You wake up slowly. Your stomach feels like someone ripped it out, then shoved most of it back in. Your head feels spacey.
The light isn't sun, your brain tells you it's too even and bright. The hum of energy, all around. The Pods? No, they're gone. Ascendant. You're in the Ascendant.
The smell, bleach, chemicals, too clean, overpowering. Squeak of shoes on floor, light conversation, the beeps of machines far away. It's the infirmary.
Your belly. You hand goes to Leah. She isn't. There. She isn't there.
Your eyes pop open with alarm. Omo is there. She was sitting by you, quietly taking notes on a tablet. She grins, showing missing front tooth. "Kiddo! Hey there, so glad you're up." She looks over to a display. There are things taped to your head and body, something is in your arm, dripping stuff into you from a bag.
"That was some scary drek for a bit. I thought we were gonna lose you." She flips to another screen, a blank one. She asks softly, "What do you remember?"