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01.07.2013 , 11:11 AM |
Prompt: NotLP: Allies!
Characters: Malavai Quinn and Athra
Universe: Quick Quinn Quotes
Once More, From the Top
The following morning was tense. Between jumping awake at the slightest noise and being lost to his own thoughts, the officer barely slept. He tossed, he turned, he tumbled, he thought. Was it wise to reveal his intentions? The Apprentice seemed open to him, at the very least. He had stumbled through her flirts as he attempted to wrangle her in for the mission at hand. He counted on that desire to save his skin, at least for now. It was a very rare occasion that he miscalculated, but this, like others, could end with his death. He didn’t want to die in such a manner, he would much rather die in the field furthering the Empire’s goals.
The ship’s ambient lighting slowly edged toward dawn. He pulled himself from his bunk and his thoughts and made his way to his private refresher. Small, but functional. Like a good knife or snubnose blaster. He quickly prepared for his day and left his quarters to find his Lord. When he found her, he wondered if the woman ever wore clothes.
He cleared his throat and said, “My Lord.”
Athra shrieked and turned around. He briefly wondered how long she had been on the ship alone with the Twi’lek before his body caught up with his brain’s command of “Flee, you fool!” He turned on his heel and left for the bridge. When Athra was ready to talk, and hopefully dressed, she would seek him out. For now, he busied his racing thoughts with menial calculations. Two distinct sets of numbers and symbols popped up at the press of a button. On the left, the blue figures glowed with data he had gathered on Athra during her stint on Balmorra. All true to her abilities. On the right, his projection charts. Once again, all was factual. He had already memorized the data, but an overview wouldn’t hurt.
“What’s that?” Athra asked.
His eyes widened a little as he turned around to face her. He hadn’t expected her to dress so quickly.
“Calculations and charts based on the abilities and strengths you showed on Balmorra, my Lord,” he replied.
She gestured toward the blue charts. “Baras has all this?”
“I see.” She went quite for a moment before asking, “Your loyalty pledge to Baras. You forsake it so quickly. Why is this?”
“My loyalty pledge to Baras is of the ‘Do as I say’ variety,” he replied. “I’ve told the truth when necessary.”
“What if he ordered you to tell the truth about me?” Athra asked warily.
“The truth he knows or the truth he doesn’t?” he replied smoothly.
“As long as we are on the same page.” He shifted his stance and made sure to keep his face blank. “I must ask, my Lord, are you willing to keep me here?”
“You are my Captain, I will keep you as long as you are useful,” she said stiffly. “The second you appear to be working with Baras, I will strike you down.”
He nodded brusquely. “Might I suggest debriefings after I report to Baras? It would lower the chances of you killing me on suspicion alone.”
“How am I to know you will tell me the truth?”
“Why would I waste my life on a lie?”
“You’re an Imperial officer: duty-bound, loyal, stiff, uncompromising, goal oriented,” she said evenly.
“Duty means nothing if I am to die because a Sith wills it,” he said stiffly.
“What do you mean?”
“My name is already on his list. It’s simply a matter of when. We can assist each other, my Lord.”
Athra smiled. “Then you better stay useful, Captain.”
“Of course, my Lord,” he said with a short bow.
Satisfied for the moment, she left him there on the bridge. He turned back to his calculations. Now he just needed to convince Baras his projections for Athra’s power increase were off. It was a good thing he was wrong on occasion.
I'll probably die if you group with me, but I'll go out with both lightsabers drawn stabbing someone in the face. Probably you, but it's cool. Forever Shenanigans!!
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