( Who said the ride was over yet? For recommended listening - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yj0Iwa8_gk
Some time later -
Rigel Kentaurus Shipyards -
He awoke to white light and the harmonies of distant voices . . . everything was warmth, everything was light.
He turned his head to the side and saw an endless darkness, suddenly his vision focused - and stars filled the depths, as well as asteroids with the fluttering silhouettes of Scythian warships, defense stations, factories and hundreds upon thousands of other vessels.
He turned his head to face the other direction to see medical screens and holograms of various types and a sterile field generator.
His mind struggled to think back, just where was he, and how did he-
"At last you've come around soldier" A voice said from a short distance away, a soldier he didn't recognize stood in the doorway, tall and thin in a special forces uniform with no name or insignia.
"Where am I?" He replied.
"Rigel Kentaurus shipyards primary field hospital, and you're one of our longest running guests"
"When you where checked in off of the Solaris, it was GR.2010, its now GR.2011 soldier and the galaxy is a hell of a different place."
"What do you mean?"
"It'd be better if I showed you . . . " The soldier said as he pulled out a holochip and inserted it into the nearby monitor station.
Images flicked past, battle reports and limited intelligence information mixed together into a rough timeline.
"A few hours after the Solaris returned, someone delivered a data package to the Britannian fleet command - a file recording of the Solaris blasting the hell out of that Britannian dreadnaught in cold blood while they asked for urgent medical aid."
More images flooded past, planets burning, ships being rendered into chunks by unseen attackers.
"As we presented them with our own version of events, the entire diplomatic party was killed in an orbital strike, and three Britannian planets where fried by what would appear to be our own anti-matter explosives. A short while later the Britannians retaliated by destroying one of our deep range mining colonies. Since then we have been unofficially at war with the Britannian empire."
He paused a moment before continuing.
"On top of this, we are now allied with the Gamma corps and U.S.A as well as over a dozen pre-FTL races in the face of another group called the Immortal Empire which is nibbling at the ankles of every major star power - testing the waters for what S.O.N.I is anticipating to be a full blown intergalactic war. Last but not least - we have had an insectoid race we know only as the "Shraag" pop out of nowhere and fry a handful of our colonies."
The images finally came to a stop, and the soldier removed the holochip from the reader.
"So I am here to ask you, Marine are you fit for deployment?"
He considered this for a moment "Yes sir"
"Very good, I'll tie you onto the next battlegroup out of Rigel Kentaurus, welcome back into service Marine Sargent Harkins."
- Fin -