Marichka's Story Part 5
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6 – Somewhere On Minbar
On this day, the handful of initiates that had made
it through training became Rangers. Minbari, Pahkmara, Drazi, Narns
and Humans were all present and accounted for. The voices said in
unison, in Minbari, what made them who they were.
I am a Ranger.
7 - That Same City, Z'Ha'Dum, Three Years Ago
We walk in the dark places
no other will enter.
We stand on the bridge and
no one may pass.
We live for the One.
We die for One.
Marichka paced her room. Erik simply sat and watched
"I don't know what you're worried about," Erik finally
"It's been days. We should have heard something
by now. I told him he should have left Centauri Prime. I knew
something was going to happen. He knew it. Why didn't he leave?"
she rambled, clearly agitated and growing worse by the minute.
"What is Morden to you anyway?"
She stopped and looked at him. "Erik, what
are you implying?"
"That, perhaps, none of us really know the nature
of your relationship with him." He followed that with an arrogant
smile. She looked at him for a moment, then her eyes narrowed, and
she back handed him across the face. "You little . . . you're just
jealous because he's got a bigger--"
Three Shadows entered and Marichka turned to them
Not a word was spoken, in Shadow or English, but
the point was communicated. Morden was dead. Executed by Mollari,
who also rigged a bomb to a Shadow base on Salini and took it out.
A Shadow rose a pincher. She saw something
dangling from it. The crystal Morden wore. Another Shadow stepped
forward. It rose a pincher and stretched the chain. They lifted
it over her head and placed it gently around her neck. "Now, it is
yours," came the short, Shadow assertion.
Her eyes were the only thing that gave away her
shock. Her lips quivered. A simple, thin, veil of tears covered
her eyes. Never enough to fall.
The darkness reached out, clasping on Shadow from
the light and to its home.
Another Shadow was cast against the light
to take its place.
*****TO BE CONTINUED*****