“I see you are quite impressed?” a female voice to James right asked.
James turned, seeing his second-in-command looking down at him.
“I have seen pictures and videos of the Argonaut, but never up this close,” James replied. “What do you say upon such a sight, Renea?”
Renea has been with James since practically the beginning. They immediately bonded and worked together as they moved up the ranks. There were areas where James lacked in expertise, which Renea excelled in, and the other way around.
“You should command your own ship,” he told her one day.
“Why would I want to leave a good thing?” she asked with a smile.
They thought of each other as siblings, but others wondered if there was more to it.
“This is one awesome sight I’m looking upon,” replied Renea.
“I can see why it will take months to figure out this behemoth,” said James. “It will be fascinating to get inside this beast.”
“The crew will be ready within the hour,” said Renea.
“Who do you have manning the bridge while we are gone?”
“Preston, sir,” she replied.
“Good choice,” said James. “We will change shifts as we go along so Preston is able to go inside the Argonaut.”
Renea chuckled. “Adults anxious to board a very large toy.”
“I’m excited about it. I feel like I have regressed for numerous years.”
“Then let’s perform our final preparations.”
Everyone on the Seeker prepared to start the mission, many of them stopping at times to glance out at the Argonaut. None of them had seen a ship of this size their entire life.
“Hard to believe a ship of this size having issues,” thought James. “But not the first time throughout the centuries.”
The time approached for them to enter the Argonaut. James entered the main bridge and took a seat in the commander chair.
“Have you found a good spot to dock?” he asked his navigator, Nikon.
“There is a hatch between the bridge and engine room,” replied Nikon.
“Perfect,” said James, figuring so since most ships tend to have escape hatches between the brain and power of a ship.
“We will dock in ten minutes,” said Stacet, turning to James.
“Thank you,” said James standing up. “I will relinquish my duties on the bridge to the bridge to captain Preston.”
Preston stepped forward and sat down in the commanding chair as James left the bridge.
James went through a few passageways, moving quicker than he usually does until he reached his destination. A large room, usually empty at most times, but full of shipmates. The majority of them were humans, but there were a few robots, A.I’s, and cyborgs. More than any other mission, but this ship is going to need every single individual.
“Are you already!” he called out to his crew.
All called out in the affirmative.
“Let’s bring this monstrous ship home!”
Many cried out with excitement.
“Instructions will be implemented once we enter the ship!”
Moments later they docked at the hatch.
“Air quality is fine and the emergency lights are on so we should be fine entering,” James was told earlier by Renea.
Once the hatch opened James would have his top three soldiers enter just in case someone or something of ill intent awaited them.
Once the Seeker was fully attached to the Argonaut and air locked, the doors opened. The soldiers entered the passageway, heading a hundred feet before coming to a halt.
“Clear!” called out Newman. A soldier that has been with James for over ten years.
James, with Renea beside him, entered the Argonaut. Looking down the very long passageway until it came to a T. The emergency lights shined every twenty-five feet so they were able to see for the most part, but there were shadows in the corners where evil might lie in wait.
“We will need to head down a few passageways before we enter the room where we will split-up,” said James as they cautiously walked the passageway. “Unless we encounter an obstacle you and your team should enter the engine room at the same time we enter the bridge.”
“Let’s hope we find the crew before either one of us reaches our destination,” said Renea.
James didn’t respond for he didn’t have high hopes in finding the crew alive or even on the ship. There were ways to contact others besides communication between ship by ship, and especially now they were in close proximity, but not a sound.
The lights flickered for a moment which brought James to a stop.
“What is wrong?” asked Renea, stopping a couple of feet ahead.
“The lights should remain strong for as long as this ship is intact,” he stated. “Any flickering from such a ship is unusual.”
“This situation is unusual so let’s continue on with the mission,” said Renea.
“You are right,” James said and they continued on.
The passageway was wide enough for four other soldiers to move past them to unite with Norman and the other two soldiers.
“We need to take the passageway to the right!” James called out.
Norman and four other soldiers went down the passageway while the other two went down the other passageway.
James looked back seeing the rest of the crew wasn’t far behind him.
Soon they were taking a right and going down another long passageway.
James held a little hope that the crew of Argonaut would suddenly appear, and they would all gladly meet and take the ship back to its home. Instead, there was silence except for the movement of his crew. The flicker of the lights ever so often.
There were a couple of passageways before they came to the room where they would split. A room that made all of them step in awe at the size of it. The size of a stadium of sports or speaking events. A room that was full of trees, shrubs, grass, and other life you would see if you took a talk through the park.
“What many would call the sanity room,” said Renea. “I bet we would be seeing a bright, blue sky if the power was fully on.”
Everyone was mesmerized by the magnitude of the area. Large enough to pack a few Seekers into it.
“This is absolutely magnificent,” crewmember Lisandra spoke up. “I have been in similar environments like this on many ships, but minuscule compared to this one.”
James just looked around and pictured himself living in an environment like this one. But instead of on a ship, he would finally be residing on a planet. One day, but until then he will bask in such beauty that he knew little about.
“This will be even more impressive if we can turn on the power,” informed chief engineer Finley, walking over to James.
James mesmerized, broke out of it, and looked at Finley.
“You are right,” he said. “Let’s get it going. The engine room is to the left while we will go to the right to the bridge. Everyone knows their group.”
“I wish you luck,” Renea said to James.
The two groups split and were about to move when there was a loud, piercing howl that erupted from the other side of the large complex. They all stopped in their tracks in horror hearing such a sound. James saw that crewmember Titra was close by, who specialized in countless species.
“What the hell was that?” he asked her.
She just shook her head. Not good.
James had a feeling this could be the cause of the missing crew. A crew was similar in size as the Seekers.
“I want all weapons in full power!” he called out.
They were about to face a new species. One that brought horror to humanity.
“God help us,” he muttered.