Talnell comms, demanding that Karohm tell him what's going on; a Charrid grabs Noranti and pulls her away from the doctor, and then John shoots him. Noranti hides behind a table; Talnell hides behind Aeryn, promising to slit her throat. John shines his light on Talnell's face; Noranti tells him to go for it. "He wouldn't dare: if the baby dies, Jenek'll burn him dead, so shoot." Talnell promises he's not screwing around, and John almost smiles at him: "Kalish are supposed to be smart. Who do you think I believe?" Talnell backs away from Aeryn with his hands in the air: "All right. Shoot me." And...John does. Talnell drags a bunch of shit with him to the floor; he's injured but not dead. John joins Aeryn as Noranti offers that he should have killed the bastard. "My body count's already too high." Like on weirdo Moya? You're so not off the hook for that yet. You'll be paying for that precisely one scene from now, though, at quite a high premium, so I'm not even going to worry about it. He looks down at her, so still; touches her face with his hand, in its PK glove. Noranti says this to John: "The release is over here. Ready?" Aw, dude. Not necessary. He looks away, then back at Aeryn, and tells her to do it, and she does. The rib spikes retract; Aeryn gasps.
The Charrid finds Scorpius and Jenek, who tells him to check on the freighter; Scorpius is like, totally, I gotta check mine too. Jenek clamps a hand on his shoulder and tells him to stay put. As the PA continues to get Scarran all over your ears, Jenek's Charrid finds the downed guards outside.
D'Argo is impatient with Sikozu, who's almost finished. She turns very deliberately away from him and talks patter -- "If I jam the docking port controls, the freighter won't be able to break free and follow us" -- while, with her hand, she melts a bunch of wires like she's a Scarran or something. See? A new magic power every week. I wish I was a Kalish. Or maybe like a crossing guard, that might be fun. I've never ridden in a hot-air balloon. I am a man of many wishes. Sikozu gasps in a way where this is either the worst of her abilities or, um, like the best. Her relationship with Scorpius is like, I don't know if she actually knows the difference either. Sikozu tries to cover, actually stuttering for like the first time ever, about how she merely cross-coupled the blinderfnitz with the shoobaloo and whatever, but they have to move so fast because the lights are going to come on.