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Pirate Island - The Pirate Ship Part I

Posted on Sat Nov 16th, 2019 @ 1:45am by Lieutenant Paul Michael & Major Cornelius Tremble & Lieutenant Junior Grade Mira Jayde & Ensign Auba Lyna & Lieutenant Junior Grade Zhara Rynn
Edited on on Mon Nov 18th, 2019 @ 4:13am

1,169 words; about a 6 minute read

Mission: Marooned!
Location: Holodeck 2 - Deck 5 - USS Pioneer
Timeline: MD003 2030 hrs

Michael, in the lead, led his team down the path, keeping a weary eye out for trouble.

Jayde took the rear, leaving the others in the middle. She pulled her knife and held it ready in case anything jumped them.

Zhara, in the middle, focused her attention on what surrounded them. "The hardest part of this is not knowing when something is going to jump out at us."

Paul looked back. "Keep an eye out. Keep the person in front of you in sight at all times. If anything, or one, jumps out, we'll try to overpower it."

Jayde and Zhara nodded.

Zhara was not dressed for this, nor did she have a weapon. She found a rock that fit in her hand and picked it up.

The path meandered a ways, occasionally doubling back on itself. They'd gone about 100 yards when they heard something growling in the bush to their left.

Paul held his hand up and had the team stop. He raised his club, and had the group bunch together for safety.

Jayde took a front position beside Paul to protect the others. "Should we try to scare it off or wait to see what it does?" she asked.

The roaring grew louder and more immediate before the brush to the left exploded into splinters and bits of foliage. In the space, an eight meter tall dinosaur leapt into the trail. Catching sight of the group, it lowered it's head and let out another roar, it's eyes narrowing as it stares.

Oddly, another high pitched, piercing noise rents the air behind the dinosaur, a noise most reminiscent of tearing metal tears through the air.

Paul kept an eye on the beast. "On my mark, we're going to split up and run into the woods on either said of us. Try to find a dense area of forest or a cave to hide in." Paul started a count down in his head. "Ready...."

Jayde didn't like running away, but they didn't have the right weapons to chase off something that large. She hoped avoiding it in this manner would allow them to get back on the path and continue their quest. She looked at Paul and nodded.

Paul hoped that the noise behind the dinosaur that faced them, would draw the creatures attention from his group. "Everyone.....make ready..."

Auba stayed close to Paul...but she was ready to move at his command.

"Ready," Zhara replied.

The raptor's head lowered and it sniffed, it's eyes widening as it caught site of prey. As it took a couple of steps toward the Pioneer crew however, the sound of tearing metal grew in intensity and black billowing black smoke began filing in behind it, knifing through the trees and encircling the raptor. As the smoke wrapped about it, the raptor's skin began stuffing and it howled in pain, lurching toward the party guests until it disappeared within the smoke itself within a few heart beats.

For a moment, the tearing metal sound halted, then picked up again as the smoke began creeping toward the crew.

"What is that thing?" Jayde asked. "Never mind. I suggest we head down the path and get away from it."

Paul looked at the big object heading towards them. " the trail...into the trees!" Paul directed the group ahead of him. "Get amongst the trees and brush...maybe that thing can't follow us!!" The group headed into the forest, leaving only Auba and him, to be the last ones to follow.

Jayde gently pushed Zhara ahead of her. They went at an angle away from the creature. If it came after them, she had a feeling the trees wouldn't be an obstacle if the dinosaur disappeared that quickly.

Paul held Auba's hand as they ran through the forest. He could hear the creature behind them, and it sounded like it was tearing through the forest as easy as he walked through air. For the want of a simple hand phaser.

Jayde circled back, hearing the thing following Paul and Auba. She wanted to get behind it to see what it was and if she could stop it.

Paul and Auba came to a cliff face. About 6 feet up, was a ledge, and behind that, a cave. He called out, "Everyone, come here..I found us shelter!" There were rocks jutting out from the rock wall, that he and Auba used as handholds. They made it up to the ledge. Then they waited for the others.

Jayde found Zhara and the two of them headed to the cliff. "You go first," Jayde said, watching the jungle. When the counselor was safely in the cave, Jayde followed.

Paul looked at them, "Thank goodness you're alright." The cave entrance was just big enough so that they would just have to stoop a little to get in. Hopefully the...whatever that thing was...couldn't enter the cave. There was a big boulder perched on the edge of the ledge. Maybe....

"Let's investigate this cave." He started walking deeper into the cave, holding Auba's hand. "If you spot something that be used as a weapon, grab it."

Jayde nodded. She took a look around the cave first. Near the entrance, she saw writing. "Hey, Zhara, come here."

The counselor joined Jayde. "What is it?" When she saw the chalk she came closer. "Oh. What's a smoke monstre?"

"I assume it is the creature that chased us," Jayde replied. She looked out the entrance. Below them, she could see smoke. "It seems it still is. Fortunately, it doesn't appear to be able to climb."

Zhara nodded. "Let's follow the others. I don't think we should get separated at this point."

Jayde nodded in agreement. The two turned and followed Paul and Auba.

Surprisingly, there was a dim light in the tunnel. Jayde paused to look for the source. Algae? There was something on the top of the tunnel wall and ceiling that glowed faintly.

"Too bad we can't get some of that," Zhara said. "It could prove interesting."

Paul leaned over and picked up a branch, ripped his sleeve off, wrapped it around the end of the branch and wiped the cloth on the algae. "You're right, this could prove useful."

"Clever," Zhara said, smiling. "That makes you the leader."
To be continued...

A Joint Post By

Lieutenant Junior Grade Paul Michael
Assistant Chief Operations Officer, USS Pioneer

Ensign Auba Lyna
Security Officer, USS Pioneer

Lieutenant JG Mira Jayde
Assistant Chief Security/Tactical Officer, USS Pioneer

Lieutenant JG Zhara Rynn
Counselor, USS Pioneer

Captain Cornelius Tremble
Marine Commanding Officer/Second Officer, USS Pioneer


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