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Pandora’s Box

Posted on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 @ 7:42pm by Lieutenant Commander Erik Larsen PhD & Lieutenant JG Jovus Grynn
Edited on on Fri Oct 22nd, 2021 @ 4:39am

Mission: A Brand New Day
Location: Astrometrics Lab
Timeline: MD 17

“Your call sounded urgent.”

The doors to the Astrometrics Lab closed with a delicate pneumatic hiss behind Erik Larsen as he spoke. His colleague Lieutenant Grynn stood at the control interface, manipulating controls expertly. After a pause of a few seconds, the Kriosian spoke.

“Yea Sir. It was. Have a look at this.”

Erik moved closer to the control station with his eyes transfixed on the massive viewscreen. Displayed was an area of space the Chief Science Officer was not familiar with, accompanied by strings of coordinates and official UFP cartography designations. Basically, long strings of numbers and letters.

“What am I seeing, Lieutenant?” asked Erik. “Not to put too fine of a point on things, but I don’t have time to dilly-dally.”

“Of course, Sir.” Grynn pressed a control and the viewscreen zoomed in on a star cluster. From the distance markers, it was on the outer limits of sensor range. “This is a nine star cluster. Official designation is UFC411B236.”

“A nine star cluster,” said Erik pointedly. “Okay, that’s mildly interesting. Catalogue it and move on to the next scan.”

“Take a closer look, Commander. The orbital planes.”

Erik stared at the screen for a long moment, running a series of calculations in his mind. Could it really be what it seemed? Impossible! Well, not impossible, just never before seen.

“Nine stars, orbiting a common center of gravity…?”

“Yes Sir,” said the young Kriosian with a lopsided grin. “A phenomenon never before seen by Federation Science.”

“Astounding,” Erik said under his breath.

“There’s more. The center of gravity. It’s a class seven microsingularity.”

“Say WHAT? Are you saying that this was…engineered in some way?”

“That is a distinct possibility, Sir.”

“My God.”

“Can I assume that we want more that the standard series of scans for this?”

Erik snapped his head quickly to look at his colleague. “Are you kidding? This just shot to the top of the department priority list. I want the most detailed scans we can get from every sensor array we have. And bring in Dr. Rethalen from Astrophysics…he will want to see this.”

“Yes Sir.”

“Get started on those scans. I want to be able to brief the Captain by 1200 hours tomorrow. Oh…and good catch, Jovus.”

“Thank you,” said Grynn as his boss left he lab. Yes, today was a good day after all.


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