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Just In Case [CD]

Posted on Mon Aug 19th, 2019 @ 6:36pm by Captain Malcom Llwyedd & Lieutenant Darzana Shel & Lieutenant Commander Rhiana t'Aegis

Mission: Mission 5: Arising From the Ashes
Location: Sickbay
Timeline: 10 February, 2395 - 1830 Hours


The news about the impending supernova and the problems that had arised on the science station Tevok II had only just been relayed, together with orders for all departments. While Lieutenant Command t'Aegis had a number of pressing matters to attend to, not the least of which being ready to board the science station in about half an hour, there was one matter she needed to take care of first.

Her swift steps led her to one of the places of the Firebird she liked to avoid unless she had a real reason for being there and, with a new chief medical officer aboard, the chances that she would encounter the EMH were slim. She really hoped that it had been switched off by now.

The door to sickbay opened upon her arrival and she greeted the attending nurse. "I do not have an appointment but an urgent matter to discuss. Is Doctor Shel available?"

Nurse Trej was a little taken aback to see the Chief of Security in sickbay; he knew she only stopped by when absolutely necessary. "Oh, um, of course, right this way." He led her to the CMO's office were Shel had just finished reviewing the mission details for a second time. "Dr. Shel, you have a visitor," he announced before slipping back into sickbay proper.

Darzana looked up with a smile and she seemed genuinely happy to see Rhiana. The two officers had met briefly and exchanged pleasantries, but they really hadn't had much interaction in her brief time on board. "Commander t'Aegis! Welcome to sickbay," she greeted, standing up and moving out from behind her desk. "How may I be of assistance?"

"You are aware of the situation we will be in shortly, doctor," Rhiana began very business-like. "We will be operating in a very strict timeframe and likely under considerable pressure." She paused, suddenly unsure whether she wanted to go through with it. She could still leave right now and noone would be the wiser. There would merely be one more crewmember who thought she was strange. She could live with that.

What she could not live with were the memories that suddenly, after six years of very hard work to bury and forget about them, were close to the surface again. They could break through at any time.

The pause was lasting for too long. "I may need something that will help me keep focused."

"I... see," Shel replied, her smile faltering for a moment as she recalled a particular detail from the lieutenant commander's file. Not that she had every medical file memorized, of course. She had simply reviewed everyone's medical history and made mental notes here and there, of areas of concern, things to watch out for, etc. This request fell under 'things to watch out for'. No need to beat around the bush, then. Direct and respectful would be the best approach.

"So you are requesting a stimulant," Darzana confirmed in a neutral voice, looking directly into her patient's eyes.

Rhiana had been stared down by scarier people than the new chief medical officer. And even if she had mixed feelings about her own request, the Romulan maintained eye contact. "Yes."

"Alright, follow me," Darzana instructed, leading Rhiana over to a nearby biobed. "Your request is certainly valid, given the situation we're stepping into," the Bolian began, keeping her voice low but her tone conversational as she began to select a hypospray. "We both know of the concerns indicated in your record, but even though I don't know you well, I have the feeling you wouldn't be making this request lightly. I respect that, and think I might have an idea."

The doctor loaded a hypo and turned towards her patient. "What I've prepared is a time-delayed dosage of cortropine. It will gradually release into your system in measured intervals, providing more of a steady stream of energy over the next few hours instead of one big punch that would diminish more quickly over time. Do you think that will be sufficient?"

Rhiana blinked when the doctor said 'alright'. She had fully expected for her request to be turned down. After all, providing a former addict with the narcotic of their choice was quite a risk. "I do not know," she replied honestly and sighed. "I do not /want/ to take stimulants, time-delayed or otherwise. I am too... concerned about possible consequences."The Romulan took a deep breath and hated herself for her weakness. "I may need only one dose or I may not need anything at all. I might need several doses. At this point, I do not know. Giving me this time-delayed dosage may lead to reawakening the need for more. I would much rather that you provide me with a hypospray with several single doses so I can apply them when required."

Darzana furrowed her brow. "Well, I certainly appreciate your candor. I can understand your concerns, too." She found herself chewing her lip, trying to think of a satisfactory compromise. "On my end, I'm not comfortable providing multiple doses - we are on a tight time frame, from what I understand, and I would not be able to rationalize any more than two doses. One if absolutely needed, and the other as an emergency backup. Do you think you can work with that?"

Rhiana quickly nodded before the doctor changed her mind. Two doses was more than she had hoped for. Maybe she would not need them. Maybe the murder and whatever else was going on on that space station would be enough to keep her mind off of the impending nova. Maybe she would be able to go to sleep once this all was over, having convinced her brain that there was absolutely no reason at all to dig up the old memories. Maybe she would not have nightmares.
Or maybe, and much more likely, she would return the hypospray to Dr Shel unused and then try to procure what she needed on Empok Nor's lower decks.

The silence was getting long again. "Yes, doctor," the Romulan said, kicking herself mentally for losing herself once more in her thoughts. "That seems like a very good solution."

Not entirely convinced, Darzana nodded. "Very well, Commander. Here you go."

The Bolian handed over the adjusted hypo and immediately felt a pang of regret. "One more thing, though... when this mission is over, I'd like to see you again, to discuss your... concerns." It was not a request.

It took some measure of self-control for Rhiana to take the hypospray with apparent reluctance and then some more for her expression to become unreadable at Shel's words. Not that they were entirely unexpected. "Of course, doctor." The Romulan's tone was politely non-commital, her posture and attitude professional and distant, as if the past few minutes had never happened and the hypospray she had discreetly slipped up her sleeve did not exist. "If you will excuse me now, I have to report to the station." A brief inclination of her head and the chief of security and tactical turned around and swiftly left sickbay.


Lieutenant Commander Rhiana t'Aegis
Chief Security/Tactical Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298

Lieutenant Darzana Shel M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
USS Firebird NCC-88298


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Comments (3)

By Warrant Officer Arlan Harlan on Tue Aug 20th, 2019 @ 11:11am

Good plot hook!

By Lieutenant JG Yikete Oggt on Tue Aug 20th, 2019 @ 2:35pm

I love this little character quirk and how you've both managed to bring it into the story this way. -Liam

By Lieutenant JG Soto Gantt on Wed Aug 28th, 2019 @ 4:29pm

I'm equally intrigued by a JP with Rhiana buying drugs on the black market as I am the effects of the drug long-term on her. Great way to build on character background. Whether or not this becomes a much bigger plot you managed to hook me in!