SECOND GAME - OPENING MOVE
By: Danae Conrad
room began to spin violently around her. Sinking back on her pillow, Adena
clenched her fists in anger. She was unaccustomed to staying in bed and was
restless. However, her injuries prevented her from leaving it. She closed her
eyes, trying to regain some sense of stability. She mused over the events of
the past few days - unbelievable.
door to the medical offices opened as did Adena's eyes. "Hello, Adena. I
thought you might like some company."
I'd like more, Dion, is to get out of bed."
you know what the Doctor, and Iffley, said."
nodded in remorse. "What's going on up there?"
But you saw the major excitement, after that everything just blew up."
They laughed at the play on words. Dion produced a klitik board from a drawer.
"In the mood to play?"
smiled, but inwardly, her memory was piecing together events associated to the
last game she'd played. "Sure." Adena concentrated her uneasiness
into the game.
that's fifteen in a row!" Dion exclaimed. "You've been
I haven't played since..." Her voice trailed off and she turned her head
away from the board.
do you need to say something?"
what ever gave you that idea?" she responded with a quick smile and
You just got awfully quiet." She put the game away and gave her friend a
hug. "I'll let you get some rest."
Adena sacastically replied. As soon as Dion had left, the lights automatically
dimmed. Adena threw off the covers and pulled herself unsteadily to her feet.
Finding the wardrobe, she picked an aquamarine jumpsuit, much like the science
staff's uniforms - it wouldn't draw too much attention. She changed quietly
and used the wall to support her as she left her room.
adjoining office was empty and the patient records were open on the desk.
Adena hurried to the desk, slowly regaining her balance as she sunk into the
chair behind the desk. J...K..La...Ledic, Adena A. Finding her file, she
opened to the daily charts. She filled out the chart to release herself from
the sickbay. Smiling she closed it and walked to the front exit.
strode into the empty hall, enjoying her freedom. She felt better already.
Sauntering down the hall, she oriented herself to the ship's design. She heard
footsteps and looked up to see Meric hurrying down the hall. He saw here
before she could leave.
he saluted. "I am pleased to see that you have been released from medical
care. I judge that you are fully recovered?" She answered with a nod.
"i see that the Captain has already seen to the appropriate color for
you. He has told me that you are well versed in the sciences. This would be
priceless to my department. I would appreciate any aid you'd care to
you. And there is no need to be so formal; Adena is sufficient."
smiled and excused himself. Adena decided to get out of the mainstream of
traffic. Riding an elevatorlift to the observation deck, she wrapped her
senses in the beauty of the beyond. Sparkling stars, spinning galaxies, corona
flaming around nearby suns, Saturn hung moitionless in the distance whirling
with loops and turns on its surface - she was enraptured by it all. She wanted
the sights to remain forever.
sat, slightly bored, on the bridge; he was waiting for the meeting to decide
appropriate actions. He wished Adena wasn't stuck in Sickbay. He knew she was
going crazy with boredom. She was always the one on the move; she loved the
outdoors and life in general. He smiled with recognition at the memories.
cleared his voice a second time. "Captain, no reports are in yet.
Everything is calm..."
you." Meric returned to his seat at the console. Dion nodded to him from
her communications center.
tap on Iffley's shoulder caused him to turn. It was the Doctor, looking very
worried - or angry - or both.
he composed himself. "Iffley, Adena has checked herself out of
looked shocked. "I really shouldn't be too surprised. She has never been
one to follow - what she calls unnecessary - rules."
not the problem. We can't seem to find her in her new quarters, the rec room
or anywhere. Her condition isn't completely stable - she can't have gone too
put it past her, thought Iffley. He was worried, though. She is safe on the
ship, he reminded himself.
me, sir. Adena looked fine, when I saw her on Deck C."
had overheard their discussion and rendered his information. Iffley had
noticed the use of her first name - that irritated him.
doctor was noticing other things. "Deck C! That's three floors up from
Sickbay! Who does she think she is?!"
is The Enchantress, Doctor. I will go get her." Iffley stood to leave. he
knew where she'd be; the place where her insatiable curiosity would lead
stepped into the black void of the observatory.
allowed his eyes to adjust to the light's absence. Her silhouette stood out
from the star-spangled sky. She hadn't heard him come in yet.
what do you think you are doing?" Startled, she turned quickly, too
quickly. Her sense were momentarily disturbed. "Who is it?"
raised an eyebrow at the wizard's presence. The silence was intolerable for
her so she turned back to the infinity.
did you leave? I told you to stay until you got a clean bill of
that all you have to say?" He was angry but relieved that she was
turned her abruptly. "Why? was the question. Adena?" He noticed that
she was biting her lower lip; she had done that when he had argued with her as
had to get away. I wanted to be alone. Somehow, I'm out of place."
Suddenly, she became angry. "Why couldn't you have left me. Left me on
you would have died."
Her voice was heavy with isolation, pain and venom.
began to understand - "Would you have really wanted me-ah- us to leave
don't know." She ran to the glass of the port and stared intently thought
it. He tried to touch her mentally, but he firmly hit a cold wall. She was
shutting herself off from the world; he had to stop her.
are you doing this to me - to us?"
were the words that triggered the memories: the fear of departing but the
comforting presence of Blue, the horror of the spiritual separation as Taft
pulled her back to her body and forcing her into suspension, the pain at
Archie's hands, the escape ending in what seemed a hopeless stalemate, the
relief of being safe with friends. The tears started to roll down her face;
then she began to sob. Iffley let her cry as he led her to a bench. The
barriers began to collapse and he shared her pain and turmoil.
she subdued the tears and went to stand by Iffley in front of the port.
"Thanks; I'm sorry if you were worried about me." He smiled in
response. She motioned with her right hand and a minature jewelled carousel
appeared. She set into motion with a second wave of her hand; it played the
waltz he had taught her at her sixteenth birthday. "Surprise. It's for
your twenty-seventh birthday, since I missed the party."
began to laugh and she smiled softly. He took her hand. Behind her back, he
touched the carousel and the lights faded but the music remained.
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