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Memorial - Not a rock, I'm just Ruth
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Memorial
It's Veteran's Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada and it seemed a good time to dust off this old fic again.

AFTER THE PEACE: MEMORIAL by Ruth
DISCLAIMERS: Gundam wing isn't mine and the idea of this universe isn't mine either, it's Ashura's.
RATING: G
WARNINGS: AU, Angst, OC's POV, Endless Waltz never happened, the world embraces Relena Peacecraft's view, but is such a peace all it's cracked up to be?
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Hello, David Lyons. My name is Dorothy Sterling, but most people call me Dot. I thought I'd come and spend some time with you. You looked lonely. It's a nice place isn't it? Green and quiet, a little too quiet I think. It's not politically correct to come here any more, so only silly old fools like me come I guess. Don't mind me, I'm just going to do some tidying up.

Hmm, you were nineteen in After Colony 195. My son Jamie was nineteen as well. He was listed as Missing In Action. He was delivering supplies to the Moon Base Mobile Doll Manufacturing plant when his convoy disappeared. A lot of convoys disappeared back then. They say the Gundam Deathscythe attacked them. It usually didn't leave survivors.

It's hard David. Ow! That weed was in tight. I lost his father right at the beginning of the war. Adric died at New Edwards. I tried to talk Jamie into staying out of it, but everyone was mad to get into space and avenge the colonial attacks on Earth. I suppose if I'd really been his mother instead of only his stepmother he might have listened. I might just be rationalizing, I've been told I do that a lot.

Well, you can read your name again and see the etching of Mt. Rainier on your stone. Now, let me get a border around here by cutting the turf. I miss them both. I was so lucky in having a second marriage. When I lost my first husband, with my daughter Kathleen being just a baby, I thought I would always be alone. Then, I met Adric. All he asked of me was that I be someone he wanted to grow old with, and I was glad to do that. I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

Anyway, I wonder what's happened to your family? Following the Queen's advice, I suspect, that forgetting things is the way to peace. Destroy all weapons and forget them, cast out all warriors and forget them. Obviously, she's never lost anyone or she'd know how utterly stupid that advice is. There. I've got to get a few things from my car, but I'll be right back.

There we are. That old spigot is so hard to turn, but I'll give your stone a good scrub after I finish this. Sand first, that should keep the weeds back. Now, a border of marble chips, that's pretty. Now, I put that scrub brush . . . oh, there it is.

Now, there, that's much better. And here's a nice flag and some flowers. I see you've got a couple of friends here - Thomas and Nathaniel.

The circus is going to be here for another two weeks, maybe next week I'll bring Kathleen and we can get your friends tidied too.

Why am I here? I don't have a grave for my Jamie and Adric's family was old and proud and have him buried in a family cemetery where common riffraff like me aren't allowed. So, when the circus stops I come to a place like this and find someone like you. And by taking care of you, I'm taking care of him. Where ever he is. Rationalizing again, I guess.

Good-bye, David. Thank you for listening. I hope your family remembers you again.

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okaasan59 From: okaasan59 Date: November 12th, 2003 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
This was lovely. I especially enjoyed this part:

Following the Queen's advice, I suspect, that forgetting things is the way to peace. Destroy all weapons and forget them, cast out all warriors and forget them. Obviously, she's never lost anyone or she'd know how utterly stupid that advice is.

It reminds me that no matter how one feels about war and conflict, we should never denigrade or forget those who serve to protect us. My son's school had a Veteran's Day program and I attended with my father, who is a Vietnam vet. Of course, I got all teary-eyed.

Thanks for sharing this with us.
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