Many thanks to my Betas, Lady Antari, Gryff and Lightfoot.
And to JediK1, Karen, ns, Morrigan and jo, thanks for the encouragement
Sorry this took so long ...
Eugenie fell to her knees as the pain stabbed through her skull and her vision went black. She put her hands up and pressed her palms against her temples.
"Eugenie!" Tony rushed to her. "What's wrong?"
"My head ..." she whispered. "It hurts ... so bad ... I can't see ..."
"I'll take you down to Med Lab, Wendi will help you." Tony gathered her up in his arms and she burrowed her face against his neck.
"I'm scared." She said
"It'll be all right." He tried to reassure her as her hurried down the corridor to Med Lab.
"Wendi!" Tony shouted as he arrived. "Sorry." He whispered as Eugenie moaned. Tony lay her gently on a bed and rushed into Dr. Smith's office. He returned, dragging the doctor with him.
"What happened?" Wendi asked softly.
"My head ... hurts ... I can't see ..." Eugenie whimpered.
Wendi engaged the scanner; "have you hit your head lately?"
"Two days ago ..."
"During the accident?"
"Yes ..." Eugenie hissed, pressing her hands over her eyes. "It hurts ... please ..."
"I'll give you a painkiller." Wendi filled a syringe and injected it into Eugenie's arm. "It'll take a couple of minutes."
"She fell on Tim when the sub came back over." Tony said.
"Why didn't you tell me?" Wendi asked.
"Didn't hurt ... then." Said Eugenie.
"When did it start to hurt?"
"A few minutes ago." Said Tony.
"Yesterday." Eugenie said.
Tony looked at Eugenie. "You didn't tell me." He said in a hurt tone.
"Don't be ... angry ... it was ... just a ... little headache." She tried to smile.
"I forgive you. This time." Tony grinned.
"Where does it hurt most?" Wendi asked.
Eugenie didn't speak; she just pressed her fingertips against her forehead, between her eyes.
Eugenie touched the back of her head.
"Can you see?"
"No ... it's all ... black ..."
"Is the pain getting any less?"
"I'm afraid that when you hit your head it caused the projectile to migrate. You have some swelling in the occipital area that controls vision."
"Is that why her head hurts?" Tony asked.
"No." Wendi checked the scanner again. "The brain itself has no pain receptors; the headache is most likely stress related."
"Are you going to operate on me?"
"I'm not sure that would be the wisest thing to do right now. I think that you should rest here for a while. I'll give you something to reduce the swelling and if that doesn't clear up your vision then we may have to operate." Wendi brought a roll of gauze over; "I'm going to cover your eyes, just to help to rest. I want you to relax, okay?"
"Am I going to die?"
"Not if I can help it." Wendi assured her.
"Tony, I'm scared." Eugenie reached out and he caught her hands and pulled her close.
"It's all right. Dr. Smith won't let anything bad happen to you, I promise." He said.
"Try to relax Eugenie." Wendi wrapped a blanket around the two. "You can stay until she goes to sleep Tony. I'll let the captain know where you are."
"Thanks, Dr. Smith." Said Tony.
Wendi went back into her office and called Nathan to let him know that Tony was in the Med Lab and to tell the captain about Eugenie's condition.
"Any change in Ben's condition?" Nathan asked.
"No, he's still unconscious."
"That's bad isn't it?"
"It's not unusual following a skull fracture, but I was hoping he would wake up after a couple of days."
"You'll let me know if there is any change?"
"You'll be the second to know." Wendi assured him.
"Katie is staying pretty close; she'll probably know it before I will. Is Ortiz up there?"
"Yes. Why? He said you let him go."
"I let him go to his quarters, I didn't tell him he could go back to duty yet."
Nathan smiled; "He didn't exactly lie ..."
"He didn't exactly tell the truth either." Wendi smiled too, "Keep an eye on him, if he seems tired call me and I'll collect him."
"I will. Bridger out." Nathan broke the connection with Med Lab and turned to the WSKRS station, "Mr. Ortiz ..."
"Would you please be a little quieter?" Eugenie begged. "My head hurts and your yelling isn't helping."
"You can hear me?" The voice sounded surprised.
"Of course I can hear you. I don't know why Dr. Smith hasn't come to help you; you're making enough noise to wake the dead." Eugenie groaned.
"I'm sorry." The voice grew softer; "I'm just scared. I've been calling but no one is listening."
Eugenie felt guilty about being so gruff, "I'm sorry I yelled at you. Are you in pain?"
"No. I don't feel anything. Who are you?"
"Eugenie Yasutake. Who are you?"
"My name is Ben."
"Glad to meet you, I just wish it were under better circumstances. Why are you here?"
"I don't know."
"You don't know why you're in Med Lab?"
"I can't remember."
"Were you hurt when the sub rolled?"
"Yes, two days ago. We caught an underwater current at the tail of a tsunami and it rolled the seaQuest under a cliff. A rock fall rolled us back over but it caused a lot of havoc."
Ben's voice broke, "Where is everyone?"
"The others are recovering pretty well. Lucas is in his quarters; he was driving Dr. Smith crazy. I surprised you didn't hear them."
"He and Lieutenant Brody were hurt when the cargo rolled again when we came back to keel."
"I'm so tired." Ben's voice was low and Eugenie could barely hear him. "I'm so very tired."
"Try to sleep, it helps." Eugenie turned to the sound of Ben's voice and smiled. "Maybe tomorrow we can both get out of here."
"I want to get out." Ben's voice trailed off; "I don't like it here ..."
"She was talking in her sleep." Katie smiled for the first time since Ben was brought into Med Bay. The commander still sat beside her ex-husband, holding Ben's hand and gently massaging the unconscious man's forehead.
"Who was?" Wendi asked. "Eugenie?"
Wendi came over to check Ben's vitals. "What did she say?"
"She was talking to someone, telling them about Lucas and Jim." Katie's smile disappeared as she looked up at the doctor. "When is Ben going to wake up?"
"I wish I could say. I really hoped he'd be conscious by now."
"He's in a coma, isn't he?"
"Will he ever wake up?"
Wendi put her hand over Katie's hand that held Ben's. "We have to be positive. Say good things, he can hear us, you know."