Author: FelsGoddess Title: Fire and Ice Timeframe: Beyond the Saga Characters: Fel family and a handful of others Summary: Little bits from various points in the Fel family's life. Notes: Written for the [link=http://boards.theforce.net/fan_fiction_resource/b10304/30936933/p1/?17]Ultimate Drabble Challenge 5.[/link] Winner of Best Canon, Best Drama, Best Action and Best Canon Interpretation, Male in the 2010 Beyond Fan Fic Awards. Week One 1. Doctor The look on the doctor?s face said it all. His son was dead. His third child had died. Chak had been shot. He was losing blood too fast. Soontir knew it. He knew he would die before the doctor could look at him. The doctor, Soontir couldn?t recall his name, clapped a hand on his shoulder. The doctor uttered the words Soontir had to hear. Chak was dead. He?d lost too much blood. There was nothing anyone could do to save him. He died heroically, they said. Soontir couldn?t hear it. He was dead, gone. He was never coming home. 2. Companion She was always there during times of sorrow. These times were far too frequent in the Fel household. She sat on the bench by the tree in the corner garden. Two stones already marked the spot; a third would join soon. Soontir sat next to his wife, his companion, and wrapped an arm around her. Her eyes were dry; cried out. They were both holding up each other. Without the other, they would fall. Syal slipped off the bench to sit on the ground. Soontir followed, not wanting to be out of her reach. He needed her, and she him. 3. Time It had been far too long since the last time the Fel family was together. Davin and Cherith?s deaths were so close together, and Jagged had gone off to fight a war. He had returned from his current fight for the funeral. The broken family sat around a once necessary large dining room table. Now it seemed too large, too empty. Once, the table had been crowded. Meals were loud, boisterous at times. Davin and Chak was talk about their feats at the Academy with Jagged hanging on to every word. Cherith would tell Wynssa, and Cem stories. Too long. 4. Space Space was cold and unforgiving, yet gave comfort and freedom. Soontir rarely flew any more. He had taken his old TIE fighter after the funeral into space. He needed to see the stars; feel again. He?d left Syal with her remaining children. She found no solace in space. Soontir flipped the TIE through a serious of maneuvers, pleased he was still perfect. He looked out his cockpit at the vastness of the universe. Somewhere out there the remains of his Davin, his Cherith floated. He wanted to see them again one day. He hoped to tell them he was sorry. 5. Dimensions Soontir didn?t believe in alternate realities or universes. He was content thinking that his life mattered here and now. An alternate reality suggested his life was a game and he was some pawn. He preferred controlling his destiny. Only at moments like this did he wish it were different. In his alternate dimension, all six of his children were alive and well. They had families, careers. They were happy. Davin, Cherith and Chak all enjoyed the life taken from them. Jagged had the woman he loved with no complications. Wynssa sought out the wonders she dreamed of. Cem was free.