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Hawk's Fight with Buck

 

        (Alternative version of the fight scene from "Time of the Hawk")

 

by

Teresa Spanics

 

 

 

I am excited to be able to post Teresa's story.  Her vision of the Buck Rogers universe contains not just takes on what we were presented in the series, but extends into the what could have been...... 

As good as "Time of the Hawk" was, there were some things that were not resolved.  First and foremost was the issue of what happened to Koori's body.   It would have been Hawk's duty to take care of her, as any of us who truly care for someone would want to do.   And then the fight itself.  While it was well choreographed, it was too simply resolved.  The Llamajuna stopping it was too easy, almost a cop-out.   Teresa handles this 'what if' with sensitivity, delving into the psyche of a creature suddenly bereft of all that he has held dear and cherished, and thrown in with those he had been raised to hate and fear. 

Anyway, here is "Hawk's Fight with Buck".............

 

 

 

Chapter One

 

Hawk held Koori’s lifeless body in his arms for what seemed to be forever.  All their hopes and dreams of living the rest of their lives together, raising healthy children and even being grandparents gone in a matter of minutes.  Hawk kept his head against Koori’s neck, hoping futilely that somehow she would come back from the dead. 

After a long while, it became cruelly real to Hawk that Koori was indeed dead.  Her body was already becoming icy cold to the touch.  He would soon be forced to take Koori’s body back for burial in the Valley of Eagles to lie beside her parents and the rest of their flock.  Gently gathering up her body, Hawk made his way out of the old mystic’s cave.  

Before Hawk left, the Llamajuna placed a hand on Hawk’s arm.  “I am sorry for your loss.  You must understand that the spark of Koori’s existence was about to leave her body just as she entered my cave.  The flesh of her body was already beyond my power to help and I was cradling her spirit as it strained to leave this existence.  Koori was living in spirit and realized that her continued existence would only be an illusion.  She knew that she would never be as she once was.  To be able to run with you, Hawk, fly with you, hold you in her arms or bear your children.”  

With tears in his eyes, Hawk placed his head against Koori’s and said to the Llamajuna.  “Living in spirit, she and I would be together, but also apart.  Koori would not have wanted me to suffer through the rest of my life with that fate.  I understand that now.”  

“You are right in that both of you would have suffered,” said the Llamajuna sadly.  

“You took away her pain in her last moments.” With a tear stained face, Hawk said to the Llamajuna at the cave’s entrance. “Thank you for trying to save her, Elder.”  

The old man could only bow his head as he could see Hawk’s intense grief in his face.  Standing to one side, the mystic let Hawk pass and watched the last of the bird people of Throm leave his cave with his mate’s body wrapped in her cloak.  

Buck had been sitting on a rock, waiting, praying and hoping that they had gotten Koori help in time.  He had gone back inside just in time to hear Koori speak her last words to Hawk before going limp in his arms and saw the birdman put his head against her chest and watched only a minute as Hawk began sobbing heartbrokenly.  Leaving Hawk to be alone with his grief, Buck quietly turned around and left.  

Glancing up from where he was sitting, Buck saw Hawk coming down the path to the mystic’s cave with Koori in his arms.  The limp way her head lay against Hawk’s shoulder told Buck that all their combined efforts had been in vain.  He had hoped Koori would survive her wound, but it was not to be.   She had lost too much blood to live.  Buck realized right then and there that he had seen Koori die in Hawk’s arms.

“Hawk …,” began Buck.  

“She died in my arms, human, if that satisfies you!” Hawk snarled at Buck as he went past, not seeing the look of pain in Buck’s face as the human quietly offered up a prayer to whoever was listening that Koori’s soul would be allowed to rest in peace.  

Buck wisely kept his mouth shut.  It was clear that any offer of consolation from him would not be welcomed by Hawk, and could very easily result in him getting either a punch in the face or worse.  The look on Hawk’s face clearly showed that he and Koori had shared a deep and profound love and the loss of that was heartbreaking to see.  

As he watched Hawk gently carried his beloved mate away from him, Buck felt a hand on his shoulder and turned to see the Llamajuna standing beside him.  The old man followed Hawk with his eyes as the birdman walked away from the cave and then turned his attention back to Buck.  

“You must go after him.  You and him have unfinished business,” said the elder quietly.  

“I know, Llamajuna.  I just wish that we could have gotten Koori medical attention in time.  I am partly to blame for what happened to her,” replied Buck.  

“You had no foreknowledge that the talons of Hawk’s ship would pierce the hull of your ship and that Koori would be injured as a result.  You must not blame yourself for the events that you could not know would happen,” softly said the Llamajuna as Buck turned to him in surprise.  

“How did you …?” asked a stunned Buck.  

“I have many ways of knowing things,” explained the Llamajuna.  “You must understand that Koori’s body was already beyond my power to help.   I was cradling her spirit as it strained to leave this existence just long enough for her to make the decision whether to continue as she was or leave this world behind.  Koori chose to leave Hawk rather than continue an existence that would not allow her to be as she once was.  For her to continue to be in this world, she would exist in a state of illusion that would have only brought sorrow for both of them.”  

“Llamajuna, if we had gotten medical attention for Koori a day sooner, would she have lived?” Buck asked softly.  

“That is a question that only the universe itself can answer. All that I know is that when it is one’s time to leave this existence, there is nothing that can be done to prevent one’s passing.  Be comforted in that it was an honorable thing for you to do you to at least tried to save her,” replied the Llamajuna.  

“I understand now.  Thank you, Llamajuna,” Buck sadly replied.

 

 

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