Iliana didn't often get the chance to speak to Jivan in a live chat. She was still dressed in the gown she wore at her parents' wedding and she was sporting her new earring proudly. She wanted to see how her Cardassian friend would react at the sight of her transformed. When she sent him pictures or spoke with him before she was usually quite tom boyish and casual.

Jivan finally seemed to get the picture and audio adjusted and his eyes were wide. Iliana grinned and laughed.

"What is it, Jivan?"

"Is that you, Iliana?"

"Yes, of course. Is something wrong?"

"You look beautiful!" he gasped but recovered himself quickly. "Happy belated birthday by the way! Let me see that earring!"

She tilted her head to the side so that he could get a good quality look at the single dangling earring.

"Did it hurt?"

"Barely felt it!" she bragged. "It's my mother's old earring!"

"You mean the earring she got when she joined the Resistance at twelve?"

"Yep. She said it seemed more than appropriate. She performed the ceremony and the piercing while my father and brothers watched."

"Your father didn't mind?"

"Nope. He stood in the temple for the wedding ceremony too. My parents spoiled me the day of my piercing. They didn't want their wedding to overshadow my event."

"Was there a lot of crying? Any chaos?" Jivan asked eagerly. "How did you and your siblings feel about it?"

"Oh, it was emotional!" she smiled a big smile. "Garak and Melset were able to attend. I missed you and your family though."

"You wouldn't want my brother there!" Zera said somewhere in the background, too shy to show her face. "He would have tried to steal all the spotlight!"

"Will you get out of my room, you baby snake!" Jivan snapped.

"I just wanted to say hello to Kira Iliana!"

"Hello, Zera!" Iliana shouted happily.

The twelve year old Cardassian girl tried to steal the optic device from her brother. Iliana tried not to laugh and hurt the young child as Jivan wrestled her gently and tossed her out of the room.

"There!" he was a bit breathless. "Now please continue describing the event to me."

"Taban officiated the wedding, I attended my mother and tossed the shower of flowers. Pohl walked mother through the temple, and then there was a big celebration."

"Did your mother cry?"

"No, but I did," Iliana blushed.

"I knew you would!"

"I was so happy! Jivan, the ceremony was perfect! Just about everyone was there that I cared about. Except you, like I said before."

"The best part is that you get your father back," Jivan's smile faded.

"I'm sorry you'll never see your own father," her voice sank to a soft whisper. "You and I know exactly what it is like to grow up without that person in our life."

"Well, I have my step-father," Jivan said cheerfully. "And even though Zera can be a pain like she was a moment ago, I would do anything for her!"

"Yes, I like Cornelius."

"I got the fatherly experience you lacked. We have slightly different circumstances but they both turned out happy, didn't they?"

"I heard you are graduating soon?"

"I have my diploma right here!" Jivan showed it off with enormous pride. "You're becoming a woman and I've become something of a man!"

"Top of your class, I see?"

"Thanks to Cornelius and special attention from Natima Lang. It's her particular philosophy on political ethics that inspired me."

"A lot of the former Dissidents have taken control of Central Command?"

"Yes! The shift in politics has been especially fascinating to watch and experience!" Jivan was enthusiastic and optimistic. "There's no better time to be a Cardassian! I couldn't have asked to be born sooner or later!"

"Are you going to try to become president or something?"

"No, but maybe an emperor!" Jivan cackled wickedly. "I have a nefarious plan to promise peace and then become a tyrant! Would you like to rule the galaxy with me one day, Iliana?"

"Maybe after I graduate from the Bajoran academy."

"You got accepted!" Jivan cried.

She nodded jubilantly.

"I'm so proud of you, Bajoran sister!"

"Thank you, Jivan Damar!"

"Did I hear you say 'Damar'?" they both heard Odo's gravelly voice.

"Uh.." Jivan froze.

Odo peered his head in front of Iliana's face, "So there you are, Jivan!"

"Hi?" Jivan squeaked.

"You look just like your father!"

Jivan's face became blank.

"Stay away from kanar and you will be a great man like him."

"Daddy, don't terrorize him, please!" Iliana pinched him.

"No, uh, that was actually very nice of you to say, Kira Odo."

"Kira Odo?" he repeated. "I suppose that is my name now."

"It sounds just right!" his daughter giggled. "Watch out! I overheard Ezri and Quark plotting to try to spike you with Romulan ale again!"

"Then I will just slip away with your mother for the honeymoon suite."

"Yeah, you should do that."

Odo disappeared and Iliana and Jivan stared at each other for a spell. Even in silence, they were comfortable and content.

"Keep me posted about your budding political career, Jivan."

"Don't let anyone at the Bajoran academy boss you too much," he answered. "And enjoy the rest of the wedding reception!"

"Oh, I will."

"Don't let any boys near you either!" he blurted. "And save that dress!"

She winked at him and ended the call. Her brother Pohl asked her to dance and she accepted.

"Pohl, do you still have misgivings about all this?" she whispered to him.

"No. Did you see our mother's face? I've never seen her so happy!" he answered.

"They are going to have a long and happy life together now."

"I hope so, sister. I truly hope so."


This ficlet is dedicated to my own parents Glynn and Stacy who were reunited in heaven two years ago. The song is "Everything I own" by B.R.E.A.D

You sheltered me from harm
Kept me warm, kept me warm
You gave my life to me
Set me free, set me free
The finest years I ever knew
Were all the years I had with you

And I would give anything I own
Give up my life, my heart, my home
I would give everything I own
Just to have you back again

You taught me how to love
What it's of, what it's of
You never said too much
But still you showed the way
And I knew from watching you

Nobody else could ever know
The part of me that can't let go
And I would give anything I own

Give up my life, my heart, my home
I would give everything I own
Just to have you back again

Is there someone you know
You're loving them so
But taking them all for granted
You may lose them one day
Someone takes them away
And they don't hear the words you long to say

I would give anything I own
Give up my life, my heart, my home
I would give everything I own
Just to have you back again
Just to touch you once again