"Patient and Patience"
[previous "The Fun Factor"]


Setting: USS ANUBIS, Sickbay
Stardate: 30145.09:45

The medial scans had confirmed what he already knew. Physically Jayson was as healthy as could be. Four years in intensive training at the academy had insured that. The problem had never been his physical health, but the emotional scars he carried with him.

The Doctor had been very kind and patient with him. She could tell that he was nervous, that he didn't want to be there. This had been a familiar reaction as many disliked areas associated with the medical field. But Lillie could tell that there was more than simple discomfort.

He fought against his desire to run. The more he sat there, the more the Doctor hovered around him, the more Jayson wanted to escape.  He needed to control himself, not allowing his past to deny him the new life he had worked so hard over the last four years to claim.

She spoke to him but what he heard was muffled. When she touched his arm he jumped.

"I said, everything seems to be fine. Is there something you want or need me to check before you go?"

Her smile was warm and soothing. Almost enough to make him forget his troubled past for a split second.

Then the call from the Captain came through. All senior officers to the bridge for a mission briefing. Jayson tried to return the Doctor's smile but failed. Still too many memories and emotions were in the way.  He needed to focus on the here and now, so off the examination table he jumped and out of Sickbay he went.

Setting: USS ANUBIS, Deck 1, Bridge
Stardate: 30145.10:35

The meeting had been brief and their mission simple. He would get to pilot one of the VIPERS along side the ship's FCO and CO. The specifics on the interceptor class craft pointed to them being nothing like he had seen before. Quick, manoeuvrable and deadly, he was glad to be in one instead of against one.

When Jayson saw the Counselor exiting the conference room he went to speak to her. She had been ordered to do a psychological review of the crew and he saw no reason to wait. He stopped when he noticed the Captain right behind her. He remembered then that she had wanted to speak to him first. Forced to wait, he headed for he turbolift.

There would be other opportunities for him to see the Counsellor before PI ALPHA III.


Jayson Sousa

Ensign Jayson Stark