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Melani Bradlaw first arrived on Bountiful at the age of eight with her parents Arthur and Keti. Initially she was awkward, lonely and shy, not really being noticed. At age fourteen though she began to go through adolescence, seemingly "bursting into awareness." Ardo Melnikov was the first to approach her, the two becoming close friends.
- Ardo Melnikov(src)
Bradlaw's relationship with Melnikov, and perhaps her life, would be cut short, although the exact circumstances are hazy. There are two scenarios presented;
- Melani's last words(src)
In Melnikov's manufactured memories, the zerg invaded Bountiful. She and Ardo ran to Helaman Township, finding it under attack by the zerg, Confederate forces fighting a rearguard action. She and Melnikov, moving in a human tide, managed to reach one of the dropships used for evacuation. However she was 'grabbed' (impaled) by three hydralisks simultaneously and despite Melnikov's best efforts, she was pulled out of his reach to her certain death.
- Bradlaw's last words before Ardo's capture(src)
In Melnikov's 'real' memories, the Confederacy did not defend Bountiful but rather invaded it, seeking to conscript young boys into the Confederate Marine Corps. Melnikov was among those singled out and although Melani Bradlaw tried to fend the marines off, Melnikov was torn out of her grasp and removed from her life.
In retrospect, Melani Bradlaw almost certainly existed, given her presence in both sets of memories.
Melani Bradlaw and her circumstances can be drawn as a parallel to Greek mythology, namely the story of Persephone's abduction by Hades; Lord of the Underworld, causing grief to her mother Demeter; the goddess of grain and fertility. The zerg/Confederacy, descending upon Bountiful (an agricultural planet) are akin to Hades descending upon Persephone, tearing her from the fields, or in Bradlaw's case, Melnikov's presence. Bountiful itself represents Demeter, her grief mirrored in the grief that Melnikov experiences in the aftermath of his ordeal.