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10.14.2012 , 03:41 PM |
Cielle at the firing range...*melt*
And more Rixik adventures! Yay!
A sort of 'why did I never think about this before?'
for Sith Warrior Ruth, SW Korriban spoilers, 600 words.
Ruth waited for the greying Sith to look up from his desk. He eyed her for a long moment before he spoke. "Has Lord Baras sent you back to me already?"
"Yes. Hear me out. Lord Baras got to work the moment the introductions were over. As a first task, he has asked that I kill you and bring him your hand as proof. As I understand it, cutting off a hand is in no way fatal, so it would seem that Lord Baras is watching to see whether I have the stomach to kill my own mentor."
"Really? I did not expect him to be this direct, even with his authority. Either I die here or he forces me to slay the apprentice I had hoped to back against his. A master stroke."
"He hasn't demanded any meaningful proof of death. He's almost daring me to spare you."
"That would be very foolish of you."
"Foolish? It would be a waste for all your experience and wisdom to be lost as part of my homework assignment. It seems to me your skills could still be put to use somewhere far away from here, if you were to vanish leaving nothing but the hand Baras has demanded."
"There is no point in such thinking. Baras has made the superior play. You as an acolyte will obey his will or die trying. It's absurd to imagine anything else."
"I don't wish to kill you, Tremel. You've been a good teacher. And a friend."
"If you call me or any Sith a friend, I have taught you nothing." Tremel stood and faced her across the desk, scowling. "Stop trying to talk yourself out of doing what is necessary. I have attempted to show you the ways of the Sith, but even now you prove resistant to the most critical lessons." He shook his head. "I should not have been surprised. Your father didn't have the nerve either. That's why he fled the Academy when we were young. That's why he has lived as a virtual recluse on Dromund Kaas ever since he returned to the Sith. That is why I was shocked that he sent you to me."
"You gave me the practical lessons he couldn't, Overseer. My father gave me what advice he could, but he knew it would take someone more in touch with Korriban's pulse to guide me through the Academy. I've learned a great deal. Even the parts you've never seen me emulate. So don't make me end it like this."
"End it, girl?" He drew and activated his saber. "I don't think you're capable. Not to someone you've been foolish enough to name a friend."
"Hold." She drew but didn't activate. "To fight me is to throw your life away and you know it. You can survive this, just not if you do what he expects. Let me take your hand. Disappear, remake a life elsewhere. Baras will learn something about me and he will think it's a weakness. He will not realize, at least not today, what I am capable of toward those who don't listen to reason. You'll live to see his game go on. I'll give you your victory." Her jaw tightened for a second. "Or you will die here, now. Because I am capable, regardless of what you think of me."
The older Sith faced the young woman for a long time. Then, slowly, he deactivated his saber, set it on the desk, and offered his right arm.
Ruth bowed formally. "Thank you, Tremel. For everything."
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