Location: Ens. Moro's Quarters
Evelyn was silent as she watched the Klingon officer in her natural element. She was doing her best to stay out of the way.
Edruj had gone to Ensign Moro's quarters as ordered in order to learn what she could about whatever the Ensign had stumbled upon. In truth the prospect of having a proto universe birthed on the ship intrigued the Klingon to know end. "Tell me Ensign has there been and growth or any changes since the last time you scanned the event?"
"No, Lieutenant. It had been growing every eight hours when it was draining power from the ship but on the last cycle I managed to patch the same amount of energy from the particle back into the grid keeping it constant. An interesting note the energy which was put back into the ship was a more...pure...form than was taken from the ship." Evelyn checked the chronometer. "The next cycle is in three hours.
In the background Millie was busy taking items from the room though Evelyn didn't dare ask what she was doing and make Edruj think she wasn't paying attention.
"Well if we do not manage to figure out how to shut this thing down by then, we can try to keep it constant again. The main question at hand here is exactly what have you created. If it is a proto universe there are the concerns that there could be life there, if it is simply a power generator of some sort then we have to make sure it doesn't overload etc..." The Klingon's eyes were as alight as a warrior's before a battle. "hmmmm overload.... overload..." Edruj kept repeating the word as she thought. "Is it possible to shunt so much power into this thing it explodes? We could put it in a shield bubble away from the ship and use the deflector dish to shunt power."
"That's something I hadn't considered. If it doesn't explode and the shielding doesn't hold it could be big trouble. I also believe the proto theory but the Captain has made it clear he doesn't agree."
"Well there is a simple way to test that theory and see if you or the Captain is right. I am going to reconfigure the internal sensors for a narrow confinement. Aim them directly at this thing and scan for life signs. If it is a proto universe there will be something there, even a single cell organism or living atom. If there is nothing then we have that answer." Edruj hurried over to a computer terminal and began to reconfigure the sensors. "This should take a few minutes."
Evelyn held her breath as she waited. Discovering or even creating new life was a huge moment but she had to admit if this was just some kind of singularity it made the implications for destroying it a lot less morally confusing.
A few minutes passed in silence as Edruj monitored the computer doing its thing. After what seemed like an eternity Edruj broke the silence. "Well there you have it. A whole lot of particles, some we have names for and some we don't but no life. Therefore, I can say with certainty that this is not a proto universe. It is some kind of never before seen singularity. That said I propose that we devise a way to destroy it. However, before we actually destroy it we scan it and learn all we can. This is something new, something we know nothing about." The scientist was excited at the prospect of evaluating a new type of singularity.
"Well that's a relief, I really didn't want that on my conscience." Evelyn focused her eyes on the glowing ball. "We have about three hours to learn what we can before the next cycle."
"Lets call it two, this way we can use the third hour for the destruction. I am going to send a message to the bridge to update the Captain. In the meantime lets start with a spectral analysis and see what we can come up with. The one question I would like to have answered before the destruction is: What is this thing's purpose? I mean science states that all singularities have a purpose a function in the greater scheme of things. So where does this fit in?" Edruj said with a curiosity in her eyes. She then turned toward the console and sent the message.
Chief Science Officer, USS Mercutio
Ensign Evelyn Moro
Computer Systems Specialist, USS Mercutio