Challenge #02030-E206: But Not My Friend
“I refuse to let you die”
-- A surprisingly common (and even more surprisingly functional) human phrase.
More lives than can be counted have been saved due to this statement. -- Anon Guest
Flaax had expected to die. That was what happened when the Vorax attacked. People died. Civilisations ended. If one was lucky, wreckage containing last messages to loved ones could be found after the fact.
And then the Humans became part of the Galactic landscape, so to speak. They hunted the Vorax. They protected unarmed vessels from scout/raiders. They signed on as crewmembers in the Edge Territories. And they were shockingly effective. Like this one, who had just bullied Flaax into living again. This, despite knowing next to nothing of Medik procedures.
"Taking lazy hour," said Human Juff in GalStand Simple. She was draping a warming blanket over Flaax and setting it to optimal temperature maintenance mode. "Self giving adrenaline. You being much shaking for big time."
That explained many things. Like the unstoppable trembling, the nausea, and the inability to think in one connected chain of thought. Flaax carefully sipped water and rehydrated hir tongue. "Human... what you doing?"
"Resuscitation," said Human Juff. It was a human word. She explained further. "Making body go living again. Not dead until warm and dead. Self breathing for you. Self making heart beating again."
That was... impossible. But then, Humans did the impossible on a daily basis. "You no breaking me in doing?"
"You being hurt, yes," explained Human Juff. "Is less than dead."
Humans... to them, just about any level of suffering was better than being dead. The lingering adrenaline was only going to be an anaesthetic for a limited amount of time. "You are monitoring, yes?"
"Oh yes," agreed Human Juff. "Self setting autodoc to you best-case, ordering fixing not best-case. You being good soon. Self going back for fighting.
"We being still in battle?" Now that was alarming.
"Little battle," clarified the Human. "One stinger chasing. Self playing hide-and-seek in kuiper field. Is good. Going killing big-bad if they being trouble."
These were Vorax. Flaax had to wonder what Human Juff considered trouble to be.
And then Human Juff said something ze would never forget. "I refuse to let you die." in the barbaric Human tongue that the autotranslators supplied text for.
Flaax was not the only survivor of that encounter. Merely the most damaged. And thanks to that pack-bond and Human Juff's determination, the entire system became classified as tough pickings by the Vorax.
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