I'm writing a short story (which if holds true to form is going to turn into a hundred page mini book). Basically it's set along the border of two human nations in space. Aliens are known and there is some trading and visitations, and some wars. The story is following a captain of a heavy cruiser doing a retuine border patrol. Just looking for any sign of incursion (unlikely), pirates and outlaws (semi likely), and whatever else might happen on the boring border. Humans in this story are using faster than light drives mostly, but there are other ways to get around. Anyway the captain's ship detects a huge jump gate into a system on the other side of the border. Minutes later civilian distress calls start pouring out. Humanitarian and law enforcement cooperation arn't uncommon. It's an agricultural colony, assuming it's an accident involving a race of traders that visit every few years he takes his ship across to assist and discovers an unknown alien vessel, both species and design, systematically destroying a colony of several million people. I'm just wondering what steps you guys think this captain would undertake before engaging someone committing genocide.This is the main part where I'm kinda stuck since it seems my current writing is a little thin here. Namely what do you think the people would say and do, and the fact that someone has to point out that these are just fellow humans, not members of the same nation or even allies. A space battle between this shiny new and not fully equipped ship breaks out. Eventually the locals own rapid response fleet arrives and the humans defeat this attacker, but decide to capture the ship. At this point I'm planning on it turning into a kind of diplomatic fight as the captain and the responders agree to work together to figure out who these guys were, deal with the arriving brass, and the crisis on the planet that was attacked. So ideas about this stage would be appreciated, I have some but a few more would be appreciated. And of course the aliens arn't done with their strange ship and nonsensical unprovoked attack.