“She’s doing what?”
“The Fleet frigate has changed course. She’s on an elliptical acceleration intercept!” her captain practically yelled at her.
Admiral Neiva d’Oaneia couldn’t believe it. She looked at the plot and the intercept arc appeared.
Right for the Deadly Azure.
Right for her.
And the frigate was moving fast. Insanely fast. That type of speed was impossible!
That’s when she noticed the acceleration curve was such that the Azure could not escape. They were in the frigate’s intercept envelope. They were nowhere near the FTL line—they could not FTL for over an hour at their present speed.
“Weapons free! All ships intercept! Emergency deceleration, engage at maximum range!”
The orders were, of course, useless. Such was the acceleration of the frigate that they would soon be measuring it in percentages of light speed. It would be like shooting at the wind on a stormy winter day on the Islands.
She felt warm liquid on her leg. She looked down. She had peed herself. She hadn’t put on ship suit because it didn’t occur to her that they would be engaged in combat in their home system.
The Princess was right after all.
The human captain was insane!