Hawk's Fight with Buck
(Alternative version of the fight scene from "Time of the Hawk")
is what the Galactic Court wants to know.
They want Hawk to explain why he went ahead after every human ship
and outpost and destroyed them instead of those responsible for his
people's death," said Wilma. "The
Court will also want to know when Hawk will be well enough to stand trial,
a few weeks, maybe three at the least, Colonel," stated Dr.
Hawk didn't know which humans did the killings, Wilma.
Maybe he only found evidence that showed humans had attacked his
people, but there may have been none of his people who lived long enough
to tell him," contemplated Buck.
until Hawk wakes up, we will not know will we," said Wilma.
Goodfellow reluctantly placed Hawk in belt restraints and returned to
monitoring Hawk's condition. Two
days after his surgery, the I.V. and catheter were removed.
Dr. Goodfellow was out of his office doing further research on the
bird people when Hawk woke up again to find himself on a medi-bed and
still in the sickbay of the Searcher.
first, Hawk thought he was still dreaming, but the events of the past
month came crashing down upon him. He
closed his eyes in grief as the memories of his true love Koori came to
him before he forced himself to push them aside.
As he tried to sit up, Hawk found that he had been completely
undressed by the humans with only a blanket covering his feathered body.
Hawk also found his wrists were held down by belt wrist restraints
with a belt chest restraint under his armpits across his feather covered
what the humans might have planned for him, Hawk tried to see if he could
get free and found that the wrist restraints were loose enough that when
he pulled on them he was able to get his hands out after only a little
tugging. Once his hands
were free, he undid the belt chest restraint.
Hawk looked around carefully to find he was all alone and sat up only to
grab his right side and right leg as searing pain surged through both of
them forcing him to lie back down again.
He shut his eyes against the pain and forced himself to relax so
that the agony he was feeling would pass eventually.
Once it subsided, he would be able to look at himself and see what
the humans had done to him.
himself to remain calm and carefully touching his injuries, Hawk found
that his chest and his right knee had been swaddled in bandages.
Bracing himself for the loss of his body feathers as he pulled back
the edges of the bandage on his chest, Hawk was surprised that none of his
feathers had been removed by any of the humans he had seen in the sickbay
prior to the anesthesia being administered to him by the elder healer.
That the humans were able to perform surgery on him without
removing any feathers came as a surprise to Hawk since his own people's
healers often had to remove one's body feathers when treating injuries.
he had no way of knowing when a human might enter the sickbay, Hawk could
only guess that he had little time to find something to wear and get out
of the sickbay. Then it was
just a matter of stealing a ship to return to Throm. The desire to lay
down and die so he could be with Koori again had not faded.
It was the only thing he wanted to do and no one would stop him.
Hawk knew that the first thing to do was to try and get off the
medi-bed. He laid still for a
few minutes to steel his resolve and to focus on his goal.
in pain, Hawk steeled himself to get off the bed by gritting his teeth and
forcing himself to sit up despite the throbbing pain in his right side and
knee. Then pulling the
blanket up around himself for modesty as well to have it out of his way,
Hawk eased his good leg onto the floor.
he was able place a foot on the floor, Hawk slowly pulled his injured leg
to the edge of the bed before carefully lowering it over. Sitting up sent shooting pains into his right side, but Hawk
forced himself to look around and saw, through the glass partion of a
closet, a hospital gown hanging there.
knew that holding onto the blanket would make it hard for him to move
around so he dropped it onto the floor.
Taking a deep breath, he then clenched his teeth once again and
pushed himself off the bed. Steadying
himself against the bed, the birdman gathered his strength to walk.
Weathering the pain, Hawk managed to hobble to the closet where he
opened the door and grabbed the hospital gown.
had been embarrassed that he was seen undressed by all the female medical
staff. Only mates were
allowed to see each other undressed on their wedding night and during
their married life together. Any
exception to that would be someone of the same sex.
It would be the same for any female of his people.
When one was young, the only adults that would be allowed to see
one undressed would be one's mother and father.
The only exception to that would be when one was an infant up to
the age of a toddler.
wrapped the gown around his waist to use as a loincloth for modesty sake
and to make it easier to move around.
The hospital gown was just large enough to only completely cover
his front and sides. Hawk had
to find something better to wear because his sparsely-feathered behind
along with his two-inch, soft, fluffy, white tail feathers, located at the
base of his spine, were showing for all to see.
it was only the matter of getting a ship and leaving for Throm.
Steadying himself against the closet door, Hawk started to head for
the door when Dr. Goodfellow entered the room with his notes and
accompanied by his head nurse. With his mind intent on going over Hawk's
treatment, he headed for his office with Nurse Jensen.
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