Ensign Serala: Sleeping on the job

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Jim Davis

Feb 12, 2018, 12:02:49 AM2/12/18
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((Bridge, Deck 1, USS Atlantis, Par’tha Expanse))

Commander Davis: :: shouting:: Excuse me, Ensign! Who gave you permission to sleep?! Your ship is being boarded! Your Captain is at risk! This is hardly the time to take a nap!

:: Irate, Serala tried to shoot up from her half-sitting position to confront the senior officer. The pain, though, was too much. She settled for a glare instead.::

Serala: I'm not napping, sir. I'm dying.

Commander Davis: And who gave your permission to die? It wasn't me. It wasn't Captain Brell. So who?

:: Somewhere the back of her mind, Serala knew this conversation was impossible, yet it was happening. She didn't know why it was impossible, only that it was. ::

Serala: I didn't realize I needed permission to die. You didn't! You just died and left Mother and I alone.

:: And that was when she realized why the conversation was impossible. ::

Serala: Besides, sir :: the last says with angry contempt :: in case you haven't noticed, I'm in a dangerous line of work. Death could come at any time.

Davis: Just as it did for me, princess. But this is not your time. Not yet.

:: All of the anger deflated from her. ::

Serala: Dad, I'm too old to be called princess anymore. :: Why that should matter now was beyond her. She was talking to her dead father after all. :: And anyway, I have a serious concussion, a major scalp wound, and internal injuries to my second heart. I've pushed myself despite these injuries, but now they've caught with me. I can't go on without medical attention and no one is in a position to help me right now. Especially since we're cut off from the rest of the ship, including sick bay.

Davis: Since when has details stopped my little girl from doing anything? I thought you were Romulan. Stronger, tougher, better than humans.

Serala: I'm half-human, Dad.

Davis: Only when it's convenient. The rest if the time, you seem to forget that little fact.

Serala: Only because you're not around to remind me.

Davis: Princess, I am always with you. You just have to look within. How else do you think I could be with you now?

Serala: So what do I do?

Davis: :: shaking his head:: Not this time. You must figure this one out for yourself. I only know this is not your time. Wake up and get back to work.

Serala: I don't want to. I won't ever get to see you again. There's so much I want to say to you. Let me just stay for a while.

Davis: No, honey. You must go. And, what did I just tell you? I am with you always, even to the end. You just have to look within. Seek me, and you will find me when you seek me with all your heart. Now, go.

:: The bridge started to go black again and her father's image began to fade. She tried to call to him, but her words came out garbled. ::

Davis: :: voice echoed and distant :: Wake up, Serala. Wake up.

:: Once again, Serala blacked out. ::

Ensign Serala, Security Officer
USS Atlantis NCC-76482
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