That was the first sensation that shot through Sam Beckett’s being as he
transgressed into yet another life. He wasn’t quite sure at this point
in time if the rough rocking motion was part of the Leap or if it was some
other external force. When he was able go regain full use of his senses he
found himself waist high in icy cold water. Just as he was able to gain
his footing, he was rocked violently to his left, falling into the water.
Sam looked upward and found himself staring at a ceiling that was heavily
leaking water. After another moment Sam found himself somewhere in the
lower levels of a ship—a ship that was quickly sinking. The wool sweater
vest that he’d found himself wearing clung to his chest, making it itch.
Taking off the vest he looked back up, and that’s when his ears were
filled with the loud shrill.
Sam found himself standing several feet away from a young girl who was
crouched on top of a heavy bureau that was half obscured in the water. She
locked eyes with Sam. “Help me, mister!”
nodded. “Hang on,” Sam
called out to her. “Don’t worry I won’t let anything happen to
was at this moment that the cabin was filled with another voice.
hurry then.” Sam shot a glance over his shoulder and saw a young man
standing behind Sam near the doorway. Sam could’ve sworn that it was
just he and the little girl, but Sam didn’t have time to think about
that. He then returned his attention to the little girl in peril.
on, sweetheart! I’m coming.” Just as Sam took a step towards the
little girl the ship rocked to the right, throwing Sam off balance and
into the icy cold water. Sam brought his head up above the water, spitting
out water and took a deep breath. “Oooooohhhh
in the Pacific Ocean aboard the Everglade
what felt like an eternity, Sam was able to make his way over to the
young, terrified girl. Sam held his arms out to her. “Don’t worry. I
won’t let you fall. Climb down to me.”
girl shook her head. “I’ll
fall. Please help me. I don’t want to die.” She started crying.
knew that if he were to attempt to climb up on the bureau that his added
weight would topple it. Somehow he had to get her to climb down to him.
won’t fall, I promise. Climb down to me and I’ll get you to safety.”
want my daddy.”
get you to him, but to help you, you have to climb down to me.” Sam
sighed. “It’s the only way.”
a few long moments the girl nodded and started to climb. As she made her
way down the bureau started to tip. As Sam exerted his weight against the
bureau the young man made his way past Sam and to the other side,
balancing the bureau. The little girl made her way down and as soon as she
was within reach she fell into Sam’s waiting arms.
worry, honey,” he said as he held her close, “I’ll make sure you get
out of here.” By this time, it was clear to Sam that his objective was
to get this girl to safety; he didn’t need Ziggy or Al to tell him that.
While hanging onto the girl, Sam turned around and started looking for
another way out of the cabin. The young man nodded towards the door behind
the only visible way out of here, Doc,” he said. When Sam narrowed his
eyes at the young man at his reference to ‘Doc’ the man added, “You
are a doctor right? At least that’s what you told me when we boarded.”
Sam slowly nodded.
yeah. I did say that I suppose.” Sam then turned his attention back to
the flooding cabin. “There has to be a way out.”
do you mean you can’t get a lock on him?” The words that came from
Admiral Albert Calavicci were heavily laced with aggravation. He had had
very little sleep in the past seventy two hours and to hear the hybrid
computer tell him that she had trouble locking onto Sam’s brainwaves was
the last thing he needed to hear. He glanced back up towards the glowing
blue sphere which appeared to be suspended in mid air.
just like I said,” came the cool feminine voice, “I appear to be
having trouble locking onto Dr. Beckett’s brain waves. I am detecting
interference of unknown origin. The interference is quite strong, Admiral.
It emanated shortly after the Visitor arrived.”
kind of interference?”
I am currently trying to ascertain point of origin so please contact me
only when needed. I must not be bothered.”
that’s just great.” Al shook his head and leaned against the console
of the control stand. He
looked over at Dr. Verbena Beeks who simply smiled at him with a shrug of
Admiral, we still have the Visitor in the Waiting Room. Perhaps he could
give us some information.”
nodded. “Alright ‘Bena.
Let’s take a stroll.” She chuckled as the two started down the
corridor that would lead them directly to the Waiting Room.
Visitor was sitting on the examining table, first pulling at the Fermi
Suit and then looking at the mirrored table top, frowning. He then glanced
up and started to survey the room. “Lordy, ” he muttered to himself,
“I must have hit my head hard.” He tried to stand, but as soon as his
feet had touched the cool tiled floor his legs wobbled and he nearly fell.
He hadn’t heard the door open, nor noticed the two people.
Seeing them, he quickly pulled himself up and eased back on the
be careful,” the man had said.
Visitor looked up at him with a curious eye and then nodded.
“Thank you kindly,” he paused as he studied Al’s naval
uniform, “Admiral.” The Visitor smiled. “Navy man. You know, I
served in the Navy back in...” The Visitor tried to recollect his
memories through the Leap induced haze. “‘16. Yeah, 1916.” He
couldn’t help but to smile.
am most confused, though,” the Visitor went on to say.
Verbena it was sort of amusing to hear ‘Sam Beckett’ talk and act as
an elderly man, but to Al and a few select persons, he saw an older man
who appeared to either be in his mid 60s to early 70s, with a thick wave
of grey hair that might have once been a lustrous blond, hazel eyes, and a
long-ish face. The Visitor had a thin mustache that was a soft white color
that wrinkled as he pursed his lips.
“How did I end up here? One moment I’m waist high in water
trying to save that little girl from drowning and the next moment I’m in
here... where ever ‘here’ is, which is my question to you.”
understand that you have many questions for us, Mr. …”
Visitor picked up on Al’s hint and offered them his name.
“Ah, Hackett. Dorian Hackett, M.D., but everybody calls me
and Verbena exchanged glances. “You’re
Visitor nodded. “Practiced for thirty-two years.”
you tell us today’s date?” Verbena asked.
Visitor shook his head. “Wish
I could, ma’am, but my memory’s still a bit foggy. I can recollect my
name and where I was prior to here…”
cut him off. “Yes. You were saying that you were trying to save a girl
correct. I was on board the... the... Everglade, yes that’s it, when
suddenly I got a panicked visit from a most peculiar looking boy.” Dr.
Hackett shook his head. “He told me that the ship had just crashed, I
believe, just before the captain informed us.”
Al and Verbena
nodded. “Thank you very much, Dr. Hackett. You’ve been most
helpful.” Al smiled and started to lead Verbena out of the Waiting Room.
Hackett called after
him. “You never did tell me your name, Admiral.”
Al grinned and tipped
his head. “You can call me
“See you soon... Al.”
Al said as the door closed. “I’ll go input the information into Ziggy
while you keep talking with Doc in there. Maybe his memory will clear up
some more.” Verbena nodded and when they reached the end of the corridor
they went their separate ways. Just as Al had let out a heavy sigh of
aggravation and tiredness, Angela Ramsay met him.
she said in a soft tone, “Dominic wanted me to inform you on Ziggy. It
seems that, although monitoring your conversation in the Waiting Room with
Dr. Hackett she is too preoccupied with her inability to get a lock onto
Dr. Beckett. When asked why she couldn’t offer any more help she said
‘I’m busy’. She refuses to research any records in the archives
until she can figure this out. Unusual behavior, don’t you think?”
was silent for a moment before replying, trying not to get anymore
frustrated with Ziggy. “Ah, Angela, I’ll go
ahead and send you a file on what we have so far pertaining to the Leap.
Try to see if you can dig anything up on a ship called the ‘Everglade’
and what’s available on this Dr. Hackett. Try to find records on his
birth, death, anything.”
nodded. “I will but it will
take a while. I’ll head back to Records and use one of the terminals
there. See if I can dig anything up.” Al nodded and watched her walk in
the direction towards Records. Al momentarily recalled the Leap where Sam
helped her and her kid brother, Max. Seeing firsthand the effects of
Sam’s Leaping brought a certain joy to his heart. Al grinned and started
back towards Control, praying that wherever Sam was that he was safe.
Levels of the Everglade
while holding onto the little girl, continued to look for another way out
of the cabin while the mysterious young man, dressed in clothes that
seemed to be a bit outdated, would occasionally glance down at the water
and flinch. He looked up at Sam and tipped his ratty white cap at him.
think that maybe one of us could knock down one of those panels on the
ceiling,” he was saying to Sam as he pointed to the leaking ceiling,
“and just maybe it’ll be big enough for us to crawl through. We have
to get to the upper levels soon. I don’t think we have much time
glanced at him and then the ceiling. “That might just work.” Tilting
his head down, he spoke to the little girl, “I’m going to hand you
over to my friend,” Sam looked up at him when he prompted for a name.
the young man said.
smiled and nodded.
friend, Philip, and I’m going to get us out of here.” The girl tensed
a bit as Sam handed her to Philip. Philip smiled warmly at her when she
went to him. Sam tipped his head at Philip and then went to start on the
waded his way through the water back towards the bureau and tried to get a
good footing on it. When he was able to properly balance himself he
started to climb it till he was able to reach the ceiling. He balled his
hand into a fist and punched one of the panels hard enough to split it in
half, sending the pieces into the water below. Sam raised his head and
found hardwood flooring. Letting out a grunt of disbelief, he looked down
and saw Philip handing him a steel rod. Sam leaned down, grabbed it, and
started pushing it against the hardwood flooring, knocking at it till he
was able to make a hole just big enough for one person to crawl through at
a time. When Sam was able to barely poke his head through, he could tell
that there was a minimal amount of water.
He leaned back down and took the girl from Philip, who heaved her
up and towards the hole.
okay,” Sam said to her. “It’s safe and I’ll be right behind
you.” She nodded as Sam gave her a boost and she climbed into the hole.
Sam smiled as she made it through. He then looked back down to Philip.
he said as he extended his hand. Philip took it and Sam helped him up. The
bureau started to tip when Sam quickly gave Philip a boost, linking his
hands together and pushing Philip up by his foot. Just as Philip made his
way up, the bureau tipped. Sam
started to fall with it, but Philip grabbed his hand in the nick of time.
Phillip pulled with all his strength, pulling Sam up enough so he could
grab onto a piece of flooring that jutted outward and hauled himself in.
let a loud sigh just as the bureau crashed onto the water.
“Thank you,” Sam breathed as Philip patted him on the shoulder.
worry, it’s what I do.” Philip helped the little girl onto her feet
and then Sam.
nodded and turned to face the little girl.
“Are you alright?”
your name, sweetie?”
little girl looked up at him. “Jessica.
Jessica Reynolds.” She grinned a bit. “And what’s yours?”
name?” Sam faltered a bit. He hadn’t seen Al at all since he’d
Leaped in so he had virtually no information to go off on. “Well my
smiled. “His name is Dorian.”
giggled. “That’s a
girl’s name.” This time both her and Philip giggled as Sam blushed.
Sam started as he began to survey their surroundings. They appeared to be
in a hallway of sorts, with a minimal amount of water on the floor but
judging on how quickly the water level was rising they wouldn’t have
much time to find high ground. “Let’s head down this way,” Sam said
as he led Jessica by the hand. “Hopefully we should be able to access
the other floors through here.”
nodded in agreement. “If I
remember correctly there should be a door just at the end of this
Let’s hurry and get Jessica out of here, hopefully the Coast Guard are
evacuating people by now.”
should be,” Philip said, speaking as if he already knew this for a fact.
Sam narrowed his eyes at Philip for a beat before starting their jog
through the hall. Once they reached the other end, they came onto a door.
Sam grinned as he started to turn the knob, but felt some resistance on
the other side. The door wouldn’t budge.
it,” Sam said thickly. He tried the door again, but to no avail. Sam
took a step back, as did Philip and Jessica. “One,” he breathed.
“Two. Three.” Sam leaned back and kicked the door down, sending a
small cloud of dust and wooden slivers floating onto the flooding floor.
Sam then pushed what was left of the door aside and led Jessica and Philip
through. As Philip passed, he looked Sam over.
strong there,” he grinned and then added, “old timer.”
laughed as he followed the two through the doorway. Sam then saw that they
were in a smaller corridor that turned on the left. Sam looked over at
Jessica and immediately saw the anxiety in her eyes.
Jessica,” Sam said, “who were you here with?”
daddy. He and I were on a vacation. I always wanted to see the ocean and
for my birthday my daddy got us a cruise on the Everglade, one of the
biggest ships around, you know.” Sam smiled at her. “Most of the time
I don’t really see much of him, he’s always on business trips and
things like that, but I’m not mad at him or anything. I know how much he
nodded. He noticed that Jessica carried with her an air of certainty,
something that made her look older than her years. He then glanced over at
Sam said after a moment, “what’s your story?”
met Sam’s gaze and smiled. “I’m a…” he paused as he corrected
himself, “was a fisherman, but that was a while ago.”
narrowed his eyes. “Why
aren’t you now?”
a long story, but basically I wanted more from my life than just sitting
on a boat waiting for a catch that might not come.” Philip thought for a
moment and then added, “Both my father and grandfather were fishermen.
Best on the island they were. Needless to say, I didn’t quite measure
don’t even look that old,” Sam inquired.
nineteen.” Philip shrugged. “Sometimes I feel quite older, though.
Ever get that feeling, Doc?”
Sam said, “actually I do—all the time.”
narrowed his eyes at Sam’s last remark, but said nothing.
“If we go this way, then there’s only two more floors, I think,
before we can get to the Captain’s Compartment,” Philip went on.
looked over at him. “You
certainly seem to know your way around the ship,” Sam remarked.
Philip faltered, “well I just…”
cut him off with a loud shriek just as the boat lurched to the left,
throwing all three off balance. “Dorian! Look out!” Sam looked up just
in time to see part of the wall closest to him fall to the ground, taking
Sam with it.
Philip ran over to Sam, pushed aside the portion of the wall off Sam and
knelt beside him, placing a hand on his shoulder.
it easy there,” Philip said.
vision was slightly blurred and he moaned a faint response.
Ramsay sat at the small terminal in the Records Department, rubbing her
eyes as she continued to key in inquiries in one of the Project’s
special search engines set up by the Admiral. She keyed in ‘Hackett,
Dorian’ in the text bar labeled SEARCH and tapped the Enter key. A few
moments later a list of names that fell under Hackett scrolled down the
screen. About eight Dorian Hackett’s appeared.
she muttered as she tried to ascertain which one to select. What better
way to start than the first one. She clicked on it and started to read.
about ten minutes she came to the last one. She clicked on it and read:
Last Name: Hackett
First Name: Dorian
Date of Birth: 20 Mar
Date of Death: 28 Jun
then searched for Dr. Hackett’s death certificate to find the cause of
death. She referenced several newspapers and a few minutes later came up
with a picture of an old newspaper clip complete with a picture of a man
that fit the Admiral’s description of the Visitor—Dorian Hackett’s
obituary. She read the article and then came across hospital records from
a Havenhurst Medical Center where she found his death certificate. She
then printed the pages. She reached over to the intercom and paged the
couple minutes later, the Admiral arrived in Records. Angela went up to
him and handed him the information that she’d printed. He looked them
over and nodded. “Very good, Angela. I’ll input them into Ziggy and
hopefully she’ll be willing to cooperate.”
Dr. Beckett’s sake,” she added.
Admiral nodded and then turned around and started to leave. When the
Admiral was at the doorway she called after him.
hesitated for a beat, debating whether or not to tell the Admiral what
she’d been wanting to tell him for quite some time. Taking a deep
breath, she’d let it slowly and said, “When you do manage to contact
Dr. Beckett tell him I said ‘thanks’.”
helping my family. My brother and I wouldn’t be where we’re at if it
weren’t for him.”
Admiral smiled at her. “You
knew?” He saw the smile on her face.
first I couldn’t make sense of the time lapse but when I started working
here I just put two and two together.” She then sat back at her desk,
smiling. The Admiral returned her smile and headed back towards Control.
went up to Dominic, handing him the papers that Angela Ramsay had printed
for him. Dominic went ahead and started to scan the papers to download
into Ziggy’s mainframe.
looked over at the programmer. “Well we know now where to start looking
for Sam. All we have to do is conduct a nanosecond search spanning from
1953 to 1965. I’ll head into the Imaging Chamber so when you’re done
feeding the info to Ziggy get the Chamber online.”
nodded as Al grabbed a handlink from the control panel console. He then
made his way up the ramp and into the Chamber.
on the lower levels
stood on wobbly legs, with Philip helping him up. Jessica looked on with a
worried face. Sam caught her expression and shot her a smile. “I’ll be
fine,” Sam told her. When
Sam was able to stand on his own he looked around.
a door at the end just after we take this left,” Philip said. “We
continue along this route, and then we should be able to reach topside in
Then let’s continue.” Sam looked down at Jessica who held Sam’s hand
firmly. “Everything’s going to work out just fine, Jessica.” Sam
winced as his head was pounding from the blow that he’d taken when he
fell. They continued on their way and soon came around the turn. Sam
looked down the corridor and saw another doorway. Smiling, he led Jessica
to the door and, hesitating slightly; he reached for the door and started
to turn it. To his surprise the knob turned without difficulty. Grinning,
he opened the door and looked inside.
stood inside the Imaging Chamber, looking around at the cool blue that
engulfed him. He tapped a few keys on the handlink, barely paying
attention to the chirps and beeps it produced.
moment later the Chamber was filled with the feminine voice of the hybrid
computer. “Although I’m
still unable to determine the source of interference, I have reviewed the
information that you and Dominic have provided and calculate an 85.231
percent probability that Dr. Beckett is in the year 1965. Apparently the
Everglade luxury liner collided with another ship, the HMS Verona, on June
28, 1965. The Coast Guard was able to retrieve all but four people off the
liner, Dr. Dorian Hackett, Jessica Reynolds, Mitchell Reynolds, and Joseph
Walker. When the Coast Guard returned to retrieve the two, they had found
the Everglade completely submerged and two bodies floating in the water.
The death certificate for Dr. Hackett stated that he’d died of
hypothermia after sustaining long periods of time of extreme temperatures.
I have also found a death certificate on Jessica Reynolds and it states
that she died of the same cause. I calculate a 92.999 percent probability
that Dr. Beckett is there to ensure the survival of Dorian Hackett and
looked up at the ceiling. “Now you tell me all this? For all I know Sam
and this Jessica could already be dead.”
in the Lower Levels
Jessica, and Philip continued to make their way to the upper levels.
Apparently they were in yet another hallway, but this time they were
passing by some of the cabins that the ship’s patrons had been staying
in. What had once been a beautiful ship was quickly turning into a watery
haven’t seen anybody else on board yet,” Sam remarked as they passed
by the cabins. “I guess that everyone else is already up top.” At this
thought something didn’t quite make sense. If everyone else were already
on top then what was Jessica doing in the lower levels? “Jessica,” Sam
said, “what were you doing down there near the bottom of the ship?”
was looking for my daddy. Just before the accident, he said that he’d be
at some get together or something with a client and told me to wait in our
cabin, but when the ship started to sink I never saw him come back so I
went looking for him.”
we get to the top,” Philip said after a moment of uncomfortable silence,
“there will be a helicopter transporting people off the boat. If we
hurry we just might make the last transport.”
do you know that?” Sam asked.
after the wreck I heard the captain call on the radio for help. So I just
assumed that the Coast Guard will send somebody over to pick us up.” Sam
nodded, but didn’t quite believe Philip. Philip grinned. “Doesn’t
take a rocket scientist to figure it out, Doc.”
suppose,” was all that Sam said in response. At the end of the hallway
it’d split into two directions, the decision at hand was determining
which one to take.
go left,” Philip said.
shook his head. “I think we
should go right.” Philip looked at him. “Call it a hunch but I feel
that we should go right.”
well,” Philip said after a moment, “we’ll go right but I’m telling
know, I know,” Sam said hastily.
swirled around Al at a remarkable speed. Al figured out early on to not
focus on the swirling images, not if he didn’t want to lose his lunch.
Instead he closed his eyes, took a deep breath and let out slowly.
When Al slowly cracked open one eye, he noticed that when the search
reached a certain point, it became fuzzy and faded, like bad reception on
a TV set.
is at this point in the time line that I have a difficult time monitoring,
so I surmise that this is where Dr. Beckett is.”
do what you have to, to center me there. Turn up the power, turn it up to
in the Mid Levels
turn right led the three down yet another corridor, but this one was
shorter. There were fewer doors and less lighting. The ship suddenly
lurched, causing Sam to loose his footing. Philip helped Sam back to his
ship’s going down fast,” Phillip said. “We must hurry.”
nodded and they continued on their way till they reached a dead end.
“Damn it, no!” Sam pounded on a nearby wall.
tried telling you, Doc. We should’ve went…”
know what you tried telling me! Hey, Philip,” Sam said, trying his best
to not let his anger guide him. “How is it that you’re the only one
who knows where everything’s at or what the others are doing?”
glanced between Sam and Philip.
Doc,” Philip said, “for now I can’t explain why. Just trust me,
okay? I know what I’m talking about.” Sam knew that there was a lot
more about this Philip than he was letting on, but for now his priority
Let’s head back the other way.”
turned around and went back the way they came till they reached the other
end of the hallway where, there was a door. Sam went to open it and,
again, the door opened with no trouble. Sam looked inside and found that
it led through another hall, but at the end seemed to lead to a small
room. Sam looked back at both Jessica and Philip.
Ziggy tried to center Al on the disturbance the images seemed to distort
Ziggy baby, keep tryin’.” Al tried not to panic. “Don’t worry,
Sam. I’m comin’.”
in the Mid to Upper Levels
Sam said as he pointed ahead at the small room. “That might take us to
the Captain’s quarters.” They continued to make their way through the
corridor till they reached the small room. When Sam looked through the
small window he could see a desk and what looked like radio equipment. He
then went over to the door and on the glass pane read the words Captain’s
Quarters. Sam’s heart skipped a beat.
everything alright?” Jessica had asked.
nodded. “Yes sweetheart,
everything’s going to be alright.” He briefly looked up at Philip and
saw a hint of sadness on his face. When Sam was about to question it,
Philip pointed at the door.
seeing if it’s locked.”
started to turn the knob and yes, it was locked. Taking off his sweater
vest Sam wrapped it around his hand and, after telling both Philip and
Jessica to look away swung his fist into the pane, sending dozens of
shards falling to the ground. Sam reached inside and unlocked the door.
Opening it he let Jessica go in first, then Philip, and then himself.
While Jessica looked around Sam made his way over to the radio equipment.
radio for help. I’ll let them know that there’s still people down
nodded. “Hopefully they get the call.” There was a certain tone in
Philip’s voice that told more than what he was saying.
looked over at him. “What?”
shook his head at Sam. “I
hope they get the call. We need to figure out what frequency to broadcast
nodded and then started to look at the transmitter, to see what frequency
it was last on. It was a start at least. Sam flipped the switch and spoke
into the speaker. “Can anyone hear me?” What followed next was a loud
burst of static. After a few moments of no response Sam tried again.
“Hello? May Day, May Day. Can anyone hear me?”
When Sam started to despair he heard a faint voice come through the
Ma... Day. Come in... Day.” Sam held his breath for a beat as he waited
for the recipient to finish broadcasting.
into the speaker Sam depressed the button. “Yes. This is May Day. This
is Dr. Dorian Hackett and I’m currently on board the Everglade, along
with two other passengers. We need immediate help.”
Sam looked back over at Philip, Philip mouthed ‘You’re supposed to say
over,” Sam said and released the button.
is Captain Manning of the Coast Guard. Help is on the way, Dr. Hackett.
Estimated Time of Arrival ten minutes. Over.”
Captain, ten minutes may not be enough. The ship’s going down fast. Need
immediate response. Over.”
Hackett, I am... en route... Havenhurst Medical Cen...r. Will come back
for another pickup as soon as I can get there. Over.”
that, Captain. Over and out.” Sam released the button. He looked up at
Philip. “Let’s get moving. We need to get topside quickly before the
Coast Guard return.”
nodded and the three left the office and continued to head down the
corridor and eventually came to a small flight of stairs.
should take us right up,” Philip said.
Jessica went up the stairs Sam heard another burst of static. Confused he
looked around and saw the faded, wavering image of Al Calavicci standing
by the Captain’s Quarters.
Sam called out. Philip looked behind him.
you say something, Doc?”
shook his head. “Oh, ah, well I was just, ah, talking to myself. Just
praying to God that we make it up top before the Coast Guard return.”
Philip nodded and then made his way up the steps.
walked over to Sam, his image fading in and out. “Oh... thank... we...
you.” Sam leaned in a bit in an attempt to hear his holographic
companion. “C’mon, St. John, crank up... power.” A few moments
later, Al’s image clearly manifested itself. “That’s better. I’m
not sure just how long this will last, Sam. We’re draining way too much
power just keeping me here.”
nodded as he made his way up the stairs.
he said in a soft tone as so he wouldn’t be heard by Philip and Jessica.
“I’m so glad to see you. I just got off the radio with the Coast Guard
and they’re on their way. It should be about ten minutes.”
Ziggy was able to access some records, with the help of myself and Dr.
Ramsay,” Al paused for a beat. “You remember Angela Ramsay, don’t
Blond haired, short, works in...” Sam shook his head as the memory faded
she was a great help in accessing some important records. By the way, she
wanted me to tell you ‘Thank you.’” Before Sam could question him Al
went on. “It turns out that Dr. Hackett and Jessica Reynolds weren’t
picked up in time by the Coast Guard. We found a death certificate for Dr.
Hackett and said that he’d died of hypothermia, as did Jessica.
Presumably they jumped ship and tried to survive but... well, you know.”
was also on board the Everglade with Dr. Hackett.”
tapped at the handlink. “Well there’s no records stating that a Philip
died on the Everglade so he must have made it. There were only two
casualties on the Everglade itself, one of them being Jessica’s father
and the other being the ship’s captain. Hackett and Jessica survived the
sinking, but didn’t survive the ocean.”
this time Sam had found himself standing in one of the upper levels, with
Jessica standing near a window, trying very hard to keep her footing.
Philip was next to her, holding on to her.
still some people on top,” Philip said as he saw Sam. “All we have to
do now is go through those double doors over there and it’ll take us
straight up to the top.”
Levels near the Deck
hurry, Sam. Ziggy says that the Coast Guard will be here in about five
minutes. The longer you stay down here the more the odds are going down on
your survival. Ziggy says that while Dr. Hackett had gotten Jessica to the
deck they’d missed the chopper, that’s why they had to jump ship.”
Sam said, “let’s get the hell off this boat.” The three stranded
patrons and the hologram made their way to the double doors. When they
reached the door, Al’s image flashed a bright red orange and then
vanished. Sam looked behind him in confusion.
looked over at him. “Al? Who’s Al?”
faltered. “Oh, well, Al’s the name of my guardian angel.”
known any guardian angels named Al,” Philip joked.
smiled a reply as he pushed open the doors. The first thing Sam noticed
was the strong smell of the sea. “The
docks,” Sam breathed with a huge amount of relief.
it! What the hell happened?”
strode from the Imaging Chamber, flinging the handlink in disgust on the
floor. It bounced off the side of the ramp and skidded on the floor,
landing a few feet in front of Dominic, who looked at it with wide eyes
and taking a step back.
supply overload,” was the hesitant reply from Dominic. “We were
channeling too much power. Some of the control panel components are fried.
Ziggy’s drained and has requested to ‘rest’ till she’s at full
doesn’t have time,” Al spat. “He and that little girl are stuck on a
sinking boat!” Al took a moment to take a couple of deep breaths, a
little relaxation technique he’d learned from Verbena. “Do everything
you can to reconnect me to Sam.”
on it,” Dominic said.
on the Deck
Philip and Jessica had met up with the other stranded people.
Sam noticed that the rest of them were older men, about ten in
total. Sam went up to one of
the gentlemen. “Do you know
when the Coast Guard’s coming back?”
be back anytime now. They got all the women and children off safely.”
tipped his head towards Jessica, who was standing next to Philip. “Not all of them.”
man looked back and saw the wet, frightened young girl. “Where did she
come from? I thought they got all the children!”
were stuck down below,” Sam said.
well thank God you made it up here.” The man smiled at Sam and then
titled his head. “Do I know you from somewhere? You look awfully
extended his hand. “I’m Dr. Dorian Hackett.”
made the other man nod knowingly. “Of
course! Dr. Hackett! Now I remember you.”
The man shook Sam’s hand. “I’m George Crenshaw. I saw you
last year, you treated my bad back—old injuries on the golf course.”
He chuckled a bit, obviously trying to lighten the mood.
smiled. “Well if we were to have bumped into each other under different
this time the water around them rippled wildly as the wind picked up. The
heavy sounds of helicopter rotors filled their ears as Sam looked up and
saw a black helicopter descending. When the helicopter had touched ground
a man clad in a flight suit emerged and started filing people inside. Sam
quickly grabbed Jessica’s hand and led her to the uniformed man.
Sam said as he handed Jessica over to the man. “She’s the last child
on board. Get her to safety.” The man nodded and led Jessica over to the
helicopter where she climbed in. When she was in she looked back at Sam.
worry, Jessie. I’ll be right behind you shortly.” She leaned her head
back in as Sam sighed in relief. Philip stood next to him.
so glad she made it safely this time,” Philip said.
do you mean ‘this time’?” Sam stared at Philip for a long beat.
“Who are you?”
who wants to help.” Philip met Sam’s gaze. “That’s all you need to
know for now.”
decided to change the subject. “I take it that Jessica’s father
wasn’t on board. She didn’t recognize any of them.”
didn’t make it,” Philip said.
everyone else had boarded the helicopter, the uniformed man went up to Sam
noticed that the name on his uniform read Capt. John Manning. “Captain
Manning, I’m Dorian Hackett. I spoke with you on the radio.”
Hackett,” Manning started, “I’m terribly sorry to do this, but there
isn’t enough room on board for two more people so we’re going to have
to come back, plus we need to refuel; we only have enough for one trip.”
understand. Just get the girl off safely.”
nodded and climbed back on the helicopter. Within moments the helicopter
picked up, Sam watched it as it ascended and took off, heading towards the
medical center. Now only Sam and Philip were left on board.
ship’s not going to last much longer,” Philip said, a tinge of
nervousness in his voice.
why we’re going to have to jump,” replied Sam. “There’s a couple
of life jackets over there.” As Sam went to grab the vests, Philip stood
at the edge of the ledge and took a step back.
can’t,” he said quietly.
are you talking about? Of course you can. You were a fisherman so you
should be used to the water.”
Philip said, “I can’t tell you why, but I can’t go in the water.”
stared at him. “I won’t
leave you behind.”
Philip met Sam’s gaze. “It’s only you now.”
Sam knew that Philip wasn’t going to jump, Sam was faced with either
staying on board with Philip and risk it till the Coast Guard could return
or chance it in the water. At that thought, he also remembered Al telling
him that Hackett had died when he jumped. Sam knew that Jessica would be
turned and faced Philip with a sorrowful look. “Philip! Please
reconsider. Come with me.”
Doc, I can’t. You’re going to have go the rest alone.” When Sam
shook his head, Philip walked up to him and smiled. “You have a big
heart, but you know what you have to do.”
looked at him and, after a moment of hesitation, jumped in the water. The
water was ice cold, shocking his muscles and numbing his skin nearly on
contact. He was able to keep afloat, but he didn’t know how long he
could keep it up. He could feel the current pull him away from the sinking
Everglade. The next several minutes seemed to pass by rather slowly. Sam
struggled to maintain consciousness, but the continual exposure to the
cold and the strength of the current was wearing on him. When Sam’s
vision started to darken, his body relaxed and then went limp. It was
right after that he felt something firm grasp his hand. He looked up and
saw Philip in front of him, holding his hand and with it a warmth that
seemed to rejuvenate Sam.
Sam, I’m not going to lose you like I did Dr. Hackett.” With that
Philip started to pull Sam. “Just hang on.” Philip seemed to hesitate
as he started to swim, but he pushed his fears, he had to, to save this
man. He’d helped so many other people that it’d be a sin to let the
man die like this.
looked up at him, grinned, and then everything went black.
Philip, while holding onto
Sam, looked back at the Everglade, which was at this point nearly
completely submerged. Philip sighed heavily as the peak of the deck
disappeared into the depths of the ocean.
Havenhursts Medical Center
In the early hours of the
morning the newly deployed luxury liner, Everglade, collided with the U.
S. S. Verona. The
Everglade’s maiden voice was just two days ago, which was to travel from
New York to Hawaii when…
reached over and turned the knob on the radio just as Sam regained
consciousness, stirring and moaning in discomfort. After a moment,
he sat back and looked at the Leaper.
are you feeling, Sam?” Sam blinked and Philip chuckled. “Why do you
think I kept calling you…”
knew, all this time,” Sam said after a moment,
but somehow he wasn’t all to surprised to be called by his actual name.
were here for more than just Jessica. I failed to save the two of them
because of my own fears. Seeing you willingly risk your life for complete
strangers, reminded me of myself... long ago.” Philip grinned. “You
also helped me. If it weren’t for you, I would never have gotten into the water. That’s
why Dr. Hackett and Jessica died originally. I was sent to save them, but
instead my fears took over and I’d let them down. Every time the
situation played out the same.”
done this before?” Sam asked.
nodded. “More times than
I’d care to admit.” Philip leaned forward. “The important thing is,
is that both Dr. Hackett and Jessica are safe. Now, I can move on.”
Philip thought for a moment before adding the comment, “When one life
ends, another begins.” Philip stood up and went over to Sam. “Thank
are you... really?” Sam asked with a slight grin.
shrugged. “Just plain ole,
Philip Bridges.” Chuckling
he said, “I think I should get going. Your friend would want to get in
touch with you again.” Philip stood up and went towards the door. When
he was standing in the doorway he turned back and smiled at Sam.
“There’s many of us out there, Sam Beckett, and we’re always
watching. Good luck on your journey. We’ll meet again one day.” Philip
was still smiling when he Leaped.
Sam stared at the space that Philip had been just moments before.
Sam,” Sam turned around and saw Al standing near the window. He walked
up to Sam. “Thank God I found you again.”
apparently we had a power overload. Ziggy’s been having one hell of a
time locating you and when we were able to pinpoint your location
everything went haywire.”
to see that everything’s alright. Speaking of all right...” Sam
trailed off as Al tapped at the handlink.
both Jessica and Dr. Hackett are fine. In fact shortly after the Everglade
incident Dr. Hackett legally adopts Jessica and the two remain very close
until Dorian Hackett’s death in 1997. Jessica Reynolds went on to hold a
seat in the Senate in the late eighties and... wait a minute, Senator
Reynolds. Oh, hey Sam, you remember Senator Reynolds? She visited the
Project just shortly before you Leaped the first time.”
thought for a moment. “Al, what do you have on a Philip Bridges?”
keyed in the inquiry on the handlink. After reading the information
scrolling across the screen Al relayed it to Sam. “Ah, let’s see.
There was a Philip Bridges who was a fisherman back in the forties and
fifties here on the coast. Born June 15, 1934... I don’t believe
this.” Al’s voice trailed off in disbelief.
sat up. “What is it?”
a moment Al said slowly, “Philip Bridges was born on June 15, 1934 and
died on August 8, 1953. He died when trying to save the lives of two
fellow fishermen. Their boat had capsized and Philip went out to save
them. They made it to safety, but he’d drowned in the process.”
eyes went wide. “When one life ends, another begins.”
Al asked, completely at a loss.
did you ask about Philip?”
I met him on the boat. It seems that he’s relived the Everglade wreck a
number of times and was sent there to save Jessica and Dr. Hackett,
but his fear of water kept him from accomplishing his task... until
Hackett? You have a visitor.” Both Sam and Al looked over and saw a young, brunette nurse
poke her head through the door. When she leaned back Jessica Reynolds came
running up to Sam, hugging him.
aside long brown hair, Sam looked into her brown eyes and smiled. “Glad
to see you’re feeling better, kiddo.”
was afraid that you’d died.”
I’m alright, Jess. Everything’s going to be alright.” He looked up
at Al and grinned. Sam hugged her tightly as he felt the familiar tingle
begin to take hold.
care, Sam,” Al said as Sam was engulfed in the blue white light.