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09.02.2012 , 01:53 PM |
Loyalty and betrayal.
The set up.
SW Chapter 3 spoilers.
Ok, so in my real head cannon, Ardyth is still engaged but decides to pursue a relationship with Quinn anyways, she end up marrying him and killing her betrothed. Ardyth and Quinn have Mitka and Marek and Oriah...Blah blah blah The place where Force of Wills sprang up from. In this AU, Ardyth is a much more honorable person, choosing to stay loyal to her family and her arranged marriage despite her feelings for Quinn, thus rejecting Quinn. Also just to be a jerk, Quinn is a much more loyal and upstanding guy, deciding not to betray Ardyth at the transponder station. AND scene!
Ardyth made her way to the bridge, Quinn had requested a private audience, the last time they had been alone together he had requested a transfer, she had obliged him. It was for the best, he had admitted to having feelings for her that were un professional and inappropriate. Ardyth had signed the transfer gladly, if only because she had developed the same emotions, she hated to see him go, but he was off limits. She was betrothed, she had given her word to Silas, it was an arranged marriage and a contract between two ancient families, but Ardyth did genuinely care for the other Sith, had been excited even at the prospect of marrying him, until she had met Quinn.
They had managed to keep their relationship professional, until a tense moment on Taris where both believed they might die at any moment, and he had declared that he had feelings for her. Not a word was spoken on it again until he had requested the transfer. Why then was he still on her bridge? Because as soon as she had signed the order, a heavy silence had fallen between them. The room had been thick with emotion and unspoken words. She hadn’t been able to turn her eyes away from his, and against both their better judgment he had kissed her, and Ardyth had let him, because she had been weak, and because she had developed feelings for him to.
They were en route to the transponder station Quinn had explained was necessary. When she walked onto the bridge they were still in hyperspace, the stars melded together to give the bridge an eerie yet lovely silver glow. Quinn looked up from his console when she walked in.
“My Lord” He linked his hands behind his back in his customary parade rest.
“Captain Quinn, what can I do for you?” They used their formality as a shield, they kept their distance, yet already her mind filled with memories of their kiss, the passion that had been behind it. She focused her eyes elsewhere; she could not look him in the face.
“My Lord, I must confess something. The transponder station is a ruse, I am not what I seem. I am an agent of Darth Baras, and he has ordered me to kill you.” He paused, as much as he wanted to rush through what he had to say, explain, he needed her to understand.
“Why are you telling me this?” Anger, confusion and suspicion gripped her, her father had taught her to trust no one, and in truth she had suspected he had been a plant from the start, when he begged to enter her service. Somewhere along the way she had begun to trust him, probably around the same time she had started to care about him.
“I cannot in good conscience carry out his orders. He is an impotent scheming sycophant, where you are true power, chosen by the Emperor, it would be folly to rise against you. He is as bad as Broysc was, a mad dog who should be put down, as much as I owe my career to him, I cannot hope to rise against you.” The words came rushing out, though one reason begged to be revealed.
Ardyth nodded, she could kill him, but no harm had been done and by confessing he had foiled yet another one of Baras’s plans, but proved his loyalty to her cause.
“Thank you Captain, for your candor and honesty, it is a rare quality in the Empire. You need not fear any reprisals from Baras, you are under my protection, and Force willing he will be dead soon. Will that be all?” She kept her formality, though she wanted to hug him. He snapped to attention.
“Yes my Lord.” No hint of the emotion she sensed entered his voice, she turned to leave.
“Wait, no, my Lord, there is something else.” He had taken the two steps to close the gap between them, his hand gently gripping her upper arm. His hands were soft, and warm with slight calluses on his ever typing fingers. Ardyth swallowed begging him not to say it with her eyes. “I am falling in love with you, and I believe you are falling in love with me. Am I wrong?” He said it anyways.
Ardyth wanted to lie to him, to tell him he was wrong, but for the look in his eyes, and the nearness of him she couldn’t find it in her to lie, when he had just risked everything for the truth.
“No, you’re not wrong Quinn.” Her voice was quiet, heavy, full of sadness.
He kissed her then, again, and Ardyth let him, again, and his lips were sweet, and his hands were strong, and she wanted nothing more than to melt into him. She pulled away, gently, holding a finger to his lips when he tried to kiss her again, she shook her head.
“Quinn, I can’t. I’m sorry, I love you, I do, but I can’t. I’m engaged, I’ve given my word. I have a duty to my family that I cannot break.” She saw the hurt in his eyes and she reached and brushed her hand to his face, wishing she could kiss him again, forget her duty and her honor and run away with him. He pulled away from her, taking both of her hands in his, kissing the tips of her fingers.
“I understand, my Lord. Forgive me for putting you in this situation.” He gave her hands one last squeeze then let them go. “I will alter our course to Corellia.”
“Quinn I’m sorry.” She whispered, he looked at her and shook his head, pleading with his eyes for her to leave. She nodded, and left the bridge, fighting back tears.
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