Shango Punch gazed out the window of his tiny shuttlecraft, looking
in awe at the tremendous warship ahead of him. The warship was a United
Earth cruiser, and looked something like a gray sausage with four huge red
fins protruding out of it's sides. In between the fins, there were a
ridiculously large amount of blaze cannons, and shield generators.
It had been three years since the United Earth defeated the savage
alien race, the Voinians, in a catastrophic war. The Voinians out powered
the United Earth's navy with incredibly powerful, but slow, ships.
The UE had fought back with weaker, but more nimble ships, and a
fleet of swift fighters that could run circles around any Voinian ship.
Even so, every day the Voinians were gaining on the UE; destroying more and
more of their ships.
Then came the UE cruiser. Anna Balashova, a woman who had designed
all of the United Earth warships, designed the cruiser, which could take on
a number of Voinian ships at one. The tides of the war changed, and the UE
started to win.
Five years later, the galaxy was relatively devoid of any Voinian
activity whatsoever. The UE rushed to colonize what was left of Voinian
space, and soon it was a bustling web of trading and profit.
Then came the Hankou. One by one, the former Voinian systems
blinked out of UE control. The Hankou were an organized rebellion, and even
had their own naval fleet. They had constructed the fleet north of Azdgari
space during the UE/Voinian war, patiently waiting until it was time to
The UE, just getting over the aftermath of the Voinian war, were
furious. They organized a mega fleet, containing dozens of UE cruisers,
carriers, and destroyers. Expecting to quickly overpower the Hankou, they
marched right in, and watched in tears as their fleet was ripped apart by
the much faster Hankou ships.
"The end of one war is the beginning of another, my father used to
say," Shango told his co-pilot, Dash Skarii.
Dash continued to stare at the UE cruiser with a blank, emotionless
look on his face and quietly muttered "Yeah."
Shango felt sorry that he had to bring his lifelong friend along
for such a suicidal mission. A few months ago, Punch was a mere smuggler
doing blockade runs for the Hankou. Now he was Commander Punch, leader of
the 134th Hankou fighter squad, Raven Squadron. He was to distract the UE
cruiser's fire while a few Hankou warships jumped into the system and took
down the unprepared cruiser.
The craziest part of the mission was how Shango was going to
distract the cruiser's fire. He was to do this by firing on the cruiser
from his unshielded shuttlecraft. The shuttlecraft, with shield generators
removed, had enough space to be outfitted by a small pursuit missile
launcher. He was to fire his load of missiles at the cruiser, then dodge
the laser blasts from the cruiser until the Hankou warships arrived.
Crazy, Shango thought, crazy.
Before he knew it, it was time to get on with the mission.
He switched on his target computer, and typed in the coordinates of
the cruiser. Above him, he could hear the missile turret turning; aiming at
the UE cruiser. He hit a bright red, flashing button below his legs.
"Wolves one, two, three, four. Launch."
Shango's shuttle rocked as the four explosive cylinders launched
towards the cruiser. Each one smacked into the shields, exploding in bright
"Did I ever tell you what they put in those missiles to make the
fire green?" Dash said as Shango prepared the shuttle for evasive actions.
"No, but tell me later...if we survive. Fasten your seat belt, and
prepare for evasive actions."
"Ok. Good luck."
The first few blasts of bright red light came zooming at them from
the UE cruiser's blaze cannons. A sharp turn to the left had the lasers
flying right past them, but hundreds more lasers and missiles were coming
"They just launched two squadrons of UE fighters! Dammit, they're
coming right at us!" Dash screamed as the shuttle jerked upwards, dodging a
"Alright, it's time. Commander Shango Punch to General Screer!"
Shango said through his comm while dodging a barrage of laser blasts.
"General Screer here. Is it time?"
"Oh yeah, sir. Bring in the ships-" Shango was cut off as a laser
blast slammed into the hull of his ship, sending him spinning out of
control. "Bring in the ships, now!"
"Acknowledged. We should be there in roughly thirty seconds."
General Screers voice said through the comm.
"Dash, prepare to initiate.Dash, hey? Dash?" Shango said with fear
in his voice. Dash was not answering.
Shango slowly turned his head to see a huge hole in Dash's stomach
where the laser blast had gone through him.
"SHIT!" Shango screamed. "My friend is dead, and we're leaking
He looked at the UE cruiser, noticing that no fire had been
directed at him for a while. The cruiser was in flames. All around it,
sleek black Hankou warships fired veils of deep blue lasers that smashed
into the cruisers hull.
"Commander Shango Punch reporting. Requesting dock with
Tranquility's Harvest. Co-pilot dead, atmosphere venting." Shango said
dully as tears streamed down his face.
Dash, you can't be dead! The smell of burning flesh was already
overwhelming his senses. He looked again and noticed that Dash was still
breathing. A closer look uncovered that is was just the ship rocking back
and forth. More tears streamed down Shango's face.
He brought his shuttle towards the dock of the Hankou cruiser
Tranquility's Harvest. He spared one last glance at the UE cruiser.
Although it was still firing a small amount of laser blasts, the hull was
torn in half, and over half the shipls crew was dead.
Why do all these people have to die? No war is needed for our
purpose. Do people remember diplomacy anymore!? Shango screamed with rage
and punched his fist through the control board of the shuttlecraft. Sparks
flew everywhere, burning him all around.
"But the pain...feels good..."
It had been a long and tiresome day. Shango sighed, then collapsed
into the sparking control board.