A fantastic opener Galen. Very rich in atmosphere and little details such as the Musketeer fighter vessels etc. I liked reading that aspect and how it gave us a different sense of the situation - rather than relayed through an image on the viewscreen for the bridge staff we got the up close and way too personal view of a pilot in a small and so vulnerable fighter.
Quite a dilemma the captain is facing here. Her options are limited and she has to make a call that could cost them dearly. I'm sure it will be fine ... it's not as if this is written in the UT universe ... oh wait ... ok then - looks like this is going to go badly.