Barnabas. . .
Barnabas could feel a steaming hot sensation carried through his optical nerves. Could he still be in confinement? Could he still be in the hands of his captors? What happened? He had been out most of the time recovering from that near-fatal injury. Barnabas. . . Barnabas recognized the voice as Sonny's. It was Sonny. Things were okay. The panic and fear were replaced by relief.
"The captain is awake!" Sonny said.
He heard voices.
Why can't I speak?
"Captain, your voice box. . ." Stern started.
Yes, what about it,Miss Stern?
"It was destroyed due to the pain collar." Sonny said.
Are you telling me I lost my voice?
"Yes, Captain." Stern said.
"Captain, it was the collective efforts of Adrian and his former Chief Security Rygork that you are still alive." B-4 said.
Speaking of being alive. . . I heard Treylane.
"But Treylane hasn't popped up since the Tribble crisis." Strong said.
I am well aware of that. I believe he . . . Had a hand in my survival.
"Captain. . ." B-4 started.
Barnabas could have said, "Yes, Number One?"
"Rygork evolved. Which means one day we will see Q again." B-4 said.
What else did I lose, Doctor?
"Your ears. . ." Sonny started. "I am sorry, there's nothing I can do. You are going to lose your hearing. It'll take a miracle for your ears to be back in order."