Meanwhile in Space…
Episode 69: The Unnatural City, Part IV: And You Were There…
“I think he’s coming to.”
It was Astralyn’s voice that brought Timmy to consciousness. His eyes jolted open and he tried to sit up but he was restrained by something, someone. He felt two hands on his chest push him back down to a lying position. He reached up and grabbed the hands and was surprised that he was able to move his hands at all. He looked around and saw that he was lying in a hospital bed in S.P.A.C.E. Headquarters. To his right were Sundance and Astralyn. Both of them were wearing hospital gowns.
“Relax, Timmy, you’re alright,” Astralyn said. “We all are.”
“Yeah, you had us scared for a while there, buddy,” Sundance said, patting Timmy on the chest. “I thought you’d be asleep forever.”
“If only,” Timmy joked.
He was relieved to see familiar faces. He felt like he had survived some horrible dream. At first, he couldn’t remember what he had dreamt about. Then images began to flash before his eyes. A giant monster composed of wires chasing him and the colonel, blue electric sparks, arms and legs restrained. The recollection of these events caused him to gasp and sit up.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa! Easy there, tiger.” Sundance helped him lay back down. “You just woke up, you’re not quite ready to be running a marathon yet.”
“Colonel Graves!” Timmy looked to Sundance with panic in his eyes. “The colonel, is he okay? I couldn’t find him!”
“I’m right as rain.” Colonel Graves walked into the hospital room and approached Timmy’s bed. “Dr. Page just released me.” He was wearing his uniform instead of a hospital gown. “How are you doing?”
“I can’t complain,” Timmy replied, finally calming down. “I’m just glad you’re okay, sirs, Astralyn.”
Dr. Page entered the room with her clipboard and tapped it on her available hand. “Alright, folks. Let’s let him rest. He’s been through just as much as you lot. Visiting hours are over.”
“But he just woke up, Doc!” Sundance pleaded. “Just a little longer!”
“Lieutenant Falken isn’t ready to come out and play just yet, Captain.” Dr. Page started pushing Sundance and Astralyn out of the room. “So, run along. I’ve got some tests to run. Colonel, you, too.”
“Alright.” Colonel Graves winked at Timmy as he left the room. “We’re meeting at Louie’s later tonight. See you there?”
“If you’re buying!” Timmy said. He nodded and smiled at the Colonel.
With his visitors gone, Timmy relaxed and let out a relieved sigh. “I’m so glad they’re okay.”
Dr. Page closed the door to the room and quickly attended to her patient. “Yes, they’re all very lucky to be alive. From what they told me, you had quite the adventure. But don’t worry about that right now. Give me your arm.”
Timmy held out his left arm and Dr, Page tied a rubber strap around it. She asked him to squeeze his hand into a fist. Timmy obediently acquiesced. Dr. Page pulled out a small medical gun that had a needle on the muzzle attached to a vial. She pressed it against Timmy’s arm and with a puff, she extracted Timmy’s blood.
“Ow!” Timmy complained. He turned to the doctor to give him a look of malcontent when he froze. Dr. Page was suddenly not there. In her place was one of the boxy carnivorous robots from Metropolis. Timmy wrenched his arm back from it and tried to climb out of the bed.
“All done, you big baby.” Timmy blinked and Dr. Page had returned. She untied the rubber strap and put it in her jacket. “I’m going to run more tests on your blood and see what the deal is with it. I should have some results for you tomorrow. Until then, just relax. Welcome back.”
Dr. Page opened the door to the room and saw that Sundance and Astralyn were still standing there trying to look inconspicuous. “Don’t you people have things to do?” They flinched and walked away. “Some people’s children.” She walked off to see her other patients.
Timmy’s heart was beating so hard that he thought it was going to beat right out of his chest. He laid frozen in his bed wondering if he had really seen what he thought he saw. He couldn’t have. The robots were destroyed and gone. No, he was just stressed by having survived his last adventure. Now that he thought about it, he couldn’t remember how he had survived the incident with the wire snake. The last thing he remembered was that he had been tied down and the snake was coming for him. All was darkness after that. He made it a point to ask the others when he was released. For the time being, he was content to lower his heart rate and drift off to sleep.