Trance entered Engineering to find Harper working on the Communications system.
"Harper!" Trance shouted, happy to see that he was alright.
"Uh, hi Trance." Her joy fell when she heard the tone of his voice. He's still upset about Purple Trance.
"We thought something had happened to you." "No." He replied, as he continued working on the console. "That blast just fried a few circuits in Andromeda's communications system. They'll be OK in,… one more,…THERE! Done."
"Harper, I'm sorry. I know that you're mad at me for helping her do this, but it had to be done. She had to be the one to do this. It was the only way that everything could possibly work out for the best."
"Work out for the best?" How can everything work out for the best with her..."
Harper is unable to finish. Instead he wrapped his arms around Trance and cried. He no longer cared if it made him look weak, or less of a man. "I loved her, I really did, and I don't even know if she truly realized how much I cared for her."
"She knows Harper. You told her in the Briefing room. She also knew long before that."
"Trance. I'm sorry. It's just that right now, … I'm all mixed up inside. I love you, but at the same time, I'm mad at you for letting this happen."
"Harper, there's something that I need to tell you. When Becka returns, my purple twin will be..."
"Trance," Andromeda's hologram said as she appeared. "The Maru has just boarded. Report to the Docking bay. Medical Emergency!"
"We're on our way!" Harper said.
When they reached the Docking bay where the Maru had docked, Becka was carrying Purple Trance's motionless body down the boarding ramp.
"She needs to get to Medical!" Becka said.
"No." Golden Trance replied.
Becka looked at Golden Trance totally stunned.
"What do you mean no?" Becka and Harper both ask.
"I mean it's too late for that."
"How can you tell that?" Becka asked. "You haven't even scanned her body."
"You can't just do nothing Trance." Harper pleaded. "Please. Help her."
"I didn't say I wouldn't help her Harper." Golden Trance said. "Only that it was too late for Medical treatment."
"What can you do?" Harper asked.
"How can you help her?" Becka inquired.
"Becka." Golden Trance said. "I need you to leave the Hangar bay."
"I'm not leaving her"
"Becka you can't stay here while I do this. It would kill you."
"Oh,… And I suppose Harper is immune?" Harper being immune to anything was almost funny.
"Yes he is. Maybe."
"Maybe? Uh,… maybe I better leave too." Harper said. "You know, just to be on the safe side."
"I can't save her without you Harper, but there is a chance that if we fail, we will all three die. Are you willing to risk your own life to save hers and mine?"
"Yes, but what about the World ship? What if it attacks while we're doing this? I might be needed in Engineering."
"The World ship exploded the moment the black hole was destroyed." Becka said. "Apparently the will of the Abyss was what held that massive ship together. Without him, it and all the swarm ships exploded into a million pieces."
"Becka." Golden Trance pleaded. "Please leave now. We don't have much time."
"I'm sorry. Good luck Shorty." Becka said as she patted the top of Harper's head and exited the Docking bay.
"What do I have to do?" Harper asked.
"Take her hand."
Harper kneeled down next to his Purple Pixie, and took her still hand in his.
"Harper," Golden Trance said. "Do you love both of us? It's very important. You need to be truthful, not only to me, but also to yourself. If we begin this, and your feelings are only for one, we will all three die."
Harper didn't even need to think about his answer.
"I love you both Trance. I always will, and I will do anything to save her"
"Harper, there is a price to pay for what we are about to do." Golden Trance said, as she began to glow brightly.
"I don't care. I'll pay anything., give anything, and do anything to have her back."
"Would you give your mortal life to save her?"
"Very well. Let's begin."
"Wait! What do I do?"
"Just continue holding on to her hand no matter what happens. Concentrate on the love you have for her,… for me,… for us."
Harper held Purple Trance's hand a bit tighter.
"OK. I'm ready." He said.
Golden Trance returned to her star form. The heat radiating from her was almost too much for Harper to bare. He always liked getting a tan on the beach, but he was sure that this close proximity to Trance's true form would leave him with a nasty burn. He could feel the hairs on his arms begin to singe. Much more and He could say goodbye to his spiky hair. It felt like he was being cooked alive. He knew he had to let go or he would soon be consumed by the heat, but he refused to. He loved her,… them too much. If he had to die so that they could live, so be it. Just when he thought that he would pass out from the heat, he was suddenly refreshed. He no longer felt the extreme heat emanating from Golden Trance. Instead, he now felt cool and relaxed. This somewhat confused the Engineer, because he still saw the tiny star in front of him that was Golden Trance. At this time a fiery tendril came forth from her star. Harper didn't move away, although he knew he probably should. He had to believe that Trance wouldn't do anything that would physically harm him. He loved her, and he was pretty sure she felt the same. The tendril touched Harper's free hand. He expected it to burn, but instead of it being painful, it felt soothing. He heard Golden Trance's voice in his head. "You have passed the test Harper. We are almost done"
The star then hovered over top of Purple Trance and slowly descended upon her. Soon her star totally engulfed Purple Trance's body. Harper watched as the flames began to die down . They seemed to be seeping into Purple Trance's body. Soon there was no more flames, and no more star. Harper held even more tightly onto Trance's hand and began to pray to God, or as Rev referred to him, the Divine.
Purple Trance was in a dark place. It seemed to be without form. There was no light and no color. She was cold, alone, and terrified. The only thing that gave her comfort was that she had destroyed the Abyss, and thereby protected her friends. But she had no idea that she would wind up in a place like this. She fell to her knees and began to cry. She was unsure how long she had been crying when she finally felt a change in her surroundings. It was getting warmer. She lifted up her head thinking to see only the familiar darkness all around her, but instead she saw a light. It was a bright and magnificent light, and it was headed toward her. As it neared her, she was able to finally see her surroundings. She wasn't sure if they had changed with the presence of this new light, or if they had always been there, for all around her she could now see a paradise. There were flowers of countless varieties, trees that reached the clouds, and a beautiful waterfall creating a rainbow that reached from one side of the stream to the other. As the source of the light came closer she recognized it. It was her Golden twin. The star descended in front of her and took on it's humanoid form.
"It's time for you to return to the land of the living Sister."
"I wasn't sure if you would make it in time." Purple Trance said. "Or if you would come at all."
"Come now Trance." Golden Trance said. "You should know me better than that. After all, I'm you."
"Yes, but you are my future self." Purple Trance replied. "Things can change. People can change. You know me better than I know you, because you know what you were. I on the other hand do not know what I may or may not become."
"I may have changed colors Trance, but I'm still basically the same as you. There's no way I could not come after you."
"You realize that when we return we will be one."
"Yes. I know." Golden Trance said.
"Does Harper know?"
"I told him that we both had to pay a price, but I didn't tell him what that would mean for me."
"And for him?"
"He said he would do or give anything to have you back."
"He doesn't know what he has given up yet?"
"No. There wasn't time to go through all the details."
"I hope he won't he upset." Purple Trance said.
"Are you ready?"
Golden Trance changed to her star form, as Purple Trance walks into the midst of the flames. Soon the image of the Purple Pixie is gone and all that remains is the star. The star ascends back up toward the sky, returning the way it came.
As Harper set on the deck next to Trance, he began talking to her, telling her of his love for her and all the things they will do and places they will go after she gets better.
"Please Trance, just come back to me"
Trance opened her eyes and saw Harper next to her. She also felt his hand holding hers.
"I love you Seamus Harper."
"Trance!" Harper shouted. "You're alive!" Harper was absolutely glowing.
"Of course I'm alive silly. What did you expect?"
"Well,… I,…I didn't know if it would work or not. I thought I might have done something wrong"
"You didn't do anything wrong Harper. You did everything right."
Harper lifted her up off of the cold deck and held her tightly in his arms.
"Don't ever do anything like that again. OK?"
"OK." Trance said as she wrapped her arms around him.
"I'm here." Trance said
"No. I mean the other you. The future you."
"She's here. We're here. The only way to save me was for her life force to merge with mine. Mine had almost weakened to the point that it would have been too late. I couldn't have done it without you Harper."
"So both of you now occupy the same body?"
"It's not really that weird Harper. We are the same person, and the timeline that she came from now no longer exists. We were bending some cosmic laws by both of us being here at the same time. By us merging, everything will be OK."
"Do you have her memories?"
"Only from the point of her changing places with me till the recent events. The things that happened in the future are gone for us now, Since it will never have happened."
"I was just getting used to having two of you around." Harper sighed.
"I'll bet you were." Trance said, as her tail slapped him on the back of his head.
"Hey! You've got your tail back!"
"Yippee! I hadn't counted on that."
"I'm glad you got your tail back, but that doesn't mean you have to keep hitting me with it."
"Oops." Trance said. Her tail had been wagging side to side, accidentally hitting Harper on the head some more. "Sorry."
"That's OK Trance. Um,… Trance I was wondering. Golden Trance basically had to give up her individuality to save you, right?"
"I'm just wondering what I lost. She asked me if I would be willing to give my mortal life, and I said yes, but I'm still alive."
"I don't know Harper." Trance said, suppressing a light giggle. "Do you feel any different?"
"No not really. Wait. Actually I do feel different. I feel great. In fact I've never felt better. I've never felt happier or healthier."
"Maybe you lost your bad health." Trance suggested.
"I'm not that lucky Trance."
"Well you do appear to be glowing." Trance said. "Almost as much as my future self used to."
"I'm just so happy Trance. That's all."
"Come on let's get out of here and tell everyone you're OK. I'll let you explain to them about how you and Goldie Joined and everything. This was almost too weird for me Trance. I don't think I could take much more weirdness."
"OK. I'll explain to them. Let's go."
Trance and Harper wrapped their arms around each other, as they left the Docking bay. Behind them, two tailswaved back and forth, Trance's purple one, and Harper's golden one.
"By the way Harper. I love your ears."
I've edited this, seperated the paragraphs, and seperated it into several chapters, in hopes of making it more enjoyable and easier to read.
Please let me know if you like it.
If you do then Read the Sequel, CHANGE IS GOLDEN