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21 May 2009 @ 23:52
It's Not Easy Being Green  
Remember how, way back in the early days of Star Trek: Voyager fandom, Megan and Jenny Delaney from Stellar Cartography were branded the sluts of the ship for daring to enjoy sex? Right, so I'm having flashbacks. Only this time, it's Gaila who's being called names in the blogsphere for, well... enjoying casual sex as much as James T Kirk does. And dood, GAILA IS AWESOME.

I'm too swamped to write at the moment, but I'm definitely up for hosting a good ole fashioned Commentfic Extravaganza. So if you want to write a little something (drabble, snippet, epic poetry, knock yourself out!) about Cadet Gaila, go ahead and post it here.


Tori Morris: Gailaskywaterblue on 22nd May 2009 10:28 (UTC)
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Gaila thought about it a moment, licking the white goo at the center of the ice cream. "So are your mothers down there?"

David laughed, "My parents are in Australia! I'm fifteen, I don't need my parents to go to the beach with me."

Gr'pla snorted and said, "And mine are on Tellar. I have come here to study in preparation for my Starfleet exams." Crunch. "I didn't see any other Orions today."

Gaila blinked, taking in all the new information her friends had to offer. The taste of the cream was strange, but the chocolate covering was pleasing, as was the cold in her mouth. The cement was warm under her bare legs, and as she dried, chunks of sand flaked off. All around her, the Federation citizens played on the narrow strip of beach in peace. No one was worried about bombs or rival clans. Most of them weren't even the same species.

Her eyes started to water again. No crying, she reminded herself. "I'm alone," she said, quietly.

David and Gr'pla looked at each other over her. David stuck the rest of the ice cream in his mouth and then collapsed over the top of her in an embrace. Gr'pla ate the rest of hers, with a crunch for the stick and joined in. "That's ridiculous," David said, "You're here with us."

Gaila laughed, enjoying the weight of their bodies and then pushed them off. "Gr'pla, did you just eat the stick?"

Gr'pla nodded, "The stick is the best part."

David rolled his eyes and then nudged her again in the shoulder. "Gaila, you know how to get home, right?"

"Not really," Gaila said. "I mean. I understand the basics, but the translator doesn't do display screens."

"Then we will accompany you." Gr'pla announced, and lifted herself gracefully to her hooves. Then she pulled Gaila up.

They left her at the transport station in Paris, as David noted, "I didn't bring snow shoes." Gaila smiled (despite feeling like she might cry again, faced with the prospect of an empty apartment.) On the way back through the melting sludge, she saw the Klingon again, carrying a loaf of bread.

The Klingon kept the door open for her as she ran in. "Thanks," she whispered.

He nodded. "You are welcome." They stepped into the elevator together.

Gaila announced, "My name is Gaila of the clan Kallea, and I live on the seventh floor of this building."

The Klingon nodded again, "I am Kuph, formerly of the house of Mopak. I greet you, Gaila of the house Kallea."

She smiled and then got off of her floor. She had a message to send to her social worker.
ljc: star trek (gaila squee)taraljc on 22nd May 2009 18:40 (UTC)
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I love this so much--her keeping the secret of the place of women in her society, her bravery in trying new things, and her making new friends. Also, the Tellarite eating the stick is THE BEST PART.
Tori Morris: Gailaskywaterblue on 22nd May 2009 19:30 (UTC)
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The stick is the best part! Gaila doesn't know it yet, but she's gonna be made of brass balls when she's grown, trufax.
Greenundeny on 22nd May 2009 19:53 (UTC)
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Oh, my HEART. This is so good. So, so good.
Tori Morris: Gailaskywaterblue on 22nd May 2009 19:56 (UTC)
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Thank you!
JagfanLJjagfanlj on 23rd May 2009 02:54 (UTC)
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Gaila is quite adventurous! Brand new to Earth, a refugee and the first thing she does is go off exploring. This was a fun read, and I love-love-love the way you wove species from the original series into the story.
*two thumbs up*
Tori Morris: Gailaskywaterblue on 23rd May 2009 03:22 (UTC)
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Thank you!
Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: gailawiliqueen on 23rd May 2009 03:07 (UTC)
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Love and love and love! This is a girl you DO not keep down!
Tori Morris: Gailaskywaterblue on 23rd May 2009 03:27 (UTC)
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Thank you so much!
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Tori Morris: Gailaskywaterblue on 23rd May 2009 04:13 (UTC)
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Gaila: needs moar pirate.
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Shooting You with My Smilebox_in_the_box on 23rd May 2009 05:02 (UTC)
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This is SO rich in details, from Gaila's thoughts on human "races" and Vulcan customs officers (so right and so wrong a job for a Vulcan, all at once), to Gaila bonding with new friends and overcoming her own fears.

Tori Morris: Gailaskywaterblue on 23rd May 2009 05:20 (UTC)
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Aw, thank you. :) Vulcan social worker is the sort of thing I think would happen in the Federation; it goes against their racial stereotype but they DO have qualities that are useful in those fields.
Re: Paradise Found 2/2c - box_in_the_box on 23rd May 2009 05:22 (UTC) (Expand)
Top: STXI: The only Orion in Starfleettopazera on 23rd May 2009 07:09 (UTC)
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This is just great! I love opening, getting shuffled from social worker to social worker, thinking their all different species and not knowing if she wants to be a citizen at all. Poor Gaila. But I love how bold and resilient you made her, going out and seeking new experiences. This girl is going to be Starfleet material alright!

Excellent work! I just wanted to keep hearing about the young and adventurous Gaila learning the possibilities and limitations of her home. :D
Tori Morris: corsetskywaterblue on 23rd May 2009 21:45 (UTC)
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This girl is going to be Starfleet material alright!

This is what I'm talking about! Thanks so much.