A holographic image of Chrissy appeared next to Amelia and said, “Leave you for a couple of months and you get into all of this mess.” The smile
on her face took the sting out of the greeting.
Amelia pointed to the wrecked ships and replied, “They are in a mess. I am fine. Thank you for asking. How close are you?”
Chrissy replied, “I am launching Fang Fighters now from above the plane of the system. First pass will destroy all their remote Cruisers and the
second pass will disable all of the other Cruisers. You have three of their big ships heading straight for you. They will engage you in four
Amelia asked, “How soon can you begin?”
Chrissy answered, “Six minutes.”
Amelia said, “Davi, stay ahead of those approaching ships, buy me two minutes please. Then have our three Dreadnoughts engage them.”
Davi acknowledged and started to move away. They waited for six minutes. As the ships from Chrissy’s Battle Group deployed, more and more of the
Draxion ships appeared on the holographic Bridge display in detail.
Right on the six minute mark, the Draxion ships depicted on the display, started to change from red to purple as they were destroyed. Three Draxion
Battleships de-cloaked heading straight for Davi and were engaged by the still Cloaked Dreadnoughts coming at them from the side. The Dreadnoughts
only needed one pass to disable the enemy. As can happen, a lucky or unlucky shot depending on your perspective, caused one of the Battleships to
Chrissy said, “OK Amelia, I’ve got this. Go see what you can do to save the sick. Please be careful.”
Amelia replied, “Thanks Chrissy. I may want to talk to a few Draxions, so try and take some of them alive.”
Chrissy chuckled and the holographic vanished.
Amelia said, “Davi, de-cloak our Healer Group, standard formation and slowly head for the planet please.
It took a few minutes to get the Group back together and as usual, one of the Heavy Cruisers was late. It was always this one. Amelia shook her head
in annoyance saying, “My dad had a term for this, it was ‘tail gate Charley’.”
Davi chuckled and said, “Amelia, when you have time, replay all of the combat data. That ship is never out of place. The AI has a sense of humor.
He is only late when it does not matter. If it does matter, he is always right where he should be.”
Amelia smiled and said, “OK, I’ll laugh appropriately, for a while at least and then he can think up something new.”
There was silence for a short time and then Davi said, “Amelia, communications from the two planets is reliable as long as it is not technical.
They are adamant that the two visiting friendly ships were infected while in orbit. They sent down equipment, one group by shuttle, the other used
transporter technology. Both sent remote probes only. Nothing was returned to the orbiting ships.”
Amelia said, “Switch to sub-light drive. Interlock Healer Group scanner arrays. Maximum resolution.”
Davi asked, “What are we looking for?”
Amelia answered, “I don’t quite know but infections cannot infect ships in orbit. In any case, we have three highly advanced Species that can’t
discover what is going on here. That is just silly. Something else is happening. Stay alert. Report anything that does not belong.”
It did not take long, Davi reported, “Amelia, we are detecting two open Arcane Portals. They are in solar orbits, twelve light minutes in advance
of the two planets. They are very big. Now that is unusual and would also explain why Level Six Species cannot figure this out. Level Sixes do not
understand Arcane Power.”
Amelia said, “Healer Group to dead stop. Hold the Group here. Davi, take us in please to five Kilometres.”
Amelia walked to the back of the Bridge and placed her right hand on the Arcane Control Sphere. Not many Ressalon Star Ships had these yet. They
connected to a ship size Arcane Staff of Power. Amelia had her own Staff, called the Staff of Nightingale. Zulith had one that was twice the size of
her Rider’s and Davi’s was ten times longer than that.
Of course Davi was an AI and could not wield Arcane Power, but Amelia and Zulith were extremely powerful Arcane Grand Masters especially where Arcane
Healing was required. Amelia could use the one fitted to the ship as easily as her own or the five smaller Staffs fitted to Shells.
She activated a powerful Arcane Shield around the ship to augment the Shields based on science.
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