To Destroy Evil
to Ranier...Augusta to Ranier...something is happening to us...our shields are
gone, the ship is expanding...we're going to
* * * * *
so went the last communication of the ship Augusta. The rest of the
Ranierian fleet regrouped on the other side of the Earth, trying to decide on
a plan of action. Bronson was soon aboard his flagship, Madison.
Randolf, Sir, we have lost the Augusta."
I know. Any other news?"
have been tracking the ship that destroyed her. We have never encountered one
like it before. It and two other ships with similar propulsion systems are
with the Domain fleet. These three ships do not appear to be Domain ships
though. Their designs, markings, drive, and weaponry are totally different
from the Domain's. We are not sure what to make of them."
see. Is there any other news?"
We have destroyed a large part of the Domain's fleet and..." an Ensign
came up to the CO and hands him a slip of paper. "More news has just
arrived. It appears that there has been trouble within the Domain's fleet. We
have picked up on some garbled communications. From what we can gather, the
Captain of the Act has been killed."
The fleet seems to be coming our way, apparently heading toward the
there any more news on the unidentified ships?"
It has been confirmed that one was destroyed. The other two appear to be
turning and leaving the solar system."
They are leaving. Keep tracking them until they are out of the solar system.
Also prepare to attack the Domain's fleet."
Sir. With pleasure, Sir." !
will be leading the attack from the Madison. Have the rest of the fleet
fall in behind and concentrate on the main fleet. Have them attack all but the
Domain flagship. The Act is mine."
Madison soared around the Earth with amazing speed. It was followed by
the other Madison class ships and a squadron of destroyer class ships.
The Domain fleet was in a quandary over the loss of Richard. They were not
prepared for the Ranierian fleet. Soon all Domain ships were destroyed. Only
the Act was left. It fired shots haphazardly, barely scratching the
defense shields of the Ranierian vessels. All of the Ranierian ships turned
and headed back to Earth base--all except for one. The Madison stood
before the Act ready to attack. Suddenly a shot broke through the
defense shields of the Madison. The weakened laser hit harmlessly on
the Madison's main deck and bounced off. Now it was the Madison's
careful aim. We do not want to miss."
locked in. Our ion-wave gun is ready for firing. Would you like to do the
honors, Captain Randolf?"
you. Don't mind if I do."
later, a tight beam arced through space towards the Act. Suddenly,
there was a great flash of light as the beam burst through the shields of the
Act and struck its superstructure. A chain reaction started, spreading
ionized energy throughout the entire ship. A loud rumble could be heard as a
brilliant display of color appeared on the screen of the Madison. Then
a tremendous explosion rocked the entire area as the Act gasped its
final breath. A cheer rang out on the Madison. All was over. There was
nothing left of the Act but a thin residue of molecules floating in
space. The reign of the Domain as a super-power in space was over. Its fleet
was completely destroyed. There was not a ship remaining on earth flying the
colors of the Domain. The people of the Domain readily surrendered, and
promised not to provoke Ranier again. Ranier promised likewise not to attack
the Domain again unless provoked.
* * * * *
we have detected a ship entering the solar system. I may be mistaken, but I
believe it is the ship belonging to your cousin, Enad."
believe you may be right. Can you determine how many are aboard?"
appear to be two life forms aboard."
see. I believe I know just who they are too."
* * * * *
aboard the Cantible, Enad the Great and Enad the Encephalon were
discussing their latest prize--the Tiara--and discussing how to capture
another such prize.
we are nearing Jupiter. We will need to watch for the Ranierian
son. When we find them, we can sneak in as before. This time we will take the
Belt of Excho. It will be good to have it back."
there was a jolt, apparently from nowhere. The Enads realized that they have
been caught in a tractor beam. They were helpless as they found that they were
being pulled in by the Madison.
Madison had made a warp and was now near Jupiter. They had caught the
Cantible by surprise, and now had her in their clutches. Five people
suddenly appeared on board the Cantible. Bronson had pulled the ship to
within a few miles of the Madison. He was able to use his ring to
transport him and four guards aboard with him. The Enads were soon overpowered
and the Tiara, which was on the console of the Cantible, was now in
my cousin. Fancy meeting you here, and bearing gifts none-the-less."
that back! Its mine!"
any longer. Guards, do your duty!"
moments, both Enads lay unconscious on the floor. They had been injected with
a drug that would keep them out for approximatly twelve hours, and erase their
memories of the incident.
cousins. Until we meet again...if we meet again."
setting the controls of the Cantible, Bronson transported back aboard
the Madison with the guards, and his new Key. The Cantible was released
and sped off towards a nearby blackhole. The ETA to the hole was approximately
twelve hours, ten minutes.
Madison docked at Jupiter Base for the night. Early the next morning,
Bronson gave the order to prepare for another warp. Within two hours after
warp preparations began, Bronson was back on Earth, in his Palace, admiring
his new prize.
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