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“It's beautiful,” Terri Bridges said looking around when they entered the castle.
“I'm Doctor Robert Edwards,” he said when he walked into the room.
“I'm Doctor Morgan Stans and this is my wife Doctor Debra Stans,” he replied. “This is Doctor Michael Bridges and his wife Terri,” and introduced Doctor Edwards to their children and Brian Masters.
“You and your families have separate accommodations in each wing of the castle. You have three bedrooms, 2½ baths, a sitting room, kitchen, dining room and a study,” Father Desmond told them. “Right this way.”
Karen Masters was walking with her head down and didn't noticed the grounds while she was walking to the castle, and finally looked up when she felt a powerful presence when she entered the castle. She studied the man who was standing by the fireplace with his arms folded across his chest and staring at her. Something told her this is the person she should give her medical records to and she walked over to him and handed him the padd that was in her pocket.
“Thank you,” he replied taking the padd.
She looked into the man's eyes and knew he too has seen hurt, but she didn't know that he knew a battered and abused woman when he saw one.
“Mom,” Brian Masters said with a shocked look on his face when he walked into the room with the Stans and their children.
Karen Masters sank to her knees and wailed to the high heavens.
“Mom,” Brian said again as he tentatively walked towards her.
“What's going on?” Michael Bridges asked when he and his family walked into the room.
“Stay out of it Doctor,” Doctor Edwards said when he turned and looked at him and Michael Bridges nodded his head after seeing the look in Doctor Edwards' eyes.
“I'm sorry Brian,” Karen Masters kept saying through her tears.
“How did you get here mom?” Brian asked when he finally walked up to her.
“A few weeks after you ran away your father beat me senseless again and after I woke up, I packed a bag and left. I heard about others leaving Epsilon and the next morning I joined the queue and I collapsed when I arrived in the transporter room...and I spent the whole time in the Mariner's sick bay,” she answered.
“You were on-board the freighter the whole time?” he asked with a surprised look on his face.
“Yes I was,” she answered. “Why did you run away?”
“I heard you and dad talking about someone coming to take me away to a better life – just like they took Cory away. I got scared and ran away and when I woke up someone name Gabriel was carrying me and told me he was taking me to safety,” he answered.
“Gabriel brought you son to our home Mrs. Masters and asked us to take care of him until we arrived on earth,” Debra Stans told her.
“I can't stay with you,” Brian turned and asked Mrs. Stans and didn't know how deeply he hurt his mother, but Debra Stans didn't miss the hurt look in her eyes.
“I think that's a good idea for the time being,” Doctor Edwards answered.
“I'll show you to your room Mrs. Masters,” Father Daniels told her.
“Thank you,” she said after the Priest helped her up.
“It's time for dinner,” Father Desmond said when he walked into the room.
The children ate in the kitchen with Father Desmond and he was delighted to see their happy faces when he told them he'll give them a tour of the castle after dinner. Father Daniels had dinner with Mrs. Masters in her room.
Doctor Edwards introduced the Bridges and Stans to the others..
“What kind of doctor's are you?” Doctor Bridges asked noticing how they were dressed (in light green scrubs underneath their white coats).
“I'm a Psychiatrist,” he answered. “Doctor Rosen is a Child Psychiatrist; Doctor's Collins and Ling are Pediatric Surgeons; Doctor Madison is a Pediatrician and Doctor James' specialty is Obstetrics and Gynecology. Doctor Kitt is a Child Psychologist.”
“Where are the children?” Debra Stans asked.
“They're arrive soon and they're going to be many of them,” Doctor Edwards answered. “In fact, the first one has arrived.”
“Brian Masters,” Morgan Stans said.
“Yes, and he's Doctor Rosen's patient and Mrs. Masters is mine,” Doctor Edward replied.
“Mrs. Masters and her husband sent their son Cory away,” Terri Bridges said.
“He wasn't the first child on Epsilon to be sent away to a better life,” Debra Stans replied with a snort and she and the others told the doctors about Epsilon.
“Where did the children go?” Doctor Madison asked.
“No one knows,” Morgan Stans answered.
“This is worse than we imaged Bobby,” Doctor Collins said after taking a sip of his elvish wine in the Doctor's Lounge after the others had gone to bed.
“Most of the children are here,” Edwards replied.
“I know,” Collins said. “But where are the others?”
“I don't know, but we'll find out when the others arrive,” he answered.
Doctor Collins nodded his head.
Doctor Edwards downloaded Mrs. Masters medical records into his computer using magic when he returned to his suite. He saw she's had multiple broken bones over the years which the Mariner's medic healed. He knows she's guilt ridden about Cory, however, he suspects that was her husband's idea. He also wants Doctor Madison to exam Brian for injuries.
“Good morning,” Father Desmond said to everyone when they arrived at the castle. “You're all be issued work assignments and the chef, her assistant chief and their staffs will work in the kitchen. Others will work in the dining room and you know who you are. The rest of you will take care of the children when they arrive and also keep their rooms clean and change linens.”
“Just like we did on Epsilon,” someone said and everyone laughed.
“Exactly,” Father Desmond replied.
“Where's my kitchen?” Chef Dora Alexander asked.
“This way,” Father Desmond answered.
When they entered the kitchen their mouths dropped. “I've never seen anything like it,” Chef Alexander said smiling. She looked in the multiple stainless steel refrigerators, large pantry, spice racks and bins and saw they were stocked with everything they needed to feed everyone for at least three months. “We have lunch and dinner to prepare,” Alexander said to her staff.
They smiled at her and got to work.
“The two of you will teach the children,” Father Desmond told Ryan Sellers and Agnes Connors.
“Where?” Ms. Connors asked.
“Follow me,” Father Desmond answered. Father Desmond knew Ryan Sellers and Agnes Connors were teachers on Epsilon and also strict disciplinarians.
“An old fashioned school house,” Ryan Sellers said looking at the two large buildings that looked similar to the cottages on the grounds.
“One's for the boys and the other is for the girls,” Father Desmond told them.
“Good,” Ms. Connors said laughing. “At least they won't be distracted by each other.”
“Some of your students are already here,” Father Desmond told them.
“The children that came with us,” Ryan Sellers said.
“Yes,” Father Desmond replied with a smile.
“We have a lot of work to do Agnes,” Ryan said looking at her.
“I know,” she replied. “Let's get to work.”
“Why do I need an exam?” Brian Masters asked Doctor Madison.
“I'm examining all the children,” he answered scanning Brian with his tri-corder. “I'm finished.”
“Thank you doctor,” Brian said and walked out of the exam room
“Doctor,” Robert Edwards said when Doctor Madison walked into his office.
“Brian Masters has several broken bones that haven't healed property and I'll heal them later this afternoon,” he replied and handed Doctor Edwards his report and walked out of his office.
After Doctor Edwards read the report he mentally contacted Doctor Rosen.
“This is an abused family,” she said after reading the report.
“Doctor Madison will heal his wounds today,” he replied.
“But not his mental wounds,” she said.
“That's why you're here,” he said to her.
“Where's your son Mr. Masters?” the man asked.
“He ran away weeks ago,” he answered after taking a gulp of his drink in one of Epsilon City's seedy bars.
“Do you know where he is?” the man asked.
“No I don't and his mother is also gone,” he answered and took another gulp of his drink.
“It appears many children have simply vanished from Epsilon City,” the man said.
“Maybe they were taken to a better place to live,” Don Masters said looking at the man.
The man knocked Don Masters off his bar stool and he flew across the room and hit his head on the wall. “Let's go,” the man said to his colleagues and they walked out of the bar.
Don Masters decided to take comfort with the young whore who helped him up.
Unknown Space – The Pleasure Place
“Does anyone know where the children went?” Mark Samson asked with an angry look on his face.
“No,” the man answered. “Their parents think they ran away, as many children do on Epsilon. They also told us their young ones were gone when they woke one morning and they don't know how they got out of their home or where they went.”
“How can children vanished off Epsilon without our knowledge?” Mark Sampson asked looking at the man.
“No one knows,” he answered. “However, we found out a Starfleet freighter arrived a few weeks ago and took many colonists to Earth.”
“Were there any children with the colonists?” Sampson asked seething.
“Only their children,” the man answered.
“Thank you,” Sampson said and the man knew that was a dismissal.
“When are you going to see Mrs. Masters?” Father Daniels asked Doctor Edwards.
“At lunch,” he answered. “Bring her to me at the river.”
Father Daniels nodded his head and walked out of Doctor Edwards' office.
“Hello Mrs. Masters,” Doctor Edwards said standing up when she arrived. “Have a seat.”
“Thank you,” she replied. “This is beautiful,” she said looking around the grounds.
“Yes it is,” he replied.
Father Daniels took his leave.
“I'm Doctor Robert Edwards,” he said.
“What kind of doctor?” she asked.
He told her. “Let's have lunch before it gets cold,” he said with a kind smile. During lunch Doctor Edwards noticed Mrs. Masters has a hearty appetite.
“Brian won't talk to me,” she told him after they finished eating.
“He will,” he said seeing the hurt look in her eyes and let her talk.
The Watchers' Council
“Have you decided who'll lead the slayer team?” Maglor asked Giles.
“Rona,” he answered. “Buffy suggested that she take the slayer scythe along.”
Maglor raised an elegant eyebrow.
“We don't know what they'll find when they arrive and this is simply a precaution,” he told him.
“Who else is going?” Maglor asked.
“Dawn, and that means the Avalian elves will also go to protect Princess Maril,” Giles answered.
“The 'hot spot',” Maglor said nodding his head.
“Yes,” Giles replied.
“It was her husband's idea,” Doctor Rosen said.
“Yes it was Sara,” Doctor Edwards replied while they were sitting in his office. “When she objected he gave her another beating and when she woke up, Cory was gone.”
“He sounds like a real prince,” Doctor Rosen said sarcastically.
“He came from an abused household,” Doctor Edwards told her.
“That explains many things,” she said.
“How's your patient?” he asked.
“He was quiet during our session and he's still in a state of shock after seeing his mother,” she answered.
“I'm not surprised,” he replied.
“Are these Child Psychologists ready to handle with what's coming their way?” she asked.
“We're here to prepare them and we'll meet with them after dinner and show them what they're in for,” he answered.
“Father,” Mrs. Masters said when Father Daniels walked up to her in the garden later that afternoon.
“Hello Mrs. Masters,” he replied with a smile. “I see you know your way around a garden.”
“I had a garden around my home on Epsilon. It appears I have a green thumb,” she told him.
“Good,” he said. “Your task will be to tend the gardens on the grounds.”
“When do I start?” she asked.
“Tomorrow morning,” he answered.
The Conference Room
Present: Doctor's Edwards, Rosen, Collins, Ling, James, Madison, Bridges, Kitt, Morgan and Debra Stans
“The children that'll arrive will have broken minds and bodies. Our surgeons will heal their bodies, but in the end you'll have to help them come to terms with what happened to them,” Doctor Edwards told them. “Each child will be given a thorough exam by either Doctor Collins or Doctor James and that's when we'll know how many of them have been sexually abused.”
“What,” Doctor Madison said with a stunned look on his face.
“That's right Doctor Madison,” Edwards replied.
“They're many children and adult prostitutes on Epsilon Doctor Madison, and the adult prostitutes started out as children,” Bridges told him.
“How could this happened?” he asked wide-eyed.
“There's something rotten beneath the surface of Epsilon,” Debra Stans answered.
The doctor's from the other earth kept a straight face.
“Epsilon is a decayed world Doctor Madison. That's why we left when we were offered the chance to get out,” Bridges told him.
“Epsilon also has gambling and drug addicts,” Morgan Stans told him.
“How could this happened?” Kitt asked with a perplexed look on her face. “The Federation is a paradise.”
“The Federation has never been a paradise,” Doctor Collins turned and said to her. “Whoever told you that was blowing smoke.”
“Human beings are not perfect and the Federation has simply driven their desires underground...and we all have them” Doctor Edwards told her.
“You're talking about the human trafficking of children,” Doctor Madison said.
“Yes we are,” Doctor James replied.
Everyone listened intently while Doctor Madison told them about the broken bones of the children and the suspected cover up.
“I'm not surprised,” Doctor Collins said after he finished.
“Doctor Rosen and I will teach you everything you need to know,” Edwards told them.
“I didn't know they're this naive,” Doctor Collins said and took a gulf of his elvish wine in the Doctors Lounge.
“Now, now Toby,” Doctor James said and laughed.
Doctor Collins looked at her and took another gulf of his wine.
“I'm not surprised by the cover-up,” Doctor Ling said.
“Neither am I,” Edwards replied
“This place is dirty,” Collins said.
“Yes it is and it has been for a long time,” Edwards replied.
“How could they not know?” James asked.
“They don't want to,” Collins answered.
“Why can't I participate in the healing of the children?” Doctor Madison asked the next morning at breakfast.
“Our emergency room doctors will stabilize the children and then pass them on to us for surgery,” Collins answered. “Now you know why we have operation rooms.”
“You also don't know the names of, or how to use our instruments,” Doctor Ling told him.
“I've never seen them before,” Madison said.
“We know,” Collins answered. “This is going to be an emergency situation Doctor Madison and you're not an emergency medicine doctor and you've never done an emergency room rotation.”
“Why is that important?” Kitt asked.
“Patients have to be diagnosed and stabilized quickly in the emergency room because their bodies are in severe trauma and the ER doctors must get them to the surgeons quickly,” Doctor Rosen answered.
“Did all of you do an emergency room rotation?” Bridges asked.
“All doctors do and it's required,” Doctor Edwards answered.
“How long did it take you to become doctors?” Madison asked.
“It depends on your specialty,” Doctor Rosen answered. “After we graduate from college we attend Medical School for four years; and after we graduate from Medical School we do an internship and then our residency.”
“All of you were in your thirties by the time you finished your medical education,” Morgan Stans said.
“Yes we were,” Doctor Ling replied.
“Where did you do your residencies?” Kitt asked.
“In hospitals and it's on the job training and we're sent as third year medical students,” James answered.
“And we didn't know shit,” Collins said. “But we learned and the hospital is the real classroom.”
“How long was your residency Doctor Madison?” James asked.
“I didn't do a residency,” he answered.
“You only went to medical school?” Doctor Rosen asked with a raised eyebrow.
“Yes,” he answered.
Doctor Madison didn't see the look on Doctor Collins' face.
“Their only saving grace is their technology,” Collins to his colleagues in the Doctors Lounge.
“It's a shortcut,” Ling said.
“I know,” Collins replied. “That's why they don't do residencies.”
For the next few weeks Doctor's Edwards and Rosen taught the Psychologists how to treat abused children, and they both saw their patient.
“I never knew it was this complicated,” Debra Stans said.
“Neither did I,” her husband replied while they were having dinner with Michael Bridges and Brenda Kitt.
“I'm glad they'll be teaching us for the next several months,” Kitt said.
“So am I,” Bridges replied.
Doctor's Collins and Ling taught Doctor Madison how to insert a tube in the trachea and explained to him why it's necessary. They also taught him how to read vitals using their technology and told him the name of each instrument in the operating room and its use.
“We're taught differently,” Doctor Madison told them.
“We know,” Ling said.