Part: 3 of 8
Characters: Dylan Hunt, Trance Gemini, Harper, Beka, OFC (Sirees), Original Crew
Archiving: Fan Fiction Net, Command Deck
Warnings: Hmmm.... lets see I'll warn that there is violence in this story...
SPOILERS: Only to my Andromeda story "Just a World Away"
Disclaimer: I don’t own the Andromeda characters or anything about them so don’t sue me. Sirees Anwar and the other crew are my creation. Let me know if you like any of them.
Summary: Andromeda comes to the aid of another Commonwealth ship named Zephyrus only to find Zephyrus nearly distroyed and most of his skeleton crew dead. Now Dylan gets swept up in a mission TriJema left to the reckless Captain of Zephyrus...
AN: This is the second story in a series about Sirees Anwar. The first story being Just A World Away. This story lets you in a bit about just what Sirees is capable of and maybe a bit of how she thinks. Also, yes she was recruited as a Captain… lets just say it was something Tri-Jema wanted. Also, I am not as fond of this story as I maybe should be but it is part of Sirees's story. Yes, my LJ name is SireesAnwar... I named myself after my character because I liked her.
Sirees sat in her room with her feet on the coffee table. She held up the Ladonian puzzle sphere as she stared at it. Someone had taken the chip out of the sphere and despite everything she had done to keep her mission a secret someone had found out and they had gotten their hands on the chip.
Sirees twisted the globe in her hands. She had to wonder who would know about the sphere and if they knew about the Penari. She couldn’t believe their presence at the last planet had been a coincidence. She was sure whoever she was up against was already trying to stop her by bringing her past into the now. She couldn’t allow her mistakes to stop her mission.
Sirees quickly got off the couch and tossed the orb on her bed and headed out. She quickly walk through the corridors and back to Dylan’s office. Sirees walked right into his office without giving him the chance to protest her arrival. “Look, I know you don’t trust me, but that isn’t an issue. Tri-Jema put her trust in me and I take it seriously. I have a mission to finish and with my ship out of commission, I am going to need Andromeda and your help.”
Dylan looked up from his desk with a surprised look on his face. “I was just chatting with another Captain about them keeping an eye on Zephyrus. There is a repair group that is planning on wiping and restarting systems. As for your little statement. I see your mission as important also, so I decided to make this ship at your disposal.”
Sirees nodded. “What about the other ships? What happened to them?”
“Seems they took off the moment we got here. Rommie gave me a little information on them and according to her scans a heavy cruiser could blow all those ships apart easily but your ship happened to be infect with some kind of virus. Strange don’t you think?”
“Actually, I do. I knew we could have taken those vessels, but apparently someone didn’t want us to.” Sirees said.
Dylan stared at her a moment. “Where to?”
“My first stop was Cinar Post. It took me time to get the chip. I have to admit with Tyr on my heels it made it exciting. Stop two was always supposed to be Gorton Beta Site. Apparently there is something waiting for me there.” Sirees stared at him.
Dylan smiled and then rose from behind his desk and headed for the command deck with Sirees right behind him. “Beka, take us to Gorton Beta Site.”
“What’s on Beta Site?” Beka looked at him.
Sirees glanced at her. “Dylan and I have a meeting to go to.”
Dylan glanced her way wondering if lying really came so easily to Sirees.
Brianna slammed her hand into the console. “This thing will never work properly. I’m sick to death of trying to weed out all the problems.”
Harper came from around the corner. “That’s our jobs and you know you love it.” Harper checked the destination reports. “We’re going to Gorton. Alpha Site has some of the best gambling establishments I have ever been to.” Harper spread his arms wide, obviously excited about going to Gorton.
“We’re going to Gorton?” Brianna looked at him with a puzzled expression. “Strange. I can’t see why Captain Anwar would need to go to a gambling and vacation spot.”
Aidan strolled into the Machine Shop glancing at all the gizmos Harper had lying around. “We’re going to Gorton?” Aidan smiled at Brianna. “I was hoping we would get a break.”
Brianna eyed him. He took enough breaks as it was. “I doubt that’s what it’s about.” Brianna smirked at him.
Harper wondered what they were referring to. There was only one way to find out in his opinion. “Why would you say that?” Harper came around Aidan to look at Brianna.
Aidan looked Harper up and down. He was much shorter than Aidan and probably a lot less interesting in Aidan’s book but he did work on Andromeda which Aidan knew had been on an adventure with Captain Anwar before. Everyone had heard the stories about the Queen of a planet. Aidan tended not to believe such nonsense. He couldn’t image Sirees as a ruler of a planet, nor could he image her giving up the post. “Do you know Captain Anwar?”
“Of course.” Harper cocked his head. “We go way back. Met her before she was a Captain and became a crucial part of her mission at the time.”
Aidan rolled his eyes. “Then you know Sirees doesn’t make time for gambling.”
Tal walked onto the deck. “How is the work on Zephyrus’s systems coming?” Harper noticed him immediately. He could have swore the deck shook as the large Nietzschean approached, but Harper had often thought that of Tyr and even after Rommie’s sensors told him it was only his imagination.
“Not well.” Brianna looked up at him and smiled.
“You know you remind me of another Nietzschean I knew.” Harper waved to him and then thought better of saying anything at all.
“Really?” Tal stared at him. “Who?”
“Tyr Anasazi. You know him?” Harper walked over to another console biting his lip. Why didn’t I just say no one instead of comparing him to a traitor?
“Not well. I hear he’s a traitor.” Tal stared down the little man he had learned to be Harper. Tal had little respect for humans but Sirees had told him time and time again the people aboard Andromeda had become important to her. Tal couldn’t imagine why but something told him she would want him to be nice.
“Yeah, well, he wasn’t before.” Harper turned back to stare at him. Tal was looming over the room it seemed and he didn’t look happy. “We were just talking about Gorton. Apparently were headed there.” Harper changed the subject as quickly as possible.
“Sirees wouldn’t spend time in a place like that.” Tal looked at Brianna and Aidan who both shrugged. Tal turned on his heels and headed out.
“Geez, he’s intense isn’t he.” Harper walked over to Aidan and Brianna.
“Yep, he definitely has his moments.” Brianna smiled at Harper and Aidan who just shook his head.
Trance sat down in a chair in the office that had become hers since joining the Andromeda’s cause. Rayelynne Mason sat across from her. “I hear you aren’t fond of my Captain?” Rayelynne stated with a questioning glance.
Trance looked up from the screen in front of her. The woman’s flaming red hair made Trance think of a burning fire. It wasn’t quit the color of a flame but it made Trance’s thoughts wonder to familiar sights. “Sirees and I have our differences. I can not truly say I dislike her. The last time we met trust was an issue, but things still turned out for the best.”
Doctor Mason pulled the chair closer to the desk and leaned her arms on it. “Why didn’t you trust her?”
“It was felt she was keeping something important from Dylan.” Trance pulled up their destination log. She knew but she did know they had gone to slipstream. Gorton? How strange. She thought to herself.
“Did you find out what she was hiding?” Mason eyed Trance questioningly.
Trance focused her intimidating stare on the doctor. “Doctor Mason…”
Mason pulled back a little. She had an uneasy feeling she was playing with fire. “Please, call me Raye.” Mason hoped she hadn’t upset Trance who she knew nothing about. All she had ever learned about Andromeda’s crew was that they were formidable.
Trance felt a slight anger burn inside of her. “Raye, I know things and yet I do not know them.” Trance looked at the puzzled woman. “I know Sirees has things she keeps hidden and yet I have not discovered what they are. I know they will affect our future, Andromeda’s future, and more importantly Dylan’s destiny.”
“Dylan’s destiny?” Raye felt the mocking tone she often found seeping into her voice.
“Yes. We all have a destiny but I am concern with Dylan’s. When Andromeda first encountered Sirees I was concerned how she would affect Dylan’s destiny and then she was gone. Her departure made me worry less, but now that she is a Commonwealth Captain, I fear she will change things.” Trance stared at the redhead in front of her.
“So you don’t trust her? Is that what you’re saying?” Raye wasn’t sure what Trance meant. She seemed to be speaking in riddles or cryptically. She wasn’t sure what to make of anything Trance had said.
Trance shook her head. “I trust Sirees to do what is in her own best interest. Beyond that I cannot say.” Trance signed and thought back to her last encounter with the woman. “Sirees and I once clashed over the future which has since become the past. Sirees and I both know enough about what is to come to foresee the affect it will have on who we care for. It is how we deal with things that will lead to the right outcome.” Trance turned the screen to Raye. “However, it concerns me that our newest destination is that of a gambling establishment.”
Raye shook her head. “In my opinion this seems exactly like Captain Anwar. To her it’s all about the thrill.” Raye rose to her feet and walked off the medical deck with Trance watching even after she was out of sight.
The ship came out of slip stream and approached the Gorton system. “Approaching Beta Site.” Beka stated as Tal walked onto the bridge.
“Beta Site?” Tal approached Sirees. “Rees, there is nothing on Beta Site. It hasn’t been colonized. No one goes to Beta Site.”
“Tal,” Sirees turned from the main screen to him, “Dylan and I have a meeting there.”
Tal scoffed hearing Dylan’s name. “Don’t you need a security team?”
Sirees looked a bit annoyed. “No. I’m sure I can take care of myself.” Sirees walked past him.
Dylan and Sirees had decided to take the Destiny. It was smaller and easier to maneuver through the small crevices on Beta Site. Once they had landed it had taken them little to no time at all to find the tunnel Sirees knew would be there.
Sirees quietly climbed and slid her way through the rocky terrain with Dylan directly behind her. “So are you planning on telling me what we’re looking for?”
Sirees shook her head. “I don’t know myself. Tri-Jema told me I would know it when I saw it.”
“Dylan?” Beka’s voice cut into their conversation.
They both stopped. “Yes?” Dylan answered.
“Andromeda’s picked up Nietzscheans moving in on your location. According to sensors you will meet up at a cavern room just ahead.” Beka’s voice sounded so distant and Dylan had to remind himself it was.
“Got it. Hunt out.” Dylan stared at Sirees who was tapping the bracer he hadn’t noticed on her arm.
She looked up at him. “Ground troops shouldn’t find Destiny, now.” Her face was completely serious. “Tyr is after whatever Tri-Jema left behind. We have to stop him.” Sirees leapt down the rock face as fast as she could go without harming herself.
Dylan and Sirees ran into the cavern room in time to see Tyr catch something in his hand. He smiled at Sirees and Dylan. “I guess it’s mine.” Tyr smirked, his men stood behind him ready for a fight.
Sirees had seen the multi-colored surface which blinked in Tyr’s hand. Sirees crossed one arm over her and then covered her smile with the other hand. “It’s okay. I have what I came for.” Sirees felt the shock inside of her but wasn’t about to let it register on her face for Tyr to see. She had to wonder what Tri-Jema knew and what she was planning.
Dylan was confused but didn’t show it. Sirees would explain, he hoped.
Tyr started to look angry and the tell tale smile of annoyance spread over his face as he quickly reached for his blaster. Sirees turned to Dylan and pushed him against a wall, which surprised him. He was about to protest when Sirees’s finger covered her mouth.
Tyr looked shocked. By his point of view, Dylan and Sirees had simply vanished and he knew she could be anywhere. “New tricks, Rees.” Tyr turned and gestured for his men to leave as he walked past them. He knew she could change her appearance but he had no idea she could extend it to another person.
Sirees stared after them until she was sure they had gone before she took her hand off Dylan’s chest and stepped away from him. Sirees shook her head. Dylan stepped forward and helped balance her. “What was that?” Dylan looked down at her.
“Something Tyr has never seen.” Sirees smiled. “We watched as he stared at where we were, but what he saw…” Sirees stepped away from Dylan and then walked over to the nearest wall where she disappeared.
Dylan’s eyes widened as Sirees reappeared. “Your camouflage.” He nodded. “Yes, you told me you could look like nothing once.”
“Or rather, my surroundings.” Sirees nodded. “It’s hard to extend to another person, but I didn’t have a choice.” Sirees walked past him and started back up the corridor they had emerged from.
Dylan called out her name and she turned to look at him. “Thank you.” Dylan knew they couldn’t easily have fled the way they had come. The awkwardness of the silence between them became obvious. “What about the device Tyr got?”
“Doesn’t matter.” Sirees became serious and headed back up the corridor. Dylan followed.
Dylan watched Sirees who looked upset but knowledgeable at the same time. They were headed up to the command deck, Dylan stopped in his tracks; he had to know what she did. He had to know now.
Sirees stopped as soon as Dylan did and turned to look at him. “What?”
“You’ve been upset since we left Beta Site, without what we went down for, may I remind you.” Dylan crossed his arms over his broad chest.
Sirees shook her head. “Maybe we don’t have what Tri-Jema left me but I don’t need it. It was only a message, one she knew I would understand.” Sirees turned and started towards the command deck again.
Dylan caught up to her again and grabbed her arm which made her turn to face him. “You’re not telling me something.”
“It doesn’t matter, Dylan. From here on out I fly solo.” Sirees wrenched her arm from his grasp.
Dylan realized she wasn’t heading for command deck but to her quarters. “Sirees, what are you planning?”
Sirees turned and walked backwards away from him. “Doesn’t matter. Top secret and all that, Dylan.” She started to turn and head to her room but the klaxons that warned of danger started sounding.
“Dylan.” Andromeda’s holographic form appeared opposite him. “The alien vessels that attacked Zephyrus are headed towards us with weapons charged. They appear to have come with reinforcements.”
Dylan looked at Sirees who was visibly shocked. “You’re not leaving this ship until I say so.” Dylan’s voice became severe. It was his ship and what he says goes. Dylan stormed to the command deck with Sirees right behind him. It hadn’t taken them long to get there and it also hadn’t taken anytime for the alien ship to get close enough to fire its first shot. Dylan and Sirees watch it barrel towards Andromeda when they first entered the deck. “Open a channel.” Dylan yelled.
Rommie complied. “Channel…”
The screen came to life and sitting on the other end was an obvious male with dark grey toned skin and eyes to match. He donned no hair on his head which Dylan wasn’t sure was an actual trait of the race or a personal choice. The man clothes; however, were brilliant colors to offset his dull features. “I am High Marshal Fisk of the Penari Asla Fleet Vessel Agolas. You are in violation of sanction 45J. You are harboring a war criminal.” The screen flashed back to the Penari vessel as quickly as the channel had opened and the ship fired again.
“Evasive maneuvers, Beka.” Dylan said. “Fire tubes one through seventy. Wide burst. Let them no I don’t like being fired on.” Dylan turned to Sirees. “You are going to tell me now!” Dylan wasn’t about to let her protest telling him the truth this time.
“Dylan they’re returning fire.” Rommie said.
Sirees looked out over space at the Penari's ship. She didn’t want to admit what had happened but she had to stop this. “Hail them again.” Sirees felt the impending defeat.
Dylan eyed her. She stared at him trying to make him realize she wasn’t about to betray him. “Do it.” Dylan said to Rommie.
This time Sirees stepped forward so she would appear in command of the situation. The channel opened and Fisk, as he had called himself, started to speak and then realized who he was staring at. “Stand down.” Sirees said firmly. “These people know nothing of your war or your laws. I won’t fight you.”
Dylan, Beka, Rommie, and Tal looked surprised by Sirees’s last statement.
Fisk eyed her. “Agreed.” The channel blinked off.
Rommie broke the silence. “Dylan, they’re powering down weapons.”
Sirees watched the screen of the Penari ship, dreading having to face Dylan and his crew, or her crew, for that matter. She exhaled and then gasped for breath not realizing she had been holding it. She felt light headed. She turned and grabbed on to the nearest station.
Dylan came down to her to face her looking a bit mad that his crew was in danger. “Tell me what you did.”
“High Marshal, why aren’t we firing on them?” Cadeac asked his mentor. Cadeac was fully Aslar but his coloring was slightly paler than normal. He had endured quite a lot because of his appearance. His hair was also rather light but wasn’t white or yellow like a lot of Oslari. Cadeac looked at his mentor who had ignored his differences because Cadeac was good at what he did.
“Only her ship was crippled. Andromeda is not. Despite the reinforcements Andromeda could still blow us out of the sky. You must learn when to fight and when to be more patient. Yes, we came in strong but I have no doubt that Andromeda and Captain Hunt know we are no match, not if they truly defend themselves, but to our advantage Andromeda is on a rescue mission.”
Cadeac shook his head. “I apologize High Marshal. I was unaware you knew of their current mission.”
“It was a trade of sorts.” Fisk smiled at the ship floating in space in front of his own.