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From the end a beginning

Posted on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 @ 11:53pm by Fleet Captain Evelynn Haught & Lieutenant Commander Finchley Kerr & Lieutenant JG Yirvass Daar (Prureen) & Lieutenant JG Addison MacKenzie & Lieutenant Shr'Nesh Karadis

Mission: Vivere aut non vivere ...
Location: Lieutenant Commander Kerr's quarters.
Timeline: Current.

Karadis had gotten word the vessel that was transport her former Chief, and herself as honour guard, back to Earth was now on twenty minutes away.

She'd already prepared the body and had started to check it over to make sure that everything was perfect and in place. Leaning over and starring at his face, she took small comfort that his features looked peaceful.

"Not long now and we'll be getting transported off of the Lantau" she said out loud "the Captains allowed me to be your honour guard, which is very gracious of her. It's my first time as an honour guard if I'm honest, so let's hope I do everything prop...."

….and Finchley's eyes opened and swivelled round to look at her.

Karadis screamed in fright and in alarm back peddled very quickly, slamming into the wall behind her and dropping to the floor on her bacside. Frantically she slapped her COMM badge, shouting "KARADIS TO THE BRIDGE, KARADIS TO THE BRIDGE....EMERGENCY, GET SOMEONE IN HERE, NOW!!!!!!!!!!"

[Bridge]

Evelynn jumped up from her command chair and looked back at Lt. Daar. "Have a security team meet me at Karadis's position."

“Chief Brown will be there by the time you are ma’am.” YirVass said then taped his comm badge. =/\=Lieutenant Daar to Chief Brown Meet Fleet Captain Haught the late Commander Kerr’s quarters.=/\=

=/\=On our way Sir.=/\= Chief Petty Officer Brown replied getting up and taking his team to Commander Kerr’s quarters.

[Commander Kerr's quarters]

"Shr'Nesh...what's happening, why am I on a bio bed in my quarters, how did I get here...?" Finchley asked, sounding very confused.

Karadis kept trying to back up, even though she was up against the wall, her feet just slipping and sliding. Her arm shakily stretched out and an accusatory finger pointed at Finchley as she said "NO, YOU'RE DEAD, YOU DIED ON THE OPERATING TABLE IN SICKBAY, HOW CAN YOU BE ALIVE????"

Evelynn arrived just outside the late Commander Kerr's quarters with the security team. "Alright. We don't know exactly what is going on inside so keep your phaser's on stun."

Chief Petty Officer and his team all nodded and checked they were on the correct setting before they all said “Affirmatively set Ma’am.”

Reaching up to the door panel and input an access code. As the doors opened Evelynn wasn't prepared for what she was about to see.

Finchley, by now sitting up, looked round as the doors to his quarters opened. He at once saw Fleet Captain Haught and began saying "Sir, what's happening, how did I get here, I was on the Borg vessel, and now I'm in my quarters....can you explain?"

Evelynn stood there in pure shock, mouth agape and completely stunned into speechlessness. The only words that came out of her mouth were "Doctor MacKenzie. Report to Commander Kerr's quarters at once."

=/\= On my way, Captain. =/\=

"Commander." Evelynn finally breathed out in a hoarse whisper. She still couldn't quite understand what was happening. Finally getting up what ever sense of reality and walked over and pulled up a chair and sat across from the Commander.

"What is the very last memory you have Commander?" she asked.

"I...I...I was on the Borg cube" Finchley began, "Quirelis wanted me to give him the codes, and I kept saying not till I was ready, I wanted to give you as much time to try and rescue the Clip's crew as I could. Then 'he' got angry, extended his tubules and they went into my neck. Next thing I know, I'm waking up here, in my quarters."

Evelynn clasped her hands together and tried to explain everything.

"After you were assimilated by Quirelis the virus that was in your system began to spread. It was also taking its toll on your body as a result of the assimilation." said the captain. "We beamed you and the crew of the Clip back and doctor MacKenzie worked feverishly to try and save you but..." she stopped, a small tear escaped from her eyes and she quickly wiped it away.

"You died as a result of a complication that we still don't understand. Doctor MacKenzie can probably explain it better."

"Well, the truth is, we don't really know what happened," Addison explained. "The nearest I can figure, you died of organ failure. Your body literally shut down from the constant battle for control between the virus, the nanoprobes and the rejection of the implants."

Finchley took a few seconds to take in what the CMO said, then with fear rising inside him asked "So if I died of organ failure, how am I alive now, what readings do you get when you scan me doctor?"

Addison consulted her tricorder. "You are, in fact, very much alive, Commander. I'm showing a significant number of Borg nanoprobes in your system, which could have resulted in the regeneration of your biological systems."

A little frightened to ask the question, but more scared not to know the answer, Finchley continued confusedly "What percent..how much...I mean, am I me...or am I a machine???"

"No," Addison hestitated. "You are definitely not a machine. But I do think that the nanoprobes are the only reason you're alive, and are probably as much a part of you as your heart or your liver. I don't know how much of the implants we'll be able to remove without being fatal."

The realisation of the reply the doctor had given him rocked Finchley. He couldn't begin to take in the whole complexity of the situation, and in confusion turned to the CO and asked "What do I do Sir?"

"I can't answer that right now. As a matter of fact I myself am asking the exact same question." she paused and thought for a moment. "I'm going to place you under the watchful care of Doctor MacKenzie until there is something that can be explained for whats happened. Until then I can't put you back on duty as if nothing happened." she turned at the sound that the young Karadis was making.

"KILL IT!" Karadis shouted "KILL IT NOW, THAT'S NOT THE COMMANDER, THAT'S ONE OF THEM...A BORG!!!"

Pointing to the young woman and looking at one of the security officers. "Get her out of here and take her to sickbay." looking back at the doctor. "Place Mister Kerr in a private room until we can explain things to Miss Karadis.

Finchley looked at his CO and said "Let me try something with Karadis before you do that Sir."

Evelynn nodded for the Commander to continue.

Finchley looked round at Karadis and in a calm voice said "I'm not a Borg Shr'Nesh, it's me....Finchley....your friend."

Karadis shook her head from side to side as she continued trying to back up against the wall, each time slipping back down.

Finchley stretched out his right arm, his hand palm upwards offering her to come and be with him "I'm telling you the truth, I can't explain what's happened, that's for Doctor Mackenzie to try and determine, in the meantime, I can prove to you it's me."

Karadis stopped her squirming momentarily as she asked "How?"

"When we were on the USS Frannery and were taken hostage by 'The Collective' on CX-136 they tortured us, badly" Finchley said.

Karadis nodded, but said "You could have read the report of that and also who the survivors were!"

"That's true" Finchley replied "but you grew closer and made a pact with each other that neither of us would die so long as we could say no or not reply to one more question that they asked us. At the end of every torture session, we said a phrase to each other, that only we knew, meaning we'd managed to say no or remain silent and hadn't answered their questions."

Karadis looked at Finchley, and in unison they both said "They were violent, but I kept silent..."

Karadis slowly stood up "It's really you, isn't it Finchl...I mean, Sir?"

Finchley gave her a smile of relief and nodded his head slowly "Yes, it really is. As I said, I can't explain what's happened, but we'll get to the bottom of this. However, you've had a real fright, so I suggest you do as the Fleet Captain says and go to sickbay and get yourself checked over. If we find out any more information on this, you'll be the first to know...outside of the Doctor, XO, the CO and myself of course."

Karadis nodded as she pushed off from the wall and went over to the Security guards, ready to go with them too sickbay. As she passed Evelynn, she looked at her CO and said "I'm sorry for my reaction Fleet Captain, the situation took me by surprise."

"Its okay Lieutenant. I'm sure any one of us would have reacted the same way." said Evelynn.

Finchley lay out flat again and when Karadis had gone he said "Sir, don't think badly of her, 'we' had...have...a bond between us, and this has scarred the living daylights out of her. She'll come round, just give her a day or so. I'm happy to go wherever and speak to whoever so we can try and sort this out."

Addison deferred to the Captain. "Sir, I'm happy to take your recommendation on this one."

"Just find out what happened doctor. That's the most important thing right now. Also if you feel that the need to bring Lt. Sabine in on this please do so. This is all quite a shock for everyone." said Evelynn.

Addison nodded. "I'm sure they'll have a lot to work through..."

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Fleet Captain Evelynn Haught
Commanding Officer
USS Lantau

Lieutenant JG Addison MacKenzie
Chief Medical Officer
USS Lantau

Lt/Commander Finchley Kerr
Chief Intelligence Officer/2nd Officer
USS Lantau

Lt. Jg. Yirvass Daar (Prureen)
Chief Security/Tactical Officer
USS Lantau

Lt. Shr'Nesh Karadis (PNPC_Kerr)
Assistant Chief Intelligence Officer
USS Lantau

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