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07.23.2012 , 06:07 PM |
Submission #2 for the week - Exploration
A Friend in Need
Some minor trooper relationship convo spoilers.
Sana raised an eyebrow when she answered the holocall. She'd seen pictures of the Chiss bounty hunter from her SIS file and the two had struck up an odd sort of friendship via letters, but until this moment she'd never actually talked to her adopted daughter's older sister.
"Well, this is a surprise," Sana said, crossing her arms over her chest.
"Yeah, yeah, I know," Skari said, running the back of her fingers down the scars on her cheek, "Listen, I hate asking for help, but the damned Imps have my ship impounded on Dromund Kaas and a friend of mine needs some help."
"Why ask me?"
"I need someone I can trust to get the job done and that list is pretty short these days. I wouldn't ask, but it's important."
Sana thought it through. "What's the op?"
Skari chuckled, "You military types crack me up. My friend was scouting on Alderaan, checking out a mark in Castle Rist, but something happened, and he got caught. I'm not sure what, the connection went dead." Skari's jaw tightened for a moment. "If you can find him, I'd count it as a favor. I'd rather not lose any more friends."
Sana nodded, "You got it. Never liked those assassins anyway."
"I'll be there as soon as I find the f*cking clerk who screwed up my paperwork and put a blaster bolt in him. Gotta go."
The holocall went dead before Sana could ask for any more details. Typical.
Sana leaned into the gun locker. "You catch that?" she asked her husband.
"I always did like Alderaan," Aric said, packing a couple more rounds into his carry bag.
Sana stood at the base of the mountain for a moment and looked up the graceful series of terraces leading to the shining blue towers of Castle Rist.
"You know, for a House of Assassins, they have remarkably good taste," she said before picking off another lurking Rist spy in the bushes.
"Murder pays well," Aric said, firing another blast.
Storming a castle wasn't an every day occurance, especially one with such magnificant views. Sana let herself take a moment here and there to appreciate the setting before they headed into the castle itself. They made short work of the few guards and stealthed assassins they found roaming the halls as they headed for the detention center.
Sana paused at the entrance to the center, motioning for Aric to fall in behind her. She could hear arguing but couldn't make out the words. She peered around the corner. Three Rist guards were shouting at each other in front of an empty cage. From out of a dark corner a huge grappling hook flew out and attached itself to one of the guards. In the next moment a small dark bundle of robes came flying through the air.
"Is that a Jawa?" Aric muttered in her ear.
Sana smothered a giggle as the Jawa pulled a rocket launcher almost as big as himself from somewhere and proceeded to blast the guards. Sana added in a few well placed shots to finish off the group.
"Hey!" she called out from her cover. The Jawa jumped, shot off a couple rounds at the corner. "Hold your fire! We're friends of Skari!"
The Jawa cocked his head to the side. "**Friend Skari?**"
"She sent us to get you out."
The Jawa packed away the rocket launcher and darted over to their corner as Sana stepped out. "**Ooo Blizz likes big gun.**" He pointed at Aric's assault cannon.
"It gets the job done," Aric said, swinging the cannon onto his back.
"**Blizz makes gun make bigger boom.**" He nodded so hard his hood flapped as he started to reach for the cannon.
"Not so fast there...Blizz was it?" Sana said, grabbing hold of the Jawa, "let's get out of this place before we start talking about artillary modifications."
"**People mean to Blizz. Blizz make them sorry.**"
"Fair enough," Sana said, "you got any more weapons under that robe of yours?"
"**Blizz bring lots of everything.**"
Sana, Aric, and Blizz didn't run into very many problems on their way out. Where the Jawa kept all the different weapons he pulled out was a mystery Sana knew was going to bother her for quite some time, but they sure did the trick. Getting the Jawa into the Shining Star Cantina back at Castle Organa to wait until Skari arrived was much more difficult, but Sana managed it without resorting to contacting the Organas.
"You know," Aric said, glancing at his mate as she watched the Jawa dance to the jukebox from across the room, "I wouldn't mind taking a couple days off after Skari picks up Blizz, check into the inn, relax a bit."
Sana grinned at him, "You in the mood for some r&r? With me?"
Aric pulled her to him, kissing her with leisurely thoroughness until Sana was breathless and tingly. "Well, I did say we'd need to schedule more of it."
"More of what?" Sana asked, her head still fuzzy, grasping his upper arms.
Aric grinned, "What's the matter, Major, can't think?"
"Shut up," she said, pulling him down to kiss him again.
Sana reluctantly stepped away from Aric. A very unhappy barkeep was standing there with a very unhappy Jawa in his grasp. "This is the third time today he's tried to rewire my jukebox. Get him out of my cantina."
Blizz's shoulders slumped as the barkeep walked away. "**Blizz want new songs.**"
"Tell you what," Sana said, pulling him towards the door as Aric dropped a few more credits on the bar, "You can listen to some new songs while we drive to the rendevous point."
The sound of an approaching speeder warned them before Skari drove up, a slim dark-haired girl in the passenger seat.
"Blizz! Oh I was so worried!" the girl said, jumping out of the speeder to hug the little Jawa who was talking a mile a minute. Sana exchanged nods with Skari who got out of her speeder and walked over.
"You have any trouble?" Skari asked.
"Had more trouble in the cantina than in Castle Rist to be honest," Sana said.
Skari smirked, "I can imagine." She tossed Sana a credit stick. "For your troubles."
"Not necessary," Sana said, about to toss it back.
Sana frowned but nodded and slipped the credit stick into a pocket.
"You ready to go, Blizz?" Skari asked the Jawa.
"**Oh oh, Blizz have something for new friends!**" He ran over to Sana and pulled a new rifle out of somewhere along with a shield generator. "**See! Blizz add new targeting and energy boost!**"
"Hey, that's pretty nice," Aric said, looking at the modifications that had been done to the generator.
"Thank you, Blizz," Sana said, kneeling down on level with him to accept the rifle, "these will be very useful."
"**Blizz like to help.**" He ran off and jumped in the speeder. "**Blizz ready!**"
Skari saluted Sana with an only slightly mocking grin. "Thanks."
"No problem," Sana said.
"Can I see that?" Aric muttered to her, taking the rifle as Skari and her crew drove off.
Sana turned to watch her husband checking out the rifle and the changes Blizz had made. He frowned as he sighted it and tested the balance.
"It seems off. The grip's wrong. Ah well, the little guy was trying to help."
Sana took it back, her smaller hands fighting perfectly into place. She grinned at Aric, "It's nice to have a weapon that wasn't meant for men two feet taller than me." She swung the rifle onto her back.
"You're really sexy when you're carrying a gun, you know that?" Aric said gruffly.
"I'm always carrying a gun," she said with a wink, patting her new rifle as she walked over to the speeder.
"I called HQ. We have three days off and a reservation at the Shining Star."
"Have I mentioned how much I like a man with iniative?"
Skari is my JK's sister. You can read a brief background on how they all fit together
. And if you haven't played Imperial Alderaan you really should take a moment to go check out Castle Rist, it's one of the most beautiful spots in the game, IMO.
aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?
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