To See You Again
Chapter One: Exodus
Summary: After a shuttle crash, the critically injured captain of Voyage goes missing. Can anyone figure out what happened to her?
The air was cold, the sound of the wind blowing around outside was just about the only thing that could be heard, except for the occasional sound of thunder that followed large bolts of electricity. The air smelt acidic as the plasma radiated though the sky. It was freezing; the cave didn't offer much shelter from the weather. It was open on either end tunneling the wind. Tom had managed to ignite some rocks with his phaser but it didn't do much as far as the cold went, especially with wet clothes.
They flyer had been hit by a plasma charge; they had been caught unaware by the storm. He knelt over the unmoving form of Kathryn. She was badly injured, a large gash ran completely down the right side of her face, he'd mange to stop the external bleeding, but it was the internal bleeding that had him the most concerned. Her hair was mused; curls escaped her normally immaculate bun, clustered together and matted with her blood. Her normally pail skin was ivory, accenting the pinkness of the lipstick that she normally wore.
Tom pressed his combadge again, but it was no use. The storm was causing too much interference for him to get a signal out. He couldn't make it back to the flyer at the moment due to the large bolts of supercharged plasma that were raining down on them. He took a deep breath and sat, there wasn't much he could do; the minimal amount of equipment that was functional in the medkit wasn't enough. She needed advanced medical care, he only hoped that the storm would lift and he'd be able to get her back to Voyager in time. He looked down at the woman before him, and with a voice full of affection he simply stated, "Just stay with me though the night Captain." He took her small hand into his own, hoping that somehow his energy would help to keep her alive.
The light from the sun assaulted his eyes, blinking he became aware of the fact that the storm was over. He blinked several times trying to allow his eyes to adjust to the bright light that now filled the cave. He looked down at the woman that lay before him, she hadn't moved the entire time he'd been asleep. He didn't know when he'd drifted off into the unconscious world. He moved, a grimace playing on his face, the pain from his own injuries radiating throughout his body. He knelt down grabbing the tricorder he had out of his holster.
He closed his eyes and swallowed, she'd made it, but he knew she wasn't out of the woods yet. Her pulse was irregular and her blood pressure was dangerously low, but she was alive. He tried his combadge again, still nothing. Perhaps Voyager was still out of range. He could see the Flyer from where he'd moved to at the front of the cave. He decided that in order to save her life, he'd have to leave her alone in the cave and hope for the best.
It took him just under a half hour to make it to the tiny battered ship, not much of the hull was left. He ducked inside. It didn't time him long to figure out that there would be no transmissions going out, the small vessel too badly damaged. His hike had been in vain. He made sure to grab some extra supplies, as much as he could carry, he'd found another medkit, the equipment was still functional. He knew that this equipment could be the last chance for him to save his captain's life.
After taking one last survey of the beaten and battered craft, he headed back to the cave they'd taken shelter in. A half hour later he was standing at the mouth of the cave. As he walked inside he dropped what he'd been carrying. He looked next to where he'd lit the fire, the captain was gone.