Star Trek: Bitter Medicine (Star Trek: Corp of Engineers, Book 41)

By David Mack

A regimen salvage operation turns into a determined rescue project, because the U.S.S. da Vinci encounters a failing deserted send -- that isn't so deserted! there's one survivor aboard the derelict vessel: a boy who consists of a most threatening disease.
Even because the S.C.E. works to salvage the send, Dr. Lense needs to race the clock to discover a treatment for the boy -- or condemn him to stay out his days on my own at the demise vessel! e!

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Go back to the Shmoam-ag vessel. I’d prefer to have a notice in inner most with Dr. Lense. ” Gold driven himself from the command chair. “Transfer to my office,” he informed Haznedl, and marched off the bridge. Seconds ticked through like centuries, and Gold reappeared at the shuttle’s comm reveal simply as Gomez used to be beaming out. Lense wasn’t thoroughly yes what the captain desired to converse privately along with her approximately, yet she used to be lovely definite and she or he wasn’t anticipating it. “Captain? ” “Two nights in the past, a growth record from Commander Gomez voiced her situation that you’d made a promise you don’t recognize so that you can continue. and that i wasn’t going to enable it drawback me till you simply advised us what you’d discovered approximately this damned virus. ” “Captain, I—” “You have been irresponsible, physician! ” the captain barked, eyes broad with anger. “That boy may perhaps truly imagine you could remedy him. He’s a toddler, an orphan, who’s been by myself on that send for—for God understands how lengthy! ” “Probably 170 or 180 years. ” stuck off defend, Gold paused in his dressing down of the general practitioner. “Do you must clarify that, Lense? ” “I suspected it whilst I observed the place he bought his meals. childrens don’t freshen up after themselves good, particularly with out adults round. there have been empty nutrients boxes, now not for months or years, yet for many years. I’m nearly shocked there has been adequate foodstuff to final, yet this can be a huge send and held lots of people. I additionally puzzled the place the entire lifeless our bodies were—of his mom and dad, and the workforce. ” She regarded up, observed the captain was once listening closely and the anger had left his expression, a minimum of a bit, and so she persevered. “Dead our bodies on an area send with no existence aid final eternally. useless our bodies that decay on an area send with sleek filtration platforms are as a rule filtered and scrubbed by way of the ship’s platforms, given adequate time, till in simple terms bones are left. I took a stroll one evening, overdue, trying to find remnants of Shmoam-ag DNA. during the send, often in what appear to be staff quarters, there are bones. loads of very previous bones. This send has been not only his domestic, yet a drifting graveyard. ” Gold nodded his knowing, yet his voice nonetheless held an offended side. “It’s admittedly a tragedy. but when something, it makes it that a lot worse if you’ve given this boy fake wish. ” “With the assets of Starfleet—” “Do you are expecting me to take him aboard, even in isolation? Do you are expecting Starfleet to construct a base out right here devoted to curing him? How lengthy sooner than doing that leaked out to those that may want simply this type of sickness to take advantage of on their enemies and could do whatever to exploit that boy as a weapon? You inform me, healthcare professional, what could take place if that boy came across his technique to an inhabited global? ” uncertain of what she anticipated from the captain, Lense didn’t fairly know the way to reply to his questions both. “We can’t simply go away him by myself here,” she ultimately advised him. “I don’t be aware of what we will be able to and can’t do but, yet one thing’s for damned sure—we can’t take him with us. until you could inform me he’s cured. are you able to healing him?

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