By Jemima Pereira (
Series: The "Empty Shell" Series #4
© May 2003
Codes: challenge, drabble
Rating: G
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Fourth in a series of responses to Rob's Empty Shell challenge.

When Gene Roddenberry comes to me and complains, I'll stop.

The previous drabbles in the "Empty Shell" series are The Full Shell [ENT], Grand Opening [TOS], and Sk8er Droid [TNG].

"What is that?" Kira asked O'Brien.

"It came in under tow last shift - miles of solid neutronium." He reduced the magnification so Kira could see it all. "'Fleet's selling it for scrap, I hear."

"I hope it's leaving soon," she said.

"It's leaving all right."

Kira picked up her PADD and began to work on the day's paperwork, but she couldn't concentrate. After five minutes the cone was still hovering off the docking ring, but O'Brien was over at the far end of Ops.

"Miles..." she said suspiciously.

"Yes, Lieutenant?"

"Who is Starfleet selling it to?"

He hesitated. "The Cardassians."