Not sure if the reaction timing rules or card wording makes this legal. Fleeing the Empire has a reaction that lets you add a shield token to a unit or objective after refreshing. Questionable Contacts has a reaction that lets you damage it to move a damage token from a friendly unit to an enemy unit.
So a two part question:
1. If I use a shield token to negate the damage done to QE by its reaction ability, are the conditions of the reaction still met? Does the damage have to actually get through, or is the attempt to damage enough?
2. Assuming I can use the shield token and still meet the conditions of QE's reaction, could I, after refreshing, first use Fleeing the Empire to put a shield token on Questionable Contacts, then use QE's reaction ability to damage itself and absorb it with the shield token?