Kristine and friends run onto her parents. A family fracas ensues but is headed off when Kristine says she wants to have some time with mom before she decides to do anything. We headed back to the ship after plans have been made for Kristine and her mom to meet up for dinner later that evening.
Pierce wakes up from his self-induced mini coma and Kristine takes him along to dinner to meet mom and get answers about what is going on. Meanwhile Alex is in Blue sector being followed but he loses the tail. Corbin and Alex head back out to try to see if Alex can pick up that tail again and Corbin can follow the tail.
For dinner they head to the Epicurean, an upscale restaurant in the red sector. Pierce and Mom have some good small talk while Kristine stays out of it. Pierce is all full of charm for mom and Kristine is trying to find out why her parents have come for her. Her mom does not really know why her father is so insistent about it though. Father has been home a lot more lately and seems out of sorts spending all his time in the study. Dinner proceeds well with Pierce getting mom very lubricated and flirty. Questions are asked but it seems like Mitsy doesn’t really know other than he is involved with business more than anything. Pierce quietly assumes that the reason Dad is trying to bring her home is to get her married to a business partner to keep his business afloat. The night progresses much as one would think.
Back with Alex and Corbin, they keep wandering and then someone comes up and tells Corbin that Li Kung is in Orange sector and wants to talk to him as soon as possible. Corbin grabs Alex and heads off to the meeting. The meeting is at a large cargo bay with outside access. When we arrive there are a pair of corp security guys blocking the way but the let us through. Inside is full of cargo and crates and Li Kung. His face is bruised up and he says he hates to drag us into this but feels he must. His organization has been compromised and he shows us what the problem is. He takes us to a cargo container full of antimatter containment vessels. He says there is probably a kilo of antimatter on the station. This has some connection to the cult which was talking about pushing people through to Dspace whether they want to go or not. There is a trinary system nearby that is the closest manufacturer of antimatter in the system. He is asking if we have the time to find out what is going on on the other end of the chain here. Li Kung says thank you and he will have to repay the favor someday.
Pierce, Kristine and Mom are having there walk through the park and Pierce is putting the moves on mom and she is responding leaving Kristine as a third wheel. Pierce says he’ll walk mom home and Kristine leaves letting him know that if dad finds out she will not defend him. Pierce takes Mom to the hotel and does his thing in the laundry room. Kristine heads out to a bar and sends Corbin and Alex where she is going so they can pick her up later. Corbin goes to pick Kristine up after an hour and a half and she is very drunk but not a problem.
The next day dawns and Li Kung’s message has arrived with the info for the trinary system and the antimatter processing facility. Kristine gets a message from dad complaining about mother’s state of drunkenness last night and wondering if she is ready to return home. Kristine asks dad why he is so set about her returning home. He says mom misses her but she thinks there is more to it and continues to ask why. She asks why mom doesn’t get out and about and he says she is safer that way. He says that she is a young lady and it was time she settled down. He has arranged a marriage to young Thomas from the yacht club when he spoke to his father the other day. She refuses and he demands. He says that things haven’t been going so well with business. He needs her to marry Thomas so that he can get the business back on its feet. She says that at this rate she can take better care of mother on the ship than he can and that if this is a family obligation than why haven’t they invited her to other family functions. He is desperate. Corbin interrupts and hands Dad the number to Li Kung as a business investor. Dad decides it is a better idea and leaves her alone.
Corbin tells the crew whats going on for the mission and then calls Mike to let him know but Mike says he has gone over the info from the previous mission and finds it troubling. He asks us to meet a specialist on D-space, a Doctor Rosenthaul. Alex seems to know this person and is not on the best of terms. Mike says go and sort it out, from his observations the info seems to say that you could stay in D-space indefinitely. D-space is just a layer to the universe with more underneath but no one we know of has ever gone through that layer. We tell him about the antimatter and he says it’s a good idea to check It out either before or after D-space. We will most likely have to bring him back with us anyway since he will more than likely want to be included on the mission. So we have a decision to make on what to do first.