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When You Dream...
Postscript to Winterludes
By Mistress V
It's twenty years or so after that first sportscamp....
The figure skating grand finale of the Calgary games was about to come to a close, and as reigning ladies' singles gold medalist, Kanou would be the last performer, doing her second and final piece. Her first number, a farewell of sorts, was a dramatic one done to the old standby that Klin women loved, "Memory." What made it unique was the felinesque costume Kala designed and the song itself. Lak'Sha had done a special recording of the hit from "Cats" in the Klingon language. It brought down the house.
waited for her next costume, the double champion reflected back on the past few
years. She had fully intended to retire after the Arctica
games when she won her first gold medal. After all, she now had a full set: a
bronze from her second games at Portillo in
Ms. Se'Peya retired after Arctica to
pursue an as yet unsuccessful singing career and Kanou
finally took a deep breath to consider her own future. That meant she now had
time to have a break. Somehow she'd known that handsome Klingon goalie for the
Rangers, Thak, would be waiting, and he was. They
fell in love, married both on the homeworld and at St. Patrick's Cathedral in
there had been no doubt. Instead of getting older and softer, she'd become more
mature and stronger. Her quads came almost as a second nature now, leading her
coach to wonder if a quint toe loop was in the grasp
of the next skating generation. She blew the field away at
She'd be retiring soon, because it was time to be thinking about a family. And coaching, commentary, that training holovid she wanted to do. Heck, Somm and T'Annu were talking about making a feature film of her life! But all that she really wanted right now was to spend time with her husband, go yell like a Klingon warrior at some hockey games, and plant a garden with him at their Montauk home.
She turned to see Kala holding out her dress. "It really is exactly the same, isn't it?" she asked softly. For it was the same costume she debuted in, essentially.
"So is the woman who is wearing it. Just the years have changed."
moments later Kanou looked at her image in the locker
room mirror. For a second she saw the timid little girl who had found her wings
They walked together to the entry tunnel and shared a quick hug. "Knock 'em dead, my sister," Kala said with a grin.
"Always." Kanou gave her mentor and business partner their special knuckle salute. Then she skated out to center ice, bobbed a curtsy, and took her position as the music began.
As soon as
"Storms in Africa II" started up, the audience went crazy, clapping along
to the original short program that was her letter of introduction to the galaxy
Kanou began her final spin series, her face glowing with the knowledge that all the years had paid off, the years that really started when another girl had offered her popcorn and friendship.
After she acknowledged her applause with kisses and waves, Kanou skated over to the sidelines and performed another graceful curtsy. Then she rose and gave a flawless ta'al and accepted a bouquet of Vulcan fire flowers from her best friend in the universe.
* * *
"Yes, she always was, even when she was a tiny little thing." Christine smiled as she recalled that long ago meeting.
"What was she like when you met first her, Mom?" Teresa looked over at her mother, who was gathering up their things.
"Shy, curious, a quick learner. And so talented we all knew she'd be a champion someday. I guess we were right!" She stood and put her arm around her daughter's shoulder. For a fourteen year old, she was tall like both her parents. Volleyball was her favorite sport, especially the beach variety which she played as often as possible. Fog or no fog.
"So did you manage to communicate with her when you first met?"
"Yes, we talked about skating injuries and got to know each other. I gave Kanou her very first taste of jellybeans. Then I noticed her and T'Mara watching my own skating workout every morning. So we spoke a little more each day, and practiced our language abilities."
"Quite adequately," Spock added.
"T'Mara's so amazing. I loved her in 'DragonMine'. What a talented dancer." Teresa had grown up with both the Vulcan ballerina and the Klingon skater being regular visitors to the family home.
"You'll see her and her husband at the party."
"I can't wait to see Kanou's husband! Or her brother! Two IGHL players in the same room? That is so ultra cosmic." Teresa's brother Jim was full of sixteen year old male energy. "Let's move it, huh?"
"Relax, son, the celebration will not start for at least an hour yet, Miss Kanou must still meet her press for a final interview. She has already stated this would be her farewell performance." Spock was as placid as ever, but also looked forward to discussing hockey, still a favorite sport of his, with the two Klingon players. He'd begun refereeing in his son's junior leagues a few years back and now worked with the academy team when time off from his administrative duties permitted. Jim was taking the Starfleet entrance exam next month.
their way out of the crowded arena into the frosty
"Teresa has clearly learned from T'Lara, has she not?" Spock remarked as he watched their daughter's volley hit their son square on the noggin with pinpoint accuracy. He put an arm comfortably around his wife, despite her being buried in a puffy winter coat. "This has been a most enjoyable week, my love. I am so glad we could attend."
"Me, too. And no cracks about Kala and me sneaking off to skate in the morning, OK? If we get out the door at all it's a miracle, with the kids clamoring to come along as well." Christine giggled.
Their two, Kala and Greg's two, Stark and T'Lara's four plus Sierra III made for an extremely fascinating tribe, ranging in age from sixteen to five. The party tonight, a grand reunion of sorts, would be quite an event. Stark, the host, was providing vidgame diversions for the younger members.
"I promise, my wife. We shall simply endeavor to be awake long before you need to prepare for your skating date." His eyebrow raised up in that special way.
"No sleep again," Christine sighed. "Some vacation."
"I recall another vacation a bit south of here," Spock began as they started after their offspring before a window was broken. He took his wife's gloved hand in his. "We did not get much sleep then either, but it was still extremely enjoyable."
"You are insatiable, you know that?"
"Although you still insist on stating the obvious, yes, I shall agree with that illogically unnecessary statement. I am always insatiable for you, the woman I love."
They laughed softly together in the dusk, a private moment of shared happiness, then continued across the plaza.
* * *
Part [ii]to follow. Who was at the party? We'll find out soon enough.
The progression of the Winter SportsFests
has been Polaris (where Stark won the first time, as did the Klingon hockey players, and our couple began courting),
Lake Tahoe (where Stark won again and Kanou debuted),
So. Who else was at the big reunion party? Here are some updates on folks we've all gotten to know over the, er, years.
T'Mara and her husband Strumm beat Spock and Christine in a highly contested game of dom-jott, by one point. Strumm, who plays a modern version of the Vulcan harp in a jazz style, claims it was all in the wrist. Spock was extremely skeptical of this and stated it was purely luck.
S'omm and T'Annu dropped by to
visit with everyone. They were in the midst of filming a documentary about the
Vulcan curling teams, Ice Logic. Their daughter T'Ann,
a choreographer, accompanied them and spent time reminiscing with T'Mara and Kanou about some
adventure they'd all had in
Thak and Kando discussed (quite vocally) the current intergalactic hockey standings with a group of interested males and females. Coach Kluth, who refuses to retire (though he is now largely, and happily, in an advisory role) listened attentively but did not give an opinion. His daughter (Kanou's mother) more than made up for that. The IGHL stars continued to maintain that the Andorian hockey win at Arctica was a fluke, and that the Klin would once again be atop the podium as champions at the final the next day. Unfortunately, the Gorn surprised everyone and the Klingons and Andorians finished second and third. The Gorn were led by their twin captains, BoCla and RobArk.
Mogh and his wife Josta brought pizza for everyone. Mogh took the bronze medal in snowboard cross at the Portillo games where Kanou won her bronze. The press on the homeworld went absolutely wild with speculation on whether the couple would take the oath, but Mogh's heart was already with a young woman from his home neighborhood whose father worked as a computer diagnostician at the KDCA. Mogh is now an assistant winter sports coach of the KDC team and runs a pizza cafe with his wife at the KDCA, which is a very popular hangout. It's rumored he also caters to some High Council events, though no one will officially comment. Azetbur is a connoisseur of his pizza, especially when watching hockey games.
Worf and his wife, who were at a large scientific gathering at an Empire colony, could not attend but sent a vidgreeting. They are still busy agriscientists on the Klingon homeworld, though they look forward to retiring at some point. Their daughter skated for many years but now aspires to be an actress in the national opera company. K'a'tya pesters Mogh endlessly as to when she will be a grandmother, though it's all in fun. She also has a hugely successful side business in the capital city, producing seductive lingerie for a select clientele (word of mouth only, including Azetbur, who obviously appreciates fine things!) and her staff cannot make the styles quickly enough.
Lak'Sha is the dramatics mistress for the national opera company, having semi retired from performing. She still does character roles on occasion as a mezzo soprano, to great critical acclaim. Much as she wanted to accompany her son for the festivities, she could not as she was involved in final rehearsals for a new production of "Kahless and Lukara" to be premiered at the next Kot'baval festival. She did eventually remarry to B'asso, a revered senior member of the company. The vid of The Seduction of Kevin Riley regularly makes the rounds at celebrations. K'a'tya's side business received quite a boost a few months back when the main female character in "For the Par'Mach of My Warrior and the Homeworld" sang her pre-oath taking aria while clad in a glamorous nightgown. Lak'Sha, who played her maid, wore an equally beautiful robe. K'a'tya, the designer, had to hire two more seamstresses the next day.The first inquiry came from Azetbur herself.
Loki is a flight instructor at the KDCA but managed to get enough time off to
make a quick trip to the celebration. His wife Masht
was already in
Commander Ellat is first officer at the starbase
in his homeworld's system. Prior to his assignment,
he did a five year tour aboard the USS Yorktown
as its physicist. In addition to his scientific duties, he also gained quite a reputation
as an intergalactic ladies' man, something he probably learned from his mentor,
James Kirk. He's been named the galaxy's most eligible bachelor and women from Ferenginar to the Martian Colonies to Qo'noS
(and, it's rumored,
Lcdr. Benny Childress (Retired) now runs the geological research station on the Martian Colonies and takes part in mining survey missions for the private sector. He's married to a very pretty Vulcan doctor named T'Nicca. The couple met during his two tours of duty aboard the new USS Intrepid, which has a mixed crew of Vulcans and offworlders. He requested the assignment specifically. His wife claims her husband fell in love with all things Vulcan during the first sports camp, and Benny is quick to agree.
Ben and Evie Childress retired to Amelia Island, Florida and made the journey with their son and daughter in law. Ben spends most days fishing or in his workshop and tending his chili peppers in their garden; he's won awards at the county and state fairs. Evie teaches at the local community college. Their other two sons live nearby. A person resembling Harry Mudd allegedly visited them some time back but no one knows why. He did not stay long, according to neighbors.
Sanchez and his girlfriend Sabine are artists in
Despite his mother's misgivings, the Teer of Capella IV, Leonard James Akaar, attended the reunion with his wife Cilshu. Eleen still worries that her son might overindulge in non nutritional food, something he did on a regular basis while at the Academy and then on board the USS Enterprise during his two tours. In addition to his duties as Teer (which are largely ceremonial, as the prime minister is the official head of government now), Leonard does research at the large observatory on his planet's moon and coaches hockey during the winter. Although his mother despairs that he eats the wrong things, Leonard is still lithe and handsome and also turned quite a few heads in his Starfleet days.
Silok works for a private starship design firm in
Ginny and her husband, Alasdair (Fiona's formerly repugnant brother)flew in along with her sister and brother in law. Ginny coaches figure skating on New Inverness Colony and weaves beautiful woolen shawls from the fleece of the local highland sheep when she's not piloting starliners for a commercial transport firm. Fiona and her husband run a bed and breakfast in the highlands there, close to the slopes where they both still snowboard. Ginny flew them all to the celebration.
Ambassador Sarek and Lady Amanda attended with T'Sai
TSer, her bondmate General Stoick, and Ambassador and Lady Ajax of Bolarus.
The Bolian team had a surprise gold medalist in the women's
Ambassador Kl'o'rox passed away a few years ago and his widow, Lady Kl'o'rox, was too frail to attend, but she sent a vidgreeting from Qo'noS where she
resides with Lak'Sha and her family. Lady Kl'o'rox still fondly remembers the trip to
Valery and Liudmilla Daragan moved to
Kala Dillon runs an activewear
business with Kanou, MySport, that produces ethnically
inspired sporting clothes for the women of the galaxy. They recently opened a
boutique, with spa, in the Klingon homeworld's capital city which had lines of eager customers
queuing around the block. Kala owns three very successful
day spas as well, one attached to Starfleet Headquarters. She's also still
helping her parents with the Klub Klin,
now a trendy watering hole despite being the comfortable spaceport dive it
always was. And she and Greg are busy raising their son Geoff and their
daughter Katy Christa. They live in Montauk, just down the road from Kanou and Thak, when they're not
in the city at their
Communications Minister of the
T'Safa and her husband attended then headed off to
Stark and T'Lara have four children, two boys and two girls. They
spend most of their time in
Out there in the galaxy's far reaches, the rumors Ambassador Kl'o'rox brought to Kirk and Ambassador Sarek are now thought to be more than rumor. Spacers tell increasingly more disturbing stories of a people called the Borg, but a new name has caused old enemies to see how foolish their animosities might be. Cardassia.
That's the summary of the guests at the party. There's another chapter coming up---then we'll go back to the present, after the sportscamp.