"Secret Garden" By Lt. Sara Crusher "Excuse me, Doctor." Sara jumped at the sudden voice, dropping the padd she held, and bringing her hand to her chest automatically. There had been no warning, no sound of foot steps, no hissing from her office door, not a sound until the voice. Sara’s head jerked up as gasped. "Damn it, Sabrina," Sara said as she focused on the young woman standing in front of her desk. "I’ve asked you not to do that." A lighthearted grin crept onto the other woman’s face. "Do what?" She asked. Sara just shook her head and grinned back. Lieutenant Sabrina Wicca, personal aide to Captain Morrigan, and part cat; or at least Sara would have sworn she was, the way she sneaks quietly around the ship seemingly popping out of thin air. "I swear, Sabrina, I’m getting a bell and putting it around you neck so we can hear you coming." Sabrina’s grin widened as Sara shook her head and laughed lightly. "So what can I do for you this evening?" Sara motioned for the young woman to take the seat in front of her desk. Sabrina nodded and then sat on the very edge; looking as if she would bolt to attention in a split second if she had too. "She’s still not sleeping well." Sabrina said softly. Sara shook her head as she leaned back in her chair. She picked up her cup of coffee as her mind already started looking for a solution to the problem Sabrina had brought to her. "The sedatives I prescribe aren’t working?" It was a natural question and she was obligated to ask even though she knew the answer. Rhi hated taking any kinda of medication and pain relievers and sleeping aids were at the top of her, "Not a chance in hell am I taking this unless forced to and do you really have the balls to try that." list. "She won’t take them." Sabrina confirmed. "I spoke with Ms. Morrigan already. I was hoping she’d know of a way to help the Captain sleep a little more peacefully and she recommended.." "Warm milk with a dash of cinnamon." Sara interrupted. Sabrina had an odd smile on her face that told Sara that she knew how Sara knew that. Which of course she probably did. There was no doubt that Sabrina knew all about her past with Rhi, which would bring the total up to four people on the whole ship, five if Rhi told J‘van. "Then she said if that didn’t work to come to you." Sabrina finished. Now Sara looked surprised. Why on earth would Kathryn send Sabrina to see her? Kathryn could fix just about everything she could with out the use of medical technology. Sabrina clued in to Sara’s look of confusion and clarified quickly. "Ms. Morrigan said she would have normally picked something from her garden to add to the milk but since she’s on this," Sabrina paused, "How’ d she phase it.... Cold, sterile ice box, she doesn’t have the right ingredients but that you’d have them in the garden you keep in the ship’s botanical gardens." Sara choked on her coffee. How’d she know about that? No one except Cy knew about the garden she kept. "How’d you.. How’d she.." Sara laughed as she shook her head. "Never mind, this is Kathryn we’re talking about.. No need to wonder how she knows what she knows." Sabrina nodded in agreement before taking the rare moment to tease Sara about her secret garden. "So what are you growing down there, Sara, that you feel the need to hide it." "Nothing illegal or anything." Sara replied as she rolled her eyes playfully. "Roses mostly, a few plants and herbs I can use medically." Sabrina leaned in as if they were talking about something underhanded. "So why keep it secret?" Again Sara rolled her eyes which made Sabrina laugh as she sat back. "Honestly, Sara, why the big secret about keeping a garden? Lots of crewmen have small plots that they tend too in the gardens. Although, as I think about it, you don‘t seem the gardening type" Sara blushed a little as she finished off her coffee. "That’s why I don’t tell people.. It’s kind of an old lady thing to do and I got teased at the academy for it... So I keep it on the quite side." Sabrina nodded and looked as if she understood but Sara still felt silly. "Right." She said cutting into her own awkwardness. "Something to help the Captain sleep." Sara stood up and headed for the door and silently Sabrina followed. "Well I do have a Bajoran herb that would work but it’s bitter and the Captain would notice." Sara paused as she and Sabrina walked to the other side of deck two where the ship’s botanical gardens were. "No.. I think something she’d be more use to would work best." There was another long pause before Sabrina spoke up again. "I saw your request." Sara’s snapped her head to the side and gave Sabrina the, yeah and, look. "The Captain hasn’t yet." Sara frown a little. She still had time since they weren’t do for a lay over or shore leave for a while, but it was getting harder and harder not to tell Cyanah what she had planned. The Banshee’s botanical gardens covered a large area on the starboard side of the ship and expanded for several sections and two decks. It was brightly lit, had all kinds of planet life from just about every major federation plant, small ponds, stone benches, and even butterflies. It was one of the more popular date places and as Sara had found out the perfect place to have a nice quiet afternoon alone with someone special. Sara’s little plot of terracotta was in a back corner. She lead Sabrina over the white cobbled path, past a small pond and through several multi-colored rose bushes to her herb garden. "Don’t step to close to those." She said as she pointed to a couple of lonely looking plants in a corner. "Why?" Sabrina asked nervously. "Hli’Lol’Troak." Sara said as she made her way over to a patch of smaller looking herbs. "It’s a Klingon plant. It’s leaves can be used as a clotting agent but it’s stems are poisonous and it’s root bites." Sabrina looked down at the plant then quickly made her way closer to Sara. After picking up a small pair of shears and a hunter green mortar, Sara walked over to a row of plants and started looking at the leaves of a couple particular ones. "What are these?" Sabrina asked as she pointed to different plants. "What do they do?" Sara bit back the, they don’t do anything, they’re plants line, as she snipped a few leaves. "Camphor, it can be used to open air ways when burned... Foxglove, it can help with cardiac functions.. Goldenseal, when mixed with echinacea, calendula, tea tree oil and steeped into a tea treats acne. Yohime, it’s used for impotence. And those are Vervain and Damiana, both are," Sara cheeks turned as bright scarlet as she looked down at the new plant she was clipping. "aphrodisiacs." Once Sara had what she wanted she walked back over to the small wooden table that rested against a wall. "How do you know about this stuff?" Sabrina asked as she watched Sara pick up the mortar’s matching pestle and crush the leaves together. "My Aunt mostly, her grandmother was a healer and taught her about holistic medicine and then she passed it on to me, since her son couldn’t care less." There was that all to familiar gleam of dislike in Sara’s eyes as she thought of the twit. "But Kathryn’s the one who started showing me which herbs to use to treat minor stuff." Sara added as she placed the passionflower leaves, chamomile, and hops into cheese cloth. "Steep that in her tea for a minute and half or her milk for two minutes, she‘ll be out with in the hour of finishing it." "Thanks, Sara." Sabrina said as she accepted the small pouches. Sara smiled warmly. "No problem, and you can pay me back by getting her to come in for her follow ups." There was a long paused and then both women laughed. "I’ll try," Sabrina said, "but I’m an assistant not a miracle worker." Again both women laughed. Sara was still chuckling as she turned to clean up, she turned to ask Sabrina something but she wasn’t there, so she finished her clean up. "Almost forgot," Again Sara jumped out of her skin at the sudden sound of Sabrina’s voice. Sara turned on her heel and gave Sabrina the, I’m getting that damn bell look. "You coming tonight?" Sabrina asked. Sara nodded, "Of course. Like I would miss the chance to embarrass Lark. He hates getting beat at poker by a woman." Sabrina smiled and Sara knew she felt the same way. "Great see you at the game then."