Review – Take Back the Night
Take Back the Night!
Take Back the Night Background
Once The Cure is Worse Than the Disease was posted, readers began asking me about a sequel. Nobody wanted to leave it the way it had been left, which was with Doctor An Nguyen becoming disillusioned and the Daranaeans left to their own devices and sexist ways, with lip service being paid to the Prime Directive.
I decided I wanted a small piece of a revolution, and so I got an idea. There would be an injustice, and the women would rise up.
The real Take Back the Night movement is about women holding forth against violence against women, including rape, particularly date rape.
For the Daranaean, the elder Inta, this would be a form of marital rape that would spark the powder keg of a plot. I had already established that third caste women had no right to refuse sexual relations, and so the beginning is her refusing to sleep with her husband, Arnis. In fact, the first word of the story is simply her saying, “No!”
That is the only word she says in the entire piece. And in fact, that is the only word I have from her. Yet it is enough.
For her refusal, she is hit, hard, and she falls to the floor, hitting her head. This causes her death and, just as importantly, the death of her unborn fetus.
While her death is not actionable, the first legal question is whether the death of the unborn child is. This is, of course, distasteful to most of us, but I figure that alien cultures may very well have rather alien ideas about justice and mercy.
As the story unfolds, someone other than Arnis gets the blame. Hence the Cochrane and the Columbia both play a part in helping that person be exonerated. And they also help in having the real killer charged with the crime.
- Take Back the Night – first posting (contains reviews)
- Take Back the Night on Fanfiction.net
- In addition, Take Back the Night on Fictionpad
- Take Back the Night on G & T Show Forums
- Also, Take Back the Night on Wattpad
- Take Back the Night in context
The story is Rated K+.
I think this is one of the better stories I have written, as the action moves from Daranaean home to both starships, a space battle, and eventually a courtroom and even the Beta Council chamber on Daranaea. Perhaps the best part about the story is that, while it resolves the immediate issue, it doesn’t fix all of the Daranaeans’ problems overnight. There’s plenty more story fodder, and many injustices remain. But at least there are a few less of them. I’m very proud of this story.