A Shrieker A Day Keeps The S'kat At Bay

Destiny had finally exited FTL for the re-positioning to bring the recon team back on board. Gil hailed the team to tell them they had only a few hours left to return to the ship before it had to jump back into FTL once again.

"Gil, we have s'kat down here." Cooper announced. "Please tell me you packed the team's equipment with shriekers?"

"Don't I always?" Gil asked. "They're practically a requirement when visiting a game world."

Cooper sighed with relief and rummaged through his vest pockets until he found what he was looking for. A small spherical device with a red button. Gil's shriekers were designed to distract s'kat so people could navigate across infested ground. Cooper pressed the button and the device began to emit a high pitched whine which grew in intensity. Then Cooper threw the shrieker across the courtyard near a spot where a couple of shark heads were hiding.

A swarm of s'kat erupted from the earth and began to tear apart the randkin soldiers. Cooper shouted to Thor to follow him as he made a break for the distant, rocky hills.

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Jonas and his half of Recon 1 were waiting for Cooper and his team at the rendezvous point situated in the middle of a narrow rocky passage. When the team saw the muscle-bound offspring of a pirate and an angel behind Cooper the team raised their weapons in surprise.

"He's cool! Don't worry!" Cooper exclaimed. "Thor, this is my team. Guys, meet Thor."

Jonas frowned. "Thor? You're a lot bigger than I remember."

"It's a long story." Cooper said with a sigh. "Let's get the hell out of here."

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Soon the Destiny's stargate was spinning and the team, plus the newcomer Thor, arrived. Miller was standing in the middle of the gate room and was relieved to see her people had returned safely.

"Get the data?" she asked.

"Mission accomplished, Colonel." Cooper said with a big smile.

Up on the railing on the second floor of the gate room was a small, blue, rodent. This was Cid and he regarded Thor with a wary eye.

"Who's the new muscle? Another stray?" Cid asked.

"This is... uh... Thor..." Cooper said sheepishly as he introduced the man to Miller.

"As in Thor of Asgard?" Miller frowned. "Last Thor we knew was a bit smaller than you." She offered the Asgardian her hand. "Nice to meet you, regardless. I'm Colonel Miller, commander of the Destiny."

Gil arrived in the gate room and nodded to Cooper with a smile. Kate wasn't too far behind him.

"Come on, let's get that bloody data uploaded so we know where we stand." Kate said impatiently. However she paused when she saw Thor and she got a little flustered. "I... uh... hello... Dr. Katherine McClintock..." She visibly blushed. Causing Gil to roll his eyes and make an offensive gesture to Cooper who merely chuckled.

"Colonel?" The voice of Adam Brody sounded from Miller's radio. "We're ready to switch back to the cloak."

"Go ahead, Brody." Miller said.

"So the cloak worked?" Cooper asked.

"Like a charm." Gil sighed with relief. "Which is great. Now we can use the gate again."

"Yeah but this hide-jump-hide tactic will get old pretty fast." Cooper said. "We need to be able to fight back against the Randkin. Not just be able to hide from them."

"Let's look at the fleet data and see what we can do." Miller suggested. "With that and the repair work that Dr. McClintock and the other members of the relief team will be conducting I'm sure we'll finally have an edge against the randkin."

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Orland Sim leaned against the railing in front of the massive window of the observation deck and watched as Destiny returned to FTL. Finally, they were on the move again. The ship could continue with its mission.

"It's nice to hear voices in the halls again." The voice of Sim's dead sister, Petra, suddenly emanated from his right. He looked and saw her leaning on the railing beside him. She turned to look at him and smiled. "The ship's alive again."

"I'm not sure about some of the people on board." Sim said. "They look at me funny."

"You're not the most sociable person on board, you know?" Petra teased.

"No. Some of them... I don't trust them..." Sim shook his head and gazed out at the dazzling display of color from Destiny's FTL field.

"Enemies surround us." Petra said, her tone turning cold. "Both from within and without."

"Within?" Sim frowned and looked back to his sister.

But she had disappeared.

(OOC: Alright. Back on the ship. Things are starting to return to normal, or at least what the crew of Destiny considers normal, but what was that about enemies within???)

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