Control Center on Daichi
Saiki Kouan was in the Control Center of the Tansaku Staging area on Daichi. He looked out the window down at the eight starships were being loaded and prepared for one of the most important missions the Scientific Studies Service had embarked on. Meeting with a new race, and establishing a semi-permanent presence on their home world. Who would have imagined such a thing would happen so soon. We fully expected to observe non-star faring races, but to meet one that had already made the transition.
he thought as watched the flurry of activity below.
The activity at the Staging area was an example of efficiency, ground vehicles delivered equipment and supplies to their designated ship. As soon as they were offloaded, they returned to the warehouses and repeated the process.
He looked at the large structural sections being loaded into the extra ships. Once at their destination, they would be used to create a large structure that the expedition would use.
Takara walked up and placed her right hand on his shoulder, “Kouan-Chan, we should be heading down to the Tansaku. The Captain wants to close up the ship in a few minutes.”
Kouan turned to his green haired assistant. “Then we should not keep Captain Sturm waiting. You know how he gets when his precious time schedule is interrupted. “
He then grabbed his isolated computer pad and his backpack with his personal items. “Let’s go Takara my darling; we have a date with destiny.”
They took the lift to the ground floor and walked out of the building. An SSS Classico was waiting for the Chuji. Security person from the SSS stood by the vehicle and opened the door as Kouan and Takara approached. “Good day Chuji, ma’am.”
“That it is Mitchell-San, an auspicious one.” Kouan replied.
Once at the Classico he waited for Takara to enter the vehicle, he watched her slide over on the seat and make room for him. Once he was certain that he had enough room he handed her his backpack and computer. He then slid into the seat and the guard closed the door. Once the guard entered the passenger side of the vehicle, the Classico pulled away from the Control Center with a soft purr.
Kouan looked at the ships as they circled the field to where their ship waited. It gave him a moment to appreciate the lines of the ships. All of these Tansaku-Class ships had been upgraded to the 1B variant, which was fortuitous given the distance they were going to cross. “Just think Takara,” he said placing his hand on her thigh, “We are about to go from one frontier to the other. Quite the adventure, I must say I am looking forward to a bit of time in the field. This trip to Shara will be an entirely different experience.”
When the Classico completed its circuit of the field, it pulled up in front of the Tansaku. The guard exited the vehicle and opened the door for the passengers. Kouan and Takara exited the vehicle and walked towards the airlock. The Classico then went for the forward ramp and entered the vehicle bay.
Kouan made his way to the bridge of the ship, he knew the Tansaku intimately having been involved in its conception, so he liked to make his way through without assistance.
Once on the bridge he spotted Sturm talking to a number of his crew members. He chose to wait until the Captain was done before speaking to him. Without so much as a word, Sturm looked over at Kouan and gave him a brief nod. He concluded his discussion and walked over. He bowed to his superior, Kouan returned the bow.
When both straightened he spoke, “Looks like you have everything well in had my friend. I hope we did not delay your departure?”
“Not at all Saiki-San, we are on schedule and should be lifting in twenty minutes. Your cabin is ready when you wish to retire to it. I presume you will be in the Lounge for departure, I will join you there once we get ready to lift.” David then turned and took his station on the bridge.
Takara leaned closer to Kouan and whispered, “I am going to go to our cabin and change into something more comfortable for the departure.”
Kouan turned and watcher her leave, then followed shortly after.
Twenty-five minutes later the eight Tansaku-class ships lifted from Staging area and headed upward in a single line. Once in orbit the ships moved into a staggered pattern and left the orbit of Daichi, along the way two squadrons of 2XF Plumeria Gunships paralleled their path. Once the ships were beyond the effective gravity well of Daichi, the order was given to commence the first of several folds that would take them to Shara. The sixteen starships vanished in a series of teal glows that faded marking their passage.Arrival
Kouan was on the bridge when the group arrived in the Shara star system. He stood looking at the star on the screen and looked at the overlay of the system. He had spent most of the time in transit reading the information provided by the crews of the Yamatai ships that had already visited.
Marcus sitting at the communications station sent the following message to the Gartagen home world.
To the Gartagen Union
From: Saiki Kouan, Chuji of the Yamatai Scientific Studies Service.
We are members of the Scientific Studies Service, and our Star Army of Yamatai escort.
We await permission to enter your system, and to land on your planet.