Del felt over her body, not feeling pain. She pulled her hand up and saw the blood. Then pain start to burn it’s way through her limbs.
“The jump slowed down the reaction. My body is catching up with the injuries,” she said.
“We need to heal her quickly!” Kira said. Without waiting, Kyran lifted Del into his arms and followed Kira from the room. They ran through corridors as Del watched flashes of faces and sea creatures blur past. Her hearing seemed muted and her eyes lids grew heavy. She felt warmth spread over her like bath water lapping at her skin. It grew hotter and soothed away the hurt. Her mind drifted in and out of consciousness. Something smooth and slick glided across her skin, encircling her waist. Del opened her eyes to see a moray eel just as an electric shock riddled her body and then blackness.
Delphina woke to a darkened room with small slivers of light peeking through heavy curtains. She searched the dark for something familiar but found nothing. Panic soon followed. Del tried to sit up but a wave of nausea sent her back to her pillows. She felt a body next to her stir and a small hand rubbed at her brow.
“You still need rest, Delphina. Try not to move too much.”
Del relaxed at Kira’s soothing voice. She turned her head and met Kira’s sleepy eyes.
“It is quite early still. Try to sleep a little more,” Kira said.
“Where’s Kyran?” Del asked. She licked her dry lips. Kira handed her a small water bottle and Del drank deeply coating her dry throat. “Thanks.”
“Kyran’s on the balcony looking for the poachers’ ship. The wharf is just below us. We’ve encountered them before and if it’s the same group, he should spot them easily.”
Del wanted to ask more questions but her body resisted the urge to stay awake and she drifted back to sleep.
Nikos stormed through the doors of the small building housing the Conversations Over Time Organization where Delphina spent most of her time. Several guards followed in his wake as he moved past the stunned receptionist and into the main lab.
“Where is my daughter? She hasn’t been home in two days and I want to see her now!” he roared.
Harper looked up from his roster in shock at the king’s appearance. He dropped his list and rose to meet the angry father.
“Your Highness, I’m Professor Gregory Harper. Delphina left two days ago on an assignment but we lost contact with her as soon as she made her jump.”
“Why wasn’t I informed?” Nikos asked, his voice still booming.
“Well sir, it’s not unusual for our jumpers to experience setbacks. We’ve contacted the captain of the small vessel she traveled on and he’s still in position.”
“Well it’s obvious to me something is wrong. Send someone back there now to collect my daughter!”
Harper kept his eyes on his feet as he spoke. “We can’t, Sir. Our policy only allows one jumper to a specific time and place. It is imperative we leave the smallest trace of our jump in time so as not to disrupt the current time line. She was well aware of the rules when she took the assignment. If she’s run into difficulties, we have protocols on how to handle them. But we can’t interfere,” he said.
”Can’t or won’t?”
“I’m sorry, Sir, we can’t.”
In Hot Water - Chapter 12 - Beyond Pacifica