Hawk's Fight with Buck
(Alternative Scene from "Time of the Hawk")
was exhausted, and though he knew he would have to start digging Koori's
grave, he also knew it was almost nightfall and he feared not giving Koori
a proper burial. Instead, he
carried Koori's body to where the statue of Make-Make stood and laid her
down beside it. Hawk made
another nest in front of the statue and also made sure Koori's cloak was
wrapped firmly around her before laying her in it.
in front of his people's god, Hawk looked up at Make-Make and hoped his
god would hear his plea. "Make-Make,
I had vowed to kill humans in retribution for my people's deaths.
I have done so. Now ...now, I ask for one thing ... in return.
I ask ... for death. My
mate is gone. I ... I can't ... live without her. Please ... let me die."
bowed his head. He could only
hope that Make-Make would answer his plea in his dreams.
There was nothing else Hawk could do except lay down beside Koori
and rest. Hawk laid down and
gently cuddled Koori's body to his. It
would be another long night for him, a long, lonely night.
had watched Hawk from a distance. From
where he was, he could see what had been a thriving community.
Buck could only guess at the way of life that Hawk and his people
had led before humans had come in and destroyed everything and everyone.
level of destruction looked more and more like a group of vandals had come
in and destroyed everything just for the sake of destroying and for cruel
fun. That innocents had been
here made it all the more horrifying.
He had found a mass burial site and guessed that it had to be
Hawk's people buried there. The
varying lengths of the graves could only give a suggestion of the varying
ages of each individual inside.
Whoever had been responsible for the deaths of Hawk's people, they
had spared no one, neither young nor old.
Only Hawk and Koori had been left alive.
had made another camp close enough to keep an eye on Hawk, but again far
enough away to avoid a confrontation.
The next day, he knew that the both of them would have to meet
again. Buck feared that if he
did not bring Hawk in soon, the Galactic Court would send someone else to
get Hawk, and that person would not understand the reason behind Hawk's
became clear to Buck why Hawk felt and acted the way he did.
As far as Hawk was concerned, humans cared for no one and nothing
else but themselves, and the mass grave was proof of that.
sun had not yet risen when Hawk woke up.
The cold light of dawn matched the coldness Hawk was feeling in his
heart. The time to say
goodbye to Koori had come, but Hawk could not force himself to get up. There had been no dreams last night. His god, Make-Make, had not yet answered his prayer.
Hawk stayed where he was beside Koori, hoping that he would fall
back to sleep and the answer to his prayer would come to him.
first rays of the morning sun shone over the cliffs and fell on the statue
of Make-Make and the two bird people.
Hawk looked at the rising sun and realized that there was no
denying his duty to his dead beloved.
A shuddering sob shook Hawk as he got to his knees and gently
scooped up Koori's body. Slowly
and carefully, Hawk carried Koori to the burial site of their people where
they both had worked together to bury their dead.
had used Warhawk's talons, his ship, to dig the mass grave before he and
Koori carried each body into the pit.
Standing near the site, Hawk's painful memories were of the days it
took to bury all their friends and family members, and now another searing
memory was to be added to the site. A
memory of grief, guilt and heartbreaking loss.
Koori to one side and putting his gloves on, Hawk began digging Koori's
grave with his hands. The
ground was already loose as it was only a month before when the mass grave
was dug. Once the shallow
grave was finished, Hawk gathered ferns for Koori's body to rest on.
Then gently, Hawk picked up Koori and lowered her into her grave.
Once she was inside, Hawk made sure that Koori's cloak was wrapped
around her and she was surrounded by soft ferns.
by the grave, Hawk removed his gloves and, with tears running down his
face, held Koori's head gently between his hands.
The time he first met Koori came to him as did the day when he
asked her to be his mate. Their
passionate wedding night when they both declared their love for one
another and fell asleep in each others arms in the Soaring Place where all
new mates go to bond for life. Pain
filled him as the last words Koori said to him before dying came back.
kissed Koori on the lips and told her, "I'll be soon with you, my
covering up her face with a corner of her cloak, Hawk put his gloves back
on and gathered the rocks that had been piled up nearby and began placing
them carefully over Koori's body. Once
the last one was in place, Hawk began creating two markers with Koori's
name and his name on each. With the markers complete and after wiping his
eyes, Hawk placed Koori's behind her head and his next to it and sat back
on his knees.
walked up quietly and stood at what he hoped was a respectful distance.
It had taken a lot of effort just to walk up to the birdman.
Buck had watched Hawk as he buried Koori and wondered just how he
would take him in. Taking a deep breath, Buck was about to tell him that
he would come with him when Hawk spoke.
least you had the decency to let me bury my mate, Koori," said Hawk
as he got to his feet and turned to face Buck, "You and me have
unfinished business, human."
had thought he had seen and heard someone following him back to the Valley
of Eagles. He suspected that
it had to be Captain Buck Rogers for there was no one else that would dare
come after him. Of course,
Hawk knew why. The human
planned to take him back with him to face the humans' 'Galactic Court'.
Hawk felt no remorse for the killing of humans for he had done it
in retribution for the mass murder of his people.
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