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06 June 2013 @ 10:08 pm
Comfort and Concern 2/6 Extended  
Most of the dialog actually comes from Star Trek the Original Series S2E09 The Apple.

The second time was during a mission.

We beamed down to the planet. The landing party consisted of the Captain, Ensign Chekov, Yeoman Landon, two guards, and myself. We began scanning the area as Doctor McCoy and two more security officers beamed down.

“Well, I just might stake out a claim and settle down here, Jim.” McCoy was staring at the aesthetically pleasing surroundings. The foliage appeared similar to what one might encounter on Earth.

“It is spectacular, isn't it?” Kirk replied.

“It's a shame to have to intrude.”

“Well, the last scout ship reported some pretty strange sensor readings. Starfleet wants it investigated and the inhabitants contacted. We do what we're told.”

McCoy snorted. “Since when?”

“The soil here is remarkably rich and fertile, Captain. Husbandry would be quite efficacious.” I informed the Captain.

“Are you sure about that?”

“Oh, quite sure. Readings indicate the entire planet is covered with growth like this. Curious, even at the poles there's very little variation in temperature which maintains a planet-wide average of seventy six degrees.”

“I know. Almost impossible.” Kirk was looking around, as if he didn’t believe the area was real.

“It makes me homesick. Just like Russia.” Ensign Chekov interjected.

“More like the Garden of Eden, Ensign.” McCoy said.

“Of course, Doctor. The Garden of Eden was just outside Moscow. A very nice place. It must have made Adam and Eve very sad to leave.”

“Just outside Moscow.” Kirk shook his head. “All right. There's a village about seventeen kilometers away on bearing two three two. We'll head that way.”

It was then that a silvery flower turned to face the away team. Crewman Hendorff walked over to investigate, scanning the planet with his tricorder.


Before could finish the flower’s stamens shot into his chest. He fell and the doctor pronounced him dead.

It was when the Enterprise attempted to beam his body up that we discovered an even bigger problem.

“We're losing potency in our antimatter pods. I don't think it's serious, but we're looking into it” Lieutenant Commander Scott informed us over the comm.

“What's causing it?” Kirk inquired.

“I'm not sure, sir, but we've run measurements on the electromagnetic field of the planet, and they are a wee bit abnormal. That might have something to do with it.”

“But you say there's nothing to worry about?”

“Well, sir, I didn't exactly say that.”

“Well, stay on top of it. We've got a job to down here. We might as well finish it.”

“I hear it's nice down there.”

“Yeah, it's nice. If we're a little more careful, we shouldn't run into any more trouble.” Kirk sounded concerned.

“I could do with a nice walk in a garden with green leaves and grass.”

“We'll do the walking, Scotty. You get on the antimatter pod. If it gets worse, let me know, we'll beam up. Kirk out.”

“I find that most unusual, Captain.” I said. “There has been nothing in our scans that would suggest-”

“Scotty will handle it.” The Captain cut me off. “We've got a job to do. Turn up anything on your tricorder?”

“Indeed. Subsurface vibrations for miles in all directions.”

“That's strange.”

“Quite strong, fairly regular, artificially produced.”


“Yes, sir?”

“We're heading for the village. Avoid contact with the humanoids. I want you and Marple to make a full reconnaissance. And be careful. There may be other dangers besides poisonous plants. Keep in constant communication.”

“Aye, aye, sir.”

It was then we discovered we were being watched. The Captain went to investigate, but returned shortly after.

“Whatever it is, it moves like a cat. We've been watched, we'll probably be watched. We're moving out. Formation L.”

We were underway only for 10.2 minutes when I made another find. A rock.

“Interesting. Extremely low specific gravity, some uraninite, hornblende, quartz.” I broke it in half. “Fragile, good cleavage. An analysis should prove interesting.” I tossed one of the halves away. It exploded upon contact with the ground.”

Captain Kirk pushed me to the ground, throwing himself on top of me as if to shield me from the blast. I must admit feeling his body above mine was illogically gratifying.

“Would you mind being careful where you throw your rocks, Mister Spock?” Kirk said as he climbed to his feet.

“Obviously highly unstable, Captain. This could be a find of some importance. In large quantities, it could be a considerable source of power.” Spock replied.

“Garden of Eden, with land mines.” Kirk said.

We continued on for another 11.4 minutes before stopping when Lieutenant Commander Scott commed the Captain. While they conversed Doctor McCoy scanned the area.

“What's that, Bones?” Kirk ended the call and walked over to the Doctor.

“Some of the thorns like those that killed Hendorff. See the stuff on the end? It's like saplin, only it's a thousand times stronger.” McCoy responded.

“Peculiar stuff to find in paradise.”

That is when I noticed the plant moving.


I pushed the Captain out of the way and took the thorns into my own chest.

“Spock! Spock!” Jim was frantic as McCoy scanned the Commander. “Is he alive?”

“I filled him with enough masiform D to make the whole crew turn handsprings, and he's not responding. Got to get him back to the ship, Jim.”

“Kirk to Enterprise.”

“Scott here, sir.”

“We're beaming up. Notify transporter room.”

I was unconscious for 8.9 hours. I was later informed the Captain refused to leave sickbay the entire time. It was very illogical of him. I suppose it is equally illogical for myself to be gratified by his actions.

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