Lodestone: A Wynston/Ruth Alternate Universe
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12.19.2012 , 09:34 AM |
L + 24 months
The regular jobs weren't bad. Ruth kept Colrand out of earshot of the Servants, which kept him happy. On her work days she spread the fear of the Empire far and wide; increasingly, as time went on, her mere threat was enough to force talks to resolve the situation. She kept the secure focus she had trained in since childhood. It felt pretty good to use that kind of aura to startle or disgust the stubborn Dark Side Sith who insisted on combat.
The Emperor had only summoned her once since that first horrible time. Another sick crawling sensation in her mind, another job that she got out of the way as fast as she could so she could come home.
Home. Her friends were in and out – Pierce and Broonmark with a cadre of guards for her that Pierce liked to train via improbable spec ops missions, Vette in a part-time treasure-hunting arrangement that saw her in and out of town all the time, Wynston every few months as his missions permitted, Jaesa with frequent exchanges from the home she had bought in Kaas City.
Ruth spent every minute she could spare with Colrand. He was the sweetest baby ever. Except with Wynston, whose very presence seemed to transform Cole into a small mischievous wrecking ball. The Chiss never seemed to mind the baby's boisterousness, and it was a source of endless amusement to Vette and Pierce on the occasions they all got together.
By tacit agreement no one ever mentioned or discussed the father, no matter how strong the resemblances surfacing in his son were.
It was a good life. It felt…safe was a stupid assumption, but it felt right.
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