“Captain’s Log, Stardate 200302.76. We have entered orbit over Eurotan III to
pick up a scientist named Drynk heading for the Lryrc system. Our last visit to this
system three months ago had us making first contact with the Fumods and the ruins on
Eurotan VIII have been extensively packed with scientists.”
An Earth female materialized on the transporter pad. Fairthorne stepped forward
and greeted the scientist with a handshake.
“Drynk?” he asked, hoping he said the name right.
“No thanks, I am not thirsty,” the scientist replied, walking past Fairthorne. The
transporter officer gave Fairthorne a puzzled look and the Captain merely shrugged as he
followed the scientist into the hall.
“The carpeting in here is magnificent!” the scientist exclaimed, looking around
“I’m sorry, but I never caught your name,” Fairthorne said, hoping she would
explain what happened to Drynk.
“Sorry. My name is Drynk,” she said, the name having a different sound than the
one Fairthorne used.
“What exactly are you going to be working with on Lryrc?” Fairthorne asked as
they stepped into a turbolift.
“I am working on the mating habits of the Tsoe fly. They are only found on Lryrc
and are quite unusual,” Drynk explained as Fairthorne pressed a button on the control
panel. The turbolift hummed and there was silence for a few seconds.
“Could I use the lab onboard to continue my work until we arrive?” Drynk asked,
breaking the silence.
Fairthorne was stunned at the sudden request, but nodded in agreement and
silence flooded the turbolift once more. After a short while, the doors opened and
Fairthorne stepped out. Drynk followed as Fairthorne guided her to her quarters.
“Where have you put me?” Drynk asked, looking at the quarters, “these quarters
“I am sorry, but these are the best quarters we have. If you don’t like them, I
suggest you take your voyage on another ship,” Fairthorne said, becoming annoyed with
the scientists personality.
“I guess they will have to do, but I will be glad when I leave,” Drynk said,
entering the quarters. Fairthorne started back to the turbolift after the doors slid closed.
The voyage to Lryrc was going to be a long one.
Fairthorne entered the bridge and was greeted by Lieutenant Kine.
“Captain, Rom has requested to speak with you.”
“On screen,” Fairthorne ordered. The viewscreen shimmered and then faded out
to reveal the familiar face of Rom whom he had met on their last visit to the system.
“Captain. I am glad to see you again. I heard you were headed to the Lryrc system
and I was wondering if you could bring an item with you.”
“What is this…item?” Fairthorne asked, walking towards his command chair.
“It is a small cube of unknown origin which was found near the lake,” Rom
“Could it be Fumod in origin?”
“It can’t be. The lake is located on the other side of the planet, and since we have
never seen the Fumod before, we assume he never left the cave.”
“I will have it beamed…” Fairthorne started.
“It cannot be transported. We had to use a shuttle to bring it to the resort. I will
send someone with it and he will be there in half an hour,” Rom explained.
“Very well. We will wait for the cube. Fairthorne out.” The viewscreen
shimmered and the gray wall behind it appeared once more as Fairthorne sat in his chair.
“Webton, give me a full sensor sweep of the route to Lryrc. I want to be sure that
we don’t run into trouble,” Fairthorne ordered.
“Aye sir,” Webton replied as he ran a scan, “the route is clear of all vessels.”
Fairthorne was relieved to hear that there were no ships waiting to ambush the ship to try
and kidnap the scientist.
“Captain. What is the delay?” Drynk asked over Fairthorne’s comm. badge.
“Drynk. These channels are only to be used by Starfleet personnel,” Fairthorne
“Well, how do you suggest I contact you?” Drynk asked. Fairthorne paused as he
realized that there was no other way for her to contact him.
“We are going to be leaving the system in a few minutes. I suggest you wait
quietly for the departure,” Fairthorne said, annoyed as he turned off his communicator.
Drynk was starting to become unbearable.
“Was that the scientist?” Webton asked from his station.
“I’m afraid so,” Fairthorne stated solemnly. Webton smiled from his station
before returning to his work.
Shink attached antigrav units to the cube to move it to the cargo bay. For a cube
the size of a baseball, it was so dense it was impossible to lift. As soon as the cube
cleared the shuttle, the rear hatch closed and it left the shuttle bay. Shink took out his
tricorder and flipped it open to begin scanning. As he scanned the cube, it started to glow
a bright green, which was unusual since the cube was originally orange. Shink put away
the tricorder and the cube stopped glowing. Shink shrugged before he began to move the
cube to cargo bay 1.
“Is that the cube that Rom sent?” Judith asked as Shink, the Bolian Engineer,
entered the cargo bay.
“Yes,” Shink affirmed, “but it seems slightly bigger than when it first arrived.”
“It’s probably just an illusion. We have never seen this type of device before,”
Judith said as she scanned the cube with her tricorder, “it is constructed of a metallic
substance that we have never recorded.”
“I am going off duty, so I will leave now,” Shink said as he walked towards the
“Shink!” Judith called as the doors opened for him, “don’t forget our lunch
tomorrow!” Shink smiled and continued through the doors. As Judith returned to her
scanning, she noticed that the cube had begun to glow a bright green. She stared closely
at the center of the cube and could feel herself begin to get weak. She walked towards the
cargo bay doors slowly and forced herself to shut the tricorder. When the tricorder
snapped shut, the cube ceased to glow and Judith could feel her energy return. She began
to walk out the doors backward but hit the wall next to them because she was so
disoriented. She stumbled through the doors and they closed behind her, locking the
mysterious cube in the cargo bay.
“How much longer until we arrive?” Drynk asked Fairthorne over the
communications systems. Fairthorne sighed at the interruption that had happened a few
“It will be ten minutes less than the last time you asked,” Fairthorne said angrily.
“Thank you Captain. Could you also send someone to repair my replicator? It
doesn’t want to work.”
“He’s on his way,” Fairthorne said, pointing at the mechanic working on the rear
computers. The mechanic immediately left the bridge and Fairthorne shut the
“Could we block her channel out?” Webton asked from his station.
“I’m afraid not. Behind her annoying attitude and actions is a brilliant scientist,
who we have committed to transport to the Lryrc system,” Fairthorne said boldly as he
sat in his chair again.
“This is good!” Shink said as he put another forkful of salad into his mouth.
“It’s a mix between Human and Alphatian vegetables,” Judith explained as she
began eating, “the dressing is Bolian though.”
“I’ve never heard of it before!” Shink said, stuffing his mouth with more blue and
“That’s because I just thought of it. I was thinking about calling it a Shink Salad,”
Judith said smiling. Shink laughed before he looked past Judith and almost choked.
Judith turned to see what was behind her and she saw all that all the replicators were
offline and the lights began to flicker.
“This doesn’t look good,” Shink said as he got up and left the Red Crystal Lounge
quickly with Judith following. As they left, the room went dark.
“Commander!” Drynk called to Judith from her quarters, “could I see you for a
moment?” Judith stopped Shink and they both went to see what they could do. “Could
you take a look in my quarters?” Judith looked at Shink and they both entered Drynk’s
quarters. When they looked around, the cube was sitting in the middle of the room and
seemed to have doubled its size.
“How did it get here?” Judith asked as she examined the cube closely.
“A better question is how it got bigger,” Shink asked as he looked over at Drynk.
“Don’t look at me!” Drynk exclaimed, “I find a huge block in my quarters and I
get looked at?”
“Don’t worry, no one is accusing you,” Shink said, turning back to the cube.
“Don’t worry? There is a giant green block in my quarters, you are just watching
it and asking each other questions, you look at me and I’m supposed to think I am not
being accused?” Drynk exclaimed, throwing her arms in the air. Shink turned his back on
Drynk, looked at Judith and rolled his eyes. Judith smiled and took out her tricorder.
“I think we should bring the cube back to the cargo bay and seal it off,” Judith
The two officers attached an anti-grav unit to the cube and hauled it out of
Drynk’s quarters. As they headed down the hallway towards the turbolift, Drynk exited
“I don’t want to see that block again!” Drynk exclaimed before returning to her
The two officers arrived at the cargo bay and placed the cube in its center. Shink
walked to a control panel on the nearby wall and accessed the visual records of the cargo
bay. On the screen, the cargo bay appeared with the cube in its center. After a brief wait,
the cargo bay lights flickered and went off. The cube lifted off the floor and floated
through the door. Shink turned off the screen and looked at Judith.
“This is not just a cube,” Shink said, “It seems to be a life form!”
“What is our estimated time of arrival at the Lryrc system?” Fairthorne asked,
becoming anxious to drop off Drynk.
“We should arrive in an hour,” Kine reported from his helm station.
Fairthorne looked at Drynk, “there, you can return to your quarters now.”
“Thank you captain. I just wish that this ship could travel faster.”
“I agree,” Fairthorne mumbled under his breath as Drynk turned to leave.
“Did you say something captain?” Drynk asked, turning around to face him.
“You are free,” Fairthorne said, pretending to repeat himself, “to go now.” Drynk
entered the turbolift before disappearing behind its doors. After the hum of the turbolift
signaled its descent, a sigh of relief emerged from the bridge. Fairthorne walked to his
center chair and sat down.
“Captain, we have completed our investigation,” Judith reported over his
“Did you find out why the power failed in the lounge?” Fairthorne asked,
becoming interested in the mystery that suddenly appeared.
“The power failed as the cube arrived on the deck. There were reports of a power
failure on every deck that the cube has entered.”
“Is the cube draining energy?” Fairthorne asked as he stood up from his chair.
Before Judith could respond, the bridge darkened briefly. Soon, dim lights activated as
the emergency generators were activated.
“We have lost warp power,” Kine reported as he checked the ships systems.
“Sir, the cube is missing again. Our sensors can’t detect it, but we can assume it is
near the engineering deck,” Judith reported over the communications system.
“I want the cube found,” Fairthorne ordered as he turned to Webton, “send a
message to Lryrc. Tell them that we will be delayed due to an unknown equal-faced
hexahedron life form.”
“USS Polaris to Lryrc. We will be delayed due to a block. Polaris out,” Webton
said as the message was recorded and sent. Fairthorne looked at him with a strange look
and Webton merely shrugged.
“Commander!” Drynk called as Judith searched the hallways for the cube, “why
has the ship stopped? I have an important experiment that has to be delivered as soon as
“What kind of experiment?” Judith asked as she continued to scan the hallways.
“I have genetically altered a Tsoe fly to emit powerful electromagnetic fields,”
Drynk explained, “as soon as I find it, I have to have it released no Lryrc or else it will
“Are you saying that it is loose on the ship?” Judith asked.
“Yes. Have you seen it?”
Judith tapped her communications badge, “Captain, I believe I may have an
explanation as to why the cube is behaving differently than it did on Eurotan III,”
“What did you discover?” Fairthorne asked.
“A genetically altered Tsoe fly is loose on the ship. I would like Shink to assist
me in searching for it.”
“Go ahead and find it. The sooner we get power the better. Fairthorne out.”
“You better not harm it!” Drynk exclaimed as Judith walked past her.
“I’m reading a powerful electromagnetic field in this cargo bay,” Shink explained
as his tricorder hummed while scanning the doors. Judith stepped forward and the doors
opened silently to reveal a dark cargo bay. Inside, the orange cube filled most of the room
and parts of it were glowing green and other parts, purple. As Judith neared it, the cube
began to glow brighter and the room erupted into an explosion of colored light.
“I am the last survivor of my race!” a voice echoed in the cargo bay. Judith
looked at Shink and he shrugged.
“This cube has gathered power to transmit this message. If it has caused trouble, I
offer my deepest apologies. This message is to warn you of the danger that has probably
destroyed my ship by the time you receive this.”
“What danger?” Judith asked rhetorically before the voice continued.
“The danger I am referring to is known as the Klonkos. They do not live in our
galaxy. We traveled to their galaxy, but we were infected with a plague that they
designed to harm us only. As we entered our middle age, a duplicate of us is created from
a part of us. The duplicate does anything to kill its counterpart and will kill itself after its
job has been completed.”
“What is going on…” Fairthorne stopped as he saw the cube.
“The Klonkos must be destroyed. We have collected data on their galaxy and it is
stored on ---- our planet ----- which is located ------352…” The voice crackled before
fading away and the cube dimmed to its original orange.
“What happened?” Judith asked. Shink remembered the tricorder and scanned the
“There is a Tsoe fly on the cube sir. The electromagnetic fields that we thought
activated the cube actually erased its memory.”
“We should deliver the cube to Lryrc and have them analyze it. They have better
equipment,” Fairthorne explained, “there will be a senior staff meeting at 0800,” he said
as he left the cargo bay.
“I better get going,” Shink turned and entered the hallway. Judith looked at the
cube before joining Shink.
“We hope you have a good time on Lryrc,” Fairthorne said as he shook hands
“It should be better than the trip here,” Drynk complained as she stepped onto the
transporter pad, “you almost set back my experiment by letting my Tsoe fly land near that
“Take this with you to the planet,” Fairthorne said, ignoring Drynk’s complaints
and placing the now small cube next to Drynk.
“Energize,” Fairthorne said smiling as Drynk looked down at the cube.
“You can’t…” Drynk started to say but was cut off as she was whisked away in a
green flash of light. When she was gone, Fairthorne sighed loudly and left the transporter
room. He was glad to see her go.’
“I have notified Starfleet Command and they will send experts to Lryrc to study
the cube,” Fairthorne explained as he sat down in his chair at the head of the conference
“What about the Klonkos?” Judith asked, “Shouldn’t we worry about them?”
“Starfleet has confidence that the Klonkos have no reason to travel to our galaxy
and we are not leaving it. They will, however, try to find the location of the data that the
cube referred to. It could possibly help us to better defend ourselves when the time
“When do you think that time will be?” Siron asked.
“I don’t know,” Fairthorne stated, “Starfleet has ordered us to continue our
research on the stars and planets in the sector and report back to them in a month.
Dismissed.” The senior staff got up and left the conference room. Fairthorne walked to
the large windows and gazed into the starfield. The planet below him had a yellowish
atmosphere. As he was staring at the planet, he heard a buzzing noise behind him, but
when he turned around, he couldn’t see anything.