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I awoke to bright lights in my eyes and found myself in the infirmary, IVs extending from my arms and a bandage on my forehead. Apparently I’d cracked my head when I passed out.

One of the med techs noticed my return to consciousness and came over to me.

“Welcome back to the land of the living! How do you feel?” she asked.

“Surprisingly rested,” I replied.

“And it’s no wonder. You’ve been unconscious for two days.” She leaned over me and began removing the needles from my arms. “As soon as you feel able, Captain Harrigan wants you to report back to the bridge.”

I nodded in assent, and as soon as I was free of the lines, I swung my legs out of bed and began to dress. The tech continued to talk.

“The captain must have been really worried about you,” she explained. “He was down here to check on you every few hours while you were out.” The surprise and curiosity in her voice was understandable. So far as anyone knew, Harrigan was close to no one.

I bid her farewell and made my way back up to the bridge.

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  1. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Begin the story here:

    And @SSC and @THX, I can see a conclusive end to this series on the horizon, unless you want to continue it indefinitely. Thoughts?

  2. Avatar HSAR

    Probably not a bad idea. It’s gone on much longer than I’d initially expected. If you want to steer it towards an ending, by all means give us increasingly obvious hints.

  3. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Aye, will do, then. :)

  4. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Interesting stuff. The writing is straight forward, but it works for the sterility of the med bay and the dialog. I thought the two days was a bold move, really steps us back from the action.

    This is your guys’ baby. I’m just adding some color commentary and touches of humanity. Do as you will, but make it a good death.

  5. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Yeah, I gave that one a bit of thought before committing to it. It just felt right for the context. I feel like the story’s in the final run now, and I know, for my part, I plan to get all reveal-y, so the pace is going to slow down just a skosh. And if we can drive the next few installments the way I hope, I think the ending will be pretty cool. :)

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