The missile comes shrieking (if there were sound in space) in toward the Ætherspite. A single, ship to ship missile from a small, alien shuttle. Cambreaker nods to Double Clutch, who simply shoots the missile with a defensive turret. It explodes harmlessly in space. Cambreaker looks back to the view screen. Zarak is talking to someone on another counsel, looking back nervously and obviously a little agitated. Cambreaker notes that Zarak has muted his Skype microphone, but not the speakers.
I'm sorry, am I interrupting something? I didn't mean to crash your rendezvous... but since I'm here...
Cambreaker glances back to Dinobot and Double Clutch at the weapons terminals.
Blast that asteroid.
The Ætherspite's defensive turrets crackle to life and fire a full broadside on the asteroid the "short bus" is using for cover. The focused firepower shatters the rock to dust, exposing the yellow shuttle. The turrets take up tracking each shuttle, half of the batteries focused on each. Strangely unenthusiastic, Cambreaker turns to Zarak on the viewscreen again.
You will stay where you are, with your weapons and shields powered down. Blackjack, hail that other ship on Decepticon frequencies. Zarak, you've got about 10 astroseconds to warn them to power down before Blackjack does. Otherwise, they've got 10 astroseconds to do something stupid.
Cambreaker mutes his webcam mic.
Rattrap, get us in the best spot to engage both vessels. Minerva, who's on that yellow ship?
Cambreaker unmutes his mic to address the second ship's captain. A split screen shows Zarak next to a black background with only the word "connecting..." and a spinning wheel icon. He realizes how easily he slips into "Commander Cambreaker", and almost feels sick that his crew still trusts him so thoroughly. What if he were to order them to pulverize both shuttlecraft? A few megacycles ago, he probably would have. He hopes he does not have to today. As the possibilities play out in perfect choreography in his mind, he realizes he cannot be both decisive and merciful. He wishes his Autobots to see him neither as a murderer or a ditherer, but already feels himself to be both. He waits.