Not a Prison Ship by A C Ellas

Not a Prison Ship by A C Ellas

Author:A C Ellas [Ellas, A C]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Fantasy, Gay, BDSM, Erotic Romance, Action
ISBN: 9781487403416
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Published: 2016-01-01T06:00:00+00:00

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Nick tossed and turned in his bunk, restless, trying to fall back asleep, but sleep denied him. Something was wrong. He wasn’t sure how he knew, but he knew. He stood up and silently dressed. If this were a false alarm, the bridge crew would get a scare and perhaps a drill. If it weren’t a false alarm, if it were real... Nick worried. Mentally stilling his racing thoughts as best he could, Nick concentrated on Cai. Sometimes, he was able to touch Cai’s mind. Usually, he was able to at least sense something about Cai, such as whether he was awake. Tonight, all he got was nothing. That happened sometimes, but Nick felt a chill.

He walked quickly to the bridge and slipped into his chair, calling up his protocols as he meshed into the shipnet. The first thing he did was reach for Cai over the net. Cai did not answer. Cai was not available the shipnet insisted. Nick triggered his command override. If he was mistaken, he’d happily spend a month apologizing for breaking into whatever Cai was doing. Static squealed on the overband like nails on a chalkboard, giving Nick an instant headache for his pains but also the knowledge that something was very wrong.

He quickly checked the ship, much as Cai often did, skipping from sensor to sensor, though he was limited to the security cameras. He still saw more than enough. The pirates were being let out of the brig, the guards he’d set on them were dead and Mouse was handing weapons to the pirates as they filed out of the cells. Nick instantly accepted the betrayal and activated the silent alarms shipwide, but he felt a cold grue creeping up his spine. Mouse had been sleeping in Cai’s spare room. What had he done to the Gator?

First, Nick alerted the crew. He used the shipnet to wake each crewman, presented the images of the pirates breaking out of the brig and the commands, “Set condition red, general quarters. All hands to battle stations, internal disaster protocol. Maintain physical silence as much as possible.”

Next, he closed all the hatches and changed the lock codes. The internal disaster protocol would tell the crew what the new code was or, rather, how to calculate the new code. Laughing Owl was highly compartmentalized, standard for a warship. There were hardened, sealed hatches every ten feet in the corridors, and the door to each and every room was also a sealed, space-grade hatch. Every room also had a wall panel behind which was stored two standard adjustable-size pressurized suits and enough tanked oxygen to last two people three hours.

The last member of the bridge crew slipped in, two minutes after Nick had called the alarm. He was very pleased with the fast response. The pirates still weren’t aware that they’d been found out, for they remained in the brig, talking and planning, a schematic of the Laughing Owl spread before them. Nick listened in—they planned to storm the bridge.


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