The year was back in 2996; floating in the zero-g room, David slowly woke and got his bearings.
“I was wondering when you would wake up.” Amy said, standing at the doorway.
It took a moment for David to remember the boots. He activated them, but was now standing on the ceiling, “What happened?” he asked.
“The Tiberius took multiple hits,” Amy replied, “Now she is adrift in two big pieces among millions of smaller ones, and to make it worse, we are the only survivors.”
“You’re not floating.” David pointed out.
“I am a computer simulation,” Amy said, “I am not affected by zero-g. By the way, count yourself lucky. If you were not a Myrmidon, you may never have recovered, and it is a good thing you were in an empty zero-g room. Otherwise, you may not have survived.”
David walked over towards Amy and righted himself up, “Then why are you here?” he asked.
“I told you,” Amy said “I’m a computer; I cannot be hurt like you. Besides, I was in the mainframe. I am running on what little power is left and emitters all over the ship. Right now we have minimal life support and force fields are holding, that is why you’re able to breathe.”
David walked past Amy and across the room to a corridor. Amy wasn’t joking when she said the ship was adrift and they were the only survivors. Everywhere was floating debris, only a few lights and panels barely worked, and dead bodies floated around.
Amy followed, “It is horrible,” she said, “We were shaken like a can of tuna. These people did not have a chance.”
David looked out the nearest porthole and saw the battle between the UEC and AFU, “How long was I out?” he asked.
“Just over an hour,” Amy answered, “Like I said - If it was not for your Myrmidon physiology you would probably be dead.”
“Can you give me any status updates?” David asked.
“Aside from the Tiberius floating dead in space,” Amy said, “The last reading I got before sensors went offline was that the battle was thick and heavy, but going pretty even.”
“What about communications?” David asked.
“Only shortwave radio bursts,” Amy answered, “Nothing long-range, sorry.”
“It’ll have to do,” David said, “Send out an SOS. Maybe we’ll get lucky and a ship will pass by.”
“Sending out SOS.” Amy said.
David found a mirror and checked the wound on the side of his head. After a few seconds, he made his way to the bridge. There was nothing but a few dead floating bodies and some flickering lights. He went to one console and pushed some buttons, “Amy, do we have any control of anything?” he asked.
“Just some environmental controls.” Amy answered.
“Great,” David said, “I’ll die comfortably.”
Amy appeared to be staring off into space as she ran some quick calculations, “If it makes you feel better, you will probably die of starvation long before the power goes out.”
David laughed, “I don’t plan on dying of starvation.” he said.
Amy was perplexed, “Sir, the Tiberius was ripped in half. The mess hall is on the other side. We cannot get to it.” she said.
David placed both hands on Amy’s shoulders, “We’ll find a way out of here.” he said.
Amy nodded, “Do you want to hear my theory on why I think the AFU is attacking?” she asked.
“Like it matters now,” David said, “Can we make it to my room?”
Amy stared blankly for a second, “Yes, it is on our side of the hull.” she said.
“Good,” David said, “I need to get something.”
Amy didn’t need to upload to the mainframe, so she just followed David on foot, “I know how the environment is, but let me ask - is the air ok?” she asked.
“I can breathe just fine.” David said, as went down a few flights of steps and came to a maintenance hatch and pointed at it, “This way, right?”
Amy quickly used the ship’s internal sensors just by thinking it, “Two flights down, the stairs have collapsed. This is the only way around.” she answered.
“I thought so.” David said, opening the hatch and entering. There was just enough room to crawl or work on your knees.
“How is the temperature?” Amy asked as she followed.
“It’s ok I guess,” David said, grabbing hold of a ladder and floating himself down, “Now that you mentioned it, it’s a little chilly, but nothing I can’t handle.”
Amy spoke quietly as she grabbed a nearby extinguisher, “That is ok because it is about to get hot.”
David exited the maintenance area, and came to a large hall with fires in different places, blocking his way. The fires were like liquid, getting on everything and going everywhere. Smoke vented through hull breaches blocked off by force fields.
“How am I gonna get past this,” David asked, “I can’t run, I’m using gravity boots. Floating across or through it is just as bad as jumping in it.”
Amy walked past holding the extinguisher to her chest and looking at David, “I will take care of this.” she calmly said.
David watched as Amy walked through the fire unharmed and vanish into the flames. A few moments later, the extinguisher exploded, it wasn’t a large explosion, but it was enough to calm the fires down.
“Please hurry, sir.” Amy begged, waving for him to come over.
David moved as fast as the boots would let him, “You’re useful,” he said and shook hands with Amy, “Amy, call me David from now on.”
Amy stared blankly for a second, “Maj., I can do so if you order it.” she said.
“Then consider that an order.” David said as he continued on.
“Sure thing, David.” Amy said, following.
David entered his room and started opening and riffle through boxes, “Not as big as my office aboard the Unity, but it does carry one important difference. Got it!”
“Got what?” Amy asked.
“Pictures of my family,” David said, holding one up to look at it. He phased in the pictures and just sat, “I guess we just wait now.”
Amy stared again. Every time she stared, it was her processing tons of information, “The communication center would be the best place to wait, and it is on our side of the wreckage.” she said.
David stood and waved onward, “We better go then,” he said, “ I don’t want to miss our chance. Please, lead the way.”
It took a few minutes to reach the communication center with the boots. David could tell where the floor was and tried to use it whenever possible, but at times there were too many things floating in the way or there was damage or other environmental hazards to avoid.
David entered the communication center and looked both ways. On one side it was a long narrow room, on the other was a large, gaping hole in the ship. He could see outside into space and at Earth below.
Amy entered and looked, “Whoa,” she said, “It would suck to fall from this height. Good thing the force fields are holding.”
“Can you see the battle from here?” David asked, noticing beams and explosions in the distance.
Amy looked, “Sensors are offline,” she said, “I do have a visual.”
“What does it look like?” David asked.
“Crazy, as humans would put it,” Amy said, sitting with David at a console, “I will try to break it down. The Xurigans showed up and are trying to stop the fighting. The sentient starships, Eridani have also shown up cause there with the Xurigans. Our allies, the shapeshifting Odians are helping where they can, and it looks like the Cephei are staying neutral.”
“You sure,” David asked, “You got all that from just looking?”
“No,” Amy shrugged, “I could be wrong. I mixed up what I saw with what I know.”
David chuckled and asked, “In other words - You made it up?”
Amy looked down in shame, “Sort of,” she said, before pepping up, “Would you like to hear my theory on why I think the AFU is attacking? It is based on ancient Xurigan records.”
David leaned back, “We could be here for a while,” he said, “Go ahead, and enlighten me.”
Amy stood back up and looked outside saying, “Ok, this is how it starts…” ***