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07.28.2012 , 10:12 AM |
JK (Esma, Scourge, and Kira)
(Republic Balmorra spoilers)
"You're awfully chipper lately," Kira said suspiciously.
"I'm not allowed to be chipper?" Esma asked, raising an eyebrow at the Jedi.
"You were humming."
Esma looked past Kira to where Scourge scowled in the middle of the the crowd of refugees they were guarding. Balmorrans had been returning to their home planet, but the Empire wasn't above continuing to make their lives difficult. A lone Sith assassin was preying on the caravans. Two groups had been decimated in the past month until they started sending guards with the refugees when they traveled along the ravine passages where he set up ambushes. Scourge had been in favor of killing the Sith, but guarding refugees...not so much. Esma fought to keep her grin off her face. He really looked like he'd like to destroy something.
"What are you....oh please tell me no."
Esma looked back at Kira who was staring at her in horror.
"You...he....eww...he's Sith!! He's not just Sith, he's the Emperor's Wrath!!! How could you?!?"
"Shhhh!" Esma said as they began to get looks from the refugees.
"I can't believe...you have the worst taste in men, you know that?"
Esma raised her eyebrow.
Kira glared at her before finally throwing up her hands. "This is not going to end well, mark my words."
"Feel free to tell me 'I told you so' if it doesn't," Esma said, dryly, "You still with me?"
I'm with you to the end, but I hope it's a long ways off.
What are you going to tell the Council?"
Esma sighed, "The Council....I have no idea. I..." Esma glanced over at Scourge and started chuckling.
Kira looked over as well. "What the...."
A small group of ragged children had gathered on the edge of the crowd of moving people. They whispered among themselves, pointing towards Scourge with wide eyes. Scourge steadfastly ignored them along along with everyone else. From out of the knot of children, a small wiry boy pushed through and straightened his shoulders. Even from where she stood, Esma could see the determination on his face as he began to walk towards Scourge.
Esma started towards the pair, Kira a split step behind her.
"He's not going to...aw crap," Kira said just as the boy reached up and tugged on Scourge's cape. The two of them broke into a run.
Scourge looked down at the boy with a scowl and shooed him away. The boy's face set in mulish lines as he said something and then began to kick and punch Scourge with all the ferocity in his small body. Scourge's eyebrows went up and then he reached down and lifted the boy by his collar, still kicking in mid-air.
Esma nearly skidded to a stop next to them. "Scourge!"
He didn't look away from the boy. "Repeat that, if you dare."
"Scourge, he's just a boy," Esma said warningly. He motioned for her to be quiet. She scowled at him.
Don't mind me.
I'm just here to keep you from killing small children," Kira said, glaring at him.
The boy's voice shook, but the anger in it overwhelmed any fear, "I'll kill you! You Sith killed my family! I swear by their blood I will kill all the Sith!"
Reckonings arrive at their own pace. No need to rush them
," Scourge said, unconcerned at the bundle of humanity he had dangling from one huge fist. "The boy has courage."
"You don't scare me," the boy said, although his voice trembled.
"A lie, but a brave one," Scourge said with a very small smile, "You have potential.
Perhaps you are young enough to still cultivate the strength of the Sith.
Were you Force-sensitive, I might consider training you myself."
Esma smothered a grin at the boy's look of shock.
"And turn him into a mini-you? Yeah, not the best idea I've ever heard," Kira growled.
"You're Jedi, why aren't you fighting him?" the boy sounded outraged as he looked from Esma to Kira.
"Lord Scourge helps us. He's not a normal Sith," Esma said.
"Scourge is....an ally," Kira said with obvious distaste, "
Isn't teamwork grand?
Scourge's lip curled in a mocking smile at her. "
I will always be Sith-but that does not mean we can't work together.
"Doesn't mean I have to like it," Kira said with an insincere smile.
"Perhaps," Scourge said, glancing at Esma, "your mother might take this one in. He would make a good soldier, I think, with proper training. And if he plans to kill all the Sith..." He smiled slightly at the boy. "...then he will need proper training."
"Wait," Kira said shaking her head, "you WANT him trained to kill Sith?"
"If a Sith lacks the strength to stand against him, they deserve to be crushed. The boy has far to go before he is a worthy enemy, however."
"Scourge, put him down," Esma said. He raised an eyebrow at her. "Please." He set the boy down. Rather than go back into his frenzy, the boy stood there, flexing and unflexing his fists, staring with hatred at the Sith.
"What's your name?" Esma asked him, kneeling next to the boy.
"Jeddan," he said, glancing at her out of the corner of his eye while continuing to watch Scourge.
"Jeddan, you have anyone here? A foster family?"
Esma stood and put her hand on his shoulder. The boy shifted his gaze to hers. "Lord Scourge may be right. My mother may be able to get you the training you're going to need."
"Wait, you're going along with this?" Kira asked in disbelief.
"The boy has spirit and strength to have survived and still have the will to fight," Scourge said, "such potential should not be lost."
Jeddan looked from Esma to Scourge to Kira with eyes that were too old, had seen too much. "This isn't a trick?"
"Good," Scourge said, nodding, "don't be too trusting."
Kira threw up her hands in disgust.
"No, it's not a trick," Esma said quietly, "I don't know if we will be able to help, but we'll try. Will you stop trying to kill Lord Scourge? We need him in the war on our side."
The boy considered Scourge carefully. "For now. If I'm going to kill Sith, I'm going to need to learn about them, right?"
." Scourge said.
"Teach me," the boy ordered the Sith Lord.
Scourge's smile broadened, "Very well..." Jeddan fell into step next to Scourge as Scourge began to lecture him on the power and weakness of the Sith as they walked along the cratered ravine.
Esma watched them for a moment before shaking her head with a small grin and joining Kira on their journey.
Never a dull moment, we should visit warzones more often
," Kira muttered.
Jeddan is a baby trooper I made for kicks and giggles. He grows from a scrawny kid to a type 3 with a mohawk, tats, and a massive dislike for Sith. I wish I was more inclined to play male toons cause he's pretty awesome.
aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?
My Name is Solomon Crae
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