. . . USS Pagemaster. . .
. . Briefing room. . .
"Captain, it seems his vocal cords are . . . well. . . immobilized." Doctor Lupita Connor said.
"Immbolized?" Captain Rosewood Jean Vorn repeated.
"Why yes, and I don't know why." Connor said.
"Interesting." Vorn said.
"He is a interesting subject," Connor agreed.
"We are stranded ten light years from the Federation and we have a potential threat aboard this ship," Came Commander Richard Wilson, gesturing over to me. "I vote we leave him on a planet with a civilization that better understands his . . ." He snapped his fingers trying to figure what to say. "Uh. . ." Wilson snapped his fingers multiple times. "Physiology!"
I couldn't agree more.
"No." Vorn said.
"But Captain," Wilson said. "Given his history, I doubt that he will not repeat history."
"Why not give him a chance?" Vorn said.
"The last time he was given a chance this man . . . or whatever he is . . . He held back some vital piece of information."
"I believe we need to give him a second chance," Vorn said. "I requested him on this ship for 'scientific' purposes and see how he works in the field. Now I believe there might be some use being stranded ten years from the federation. Perhaps he can redeem himself."
I would have very much preferred dying rather than continue to live in a universe I do not belong.
"Redemption. . ." Connor said. "That makes sense. I believe that will work."
Wilson had his eyes on me, mostly of that in concern.
"So what does that make him?" Wilson asked. "A science officer or a security officer?"
"I want to see how he does being a science officer."
"But he is mute, Captain!" Connor said. "Mutes cannot communicate, so he wouldn't be able to fill that role as dialogue is very important to that sector. "
"Good point,Lupita," Vorn said. "You are going to be in the next landing party, Mr Wallis."
"I still don't trust him," Wilson said. "What if he backstabs us?"
"Then he will be in the brig until we get back to the federation." Vorn said.
"Okay," Wilson said. "Now I am assured."