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07.15.2012 , 07:05 AM |
Wow! Look! Mags wrote something that didn't have her smuggler in it! This is my trooper and Aric, just after Ch2 ends.
Maura stood looking over the other patrons in the cantina. This is nice, she thought, to get off the ship with the crew once in a while. They had finished missions on Hoth and needed a little down time, so while the ship was being checked out, they’d been exploring Carrick Station. Tonight, they’d had a belated birthday dinner for Elara Dorne and the party naturally extended to drinking at the cantina. Aric stood to her right, nursing a whiskey, while Tanno was undoubtedly more inebriated, laughing loudly and entertaining the few tables around them. Yuun was smiling at them, at least she thought he was.
Aric moved closer to her, not that she saw him but that she felt that little electric hum she always felt when he was near enough to touch. She had only had a couple of beers, but he was on at least his fourth drink. You can’t tell, she thought. I wonder if Cathar have a high tolerance or if his military training is always present? She turned to him as he was looking her up and down and realized that if they weren’t careful, their whole crew would be wise to the fact that their CO and XO were involved. He moved to close any distance between them and leaned toward her. Is he going to kiss me here, she wondered. Instead, he whispered to her, “Don’t turn around, but your old friend from Coruscant is walking this way.”
“Major! Saving the Republic sure looks good on you!” She turned to greet the voice and saw Jonas Balkar striding toward her, a drink in each hand. “I know I told you I’d buy you a drink someday.” They’d done some missions for him off and on, and he was currently helping them locate an old unit of Aric’s. They’d flirted, back when she thought Aric was never going to accept her as being CO of Havoc Squad, but it had never gone further. She remembered how Aric had reacted to those innocent flirts, too, so she wasn’t surprised when he stepped between her and Jonas as the operative approached them.
“Jonas, how the hell are you?” Aric said in an over loud voice, as he took the drink Jonas was extending to her and placed it on the table. “We haven’t heard from you lately. How are things on Coruscant?” Aric shook the man’s now empty hand. Behind him, Tanno was in a heated discussion with another cantina patron, which appeared to be escalating. Aric turned to look at Maura, then growled low in his throat. “Excuse me, I think I need to escort Vik back to the ship.” He nodded at her, his gaze lingering on her for an extra few seconds before he grabbed the Weequay by his huge arm and hauled him up and out of the cantina, Elara following them.
Maura turned to Jonas and invited him to sit down. They chatted about nothing for a few minutes before Jonas said, “So the big guy finally figured out he was in love with you, eh?”
Maura blushed and looked away, then back and nodded to Jonas. No need to keep up a pretense with him, she thought. “What do you mean, finally? Did you know? Even back when we were doing those missions for you, looking for Tavus?”
He smiled at her, handsome as ever, but now it did nothing for her. “He never stops looking at you, did you know that? When you do what I do, you learn to read people, and he’s pretty easy to read. What about you? Ah, don’t answer that, I see it in your eyes.” He sighed. “I knew I should have asked you out when you were still blind to him. Timing is everything. “ He took a sip of his drink, looking around the room.
Maura didn’t have to look to know that Aric was near, she felt that hum again that she only ever felt from him. “I would have liked that, Jonas, but now it’s just not possible. You understand, right?”
He nodded at her, standing. “I wish you well, Major. Take care of yourself, and your squad. Jorgan is a lucky guy.” He walked away, a little unsteady, and as she followed him with her eyes she spotted Aric walking toward her. Hmm that’s kinda prophetic, she thought. Aric walked with his usual military bearing but she could see the alcohol he’d ingested had him a little off balance. He stopped in front of her with a little bow, extending his hand to her.
She stood and took it, but he seemed to realize what he’d done and dropped his hands to his sides, and instead inclined his head toward the elevator. She nodded and headed that way, wishing he would touch her again. They exited the elevator in the deserted hangar bay, the surrounding ships quiet in the night, and as she stepped forward he grabbed her waist and pulled her against him. Their kiss intensified the hum she was feeling until her senses were scrambled and singing. When he ended it, he touched his forehead to hers, just standing there, holding both her hands in his. A noise from the next hangar had him jumping away from her. In that instant, she didn’t want to be his CO anymore, she just wanted to be with him, but the moment had passed. He gave her a long, hungry look, but turned and slowly walked to the ship’s ramp.
When she walked into the ship herself, all was quiet. She took a quick look around, but saw no one but the droid, who was muttering to himself and doing a diagnostic check. She wandered to the bridge, but didn’t stay long. Disappointed that Aric wasn’t waiting for her and still aroused from that kiss, she slowly walked to her dark quarters, palming the lock to open the door. When she entered, she felt that electric hum play over her, and smiled in the dark.
Love is the strongest magic of them all.