By: Lisa AKA FireStar

July 04, 2006

Disclaimer: Star Trek in all its forms belongs to the corporations and others. No profit will be made by this fan fiction by others or me. It may not be bought or sold. This is just for our enjoyment and to tie up loose ends that drove me crazy.

Summary: This takes place after the Enterprise episode called Carbon Creek It may be considered AU as I played with the names of some of the characters. It will indirectly tie into the IDIC Series. What happened to Mestral after first contact? This is his story.

Authors Notes: Thoughts or Telepathy

Archive: Selek yes if you want it. Anyone else sure just let me know where it is.

Rating: NC-17

Return to Carbon Creek

Part One (Bonding) NC-17

Mestral walked along the mountain trail. He shivered with the cold but kept moving. Soon he would be at the temple. He had visited here a year ago and found the monks to be good honest men. In his Four years on Earth, he had seen the best and worst of humanity and he was still fascinated by them. He shivered and kept moving. Soon it would all be over and the monks would burry his body and no one would know that a visitor from an otherworld came to visit. He would leave his journals and observations to be picked up by the next science team. He had to leave Carbon Creek before the need to bond with Maggie became overwhelming. He knew he wanted her for his bond-mate but he would not subject her to Vulcan passion. He shuttered as he recalled his first Ponn Farr .His bond-mate was T' Jin and they had been friends. Yet, when the fires came, he had been brutal and he had hurt her. He still could see the look of betrayal on her face. Soon after, she had joined the Adapts and Gol. Their bond had been broken and he had time to find an other. For a while he had considered T' Mir but he had not said anything because in the end he could not bear to have an other friend look at him as if he was a monster. He stumbled against the door. A young Adept came running out. He called for assistance and Mestral was carried in unconscious.

Maggie Cochrane put her foot to the floor. She had no idea why she was in such a hurry to get out of town. Ever since Zephraim had graduated college, she had been edgy. Maybe it was the fact that she had seen him again, Mestral, the first man she had feelings for in years.

She still recalled how he and T' Mir had wondered into town one day lost and confused. She could see them so clearly in her mind's eye. There was trepidation and curiosity in their faces as they sought out assistance. A pride and almost noble bearing in both of them that screamed privilege and power. Yet, Mestral had gambled to buy groceries and they had taken simple jobs to pay their way. Maggie had known that T'Mir did not approve of her being friends with Mestral.

At first, she had thought it was because she was divorced or because the woman had designs on him for herself. However, as time went on, she realized it was not that but rather that for some reason T'Mir had actually been trying to protect her from something.

She had actually grown to like T' Mir despite her almost coldly logical approach. She had been delighted to watch Zephraim sit down and study with her.

T'Mir had spent her few free hours helping her son study physics and mathematics. She had encouraged him to dream of new ideas and supported him in his theories. Actually all three of them had done this. The other companion the one they nicknamed Curly had helped her son build a glider for his science project. Mestral had helped him create the design and T'Mir had worked out the math and physics to help him explain why his modifications would fly better then standard gliders. She smiled as she remembered the shock on the teachers / judges faces at the county science fair when a poor boy from Carbon Creek out shined the best and brightest from the private academies in the city. He had won first place and an additional 250-dollar scholarship.

She then remembered that they had left one day as quickly as they had come. She also remembered the jar full of money she had found. It had paid for the first year of school and Zephraim had gotten a full academic scholarship the next year. She had to stop and get out a moment. She shivered and took a drink from her thermos. She shivered and climbed back in the car. Then every month an envelope would appear with money in it. It was usually 50 to 100 dollars with a typed note addressed to her telling her to use the funds for her son's education. At first, she had thought perhaps the money was coming from her Ex-husband but the sheriff had looked into that for her and she found out Hank was in Prison and had been for the last 15 years. There was no way he had been sending funds her way.

Then there was the day of her accident. She been driving home from Carson City when a delivery trucks breaks went out .It has forced her off the road and she had slammed into a tree. Mestral and several others had been on the bus coming home from the mines when the crash had occurred. She had been rushed to the hospital unconscious and near death. She did not remember any of this but Joe and Pete had told her how distraught Mestral was. He had paced and looked devastated when the doctors had come out and said there was nothing they cold do. They had said that they should call Zephraim home to say good-bye because she would not live the night. Mestral had left then and returned latter cleaned up and he waited. Joe and Pete and their wives had also come back to wait because they were her friends and had not wanted her to die alone. Pete and Patty had left to pick up her son from the bus. Mestral had sent the others to get dinner preferring to wait at the hospital. Here she had vague distant memories of Mestral coming to her room and taking her hand in his. She remembered him running a device over her body and then placing his hands on her temples. She been lost in deep fog unable to find her way back from the abyss. She had been walking toward a light until she heard his voice call her. He called her in a language she did not know at first so she stopped curious. Then understanding flooded her and she saw him holding his hand out desperately to her.

"Attend Margaret. " He had demanded. "Come back to me."

He had never demanded anything of her and was always being kind and gentle taking care of her needs. The fierce desire and longing she saw in his eyes drew her back. Maggie had taken his hand and been pulled back to conciseness by his will alone. She had woken to find him holding her hand and tears running down his face. He never showed emotion so it touched her deeply.

"I thought I had lost you." He said as he knelt at her bedside. "OH Maggie I could not bear that."

He had stayed until the others came back and the doctors called it a miracle. Maggie however knew she been healed by Mestral. When she tried to speak to him about it, he simply said, "Miracles are illogical and I am no god to heal you. Though I wish I could have spared you the pain."

A week after she left the hospital he had said goodbye. "I must leave Maggie. I …I cannot stay here. I will return but for now I have family business to attend to."

She had been crushed but let him go thinking he had not wanted her. She cried for a month. Then the envelops had began to arrive.

She wondered then where the money was coming from until one day an Air Force Officer had arrived to ask many questions about the comet that had crashed several years ago. Instinctively she knew that she could not and should not answer the questions. He had wanted to know if any strangers had been in the area. Pete had laughed and said no. That it was just the same old gang. She had played host at the hotel for a week while the Air Force searched the area. She could see their frustration when they left. Shortly after that she moved into town not wanting to be so easily found.

Now three months latter she was heading after Mestral. She shook knowing he needed her and she had to find him. She had no idea how she knew where he was heading but she knew. She pulled up to the temple and sighed. She climbed out and wrapped her coat around her tightly. She entered the sanctuary and went to the alter lighting a candle and incense.

She knelt at the alter and prayed for a chance to see him again. She loved Mestral and she was terrified she would lose him. Pride meant nothing if he was lost to her. She looked up and saw a priest.

"Why are you here child?" He asked.

She swallowed hard. "A friend of mine, he may have come through here. I…Mestral I fear he may be ill. I thought to pray I feared I would not find him in time."

The priest looked at her. Maggie felt as if he was measuring her very soul.

"Come with me Maggie."

She gasped and stumbled after him wondering how he knew her name. They entered his office. He faced her. "You are right Mestral is very ill. We can do nothing for him."

She blanched and paled. "Oh God No." She almost collapsed from those words "I have to see him."

"I can not allow that. He made me promise to keep you away."

"What! I am his friend. I will not abandon him. Where is he?" She said fiercely. "Take me to him now."

"Do not misunderstand, he wishes to protect you."

"What! I will not leave him alone. We need to get him to a hospital."

The priest took a breath. "A hospital could not help him and would likely do more harm then good." He went to Maggie's side. "He saved your life and you feel you owe him. He said you might think this way. Nevertheless, he wants you to go and be happy. He knows you care but if you go to him you endanger yourself."

"Why? Is he contagious?"

The priest smiled. "Not to us, to you perhaps. "He took her hand and helped her to a chair. He looked away and weighed his options. His promise to Mestral against the anguish and need in this young woman's face. He saw the tell tale signs of fever. Mestral was wrong she was suffering the Ponn Far "Maggie Mestral is …. He is not as we are. He is different. He is sick because of a fever his kind suffers ever seven years."

She looked at him not understanding. "How can this harm me?"

"Mestral is not human Maggie. He is a different species. He must mate or die."

Maggie swallowed hard. Suddenly so much made sense." The comet. No, it was a ship. A space rocket ….a ship of some sort?"

"Yes, Mestral stayed when his fellow officers returned home. He is your friend and does not wish to harm you. He ….He is afraid he would force himself on you. He is not rational Maggie. He is barely able to refrain from harming us when we set food and water in."

"He has to make love or die? Then why did he not come to me? I would never refuse him. I love him." She was anguished.

"He knows this but because he is out of control he fears he would harm you. If you resisted even a little…Maggie he was afraid he would rape you or worse. He cares to deeply to risk that. Soon it will be over and we will burry him with honor. He would want you to leave. He wants to protect you."

"No….No damn it take me to him now."

"He will take you Maggie and we can not interfere or he would kill us and perhaps you. Be certain because once this starts it will last a week or more." The priest knew Mestral would be angry when he came out of the fever and he knew it was the only chance his friend had. He also knew that Maggie needed Mestral as much. She was now fevered her nostrils flared. "Take me to my mate." She demanded in Vulcan.

The priest started but nodded because it was clear Maggie had made her choice.

He started and led her to his rooms. He worried but knew that Maggie would tear the place apart to find him. He opened the cell door and Maggie entered the room. She saw him curled on the ground in agony. She stripped off her clothing and went to his side. Dropping her knees, she touched his fevered flesh. "Mestral beloved I am here."

He rolled over and was staring at her. His eyes fevered and she froze. He was wild and his hair was back off his ears. She saw them for the first time and swallowed hard. "Mestral?"

He began to stalk her and she backed away instinctively afraid even as she looked him over and swallowed hard. He was the most beautiful man she had ever seen.

"Maggie?" He whispered. He turned away "Go….Please Go…Safe… You …no safe here."

She went to him and wrapped her arms around him. She suddenly felt his fear, need, and his desire to protect her from this madness. "Mestral help me….I burn." She said in his language not knowing how she knew it. She slipped around him and held him. He shook for a moment and then dragged her to him. She felt herself pushed against the wall and with no warning, he drove into her.

Maggie gasped in shock and relief. She was on fire and only he could ease the burning. Her fingers dug into his neck and back as she cried out for him. Time lost meaning as they battled for release.

An hour latter he held her panting. His eyes seemed clearer as he looked at her.

"Maggie I am sorry." He said shuttering rolling her beneath him once more. "I did not wish this for you."

"Take me now." She demanded meeting him. "Oh God more." She cried. "Mestral I need you."

Mestral felt her climax and followed her over. He was shocked when her lips fond his and she kissed him with passion. More please. He heard her cry in his mind.

I need you. I love you Mestral

He surged and kissed her with passion. She was his and he was never letting her go. He looked down on this human and knew he would never leave her again. Mine He said as he bit her shoulder marking her as his mate. His hands found her temples and he completed the bond. Maggie gasped as she felt his mind claim hers even as his body took hers. You are mine. She heard words in Vulcan but she could only feel, as their minds became one.

Hours latter, she lay in his arms exhausted and sated, as she never had been. She stoked his smooth chest. "I love you. You should not have left me."

"I wanted to keep you safe." He said stroking her hair. "I hurt you."

She smiled and he felt it. "I am sore but Mestral it was worth the bruises. I love you and if you need me that way, I am honored to serve your need. I do not know what makes you different and I do not care you are the man I want and need."

He rolled so he could look into her eyes as she stroked his ears. "Maggie I am not a man. I am not human."

"I figured that part out. But I would say you are hardly a little green man."

He cocked a brow, as she giggled. "I am sorry I could not resist."

"I do not understand? What does size have to do with anything?"

Maggie roared with laughter. 'Trust me Mestral size matters. "She had tears in her eyes she was laughing so hard. "Oh I love you so." She stroked his face wanting a lifetime to learn him.

"Then you will be my wife?"

She froze. She could see he looked vulnerable and afraid she would reject him.

"I would be honored to be your wife." She said, "Is it allowed?"

He looked at her "I am dead to my people Maggie. I can never go home. I chose to stay here on Earth with you. I would spend my life with you."

She swallowed hard" Then I will marry you." She said as he kissed her.

"I am honored Maggie." He felt the fever begin again and he looked at her apologetically. She smiled as she drew him to her.

"Oh God this is to good." She said, "Who would have thought we would have the honeymoon first?"

"What is a honeymoon?" He asked but before she could answer, the fires burned once more.

Then neither spoke as the flames claimed them once more. Maggie's last thought was she would explain latter.

Part Two (Making it Legal)

Three days latter, the couple emerged.

Mestral bowed to the chief abbot. "Thank you for your help."

The priest bowed. "I hope you do not mind my interference?"

"No we did not mind it." Maggie said blushing. "You saved our lives."

"I am gratified that you chose to help us. "Mestral said. "I would ask for one more thing."

"I come to serve." The priest said smiling. He had learned that phase and found it fitted many occasions. It would become a standard phrase for his order in the years to come.

Mestral nodded appreciating his formality. "I would ask that you marry us."

"Is this yours wish as well Margaret?"

"Yes Father it is. Mestral is my soul mate. I could not have found him otherwise." Maggie said. "I would be honored to call him my husband."

"Then we will marry you. Come we must secure the proper documents. Brother Jung will fill out the medical papers for you. He is a physician and will certify you are both in good health. Fortunately we have our own clinic here so there will be no questions regarding blood tests. You will however need to obtain the forms."

Maggie blushed. "We can get them in town. Thank you Father Wang."

"We are all God's creatures Margaret. Mestral has been a good friend to our monastery so we are pleased to assist him in his walk."

Maggie nodded "We can head into town now Father. Is there anything you or the temple may need?"

"I shall prepare a list. May Brother Jung travel with you?"

"Yes, of course." Maggie said, "We will be happy to help."

Twenty minutes later Maggie, Mestral and Brother Jung were driving into the local town. They drove in silence and Maggie considered the way here life had changed. Just a week ago, she had been so afraid and alone. Maggie had been content with her life if not happy, however she had been lonely. Now she felt complete in a way she never had been before. She could feel Mestral's love for her and his need. He was in her heart and in her mind and it completed her in a way she could not define. She looked over and watched Mestral watching the scenery with fascination and awe. Her mate was completely fascinated by the snow.

Mestral sensed Maggie's question. "We do not have snow in my homeland."

"Snow looks lovely but it is cold. I just hope we can get to town and back before it snows more." Maggie looked out and the sun was shining warm. She thought today was perfect for shopping and for the wedding.

They drove in to city hall and Maggie parked in the main lot.

Brother Jung looked at the couple. "I shall walk to the grocer and gather our supplies. "

"It does not appear to be busy at this time. Our securing the permit to marry should go smoothly." Mestral said.

"I shall be pleased to attend your joining." Brother Jung said He stepped away and bowed. "I shall leave you for now."

They bowed to the priest and walked inside. Maggie hoped that they would not have a difficulty obtaining the papers. As expected, they were waited on almost immediately.

"Good Morning Folks. I am Jo Anne How may I help you today?" The clerk asked.

Mestral walked up. "We would like the proper documents to get married."

'Well then let's get you folks ready to go. We can do that. Are you folks planning to move to town?"

"No ma'am we are just passing through." Maggie said, "My husband to be has a friend at the temple who will marry us."

The woman's friendly smiled faded. "I see. So you are with those heathens up on the mountain?"

Maggie smile faded. Mestral looked at Jo Anne "The documents Jo Anne? I do not believe our religious views prevent us from bonding?"

"You do not even call it marriage." The woman scowled clearly not approving.

"May we have the papers?" Maggie said, "As Mestral said we are simply passing through."

The clerk frowned and pulled out the papers. "You will need a blood test. Doc Hellmann is on First Street. Let me write down his address and phone number." She seemed to recall she should be doing her job.

"That will not be necessary we just need the papers." Mestral said. "We have arranged for the blood tests to be done."

Joanne gave the couple a dirty look and handed them the forms. "That will be twenty dollars."

Mestral reached into his pocket and removed several bills. He handed them to the clerk. Maggie took the papers.

"Good day to you." Jo Anne said.

"Peace and long life." Mestral responded

Mestral turned and walked out and Maggie followed him. She was not pleased with the rudeness of the clerk.

"Mestral I am sorry." Maggie said embarrassed at the clerk's attitude.

"Why do you apologize it was not you who showed a lack of respect."

"I am still ashamed." She said. Mestral turned and looked into her eyes. "I am not offended as offence is an emotion."

Maggie smiled "I see so you can not feel offence?"

"Maggie I do not feel." Mestral said, "Vulcan's do not display emotions"

She smiled "Of course not. Come let us find Brother Jung."

The couple walked to the local grocery store. As they approached, they saw several men surrounding the monk.

"Hey Jack look at this guy. He is wearing a dress."

"If you will excuse me please." Brother Jung said, "I am meeting some associates."

"Well we do mind Freak. We do not want your kind here. This is an American Community." An other said

"I do not want trouble. I am just here for supplies." Brother Jung said He tried to move away. He knew he could not fight them all without injuring someone.

He was suddenly pushed. He stumbled back. "If you will excuse me. "he said

"There ain't no excuse for you boy." An other said.

"Hit him Tommy."

Tommy hit the priest and he buckled. "I do not believe in violence."

"To bad we do. Maybe blooding you up will get you all to leave." Jack said as he struck Brother Jung.

The Priest fell to his knees. He was gasping fro breath.

"Please step aside from Brother Jung and refrain form further violent acts." Mestral said softly.

The men spun around. "What is it to you?"

"Brother Jung is my friend." Mestral said simply.

"Well ain't that sweet. Well we are not interested in what you want."

Maggie moved forward while Mestral distracted the attackers. She helped Brother Jung to his feet.

"Are you injured?"

"I will recover." He said

Just then, one of the men saw her and said. "Hey little girl what are you doing?"

"I am helping this priest. I think you broke his ribs."

Tommy laughed. "He is not a priest. Do not tell me you are with him."

"Fine I won't. Come Brother we need to get you back to the monastery and temple." Maggie said "You need those injuries attended to."

"What is a nice White girl like you doing hanging around these gooks?"

Maggie stiffened. "I find they have honor and manners something you fine white boys lack."

Tommy backhanded Maggie. She hit the ground. Tommy was about to hit her again when he found his hand being help immobile.

"I do not believe in the use of violence. You will not be allowed to harm my mate or friend further. I have three times your muscle mass so fighting me would not be advisable. While I do not believe in attacking, I will defend my mate and myself. I will give you this single warning when I would be within my rights to break you."

Maggie looked up and saw the simmering anger in Mestral's eyes. He was fighting for control. Maggie knew that the human was not going to listen but before she could warn him, Tommy struck out.

Mestral simply stepped away and tossed Tommy away like he was a fly. Jack and the others attacked him and he merely stepped out of the way and dodged their blows. He caught Jack and shoved him into a truck.

"Violence is not a logical use of time and energy." Mestral said. He offered his hand to Maggie and helped pull her to her feet.

Jack grabbed a baseball bat from the truck and attacked Mestral. He swung the bat at his head. Mestral ducked and struck out hitting him in him the gut. The blow robbed jack of the ability to breath for a moment. He coughed and gasped trying to draw air into his lungs.

"Maggie Help Brother Jung to the transport."

"Mestral what about the supplies." Maggie asked

"We will retrieve them latter. If we must, we will purchase supplies from the next town. The safety of Brother Jung must be our priority."

"Alright, come brother I will help you into the car." Maggie said

"I wonder if the proprietor of this establishment will appreciate the lose of revenue from the purchases made the temple?" Mestral said calmly.

He followed Maggie keeping himself between his mate and danger.

"This is not over. You will regret this."

"We will be going now." Mestral said, "We have no desire to continue this conflict."

He left and they drove back to the temple and monastery.

"I have arranged for the supplies to be delivered." Brother Jung said, "I feared such a confrontation was inevitable."

"Why are they so violent?" Maggie asked.

"They fear we will try to change their religious views."

"That would not be logical? I have not seen your order preaching?" Mestral said

"We do not. We welcome those who visit but we do not seek converts." Brother Jung said" We merely wish to worship, serve and meditate."

"Logic has nothing to do with fear." Maggie said, "They are so absorbed in their own views that any differing view is seen as a threat."

"Why? Change is a logical progression of any species."

"Mestral humans are still to close to the trees." Maggie said

"I do not understand your reference Maggie? There is no definitive proof humans evolved from primates." Mestral said

Maggie laughed. "We may not have evolved from apes but we sometimes act worse then animals."

"Yes, this is true. Yet, humans have a great deal of potential. I shall enjoy watching that potential evolve."

Maggie grinned. "Mestral it is a good thing I love you or I would be offended."

He looked at her not understanding what she meant. Brother Jung chuckled and was grateful for the alien's sense of dry humor. He had no idea it was meant literally.

Part 3(Wounds)

They pulled into the temple grounds and Mestral helped the injured priest to the infirmary.

"Is there an other doctor here to treat your injuries?" Mestral asked.

"Brother Zan has some skills he was a medic in Korea. " Brother Jung said" Perhaps you should inform Father Wang to what has occurred.

"I will go get him." Maggie said she left Mestral carrying the injured priest inside. She found the head of the monastery and they returned.

"I just spoke with Mr. Larson he will send the supplies out with his brother Pete this evening. Brother Zan will attend your injuries. Can you write?"

"I will sign their papers Father. My hand was not injured." Brother Jung said, "I am eager to see them wed."

Maggie laughed, "I see and why is that Brother?"

He raised a brow and smiled. "Because the parents of a child should be married."

Maggie's jaw dropped.

"I am not saying you are parents yet but given his fever…"

Maggie turned a bright red and Mestral a dark green. Both Priests laughed clearly enjoying the couple's discomfort.

Maggie wondered if it had been wise to be so honest with the priest even if he was their doctor. She frowned as she suddenly had a thought. Stopping so abruptly she almost stumbles as she made several swift mental calculations of her own. "Uh oh." She said. Was it even possible? Mestral had green blood. She looked at her bond-mate and sighed. Well they would have to wait and see. She might not have to worry after all she been married six years and never had one child. Maybe it would not be an issue for them. Maggie was saddened at the thought of not having a child with Mestral. She loved him and knew he would make a very good father to any child they had. She knew adoption was out because of her divorce and her age and the fact that he could never pass a physical. She was no longer young at 30 she be considered to old to adopt. She loved her son but the fact was he was Hank's and her sisters not hers. She had married Hank only for the baby and back then thought they could make it work for him. Yet Hank had run off and she been left with Zephraim. One of the reasons she never pushed for support was the fear that he would seek to take her son. She loved him and was his mother despite not giving birth to him. She had stayed alone and worked hard rather then risk him being taken away.

Mestral caught that last stray thought and looked at his bond-mate "Maggie I am 75 of your years old."

"So I guess it was you who robbed the cradle." Brother Jung said jokingly. "Come over here so I can fill out the papers. You will want to have them ready for the ceremony tomorrow."

Maggie blushed and was willing to admit at least to herself she wanted this marriage more then the first. She just hoped her son would arrive in time to witness it. She knew he liked Mestral and would be disappointed to miss the ceremony.

"I believe he will arrive in time. He would not wish to miss so important a day." Mestral said

Maggie smiled. "Maybe I should go see if I can help Brother Hung in the kitchen. " She excused herself so that they could work on brother Jung injuries.


"Sheriff I am telling you he attacked us." Tom said. "He tossed me and Jack around like we were nothing."

The Sheriff sighed these three were always causing trouble but, he had to check out their story.

"Alright Tom I will go talk to them." He said rising off the desk, he was sitting on. "Doc will they be alright?"

"Yes Matt they will be. They are only bruised. No worse then they would have gotten at Casey's on a Friday Night."

"Doc what do you mean. I hurt all over and my wrist is broke. He crushed it!'

"Tom that is impossible and you know it. You must have jammed it when you fell and it is only a slight break it will heal in a few weeks."

"I want him arrested Sheriff." Tom demanded. "I can not work now."

The doctor looked at him with disgust. "Well maybe you should not have been so insulting to his lady. I have to tell you Tom I would have flattened you myself if you insulted Sara that way."

Tom looked at him and said," No body asked you doc."

The Sheriff rose and decided he had to hear both sides of the story. He was not going to arrest someone on those three words alone. He was also concerned that the Priest might have been injured.


Brother Jung sighed with relief as Mestral used the bone knitter to heal his ribs. "You must take it easy for a few days but within a week you will be healed."

"Thank you Mestral." He said "I hesitate to bring this up…I know I teased you earlier but is it possible for you and Maggie to have a child?"

Mestral looked at him and turned a deep shade of Green. "I do not honestly know. I believe conception might be possible but I do not know if such a child could survive. Why?"

"Because…Maggie seems…Pensive. She is young enough to still bear children."

"I am uncertain if it is possible. In truth, I do not understand much about your species physiology. "

'Then maybe you need to study my medical texts. While they are not the most modern, available they will help you understand us better. Did you not say your specialty was Xeo biology?"

"Yes, I was also a healer on my world. I know something about engineering though I am not a specialist in it as Xon was. I have some understanding of Warp Mechanics, it was rated as my secondary specialty but Biology, and Medicine has always been my field of choice. I could not resist staying and learning more. Your people fascinate me. I have learned much during my stay here."

Brother Jung smiled. "Your techniques of meditation have helped us as well. I believe it has been mutually beneficial."

Mestral nodded accepting this statement. He liked the monks they accepted him and allowed him time to learn of Earth is a safe environment. While here, he had mastered four earth languages and could now read six others. It had been a productive time. His work in the local oil fields had allowed him to send funds to Maggie weekly. Living here meant he needed little and the remaining funds he had not needed had helped support his place here. He was however certain that they would be returning to Carbon Creek. It was a much safer place for Maggie. Here she would be looked down on. He also missed Carbon Creek it was home as far as anywhere on Earth could be home. He knew he could find work once more in the mines or he could open a business. He had also managed to obtain documents so he could teach if he desired. That option was one of the most appealing to him. He wondered what the High command would think if they knew, he was considering teaching the humans better ways to learn math and physics.