34. Fighting back
. . Captain's quarters. . .
. . 2:20 PM. . .3000. . .
Barnabas had his back to the wall.
It was taking his sheer will to keep himself down on his feet. His hands were rolled up into fists containing all that bubbling and circulating energy. He was in a dark blue and red jumpsuit with the combadge on his chest. He was trembling struggling to keep himself together. Barnabas felt like he could float on off through the ship's metal hide. He closed his eyes seeing the images of planets clouding his mind. He opened his eyes holding his hands out to his view seeing them glowing a bright white.
I can't leave, Barnabas thought.
Barnabas struggled to stand upright.
He had to control this desire to move on up.
To become light and free of his current anchor.
His entire body was an anchor.
I must stay for the crew, Barnabas thought closing his eyes, for B-4. We can't leave him. . . not like this.
He knew how leaving B-4 in this current state would leave the android.
Captain Barnabas could feel the change.
"I. . . Must. . . stay!" Barnabas pushed himself forward opening his eyes.
No longer did they need holoprograms when they could go back in time and do the socializing at the minor points in time asking some of the important people in time for advice then erase that moment by flipping a 'undo switch' that makes the moment appear as though it never existed in time, space, or to those they spoke with. It became a handy tool. They had to be careful with their travels. When they accidentally time traveled and had no way back to their time, they had to accept they were making a parallel timeline. They used the help of the crew to get back home. But holoprograms were still used by those who preferred in no interference at all. They still had the holodeck for that reason. Some of his crew were holoprograms who achieved sentience.
These holoprograms understood the problem they had.
And that they were willing to be sent off through mobile emitters for different occupations in the Andromeda galaxy.
The chief of security was a holoprogram.
Barnabas used the wall as his guide to get out of his quarters.
He was loose and embattled in a war against himself to stay on the plane of soldility.
"Captain, I have detected--" The Romulan security program came to a stop. He was known as Chief Security to all. "Do you need any assistance?"
". . .Medical Bay." Barnabas fell into the arms of Romulan Security program.
"Captain, you are running a fever!" Chief Security said.
"Take me . . . there." Barnabas said.
Chief Security helped the captain up.
"I will try, Captain Barnabas."