Date: 30 May 2014 14:06 Title: Captives' Ransom
I fondly remember reading this before and I recall too the wonderful picture of Mendral that went with. I guess the memory of the drawing skews the memory of the story somewhat, in that I recall it being sweet and adorable, as indeed it is, particularly in the opening sections. However, as the story progresses we get insight into Lavelle's faith and family home, a picture of the faithful few of those on the Ent-D who keep alive the tradition, a glimpse or hint to somewhat of the decline of the faith in Trekian history AU or not, and of course we get an idea of a true cultural exchange here between Sam and Mendral. The church experience resonates with Mendral and the hope of salvation, redemption or a saviour rings particularly true, the fervent wish of hope given this alternate universe's fate for the Cardassians and the brutal oppression of the faith under the Bajoran Occupation. Here too, we get a reveal of some history and the cost to the Cardassians (and indeed the ultimate cost to the Bajorans), with an indication that the Federation seems to be offering help of a sorts at least to some Cardassians. Why more so in this universe than in the Prime one wonders. We also see a reach for the fate of the Dukats and how much their fate impacts on those like Mendral with hope and faith. But just like that, just as Skrain and his daughter's life and living imparts example, revelation and hope to Mendral, Mendral's experience in the Church has brought a greater revelation to Sam about his own faith and belief system values and perhaps a truer meaning of Christmas.
Date: 11 Nov 2010 05:47 Title: Captives' Ransom
Sometimes a different perspective can draw our attention to things we never thought to look at. And obvious is not so obvious in the new light.
A very touching story, filled with many different emotions; starting with light-hearted snow scene and ending with a meaningful message. And all that packed into a set of two close friends. I like stories that include strong bonds of friendship.
And the story itself brought back wonderful memories of one of my Christmas :)
Awwwww! I'm so glad that I could bring back good memories!! I love hearing things like that. :-) I'll have to find it on Ad Astra, but there's a thread somewhere where I posted pictures of the church (which really helped me get that feeling of memories and history). If I can't find that thread, I'll e-mail them tonight.
For me, Christmas is something that I think has lost meaning in our culture, and it's sad. People don't remember that all of it took place in an occupied nation. We hear the mentions of the Romans, but it's hard for people (at least in my country where we haven't had that experience since the Revolutionary War) to really understand what that means to be oppressed, and the significance that brings to the story. People think Christmas is just about getting big, expensive gifts. And I think that has gotten so, so out of proportion. It's supposed to be about love and gratitude for blessings--and in the belief of those like myself and AU Sam Lavelle, being set free. To which giving is intended to be the response, not a simple desire to get.
I'm glad you liked the friendship. They're different from each other, but in so many ways, the same. :-)
Date: 17 Jun 2009 12:51 Title: Captives' Ransom
You made me cry the first time I read this-I'd like to think the touch of moisture in my eye is due to strain from staring at my computer. I'd like to...
Bahhh...nothing to be worried about! Totally normal reaction. But anyway, I'm really glad this story moved you. :-)