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07.01.2012 , 02:45 PM |
Major K'abe commander of Havoc Squad
Major K’abe twirled a stylus between her fingers. She waited for the rest of the squad to gather for the debriefing. Tano Vik and Yuun sat in front of her looking bored. She raised an eyebrow at Vik, he shrugged laughing softly. Lieutenant Elara Dorne walked in, her back straight, and her chin held high, but everyone could see she had been crying. Even now her normally perfect makeup that accented her large blue eyes was smudged.
“How you holding up, Dorne?” she asked.
“I am better, sir. Thank you for asking.” She said with her lovely Dromund Kaas accent. Her voice only waivered slightly, she took a deep breath and sat down.
“I like the new look.” Vik said.
“Can it Vik.” K’abe snapped. Elara smiled thinly, her hand reached up to run over her smooth bald head. Her long beautiful blond locks that she wore in a utilitarian bun were gone. K’abe herself was bald, but it was not uncommon for Zabraak to shave their heads. As a resistance fighter in her youth, she learned that hair gave something for soldiers to grab. She never let her hair grow to more than a short spike less than an inch long.
“Ok. We’re officially out of quarantine and we can head out to our next mission.” K’abe started.
“Hey boss,” Vik interrupted. “Aint we still missin someone?”
“Jorgen!” K’abe yelled, tired of waiting. “Front and center, soldier!”
Captain Aric Jorgen walked in. He wore a full set of trooper armor including helmet. K’abe did her best not to show any hint of a smile.
“Yes, sir.” He said saluting smartly.
“Captain, you are late to the debriefing, and when you address me indoors I expect your helmet to be off.” She said seriously.
“Sir, permission to wear my helmet indoors sir.”
“Permission denied, Captain.” She replied. She could hear his teeth grinding and the plates of his armor shifted as his body tensed. He removed his helmet. K’abe saw the look on his face and lost her composure entirely. The Cathar’s skin was light gray, his face looked thinner, and the skin around his eyes, chin, and neck were slightly wrinkled. He looked like a naked lapcat that the ladies of Alderaan carried with them in their handbags. K’abe giggled, Vik laughed outright, Yuun made a wheezing sound that was probably laughter, even Dorne unbent enough to smile, finally covering her mouth as she laughed along with the rest of the squad.
The Rattatakian Cytomegalovirus had a brief incubation and contagious period, a twenty-four hour lifespan, and no known cure. It’s only symptom and side effect were complete head to toe hair loss, and while the virus had burned itself out quickly the hair would be months in growing back.
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