Half of you are led off to the infirmary, where Brady's and Ando's gunshot wounds are treated (both superficial). Emma takes a bit longer, and she takes more than a few stitches. She gratefully accepts Pachmar's steadying arm. McGregor is given a crutch to help him get around more easily, but the medic on board is not a full physician, and believes that the leg might require more specialized care once you return to civilization.
Despite her blood loss and the admonition of the medic to not engage in undue exertion, Emma insists on caring for her father. The Professor does indeed suffer from a form of dementia, but it is mild and tends to manifest on extreme focus upon philology and linguistics. With a project at hand, he is busy and content.
Pope is consulted for the ship's heading.It turns out that MacGregor has a great deal of knowledge on this as well, having done extensive magnetic and compass research while examining the great portal. Pope recalls the myriad chalk markings the Scot had made upon the portal, tracing them painstakingly with a hand compass. Brady comes up to the bridge after being released from the small infirmary, and verifies the heading with his seat-of-the-pants navigation. Once the course is laid in, there is just enough of a reddish glow coming from central Kamua for the sharp-eyed watch to keep the helm on course.
All of you are given the chance to bathe in hot clean water with plenty of soap and fresh towels. Spare clothing is broken out from your various trunks, suitcases and duffels. Jinda and Ando are given western clothing from one source or another. (Emma offers her spare things to Jinda, who promptly refuses the undergarments, but settles for the long skirt and blouse. Ando finds the pants and shirt offered to him vastly amusing, and insists being shown the proper way to wear shoes. Enny's transformation is the greatest, for he finally has a chance to break out his fancy duds.
When you all next meet, you have been invited to a late dinner at the Captain's table. The ship is rolling slowly with the rising seas, but the Captain is confident that they are leaving the worst behind. "We should make Melbourne soon and without incident. We need a few minor repairs while docked there. I have cargo that needs to go on to Capetown, where there's a good chance we might be able to pick up Lord Henry. We might have the whole lot of you back in London in less than a month's time." He seems very happy to be getting out of these dangerous waters.
The food is laid out and everyone is invited to dig in. Ando goes to it with his fingers, but Jinda's eyes have been darting from one person to another throughout her time on board. She waits until she sees how the others manage utensils and does a creditable job of mimicking. Professor Witherspoon absently picks at his plate, with his attention buried in one of Emma's texts.
If the Captain notices any idiosyncrasies, he politely ignores them. "But enough of business. Tell me your tales, and introduce me to my new passengers."