(Sorry, got busy over the weekend)
With Scofield monitoring the axionic charm flux, Chazz can concentrate on mending the microfractures. Every now and then, Scofield peaks over Chazz’s shoulder to watch his progress. “Beautiful work, lieutenant. How did you get the different crystalline structures to align like that?”
“Years of practice,” replies Chazz, still concentrating the seam he’s currently working on.
“You think it can handle extra throughput?”
Chazz finishes the seam and takes a look at his handiwork. “Yeah, it should be able to handle emergency load without frying like last time. At least once, anyway.”
Once the delicate work is complete, Scofield asks, “Want me to finish up here, lieutenant?”
“Aye aye, lieutenant,” responds Terson to Skip’s directive. Command doesn’t reply immediately, which is strange. Skip gets bored and does some stretches while he waits.
Once he’s cycled through his muscle groups, he realizes it’s been an unusually long time, which makes him only more anxious. “Zipwissel to Terson. You did forward the signal to Command, right?”
“Yes, lieutenant, along with the basic diagnostics I tried on the signal, and they confirmed receiving it. I’ll try them again though.” Terson adds, “I’ve been monitoring the signal, and it’s just been repeating. Or we’re hearing echoes.” Terson’s image turns to look at a different screen. “An Ensign Woodiaz from Command science branch wants to talk to you. Should I put it through to your quarters?”