Literary Challenge #16 : First Contact
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Join Date: Dec 2007
To the Unknown
04-13-2012, 03:41 PM
(rushed the ending, just couldn't do more with a broken hand. I hope it is enjoyable to read.)
Captain J’soph sat at in a chair that he just could not get used too. It had been two month’s since the TESLA was docked at Starbase 397 for major repairs. Starfleet had chosen this time while the ship had to have a near full overhaul of parts to refit her with Thunderchild class starship components. J’soph not being one to sit idly by had requested for a temporary ship to command. The Intrepid class starship MERLIN was dispatched from dry dock to serve this purpose.
Looking out the windows of his ready room J’soph tossed a data pad on his desk. The reports from Starfleet had the TESLA behind schedule due to shipping lane attacks by the Klingons. He had commanded the MERLIN for two months, and as fine as a Science ship as she was, it just wasn’t his ship.
The soft toned voice of the Caitian Vulcan captain sang out in the silent office. His eyes kept transfixed on a large M-Class world, it was a mass of mountains, with small sea’s and long winding rivers. One of three planets in a solar system all of them being M-Class worlds.
The Captains ears twitched for a second when the ships melodic voice chimed through the silence and his thoughts.
“Open Captains Log April 8th 2409 Earth standard time 1523 hundred hours. We have been on patrol near uncharted space for two weeks now. I have taken some time to explore a unique star system that I have dubbed the Trinity system. The system contains nine planetoids. The unique quality of this system is that each of the nine planets are in groups of three in the same stable orbit around the systems star. We are currently in orbit of Trinity One, a planet in the second cluster; all three planets in this grouping are M-Class. Trinity one is a mostly mountainous planet with no oceans, though many small sea’s and large rivers. There are signs of a civilization once inhabiting the planet. I am current awaiting permission from Star Fleet to fully explore this system. There is something about it that oddly seems to call to me. It is hard to put into any words, other than just a feeling that I belong here… Computer end Log.”
J’soph stood straightening his tunic before moving across his ready room to the bridge. The doors parting before him; showing Commander Wolf leaning over the CONN; the bearded human stood addressing his Captain.
“Sir we are getting some very interesting scans from the planet. I request permission to send down a preliminary survey team.”
J’soph moved taking his seat at the center of the bridge, leaning his head back with eyes closed for a moment. Leaning forward he was about to speak.
“Captain picking up a warp signature two parsecs from here. Sensor readings do not match up with any known ship configuration. I believe this could be a first contact situation sir.”
The feline Captain looked over at his operations officer with a pleased smile. Finally speaking up he spoke clearly to his bridge crew.
“It looks as though we will have to put off exploration of this star system for a little bit. Mr. Conner lay in course for this new arrival. And everyone remember your first contact protocols.”
Commander Wolf took his seat next to the captain as several crewman chimed ‘aye sir’. Looking at a read out on his personal command panel Wolf spoke with his normal Cajun accented tones.
“Eta to our possible first contact?”
Ensign Conners scanned over his panel checking readouts before answering. The young crewman was still fresh from the academy, and had a constant habit of rechecking everything before speaking.
“At max warp ten minutes sir.”
J’soph chuckled softly watching the junior officer before standing moving to stand just off to the right of the conn.
“Best speed then Mr. Conners.”
The MERLIN streaked off into the starry scape after breaking their orbit. In the short span of minutes till they would be dropping out of warp the captain took his time to walk around the bridge checking on each station. He had a very hard time of trying to sit still with nothing to focus on. The ten minute trip seemed to stretch out for him, till Conner’s called out that they would be dropping from warp.
The graceful lines of the MERLIN stretched out of warp coming to a slow halt only a few ships lengths from the unknown craft. J’soph ordered for the unknown ship to be placed on the view screen. The star scape changed near instantly to the image of a ship that could easily be called a bat. It was at least the first thought that hit the captain’s mind. He had found a fondness for the small Earth mammal, and this ship reminded him greatly of how one of those animals looked while in flight. The wings where swept forward, though showed that they folded back in on themselves to become greatly compacted. The body was short with a rounded nose and makings of a small bridge. The overall size of the craft was; little more than double of a runabouts. Standing in the center of the bridge J’soph draped his hands behind him.
“Open a channel all bands. This is Captain J’soph of the United Federation of Planets Starship MERLIN. We are peaceful explorers, and would like to make contact with your people.”
J’soph turned to his communications officer with a questioning look.
“They are receiving us sir. Our sensors show that they possess I be-it older, but comparable communications technology to ours.”
The captain nodded and, continued to stand there waiting. The time drew on for several minutes before the communications officer spoke again.
“They are replying sir; I am attempting to match their viewing frequency. The universal translator is working so we should have no problem. Showing that their language is similar to… Caitian sir.”
The view screen switched showing a small cockpit as a furred hand moved a screen adjusting it to face the crew of the smaller ship. J’soph took a steady step forward his eyes widening somewhat.
“You… you are Caitian?”
The small crew on the other side, many of them looking as though they could be cousins to J’soph and the other Caitian bridge crew members. Many of whom were standing with shocked expressions pasted to their faces. One of the unknown Caitians moved a step forward speaking with a shaky voice.
“We are the crew of Fates Hand, are you the people of Legend?”
J’soph cleared his throat, taking a moment to collect himself. Looking around the crew of his bridge giving many members stern looks to sit back down and take their stations.
“I am Captain J’soph of the U.S.S. MERLIN, representing the United Federation of Planets. I must say that I would have never thought in my life to encounter people of my race this far out in the Galaxy, so far from the homeworld. I would like to speak at greater length with you, face to face if possible. Would you like to come aboard, or should I come aboard your ship?”
The Caitain captain looked taken aback for a moment, showing his emotions and thoughts rather well. Looking around his crew for a moment before speaking, clearing his throat.
“We have many questions as well, I think your ship would have more space to talk. How shall we dock with your vessel?”
Looking to his first officer, J’soph thought for a long moment. Before turning to take his seat once more.
“Commander Leso do you think their ship will be able to land in your main shuttle bay?”
The young Betazoid commander thought it over for a minute, then checking her instruments nodded to the captain.
“Yes sir” her husky deep voice filling the bridge for a moment. “I do believe if we dial down the tractor beams we should be able to land them within the cargo bay.”
The Captain nodded in approval before turning back to the view screen looking at the commander of the small crew of the other ship.
“We will tow your ship into our shuttle bay if that is okay with you… I do believe I have neglected to get your name.”
“En’shun, I am first seat En’shun. And yes it would fine. I look forward to meeting you aboard your ship.”
J’soph stood straightening his tunic then spoke softly letting his voice fill the space of the bridge.
“I look forward to hosting you aboard my ship, I shall meet you personally once your ship has landed. MERLIN out.”
The screen shifted to the view of the small craft as the MERLIN repositioned to receive the other vessel. J’soph turned walking towards the turbo lift giving out his orders along the way.
“Commander Leso, coordinate with our guest on landing their ship, help them in any way you can. Commander Wolf, if you would have a detachment of crew prepare the mess hall for our guest, see that everyone is on their best behavior. I can speak for the people from Cait, but these Caitians… are still a mystery. Computer, main shuttle bay.”
The turbolift doors shut on the captain leaving the crew of the bridge to their task.
“Captains Log. We have spent three days among the Caitians of Sekma. After reviewing their history logs, I have found stories pertaining to the Trinity System. It seems that three feline races evolved on the three worlds. Ruled over by an ancient alien race they called the Pre’reg. This race was devastated by a civil war that left the three races home worlds devastated. As a last act of leadership, they moved the surviving members of each race to a new home world a few system away. Though I also believe they moved enough to two colony worlds. Yet in this instance the three races have formed a working cast system world that for all I have seen is just and fair. Among them are Ferasans, Kzinti.
The Kzinti, in federation space are among a long standing warring people near Klingon space, along with the Ferasans. Each have been opponents of the federation and Klingon empires in the past. Though now only the Ferasans remain in great numbers, as protectorates of the Empire. It was a shame that the Kzinti home world was destroyed in the Genesis crisis decades ago. What remains of their race had migrated to Cait. It will be good news to deliver to them that they are not alone or the last of their race. I see a long beneficial relationship between the People of Sekma and the Federation. The MERLIN will be returning to the Trinity System to begin full archeological exploration of the three M-Class planets, with teams of historians, and researchers from Sekma joining us.
On a personal note, in these times of war and strife, I am proud once more to be an officer in Starfleet. And to be seeking out the unknown in the universe… Computer End Log.”