Half the Crew wanted to go ahead and space Cilia out of fear she’d try to kill them some more but the Swami and the Preacher wouldn’t have it.
Adromeda and Frenchie discovered that the secret room controlled a sophisticated force field generator that secured something on board the ship. They traced the force fields to a hidey-hole below the main corridor, just above the egg sack in cargo bay three, which they did flush into space.
Frenchie lowered the force field and they opened the hatch. Inside was a black, slightly reflective box, looking like a perfect cube 9 inches to a side (nobody wanted to take its measurements). After some heated discussion, Andromeda “touched” it with her mind as she said it felt like a thinking thing. She bit her tongue til it bled and passed out for a day and a half.
When she woke, she said it had given her visions trying to talk to her but couldn’t clearly translate its alien thoughts. It had come from very far away, well past this solar system. The place it had come from was being overwhelmed by a formless darkness. Whole stars were swallowed by its spreading. Something had gone wrong on its way here and it was not whole anymore. it was just a piece of itself and it wanted to be returned to the whole.
It was agreed that this thing could not just be left in the wall: the Crew had to destroy it or return it and if they could not do the latter they would do the former. But they couldn’t do much as they were. Cilia had used up all the fuel in the weeks she had been aimlessly wandering.
They needed supplies and the meant they needed work.