A Fix For A Fix
Bronson pushed the buttons on the console, he realized that he had made a
grave mistake. Instead of giving the command for the base to self-destruct as
originally, he, in his haste, pressed a wrong button and gave the command to
launch an attack. The unaimed missiles automatically homed-in on the nearest
target within their range. He was relieved to see that the attack was defeated
by the Scimitar. After a short period of reasoning, he decided not to
destroy the base after all. He did decide, however, on a different plan of
later, Enad reappeared on the view screen.
Bronson, what do you say? Do I get the Belt, or do I expose you to
ahead. Tell Iffley. I have things under control. Furthermore, if you try
anything else, I shall destroy my base with you on it."
a moment of thought, Enad decided it would be in his better interest to leave
well enough alone for the time being.
don't know whether you are bluffing or not, Bronson. But for the time being, I
will not call your bluff."
wise choice Enad."
But just remember, there will be another time and another place."
that, Enad disappeared from the screen and prepared to leave Phoebe.
however, was not finished. He reactivated the scanner and tracked Enad's
Cantible. He then launched a carefully aimed attack of five disability
missiles. Seconds later, there were five evenly spaced, small explosions. The
first three missiles penetrated the Cantible's defense shie1d. The last
two hit the ship and disabled the ships control, guidance, and propulsion
systems. This left Enad's ship disabled, but not completely destroyed. Except
for minor cuts, burns, and bruises, Megan and Enad were relatively unhurt. The
ship was thus a practically useless hulk, with two people on board frantically
trying to put out small electrical fires, and assess the damage done by the
the hits were confirmed, Bronson contacted the Scimitar. The following
message was sent:
Captain, Starship Scimitar
is stranded in his disabled ship, the Cantible. He is just out of the
gravitational pull of the moon Phoebe. The base on Phoebe is mine; however,
Enad infiltrated it and is responsible for the attack on the Scimitar.
He is there, and you may do with him as you will. My apologies for the
your enterprises in Taft's Domain and Alarius. Good luck to you.
Chancellor of Ranier
long after, Bronson received a brief message:
Bronson C. Randolf,
Chancellor of Ranier
Thank you for the information. It may be of use.
Captain, Starship Scimitar
that, Bronson got back to the business at hand. At the moment of Enad's
interruption, he had been working on a device to prevent such infiltrations as
the one on Phoebe. Once the device was perfected, any ship of any kind trying
to enter the air space of Ranier or any of its colonies or bases would
immediately be caught in a tractor beam and brought to the ground. The beam
would keep the ship on the ground and its occupants inside. The forces of
Bronson would then commandeer the ship, and investigate it. It would be either
set free, impounded, or destroyed.
then, Bronson heard someone enter the room. He looked up to see Madison.
Madison. How was your trip?"
was fine. I was able to get some things done that needed to be, and even had
some time to do some thinking on your new defense system."
mean our system. I couldn't have accomplished half of what I have without your
help, and you know that."
you. You have learned well from me. I am glad you picked up the trait of
humbleness. Now, back to the defense system. I believe I found the answer to
our questions about the Intrusion Prevention Apperatus. Let us test these new
plans and see how it works. "
several successful tests, Madison and Bronson felt the IPA was ready to be put
to use. In no time, the device would be operational in Ranier. Therefore, the
pair prepared to leave for Phoebe to have the system installed there. The IPA
would complete the defense systems of both Ranier and Phoebe.
Madison and Bronson were off on Bronson's newest and greatest ship, the
Madison. The Madison was named, of course, for Bronson's loving
mentor and great friend, Madison. It had the most advanced ion-drive engines
ever made. It had the latest in offensive and defensive weapons. Thus, the
Madison was the most formidable ship of the day. It had in addition,
its own squadron of attack space planes, and one large ion-wave gun capable of
destroying a planet the size of Neptune or Uranus, and the ability to take a
large hunk out of a planet such as Jupiter.
prepared for take-off, the Madison and its crew were ready to insure
the safety of Bronson's colonies in space.
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