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Interview with T'Ash
about his tattoo
Robin: Hey, T'Ash, I didn't know you had a tattoo.
T'Ash: (smirking) You thought you knew everything about me. Ha!
Robin: (in a small voice) ha ha. (clearing her throat) Tell me
about your tattoo.
T'Ash: (raising an eyebrow: You've never heard how the vengeance
stalk marks one?
Robin: Uh, no.
T'Ash: It does.
Robin: Do tell.
T'Ash: (staring off into the distance at the starship Nuada's
Sword): The tattoo is a matter of Flair, of psi power. I believe it first developed
on the generation ships. (He shrugs). You can research that better than I, you
are more interested in it than I.
Robin: I 'spose. It was sorta sprung on me.
T'Ash: Now you know how being manipulated feels like.
Robin: Tell me more about the tattoo.
T'Ash: When a person formally dedicates themself to the vengence
stalk, the tattoo appears, stinging, on the body. Mine is black and red. It is
an aspect of the god Arawn, god of vengence. He holds a heart, which means he
holds the heart of the one who has sworn revenge. The heart is not then available
to give to a mate until the stalk is done.
T'Ash: Is that all?
Robin: Um, so, uh, you had it on the vengence stalk.
T'Ash: Didn't I just say so?
T'Ash: (scowling and looking away, mutters) It also showed up
when I went berserk, during the fights with the gangs in HeartMate. No one saw
it, but it burned on my arm. I think. I did not look. I was fighting.
Robin: Of course.
T'Ash: I have never felt it since. Never gone berserk since.
I will not do so again. (glaring at Robin) Right?
Robin (too heartily): Of course you won't. You got a happily
ever after ending and will continue to have one.
T'Ash (narrowing his eyes): I think I see that you have something
bad in my future. (putting his hand on his blazer sheathed at his hip). You'd
better not hurt my Family.
Robin (licking her lips): Uh, well, you wouldn't want things
TOO perfect, would you?
Robin: Oh. Well, I may have, uh, an idea, but you will all survive.
After a dirty look, T'Ash stalks away.