leave for two weeks. The UEO Engineers had made repairs and modifications.
Captain Nathan Hale Bridger sat in his quarters reflecting on his time away from
the boat. Though he enjoyed his time away, he was glad to be home. While
unpacking he wondered what the rest of the crew had done especially Lucas. Lucas
was like a son to him. They seemed to balance each other out. Lucas had parents
that showed they cared little about him, and Bridger missed son Robert and wife
Carol. There was something special about Lucas. It seems that every one who met
him wanted to adopt him. He hoped that the teenager was able to enjoy his leave.
He had noticed that Lucas seemed distracted. After finishing his unpacking he
headed to the bridge.
Miguel Ortiz, Tim O'Neill, and Ben Krieg waited patiently for the arrival
of Lucas Wolenczak. They were all supposed to meet a half an hour before two.
They were going to take the launch back to Sea Quest. They were supposed to be
back on the boat at two. O'Neil looked at his watch. It was already two, which
meant Lucas was half an hour late.
"The captain is going to have our hide for being late. Where is Lucas?" Ben
asked the third time in thirty minutes.
"Same answer as the last two times Ben." Ortiz pointed out.
"Maybe we should call Sea Quest. Let them know why we haven't arrived." Tim said
starting to become concern. Before anyone could speak Krieg's PAL went off.
"Ben where are you guys?" The voice was of his ex-wife Katie Hitchcock.
"We were just about to call. We're still waiting for Lucas. He hasn't shown up
"I better notify the captain." The three did not envy her task.
The captain was heading toward the bridge when he ran into Commander
Jonathan Ford who was also heading for the bridge.
"Did you enjoy your leave Commander?"
"Yes I did sir, but I 'm glad to be back to work."
"I know what you mean Commander." As they entered Commander Hitchcock greeted
Bridger and Ford. She saluted her superiors. "At ease everyone. Is everyone on
"Not yet sir. I just got word from the MR-5. Ben just told me that Lucas hasn't
"Mr. Adams get me Doctor Wolenczak's home number."
"Already on it sir." After several minutes he responded. " No ones answering sir."
"Try Dr. Wolenczak's office. I'll be in the ward room." He motioned for Ford and
Hitchcock to follow. It had taken several minutes to get a hold of the office.
Bridger sat in his chair looking at the individual screen. Hitchcock and Ford
took seats close by. Bridger was looking at a woman who was at least forty and
had dark brown hair. She was obviously the doctor's secretary.
"I'm Captain Nathan Bridger of the UEO Vessel Sea Quest. I need to talk to the
doctor about a serious matter concerning his son."
"I'm sorry Captain. Doctor Wolenczak is currently out of the country and won't
be back for another month."
"When did he leave?"
"Three weeks ago."
"Do you have a number I can reach him at?"
"I'm sorry he is unreachable at the moment. All matters about his son are to be
referred to the boy's mother." She cut the connection leaving Nathan staring at
a blank screen. His anger was beginning to flare.
"That's not good. Lucas told me that he be spending two weeks at home with his
"Well maybe he's at his mother's since his father wasn't home sir." Katie told
him hoping that was the case.
"Mr. Adams get Mrs. Wolenczak on the line." He soon had Mrs. Wolenczak on the
line but was thrown for a loop at the lack of care she showed. She had responded
to the situation by saying "Lucas is his father's problem and his father should
handle it." She hung up before Nathan could say anymore.
"If Lucas isn't with his father and isn't with his mother then where is he?"
Commander Ford asked knowing that was the question that was on their minds.
"I don't know Commander but I intend to find out."
While Bridger was trying to get a hold of Lucas's parents, Lucas was
running for his life. H e knew that he had gotten in way over his head. He had
spent his shore leave talking to people who knew his parent's. Though his uncle
and his wife had gotten custody of Lucas when he was too young to remember he
knew they weren't his real parents. He must have pushed some buttons because he
now had two men chasing him.
As he ran he thought about what led to this chase.
Flash Back: Last night
He was sitting at the table in the restaurant of the hotel. He was proud to find
out that his parents were kind loving people who were always there to lend a
hand. No one could tell him what happened to them. Everyone he had talked to
said they just seemed to vanish. Lucas didn't buy that. He noticed that every
time he brought the subject up of where he could find them people would quickly
shrug their shoulders and move on to another topic. He was master at the art of
evasion and knew they were hiding something. He was eating his dinner when a man
who looked to be forty-five stopped at his table. With his hat pulled down low
Lucas couldn't see the man's face. He spoke to Lucas in a voice so low that
Lucas had to strain to hear him.
"Meet me at this address tomorrow two hours before your flight. I tell you what
you want to know." The man had left as quickly as he had appeared. Lucas was
confused by what happened. He looked at the piece of paper and wonder should he
follow up on it. If this man meant what he said Lucas would finally know the
truth about his lineage.
The next morning Lucas was up bright and early. He already had his bags
ready to go so that he could leave as soon as he returned. The address was
within walking distance so he grabbed his computer and took off. As he walked he
wondered if he was doing the right thing. The thought was quickly pushed out of
his mind as he arrived at the meeting place. It was an old bookstore. He entered
and saw a young female that looked no more than eight. She had long blonde hair
and bright blue eyes.
"Can I help you?" She asked him with a big smile. Her voice was soft and sweet.
Lucas couldn't help but smile back at her.
"I was given this address to meet a man here."
The girl hopped down from the step stool she had been standing on. "Follow me."
She took Lucas into the back room where she opened a door that led into a
cellar. The cellar was dark at first but she continued holding Lucas's hand
tightly and led him in through another door. The room they were now in was nice
and comfortable looking. "Have a seat." The girl went into another room and
Lucas heard her tell some body with excitement that he was here. The door opened
as two figures stepped out. The girl was leading the way. When he saw the two
faces his heart filled with warmth.
"Mom? Dad? Is that really you?" His voice wavered. They nodded slowly and opened
their arms to embrace him. He felt the warmth of the tears running down his
face. He was to choked up to speak. All he could get out was "Why?"
His parents took him over to the couch and sat him down. A parent on each side.
"Why did we leave you? Is that what you want to know?" His father asked while
his mother held him tight. Lucas could only shake his head.
"We didn't want to," said his mother. "Your uncle forced us to. He used his
money to get some high powered attorney to take you away from us. He used our
going into the witness protection program against us. Saying it was no place for
a baby to be raised. He had bought off the judge."
"My brother did it out revenge. To get back at me for having the life he always
wanted. We're sorry son. A day hasn't gone by that we haven't thought about you.
We were so proud when we you graduated. We were thrilled when we'd learned about
your dolphin program." Lucas looked at his parent's with a shocked looked. The
vocorder was a highly kept secret known to only a few people. "Your not the only
one who can hack into confidential files. Where do you think you get it from?" A
huge smile was on his father's face at that remark.
"If there was any way we could have gotten you back we would." His mother's
voice spoke softly.
"I know you would." He paused getting himself under control. He turned to face
the little girl who stood silently watching. "And who is this pretty young
lady." He reached out to take her hand to pull her closer.
"Lucas, this is your sister Nicole." Unable to hold her excitement in any
longer, She gave her big brother a hug around the neck.
"You know I always wanted a little sister." Her eyes lit up with excitement over
the words he had just spoken. She sat happily on Lucas's lap. The trio filled
Lucas in about Ryan O'Connor. The man whose organization they had shut down. The
reason why they were hiding. They had found out that Lucas was coming to the
island and consider it a risk they needed to take to see him. Lucas soon
realized that if he didn't leave soon he would miss his flight. He had found his
family and he didn't want to leave.
"Son, it's getting late. If you don't leave soon you going to miss your flight.
You wouldn't want your captain worrying about you." His mother spoke pulling a
recent picture of them from a bag near the couch. "Take this with you. So that
you will always know that no matter how far apart we are we are still close
together." She handed him a picture of the three. "I love you." She hugged him.
He turned to his father. He repeated the steps with his father. His father
handed him a small piece of paper.
"Here's the address you can find us. There's a number there to. Call and come
see us. We'll let you know if we get relocated. We have to do this until
O'Connor is put away for good." Lucas understood what his father was saying. He
hugged him once again.
"I wish that I had something to give you."
"Just seeing what a handsome young man you are is all that we need." His mother
replied. Turning to Nicole Lucas bent down.
"Now you can call me any time and e-mail me as much as possible. I'll be back
too see you just as soon as I can. I promise to be the best big brother you ever
"You already are." He gave her a big hug and kiss. Lifting her up he carried her
back to the main room followed by their parents. Lucas set his sister down and
gave his family one last good bye.
He had barely been a block away from the old bookstore when he heard the
sounds of explosions. He quickly turned and went back. The sight he saw
frightened him. He saw some men attacking the store and his family being led out
by force. Two of the men had seen him and started advancing with their guns
drawn. Lucas did not hesitate. He took off running knowing that he was the only
who could help is family.
Lucas drew his attention back to the problem at hand. The two men were
still chasing him. He ducked into a crowded restaurant. He had easily managed to
loose his pursuers. He then made his way to Paradise cove.
Bridger sat in his quarters. All thoughts were on his missing crewmember.
He knew something was wrong because Lucas would have called if he was going to
be late. His thoughts were soon distracted by Lieutenant O'Neill's voice.
"Sir Admiral Noyce on line." Bridger went over to his screen, hit a few buttons
and watched as his old friend's face appeared.
"That look confirms what I called about."
"What are you talking about Bill?"
"When exactly were you going to tell me that Lucas was missing?"
"How did you know?"
"I just got a call from the Howser Hotel on Golden Plains Island. The room Lucas
was in has been ransacked. There's no sign of him."
"We're on our way. What's he doing out there all alone? Where did he get the money?"
"The only one who can answer that is him. Call me if there is anything I can do."
"Thanks Bill." Bridger turned the screen off and hit the communications button.
"Mr. O'Neill I want all the senior staff in my ready room in ten minutes."
Ten minutes later the senior staff was assembled in the wardroom. All eyes
were on the Captain as he strolled in. Ford sat to the right of the captain's
chair. Next to him sat Katie and then Crocker. On the opposite side sat Dr.
Westphalen, O'Neill, Ortiz, and Krieg. They all sat waiting for the Captain to
"As most of know that as of two this afternoon Lucas was listed AW.O.L. I just
got a called from Admiral Noyce. We've got a place to start. Lucas was staying
at the Howser Hotel on Golden Plains Island. Somebody went through a lot of
trouble to trash his room." He stopped to let the words settle in. No one spoke
"What about Lucas?" Ben had thought of Lucas like a little brother and barely
managed to voice his concern,
"There's no sign of him."
"What are we going to do sir?" Commander Ford asked.
"Mr. Krieg, Mr. Ortiz, I want you two to check out Lucas's room and see if there
is any thing that might help us find out why Lucas was there. Mr. O'Neil, I want
you to monitor all communications to and from Golden Plains Island. Doctor get
your staff on standby just in case. Crocker get your teams ready. We got to be
prepared for anything." Ensign Hall interrupted the meeting.
"Sir There's an incoming call for you. It's Lucas sir!!!"
"Patch him through." The pictured appeared on the big screen so everyone could
see. The Vid-phone Lucas was using made his image disoriented. They all saw a
very frightened teenager. "Lucas, are you alright?"
"I can't talk long or they're going to find me."
"Who's going to find you?"
"Two men carrying weapon."
"We're only an hour away." The teenager's face went paler.
"They're coming. I've got to talk quick before they see me. Look for info on
Ryan O'Connor. They see me. Captain," he paused. "Paradise Cove. Got to go." The
screen went black. They all sat in silence taking in what had just happened. No
one wanted to break the silence. Bridger finally spoke looking at Ford and
"I want you two find any information that you can about O'Connor. Alright
everybody you have your assignments."
Ben and Miguel opened the door to Lucas's room. They felt odd being there
without Lucas being there. To their surprise the room was clean.
"The captain must have had him clean it before leave. At least we'll be able to
find our way out. I thought they might have to send in a search party for us."
Miguel chuckled at Ben's comment. The teenager's room was usually unorganized.
"You want the drawers or the computer?"
"The computer. I feel strange going through his stuff like this. I feel like I'm
invading his privacy."
"I know what you mean. I just hope we find something useful." They began their
search. Miguel knew that finding anything in Lucas's computer would be hard to
get to. Krieg began searching through some papers in Lucas's desk. Both men
worried about Lucas.
Lucas's head was pounding. He could hear the sound of whimpering coming
from the corner of the room. He opened his eyes to find the room completely void
of light. He moaned. After several seconds he focused his thoughts. He
remembered what happened. He was trying to get away from the two men when he
felt something pierce his upper shoulder. A tranquilizer had been injected into
him. He still heard the whimpering.
"Nikki? Nicole, is that you?"
"Lucas?" Her voice was shaky. "Lucas, I'm scared." Lucas followed her voice. He
found her curled up in a small ball. He sat down lifting her into his lap,
holding her close.
"I know you are. So am I. I'm not going to let anything bad happen to you." He
stroked her hair gently. "Have you seen mom or dad?" He felt the movement of her
head. "This is O'Connor doing isn't it?" She nodded yes. "I want you to listen
to me. Help is on the way. My friends from the Sea Quest are coming. You trust
me don't you?"
"I trust you. You're my brother."
"Alright then just play along with me when they come back to get us. We can out
smart them. I mean it couldn't take much." She laughed at that statement.
"That's what I like to hear." After several minutes of stroking her hair, Lucas
noticed her breathing had slowed and she was asleep. A big smile appeared on his
face as he realized he had done that several times when Bridger tried to comfort
him about upsetting matters.
The Sea Quest crew arrived exactly one hour later. Crocker had sent a team
to check out the hotel Lucas had been staying in. The senior staff held one more
meeting to discuss what they had found. Lucas's room turned out to be a dead
end. The computer's information was locked tighter than Fort Knox. Ford and
Hitchcock had found an article involving two of Lucas's relatives. Talking about
how they testified against the man, who manage to escape while being transported
to the pen. Both sets of people seemed to disappear. Captain Bridger, Dr.
Westphalen, Crocker, Krieg, Ortiz, and several other security guards went the
shore to find Passion Cove. Finding the cove with no problem they found a cave
nearby. Cautiously they moved closer to the cave entrance. Guns were drawn as
they edge closer and closer. They soon found that the cave was empty except for
a picture and Lucas's computer.
"Sir it's Lucas's computer. There's a note on here." Ortiz told them. They all
read the note.
If you're reading this it means Ryan O'Connor has captured me. If I am successful then someone should come to retrieve my computer. Hopefully Sea Quest will be there to intercept them. Please make sure they receive it. I will explain everything when we meet again. Lucas "I hope he knows what he's doing. Crocker set your team up around the perimeter. The rest of us will watch the road to for any signs of them. Let's get comfortable people we could be here a while." Bridger said as they went to get into position.
One hour had passed before someone had decided to come and get Lucas and
Nikki. He had woken her up when he heard the footsteps. Nicole had clutched
Lucas not willing to let go. They both covered their eyes to shield the bright
light. Lucas felt the force of one of the men pull them roughly up.
"Alright don't get pushy. We don't want any trouble." They were led down a hall
to some stairs and then to another room where the light was better, There were
some chairs and a table. At the head of the table sat a man who Lucas took to be
Ryan O'Connor. He was a tall slender man with build. His dark brown hair
accentuated his facial features. His eyes were cold and unfeeling. Nicole
clutched Lucas even tighter than before. The man scared her. The guards pushed
them into a chair. Making them face him.
"So this is the boy genius."
"What have you done with our family?" He let his voice quiver to give the full
"They're getting what they deserve for trying to put me in jail." He smiled an
"What are you going to do with us?"
"I was thinking about killing you and making your parents watch. Then I thought
I'm going to need some assurance that the UEO stays off my back. So once I'm out
of their waters then I'll kill you."
"Well your going to need some money to get out of here."
"It's too bad he's going to kill us you could have made him rich." Nicole
responded getting on her big brother train of thought.
"Where would you come up with that kind of cash?"
"If I had my computer I could use the program I design to hack money in to any
account I want."
"You couldn't do that. It's impossible."
"How do you think he got the money to come here? After all he is a genius."
Nicole responded. She could see that he had fallen for it.
"I'll make a deal with you kid. You put ten million dollars in my various
accounts and I won't kill you two."
"I don't know. That's a lot of money. It would take some time to do." He paused
for a few minutes. You got a deal as long as no further pain is brought to our
parents." O'Connor reluctantly nodded. "But atlas I do not have my computer. I
must have left when I stopped for water at Passion Cove. I think I was near the
"Jack! Leo! Take these two and lock them in the room with their parents. Send
Crazy C and Duke to get the boys computer from Passion Cove." The two nodded as
escorted the two to their new room. As the door was open they shoved them in.
Lucas gasped as he saw his parents.
It was getting late. The sun would be going down within the next hour or
so. Everyone was getting tired and hungry.
"Lucas did it. They're coming." Krieg called out. They all got into position.
They heard the two men talking.
"Let's hurry up and get this computer so we can get rid of those two brats."
"Yeah I know what you mean. I think the boss is going soft."
"Do you see it?
"Over there." As the two men stepped closer the Sea Quest crew stood up.
"UEO! You're under arrest. Put your hands in the air." Crocker called out the
two men turned to fire their guns at the crew but were instantly taken down. The
guards surrounded the two fallen bodies. Taking the no mercy route, they
threaten to kill them if they didn't tell them what they wanted to know. The two
men had quickly spilled their guts.
The site of his parent's body was almost too much for him to take. They
were bloody and bruised. O'Connor had done a real number on them.
"MOMMY! DADDY!" Nicole called out seeing them on the floor. She managed to get
away from Lucas's grip. "You two don't look so good. He beat you up bad." Tears
were beginning to form in the little girl's face.
"Lucas," His mother just barely above a whisper. "You got to get out of here
before he hurts you two."
"Don't talk. The Sea Quest crew will be here soon just hold on."
"Go now," his father cried out in pain. "You have to look after her now. Don't
let anyone separate you two. Promise us you won't let anyone separate you two."
Lucas's face was now wet with his own tears. He was losing his parents for a
"Nikki honey you be good for your brother. Stick with him. We love you both
dearly." Their mother spoke.
"Now get going. Before they come back. We love you and we'll always be together.
We'll try to hang on."
Lucas went over to the door and looked around. There was a guard posted right
outside the door. There was a window on the other side of the room. He looked
around the room for something to break the window with. The plumbing in the
place was very old and weak. Lucas was able to use the lead pipe to break the
window. Clearing the glass away he heard the guard call out.
"Come Sis you first." She ran over to him and he lifted her out the window. In
one jump he was out beside her. "We have to run. Come on." The two took off
running hoping to avoid being caught. The man who was standing guard was in
pursuit. O'Connor had heard the commotion while he was outside.
The Sea Quest crew quietly made their ways up to the house. Crocker
counted off as they kicked the door in. They were immediately hit with guards.
The guards were no match for the trained officers. They security team began
rounding up the guards. Bridger motioned for the rest of them to spread out.
Bridger and the doctor found the room with the two bodies. Wearily the man
looked up at Nathan. The woman beside him already dead.
"Please take care of them. Help them. They're out there. Ple--ase He-*cough*
*cough* help them." With his last breath spoken he died. Bridger closed the
man's eyes and headed out to the main hall.
"They're in the woods. Come we have to get to Lucas before O'Connor does." The
whole crew nodded. Running outside they headed in the direction of the woods.
"LUCAS! LUCAS! WHERE ARE YOU?" Bridger called out. His only response was
gunfire. The crew headed toward the sound. Several more shots rang out louder.
They were getting closer.
Lucas was now carrying Nicole in front of him. Trying to protect her body
from the bullets. He thought he heard the captain's voice but couldn't be sure.
He thought he imagined it. He heard his name being called again. As several more
shots barely missed him, he knew he wasn't imaging things.
"CAPTAIN! WE'RE HERE!" He shouted at the top of his lungs. He made Nicole jump.
Taking a chance to look back he could see O'Connor and guard right behind them.
He could also see the Sea Quest crew in hot pursuit a few feet back but closing
in fast. He hadn't noticed that the woods had ended. He had looked back and
almost didn't stop in time. They were trapped. In front of them a cliff. Behind
them O'Connor and the guard. O'Connor slowed his pace holding his gun directly
at Lucas. Lucas set Nicole down but behind him trying to protect her. He could
still see his friends approaching but knew they wouldn't be in time. Lucas heard
the clicking of the gun.
"UEO! Put you weapon down." Crocker called out. The guard replied immediately
but not O'Connor. Lucas watched the scene. He closed is eyes saying a quick
prayer for his sister's safety. BANG!!!!!!!! Lucas felt the sharp pain as the
bullet hit his left shoulder. The impact sent him stumbling back. It sent him
and his sister over the cliff. He heard her scream as they. Water instantly
rushed up around them.
Crocker and his other security man fired the guns at O'Connor at the same
time he fired on Lucas. The crew had seen them fall over. Ben knew Lucas would
not be able swim very well with his shoulder injured. Without hesitating Ben ran
for the cliff and dove off. Miguel was right behind him. The others watched as
the two men hit the water. The sun was starting to set making it hard to see.
They had quickly found the little blonde girl. She had been trying to swim up
when they found her. Miguel held on to her while Ben went down for Lucas again.
Under the water Ben searched frantically but needed to come up for air. As he
was about to go under once again Lucas's unconscious body floated up. At first
both men were shocked then realized it was Darwin.
"Thank you Darwin." Ben said while taking Lucas in his arms to swim back to
shore. The swim to shore was fast as both men held on to Darwin fin. Once on dry
land Ben and Miguel began CPR on Lucas. After several tries he finally coughed
up the water. By this time Bridger, Westphalen and Crocker made it down to the
beach. Kristin immediately began to examine the injury.
"We have to get him to Sea Quest immediately." Luckily they weren't to far from
Inside the shuttle the doctor tried to stop the bleeding from the wound.
Crocker and his men stayed behind until the local authorities could come.
Bridger piloted the shuttle back to the boat. Miguel sat holding the eight-year-
old with a blanket around both of them. Krieg tried to assist the doctor in
anyway he could.
"Is Lucas going to be alright?" The girl spoke her voice shaky.
"He's going to be just find." Krieg had noticed that she had never taken her
eyes off. Wanting to distract her from the scene he tried talking to her.
"I'm Ben. What's your name?"
"Nicole," she replied. "And he's Ortiz, Bridger, and that Dr. Westphalen." Ben
looked at her a little surprised. She caught the look they all wore. "Lucas has
told me about all of you. He even showed me pictures of each one of you."
"How do you know Lucas?"
"He's my brother." Before anyone could respond to that Lucas began to speak.
"Nikki? Is Nikki alright?" He pleaded with the doctor.
"She's fine Lucas." Westphalen said trying to get him calm. Nicole hopped off of
Miguel's lap. She took Lucas's hand.
"I'm right here big brother."
The sub docked in Sea Quest. A Med team was waiting with a stretcher. Carefully
Bridger and Krieg carried Lucas out and laid him on the stretcher. The Med team
quickly rushed to the Medbay to begin surgery
"You'll have to wait out here. I'd advise that you two get out of those wet
uniforms. I don't want to be treating you next. Nathan, why don't you take
Nicole and get her some dry clothes and something to eat." He hesitated. "I'll
call you as soon as we are done."
Bridger walked beside Nicole as they headed to get her something to eat.
They had stopped by Lucas's quarters and grabbed something for her to wear. The
shirt was too big and the shorts were baggy. Bridger was uncertain about what to
say to her. He noticed she was taking in everything that they passed.
"You look impressed."
"Oh I am Captain. Lucas told us about the Seaquest, but I never imagined this.
"Well I'm glad you like." They entered the Mess hall which virtually empty.
Nicole and Bridger got their foods and headed for one of the empty tables. A few
minutes later Ben and Miguel entered and got some food.
"Mind if we join you?" Bridger motioned for the two to sit. Silence had overcome
the table. "So how are old are Nicole?"
"Eight. I'm going to be nine in March."
"What grade are you in?"
"I don't go to school. I learn my lessons over the net. My net teacher says I
very intelligent for my age. If I were to go to a normal school she says I'd be
in the seventh grade. Which would feel kind of awkward to me." Bridger's PAL
"Lucas is out of surgery." They all got up and headed to the Medbay.
All was quite in the Medbay. Doctor Westphalen was in her office and Lucas
was resting comfortable. He opened his eyes upon hearing the door open. He
managed a weak smile.
"Hey pal." Bridger said smiling see that the teenager was doing better than when
he first came in. "How are you feeling?"
"I've had better days."
"You gave us a good scare." Ben replied "I'm glad your okay."
"Yeah Ben needs someone to get in trouble with." Everyone laugh but Ben. He gave
Miguel a dark look. Miguel and Ben told Lucas they would visit tomorrow so he
could get some rest. Lucas yawned several times and looked as if he could nod
off any minute. Nicole asked the captain to lift her closer to Lucas. She
whispered to him.
"I love you." Gently kissing him on the cheek as he fell back into dreamland.
Nathan and Kristen watched as warm feelings filled their bodies. "Thank you Captain." She said after they had left the room.
"It was my pleasure. It's getting late. You can sleep in Lucas's room tonight."
They were once again in Lucas's room. Bridger had pulled back the covers
for her. When she was in bed he tucked her in.
"If you need anything don't hesitate to call me. Just push the button on the
She nodded her head. "Thank you Captain."
"For always being there for Lucas. For not giving up on him, and being so nice."
All Nathan could do was smile. "Get some rest. You've had a busy day" He turned
the lights down low but not completely off and shut the door. He stood outside
the door thinking to himself.
That is one strong eight-year-old.
Nicole had slept for several hours when her sleep was interrupted by
images of her parent's body. She struggled in her sleep and woke up abruptly.
She was a little disoriented. She was scared. Not wanting to stay in the room by
herself another minute she left. It was late and the corridors were empty. She
found her way back to the Medbay. It seemed everyone was asleep. She went to
where Lucas was and sat in the chair by the bed. As if Lucas had felt her
presence he opened his eyes.
"Hey what are you doing out of bed?"
"I had a bad dream. I'm scared."
"What are you scared about?"
"All of this. I knew they weren't going to make it. I knew you knew they weren't
going to make it. I keep seeing their images of them before they died. All
bloody and bruised barely able to talk. I miss them already." Her voice was
trembling and the tears no longer stayed concealed. "Why did they have to die?"
"I can't answer that. I feel the same way. I just found my parents only to lose
them all over again. Come here." He motioned with his good hand for her climb
into the bed. He pulled the covers back for her. Standing on the chair she climb
in. Her head laid on the good side of his chest. He spoke in a soothing voice.
"I know you're scared, but nothing is going to happen to you here. Not while I'm
here to protect you, Not while Captain Bridger and the others are around. When
you think of Mom and Dad think of all the fun times you had with them. They're
in a better place where people like O'Connor can't hurt them. They will always
be with us." She was still crying and he stroked her hair. He was glad that she
was letting it all out. He knew he would probably be doing the same thing as
soon as the shock wore off.
Bridger felt the urge to check on Lucas one last time before he went to
bed. He had stopped by his quarters to check on Nicole. To his surprise the bed
was empty. He thought for a minute and figure there was only one place she could
be. He made his way quickly to the Medbay. He was relieved and overwhelmed with
awe. The sight before him almost made his eyes water. Nicole was snuggled
securely in the bed, head in Lucas's chest, and his arm around her. Once he
recovered he took steps closer to the bed. He sat down in the chair looking at
the two. He noticed that Lucas wasn't sleeping. Lucas turned his head to face
"Look's like you got a bunkmate for the night."
"I don't mind. The realization of what happened finally hit her."
"What about you? Are you alright with everything?" Lucas knew that eventually he
would end up telling Bridger. He figures for Nicole sake as well as his own he
should talk to Bridger about it. He knew that he could trust Bridger.
"Tomorrow. We'll get into it tomorrow." Bridger didn't push the matter. He knew
the teenager would tell him when he was ready. "She's going to need clothes."
"I know. I figured if she's willing we could send her with Katie and Kristin.
They can get her what she needs. We can have our talk while they're gone. "
Lucas nodded. "Get some rest pal. The doctor will have my hide if she thinks I'm
keeping you up." He started to get up.
"Captain wait! Can you stay here until I fall asleep?"
"Sure I can." He returned to his chair. Lucas extended his hand out for him to
take it. He felt Lucas squeezed it tightly. "Thanks."
"I'm always here for you." Those words echoed through Lucas's mind as he drifted
off to sleep.
The next morning Kristin had to laugh at the sight she saw before her. She
wanted to see how Lucas was feeling. When she opened the door she saw Nicole and
Nathan fast asleep. Nicole was snuggled in close next to Lucas, and Bridger was
hunched over sleeping holding on to Lucas's hand. Lucas laid there with eyes
closed but wasn't asleep. She walked over to wake Nathan up. She gently placed a
hand on Nathan shoulder. Shaking him lightly, he jumped, waking up groggily. His
disorientation was enough to wake Nikki. She rubbed her eyes sleepily.
"Morning kiddo." Lucas replied. Bridger hid his smile. He had called Lucas that
"Good Morning everyone." She still looked like she was half a sleep. Still
rubbing the sleep out of her eyes.
"I've got to check Lucas out. Why don't you show Nicole where she can wash up?"
"Alright Doctor. Come on, We'll stop by the laundry and see if your clothes are
"Okay." She said cheerfully. She pulled the covers back just enough so she could
get out. She stood on the bed and leaned over to kiss Lucas on the cheek. "I
need to talk to you when I get back."
"I'll be here. Not like I have much of a choice." Nicole giggled at the look
Lucas received from the doctor. She hopped off the bed. Taking Bridger's hand as
they left the Medbay. "Do you think I could get out of here soon?"
"Hush young man or I'll order up a full-scale test that will prolong your stay.
If you're good I might let you out tomorrow." Lucas put his hand up in defeat.
Nicole returned to Medbay twenty minutes later. She was freshly showered
and had eaten breakfast. The Captain had gone to talk to Kristin.
"Did you have a good breakfast?"
"It was okay."
"What did you want to talk about?"
"I wanted to get a couple of thank you gifts for Mr. Ortiz, Mr. Krieg, and a
fish for Darwin. Ortiz and Krieg jumped in after we fell off the cliff. When
Krieg couldn't find you Darwin bought your body up. You weren't breathing when
we got to shore and they performed CPR. I just wanted to show them I appreciate it."
"I think that would be okay. The Captain is going to ask Katie and Kristin to
take you shopping for clothes. The Captain has offered to pay for the clothes. I
have a little money left from yesterday."
"I' have a little from my allowance. I want to get Darwin his favorite fish."
"That would be Tuna. It's his chocolate. While your gone the Captain and I are
going to be having a talk. I just want to make sure you want to stay on
"I want to stay with you. "
"That's fine. The Captain will make sure of that. When the Doctor releases me
I'll give you the grand tour of the boat. Have you seen my computer? Do you know
if the captain brought it back."
"He was right. He said you wouldn't go to long with out it. I'll go ask him what
he did with it." She left and disappeared out of the room. Several minutes later
she reappeared carrying his computer. She hugged it close to her body making
sure not to drop it. She handed it to Lucas.
"Climb up here. We can do a little window shopping right here." She climbed onto
the bed. He put the computer where they both could see it. "Let's go through
some of these store catalogs. It will give you a idea of what you're looking
for." For about an hour they sat on the bed looking for the many items.
"That's perfect. That's would be perfect for the Captain." It was a holographic
picture of a mother protecting her dolphins from a shark.
"Your right. I'll have to transfer some money to pay for it." He typed fast.
"There it's paid for. Have Kristin or Katie get it for you. Let me get out of
this before they come and get you."
"I hear them coming."
"I'm clear. Lets make it look like we've been having fun" He put a game on his
computer. As Bridger and Westphalen entered they heard the sound of laughter and
"Well it looks like you two are having fun." Lucas looked up with a big smile.
"She's kicking my butt in Space Havoc."
"When you got it you got it."
"Katie is going to meet us at the launch if you're ready." Kristin said smiling
at the eight-year-old. Nicole nodded her. Bridger helped her down. Nicole looked
"Maybe we can take that tour later tonight."
"We'd better get going. If we want to be back in time. The captain has allowed
us three hours to shop. Let's go."
Bridger returned to the Med Bay to have his talk with Lucas. He sat down in the chair.
"Are you ready to talk?" Bridger asked Lucas. He nodded his head.
"Let me start by saying that I never planned for any of that to happen." He
paused trying to get his thoughts together. "I was playing on my computer a
couple of weeks ago when I couldn't sleep. I was doing what I do best. Well I
ended up in one of my father's system. While in the system I spotted my name.
Curious about what the file contained I checked it out. They were adoption
papers. I couldn't believe what I saw. I began to do more research on it. I came
up with the name of my real parents." He paused looking up at Bridger's face and
the returned his eyes to the sheets. "I began looking for information on David
and Pamela Wolenczak. I had remembered hearing the names before. After many more
nights of hacking I found out where they had been staying last time anyone had
seen them. I just wanted to learn more about them. To see if they were anything
like the father I know. I wanted to know why they gave me up." He relayed to
Bridger the story his parent's had told him. He then told them about what
happened up to the point Seaquest saved them.
"It's not fair." Tears were beginning to fill Lucas's eyes. "I finally get the
parents I always wanted and their taken from me before I even get a chance to
know them." He couldn't hold the tears back anymore.
Bridger got up from his chair and sat on the bed. Taking hold of the teenager to
comfort him. "It's okay kiddo. Let it all out." He continued to talk softly
trying to calm him. Lucas calmed down and began to speak.
"The last image that we both have of them is their battered and bruised form. It
was horrible." His voice was quivering. "I didn't even get to tell them that I
"They knew. Trust me parents know. If you had said it a million times or never
at all they know deep down that you loved them." Lucas let a few more tears slip
out and he felt better. After several minutes the tears had dried up. "One good
thing came out of this. I'm getting the chance to know my sister."
"She spent the last eight years with your parents. She can tell you more about
your about them."
"I promised them that I would look after her, not let us be separated. Lawrence
might try to adopt her like he adopted me. I won't let that happen. I won't let
him put her through what he put me through. Coming on Seaquest wasn't a
nightmare but a blessing. It got me away from him to where I would be safe."
"Tell me about it. I want to understand." Bridger asked knowing Lucas needed to
get that off his chest to. Lucas hesitated. "Take your time." After several
minutes he began.
"As soon as I was old enough to walk and understand he barked orders at me. When
I didn't move fast enough he hit me not just a spanking, but a black and blue
beating. My mother would just sit there and watch saying I was getting what I
deserved. I remember I was on my way home from school one day and got beaten up
by some bullies. I was alright but my clothes were torn." He paused not wanting
to remember. Bridger waited until he was ready. Giving his hand a reassuring
squeeze. "My mom saw me when I came in and began yelling at me. She sat me down
until he came home. Then once he saw me I got a beating for getting dirty and
not being able to stand up for myself. I've been in the hospital more times than
the doctor themselves."
"Did you tell anyone?"
"I tried, but the people I told were either bought off or never heard from
again. So I stopped telling people. He only took me to one hospital which he
happen to have a large amount of money invested in." The tears had come back. "I
just won't let her go through that. She's been through enough." Bridger rocked
him back and forth.
"I'm not going to let that happen to her or to you. That man will never lay
another hand on you." Bridger fought to control his anger. "I'm going to talk to
Noyce with your permission I'd like to tell him. Not all of it just what's
relevant. We'll talk to a lawyer and I'll see about getting custody of both of
you. Is that alright with you?" Lucas nodded his head and the tears began
flowing once again. He soon fell asleep.
Three hours later in the Med Bay Lucas was playing cards with Tim. He
hadn't been down to see him yet and wanted to tell him how glad he was back safe
and sound. The door to his room opened and in came a very excited Nicole.
Following not to far behind was Katie and Kristin both had two big bags.
"You guys buy out all the stores?" Lucas asked sarcastically.
"No just most of them." Nicole replied returning her brother's sarcasm.
"She insisted on coming down here and showing you what she got."
"Nicole have you met Tim O'Neil yet?"
"Not officially. It's nice to meet you Mr. O'Neil."
"Please call me Tim. Lucas has been telling me a lot about you. I hope you like here."
"We'll there so many interesting things. I want to learn about them all. Now I
want to show you two what I got." She showed them every outfit holding up to
herself to show what they look like on her. "I got you a get well gift big
brother. They helped me pick it." She handed Lucas the present. He unwrapped the
gift. Lifting the lid his face went in to a huge smile. "Thank you. It's great."
They had gotten him a new game for his computer. He hugged his little sister. He
thanked Hitchcock and the Doctor to. Katie and Tim excused themselves and left.
The doctor had gone into her office. She dug into the bags and bought the
present out for Ortiz. She opened it to show a angel pin.
"I got one for Ben too. There's a card for each of them. It reads: A Thank you
gift to our Guardian Angels. Wear this close to your heart and it will always
watch over you." The doctor entered about twenty minutes later.
"You'll be happy to know that I am releasing you tonight on the promise that you
rest and take easy for the next couple of days. If you have any pain come see
me. Now get out of here before I change my mind."
"Who are you and what have you done with Dr. Westphalen?"
"You know it's not to late to change my mind." With that Lucas handed Nikki a bagged.
"Come on. Let's not look a gift horse in a mouth." Kristin smiled as the two
rushed out the door.
Bridger sat on the bridge thinking about the conversation he had just had
with Admiral Noyce. Bill had agreed the Lucas should not be allowed to go back
to Dr. Wolenczak. He had talked to him for about an hour filling him on
everything. Bill knew that Nathan had a close relationship with Lucas. Speak of
the devil Lucas and Nicole came on to the bridge. He smiled when he noticed
Nicole holding Lucas's hand. He noticed most of the bridge crew had come up and
told Lucas they were glad he was okay. Nicole's eyes were wider than they were
when she walked with Bridger. They were talking with Miguel.
"The doctor did release you?" Miguel joked.
"No I just decide to take a stroll and hope she didn't know I was gone. You
think I want to see the doctor hunt me down."
"Maybe you can keep him out of trouble. We've all tried." Nicole laughed at
"Very funny Miguel. Very funny. We'd better get moving we still have a date to
meet with Darwin."
"Bye Miguel." Nicole waved as they headed where the captain was standing.
"I see the Doctor Westphalen let you out."
"Yes on my word to take it easy and rest. So I thought I'd give Nicole a tour of
the ship. We're headed to the moon pool."
"So what do you think of the Seaquest?" Bridger asked Nicole. Before she could
answer Ford joined them. "Commander have you met the newest member of our
science team? Commander Ford. Nicole Wolenczak." Commander Ford smiled and
extended his hand.
"It's nice to meet you." Lucas was taken back. He didn't think he had ever seen
the commander smile. "Sir I need to talk to you."
"And on that note we shall make our departure. Come on Lucas I want to meet
Darwin. Good bye Captain. Commander." They watched as the two left. Nicole
practically was pulling Lucas.
"Dr. Wolenczak is waiting to speak to you sir." He motioned for Ford to follow.
Lucas and Nicole had made a few stops before heading to the moon pool.
Lucas had went to put the present in Bridger's quarters, and they both did
Miguel's quarters. Katie promised to get the small present into Ben's quarters.
They stopped at kitchen to pick up Darwin's present. Lucas grabbed the vocorder.
Darwin swam up to them.
"Yeah Darwin I'm fine. You saved my life. Thank you."
"Yes this is my sister. She's part of my pod. Just like you. This is Nikki."
"Hello Nikki." Darwin swam around before returning. "Nikki Darwin's pod?"
"I hope to be Darwin. We got you a present for saving Lucas." She brought the
fish out of the bag. "Lucas told me this was your chocolate. Enjoy and thank
you." Darwin took the fish from her while she patted him.
"Fish good. Nikki play?"
"He wants you to play with him. Go head."
"I play with you but I'm staying dry." Lucas picked up a ball and through into
the water. Darwin retrieved it and gave to Nikki. That went on for a while.
"Can I?" She looked at Lucas. He nodded.
"Your already wet. You might as well jump in." She took off her socks and shoes
and went in. "Now take hold of his fin." She did as she was told and Darwin took
her for a ride.
Bridger and Ford entered the wardroom. They took a seat and Bridger hit
the switch to reveal the screen. Dr. Wolenczak's face appeared.
"Captain Bridger, I'm sorry to disturb you but I request the presence of my son.
One of my staff will be there to pick him up in the morning,"
"I'm sorry Doctor but Lucas has a previous engagement." Bridger stated calmly.
"WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT???" Wolenczak's voice was now enraged with fury.
"He has to attend a funeral."
"A FUNERAL!!!!! I EXPECT MY SON TO BE READY BY MORNING!"
"It won't be possible. He has to attend the funeral of his "biological"
parents." Bridger emphasized the biological. "A fact that I'm sure you're well
aware. We're at the coast of Golden Plains. It just wouldn't be possible. Sorry
Doctor." Bridger cut the transmission before the doctor could begin again.
"Thank you Commander your presence was very helpful in keeping my temper down. I
would love to ring that mans neck. There are some people who should never have
or raise children; He's one of them. The bridge is yours. I have to call Noyce
and then go talk to Lucas." Ford nodded and returned to the bridge.
Bridger finished his call to Noyce. He knew Bill would do everything in
his power not let Lucas leave Seaquest. He had wanted to stop by his quarters
for a minute to be alone to gather his thoughts. He closed the door and sat down
on the bed. His eyes soon spotted a package on the table. I wonder where this
came from. He picked up the package and unwrapped it. He read the note inside.
This is a "Thank You" for everything you have done. To being the father Lucas needed, to being there when no one else was. Thank you for letting me stay with him. Thank you for letting Lucas and me stay aboard. He told me about your planned on doing. I think it's a wonderful idea. We got you this gift because it resembles you in many ways. Thank you! Nicole & Lucas
Nathan unwrapped the gift to find a miniature holographic projector. He hit the
button and watched the scene before him. A mother dolphin protecting her young,
Nathan watched the scene play out a couple more time before he turned it off and
headed to the moon pool.
Lucas had suggested that she play tag with him, Lucas knew it was one of
Darwin's favorite games. It was a funny sight to watch as Nicole tried to tag
Darwin. Lucas turned as he heard the footsteps coming. He saw the Captain coming
caring a towel.
"I thought you might need this."
"Thanks." Lucas laughed as Darwin splashed Nicole again. The two came over when
Bridger sat down.
"Hey there kiddo. Looks like you and Darwin are getting along."
"Nikki fun. Bridger play too."
"Not tonight pal. You and Nikki play some more I need to talk Lucas." The two
began to play again. Bridger and Lucas headed toward the lab to be out range of
"What's up Captain?" Bridger remained silent.
"I just got a call from Doctor Wolenczak. He requested your presence to join
him. I told him you had a prior engagement." Lucas faced paled slightly but not
"I bet that just pleased him."
"Oh yeah. It basically came down to me telling him that you were going to your
parent's funeral. Then I hung up on him."
"That doesn't sound like something you would do."
"I was trying not blow my stack and tell him what I really thought of him.
They'll be plenty of time for that later."
"He's not going to let it go that easy. He always gets what he wants."
"Not this time, I promise you that. Come on it getting late and you both need
your rest." They turned to the moon pool seeing Nikki had already gotten out and
was wrapped in the towel Bridger had brought. As they got closer they both
noticed she had fallen asleep on the floor. Bridger slowly lifted her into his
arms. He knew with Lucas's injury that he would not be able to carry her.
"Look like playing with Darwin wore her out." Bridger nodded.
"Speaking of dolphins, that was very nice gift you two got me. Thank you."
"It was her idea. A thank you for the last few days. She picked it out. I just
helped her look and helped pay for it."
"That's another thing I been meaning to ask you." He whispered as they entered
Lucas's quarters. "Where did you get the money for your little trip and the
gifts? That salary we give you isn't enough to cover all that." He laid her on
the bed. He began taking off her shirt.
"I invested my money into a few things and it grew from there. The UEO gave me
some money for the vocorder. Let's put this one on her." It was one of the many
new clothes she had.
"I haven't done this since Robert was little." Lucas nodded. He was glad that
Captain had helped him get her back there. Once the nightgown was on he and
Lucas began to pull off the other wet items. After about five minutes they had
her in entirely dry attire.
"Thanks for help Captain. Have a restful night."
"I always do. You're the one that seems to have that problem." He smiled as he
shut the door behind them.
The next day the whole senior staff was in dress uniform. They were all
going to the funeral to support Lucas and Nicole. Lucas was wearing the only
nice suit he had. Nicole had on one of her new dress that was just for that
occasions. They took two subs so they wouldn't feel so crowded. Bridger sat down
next to Nicole.
"Thank you. I really loved the gift you left for me."
"It's nothing compared to what you have done for us. We just wanted to let you
know we appreciate you putting up with us. I've heard that Lucas can get into
trouble with the best of them."
"He has a special knack for it. He told me that you picked it out." She nodded
"I saw it and it instantly reminded me of you. You're just like that Mother
dolphin. From what I've seen you're always there to protect those you care
about. Thank you captain for being you." She gave him hug and he returned it.
Krieg seeing the opportunity to have his talk with her he sat down beside her
after Bridger left.
"Did you get your gift?" She asked as he sat down.
"I got it right here." He opened the uniform to reveal the pin.
"I wanted to thank you for wha7t you did the other night. You saved his life."
"I was doing my duty. Even though I try not to show it he means a lot to me as a
friend, and so do you. If you ever need to talk I'm your man."
"The soft side of Benjamin Krieg. If the other saw this it could ruin your hard
core rep. Thanks for watching over both of us." The rest of the trip was met
with light chatter.
Several other people showed up for the funeral beside the people from
Seaquest. It was a fairly short procedure and they all said a few words. After
the ceremony the people had dispersed leaving no one but the Seaquest crew.
Nicole was in tears and Lucas was fighting them off. Bridger placed a hand on
"We just need a few minutes alone to say our good-byes."
"Take your time. We'll wait for you by the entrance." Bridger motioned for the
rest of the crew to move on. Westphalen and Hitchcock had been crying and were
trying to get themselves together as they waited. Lucas took Nicole's hand as
they stood near the two coffins.
"I love you two. I didn't have much time to spend with you two, but I'll cherish
the time we did."
Nicole spoke her voice mangled with tears. "I miss you two so very much and wish
that we had more time to be a family. Bridger is going to adopt us so we can
stay together. Daddy, I hope that you don't mind me calling him dad. It seems
fitting since he cares for us as much as you do. We'll come and see when ever we
get a chance. I love you." She turned to Lucas. "You don't think daddy would
mind me calling Bridger dad do you?"
"I know he wouldn't." Lucas closed his eyes to say one more prayer for his
parents. He suddenly felt a hand grip down on his shoulder tightly. He knew that
feeling. He felt the man yank him up. A look of pain fell across his face, as it
was his bad shoulder.
"I'm your father and you better not forget that!" He spoke looking directly at
Lucas. He backhanded Lucas who fell to the ground. Nicole rushed to his side.
"Leave him alone!" Nicole stood protectively in front of Lucas. Lawrence's
attention was now focused on the blonde girl in front of him.
"How dare you speak to me like that!!" Lawrence raised his hand to strike the
child. Nicole stood her ground determined to protect her brother. As the hand
was about to strike Nicole felt her body being pulled swiftly back. Lawrence's
hand missed its target. Lucas had recover just in time to pull his sister back.
"I won't let you hurt her the way you hurt me." He spoke trying to keep his
voice steady. "Why you piece of sh---." Lawrence went to strike Lucas again, but did not see
what Lucas had waiting for him. Lucas through the hand full of dirt at his
"Nikki! Run! Head for the captain and the others. I'm right behind you." Lucas
only made it a few steps before he was thrown to the ground again. Agonizing
pain rushed through his body as he landed on his shoulder hitting his head on a
rock. He immediately slipped into unconsciousness.
Bridger and crew had heard the cry that came from where Lucas and Nicole
had been. The whole crew took off toward the gravesite. They were just coming up
on they hill when they saw Nicole. Many tears were coming down Nicole's face as
she ran to get help. Through blurry vision she ran to the Seaquest team.
"Nicole, Where's Lucas?" Bridger asked trying to stay calm.
"He was right behind me. He attacked Lucas. Stop him before he hurts him. Please
stop him from hurting Lucas." Nicole's pleads ripped at each of their hearts. It
took Bridger a moment to voice his question.
"Who is hurting Lucas?"
"Dr. Wolenczak." Bridger heart jumped up into his throat. He picked up the
crying Nikki and motion for his crew to continue. They could see the gravesite
but found no sight of Lucas. Bridger motioned for Ford, Ortiz, and Crocker to go
after the figure that was lurking in the distance. The rest began their
searching for Lucas. Nicole's head was buried in Bridger's shoulder. Tears were
soaking his shirt. He sat down with her on his lap. He stroked her hair trying
to calm him down.
"It'll be okay. We'll find him."
"Captain over here." Ben Krieg called out. He had been looking for Lucas when he
had looked down into one of the graves. Ben had jumped in to check on Lucas.
Kristin was next one to make it over to the grave. With Ben's help she stood
next to him in the grave. She had brought her bag with her in case she had
needed to give Nicole or Lucas a sedative. She began looking him over. The first
thing she saw was the blood coming out of his shoulder. She began checking him
for any broken bones. The only other thing she found besides some slight
bruising to the face was the bump on his forehead.
"Ben hold him up so I can stop the bleeding to his shoulder again. Nothing a few
stitches won't cure." She sterilized the wound and the put a bandage over it.
She looked at the people who were anxiously waiting for her verdict. "He going
to be just fine. He mange to tear his stitches. I'll have to get him back to Sea
Quest. He has quite a few bruises and a good size lump on his fore head." Ford,
Crocker, and Ortiz returned just in time to help get Lucas out. Nicole had
refuse to let go of Bridger. Ben had lifted Lucas up so that Ford, Miguel, and
Tim could carefully lift him out the rest of the way. They laid Lucas on the
ground and he let out a slight moan. Bridger and Nicole moved closer to Lucas.
Nicole looked at him and realized that Bridger was right.
"See, I told you he'd be alright." She smiled a little bit before returning her
attention back to Lucas.
Darkness had overcome him and he was fighting for light. He could hear the
voice of someone calling him. He could feel the gentle shake, but still the
darkness was winning. Another voice was heard with the other. A deeper familiar
voice was calling to him. He tried to respond but the darkness prevented. He
finally heard the voice that helped him emerge into the light. Lucas's eyes
opened slightly. Everything was blurry and he immediately shut them. He could
feel pain radiate through his head and shoulder. The voice again beckoned him to
open his eyes.
"Come on Lucas, open your eyes again. Please." Lucas opened his eyes and looked
at his surroundings. He was a little confused at first of his surroundings. The
last place he remembers was being at his parent's funeral.
"You're back on the Sea Quest. How do you feel?" Kristin asked him.
"My shoulder and head hurt. How long have I been out?"
"A couple of hours. This one hasn't left your side since we got you back on the
shuttle." Lucas looked over to his left.
"Hey there. You all right? He didn't hurt you did you?"
"No. Thanks to you he never laid a hand on me." Tears were beginning to run dawn
her cheek. Lucas lifted his hand to wipe the tears off her cheek.
"Hey none of that. I'm okay." Her tears stilled flowed and she was getting
emotional. Bridger and Westphalen were becoming concern. Before they could do
anything Lucas had the situation covered. He pulled back his covers pulled Nikki
into them. She buried her head into his chest. He wrapped his arms around her.
"Could you gives a few minutes?"
"We'll be in the other room. Just buzz us if you need anything." Bridger said
understanding. Lucas began to stroke her hair.
"Talk to me." She refused to speak. "Come on you can't this bottle up in you.
Tell your big brother."
Taking several breaths she spoke with a squeaky voice. "Why? Why did he do that?
"Why did he try to hurt you?"
"I don't know why he did what he did, but he is a very sick man. He thinks that
he has to control everything including me. The only thing that registers in his
mind is causing pain."
"I was so scared when I saw him hit you. The first image that came to me was of
mama and daddy. I thought he was going to kill you."
"He may have. I don't know, but that was a very brave thing you did standing up
to him. Don't you ever do that again. He could have seriously hurt you if I
hadn't pulled you back in time. I don't want see you get hurt."
"What if he try's again?" She was shaking a little. Lucas held her tightly and
looked her in the eyes.
"You trust me right?" She nodded yes. "I promise you that I won't let him hurt
you. I'm not going to let anyone hurt you. You feel better?"
"Uh-huh. You promise that we'll stay together?"
"Cross my heart." She could feel Lucas's breathing began to slow and realized
that he was drifting back to sleep. She curled up closer and soon found his
rhythmic breathing putting her to sleep.
Dr. Lawrence Wolenczak sat in his office looking up some information. He
stilled fumed that his son had been so insolent. He wanted to know who was the
little girl was who tried to protect his son. He began making some calls and
soon found out what he was looking for. The new news lightened his mood. Picking
the phone up once again he called his lawyer.
"Matt this is Lawrence. I need you to take immediate action on getting me
custody of my niece Nicole Wolenczak. My brother and his wife have just recently
died. I want you to get me custody."
"Sure Lawrence. I call you in the morning." Lawrence hung up and made his next
call to Ueo headquarters.
Bridger and Kristin entered the room about twenty minutes later. They
found both souls fast asleep. Bridger chuckled at the sight before him. Lucas
looked like Nicole's teddy bear. Her arms were around his body and her head
rested on his chest. Kristin motioned for Nathan to follow into the hall.
"She's had such a great effect on him."
"I know what you mean. They need each other. Maybe he'll think twice about
getting into trouble with her around. It's been a busy day I think I'm going to
turn in early."
"That's sounds like a good idea. We could all use the extra sleep." Bridger said
his good nights and headed to his quarters. He had changed into his sleepwear
and was about to turn off the light when heard that all to familiar beep.
"Sorry to disturb you sir. Admiral Noyce is online one for you."
"Thank you Mr. O'Neill." Bridger sat at his desk and waited for the call to be
put through. A few seconds later Admiral Noyce was looked grimly at his old
friend. "I know that look. Out with it Bill."
"We've got big trouble Nathan. Dr. Wolenczak has gone to the head of the UEO
demanding that Lucas be sent home immediately. He threatens to pull his support
out of the UEO. I've been ordered to order you home. Lucas is to be packed to go
by the time you arrive. I'm sorry Nathan."
"Bill, There must be something we can do. The good doctor attacked him today at
the funeral. He scared his poor sister to death. She hasn't left his side since
"I'm sorry Nathan."
"If the Ueo won't do anything about this than I'll have to take matters in to my
own hands. I won't let that kid suffer at the hands of that monster again." In
fit of anger Bridger disconnected the link and put his uniform on again. He left
his quarters and headed back to Medbay.
Lucas had been lightly sleeping when he heard the door to Medbay open.
Lucas feigned sleep. He listened as the footsteps came closer to the bed. He
knew it was Bridger but could tell that the man seemed troubled. Lucas heard
another set of footsteps enter from across the room. He could barely hear the
conversation that was taking place.
"Nathan, what's wrong? I thought you were going to bed."
"I was but I got an interesting call from Admiral Noyce." Kristin noticed the
anger in his voice. "We have been ordered to return to New Cape Quest."
"It seems the UEO hasn't got a backbone anymore. They're more afraid of losing
one of their top investors than the safety of a youth. Dr. Wolenczak has
demanding that Lucas be sent home immediately. I'm not going to let that son of
"Sorry. I won't let Lucas go back there. Lucas hadn't told me everything that
has happened in the good doctor's care but it fairly evident that the doctor
doesn't deserve to someone like Lucas."
"What are you going to do Nathan?"
"First of all I know I'm not letting him go back to that man. I'll figure out something."
"Come on We can discuss it over a cup of coffee. It's going to be a long night."
Lucas heard the door close as the two left Medbay. He laid there to assure
himself that they were gone. He gently shook Nicole to wake her. He couldn't
take the chance of leaving her behind. Besides he made her a promise and he
intended to keep it.
"Come wake up sleepy head. I need your help."
"Huh?" She asked groggily. "What's going on?"
"I have to leave Seaquest for a little while. Our Uncle is trying to force the
UEO to take me off of Seaquest; I got a plan that will get him out of our lives
for good. Come on! We have to hurry."
The Seaquest had not yet begun its journey home yet. Most of the senior
staff was on the bridge that morning; Bridger was in the wardroom talking to
attorney about the present situation. Kristin was on her way to Medbay to check
to see if Nikki and Lucas had awoken. She was flabbergasted when she found the
bed empty. She left Medbay and headed to Mammal Engineering. She found Lucas's
Quarter's empty. She immediately went to the wardroom. Captain Bridger was
startled by the doctor's abrupt appearance.
"What's wrong?" He asked.
"I went to check on Lucas in Medbay and he and Nicole were gone. I checked his
quarters and the moonpool."
"I'll have the Chief put a search out for them." Before he could call Crocker,
Commander Ford's voice interrupted.
"Captain, we have a shuttle leaving the ship."
"Who is on it?" Bridger asked as he and Westphalen headed toward the bridge.
"I've got two life signs sir. It's Lucas and Nicole." Ortiz responded.
"Hail the shuttle!"
"No response sir."
"Keep trying. I want all sensors tracking that shuttle."
While the Seaquest took off after the shuttle a dolphin and two figures
swam in the opposite direction. The two figures held tightly as the dolphin swam
quickly. Soon they came upon their destination where a shuttle was waiting.
"Hey guys, I'm glad you made it." Lucas replied. Lucas lifted Nicole up to the
two waiting people.
"How now Frankie."
"Give me hand. Watch the shoulder." The two lifted him up on to the shuttle.
"Thanks Nick." He turned to Darwin. "Go back to Seaquest." He motioned with his
hands and Darwin left. They all went into the shuttle.
"I'm cold and tired." Nicole responded.
"Here wrap yourself in this." Juilianna handed them both a blanket.
Lucas wrapped his sister in the blanket and old her to lie down on the bench. He
put the second blanket on top of her. He watched her for a few seconds as she
began to fall asleep. He felt Juilianna take his hand and pulled him up front.
"She's really cute Lucas. I bet that's how you looked when you were little."
Lucas just smiled.
"Time to stop the shuttle and let the Seaquest catch up." Hr typed some commands
on a nearby computer panel. "Thanks for the help guys. We're going to end this
once and for all."
"What's the plan?" Nick asked.
The shuttle finally stopped. Bridger had O'Neill hail the shuttle again.
Still they got no response. All sensors reported two people aboard. Bridger,
Kristin, Crocker, and Krieg board the shuttle. As soon as the other shuttle
docked Bridger and crew went inside. What they expected to see and what they
found were two totally different things. The shuttle was empty.
"Mr. Ortiz, how many people do you scan on this shuttle?"
"Six. Sir." A light flashed on the panel in front of them. Bridger hit the
button and Lucas' image appeared.
"If you're watching this than that mean the Seaquest has caught up to the
shuttle. As you can see Nikki and I are not a board. We are safe. Captain, in my
quarters there are two disk. One is to fix the problem I created for the sensors
to scan two the two of in the shuttle. The other disk is for you explaining our
actions. Hope to see you all soon." The message ended.
"Crocker, you bring this shuttle back and we'll take the other back."
Several minutes later Bridger was in Lucas's quarters. Laying on the
desktop was two disks. One was labeled Bridger. Bridger took the two disks and
headed for the bridge. He handed the one to Miguel who put into the system.
"Sensors are back to normal Captain."
"Good I want everyone to look for some kind of shuttle or someplace those two
would have gone. I'll be in my ward room."
After the planning session the rest of the ride was done on autopilot. Nick and
Lucas played a game. As usual Lucas had the higher point score. Juilianna sat
next to Lucas cheering him on. Lucas enjoyed being in the company of his
friends. He felt relaxed around them. He didn't have to try to be someone else.
They were docking at Node 3. Lucas gently shook Nicole to wake her up. She
rubbed her eyes sleepily.
"Where are we?" She looked around temporary forgetting where she was.
"We at the place I told you about. I want to introduce you to my friends come
on." She kept the blankets around her but took his hand. They walked of the
shuttle to the halls of Node 3. Three people were waiting for them. "Nikki,
these are my friends Nick, Juilianna, and Mycroft." She shook each one of their
"Let's get you guys into some clean clothes. Then we can get started on your
problem." Mycroft spoke as they headed for the living quarters. As they passed
people in the hall the ones who had known Lucas from his previous visit welcomed
him back. Nicole was introduced and liked how instantly the people took to her.
Bridger sat in the wardroom and watched the Vid disk. The image of Lucas
and Nicole appeared. Nicole was sitting in Lucas's lap. Bridger had a feeling
that Lucas put her there for a reason and it was working. Seeing the little
girl's innocent face stare back at him Bridger found himself feeling content.
"I heard you talking to the doctor. I really appreciate what you were going to
do for me. I realized that you were taking a great chance. I couldn't let you do
that. I have a plan that will take care of my uncle. I figure it's only a matter
of time before he tried to get Nicole. I'll contact you soon."
"Bye Captain." He heard Nikki speak.
"See you soon Captain." The screen went black. Bridger almost dreaded what he
had to do next. He knew he would have to alert the UEO that Lucas was missing.
The only pleasure was getting from this was Doctor Wolenczak would have him.
Three days later everything was ready to go. It had been arranged that
Luca, Nick Mycroft, and a female by the name of Jeri, would go to shore.
Juilianna offered to stay behind and watch over Nikki. Lucas was dress in jeans
a shirt, and a vest. He was hoping that it would offer some protection from what
was to come. Once dressed he sent his message to the Seaquest. He knew that
Seaquest was still in the area and hope that they would arrive on time. He
headed for the docking bay. Nikki was walking with him holding his hand. When
they arrived Lucas bent down to talk to her.
"I'll be back for you soon. I want you to be on your best behavior. I'll be gone
for a few hours, but when I come back we'll go home."
"Yes to Sea Quest." He hugged her tightly. He whispered in her ear. "I love you."
"I love you too." She whispered. "Be careful!"
The doorbell chimed to alert him that he had company. It was about two in
the afternoon. A smile slipped across his face. Lucas had a scared kook on his face.
"Are you Doctor Lawrence Wolenczak?" The tall black man asked.
"And this is your son?"
"Yes he is where did you find him?"
"We'll let him tell you that. Sign here please." The woman on the other side of
Lucas spoke. "And here." Lawrence signed the two documents without reading them.
"Thank you he's all yours."
"Get in the house!" Dr. Wolenczak pushed Lucas in to the house. He stumbled but
quickly recovered. "Just where did you think you were going?" Lucas remained
quiet. He knew that would get his so called father started. "ANSWER ME!!"
"No where." Lucas said almost too quiet to here.
"Damn right your not going any where, and where did you put that sister of yours."
"Somewhere where you won't find her." At that remark his uncle hit him. Lucas
fell to the floor.
"Don't use that tone with me!" Lucas looked up at him from the floor. "As your
father you will show me the respect I am deserve."
"You never were or will be my father." The beating had begun. Lucas had struck a
nerve with that response. Dr. Wolenczak began to kick Lucas in the chest and
stomach. After several hits Lucas responded by getting out of the way. He was
able to get to his feet. He took a second to look at his watch and knew he only
had to make it a few more minutes. That glance cost him as he felt the hand
against his face.
"How can you do this? How can you be so cold to the people who loved you? It no
wonder you couldn't stay married." Lucas regretted his statement almost
immediately. His uncle had grabbed his arm squeezing it painfully. Lucas
struggled trying to break free. There was a pounding on the door. Lucas knew
that helped had arrived. His uncle didn't let up. The pressure he applied
threatened to break Lucas's wrist. Lucas feeling the need to be free lands a
kick where it would hurt the most. The doctor cried out in pain and doubled over
momentarily releasing his grip. Lucas rushed to unlock the door but was cut down
by Lawrence, who threw Lucas across the room. He was out cold.
The Sea Quest crew had just arrived, as did the cops. They saw two people
banging on the door trying to get in. The group rushed to join the two by the door.
"You've got to stop him before he kills him." The tall black man spoke. Bridger
was too concern about the statement to realize that he knew the man. The officer
rose his gun and fired at the door. The cops pushed the door open and rushed in.
"POLICE! PUT YOUR HANDS ON YOUR HEAD." The cop shouted as Doctor Wolenczak
started to advance toward Lucas. The doctor looked toward the door and realized
that he was in trouble. He complied with the officer's wishes. The cops had
Wolenczak handcuffed when Bridger, Westphalen, Krieg, and Crocker rushed to
where the teenager lay. Nick had entered from his hiding place from the side of
the house and joined the Sea Quest crew. Bridger and Westphalen bent down to
turn the teenager on his back. When Lucas felt the gentle touch of his friends he knew he was safe.
"I'm glad you could make Captain." Lucas said opening his eyes, giving his best
smile, and tried to sit up.
"Not so fast young man." Kristin replied.
"I'm fine really. This vest and the pad I'm wearing underneath took most of the
blows. I barely felt a thing." He looked over at Nick. "Did you get it?"
"Every bit of it. You alright?" Nick stood holding up the tape.
"I'm fine. The worst of it was to my face and wrist. They're just bruised."
"You've got a lot of explaining to do." Bridger had finally spoke. Lucas looked
away sheepishly. The police lieutenant interrupted.
"I'll need a statement from you young man" Lucas nodded and stood to follow the
officer. Nick followed close behind. The Sea Quest crew right behind them.
It had been hours since Lucas had left. Nikki was becoming worried.
Juilianna had tried to play games with her but Nicole was to worried about
Lucas. They were sitting in the computer.
"Is this what you been doing since I left playing games."
"You're alright." She ran over to him and he swooped down to pick her up. She
gave him a monster of a hug.
"Of course, I'm alright. I told you I'd be back."
"You know big brother you need to learn how to duck." That statement sent
everyone laughing. It was then that she realized the group behind them. Her face
lit up more when she saw who was there. "Captain!" Lucas set her down and she
went over to him. He picked her up. She gave him a big hug.
"I missed you."
"Well I missed you to."
"Can we go home now?" Bridger nodded and looked at Lucas.
"You two go ahead. I'll meet you there in a few minutes." Bridger nodded his
head. Lucas went over to everyone and said his good-byes. Lucas thanked Mycroft
for the role he played. Nick and Juilianna once again walked Lucas to the launch.
"Thanks for the help. I couldn't have pulled it off with out you."
"No problem. I just wish you would stay."
"No can do, but I'll see you on the INTERNEX." Nick gave Lucas a hug and left.
Lucas turned to look at Juilianna. He took her hands in his. They looked into
each other eyes and he kissed her. He headed to the docking bay doors. "I'll
call you." She nodded her head and the docking bay door closed.
A month had passed and the whole ship waited in anticipation. They all
wanted the final papers to be signed. The papers that declare Bridger the legal
guardian of Lucas and Nicole Wolenczak. Krieg had been planning the mother of
all parties secretly. He and several others had been gathering supplies and
hiding them. Finally the day had come. Bridger had received a call from Admiral
Noyce early that morning.
"Sorry to have awaken you Nathan but this call couldn't wait."
"What's so important that you couldn't wait till a decent hour." Bridger said as
he checked the time on the clock.
"Nathan trust me. It's important. You're about to become the father of two
Bridger stared at his friend with a confused look. Then it hit him and his face
was had a huge grin on it.
"You mean it's finally time?"
"All you three have to do is come down and sign the papers."
"That's great news Bill. We'll be down soon." Bridger quickly dressed and headed
to wake Lucas and Nikki. Bridger, Lucas, and Nicole stood in the office of the lawyer, two hours later.
The Lawyer entered carrying the papers.
"We have a few things we need to discuss before we proceed with the signing. I
need to know what name you want to go by."
"We've all discussed this and decided to stay with the Wolenczak name. Though I
have many bad memories I many great ones." Lucas looked at Nicole who nodded to
agree at what her brother said. Bridger gave Lucas's hand a strong squeeze.
Bridger understood that they kept the Wolenczak name in memory of their parents.
"Alright you two sign here." He handed a pen to Lucas and Nicole. Once they
signed he turn to Bridger. "And your signature here." Looking over the papers he
smiled. "Congratulations! You're officially a family." A great relief fell over
the three as they hugged one another. They left and headed back to the launch.
Bridger looked over at his family.
"I wanted to surprise you with this but now is a good a time as ever. We're
going to spend a week on our island."
"When?" Both Lucas and Nikki asked simultaneously. Bridger let himself chuckle
at their enthusiasm.
"We'll be leaving tomorrow." Nicole talked excitedly to both Lucas and Nathan.
Asking them questions about the island.
The crew waited anxiously by the moon pool. The place had been decorated
in pink and blue. With banners that said "It's a Boy" and "It's a Girl". The
launch arrived and the captain and his family were greeted with emptiness. He
had expected everyone to be there to greet them. They stepped out into the hall.
There was Darwin swimming in the aquatube.
"Hey Buddy. It's good to see you too." Darwin swam rapidly back and forth. "I
think he wants us to follow him." Lucas and Nikki followed their father and
Darwin. They were led to the moonpool where they got a big surprise.
Bridger stood on the deck of his home. He watched Lucas and Nikki, his
children, in the water playing with Darwin. Bridger walked down to the beach and
to the dock. He loved hearing the sound of laughter especially from Lucas. He
had been in such deep thought when he stopped on the deck he hadn't heard Lucas
calling to him. A giant splash of water from all three brought him out of it.
"Hey! You three are going to pay for that." He laughed and jumped into the water
splashing Lucas and Nikki when he went under. The four of them played until it
started getting late.
"It's getting late. Come you two we still have to get dinner started."
"See you in the morning Darwin." Nikki said as she waved goodbye.
"See you Darwin." Lucas smiled and walked with his father. Dinner was simply a
frozen pizza. After dinner everyone looked tired and Bridger insisted that they
head up to bed. Nicole didn't argue but as usual Lucas protested.
"I'm not tired yet."
"Humor me will you, Your suppose to set a good example for her."
"When have I ever set a good example? Look who I hang out with, Ben Krieg, need
I say more." They all laughed at the joke and Lucas and Nicole headed foe bed.
Bridger locked up and soon followed behind them. He went and checked on Nikki
first. She was in bed with the lights still on. She waited for Bridger to tuck
her in and tell her goodnight. It had become a ritual for them on Seaquest since
the days after the trial of Lawrence Wolenczak.
"You go right to sleep we have a big day ahead of us tomorrow." She nodded her
head. "Goodnight and sleep tight."
"Goodnight Dad." She kissed him on the cheek and turned off the light. He liked
hearing Nikki call him dad. Lucas wasn't as willing. He still called his father
"Captain" He went over to Lucas's room. The teenager was already asleep. Bridger
smiled and shook his head. He went over and pulled the covers over Lucas. He
moved the stray piece of hair that had fallen out of place. Softly he spoke.
"Goodnight Kiddo." Bridger had turned the light out and was about to close the door.
"Goodnight Dad." A sense of love flowed through Nathan upon hearing those words
from Lucas. Tears of joy ran down his face.
"Sleep tight son."
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