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09.26.2012 , 10:52 AM |
@Striges I love how you worked the Corso conversations in there, even funnier because those are the responses you use to flirt with him.
Remi AU: Knightless - Backfired Plans
Spoiler for SW Tatooine (~1200 words)
Coremi trudged through endless sand careful not to lose her way. She preferred to leave her speeder a good distance from the hut, she did not want the odd passerby to know the old master had visitors. Lord Scourge had been recalled by his master, he left her on Nar Shaddaa trusting her to train alone and stay out of trouble, so of course, she ran away.
The informant she met on Nar Shaddaa had told her much about her master, information that terrified her, but that was not why she left. She had run out of her medication, and her nightmares combined with her increasing power were dangerous on such a densely populated planet. Tatooine held two things that she wanted, isolation from people and cheap spice. Her new friend taught her to distill spice into a near perfect chemical match for her medication. Of course, Lord Scourge could obtain the medication easily but he would want to know what it was for, and she would not discuss it, not with him, or with anyone.
She traveled to Anchorhead rather than the Imperial side of things, and upon landing a strange man approached her. Strange overly familiar men were nothing new to her but this one was different. He called himself Galen, he was of average height and soft around the middle, but he moved like a fighter. He appeared to be blind, but he saw and knew more about her than should have been possible. He sent her to see an old hermit and his student at the edge of the Dune Sea.
She almost ran when she realized he sent her to a Jedi, but she entered the hut anyway and gave them Galen’s message on a datadisk. “She is not what she was meant to be. You must help her or all will be lost.”
The hermit studied her, feeling the force swirl around her chaotically. He told her it was a good thing that she came to him, that the dark side was growing in her and it was not too late to turn to the light. He introduced himself as Master Yonlach and his former Padawan as Master Yul-Li. He offered to train her in the ways of the light. Secretly, she thought the idea of giving up love and all other emotions was insane but her mother had taught her never to discard an opportunity to learn, so she agreed and began her training.
She visited the hut every five days, learning to focus and channel the force, the lessons were oddly similar to the ones she learned from Lord Scourge, like the same song played in a different key at a different tempo. While the Sith methods were intuitive and mutable, Yonlach's ways were technical and precise. She could see that both methods had their strengths and weaknesses but she knew Scourge and Yonlach would insist one was entirely correct while the other was inferior in every way. She wondered what they would think if they knew how similar they were despite their opposing philosophies.
At the end of each session, Yul-Li would spar with her. She had received some indifferent swordtraining as a resistance youth. At the time, she was force-blind and petit, and most of the swordsmen were hulking brutes not unlike Yul-Li. She learned to compensate for her stature by using different tactics. As a result, she preferred knives for close combat, blasters for distance, and explosives for everything else. Yul-Li on the other hand considered the lightsaber to be the only form of combat worth learning, a deficiency Coremi was certain would get him killed. Still, they were both kind and friendly if distant and she was a quick study, practicing alone between sessions or taking jobs from the local constables. She was looking forward to another day of training when she noticed a speeder outside the hut. She activated the stealth generator on her belt and made her way to the door.
A young woman, a Sith by the feel of her, fought Master Yonlach and Yul-Li. She was strong, graceful, and defeated them easily. Coremi watched with fascination, Yonlach insisted the light side was always greater than the dark, this Sith proved him wrong.
Coremi studied the Sith looking for vulnerabilities, she did not want to lose her teachers but she did not think she could defeat the woman where two Jedi had failed. There, she nodded to herself spotting the Sith’s weakness. At her feet lay an Imperial officer and no matter what either Jedi did, she made sure to keep herself between the Jedi and the man. It was obvious that she was concerned for him, and had they noticed, Yonlach or Yul-Li could have taken advantage.
The fight inside the hut ended and both Jedi knelt before the Sith, she prepared to deal the killing blows.
Coremi unstealthed and cleared her throat. “Am I interrupting?” she asked from behind the Sith. The woman spun attempting to guard her fallen comrade from three.
“Must I kill two of your pupils today Yonlach?” the Sith asked, “Tell me the girl’s name and where I can find her.”
“You should not have revealed yourself, Padawan,” Yonlach reprimanded, “You are not ready to fight this Sith.” The Sith smirked at her and turned back to Yonlach and Yul-Li. Coremi waited until Yul-Li started speaking.
“Master,” Yul-Li began, “I must bargain for your life.” He had the Sith’s attention, Coremi pulled out her blasters and opened fire. The Sith had expected some sort of attack from her and blocked the incoming bolts.
“Are Jedi Padawan so pathetic now they need blasters?” She looked down her nose conveying her amusement. Coremi returned her stare then dropped her eyes to the man on the floor. The Sith followed her gaze and saw that the officer was now bleeding heavily.
“Gut wound, blasters boltls usually cauterize but the force of it rips open all kinds of things,” Coremi warned the Sith as she tried to apply kolto patches to the hole in the Imperial. “If you get him to a tank soon he’ll live, if not he’ll die. I can’t defeat you but I bet I can keep you here till he bleeds out. Your choice, Sith.”
She gave Coremi a look so filled with hatred that, even in the Tatooine heat, sent chills down her spine. The Sith dragged the officer out of the hut to the waiting speeder.
“Are you two alright?” Coremi asked checking them for wounds.
“You should not have shot at the officer.” Yonlach said, “It was a dishonorable thing to do.”
She rolled her eyes. “So,” she said awkwardly looking around the damaged hut, “What are we learning today?”
The old master shook his head, “I still sense the darkness in your heart. The force is not a mere weapon that you manipulate.” He looked at the young girl, he sensed she only knew death and nothing of life and was not ready to change that. “Go, I have nothing more to teach you.” He and Yul-Li turned away from her and neither would say another word.
Coremi returned to the hostel where she lived, a cheap place with no other tenants and a proprietor that left her alone. As she watched the twin suns burn the horizon, she expected to feel sadness or anger, instead she felt something close to amusement, she was starting to get used to rejection from the so-called good guys. She wondered what Lord Scourge could possibly want her to face that forced him to take her back when everyone else wanted nothing to do with her.
Three days later a message arrived from Galen informing her that Master Yonlach and Yul-Li had been defeated by a Sith named Praven. She left the message on the table and went out to find another glitterstim dealer. She had a feeling the nightmares were about to get worse.
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