I slumped against the wall. Of the six people stuffed into the brig, none of us knew enough engineering to figure out how to take down the force fields. It didn’t help that the control panels were all located outside the cell. For once, I wished Starfleet engineers were a bit more incompetent.
“What was the rest of your plan, Stevens?” Captain Herring ran his hand through his hair for the fiftieth time. It stood straight up.
“Turner was going to try to bust you out of the brig. Obviously he didn’t make it that far. I don’t know where he is. Vasha thought she could hack into the main computer from your quarters. LeGrange, where’s Vasha?”
LeGrange shrugged. “Somewhere in the air ducts. They caught us outside officer’s quarters. I held them off while she ran.”
The lights flickered and dimmed. The force field, however, held steady.
Captain Herring glanced overhead. “Looks like at least one of your plans is working.”
“Not well enough, yet.” I kicked the wall. “At least I had plans. Your plan was what? To surrender as fast as possible?”
Captain Herring narrowed his eyes. “I surrendered on the condition that Del’Brugado let everyone except the command officers leave.”
“And gave this pirate one of Starfleet’s best battleships.”
Captain Herring smiled a thin, evil smile. “He thinks so.”
I straightened. “So you did have a plan.”
He turned his back. “Computer, initiate protocol delphi zero seven three. Voice authorization Drew Herring, captain.”
“Authorization accepted. Protocol initiated.”
Captain Herring sat on the bunk. “Two hours.”
“Delphi takes over the ship. And if I say more, I will have to shoot you. You don’t have clearance.”
Personal Log 1-8: Escape!