The Homeworld I Long to See Briar 'Bri' Young (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Briar 'Bri' Young (open) Briar 'Bri' Young (close) Name: Briar Addison Young aka "Bri" Age: 26 Role: Survivor Katherine 'Kat' Silvertsten (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Katherine 'Kat' Silvertsten (open) Katherine 'Kat' Silvertsten (close) Appearance: Name: Katherine 'Kat' Silvertsten Age: 27 Role: Doctor aboard the Ark --- For all her life, the steel walls, airlocks, and the regulations set forth by the Council was all Kat knew. Aboard a space station that housed just above three thousand souls, the Ark felt like a transit station to Kat. A place where she waited for a shuttle to bring her back down to the planet called Earth. The birthplace of the human race, a home that humanity desolated by sheer stupidity of war. The older generations always told her stories of the planet, the few that remained. There were great bodies of water that extended towards the horizon, lush forests that dwarfed the artificial greenhouse on the Ark, and animals of many kinds. Every night, Kat always listened to when an elder told these stories, imagining what it would be like in her mind's eye. Even with all the beautiful things she heard, the scars of the war wasn't ignored. The missiles launched by each country wiped out a great portion of life. Millions were killed, soldiers and civilians alike. Continents were uninhabitable turning into nothing more than wastes. Even so, Kat wanted to return to Earth. The Ark - though she was grateful - was starting to feel claustrophobic, as if she were drowning in the vastness of space yet cramped in this metal box. She wouldn't have to wait much longer. A century since the formation of the Ark, the Council had finally proposed a plan to send a small team back to Earth. Scientists, soldiers, and civilians. By luck, Kat was selected to go as the medical officer. The group was to assess the viability of life on the radiated surface. The opportunity excited Kat, but she was afraid. What if she succumbed to radiation sickness? Newborns were affected from the radiation of the sun. If the symptoms were similar, it'd be a very painful way to go. Walking near the entrance to the drop ship, Kat looked up as the guards hurried along and packed everything up. The scientist were all doing their own thing, talking about the surface she suspected. The civilians were clumped together. Kat saw their expressions. Excitement, fear, uncertainty. She wouldn't be surprised if some of them were wishing they weren't selected. The job was too important to pass up. The Ark was running low on supplies. They needed to find another source. "Doctor?" Kat turned around as she nearly jumped. "Didn't mean to startle you, Kat." "Chancellor, sir," she said as she tried to settle her nerves. She had never been approached by the Ark leader before. "What can I do for you?" Chancellor Laurence looked over the drop ship. "Survive," he said. "I'm still wondering if sending you folks down there is the right thing. You all heard the briefing - the situation. It's too important to delay any further. The Ark is running low on supplies. Systems are going bad. More accidents are happening. Daniel has told me much of your eagerness to see the Earth." Kat shrugged as she hefted her bag over her shoulder. It was almost time. "To be honest Chancellor, I'm scared." "So are we all, doctor. The science team has taken great care in selecting the drop point. Less radiation exposure from what they told me. From a medical professional, what's your take on the matter?" Kat pursed her lips. Theoretically, everyone on the Ark had experienced radiation poisoning to some extent. While they were far enough from the sun to not burn from the UV rays emitting from the star, the radiation wasn't able to be filtered by the atmosphere. "I think - think mind you - that radiation will be the least of our problems. In less radiated zones though. I don't want to test that theory though." The Chancellor nodded. "If we only had radiation suits," he said. "Which is why you're dropping near the Appalachian. Supposedly, there's a military base there. We tried to ensure your success as much as possible." "And the future of the Arks." "Precisely." Laughing, Kat heard the signal to board. Turning to the Chancellor she held out her hand. They shook. "We have a radio. We'll send word when we know its safe." "God speed Doctor." "Thanks Chancellor." Taking a deep breath, she walked up the wrap to the hexagon-like vessel as she found her seat. She strapped in. Finally, her dream was coming true. Apprehension churned inside her as her mouth grew dry. They were finally going home. --- Kat felt something slap her face as she tried to open her eyes. Her head pounded as her body ached all over. Where was she? That's right, she was in the drop ship. Had they reached the ground? Was she dead? "Doctor Silvertsten!" She felt another slap, the pain was more intense. "Doctor!" Kat's eyes flashed open as she took in her environment. She saw a hand around her neck as she struggled to get out of the grip. "Doctor, stop!" She looked up and saw the uniform of a guard. Davis if she remembered correctly. She looked around as the dropship was empty. Gear was scattered to and fro. Her hands quickly went to the buckle as she took off her restraint. "What happened? Where are the others?" Davis stood up, his rifle swung around his back. "Hundred year old pile of junk wasn't as intact as we thought," he said. "We lost some of the scientist and civilians." "How many?" "Twelve souls." Kat cursed. That was less than a fifth of their numbers. Twelve out of the hundred were already gone? She shuddered. Getting to her feet, she found her bag as she hoisted it on her back. She pushed past Davis as she made her way to the exit. She cried out as she covered her eyes. Slowly, she brought her hands away. Trees surrounded her as the light from the sun illuminated the clearing the ship had landed in. A great lake spread out before her as reflections of a mountain pass filled the water. She took a deep breath. The air. Real oxygen. It tasted so sweet! "Doctor!" Her brief moment of pleasure was lost as she looked towards the direction of the voice. A civilian was waving at her as she hurried his way. She looked at the woman on the ground. She went slack jawed. A piece of metal was sticking out of a woman's torso. "Help her!" "Boil some water!" she ordered the man as she looked around. "You two, hold her down. Where's our anesthesia?" "All gone," reported a guard. "We lost a lot in the crash." Kat sighed. She didn't envy the woman one bit. She looked at her helpers. "Hold her tight." She took the alcohol that somebody brought her and disinfected her hands and tools. Taking a steadying breath, she carefully began to pull the piece of shrapnel out. Blocking out the screams, the lack of bleeding told her nothing internally was bleeding. Taking a cloth and soaking it with alcohol, she pressed it against the woman's side. Reaching for a needle and thread, she began to stitch the wound. "Bring her back to the drop ship. She can't move. Rest. That's what's going to heal that." As she finished up, she sat back and wiped away the sweat from her brow. Barely being on Earth for an hour, her blue shirt and jeans were already stained with dirt and blood. A terrible way to begin things. Hearing no more cries of pain, she walked off and sat against a tree stump and looked at the water. The stories the elders told her could not have prepared her for all of this. The beauty was indescribable, as if she stepped into paradise. Closing her eyes she tilted her head up. Now, the question was, if this place was toxic enough to kill them or not.