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Law of the Spirit

Annah says:

“The other day, I was thinking about outlaws–particularly those the humans call pirates.  I have known quite a few of them–Jamin Bey, the captain of the Entropy Rose; the man called the Maestro (whatever his real name may be), Maria Cantrell (whose story is a tale for another time)–even Holder and Kale have been pirates, at one time or another.  I have been an outlaw myself, and even I was once part of the crew of Bey’s vessel.

These are, mostly, people driven to do what they do because ‘the law’ gives them no way to live their lives within its scope.  Now, I know that there are those outlaws who steal from others and even kill merely out of a purely selfish motive, and who have no honor at all.  But the law is not always right.  When Holder and I were first together, our union was thought to be ‘unlawful’–because of my age, because of the difference in our ancestries–because of the painful history between humankind and my people.  We took a risk, together–whether that was a foolish thing or not.  In the end, customs changed–in our favor.

On Earth, the government called “Homesec” began out of a noble desire–the desire to keep the humans’ homeland–Earth–safe.  To protect ‘homeland security.’  But this law forgot that there were already those of other worlds who had worked and bled and died on Earth the same as many humans.  And out of that began the trouble of the last ten cycles–a trouble that is still going on, on worlds not so far from Earth as Evohe.

I want our children to be able to see their father’s homeworld–to walk there without fear.  Perhaps they may look enough like him to pass as human; perhaps the laws that require blood samples be taken before a traveler even sets foot on Earth’s soil will, by then, have been repealed.

Perhaps the blindness of the book-laws that have caused so much suffering will have given way, by then, to a greater law of the spirit.

I doubt it very much.  It is still only slightly more so on my world than on Earth.  But still I have hope.  Still, I dare to dream.”


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Age of Choosing

Annah says:

“After the Breaking of my world, many of the customs we had once observed were lost.  Shaping slowly faded, and people of a Grove rarely came together as a group.  Cycle-days–what Holder calls birthdays–were one custom that did manage to survive our people’s forgetting of themselves.

I had my nineteenth Cycle-Day–the day that marks the Age of Choosing for my people–far away from my world, my blood-family, and my mate.  There was no fire in the meeting-ground of the Grove; no formal blessing of the day or recognition of my passage to what my people see as true adulthood.  But there were those of my Circle–the nine who chose to come with me from Evohe, including my beloved sister-friends Chelries and Liara–all those who bound themselves to me, not knowing what the cost might be–for I do not even know, yet.  There was Kale Goodman, whom, if the First Ones had woven fate differently, might have been my mate, and is still one who knows me better than most.  In my Memories, there was my teacher, Serra, and in my Vision, my guardian, Lilliane, whom I left on Evohe to teach in my place until my return.

The one I hold dearest–Holder–was still lost to me then.  But he was not lost to my heart.  Those whose lives are intertwined with ours can never be lost to us–like paths that wind into one another in the darkened Grove, they cycle and circle back, joining and parting, again and again.  We only have to choose, in the end, the path to follow, and stick to it, through light and shadow.  I have chosen my road–or it has chosen me.  And that nineteenth Cycle Day showed me that I live a life, not of loneliness, but of connections; a web woven of light–the bright light of love.  And I choose this path–wherever its end may lead.”



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