Before the ship left Latria, the captain opened communications with the government back home letting them know about the planet below. They were told to continue on with their journey to Medicia to discover if it shared the same fate as Latria. So while the command crew plotted a course to their next destination, all of the members of the landing crew were reported to the ship’s infirmary. Once there they were forced into isolation so the doctors could ensure that their exposure to the radiation would do no lasting harm.
The trip to Medicia took three weeks, though the landing crew spent the first two in isolation. Only being released when all the tests came up negative did the doctors grudgingly allowed them to leave, as they demanded that their fleeing patients avoid any strenuous duties or activities. Yet as soon as Rylan escaped they containment he was ordered to the captain’s ready room.
So when Rylan entered the ready room, a warm and half-hearted smile broke out from the captain’s usually emotionless face. “Well, Rylan I think you’ve finally been vindicated.”
“It’s amazing how that happened,” Rylan answered bluntly.
With a gruff chuckle, the captain replied, “People can be like that Rylan.” Rubbing his chin for a moment, the captain immediately jumped to the real reason he summoned the technician. “We are a week out from Medicia, but I don’t want you going down to the planet.”
“Because I will need you to go down to Laria, and I won’t expose you to that radiation that many times.”
“You’re getting a little ahead of yourself aren’t you, Captain?” Rylan asked as defiance began coloring his face.
“What aren’t you telling me?”
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