Authors: Cmdr. Cerise Rae & Lt. Cmdr. James Fletcher
Title: Above the Clouds #1 "A New Beginning"
Commander Cerise Rae hummed a quiet little tune to herself as she
flipped through the various duty assignments and the active crew
roster. Taking the time to jot down a few notes of relative
importance she pondered over the thought of changing things around a
Of course she would seek the advice and opinion of Lieutenant
Commander No'Cho as she didn't want to seem like she was trying to
undermine her new crew yet again.
Her recent introductory meeting with Lieutenant Commander Hope
Thornton went rather well but she understood that the good Doctor was
a bit uneasy around her. She would, in time, have to come to fix
that. Glancing back down she noticed a new arrival had come aboard -
one Cadet Ryan King. Rae made a mental note to speak to him as soon
as she could.
And speaking of speaking to people she turned her attention back to
the viewscreen of her computer terminal where she had received a note
from General Brett Michaels less than half an hour ago. He wanted to
speak with her. Figuring she had put him off long enough, she rose
from her chair and made her way back towards the space dock.
James had returned to the ship to take a final look around. She was
still easily capable of spaceflight, but simply unable to live up to
current Starfleet safety standards. If she was lucky, she may get
sold to a civilian organisation.
Checking his messages, he found several of the crew had already been
told, and seemed to be expecting him to fix whatever was wrong.
Another two messages were from Amy, but one interested James more
that even that... a message from General Michaels, on the Starbase.
Puzzled, Fletcher rose from his chair and headed for the docking
[General Michael's Office]
Since the news of Admiral Carl Meherrit's decline in health reached
the heads of StarFleet Command, General Brett Michaels found his job
three times more tasking. Mostly due to the fact that Meherrit was
behind in his respective duties and they were turning to him to fix
it. Needless to say he was not amused.
His first standing order, however, was to remedy a growing situation
in nearby Cardassian space. A situation involving a planet known as
Josk. A planet that was apparently in danger. From what he could
tell StarFleet was relying on the hopes of a select few and if they
listened worth a damn those select few would be making an appearance
before him shortly.
And almost as if on cue, he heard the familiar chime of the door and
he barked out a gruff 'enter' as the rather annoyed looking brunette
all but stomped through the door.
One down, one to go.
Just as the doors began to close, they sensed the rapidly approaching
man, and opened again as Fletcher quickly slipped through.
"General." He nodded, before turning to the nearby female
"Take a seat, both of you, now," Michaels nearly barked with
Sharing a small glance the two guests moved to the closest chairs and
sat down. Satisfied with this, Michaels moved back around behind his
desk and picked up the PADD he had been previously looking at.
"Are either of you aware of a planet called Josk?" Michaels
Josk, now there was a name James hadn't heard for a while. A name
that brought back some very unpleasant memories...
"Yes sir." Fletcher answered, obviously uncomfortable.
Twirling her thumbs about, Rae merely raised an eyebrow. Sure she
had heard of the place before but she never visited it. She was
ceasing to see the relevance of her being here.
"Tell me what you know about it and leave no details out," Michaels
spoke again, taking his own seat.
"Well sir," he began "It's a planet on the edges of Federation space,
near the Cardassian border. It's people were protected by the Prime
Directive, too primitive for contact. When the Dominion War started,
they invaded and occupied the planet."
After a pause, he continued.
"As you both know, the first few months of the war didn't go well for
us, we always seemed to be on the retreat. Eventually though, the
Fourth Fleet engaged the Dominion near Josk and defeated them. By
this time the planet had been under their control for almost two
Fletcher became more emotional as he spoke.
"The Appalachia was part of that fleet, and I was one of the first to
go down to the planet after it was freed. You've all heard stories of
what Bajor was like during the occupation, but this was even worse...
The entire population was enslaved, starving. Most of them had
Cardassian diseases, their immune systems couldn't handle them."
During all this Rae had kept a pensive gaze locked on the other man
occupying the room. This was beginning to remind her of her
adventures in Romulan terriority and amazingly enough she was
beginning to see where this was going. Michaels was setting them
both up. However she awaited for Fletcher to continue.
"The Federation council decided that, since the Prime Directive had
already been violated, and the Joskans had already seen the
Dominion's high tech equipment, there was no problem in helping them
out. Most of the fleet made orbit of Josk, we continued to conduct
raids against nearby Dominion bases and shipyards, but we'd always
come back to Josk to supply aid and assistance."
"Eventually we were ordered away, we left the Mentu in orbit to
continue the aid mission while the rest of us moved onto the
Chin'Toka system. As far as I know, she's still there."
Sitting quietly with his eyes still trained to the PADD in his hand,
Michaels again rose from his seat. "A number of hours ago I was
contacted by StarFleet Command regarding the Joskan situation.
It appears the USS Mentu has been destroyed. Possibly a warp core
breach but I am uncertain at this time. StarFleet requests the Casey
to temporarily assume it's current mission of aid and support until a
more suitable vessel can make it's arrival known."
Fletcher was stunned. After a few moments, a single question entered
Michaels shook his head. "None, and the Joskans have no idea what
happened. None of their ships were nearby when it happened."
"What are our orders then Sir?" Rae asked, her eyebrow raising again.
Michaels reached down in front of him and lifted two additional
PADDs. Glancing over them momentarily, he handed them
forth. "Fletcher is to accompany you to the planet where he will
interact with it's occupants. During this time he will also assume
the role of Command Officer."
BAM! It was like getting smacked in the mouth. Command Officer,
surely this was a joke? Stunned, James looked over at Rae.
"Are... you sure sir? The Casey already has a Commanding Officer. In
fact, isn't this her?"
"In fact it certainly is," Rae interjected, equally shocked. "More
so I haven't even technically been in command for more than 24 hours
and this is something StarFleet is fully aware of. Neither of us are
qualified to lead that vessel into a situation like this."
Michaels waved a hand in request of silence. "I am well aware of
that Commander. However StarFleet is not willing to compromise. The
situation is grave. I trust both of you are capable enough to sort
this problem and be under way shortly."
Keeping her comment to herself, Rae glanced over at Fletcher, trying
to access his thoughts.
"General," Fletcher began, "I haven't been near that planet in four
years. I don't know the current situation."
"All relevant information will be sent to you before you go."
Michaels responded. "Our engineering teams should have already
started installing an Industrial Replicator in the Casey's cargo bay,
should prove useful. I expect you to be gone by this time tomorrow."
Rising from her respective seat, Rae nodded her head. "Understood
Sir." Turning her attention back to Fletcher she attempted to convey
her wishes to speak with him the minute they were out the door.
Fletcher nodded to Rae, then stood as well.
"You are sure a ship will be sent to relieve us?"
Michaels leaned back in his chair. "As soon as we find one that is up
to the task, yes. Dismissed."
The two officers turned and left the room.
Once outside and far away from the corridor as to not be overheard,
Rae finally broke the silence. "So Commander, what are your true
thoughts about all this?"
"I... can't understand why Starfleet's done this. You outrank me! How
is this supposed to work?"
Rae smiled slightly. "Apparently they believe you're the right man
for the job and between the two of us you are far more experienced in
this culture than I. However, that does leave us with the fact that
despite you being given temporary command you are not experienced
with the Casey itself.
More so considering that I too lack that skill just yet I am going to
suggest that you take up on the experience of the Casey's current
Executive Officer. He shall lessen the burden for you."
James was still apprehensive with Rae. He just had to ask...
"Doesn't it bother you? I mean, If I take command, and your XO keeps
his job, what will you do?"
Rae paused for a moment and then continued with her steps. "I
suppose in a way it bothers me but if you had any idea what I've
dealt with in the years of my career you'd understand that I'm use to
the unexpected. And with Commander Nirva gone for the time being I
suppose I could take up residency in engineering. That is, after
all, what my first assignment was."
"Well, if that's OK with you then it's OK with me. I just wonder how
the crew is going to react when they hear about this..."
A JP by:
LtCmdr James Fletcher
Acting Commanding Officer
USS Casey NCC-52620
Cmdr Cerise L Rae
Acting Chief Engineer
USS Casey NCC-52620
Authors: LtCdr. Nirva Jesso, LtCdr. Korvark, LtCdr. Hope Thornton MD,
Ensign Suta MD
Title: "Just Desserts", Shoreleave #9
<<USS Casey, Science Lab 1>>
Korvark finally came down from that point of anger which he went to
when he blindly wanted to destroy something, perhaps it was age that
was tempering his anger, or his time with Gronk his pet tribble, what
ever it was he saw the blood on his hands and the mess of the com
panel and formed a quizzical look on his face, he had still some
growing up to do.
The sound of the doors opening made him jump, a guilty look forming
on his face as he looked around an saw Nirva enter.
Korvark hid his bleeding hand behind him to try and hide his guilt.
Jesso looked around the room with a puzzled look on his face.
"What happened?" He asked, confused.
Korvark had a guilty look as he looked away then shuffled aside to
reveal the smashed com panel.
"The com panel, it broke", was all he said as the blood from his hand
dripped down onto the floor for all to see.
Then Korvark blurted it out needing to share his pain, "The Capt. is
Nirva actually staggered back slightly at hearing that.
"Are... you sure? Who told you?"
Korvark glared back at Nirva, it was a reaction of pain, of weakness
in his own mind of what he felt of the whole situation.
"I was reporting in just before, Cdr. Walker is gone too, the ships
computer told me I had to make a dept. report, I thought to Pike but
it said it was to Rae. On top of that, the events Hope and I
witnessed in Adm. Mehrrit's office told me that fat slug wants Pike
out of the way."
Korvark enhanced this by balling his bleeding fist and smacking it
into his other hand, he then looked up in guilt, "Sorry bout the
"No problem, that's easily fixed. Maybe you should head down to
sickbay? Get that hand looked at?"
Korvark looked down at his hand noticing the blood for the first,
then looking back up at Nirva, "What about Pike?", as he walked
towards the door, "Come with me I ...I need to talk to someone about
Nirva walked along side the Klingon scientist.
"I don't think there's anything we can do. If she really is leaving
then all we can do is try to make the best of it."
Korvark was downcast in his demeanour, Pike was like a mother to him,
a thought he kept to himself and felt lost and deserted but knew that
what will be was, "How shall we see her off then?"
Just then they entered the sickbay where Suta and Hope were
Suta noticed the two walk in the room immediately. Hope was on her
way to her office, when Suta directed the two to biobed 1. He ran a
tricorder over the Klingon's hand. Noticing the small fragments of
Com station pieces in the wound, he looked up at the Science Officer.
"Have you been battling the computers again, Lt. Commander?" He asked
with a dry sense of humour.
Korvark gave Suta a smarmy look, "Yes the com panel fought me for
seconds before I defeated it when I strangled it", eyeing him
meaningfully. Korvark then looked to Hope accusingly.
"You know don't you; you know she's leaving, can't you stop her?"
Hope gave Korvark a dark look, which was rare for Hope.
Thornton: Korvark, even if I knew the reasons, and I'm not saying
yes or no, I can't give out any details. That's up to our Captain. Er
I mean ex-captain.
Korvark looked skyward momentary, a room full of bright professionals
but no one with an answer, "What do we do about the Capt. then, she's
still leaving, we can't let her fade away like she was never here"
Suta continued to auto-suture Korvark's hand. He had silently
listened to Hope's denial, not adding anything. But now he looked
up. "If we truly respect and admire someone, we will keep them in our
hearts and they will not fade away."
Jesso had been standing back, in a nearby corner, listening to the
conversation. Now he spoke up.
"That's a nice thought. But it just doesn't feel like enough. That
said, I don't know what else we can do. It's not like we can make a
Hope didn't like that thought. "I think we can, Jesso. Amanda has
meant a lot to us and we should be able to find some way in our own
humbleness to show her we care and will miss her. I know I speak for
everyone who's served with her." Hope looked at the others for their
Korvark moved his hand involuntary as he felt a jab of pain at Suta's
handiwork, "My people honour those who live, those who die, we also
honour them in times of celebration. She should be made to suffer
that fate for the good of her crew."
Nirva slowly walked towards the others.
"That's an interesting idea..."
Korvark perked up," I can bring the painsticks, we each get one and
have her run the gauntlet?", he was joking of course.
Hope smiled at this. "And of course I'd have to be the one handling
all medical situations along with Suta."
Suta looked around at the all the suggestions. "I was under the
impression that celebrations were supposed to be pleasurable events,
and that medical assistance should not normally be required."
Nirva grinned at that. "Well, not normally no."
Hope thought of a funny idea. "Let's send the captain off with one
of our famous food parties. Maybe even a food fight can be ordered."
Korvark grinned this he understood, "Its settled then", jerking his
hand free of Suta and feeling the near seamless work he'd done on his
hand, "We capture the Capt., make her stand amongst the crew and
suffer the adulation of her friends, can't cannot think of a more
fitting fate HA!"
Nirva spoke up again. "Well, you could have thought of a nicer way to
say that, but it sounds like a good idea. Don't know about the food
fight though... Not after what happened last time..."
Korvark looked at Nirva wondering what he'd said wrong then shrugged,
his mind already thinking of ways to get Pike back, perhaps a
transport beam into the mess hall with the crew all waiting, Korvark
caught Hope looking in his direction and just smiled at her growing
horrified look on her face when he pictured himself spanking her for
being a bad Betazoid.
"Perhaps just a simple celebration meal, at least to lure our ...
victim to the appointed area. Whatever happens afterward would just
be an outgrowth of the gathering," Suta suggested.
Hope nodded. "I agree. Now to try and do all this without the
captain getting wind of it all. We need to get her there. Any
suggestions?" Hope looked at the others.
Nirva spoke. "Well, we could always get someone to distract her, keep
her on the base until we can get things set up?"
Suta looked at Hope. "The person who would most likely succeed in
that would be a close friend, do you not agree, Dr. Thornton?"
Hope looked at Suta. "Actually, I was about to suggest the same
thing. There's a few things I need to sort out with her before she
leaves, so this can be the right time to do it. Just tell me when
and where and what time. I'll make sure I get Amanda there."
Nirva thought for a moment. "The Mess Hall...? It's a bit on the
small side, but we could use it?"
"I am certain we could make do. I shall contact Lysandra. I am
certain she will wish to assist. We could also ask one or two other
trusted officers to help us in setting up the Mess Hall," Suta
Hope looked at Jesso. "So when do you want me to leave. I can go
find Amanda now and have her to the mess hall in a few hours, unless
you think that's too soon?"
Jesso leaned against the wall and grinned. "I think we can throw
something together by then... just keep her distracted for a while."
Hope smiled. "I'm off then." Hope walked out of Sickbay.
<<A few hours later>>
<<USS Casey, Mess Hall>>
The lights are off. The spacedock interior outside the ship throws a
soft blue glow on everything. In the near darkness, several people
huddle together and carry out whispered conversations.
"Careful, don't knock over the table."
"You're stepping on my arm!"
"Sorry, who are you again?"
<<Outside the mess hall>>
"Hope, why are we coming here? I wanted to stay on the base."
Hope just pulled Amanda with her. "I forgot a PaDD I left in the
mess hall. It happens to be yours. You don't want all the crew to
find it do you?"
Amanda sighed. "I guess not"
Hope smiled. "Come on."
"They're coming. Get ready. One Two Three.."
All: *as the two women enter the room* SURPRISE!!!!
The lights shot up, and there was most of the crew, packed into the
small room. There were tables laid out with food, and a banner across
the ceiling which read, "Farewell Captain Pike, We'll Miss You!"
A JP by:
LtCmdr Nirva Jesso
LT CDR Hope Thornton MD
Chief Medical Officer
Ensign Suta MD
Assistant Chief Medical Officer
Authors: Lt. Cmdr. Hope Thornton MD and Lt. Cmdr. Nirva Jesso
Title: In The Realm of the Senses #84
<<Starbase 11, Medical>>
Nirva quickly approached Dr Thornton, still with tears streaked down
his face. He hoped she was able to hear him.
Nirva: Is it true? Has a cure been found?
Hope was busy working on the child when she heard Nirva in her head.
It was the sweetest thing to hear in awhile. Hope turned around and
looked at Nirva.
Thornton: Yes, a cure has been found. If you hold on for a moment,
I'll get a hypo for you. Is there any other crew that you know of
who need to be treated?
Nirva: Elani... she hasn't got much time left.
Hope walks over to where the hypos were with Nirva following behind
Thornton: Where is she? I'll have to accompany you to her to make
sure she can handle the cure.
Jesso led the doctor over to the unconscious Bajoran, he moved to
Tamra's side and took her hand.
Nirva: Elani, it's OK. The doctor has a cure for you. Just hold on...
Hope walked over to Elani. She felt for a pulse and barely got one.
Hope took out her tricorder to check Elani's vitals.
Thornton: We better pray that this will take affect for her soon.
She doesn't have much time.
Hope takes the hypo and administers it to Elani.
Thornton: If it's to work, it will take about 10 minutes. While
we're waiting, let's get you cured too.
Hope gives Nirva his injection while they wait to see if Elani makes
it or not.
Nirva: Thanks. How long does it take to work?
Thornton: It varies. Some it works right away, others it takes a
little longer. Hopefully no more then 10 minutes. I'm just not sure
if Elani has that much time. Let me know if you start feeling some
Jesso shook his head.
Nirva: Nothing yet.
Suddenly he noticed something... the smell of the room. Sweat, blood
and chemicals. His sense of smell had returned. Jesso shrugged
slightly, he hadn't even realised he had lost it.
Thornton: *Sensing Nirva's sense of wonder* Is everything ok?
Nirva: Huh? Oh... yeah. Just got my sense of smell back. *sniffs*
Although, I kind of wish I didn't.
Hope laughs at that. The smells around weren't the best, but Hope was
used to it.
Thornton: OK, let me know if there's any other changes.
Hope takes out her tricorder and checks Elani. Her vitals were
Thornton: Elani seems to be accepting the cure, but she still needs
to be monitored. I just hope she wakes up soon.
Nirva: You're not the only one...
Jesso kisses Elani's hand.
Nirva: Come on... Wake up...
Hope keeps a vigil with Nirva on Elani's vitals which keep improving
by the minute. Hope just wished Elani would come to fast.
Thornton: Let me see if I can revive her.
Hope picks up another hypo and puts it to Elani's neck. Elani slowly
opens her eyes.
Jesso smiled, his face lit up.
Nirva: Hi. Are you OK?
Tamra just looked around, confused. She tried to speak but nothing
Nirva: Of course... it'll still take a while for her senses to come
Hope was glad to see Elani's eyes open. She turned to Nirva.
Thornton: I need to go check on other patients. *out of the corner
of her eye, Hope sees Sherry fighting with the Captain. Is that
Captain Pike over there?
Nirva: Yeah, it is. I wonder what's happening.
Thornton: I don't know. I probably should go over and check. If
Captain Pike has this virus it could affect...
Hope stops before she gives out Captain Pike's medical history.
Thornton: I'm going to go over and check on the Captain. Let me
know if any more changes take place.
Nirva: ...All right, I will.
Hope gave Nirva a smile and then walked away leaving him alone with
Jesso brushed Elani's hair away from her face.
Nirva: It's all right... Everything's going to be all right...
There was a distant roar... the sound of a great wave... and Jesso's
ears popped. One second later his head was filled with the screams
and cries of a packed Medical Facility. His hearing had returned.
LT CDR Hope Thornton MD
Chief Medical Officer
LtCmdr Nirva Jesso
USS Casey NCC-52620
Author: Lt Cdr Hope Thornton
Title: Shoreleave #88
Hope was sitting in her quarters waiting for her dad to bring Kayla
back. Hope was trying to prepare herself in how to tell Kayla that
her grandmother was dead. As Hope sat there in thought, the doors to
her quarters opened and in ran Kayla followed more slowly by her
Kayla(npc): Mommy...guess what, guess what?
Thornton: What Honey?
Kayla: Grandpa wants to take me to earth and visit the different
Hope looked at her father who gave Hope a sly smile.
Thornton: Let me talk to your grandfather about this. Go to your room
for a moment.
Kayla: But mom...grandpa said it would help me to not grieve over
Hope lifted her head sharply and looked at her father who gave Hope a
Ian(npc): She caught me at a week moment and picked it up.
Kayla: I'm sorry mommy for going into grandpa's thoughts. He was so
Thornton: *Sighing* It's okay honey. Why don't you go to your room
for a little while so grandpa and I can talk.
Kayla skipped off to her room. Hope motioned for her father to sit
Thornton: OKay daddy, what's this about earth?
Ian: Hope, I think it would be good for her. A group of girls from
Betazed in training like Kayla are going on this trip. I'm going as
one of the sponsors and supervisers. I want to taike Kayla with us.
It'll be good training for her plus she'll have a lot of fun.
Thornton: I don't know dad. I've only had her around for a few months.
Ian: Honey, I know you love your daughter, but she can't be cooped up
on a ship all the time. Plus she needs to be around these children at
Thornton: I suppose you're right. I just hate to be separated from
Ian: I know, honey, but it won't be for long. Then you and she will
be back together again.
Thornton: OK. I'll let her go, but you have got to promise me you'll
watch out for her and I want her writing to me each night.
Ian: *Laughing* Yes mom.
Kayla came running out of her quarters before Hope could call her.
Kayla: Yay. Thank you mommy.
Hope laughed. She should have known Kayla would listen onto the
Thornton: Come on. Let's get you packed. *Hope turns to her dad*
How long before you leave?
Ian: Two hours. Why don't we get Kayla's things together and go to
the station for an early dinner before our transport leaves?
Hope liked the idea. The three of them went to Kayla's room and
helped her pack and get her things together.
== an hous and a half later==
Hope, Kayla and her father were just finishing up their meal at
Catala's. Kayla was starting to get sleepy. It was getting close to
the time when Hope's father's ship was about to leave.
Thornton: Let's go for a walk for a bit.
They left Catala's and walked down the promenade. They stopped at one
store and walked in. Kayla ran to the area that housed the toys.
Kayla: Mommy, can I get something?
Thornton: Sure honey.
Kayla looked through the toys and picked up two matching teddy bears
holding a heart. The heart came apart to make the bears separate.
Kayla: Mommy, I want these.
Hope and Kayla went up to pay for their purchases. Hope had also
grabbed a few other things. After they made their purchases, it was
time for them to head to the ship that was to take Kayla away.
Once they arrived, Hope pulled out a special package for Kayla.
Thornton: Don't open this until you're on Earth.
Kayla: I won't mommy. *Kayla pulls out one half of the teddy bears*
Mommy, I want you to have this part. When we get back together, we
can put both halves back.
Hope tried to hide the tears from her eyes as she hugged Kayla. She
then hugged her dad telling him again to take care of Kayla. Hope
watched as they disappeared and then went over to the observation
lounge to watch their ship leave. As soon as it was gone, Hope made
her way back to the Casey and instead of going to her quarters she
decided to head to sickbay to do nothing.
LT CDR Hope Thornton MD
Chief Medical Officer
Author: Ensign Suta
Title: "Portends" Shoreleave #61
<< Delirium Dream >>
Suta came to consciousness in a strange place. It was misty and
unclear. He slowly walked around, cautiously exploring. His senses
told him nothing.
Then a cool wind blew some of the mist away. And he saw a figure
before him. It was a giant snake, with many different colors and
patterns on her long back. She was slowly coiling, back and forth.
The effect was hypnotic.
The realization suddenly hit him - He was dead. Dropping to both
knees, he spoke reverently.
Suta: Great Mother, how can I serve you in this afterworld?
Great Mother: Rise, my child. You have not passed yet.
The Selay officer didn't know what to say or ask. Fortunately, she
continued to speak.
Great Mother: You have endeavored to honor me by coming to this
strange dangerous place. My eyes have seen you. I will, therefore,
grant you two blessings.
Suta: Thank You, O Great Mother.
Great Mother: Do not thank me too quickly. Blessings bring about
change, and change can be difficult and out of your control.
Suta: I see.
Great Mother: The first is this: You have it within you to be a great
healer. Your assistance to the other healers is admirable, but you
should be healing WITH them, not just assisting them. You would bring
more completeness to the universe to do so. I want you to complete
your studies and become a full 'Doctor'.
Suta: Yes, Great Mother.
Great Mother: The other blessing is this: I approve of the mate you
Suta: I am gratified, Great Mother.
Great Mother: Hold onto her. For it will not be a simple thing. This
warm-blood you have chosen has spirit, and you will both need that.
This pairing is the first of it's kind that this universe has seen.
And the first to walk down a path always find obstacles. But if you
persist, you will triumph.
Suta: We shall.
Great Mother: Once you finish your Gararna, you will discover a sign
of the changes that I have foreseen. That is my bond to you of these
things. But now, it is time for you to return now.
Suta: How shall I find my way?
Great Mother: Lisssten...
As if from a great distance, Suta began to hear something. It was
very soft at first, but gradually got louder.
...a .....ta .......uta .......suta .......Suta
He recognized it immediately as Lysandra's voice, calling to him. It
was his beacon back.
Great Mother: Go to her, my child. And remember, my eyes always watch
Suta bowed reverently, and turned and walked into the mist, following
the voice of his mate.
<< Reynola IX, the Woods >>
Suta awoke, this time in the real world. He realized the giant spider
was still dragging him. But the fact that he woke up at all meant
that his system was fighting a winning battle against the venom that
had been pumped into his system. But he was still very weak. Suta
made no attempt to alert the spider to the fact of his consciousness.
Suta remembered the dream, in all it's vivid detail. But now he had
to deal with the problem at hand. He had to file it away for the
present, and review it later.
And then he heard something that sounded like it was from the dream.
It was Lysandra's voice, calling to him. But it seemed far away, and
Gibbons: =/\= Suta!
Suta saw a quick flash of light ahead of him. And he realized what it
was. It must be where he had dropped the Com badge.
He had to get it! Testing the muscles in his arm very slowly, he
found he could move them but it took alot of energy. His timing would
have to be perfect.
The giant spider was pulling him along the ground. His legs and hands
dragged on the ground, leaving a vague imprint. They got closer and
closer. And as they passed by the badge, Suta scooped it up in his
taloned hand. It was subtle move, designed not to draw attention to
it. A very serpentine move.
Suta waited until they brushed against some dry tree branches. The
noise covered up his clicking the badge on, so a Com channel was
open. Hopefully, they would be able to home in on the signal and
Suta thought to himself, "Find me, Lyss. Find me!"