Dave and I are given the night off, and the rest of the marines head back to base. We’re stuck with the two guarding the woman’s cell, at least for now, but still.
Back on board the Endeavour, everything’s back to normal, and I can finally relax.
‘She talked to herself all night, but other’n that, nothing. She didn’t seem violent or anything, that’s for sure.’
The voice outside her cell is talking to her.
‘It’s not a cell, sweetheart, it’s a pod,’ Caleb says, sitting at the edge of her cot, his large, calloused hands splayed out to either side of him, as if to hold himself up.
I smile at him.
‘I know, my love, but they won’t let me out. It feels like a cell.’
‘See what I mean?’ the voice on the other side of the cell says. ‘I think she thinks one of those dead guys is in there with her. Whiiiich… they can’t be. ‘Caaaaaause they’re dead.’
I glare at the voice through the glass door on the pod. He’s one of the ones that found me in the first place, that poked and prodded me, all while hiding in his spacesuit.
I wish I could do to him what I did to the others.
‘Come now, dear, we got your revenge,’ Caleb says, smiling at me. ‘Come, sit.’
I smile and go sit next to him, taking his hand into mine.
‘Right, well, you go have a rest, Dannet. I’ll take a shift. I need to go in and do a more thorough inspection anyway. Scans show nothing, so…’
‘Right, well… take care, eh? Scans show nothing, but she IS talking to herself.’
‘Right, right, I’ll put on a suit. Go rest.’
The first one stands up to leave, and I find I’m not angry at him anymore. Caleb told me not to be, so I’m not.
I smile, and lean back. Back against Caleb, and smile again. His arms surround me holding me tight.
The other one outside, not Dannet, is slipping on a long white suit, with protective gloves, and an air mask. The suit looks baggy, a one-size-fits-all affair, but he doesn’t seem to mind.
Suited up, he grabs a kit from the wall, and walks up to my door.
‘Right, I’d like to come in now ma’am, if that’s alright’.
I look at Caleb, and he nods.
‘Alright,’ I say, sitting up.
The door hisses open, and he steps in, waiting for the door to hiss shut behind him.
‘Do you mind if I take a seat?’
I shake my head, and he steps forward, moving to sit down on my right. Right on top of Caleb.
Caleb smiles, shifts, and now he’s standing at the door. I close my eyes, relieved.
The doctor sits, puts his kit down beside him, and extends his hand. ‘Nice to meet you ma’am, I”m Doctor McBoy.’
I shake his hand, and then Caleb is beside me, whispering in my ear. ‘It’s time to go home, sweetheart,’ he says, looking to the door, ‘time to go home.’
The doctor’s looking at my eyes, looking surprised at something.
He’s even more surprised when his med kit smashes him in the side of the neck, just below the ear. He collapses to the ground, writhing in pain, but I’m already up and moving, the door hissing open and shut behind me. I’m following Caleb.
And we’re going home.
Is Dr. McBoy alright? Is Caleb planning on murdering the entire crew? Will Dannet ever get a piece of the action, a chance in the spotlight, a time to shine, or will he remain offscreen forever?
Find out next week on Endeavour episode 15: Dannet saves the Day!