Adoption of an Orphan

Posted Dec. 7, 2020, 12:22 a.m. by Lieutenant Casela Synthi-er (Counsellor / RTF) (Jennifer Ward)

OOC: So this is totally one of the most amazing things I’ve co-written so far. Brian (our brilliant DaiMon Lazol) has a character on Ark Angel who wanted to adopt a child. So therefore enter Zanya and the orphanage on Delotha. Here is that story:
To: Pied Piper Orphanage on Delotha
From: Tabris Asam, Starbase 323

I am writing in inquiry regarding adoption of one Neltus Omad. I too am an El-Aurian who was displaced from his home at a young age. I had a home and two parents but my planet of origin was abandoned early on and I was unfamiliar with it. I have been alive for over 400 years and have learned many things, the one that has eluded me thus far however is the joy of parenthood. I am currently being posted to a Starfleet engineering officer onboard a vessel with an existing population of children that Neltus would join when I am on duty or away. I understand if you have concerns with a child on a starship, the possibility of him losing his parent again is greater than if I lived on a planet. In hopes to ease your concerns I have included the safety records of the ship I will be stationed on, their school curriculum, and my own history including relevant evaluations. I look forward to your reply and hope that I may be able to offer Neltus a home, and an understanding of what it means to be El-Aurian.

Tabris Asam

Karra was always excited to get these types of messages, but she knew that they didn’t always pan out. Her first order of business….

To: Tabris Asam, Starbase 323
From: Karra, House Mother, Pied Piper Orphanage, Delotha

Mr. Asam I am very excited for your interest. And though I am always excited to place children with those of similar cultural backgrounds, I would invite you to come visit and meet all the children before setting your heart on a particular child. We put the child’s wishes before those of the adults. I hope you understand. They have been through enough already without forcing a family they are fearful to join. Once you have passed a background check I will contact you again.

Karra, House Mother

Then to take care of the background check:
To: Zanya
From: Karra

Zanya, I’ve had an inquiry about a Star Fleet officer adopting Neltus Omad. The officer is Tabris Asam and is currently posted to Starbase 323. He is being transferred to one USS Ark Angel. Or so his letter claims. I have included the personal information he sent along. As always I trust you will get back to me as soon as possible. Be safe my friend.

To: Karra, House Mother
From: Zanya

Karra, this is wonderful news! First Ark Angel is a great ship. It is family oriented and also made for long range/long term missions. There is a large civilian presence as well and many children. Neltus will not lack for experiences or friends. Now as for Tabris Asam. He is as he says he is. An engineering officer, and a good one at that from what I can tell. He is El-Aurian and lived briefly with his family on Earth. I have no reservations.


To: Tabris Asam, Starbase 323
From: Karra, House Mother, Pied Piper Orphanage, Delotha

I have received your background check and am pleased that everything has been approved. Please notify me of when you will coming to visit.


Tabris had been waiting for a response, not sure if it would be positive or otherwise. He smiled as he read the words inviting him to visit and sent off a message to the Starbase’s command staff saying simply “Requesting permission to use leave for family business” The base commander had no issue with one of the many, many, transferring officers to take what they had earned and sent a simple reply “Request received and permission granted.”

He took some time with this next part as he wrote back a two part letter to Karra.

To: Karra, House Mother, Pied Piper Orphanage, Delotha
From: Tabris Asam, Starbase 323

I have permission to attend a meeting at the orphanage in 4 days and look forward to meeting you all. Enclosed with this letter is another meant for Neltus himself and I welcome you to read it and pass it along at your discretion.

To: Neltus Omad, Pied Piper Orphanage, Delotha
From: Tabris Asam, Starbase 323

Neltus I wanted to introduce myself in a small way before I came to meet you. You’ve never met me nor have you ever heard of me and I know that to each other we are but strangers. I am hoping that, in time, I may take you under my wing and help you grow and thrive, all with your permission that is. I too am an El-Aurian and am at the ripe old age of 417 yet I’m told I don’t look a day older than 200! The one thing that we both share, besides our heritage, is a close family bond. I hope that you may accept me as someone that can fill the role of a parent, and I hope that you may be my son.

Karrah read the letter to Neltus and she thought all day about giving it to him. If this Tabris took to another child it would shatter his heart. But the background check led her to believe that this would not be the case. And she hoped it worked because Neltus would need a family that would survive as long as he would. After much thought she gave the letter to Neltus to read. They talked late into the night, far past his bedtime about what this meant and what may or may not happen.

At the agreed upon date of the visit Karra couldn’t help but be a little nervous. The children would know why the man was there. He wanted to adopt, and if one of them was lucky, they would get a new home. Karra was out in the yard when a stranger was stopped by Yaren before being allowed into the village proper.

It was 4 days after his letter had been sent and Tabris was himself nervous. He had been many things in the past, none of them prepared him for a bunch of kids. He was greeted by Yaren and they exchanged pleasantries as well as identification checks that Tabris assumed was mandatory. He approached the person standing in the yard and said, “Hello I’m Tabris Asam, I’m looking for the House Mother Karra?” Tabris stood somewhat awkwardly though his life experiences would lead one to believe he should be confident. Parenthood was never an easy thing despite the reading or training one may have, and it was a unified theory across species that it didn’t matter how much one prepared, there would always be surprises. This, though, was different; he wasn’t having a baby with a partner, he was hoping to pluck a child out of the place they had grown up and try to get them to adapt to something, and someone, brand new.

Karra walked over looking at what appeared to be a young man. “Mr Asam, I am house mother Karra. Come this way. Yaren, would you watch the littles for 2 minutes?”

Tabris nodded and blushed ever so slightly at the mistake but realized he wouldn’t know anyone by face or voice anyway.

The Bajorin security chief smiled, “Of course.” He stepped into the yard and picked up a couple of the kids lifting them up high and rough housing with them.

Karra led Tabris past the kitchen and into a small living area with three bedrooms off to the side. “You’ll stay here while you visit. Pick any room you want. There is drink and food in the kitchen. Once you settle, come out to the yard. I know you are eager to meet Neltus. He’ll be home from school in a couple of hours. Routine is the best thing for young nerves.” Karra left him to settle and returned to the yard so Yaren could return to his job of keeping them all safe.

Nodding he picked the second room on the left and took a seat, not bothering to grab any refreshments as he figured that of anyone, the house mother would absolutely know best. “Two hours till he gets back of course, would you prefer I wait till he’s settled and maybe had a bite to eat and decompress from school? I don’t want to impose” Tabris commented as he shifted nervously before rising, “I think I’ll have some tea if I’m not imposing” He said with a smile

Once he returned to the yard, Karra watched him to see what he made of the small swarming monster all eager for his attention.

Tabris returned from the kitchen with a piping hot cup of whatever local tea was in the kitchen. It could be cooking herbs for all he knew but something to calm the nerves. There was something about this process that Tabris found unnerving, he had worked on sublight freighters moving through astroid belts with no navigation but a periscope and a good person at the helm. He had survived Earth’s World War 3, he had worked on helping the Bajoran resistance during the occupation but nothing prepared his nerves for the potential of a family.

The sounds started soft, then grew louder and louder as a cacophony of little footsteps and shrill voices burst into the room. Tabris was mid sip as he felt the wave of small individuals crash into him sending the tea, and cup, flying into the back wall. Knocked to the ground he couldn’t make out what anyone was saying or the pretend games they were playing but he found something welling up inside him, a laugh. No. A giggle! He started to giggle for the first time as he tried to sit up but was knocked to the ground by someone who was ‘smiting an ogre’ or something like that.

Karra watched without a word or offer of help. She did catch the cup before it broke and cleaned up the tea. Neltus wasn’t quite as outgoing as his house siblings. Karra had a feeling that it was because of his empathy. But today he was just as engaged as the rest of the children. Even, despite his small size for an 8 year old, picking up one of the smaller children and trying to help them get a better shot at the ‘ogre.’ She nodded in approval of Tabris’s mirth. He’d better have a lot of it and patience. Though the gods of profit better believe the children took hers away some days.

The older children arrived and already knew from the craziness in the kitchen that a visitor had arrived. They were more stoic about it. They would rather the younger ones find a family. They all figured they were close to being adults anyway. After about 10 minutes of the craziness, Karra, despite being a small Ferengi woman, her voice cracked good naturedly around the room. “You have studies? Yes? You can play more later. Out of my kitchen so I can actually get food ready for you monsters.” The children all scattered except Neltus. He stood by the doorway watching Tabris looking very shy. “Neltus would you like to help me cook? We can make your favorite.”

He nodded but didn’t move. Karra left him be and started busying herself around the kitchen. Like she told Tabris, routine is the best thing for nerves. As she went about her daily cook prep, Neltus eventually relaxed enough to speak. “I read your letter.”

Tabris sat up on the floor, one leg drooped down as he rested his arm on the other. He watched the young lad as he shifted uneasily before Tabris said, “I’m glad you did. What did you think of it?” As he spoke he didn’t move, this was the boy’s home after all and he would surely respect his position as the guest seeking approval. Neltus looked Tabris up and down and didn’t say anything before joining Karra in the kitchen saying, “Do we have enough to make hasperat tonight?” He walked back over to the room and said, “Do you cook?”
Karra, Tabris, Neltus

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