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Old 03-10-2009, 05:43 PM   #1
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Araeana lay stretched out on her synthesized Tarisian leather chair, her eyes lazily scanning the Quantum Canary's systems' monitors. She had been waiting for her contact for over four hours now, and she was starting to doze. If this guy wasn't such a high-paying customer, she would have just left. However, the Rodian drug lord was willing to pay upwards of 50,000 credits for the smuggled spice and stimulants stored in her cargo hold. She would wait for him as long necessary. As she drifted to sleep in the Canary's cockpit, she slowly became oblivious to her surroundings.


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Old 03-10-2009, 05:48 PM   #2
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Chikara stood on the edge of a cliff, watching a small smuggling vessel sit for numerous hours through his Monocular. He was drawn to a power inside it. He didn't know who, or what was causing this disruption, but he wanted, no, needed to find it. He would wait until the last possible moment to slip in undetected.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:00 PM   #3
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Araeana rested soundly. Over the past three years, the Quantum Canary had become her home. She knew this little ship like the tips of her head-tails. After all, she had spent countless hours on repairing and modifying the old ship. She had acquired it in a very lucky game of pazaak while on a job in the outer rim.

Araeana woke after just over 45 minutes, and, still seeing no sign of any other ships on sensors, decided to take a walk around the ship.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:17 PM   #4
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Chikara watched a blue figure leave the small ship. He dropped the small monocular, and stepped forward, lunging feet first off the cliff. falling a few seconds, he lands flat, dust rising from around his ankles as he walks toward the shuttle. He walks in behind the blue Twi'lek, and slips into the shuttle silently.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:27 PM   #5
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"Aww sh**t! I just fixed that last month!" Araeana cursed, crouching low and looking up at her ship's starboard exhaust vent. She stood quickly and trudged back towards the Canary's boarding ramp, the dust stirring around her ankles. She entered the ship and went about searching for her tool kit.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:29 PM   #6
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Chikara heard creaking behind him. He quickly pulled himself to the ceiling, pulling shafts of loose wires around him to hide from the girl. He watched her pass beneath him.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:37 PM   #7
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Araeana stepped into the cargo hold and stooped to open a footlocker. She rummaged through, finally finding the tool kit she needed at the very bottom. She was about to stand when she felt something strange... An eerie sensation... She felt that she was being watched... And her thoughts wandered back to her academy days on Dantooine...
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:42 PM   #8
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Chikara stayed silent, having held his breath the whole time to avoid being noticed. He thought to himslef, [How long is this nieusance going to be here? Wait... Who is she...]
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:47 PM   #9
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Araeana's lekku twitched nervously. She slowly stood and turned around. "Umm... Hello...? Is anyone there?" Her hand automatically reached for the holster on her belt. Then, she shook herself and chuckled quietly, flipping her head-tails back behind her shoulders. [C'mon girl... Pull yourself together. There's no-one on my ship...] She strode out of the cargo hold.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:49 PM   #10
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Chikara watched as the hatched closed again. He dropped down and headed to the Cargo hold, the smell of Spice and Kolto filling his senses. [It's nearby...]
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:53 PM   #11
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Just as Araeana had banished the strange feeling, it returned, this time much stronger. And then she heard movement behind her. She turned and bounded back down the hall into the cargo hall. She saw a dark figure near the back of the room. "Hey you!" Araeana yelled. She headed slowly towards the intruder, her blaster held ready. "Drop whatever you stole right now, or so help me-"
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:55 PM   #12
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Chikara didn't even look at the woman addressing him. He straightened up, and dropped a single hydro-spanner. He turned to look at the woman, his hood and dust mask hiding his sinister features. He held his arm out to the side, and drew his lightsaber to his hand. The way he stood showed no hostility, or defensiveness, no emotion.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:56 PM   #13
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Araeana saw the lightsaber handle in the intruder's outstretched hand, and instantly her mind raced back to her training at the academy. She had experience in hand-to-hand combat... maybe if she could get her hands on her vibro-blade... but no. There was still no chance of her surviving a duel with a trained Jedi. Maybe she could talk her way out of this one. It was worth a shot. "Hey, look..." she started, holding one hand above her head in mock-surrender, with the other still clutching her blaster in front of her. "Maybe I could make it worth your while... if you just wanted to let me go... I could-" Then something about the masked intruder struck her as familiar. She knew him. "Oh my God! Chikara?"
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:56 PM   #14
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Chikara flicked the switch on his lightsaber, a sanguine light erupting from the end. He asked, his voice muffled and mechanical. "How do you know me?" He studied her features. If she was the one from his past, she'd have a scar on her left head-tail... A gift he left her when he set off in search of power.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:58 PM   #15
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"You won't find what you're looking for," Araeana smirked as she saw Chikara eyeing her head-tails. She flipped her left head-tail over her shoulder into clearer view. "A few hours in a kolto tank... you know how insecure I am about my hair." She smiled at the inside joke. In studying Chikara's features she saw no humour. "What happened to you? I can't believe you just ran away like that! From the academy, your friends- What did the Sith do to you?"
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:59 PM   #16
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Chikara stood immobile, still looking at her. He again replied in a monotonous, mechanical tone. "It is not what they've done to me, but what they do for me. But you are of little bother." Chikara waved his hand, sending the hydro-spanner flying at her.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:13 PM   #17
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"Oh, like hell!" Araeana yelled, dodging the hydrospanner. "No you don't!" [How could he have changed so much?] She angrily aimed a blaster bolt at his leg.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:17 PM   #18
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Chikara simply sidestepped the blast, and was quickly at her throat with the blade she kept in her boot. He felt a strong urge to kill her right then and there, the handle of the dagger cracking under the force of his clenched mechanical hand. He could see her sweat running down her neck and onto the blade.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:19 PM   #19
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Araeana had never been so close to death in her life. Through sheer will, she forced her mouth to form the words, "You don't have to do this..." She stayed perfectly still, knowing that any involuntary movement could be her last. "Please... Chikara...."
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:19 PM   #20
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Chikara pulled back the blade. He saw her heave a sigh of relief. He flicked the knife forward, gashing her cheek as the blade whizzed by and sunk into the cockpit door. He retracted his lightsaber, but kept it in hand. He lowered his hood, and removed his cloak, revealing a sullen body, mechanical from his mid-back, to his fingertips on his left side. He would not kill this woman, as he could feel a great promise in her. He didn't know why, but knew that this act of mercy would reward him greatly in the future.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:21 PM   #21
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Araeana backed away, her eyes widening in shock at Chikara's altered appearance. It seemed that nearly half of his body had been sliced away and replaced with metal and wiring. She clapped a hand to her mouth and breathed slowly. When the shock faded away she removed the hand and spoke. "What they've done for you, eh? Who... did... this?"
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:27 PM   #22
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Chikara placed his mechanical hand on his mask, replying quietly. "Shortly after you abandoned me, My master saved me, trained me." Chikara removed his mask, and held it at his side. His face was pale, flawless except for a single scar over his eye. His eyes were indistinguishable, as they were shiny, glossy. His lips were nearly as white as his face
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:32 PM   #23
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"Wh... What?" Araeana stepped towards the pitiful wraith-like creature. "No... Chikara... I didn't! I never abandoned you! That Sith monster brainwashed you! I was there! I can tell you what really happened!"
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:33 PM   #24
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Chikara stood still, his eyes narrowed at her. He just watched her, knowing she was still weak, still too slow. Blue sparks arced across his mechanical fingers. "Explain", He stated, simply, emotionless.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:36 PM   #25
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Araeana's expression was pained as she recounted their story. "You ran away! You told me before you left... gave me some bantha poodoo about the Jedi holding you back... I tried to stop you. I did some research and found out that the Sith's initiation is murder. I knew I had to stop you before you did something you couldn't come back from. Obviously I failed... again, like always." Araeana rolled her eyes. "I watched you kill our best friend. She came with me, remember? As back-up... I thought that I had lost you." She looked up into his glossy eyes, searching for some remnant of the person she knew.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:38 PM   #26
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Chikara drew his mechanical hand back across her face, knocking her back. "Away." he stated, watching her stumble back. "I did what was necessary."
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:46 PM   #27
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Araeana's fingers rubbed her stinging cheek and glared up at Chikara. "That wasn't necessary... Okay, we can talk more about this later... Is there a particular reason you're on my ship? Or did you just come here to beat on me because you don't want to hear the truth?"
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Chikara looked at her. He didn't reply, but asked a simple question. "Why are you here?" He acted more like a droid than human, though his stance and movements showed that he was obviously human.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:52 PM   #29
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"Umm... This is MY ship! Which brings us back to why you decided to sneak on-board. Not that I'm not pleased to see you..." In truth, Araeana wasn't sure whether or not she was pleased to see her old friend again. There was a new... coldness... that had never existed in Chikara before. But she didn't want to lose him again.

She noted the strange new way he spoke. She had heard tales of Master Skywalker's father, the Sith Lord, Vader. Chikara reminded her of these stories now. Maybe she could turn him back, just as Master Skywalker had done for his father. She buried these thoughts in the depths of her mind where she knew Chikara couldn't sense them. It was one of the defences she still maintained - her safety within her mind. She knew that this new Sith-Chikara's reaction to her desire to save him would not be pretty.
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Chikara brought his hand back to her cheek. "DO not dodge my question. Why are you HERE?"
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:03 PM   #31
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Araeana turned her back on him so that he would not see her tears. "I... I'm delivering a.. a shipment of stolen goods..." With every word, Araeana became angrier. [How could he be like this??? What the hell did they do to him????]
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Chikara tilted his head. "Drop your weapons in that plasteel cylinder. Lock it."
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:15 PM   #33
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Araeana resisted the urge to turn around and punch his bony white jaw. She complied, fuming silently. After she had followed his orders, she turned back towards him, folding her arms across her chest. [So, mister big strong dark jedi, you ready to tell me what you're doing on MY ship? You think you can just waltz onto MY ship and start making demands? You stupid, skinny piece of....] Her mind rambled through all of the things she wanted to say; Instead she just raised her eyebrow, her lips pressed tight.
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:19 PM   #34
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Chikara looked at a couple crates in the hold. "Spice, Kolto..." He lifted his hand, and a blaster flew from a small compartment under Araeana's foot, almost toppling her over. "I told you to put it all in the cylinder." He replaced his mask, small metal rods and gears whirring, spinning and clicking in his shoulder.
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:22 PM   #35
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Araeana braced herself by flinging her hand out against the wall. After catching her breath, she looked up at Chikara and the blaster in his hand. She cleared her throat. "I had no idea that was there..."
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Chikara chuckled darkly behind his mask. "I'm sure you did." he stood motionless a moment. "I'm here, and all you can think of are your drugs?"
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Araeana smirked. "Hey, what can I say? I'm an addict?"
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:38 PM   #38
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Chikara looked at her exposed arms. "No traces. And with your weak nose, you can't inhale it."

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Old 03-10-2009, 10:42 PM   #39
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Araeana shrugged. "I really want that money... I could go into early retirement with the credits from this job. I'm actually thinking of buying a summer home in Naboo."
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Chikara was tempted to destroy the drugs. "What would you do if you were stripped of everything you had, and threw back onto that planet you once called home, to be re-united with the ones that sold you off... Hmm..?" He tapped his long fingernails on his saber hilt.
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