"
Caine responds, "looks like it was the Lucian Alliance. They heard about the Aries having advanced programing, so they wanted it. SGC is still unsure as to where the leak was, but they think whandled it well, and want us to keep heading for the rift."
Warren stands up to clean up his dishes,
"That settles it, we keep going. Anyone that wants to stay, speak up"
Nothing is heard but the hum of the ship.
"All right then, lets move out."
Back on the bridge, Warren, Kara and Caine sit at their stations. Kara checking various data read outs, Caine reworking bits of programs, and Warren flies the ship with a joy stick.
"Caine, open the hyperspace window please."
"Yes sir" he says with a smile on his face.
The ship enters the window and jumps away...
End of one
[Good place to take a break, i know this is kinda long. By the way, stuff in  are notes from me....be you knew that by now though...]
Start of 2
Piper now stays in the hangar most of the time, and took such a liking to the Al'kesh that she doesn't let anyone in it unless she is with them. She even started to refer to it as her "baby."
SoE has taken over the armory and set up a shooting range in one of the hangars, using a small forcefield as a backdrop and empty crates and barrels as targets.
Alex, and Bob have spent a lot of time in the flight sims, earning themselves the nickname of "Flyboys," and Alex couldn't be happier about that. They also spar and use the range, kind of making them the main military force on the ship.
Mularac has read most of the books on ship about heath care, making him the effective chief medical officer, taking care of the crew when they are wounded while at work or play.
Warren and Kara have done modifications all around the ship, including installing one of the first Tau'ri made ZPMs, which they got at the Alpha site, and replacing Wolf 2's rear seat with a second computer core.
Af claimed the mess hall, and will slap anyone that tries to enter his kitchen.
Caine moves around the Aries learning about its systems and programming new ways to use them. He also hid Wolf 3 away in his "workshop," a cargo room attached to the hangar.
Warren and Kara were called to the "workshop" one evening, and when they get there, they knock on the door.
"It's open." is heard through the heavy steel.
They walked in to see stacks of spare circuit board and cables. Caine seems to dig his way out of one of the stacks, and stands in the middle of the room by a computer with a look of pure joy on his face.
"Guys, there is someone I want you to meet. Felix, say hi."
A voice like Caine's but younger starts to speak from the computer,
"Hi Captain, Hi Kara, it's nice to finally meet you"
Warren and Kara stare at Caine, then each other, Caine again, "Felix," then back to Caine.
He holds up both hands to stop them before they even ask,
"He is a upgrade to the ship's automation code, and will make it full AI. All these..." He points at the stacks "...are memory banks and data storage. Felix was built for the main computer core, so when he is in this set up, he has the mind of a young child. Like that of a fix year old, hence, him sounding like one. But, trust me, when he has the full computing power of the main core, he could run the ship by himself."
Before Warren and Kara can say anything, Felix starts to beg,
"Please! I can do it! Really! You can even lock me out of most of the systems till you trust me. Please! I have been online in this little room, in this little computer for days, please let me go play."
Warren holds up a finger,
"Fine, but keep 'him' out of navigation, weapons, and anything to do with life support for now. And Felix, don't talk to anyone till after we are all in the mess hall, and I say to, ok? Don't need people getting scared."
As Caine plugs the computer into the ship's data network and starts to upload Felix, Warren walks over to a panel on the wall and presses a button,
"All crew report to the mess hall for a meeting, that is all."
The three walk out of the room, headed for the mess hall....
When Caine, Kara, and Warren reach the mess, everyone else is already seated, with a look of horror on their faces, but the mood lightens when they see the smiles on the three that just entered the room.
Warren doesn't waste any time,
"Ladies...er...Lady..and Gentlemen, meet Felix..."
After a moment of silence, all but Kara and Caine stare at Warren like he is a mad man. Just as he is about to explain, Felix's voice comes out of the PA system, still not sounding much older like Caine said he would.
"Sorry Captain, I was checking out the ship, it's nice to be out of that little room. Just so you know, one of Wolf 1's missiles is going to fall off the hardpoint if anyone bumps it even just a bit. Someone didn't mount it right. Anyway, nice to finally meet you all. By the way, who flies the Al'kesh?"
Piper jumps up,
"Is there something wrong with my baby? Who did it? What'd they do?"
"Nothing, it's just parked on Wolf 7's power cable."
She sits back down,
Caine clears his throat,
"Felix is an AI made to run Aries. Though he may sound very young, he could run the whole ship by alone. Weapons, navigation, all of it..." He looks at Warren "...Once he is given access that is."
Warren asks the crew "Should we let him try?"
A mix of nods and shrugs all around the table
"Right then, Caine, let him."
Caine walks to a console and taps a few keys. After he hits the last one, the lights in the room go out, only the glow of hyperspace letting them see each other. The lights return,
"Just kidding!" is heard over the PA speakers, those in the console, and the radios most of the crew is wearing.
"Felix!" yells Kara.
Warren rubs his forehead,
"I think that is enough 'fun' for the night, time for bed everyone. Felix, you have the bridge."
"Aye aye Capn', you can trust me" he replies, as his voice seems to move down the hall...
Warren wakes up, and starts to put his day clothes to check the bridge, but remembers Felix.
"Morning Felix. How was your first night?"
An anime-style face appears on the computer screen,
"Fun! How'd you sleep?"
Warren has drops into his chair and rubs his eyes, unsure if he is awake or still dreaming.
"Good, I guess. Why was it fun?"
"Cuz there was so much to do! I checked out all the ship systems, all green by the way, ran analysis on all the fighters, even ran virus scans on all the PC's on the network. And then..." the face on screen hangs it's head "...watched all the anime, shows, and movies I could find. Sorry." he perks up again. "Alex even was awake for a bit, so him and I did flight sims for a while. Don't ask him about it though, I don't think he liked me beating him so much." he looks off screen, then looks back. "Kara's up, I am going to go say hi" He gets up and runs off screen, then returns and taps something at the bottom of the frame, making the screen shut off. Warren's eye twitches and he decides to get some coffee...
Now dressed and ready for the day, Kara walks to her bedroom door. Just before she reaches it, she hears someone knock.....from her computer.
"May I come in?"
Kara has a look of curiosity on her face,
The computers screen comes on showing Anime Felix facing away from the screen.
"Can I look?"
"Would I let anyone in if they couldn't?"
"True" he says as he turns around, the web cam on her computer coming online are turning to face her.
She now see his full Anime face.
"When do you get that?"
"Last night. I was watch Anime and stuff and I saw how important a face is conveying meaning. I used an Anime face because it can show more emotion then a normal face. I also made an Anime version of the ship in VR, so if Anime me is moving around, like going screen to screen in the real world, it's because I am really moving around the ship. When in this form, I can only be in one place at a time."
Felix reaches down and picks up a piece of paper, then sticks it to her screen, and it changes in to a text document she can read and scroll around on.
"These are the reports from last night's scans. Most of the crew is down in the mess for breakfast, so I am headin' down there. Want me to order you something?"
Kara rubs her head, still getting used to the idea of a seven year old that's really a three day old AI that runs the ship.
"Coffee. Today deserves coffee."
"Okay, see you down there." he says as his voice fades, like he is moving down the hall...
As Warren steps out of his room, so does Kara. They look up and they both see the same blank gaze of wonderment on the each other. Warren blinks a few times,
"You saw Felix too I take it?"
She looks down the hall, rubs her head and gets a twitchy smile.
"He already asked if I wanted some. I think I have a cup waiting for me in the mess."
About half way there, Caine stumbles out of his room and into their path, he sees them and asks
"Did you guys..."
"Yea..." they both say at the same time.
Once in the mess, they see everyone eating...including Felix eating rice cakes in his VR world.
"That's going to take some getting used to."
After eating, SoE stands up and rubs his healing wound.
"I am heading to the range, any takers?"
Felix puts down his food on screen and raises his hand but lowers it.
"Kara? Could you watch the bridge? Please!"
"Okay, have fun."
SoE walks down the hall as Felix runs off screen.
[This is were part one ended, good place to take a break if you want to -<(@)__(@)>- ]
In the shooting range, SoE has worked out how to use a Asgard hologram device to make as many targets in whatever shape he pleases and uses his "Weapon of the day" to hit them all in as little time he can, than sets them up again to see if he can beat his own time. Today he is just using standard round targets and a 7.62mm bolt action sniper rifle, he walks over to the controls and makes the targets appear about 20 meters away, than lies down in the prone position for better aim. After a deep breath, he lightly presses the trigger and fires, and moves his sight over to the next target, cycling the bolt as he does so. Shortly after he hits the last target, his radio crackles to life,
"SoE, you there"
"Yea Mularac, I'm down in the shooting range. What's up?"
"I am up here on the bridge with Warren, Kara and some of the others. They want Felix up here, but he didn't respond to them when they called and they thought maybe he was down there and just not listening to them because he wants to watch you."
"He's the ship's AI, can he do that?"
"Honestly, no one is sure, we're all kinda new to this whole AI thing. Anyways, thought we'd check. See ya for lunch."
"Alright, see ya."
He starts to retrain his sights on the targets, but is shocked by the fact they are now the faces of main characters from video games, so he looks over to the controls, only to be shocked again as he sees some creature running through the shadows along the wall, away from the console and into an air shaft.
He reaches up and hits the talk button on his comm,
"Bridge, this is SoE...I think we may have have a problem..."
Up on the bridge, Warren leans toward the speaker,
"Yea...like...I just saw... I guess a creature playing with my target generator."
"Not sure what it was, but it was humanoid and small. It was in the shadows, so I didn't get a good look at it."
"Where'd it go?"
A moan is heard from Alex,
"Don't they always?"
Piper plops into a chair,
Warren holds up a hand to quiet them down,
"SoE, we'll just have Felix scan for it. Felix, need you to scan the air system."
"Felix?" He taps the talk switch on his radio, "Caine, report to the computer core room when able." He taps it again, "Kara, can you come too?"
When they get to the computer core, they Caine is already at the main terminal, and judging by the wrappers and cans, has been there for some time. He looks up with bloodshot eyes,
Kara and Warren say at the same time. Caine nods,
"Yes, gone. And, near as I can tell, there is something else in the core, not sure what it is. All I know is it's not Felix, and smart. I am trying to reach it's core files, see if I can find out anything..."
After a few moments, the screen pops up "Access Denied" and then the ship drops out of hyperspace, light-years from anything. Caine stands up with his hands in the air,
"Didn't do it"
Then the screen explodes, showering Caine with sparks, he shields his face with his arms, but they still get burned. All the lights on the ship go out, leaving only E lights at run on battery power.
Kara turns on her mic,
"Get Mularac down here with a Med kit, we also need flashlights in engineering and get SoE to bring some of his 'toys.' Well, have everyone get a Zat, we have no idea what we are dealing with here."
Mularac gets there and starts to tend to Caine,
"He'll be fine, it's only about as bad as a sunburn, you guys go find out what's going on."
Kara and Warren start to run, but Kara taps him on the shoulder,
"I am heading to the bridge to keep tabs on things from there."
She heads down another hall and Warren is joined by Piper, Alex, SoE, and Bob soon after. They walk into the room as they swing their flashlights around, bathing the room in light.
A clicking noise is heard from the far side of the room and they all point the lights at it, just in time to see something move. Alex, Bob, and SoE all fire their Zats, but the thing runs past them, now making a noise like a child screaming. They all chase it, never getting a good chance to fire, as it runs through the ship. It leads them to the bridge and it jumps on Kara, still making that sound, but not as loud.
Her chest feels damp, and she forces herself to look down, then she sees it really is a screaming child, but it's head is turned downward, dripping the tears that made her shirt wet. It turns it's head up to look at her, showing that it's a young boy in a state of pure terror,
"KARA, WHY DID THEY SHOOT AT ME?!"
She stares back at him in shock, now knowing that voice,
[I know, right?]
"Sorry, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to break the ship, I'm sorry..."
Felix sobs out as he shakes his head back and forth on Kara's shoulder. She starts to rub the back of his head,
"It's ok, just help us fix it and tell us what happened."
He wipes his eyes and sniffles a bit, then looks over at the rest of the crew, who are still in shock.
"I found designs for replicater blocks, and used the teleporter to generate one, and had it build more using metal from the crates SoE used to use for targets. After that, I made an AI to run the ship while I was...doing other things"
Caine looks up from the bandages on his arms,
"That thing in the core?"
"Yup, and after I got to play a bit, I was going to tell you."
Bob speaks up,
"Play? You mean play with our heads?"
"Yup, he's like Caine after all."
Much to everyone's surprise, Felix jumps up and gets a cup of water, takes a drink, and goes back to explaining,
"Hmm, I like water. Anyways, the AI failed, making the ship drop out of hyperspace and shutting off the lights. Whatever happened also cut off my link to the computer core, so I had to use a terminal and I thought you guys would find me in engineering and then I would tell you. BUT NO, you shot at me!"
SoE hides his Zat as him and the others hang their heads. Piper smacks Warren, SoE, and the Flyboys, and they say in one all together,
Felix moves over to a workstation and types for a moment, bring the lights back on, then he stops and sits on the floor with his eyes closed.
"Link reestablished, lower AI removed"
Warren just rubs his head,
"Well...it's been a full day...I think we all need rest. Off to bed, I'll take first watch, I can't sleep."
As the crew files off the bridge, Felix pokes Warren's arm,
"Where do I sleep?"
"Right...guess you need a bed now, don't you? Wait, do you?"
"I want one."
"Alright, jump us back into hyperspace, and I'll help you find something."
Felix closes his eyes, and the ship jumps as they walk off the bridge...
End of 2
Start of 3
After another week of hyperspace flight, everyone is used to Felix, both as person, and as part of the crew. On the day they are scheduled to drop out of hyperspace near the rift, Alex took over the kitchen and made a celebratory meal with pasta and other dishes. They all sit together enjoying the food and company, almost more like a famliy than an odd ball crew of gamers.
Piper looks over at Felix,
"You never did tell us why you eat and drink now, and I for one want to know."
"Simple, I wanted to try food. Plus, I can even use some of the matter that I get from food to maintain my replicator cells, and I do so while 'sleeping' at which point I am not really doing much besides software stuff. Backing up my data, doing the stuff I was programed for, that kind of thing." Af brings out a large roasted chicken, starts to cut it for everyone,
"Now this, I made. I will not be out done by a fighter pilot. Hope you guys like it."
Felix eats some and smiles from his new found love of food, shovels some pasta in and stops for a moment with noodles still hanging out of his mouth,
"Ship's leaving hyperspace now."
The glow of of hyperspace gives way to the dim pin point lights of millions of stars, and the crew goes back to eating. Felix starts to choke, and spits out his food,
"Wraith! A hive! And two cruisers!" The crew jumps up and runs for their combat posts. All but Mularac, Kara, and Felix head for the hangar while Felix brings shields up and starts to fire. Mularac picks him up so he focus on fighting while the three run to the bridge. Once they are at the bridge, Mularac puts Felix in a chair and sits in his own, as Kara drops into the seat with manual fight control.
"Felix, you take the guns, Mularac will monitor the ship's systems and the battlefield, I'll fly."
"Tower, this is Wolf 1, do you copy?"
Mularac taps the comm switch,
"This is tower. Opening hangar doors, you are clear for launch when ready."
Six F-302's and the Al'kesh fly out of the hangar and begin to fight off Wraith Darts. The Aries gets close to one of the cruisers and rips it apart in one pass, while the Wolf squadron mops up it's fighters. Unknown to the crew of the Aries, a Dart manages to land in one of the BC-304's hangar. All the fire from Wraith guns begins to take it's toll on the Aries, even with the ZPM, and it sweeps in to finish the other cruiser.
Outside, in the cold of deep space, the wolves have their hands full fighting the seemingly endless stream of Darts.
Alex and Bob are ripping through the ranks, flying close and blasting anything in the way. SoE and Af are mostly split up, fly near each other now and again to pick a Dart of the other's trail. Piper is firing on Darts and the larger ships alike, with Warren and Caine covering her.
"Wolf 1, this is 11, got an inbound flight of 3 Darts coming in hot, may want to do something about them."
"Check, going over."
Just as Wolf 1 fires, a beam from the Aries blasts the Darts apart on the way to the cruiser.
"Whoo, thanks tower."
"No problem, but SoE and Af need some help. Wolf 5 and 6 are just about out of ammo."
"Alright, Wolf 2 and 11, form up."
A pair of clicks over the comm channel tells him they heard. The trio blast their way over to Wolf 5 and 6, getting a couple sighs of relief from SoE and Af.
"Wolves, this is Tower, fly above the line of fire, we are going take out that last cruiser, then do something about the hive."
"Alright Wolves, you heard her, the kid with all the guns is going to clean up this mess, scatter."
Six clicks this time.
"Tower, you are go for salvo."
All of the Aries' weapons train on the cruiser, firing a rain of accelerated mass from the railguns and beams of blue energy.
The Aries flies through the still burning wreckage of the second cruiser, the flames using up the last of the air on it.
On the other side, it is greeted by a wave of energy weapons from the Wraith, the hive now firing recklessly, even blasting some of its' own fighters.
SoE and Af are heading back to the ship, their fighters out of ammunition, but the rest of the Wolves fight on.
"Tower, this is 2, why not beam a nuclear war head onto the hive?"
"This is 1, I say we do it. All Wolves, head for base."
On the bridge, Felix is using his link with the ship to prepare a nuke for beaming, but he hears heavy boots coming down the hall, he turns his head just in time to see a Wraith fire at Kara. She drops to the ground, and something in Felix snaps. Mularac jumps up to check on Kara, finds she is just knocked out, and is shocked to see Felix's body morph into that of a twenty year old. In a voice fitting his new body, he says
"You hurt Kara. You will never hurt anyone ever again." He runs across the room, taking a stun blast mid stride, and slams the Wraith into the wall, the alien drops to the floor.
"Tower, we are on board, you can blast them now."
Felix's left eye just twitches, and the Wraith beams away, probably going with the nuke.
"Done and done."
"Tower, this is 4, who was that?"
Felix changes back to his normal form, and runs to be with Kara.
The hive explodes and flies apart, and when the shock wave from the blast reaches the rift, the rift seems to change shape. Warren and rest got to the bridge, and they see what is happening in space. The rift opens up, looking more and more like a hyperspace window
"Felix, get us out of here!"
The Aries starts to move and opens a window, but is sucked into the rift...
End of 3
[BOOOhahahhahHAhHAhaHhaha, I have sucked up some of your life now, and you KNOW you want more! *evil laugh*]
Start of 4
Episode 4, part 1
Three months later...
A Chiss by the name of Raz'dar'naph, more commonly known as Azdarn, sits in the legendary Mos Eisley cantina. As he surveys the mythical meeting place of the heroes of the New Republic, he wonders if a fate as wonderful as that awaits him after this meeting. He watches the door and bar, waiting for his pilot to show up, praying this crew and ship live up to the rumors about them. Before he even noticed them, two humans sit down at his table, both scaring him and giving him hope that this is the captain, and he really is that good. After looking them up and down, he sees they are just your normal humans, but the taller one begins to speak,
"I am Warren Wolfe, this is Caine. I am the captain of the Aries, what do you want us for?"
"I got in with some, shall we say, seedy beings, and I want out."
"Enough to make me find you guys."
"Oh really? Well, mind telling what you heard about us?"
"That you and your ship are the best of the best. Heard your ship can even take out a corvette with out much trouble."
The shorter one, Caine, one giggled at that.
"I think your source put things a bit out of proporiton..."
A large black Wookiee and a Duros walk in.
"Oh no, they found me."
The aliens turn and look right at Azdarn and the others. Warren and Caine stand up, pulling out serpent shaped weapons from their long coats,
"Get up, even if you don't decide to hire us, we'll at least get you out of here alive."
Bolts of energy fly back and forth, and Caine says something into a comm in his collar. The beings at the bar shield themselves and try to get away, while ones in booths just sit and watch. Blaster fire from the Wookiee hits Azdarn's glass, and the table around it, and one of Caine's shots hit the Duro.
One of Warren's shots knock the Wookiee to the floor, but she just shakes the stunning blast off and picks herself up. Once outside, a green cylinder-shaped ship lands infront of them, making Azdarn take a step back, but Caine pushes him into its' now open door. Another human is the pilot, and Warren taps him on the shoulder,
"SoE, get us out of here."
In orbit, Caine sits in a chair, and taps a comm,
"Wolf 11, this is 12, you get all the stuff on Kara's shopping list?"
"That I did, decloaking."
Another ship fades into sight.
Azdarn looks at it for a moment, and takes a deep gulp.
"Is...is..that the Aries?"
The others on this ship and the one on the radio all laugh.
"Nah, you'll see the Aries in a sec, 11 already called for a pick up."
A purple and blue mass forms nearby, and a much larger craft seems to exit it, and the mass or what ever it was disappears behind it. This new ship being just as strange to him as the other two, unlike anything he has seen before. A new voice comes over the radio,
"Wolves, this tower, you are clear to land."
Once the ships are in the hangar, the door of Wolf 12 opens and a small boy is standing there.
"Hey guys, have fun?"
"Okay. Mom sent me down here to help Piper unload. See ya in the mess."
He runs over to the other ship, and the woman coming out of it hands him a few bags, and sticks some candy in his mouth, then pats him on the head, and sends him on his way. SoE, Warren and Caine all grab bags.
Warren looks over the top of his stack of bags,
"Piper, this Azdarn. Azdarn, this is Piper."
They shake hands.
"Alright, lets head to the mess, get some food, and see how this deal is going to play out."
Alarms start to go off, and the PA system comes on,
"Captain, seems his old buddies want him back. They want to talk to you, better get up here. They have three corvettes with weapons charged, and sound a bit eager to use them."
"On my way."
He lets out a sigh.
"Never a dull day on this ship."
Azdarn walks in to the bridge right behind Piper and Warren, he looks around, and finds it odd to only see humans. Any thought of the crew being xenophobic is overshadowed by sight of three Corellian corvettes. He looks over at Warren, who is now facing a screen. The leader of the ships, a Twi'lek with a scar running down the left side of his face, appears on the display.
"You have someone that belongs to us, hand him over."
"I am the captain of the Aries, who do you work for?"
"The one that wants Azdarn back."
Warren nods, and SoE taps a button, sending a beam of blue light lancing out to destroy the engines of one of the corvettes.
"Wrong answer, who do you work for?"
Both Azdarn and the Twi'lek are stunned to see so much power without any warning, and Azdarn realized that what Warren meant by "I think your source put things a bit out of proportion..." is that even three corvettes would be easy as nerf herding.
The alien captain seems to regain his ego,
We need him. Dead or alive, you decide. Do you want me to destroy you and your crew?"
Warren nods, and this time one of the others on the ship hits a control, this time a girl that looks a lot like Warren. The alien disappears from the screen in a flash of light, and appears the bridge of the Aries.
"Alex, you mind doing the honors?"
A human male walks over to the alien and ties him to a chair.
Warren asks again,
"Who do you work for?"
Fully scared and in shock now, the alien blubbers out the answer,
"Some Hutt, not even sure what his name is, or why he wants him back, all I know is I am a bounty hunter and the Hutt pays well."
"Well then...you're of no use to us. Kara, put him back."
Alex cuts the rope, and the Twi'lek reappears on the bridge of his own ship again.
"SoE, take out the others."
Two more beams lance out, destroying the other two corvettes' engines. Warren spins around to face Azdarn.
"Seems I took the job, now lets get food and talk about what's going on."
Azdarn grins knowing he found the right crew,
"First, I want to pick up my stuff from storage back on the planet."
The little boy speaks up.
"When Uncle Warren told us about this job, I checked the planet's networks to see if you had anything in storage, and when he said we took the job, and I beamed it up. So lets just go eat."
Azdarn loses count of how many times he has been shocked today, and just follows the crew off the bridge.
After the everyone is done eating, Af and a few of the others get up to take care of the dishes while Felix heads to the bridge and Azdarn explains his situation.
"So this Hutt, an ugly one even as Hutts go, thinks he's going to pick up the pieces of Jabba's organization and use them for himself. He's got enough going that he can hunt me down, but most can't even remember his name. Anyways, his men 'saved' me once from a city parking fee, so he thinks he owns me. I was looking for something to do, so I helped run the legal side of his holdings, and got paid well for it. A few weeks ago, he told me to start working the other side of the law too, but I packed up and ran for it. Now I am on the run, and almost no one will take me where I want to go. Because when they see Chiss, they think of Thrawn. "
"Ah. That clears things up. Now what else do you need from us?"
"Well, there were a few partners I had on the legal side, I talked to them, and they want out too. One on Nar Shaddaa, one on Mon Cal, and one more that I last heard was on Cloud City. After that, the one on Nar Shaddaa has a house on Naboo where we can start a new life. It's your job to get us there alive. Think you and your ship can do it?"
Warren gets a grin.
"We're going to try."
Warren turns and cups his hands around his mouth,
"Ladies and Gents, grab the swim suits and sunscreen, we're heading to Mon Cal!"
A chorus of hoots and yells make up the reply.
"Well that settles it."
Next, he taps his ear piece,
"Felix, make a jump to Mon Calamari if ya please."
The windows of the mess shift from showing stars to showing the purple glow of hyperspace.
"Done and done."
In orbit over Dac, the water covered world better known as Mon Calamari, the crew of the Aries loads up the ships for the day on the planet. While most of the crew gets beach towels and swimming gear onto the Al'kesh, Warren, Alex, and Azdarn put guns and other weapons onto the Puddle Jumper.
Before take off, they gather together to go over the plan one last time. Warren starts to speak as he pulls on his long coat,
"So, all you guys are doing is enjoying a day at the beach, but keep an eye out. Enough people know of us that they could figure out who we are the moment they see our ships. Since you aren't taking any..."
He sees both SoE and Bob tuck Zats into their packs,
"Er...many weapons, I just want you to keep yourselves out of trouble."
Felix bounds up to Warren,
"What are you up to then?"
"Well...we are going to go find Azdarn's friend, and if someone has them, we'll take 'em back."
"Well, I have something for you."
Felix nods to Caine, who taps a datapad, and four large pods get beamed to next to the Jumper's door. Three of them open, revealing what looks like Lantean suits that are missing their helmets. Piper is the first to point out that shortcoming,
"Where are the helmets?"
Felix pushes a blue button on the suit's arm, and a cowl much like that of a Jaffa Jackal guard deploys.
"These are custom made, rated for positive and negative pressures, have maneuvering thrusters for both vacuum and underwater, and are modular, allowing weapons, flight packs, and repulserlifts to be attached and used. You can also use the normal fish-bowl helmets instead of the cowl, but I think the cowl is better for just a hint of psychological-warfare. Best of all, with modules removed, you can do this,"
He jumps up to tap a red switch on the neck of the suit, making it compress into just a vest with no helmet.
"All you have to do is put on the vest, tap the red one button on the chest, and you are pretty much wearing a tank. They even increase your speed, jumping distance, and strength. Oh, forgot, they are bullet proof and blaster resistant, and you can use a shield for a short period of time."
Everyone stares in shock, Azdarn more so than the rest. Alex, Bob, and SoE walk to the last of the pods and see a latch,
"What's in here?"
Felix gets a smirk,
They open the hatch and start to pull out all the goodies within. Blades, cannons, larger rifles, and chain guns are just a few of the items. They put it all back, close the weapons chest, then take it and the vests onto Wolf 12.
After the two ships launch, they set the Aries to cloak, and head to the water covered world below.
[Ok, not too sure if this was all of four, working on the SW tie-in right now...call it the mid-season finale]