Thanks TLR. This is probably my most ripped-from-the-headlines kind of story I've done. But I've been wanting to do a drones in Trek universe story for a while now. And I was also looking to set something during the Talarian crisis. As my snail-paced novel series is still stuck in the Dominion War, Lower Deck Tales seemed like a good fit.
For those unfamiliar with the background here, the Talarian Incursion is a United Trek event taking place shortly after the Dominion War. Bry Sinclair has arguably written the defining work on the subject in his excellent vignette collection Third Cutter Squadron: Talarian Incursion
featuring various Border Service cutters and crews having to fight off the invasion. A highly recommended read.