A/N: Thanks for the review recieved from the last moment. These are not necessarily in order so here is a moment that could've happened shortly after Twenty-six was hatched and before Karl found the boat. Keep in mind that I liked the Karl from the min-series and the David from the regular series, so those are the kind of characters I'll be using in my Dinotopia fanfictions. Please send in your reviews to tell me if you liked these moments or not and if I should continue.Life Partners


Karl's POV

They make me watch a dinosaur egg, fine. They make me name her and feed her once she hatches, I can live with that. But I can't take responsibility for a baby dinosaur! I'm getting out of here, and I can't take her with me.

She's rocking back and forth in her wooden crib, only hours after hatching. Her scales are a rosy colored pink and her eyes are big and black like a puppy's. Alright I admit it, she's cute in that baby animal kind of way. But that doesn't change anything.

The fire was warm and dim and watching Twenty-six rock back and forth... it's making… me… sleepy…

"Karl?"

I jump up and turn to see Rosemary with a tray of "food."

"Oh, hey."

"Tired?"

"Exhausted."

"Well, then you should go to bed."

"I can?"

"Of course. Your life partner has fallen asleep, she'll be fine."

"Oh… um, alright."

"Here, I thought you may be hungry. It's almost time for breakfast and you did not eat much yesterday."

"Thanks," I said and took the tray. It was more vegetables. Lettuce… some tomato… was that hay? No, just some weird squash stuff. My stomach growled in annoyance from being empty so long. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers.

Digging in, I sat back down and watched Rosemary crouch down beside the crib. "She's beautiful, isn't she?"

"Uh, sure?"

Rosemary gave me a look. I coughed, "I mean, yeah… I guess."

"You don't think she's beautiful?"

What was she playing? "Of course she's beautiful. I just mean… well she's as beautiful as a dinosaur can get."

"Would you care to explain what that means?" Rosemary asked lightly. I stood up.

"I don't know. What do you want me to say?"

"I don't want you to say anything. I just simply asked you a question."

"Yeah, well I get your game Rosemary. Everything you say has some deep elaborate meaning behind it like you're some female Yoda. I agree that she's beautiful!"

"Ssh, you'll wake her."

"What do you want from me? I'm not staying in Dinotopia. I named her, I fed her, I watched her hatch just like you wanted. But I'm no parent! I can't look after a baby dinosaur if I'm not going to be here."

Rosemary stood up then, her eyes locking on mine. It was a tad bit weird, like she was my principal or something.

"Do you really want to leave so badly?"

"Yes! I want to go home! What part of that don't you understand?"

"I don't understand your continual motive to want to run away. You are here and you've been given a charge and a responsibility. The doors have been closed behind you yet you seem to want to keep banging on them and ignore the pathway ahead of you."

"What, a path in Dinotopia? A path with her?" I pointed at Twenty-six's sleeping form.

"Yes."

I shook my head. "That's not what I had planned to do with my life. I didn't want to be a father. I don't even know I can."

"Life rarely allows us to do what we have planned. We can only react to what we are given. You have been given her responsibility, her care. Show that you are not afraid. Do not continue to run from what you have received."

I looked down at my feet and kicked a stone out of the way. Rosemary sighed and walked past me. "I suggest getting some sleep."

"Yeah, sure," I answered, but I wasn't really paying attention. Instead I crouched down by Twenty-six's crib. Gently brushing over her scales, I heard her give a little sneeze. She was beautiful.