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Star Trek Endeavor: Limits

By Michael Mulhollon

Scifi / Adventure

Chapter 1

Ender and the rest of the crew of the USS Endeavor have already changed into their new uniforms (which is the blue version of Zhargosia Spacefleet red uniforms) as Ender and the others watched the broadcast of Lord Serenity when he stole the Little Doctor and when it was over there was silence as Ender sat back in his chair and looked grim when Mitchell said, “Seems that guy has got some anger issues. I hate to serve under him.” Ender smirked at Gary’s sense of humor and replied, “Yes, but he is dangerous nonetheless.” The communications officer said, “Sir I have a message from Starfleet meant only for you sir.” Ender replied, “Pipe it to my chair.” Ender then pulled out a pair of earphones and connect it to his right arm rest to listen. He then removed them and said, “Helm, proceed at trans-warp factor 4 to the southern edge of Federation at the following coordinates.” He pressed a few buttons on his arm rest and the helm replied, “Received captain.” Mitchell said, “Sir, what are we going to do about this girly named King?” There was some muffled laughs but Ender tried to keep from smiling himself and said, “He’s not our problem Mr. Mitchell. We’re explorers not hunters. The Federation reported one of their starships detected and old style distress signal in uncharted space and we have been ordered to investigate.” Mitchell replied, “Yes sir.” He pressed a button on his console and the Endeavor went to trans-warp leaving a blue and red streak behind it.

Ender (voice), “Captain’s Log star date 2337.2. After further investigate of the signal we found out it is from an ill forgotten ship that went missing over two centuries ago. Was it true that a ship tried to probe outside of our galaxy that we are recently ordered to do? What happened to it out there? Is this some warning they left behind? These are the many questions we hope to have answered soon.” The USS Endeavor traveled through space that is labeled uncharted while in the rec. room Ender watched the video monitor the view screen from the bridge and all he saw was the stars and darkness ahead of them while in the meantime he played three dimensional chess with Petra when she said, “Your move Ender.” Ender continued to look at the monitor and said, “After two centuries why are we hearing this old distress signal now?” Petra said, “If you don’t make a move I will.” Ender turned back to see Petra holding back her irritation and he smiled and said, “I guess this game is harder than you expected?” Petra sighed and replied, “Next time I won’t take Commander Spock’s advice of what to consider a challenging game.” Ender moved one of his pawn’s and Petra cringed in irritation as Ender tried to keep from laughing and said, “Are you sure you want to continue?” Petra moved her queen (hesitatingly) with an irritated expression and said, “I’m starting to consider quitting this confused nonsense.” The call panel on the desk went off and Ender answered it and the screen on the desk monitor changed to Lt. Elle’s station on the helm and Ender said, “What is it Lt?” Elle said, “Sir we picked up the object sending out the signal.” Ender said, “What is it?” Elle said, “Some sort of probe sir, but it is small enough to beam it aboard.” Ender said, “Have Delphiki meet me in transporter room 1, we’ll beam it aboard there.” Elle replied, “Yes sir.” Ender and Petra left the rec. room and walked down the hallway towards the transporter room.

Petra and Ender waited in transporter room 1 as Chief Engineer Nikolai Delphiki operated the transporter controls and said, “Containment shield raised, transporting now sir.” They watched as an object with three legs materialized on the transporter pad and read “SS Valiant” along the side and Ender said, “That looks like an old style ship recorder. Have it transmit to our main computer Mr. Delphiki.” Nikolai replied, “Aye sir.” All of a sudden a green light flashed on top of the recorder and made a beeping noise. Ender, Petra and Nikolai looked worried as Nikolai said, “It’s transmitting sir!” Ender said, “Flash the bridge! Put all decks on yellow alert!” Ender and Petra left as the alarm sounded and entered the turbo lift. Just as the doors were about to close Mitchell yelled, “Hold it Ender!” Gary just slipped in before the doors closed and Ender smiled and said, “Trying to get in shape?” They laughed and Gary said, “Well I came because Elle’s voice sounded a little nervous.” He turned to Petra and said, “So how’s the chess game?” Petra turned to face the door and did not reply as Ender made a throat cut gesture as Gary chuckled when the turbo lift doors opened.

Ender and the others took their stations and Ender said, “Status Mr. Mitchell.” Mitchell replied, “Approaching galactic edge.” Ender said, “Helm all stop.” The ship stopped moving and Elle replied, “Answering all stop sir.” Ender pressed a button on his arm rest and said and the intercom came on as Ender’s voiced echoed throughout the ship when he said, “Crew of the USS Endeavor, this is the captain speaking. We have picked up a recorder from the SS Valiant which went missing some 200 years ago...” Petra cut in, “Tapes have burned out, trying the memory banks!” Ender continued, “We hoped to learn what happened to the Valiant and what was it doing here that long ago. Once we learn everything we will continue to probe ahead, all decks standby.” Mitchell said, “Sir all departments report ready.” The turbo lift doors opened and a woman appeared as Ender turned and saw her and said, “Dr. Daner?” Daner replied, “Ye, I’m here to monitor the crews reaction in your first command and anything else that might happen.” Petra said, “Sir I’m picking up something from the recorder now.” Ender went to Petra’s station as everyone else watched while Mitchell turned to the doctor (that was now standing by the captain) and said sarcastically, “So your line is to improve the flock doctor?” Daner replied, “I heard that is your speciality commander.” Mitchell looked at Ender and made a wounded face as Ender smirked before Mitchell turned to Elle and said in a low tone, “Walking freezer unit.” And Daner glared at him before Petra said, “I’ll try to interpret as much as I can captain, but the memory banks are also badly damaged.” Ender replied, “Do your best commander.” Petra listened on her headphone as she operated her volume controls and said, “It seems the Valiant has encountered a magnetic storm and was swept in this direction.” Ender said, “The old impulse engines could not stand what they are up against.” Petra continued, “They had reached the edge of the galaxy before they were thrown back. I can’t get a lot, the tapes are badly burned. It seems the ship had encountered an unknown force.” Pause and then Petra said, “Now orders, counter-orders, the captain made an urgent request from the computers records with anything concerning ESP in humans.” Ender looked puzzled and said, “Extra sensory perception. Dr. Daner, do you know anything about ESP?” Dr. Daner replied, “It is a sense of detecting future happenings, like reading the back of cards and so forth, but to humans it’s limited.” Petra said, “Ship reached the unknown force and was damaged, seven crewmen dead. No, make that six! The other regained consciousness and that’s when he became interested in ESP. Wait, more than interested, almost frantic.” Petra then worked on the toner and volume controls and said, “No this must be garbled. I heard, destruct.” Shen turned to Ender and said, “It sounded like the captain gave an order to destroy his own ship.” Ender then looked concerned and returned to his chair and said, “Recommendations?” Silence and Ender said, “Well we have to explore this part of space nonetheless because soon other ships will be passing by here and they need to know what’s out here.” He then closed his arm rests and said, “We’re leaving the galaxy Mr. Elle, ahead trans-warp factor one.” Elle replied, “Aye sir.” He pressed a couple of buttons on his console and the Endeavor went to warp.


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