Dylan Hunt stands vigil at the beside of a deathly ill Beka Valentine, and realizes that she means more to him than just a second-in-command.
"Things that go bump in the night" by Karen
Rational thought and logic were the first casualties about three hours ago, Dylan thinks as he runs through yet another in a seemingly endless series of medical scans on Beka's prone form. Yet how was he or anyone else among the crew to know that the refugees the Andromeda rescued carried a communicable disease? He fumes at his own lack of foresight, at the general feeling of helplessness and frustration that Beka and the other patients are not making as much progress towards a recovery as he would prefer.
The ironic thing of the entire situation is that it all began when the ship's acting engineer discovered what at first appeared to be a case of a spreading metal fatigue in a seldom used deck of the ship. Dylan hadn't gone too excited or overly concerned until whatever was causing the metal to buckle and collapse like cheap tinfoil began to spread at an alarming rate.
Meanwhile, drifting in and out of consciousness which to Beka's exhausted and fevered imagination feels like she is attempting to swim against the current of a cold ocean, she wavers between anger and despair. She wishes that the wave that carries her on this fevered journey would just make up its mind which way it wants to go. Preferably she would like to wake up and begin to take a few swings of her own fighting against whatever and whoever made her feel this wretched. The wretched feeling is far different than the kind she used to get when she came down from the high of taking the drug Flash; she knows all too well what that feels like, and this is not it, although it is similar.
Beka does not believe in ghosts, boogiemen, or phantasms. After all, she considers them a quaint reminder of her childhood and stories better left to the unique imagination of people like Seamus Harper. Yet, the nature of ghosts might explain why she is hearing all kinds of disembodied voices in her head. She mentally tells them to just shut the hell up and let her get better.
Dylan watches Beka's struggles with the same single-minded attention he gives to the medical computers of the Andromeda. He shifts his weight and shuffles from one foot to the other, and in the back of mind he whispers to some unseen deity "Let her be well, I would give anything to have her back, fiery, contrary, and brave; his Captain Beka Valentine to the core, inside and out.' Please, just let her wake up," Dylan whispers aloud.