A little stroll (Part III)
Shortly after "The two shuttles..."
Borg unicomplex, NGC-3814 Nebula
Authors: Captain Alenis Meru, Lieutenant Brad Silverton, Lieutenant Arthur Reynolds, Lieutenant (JG) Tolaran Kian
Last time, on Star Trek: Portland...
"The unusual is what we do," replied Alenis, flipping the sight of her compression rifle up and down. "We--"
She was cut off by a Borg probe appearing directly in front of her and Brad. "Stay calm, no sudden movements," she said, clutching her compression phaser rifle tightly. Out of one of the arms of the probe, a scanning beam was projected, the horizontal beam moving up and down, scanning first Brad and then Alenis.
The scanning beam. To Alenis, it looked just like the tractor beam that had captured the Gol only moments before its destruction. Shaking in her magnetic boots, she gritted her teeth and stared up at the probe, clutching her rifle tightly and ready to bring it to bear at a moment's notice.
Suddenly, the probe spun around and pointed another arm at Alenis. Ducking just in time, when she looked up, she could see two assimilation tubules jammed into the neutronium plating behind her. "Fire!" she shouted, bringing her rifle to bear and blasting away at the probe.
And now, the continuation...
The combined compression phaser blasts from her and the doctor made short work of the probe, but had definitely alerted the Borg. The activity inside the chamber picked up and focused intently on the infiltrators. "Kian, Reynolds, please tell me you're ready to go!" shouted Alenis.
"Oh your kidding me!!!" Tolaran growled out a response they wouldn't have long before the rest of the Borg turned up "Arthur, quickly, enter your activation sequence and lets lock this down, hopefully the Borg will be too busy trying to get us that they will miss this rammed down a hole!"
Without having to be asked, Arthur had already begun sending his temporary activation code to the tricobalt device the moment he heard the quiet humming of the probe nearby. Once he was finished, he quickly gave Tolaran a nod to indicate they were ready to activate the timer.
He twisted the timer for the detonator and then sealed the unit, this would make things difficult for anyone to access the timer and the display on the front began to countdown...
"We're done Captain, as best as we can be given the circumstances anyway!" Yelled Tolaran, sweat beginning to run down down his forehead, they could die right here and that was something he did not want to happen.
"Good enough for me!" With that, Alenis pressed a couple buttons on her wrist, telling the winch to pull them back towards the shuttle as fast as possible. "Hold on tight, and watch for obstacles!" she added as the four Portland crewmen were yanked back in the direction they came. "Ensign White, prepare to get us out of here!"
Grabbing the tether with one hand to steady herself, Alenis glanced over her shoulder to see the other three trailing behind her. With the other hand, she clutched her compression rifle and took aim at an approaching probe. She fired, but attempting to shoot a compression rifle with one hand, even in zero gravity, her shots went wide.
After one last check, Arthur ducked out from the crevice and grabbed his phaser. Before he could even remove it from his holster, however, a drone stepped around the corner and nearly collided with him. If it wasn't for the countless years he spent learning to fight and survive, he wouldn't have been able to recover and dodge the Borg's attempt to assimilate him. From even a cursory glance, he realized any attempt at hand-to-hand fighting with something covered in so much metal would be an exercise in futility, so instead of engaging the drone, he tried to put some distance between himself and it. "We've got company!"
Tolaran had pulled his phaser free and saw two tubes shoot out at Arthur who dodged it, seemingly effortlessly in space... zero g combat training at thee academy was definitely paying off today for them he raised his phaser but had to wait, the drone was directly behind Arthur and he couldn't shoot until he moved "ARTHUR, DODGE RIGHT" he yelled hoping that Arthur would move in time as he fired, the beam passed through space towards the drone, and Arthur...
Perhaps it was the adrenaline, or perhaps Arthur stubbornly defied his own fears of fighting in zero gravity, but either way, he just so happened to be fast enough not only to dodge the drone, but also respond in time to Tolaran's warning. With his back now up against the relay, he let out a grunt and looked at Tolaran with an incredulous look. "Thanks." That being said, no matter how insincere it sounded, Arthur pushed off the hull towards his crewmates while facing and aiming in the opposite direction. In one careful and sustained shot, he sealed the hatch the drone had emerged from.
"You're welcome..." Tolaran turned back around and followed the Captain, it was either shoot the Borg and let Arthur died and once they were through this he'd better buy him a drink at least...
Accelerating towards the probe which was blocking their exit, Alenis clutched her rifle tightly. With the probe blocking the only way out, for a brief instant, Alenis knew that unless some miracle happened, this was it. The Borg would finish what they had started at New Algiers. On her waist was a photon grenade; she wouldn't let them take her alive. If she was about to be assimilated, she would pull the pin and spit her last breath at them.
But then, an opportunity presented itself in the form of Newton's third law. The probe had an exposed tank of high pressure gas to power its pneumatic construction tools. Alenis took careful aim and fired a few shots, one of which pierced the tank, sending the escaping gas spraying out into space and sending the probe spiralling out of the way. Releasing her rifle, she tapped a few buttons on the control panel on her wrist, activating her thrusters. She was accelerating towards the exit with the other three in tow, and without some careful application of thrust, they would find themselves slammed against a wall or some other obstruction.
"Activate thrusters!" she shouted, dodging a beam jutting across the opening as she flew by.
Training or not, Arthur wasn't particularly a natural at operating a standard space suit. He fumbled with the wrist control for a moment before following Alenis, though he had to make far more corrections to adjust for inertia, causing him to lag behind somewhat. His inability to control his own suit for such quick maneuvers which didn't involve using his own muscles meant that as soon as the Borg tried to prevent their escape with any cutting beams or forcefields, Arthur would most likely be in trouble. His jagged course didn't help matters either.
Tolaran activated his thrusters, pulling his arms tightly into his sides as he saw Arthur trying to get his own suit under control, it was never easy but he was sure he'd be fine, he looked ahead and sped up to reach the Captain, following closely behind her, for a moment he stared out at the vastness of space and could quite happily have forgotten that behind them was a very angry hive or Borg...
Brad fired and dropped another Borg drone that had gotten too close to the others. Luckily, Federation technology had come a long way in combating the Borg but soon they would adapt and be unstoppable. They were Borg after all. Its what they did. He hated killing even if it was the Borg. It seemed so contradictory to his role as doctor. But he was also a Starfleet officer. Sworn to protect the Federation. If the away team failed here, there was no telling what the Borg would do to millions of others. All these thoughts went through Brad's mind but he never hesitated in firing for a second.
Finally, Alenis could see the the swirling gases of the nebula ahead -- her literal and metaphorical light at the end of the tunnel. But a probe was moving to block her path. "Hold on tight!" she shouted as she tapped a couple buttons on her arm, dumping all her remaining fuel into her thrusters, giving her one last burst of speed as she pulled her senior officers to freedom.
Capt. Alenis Meru