Date: 14 Oct 2010 01:11 Title: Chapter Nine
Speros with his face in the mud. If not the terrible situation that surrounded it, I'd call it a good lesson of humility ;) And... it reminds me a particular scene from War and Peace by Tolstoy ;)
Daro is a brave man; what he did could have been the last thing done in his life, his final sacrifice for Cardassia. But it didn't stop him.
I cetrainly don't want to be that guy who is now Speros's, oh, no!
That scene with Folani at the end: I know it's not funny, but somehow I couldn't stop smiling. The Cardassian seemed very proud of herself for almost biting Folani's fingers off.
So, we know more about Glinn Daro. Not about his past itself, but about what this past means to him and to others too. He has that dignity, a quiet sort of dignity, which he wears like an armour, but would probably deny having it if anyone asked. I think it's the combination of his quietness and this great dignity is what wins others' hearts. He is not a hero in his own eyes, but that makes him more a hero in theirs. And a traitor in eyes of those who are too stupid to think independently.
Haven't read War and Peace yet, though I know I really ought to.
The woman who tried to bite Folani's fingers...I kind of think got kind of crazed by the battle and then seeing a Bajoran when she woke up. I don't think she was in her right mind.
I think that Daro doesn't give a lot of thought to the influence he has in certain quarters--it took a Bajoran to remind him that he could use it here. In a lot of ways, I think he could get along very well with AU Dukat, though I think Daro thinks a bit more with his head and AU Dukat thinks a bit more with his heart. (Doesn't mean they each don't have what the other one is strongest in, though.)
And you are so right. SO right about being Speros' prisoner. It's not good.
Date: 14 Dec 2009 18:14 Title: Chapter Nine
Dang! I like "the Good Glinn" even more! :D
I'm so glad you like him. :-)
Man, there is so, SO much more about him I am just positively bursting to tell, and I still can't! It's driving me CRAZY!!!!
Date: 15 Oct 2009 11:56 Title: Chapter Nine
Woah... Daro's got one major set of huevos... But then again, whatever the mystery stuff he is known for is, it must have been bad. Must have required similarly sized nuts.
This is so exciting! I'm hooked!
Next chapter! Now!
Well, there'll eventually be an answer to the "mystery stuff"...the question is, who considers it bad and who considers it good? ;-)
And yes, it took him a LOT of courage--especially considering Cardassians have a hierarchical instinct that makes them feel even more instinctively compelled to obey authority than what we humans feel.
Date: 26 Feb 2009 12:48 Title: Chapter Nine
Fascinating piece! Finally caught up; it doesn't feel quite as breathless as a true battle, but the imagery in the beginning was powerful, and the covert ops made me grin. The ending line is a bit of a kick in the gut, too; a very creepy kick in the gut, I might add.
The battle has definitely not hit full intensity yet; it's going to be a series of engagements that form into a big picture--but the pace is definitely going to pick up. I'm a couple of chapters ahead in my writing, and it's definitely going to move faster.
And glad I managed to creep you out! I'll be interested to see how you react when I submit the next part...probably on Sunday. (It'll only be half a chapter over at TrekBBS; I'm only going to post here when I have the full chapter.)
Date: 01 Feb 2009 23:12 Title: Chapter Nine
An amazing exercise in world-building. You flesh out the Cardassian culture in ways that are just mind-blowing. People who read this will probably never look at that culture or those people the same way again.
Thanks! I'm very glad you enjoy the perspective. If I manage to do the Cardassians even half the service that Diane Duane did the Romulans, or John M. Ford the Klingons, back in the TOS days, I'll be happy. :-)
(Ahh...and as to why I phrase it that way--it has to do with the Cardassian way of saying, "Thank you." You say, Pakar malin çada, which is, You do a service, to which the proper response is, Tihadpet rouk--It's only duty.)