The session opened with the crew of both vessels underway to Barnett. The crew of the Naughtia arrived a few days earlier. On their journey, they cataloged the salvage discovered on board the infected merchant vessel. The contents were 12 (TL12) Neural Comms and 28 tons of illegal drugs. On arriving in Barnett, Tomi made use of her underworld contacts to find a buyer with deep pockets. They decided to sell 27 tons of the drugs, keeping one back for themselves. They also sold 10 of the Neural Comms and had the other 2 installed. All told, they netted just just shy of 3,000,000 credits after paying for ship maint, and the like. They delivered data cores recovered from their mission to the Scout service and are told to wait a few days while it is analyzed.
Meanwhile, the crew of the Heinlein reminisced about their brief holiday on Udibi. Erik E. took a contract position with BVP to get their new computer manufacturing division online and running. As a parting gift, he used company resources to outfit the crew with some experimental cybernetics that had started human trials: Terminal Stabilization System will immediate inject a cocktail of drugs into a person who's vitals reflect that their endurance has dropped below 0, giving them an immediate boost of +6. Cobb, master of dexterity, broke and arm riding a giant sandworm. The crew also speculates on what 'big story' Ashley Madison had stumbled upon and looks forward to finding out the details when they meet again on Barnett. Since Erik had left the crew, a new quartermaster was needed. Fenton Cobb, the crew member with a gambling problem, was wisely elected.
When the crew of the Heinlein arrives in Barnett, they make arrangements to meet Ashley Madison for coffee at a GalaxyBucks in orbit. Their they are introduced to Tomi and Slug. Tomi had somewhat recently purchased ship shares in the Heinlein from the Heinlein's former crew member, Frankie – small galaxy indeed!
Both crews, finding themselves a bit bored, get into a bit of trouble. Tomi experiments with the illegal drugs and ODs. They all head back to the Heinlein for medical treatment. She is revived with some interesting effects. Additional investigation may reveal what the drug may do in more controlled dosages.
Ashley and Slug head back to the Naughtia to 'collaborate'. Ashley is seen arriving the next morning back on the Heinlein in her same clothes.
Everyone heads to the shipyards to see Sallah. He is very interested in 'saving the universe' but is still a company man and negotiates a very shrewd and lucrative contract between UPC and the Heinlein. He states that it will take at least several days to install the biocomputer in their ship. The crew is left with a few days to kill while the install is done. They are also waiting for word back from the Scout Service as well as the formal meeting between representatives from the major corporations in the sector.