Kyeo's head hurts very badly. He doesn't remember how he got that way but he can guess that he's taken a blow to the head. That doesn't explain why he's not on a spaceship any more but he should probably not expect to figure that out right now. He looks confusedly at the non-spaceship around him for a minute before closing his eyes.
The nurse seems perturbed. "You mean you have something that does the same thing when you're on a ship, or you mean there's a reason you shouldn't have computing access on a ship? Recursively nonpublic is, uh, if you don't want to tell me why you don't want to tell me and I should drop the whole subject."
"Let's drop the subject. May I see the moon?"
He assesses the condition of his balancing apparatus. "It might be easier with a cane."
"I'll be right back." He goes out into the hall for a minute and returns with a shiny aluminum cane with a comfortable handgrip at the top, and shows Kyeo how to adjust it to his height. "I bet future medical care is way better," he says apologetically. "Do you think you remember any medical stuff well enough to reinvent it?"
"I'm not a doctor."
He follows with the cane.
They go down the hall, down an elevator, and out into a little garden enclosed on three sides by the building. It has a tiled walkway and grass and flowering shrubs and willow trees with little benches hidden under them. One of the benches has a green-and-pink-haired person on it, wearing several layers of colorful casual-looking clothes and a glowing red bracelet and staring up at the leaves.
The moon is in the sky. It's Earth's moon, in the third quarter.
He looks at the moon thoughtfully for a while. "Earth's moon is very famous," he mentions.
"I've never been here before.
It doesn't look like I would expect it to in my time, though."
"That makes sense."
"It depends on the ship. It takes weeks to get between systems."
"No. I am not an engineer."
"I - was a soldier."
"We do not usually travel in time."