Hawk's Fight with Buck
(Alternative Scene from "Time of the Hawk")
burying Koori, a plan had formed of getting Rogers to kill him in a fight
so he and Koori could be together again. Rather than having to take a
sharp piece of rock and use it to slit his own throat, a fight to the
death would allow Hawk a better way to defy the humans' 'Galactic Court'. It was just a matter of arranging the location.
walked away from Rogers knowing full well that he would follow.
Getting to the top of the cliffs would be the easy part while the
hard part would be engaging Rogers in a fight to the death.
The fight would involve Hawk somehow getting Rogers to push him
over the edge of the cliff to fall on the rocks below.
Rogers had shown that he had some honor for a human.
Hawk felt that Rogers would give him a decent burial if he asked
him to and make sure he was buried beside Koori.
followed Hawk up to the cliff top as a sickening thought came to him.
Hawk was going to use him to commit suicide.
Having Buck murder him was the only other option Hawk felt would
allow him to die. That Hawk felt that all humans were soulless killers and
would feel no remorse for their actions saddened Buck.
at the top of the cliffs, Buck's mind began working in overdrive.
He had to think of a way to stop Hawk from dying.
Buck could understand how Hawk felt in that there was nothing left
in this world worth hanging onto. The
big question was how to convince Hawk that there was a reason to live and
not to die.
gazed out over the Valley of Eagles.
The familiar beauty of the rugged cliffs with the intermingling of
vegetation was not lost on him. It
seemed fitting that he would be allowed to view what had once been a happy
home to his people one last time. Hawk
turned to look at Rogers who was standing off to one side watching him
carefully. It would hopefully
be the last time he would speak to him.
have only one request, human. You
have shown me that you have enough honor to grant my request," Hawk
said in a calm voice. "Will you grant it?"
what is it?" asked Buck, uneasy at the sound of Hawk's too calm
you kill me in battle, bury me next to my mate, Koori.
... I have already
made a marker. ... You have
seen how we are buried so that should not be a problem." Hawk stated
in a quiet voice as he threw Rogers his cloak.
do what you ask, if it becomes necessary." Buck told him as he caught
the cloak and put it to one side, realizing that there was no way he could
talk Hawk out of killing himself and using him to do it.
you." Hawk murmured as he took a deep breath to mentally prepare
himself for the coming battle.
you think we are little too high up?" asked Buck, hoping to stall for
is my home. ...
This is where I was born ... and this is where I will die."
Hawk replied, giving no sign of the coldness he felt starting to spread
through his body.
forced himself not to shed any tears as the cold he had been feeling
seemed to envelope him like an icy cloak.
The realization that death was close at hand was frightening, but
the fact he would soon be able to go to his beloved Koori allowed Hawk to
push that fear aside.
looked around hoping there was something he could throw at Hawk to knock
him off his feet. Anything
that would stop Hawk's suicide attempt, unfortunately there was nothing
nearby that he could use.
started to approach Rogers carefully.
He didn't want Rogers to fall to his death, but he also didn't want
him to get away. As much as
Hawk hated humans, he didn't want the instrument of his death to die
before his own death.
he slowly moved away from Hawk, Buck felt the ground beneath one foot give
slightly. Buck found himself
near the ledge and there was a hairline fracture running along a large
section. It was obvious that
anyone putting their full weight on that ledge would wind up at the bottom
of the cliff.
Hawk. .... There is something
you should know about this cliff. The
ledge is going to give way," cautioned Buck.
words startled Hawk, but didn't surprise him.
It was clear that he was mistaken to believe Rogers had any honor.
Hawk's anger and grief came boiling to the surface.
don't believe you." Hawk yelled furiously. "I thought you had honor.
That you would fight me in fair combat, not try to shirk a battle.
It is clear to me that you humans have no stomach for hand to hand
fighting, but rather use weapons to kill at a distance."
I'm telling you ..." Buck began.
human, you are dead." Hawk hissed as he lunged at Buck.
backed away from the ledge as Hawk came at him. Hawk moved to the edge of the cliff to charge at Rogers again
when the ledge shuddered beneath him.
Hawk was surprised at the sudden change of events when the ledge
groaned, peeled away from the rock face and then gave way taking him with
mixed with rock and vegetation came crashing down the cliff.
Hawk found himself being battered from side to side like a piece of
wood going over a small waterfall. When
the dust finally settled, Hawk was too stunned to move at first as he laid
among what was left of the cliff face and ledge.
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