Posted 01 August 2015 - 07:16 AM
And now for more. Back from vacation and feeling refreshed so I'm posting. Hope you enjoy the update.
“She’s not waking up, Nat.” They were in his loft. “The longer she’s unconscious the less likely it will be for her to wake up. I don’t want her to die but I don’t want her to spend the rest of her life like this either. It’s my fault.”
“Oh Nick, you have to stop this. You have to just be there for her. It’s all you can do.”
“No, it’s not. I could bring her across….”
“But I stopped you, right? Gee, Nick, I wonder why? Maybe because it’s not about you making the choices, it’s about others making them. Tracy, whether she wants to be brought across or not, it’s up to her. And as for me, it’s also my choice. But you don’t see that, do you? Excuse me while I go and do what some of us mortals do during a crisis.”
“What’s that?” Nick stared at her.
“Pray”, she said, simply. Then Natalie left the loft.
Beka was livid. Dylan calling her paranoid. Well, what if he had been the one who had a double just show up? How would he like it? She bet he wouldn’t. She wished Rev were here but he was away on a Wayist mission. Of course, what she really wanted to know was how this all came about. Time travel again. She got that. It had happened before. But that didn’t explain why the woman was her double. She had to find out, Dylan be dammed. Beka strode down towards Medical.
Trance watched her patient. She seemed to be sleeping peacefully, which was good. For now. They still had the problem of what to do with her. Getting her home was probably the best thing. But how? Trance needed to know some things. She’d like to talk to Tracy. Not now. Tracy needed to heal. Plus, there had to be a reason why she was here. That had to be worked out as well.
Beka barged into Medical. Trance looked up from Tracy. “Oh, Beka--.” She stopped, taken aback. Beka looked so hostile. What was going on?
“Do you know yet, Trance?”
“Why she’s here. Who’s she working for? The Drago-Katsov, I bet. Noone hates us as much as they do. They hate everything we stand for, everything we built. What better way to destroy it then getting a double for one of us on board?’
“Stop it!” Trance grabbed Beka’s arm and led her away from Tracy. “You are so wrong. You don’t know how wrong you are.”
“Shut up, Trance. Dylan already called me paranoid. I’m not. We have no way of knowing what kind of a threat she really is. So don’t give me that.”
Trance could say that she did, in fact, know for sure. But reminding Beka that there were things Trance didn’t say, couldn’t say, wouldn’t help at this moment. “Can’t you just trust us? I’ve never let you down before. Neither has Dylan. You know we both care about you and what we all have here, what we built. We don’t want to risk it.”
“But you are. You don’t know….”
Trance patted her arm. “Yeah, we do. Look, it’s complicated.”
“You don’t have to tell me. Time travel again. I’m heartily sick of that.”
“Well, we’ll figure things out. We just gotta talk to Tracy first.”
“Yeah. That’s who she is, Tracy Vetter. And I’d like to know what happened to her just before she got here. She was either hurt or sick because of the surgery.”
“Yes. She had surgical dressing on her abdomen. And you saw her bandaged head.”
“So that’s your basis for saying she’s harmless. Come on, Trance.”
“Beka, it’s more then that. I have a feeling about her, that’s all. You can call it a hunch.”
“I don’t like it.”
“I know. Why?”
“Well, duh. Trance, she looks just like me. That’s freaky and unreal. Don’t you get that that bugs me?”
“I know. I’m sorry this is freaking you out. All I’m asking is that you give Tracy a fair shot.”
“I don’t know.”
“I can’t force you. All I’m asking is that you trust me like you always have.”
“Fine. I’ll wait and see. But I’m not letting my guard down.”
“I wouldn’t expect you to.”
Beka approached Tracy’s bed. “So, what’s her condition?”
“Well, she’s had some kind of trauma. Judging from her time period and the wound and her profession, I’d say it was a gunshot wound. She’s not in good health. The nanobots should hopefully help, I think but she’s still….”
“Well her head and stomach started hurting her. I came back in here and asked her how she was and she told me.’
“Just like that, she told a total stranger, an alien no less, that she was vulnerable.”
“Well, I did have to work on her.” Trance saw no reason to mention to Beka that Tracy had been eavesdropping. That would not be conducive to instilling trust.
“Well, fine then. I’m sick of this. I’m out of here.” She stormed off.
Trance looked down at Tracy. “I’ll figure out why you’re here. And I’ll do what I can to help you, I promise. I gather trust is hard for you now but you can trust me. Us. I do want to help and I will do my best. So please, try not to worry. You just need to get better all right. So get better.”
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