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07.17.2012 , 12:02 PM |
Here's part 2 of elliotcat and mine's "Mix it up" prompt. This was so much fun!
Mitka, Meyali, and Ayang! (with a bit of Aric)
Mitka checked her gear, one of the clips on her helmet didn’t want to work and after fiddling with it she cursed and threw it to the ground. Tears threatened, this was not the way to go into an operation. Aric knelt and picked up her helmet, calmly released the stubborn clip and handed it back to her.
“Breathe,” He told her, “She’s wrong about you. They always are.” Mitka took a deep breath, she still didn’t like it, a pregnant replacement medic and her arrogant Jedi mother. They were supposed to be investigating an Imperial presence on Tython, its location was supposed to be a secret, but there had been a handful of mysterious Jedi deaths, Jedi who had been on missions received on Tython, highly classified missions. Somehow transmissions had been intercepted, missions had failed, and Jedi had died. Mitka shook the doubt off, she was commander of Havoc Squad.
“Alright listen up, our objective today is to locate and destroy an imperial listening post on Tython.”
“That’s ridiculous, we would have sensed them if they had been here,” scoffed Meyali
“Shut up, Mom. Nobody cares about your dumb opinions."
Ayang still couldn’t believe her bad luck, she hadn’t been ready to reveal the pregnancy to her mother just yet, in fact she would have been content if her mother had never discovered it. She missed Corso, but she certainly wasn’t going to subject him to Meyali, so she had come alone. Her stomach flopped as she listened to the briefing, Imperials on Tython, it hardly seemed possible, but Mitka wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t truth to that claim.
“The secondary objective is to gather intel, anything that will help the Jedi council and the SIS narrow down the leak.”
“This is a waste of time," Meyali reiterated.
"The council and command have narrowed down the most likely location of the listening post to be here.” She pointed at the map. “Master Cardani, what can you tell us of this location?”
Meyali delicate lips frowned slightly when she glanced over at the map, never daring to imply that this woman, this force blind Sith pureblood could be right, however the location on the map made a great deal of sense.
“That location is densly forested with a cave system running underneath, it is a location that is attuned to the dark side of the force.”
“Let’s move out people, Ayang I want you behind us, 4X cover her flank, Master Cardani lead the way if you would, Sergeant Jorgan and me will be on your six.” The group mounted the speeders and headed out.
They dismounted a few kilometers away from the objective and headed in on foot, Mitka noticed Ayang flick on a stealth field generator and smiled. The small woman was resourceful, she hadn’t known what to expect but had been pleasantly surprised, she would have made a great soldier Mitka mused, if she could get past her distaste for the chain of command. Evidence of old ruins were everywhere, the forest having reclaimed them thousands of years ago.
The group stopped wordlessly, she indicated to wait, it was a maneuver Havoc had executed time and again. At the cave opening stood two Imperial guards, so confident at not being discovered they wore uniforms. Mitka pulled her vibroknife from her boot, and made a wide circle, steps away she grabbed the guard and slit his throat, the other guard spotted her but was gunned down before a word could leave his lips. Aric indicated the all clear and they pressed forward into the cave.
They cut through the defences, Mitka, and Aric blasting a path, 4X providing cover fire, Ayang performing hit and runs, whenever an imperial got too close, she was quick and efficient, stayed to the shadows quit adept with her stealth field generator and pistol. Master Cardani was a fluid dancer in the hail of blaster fire, her lightsaber catching stray shots and redirecting them, pushing other less fortunate Imperials into the bedrock of the cave.
They reached the objective and Mitka hurried over with incendiaries and stuck her spike into the main computer and started wiring the bombs together.
Ayang was catching her breath, eyes open scanning when her mother interrupted her thoughts.
“Do you even know who your child's father is?" she said delicately. "I assume he at least paid you."
"I don't do that anymore. I told you that." Ayang shook her head. "Don't start lecturing me about being a good parent."
“Do you know what you’re even doing to that whelp in your belly? Exposing it to the dark side, a force sensitive fetus has no defenses, and you waltz in here oblivious.” She hissed.
Ayang put a protective hand over her belly, the hiss of a second light saber interrupted the conversation. Mitka was thrown from her position with a burst of lightining, the quiet exploded with blaster fire and Meyali elegantly jumped to meet the Sith, who was preparing a second lightning attack. Ayang burst into action, racing to Mitka, don’t be dead she willed the soldier. She pulled off her helmet, eyes dazed, she administered the kolto, and snapped her fingers in front of Mitka’s face, trying to get her to refocus.
“Mitka” snap “Mitka, look at me!” The soldier blinked once then finally saw Ayang.
“Thanks, I’m good.” She tried to get up, but the small Mirialan held her down with surprising strength.
“Not yet you’re not.”
“Get me standing, that bomb is set to go off in ten minutes, we need to haul *** out of here.”Mitka suddenly felt what Ayang had alluded to, she noticed a drip land on her grey and white armor, bright red. She touched her head, her copper hands were stained a deeper red. Ayang injected her with another dose of Kolto and a Stim then helped her to her feet.
Meyali was losing the advantage, the Sith was young, his double saber flashed and twirled at impossible speeds, pulling from the dark side of this place, in a flourish he had forced her to a kneeling position. His face remained frozen in a triumphant smile as he fell over, a smoking hole in his back. Aric Jorgan hefted his assault cannon onto his back and offered the Jedi his hand.
“Don’t touch me” Was her thanks.
“You’re Welcome” Aric replied as they ran out of the cave, he pocketed the data spike.
“Heading out?” Mitka noticed Ayang circling her ship, getting ready for take off.
“Can’t be gone fast enough,” laughed Ayang. “How are you feeling?” Pointing to her head.
“Good! Never been healed by the Force before, tingly.” They stood not saying anything for a long while.
“I’m sorry about my mother. I wish I could have warned you that's she's a huge *****.” Ayang offered her a sad smile. "I mean, I've had to put up with her my whole life...at least I'm used to it."
“Don’t apologize for her, you are not responsible for who she is or what she does.”
Ayang was about to say something, then realized again, that Mitka was a force blind Sith Pureblood, she more then anyone else Ayang had met, understood where she was coming from.
“You ever need an assist, give me a call, and maybe after this kid is born we can go grab a drink together.”
“I like the sounds of that.” Mitka smiled, so this is what friendship felt like, “and congratulations, you’re going to be a great mom, you already have the mom voice down.” Mitka recalled the stern voice and look she got once they had escaped the cave.
“Thanks Mitka!” They two women shook hands and walked away, a successful mission and a new friendship, not a bad day after all.
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