| A World of Difference |
POD: c 4,500,000,000 BCE;
Relevant POD: AD 1976
|Type of Appearance:||Direct POV|
Lamra was a mate of Reatur's. She was extremely intelligent and mature for her age and, despite being uneducated, taught herself to read. She mated with Reatur and became gravid before the American space shuttle Athena landed in his domains. After learning of the shortness of Minervan mates' lives by witnessing the death of Biyal, Dr. Sarah Levitt proposed to attempt to save Lamra's life by binding up the blood vessels which would open when she dropped her buds. Reatur, who felt a special sentimental attachment to Lamra, gave his permission.
Lamra dropped her buds in the middle of the battle against Fralk's Skarmer invasion force. Sarah Levitt was preoccupied in fighting the battle, but Irv Levitt, Louise Bragg and Pat Marquard managed to save her, making Lamra the first mate to survive budding in known Minervan history.
After surviving budding, Lamra found herself ostracized by her fellow mates, as her post-budding existence was against the nature of things. Reatur invited her to leave the mating chamber and live free among Minervan males. She relished the opportunity, but expected to have some difficulty finding acceptance among males who were used to mates dying young.