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    Two years… it had been just over two years since that chance meeting on Earth.  In all that time they'd only managed to see each other about a half-dozen times.  But those times, each one was worth the wait.  And the constant messages they sent between those times, everything they had been and had become to one another.  Sam stared at the words hovering in front of him and blinked.  

    'We'll literally be worlds apart' was what she had said.  This would put them farther apart than that.  As hard as it had sometimes been, this was just too much to ask of anybody.  He'd been selfish… he had known it the entire time.  But it had just felt too good to let go of.

    Maybe it was time.

    Jay came onto the deck and Sam quickly slammed the PADD shut and turned away from him.

    "Hey Sam, how…  Sam?  You alright?"

    "Fine…" he managed.  Part of the problem with living on a ship this size was that privacy was always at a premium.

    Jay crossed the deck and grabbed his shoulder, forcing him to look at him, "Yeah right.  What happened?"

    Sam looked at him a moment and sighed, "The uh… the 202nd is being activated and being sent to Mars for special training."

    He got up and walked away.  Staring blankly at the wall he kept talking, "She won't be able to send any messages while they're there… and once they're done, the 202 is leaving Sol and probably won't be back."

    Jay looked at him like he really should say something, but didn't know what, "Dude… that really sucks."

    But Sam just shook his head slightly, "No, it's okay, really.  We went into this thing knowing that something like this was probably going to happen."

    Jay got up and walked over to him, "Sam… seriously, I'd never seen you happy before she came along.  Oh, I thought I had, but… well…"

    He clapped him on the shoulder and gave him a small shake, "I've gotten used to this guy and I'd like him to stick around."

    Sam looked at him and sort of smiled, "Oh, I wouldn't worry about that.  I mean, maybe we'll find each other again in the future, maybe we'll find someone else.  Who knows what's around the next bend right?"

    Jay laughed slightly at that, "Isn't that the truth."
<<Roja finale || Roja epilogue|| The next bend>>

Sam and Roja continue to see one another for years. Then Sam gets a letter from her that he knew he'd get some day...
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RottenNails Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wonderfull words
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WafflesToo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Awwwww, thanks :blush:
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RottenNails Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
welcome keep the good work
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Crite65 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
When I saw this after signing on to Facebook today I LITERALLY had to put off reading it for an hour or more. I have that gut feeling as well. However... Like Nomyai... I hope I am 100% wrong in this case.
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WafflesToo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Endings are always sad, aren't they? Especially when it DOESN'T read, "and they lived happily ever after".

I know, a lot of people are. Just have to wait and see.
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nomyai Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Fate has never been a kind task master. Going into a relationship knowing full well that it might turn to ash can make the inevitable easier to deal with ... sometimes.

But, as Rick said to Ilsa in Casablanca ... "We'll always have Paris."

Fare thee well, Roja, perhaps you two will cross paths again someday.
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WafflesToo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
No she hasn't. Sometimes it does... but she taught Sam to be brave even when you know something is temporary. And that, really, everything is temporary. It's always just a matter of time whether it's long or short.

Maybe they will cross paths again...
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nomyai Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I just suddenly had a gut feeling of absolute doom. What was the Espatier unit that was assigned to the SCS Perry? This is one instance where I hope I am 100 percent wrong.
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