CHAPTER 01: Awakening [1700 hrs.] August 20, 2014, 07:19:48 PM [Connor Matthews | Sickbay | USS Theurgy]Fire. Fire rained down from the sky like rain. Fire erupted from the ground in jets of flame, alike to pillars supporting a building. The jets shot up at least fifty feet in the air, seeming to graze the black clouds, touching by the tips of the flames. Bodies lay around the ground, covered in ash. Bodies of his comrades. As Connor walked around, he identified each face. Engineering team. Security Team. Even the Captain. All of their bodies strewn about. The ground was soaked in the crimson blood. Screams could be heard from the near-dying. Screams of agony. Screams of despair. All of them rang through his head as he walked about, trying not to step on the dead. Some he couldn't even tell if they were his comrades, their bodies and faces twisted out of proportion. Out in the distance Connor could see the USS Theurgy, destroyed. Black smoke billowing out of the giant holes that had been made. Fire danced in large amounts upon surface, and even more bodies lay around it. Then Connor saw it. He saw the one body that made his skin go stark white, and every hair on his body stand upright. The body had holes through the chest and stomach. The right arm was twisted out of place. The eyes were wide open staring right back at him. They were devoid of all life. What Connor was staring at, was himself.Connor awoke with a start. His eyes, before shut, now wide open. He banged his right arm against the railing that this bed provided, causing him to curse silently. He looked at his arm, trying to figure out why it was causing him so much pain. He looked to see that it was completely wrapped in gauze. Connor took in his surroundings. He was in the Sickbay. He hadn't been here often, but he had been here enough times to know what it looked like, and it certainly didn't look like his quarters. Connor was confused. Why was he in the Sickbay? Why was his arm wrapped up? Connor was buzzing with questions. He looked around to notice that there were others too. Many others. What exactly happened to all of them? Connor took a moment to clear up his head. He tried to see if he could remember anything about the day before, yet there was a mental block. He knew there was some type of information there, but retrieving the information was a problem. Then it came to him. In slow images, frame by frame.Connor had left his modular shelter to help someone, but who was that someone? The civilian he had been with during the Ishtar Incident. Why was he going to help her? She was going to die, either by Reavers or by the environment. Why were Reavers there? The USS Calamity was attacking both the USS Theurgy and the USS Harbinger. Why was his arm in so much pain? It had been burned when he had been running towards the civilian. The fire hadn't burned his arm though, so what had? The heat from the pulse cannon's blast was close enough to burn his arm. Why was he suddenly in the Sickbay? Because he had become unconscious soon after he had saved her. Connor now felt relieved, but he needed to get back to work. He had to wait to get a report of how long this would take to heal. He waited.