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One year after the Battle of Yavin (36:5:20) in the Essesia system: Esseles (New Calamar: Claudius Rodney's estate).
Doctor Alessandra Bailo, Ewwiekewwieikkie, Callista Nilar, Lady Drusilla Rodney, Major Sierra Rodney, and Ensign Bethany Sheppard.

Ensign Bethany Sheppard had been on report since allowing Ewwiekewwieikkie to crash the Retributor, and as a result she had been handpicked by Commander Hood for a special mission. Having traveled down to the Rodney estate on Esseles she found herself assigned to the Governor's youngest daughter, Drusilla. She was in the refresher going through the toilet to retrieve gemstones and then cleaning them for the girl. She was going to be sick. She had already dry heaved once. This was *not* what she had expected when she signed up for the Imperial Navy to see the galaxy.

"Make sure you get them all," Drusilla said, from the safety and comfort of Claudius and Sierra's bedroom. She did not want to get any closer to that smell than she already had to. Even at this distance it was one of the worst things she had ever smelled in her entire life. With her father gone to work and Sierra busy with Callista awaiting Doctor Tohan, she had the run of things. While her parents were horrified by what happened, she thought it was a wonderful way of speeding up the jewel reclamation process. Hopefully she did not get blamed for this, although secretly she wished she could take credit for it.

The morning had dawned with Sierra Rodney feeling like a zombie. The night had been insanity. Poor Ewwiekewwieikkie and Callista were suffering from what she could only assume was food poisoning. As a result, Sierra had thrown away every food item that had been brought home from Delaya. The girls were limited to crackers and water until their tummies settled back into place, then Sierra would greenlight bland foods like toast. She actually looked jealous of Claudius when he went off to work. "Come back and relieve me of my duties," she said with a little smile.

The appearance of Ensign Bethany was a relief. At least Sierra didn't have to split her attention between two girls. She was able to be there for Callista's moral support. The smell was horrendous. Her stomach was knotted in five places by the time the little girl finished in the refresher for the umpteenth time. Sierra was currently seated at the table downstairs looking exhausted. There was a cup of hot tea in front of her that she hadn't touched. She was still dressed from the previous night in her nightgown with a robe. Her blonde hair was a mess. Her eyes were half-closed (or half-opened). She had done what she had to do: call for backup. While the family's usual doctor was unable to make a house call, she settled on Doctor Bailo. The gentle knock at the door signified that the lady Ithorian had arrived. With a groan, Sierra rose and made her way towards the door.

Callista had never felt so tired in her life. She had *no* idea what was happening to her body. "Auntie, my tummy hurts "*so* bad." She cried to Sierra, pressing her small body against her aunt. As terrible as she felt, the moment someone knocked on the door, Callista let out an excited shriek. "*Uncle*! *Uncle's home*!" She squeaked, bounding, slightly slower, towards the door. The little brown-headed girl opened up the door. She discovered a stranger...not her uncle. Her cheeks turned red. "Hi." She said, stepping aside. "Wanna come in?"

Doctor Alessandra Bailo felt nervous. Claudius Rodney's family were Pilaq's expertise. When he had asked her to take the trip to Esseles instead, she felt *shy*. She had met Sierra Rodney once during her short visit to the medcenter. Always striving to do a good job, Alessandra had read through all the family health information that Pilaq had given her. By the sound of things, Sierra Rodney *really* needed her help. It was most surprising to have a very young girl, who wasn't in the records, appear at the door after she had knocked. She smiled sweetly at the girl with both mouths. "Hello there." She looked into the house. This girl needed to be taught about stranger danger. "Is there anyone..." She began before spotting Sierra. She waited for her to invite the doctor in. "I received your message." She said softly. "Doctor Tohan wasn't able to come, but I assure you that the health of your family is my top priority."

Before anyone could reply there was a sudden onrush of blue heading right in the direction of Doctor Bailo. "Pilaq! Pilaq! Pilaq!" she screamed, as she wrapped her arms around the Ithorian, unaware that it was a different Ithorian. "Help my tummy hurts!" she said, as she buried her face in the Ithorian's chest for comfort. "It was so bad! So bad!" she said, pulling back, and giving a look up at the Ithorian. And that's when she realized it was not Doctor Tohan, but a female member of the Ithorian species. "Ahh!" she screamed, before running towards Sierra As she ran, she grabbed hold of Callista by the arm to drag her to safety. "Stranger danger! Stranger!" she chanted, before taking up a defensive position behind Sierra. Her head kept peeking out from behind either side of her stepmother to see what was going on. There was a stranger in the house.

Sierra was so relieved to see Doctor Bailo. Despite not knowing her well, she trusted Alessandra because she was a friend of Pilaq's ... or maybe *more*? She was able to say nothing more when Ewwiekewwieikkie arrived on the scene. It took her awhile to figure out that the Ithorian before her wasn't the usual family doctor. When she did, she took a very confused Callista to hide behind her. Callista seemed to remember her parents telling her about stranger danger. She let out a squeak. "Oooo! Nooo! I sorry!" The little girl clung to her best friend and her aunt.

Sierra turned and wrapped her arms around both of them. She understood that this was new and scary for them. "Girls, this is Doctor Bailo. She's a friend of Pilaq's. She wants to help make your tummies feel better. Pilaq had to help your Uncle Marc and Auntie Zara because your cousins are coming soon." She explained, smiling.

The Ithorian was ready for Ewwiekewwieikkie. She had been properly warned. Her smiles faded. "Poor child!" Her arms wrapped around the girl softly enough that she could easily break away the very moment she realized that this was Alessa, not Pilaq. Sierra did a good job of introducing the doctor. Clutching her medical bag in one hand, she stepped up to Sierra. "Please call me Alessa." She opened up her bag. "Ewwiekewwieikkie, can I look in your mouth?" She pulled out an otoscope. There was a shiny, plastic ring hanging from a string dangling from the instrument. She clicked it on so the light shone softly. "Say 'Ahhhh'."

Ewwiekewwieikkie cautiously looked toward Sierra for approval, before slowly moving up and opening up to the doctor. She was cautious, but cheerful as always. "Okay," she said, as she opened up her mouth, but then Doctor Bailo made a fatal mistake. She dangled something new and shiny in front of the girl. "What is that?!" she said, before moving to grab the shiny plastic ring. And then it lit up. "I need this!" she said, as she attempted to pull it away from Doctor Bailo. "I give you one diamond," she declared, revealing that she had no idea the value of things. Her economy was based solely on whatever was in front of her at that given moment, or how particularly shiny an object was. She was impulsive and right now she would have given the entire Rodney fortune for whatever this device was.

Callista was still hiding behind Sierra, staring at the woman in awe. She had never seen an Ithorian before. It was the most alien thing ever to cross her eyes. "You have so many smiles..." She said with her mouth hanging wide open. The little girl slowly began to emerge from Sierra. Her tummy was hurting again. "Auntieee." She cried.

Doctor Bailo had a five second chance to look into Ewwiekewwieikkie's mouth before it was impossible to continue the check up. Alessa remained patient, smiling wide as the Squib seemed to regain her normal personality. "This is called an otoscope. It helps me look in your ears, mouth, and eyes." She explained, her fingers wrapping around the device as she worked to keep it from Ewwiekewwieikkie for as long as she could. The girl did know how to drive a bargain. A diamond could buy many otoscopes. "I'll give it to you if you help me with my examination. Would you like to help?" She asked. "First, I need you to open your mouth again. I want you to point to where it hurts even if it's a lot of places."

"Hmm," Ewwiekewwieikkie murmured as she considered the trade the doctor offered. "Fine," she said, as she spit into her paw, and offered it over to the doctor to seal the bargain. She then opened her mouth as wide as she could, sticking her paw into her mouth, and then down her throat. She started to gag and quickly pulled her hand back out. If there was anything in her system she surely would have thrown up. "Down there. In my tummy," she said, before reaching out for the otoscope. "Now gimme!" she demanded, feeling she had upheld her end of the deal. Too much time being babysat by Drusilla might have been rubbing off.

Alessa shook a very wet paw to show that it was a done deal. She began her examination as rapidly as she could, peering into Ewwiekewwieikkie's mouth, eyes, and even her ears while the Squib showed her where the pain was. Her stomach. Sierra had mentioned suspecting that food poisoning was involved, but Alessa wanted to be sure before she treated Callista and Ewwie. She held out the tool. "One more question and you can have it." She said, her smiles brightening. "Does it hurt in your throat? Do you feel like you're going to throw up?" She quietly 'hmmmed'. Her eyes peered up at Sierra. "Is Drusilla Rodney also ill?"

Scooping Callista into her arms, Sierra began to run her hand through her long hair. "It'll be okay, I promise. Alessa is going to check you out and figure out how to make you better." She shook her head to the doctor's question. "No. She seems to be fine. Callista told me she ate a large amount of sweets at the coronation. I've seen these girls eat a ridiculous amount of junk food before, yet nothing like this has ever happened." She rocked Callista back and forth in her arms gently before she noticed that the little girl had left her lovey toy on the kitchen table. She made her way over to collect Mister Snuggle Bunny before moving with Callista towards the couch. She would be able to help keep the little girl calm while Alessa looked over her.

Callista whimpered. "My tummy hurts." She informed her auntie for the millionth time. Her little arms wrapped around Sierra's neck. She hid her face against her chest until she saw her favored bunny plushie. "Mister Snuggle Bunny!" She took the bunny, squeezing it tightly. "Mister Snuggle Bunny doesn't feel good either."

Because Doctor Bailo was adding terms to the deal, Ewwwiekewwieikkie considered asking for two of the toys, but ultimately decided to answer the question. "No throat hurt. No throw up. Just poop! Lots and lots of poop!" she explained, before reaching out to snatch the device from the doctor. "Callista pooping too. She broke my toilet. I had to use hers!" she said, before dramatically pointing at Sierra like she had fingered someone in a courtroom. She moved towards Sierra and Callista before giving them both a group hug. "Sorry 'bout all the pooping," she said, before passing gas loudly and obnoxiously. "Oh no. Here it comes again!" she said, before running around in circles, as if trying to get away from it.

Sierra hugged Ewwiekewwieikkie softly. "Oh, sweetie. There's nothing to be sorry about." She had wished she could wave her hand and fix Callista and Ewwiekewwieikkie all night long. As Ewwie farted, Sierra realized what was coming. "Ohno." She softly rested Callista on the couch, grabbed Ewwiekewwieikkie's hand and rushed her towards the quickest refresher rapidly. She had hoped that all the pooping would end. Apparently it was just beginning.

The doctor listened to Ewwiekewwieikkie explain what was going on. She said it like it was: just poop. Lots and lots of poop. She set her tool aside for Ewwiekewwieikkie to keep when she returned from the refresher. With Sierra and Ewwie gone, she turned her attention on the young girl. "Your tummy hurts too? Nowhere else?" She asked in a kind voice. Callista shyly nodded. Without a word, she opened her mouth and stuck out her tongue so the doctor could examine her. The little girl was curious, especially when she brought out a second tool looking identical to the one she had given Ewwiekewwieikkie. "So much poop." She explained, wiping tears from her eyes. "I got to see a circumcision." Callista informed the doctor, slowly warming up to her while she was poked and prodded at. "It was so cool! Uncle Marcus and Auntie Zara wore crowns! I have a crown too. My uncle gave me a crown. Did you know he's the ambassador of candy land? We have lots and lots of tea parties. Auntie makes the tea yummy for me. Do you like tea? I like your smiles." The little girl rambled on and on.

Ewwie went running right from the refresher to the kitchen, where she promptly dove into the fridge. "What goes in must come out!" she declared, as she started putting everything she could find onto a sandwich. She made her way back towards Callista and Doctor Bailo with her sandwich as she cautiously looked at them. "We ate all the cakes so now all we have are sandwiches," she reported, sadly, as if the world were ending. "So Mrs. Pilaq, why we poop so much?" she said, before opening her mouth wide and attacking her sandwich. As everything went straight through her she found herself more hungry than ever. She then offered her half eaten sandwich over to the Doctor in case she wanted a bite.

The human girl was so sweet. Alessa assumed her to be a child of Claudius and Sierra, given her brown hair and big, blue eyes. She didn't know why Pilaq had given her no information about this child. Her eyes went wide upon hearing the word 'circumcision' from the girl, though she quickly put together that she meant *coronation*. "You have a crown too?" She said, sounding shocked. "It must look beautiful on you. I do like tea. When you're well, I'll bring over some corncakes and we shall have a party." Alessa was finishing up her examination when Ewwiekewwieikkie returned, somehow feeling well enough to eat more food. Her eyes shrank and her face turned beet red. *Mrs. Pilaq* the Squib called her. It forced her to recall her foolish crush and how hard Duchess Zara had tried to make things happen between them. Confident that she knew what was going on, the doctor stood. "Oh. No thank you." Ewwiekewwieikkie needed to put something in her stomach after all. "Well, you're pooping so much because you ate something that made your stomach not feel well. I am going to prescribe some medicine for both you and Callista."

She pulled Sierra aside with a look of concern on her face. "The girls seem to be suffering from laxative poisoning. The good news is that they'll be back to normal rapidly after you get some medication in them. I'll send the prescription to the Retributor now. The bad news is that something your girls ate was laced with laxatives."

Oh goodness, that last round with Ewwiekewwieikkie had made Sierra sick enough that she threw up. She didn't have an iron stomach *yet*. She listened to Alessa diagnose the children, feeling instantly angry that someone had dared lace their food. Was it Zara again? Was Zara cursing her through her children? Her blood pressure rose as she struggled to remain pleasant. "Thank you for taking care of that, Doctor Bailo. I am not sure when the girls were poisoned. I'll do some investigating." Sierra sighed, placing a hand on the doctor's shoulder. "Thank you for coming. I have one more favor to ask of you..."

Ensign Bethany Sheppard slowly descended the stairs from the upper level, glossy eyed and white faced, which clearly indicated she had suffered a recent trauma. "Commander, can you please sign off on my orders acknowledge I've completed by doody duty," she said to Sierra, with a polite nod to the Ithorian, before extending her datapad with her encoded orders. "Is there anything else I can do for you, milady?" she asked, as she rubbed her hands together uncomfortably. She wondered if she could ever get them clean enough. Her eyes looked to the Squib, whose fecal matter she had just gone through for the past hour, and who had gotten her reprimanded and assigned to this task, shaking her head. "Did you find out what was wrong?" she asked, as she wanted more information on just what had caused this misfortunate, which quickly enveloped her as well.

Poor, poor Ensign Sheppard. Sierra had felt bad for the woman when she showed up at her doorstep in the wee hours of the morning. Honestly, she had needed the help. She didn't realize what Drusilla had forced her to do... *yet*. "Oh, yes. Thank you for your assistance, Ensign Sheppard." Sierra took the datapad and happily signed off for Bethany before offering it back to her. "Actually, there's one last thing. I need a ride up to the ship with Doctor Bailo. I have medicine to collect for the girls." And she wanted to surprise Claudius, though she didn't mention that to Bethany. "Care to help me?" Sierra slowly nodded her head. "Yes, it appears they ate something bad at the coronation." She gave vague details to Bethany. She seemed kind enough, but she had no idea if Arden controlled her too or not. "One moment please." Sierra darted upstairs to change into her uniform and make herself decent. Drusilla would have to hold down the fort while she acquired medicine.

Bethany had never seen a female Ithorian before, and she was trying not to stare, but as a result all she was doing was staring. "Yes, of course, Commander," she said, before excusing her to go and prepare the ship. The last thing she wanted to do was stand there staring at the Ithorian. As she looked out over the Terril Naval Base in the distance, watching the TIE Strikers buzz about, she was disappointed that she had not been chosen for flight school. As she moved towards the shuttle to get it ready for departure she reflected on what kind of day it had been. In a word? *Shitty*.

Doctor Bailo was made to feel uncomfortable by Bethany's staring eyes. Her cheeks grew more and more red. It had been some time since she traveled off of her herdship. It was worth it. The children were wonderful. The youngest child, Callista, gave her a warm hug. "Come back soon, kay Mrs. Pilaq?" She thought Ewwie knew everything, and thus decided that this name must be the right one for the lady Ithorian. As soon as Sierra arrived from upstairs, dressed as an ISB office, a *Major* for the first time, Doctor Bailo headed towards the door slowly. Together, they embarked on the trip back to the Retributor. Sierra prayed she didn't regret leaving Drusilla in charge. She hoped that the estate was still there when she came back home.

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