“We have to find the coolant system to overheat and destroy the engines. If we are lucky it should destroy the ship,” Picard told Aria as they headed down the passageway to a shaft that they could disappear into. It was a tight fit but it gave them time to regroup. Aria wasn’t concerned that this was the closest she had been to Jean Luc in almost two weeks and the first time they had been alone since their capture. All she wanted was to get back to the Enterprise.
“Sir, it looks like this panel here will disrupt the coolant to the engine and by the time they figure out what is wrong, it should be too late for them and we should be on our way out of here,” she suggested.
“You are right. Now, we should wait a bit to make sure the pressure drops low enough to effect the engines but not so much that we draw attention to ourselves. Then we will get to the shuttle and get the hell out of here.”
“Aye, Sir,” she replied as they began to sabotage the Romulan war bird. After a few minutes of letting the coolant leak, the fumes in the crawl space were getting to strong for them so the two Starfleet officers set off on the second part of their escape plan.
Quietly, they found the cargo hold where their shuttle was being held. There was only one technician going over the craft, so it was easy to sneak upon him. Picard was able to subdue him and Aria climbed aboard and began the start up procedures while Picard opened the cargo bay doors. That’s when a security team showed up in the cargo bay, beginning a volley of phaser fire. He got hit in the shoulder and Aria, who had gotten the shuttlecraft started up, moved it closer to him while she opened fire on the security team with the shuttle’s phasers. After opening the door of the shuttle, Aria helped the Captain in. As he sat down, Aria turned the shuttle around to face the doors that had not completely opened. Not having the luxury of opening the air lock doors the conventional way, she laid waist to the doors and the surrounding walls with the on board phaser, opening the bay with a rapid decompression, sending all the continence of the cargo bay into the vastness of space, including the shuttlecraft.
Picard was able to get the shuttle under control quickly and attacked the main weapon and communication systems and finished off the engines. They barely looked back as the War Bird exploded into thousands of points of light. Their capturers were dead and the shuttlecraft sped off into space.