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When I read the parameters of this challenge I decided that I would try to walk outside of my usual… beaten paths,
so I chose a character that I never dealt with before. It was an… interesting journey.



In the beginning there were two of us. One blood, bonded forever. Complete.

Life was carefree.  Play and discoveries and dreams. Work too, but shared in love.


Then things changed.

Separation was hard. The severing of ties harder still, as was the new life.

Harsh, demanding. Brutal. Yet still tolerable, because one bond remained, and it was stronger than those we lost.

We grew, we changed, we found new goals – but the link remained. There were still two of us, and it was enough.
Until fate struck.

Anger and hurt and… yes, guilt. Crashing down like an unbearable weight, running like acid over the open wound,
the deep cut of shame.

I'm counting on you to protect him

Failure and loneliness washing away the plans, the drive to succeed, the carefully nurtured goals. 
Living day and night with those terrible visions plaguing the mind.

Only one way to shut them off. Revenge.

Silencing the voice that whispered it would not fill the void, or ease the pain.  Listening only to the molten rage
seething inside, flaring like fever.

Then, one day,  a notion.    A new beginning.

Born out of thievery, true. But why not? That was the way it had been for me as well – both of us when there
was still an us.

It might not fill the void – no blood-bond, no shared history. Yet it would give me purpose and maybe, just maybe,
silence the voices, shut down the images. Erase the guilt.

What I had not anticipated was the effects of having to care for a creature depending on me just as much as I depended
on it. It woke something… long forgotten.

The conquest, the crowning achievement, had become something else. Something more.

Not all at once, of course.  It happened so subtly, so stealthily, that when the moment of total commitment came, it took
me by surprise.

One became two once more.

It was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. Because power meant also responsibility – and that, in turn,
meant difficult choices, and pain and sometimes even fear.   Still, despite the setbacks, the gaping void was filled
once again.

Not that it lasted long.  Something was wrong.

Was it a fault in the genetic make-up?  Or the effect of the harrowing experiences we shared, the dangers, the losses
It hardly made a difference.  
In the end I had to take a gut-wrenching path.

Yet I could not completely accept it.  It felt too much like having to go through the same failure. Again.

And I had changed. We had. Together.

We had learned about selfless sacrifice, and it had touched us deeply.

If what we had hoped for could not be, then let us surrender that so that others could go on.

It’s not what I wanted.  What we wanted.

But it’s far better than the alternative.

And we’ll be together. No more loss, no more empty places.

Completeness through fire. Somehow, it feels… appropriate.

Talyn…. Starburst.

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Date: 2012-04-23 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vinegar-dog.livejournal.com
WOW Nym, did the challenge call for breathtaking narrative because if it did you got in one! I always love reading what you write, there is always so much passion and insight in it...I am starting to dislike you Nym, you make me feel shallow! :D I am only razzing you of course, you know that I love you buckets ;)!

Loved this and I am happy you chose a character that I don't think many will choose (apart from Gina maybe!). Thank you once again for a memorable read!

Love what you did with the pics too! Absolutely great! :)

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Date: 2012-04-23 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nymeria-55.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! Your praise never fails to make me blush....

And... *you* shallow? Come on! **thunderous frown**
Do you want me to use my best Aeryn tone and give you the pep talk you deserve? :-D
Remember the pantak-jab-proxy.... LOL LOL
Or do I have to borrow Rygel's eyebrows to frown better? :-P

Back to serious talk, I'm having so much fun with Gimp and filters that I look forward to every graphic challenge! My lonely neuron is quite happy! LOL


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Date: 2012-04-23 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vinegar-dog.livejournal.com
The next challenge I am posting on Farscapeland on Wed this week will give you a chance to do manips!!!! I hope you enjoy it!

The challenges are coming fast and furious this phase! :)

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Date: 2012-04-24 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nymeria-55.livejournal.com
"Fast and furious" indeed! :-) But we Prowlers are up to the challenge!
And now I look forward to yours! Yay!

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Date: 2012-04-24 08:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damnedscientist.livejournal.com
Marvelous summary of 'Captain Transformation's' story.

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Date: 2012-04-24 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nymeria-55.livejournal.com
Thank you ADS!
It was a fascinating... study indeed!


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Date: 2012-04-24 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nebari-rebel.livejournal.com
I loved it! Now that I think about it, I've never seen you tackle Crais, outside of Aeryn's Journey, and that was through her eyes...I would LOVE to see you write a Crais fic.

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Date: 2012-04-24 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nymeria-55.livejournal.com
Thank you so much!
Yes, this is my first... solo Crais flight, so to speak :-)

And who knows what the future might bring...

Thank you for the great feedback!

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Date: 2012-04-29 07:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bizarra.livejournal.com
LOL.. GMTA... though I only did a Picspam..

But I love Crais' journey from wanting John dead to sacrificing himself for John to live.

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Date: 2012-04-29 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nymeria-55.livejournal.com
What I love about Crais' transformation is that until the very end his behavior remains ambiguous - sort of - so that the final choice has a far greater emotional impact.
It's something that stays with you forever...

Thank you for stopping by! :-)

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Date: 2012-04-29 08:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bizarra.livejournal.com
Yes.. I agree. It really wasn't until the back half of the third season, when they all spent that time together on Talyn that Crais' loyalties really gelled for the Moya gang..

And I was TOTALLY shipping Jool/Crais in Fractures. *nods* I really wish they'd had more than that together...

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Date: 2012-04-29 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nymeria-55.livejournal.com
I would have loved to see Jool and Crais paired in some adventures: she had the right attitude to keep him on the straight and narrow :-)

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Date: 2012-04-29 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bizarra.livejournal.com
Right? She totally should have been on Talyn! :)

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Date: 2012-05-06 06:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jacquelee
WOW, that was quite a ride! Great writing and the pictures are just gorgeous!

*wiping a little tear away*

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Date: 2012-05-06 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nymeria-55.livejournal.com
Thank you!!

**hands the Kleenex box over**


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