Well worth the wait, well worth checking the forums every day for it.
I sat up straight in my seat, pointed and swearing at the screen. A Christmas in Sendai reference! You bastard! I've never expected the story to be written, much less referenced again! I highly approve of its usage to slyly slip Tali the Younger into the narrative structure of the Symphony, however.
Likewise times two for the story of Corwin and Utena's first visit to the fleet during their big summer trip. I can almost write snatches of it--or imagine the animation--in my head.
The defense of the Rayya likewise, is a mix of heart-racing action, mood-plummeting tragedy at the death of Vedik (undeniably A Good Man), and a lot of Utena at her best. Also, Kal'reegar. He'd be a hoot in UF.
It's too much to hope for to get this written in full, but I treasure these snatches just the same.
I wonder how the quarian youngster fad for dueling and Valiantism worked out in the end? Live steel's probably (hopefully!) out of the question, but a Rose Duel styled with blunted batons or some such might work. After all, Anthy and Mia are staff-users.
This was an extremely satisfying read. Also, long! I'm not quite certain it counts as a 'mini-story' very much.
Congratulations on a piece well written!