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Chekov: "Aye, sir."
The starfield shifts as the new course is laid in. Uhura notifies Beta Ceti Three of the delay, and warns Engineering that the weapon systems may be required.
As you approach the Belvedere, you transition to Red Alert and raise shields. Scanning the surrounding area proves fruitless; no sign of the aggressor. The Belvedere is much too busy to worry about additional attacks, however.
"Enterprise, our matter/anti-matter generators are failing. We estimate field collapse within two hours, resulting in a very impressive explosion. Apparently the weapons used by our attacker has some delayed effects."
You know that evacuation by transporter will require lowering your shields, but evacuation by shuttlecraft cannot be completed in two hours. Scotty believes the field problem may be reversible, and would like to "try a few things."