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07.27.2012 , 05:46 PM |
This is my JK Remi (big surprise) and Scourge just after the end of Chapter 3.
So JK Ch. 3 spoilers.
“Come on,” Remi yelled running through the field below Voss-Ka. Scourge did not run, they were not running to anything, the Jedi was just running for the sake of it. He watched her flip through the air, spinning as if she were fighting the flowers and grasses that grew in the lowlands. At first he thought she was showing off, but she paid no attention to him, did not look for his approval, she simply wanted to jump and spin. She ran back toward him, running around him then away again, like a child on vacation from lessons. “We’re on R and R she shouted,” her voice came back to him with the wind, the rest of what she might have said was lost.
Are you certain you need this
?” he asked when her sprint brought her back within range.
“I’m ordered to take a break, but they want someone to make sure you don’t eat the Padawan. That means you’re with me.” She shrugged spinning around.
You’re wise to keep such close tabs on me
.” He said pleased that he still unnerved the Council.
She smiled brightly and sprinted away again. The war still raged since they had defeated the Emperor. The Jedi had been granted the title Master by her Council, she seemed bent on making them take it back. This R and R had been ordered because she could not sit still during Council meetings, her face contorted into various expressions of distaste when she saw flaws in their strategy. Finally, they stopped inviting her to meetings. They had probably planned to ask her to join at some point, perhaps her exile from their meetings was what she had planned all along. He smiled darkly, her rejection of the Council was promising.
She was spinning rapidly, using the Force to build speed, a small cyclone formed around her sucking up the loose plants, he had never seen anyone do that, it was possible anyone who tried would become very ill from motion sickness. Her whirlwind approached him, he watched wondering what she would try to do. He doubted it was strong enough to pull him in, but he braced himself nevertheless. The whirlwind vanished when she was a few feet away, she held a bouquet of slightly smashed flowers she had collected while she spun.
“Look! I got you flowers,” she said listing about, she shook the bouquet at him. She put her head back and laughed, the motion offset her still unsteady balance and she fell.
You’re a fool
.” He replied, which only made her laugh harder.
“They call these blossoms the Red Scourge.” She giggled on the ground staring up at his scowling face. “They’re a weed they conquer the entire hillside strangling all the other flowers.” He looked at her oddly. She bounced to her feet, the dizzy spell over. She tried to sound serious, “The Red Scourge, conquering the hillside,” she snickered, “making everything pretty!” She laughed as he scowled again and ran off toward some ruins. He followed her.
When he arrived, she was translating inscriptions with her datapad. “
We have no time to waste. Be done with this
“R and R is about wasting time, Scourge.” She murmured, only half-paying attention. The inscription was covered by a fallen boulder, the boulder was not part of the original structure, time and erosion had rolled it into the ruin obscuring most of the text. She frowned looking around. She held out a hand and lifted the rock, it was several times her weight, but she did not seem strained, she set it down in a place where it was unlikely to roll and cause further damage. She continued scanning the inscriptions.
The Force is strong in you
.” He said thoughtfully, “
Too strong for the restrictions the Jedi impose
“They impose those restrictions for good reasons.” She replied, Kira would have been angry and defended the Council, but he sensed no anger in her.
I understand why your Council controls you. What I’ll never comprehend is why you let them
“Who said I do?” She smiled, “I’m aligned with their goals, and they provide purpose, resources, and targets. If they told me to drown a sack of kittens I would tell them to eat their lightsabers.”
It was the closest he had ever heard her come to defying the Council, aside from her childish antics. “
Perhaps you are young enough to still cultivate the strength of the Sith
She snorted, “The Sith I’ve met so far are pretty terrible, yourself included
I kicked their faces in. Not really selling me on the whole Sith thing.”
He was silent, anything he said at this point would earn him mockery, he was not in the mood for it.
“Aww, did I just earn myself the silent treatment?”
There is no more to be said
“Did I offend you?” She asked soberly, she stopped examining the ruins and faced him.
I follow you for what you do, not what you say
She sighed, “Are you really still trying to corrupt me? I need to know.” He began studying the inscriptions she had looked at. He took a small amount of pleasure in ignoring her, but she waited for him to finish scanning. “Scourge?”
Reckonings arrive at their own pace. No need to rush them
She crossed her arms, “Look at me.” She was more serious than he could remember, he stopped what he was doing and faced her. “You choose to stay because the Emperor may still live, we have both heard the rumors.”
.” He agreed.
“I want you to understand, you only have that choice because I allow it. I believe in your cause, and through this you have earned my trust, but I do not take unnecessary risk when mitigating it by throwing you in a cell would be much easier.” He looked into her eyes, he knew they were yellow, though he could no longer see color. He was pleased she was not the silly fool she tried to portray. There was steel in her and fire.
,” he acknowledged.
She frowned, “Do you really still want to stay here? You can always head to neutral territory, I would welcome you back to go kick the Emperors door down if he’s not really dead.”
He had considered it a number of times, but he had learned more about the Force from the Jedi than he had in centuries with the Sith. He sharpened his combat skills at the Jedi’s side she was the best fighter he had ever encountered. He would not admit it, but he preferred to stay.
I will always be Sith- but that does not mean we can’t work together
.” He replied finally.
She nodded and sighed. “I didn’t really want this to be a bad conversation,” she quirked her mouth, “I actually wanted to give you something. A thank you gift, since the Council wants to pretend saving the galaxy is a selfish act.”
She handed him a box, inside was a shard of a strange material encased in a crystalline resin.
“Before I met you, I defeated an ancient enemy on Tatooine,” she said as he examined the crystal. The shard inside was tiny but the power in it still resonated, it was not light or dark, just power. He raised an eyebrow, surprised at its strength. “It was Rakata, the Infinite Empire, it offered me power and knowledge.” He looked up with surprise, “I turned it down of course that thing was crazy.” His lip curled with contempt. “Anyway after it tried to kill me, I took that from the wreckage of the stronghold, I thought you would like it.”
No one had ever given him a gift like this one, he could not imagine how she knew he would like such a thing. “
,” he said with difficulty, “
She smiled widely, she knew that was his equivalent to grand enthusiasm. “Well I’ve tortured you enough out here with sunshine and fresh air. Let’s head back.”
.” He said, but he meant it for more than just that.
Everything Scourge says is a canned response. I clicked on him for about ten minutes and I couldn't get him to say anything else. The three that are not from clicking are You are a fool, Thank you, and Very nice, I approve which come from giving him gifts.
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