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The Broken and Bruised

Posted on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 @ 2:33pm by Commander Tavis Inahri & Lieutenant Commander Kazyah Linn & Lieutenant Commander Bear Jasper & Commander Magnus Hawkins & Lieutenant JG Cassandra Thorn PhD

Mission: Mission 1: Dirty Little Secret
Location: Sickbay - USS Odyssey
Timeline: Mission Day 39 - 1512 hours

Sickbay was a spike in energy as Tavis stepped into the roil of people running around and helping the injured. Though there were multiple Sickbays on board, this was the main area and specifically had four patients he was very interested in. Cassandra Thorn, Bear Jasper, Magnus Hawkins and Kazyah Linn all laid in a biobed.

Seeing the four of them there was a shock to the Commander as he wasn't expecting any of them to be patients. Locking eyes with his XO, or at least the eye that was still in its socket, Tavis quickly moved to his bedside.

"Commander, what happened?" Tavis asked, glancing over at the other three.

Hawk was a broken sight to behold. An osteogenic stimulator bound his right arm from elbow to shoulder. A cytoplasmic stimulator was strapped to his forehead that was rebuilding his ocular cavity. Multiple anabolic protoplasers were affixed to his bare upper body as they tended to his fractured ribs as evidenced by purple and yellow bruising all throughout his torso.

"Can you be more specific?" Hawk asked, his speech slightly slurred as one side of his jaw didn't move as freely as the other. He chuckled at his own remark, which made him cough and hack with pain. "I found Cassie dead with a broken neck. Bear wasn't far away. I pursued Linn to the Security Office and did my damnedest to apprehend him. We fought like dogs. Next thing I know, I woke up here."

Tavis' heart sank as the news of Cassie's demise set in. Someone had died, on his watch, and he couldn't help but feel responsible. His feelings of despair quickly turned to anger as he set his eyes on his old friend, Kaz.

Moving past his XO's biobed to the one next to him, he grabbed the man by the shoulders, shaking him. "Why would you do that?!" he asked, his voice cracking with pain.

"Sir, he's still unconscious," said the medical officer standing at the foot of the bed. "We haven't been able to awaken him."

"I'm not sure why that is..." Hawk said with hesitation. "I'm... I'm honestly not sure who won our bout. It got ugly." Flashes of savage brutality went across his mind's eye. "Real ugly..."

Consciousness slowly started to bleed back into Bear's brain with an apparent passion for unsettling pain and random snapshots of the last scene he'd witnessed. Eyes closed, his frustratingly lethargic mind started to process the fact that his whole body remained unwilling to move, even as a deeply felt shame permeated through its emotional depths.

"Sir," the medical officer called. "Sir, Commander Jasper is waking up."

Tavis turned from Hawk, his eyes going directly to the furthest biobed where his old friend laid. "When will he be able to talk? Is he ok?"

The medical officer nodded. "His injuries were minor," he said as he passed the tricorder sensor over the security chief's body. "He should be able to talk shortly."

Tavis walked over to the biobed. He gently placed a hand on Bear's shoulder. "Bear, can you hear us?"

Through fuzzy noise, Bear heard their voices. Without opening his eyes, he managed a non-committal pained growl of an exhale, and utterly failed to give the thumbs up he wished to aim at Tavis. His brain was still working on movement, but after a few moments he found words. "Yeah," his voice rumbled. "I hear ya." Short pause. "Kaz okay?"

The mention of his name made Tavis' blood boil. "I don't care about that traitor right now, friend. I'm just glad you're alright."

Bear managed a half-assed frown, and opened one eye to regard the Oddy's captain. "It wasn't him," he said.

At hearing Bear's voice, Hawk heaved a sigh of relief. The last clear look he had on the man was full of doubt as to whether he was even alive. But what did Bear mean it wasn't him?

"Good to see you breathing," Hawk croaked across the med bay to Bear. "Whaddya mean it wasn't him? I thought you and Cassie were dead. Who else could've attacked you?"

With a grunt of effort, Bear tried to sit up, his nervous system still protesting the close-range stun shot enough to fight him on this score. He swore under his breath before turning his head in Hawk's direction. "Cassie's dead?" Bear asked, concern heightening the question, then as an afterthought, he added. "You sound like crap - what happened?"

Hawk shook his head. "I caught him. Fought him. Apparently dropped him." His head swung around to look at Kaz in another biobed. "Not rightly sure how either of us got here."

"Looks like he dropped you," Bear said, finally pushing himself up into a seated position. He rubbed the back of his head as he took in the view of the room and wasted a moment in staring at the motionless forms of both Kaz and Cassie. Then Bear's attention turned back to Tavis as he answered Hawk's question. "She shot me," he said with a bitter edge to the words. "Cass shot me."

"Either I hit my head or you did," Hawk said, "'cause it sounded like you said Cass shot you."

"You look like Kaz rattled yours pretty hard," noted Bear, now able to get a better look at the Oddy's XO. "360 degree vision's an upgrade though," he added with a wry smile that shifted swiftly into a deep and serious frown. "Yup," he confirmed. "It was Lt Thorn who shot me. She's a quick draw for a c..."

Bear's voice tailed off as he saw the prone figure on the biobed between them, and the lack of vital signs on the display above. He gripped Tavis' arm tightly. "She's dead?"

Tavis put a hand on Bear's, giving it a little squeeze as he nodded his head.

His eyes closed and the Oddy's Chief of Security banged his skull back against the bed beneath him. Bear's free hand clenched in a white-knuckled fist as he scrunched his face in silent agony of all of those realisations. Hawk was a broken mess. Cassie was a dead... even in his own mind he struggled to add the inevitable word... traitor.

"So what's the angle here?" Hawk asked aloud. His head still felt cloudy, but he couldn't help but attack the obvious conundrum before them. "Kaz killed her before leaving the brig, so she obviously wasn't working with him. She fired on Bear because he stood between her and her objective. Out of all the places to go in the ship, Kaz went to the security office. I thought at first he was making a go for the nearby armory, but he was at Bear's office." He glanced at Bear. "We, eh, wrecked it, by the way." Looking back to Tavis, he continued, "For what purpose? He was a rat in a trap in there."

"I'm not sure, yet," Tavis said, looking at the unconscious body of their target. "I think that we'll need to have a conversation with him, just the three of us, to get more information. Hopefully we'll be able to shed some light on the situation after that."

 

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