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"Man, if I look at another slide or another microbe - I'm gonna go blind.
I'm not exaggerating either. I can't look at another slide."
"I can't believe what I'm hearing..." Sloan stared in shock at her best
friend as she wearily lifted her head from the microscope she had been
glued to for the past eight hours. "Dr. Ed Tate - is unable - to look - at
another slide?" she asked incredulously as she continued to stare at him
while she rubbed her eyes and blinked several times.
She had to make sure that she wasn't just imagining such a thing, so she
crossed the room to stand in front of Ed as she peered closely at him. She
eyed him like a bug and then leaned on the lab countertop and asked, "Okay,
what gives? You got a hot date or something?"
"I WISH!" Ed snickered. "I'm going blind, I tell ya." He crossed his eyes
and continued, "Although, right now, I'm seeing two of you.." He leaned
toward her and added, "Normally that's not a bad thing at all but today ~ I
think it's a sign."
Sloan snickered back at him, then slapped his arm playfully, and finally
pushed him with one hand while she rolled her eyes and huffed. Ed
immediately responded by scrunching down so he could lay his head upon her
shoulder while he groaned, "I'm seeing double, Sloan. Let's go SOMEWHERE.
Let's DO something..anything but BE HERE..."
He turned his head so he could gaze forlornly into her face. Sloan gazed
back down at him and into his large, chocolate brown eyes and sighed. "Ed,
I have at least another two hours of work to do. I can't just leave! WE
CAN'T. I mean, what would Walter say?"
And with perfect timing, in came Walter - all seriousness and bluster.
"What?! Do you two think you can go home? Are you done? Are all the slides
categorized, organized, scrutinized, digitized, minimized and..oh.." His
voice trailed off as he stared at the two scientists with humor glinting in
his eyes as he yelled, "GO HOME! I've seen enough of you two for one day."
"Go on!" he urged as he made shooing motions with his hands. His brow
furrowed and he, once again, took on his 'man in charge' persona and
ordered, "Go, before I change my mind!"
Sloan and Ed didn't need to be told twice - so they both rushed around to
secure the slides for storage overnight. Once this task was completed,
they grabbed their coats and practically ran out of the lab.
Walter turned to his office and chortled, "They're so easy to please
sometimes." To himself he added, "l'll have to be EXTRA grumpy tomorrow to
make up for this, of course!"
Sloan and Ed raced down the hall until they skidded to an abrupt halt as
they turned to each other and exclaimed, "Tom!"
Ed looked at Sloan while Sloan looked at Ed.
Ed thought out loud, "He wasn't in either of our offices..."
Sloan also thought out loud, "He hasn't been in the lab for at least an
Together they asked, "Where..?"
The disembodied voice of Walter was heard to say, "OUTSIDE. He said he
needed some fresh air awhile ago.... So he's probably still outside
The two scientist shrugged at each other and then took off back down the
hallway ~ full speed ahead ~ as they called out, "Thanks, Walter! See ya
The silence outside was abruptly shattered when they came bursting through
the University doors and into the chill night air. They giggled like two
teenagers as they came to a stop just outside the doors as they were
startled out of their giddiness by the gentle and VERY cold breeze.
"Brrrrrrrr..." they both muttered as they pulled their coats tightly about
them to ward off the chill. Both glanced around and tried to spot Tom but
to no avail.
He was nowhere in sight.
Ed sighed, "Will I EVER see daylight again? I'm beginning to feel like a
vampire or something." He grabbed his neck and began to gurgle as he fought
with his own hand like it was possessed and trying to strangle him.
Sloan's eyes were as wide as her grin as she barked out, "Stop it will
you?!" Ed continued to fight his own hand as Sloan slapped at him and
yelled for him to stop.
Ed abruptly stopped and looked around as he asked, "Hey, man. Where's the
boy wonder? You'd think all this commotion would've brought him around." Ed
glanced sidelong at Sloan and rolled his eyes skyward as he commented,
"Especially..well, YOU know....especially where you're concerned..I mean,
sheez.." His head lolled to the right as he contemplated his dear friend,
"Hey, you know it's true! Don't even try and deny it."
"Eeddd..." she whined. "Pleeeassse don't start.."
"Hey, I'm a big boy, Sloan. I can take it. Honest." The silliness of
moments ago was gone and in its place was a feeling of... Sloan was unsure
how to continue and she didn't want things to turn so serious.
Ed's big, brown, beautiful eyes stared into hers until he smiled gently and
assured her, "Hey, no matter what ~ friends, right?" He glanced away and
blinked rapidly as he pretended to look around for Tom. "Where in the world
is that guy, huh?"
"Ed." Sloan placed her hands on his upper arms and faced him. Her
expression was a mixture of sadness and hope as she smiled slightly,
grasped his arms more firmly and said, "Friends ~ forever. Best friends.
Cherished in my heart ~ ALWAYS."
Ed glanced into her earnest, upturned face and responded glumly, "Yeah. My
heart, too, kiddo. Forever and ever. No matter what." A wistful sigh
escaped him as he fervently wished he could kiss that face and those lips.
He broke the spell and pulled away from her as he turned and stared at the
sky. "Hey, where's a star to wish upon when you need it, huh?"
Sloan replied softly, "That's only the first star of the night, Ed. We're
too late for that..."
"Yeah, sounds like my kind of luck."
Across the breeze came the calm, quiet, and soothing voice of Tom. "You
can still make a wish if you see a falling star. You just have to keep
watching the sky but, eventually, you'll see one."
Wearing his usual black, long wool coat and black clothing, Tom seemed to
unfold out of the darkness. A lone figure in black ~ silent and sleek as a
cat. His eyes seemed to glow like those of a feline, too, as he smoothly
approached the two humans.
Ed leaned close to Sloan's ear and whispered, "Yeah, what was I saying
earlier about feeling like a vampire?"
Sloan elbowed him in the side as she watched Tom approach. She wondered if
he had been watching the starlit sky in hopes, perhaps, of seeing a falling
star and making a wish himself.
It seemed that tonight was a night for wishful thinking....
Ed, on the other hand, wondered if Tom liked the spooky, otherworld-like
persona he portrayed or if it was just something from his Chameleon days or
what.... So he leaned close to Sloan and whispered to her again, "Okay,
does the name Lestat mean anything to you?" He got another elbow in his
side as he groaned out, "Bela Lugosi? Nick Knight? Count Chocula?"
Tom blinked innocently and asked, "Who are they?"
Sloan bit her lower lip and looked up at Ed, eagerly awaiting his answer.
He noticeably slouched as he moaned, "Oh, man....."
Tom just tilted his head and stared curiously at Ed as he waiting patiently
for a full answer. "They're just...character names...from movies and
TV..that's all." Hesitantly Ed asked, "Do you..I mean..did they let
you...have you... You HAVE SEEN movies, haven't you?"
Nonchalantly Tom answered, "Yes, sure." He scrunched his brows together in
concentration and then said, "But I don't remember any of those names...."
Sloan began to snort as she tried to hold back the giggles. Ed whined,
"Now look what you've done, Tom. You made her snort... what next, man?"
Tom looked plaintively at Ed and responded, "I DID NOT make her snort. What
do you mean by 'what next'?"
Sloan held her arms out to both men while she chuckled. Next, she raised
her arms in a motion for them to stop as she yelled, "Boys! Boys! Stop it!"
Tom's eyebrow rose dangerously high as he turned to Ed and asked, "Did she
just call us 'boys'?"
Ed nodded in agreement as his lips formed a tight line. Finally he got out,
"Yes. Yes indeed she did. She called us 'boys'." He sighed heavily as he
thrust his hands into his coat pockets and continued to nod his head in
short bursts up and down.
Sloan sliced the air with her arm and said, "Forget about all that! Let's
just move on, shall we?"
Until that moment, both men had been facing each other as they stood in
front of Sloan. But then, in unison, they turned to stare at her as she
moved forward and put her arm through each of theirs and hugged them both.
Sloan glanced over at Tom and said, "I used the term 'boys' all in good
fun. There was nothing derogatory about it. It's a type of
Tom quietly assured her, "I wasn't offended, Sloan."
"Good." She said with authority as she nodded her head once in approval and
began to walk both men to the parking lot. "Now. WHAT were you doing out
here all this time, Tom Daniels?"
"Oh, I was watching the sky....looking at the stars....contemplating...."
Ed pulled away from the embrace of Sloan's arm and grinned, "Man, you NEVER
cease to amaze me. You mean to tell me that you have been sitting out here
in forty degree temperatures just watching the stars?"
Tom peeked around Sloan to look up at Ed as he replied, "Yes. Why?"
Ed shook his head in disbelief but continued to grin. Finally, he removed
his arm from Sloan's and glanced around her to stare at Tom as he
responded, "Why? Because, man! That just goes to show how different you are
from us regular guys. Come on! YOU! Tom Daniels! Watching the stars? It's
Although Tom was taken aback by this, his only outward response was to
merely blink a few times before he calmly replied, "Well, then..I guess I'm
just weird, Ed. Because.. I WAS just sitting out here watching the stars."
"Sheez. How can a guy compete against you, man? Next you're going to tell
me you were thinking about the old kids poem, 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little
Tom now appeared somewhat embarrassed as he looked at the ground and asked,
"What if I was?"
Ed nodded his head, flung his arm all around and then at Tom as he said,
"Okay. Okay.there you go! There you go, man! Hey! Prove it! Prove you know
the words to 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'! Go ahead. Prove it." Ed was
moving back and forth toward Tom and then away again as he said this for he
was all energy.
Sloan removed her arm from Tom's so she could look directly at him as she
asked in amazement and surprise, "Do you really know it, Tom? I mean, when
would you have learned that? I thought you couldn't remember anything from
Tom gazed calmly back at her and explained, "Oh, it wasn't something from
my childhood." A sad, yet wistful look stole over his face as he recalled,
"I saw the title once and because I've always liked the stars, I wondered
what it was all about...." He tilted his head a little as he tried to find
the right words.
"I just...I LIKED it." His gaze was intent and full of purpose as he
continued to try to find the right words. "The poem was and IS so simple
and yet, so pure and it reflects how I've sometimes felt when I've looked
at the stars." His eyes moved from Sloan to Ed and back to Sloan again. He
wanted them to understand. He NEEDED them to understand.
Hesitantly Ed admitted, "Hey, it's just..I never took you for a
'stargazer', you know?"
Tom eyes were alight as he asked, "What kind of guy DO YOU take me for?"
Ed gave him a lopsided grin and answered truthfully, "Oh, a no nonsense
kind of guy. You know, the kind of guy who has facts and figures to back
him up on everything..."
Tom smiled slightly at the honest response. "Yes, that's me, too."
Ed winked at him and tossed his head with a knowing air, "I KNEW it, man!"
Sloan interrupted them ~ her mind was burning with curiosity and she
needed to know. "So...when did you learn it? The poem?"
Tom glanced up at the sky and decided to go ahead and tell her....tell
THEM. "It was probably fifteen years ago. I was on a test assignment and I
was feeling particularly lonely...alone....and not sure of my future.
Certain things had happened and I had been made VERY aware of how unstable
my life was..how nothing was CONSTANT in my life...."
He stopped to glance at Sloan and then Ed. Both were staring at him with
eyes wide and mouth agape. Allowing so much of his inner-self to be
revealed made him intensely uncomfortable and yet.... His skin prickled in
response to their emotions....And in that one moment of allowing their
feelings to wash over him ~ he became convinced that it would be okay. They
would not betray him. With these two....it would be okay.
So he plunged forth and began, "Being on assignment is a singular
experience. You are given instructions, directions, and information and
then you are sent out on your own to perform your duty. There is minimal
contact with your superiors or even others of your kind.."
He halted - lost in thought. Then he looked to the sky and began again.
"When you are young...being on assignment....is overwhelming sometimes. You
have only yourself to rely on and you have to find ways to overcome the.I
tried many different ways to forget that I was ALONE.... Finally, I found
that I could sit and look to the night sky and feel like I was A PART OF
SOMETHING. Gazing at the stars was a way of.forgetting..that I was alone.
The stars and the night sky gave me a sense of ....something larger than
myself or the humans or my species. It was comforting and it gave me a
sense of something constant in my life. Even when you travel and the
position of the stars change...they are still there....they remain true.
THEY ARE CONSTANT. They never leave you or disappoint you or...."
He smiled self-consciously as he glanced at the two humans who were so
kindly listening to his story... One had changed his life forever and one
was along for the ride. Both, he believed, would remain a part of his life
as long as he could make it so. Both, he believed, would help him in his
quest for something better....for something greater than themselves.
After all, they were no longer ALONE.
Head tilted, eyebrow raised, he asked, "Now, would you like to hear all
the verses of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'?"
Ed had to comment, "There's more than one?"
"Yes, there are several. I know them by...heart."
Sloan was enchanted. Once again, Tom had surprised her. Once again, he had
opened up and given her a precious gift. She smiled broadly as she placed
her arm through his and hugged him closer to her. "I'd love to hear them. I
think I've heard the different verses before but I don't remember them
hardly at all."
Ed grabbed onto Sloan's other arm and glanced over at Tom. "Okay, man. Me,
too. I'm all ears."
So Tom recited all the verses of 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. He didn't
sing but his melodious voice made it seem as if he did.
And when he was done, Ed was heard to say, "Okay. I'll bet five bucks that
you don't know ALL the lyrics to 'The Eensy, Weensy Spider'!"
Tom quietly replied, "I'll take that bet and it's 'The Itsy, Bitsy
**If you would like to know all the verses to these two children
poems/songs ~ go to the following web sites:
May the stars comfort and keep you in their beautiful glow and may they
guide you on your journey forever more.