Review – Some Assembly Required

Review – Some Assembly Required

Background

There had been enough somber stories in the Star Trek: Enterprise fanfiction Daranaean arc, so I wanted something a lot more lighthearted. After having written Temptation, I then added the Christmas story, Some Assembly Required, which takes place not too long afterwards.

Plot

Review – Some Assembly Required
Some Assembly Required

It’s the holidays, and the Enterprise has exchanged gifts with the most prominent Daranaean family. For the little alien children, it’s three boxes of toys. Little Seppa, in particular, is excited to not only play with the new toys (particularly with her half-sister, Minna, who is nearly the same age as her), but also to thank Captain Archer and Commander Reed. It’s Reed who selected the toys.

But things are off, and Seppa begins to cry. Why? The toys all seem to be broken, and she is afraid that the adults will get angry with her, and will blame her for that. As a third caste Daranaean female, whose mother is dead and father is in the prison, she knows she has very little status. Even at age four, she realizes that her comfortable existence is facilitated by people who could just as easily throw her out on the streets. She knows how lucky she truly is.

Review – Some Assembly Required
Daranaean Writing

In the meantime, the Daranaeans have sent a large serving platter, and they all signed their names to it. And they imparted a new saying, ‘We have a new saying on Daranaea: When human friends come, happiness is sure to follow.’

 

Although Seppa and the other children play together, and learn together, there is still some separation. The story ends on a wistful note, as Seppa gazes longingly at images of Earth, dreaming of visiting someday.

Review – Some Assembly Required
Starfleet HQ (Seppa’s jigsaw puzzle)

Story Postings

Rating

The story is rated K.

Upshot

I liked the family feel of this one and, as always, language matters when it comes to the Daranaeans. When Trinning refers to Dratha respectfully, it’s a sign of huge progress. When Seppa is comforted and included, it’s another positive sign. Things are changing.

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