"The Awakening I: Sickbay"
Commander Ihsaan, First Officer
Warrior Pallara, Medical Officer
Warrior Kahgar, warrior
Neutral Zone – USS Eldridge, Corridor for the Turbolift
Dark corridors with few dead bodies and a very weak lightening. Ihsaan
spotted on a panel. He opened it easily and found some hundred year old
emergency kit. He took a small type I hand phaser. "I thought I never saw
another again in my life." He said showing it to Pallara. "Those small
hand phasers can stay in your pocket without any problem. Yet if you are
trapped somewhere it cut through duranium."
"Make sure you put the safety on, and check it first. I don't want to
clean up the mess if something goes wrong." Michael commented casually.
~The Doctor has spoken~ Ihsaan commented with a smile. "At least they have
a stun setting." He said putting the phaser in on of his pocket after
checking it was still working. "I am glad we can still have some moments
for our debates and talks. I thought the duties would not allow me to
continue our interesting lunch." Ihsaan said as they walked. Everything
was welcome to ease the atmosphere.
"Indeed. The last week or so you have only been working, and that is very
bad for your blood pressure." The Doctor wiggled a finger. "You need to
build in more time to relax with your friends. That will keep you on your
They arrived in front of the Turbolift. The doors didn't open. "I see, no
power of course." He looked at Michael: "Well either we try the Jefferies
Tubes, or we ask to the Ty'Gokor to beam us directly to Sickbay"
"let's live dangerously and beam. Should save some time."
Neutral Zone – USS Eldridge, Main Sickbay
The three energy pattern shinned fraction of second in the dark Sickbay,
but none of the transported warriors could see it. When their ocular
nerves had been reconnected to their brain the transport was completed.
The ray of light from the palm revealed the same vision of horror. A crew
suddenly taken out by Death. Corpses were in a bad shape even there. ~The
body is full of bacteria and micro organism. Nothing can stop
decomposition. Apart cryo, of course.~ Ihsaan thought.
A man with a blue shirt and what used to be the Commander rank collar was
on his Desk grabbing something, in his hand. "Science or Medical Officer"
Ihsaan thought aloud. Focusing on him and therefore ignoring the nurses
and other bodies.
Michael whistled softly. "Whatever happened, it hit them pretty fast. It
looks like a literary dropped dead at what they were doing."
Ihsaan got close rand tried to pick the device. The fingers broke up
easily and the crack sounded coldly in Ihsaan spinal bone. "Looks like a
recording device. There is no energy left though."
The Doctor had winced slightly at the sound, of course not within his
superiors field of vision. "Let's ask our people if they can do something.
We need energy here if we are to find out what happened."
"Ihsaan to Engineering, could you re-route some power to Sickbay. Enough
for lights and to get the logs." Ihsaan asked.
=^=Aye, M'Lord. I will try.....=^=
"Thank you, Ihsaan out". The Commander said. "Well, we have few more
minutes to appreciate the landscape with our palm lights." Ihsaan said on
a joking tone as he swept the Sickbay and inspected it. The movement of
the lights made the shadows dance on the walls. The macabre ballet would
continue for a while until they could get normal lightening. It wasn't a
comfortable situation, even for a Klingon or a Half Klingon.
It gave Michael the creeps, he didn't speak out of course. Dodgily he
began to explore surroundings searching for clues to this drama.
"Warrior Kahgar, there might be a backup system, Sickbays always have one.
Let's search for it." Kahgar nodded but there was no way for the other to
know it. Ihsaan smiled and spoke up: "Michael, do you remember the stories
our parents used to tell us about restless souls who missed the Balck
Fleet?" Ihsaan asked as the shadow of Warrior Kahgar sized twice on the
wall when he spotted him to check whether he got the message
"Remember?" Michael rolled his eyes. "It used to terrifying me as a child.
My full-blooded mother was very good at them. And I know it is a very un
Klingon thing to admit, but I am not comfortable here. This place has bad
"Indeed, all these dead shell, and I wonder where the souls are..." Ishaan
Lights flickered on at Holden spoke again. =^=There you are.=^= "Thank
you" Ihsaan responded as he closed the channel. At last they have lights,
at low power, but that was better than the palm light. Even if it wasn't
the first time, watching the scene was still a bit surprising and
disturbing. Those bodies had been sleeping for a century. Nobody to take
care of them. Only the silence of space to listen to the last shout they
might have spoken before Death took them. Ihsaan felt sad for them.
Whoever they were, whatever they had done, they didn't deserve to die in
such way. Away from home, without any hope of rest. And now the Klingon
were disturbing their restless sleep. The lights on, Ihsaan wondered
whether they would actually start to wake up, stand and return to their
"My Lord, I think I found something." Kahgar said. Ihsaan went over the
body of a female nurse to reach the warrior. He saw the panel Kahgar had
found. "Good job! This is the backup system, but it should be online."
said Ihsaan. He regretted saying that when he saw the mark of a disruptor
shot. He scanned the mechanism and his tricoder displayed the results: an
ODN relay had been cut with a disruptor shot. Looks like a sabotage.
"Ihsaan to Ty'Gokor's engineers, can you beam up one guy to fix a
Starfleet ODN relay."
=^=Warrior Dolar, here, I send you someone.=^=
"With the backup system online, we will have access to the computer
memory." Ishaan said to Pallara.
"Good. May be we can get some get some better light as well than." Michael
Not long after an energy pattern announced the arrival of the Engineer.
"Warrior Gemek, reporting for duty My Lord" said the Warrior. "The panel
for back-up energy system is right there. The ODN relay is fused, it seems
that it was a disruptor blast. Scan it before proceeding to the repair. I
want to check whether it was a Starfleet phaser or a Klingon disruptor."
instructed Ihsaan. The warrior nodded and began his work.
"What did you biological scan reveal?" Ihsaan asked to Michael.
"Some spores of toxins. Nothing I am familiar with." The Doctor was now
"Maybe a toxin released in the air killed them all. But to do that people
must had access to sensitive part of the ship." Ihsaan speculated.
"Yes. And so far we have not found parts of a struggle. Maybe a spy? I
wonder if he got away."
Ihsaan nodded. He paused, disturbed by something he couldn't determine:
"Well, I served on a Starfleet ship long time ago. Almost during the same
period, about two or three decades after actually. But it was a Science
Vessel, pure exploration. So security protocols weren't that prudent. But
there is something different with this ship. I know Constitution class,
were bigger than Orbeth, but this Sickbay doesn't looks like a normal
sickbay." Now that they had lights Ihsaan noticed how large it was. "It's
larger and yet medical care instruments are not overwhelming."
"You are right. I have done my cadet cruise on a Starfleet vessel and it
was a little different from this one. This might very well have been a
Ihsaan nodded: "Humm..., it looks like they have joint the Science Lab and
"Very interesting." Michael was not really listening anymore, he was
The end of Michael's sentence was underlined by the beeps and other sounds
triggered by the whole system turning online. "Done, My Lord" said the
warrior "I analyzed the residuals. It was faint but enough for the
scanner. It was definitely a disruptor, but not a Klingon energy
signature. Even those we used at that time. The signature is Romulan!" The
word sounded like a thunder! "Thank you warrior, you may go to Engineering
help the other. The sooner we start the warp core the better it will be."
The warrior nodded and exited from Sickbay. ~Doors mechanism is online.
Good news~ Ihsaan thought. He turned to Pallara and spoke up: "We
definitely need to access to their memory bank. Romulan on a Starfleet
ship. Something very bad happened a century ago and we need to know it."
"Yes I agree." He was still studying the bodies. "Can you get in?"
"I am trying." Ishaan said pushing the buttons of the console. It was an
old an primitive ship. Still using lights and manual button. "Computer,
access last record of the Chief Medical Officer"
<> Processing <> said a mechanical male voice.
"CMO personal logs, the Romulan... betrayed us. The whole ship is dying,
Sickbay filters won't hold. Virus is safe. They... will never get it. If
you want it... Humans will understand: 'ashes to ashes'. If you're a real
Starfleet Officer, you will continue what we couldn't... The gaz..."
<> End of Records <> said the mechanical male voice.
Michael whistled. "A Romulan. Those treacherous bastards." He thought for
a second. "Hold on, that means the virus is still onboard somewhere. We
have to warn the others."
Ihsaan considered the message for awhile. "But what did he mean by 'ashes
to ashes'. It must be a human reference... we are not going to take every
piece of the ship to find it. Let's think about it a second." Ihsaan
paused: "It must be easy, at that time Human and Klingon didn't know each
other very well, so maybe the CMO didn't take a complicated reference.
Maybe something every human should know."
"I know they refer to it in the funeral rites. It has something to do with
their religion also so I think. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust." Michael
mused thinking back of all the time he had spent on earth.
"Exactly!" Ihsaan said "There might be a kind of morgue, around. Let's try
to find it." He added.
"Shouldn't be that difficult. Usually it's not too far from sickbay. In
case doctors want to do an autopsy." He punched up some schematics in the
computer. "There it is, just down the hallway. Are you coming?"
"Of course! Let's go." They it wasn't very hard to find the way even if
the corridors were still lowly lightened. In this atmosphere every
cracking sound, every movement of shadows was a test to the nerves. The
antique ship had emerged from the past with her secrets and her drama. Why
now? How could it be undetected for so long. Ihsaan didn't have a precise
stellar cartography in mind, but maybe the Stixx Nebula located half light
year away had kept her in her mantle most of the time. That would explain
the bad shape of the external hull and the ellipse of the ship. Her orbit
could be explained by the Nebula. Ihsaan tried to compute how long it
would take, using the figures they had. ~It might be half way from her
revolution. It could take two centuries to make full ellipse around the
Nebula.~ His thoughts were cut by the whoosh of the doors revealing the
morgue. ~Here we are~ Ihsaan commented
The morgue was quite large and Ihsaan couldn't remember seeing such big
place for a simple morgue in the ships he visited. It was a huge room and
it seemed connected to Sickbay since the backup system restored energy
there too. "When I was on the USS Aurora, someone died, and they made a
ceremony. They sent his shell in space... In a torpedo. They didn't keep
the body very long.
Michael started to look around. "This is bigger than a normal morgue. It
looks more like a science laboratory. What the hell where the humans
Ihsaan shrugged: "According to the records they were preparing a virus."
He paused "with the help of the Romulan. No wonder they developed such
equipments" He started inspecting the place with Pallara.
After a lot of moments and prodding from his superior to move on, Michael
did so. He then found some storage next to the lab. Big dark spaces,
almost big enough to call it a room. Suddenly he held his breath.
The Ship had still few horrors in store for her unexpected visitors. The
lights revealed the memories of a fight lost by the two dead bodies long
time ago. The holes on their chest were the obvious causes of their death.
A precise disruptor's shot. Something that their breather couldn't stop.
But this wasn't the most intriguing fact. The USS Eldridge had a more
terrifying mystery to reveal: Klingon bodies.
"There are Klingon bodies in here. There were no Klingons serving with
Starfleet in those days were there?" Pallara exclaimed.
Pallara was right. The ship was lost a bit after the Klingon and
Federation peace treaty, but still, it was too early for exchange program.
Ihsaan had to wait quite some time before visiting Earth. The virus, the
Romulan, the Klingon bodies, not to mention the historical context, all
those elements were the pieces of a dark puzzle. And Ihsaan had the
feeling that the Klingon Empire was the target. There was no way to know
what happen aboard this ship before getting to the logs. But the logs
would only one side of the story. There were eleven bodies. All dead! "The
stasis was interrupted by the failure of the backup system. And looking at
there expression they died slowly after their awakening. They died slowly
tied up like Targs. We have to do something for their souls or they would
never enjoy Sto-Vo-Kor." Ihsaan looked at Pallara and added: "We should
contact the other, see if they have gathered some information."
When he finished the lights flashed and a terrifying sound came from
outside room. It was as if a century year old howl had finally found his
way. Ihsaan glanced at the bodies wondering if it was one of the warrior's
soul condemned to haunt the ship. A cold air entered. A powerful smell. A
smell full of death and sorrow. A hundred year-old blow coming from the
air ventilation. After a while the disgusting smell disappeared and the
temperature got back to normal. Ihsaan who stood speechless staring at
Pallara found comfort realizing that he wasn't the only one petrified this
manifestation of Death. But he really felt better when they both
understood that the Engineers must have got enough power to restart the
Ihsaan was amused by his own fears: "They must have found a way to get
life support to the optimal. But the conduits were not very clean." He
said on the joking tone.
Michael was trembling, yet he did not want to admit it. "Yes indeed." He
managed to say casually. "Very sloppy." He grinned weakly.
"Michael, until we are completely sure, those bodies have to remain under
quarantine. We don't know whether they have been infected, plus how
contagious this virus is." Ihsaan instructed.
"You just beat me to it. And even worse, I think we have to stay in
quarantine as well, just to be on the safe side. I need medical and
sciences to work on this, and if a year out exactly what these people were
making." Now he was deadly serious.
If the virus had been released with the activation of the air circulation
the whole ship would be contaminated in a matter of minutes. "Understood,
please investigate the bodies and the records of the doctors. I go and
check the Bridge." Ihsaan proposed. He left the Sickbay and opened a
channel with the Ty'Gokor to report the situation. Now no Klingon or human
would transfer from one ship to another. Fortunately no Klingon had
returned after visiting the Eldridge. With his awakening the ship had
released a terrible threat.