Legacy of the Guardians
by AJ Marks
Ahmed sat belted into the captain’s chair on the bridge. The Moscow ran silent, her engines off, everything shut down except life support and the scanners. Even gravity had been shut off to prevent detection by the enemy. The crew had to keep to a rigorous workout schedule to prevent problems.
The patrol group lay hidden in the asteroids in the neutral zone keeping an eye out for any Skartians ships. Ahmed had moved his ships in quickly hoping to avoid being picked up by the Skartians. So far he thought it had worked, and had been there for two weeks without any sign of the enemy.
The battle plan to lure the Skartians out for a massive and, hopefully, decisive battle had been simple. They did not change certain codes, and really important messages were delivered by hand, or a new code which started each message. The result was to make it seem like the ships from Earth had left to defend Independence Station. The Skartians would probably try another decoy fleet. This time they prepared for the real invasion to come from one of the least likely sectors, like sector X or Y. Fleet R would move the moment the attack began.
“Sir, we have movement on the scanners,” the operator said, getting everyone’s attention. Such a force could be the beginning of an invasion force, and the real battle. Continue reading