Disclaimer: Neither the show nor the characters belong to me, they belong to ITV1. Nonetheless, I love to borrow them from time to time. The idea of the story as well as the story itself – including all possible pre- or sequels published afterwards – are mine.
Summary: This was a dream, it had to be. This wasn’t supposed to happen, not here, not to her, not like this. Yet, here she was, trapped in the Early Jurassic, surrounded by dinosaurs considering her as nothing but food.
Warnings: once again not beta-read
AN: First of all, I want to wish all of you a very happy, healthy, successful New Year 2012. I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and also some Happy Holidays.
Then I want to thank you for hanging in there with me no matter how long it takes me to update. And this time it really took me forever. I just couldn’t get this chapter right, and I’m really, really sorry you had to wait so long. I hope it was at least worth it. ;)
I’ll try to post at least one more story later today. I still have some semi-finished stories for the just-kiss-her community and will try to get at least one of them finished for you. ;)
Have a great year 2012 and enjoy this chapter.
Lester quickly took a step forward to break Jess’ fall. Picking her up, he rushed outside his office and into the ADD where the rest of the team was still waiting.
“Take her to the medical bay,” he commanded, as he gently placed Jess’ lifeless figure into Becker’s arms.
Nodding, Becker rushed along the main corridor.
“I’ll call her parents,” Lester called after him. Swearing, he ran a hand through his hair. Had they really brought her back just for her to die of whatever she had been exposed to in the Early Jurassic?! What was he supposed to tell her parents?
Sighing, Lester decided to go with the truth – at least as much as possible. He couldn’t tell Jess’ parents about her being trapped in a different time and attacked by a dinosaur, of course. But he could tell them that their daughter has returned and that she had been hurt.
“What happened?” Lester demanded to know when he stepped into the medical bay.
“She’s suffering from toxaemia,” Abby replied quietly. “The wound on her ankle is inflamed. She’s in surgery. They need to cut the wound open and clean it.”
“Will they have to remove her foot?” Lester carefully asked.
“They don’t know yet,” Abby replied.
Becker hit the wall with his fist.
“Her parents will be here in a few hours,” Lester told them hoping that by then he wouldn’t have to tell them their daughter hadn’t made it.
“What are you going to tell them?” Emily asked.
Lester snorted. “Obviously not the truth.”
At that moment, the door opened and one of the doctors stepped outside.
“How is she?” Abby asked immediately.
“What happened?” Matt demanded to know.
“Is she going to be okay?” Emily asked.
“Can we see her?” Connor jumped in.
“Please,” Lester interrupted the flood of words coming from his inferiors. “Give the doctor a chance to speak.”
“For now, we could save her foot,” the doctor told them. “But Miss Parker is very unstable. She’s suffering from a severe form of toxaemia and her chances aren’t more than fifty per cent. We’re treating her with antibiotics, but I fear that’s all we can do for now.”
“What does that mean, you could save her foot for now?” Becker asked gloomily.
The doctor sighed. “Miss Parker is having severe panic attacks, a common side effect of toxaemia. The problem is that if we can’t calm her down, she’s going to rip her stitches and her ankle doesn’t have a chance of healing properly.”
“Can I see her?” Becker asked impatiently.
Frowning, the doctor replied, “Miss Parker needs to rest. It’s better if she has as little visitors as possible.”
“I think I might know how to calm her down,” Becker insisted. “Let me at least try!”
Frowning even more, the doctor looked at Lester. When the latter nodded, he reluctantly agreed to lead Becker into the ICU.
“No, please, I need to… go… They’re… everywhere,” Becker heard Jess’ weak voice when they were standing in the doorway.
She was lying in one of the hospital beds, attached to a number of machines and tubes providing medicine. Two nurses were struggling to keep her from leaving the bed.
“Get away from her,” Becker told them harshly.
The nurses frowned at him, but did as they had been told, when the doctor nodded.
Carefully, Becker sat down on Jess’ bed and reached out to gently caress her cheek. “It’s okay,” he whispered. “Calm down, Jess, you’re safe.”
“Becker?” she mumbled. “They’re everywhere. We… We need to go.”
“No, no, you’re safe,” he assured her. “You’re back at the ARC. No one’s going to hurt you, I promise. You’re safe.”
“Becker,” she blindly grabbed his collar. “Please, don’t leave me alone again.”
“I won’t,” he assured her, carefully climbing onto the bed and sliding next to her. “I’m here. Nothing’s gonna happen to you.”
She mumbled something he couldn’t understand as she snuggled up close against him, her head resting on his chest, and sank into a deep and calm sleep.
The doctor sighed with relief and nodded, before he left the ICU to talk to Lester again.
“It works,” he told his boss. “When Captain Becker laid down with her, she calmed down. She’s sleeping now.”
A small smile crossed Lester’s face. “I suppose that means he’s allowed to stay with her.”
“Well, as long as he holds her, we don’t need to give her any tranquilizers that might interfere with the antibiotics and the pain killers,” the doctor replied with a shrug. “The fewer medicine she gets the better.”
Lester nodded, before changing the topic. “I’ll head her parents off and fill them in on the news.”
Nodding, the doctor went back into the medical bay, leaving Lester alone with the rest of the team.
“I want all of you to go back to work,” Lester told them. “You heard the doctor, we’re not allowed to see her anyway.”
“With all due respect, sir,” Matt replied for all of them. "None of us is going anywhere as long as we don’t know if Jess will be all right.”
“And there I really thought disobeying my orders once a day would be enough for you,” Lester said with a snort before heading back down the main corridor.
“I’d say we take turns,” Abby suggested. “As soon as anything changes, we’ll inform the others.”
Matt nodded in agreement. “You’ll take the first turn. Emily will take over in three hours.”
Only seconds later Lester turned around the corner again followed by two older people, probably Jess’ parents.
“We should try not to look like she already died,” Connor mumbled, smiling at the two people as they past – the most honest smile he could manage at the moment.
“Your daughter hurt her foot on this mission,” they heard Lester explain. “I’m sorry, but I can’t tell you more about this mission, it’s classified. Somehow, the wound inflamed and now Jess is suffering from toxaemia.”
They turned around a corner and through the glass door Lester could see Becker lying in the hospital bed holding a pale figure that was Jessica Parker.
“Mr. and Mrs. Parker, I’m doctor Melrose,” the doctor greeted them before they were able to enter the room. “We could stabilize your daughter and save her foot, but I don’t want to raise false hopes. She’s suffering from severe toxaemia and her chances of surviving aren’t more than fifty per cent. We’re treating her with antibiotics. They should kick in by the end of tomorrow. Then your daughter will soon recover.”
“What if they don’t kick in?” Mrs. Parker asked.
Dr. Melrose smiled briefly at her. “Let’s hope that they will.”
“Who’s with my daughter?” Mr. Parker grumbled, looking at the two figures in the bed.
Dr. Melrose turned to look at the bed. “One of the symptoms of toxaemia are panic attacks your daughter has also been experiencing,” he explained. “Apparently, Captain Becker’s presence makes your daughter feel safe and it calms her down. That’s why we allowed him to stay.”
“So, this is Captain Becker,” Mrs. Parker stated, taking in the sight in front of her as a small smile crossed her face.
“Do you know him?” Lester asked with a frown.
“No,” the older woman replied with a smile, “but he was basically all Jessica talked about whenever we asked her about work.”
Nodding knowingly, Lester opened the door for Jess’ parents. “The doctor told us not to strain her, so I told the rest of the team to leave your daughter alone. But I’m sure they’ll ignore my order.”
Mrs. Parker smiled at him. “It’s good to see how much everyone cares about Jess here. I’ve never been sure if she was honest when she told us how much she loved her job and the people she worked with. Now I know she was.”
Lester nodded briefly, before bowing out.
Becker automatically straightened when he saw Jess’ parents enter the room. Under normal circumstances, he would have gotten up and taken in a more soldier-like posture to greet them. But the circumstances were anything but normal.
“Mr. and Mrs. Parker,” he greeted quietly so he didn’t wake Jess up.
“Captain Becker,” Mrs. Parker replied. “I really hoped we’d meet under better circumstances.”
Becker raised an eyebrow at the older woman.
“Jess told us a lot about you,” she explained. “And we always asked her when we would finally be allowed to meet you.”
“You asked her,” Mr. Parker corrected.
Becker didn’t say anything. So, Jess had already told her parents about him and they had wanted to meet him?! Was that good or bad considering their newly developing relationship?
Looking down at her lifeless body next to his, he prayed that it still mattered.
Mr. Parker opened his mouth to add something, but stopped when his daughter stirred.
“Becker?” she mumbled. “They’re… everywhere… We… We need to… leave…”
She must have sensed the tension in his body and taken it as a sign of danger.
“No, Jess, everything’s fine,” he whispered soothingly and gently stroked her hair. “You’re safe here, I promise. Nothing’s going to happen to you.”
“Don’t go away,” she whispered, snuggling up closer against him. “Don’t leave me alone.”
“I won’t, I promise,” he assured her, wrapping his arms closer around her. “You’re safe, Jess, go back to sleep.”
Mumbling something not understandable, Jess relaxed against his body.
Frowning, Mr. Parker took a seat next to his wife.
Lost in time 12 - Endangered