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Ninety Seven Percent


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irishfino
10.05.2012 , 04:55 AM | #231
Taub and Nari grew closer over the next few months through Sith attacks, reestablishing settlements, and Taub’s strange emotional emptiness. Perhaps it was inevitable; perhaps it wasn’t. Taub wasn’t really sure what to think of it when he had the time to think and when he didn’t have the time to think it never interrupted his thoughts. It was another one of those things that just happened and he let it, not knowing how to prevent it or when to run away. He wasn’t in tune with his emotions, after all, but he was sure he felt them or what he thought were emotions.

Nari, naturally, was insistent that Taub participate in all Sand tribal rituals. He followed her lead as he had no desire to upset the balance in the tribe. This particular ritual stirred something inside him that he was vaguely aware existed.

“You have done this before, yes?” Nari asked softly.

“In another life,” replied Taub.

Nari nodded and shifted slightly above him. Taub gasped quietly. A flood of strange sensations bubbled in his stomach.

“Painful?” asked Nari.

Taub swallowed roughly. “No. Different.”

“You are tense. You should not be.”

“I’m… not sure how to… react,” Taub said quietly.

“Listen to the sand, it will tell you.”

“I will try, but I –” Taub paused and inhaled sharply. “Nari…”

Nari smiled faintly. “Trust me.

Taub closed his eyes and tried to focus on the song of the sand. He wasn’t fully tuned to its station, but he could hear faint murmurs of an ancient language. He embraced the guiding words and was overcome by a rush of sudden awareness. The mild bubbling in his stomach increased to a steady boil before slowly settling to a calm simmer.

Nari smiled again. “Now you are relaxed. Please, enjoy.”

He knew, on some level, he enjoyed their time together and, at the very least, his participation stopped the hushed whispers amongst the surviving elders that bothered Nari so much. Life with the tribe continued as normal as possible between attacks, then only every three weeks.

Barnabus, for his part, stayed to himself, only interacting with Taub out of sheer necessity. When he wasn’t out combing the desert for clues on the Sith or examining his attack pattern, he was picking the brains of the village elders and teaching the greater tribe enough Basic to make deals with pirates and dealers alike.

When Taub wasn’t hunting with the other males of the tribe, he and Nari would talk. This particular night, in the privacy of their hut, they sat side by side quietly chatting of a past life.

“I was a child when I was taken in a raid,” Nari said quietly. “It was a scary time for me.”

“It sounds like it would have been,” Taub said absently.

“Do you feel?”

“I feel things like pain or hunger,” he murmured.

“But emotions? Sympathy?”

“You know the answer to that, Nari, but you continue to ask as if things will change. Why is this?”

“I can feel your heart crying out for something. It sounds like ‘to be whole’, but I do not understand what this means,” Nari said softly.

“I have no answers for you,” Taub said tonelessly.

“You are fractured.”

“Nari, you know all this. Why do you keep bringing it up?”

“When I ask, your heart responds though your mouth responds differently.”

“Mm,” he murmured quietly. “I have noticed K’nari does not look like you. Where did she come from?”

Nari shifted in her seat and played with the sand by her legs. “She, too, was taken during a raid. Her mother was killed. As the building burned, one of our hunting females heard a baby cry. She rescued her with the help of the sand. She has not hunted since.”

“I see,” Taub said softly. “It was kind of you to rescue the child and raise her as your own.”

Nari turned to him and stared at his profile. His gaze was focused on the far wall, but an absent smile dangled on his lips.

“Taub?” Nari asked, unsure if she should proceed.

He turned to her, the smile now a distant memory.

“Will you give me children?”

Taub blinked before shaking his head. “That is not my purpose here. I am here to find the Sith. You know this,” he replied evenly. “I will help you raise K’nari while I am here, but I cannot guarantee that it will be long.”

“Okay,” Nari said sadly.

“Do not be saddened by this. It is better to tell the truth than to try to protect your feelings. It will hurt less when I am gone.”

“I’m glad you care.”

“I don’t. I am only speaking the truth.”

Nari turned away from his horribly blank face, his monotone words echoing in her ears.

“I have upset you,” Taub said quietly. He paused and examined the side of her face. “I apologize,” he said gently. “It was not my goal to hurt.”

“It is fine,” Nari said stiffly.

“I sense that is not true, but I will not push you. Come, the suns have set. It is time.”

“Yes,” she said quietly.

She wished she could guide him back to his emotions, but he seemed content in his current state. Or, at the very least, resigned to his fate.


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iamthehoyden
10.05.2012 , 09:15 AM | #232
Poor Nari indeed. Standard game Quinn has a long history of causing pain to the women who love him and driving them nuts with his lack of emotion. This takes it to a whole nother level!
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MilaniGrey
10.05.2012 , 09:37 AM | #233
Nari/Taub behbehs!
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irishfino
10.05.2012 , 02:45 PM | #234
I'd like to draw another image for hitting 15000 (when it happens... which I hope it does...) I'm taking suggestions.

What scene from NSP, or person from NSP would you like to see?
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Reil
10.05.2012 , 07:39 PM | #235
Quote: Originally Posted by irishfino View Post
I started using "tribals" or "tribal" because I can't find a singular for Sand People that's canon. So, I figured, what the heck a Sand tribal could be one Sand People... thing... And, yes, Jaesa is a jerk, but she's dark side Jaesa now. Or, at least, she thinks she is.
It's a good choice. There is a name "in canon" scientists used during this time period but only a Star Wars hyper-nerd might recognize it. And only after looking it up to remind themselves. You are correct in not using Tusken for at least another 20 thousand years hehe.

Sometimes you tempt me to log in and take Jaesa on a hunting trip. One where I leave her corpse to find it's own way back to the ship. Then realize I'm tired and I go do something else.

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Reil
10.05.2012 , 07:49 PM | #236
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Taub blinked before shaking his head. “That is not my purpose here. I am here to find the Sith. You know this,” he replied evenly. “I will help you raise K’nari while I am here, but I cannot guarantee that it will be long.”
<sigh of relief> Good man.

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greyjedibp
10.06.2012 , 02:48 PM | #237
Ok I know might get lot of hate for but:

Has Jaesa really fall to dark side or she just being stubborn about Quinn trying to blow her up.

What happen to Syla I may missed it part of story in last few chaper having drink?

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MilaniGrey
10.06.2012 , 02:50 PM | #238
Quote: Originally Posted by greyjedibp View Post
Ok I know might get lot of hate for but:

Has Jaesa really fall to dark side or she just being stubborn about Quinn trying to blow her up.

What happen to Syla I may missed it part of story in last few chaper having drink?
You ask all these plot questions that will eventually get answered with the story.. Just relax and read, man.
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irishfino
10.06.2012 , 03:03 PM | #239
Quote: Originally Posted by greyjedibp View Post
Ok I know might get lot of hate for but:

Has Jaesa really fall to dark side or she just being stubborn about Quinn trying to blow her up.

What happen to Syla I may missed it part of story in last few chaper having drink?

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“Well, well, well,” Quinn said flatly. “It’s nice to see you again, Pierce. Vette. And,” he paused, “Jaesa,” he said slowly, caressing her name with sick delight.

Jaesa scowled and made her way to her feet. Her leg ached, but she let it fuel her anger. Quinn grinned wolfishly.

You’ve fallen,” he said excitedly. “Finally threw away your Jedi ways for the joy of the dark side. The result is better than I could have ever imagined, though I do recommend changing the make-up a bit. Purple is a bit much.”
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It didn’t take long to get Jaesa out of the tank and onto one of the beds. After downing a few cups of water, she turned to Syla.

“Tatooine,” Jaesa said hoarsely. “Captain Quinn is on Tatooine.”

Pierce,” Syla said firmly, “set a course for Tatooine.”

“Right away, milord!” he saluted.
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Two years since Jaesa started her search for the Captain and Quinn
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She had trained for this. She had fought simulations of Quinn day after day after day to get over this… whatever she was feeling. It had taken her a year. A year to finally deliver the killing blow to the fake Quinn, but she had done it. And she kept doing it until Syla deemed her ready to stop the attacks on Tatooine.
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“Do it, Pierce,” Jaesa said stiffly.

“Yes, milord.”

You’ve achieved Lord status?” Barnabus asked happily. Jaesa nodded. “Congratulations! I always knew you would go far if given the chance.”

“Is that why you let Quinn blow me up?” Jaesa asked harshly.
I’ve bolded the relevant parts.
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greyjedibp
10.07.2012 , 03:49 AM | #240
sorry if bother anybody I just somethime lose track of main plot of this story