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Nightmares Tell Us What to Pray Against

Posted Sept. 29, 2023, 11:34 p.m. by Lieutenant Commander Bethany Kovra Gadi (Chief of Security) (Jennifer Ward)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Aasrel Izei (Chief Medical Officer) in Nightmares Tell Us What to Pray Against

Posted by Lieutenant Commander Bethany Kovra Gadi (Chief of Security) in Nightmares Tell Us What to Pray Against

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Aasrel Izei (Chief Medical Officer) in Nightmares Tell Us What to Pray Against
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Aasrel woke near the end of the sequel and reached for Bethany’s hand again. Suddenly remembering she was sick, he peeked at her to see if she was awake.

~ Aasrel

It probably didn’t look comfortable leaned over against the bed perched on a functional, but without comfort, chair. Despite that she was sleeping quietly. The moment his fingers touched her hand she was instantly awake. Her head lifted and her gaze settled on him. “Hey. Everything okay?”

Bethany

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to wake you.” Aasrel said, his responses still coming a bit slow. “Are you comfortable like that? You need sleep.”

~ Aasrel

“It’s okay. I’m a light sleeper. You know that,” she grinned softly and winked at him. “It’s not the most comfortable spot I’ve ever slept in, but not the worst either. I need to be here with you.” She sat up so her wouldn’t have to move his head too much to look at her. “Do you want more juice?”

Bethany

Aasrel smiled and reached for her like he wanted to hug her. “I want you here. I just don’t want your health to suffer because I wanted this procedure done.” He nodded, a slight up and down movement of his head. “Yeah, more juice would be good.”

~ Aasrel

Bethany stood and settled on the edge of the bed and hugged him for a long moment. “I’m sure they will make me lay down when it is time for my hypo. I just don’t want you to fall asleep and then wake up alone.” She didn’t want him to be scared or confused.

Aasrel tightened the hug as much as he could. “Thank you. I… I don’t want to wake up alone.”

She reached for the cup and held it for him until he had a firm hold on it. “I am being very good and very cooperative. I think Th’rethiss is suspicious that I might be up to something.”

Bethany

Aasrel made sure he had a good grip before Bethany let go of the cup. He took a drink of the juice. “You are up to something. Maximizing your time with me.” Then he smiled at her.

~ Aasrel

Bethany laughed softly, “Can’t keep secrets from you, can I? Ah the mystery is gone. How will I keep you interested now?” she teased. When he was done with the juice set the cup back on the table. “I liked the movie. Why was it your favorite?”

Bethany

Aasrel was quiet for a moment, brows knit together. Then his face cleared and he looked at her with another smile. “Don’t need mystery to keep me here.” Her question made him think for a couple minutes. “…I liked the idea of it, when I was a kid, I think. The… the world building, you know?”

~ Aasrel

Bethany smiled, “It was very well done. World building is complicated. You have to know the physics of the world you create and adhere to those laws. Otherwise the story isn’t believable.” She thought a moment, “It’s not a movie, but there was a very old TV show, early 21st century, that was similar. Not for children though.”

“What was the show called?” Aasrel asked.

Charmed. It’s about three sisters who don’t know that their whole family had magic. When they find out their parents and grandparents have died and they have to figure it out on their own while they usw their maguc to fight evil.”

“We should watch that sometime,” Aasrel said.

“We can do that. Their shorter, less than an hour each. There are lots of them too, so we won’t run out soon.”

“What other fantasy movies do you like?”

Bethany

Aasrel listed off a couple other betazoid fantasy movies. He gave short descriptions of each. “What about earth movies?”

~ Aasrel

“Oh, I like most genres. I really like early cinema. I guess because it really shows the ingenuity and imagination of the actors and directors. Before all the digitized effects and such.” Bethany grinned suddenly, “Oh I bet you would like the Marvel super hero movies. There was a large surge of them, all inter connected at the beginning of the 21st century. I guess people really needed to believe in good triumphing over evil then.”

Bethany

“I guess so. Maybe we can watch one of them later.” Aasrel closed his eyes and squeezed her hand. “My head… it hurts.” It was because of the surgery, but it was getting close to time for another dose of pain meds.

~ Aasrel

Bethany rubbed his hand. “I’ll get Harkins.” It might be because of the surgery, but the last time he said his head hurt something was really wrong. She stood up and walked toward the door. She didn’t even have to go looking. Harkins saw her and came in to check on him. “How are you feeling Dr. Izei?”

Bethany

Aasrel reached for her, not wanting her to leave. But she didn’t have to go far before she stopped, and then she and Harkins stepped into the room. “My head just hurts.” His responses were still slow but no more than before. He was fine.

~ Aasrel

Harkins checked his read outs and did a thorough scan of his head. “It is almost time for your medication. I will bring these scans to Th’rethiss and then be back with your medicine.”

He scrunched up his face. “It just really hurts.” His vitals and readouts looked okay. The scans of his head showed everything the same as after the surgery. The pain was a result of the surgery.

“He’s out of juice. Can he have more?” Harkins nodded, “How does your stomach feel? Is the juice helping?”

Bethany

Aasrel nodded, a slow and gentle nod. “It helps. I’m a little nauseous but it’s going away.” He reached for Bethany’s hand again. The fact he wasn’t trying to push himself or argue or ask how long he’d be here would tell Bethany he must still be really out of it. He still felt confused and lost and tired along with his pain and mild nausea.

~ Aasrel

Harkins hurried away. Bethany sat and held his hand. “Would you like me to turn the lights down?”

Aasrel nodded gently again.

Bethany turned off the PaDD and then lowered the lights for him. There was enough light from the monitors and his doorway for her to still easily.

Jonan came in with a pitcher of juice and water as well as a tray of food for Bethany. He left as quietly as he entered. Harkins was back 5 minutes later with a hypo. “Dr. Th’rethiss also prescribed something for the nausea.” She pressed the hypo to his neck and it hissed as the medicine spread into his system. “He would like you to be able to start eating soon. Your body needs the fuel to heal. Once the medicine kicks in, we will try sitting up more. If that goes well we will get you some soup or jello or similar.”

Bethany

“Okay.” He squeezed Bethany’s hand and then let it go so she could eat. The meds started to help a little pretty quickly and Aasrel seemed to perk up a little. “Leyath soup.” He said. It was a Betazoid soup easy on the stomach and often given to sick children, sort of like chicken noodle soup.

~ Aasrel

Harkins nodded. “I’ll be back in a few and we’ll raise you up a bit more. If your vitals stay even, I will get you some Leyath Soup.”

Bethany smiled. “Did your mom make that for you when you were a kid?” She didn’t start eating; she would wait for him.

Bethany

Aasrel took a minute thinking, then nodded. “There was one time when I had a really bad stomach virus. I was… ten, I think. It was all I could keep down for a week.” He looked at her tray, sighed, and reached up and tapped it. “You can eat.”

~ Aasrel

“Uncle Kian would make me chicken soup when I was sick. He always kept some frozen and the smell would fill the whole house. He would keep it on the stove all day.” Bethany looked at the food. “I was going to wait for you.”

Bethany

Aasrel smiled. “That sounds nice.” He looked at her with a look like… maybe he felt bad? “What if they don’t let me eat yet?”

~ Aasrel

“Then I will eat while you have your juice,” Bethany answered promptly. “Are you feeling sick? The meds should have started helping by now.” She was worried, and would be about every little thing until she knew he was going to be okay.

Bethany

“They are helping,” Aasrel said. “I feel a little sick, but less than before.” He looked up at her, reaching for her hand. “Please don’t worry too much. I… I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you worry. I wanted… myself back so bad. I should’ve waited so we could worry about your health.”

~ Aasrel

Bethany took his hand. “Worrying is part of it all. You don’t need to apologize for wanting yourself back.” She shrugged, “We would have waited, but the chance was there. We took it. You didn’t force me into it. It was just a coincidence of events. But now you have to listen and focus on healing, so you get better. Heal completely.” She put both her hands over his. “Rel, don’t feel like that. There was no reason to put off your healing just because mine will take longer.”

Bethany

Aasrel took her hands and squeezed. “It would’ve been okay if… I mean, I never expected what happened to happen. I’m going to be recovering for months. And I just want you better.”

~ Aasrel

Months? Bethany kept the surprise off her gaze. Th’rethiss had originally said weeks. The swelling must have been really bad then. “I didn’t expect it either. You are going to get better, so I have no regrets. My turn will come.” She picked up his cup and handed it to him. Harkins came back soon after to help him raise his bed more and see how he did.

Bethany

It was weeks until his head would be healed. Months was for the mental confusion and cognition issues. Aasrel took his cup from her and drank some more juice. “It has to. It just has to.” He said quietly.

Bethany was positive he would be better sooner than that. She was certain now that the Borg implant was gone and the donation given, his Betazoid brain would take care of the rest. Until then she would help him as she could.

Raising the bed had to be done slowly or Aasrel would get too dizzy. They weren’t able to sit him all the way up. He was sitting, but reclined. He was so hungry he wanted them to let him eat.

~ Aasrel

Harkins watched his vitals, staying until she was certain rather than making him wait. She hurried out and returned with a wide mouthed coffee cup filled with the mouthwatering aroma of Leyath Soup. “I thought this would be easier than a spoon. Take the first few slowly to ensure your stomach doesn’t protest, alright. Cmdr Gadi I expect your tray to be clean.”

“Yes, ma’am.” Bethany grinned and reached for the roll on her tray.

Bethany

Aasrel gratefully and carefully accepted the large cup and took a slow sip, getting food as well as broth. He set the cup down to see how the first little bit settled on his stomach. He still looked like he felt bad, staring mindlessly at the cup.

~ Aasrel

“I think after this maybe some more sleep. I can put some music in for background noise.” She jnew she would have to go take her meds soon. They would insist she lay down while the worst of the side effects wore off. For now she ate. Slowly so he didn’t feel rushed to finish.

Bethany


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