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03.09.2013 , 11:45 AM |
Hello all! This is my first time posting fanfic here. I hope you like it!
Warning: Spoilers about possible interactions with Theran and Holiday
Prompt: Night of the Living Prompt- LF1M
Characters: JC: Ka'liesh, Tharan Cedrax, Holiday
I never really got into the romance with Iresso. So, in my head my Jedi was always secretly pining for Tharan after their one night stand. This takes place after that night and after Holiday forces Tharan to stop seeing Ka'liesh.
"Ka'liesh, honey, wait up!" beckoned the hologram in her overly sweet tone. Ka'liesh was tempted to keep walking, but she remembered that with Theran's upgrades Holiday now pretty much had free roam of the ship. Something about her made Ka'liesh's head-tails twitch. The Jedi stopped and the hologram appeared before her, a vision in pink.
"What can I help you with Holiday?" inquired Ka'liesh feigning ignorance.
"It's just that I wanted to talk to you about Tharan..." Ka'liesh knew this conversation was inevitable, but she still was not entirely comfortable with it. She held a hand up to Holiday to stop her.
"Holiday, I understand completely. I was out of line and should have respected your relationship with Tharan. I apologize. What's done is done and I am content to leave it in the past." Ka'liesh turned to walk away, but Holiday materialized before her stopping her in her tracks.
"Oh Ka'liesh!" Holiday chuckled, "I don't blame you one bit! Theran's so handsome, charming and brilliant. How could anyone resist that?" Holiday stared off dreamily into the distance. "I know you couldn't help falling in love with him. It's not your fault."
"Jedi don't fall in love, Holiday. It was a one-time encounter. Rest assured, it won't happen again." Ka'liesh was becoming increasingly impatient with the overbearing hologram.
"Of course it won't! Tharan has learned his lesson, but that's beside the point." Holiday flipped her auburn hair back over her shoulder.
"Then what exactly is the point, Holiday?" Ka'liesh folded her arms across her chest and stared blankly at Holiday who seemed oblivious of the Jedi's growing irritation. The hologram smiled broadly at her.
"Come here, I have a surprise for you!" Holiday was nearly dancing with excitement as she skipped off toward the quarters she shared with Tharan. Ka'liesh sighed heavily as she followed her shimmering companion. Ka'liesh entered the room she notices a holorecorder set up in the middle of the room facing an empty chair positioned against the far wall. Holiday bounced over to the chair and motioned for Ka'liesh to sit. Ka'liesh complied begrudgingly.
"What's this all about Holiday?" questioned Ka'liesh as Holiday began fussing with her head-tails and draped them over her delicate shoulders. The hologram stood back from her and looked her over.
"Ugh, this lighting in here is making you look all washed out. You look too icy-blue. I was hoping for more of a sky-blue." Holiday flitted over to the lamp in the corner and dimmed the brightness. Ka'liesh examined her hands. She had never really considered exactly what shade of blue her skin was. Holiday turned to look her over once more. "Oh, that's much better!"
"Holiday, what's going on?" Ka'liesh's annoyance had now turned from annoyance to pure curiosity and if she was honest, a bit of amusement as well.
"Tharan and I were thinking and we decided that you need a man of your own." Holiday began to adjust Ka'liesh's robes, smoothing out the wrinkles. "Don't you have any pretty dresses? Something in purple or green maybe? These drab brown robes do nothing for your pretty green eyes, not to mention your figure."
"No Holiday, I don't own any dresses and I certainly don't need a man." Ka'liesh started to stand, but holiday pushed her back into the chair. Holiday sighed in exasperation.
"Of course you do. That's why I signed you up for this dating service on the Holonet."
"What? Holiday, no. I don't want to..."
"Ladies! What's all the commotion about in here?" Tharan stood in the doorway and leaned against the doorframe.
"Tharan, honey!" Holiday pranced over to him. "I signed Ka'liesh up for an online dating service and we were just about to make a video for her profile. Isn't that exciting?" Holiday clapped her hands eagerly.
"Oh Holiday darling, that is an excellent idea! You are just so thoughtful." He grabbed the hologram around the waist and cuddled her before kissing her tenderly on the lips. Ka'liesh winced at the sight with an unexpected twinge of jealousy. She closed her eyes and quickly quelled the emotion. When she opened them again, Tharan and Holiday were arranging a backdrop behind her. At that moment, Ka'liesh decided to play along with Holiday's plan. Perhaps a distraction wouldn't be such a bad idea.
"Okay, what do I have to do?" Holiday bounded over to stand before Ka'liesh once again.
"It's easy, just look into the recorder, act natural and tell them about yourself." Holiday and Tharan stood behind the holorecorder and adjusted the settings for a moment.
"Okay, Jedi, whenever you're ready." Tharan nodded indicating that they were ready to start recording. Ka'liesh was unsure what to say. Modesty was one of the defining characteristics of a good Jedi and she was no exception. She was unaccustomed to having to talk about herself. "Start with your name." directed Tharan.
"My name is Ka'liesh." She started in her very even, diplomatic tone. "I am a Jedi and faithful servant of the Republic. My mission is to negotiate peace throughout the galaxy and put an end to the threat posed by the Empire and the Sith."
"Cut!" yelled Tharan, shaking his head disapprovingly. "Are you trying to get a date or send a threat to the Empire?"
"You told me to talk about myself and that is the core of who I am. I am a Jedi." She defended.
"Yes, but can't you add a little pizzazz to it?" suggested Tharan
"Yeah Ka'liesh, men don't want to hear about how many Imperials you've killed. They want to know what you really like to do." Holiday twirled her hair around her finger as she spoke. Ka'liesh looked at her vacantly. "Like, do you like to take moonlit walks on the beach or do you enjoy Huttball?"
"Such frivolities are a distraction from my training and frowned upon by the Jedi order. We do not engage in such activities." That wasn't exactly the truth, but Ka'liesh was growing weary of Tharan and Holiday's constant criticisms. Tharan and Holiday looked at each other contemplatively.
"I thought Twi'leks were supposed to be charming." shrugged Holiday. Ka'liesh couldn't help feeling irritated again."We could always just go with a few profile pictures and skip the video."
"Maybe you're right, Holiday." sighed Tharan turning back to Ka'liesh. "Can you at least tell us what kind of man you are looking for?"
"Don't say Tharan! He's mine remember!" giggled Holiday, grabbing a hold of Theran's hand. Ka'liesh felt that smoldering jealousy in the pit of her stomach again. This time it was a little harder to suppress the emotion. She had to do something to get her mind off Tharan and none of this was helping.
"Fine. Tell them that I want a man who is spiritual and connected to the force. Someone who sees the beauty in all living things and strives for peace. He should be tall and muscular," the words poured from her uncontrollably. "He should be disciplined and athletic." Then she paused and smiled wryly into the holorecorder. This really didn't seem like such a bad idea all of a sudden. "And I wish the company of another Twi'lek."
"Really?" Tharan grimaced. The realization that he met none of those criteria made him feel a little insecure.
"Ooh, he sounds dreamy! I hope you find someone just like that." smiled Holiday, cheerily. "Well, I think we have enough information for the profile and with some clever editing I think we can even make something out of your video. I'll get started right away!" With that, Holiday bounded out of the room to get to work leaving Ka'liesh and Tharan alone. Ka'liesh stood gracefully sweeping her long elegant lekku behind her shoulders. Insecurity still lingered in Theran's mind as he began to pack away the holorecorder. Ka'liesh strode toward the door and paused briefly in the doorway. She glanced over her shoulder at Tharan and they exchanged a somber gaze. Then she was gone. Without speaking a word, Ka'liesh knew she'd struck a blow against Tharan and Tharan wondered if letting her get away had been a mistake.