This was a Christmas Present for Erin, and it refused to end. She asked for a "happy, nothing goes wrong, fluf piece." So, blame her for the sappyness!

Christmas Presents

Cassie Valentine

"Will you stop humming that song?" Harper asked Beka as he came onto the bridge of the Maru. She smiled.

"I can't help it. I'm happy to be going home." she turned at looked at him.

"I mean, I know we were only gone for 3 days, but I miss them."

"And exactly who are "them"? Rev and Trance? Tyr and Rommie? I mean, it couldn't possibly be that kid and that guy. What's their names again?"

"Shut up Harper." she said with a smile as he sauntered of the bridge, laughing.

"You really are dead gone on him aren't you? I mean, you turned down every guy, EVERY GUY in that bar Valentine, weither it was so they could dance with you or buy you a drink, it didn't matter." Harper called from behind some panel.

"So? Maybe I've finally found Mr. Right." Beka said with a smile as she looked over her shoulder at him.

"Right, Mr. Right. You've found Mr. Right. You're a gas Beka, you know that?"

"Hey! It could happen. I mean, you guys didn't see me with a kid any time soon in the future did you?" She watched as he opened his mouth, then shut it again.

"No. I honestly didn't see that one coming, then again, I should have seen the unseeable in your future. You're a walking contradiction."

"I thought that was Trance." Beka replied.

"Either way, it's an interchangeable expression wiht the two of you." Harper stood up and wiped his hands on his cargo pants, the red pair. "Well, that's fixed."

"What did you fix?"

"Never you mind. Trust in the Harper . ." he said.

"The Harper is good." they finished together with a laugh. "I think I've known you too long Seamus."

"Nah, we're just right." he said as he came to stand beside the slip chair.

"Are we there yet?" she shot him a look.

"This is the Maru to Andromeda, we're 15 minutes out and our belly is full. Make some room guys, we're ready to party. Maru out." she said as she closed the channel. "Just about Harper. Now run along and clean up your toys."

"Okay mom!" he said with sarcastic enthusiasim. She just laughed as he left.


"How much longer 'til they get back?"

"14 minutes and 35 seconds." Cassie waited a few minutes.

"Now how long?'

"13 minutes and 57 seconds." Rommie replied.

"And now?"

"13 minutes and 46 seconds." Rommies hologram apeared in front of Cassidie.

"Asking every few minutes will not bring them back faster."

"How do you know?" Cassie asked.

"Trust me." the hologram said with a smile as she walked over to the girl.

"What are you doing?"

"Drawin'." she said, not looking up from her picture, her long hair falling over her face.

"Drawing what?" Cassie stopped and looked at the hologram that was now walking on the table.

"A picture silly!" she said with a smile as she went back to it. Rommie shook her head.

"Of what?"

"It's a surprise." she said as she quickly covered it. "Don't look! It's for you, well, Andromeda, ah . . . the three of you!" she finished quickly. Rommie smiled. She still hadn't gotten the hang of the pronouns for the three of her.

"Don't worry, I won't look and I didn't see anything. Would you like me to go?" she asked.

"No. Just close your eyes and I'll put it away." she said.

"Okay." And Rommie closed her eyes and Cassidie hopped of the chair and ran to Dylans office.

"Hey shorty, what can I do for you?"

"Can you make sure this doesn't get wreaked? It's for the Rommies, but I don't want her to see until it's done."

"Okay, I'll put it in the drawer." he said as he took it from her.

"Thanks Dylan!" she said as she gave him a hug and took off into the other room again.

"Okay, you can look now. Would you like to colour with me?" she asked.

"I'd love to, but I can?t hold onto the crayons. I can send my Avatar down if you like."

"No, it's okay. Would you like to pick the picture?" she asked as she got out a Christmas colouring book.

"Sure!" the little hologram said as she walked over to the other side of the book. "Oh, guess what?"


"They're back!" Rommie said as Cassie's face lit up.

"DYLAN, THEY'RE BACK!" she yelled as she scrambled away from the table and

out the door just as Rommie anounced that to him.

"Where'd she go?" he asked when he got out into the hallway.

"Don't worry, my avatar caught her." holo-Rommie said.

"Oh good. All I need to do is explain to Beka that I lost her. . . ." he said as he took off in a light jog to catch them.