Shadows and Light 1/?

Disclaimer: I do not own the characters of Marcus and Neroon, or anyone else from

Babylon 5.

Authors notes: Rated PG-13 Contains slash: two males in a romantic/sexual (although not explicit) relationship. If this offends you please turn back now.

Not related to either Journey of Love or Through the Darkness Falling

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A Mysterious Destination

Marcus' POV

I was on my way to Valen knows where, I simply had to trust Delenn, although I know of no reason why she wouldn't trust me with the ships manifest and route. Sighing in frustration I proceeded to play the message from Delenn that was sent to my quarters earlier that day.

"Marcus, I know that this is rather abrupt, but I need you to get on the transport ship Excalibur. The captain has been informed about your presence and will be expecting you. Once you get to your destination all will be explained to you. I am sorry to say that I can't tell you anymore than that, except that this mission is extremely important to the continued Minbari-Human relations. It is my hope that this mission can solve the difficulties between the two groups, before any further hostilities arise. I will expect a progress report weekly. Good luck, Marcus."

As the screen went black, I had to fight to keep an exasperated sigh from escaping me yet again. "Well, that explained a whole bloody lot." I had watched the message a total of seven times since it had been sent to me in hopes of finding clues as to what exactly I was going to have to do. Unfortunately I still didn't know where I was going or what I would be doing once I got there. I hated going into situations blind, without the proper preparation.

I was in the process of meditating in an effort to calm my jangling nerves when I realized that we had docked on a planet's surface. As I made my way to the bridge, the Captain gestured to a small complex on screen surrounded by lush greenery.

"This is where you get off, Anla'shok Cole." Captain Hyhoshi explained gesturing to the surface. The planet looked fairly deserted save the small settlement. "Delenn left this for you, to be read once you've settled in here."

"Very well, but where exactly is here?" I asked, not having recognized the planet, after I took the small disk he handed to me.

"Ombrachiaro" Captain Hyhoshi answered. "A small uninhabited planet near Alpha Centauri. Not many people know of its existence due to the ion storm that often surrounds the planet. The storm disrupts sensors, so unless you know what to look for, the planet is near invisible."

"Ah… well than, let's get me settled shall we, my good man." I answered looking at ease with this mysterious turn of events, when in reality I was nothing but. Being stranded on an unknown planet with god knows who else, didn't inspire me with much enthusiasm truth be told. Since there was nothing I could do about my situation now, I simply accepted my fate and went along gracefully.

As I disembarked from the Excalibur carrying a duffle bag, the mysterious disk Delenn sent me, and my pike extended in front of me at the ready, I was walking cautiously awaiting trouble. When I found it however, trouble didn't come in a guise I was expecting. As I was determining the best way to enter the settlement without causing whoever lived there any undue stress, I was swiftly tackled to the ground, leaving me out of breath as I looked up at my mysterious attacker.

"Neroon?" I questioned incredulously, for indeed the warrior lying practically on top of me was Neroon of the Star Riders clan. "What are you doing here?"

"I could ask you the same question." Neroon responded, looking as confused as I was by this latest turn of events.

"Could you get off of me please? This ground isn't the most comfortable." I commented, wiggling underneath him to prove my point.

Neroon quickly stood up, giving me a hand to my feet as I brushed off the dust and dirt clinging to my clothes. As we made our way inside the settlement side by side, I couldn't stop myself from looking at Neroon from the corner of my eye. This was the first time I had seen him since the Denn'sha challenge and then later in the Medlab. Seeing him out in nature, made him look even more imposing and masterful that when he was expertly wielding a pike at my expense. I couldn't look at him for long without feeling a little intimidated so I continued to look ahead of me, taking in my surroundings.

"So are you the only one here?" I asked curiously.

"No. A few of the best warriors from each of the clan are here, and quite a few Anla'shoc as well." Neroon answered, looking surprised that I wasn't aware of this. "Delenn," Neroon continued, practically growling her name. "Said that you would explain the reason for our presence here."

"You knew I would be coming?" I asked.

"Not you specifically, but she did say she would send word with a warrior that would arrive in the next few days." Neroon explained.

"Well, that would be me I guess." I answered uncertainly, fingering the disk Delenn gave me in my pocket. "Delenn gave me a message for when I get settled in, so I hope it will explain all of this."

"Very well, I will meet you in your quarters in half an hour to review the message." Neroon said, as he led me to a door on the far side of the settlement. "I trust that will be enough time for you to freshen up from your trip."

Before I could answer Neroon's question/order he had already turned around and was striding purposefully away.

"I guess it will have to be." I mumbled irritably as I closed the door to my quarters with more force than necessary.