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Alone in the Sea

Posted on Wed Apr 24th, 2013 @ 1:43pm by 1st Lieutenant Samantha Leyton

Mission: Part of the Team
Location: Runabout Apollo en route to DS 12
Timeline: Current

"We'll be arriving at Deep Space Twelve in eight hours, lieutenant," replied the pilot from the runabout's cockpit.

"Thank you," she replied. 'Better get some sleep,' she thought as she leaned the chair back. and pressed the panel on the side of her chair to close the door separating the cockpit from the crew cabin. "Computer, shut off the lights."

Darkness encompassed Leyton as she stared at the ceiling. The only dim light originated from the distant stars streaking by outside the viewport. She felt alone...alone in a sea of people of various species, beliefs, marital statuses, personalities, and age. Letting a out a sigh, she tried to get to sleep. "Computer, play the sound of moderate rain."

The computer chirped in acknowledgement as the sound of rain filled her quarters. The sound was a familiar one that often helped her sleep. She always enjoyed a summer thunderstorm while growing up in Virginia on Earth--it was calming and comforting to her.

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She watched as the last MACO recruit platoon finished their first EVA assignment--she wasn't impressed. Most looked green, one's face plate was covered in puke and another had to be brought back in because he was stressing out and panicking--which usually meant one more try and if you failed the second try, you were dropped from the MACO Program. Hearing footsteps of military boots approaching, Leyton turned to see a man dressed in a similar MACO uniform as her. He had a good build and was rather handsome--for a Major. She spotted his name tag, which read 'Hayes'. She came to attention. "What can I do for you sir?"

"At ease, sergeant. I'm Major Hayes and I take it you are Sergeant Leyton?"

Leyton nodded. "Yes sir."

"Take a walk with me sergeant," he said as the he began to walk and Leyton fell into step beside him. "How do you feel about the recent attack on Earth?"

Leyton bit her lip. She was angry as hell--as was every human alive at the unprovoked attack on Earth by a species calling themselves the Xindi. "Angry as hell, sir."

Hayes nodded. "Sergeant, I've been tasked with assembling a new unit. This new unit will be stationed aboard the NX-01 USS Enterprise and will aid in hunting down these Xindi. I've selected a few from a long list of candidates and you're one of the ones I have chosen due to your expertise in Zero-G. Are you interested?"

She was taken aback by the offer. A chance to go where no man had gone before, looking for a dangerous alien species they knew little to anything about and living aboard Earth's most advanced and famous starship. "Sign me up and just tell me where to aim sir," she replied with a grin.

"That's what I like to hear. Report to Lunar Base One for training and meeting the rest of your unit tomorrow at 0800 hours."

"I'll be there, sir."

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Leyton startled and bolted upright, breathing heavily as her communicator went off. "We're approaching Deep Space Twelve, lieutenant."

'Eight hours already?' she thought as she sat the chair upright, still feeling alone as she did when she went to sleep. "Thank you," she replied before shutting off the communicator. "Computer, turn on the lights." The compartment illuminated as she watched the station of Deep Space Twelve grow quickly in size as the runabout made it's approach. "Ugly space station," she commented to herself, taking in the alien Cardassian architecture of Deep Space Twelve.

 

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