“We can’t just sit here and do nothing.” he said. “We must arm all of the weapons and attack both of them!”
“We have no idea what the alien ship is capable of.” Sinclair replied. “As far as we know that ship could outgun us ten-to-one.”
“I agree.” said Shelby. “We talk first.”
“Are you crazy?” Travis shouted. “There are six wanted criminals on that alien ship, and who knows how many on that other ship. We must arm the weapons and attack them now!”
This outburst brought Sinclair to his feet.
“May I remind you, Commander, that I outrank you, and that you are here mainly in an advisory role.”
Travis stared long and hard at Sinclair and then backed down, taking the chair normally occupied by Counsellor Alexander. Sinclair then turned his attention back to the image on the view screen, to the image of the alien vessel and the Oberth-class starship, with a nagging feeling that he knew who the old science ship belonged to.