Pt 38: The Milk Run: Aftermath…..
[SHIELD IN HOUSE SURVEILLANCE FILES: 03082017 2000hrs]
Loc: Medbay, NYC SAFEHOUSE Madison/59th
<Nick and Dr Selar in Maria’s recovery room>
Dr Selar: Temporal Security Protocols prohibit me from tending their injuries on the Enterprise, however the Avengers medical equipment provided by Dr. Cho has reduced the severity of the injuries to both patients.
Nick: <looks at Maria with visible concern> How are they? Can you tell what happened?
Dr. Selar: There is currently not enough information to form a statistically probable hypothesis on the events leading to their injuries. Agent Hill showed numerous microfractures, electrical burns, and was suffering from arrhythmia when she was brought in. Agent Carter also showed microfractures, as well as a severely bruised larynx, and a dislocated shoulder.
Nick: <sighs, sitting in a chair beside Maria’s bed> So we won’t know any more until they’re awake and can be debriefed. How soon will that be?
Dr. Selar: They were both sedated for treatment, they should regain consciousness soon.
Nick: I’m not going anywhere.
***************Meanwhile Next Door**************
<Phil and Simmons watching over Peggy>
Phil: I remember last year when I read in the papers that she had died. She and Cap were my heroes growing up.
Simmons: She’s still one of mine. She’s too strong to let whatever happened slow her down for long.
Phil: <clenches his fist> Damn it! This was supposed to be a simple mission. We expected the deplorables to pull a trick or two, maybe some counter protesters or something. We weren’t prepared for Romulan interference!
Peggy:<eyes flutter open, croaking softly> HYDRA was there too.<coughs and grimaces in pain>
Simmons: <begins checking Peg’s vitals> You need to take it easy. We were able to mend the microfractures and we did a reduction to the shoulder you dislocated, but your larynx is severely bruised as well, and will take some time to heal. Talking will be difficult and uncomfortable for a bit.
Peggy: <shakes her head, voice still scratched and cracking, still wincing in pain with every word> Debrief. You need intel. <looks at right arm in immobilizer> Can’t write. <brow furrows, thinking, snaps fingers of good hand, points at Phil> Laptop?
<Phil scrambles from the room, Simmons still checking and adjusting medical equipment>
Simmons: <nervously fawning> It’s an honor to meet you Agent Carter, I’ve studied your history all the way back to your codebreaker days at Bletchley Park. You’ve been a hero and an inspiration of mine since I was a young girl. <starts to reach to shake Peg’s hand, remembers the injury> Ah, yes, well, I’m afraid you’ll be stuck in the immobilizer sling for a while. We’ve managed to reduce the healing time from months to weeks. Combined with physical therapy, we should have you back in action in no time.
Peggy: <visibly frustrated, tries to sit up, falls back, jarring her shoulder in the process, groans> No. Work to do. Am needed.
Simmons: <adjusts the bed so Peg is sitting, shakes her head> Neither you or Agent Hill are in any condition to be thinking about anything but recovery right now.
Peggy: <remembering the sight of Maria frozen in Brock’s grip> Maria? How is she?
Simmons: We mended her microfractures same as yours, and the electrical burns were repaired by Dr. Cho’s cradle. Before we could take care of any of that though, we had to do compressions because her heart stopped after Rescue flew her in.
Peggy: She’ll be alright? <coughs, rubbing her neck with her good hand> Feels like I swallowed broken glass.
<Phil re-enters the room, setting up Peg’s laptop on the table over her bed>
Simmons: <nods, handing Peg a cup of water with a straw> You’ll both be fine in time. You NEED to stop talking though, because you’re only aggravating your throat more. I’ve got something here to help manage your pain. It won’t sedate you, but it will relax your muscles and ease the pain. It WILL however make you a bit loopy, so I’ll wait untill you and Coulson can talk.
Peg: <nods, starts pecking one-handed at the keys describing the encounter with Brock> METAL MAN, LOOKED HUMAN, HYDRA, KNEW MARIA, SHE CALLED HIM BROCK, SAID HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD, ELECTROCUTED MARIA, CAME AFTER ME, MADE STRANGE CLAIMS TO KNOW CAP. ROGERS THAT MADE NO SENSE, CHOKING ME, WAS GOING TO CRUSH MY CHEST, FIRED TONY’S WATCH IN HIS FACE, LOST CONSCIOUSNESS
Phil: <reads report, tries to hide concern> Ok, we’ll get more details from Maria when she wakes. For now, your only orders are to rest, understood? <Peg sighs, nodding, Phil looks at Simmons>
Simmons: Ready? <Peg nods again, Simmons injects Peg and sets the laptop, drink, and call button all within easy reach, before heading towards the door with Phil>
Phil: <leans over to Simmons, whispering> Just promise me you didn’t tell her you were watching her while she slept. It sounds a lot creepier when you say it out loud, trust me.
<as they leave, Peg looks at the laptop and notices a new message waiting for her>