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09.03.2012 , 01:32 AM |
Remi AU: Knightless - Loyalty & Betrayal Part 2
Spoiler for Imperial Agent Balmorra (640 words)
Scourge waited next to a speeder outside Gray Star’s headquarters. The girl had insisted they find and eliminate Gray Star first, she would not allow him to continue to harm her people. He admired her will and focus, he hoped it was good for more than serving the pathetic creatures that lived on this planet. He also needed to think of something to call her.
He mounted the speeder and waited while she settled behind him. When her arms were wrapped firmly around his waist, he set off. At a safe distance, he dismounted and took her hand guiding her to stand in front of him facing the building. “Can you feel his fear, his pain?” he said into her ear, “Reach out with the force and touch it.”
He had never taken an apprentice and had little use for delicate applications of the force; he found he needed physical contact to guide her control. He placed his hands on her shoulders and showed her wordlessly how to reach toward the emotional current generated by the traitor. “What do you feel?” he asked wanting to know how she perceived the force.
“It’s warm and liquid,” she said so softly he leaned forward to hear her, “but thicker than water, more like fresh blood, it flows in circles until it becomes smoke.” She touched her lips as if the force was a physical presence, “It tastes like ash and smells like newly turned earth.” He had not asked her to, but she fed from power without thinking. Through their connection, he felt her pulse quicken and her fatigue ebbed, he smiled behind her, and conveyed his approval. The building rocked as the bomb went off. The fear and pain rose to a crescendo followed by the release of death, she was still open and felt it all. She swayed on her feet. He supported her, allowing her to lean back against him to steady herself.
“Describe death,” he murmured.
“It’s everything,” the awe plain in her voice, “Pain, fear, rage, but also, joy and sorrow, love and lust. He felt everything, then nothing.” She trembled as she absorbed the energy. The shoulders under his hands grew feverishly warm, he marveled at her sensitivity, most Sith could only feel the power released by death. She made a small sound in the back of her throat, it might have been a sob.
Scourge frowned, he wanted her to enjoy this death. Pyne was her enemy, and it would be easier for her to kill with the force if the deaths of her victims brought pleasure. Instead, she mourned. Without thinking, his sent his contempt straight to her heart. Startled, she tore herself from his grasp and moved away before facing him. He sensed her anger and confusion, but saw no reason to apologize. Her grief only weakened her and he had no use for weakness.
They stared at each other in silence, each having discovered something new and distasteful about the other. Her expression displayed something he had not expected, not exactly surprise, there was too much pain in it. He reached out with his senses again. She felt betrayed, as if he was not as he first seemed. It amused him that she would think there was a kinder nobler soul under his Sith skin that he hid from the galaxy, his expression turned mocking. He would have ridiculed her for her childish fantasies but before he could speak, she bolted. Instinctively, she moved into a force-assisted sprint with the power she absorbed from the traitor’s death, she was fifty meters away within seconds. When he moved to follow her, she activated her stealth generator and disappeared.
Scourge sighed, beginning to realize the monumental task he now faced. Nevertheless, he was impressed. She was a fast learner, and a very fast runner.
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