Nico (vilakins) wrote,

Ficlet: New Start

Last week's b7friday topic was second chances. Set just after 'Weapon', 150 words.

New Start

"Good luck ... Blake." He shut down the subspace communicator and was silent, staring into space.

She noticed the slight pause before the name. It couldn't be easy, knowing you were a copy. Not that it made a difference to her--bondslaves had never been regarded as citizens, or even quite people. They weren't even granted the dignity of using their full names.

"I don't think we had time for introductions," she said. "I'm Rashel Kesovian."

He looked at her for a long moment, then smiled in sudden decision. "Then I shall be Roj Kesovian."

She stood straight and proud. "And we have a planet to explore, you and me. Side by side." She held out her hand and he took it.

No-one had ever taken much notice of her, but she knew she was brave and strong and intelligent. And at last she had the chance to be herself.

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