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2371; Starfleet Academy; "Climbing Accident"

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Nov. 7th, 2005 | 09:06 pm
posted by: colleenodonnell in en_fanfic

Since I've referred to this story in the RP, I figured I'd include the story behind it here. It happened in their second year of the Academy, during the weekend (when every careless accident happens).

Character Bios:

Colleen O'Donnell--*Just* turned nineteen, only a week earlier. She is a bit careless, she rushes into things, and she doesn't think as much before she acts. She's competitive, driven, and energetic, as always. She's got the 'it'll never happen to me' outlook at the moment.

John Wendell--Turned twenty a few months ago, a bit more mature than his first year but not by much. He still is every bit as competitive as Colleen and though he's slightly more concerned with his surroundings and danger, he'll forfeit all of that just for the challenge. He's willing to risk what he has in the hope of gaining something better, but he's a quick thinker. He's as sharp as can be, and will always find a loophole. He can basically sell ice to Andorians, and strategize anything at all.

Vereil Kate--They finally call her 'Kate', having been friends with her long enough to do so. Kate's cautious but fun-loving. Willing to take risks if they're important enough. She's security cautious because she's an aspiring security officer, but she's willing to compromise some of those beliefs in the name of a good time.

Richard Young--Rick's got his head straight on his shoulders. He's absolutely sure what is right and what isn't and he's considered overly-cautious by the other three. He'll say some things they don't approve of, thinking he's being helpful. But he's still a good friend. He's there when you need him and although he might be thinking of your physical well-being moreso than having a good time, he knows how to compromise and get out for a while.

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from: colleenodonnell
date: Nov. 8th, 2005 02:17 am (UTC)

They waited six hours before Colleen woke up. In that time, Rick left and brought food back for everyone. Sometime in there, a nurse had brought fold-up chairs, but no one could really remember when. When her eyelids flickered open and she looked around, she sighed, coughed slightly, and tried to sit up unsuccessfully.</i>
“Easy there, Peanut,” Patrick said.
“How are you feeling?” Erin asked.
“Like crap. How are you?” Colleen asked her mom, seeing the red rings around her eyes that gave away the fact that she had been crying.
“I’m fine, baby,” Mrs. O’Donnell said as she hugged her daughter passionately. “I’m just so glad you’re okay.”
Colleen smiled and returned the hug, only to recoil from the pain she felt in her collar bone. “My God, what happened?”
“You fell seventy-five feet,” John said.
“That’s what you get for not wearing a helmet,” Rick said in half-jest, but promptly shut up at disapproving looks from Kate and John.
“We were climbing,” Colleen said. “And that stupid auto-belay broke.”
The doctor entered and said, “Cadet O’Donnell, I hope you don’t mind, but I need to do a quick evaluation. Family and friends can step off to the side. No need to leave the room.” The crowd stepped off to the side, and watched as the doctor evaluated Colleen’s mental capabilities. When he was finished, he said, “This is remarkable. I’ve never seen a patient undergo as much mental trauma as you have and recall everything to such precise detail. Congratulations, Cadet. You are very lucky.”
“Lucky is right,” Rick echoed.
“I’ll leave you to your visitors. But only another hour. Then the rest of you should leave and get some sleep while Colleen rests. She’ll be discharged into your care tomorrow, Mr. and Mrs. O’Donnell.”
“Thank you, Doctor.”
The doctor left and Colleen asked, “How did the auto-belay malfunction?”
“That’s what *I’d* like to know,” Mr. O’Donnell said.
“We’re gonna find out,” John said firmly.
“And Colleen, would you please tell John it isn’t his fault?”
“It isn’t your fault,” Colleen said with a smile. “Really. I was stupid. I shouldn’t have reached for that rock after the auto-belay jerked like that. We should have descended.”
“Like Kate and I did,” Rick said.
“Yes, we all know you were right and we were wrong, thank you Rick. Again,” John said.
“Let’s not be hostile,” Mr. O’Donnell told him. “It wasn’t anyone’s fault except the idiot who didn’t check the auto-belays. And I intend to have a word with that idiot.”
“Me too,” Mrs. O’Donnell said.
“I’ll help,” John said.
“Though it would have been better if you four were wearing helmets. And if you were being a bit more careful in your climbing endeavors. I know you’re supposed to be able to go as fast as you want, but you shouldn’t be so trusting with the equipment. This should be a lesson to the four of you,” Patrick told them.
Colleen nodded, and winced slightly after doing so. The other three looked down at their shoes.
“Now…are you hungry, Peanut?” Patrick asked.
“Yeah,” Colleen answered. “Definitely. Someone want to explain exactly what happened to me? I seem to be discovering a new injury every time I move,” she said.
“I’ll go get the food, then,” Patrick said, and indicated that Erin should follow. They should give Colleen’s friends some time alone with her. “And you three can explain.”
Once they left, John and Kate and Rick launched into the description of exactly how she landed, and then every injury that had befallen her, and she smirked at the end of the story. “This is gonna be one to tell our kids when *we’re* parents.”
“Yeah—how *not* to do a sport,” Rick said cynically.

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