Chiana wakes and asks Rekka why she's tied up. He says they don't like trespassers, and it only takes a second for her to figure it out: "Oh. Kay. I got transformed." He circles around her, trying to be scary, and she pivots around and around, trying to convince him she's herself. He's not listening, just laughing at her: "Seriously, now. We do have a strict policy. Nobody steals our client's ships."
Sikozu comes to on the floor of the cafÃ©, and runs to Noranti, waking her. She lifts the old woman slowly and they regroup.
Chiana swears she's been transformed: "You gave me the frelling tokens!" The waiter bends toward her and beckons her close; she licks his lip with her tongue and he looks at Rekka. "Are you sure?" He nods. "They didn't transform her tongue." Heh. Rekka backflips into customer service: "In that case, here's your modulator! Sensor distorter installed. You do still want this?" The waiter takes it and explains she just plugs it into Pilot's "neela trunk," and he'll feel the options come up. He reaches into her pocket for the other half of the cash and she whirls on him: "Do I get a discount for being knocked out?" Waiter guy's like, "We should charge you more for guarding your pod!" Heh. She growls at him and lunges, but Sikozu enters asking what the hell; waiter guy hands her the modulator and Rekka thanks her for her patronage, and they leave. Sikozu asks Chiana if she's okay, and Noranti and Sikozu untie her. Sikozu starts to prepare the pod and Noranti asks if they shouldn't wait for Aeryn; Sikozu says they'll give her the half hour. Chiana asks all the right questions, about Aeryn and the Scarrans and whatnot, but they won't answer her. Sikozu finally admits that after a half-hour, Aeryn really will be dead. Chiana stares out into the bay, shivering. Twenty-minute lacuna!