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CH06: S [D03|1630] On shores of brighter tidings.
ON SHORES OF BRIGHTER TIDINGS.

STARDATE 57654.84
APRIL 18, 2381
1630 HRS

[ Lt. JG Kate Foster | Intensive Care Unit | Main Sickbay | Deck 11 | Vector 02 | USS Theurgy ] Attn: @stardust @Pierce @Griffinsummoner @P.C. Haring

The lights were on.

Power, for the most part anyway, been restored to Main Sickbay. But the grander scope of damage hadn't even been addressed, and would likely take days, if not weeks to fully repair afterward. The Klingon intrusion had wrought havoc of the utmost kind upon the facility, and in the process had caused the loss of many of Kate's peers and colleagues. It would have been safe to say, that everyone was still reeling from what had happened, yet no one had dared to abandon their posts or the patients which demanded attention. A veritable flood of injured personnel had been coming in from all parts of the ship, and given the sheer number of casualties, it had dictated long haul shifts for any and all Medical staff, regardless of how exhausted they might well have been. In fact, many of the staff working in and about the confines of Main Sickbay had themselves been injured during the siege but had continued to work on through whatever pain or discomfort may have come as a result. For her own part, much of Kate's throat had since bruised over to that of a nice shade of purple from when she'd nearly been strangled to death by one of the intruding Klingons. Coincidentally, it had matched the color of the lump that still adorned the side of her forehead, a token of her efforts from even earlier in the day.

Despite the ache of both injuries, she had remained active tending to the patients under her stead. Normally, as the Chief Surgeon, her presence wouldn't have been nearly as prevalent as it was, but given the losses sustained, she'd opted to lend a hand where she could. This had of course afforded her the professional reason needed to justify two of her patients, whom she had wanted to look after for more personal considerations.

Thankfully, Commander Hathev had stabilized from the myriad of wounds she'd suffered at the behest of blade, and claw alike. Kate had only just come to know the Vulcan Chief Counselor at the onset of the day, during a dress-down that had turned into an impromptu session of sorts. But in the short bit of interaction she'd had with her, Kate had found herself surprisingly more at ease than she'd ever before felt in the presence of a Counselor. Then again, no other Counselor had ever given any credence to the emotional turmoil that Kate was suffering through due to her tumultuous relationship with her brother. There was also the matter of how Hathev had quite literally saved Kate's life, shooting the very Klingon that had been so brutally trying to choke the life from her. In the space of a single day, a woman whom Kate had previously found intimidating enough to avoid with deliberate measure, was now someone whom she hoped to have a meaningful interaction with again.

Resting a hand on the unconscious Vulcan's abdomen as she lay beneath covers, her wounds painstakingly attended to by Kate and her surgical staff, the weary blonde let out an exasperated sigh before leaving her side.

Just two beds over Kate stopped at the foot of another of her patients, whom likewise was still unconscious. Lauren, as Kate had finally discovered her name, had apparently stood vigilant at the side of the injured Lone Wolf ever since the battle had drawn to a close. Even when a member of the cybernetics staff had come to attend to the firery woman's damaged synthetic hand, Pierce had requested to remain at Tessa's side. It was an admirable trait that Kate had immediately picked up on, and which had endeared the Ensign to her. It was clear, that Tessa had meant a great deal to Lauren; that there had been a history of some kind there. Given the pleasant interaction that Kate herself had shared with Tessa, she could understand how others might have been attached to her. Approaching the opposite bedside of where Lauren stood, Kate afforded her a pleasant smile before touching Tessa's hand. Her friend, someone whom she'd only just met a few days prior, and whom she sensed a potential deeper interest in, had been through the worst of her injuries under Kate's care, but there would still be a road to recovery for her. The fractures to Tessa's orbital, and the internal bleeding of a ruptured artery had been repaired, but as severe as her concussion had been, Kate knew it would likely take days, if not weeks for her to more fully recover.

"She's doing well." Kate commented to Lauren as her tangerine-gaze went to the bio readouts on the monitor at Tessa's head.

Tessa's improving condition would have to suffice for any positives that Kate could draw upon, as duty had thus far prevented her from fulfilling the desire to check up on other important people in her life. Sadly, there had been a few names that had appeared on the expanding list of dead, a few of whom that had struck a surprisingly painful chord in her. But Kate knew that she would have to settle on an absence of names like 'Scruffy' and even 'Stellan' as the only afforded measure of additional relief during this most disconcerting of times.

"Thank you, by the way." She added, looking across to Lauren without expanding on the specifics of her acknowledgement.



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  • Last Edit: April 19, 2021, 10:01:14 PM by Swift
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[ Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Fisher | Chief Intelligence Officer | USS Theurgy NX-79854 ]
[ Lt. JG Kate Foster | Chief Surgeon | USS Theurgy NX-79854 ]

Re: CH06: S [D03|1630] On shores of brighter tidings.
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[ Ensign Lauren Pierce | Intensive Care Unit | Main Sickbay | Deck 11 | Vector 02 | USS Theurgy ] Attn: @Swift [Show/Hide]

Lauren stood nearby the ICU bed of her best friend, Tessa May Lance, who laid in probably the worst shape she'd seen someone in this side of living. Sure, she'd had her fair share of dead crewmen nearby, but this just felt wrong. Like somehow she felt responsible for this taking place even though that was farthest from the truth. She was lost in her head, still thinking about her own personal demons when footsteps broke her from her mental escapade into the abyss. It was the doctor who commented on Tessa's current status, which still was rough but at least not dead.

"Thank you. She paused momentarily as she looked as if trying to recall information. Her red brow furrowed. "Your name is Dr. Foster...right?" Letting the other woman respond before going forward with her thoughts only this time audibly.

Before she could continue, she heard Kate's quiet thanks erupt from the silence of biobeds beeping in the background. "For what? If you're talking about in there, well, I was just doing my duty. Not to mention I've had a pretty traumatic time in Starfleet." She pulled a chair up close to Tessa and stayed opposite of the doctor. "Tessa and I served at MIMAS Station during the Dominion War briefly. I mean really briefly. I was there a little longer at first but I sort of got Tessa into trouble. Which led to me getting in a Breen P.O.W. camp til the end of the war. It was a long couple of months as you can imagine."

She waved her synthetic hand with a slight smirk. "Tessa's first brush with danger was honestly my fault. I talked her into leaving her quarters when in lockdown and we stole shuttles. Got some great intel back to HQ but I was made to appear dead for a while." She breathed deeply. "So I think Tessa has been living with that for years and I had no way to contact her until I re-enlisted in Starfleet. I poked around a little too much and got noticed which is why I'm here now. But I hoped for our reunion to be on a lighter note than this." Her hand brushed Tessa's arm and she was just in awe of the Lone Wolve's resolve before her. Despite it all, she fought to live.

Lauren shrugged off her apparent dark thoughts and brought a lighter glow to her face. "I'm sorry, I'm Ensign Lauren Pierce. I actually am the great-granddaughter of a Starfleet officer who disappeared back in the tail end of the 23rd Century. My family always feared me joining due to that incident in family history. Couldn't keep the excitement away of exploring the stars I guess."

As she smiled at Tessa, her face looked at Kate. "What did she mean to you? How long have you two been friends?"


OOC: I plan to awaken Tessa in my next thread just a bit groggy and incoherent as she'll be coming too. Just not active duty.
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Lt. JG Tessa May Lance | Wolf-07 [Goldeneye] | USS Theurgy NX-79854
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[ Lt. JG Kate Foster | Intensive Care Unit | Main Sickbay | Deck 11 | Vector 02 | USS Theurgy ] Attn: @Pierce

"That's right. You can... umm, call me Kate, if you'd like."

Casting a thoughtful glance back down upon the still unconscious lone wolf, she listened as Lauren began to go into some detail of her history with Tessa, the blonde surgeon gradually starting to understand what it was that had tied the two of them together. Kate had assumed that they were close friends, but the way Lauren had made it sound, there had been something of an extended break in whatever dynamic existed between them, caused by the Dominion War and her prolonged stint as a Prisoner of War. Thankfully, Kate's own service during the war had been devoid of any capture or imprisonment by the enemy, though she'd not exactly made through unscathed. The story though, of Tessa getting into trouble because of a friend, reminded Kate of her own time spent with the pilot a few nights earlier, wherein she'd similarly led Tessa into a troubling situation during what was supposed to be a simple and fun night out to the holodeck. A smile soon crossed the features of Kate's face as she remembered how their misadventure had unfolded, and that there would hopefully be a second one thanks to Tessa's survival. "I guess it seems Tessa has a knack for knowing people who get her into tough situations." Kate admitted, not necessarily going into the details of the matter just yet. "But she's tough enough to get through them."

A delicate yet still green and red stained hand gently placed on Tessa's shoulder, Kate offered a reassuring smile to Lauren as the Ensign continued on with her story. "I mean, I know it might not be under the most perfect of circumstances, but it sounds to me like Tessa will still be happy to see you again." Turning back to watch Tessa as she lay there, Kate took a deep breath of contentment. The moment of calmness, a respite from all the crisis and disaster that had occurred over the course of the previous day, and even before that, Kate found an almost serenity as she stood in silence beside Tessa and across from Lauren. It was an oddity, how a sickbay could at one instant be a place of hurried movement, panic, and desperation, then in another be one of peace. It felt almost relaxing, and given her own still neglected injuries, Kate hoped to take solace in it all. A chance to just let her mind be at ease, and not worry if even for just a brief moment of time.

"Hmm?" blinking her tangerine-hued eyes a moment, she returned from whatever aloofness had overtaken her as Lauren posed a question.

"Oh... I met Tessa a week or so ago. She'd come to me for a check-up. To be cleared back to full flight status." Kate touched at one of the controls on the bio-bed's consoles that ran along either side of the unconscious woman, calling up the command interface. "We talked a little. Y'know, just general small chat, and getting to know each other a little while going through the standard process." Putting in an order for the bio-bed to run another diagnostic of Tessa's vitals, even though it had just run one a minute earlier, Kate found herself obsessing over the progress of her friend, and realized it was an unnecessary measure to take. "I umm... well, so I then invited her to hang out, since it was the end of my shift. I have a few holodeck programs I like to frequent, and one in particular that I thought she'd get a kick out of." Exhaling as she crossed her left arm over the teal under shirt clinging to her lithe form, Kate left her right hand where it had settled on Tessa's exposed shoulder. "I guess the program was a little... corrupted... and we wound up in this kind of surreal clusterfu--" catching her use of profanity, feeling it wasn't appropriate for the setting, she reclarified. "...umm, mix-up of a bunch of other programs that had bled into the holo-matrix. There were cool cars. Gangsters. A villa with a Boss. It was... intense. But it was also fun, in a thrilling sense."

"Tessa kind of carried me through it. I umm... I'm a Doctor, not a Secret Agent or whatever. Y'know?"

"But we made it through to the end, and we..." stopping again, Kate refrained from mentioning the kiss she'd shared with the other blonde, clearing her throat audibly as she sought a different means of finishing her story. "...anyway, we had fun. She's... umm... just a fun person. I like to think we're friends now." Kate bit her lip as she seemed a little unsure about something, or felt a reservation running through her thoughts. "I don't... I don't have a lot of them. I mean, I'm making some. But... I don't have many of them from before..." conflicted about going into further detail, Kate averted her gaze momentarily.

"...and Tessa was kind to me from the get-go. I guess I'm not used to that anymore."
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[ Lt. JG Kate Foster | Chief Surgeon | USS Theurgy NX-79854 ]

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CH06: S [D03|1630] On shores of brighter tidings
[ Ensign Lauren Pierce | Intensive Care Unit | Main Sickbay | Deck 11 | Vector 02 | USS Theurgy ] Attn: @Swift  [Show/Hide]

[ Lt. JG Tessa May Lance, callsign "GoldenEye" [Show/Hide]


Lauren's intrigue with the woman before her left her puzzled into what type of relationship her friend and the doctor had. Tessa clearly having left some sort of impression on her, much like what had happened to Lauren many years ago. She sighed as she closed her eyes, still sitting next to her comatose comrade who she desperately hoped would wake up.

She shook her head sending crimson-colored hair into her face. Chuckling Pierce thought about the adventure Kate and Tessa had in the holodeck. "I can imagine that was a fun experience despite it all. Sounds like Tessa came to the rescue. Just as you are for her now." She smiled at the doctor with a slight look of being tired on her face. Shooting an arm over to touch Tessa's forearm, she felt a slight tremor in the blonde's arm muscles. Her eyes bulged open as she stared at Kate and then at Tessa.

"Tell me you saw that!" Excitement and panic hit her simultaneously. "Is she waking up already!?" Lauren looked in awe as Tessa began to groan as her black and blue face began to have life coming back to her eyes.

A fog was in her brain as well as difficulty moving. She could move an arm but most of her body seemed like dead weight at present. Her head felt the heaviness of drugs and what one could have thought of as pain, had they not been under the influence. But Tessa began to wake herself from her medical coma. She looked forward, squinting her eyelids to get a more focused look. She could have sworn she saw two of her best friends in the universe before her. One dead, one alive. Holy smokes, I must still be dreaming. It couldn't be her. But as she kept her eyes open, the more they began to focus on the two before her.

"Kate?" a raspy-sounding voice came from her sore vocal cords. "Are we the only two here or am I dreaming? I swear I can see an old friend before me but it can't be."

A huge smile struck the face of Lauren as she realized her friend and her were reuniting despite rather shitty circumstances. "Tessa! It's me! It's Lauren!" She reached over and hugged Tessa as tightly as she could without causing further harm to her friend. Tears of joy hit her hard. "I've missed you so much....so much to explain....but I can tell you more later." Lauren motioned to Kate in hopes to give her a chance to reunite as well with the pilot who almost wasn't anymore.

Still weakened from the battle, she tried to sit up some to get a better look. "Holy smokes...it is really you. I...I look forward to talking about your adventures soon Lauren. You don't know how great it is to finally see you again. Hathev told me you were aboard but, I just couldn't believe it...and I had to fly..." A sheepish smile pursed her lips.

"Of course..." She stood up and decided to let Kate and her talk for now. "Well, in the meantime, let the doc take a look at you. You look like shit Tess. But glad to have you back. I've got to run and check in with the others but I'll be back to visit later. I promise." A look of relief at her friend's awakened state gave her the energy she needed to go on with her day now that things were for the most part calmer, at least for them. She waved to the two of them and stepped out into the halls as the door wooshed behind her.

"I...I just can't believe it's her." Tessa shook her head slightly but only because she felt pain from doing so. "So Kate, how do I look?" She smiled with as much fun as she could muster despite the situation they'd all been through.
  • Last Edit: June 01, 2021, 11:28:53 PM by Pierce
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Lt. JG Tessa May Lance | Wolf-07 [Goldeneye] | USS Theurgy NX-79854
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[ Lt. JG Kate Foster | Intensive Care Unit | Main Sickbay | Deck 11 | Vector 02 | USS Theurgy ] Attn: @Pierce @Griffinsummoner

In a relative instant, Kate had relived the impromptu misadventure she'd shared with Tessa in the Holodeck and began to feel an unmistakable sense of fondness for how she and her fellow blonde had interacted. They had been surprisingly good together, playing off of one another as they went through the strange scenario that the computer had concocted for them, doing their best to roll with the punches as they came. It shouldn't have been as fun, and as exhilarating as it had been, yet Kate couldn't deny how neat it was to stand beside an actual fighter pilot, and to an extent have held her own. There was something about Tessa, that had brought a different side out of Theurgy's Chief Surgeon; a something that Kate hadn't experienced in quite some time. It had been the sort of an altercation that had allowed her to feel more like the woman she was before she had so nearly screwed it up beyond reproach.

One of two that she'd been through since arriving aboard Theurgy, the other having come in a similarly impromptu occasion with a scraggly systems engineer.

'I wonder what he would think about how Tessa and I managed our Holodeck shenanigans.' Kate wondered for a moment.

"Hmm? Oh! Yeah, I saw it!" She acknowledged Lauren as she pointed out that the Lone Wolf was coming to. There was a surge of endorphins and adrenaline which sought to overwhelm the petite blonde, yet she fought the urge to react as overtly excited as Lauren had. "Yeah, I think she is." Reaching for a nearby medical tricorder, Kate flipped it on and began waving it over Tessa's midsection to check for increased vital signs which would have confirmed their suspicion, yet before she could voice it, the pilot began stir from her unconscious state, and even seemed to appraise both Kate and Lauren. There was an almost quizzical sense in the bruised yet still alluring features of her face, and Kate cocked one of her own sharp eyebrows higher than the other.

"No. You're not dreaming." She said, a tone of glee and amusement betrayed in her voice as she touched a hand against Tessa's forearm in a supportive manner, a wholly instinctive gesture meant to espouse the fondness that Kate had begun to feel for her friend.

"It's really Lauren." She confirmed, peering with a warm smile to the red-haired girl to her right.

She felt her own heart melt a little at the display of pure emotional catharsis that Lauren went through as she gave into her joy, something that Kate never got tired of witnessing as a Surgeon. Her profession was often fraught with moments of pure sadness and sorrow, but there were also times where utter and pure happiness could be found, like when a friend was reconnected with someone, they'd not seen in so long a time, who had very nearly succumbed to her injuries and wounds but had survived despite it. Moments like this one, and Kate very nearly let herself be consumed by the warm moment being shared by Tessa and Lauren but managed to stonewall herself just enough. "Lauren here saved your life." She explained. "Even helped to save mine too. She hasn't left your side yet." She nodded sweetly to the Ensign as the latter motioned to her to have her own moment.

More reserved due to her need to remain professional, at least for the moment, Kate simply let her hand idly find Tessa's and grasp it firmly as she leant in and smiled to her friend.

"Feel free to come and go as you want, Lauren. I'll make sure the receptionist knows to admit you. You're welcome here anytime." Kate knew that standard procedure dictated a certain modicum of lockdown for the ICU during certain hours, but given the debt she'd owed to Lauren, and how she knew it would be beneficial to the recovery of Tessa, she figured it wouldn't hurt to bend the rules just a little bit. "...and thank you again, Ensign. For... well, for everything." Breathing softly as Lauren then disappeared into the main corridor, Kate turned her attention back to Tessa, her free hand going to touch at one of the controls displayed behind her, ordering an active scan on Tessa's condition. "Yeah, she's really real." Kate re-confirmed, offering something of a little giggle at the disbelief evident in Tessa's expression. "You seem to have some really good friends." She winked.

"Well..." she paused, tilting the pate of her head just enough that the tuft of blonde hair she kept pinned behind her ear slipped free. "...I'd be lying if I said you're winning any beauty competitions today. At least any that I'm not judging." She playfully winked, then peered at the readings that began to show on the monitor, making note of a minor irregularity in the chemical analysis of Tessa's blood. "But in no time, you'll be back on your feet and turning heads as you walk on by." She had been about to release her gentle grip on Tessa's hand so that she could administer a medication which would correct the irregularity she'd detected, when there came a smile which elicited a pause in Kate.

"Important question is, how do you feel?"
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[ Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Fisher | Chief Intelligence Officer | USS Theurgy NX-79854 ]
[ Lt. JG Kate Foster | Chief Surgeon | USS Theurgy NX-79854 ]

Re: CH06: S [D03|1630] On shores of brighter tidings.
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[ Lt. JG Tessa May Lance, callsign "GoldenEye" | Intensive Care Unit | Main Sickbay | Deck 11 | Vector 02 | USS Theurgy ] Attn: @Swift @Griffinsummoner [Show/Hide]

Seeing Lauren leave left Tessa slightly saddened but she figured they'd meet again soon. Although with everyone going off on different missions, she wasn't sure when that would be. She knew she would be staying put on the ship for some time to recoup. The smile was still strewn on her face as she listened to Kate's responses to her. A slight chuckle made her shake some much to her dismay as the pain in her head and chest felt a little more painful than it had moments before. The comment about not winning any beauty pageants hit her funny bone.

A flicker of concern showed on Kate's face with some reading. Tessa herself wasn't very concerned. She felt given the circumstances fine. Especially with the feeling she had as their hands were clasped together on the biobed. The warmth of their hands stuck together gave her an interesting sensation in the pit of her stomach that elicited a slight shiver but in a welcome manner. Decidedly she looked up into the eyes of the good doctor who had shared an exciting holodeck adventure with her recently and felt a charge wash over her.

"Well Kate, I feel fine. Or as fine as one can be after crashing her Valkyrie into the fighter bay to avoid a real explosive way to take me out." She smiled and concern came over her, eyes flickered as she met the gaze of Dr. Foster once more. "How are you doing sugar?"
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Lt. JG Tessa May Lance | Wolf-07 [Goldeneye] | USS Theurgy NX-79854
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