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The Way Back

Posted on Thu Dec 15th, 2011 @ 5:17pm by Lieutenant Commander Soraya Delrisa

Mission: All Souls Descend. Season 2, Episode 6
Location: Orias Station
Timeline: After "Things that go bump in the Dark"

OLD

"No life signs at all," she said, shaking her head. "How will we find our way back? This place is like a labyrinth, I never found the voices I heard," Soraya said, getting to her feet.

Mason squinted at the device which stung her eye momentarily before she could make head of tail of the readings.
"The others will be heading to Operations, perhaps we'll be able to find some answers ourselves," She took the Doctor's offered hand to help her up. "We should stay together and alert. There's something here, but I can't put a finger on it. Whatever its it can't be good."


NEW


A stroke of luck had reunited Mason with both her rifle and flashlight having previously abandoned them in her flight. Doctor Delrisa and the security chief cautiously moved through the gloom of the seemingly abandoned station peering into each dark corner in search for a means to navigate the maze like floor plan.

They strained to hear any noises past those of their own, and a tense silence fell between them.

Then, violently and without warning the deck seemed to pitch wildly as if they'd come under sudden fire. The two woman battled for balance, their cries of surprise lost in an ear splitting shriek which felt was being emitted from the station itself.

Bracing her limbs Mason snapped her widen eyes around the enclosed space feeling the unpredictables of the situation rattled her.

"Commander!" Soraya shouted as she reached for Mason. They managed to stay on their feet, and took a moment to catch their breath.

"Are we going the right way? it all looks the same to me," the doctor asked.

Slightly breathless from the trembling deck Mason nodded though couldn't tell if the Doctor could see her or not. "I beleive so, I tried to commit the station blueprint to memory before we arrived. If I'm right we should at the next junction be able to access to the deck above."

"Sounds like a plan to me," Soraya said. She waited for the Commander Mason to lead the way through the inky darkness. The piercing shriek could still be heard echoing through the corridor ahead of them.

"This looks familiar,"Soraya added as they reached the junction. Her hand was near her pocket where she had stashed her phaser.

Running her fingers over the panels Mason glanced over her shoulder: "Did you find anything or anyone in your search?"

"Yes...well I, I thought I did, but it was..." she said softly, looking down then back up at the Commander. "I think now that I just imagined it. There's something frightening about this place," she added. A woman of science, Soraya could not easily come to such a conclusion.

"There's no denying that, this station is creepy," she concluded. Then with a heave she pulled the hatch way open and peered inside. The narrow tunnel looked unending despite the knowledge it branched out in nearly every possible direction including where they wanted.

Compact and direct it should with a little luck get them to operations double quick, but should they be joined by something unwelcome there would be no where to run.

But it beats being here.

"Ready?" she looked to Soraya.

"Let's go," the doctor answered.

"Alright," Mason scrambled inside the narrow hatchway first, the two women would have to crawl some distance before they could begin they vertical climb to Operations.

With only their flashlights to guide them and their senses stretched to extremes the women moved slowly and awkwardly through the passageway in semi silence. Ahead Mason shivered at a lingering memory of negating the tubes with Lieutenant Henk O'Brien, it had been... illuminating for a better word. They'd never exchanged blows in the tight confides on edge from the Borg presence until breathless they sunk down having shared some stinging home truths. It was an odd way to start a friendship.

After several awkward minuets of crawling they came to a junction and Mason tried the panel that was embedded in the wall. "No power," she commented. "I can't even stimulate a cell," she pressed her scanner to the screen. "Its almost as if its been drained away. Did you find anything on your search?"

"Nothing but endless corridors. It was strange, I could hear them calling for me, I think they were calling for help, but I found...no one," Soraya answered. "Commander, I'm sorry I got you into this. I don't know what came over me, I swear I heard people calling for help and I just...." She shook her head, unable to finish. Soraya realized she couldn't explain what she had done, she only knew it made sense when she left Operations and sought the wounded voices she so clearly heard.

The glow from their flashlights gave Soraya a pale, ghostly appearance, the shadows increasing her sorrowful look that matched her dropping shoulders. Mason lowered the scanning having had no success: "Don't worry, this place seems to have a life of its own. I wouldn't be surprised if you had some sort of hallicination.... otherwise I wouldn't hesitate in giving you a stern dressing down." she half smiled. "Right now however we need answers, come on lets move on."

The doctor nodded. Silently the women continued their journey, the close walls of the crawlspace muffling the creaks and moans of the macabre station.

"Please, help us! Pleeeease!"

Soraya stopped, her breathing quickened. The sounds were clear, and she realized now why she had tried to find them. She had heard them before, on Akritiri. By the time the Federation Marines had blasted through to the trapped rebels it was too late.

"Oh nooo!!" she cried, startling Mason.

Already on edge Mason turned apurtly in the narrow confindes at the sound of the Doctor's destressed tone: "What is it?" she asked crawling closer.

"I can hear them again...can you hear them?" Soraya asked softly. "I can't leave them to die."

Flexing her wrist to illuminate the corridor Mason shook her head noting the fear and anxiety on Soraya's face, "I can't hear anything."

"You don't?" Soraya said. She shook her head back and forth, "It's not real, this place isn't real," she said to herself.

They looked at each other just as the unmistakable sound of footsteps could be heard above them.

 

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