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08.31.2012 , 04:10 PM |
Remi AU: Knightless - Loyalty & Betrayal Part 1
Spoiler for Imperial Agent Balmorra
Sanju Pyne sat in front of a scrambling terminal readying the day’s dispatches. For the past few months, he had run the Balmorran resistance by pretending to be their leader Gray Star. He was Balmorran by birth, he loved his people and planet, but he felt they were foolish to turn away from what the Empire had to offer. As Gray Star he kept them in check, he destroyed key reconnaissance operations keeping the resistance blind and cautious. It worked, casualties were kept to a minimum but their progress had stalled. He had singlehandedly brought the resistance to a halt, something the Empire had not been able to do in over a decade of fighting, until Selena was killed. He had assigned someone else to survey the valley. He still did not understand why she would take a simple recon mission.
After Selena’s death, the carnage on the Imperial side increased. For two weeks, a string of small, seemingly random yet successful attacks built their way up to a grand finale. First, a small supply outpost robbed, medical stuff, nothing worth reporting to headquarters. Then another outpost was hit, this time mid-sized ordinance. None of the attacks was ordered by him, without time to prepare the strike and run tactics the resistance favored began working again. His handlers told him it was a probably a new element, they would find him in time and stamp him out or he would join the known resistance, Sanju felt uneasy about everything. He asked them to send a report to intelligence to look for patterns, meanwhile the attacks continued. A slave pen freed here, a patrol disrupted there, theft, death, disruption, all too small for the Empire to worry about, then Darth Lachris was killed along with four other Sith.
Sanju put his head in his hands. He thought he knew the person behind the attacks. He knew sending Selena’s body back to taunt the resistance was a mistake. There was only one person with the guts and motivation to go after Lachris, Selena’s daughter Coremi.
The girl had a crush on him once. She was too young for him, but he thought it was cute and tried to be nice to her. She went out of her way to help him when he joined the resistance, and she saved his life once while risking her own, much to her mother’s dismay. He wondered what she would do if she ever found out he was Gray Star.
“Blowback,” Coremi whispered in his ear as she materialized next to him.
Sanju let out a strangled squeak but dove for cover drawing his blaster simultaneously. He had been practicing since he met the agent who helped him become Gray Star. It hardly mattered. Coremi had been practicing since she could walk. She shot the blaster out of his hand and put a bolt through his knee. She grabbed him by his collar and dragged him back onto his chair.
She sliced into his terminals and started downloading everything. Then she turned back to him and leaned against the desk. “Names of the traitors you placed in the resistance.” She said pulling out her datapad so she could take notes.
“There’s no on-” She put her hand on his wounded knee and squeezed. He shrieked and tried to pull away. She let go and waited for him to recover.
“What will you do with them?” He asked angrily when he could speak again, “They’re Balmorran too. They just have different ideas from you, they just want pe-” She inserted her thumb into the gaping hole in his leg she waited until he ran out of breath for screaming then pulled back. He whimpered softly gritting his teeth.
“The Empire offers order and rewards for hard work, loyalty, and dedication.” He continued stubbornly, “We’re Balmorran. We’ve always done more than our share and the Republic abandoned us in favor of ‘more important,’ worlds. They only used us for our factories and out know how, and then they left us here to rot.”
“I don’t care about the Republic or the Empire. Balmorra should be free, Sanju. I wouldn’t care if you and the others were Imperial office clerks, but you decided to sacrifice our people to further the Empire's cause. That makes you a traitor and the same goes for anyone else you put inside our organization. When I’m done here I’m sending out a broadcast telling everyone Gray Star was compromised and there’s a mole in each cell. If you really want to keep the deaths to a minimum, you’ll tell me who they are.”
His eyes widened at what that would do, “But the cells will be torn apart rooting out my people, innocents will die.”
He searched her face trying to convey how terrible that would be for everyone, that it would destroy the resistance, his eyes met a cold yellow implacable stare. “Time to prove that you actually do care about our people.”
He bowed his head until his chin touched his chest but he gave her the names.
“Who helped you replace Gray Star?” She asked when he was finished.
“I don’t know.” He said, when she raised her hand again he continued quickly, “She worked for Imperial Intelligence, she didn’t have a name, she never gave me one. I overheard them calling her a Cipher.”
“Was it Anna?” She named a woman he had brought in a few months ago.
“Yes, but I doubt that was her real name.” She made another note in her datapad and got up. Sanju looked at a little beacon on his desk. It blinked reinforcements would arrive soon. She glanced at the beacon and shut it off.
“They’re already on their way.” He said trying to convey his sympathy, “You won’t escape, but I can help you. They’ll listen to me.” To his surprise, she grinned and spun his chair around so he faced the door. A tall Sith walked into the room.
“I sent back his reinforcements,” the Sith said quietly ignoring Sanju. “but we should not linger. If you are finished here, we should kill him and leave.”
She blew him a kiss a gesture that only made him shake his head as he left the room. She used the scrambling terminal to send a broadcast to the resistance. Then she overloaded the panel so he could not call for help.
“What are you going to do now?” He had believed he could keep her talking long enough to be rescued, now he was terrified.
She looked up at the ceiling, “Remember that time at Troida with that crazy rogue Sith?”
He nodded, remembering his first proving op. He still shook with fear but he tried to keep her talking. “He strapped a countdown bomb to my neck . Your mother ordered everyone out but you snuck back in to save me.”
She smiled at the memory, “One minute to spare, mother had me running message relays for weeks as punishment.” He opened his mouth to thank her again but the words left him when she pulled the bomb out of her pack. “I saved it.” She said with a mad grin and locked the bomb around his neck, setting the timer for five minutes.
“Please, Cori.” He begged.
She leaned over him until their faces were inches apart. “If I had let you die you would not have gotten Gray Star. If I had let you die the resistance would be making progress.” Her voice broke, “If I had let you die my mother would still be alive.”
His shoulders shook as he sobbed. “I never meant for Selena to die.”
“That’s good Sanju,” she said looking into his eyes, “Force willing, you can tell her yourself.” She pressed a button, and the clock began its countdown. She left him in the room to cry alone, no one was coming to save him this time.
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