#71 - a truth and a lieNotes:
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"What was Earth like?"
The question breaks the stillness of Andromeda's observation deck, leaving Spike with the feeling that he should be annoyed. But Spike holds back the retort on the tip of his tongue, because the question came from Harper, the starship's resident engineer and fellow earthling.
Despite himself, Spike thinks about the planet he had left long ago and all of the pain and bloodshed that had happened there (some of it brought about by him) before his world had expanded to include three galaxies. Spike starts to reply, but pauses when he sees the not-quite-hidden longing on Harper's face.
"It was beautiful," he answers, his accent faded. Spike remembers what it means to be from Earth at this point in history; it is more of a Hell now than it has ever been, even before the demons had departed.
Harper's expression is slightly envious.
"Would you go back?"
Spike turns to look at Harper and once again sees echoes of the Scoobies in this scrawny kid who knows his dark secret, but strangely has no fear of him. It makes him long for simpler times.
"In a heartbeat, whelp, in a heartbeat." This time he doesn't lie.