April 18th, 2346
Robert’s reconstruction is finished, a tiny bit ahead of schedule. Starting from the molecular level, the medical nanotech have rebuilt his body from scratch, using his DNA and my medical scans as a blueprint. Each of us had a full-body molecular scan before we left home, almost four years ago. The scan includes all the information our DNA doesn’t: Scars, healed injuries, existing damage (tooth decay, for example), etc. are all included in the scan, and the nanotech uses this information to reconstruct Robert’s body to be exactly the way it was when he was injured. Well, exactly the way it was when the scan was taken, anyway.
And sure enough, I can look through the clear canopy of the isochamber and see Robert’s sleeping face, the scar he had over his left eyebrow exactly the way it was before his accident. I sometimes wonder how exact the nanotech really is. Is that scar exactly the same as it was, or is it slightly off? If it’s exact down to the micron (which it should be), did they replicate everything exactly? If he had a full bladder before his accident, will they replicate that? How about his body odor, which is caused by bacteria? Did the nanotech re-create the bacteria?
Of course, I don’t really care about these things, but I do wonder about them from time to time.
Mike and Jean-Marie are naturally anxious to see Robert. I’ve told them both that it’s going to be another month or so before his vocal cords are up to talking, and until then, they’re both just going to have to relax and be patient.
Easier said than done, of course. Jean-Marie wants to see Robert so bad, he’s virtually chomping at the bit. Can’t say I blame him. He was barely around for a month before Robert’s accident. They really barely had any time to be with each other. And then Jean-Marie, through no design of his own, became a full-time member of our crew, doing a job he wasn’t trained for and had never done. The stress he must be feeling is undoubtedly enormous.
Commander Trudov, of course, is dying to interrogate Robert. I think he’s convinced Robert didn’t have an accident at all; that he was pushed down the shaft to Engineering. Personally, I think that’s unlikely, but I guess it is Mike’s job to investigate all possibilities. I think Mike’s a tad too paranoid to be trying to investigate a potential crime, but there’s really no one else that could do it. Or would want to.
For the record, I do not believe that Robert was pushed. The only other person who was even there was Jean-Marie, and after spending all these months with him, I can confidently say I don’t believe he would have pushed Robert. He’s just too kind-hearted. Just like you.
In addition, I’m sure Mike’s anxious for Robert to take his post again, relegating Jean-Marie back to on-call status. These months that Mike have spent with little contact with Sarah have really taken their toll on him. I know he’s dying to see her again.
I’ll admit I’m rather anxious for him to regain consciousness too. Mike may want to question him, and Jean-Marie may want to… whatever it is he wants to do, but as far as I’m concerned, Robert’s the only one who could possibly help to shed some light on the incident that happened last year. I have no illusions that Robert will have any more clue than the rest of us, but it’s the one option we haven’t had a chance to try. And who knows? Robert may just say “Oh, that was just the [insert name of ship component here] reinitializing.” Wouldn’t that be funny? Maybe to Robert!
Also, I, myself have spent a lot of time away from Theresa. I know I wasn’t paying very much attention to her when all this started, but I have missed her company. Seeing her on a regular basis would be very nice.
I’m looking forward to the situation on this ship returning to normal. Or, at least, some semblance of normal.Yours Forever,