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      I'm getting slow, I must be getting old..lol

      **EDIT** You, getting old? perish the thought.. **END EDIT**

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      Chapter 22: Laughs and Respect


      Other officers watched too and got a big laugh that he used it as a mobile warehouse instead of a heavy fighting ship. But he did bring in a lot of stuff many needed, and some saw they were letting too much lay after battles, and they too started gathering either for themselves or for sale.

      And with every load coming in another ship got repaired or upgraded and Admiral Coss had no complaints since they needed every bit of it and more. But a good crew can easily take weapons off floating ships and one 55mm cannon was worth a small fortune, especially when they were in short supply. And Frank got his ships repaired and upgraded before another major offensive got started and when it did he ran in like everyone else and showered missiles onto the enemy from afar and the officers there reported that many small to medium ships took his hits and it made the battle go faster, and it seemed Frank had planned once more since he didn’t have fighters to throw into the mix he gathered missiles of all types and kept a good supply for himself, and that turned the tide in their favor as dozens ran in and fighters and corvettes were destroyed and that left the remainder of the fleet to deal with larger vessels, and stripped them of their escorts.

      Frank had seen one thing many might have overlooked, the big ship had a lot of smaller mounts, made for fighter and missile defense. So while it had a medium launcher made in it for bigger missiles, he took one small gun turret out and mounted a fighter style missile launcher in that spot. Now he could fire literally every missile made and he added a second one to the other side and while light cannons fired accurately for 5 miles, a light missile had lock on capabilities and could chase their targets for 25 miles, depending on the exact missile. That gave him a huge advantage in fighter battles and he knew how to use it.

      And it didn’t take long for others to see what he did either, and as reports of the effectiveness of it came filtering in, Coss mentioned to High Command that light missiles were cheap to make and had longer range than guns, and he got more credit for watching for improvements, and he made sure Frank got some credit too, and his rep went up a little more in the Capital. And a new option went on the books for future medium and large ships.

      Frank had gotten the carrier by default... or maybe a mistake... he thought, but he had seen that fighters against fighters worked well, but against any ship with turrets they were nothing to worry about. So his new ship wasn’t being set up to launch a dozen or more fighters, but missiles instead,and he had a larger than average maintenence crew on board and in battles others fighters landed and got repaired quickly, saving lives.

      It became the first of its kind, a mobile repair base that could jump right into battles and fend well for itself. The Admiralty thought the idea was incredibly stupid, at first, but results proved them wrong. During one battle not less than 6 fighters got repaired or rearmed, and sent back into battle within minutes. Of course Frank got paid for the work and ammo, quite well actually, but that didn’t bother anyone, and his ship and crew got bragged about in bars and meetings all over, and soon research was underway into a design made just for such an occasion at the Capital Shipyard.

      Six months later Frank was still the center of attention since his kill rate and mission success were above average by a decent amount. His Repair Base was still operational, a surprise to many who swore it wouldn’t last a month, and he was getting quite wealthy doing missions and repairs on anything that would land and pay to get them.

      So after much consideration, on the 12th day of the month of Jon, a ceremony was held and officers from all around showed up, and Captain Frank Samson became Major Samson, and many cheered for him as even members of the High Command came to shake his hand and ask a million questions of him.

      It was on all the news channels and as a Transfer he got a lot of attention. It had happened before of course but not recently, and his name got circulated around the Capital as a possible future member of High Command itself, and a few thought that might not be a bad idea, since he thought ‘outside the box’ and made it work for him.

      In the overall scheme of things his Fleet still wasn’t the biggest. He had 10 ships now 4 corvettes 2 destroyers and 4 frigates, and in some fights he was all that needed to show up. But Major Hardess had 12, a good assortment too, but he either never showed up... saving himself profits... or waited until near the end of the fight and rushed in at the last minute to grab credit for it...and that got noticed in the Capital too.

      Then there was a Major Harris... a reptilian who loved a good fight. He had 15 ships if you count fighters, and he rushed into every battle that he got called for, and gained a lot of respect among other officers for doing it. His people were well equipped and well trained and even for fighter pilots they came back a lot more often than others.When it came to fighter combat, his name always got mentioned.

      With more than a dozen officers owning their own ships High Command was pretty happy with the results. A Billion dollars in equipment and ships they didn’t need to take care of, and it helped their budget a good deal and thats just one reason personal fleets were allowed in the military.

      And with the war stretching on, every ship was needed and rules allowing more salvaging and even some free repairs got passed and made personal fleets even easier to run and that saved the Alliance enormous amounts over the long run.


      Chapter 23: Face to Face Negotiations


      After some time a meeting was held and Admiral Coss mentioned that they were going to try again, and a team of negotiators was getting ready to leave.

      “Didnt that have bad consequences last time?” Got mentioned and he admitted it was true.

      “About that sir...” Frank said standing, as he got waved to continue.” Our adversary is a Military State, they demand military discipline from everyone and are not afraid to kill without a seconds notice. How did those negotiators stack up when they met them face to face? Surely they panicked or showed fear...showing fear is a sure way to get attacked by aggressive creatures.” he said and sat down and everyone whispered among themselves about what was said.

      “So what do you suggest?” Coss asked as Frank said, quite clearly, that to deal with military officers takes a military officer, not some skinny little politician they can subjugate easily.

      “Hmm, I see your point, but who would go? Its still a good chance they will never return alive.” he added as many nodded it was true.

      “I’ll go.” Frank added as the room looked shocked and everyone, except maybe Hardess, thought it was a bad idea. “We can not send weak little negotiators into a Military State, thats certain, and the effects have been shown. But a military officer, in a military ship with a full crew...a show of strength... to a group that only respects strength.” he added as many did agree to that.

      “It’ll be extremely dangerous..” Coss mentioned as Frank just smiled and nodded that he knew that as well.” “Alright then, if you volunteer then we have no reason to stop you. The fact is we’ll take any reasonable offers of peace, so go and see what they say, just don’t give away the Alliance.” he added as a few chuckled and Frank walked from the room determined to see what this enemy was like face to face.

      He chose his Heavy Destroyer as his ship to take. He took only volunteers as a crew and in a day was sitting by the boarder sending the special signal across to see who would show up. Admiral Coss had a fleet on standby just in case, and after a few hours a huge battleship jumped in and stopped within weapons range and called over and Frank saw the enemy face to face for the first time, and it surprised him.

      The people on the screen were human looking, but like the Caterans and others had special features with the ears and tails. These had tails as well and they were...floating...in their ship, as Frank wondered how they managed to fight like this but waited as the person in charge gave him a cold look and demanded to speak to their representative...and Frank left him know that HE was the rep..and that they would deal with him.

      “The Alliance has been having fun with our little war.” Frank started as eyes popped all around. “ But you know how politicians are...right?” he hinted with a wink as many on screen laughed for a second until the officer in charge stopped them.

      “Are you saying you’re willing to continue the war? Then why come here at all?” he demanded as Frank left him know that he personally had never seen his enemy and he respected their fighters as people and he wanted this chance to see them in person,as many looked impressed.

      “Your ship is full of water isn’t it? Thats why you seem to float effortlessly about in it?” Frank mentioned as the man looked surprised they hadn’t known this before.

      “Yes...we are Mermen... our species evolved to live under water. Your ship is full of an oxygen rich atmosphere though, so you would not understand us.” he added sourly as Frank asked him what gases they take from the water...and the man looked thoughtful for a second.

      “As is easy to see, we are similar in many ways. We breath oxygen from air, and you the same from water, isnt that true?” Frank asked as the man refused to say but demanded to know what the Alliance wanted from them in this war. “ Peace, trade opportunities maybe, there are other civilizations out there we will meet and fight later on for certain. Isn’t it better to have a reliable Ally than a soft weak civilization you can subjugate easily? What kind of ally would that be?” he said and laughed out loud and a few on the enemy ship joined him and even the Leader had a smile for about a second.

      “Lets save our fighting for others and make Peace...this has been fun and all... but my Superiors are getting angry that we haven’t settled this yet, and so before open war gets going and we attack your Home World, lets just take a nice long break and let them settle down.” he added and mentioning attacking their Home World got gasps from all around and finally after much whispering they agreed to more talks and gave Frank a date and time and the battleship jumped away and Frank returned to the base victorious, and Admiral Coss and the High Command learned a few things they never knew. Like why certain pumps and tubes were on some wrecks and not others and why not all corpses seemed the same. It seemed the Mermen took prisoners and used them in battle and they might have a larger military because of it, but the thought anyone would force their way to the Home World scared them badly, and now they were ready to talk seriously for the first time.

      When the time came the Alliance sent a Battleship too, and they sat there for days talking and demanding from each other, but in the end Peace came after several years of war... and an agreement that if other civilizations attacked them they would respond as Allies... and the deal was done.

      There was a huge celebration, and during that time a State Dinner and dance was held. Many brought their wives along and when Frank walked in in dress uniform with a lovely Cateran on each arm, many stopped to look and he smiled wider than ever before and his wives greeted everyone with a big smile and many met them for the first time, and his reputation went up yet again.


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      Chapter 24: Moving Up


      Frank got called into the offices of High Command a few days later, and Admiral Coss had him set down for a chat.

      “Now that the war is over we’re turning our attention to the pirate problem.They have had things their way for a few years now and so we’re putting a stop to it.” He added as Frank nodded and waited for more.

      “So after some consideration, we have assigned you this area to Command.” he said and he slid a screen over to Frank to see and he looked badly staring at it and his eyes turned back to Coss who looked away trying not to notice.

      “There is a Commander in that area already.” Frank mentioned as Coss added that he had it on good authority that that Commander was turning in his resignation to run for public office, and he’d be leaving his position shortly. “ Isn’t that base his private property though?” Frank asked as the Admiral got a good laugh at that.

      “A Forward Command Base costs half a BILLION dollars to construct...do you really think he had that kind of cash, ever?” he asked with a chuckle as Frank saw that Gog had been telling people what he hoped would sell, and now with his ‘retirement’ he was being forced out.

      “There is a very powerful pirate organization operating out there, it’ll be hard to remove them so suddenly.” Frank added seriously as Coss admitted it was true.

      “Gog is moving out as we speak, we’re taking over the base from him and reinstating military discipline there. Instead of his private security guards there will be military personnel for the first time in years, and the base will be resupplied with weapons and missiles for its defense. I assume you’ll be taking your fleet with you?” he asked as Frank growled to himself and Coss got a big grin from it.

      “And my official Title out there will be?” Frank asked, as Coss grinned widely.

      “Military Governor.” Coss added as Frank agreed, and his first real job for High Command got started immediately.

      He went back to his home and told the ladies what was happening. Either they could move with him or he’d take weekends to visit. It was only a couple days travel time away, but out further into the fringes instead of closer to the Core like they wished. But they understood it was the military way of life, and everyone packed up and two weeks later the ladies were setting up the Commanders suite to suit themselves, as Frank got daily patrols started to clean up the ‘rif raf’ that Gog had let run the sector for so long.

      It didn’t take long before the first big meeting took place, as a small fleet jumped in at maximum range and called over, and Frank answered it to see a sour looking Captain looking back.

      “We had a deal..” he started as Frank reminded him that his deal was with Gog... and he wasn’t in Command anymore.

      “The military never made a deal with you or your people, and we wont...ever. The war is over now and we’re taking this chance to clean up some of our less impressive troubles. So I suggest you either start doing normal trading or something else...or get out of my sector.” Frank added loudly as the man looked upset, closed the link and he and his ships jumped away.

      “Think they’ll leave?” Frank’s Second, a Junior Lieutenant Collins asked, as he got a little laugh in there and Frank joined him.

      “Not likely... they made millions and built fleets along side Gog, and they’ll try and force us into some similar deal first. ” Frank added as he sent a message to all ships to watch for enemies and traps, and the next little war got started right here at home.

      The pirates watched Frank closely, Gog had a dozen or more fighters under his command and used them to pressure them into deals. Frank brought 2 destroyers and 2 frigates and they knew that only a major force could remove those... and it probably wouldn’t be profitable to try.

      And he offered nothing but advise, advise they weren’t sure they liked. They had several illegal activities going in and around that sector, making millions every year, but to give that up they needed assurances and deals, but were getting none.

      “ He’s hard ass military...” was the decision, and they were forced to think about moving their operations elsewhere if things didn’t straighten out soon.

      “ The base has been repaired and upgraded since our last attack...to try that again would be suicide.” Got added and many at the meeting looked sad because of it.

      “ He has a personal fleet almost as powerful as ours... he wont take bribes, we tried that... and he’s a serious young officer that demands that the Law be upheld... I think it’s time to go.” One older man added as a few agreed, and slowly over many weeks the pirate activity got less and less, and the sector became known for good deals and stations willing to go the extra mile to gain your business, and Frank got a Commendation for his part in it, and he settled back to enjoy the peaceful life that had befallen him there.

      His wives had been silent about his career this whole time and he appreciated it...but sooner or later they were going to have their say...and it became sooner. He was just sitting down to dinner after a hard day in the office when Kerr cleared her throat loudly and Car nodded agreement.

      “Something the matter?” he asked as she smiled and said they had come to a decision...and he nodded and waited to hear.

      “We’ve decided....” She started looking embarrassed but she went on,” that we both want to have a baby, your baby, and that we’be been very patient with you because of your work. But with things getting more peaceful now it seems like a good time.” She added as Car nodded agreement.

      “We’ve been using implants for all this time that stops us from becoming fertile...we want to stop using those... with your permission.” Car added softly and the two ladies waited, looking embarrassed and a bit sad they had to ask.

      “I’m a lucky man to have you...” Frank admitted as they both looked happy he said that,” if this is what you want, then by all means lets do it. I have no problems having a child with either of you, you’ll be beautiful mothers I’m sure.” he said as they cheered and he got serious kisses from both before they finished dinner.

      “Our Family can finally be started.” Kerr said and Frank agreed and his research into Caterans said they usually had one baby, much like his people, and if their children looked this good no man would ever object to that.


      Chapter 25: Building a Family Name


      It took a while for the word to get out, but at long last even High Command heard that Frank was having children here. Transfers were highly sought after, and he found a perfect set of females that kept him happy enough to consider having a Family. So that made him look even better for higher ranks later on. He did an excellent job during the war, gained a nice little fleet of his own, and subjugated the pirate forces in his sector in a year. Now it was a thriving business area, and new stations were planned to be added there too.

      It might become a truly advanced business region if things continued, and that meant that the ‘civilized’ sectors could be expanded into that region. The Core was the heart of culture and business, but Frank proved that given the chance any sector could become a business district and thrive, and now many high class businesses that never moved out from the Core were considering it, since materials were abundant and there was lots of room for expansion.

      As the Military Governor he had rule over the area, and after a few calls and meetings, a new Trade Center was being built not an hours flight time from his base. There had always been factories and stations out there but an actual to God Trading Center cost a Billion, but had every amenity that they had in the Core for the stations and people living within reach of it. Famous names in everything were on sale there, and even representatives from the Shipyards opened shop there and parts and upgrades became easily bought where they had been almost impossible to get before, and the sector got more secure with better ships and weapons available, and Frank saw his work had not been in vain.

      Their second year at the base and Car gave birth to a lovely baby girl and they were thrilled, but Frank got told not to worry they weren’t going to stop until he got a son...and he laughed at that... but they were totally serious.

      “We’re starting a new Family out here for you. Your Name will continue forever after this and ours will be mentioned along with yours.” Kerr added seriously as Frank smiled and said he wasn’t anything special and his Name was just that, and not worth worrying about, but she wouldn’t hear of it saying he had done many great things in his time out here and many noticed, and so he deserved to have a Family that the galaxy could be proud of...and Frank kissed her and said only he had to be pleased, no one else... and she smiled and hugged him back.

      “Then we will please you, this I promise.” She added, as he reminded her that he had never said they didn’t please him, they were everything he had ever wanted, and she just smiled wider and walked away, and he knew they had their own plans... and he just left it go for now.

      High Command now saw Frank as a family man and a guaranteed career man in the military. The word got around that the new area was becoming a great asset, and that he was completely in charge of settling what was once a pirate sector. Many thought he got special treatment since he first got there, but they were quickly told it wasn’t true. He worked hard and earned his rank every day, and even some of the top officers in Command agreed that he had done a lot in such a short time.

      “He’s not like some others,” Coss said during one meeting.” They come and get free education and then disappear into the Void looking for Adventure. He stays and makes us all look good and thats his true strength.” he mentioned as many agreed and even Frank’s opponents had to admit he had done some serious work since he got here.

      “ A Major in 4 years, thats pretty impressive itself, so how long until he gets another higher rank handed to him?” Hardess demanded sourly, as many looked away. In his time he had tried working hard, stealing, bribery and ...some say...even more serious offenses to get ahead, and because of that he was stuck at his current rank for all eternity. He even got told in no uncertain terms that Politics might be his way out, because those people don’t seem to care about reputation, and he growled and stomped away that day not wanting to admit he had done this to himself.

      “I hear Gog is running for Regional Governor...” One officer said as many laughed. Everyone knew his plans and because of it they were not likely to happen any time soon, and Hardess knew that even if he took that chance it would cost him every dime he had accumulated and with no guarantee of success.

      “Once we get rid of some more troublemakers then we can add more good young officers like Samson, and the Core will expand out into the Galaxy even further, thats the plan the High Council has in mind, so please keep that to yourself for now.” Coss added and the meeting was closed and when he mentioned troublemakers, many chuckled and looked away and Major Hardess knew they meant him...and a few others like him...and he started a plan to see about leveling the playing field before any more problems occurred.

      He started making a real effort to fix things he had done to others. He either called them in or went to see them and offered whatever he could to satisfy them and get them back on his side. One Admiral had several fights they shared stolen right out from under him when younger officers sided with Hardess and made him look bad, and so now they had a meeting, and since the older man was ready to retire...he got a nice deposit for ‘compensation for past wrongs’... and he stepped across that line to stand beside Hardess after that day.

      High Command saw this all of course and they knew he was up to something, but they didn’t really care because they could control him here easily, and he didn’t have a fortune big enough to pay off everyone, so they kept a close eye on him and after a while even ignored his antics again.

      But 6 months later he got offered a new job...by the Gaming Commission... an organization of a dozen or more gaming stations that offered everything from drinks to female companionship for a price, and the salary was great and after a short time considering it, he handed in his commission and left for the private sector, and a certain high ranking Admiral thanked a friend who just laughed saying they really could use a man of his skills, and the deal was done, and another troublemaker was out of the Military.


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