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To All My Mothers On Trill

Posted on Mon Sep 10th, 2018 @ 9:45pm by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kaya
Edited on Mon Sep 10th, 2018 @ 9:47pm

“{{ I’nora, ja’kala }},” Kaya began her message to her mothers. She waved her fingers at the camera and sent a warm smile.

There was no homesickness in the traditional Trill invocation. Home is hard to define, said the old song, until you’ve left it behind. The longer her voyages, the more interesting her adventures, the more important bits of home seemed to be. She’d been in Starfleet six years now; she’d never understood home better.

The young Trill slid her chair back, put her feet up, and prodded around in a bowl of noodles, looking for any remaining chunks of veg. She was alone for the while, her bunkmates on duty, and she herself not due for her first shift until the next day. Thus, as promised, a letter home.

“So that’s the holidays done. Off Bajor and aboard the USS Firebird,” she reported, mouth full. “I know, I know, two days is hardly a holiday, but it was something. Picked up some of the hasperat sauce you like, {{ Aso’tei }}, but couldn’t track down any of that damask. Next time.”

“Firebird is a small ship, smallest I’ve been on yet. Met the commander. He’s got a bit of a reputation, but I’m going to wait and see. Bitty boat like this, everyone’s going to be in everyone’s business. Benefit of the doubt given and gained, eh?”

She grinned again, a smile for her mothers for when they received her transmission later. Bajor was only 40-some hours to Trill on a quick vessel. Sub-space was almost instantaneous - a much nicer turnaround than her previous tour in Sector 10026. It’d felt like they were drifting in the cold empty dark.

“Chief of Engineering is {{ zhian }}. Do we know a Nema? Sounds familiar. She’s my CO, so rather sure we’ll bump into one another. Maybe they’ll know our {{ Tariyl’tem }}. Will let you know.”

Kaya’s mother Aso’s brother Tell was host to the symbiot Tariyl. A great honor for their family. She turned the sticks around in her fingers, thinking of what else to tell them, comfortable with the silence.

“Oh, came aboard with a detachment of marines,” she said after a bit. “They’re permanent, what I hear. Which makes sense considering everything. Can’t say I’m thrilled, {{ hah-dey-zhi }}. Mostly human from what I can tell? Think I saw a Bajoran in the mix. Eh, but that’s Starfleet. And before I hear from you, {{ Juna’tei }}, I’ll give them a chance but don’t blame me if I end up in the brig.”

“Shouldn’t complain though. Firebird is a choice billet, everybody says so. I’m lucky. Can’t wait to get my hands on the bio-neural circuitry on this kit. It’s going to be wild.”

Kaya continued on this way until her new bunkmates returned from their shift. She blew her moms a kiss, signed off, and hit send. First night aboard and they ought to get to know each other.

“Alright, you lot,” she said in greeting, “Any of you ever listen to Khol? It’s from Betazed and it’s going to blow your minds.”


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Tags: Asa, Juna, Tell Tariyl, Khol


Comments (2)

By Lieutenant JG Murril Na on Tue Sep 11th, 2018 @ 12:22am

This tale gives the audience the impression that yes, it IS a short communication meant for old family/friends behind the scenes. The tone fits, and it manages to mention current characters without stepping on toes.

I'm curious what the bracketed words indicate. (and their significance within Kaya's circle of family/friends)

By Petty Officer 3rd Class Kaya on Tue Sep 11th, 2018 @ 8:22am

Oh yeah, I was nerding out on the Trill language and using curly kids to indicate Trill.

- I'nora j'kala is a phrase that appears at the beginning of almost all in-language Trill interactions in DS9, so I'm surmising it's a traditional greeting/invocation.

- Aso and Juna are the names of Kaya's mothers, so I thought adding a suffix to indicate they are respected loved ones would be fun. 'tei for women, 'tem for men.

- zhian and many variations on zhian (zhian'tara, zhian'tani, etc) are used frequently to refer to the joining ceremony, so I thought that zhian could be the Trill word for a joined pair.

- hah-day-zhi is a mild expletive I made up based on what seems to be Ezri Dax's dialect.