Force of Wills: The Ties that Bind
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09.14.2012 , 12:24 PM |
Ainsley had not expected to see her daughter, they had tracked the bounty hunter and her crew to the abandoned factory. The three laid in wait and listened in on the conversation, finally Corso tapped her, and pointed at the Jawa who was trying to look tough, but only managed to look ridiculously cute. It was time to make their move, she always did like making an entrance.
“Hey Sweetheart.” Corso answered Mitka’s surprise. He was bursting with pride, he had never actually seen her in full armored uniform, and she had a scary intense and professional air about her. For a split second that all disappeared when she saw her parents, and she was their fiery little girl again.
“Daddy?” Mitka’s heart jumped when she saw her father, then she felt her cheeks burning.
“Daddy, eh?” Vik rumbled behind her. She was not going to live this down.
“Stow it Vik” Jorgan called out, though she knew enough about Aric that he would be teasing her as well later.
“You brought your parents to this deal Major? That’s not what we agreed to.” Avacynne reached behind to her concealed blaster. Ainsley had her twin barrels out before she could reach them.
“That’s a bad idea hunter, and no, Major Riggs did not know we were here. My business is with one of your crew, but if you play it right I think I might like to hire you for that little job you were just discussing.” Ainsley noted how the bounty hunters crew all turned towards the Devaronian.
“Gault, what did you do?” Ava sighed, hands on hips.
“Hey, why does everyone always assume it’s me?” Gault lifted his hands in the air.
“Blizz?” Ainsley knelt down to the Jawa’s level, “Slam gave you something, a data cube to keep safe for a friend. I’m that friend, and I need you to give it to me.”
“Blizz don’t know you, how does Blizz know robot lady not lying?” The Jawa chittered nervously.
Ainsley pulled out an old beaten spanner, and handed it to the Jawa. Blizz took it and turned it over in his small deft fingers, he popped open a hidden compartment, much to Ainsleys surprise, and a chip fell out. He then turned the chip over in his fingers, the cube appeared from out of his robes and he slipped the chip in, a holo image appeared of a friendly old man, Slam.
“Hey Blizz, glad you got off Hoth, this is my friend Captain Ainsley Isiz, she’s looking for that data cube we found in that old Republic ship, she’s a friend Blizz, you did a good thing keeping it safe, but it belongs to the Captain and the people she works for. I’m off Hoth now, here’s my new holo frequency, give me a call next time you’re on Nar Shaddaa, and we’ll catch up.”
The recorded image disappeared, and Blizz looked back at Ainsley. He then gingerly dropped the cube in her hands.
“Much obliged Blizz.” She stood up handing the cube to Akaavi.
“Wait, Blizz how do you know it’s not a plant?” Ava asked not liking the situation at all, least of all the fact that Blizz gave something away, that obviously had value.
“It’s ok Boss, this Slam’s special spanner, Blizz added the secret hole, for secret messages. Only Blizz and Slam know.” Blizz said proudly.
Ava looked from the Jawa back at the interlopers, her mouth set in a hard line.
“Now then!” Ainsley spoke loudly her voice echoing off the walls. “About offing that Sith! You could try haggling with the Republic, I myself am still an officially sanctioned privateer, but the pay is lousy and they tax you on top of that. Right Mit?”
“Pays the bills, but it’s nothing to write home about, what are you getting at mom?” Mitka was mystified, she knew her mother was involved in shady dealings, she just never knew what.
“I work for an organization who would be very interested in taking out the Emperor’s Wrath, and they would be willing to pay your asking price. Same plan you just laid out, working with my girl and her squad. Difference is you would be working for me, and Mitka here would be working for the Republic. She does her duty, you make a nice tidy profit, and the Galaxy is down one more powerful and dangerous Sith. Everyone goes home happy, except the Sith.”
“I don’t deal with middle men, I want to talk to your boss.” Ava asked, although she liked the idea of not dealing directly with the Republic military. The Cyborg Captain gave her a wide smile.
“Of course.” She tapped at her data pad, then handed it to Ava, “Coordinates, I’ll let them know to expect you.” Ainsley extended her hand to Avacynne, who shook it.
“I look forward to doing business with you….”
“Call me Ava, and likewise. Now let’s get off this mudball, I don’t know about the rest of you but getting Hutta stank off armor is a pain.” She indicated to her crew to move out, when she passed by Mitka she extended her hand again. Mitka looked at it, then shook it. “No hard feelings Major, looking forward to seeing what you can do.”
“Cross me again and I will kill you.” Mitka growled through a forced smile.
Mitka and the rest of Havoc watched them go, she then gave the order for them to head back to the ship. “Jorgan with me.” Aric nodded to the rest and hung back with Mitka and her parents. Corso finally took the chance to give his daughter a bear hug, as did Akaavi, both beamed with pride, Akaavi doubly so when she counted the number of concealed vibroblades. Ainsley considered her daughter before pulling her into a hug.
“We need to talk kiddo.” She said softly.
“Ya think? First, things first, I don’t know when I’ll get another chance. Mom, dad, I want you to meet Aric Jorgan, XO of Havoc squad, and my fiancé.” Mitka’s mouth quirked up into a silly grin at calling him by that title. Ainsley, Corso and Akaavi were suddenly very interested in Aric, sizing him up, the jovial and openness that usually described Corso was replaced by a hard and protective look.
“Aric, these are my parents, Ainsley Isiz, Corso Riggs, and my aunt Akaavi Spar.” To his credit Aric didn’t back down, he extended his hand to Corso, with a respectful sir, that softened him up almost immediately. Within ten minutes Aric, Corso and Akaavi were debating the finer points of Blastec tech verses Czerka tech weaponry. Ainsley took her chance.
“What are your plans after Hutta Mit?” She mumurred voice low, although the trio trailing behind were paying them no mind.
“I have a debrief on Coruscant, then some leave. Was going to see about helping Cohen with his little problem, but I have a feeling that’s no longer an issue. Also seems I need to wait to see about this new op that I’ve just agreed to.” She eyes her mother sidelong, not sure what to make of her anymore.
“You always were a smart girl Mit. Do you trust him?” She nudged her head back towards Aric.
“Wouldn’t have agreed to marry him if I didn’t.” It was an odd question, but she got the meaning. Could Aric be trusted with sensitive info that might not hold up to Republic law. Considering his absolute disdain for Republic command, the SIS and the bloated senate, he was known to turn a blind eye in favor of doing the right thing.
“Fair enough, when you’re done on Coruscant, come meet me and the rest of the family at these coordinates, bring your man, and don’t take an official military ship. Your brothers and Oriah will be there.” Ainsley tapped her datapad and sent the info to Mitka’s private mail address. “Oh and sweetheart, congratulations!” She gave Mitka another big hug. They parted ways at the Jiguuna space port.
Mitka and Aric finally found themselves alone together, Aric wasted no time and pulled her into a long passionate kiss. It had been way too long.
“Let’s get out of here.” He growled hotly in her ear, she just nodded and let him guide her back to the ship. Her mind was swimming with everything that had just happened, filled with questions. It would all have to wait, for now she just wanted to jump into a hot shower with her husband to be.
Force of Wills
Force of Wills: The Ties that Bind