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Adan and Kij

Posted on 06 May 2017 @ 2:32am by Lieutenant Commander Jayla Kij & Lieutenant Danyl Adan

Mission: The Finnean Crisis
Location: Sick Bay
Timeline: MD 7 || 1930 hours

Jayla sat in her office, going over the files for crew physicals. It seemed that everyone was scheduled for one, which she personally felt was overkill. Some of them had just transferred from other ships and had recently had physicals. In fact, one man had literally had his yearly physical three weeks ago, then transferred onto the ship. It seemed pointless, but the orders were that everyone come in for a physical, so that's what Jayla was doing.

With a sigh, she pulled up the first file and glanced at the name, then did a double take. Danyl Adan. Adan! she thought. He was back! True, it wasn't Jarvith, but it was Adan. She couldn't be happier to know that her friend had found a new host and she actually breathed a sigh of relief upon seeing the name. Now all she had to do was wait for him to show up.

Danyl Adan entered the Sickbay with a little trepidation. He hadn't run into too many people who know his host Jarveth and their reaction was mixed. He looked different on the outside, but was influenced on the inside by the symbiant. It was a merging of personalities more than anyting he needed to get used to. No one seemed to be present in the Sickbay at the moment. He found this curious as he was dew for a physical though the gods knew why. The Symbiosis Commision had been thorough.

Calling out to the empty air, his voice sounding nervous to him, he said, "Hello?"

Jayla heard the voice and looked up from her desk to see a Trill looking around. (She was loving this glass wall in her office; it made it much easier to keep track of what was going on in Sick Bay.) she jumped up and hurried out to greet him. "Danyl Adan?" she asked, though she imagined it must be. "I'm Doctor Kij."

"Doctor Kij," he said, reaching his cool hands for hers, "I am Danyl Adan." He smiled at her, remembering old friends on the former Black Hawk. Jarveth had been met with the warmth and friendliness that made him feel good.

"I must admit I am feeling a bit ambivalent. All this joining is new to me and I am sure the symbiant needs a check-up more than the host does; but then, you are the doctor."

She smiled a bit sadly at him. "I'll check you both," she said. "I owe an apology to Adan. I completely forgot you! Nurse Lane remembered, but I still feel horrible about it. I nearly had a panic attack until she showed me the stasis pod."

Danyl offered her a warm smile and released his grip on her hands. "Do not worry about it. You had a lot on your plate. How many sick and injured and dying were there on the Black Hawk at the time? The truth is you saved the Adan symbiant and now here I am."

"Yes, here you are," replied Jayla, smile turning a bit more cheerful. "And I'm supposed to be doing a check-up!" she added, slightly flustered. "Goodness. Come! I won't keep you any longer than I need to. Right over here." She pointed to the nearest bio-bed, indicating that he should sit on it.

Danyl lowered himself on the bio bed indicated. "I can't believe I got the position aboard the Black Hawk as Assistant Chief of Ops. I've been meeting a lot of people who knew Jarveth including Coop...uh, Catherine Cooper. We were friends before and friends again. The only one I haven't seen thus far is Jarith Roshe. I've been avoiding him for obvious reasons. How is he?"

Jayla nodded, taking her tricorder out and beginning preliminary scans. "He's... well, I'm not sure, to be honest," she replied. "I always meant to check in on him and then everything went to hell in a handbasket, as the humans are fond of saying. I sort of lost track of a lot at that point."

"I see," said Adan although he didn't "I suppose there was a lot going on for everybody aboard the Black Hawk. As you can see, I was aboard the Washington in the Alpha Quadrent at the time and so was unaware of a lot that was going on. Most of my knowledge of the Consortium comes from Jarveth Adan's memories."

"They really did a number on us," she agreed. "Although now I feel guilty about not checking on Roshe." She sighed. "Would you like me to check on him for you?" she asked, remembering what it had been like to run into Pol at the Symbiosis Commission Headquarters.

Danyl mulled this suggestion over. "Yes," he said after only a moment's hesitation. "I think that would be best. It would be difficult for me." Difficult? It would be damn near impossible.

She nodded. "I understand," she said. "I ran into Pol on Trill. He and Kij were lovers in a previous life. It seemed as difficult for him as it was for me." She sighed sadly. "I'm just glad it happened in public. I can't imagine what would have happened if we'd met in private."

Danyl shuddered involuntarily. "I can't imagine," said he. "I'm afraid of the same thing with Jarith. Coop was different. She was and still is a good friend. Meeting the others is a little disconcerting, but I think I'll manage. How did you do it? Meet past friends and family, I mean?"

"I try to avoid it for the most part," she admitted, switching to secondary scans. "Of course- and this is where things get really weird- my parents were friends with Gavara Kij. So now, we have a unique relationship. They're my parents and they always see me as their little girl, but we're also friends. In fact, when I was first joined, I couldn't pay any attention to them. I was only 15," she explained. "And you can imagine it caused some issues. They had to send me to live with a mentor."

"I have rarely met up with people I had met through a past host," admitted Danyl. "Like you, I simply avoided it. Now, I seem to be running into them head on...Coop, Felix, you,...a host of others. It is exciting and frightening all at the same time."

"I know what you mean," she replied with a sad smile. "Try being in the body that you used to think of as a niece. It took me forever to wrap my head around that one."

Danyl nodded in agreement. "The closest I came to that was Sahala and Jarveth. She was his Captain when a renegade Klingon slaughtered Sahala. Jarveth was the only Trill initiate aboard and surgery to save the symbiant was necessary. It's a little disconcerting, but nothing like you describe."

Jayla nodded. "Counselors help," she said, now turning her scans on the symbiont. "If you need it, I mean. Most people can get on with things on their own for the most part. But, don't hesitate to go to a counselor if you need to. I wish I hadn't resisted for so long when I was first joined."

"Good advice," admitted Danyl. "Perhaps I should see the Counselor. Why do we Trill always seem to avoid them? I did that aboard the Washington when I was first notified about the availability of the Adan symbiant." In spite of himself, he laughed.

"I have no idea," she replied. "Perhaps pride? Or perhaps because we feel that we've been trained and should be able to handle this? For me, it was anger. I was joined before training- long story- and I felt like they could have avoided the whole thing if we'd just taken stasis pods for the symbionts like they're supposed to. Sometimes, I'm still angry at Gavara for not carrying one, but I've mostly gotten past it."

"Lucky for me," said Danyl, "Jarveth carried a stasis pod here in Sickbay..well, that Sickbay at any rate. Otherwise, who's to say the Adan symbiant would have survived?"

Jayla nodded. "We're carrying two for every symbiont," she said darkly. "Preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best."

"Adan," said Danyl, "has survived a lot. When Jorell was caught aboard Voyager in the Delta Quadrent, that looked like he was doomed. We thought, in the beginning, that it would take 75 years toget home and a stasis pod wouldn't do. Being the only Trill on board at the time, the doctor and I had to look into alternatives. Still, two stasis pods per Trill is somehow comforting."

Jayla nodded agreement. "Standard is one, but I thought, if worse comes to worst and we lose a couple, then what?" she replied. "Well, it looks like you're both healthy," she added, closing her tricorder. "I'm declaring you fit for duty."

Danyl slid off the bio bed, straightening out his uniform tunic of its imagined wrinkles. Offering the doctor a warm smile, he said, "Thanks. Sounds good to me." He progressed a few steps before turning back to her and adding, "This has been the second most comfortable meeting between me and people Adan served with in the past. I thank you." With that, he turned and left.

Jayla gave his retreating form a watery smile. It was good to know Adan was well and that Danyl was adjusting. Now she'd have to go check on Roshe. She hoped he understood.

 

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