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12.25.2012 , 03:32 AM |
Remi and crew
Timeline just after the last one. Setting is Black Hole, Corellia
No actual spoilers in this one but understanding it may require spoilers for JK ch2 and beyond.
Remi flipped the switch on her multi-tool and was rewarded with a dim spark and a powering down noise. She blinked at the power cell, zero percent. She would have to wait while the solar cells charge for at least an hour before it would work. She rubbed her head, frustrated and tired, it had been a rough few days facing the families of Theta Squad but she believed they deserved the truth.
So she told them what happened and her role in it, despite the fact that the Senate had covered it up and the Council had warned her against it. What would be gained by telling the families the truth? They believed their sons died fighting the Sith, they believed their sons were heroes. Let them cherish that memory. That was what everyone told her, but the truth was they did die fighting the Sith, the truth was their sons were heroes. If the truth meant she should be tried, imprisoned, or even sentenced to death, her task was done and she would accept her punishment.
Part of her wanted them to seek justice of some kind. She needed something to draw a line around her crimes so she could separate herself from them. She needed some kind of sentence or ruling to tell her what she could do to make things right. There was no line and no punishment that could bring those men back. The families understood, most of them did, and they refused to press charges, refused everything she offered; only asking that she leave. The old woman slapping her had been the best thing to happen all week.
She had been glad to have a mission to occupy her mind, so glad that she hurried off on her own without checking her gear. A piece of twisted metal poked out of the concrete slab pinning her boot to the ground. She had leaped to her target without looking, careless and thinking only of the weapon cache and not about its surrounding environment. The rubble shifted when she landed and now she was stuck, the hero of the entire galaxy defeated by a pile of rocks.
If her multitool had been charged she could cut her way out, if she had someone to spot her she could Force-push the slab away, but it was all too unstable and not worth the risk. She looked down at the depleted device as its charge indicator slowly ticked upward, twenty minutes. Not long but she would be late for the group rendezvous. Her lightsaber could cut through the metal but it would also cut through her foot.
She sighed impatiently and banged her head softly against the concrete slab swearing under her breath. A noise made her freeze in place, footsteps making their way through the rubble below. The mercenaries that took over the sector were everywhere and a patrol might be coming to check on the cache she had just destroyed. She extended her senses, hoping Doc or Kira had finished their zone and were coming to help with hers. It would be embarrassing but she could live with that, but the presence she sensed was not Doc or Kira, it was Scourge.
She squeezed her eyes shut wondering if things could get any worse. She did not want the sardonic Sith to see her pinned by a piece of rubble. He would probably kill her for being vulnerable, stupid, and not worth his time. Part of her would have wanted him to. She closed her eyes trying to rid herself of emotion, hoping to become invisible to his senses. The sound of movement paused below her and she held her breath, then after what seemed like eternity it continued onward and she was able to breath again.
The multitool charged enough to cut through the rebar pinning her down. She yanked her leg free with a yelp and tumbled down the rubble to freedom. She hurried to the rendezvous to meet the rest of her crew slowing to a sedate walk to hide her slight limp. It was apparent from their various expressions of anger, relief, and annoyance that they had been arguing before she arrived.
“Glad you made it, Master Jedi.” Sergeant Rusk called to her as she approached. “We were about to start searching.”
“I’m only three minutes late.” Remi said defensively, “Isn’t that a bit soon to start forming a search party?”
“I saw Scourge walking through your zone.” Kira said still eyeing the Sith suspiciously, “He said he didn’t see you, we were worried that something happened to you.”
“Perhaps we should work in pairs,” Scourge said mockingly. “It appears I need a keeper.”
Remi rubbed her eyes, not in the mood for squabbling. “Fine,” she checked her datapad for their next orders. “Scourge you’re with me.” Kira opened her mouth to object but closed it knowing there was no point in arguing. Remi was the only one among them who stood a chance at keeping the Sith in line if he decided to show his true nature.
She assigned tasks and watched them set out in opposite directions. When they were gone, Remi carefully checked her gear and datapad for instructions.
“We need to grab some anti-radiation serum for this next part.” She started walking in the direction indicated by her map. “Apparently we need to fix a few tanks before the radiation leaks kill us all.” She showed him the datapad and the information particular to the anti-rad serum they would need to procure. “I’ve seen your welding work, I’m probably a little better at it, so you can leave the repairs to me.”
“Yes,” he said falling in behind her his voice devoid of inflection, “and you may leave the rocks to me.”
So... I'm not the only one who's gotten stuck somewhere and had to wait for my quicktravel to come back... right? right?
and no /stuck didn't work and half the time it says I can't use quicktravel while moving anyway
I think I have had at least one character in every MMO whose main talent was falling through the ground and getting stuck on invisible geometry.
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