John was sleeping.
He was dreaming about Aeryn. About how much he loved her. The fact
that she was gone. He kept waking up, thinking that she was here,
sleeping in her quarters, child at her side. But after running to
her, each and every time, he finds an empty bed; the black bedspread
neatly laid out over the bed and pillows. This time, he could not
stand it any longer. He crawled up into the bed and covered up.
He buried his face in the pillow, smelling her in the case. His
eyes burned as he tried to hold back the tears. When the tears broke
out and streamed down his cheeks, he drifted of into a dark, dreamless
The next day,
he heard Chiana calling his name.
where the frell are you?"
wiped his face and stood up.
are you in there?"
Winonna off the bedside table and walked out.
I'm over here."
"Were you in
just- God, I miss her so much."
"Me too. Hopefully
we can find her."
"Yeah. What did you need?"
"Oh, it's just
D'Argo went to see if you wanted some food cubes, and he didn't
find you in your quarters."
I want some food cubes."
in and said, "Too late, Rygel's eaten them all."
"Screw you, Sparky."
through the comms.
"Sorry to interrupt
your conversation, but there is a- some kind of transport coming.
You'd better get down there."
Pilot." said D'Argo.
The three of
them ran down to the transport hangar, immediately followed by Wrinkles
Qualta Blade out, they saw the transport land and open. Out walked
a tall female Sebacean with black hair. She was holding a baby.
as John ran over to her and, tears streaming down his and her face,
looked down at the child.
"Our baby boy."
John was speechless.
"His name is..."
moved his head up, and his eyes scanned her anxiously as he waited
for the name.
"Let's go show him to everyone."
Aeryn to Sikozu, and showing him to everyone, they made their way
down to Pilot's den.
up to him holding Talyn, and said, "Pilot, this is my baby boy.
I've named him Talyn."
quietly. "Aeryn. He is beautiful."
a few buttons on his console, and then a windy female voice echoed
through their ears.
I am Moya. Your child is beautiful. I hope he brings you as much
joy as my Talyn did."
"Thank you, Moya."
The next day,
John woke up and Aeryn was feeding the baby. He sat up. "Hey, baby,
how's the baby?"
"Healthy. Not very crabby."
"Sebaceans, their children, about how old are they when they mature?"
"Around 12 cycles."
"That's close to humans."
"Hey. I uh...
made this for the baby."
Aeryn a blanket with the name Talyn on it, written in Nebari.
Chiana. It's beautiful."
The next day
came and went, so did the next day. But the fifth day after Aeryn
had arrived; something was about to happen.
up early. She had a gut instinct something was not right.
She stood up
and walked over to the crib and picked Talyn up and felt his forehead.
It was extremely
She spoke through her comms. "John, John! Something's wrong!"
John shot through the door way and shouted "What?!"
Aeryn was shaking.
"He's really hot. He's half Sebacean, and they can't stand heat!"
"Ok, so we have to make him cool off."
ran to Zhaan's Med Chamber. After she died, they had still used
it for emergencies.
the restorative chamber and hooked Talyn up to it.
it on and waited.
An arn passed.
Aeryn had her
head on John's shoulder, and he wrapped his arms around her.
Aeryn was gripping
the blanket that Chiana had made in her hands. She was staring at
Talyn, silently praying for him to live.
up and was thinking:
know he isn't going to live. God, if you're there, please. Give
us and Aeryn the strength to get through this. Talyn had a short
life. I love him. Amen.
down at Talyn. He looked at Aeryn and nodded. She looked at the
floor. The tears were dripping off her chin onto the blanket.
up and walked over and shut the chamber power off. He and Aeryn
walked into the chamber and picked Talyn up.
He was not
a ceremony for him, they jettisoned the coffin that contained Talyn
Aeryn had accepted
his fate and let go. It was hard, but she had done it in the arms