Galactic Code

By: Loretta A. Stradley

It was weak, but it was definitely a distress signal. Lieutenant Simmons tried to get a better fix on it. Yes, there it was, definitely a call for help.

Pushing the call button, he said, "Captain to the bridge," and he began to record the signal.

"What is it Simmons," the captain's voice came over the comm.

"We have a distress signal coming from the Omega Quadrant."

"Distress signal? From whom?"

"Not sure, but it's getting stronger."

"Okay, I'm on my way. Contact headquarters and let them know what's going on. And get the bridge to their stations."

"Aye, Aye, Ma'am."

Lieutenant Simmons turned off the com link and turned to the ensign on deck.

"Get the bridge duty on deck. I want everyone to their posts before the Captain gets here."

"Aye, aye, sir." Ensign I'tak called the next duty roster to their stations.

Simmons sent a message to headquarters, but they were lightyears away. It would take a while for an answer.

*****

Captain Cathy Raleigh, captain of the GPF (Galactic Planetary Federation) Indianapolis SSC875, (Star Ship Class 875), arrived on the bridge and went to the comm station. The science and communication officers were already at their stations.

Raleigh turned to the communication officer. "Can you get a better fix on the signal, Rodriguez?"

"Aye Ma'am, its five parsecs from our present position and it's definitely a distress signal. I haven't been able to decipher the language, but the coding is very similar to a universal SOS signal," said Lieutenant Rodriguez.

The captain turned to her chief science officer who was reading the instrument panels at the science station.

"Can you tell me anything about it yet Marshall?"

Lieutenant Marshall turned from the readings.

"I'm getting energy readings of all kinds; some I haven't even seen before. And there is more than one ship, I think. We're still too far away, but I think there may have been an accident or some kind of trouble. I'm reading a neutron signal from a broken warp drive. I'll know more when we get closer."

The captain hit another button.

"Engine room, give me warp six."

"Aye captain," came over the comm.

"Navigation, plot a course to that signal and get us there."

"Aye captain," Lieutenant Carson, the navigation officer, replied pushing buttons on the nav panel to lay in the course to take them to the Omega quadrant.

*****

The Indianapolis reached the coordinates and came to a stop. On the view screen they saw two ships, and a warp core, floating dead in space.

It was still hard to tell what had happened, but a warp core would only be if there had been core breach or ejected.

One of the ships was a Zengodian cargo ship. The Zengodians were a reptilian race, planet Zengodia, and members of the Galactic Planetary Federation.

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Shaking her head, "Any life signs on those ships," said Captain Raleigh?

"I read no life signs on the cargo ship but the ship is set to an alert status. But there is a faint, of some kind, life sign on the other ship," said Marshalls.

"Some kind? What does that mean," said the captain?

"It means that the life sign is from an unknown species, not in the Galactic Library."

Turning to her number one officer and second in command Captain Raleigh said, "Edwards, I want two boarding teams. One shuttle to the Zengodian cargo ship and another to the unknown ship."

"Aye Ma'am," Lieutenant Commander Edwards replied hitting the com button on the second's chair.

"Lieutenant Stevens and Parsons, meet me in the shuttle bay with two teams for boarding."

*****

On the view screen, the ridge crew watched the shuttles go to their respective ships. The shielding from the Indianapolis should protect them from all the radiation, and Captain Raleigh wasn't sure about the unusual energy coming off the unknown ship. But their duty was to rescue anyone if they could. It was standard Galactic Code.

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A buzzing noise began to ring in her ears, but she ignored it.

"Number one, prepare to board on my mark. Be careful, we don't know what's on that ship."

"Aye Ma'am, boarding crew standing by," the first officer, Edwards replied. His team had the unknown ship.

Moving to what looked like a hatch the shuttle launched the boarding tube and it extended, the magnetics on the tube's aperture activated, keeping the boarding tube on the side of the other ship.

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Lieutenant Commander Edwards led the way and reached the door. He placed an apparatus on the door mechanism. Flashing green lights blinked and then they heard the lock open.

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Edwards shook his head to clear it of the buzzing noise.

The door swooshed inward and some atmosphere escaped. Their environmental suits would protect them from almost anything, but their readings only confirmed that the air was breathable and no unusual energy readings could be found except for the faint life signal.

Stepping through the door the boarding crew looked left and then right. The corridor turned into a curve and was out of sight on both sides. You either went left or right. There was a sign with markings, but they couldn't read it. An arrow pointed in one direction with the alien language and an arrow pointed the other way with different markings.

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"Where's the signal coming from? Which direction?"

Lieutenant Parsons looked at his hand-held scanner and found the signal, stronger now. Now he could hear the buzzing noise. It was giving him a headache.

"To the right, sir."

"Okay," said Edwards and led the team down the right corridor.

They came to a set of double doors. Stevens scanned the sensor pad and unlocked the door which swooshed open disappearing into the wall. They had found the bridge.

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They all held their scanners, and dividing the room, each went different directions in the round area scanning and recording everything they found. Edwards found the stand, in the middle of the bridge. Wrapped in a silver sheeting, a small humanoid, the size of a three-year-old human, could be seen. Pointing his scanner at the humanoid he saw there were life signs. It was still alive!

Touching his helmet communicator, he reported back to the Indianapolis.

"Captain, we've found the life sign. A humanoid wrapped in a metal framework of some kind, attached to five metal struts that go into flooring of the deck."

"Can you tell what species?"

"No Ma'am, but I think you might want to send a medical team over here."

"On their way."

Edwards went to the humanoid and touched its forehead. The eyes opened and stared at him.

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Now the buzzing was louder and all three men were affected by headache and nausea. Parsons fell to the floor unconscious.

A metal arm came out of the wall nearest him, reached out and picked him up. It moved to the wall by the large viewport and a hidden panel slid open. The metal arm placed Parsons into the cavity and held him there until a pole came out of the cavity wall and pierced his left temple and another one on the right pierced his right temple. The heavy-duty cloth of the environmental suits did to stop the tubes from undertaking the operation.

Other rods pierced his body in other places and tubes were inserted. A greenish liquid was pumped into Parson's body and the cavity closed, hiding Parsons from sight. The other two men, passed out on the floor, were picked up by other arms and treated the same.

The humanoid, wrapped in the silver sheeting never moved.

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The End

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