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09.03.2012 , 07:11 AM |
Miriah and crew, no spoilers
The sound of the door whisking open woke her, and Miriah squinted in the dim light to see Risha rush into her quarters and kneel beside the bed. “Rish, I wasn’t making any noise, we’ve been sleeping..”
“Shh I know,” she replied. “There’s something out there. Something furry that skittered across the floor by the holo.” She shivered, rubbing her arms.
“So take a blaster and…”
“No! Not when you might damage the ship with the ricochet or something.“ Corso sighed and pulled her closer, the man really could sleep through anything. Well, pretty much anything, she thought. She started to sit up when the door opened again and Guss tumbled through it, coming to a stop beside Risha.
“It’s still there, I just saw it again!” he shuddered.
“Ok, if you don’t want to use your blaster, use your lightsaber, Guss.” Miriah looked at him with challenge in her eyes. “It can’t be much.”
“It’s bigger than my foot, Captain, and moves really fast. It looked like it was chasing me at one point.” Miriah sighed, and turned to her sleeping husband.
“Cor, sugar, we have a problem. Wake up,” she said.
“Mmmfmm?” Corso opened one eye, and seeing the rest of the crew in their quarters, opened the other eye. “Wha’s wrong?”
“There’s a furry critter skittering about around the holo, and you’re the resident furry critter expert.”
“Huh,” Corso said, still half asleep. “Torchy is right there, shoot it.” He shrugged, “It’s probably a mouse or something, maybe a small womp rat. Nothing to get freaked over.” He eyed Risha as he said this, knowing her aversion to rodents.
“Unh-uh, not me, I’m not going back out there til it’s gone,” Risha stated, crossing her arms over her chest. “In fact, move over, Miriah. I’m staying here.” Corso gave her a death glare, and resigned that he was going to have to get rid of one pest to get rid of the others, he grabbed clothing from the floor beside the bed and dressed under the covers before getting up. Stretching, he charged Torchy, and padded toward the door.
“Wait!” Gus yelled, and ran to the other side of the bed, well away from the door. “Okay, now go.”
“Don’t damage anything engine related,” Risha called after him. After the door closed, they sat for several minutes waiting to hear the blaster fire, but nothing happened.
“Oh my stars, it’s taken Corso down,” Guss wailed, “I should have gone to heal him, it’s all my fault!” Guss pulled the blanket over his head.
“Oh be quiet, Guss. I’m sure he’s just still looking for it.” Miriah was losing patience. She hadn’t been asleep long, and these two were just plain annoying in the middle of night. She climbed over Risha, who had indeed crawled into their bed, and went to the door. Torchy fired just as she opened the door, and the smell of ozone and plasma and burned hair filled the lounge.
“Got it,” Corso said, walking toward a fairly large, hairy beast.
“What is it?” Miriah asked him, wondering where they would have picked up a rodent. They hadn’t had any food transports lately, and they didn’t haul livestock of any kind. She squealed as Corso picked it up.
“Relax. It’s a big, dangerous, fast moving hair ball.” He sighed as he looked back at Miriah. “Bow’s really gotta do something. I don’t know, anti-shed shampoo?”
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