2.7 Into the unknown

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I’m so pleased that Ezri and Echo play so well together.  I really hope my children will be as close to each other as I am to my own siblings.

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My youngest daughter, Firefly, can’t wait until she’s old enough to play with her big sisters.  She idolises them so much – I just hope they will accept her into their games and that they’ll let her become their friend.

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As for my own siblings, well, things are developing fast for them.  Davros has taken to spending a lot of time with Gloria Walls lately.  Gloria was a friend of his from school, but he left school quite a while before she did and so they didn’t see each other for a while.  Since Gloria has become an adult and it’s been safe for her to leave the house, she’s been here most evenings to see Davros and they’re becoming very close.  I do hope she’ll treat my little brother well.  He is the type of man who likes to pretend everything is fine, who keeps his feelings locked in, but I know deep down that he is more sensitive than he lets on.  The last thing I want is for his heart to be broken.  But he has known Gloria a long time, and they both seem to like each other.  I will be so happy if things work out for them.

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Davros is also doing well in his career.  They gave him a white coat to wear this week.  Dad was so proud, I think for him it was the first time he’d really seen his baby boy as a real man, and as a real doctor.  Davros is confident it won’t be long before they get a breakthrough in their bid to make the water clean, and to start to develop medicines.  It still feels like a pipe dream to me, but he is so confident that they will do it.

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However, it is my twin sister, Castrovalva, who has been through the biggest change.  With Davros finding a new friend, and with Firefly about to grow up and start school, she realised now was the time she could finally fulfil her dream – she was now ready to move to the artists’ colony.

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Telling dad was the hardest part.  He is so scared for her, as am I – the Alto mob are still persecuting artists – just least week we heard of someone going “missing” from the colony, and of them torching someone else’s home for the simple crime of displaying more than one piece of artwork.  Cas says the artists have plans, that they have new ways of subverting the Altos and their rules.  I don’t know what she means, but she is confident.  I hope it isn’t naivety.  Dad has been dreading this day for a long time, but I know he wouldn’t ever stop her fulfilling her dream – and she has been so good to us, helping raise the girls.  Firefly, in particular, just loves her Auntie Cas – I think she will find it so hard to live here without her.

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Cas’s last painting was adorable – a bright burst of sunlight – just one more depiction of the hope we have for Riverview, one more symbol of our town’s rebirth.  I begged her not to let this one become firewood, to let us display this painting in our shelter.  But she refused – she said she had something else she wanted to leave us, something she’d rather we displayed.

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She had painted a beautiful picture of Dad – the first time any of us had had our likeness captured.  It was such a perfect gift.  Like all of us, Cas adores Dad.  They have had the occasional row, as all parents and children do, but I know they think the world of each other.  Seeing the painting brought a tear to my father’s eye – yet also gave him the strength he needed to let go.

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Cas said her goodbyes to all of us, to Ezri, Echo, Oscar, to Davros, to me… then she gave her favourite niece, Firefly a big hug, handed her to Dad and said the hardest goodbye of all – neither she nor dad knew whether they would ever see each other again.

I don’t know what will happen, I don’t know if Cas will survive this new experience – but I am glad she is finally able to pursue her dream.  It is time for all of us to face the unknown.

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3 Responses to “2.7 Into the unknown”

  1. moondaisy101 Says:

    This is so emotional. I’m so sorry to see Cas go, but she is brave and determined. Good girl! Chaotica and the all the others seen particularly protective of Firefly. I’m looking forward to seeing her grow up.
    Go, Davros, go! Lift those restrictions on water and medecines. Very nic girlfriend by the way… looks almost as though she has no lack of water.
    And finally… I love Alf’s portrait! 🙂

  2. worsiedog Says:

    Aww… I am sorry that Cas has left, but I knew she had to go… she played such an important role in the family albeit a quiet one.

    I loved the paragraph re the unveiling of the portrait and how it had finally given Alf the ‘strength he needed to let go’. Very powerful and emotional.

    Well done!

    oh.. lol, I forgot to say in the last chapter as well, it’s nice to see Oscar’s face again!

    And as moondaisy said, Davros indeed has a very pretty gf.

  3. Not sure why, but I never really liked Cas. I suppose I don’t dislike her, but I’m not attached to her in any way. Same goes for Davros. I think at this point the only character I’m really connecting with is Chaotica and Oscar is beginning to earn a place in my heart as well.

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