ALL IN A DAY'S WORK
By: Danae Conrad
that's foolish!" Adena ran her hand impatiently through her hair.
"What ever gave you the idea that Bronson was out to destroy
cousin! His cousin is trying to regain the former glory of his family. I don't
care what he told you. You're not thinking straight."
maybe you're right."
course I am. If Bronson was intent on our ruin, why would he have allowed me
to keep the Belt, and why would he have agreed to help you retrieve me in the
logic is impeccable, as usual. i though I had better tell you though,
automatically lowered her eyes to this. "Now, none of that. I am only
running this ship until you're well."
if this is permanent, little one?"
squeezed back the gathering tears. "It won't be. Now, listen to the
doctors. We'll be home soon."
listened as the door opened then closed again with her departure. What if the
damage was permanent, the thought had crossed his mind many times. His
emotions were in agony - the last time he had beheld Adena she was the
antithesis of everything he had loved, but the last time he had felt her in
his mind she had returned to normality. Frustrated, he reached for a book only
to remember his blindness.
Sharpe, have you fond out anything further on his condition?" Adena was
giving him the third degree on Iffley's blindness.
Enchantress. I told you that I would give you any updated reports as soon as I
know, and I'm sorry." She sighed and turned to leave.
don't have any updates on his progress, but I can easily see your lapsing. How
many shifts have you worked now?"
think about eight."
I tell you to sleep on gamma shift?"
but there were more pressing matters." With that, she cut off further
conversation by leaving Sickbay; she had an appointment and it wouldn't do for
her to be late.
two men stood when she walked into the room. Madison bowed toward her and
noticing her uniform, addressed her as, "Captain."
need to stand, gentlemen. Would either of you care for a drink?" She
paused. "No.. Well, pardon me, while I indulge in a glass of
then seated herself at the conference table. "It's been a long time,
Madison. From Alarius, Furanose and the Titan moon, T'Mir, I extend a welcome,
to you as well Chancellor."
inclined his head to her. "I regret that I did not hear of your parents'
deaths until so much time had elapsed."
regrets are needed." She noticed that Bronson looked slightly puzzled.
"Madison was acquainted with my parents, Chancellor, many years
see," he responded. "Forgive me, but you sounded rather urgent in
you request to our visit here; not a social call, I presume."
in the least, Chancellor. It seems your cousin has been presenting some bad
rumors against you. He has also overrun your base on Pheboe. I believe this
matter needs immediate attention from you."
right there, Adena." He paused - "I may address you so?" She
nodded slightly in response. "Madison, we best get back to the
one moment. I think that I have something of yours." She took the
shimmering Belt from her waist and handed it to Bronson. "I never
intended to keep it this long. Thank you for the loan, however; it's the only
thing that saved Iffley's life."
it left him blinded," Madison stated.
but it was a fair enough trade. Life for sightlessness." Her eyes clouded
slightly. "The doctors think that it will be reversible."
if it's not?"
will run the Fleet to the best of my potentials for him. it's the least I can
do, since my anger caused this."
looked at her in disbelief. "Surely, you don't blame yourself,
Enchantress. You weren't cognizant of your actions."
it's my own fault. Please-- I wish you well on your travels; the best of all
be with you."
bowed in farewell as did Bronson. "M'lady, we are at your service."
Adena returned the compliment with a slight bow. The two men left and returned
to the Madison.
flicked on the viewscreen and watched it jet out of the Enchantress' tractor
beams to do battle with Enad. She shut off the screen ad sighed. Never in her
wildest dreams had she had so much on her mind and so much to do.
intercom whistled for her attention. "Meric, here, Captain. We are
prepared to enter return cycles to T'Mir."
them, Meric. Let's get home."
Enchantress signalled the Scimitar and both prepared for the jump into the
terrific speeds of space travel. The intraship communications began to blare -
PREPARE FOR SPEED CYCLES. BETA SHIFT MAN STATIONS AND PREPARE FOR THE
TRANSFER. The ship lurched slightly and then whined in crescendo as the ship
powered for ignition. Suddenly there was no sound at all -SPEED CYCLES
EXECUTED. SPEED CYCLES EXECUTED; RETURN TO NORMAL STANDBY. CAPTAIN ADENA
PLEASE COME TO THE BRIDGE.
slammed her fist down. Thanks, she muttered to herself. She quickly strode to
the bridge where she found everything progressing smoothly. "Excellent
execution, Meric." He beamed in appreciation. "She's still whining a
little, have the Engineering look into it."
papers awaited her signature and she read them all thoroughly. Finally, hours
later, she reached the bottom of the stack. Delta shift had already reported
for duty and she felt exhausted. Appearance had to be upheld though.
Engineering reports that fine tuning has been executed and will cause no
you, Meric." She shoved the sheaf of papers in his direction. "Make
sure these get to where there supposed to go. I am going to take a short rest
in the Rec Room."
slipped into the captain's chair. She addressed him, "Hold the ship
tight. If anything happens, call me immediately." She smiled at him.
"Despite your lack of experience, you're doing a great job. I'll make
sure I mention it to Iffley." He blushed with her praise, but quickly hid
strode down the hall to the officer's quarters. She had temporarily
appropriated the Captain's as her own. She sat down on the bed and unlaced the
restrictive boots. Pulling them off, she lay back, intending to rest, but the
door flew open and a gasp brought her to her feet.
grief, Dion! You nearly scared me to death." Adena sat upright on the
edge of the bed, facing her new visitor.
hi!" Dion studied the other woman. "You are really enjoying this,
over the Fleet, of course. You wouldn't let Jonathon do it, and somehow you've
made him feel good about that."
if you want this job, you are welcome to it. I haven't slept in two days and I
don't even remember what food is. This job is a royal white elephant.
you love it and you know it."
stiffened perceptively. "I haven't been to see him."
laughed and Dion's eyes narrowed. "Come now, you don't expect me to
believe that you, You, of all people have not been down to Sickbay on the
relaxed a little. "He's fine; still blind, but fine. I was coming here to
take him some music tapes; he's so bored."
yourself." She waved a hands to the desk in the corner. "They're in
there somewhere." Adena lay back on the beckoning mattresses, but
suddenly sat up again. "Dion?"
She was diligently selecting tapes.
never told me what happened to the twins. They were so little when I left.
They must have grown a lot."
gulped slightly. "They would have, Adena."
do you mean 'would have'?"
died, Adena. Not a week after you disappeared. "
She flung herself onto the bed. "I don't believe this," she
looked at her and then left her there to piece her thoughts together. Adena
felt confused; she vexedly bit her lower lip. Her mind seemed inclined to
forget it all and slowly it drew her into a light sleep.
heard the door to his room open. "Adena?"
brow clouded. "No, it's Dion."
What brings you to the sickroom?"
brought you some music. Thought that you might be getting bored."
knew that I was. I told you that the last visit. Have you seen
saw an opportunity. "No." She pouted silently. Adena didn't even
come to see him as frequently and he still asked about her.
later, they heard a familiar voice through the door. "How is
same, Captain. How are you?"
got some rest on alpha shift. I didn't even have a chance to get off the
bridge until then."
dropped the tapes with a clatter of frustration as Adena opened the door. She
swept out and didn't even acknowledge Adena's greeting as she mumbled bout
being late for her shift.
guess is as good as mine, Iffley? Maybe she's upset because she told me about
the twins' deaths."
am sorry, Adena."
shrugged. "That part of my life seems to be rapidly cutting itself away
from me. What's gone is gone, I guess. How are you feeling?"
what Dion said. Now do you see why I signed myself out fo Sickbay?"
chuckled. "I think so. Adena, what are you wearing. "
can't see it, can I? I wish I could though."
will, soon." She stopped and covered her mouth trying to stop any sounds
of sorrow from escaping.
reached out to her and took her hand. With the contact, his mind produced a
vivid picture of her as he had known her. The sleeve of her tunic fell across
his hand. The soft fabric spilled sensations into his blinded mind. Adena
quietly withdrew and sat back a bit.
what are you thinking?" And stop chewing your lip."
looked up in surprise and ceased. "Don't bother with the question. You
probably have a million things running through your head."
I have got to go get a little more rest, before I go on shift. I'll stop by
confusion seemed almost palpable and he let her go without protest. He knew
she wasn't going to sleep, but somewhere to be alone. He wished he could be
she was going somewhere mighty fast. I didn't hear any emergency summons, did
you?" Iffley shook his head. "As a matter of fact, the emergency is
here." Iffley pushed himself up on his elbows. "We have found out
that the blindness is temporary; this serum derivative will restore it slowly,
derivative? Is it synthetic?"
doctor cleared his throat. "No. It was donated, shall we say, in the hope
that it would lead to a cure. "
Due to their powers, Adena dn Iffley had a few unusual factors in their blood.
Normal blood would soon cause a severe allergic reaction.
She asked me not to reveal it."
Iffley asked himself. "Well, let's get on with it, shall we?"
doctor began to inject the serum. It was scalding as it entered his veins. He
screamed in pain...
echoed in her head. Pain impulses pushed through her conscious. She turned
around quickly and retraced her steps to the Sickbay at a dead run. The doors
flung open in front of her and her eyes opened in fright. Iffley was pinned to
the table while the injection was finally completed.
TOLD YOU... to call me before you attempted a cure!"
Sharpe wheeled to face her. "I didn't thing they'd be a reaction like
this. I thought you two had the same factors."
do, to an extent. Is it a straight derivative? "
out of my way!" She ran to him and concentrated. Iffley slowly drifted
back to reality and became aware of a coolness on his face. The doctors pushed
forward to check his vital signs and broke the contact. Both looked dazed.
Satisfied that Iffley was on the road to recovery, the doctor backed off and
told Adena to do what was necessary.
alone, she tried to concentrate again, but the adreneline was gone and her own
exhaustion came forward. "Boy, you're becoming obnoxious with this."
She walked a few paces from the bed to compose herself.
pushed himself up from the bed and then began to push through the fogginess in
his mind. The pain was gone and he sensed some light. Shapes were still
blurred but he found the one that he was looking for. "Adena, I can see
smiled and stepped into his embrace. The doors opened to reveal Doctor Sharpe.
"I thought I said necessary treatment."
flushed with Iffley's quip - "It's good therapy."
glistened with sunshine as the Enchantress and Scimitar drew into tight orbit,
two days later. Iffley was standing behind Adena, who was seated in the
Captain's chair, as she completed last orbital manuevers. His sight was almost
completely back and he appreciated its return - he had missed the beauty of
all for now team," Adena announced. "We are home."
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