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FIC: The Cook's Tale (Valiant Tales)

Title: The Cook's Tale
Series: Valiant Tales
Rating: G
Characters:
The Master (Simm), other characters
Genre: drabble
Spoilers: Minor spoilers for The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords.
Summary: A series of drabbles about the people who lived, worked, and suffered on the Valiant during the Year That Never Was.  100 words according to MS Word.
Disclaimer: The sandbox belongs to RTD and the BBC. I'm just playing here, in the corner, making little sand-TARDISs.

A/N: Thanks to garpu  and several non-LJ friends (Pam, Luke, and Lois) for "Catholic-picking" this story.


 

We pray not to be noticed.  I’m a second shift cook; Carmela’s a food service tech.  Except for guards, we never see anyone from the upper decks.  We don’t wear our rings at work – hygiene regs – now, we hide them always.  Satan hungers to destroy love, and That Man is his servant. 

Soon, there can be no hiding.  Carmela’s getting bigger.  I pray to Our Lord and His Mother, and every saint I know.  Time speeds by.  Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Calamity. 

Carmela smiles at me.  “Another saint for our prayers, querido.  The patron of kitchen workers – Martha.”


Comments

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kaffyr
Sep. 29th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Ah, the first one to show a flicker, a tiny flicker, of hope. As all of these have been, this one is exquisitely rendered.
lindenharp
Sep. 29th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Thank you. After several tales of bleakness and pain, I needed to show someone taking comfort in love and faith.
golden_orange
Sep. 29th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
I've just caught up with this series, and I love them all. But I love how you manage to subtly summon hope in this one, just through alluding to what happened on the 'anniversary of the Calamity'.
lindenharp
Sep. 29th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
Thanks. I wanted to indicate that -- although the narrator and his wife don't know it -- the Master's overthrow will happen before he has a chance to discover that there's a pregnant human on board.

Oh, and Carmela has just informed me that the baby is a girl, and will be named Marta.
golden_orange
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:10 am (UTC)
Awww, lovely... :-)
crabby_lioness
Sep. 29th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
Lovely.
lindenharp
Sep. 29th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
hab318princess
Sep. 29th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
At first I get hopeful, and then I remember time reverses!
Bittersweet!

Thankfully your comments indicate that the little one makes it after all!
golden_orange
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:10 am (UTC)
Of course, time only reverses for those outside the Valiant, so those inside it - including the little one - will be okay.
hab318princess
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
Yep, didn't think of that whilst reading!

Phew!
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