Shell stood up from the maintenance chair. The technicians had replaced both of her cybernetic arms. Her previous arms had been completely disabled from the damage she had taken aboard the mystery ship. Moving her fingers and wrists, Shell tested the new limbs to make sure they were functional. Her legs had also been repaired.
"Thank you," Shell said to the technicians.
Walking out to the waiting room, Shell waved at Camay, Jax, and Chester. Duncan had been on his way to see how she was doing and met her in the hall on her way out to the waiting room.
"Everything tuned up?" asked Duncan.
"Yes, I'm good to go," replied Shell.
"You won't need to go back into that thing," Camay told her. "We are going to need you and Duncan to perform a dive into a probe and perform a precise hacking operation instead."
"Oh?" replied Shell.
"The military is securing the ghost ship right now. Crest has private security setting up a special jamming and blocking mechanism that will limit the sphere's effects past the security perimeter," said Camay. "Using the data we extracted, we've determined the best way to do this and Crest is already implementing it. Still..."
"Yes?" said Shell, "Is it going to be a problem?"
"We really only have this one shot," said Camay. "You and Duncan need to activate NEA726's orbital cannon's self-destruct and then time it absolutely perfectly. If it doesn't happen with the correct timing, the system will adapt to what we're doing and likely... obliterate the security perimeter."
"No pressure, though," joked Duncan.
Shell put her hand over her face. "You mean the fate of the world rests in our speed and timing?" she asked.
Jax nodded. "You're the only deckers with the skills to pull it off," said Jax.
Duncan patted Shell on the back. "Imagine that," chuckled Duncan.
"Oh, and by the way..." said Camay, "Atlas, Renk, and Jess are headed out here. They've decided to use their abilities to help us in case anyone tries to interfere with you physically. They'll be working with the rest of Crest's security forces."
Looking at the television monitor, Shell saw a shock wave hit the military fleet, launching their ships backward. A few seconds later, the shock wave hit the colony, causing everything to shake a little.
"That's a little too close for comfort," said Duncan.
"Right," replied Camay. "Let's launch that probe right now."