Braca- Life, Love, and Death
sighed. She was going into space and she was scared. She was hired
after Commander John Robert Crichton had disappeared in a wormhole.
She was to fly Farscape Two, because Farscape One had gone through
a wormhole. Now she, IASA's newest recruit, was fresh out of the
IASA's training. She didn't know anybody but DK, but Jack Crichton
had handed her a pamphlet and said, "Read this." She had no idea
until she read it. It was the building logs of Farscape One. It
also said that if this module did not succeed, they would shut
down the whole Farscape project.
When it was
time to launch the shuttle and the module, she was walking down
a hallway when someone opened a door and pulled her in. As she
turned around, she saw DK. "Hey, what was that for?" she said.
He looked at her and then he kissed her. "Be careful." He said.
Carrie nodded and walked out into the hallway. She walked slowly.
As if to delay the shuttle liftoff. When she finally reached the
shuttle base, she climbed inside and climbed into the module and
she strapped herself in. She looked out of the module's windows
and saw DK. She waved good-bye.
shuttle started to rumble. She was scared now, her heart was beating.
She took one last look at DK and smiled. Then the shuttle shot
upwards in a fury of fire and speed.
As soon as
they reached space, the module was released. She flew around and
saw so much stuff. She looked at the stars and the moon and the
planets that she could see.
hell turned loose. A big blue circle appeared and she was being
pulled in. She was so scared. She was sucked in and flew out the
other side. The module was jolting and she saw a huge ship, bigger
than 5 shuttles put together. There were many ships below it and
modules the size of hers, but shaped different, were flying into
it. She decided to fly into it.
landed she got out and stepped onto the ground. In an instant,
there were soldiers with rifles standing around her. She lifted
her hands into the air and said, "Don't shoot me!"
back, but she couldn't understand them. Then someone walked up
to her and stuck her with a needle. "Ow!" She said. Then she heard
a harsh voice say, "Who are you?"
"Carrie Marcus." They stared. "What planet are you from?"
"Duh, where else? Earth? Just like you!" They said, "We
are not from earth. Move!" They pushed her. "Ow! Stop!" She heard
them whisper, "Take her to Scorpius. If she's from earth, she
might know John Crichton."
She was confused.
If they're not from earth, where? She was thinking, "Aliens? No.
They are human." Then they pushed her into a room where there
were more soldiers. Then coming into the room, she saw a man with
leather straps on his face and had sickly yellowish skin and bad
over from here. Everybody out." He made a gesture with his hand.
They said, "Yes, sir." And turned without another word.
up to her and said, "Who are you?" She said, "Carrie
Marcus." He looked at her. "Do you know John Crichton?"
She nodded. "I've heard of him. I work in the same place
as he did before he disappeared through the wormhole. I never
knew him though."
"My name is Scorpius." Carrie was confused. "Will
you help me understand all of... this? I have no idea why those
soldiers said they weren't human. Why are you so... freaky looking?
Where am I? Why did some chick stick a needle in my arm? WHY is
this so alien?!?!?!?!?"
sighed. "To answer your questions, yes, they aren't human, I am
a mix of a Sebacen and a Scarran, on my Command Carrier, and YOU
are alien to US."
"I have no idea what all this means." Scorpius sat down. "Then
I will explain it to you."
Peacekeepers are what's here." She said. "Yes." Scorpius replied.
"You can be a Peacekeeper. All you have to do is apply with High
Command." Carrie nodded. "Yeah. I might want to. But what if I
don't?" Scorpius smiled. "Then we would have to take you prisoner."
"Yeah." Scorpius leaned forward. "What was that?" Carrie said,
"I want to be a Peacekeeper." Scorpius smiled. "I thought you
would see it my way. Lieutenant Braca?" A man stepped up to Scorpius.
"Yes, sir?" Scorpius said, "Take this girl to her quarters." Braca
said, "Yes, sir." Carrie stood up.
of her was a man. He said, "Follow me." And turned around. She
followed. They walked down long corridors and passed hundreds
of soldiers in uniform. Techs, soldiers, meds, everything. Finally,
they reached a door. They opened it and there were a bunch of
little living cells. There were lockers on the opposite wall.
Braca pointed out a cell. "Your quarters. An orderly will wake
you in the morning, give you your clothing, and take you to our
"Ok." He smiled. She smiled back. She found him attractive. If
he felt the same way, it was unclear. As he turned to leave, she
said, "Uhh... Mr. Braca?" He chuckled lightly. "You can call me
Braca." Carried smiled. "Will I uh, see you tomorrow?"
"Most likely. I think Scorpius will want to supervise your training
personally." Carrie said, "Ok. I'll look forward to it." Braca
smiled. "So shall I." He turned and left. By then other soldiers
had begun to come in and go into their cells, so she climbed into
hers and fell into a deep sleep where she dreamed shapeless dreams
and smiled in her sleep.
morning, an orderly came in as said, and gave her clothing to
her. "Put these on." She said. "I'll wait outside." As she turned,
she noticed everyone was already gone. She put on the clothes,
which were a pair of black polished leather type material, a black
tank top, which was made out of a polyester material and a gun
holster with a pistol in it.
outside and followed the orderly to the training facility. Inside,
there was everything you could possibly imagine. You had to start
crawling through mud to the end of a tunnel; you came to a pit.
In the bottom were creatures unlike Carrie had ever seen before.
Hanging over the pit were still rings she had to swing from to
get to the other side. After the rings, it looked like there were
live targets for the pistol. After the targets, there were some
climbing things that you had to climb and jump down the other
side. At the end of the obstacle was Scorpius. And standing at
his side was Braca. She smiled and started to crawl. She kept
sliding and finally got to the end. She reached the rings. She
jumped to the third one and swung across. There were a few missing,
so you would have to swing to get over to the ledge. When she
reached the end, she closed her eyes and swung. She let go. She
expected to hit solid ground, but instead she didn't. She opened
her eyes to see that she could touch the wall. In an instant,
she grabbed the wall. She found that there were scoops in the
walls you could use to climb. But after she was about halfway
up, she was grabbed by a giant tentacle. She screamed. She was
ripped from the wall and tossed to the ground.
on her arms and legs. She was grabbed by the tentacle again and
she remembered. She had a pistol! She tried to get it, but the
tentacle was wrapped around her waist where she couldn't get her
hand in. The tentacle threw her to the floor again. She made a
grab for the gun. She aimed and fired. She kept shooting and didn't
stop until he gun was out of cartridges and the creature was still.
She climbed up the wall and got out.
the live targets rang with flying colors, and jumped over the
wall like a cat. She reached Scorpius and Braca, muddy, bloody,
pants ripped, and hair flown out. "So? How'd I do?
said, "Great, for a beginner. Next you will meet with a Martial
Artist to learn some moves." "I'm a black belt in karate." Carrie
3 Arns later...
was like, really hard!" Carrie exclaimed. Scorpius said, "You
did well. You need some rest. Tomorrow we'll teach you how to
fly a Prowler and to identify different ranks and learn how to
talk right. Braca, take here to her quarters." Scorpius turned
and Braca stepped forward. They walked to the quarters and she
said to Braca, "How come you do everything Scorpius tells you
"I was born into this. I haven't rose in any ranks for a really
long time. My duty is to Scorpius and he will do with me as he
wants." Carrie said, "Well, that sucks." Braca nodded. "It does."
He looked into Carrie's eyes. "So, uh... How about that training?"
She said. Braca nodded. "Yeah. R-Real tough first time. It took
me three ti-" She put her hand over his mouth. She leaned forward
and kissed him lightly on the lips. He stood there for a moment,
then kissed her back. "I'll uh... see you tomorrow." He said. "Yeah.
Bye." Carrie said. "Bye." Said Braca. As he left, Carrie smiled.
She was about to fall asleep when she heard an alarm go off. "What
the-" Soldiers were jumping out of their cells and rushing out
the door. Carrie sat there. "Carrie!" She turned. "Braca! What's
going on?" He looked behind him. "Come on. We need to move. They
ran out of the door and walked quickly down the hall. "There has
been a security breach. There's a Scarran in here somewhere."
Carrie looked a confused. "A Scarran? What the hell are they?"
Braca said, "They're big, have really tough skin, big sharp teeth,
and a Heating Gland that could fry you in seconds." Carrie said,
"And I'm supposed to kill it with this little thing?" They stopped
walking. Braca turned and pulled Carrie into a room. There were
weapons everywhere and they were soldiers grabbing guns off the
her a gun. "Here. It's a pulse rifle. Like a pulse pistol, but
bigger and better. Put that on your back." Carrie slung the holster
over her shoulder, and Braca handed her another gun. He handed
her two more pulse pistols, a stun gin, and an electrode plasma
rifle. He grabbed a pulse rifle and they walked out. The halls
were empty. Suddenly, A big, scaly creature walked into the hall.
It stood on two legs with 4 toes, and had claws as long as her
hand. She turned to Braca. "It that a Scarran?" He nodded. "On
the count of three, jump out and shoot with your rifle. When you
run out, toss it and grab another gun. 1, 2, 3!" They jumped out
and started shooting. It turned around to block the rifle shots.
Then it turned around and started to put heat out of its finger.
Carrie ducked and crawled under it and then jumped up and grabbed
his hand. She turned it and he fried his face. It dropped to the
floor, dead, and she turned around. There were hundreds of soldiers
standing there, staring at her. She bent over to pick up the rifle,
when Scorpius parted the crowd.
All of you go back to whatever it was you were doing. Braca, over
here." Braca stepped up to his side. Scorpius smiled. "You were
very good. Most soldiers can't take on a full-grown Scarran until...
Well, never." Carrie smiled and blew a piece of hair out of her
face. "I guess that's what it's like to be a Peacekeeper!"
and walked to her quarters when she fell. "Aw, shit." She was
coughing up blood. Scorpius commed the medical unit. "We need
a Med Unit down here by weapons room now!" Braca leaned down
next to Carrie. He held her head up so she wouldn't choke on the
blood. She passed out.
in a room with doctors all around. She tried to get up, but a
nurse rushed over to her and said, "No, dear. You mustn't move.
You'll only create more damage."
with me?" The nurse sighed. "Apparently, when you fought the Scarran,
he injected some poison into your bloodstream. The poison is...
Lethal." Carrie sighed. "How long?" The nurse looked at the floor.
"A solar day, or two. Is there anyone you want me to call?" Carrie
shook her head. "Has Scorpius or Lieutenant Braca been here?"
thought for a moment. "Yeah. As a matter of fact, Lieutenant Braca
was here just a little while ago. He was talking to you in your
sleep. He said something about transferring to the next Peacekeeper-Inhabited
planet we encounter."
eyes opened wide. "What?" She nodded. "Well, I can't let him do
it. I have to find him, stop him." She tried to sit up, but fell
back. "Or I could just stay here and sleep." She closed her eyes
and pretended to sleep. The nurse smiled and left the room.
her eyes. She pulled the IV out of her arm and put her feet on
the floor. She stood up and was a little wobbly. She was still
in her training clothes, and she grabbed her gun off the table.
She snapped it into her holster and walked slowly out of the room.
to Braca's quarters and found him packing. "Where do you think
you're going?" she said. His head snapped up. "Carrie. You shouldn't
be out and about. You should be in bed." She shook her head. "Whoa."
Everything was now spinning. "A-Anyway, you can't just pack up
and leave. Stay with me." Braca shook his head. "No. I'm going
to leave the second you pass. Fly a Prowler down to the planet
below." Carrie said, "No, you're not. You have to stay. Be with
me when I go." Carrie slipped and almost fell, but Braca grabbed
her arm. "See? Without you, I would've fell. I need you here."
Braca nodded. "All right. I'll stay." Carrie smiled. "We have
to get you back to the medical unit." He picked her up and carried
her to the med unit where the nurses were pondering how she got
1 arn later...
shaking. Her vision was blurry and there was five of everything.
The nurse took Braca aside and said, " Since she took off, she
hasn't had the IV in, so the medicines are having no effect whatsoever.
She should pass shortly." Braca nodded. He stepped over to Carrie
and kissed her forehead. He whispered, "I love you." Carrie nodded.
"'I love you too." She reached up and took his head and kissed
him. She smiled and closed her eyes.