First of all : YAY, Restoration is back! With that out of the way .... Well, damn. We all knew this had to happen eventually, but it doesn't make it any less unpleasant to see. Poor Kalara! (I thought it was interesting, though, that the very first place her mind went was Damien's safety. Why (other than the general insanity aboard Redemption and her strange dreams) is she so worried? Maybe I need to go refresh my memory?) How will she prove her innocence? Will Astrid come to her rescue somehow, for reasons we don't yet understand? Will Damien believe in his wife's innocence? Some great character stuff in the buildup to the confrontation. Loved Admiral Qwert, and Benjamani's reaction to him. Loved Kalara's boredom and disdain for Benjamani's approach. By letting us see the meeting through her eyes, you conveyed the feeling of negotiations that drag on and on and make little progress very well, without actually making us suffer through an overly detailed account of it. And Benjamani's line "my esteemed colleague" cracked me up. The more a political person lays that kind of flattery on, the more he or she despises the person he or she is saying it about. Well done. I'm intrigued to see what happens next!