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Alien: "Very well."
A small supply of the drug is transferred to the alien vessel during a lull in the Belvedere's evacuation. Communications with the aliens are not resumed after the shipment - "Not even a thank you" notes Dr. McCoy sourly. The alien vessel hangs motionless during the Enterprise's preparation to resume her journey to Beta Ceti Three.
Your mouth is set to give the order to engage warp drives when the alien ship signals frantically. "This drug is a wonder! How is it made?"
You respond: "From a rare compound called Reticular Menatoma. Unfortunately, it is rare and in short supply throughout the Federation. Since it seems to help you, though, we'll give you what we know about it."
Spock immediately manipulates his library computer, and the transmission is completed in a matter of seconds.
The alien looks startled (that is, his eyes double in size and his facial skin quivers like Jello; you assume that indicates surprise).
Alien: "PTHongquizne?" The universal translator apparently fails to come up with a reasonable equivalent, and instead emits a noise like the purr of a tribble. "Our fourth planet is covered with this material. Perhaps we could ... arrange ... a trade this material for your knowledge of medicines?"
Although delayed by your encounter with the aliens, you reach Beta Ceti Three in time to treat most of the Denebian Swine Flu cases; the crew of the Belvedere you drop at Starbase Seventeen.