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Title: What Weighs Upon the Heart
Fandom: Cybersix (animated version)
Character(s): Lucas, Cybersix, Data-Seven
Pairing(s): Lucas/Cybersix
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2185
Warnings: Spoilers for the finale.
A/N: Everyone on my f-list wrote for NaNo, but I celebrated a break in what felt like a near-terminal case of writer's block with this short story, because the final scene of episode thirteen must surely have led to a very interesting conversation. Concrit welcomed with genetically enhanced editorial skills. Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] nebroadwe to [livejournal.com profile] cyber6.
Dedication: This is for L and N, who noticed that there's always a full moon over Meridiana.



I would like to give you the silver
branch, the white flower, the one
word that will protect you
from the grief at the center
of your dream, from the grief
at the center.

-- Margaret Atwood, "Variation on the Word 'Sleep'"

"Let me help." Rhymes with "I love you," right?
-- Lois McMaster Bujold, Barrayar

      Taking the stairs two at a time, Lucas finds himself winded, as usual, midway up the third flight. He staggers onto the fourth-floor landing, hands braced on his knees as he gasps for breath. He needs more regular exercise; the walk from home to school and back isn't enough, not even with the detour that brings him past what till tonight was a darkened window.

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Strange game is afoot in the city of Meridiana. Upright citizens are kidnapped off the streets by hulking, green-skinned goons; monstrous creatures lurk in the subways and the sewers. So when Lucas Amato sees a woman's caped figure silhouetted mid-leap against the moon, he does what any curious high school biology teacher would do: he follows her, catching up just as she defeats one of the aforementioned goons in combat. She flees without identifying herself, leaving Lucas to witness the evaporation of her fallen foe. As evidence of his adventure, he rashly pockets a glowing green vial he finds among the goon's discarded clothes and with that makes himself the quarry not only of the goon's fellows, but also of their master José and of the mysterious woman whose cognomen is Cybersix. Despite the danger, Lucas isn't quite ready to take the advice of his colleague Adrian Seidelman and give up the vial ... not until he can discover what's going on and who Cybersix really is ...

This animated series ran all too briefly as part of the FOX Saturday morning lineup in the mid-1990s, where I saw and enjoyed two or three of its thirteen episodes. Adapted by a Canadian production team (led by Hervé Bedard) from an Argentinian comic book (written by Carlos Meglia and Carlos Trillo) and animated in Japan (by TMS/NOA), it was clearly doomed to failure in its time slot: Cybersix maintains her secret identity by cross-dressing as a man, a disguise sufficiently convincing to attract a teenage crush; her archnemeses, the scientist Von Reichter and his son José, are goose-stepping closet Nazis; and the narrative's forward momentum is provided by the romance which develops between Cybersix and Lucas amid their monster-of-the-week adventures. IIRC, Cybersix was pulled from U.S. television with a few episodes left unaired, but Teletoon in Canada ran the series in its entirety. A keep-circulating-the-tapes version of the Canadian broadcast is the only one currently available in English,* which is a shame, because this story deserves more love.

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*A French dub, without subtitles, was released on DVD in region 2; copies are still available from resellers.

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