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11.08.2012 , 12:45 AM |
Prompt: Worlds Colliding or Worlds Apart (I know, I'm late for this one
) a.k.a. love seen from different perspectives
Featuring Xania and Andronikos/Lilith and Vector
Some mild innuendo...
I used the name "Xania" as that is the real name of my character and I feel that server merges should not have an impact on the characters themselves.
“Ever thought about settling down?”
Andronikos looked across the room to the sith standing on the far side, staring out through the large window. Her deep red hair, usually tied, were now falling on her shoulders and, even if she was not facing him, he recognised her demeanour, an almost constantly present air of superiority. He often wondered how different she would have been if she had not been a sith.
“Why?” she replied
“Well, are you going to continue plotting all your life?”
She straightened her head. Slowly turning around, he could not help but notice a strange glint in her eyes “I am a Sith or have you forgotten?”
“No, I haven't. I get reminded of that every time I look at you”
“Then you should also remind yourself of what I do” she said, turning back to face the window.
“Sometimes...” he paused, considering whether to continue. Then, considering that he had nothing to lose, he continued “Sometimes I ask myself if there is a person within that body of yours”. He was a bit of a gambler and, right now, he was gambling with his life, knowing that annoying a sith would be painful.
“Do you spend much of your time looking at my body?”
“That's not what I meant, damn it! And stop answering a question with another question.” Sometimes, she could really get on his nerves and yet, despite of that, he had not yet found the strength, or the will, to separate himself from her presence.
She sighed “What is it that you want to know, Andronikos?”
“What I meant was if...if you ever feel anything at all.” He could see her shoulders stiffening, '
Don't push it Andronikos. Let it go
' he heard the logical part of his mind say but he was in no logical mood.
“Are you asking me if I love you?”
Her answer, although technically another question, felt like a punch in the gut. '
Damn it woman, you'd make a very poor diplomat
' he thought. She turned around and, feeling her gaze upon him, it made Andronikos squirm.
“Tell me, Andronikos” she continued “How can I be sure that you won't be asking for favours?”
“What? That's...What do you mean?”
“As a sith lord, I can have as many suitors as I want.” she replied, walking slowly towards him “Some of them, if not all, would believe that just because they have been in my bed, they would have a right to special treatment.” She stopped and was now standing in front of him “I don't like that.”
He did not like it either.
“How can I know if you are different?”
“You're a Force user. Can't you use the Force to see the future?” he answered, trying to get her attention away from him
“I do not see the future. I'd rather make my own” she replied bluntly
I know exactly what you mean
' he thought and he remembered why he had not left yet: every conversation, every exchange with her was like getting in a fight and, having been someone who never backed down from a fight, he like it.
“I do not see the future, Xania. I can only tell you that what you see is what you get”
For a moment, she stared at him, considering his words. Then, turning away “That will do...for the time being”
Lilith was sitting in front of the tool table, pouring over her rifle and she did not see Vector enter. He moved quietly next to her and, for a moment, stood there without a word. As she turned her head, she jumped from the stool she was sitting on.
“Oh, sorry” he said
“Vector! Don't sneak up on me like that”
“Apologies. We did not wish to interrupt”
She sighed “It's fine, just don't always appear out of nowhere. I could have shot you” she said while sitting down again
“You could have shot us but, considering that your rifle is, at the moment, in pieces, we felt safe” he replied with a smile
“Ha. Ha. Very funny, Vector” she resumed cleaning the different parts laying on the table “You never know, I could have hidden another weapon”
“Would you really shoot us?”
“Yes...” she answered, with a hint of a smile “...and I'm going to shoot you if you keep asking silly questions”
“Having settled this matter, may we enquire as to why you have been slaving over your rifle for almost two hours?” he asked, almost innocently.
“Are you checking up on me?”
“No, we are just asking out of curiosity”
She turned her head to look at him “Every weapon needs maintenance.” she continued, a mischievous look crossing her face “Why, would you rather have me maintain a
type of rifle?”
“No, it just that...” and then it hit him and, suddenly, he was lost for words “Uh, it's...eeh”
Lilith laughed “For a diplomat to be unable to continue, it must be awkward.”
“Yes, well, we were not expecting the conversation to take such a turn”
“Don't mind me” Lilith replied, resuming her activity “I just can't pass up an opportunity to make you feel uncomfortable”
“Yes. Thank you. We will remember such statement” he said, scratching his head. “You are a bad person”
“Hmmm, I love it when you talk dirty, Vector” she continued
“Have you been drinking?” he asked
“No, and that's the best part” she chuckled. After a moment she put down the cloth she had been using and faced him “Is it always 'we' with you?”
“What do you mean? There is you and us....that is 'we'. Is it not?
“No, I meant, in private....” He raised an eyebrow, blinking a couple of times
She sighed “You are a bit slow to catch up at times, Vector. When we are in private, is it just us?”
“Oh, the Hive, you mean?”
“Well, you know that we can sever the connection to the hive if there is a need for it”
“Good. It would be somewhat strange to share my room with you and a whole hive of Killiks...”
For a moment they stared at each other, in silence. Then, they both burst out laughing and they did for a while.
“That would be awkward” he said. “Would that make you feel uncomfortable?”
“I guess. A bit, at least”
“I will keep that in mind next time you pull one of your pranks...” he stated
“And do what? Relate to them in a descriptive way how humans interact on a personal level?”
“They would not fully understand. For Killiks, it is very different”
She widened her eyes, trying to look shocked “You didn't! You really did watch them?”
“No!” he replied hastily “We...” then noticing her grin “Oh. Again...You know that we hate you, right?”
“Keep telling yourself that” she replied.