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“I’ll go check on Kat.” Brett said.

“No,” Amy stopped him, “I’ll check on her. You check on Mary-Kate.”

Brett nodded and went to stand beside Ashley. She had just finished talking to the doctor when he walked up.

“She’s going to be fine.” Ashley smiled. “The doctor fixed the damage and she should be back to normal in a few hours.”

“That’s awesome news.” Brett said as he hugged her.

“I wonder how Heath is doing.” Ashley said.

“Not sure.” Brett said. “Let’s go check.”

They walked around some debris, over to Heath’s bed. He looked a little pale and his heart monitor beeped in the background. Amy was hugging Kat as she was still holding Heath’s hand.

“How is he?” Brett asked.

“The doctor said he’s going to be fine.” Kat said.

“That’s great!” Brett said, but Kat’s expression didn’t look too happy. “… isn’t it?”

“Yeah, it is.” Kat said, smiling for a second before frowning again. “But, I don’t know if I can handle him going out there again. What if it’s worse next time? What if…” Kat said, not finishing her sentence.

“We can’t think like that Kat.” Amy said. “Heath knew the risks of signing up and so did you. We went into that fight unprepared and undersupplied. It’s a miracle any of us made it at all.”

“I don’t care.” Kat said.

“All senior staff to the bridge.” Commander Jen’s voice echoed over the intercom.

“What now…” Ashley said.

The made their way to the bridge and Commander Jen waited for them.

“What’s going on?” Amy asked as she attended her station.

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Amy smiled. “Like my dad used to say when I was a kid, ‘this too shall pass’.”

Over the next few days, the Colossus and it’s fleet continued their repairs. It had been a relatively quiet few days, with only a few minor attacks. Mary-Kate and Heath were recovering in sickbay, and were now allowed to return to duty.

Most of the group was on the bridge, making repairs to their stations. Heath and Mary-Kate walked in and looked around. The bridge was a lot cleaner than when they left, but there was still a lot of debris littering the floor.

“HEATH!” Kat squeaked when she heard him come in.

This surprised Brett, who was kneeling beside her with his head in a repair hatch under a console. He jumped and bumped his head.

He stood up and rubbed the back of his head. “Ouch.” He said plainly.

“What? No squeaking for me?” Mary-Kate said with mock hurt.

“I don’t squeak.” Brett said, trying to look serious.

“Well, I’ve heard…” Amy said from her station.

“Aiiiimes.” Brett said.

The ship suddenly rocked violently. Right after, red lights started flashing and the red alert alarm could be heard.

“Now what!?” Ashley yelled in frustration.

“And just when I was getting comfortable too.” Heath said, helping Kat up.

“Everyone all right?” Brett said, helping Mary-Kate up.

Everyone checked in as being unhurt. Commander Jen rushed into the bridge and looked around.

“Status report!” She yelled.

“Something hit us.” Amy said.

“I know that,” Jen said, “I mean what hit us.”

“I don’t know.” Amy said, checking her sensors. “But, there is a hole in the hull on deck 18. Emergency force fields are in place.”

“Any casualties?” Jen said.

“Only light casualties reported.” Mary-Kate said.

“Brett, I want you to…” Commander Jen said before she was cut off.

“Engineering to bridge… we have an intruder alert! Entire groups of these half alien, half machine creatures are flooding into the ship… we need to…….” Static indicated that the crew member was no longer there. Something was happening on the ship.

“Those creatures on the shivan carrier…” Kat said.

“They’re here.” Amy said.

Jen did a general broadcast across the ship. “All hands, we have been boarded by an alien species. Everyone get to an armoury and load up, let’s show these creatures that humans are not to be messed with.”

“It’s going to be one of those days…” Brett said before running to a weapons locker.


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