to the Bottom
of the Se

Richard Bull
as Doc
Seaview's concerned doc.

    Seaview's sick bay was a stainless steel wonder. There were rows of brilliant metal shelves crammed with the most up-to-date medical equipment available loaded with enough multi-colored flashing lights, dials and switches, to assure even the most paranoid hypochondriac.  None of this registered with Matt Reynolds, who lay flat on his back, unconscious and bound by security restrictions in the darkened recovery room just off Main Medical.
    Lee Crane spoke with the ship's doctor in hushed tones.  "Can you tell me anything about his condition Doc?" 
doc_return_painted.jpg - 10988 Bytes       "Not really, Captain.  I haven't had the opportunity to do anything other than monitor his blood pressure and take his temperature, both of which are high.  Probably side effects of being stunned.  You say he acted like he was out of his head?"
    "Completely out of his head.  He was crazed.  He came at me with death in his eyes and a big spanner clenched in his fist.  Either he didn't recognize me and thought I was a threat, or my stock's gone down.  Big time!  I think he was trying to kill me, and might have, if Kowalski
hadn't let him have it.  I want to know why, Doc.  It was totally unprovoked."
     "Hmmm.  You're going to have to give me some time to do a work-up. There's nothing in Reynold's medical history or file to indicate instability or any disorder.  We've done a quick poll of the crew, and there are no reports of anything unusual in Reynolds' recent behavior, other than a few odd dreams.  It's a mystery to me, Captain.  At least for the time being.  I'll try to get you some answers soon."
    "Thanks Doc," Crane said.  "If you come up with anything, have Sparks get hold of me.  I'll be in the Admiral's quarters.  And for now at least, I'm having a security guard posted outside sick bay.  Just in case."
    Doc gave Crane a look of mock disapproval.  "Get out of here, SIR."

    The Captain left, and true to his word, ordered one of Sharkey's armed security men to take up station outside sick bay.  He remembered the crazed look in Matt Reynolds's eyes when Matt had attacked.  Crane couldn't get the image out of his mind.  He never wanted to see that look again

----Excepted from The Nemesis Syndrome

Doc--caught in the act?
I'm a Doc--NOT a doctor!

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