Blink (Star Trek: DS9 story)

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Star Trek DS9 Fanfiction
Title: Blink
Author(s): Seema
Date(s): 2002
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Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
External Links: Read at the author's website

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Blink is a Star Trek: DS9 story by Seema.

It was nominated for a 2002 ASC Award.

Reactions and Reviews

I really hope that this series of stories by Seema and Una sees the light of day as a complete package. Blink is a wonderful teaser for what might come and I'd love to read more about this time. The Bajoran resistance is a fascinating thing to me. And the 16-year old Kira...seeing how she started down the road to becoming the very damaged woman we see later was enthralling. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, so I'll only say that the end is chilling for the many things it means. [1]
This fascinating story visits a time and place that I'd love to see more of in fic, namely a Bajoran Resistance cell during the Occupation. Seema perfectly captures the character of young Kira, who knows the devastation of war, has suffered many losses--and is about to lose the last vestiges of her innocence. This story exists on so many levels and even when the reader is convinced of Kira's state of mind and what her course of action will be, more nuances are discovered and one suspects that still more remain to be revealed. It is very easy to see how this young girl became the Kira Nerys we first met at the beginning of DS9. As always, Seema nails Kira's voice exactly right. And as is usual in a Seema story, the vivid descriptions also help the whole scenario come alive. [2]
This was a good glimpse into the harsh realities of what Kira sometimes refered to as "things I didn't like doing" when she was fighting for the liberation of Bajor. The story showed that Bajor's war against the Cardassians was also a Bajoran civil war to a certain extent and how that deeply impacted upon Kira personally. The political dialogue was also well done. [3]
This is a frightening tale--one that starts chilling and ends up ice cold--about Kira's early life as a terrorist. Any justifications and rationalisations for her "career" are blown completely out of the water. You can see a little of both Kira's and her captive's souls bleeding away with each paragraph. And the ending must have been one of those incidents that so haunted her for years afterwards. [4]
"Blink" is a vivid story. From the very beginning, Seema places you in her dank setting with all its sights, noises, and smells. She creates suspense in the very first paragraph and never lets go until the very end. I love the way Seema built Kira, her background and motivations throughout the story. The flashbacks within the tale were effectively done and added great poignancy to the story. I loved in particular the story of one childhood game that fit perfectly with the title and the theme. The description of Kira's conflicting emotions was handled beautifully. I like how the author doesn't shy away from the moral and emotional complexities and doesn't create a straw man as Kira's adversary. Seema's "Blink" is a chilling, very powerful story that leaves you thinking. Absolutely gripping. [5]
War and occupation are not drawn in shades of grey. Sixteen year old Kira understands only that this man betrayed his people. She doesn't ask *why* he crossed the line, but in her final act she does as well. This story is chilling and yet very real. Seema has defined the starkness and ice cold decisions that the resistance had to live by. It makes her grief in Duet remarkable and her forgiveness of Odo hard to believe. Bravo for a dark, gritty story that defines what DS9 fanfic can do in mirroring reality. [6]
The ending of this story left me breathless. Seema does a fine job of realizing the complexities of Kira Nerys, a character who, in canon, always seemed too emotionally limited to be quite convincing. I find Seema's Kira to be much more interesting. [7]
I remember reading this when it was first posted and being impressed. In light of current circumstances, when so many are opposing so many others on issues of life and death and war and alliances, Blink is a grim reminder of how the power of belief can turn normal, reasonable people against each other. This is a chilling Kira Nerys, one we didn't see on DS9, but a believable one nonetheless. [8]

References

  1. Djinn This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Deep Space Nine General Story
  2. Rocky This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Deep Space Nine General Story
  3. Singularity This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Deep Space Nine General Story
  4. Paula This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Deep Space Nine General Story
  5. Rabble Rouser This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Deep Space Nine General Story
  6. Valerie Shearer This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Deep Space Nine General Story
  7. Kelly Chambliss This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Deep Space Nine General Story
  8. Lori This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Deep Space Nine General Story