((Sorry, got bit by the inspiration bug))
The ship's captain approached the bow of the ship, stepping up next to the Jipsee scientist. He was about to say something to the woman when he noticed her blank stare out the window. It wasn't one of those daydream stares that most people got on long trips, instead Kat's eyes had gone completely blank, all facial expressions erased from her face. He took a step back, a chill running down his spine from the sight. Slowly Kat turned toward the right-hand side of the ship, staring at a spot on the opaque wall, her mind well beyond the confines of the vessel. He watched as a look of terror overcame the woman, rushing to the nearest monitor in hopes of finding whatever was freaking out the scientist. With nothing but static showing up on the nav screens, the Captain was forced to make a decision without any knowledge of what was happening just outside of his very own ship. Glancing back up at Kat, he watched as she raised her arm, pointing at the same spot on the Starboard wall that she had been staring at.
"I want all shields on maximum, do you hear me? This ship is going on the defense!" Just as the last words left his mouth, a shockwave of unknown origins rammed into the ship, knocking all of its passengers sideways. Kat fell straight backwards, her head slamming into the floor with an audible thud. Had any of the others been able to see what she saw, they would have watched the fabric of space itself ripple before tearing open. A second craft began appearing before them, entering their space as if it were emerging from a lake. The lights within the ship flickered before failing, all power diverting to keeping its passengers alive for the moment. Every monitor was flashing red warnings, the crew scrambling to return to their stations for a status report.
"Shields are down to 20%. Life support systems fluctuating, trying to stabilize them. What are our orders Captain?.... Captain?" Kat sat up from her position on the floor, rubbing the back of head with a confused expression.
"What the hell?" She glanced back to where the Captain lay on the floor, motionless. Unsure of whether the man was unconscious or dead, Kat stood and quickly assessed the situation. "This ship is under attack, do we have anything to fight with?" The men shook their heads no, explaining that the best they had were asteroid lasers and that even they had been knocked out with most of their power. "We'll never make it to the other side of the system if these guys are serious." Turning to look out the window, Kat bit harshly into her lower lip. "See that moon there? If I remember correctly it's covered by a jungle. If we land there we have a chance of sending out a distress signal while hiding from the enemy."
Marcie and Dustin lay side by side on the floor of the ship, groaning at the sudden blast that sent the pair flying. "Hey, you okay over there?" Dustin winced as he pushed himself up to a sitting position.
"Yeah, I'm good. You?" Marcie rolled over onto her back, still slightly dazed by the ordeal. She watched her brother nod out of the corner of her eye, finally pushing her body up to a sitting position. "What the hell was that?"
"A rogue asteroid?" He questioned, hoping that it wasn't something normal like that. It wasn't until the lights died out that he narrowed his eyes suspiciously. Something didn't feel right, the air hadn't felt right for a little while now. The navigation problems Sora had mentioned earlier didn't sit well with him either. It didn't take a genius to figure out that something was very, very wrong at the present.
Sora had been stretching out her legs when the blast hit, knocking her off balance. She didn't fall like most of the others had, but she did end up slamming into the wall. Snarling viciously, she instinctively drew her blade, her blazing eyes scanning her surroundings for any sign of danger. Finding none, she rose up from her crouched position and instead awaited for any further instructions regarding her current assignment. Despite there being little light available on the ship, Sora could see perfectly, the dark having no effect on the beast-like woman.
A second blast rocked the ship, only this time there was a red light to accompany the blast. "Shields down to 10%, and they're falling fast. One more hit like that and we'll be wide open." Kat stared in horror out the window toward the pitch black warship that was moving to block their path.
"I don't care what it takes, get us down to that moon. NOW!" She had never seen anything so terrifying in her entire life, the mere existence of the ship sent a shiver down her spine. It screamed unnatural, and yet she new it was just like any ordinary war vessel. The unnatural feeling she got from it stemmed from its origins. "Hypothesis became Theory, and Theory then turned to Law. The facts of nature revealed themselves to those who sought the truth." She whispered, almost as if it were some sort of religious scripture she had learned at church. The ship launched forward as the crew kicked it into high gear, racing for what was now their sole chance for survival and praying to whatever gods they held dear for their lives to be spared. No more than fifty souls aboard the ship and yet it felt as if their survival decided the fate of existence.