Disclaimer: The background belongs to Tribune, Roddenberry-Kirschner,
and others. The characters mentioned below are my own. Author's Note:
This occurs during the early part of "Part of This World". It was one
of two or three ideas tossed at me by Deb, my co-writer-to-be, and was
a challenge to look at Marianne from the point of view of one of her
The Odd One Out
Nessa watched her half-sister sleep. She doubted that Marianne was even
aware she had visitors, or even that her door was unlocked. The covers
were half-off, kicked away by the bed's restless occupant. Marianne's
stomach was still flat, with no indication that she was finally caught
up with the rest of them. She couldn't wait until Marianne tasted the
joys of motherhood and saw what she'd been missing all this time. Once
she did, she might stay up here. Where she belonged.
Marianne had always been the strange one, the family rebel. Nobody
claimed to understand her, not at all. Born a decade before the rest,
her experiences had no doubt shaped her differently, and caused her to
want to live her life upon Taelon-controlled Earth. Oh, Nessa had heard
stories, of course, remembered her father's memories as he struggled to
keep Marianne and her mother safe, but when Marianne had refused to
look at mates the few times she was aboard ship....
It took a full Kimera, one who broke the rules, to bring Marianne home.
To show her what she was missing, in the way only a mate could. To
bring her to understand how stubborn she'd been and how selfish.
Marianne would turn over a new leaf. Maybe she'd go back to Earth, tie
up loose ends, but in the end she'd come back to her mate and child. As
things should be.
Marianne was lucky to have Ra'das, a rebel in his own way. Surely her
transition would be eased by understanding one didn't always have to
follow tradition. Nessa remembered Ra'das' anxious, furtive questioning
about Marianne, and the feeling that she had that Ra'das had finally
found his one. His lifemate.
Nessa couldn't imagine life without Jo'aso, her mate, or Ch'eri,
Pas'cal, and Ro'bie, their children. Her life was fulfiling, her
friends many, her family as close as she wanted them to be. She was
never bored... who would be, in the heart of *this* place?
One would have to be really odd not to like this place. Even Marianne
couldn't be that odd. She wasn't, really. She just needed to be shown
Smiling, Nessa left her half-sibling to her dreams.
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