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Outpost 5004 pt 4
Chapter IV: Decisions
The Galaxy class refit wasn't having as much luck avoiding enemy fire as her smaller counterpart. With every extra hit that she took, the entire vessel shook and threatened to break apart despite the frantic workings of her skeleton crew.
"Shields down to eighteen percent! Main cannon offline and we've only got four functioning phaser banks!"
The bridge shuddered again as a pursuing cube closed from above and targeted the main power grid in the saucer section. A chorus of terrible explosions chased each other around the bridge and culminated in a frenzied fire at the flight ops station. Gabriel Jax was thrown backwards by the force of the blast and lay, unmoving on the floor in the centre of the bridge.
"Commander! Take tactical." Running towards the flight ops station, he noted with relief that the Paladin's impulse engines were still functioning. Warp drive was gone however.
"Stand by to eject the core."
"We'll be stuck here without it!"
Advert History - abridged
Yes, an editorial about adverts. Or "spots" if you live in everyone's favourite upstart colony. Let's be honest, most ads are terrible. Most of them make you want to gouge your eyes out with the remote control and then use them as ear plugs whilst banging your head against the TV in the vain attempt to break it (you'd turn it off but the whole being blind thing makes it hard to see the button). As you'd expect, given the target audience, adverts for women's products are the worst. The absolute worst? Tampon adverts. Never in the history of global boradcasting has there been a good advert for a tampon, or a panty liner, or any other such thing. Never. Instead they are defined by bad jokes that are only marginally amusing to people with IQs in double figures once, ad-libbing that makes you wonder if the original actresses are speaking Japanese and a running time that makes watching every season of ER seem like a brief yawn in the morning. And honestly, how many women expel
A girl's guide to guys.THE GIRLS' GUIDE TO GUYS. BY A GUY.
1. Most of us can't do compliments without sounding creepy, so we give up at a young age. It doesn't mean we don't love you.
2. Whilst we don't condone bad hygiene, as men we sweat and frankly a little consideration would be appreciated.
3. As men, we're supposed to be big and strong. Most of us aren't. The only way we can convince ourselves we are is by regularly noticing how small you are. It's a defence mechanism.
>3.a. Please don't wear heels if you're over 5'6''. It eats away our self-esteem.
4. If you think we're irritating you because we secretly like you, you're probably right. The only problem is it's such a good secret, we haven't figured it out yet.
5. When we ask you out, say what you mean. We don't want to date your friends; we want to date you and if you convene a committee to make the decision, you're obviously not blown away. Anything less than 'yes' is 'no' in our minds, and we move on fast.
6. We know looks matter to
Outpost 5004 pt 3
Chapter III: Actions
Immediately, the medical staff began long prepared for procedures and began to pack up what equipment was valuable and small enough to be easily evacuated, whilst beginning to shepard the patients towards pre-established beam-out points and the large plain outside where a small fleet of shuttles and roundabouts would ferry them towards the waiting ships. James surveyed the situation. Loath as he was to leave his comrade, he had a job to do and had to trust in the skills of the hospital staff.
"I've got to go. They'll need me at HQ."
"Go I'll see you on the other side."
Nodding, James turned and left without prolonging the discussion. As he ran towards the headquarters of the task force, he watched the first of the evacuation shuttles take off from behind the complex and fly off towards the armada in orbit.
As he entered the building, he squinted at the stark change in lighting compared to the brutal sunlight of outside. Rushing past the various other marin
Outpost 5004 pt 2
Chapter II: Conversations
2394 January 13th
Hunter awoke from his sleep hurriedly. Though none of his staff would begrudge him a little rest, he was still on duty and had to set an example.
"The fleet's ground force report you wanted it as soon as it was completed."
"Yes, thank you." Hunter surveyed the information on the padd with discontent. The various groups of marines onboard the task force's starships didn't even compare to a single cube's crew compliment in terms of numbers and given the low morale throughout the fleet, he had no doubts about which would be most effective in battle. Though he hadn't spoken of it to his superiors or his own staff, he knew the system would fall to the Borg and it would fall soon. The only question was how many lives would be lost in the evacuation.
Knowing that pouring over the new yet familiar data would serve no purpose, he left his makeshift office and stepped outside of the command headquarters of Task Force Pericles.
Outpost 5004 pt 1
In 2379, Outpost 5004 was little more than a mineral research laboratory on an insignificant planet, and a stopping point for Starfleet crews switching assignments. The system was located along the Federation/Klingon border though held little strategic value even in the days of conflict between the two powers.
The outpost was run by a civilian scientist whose teams worked independently though often collaborated with Starfleet. The outpost's only mark of importance was that the research facility had once contributed to the development of artificially created Dilithium. It was, by any definition of the word, unremarkable.
In 2386 however, the outpost had changed beyond belief. Starfleet armada's entered the planet's system on a regular basis, a mobile yet still extravagantly large repair facility orbited the planet and the small outpost on the surface had expanded to incorporate a large hospital, flight hangers and the command headquarters of the area. The system itself g
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