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Hooked On A Feeling

Posted on Wed Jun 7, 2017 @ 10:41pm by Captain Edward Pearson & Commander Jeannie Sherebrook & Ensign Eli Avirett

Mission: The Eye Of Sin
Location: A Deck - Captain's Ready Room
Timeline: January 2, 2157 - 0945 Hours

Everything but the helm and main engineering was back in the mens' control. This meant that Endeavour was still heading for the star system designated as C-121. What was waiting for them there? Eddie didn't know. Ensign Tanet would be able to give him some answers fairly soon but the Captain felt that there was something more to the troubling behaviour of the women that they wouldn't be able to find out from a simple sensor scan. Eddie's only course of action at this point was for him to get some answers from the woman that he loved who also happened to be his First Officer.

He carried her into his ready room and set her down gently into the comfy chair that was located next to the filing case. As Eddie waited for Ensign Avirett to arrive, he sat on the edge of his desk and simply watched Jeannie, hoping that in some way the motives behind her actions might suddenly be revealed to him.

Eli pressed the door chime to the Captain's Ready Room.

"Come in," Eddie called. He stood back up fully and held his hands behind his back.

Eli walked in. "You wanted to see me, Captain?"

"Good work on the sedative. It worked perfectly," he told him, before adding, "Now that we've regained control of the bridge, I need you to wake up the Commander."

Eli looked at the figure of the Commander, slumped in the chair. He noticed that she wasn't restrained. "Maybe she should be restrained, sir....for her own safety?"

Eddie shook his head to signify that it wasn't needed. "She isn't going to hurt anyone. If she'd wanted to, she would have before we got to this point."

"Yes sir." Eli opened his medkit and withdrew a hypo that contained a stimulant. He pressed the hypo against the Commander's neck and pushed the button. "She should regain consciousness within minutes, Captain." He put the hypo back in his kit.

"Thank you," Pearson said with a nod. "Check on the others. Make certain that they're okay."

"Of course, Captain. Call me if you need me, sir." Eli left the Captain's Ready Room and headed to the bridge to start checking the women.

When the door closed, Eddie returned to his desk and rolled his chair out in front of Sherebrook. He then sat down and waited for his love to come to.

A soft groan escaped Jeannie's lips as she regained consciousness, her hand going to her head which was pounding. As her eyes flickered open, she caught sight of Eddie and frowned, trying to work out why her location seemed so wrong. "What happened?" she asked through dry lips, trying to figure it out but her mind was still too clouded.

Eddie chose not to pull any punches. "We've retaken the bridge," he informed her. "The other women are being secured as we speak, just as you've been. We need to talk."

Jeannie looked panic-stricken as she said "We have to remain on course." she began to get up but found that her head was swimming the moment she tried to stand.

"For the moment, we still are," Eddie told her. "I couldn't break your security lockout although I expect Ham is working on it. Jeannie, where are you sending us to?" he asked, in a demanding tone.

"Truthfully?" Jeannie looked at Eddie, "I don't know exactly, but I do know that if we don't get there it'll be bad." she replied, frowning a little because whilst the drive to get to the location was strong, the reasoning behind it was still a total mystery to her. "I think I'll know more when we get there."

That wasn't much to go on. "Bad in what way though? Will Endeavour be in danger? Or does it have something to do with the planetary system that we're going to?" Pearson asked her.

Jeannie pressed her forehead with the palm of her hand and tried to clear her thoughts but everything was just as vague as ever. All she felt was the same overwhelming need to get to where they needed to go. "I-I don't know." she finally replied, her voice pained.

Eddie reached forward and touched her cheek. "You're going to need to give me something more than that," he told her. "Are the other women experiencing what you are? "

"They all feel it." Jeannie nodded, "It's like I'm filled with a desire to get to those co-ordinates that is so strong that I'll do anything to get there." she tried to explain as she looked up at him, her voice shaky, "And I mean anything Eddie...this feeling it's...it's overwhelming. And every single one of them feels it too."

"Do you think that the headaches and the alien probe have anything to do with how these feelings came to be?" Eddie then asked.

She nodded. "It's the only explanation. Until the incident with the probe, my head wasn't filled with any of this." she looked up at him and asked "But why only us women?"

Whilst they lacked the evidence to prove their observations for definite, Eddie did have to agree with the direction their thoughts were leading them in. It had to be the probe. "I don't know. What are the chances that we'll get the answer to that question if I allow the ship to make it to the destination you've set?"

"I don't know why but I feel it in here." she placed a hand on her heart, "I have no idea what we'll find when we get there but somehow I just know that we'll get answers."

Pearson nodded in understanding before standing up straight. "Will you tell the others to stand down if I allow Endeavour to continue? And restore helm control?" he asked her.

She was silent for a moment as she weighed up the offer. This was Eddie, her Eddie and his word meant everything to him. With a sigh, she nodded, "I will."

"Thank you." Eddie had to admit that this had gone better than he thought it would. He was immensely glad that Jeannie seemed to be okay. "You could have explained all of this to me, you know," he said.

"No...I couldn't." she replied, her voice pained, "It's hard to explain but we're being driven by something that's not rational and doesn't make any sense." she sighed, "I couldn't risk you saying no."

"I think I understand," he recognized. "I'm glad that you and the others didn't do anything that was harmful to the rest of us, considering you aren't completely in control of your actions."

"I don't think we would have hurt any of you." Jeannie replied, "We might be driven but we're still the same people." she added, feeling terrible about the whole situation.

That was a relief to hear. It more or less confirmed to Eddie that what happened to the women wasn't intended to be hostile in nature. So what then was so important in the C-121 System that they needed to be there to see for themselves? That was the question.

Eddie put his hand on Jeannie's shoulder and he smiled at her. "Come on. Let's go set things right so that we can prepare for what's to come."

 

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