At lunch time, John had dropped Keith off at their quarters and gone back to work in the Hades's engineering. Apparently, today was Warp Core Calibration Day. When John announced this at lunch, he was oozing excitement to the point where Colleen nearly fell asleep, catching his contagious boredom. Calibrating the warp core was long and tedious. "Thank God we only do it once every two months," he had said.
Keith went to his room to watch a video about Harris Kayden, and Colleen went back to decoding the chip. The numbers were dizzying after a few hours, and she had to take a step back or face them all blending together. She stretched, did a few pushups, and thought about how much she wished she had Keith's mathematical genius right around now. Then, it came to her.
"Four seven six three," she whispered, and jumped up, picked the PADD off the desk, and stared at it. "Four seven six three eight...twenty-two, not two, two." She was careful not to speak too loud, for fear that Keith might hear her and become upset. She grabbed the stylus and scribbled madly on the other PADD, revealing a sequence of letters. Then she sat down, and stared at the letters, trying to unscramble them.
"Let...on...wait...not let-on, Telon!" *Oh my God,* she thought, staring at the word. Telon was in the code. The planetary system Riker and Henderson were now heading to. She looked at the other scrambled letters, and began rearranging them. She nearly gasped. "Pressman," she whispered.
She rose. *What do I do?* she thought, and placed the PADD on the desk. She began to pace. *What do I do, what do I do, God? Do I go after them? I know you've sent me this message...I need to know what I should do with it. Does this mean they knew about Telon and are going there to get whoever's using Pressman's name? Or does this mean they're walking into a trap?* She sat down on the edge of her bed and gazed out the window. Then she looked at the Chronometer. *If you do anything, it has to be soon, or you won't make the poker tournament.*
She stood once more, and looked out her bedroom, into Keith's. Then she made one of those split second decisions she hoped to God she didn't regret later. Grabbing both PADDs off her desk, she removed her communicator from her uniform and entered Keith's room.
"Keith, Buddy, pause the video for a minute."