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Okay, this was going to be my entry for Sickbay Month, but it kinda stretched itself to more than one chapter. I wanted to write about Phlox, Feezal and their extended family on Denobula. We met Feezal in "Stigma", but other than that, there had been hardly any mention about Phlox's family in the series. We don't really know about Denobulan customs or ceremonies.
So I made 'em up for this story. So read and enjoy! Oh, and this is set sometime in the years between "Terra Prime" and "TATV".
1. Chapter 1 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 0] (1584 words)
Phlox gets a message from his wife Feezal that throws his entire equilibrium into a tizzy. Literally.
2. Chapter 2 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 0] (1464 words)
We see Feezal again in this chapter...and she has her own plans. You'll find out some info about Phlox's other two wives. Ensign Mueller finds himself in a predicament, but don't worry...he'll be okay. :)
3. Chapter 3 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 0] (2203 words)
I actually had to diagram Phlox and his relationships with his various wives, their other husbands, the various kids, etc. and integrate what was said in ENT: "Stigma" with my made-up stuff. Yeesh, and I thought MY family was complicated, LOL!
We meet some of Phlox's family here, and yes, Feezal makes a reappearance. For reference (I hope this makes sense):
Azkiel is Phlox's first wife and she's a botanist. Yutis is her daughter (who is getting married) Opur is her second daughter (also getting married). They are NOT Phlox's. Mettus IS Phlox's son (his youngest), and he's the one who has the anti-Antaran beliefs. You find out where he got that from. The Matriarch who died, Shastia, was the eldest female in Azkiel's branch of the family.
Feezal is Phlox's second wife. Her daughters Lailah and Treesal are also Phlox's. Both Lailah and Treesal have no mates. Yet.
Zariel is Phlox's third wife. Her oldest son Nesnuz is an artist and a potter and her middle son Reestus is a director (both are Phlox's sons). Okrna is her daughter (getting married) and Ghoris is her son (getting married) from other mates (NOT Phlox).
"Ich hab' mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren" literally means, "I've lost my heart in Heidelberg", and is the first line of a love song. Heidelberg is supposed to have the reputation of being a "romantic city", so Johannes Birkenwald (from Heidelberg) teases Bernhard Mueller with it.
The teledrama "Three Gals and a Denobulan" was mentioned in one of my other fics, "Deadly Negotiations". Travis mentioned a subspace subscription of it to Malcolm as a prank... and um...someone else got it by mistake. And actually didn't mind.
4. Chapter 4 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 0] (1990 words)
Hoshi and the crew experience a Denobulan dinner. It's an interesting experience.
I saw Dominic Keating's spot on "Heroes" and heard how he can mimic several accents in addition to his own, so that gave me an idea for this chapter.
And you see that Azkiel isn't as clueless about Mettus's inner demons as the rest of the extended family.
5. Chapter 5 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 0] (1901 words)
Okay, I made up the funeral ceremony. I figured Denobulans wouldn't bury their dead as a rule because of the limited land space on their planet. Mettus does something, well, unorthodox, that turns his traditional family upside down...and may squick some readers out, so be warned.
Deroceras reticulatum is the Latin name for the gray field slug. And yeah, it's as gross as it sounds.
6. Chapter 6 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 0] (2278 words)
Notes: Phlox tries to mend the rift between himself and his son, while Trip Tucker advises Bernhard on a personal problem. (And where has Trip been for the past four chapters? You'll find out...he hadn't locked himself in Engineering.) And who was the one who put Malcolm's initials on that biobed? It wasn't Trip.
7. Chapter 7 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 0] (2237 words)
This is an important chapter and shows the solidarity of Phlox's family during a potential crisis. You find out which members aren't as open-minded to change.
You learn a little about Johannes's family and background and he and Bernhard talk in German. I've included the translations in bold.
This chapter was a little tough for me to write, personally, for I have personal experience with family members who strongly disapproved of my marrying my husband. (I come from an ultra-traditional Asian family). Eventually, though, their rigid attitude softened a bit with time, so maybe some of Phlox's clan members will too.
8. Chapter 8 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 1] (2039 words)
This is the last chapter. And I made up the Denobulan marriage ceremony.