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In The Aftermath

Posted on Mon May 18th, 2020 by Commander Stephen O'Malley M.D. & Lieutenant Commander Leyla Aiman-Tamar

Mission: Episode 7 - When Worlds Collide
Location: Sickbay, USS Haeva
Timeline: Day 4 at 1545
862 words - 1.7 OF Standard Post Measure

Stephen was reviewing a PADD while helping his nursing staff treat those who had been affected by the artifact. Both it and the spire were safely secured in the cargo bay and the ship was still in orbit of Terra Nova. He walked between the away team that had been affected and checked the vitals of each of them. For the most part they were still sleeping.

"Doctor, Lieutenant Aiman is awake," Nurse Benza stated.

Stephen smiled and, tapping the PADD to the palm of his hand, walked over to her. "How are you feeling Lieutenant?"

Leyla blinked and tried to get her eyes to adjust. "Wha...what?" She was confused, not sure what was going on, nor how she actually got here.

Stephen had sort of expected that kind of response from the Lieutenant just like he was anticipating it from the others. "The artifact caused severe hallucinations for some and delusions for others. When the lock down in the lab was initiated the system automatically released dimethylheptylpyran into the air."

He was smiling, "I know that's a really big word, but essentially it's an incapacitating agent that is entirely harmless. The system was designed for use to prevent dangerous lab experiments from escaping if there was a breach.

"It's what rendered the personnel that were in there before you unconscious and in turn did the same to the away team you were assigned to when someone initiated the lock down procedures again." Stephen told her with a sense of calm.

"You're not going to want to move too much the effects are still ongoing and will be for a little while longer," Stephen continued. "Are you feeling groggy, lightheaded, or dizzy right now?"

Leyla groaned a little, "All of the above? Yeah I don't plan on getting up, but I've heard of that substance before. Is that seriously what got us?"

"The artifact was probably affecting the team at first," Stephen told her confidently, "But, yes that's why you were all unconscious. By the time we realized what had happened to the scientists the lock down had been initiated and we lost contact with your team.

"Everything is all right now though," Stephen told her, "Your safe," He said. He then loaded another hypo and pressed it to her neck before activating it. "This will help with the dizziness and lightheadedness." He reloaded it with something else, "And, this will help wake you up a little bit.

"But, I'm going to be keeping all of you here in sickbay for observation. We're most likely heading back to the station and the field tests will resume at another time." Stephen remarked.

"I won't argue. I just don't like how this thing is making me feel. I've had some odd experiences before but..." Leyla groaned slightly. "And hoping this headache will go away after a bit. How are the others?"

Stephen looked over his shoulder at them as some of them had started to wake up while others remained asleep. "Everyone is alive and well," He said with a nod of his head. "Which is pretty good considering what all of you have been through."

He returned his gaze back onto the Lieutenant and allowed himself to have a very soft and reassuring grin on his face. "The effects of the artifact should be over as it's locked away in a containment chamber that Ensign Moneaux made sure of that.

"But, regardless you need to rest and relax. Please lay back so that your heart rate will return to a normal rate." He told her calmly and then waited for her to do so.

Leyla put up a hand, "Okay, okay. I know I know." She then laid back down again.

After she had made a point to do that he had departed to check on the others. His rounds were short and quick because for the most part the others who were awake didn't say much of anything. He treated them with the same round of dosage that he'd given to Leyla and then returned back to her.

"Just think... In three days we'll be back and you'll be in your quarters with your son again," He told her calmly. Stephen knew just how important such news would be for her.

"He'll be excited. We'll be back earlier than planned, right?" She'd kept herself laying down, and actually wanted to go back to sleep.

"As soon as we leave here it'll take us two or three days to return," Stephen reassured her. "As soon as we depart from here the Captain will contact the station and inform them of our arrival. I'm not much of a warp distance or theory expert though. So, I may be off by a great deal of time." He shrugged his shoulders.

"Now rest," He told her again. "Doctor's orders." That was followed with another soft grin and he departed from Leyla's bedside in order to go see what was happening on the bridge. His nurse staff and junior doctor could take care of the patients that were in sickbay without him getting underneath their feet. It wasn't like there was much space in there anyway...


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