Challenge #03428-I140: Weighed in the Balance

A younger person, who is heavy-set and was mistreated on their homeworld due to their appearance, has very poor self-esteem. Upon finding their way to Alliance space, they make friends that help them realize that they are, in fact, quite beautiful, in body, mind, and spirit. -- Anon Guest

They made fun of hir, even as Adina was leaving them forever. All the usual bon mots like, "Better pack light so they can compensate for hauling you," and, "Sure the ship will be able to take off once your on board?" or, "I didn't know they let pigs ride as passengers." And those were the people ze cared about enough to tell that ze was leaving.

The rest of them would find out when ze was no longer around to hear what they had to say.

Galactic ships were not like the vessels ze knew, with narrow seats and creaking springs. These launch seats were made with a multitude of species in mind. Some of them much larger than the Terran Colony Hale was used to. For the first time in a lifetime, Adina didn't feel hemmed in. Today, hir homeworld of Hale was losing two hundred pounds of human being.

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