They’re alive. Both of them.
30 seconds later, they’re on the Frank, and we’re working on them. Suits off, oxygen masks on, nanites to speed oxygen to the limbs, hopefully we can save them.
We won’t know till we hit the Endeavour, not really.
But this is what I came here for. This is why we all came here.
They somehow survived the hours it took us to find them. With any luck…
With any luck they can survive the next few as well.
The women made it. They were confused when they woke up, panicked, calling for each other immediately, panicked, frightened.
But they made it. Safe. Alive.
After the carnage from whatever happened to the Genesis… after finding out the number of passengers on the manifest… news that they made it, it was good news.
But the best news of all came after the UEE showed up, after they took over the investigation of what happened to the Starliner; took over custody of the two women.
Dr. McBoy said two words, and two words were all it took to almost make everything better again.
‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ he said, speaking over the intercom from his Captain’s chair, his mustachioed face plastered across every station and screen on the ship, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, for the past three months you have all worked, non-stop, to protect, to heal, to serve this sector of space. You’ve seen Vanduul attacks, and madwomen, you’ve seen chaos and confusion and all too often, death.’
I said Dr. McBoy said two words to make everything seem better again. I never said they were the only two words that he said.
‘I am proud of each and every member of this crew, this team. This family. You have all kept your heads and gone above and beyond the call of duty, even as you faced pressures most crews will never even have nightmares about.’
It was at this point in Dr. McBoy’s speech that I have to admit, I started drifting off a bit. Never been good at long speeches and soliloquies; they just seem… I don’t know. Boring? Unnecessary? Like at the end of bad SataBall movie, where the coach has a long, passionate speech to rally the team. Who listens to those?
And more importantly, who talks like that?
I don’t know.
See, look, I’m only remembering the speech Dr. McBoy was giving, and already I can’t pay attention.
Let’s get back to the important part.
‘- continue, but I’ll stop here. But before I finish, again, I have to say. I won’t single out anyone for their work, you have all done amazingly. I only have two more words to say, to thank you all for all your hard work these past months.
Ladies and Gentlemen; it’s time for shore leave.’
And there you have it. Shore leave.
Do two more perfect words exist in the English language? If you’re crazy, you’d say of course they do, and start quoting things like ‘Cellar Door’, or ‘Free Food’, or ‘Oral…’ you know what, never mind that one.
All that matters right now is those two, short words.
Find out what happens during Shore Leave, next week, on Endeavour, Episode 19 – Shore Leave? More like Bore leave, am I right? Anyone? No?