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Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are

Posted on Wed Sep 26th, 2018 @ 12:17pm by Lieutenant Varina Hightower

Mission: Mission 1: Unscheduled Madness
Location: Varina's Quarters
Timeline: Day 6; 1910 hours

The door swished open and Varina walked through, another day in the books. It had been a busy one and she was contemplating turning in early. After some food. Maybe.

She hated when weariness wrestled with hunger. Sleep usually won, but she hadn't had anything since breakfast that morning. It was probably not a good thing to leave it that way. So she dragged herself to the replicator. "Shepherd's pie, recipe 4."

In a matter of moments it appeared in front of her. And the smell assured her she had chosen wisely. She closed her eyes as she savored her first bite.


Her eyes flew open, not only because of the voice, but it's tone. Something was wrong. When she turned, Erick was standing there. Without further thought, she rushed over to him, putting her hands on his arms, to which he flinched. "What is it? What's wrong?"

"Daddy's here," he mumbled.

Why was that...bad? As she asked herself that, she noticed his arm where she'd held him. It was bruised. And what was the mark on his right temple? It wasn't hard to put the pieces together, and she carefully embraced her boy. "It's okay. You're safe here."

When she pulled away to look at him, she found she was still sitting at the table, eating her dinner, and nobody in her quarters.

Lieutenant Varina Hightower
Chief Medical Officer, USS Orion


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