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Cautious Progress

Posted on Thu Aug 4th, 2016 @ 7:37pm by Captain Isobel Joyce

Mission: S1E1 - Booby Trap
Location: Rakhar
Timeline: Mission Day 5

The Renown's away team had been on Rakhar for a few days and were busy conducting their survey as ordered. Lieutenant Joyce had been placed in command of the away mission - although upon arrival the realisation that they were very much cut off from their mother ship was very much apparent. With the Renown believed to be inside the nebula they had chosen to hide in and with communications restricted to prevent its detection they would have to resolve any problems they came across using their own initiative. Captain Hutchinson was very clear - the Renown was not to be contacted until the survey had been completed.

Isobel and her team spent most of the day carrying out their work and in the evenings they slept aboard the shuttle. It wasn't comfortable but at least it was warm and they were relatively safe. They'd been there nearly a week already and they had only chartered a small area of the planet. Had the Renown been able to carry it out the likelihood was it would have been done a lot faster than Isobel the team and her team were going to take. Deep down however Isobel had an idea they may not even get to return to the Renown. The region was very unstable and there was no way the modernised Excelsior-class would be able to stand up to the enemy for very long.

It was the end of another long day and Isobel conferred with the mission's deputy commander - Ensign José Muniz.

"How did your team get on today Ensign?" Isobel asked.

José's team had done well that day and significantly improved on the previous day's less than satisfactory progress.

"We've managed to finish Zone 45-Alpha and 45-Beta. We've made a start on 45-Delta as well which we hope to finish tomorrow. Should be able to move onto Zone 46 in the next couple of days hopefully" José reported.

Isobel was happy to hear that Muniz's team had not only returned to their schedule but they'd gone slightly ahead.

"Good to hear. We should be able to move the shuttle in a few days to the next location in that case. Let's just hope we can return to the ship within the next eight days because we only have supplies for two weeks" Isobel replied.

José nodded. "If it gets to it then we will have to return to the ship whether Captain Hutchinson agrees or not. Hopefully something will be sorted soon so we can return to the ship. Otherwise...we're going to have to think outside the box to survive"

"I wish your brother could have sorted out some replicators aboard the shuttle - that would have bought us a bit more time. I guess getting the Renown hidden away was more of a priority though" Isobel said.

The Renown was sat close to the centre of the nebula in a powered down state but they couldn't stay in there forever - they would have to come out at some stage. Hutchinson had been clear that Muniz and his team would have to find a solution to buy the Renown as much time as possible - but he knew the away team would only be able to stay away for a maximum of two weeks before they would need to return for more supplies.

"It's a tricky situation we're in - but I think it'll all work out in the end. There are people out there who are on our side Lieutenant. It's just that there's more that are against us than with us. We're not as alone as we think we are" José replied.

Isobel nodded. "If we can't go back to the Renown we will have to try and find a vessel that's on our side to give us some more supplies. I know it sounds risky - but we can't hold out here forever. That's very much a last resort however as I don't want to risk jeopardising the ship's location as well as our own"

"That's the unfortunate reality" José replied.

Neither had any idea that the Vindex was on the way to their location and would be able to help them - but they didn't know that trouble wasn't far away at all...

"Indeed it is Mr Muniz. Perhaps it is time we called it a night and started handing out rations. It's been a long day and I think we've all earned a rest" Isobel said.

José nodded and gestured for Isobel to lead the way back to their base camp. Tomorrow was going to be a very interesting day...


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