Sith in a Pretty Dress: Chronicles of Adwynyth
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08.31.2012 , 08:32 PM |
Timeline: Just after landing on Taris
Sith Warrior Act 1 conclusion and minor Act 2 spoilers
"But, Master, is this really necessary? I feel so...exposed."
"That's the idea, Jaesa."
"But why? I thought the idea was for you to throw them off their guard so they'd be paying attention to you while I attack unnoticed."
"Let's say you wore your usual clothing." Adwynyth thought about how to make it click for the young former Jedi. "Consider what would happen if someone warned our next foe about my attire, and he or she was ready for it. What would happen?"
"The distraction wouldn't work. They would be ready for us, and we would lose the element of surprise."
"Correct. Now, consider what happens when they are ready for my pretty, stylish dress" -- an elaborate flourish made Jaesa giggle -- "but then they're hit between the eyes with you being more or less naked."
The light dawned for the younger woman. "They'll be so busy gawking at me that you'll be able to take them apart. I see, Master. Thank you for explaining it...Master Karr never explained; he just told me to trust in the Force."
"He was an imbecile. He didn't realize who he had for a Padawan, or the extent of your true power, Jaesa." The Sith Lord glanced sideways at her apprentice. "Or how incredibly hot you look in that outfit."
They checked in with a Captain in a makeshift tent in the Toxic Lake base, and then found their way into a room in the main bunker where a massive Imperial soldier and a rather puny-looking Moff were going over some report or another. The larger man looked up at Adwynyth's and Jaesa's approach. "Moff Hurdenn..." he paused, blinked, and didn't quite know what to say.
"Yes, Lieutenant?" The Moff glanced up as well and immediately dismissed the two women. "This is a restricted area, ladies. The cantina is over there, at the back of the base." Pierce, fully recovered by the time the Moff finished, bowed smartly to the Sith with a slight smirk on his face. Adwynyth winked and bowed back.
, she thought to herself.
He pays attention. He's probably kicking himself for being surprised.
Assuming they'd left without looking up, Hurdenn spoke up again after a few seconds. "Pierce, I thought the costume ball was next month on the orbital station?"
"Don't believe these ladies are here for the costume ball, sir." He indicated his superior officer and spoke to Adwynyth. "Milord, Moff Hurdenn. Moff, I believe this is the apprentice you were expecting."
Hurdenn looked up and nearly dropped his datapad. He opened and closed his mouth without saying anything once, twice, and nearly a third time before apologizing profusely and offering Adwynyth and Jaesa a seat.
"Thank you, no, Hurdenn. We'll need to be on our way shortly. If you could brief us?" Adwynyth was still amused by Hurdenn's complete lack of poise.
With the Moff still at a loss for words, Pierce piped up. "Lieutenant Pierce, milord. On loan from Black Ops."
"Well met, Lieutenant. Do you have a first name?"
"None that's on record, milord." His eyes sparkled with mischief, probably the only indicator that he approved of her catching them off-guard.
Hurdenn stammered to life, apparently having recovered some of his mental state. "Uh...Pierce is by far my finest officer. I give you exclusive reign over him while you're on Taris, which I trust will accommodate your every need."
Adwynyth was intrigued and tickled by his turn of phrase. "Are you ready to accommodate my every need, Pierce?"
"I'm steady and sure in all things, milord." His smirk got a bit more pronounced.
Hurdenn excused himself from the flirt-fest as Pierce begun to brief them on a lead he'd gotten from a Republic scout. Adwynyth asked a few questions and thanked the Lieutenant and arranged for him to run tech on the first of several infiltration missions.
Afterward, he seemed to finally notice Jaesa for the first time. He gawked, caught himself, looked a bit more appreciatively, then walked past Hurdenn as the Sith and her apprentice were leaving. "I'll be in my bunk."
I couldn't resist, even being a cross-universe no-no. It's such a good line!