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Old 12-05-2006, 04:13 PM   #81
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"Well... I was thinking.... maybe we can test drive one on the way back? You know, drop off the others at the ship, then you and me can go back, drop off the bike, and come back here on mine. Of course," Beryl added, "we'd have to go pretty fast on the way back. Wouldn't want to keep Nic waiting, would we?" At that, she winked mischeviously.

Beryl was silently challenging Cloud to a race. A race that Jana, or anyone else on the crew, wouldn't be able to witness. After all, she still wanted to test out her bike, and knew she wouldn't be able to once it was parked in the Echo's cargo bay. She hoped Cloud would go for the idea.


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Cloud knew that wink. The wink Beryl gave him was they key to make Cloud do anything. He could try to resist, but he knew in the end, he would do whatever she asked. "Oh... alright." said Cloud. "Besides, you might find out how good your bike really is." He then turned toward the Echo and yelled "What's takin' ya? I haven't been held up this long since I fell into a gundark nest on Naboo!"
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Old 12-06-2006, 05:15 AM   #83
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As Beryl waited in the taxi with Cloud for Ryshana and Oliver, her fingers tapping restlessly, and impatiently, on her lap. Suddenly, it occurred to her that she was so excited at the prospect of getting her swoop bike, that she had nearly forgotten about her recent confession to Ryshana, and Ryshana's offer to take her as her student. And, quite obvious to her now, that should have been more important.

Ryshana's words echoed in her head. "...you also need to learn how to keep things under control. With no control, you will act out on your emotions and fall to the Dark Side." Beryl sighed. She was definitely acting out on her emotions at the moment. And definitely lacking control. But she had wanted that swoop ever since it came out--before, even, a she recalled seeing the prototype designs in a technical journal.

She looked back at the Echo, wondering if Ryshana would be upset with her for her behaviour, and maybe even take back her offer to train her. She bit the inside of her lip and took a deep breath. "Oh, please," she said, not meaning to say the words out loud.

"It's true," Cloud said, rousing her from her thoughts.

"Huh? What's true?"

"The nest of Gundarks."

"Oh. Right," Beryl nodded. "Bet you had a hell of a time getting out of that mess."


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Ryshana had remembered that she needed something from her room and left as Cloud and Beryl headed outside. Reaching into her repair pouch, she grabbed an old lens of some kind and pocketed it.

Heading back outside, Ryshana could feel Beryl's excitement eminating from her even before she reached the taxi. Getting in, Ryshana then said, "Getting a little excited, aren't we?"

Without waiting for Beryl to reply, Ryshana then said, "Just remember that a swoop bike, no matter what kind it is, is never going to last forever. As with anything in existance, it can all be gone in an instant. Material goods aren't necessarily bad; they just need perspective."

With a nod to the driver from Ryshana, the taxi was off to the Corellian Pride Cantina.


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Old 12-07-2006, 09:47 PM   #85
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On their way to the Corellian Pride, Beryl silently watched the sun set on the city-scaped horizon of Coruscant. Oliver was telling the driver a joke, something about a man, a bartender and a Wookiee, but Beryl’s thoughts were elsewhere. She was keyed up about purchasing the swoop, but some of the things Ryshana had said to her earlier had quelled her excitement a bit. Not enough for her not to buy the bike, of course, but enough to have a second, if fleeting, thought about it.

…Learn how to use the Force to benefit yourself and others…. Material goods aren't necessarily bad; they just need perspective…. With no control, you will act out on your emotions….”

Selfishness. Materialism. Recklessness. All of these things had one thing in common. A lack of self-discipline.

Beryl had recalled asking when Ryshana would start her training, but it was suddenly obvious to her that it had already started--without Beryl even realising it. She’s good, Beryl thought admiringly about the Jedi. Sneaky, but good.

The taxi swung around one of the larger buildings, and Beryl saw the Jedi Temple come into view on the horizon. Or, rather, what was left of the Temple. The burned out building still stood, but instead of its elegant towers being the brilliant beacons they once were, they were now just stark reminders of the dark times they were living in. For a moment, Beryl wondered if there were any other Jedi, aside from Ryshana, still out there somewhere, and as taxi descended to their destination, and the Temple faded out of view, Beryl exhaled a tiny sigh.

“…how did you make him cry?” Oliver was saying. “And the man smiled at the bartender, and said, ‘I showed him!’”

The taxi driver chuckled out loud at the punchline of Oliver's joke. “I’ll have to remember that one!” he said jovially, as he slowed the speeder to a stop. “Well, here you are. The Corellian Pride.”

They paid the driver and the four of them went inside. Beryl being 100% Corellian, according to their bio-scanner at the entrance, plus the fact that she had an active membership in the Corellian Merchant’s Guild, did indeed get them free drinks, and Oliver took immediate advantage of the offer and headed to the bar.

“I’m going to check my mail,” Beryl said to Cloud and Ryshana. “And, withdraw some credits from my trust fund,” she added. She headed towards the CMG download point.


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Old 12-07-2006, 10:51 PM   #86
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"Hey, I'm right behind you," Ryshana said as she followed Beryl over to the terminal.

Seeing how there were two terminals, Ryshana picked one and plugged in her database. Checking under the name of "Ionue'Reassan", Ryshana then pressed her hand on the terminal to confirm the code. In an instant, the datapad downloaded 23 messages.

Going through them, they were all from three contacts that she had on Corellia. They detailed a number of things that Ryshana was interested in, but they were also protected by four individual codes, each providing over 500 layers of encryption which made them next to impossible to decipher without the four keywords even with hundreds of the best droids working on it.

Wanting to take care of the deciphering later, Ryshana just put up the datapad and looked over at Beryl. "So, are you up for double teaming on a couple rounds of cards?" Ryshana asked with a smile as she nodded towards the tables.


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Old 12-08-2006, 09:06 AM   #87
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While Ryshana downloaded her messages, Beryl did the same, but under her real name. After all, if anyone was on the Imperial’s hit list for any of the things that had transpired in the last few months on board the Echo, it was ‘Garajaminder Falsootaavichykar’, not Beryl Quita’an. As far as the Imperial’s Security Forces were concerned, Beryl was pretty much a normal, law-abiding citizen.

Her messages downloaded, she switched modes on her datapad and called up the access information for her trust fund account, then inserted her special credit chip into the terminal. She decided that it might be best to take out a little more than the eight thousand the swoop bike was advertised for, just in case there were any ‘hidden’ expenses or optional items associated with the purchase. Plus, she still owed Ryshana a few credits from their card game on the Echo. She rounded up the figure to an even ten thousand.

Her mind a bit preoccupied now with the imminent purchase of her dream bike, she had just put away her credit chip when Ryshana asked, “So, are you up for double teaming on a couple rounds of cards?"

Truth be told, the question caught Beryl by surprise. She didn’t answer right away, but merely followed Ryshana’s gaze to look at the card tables, then back at Ryshana. “Yeah, sure. I guess I’m up for a couple of rounds. Erm… are we playing for fun or profit?”

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Old 12-08-2006, 12:27 PM   #88
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Since Beryl, Ryshana, Cloud and Oliver had left the Ship nic had taken the bottle of nubien wine to his room. He had been spending his time less than productivly by listening to the Holo-net channels news, More accurately the official channels. The official news channels were nothing more than transmitted properganda for the Empire. His favourite story was how an imperial vessel managed to stop dangerous chemicals reach a rim world, Although a quick skip to a pirate channel told the story of an imperial vessel blockading the same planet and destroying a medical supply vessel.

Nic had finished the bottle, fortunetly Nubien wine had a low percentage of alcohol, you could drink 4 bottles and not be affected by it. Nic got up and walked through the corridor to the common room where Jana was. "Hey Jana."
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Jana was seated at the holo-net in the common room and 'shushed' Nic as he entered.

"Win or Die is on," she hissed. "Sit down and shut up."

She turned again to watch the holodrama.


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Nic walked over to the Holo-net and pushed the off button. "We get enough imperial propaganda on the news, The stuff rots your brain." Nic said walking over to the counter grabbing a drink two glasses and then sitting down. "O.k Jay so what was the real deal with the blood stripe, it ain't like you to shoot someone in cold blood."

Nic poured them both a glass full of corellian ale.
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"Hey!" Jana protested as Nic shut the holo-net off. As he poured the ale she continued grumbling a little, but then he asked the question and she fell thoughtfully silent.

"Corellian Bloodstripes are the highest honor our military bestows," she said quietly. "They are only awarded to the very deserving... the people who can see that doing the right thing is going to hurt, whether the hurt be physical or emotional. Despite that, they do the right thing anyway, some of them dying in the process, but a few surviving to wear their bloodstripes, proving their honor and courage."

She sighed. "That piece of petchuck didn't earn them; he bought them. I haven't the slightest idea why he thought that was acceptable... from youth, every Corellian is educated in what the bloodstripes mean and how dishonorable it is to wear them without earning them."

Frowning, she went on. "Nic, my father earned first-class bloodstripes. He still favors his left leg from the injuries he received. On top of that, only CorSec personnel really know what he did to earn them. All that matters to me is that he did earn them. For a situation like this, Corellians have a saying. 'I have earned my stripes for Corellia.' The men who earn their stripes in classified situations are taught to say this, for they cannot reveal their true actions."

Growing more and more frustrated by Gavin Tercer's blunt disrespect, Jana's voice began to raise slowly and tears began to flow. "My father has said those words many times. His name appears on the list of those who've earned first-class bloodstripes. And to have a man who did not earn them wearing second-class stripes is a disgrace! A dishonor to any who have earned them! Nic, you may look on his action as a simple mistake. But know this; in the eyes of all Corellians, his 'simple mistake', if left unmended, would force dishonor on both him and any who did nothing... and on those who actually earned the stripes."

Closing her eyes and forcing herself to breathe slower, she finished. "In refusing to act, I would have brought dishonor, not only to Corellians in general, but to myself... and worse, to my father."

Looking over at Nic and wiping a few tears from her eyes, she whispered, "I will not be responsible for dishonor."

Taking a deep breath, she added, "I've heard the Imperials say that two Corellians together is a threat; three is a conspiracy. But any Corellian knows that three of us together are a victory." She smiled slightly. "Nic, even the Empire is afraid of Corellia. For that reason, even they will not interfere... not even attempt to charge any Corellian who kills another for wearing unearned bloodstripes."


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Ryshana looked wryly over at Beryl. "Do you honestly think that I ever "gamble" for fun??" Pausing for a second, Ryshana then said, "The satisfaction of knowing that you cleaned house is usually one of the best feelings in the world. Besides, anytime I "gamble", its for profit."

Beryl grinned at the reply. It was nice to know that Ryshana wasn't exactly what she was expected in terms of a Jedi.

"So, what kind of profit are you talking about? The kind that nets you lots of money?" Beryl asked.

"Well, sort of. The key thing about money that you have to understand is that its a means to an end. When you need money for something, then you go and earn it. The means must always justify the ends, and having money for the sake of having money or pointless items does nothing more than to so the seeds for something to go wrong in the future," Ryshana replied.

A bit worried about the "pointless items" part, Beryl then asked, "What kind of things are "pointless", then?"

Pausing for a second, Ryshana then answered, "Well, Jedi teachings hold that pointless items are anything that you can hold dear enough that it could lead to a downfall in the future. However, its been my experience that "pointless items" usually fall under the category of anything that holds no purpose. Its a rather broad category, but it doesn't take much to figure out what a pointless item is."

Still somewhat concerned, Beryl asked, "Soo, what about, say, a swoop bike?"

Ryshana smiled and said, "Well, it depends on the purpose of the swoop bike. If you plan to race it for something or if you use it for transportation, then no, the swoop bike does have a purpose, and thus, it isn't pointless."

"Anyways, lets get over to those tables and play some cards. I'm looking to ring up about 4000 credits. And, for the record, you don't owe me anything for the games back in the Echo."

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Nic finished his drink and stood up without saying a word and began to walk over to the cockpit, he then just stopped. "Jana the time of honour died years ago, Corellians are in the imperial navy. When you take a life like that, not in defenc, it stays with you... changes you. The murdered always haunt murders." Niccalmly spoke without turning around and continuing down to the cockpit
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Jana watched Nic go and then settled back in her chair. As she flicked on the holo-net once more, she muttered to herself, "Honor never dies." With that, she slouched even further and watched the end of 'Win or Die'.


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The sound of Nic's footsteps alerted Jack to his pressence. Jack was enjoying a small break at that moment, he had his eyes shut, he was leaning backwards and had his feet up on the control consel.

Jack sat up straight, rubbed his eyes and waited for Nic to get here. "Afternoon Capt'n, what can I do for you?" Jack asked Nic when he reached Jack.


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"Anyways," Ryshana said, "lets get over to those tables and play some cards. I'm looking to ring up about 4000 credits. And, for the record, you don't owe me anything for the games back in the Echo."

Beryl raised an eyebrow at the unexpected reprieve. "Thanks." No one else would have done that. Especially Nic. In fact, she wondered if Nic ever did find out that she had 'cheated' during their last game, albeit not purposefully, if he would demand her winnings back.

At any rate, Ryshana was certainly not a typical Jedi, or at least, not what Beryl thought a typical Jedi would've been like. Then again, things had changed since the Emperor had dissolved the Jedi Order, and Beryl hadn't really met a Jedi before Ryshana. All she knew of them before then was from stories and holonet reports--that they were austere and secretive, had been used by the Republic to facilitate diplomatic crises, fought with lightsabers instead of blasters, manifested almost magical powers through 'The Force,' and followed a strict code of conduct. She didn't know the specifics of their code, but she'd heard that Jedi were forbidden to have intimate relationships and were encouraged to lead a simple life. Now, she was beginning to wonder if any of what she had heard was true.

Trailing behind Ryshana towards the gaming tables, she glanced over her shoulder at Cloud and Oliver at the bar, letting them know with a nod that Ryshana and she were going to play cards for a bit. But a nice looking man sitting next to Cloud mistook her gesture for himself, and he smiled at her.

Beryl took a second look at him. He was handsome--dark hair, dark eyes, chisled features and well-built.

"Mmmm..." He's fine... She smiled back at him.

Had she not been with Ryshana and the others, she would have liked to have gone over and talked to him. She turned her attention again to Ryshana, and let out a barely audible sigh as she followed her to the tables.

Yup. Sure hope that 'initmate relationship' thing isn't true, Beryl thought wistfully. And if it is, sure hope Ryshana isn't expecting me to comply with it.


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Nic sat in the co-pilots chair and opened up a navigational chart. "Nothin." He replied to Jack. "I'm just checking where we should head to next."

Nic was quite sure that he wouldn't be able to get any work on coruscant, so he had to remember what contacts he had and where they wre located, the problem was all his contacts were often dead, incarcerated or had gone strait out of fear of imperial reprisal.
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((for the sake of time and me just simply wanting to move the story along, i'm going to speed things along a bit at the Cantina. ))

With Ryshana and Beryl in place and secretly working together, they were quickly able to drum up some credits. In Ryshana's usual fashion she allowed herself to lose games at random intervals in order to maintain the illusion that she wasn't really cheating. As the time passed, Ryshana and Beryl had amassed almost 5000 in winnings, and their table had become a fairly popular spot as spectators watched the action and wondered when Ryshana and Beryl's streak of luck would run out.

But that just wasn't going to be the case. Finally satisfied with her earnings, Ryshana stood up from the table after winning her last hand. Signaling the dealer that she was done, the dealer took her chips and exchanged them for a charge credit chip worth 5205 credits. Following Ryshana's signal to stay put, Beryl didn't get up and stop playing for a couple of games before walking away with an extra 945 credits.

Stopping at the bar, Ryshana ordered a Corellian Ale and waited for Beryl.
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The man sat in his chair and sighed to himself. Sure, it would be a big haul, but there wasn't anything he could do about it now with the Imperials watching his every move. Well, at least they were watching his every move once he left Coruscant's atmosphere.

And regardless of how good the money would pay, his cargo needed to go through. After contacting several old friends, he was starting to get frustrated as they had all turned him down for the same reason that he couldn't deliver the cargo in the first place. The Alliance was depending on him for these parts, but at the moment, there was little he could do about it.

A woman then walked into the cockpit where he was sitting. "Any luck, yet?" she asked him.

"Not even a peep. These Imperials have all of us on a short leash, and they're not letting us forget it," he replied.

"Well, if you can't find anyone you like, how about someone that you don't like. I just came from the Corellian Pride Cantina, and you'll never guess who I spotted."

"Someone I don't like, eh? You're not talking about that blasted ol' son of a gundark, Nicolous? If that's the case, then that's beyond being out of the question: I don't deal with Trandoshans."

"Oh, come on. You know as well as I do that Trandoshans aren't allowed at that Cantina. It was Nic White," she responded with a bit of frustration.

"Nic?!? That piece of a no-good for anythin' son of a Bantha! You expect me to encharge him with our cargo??" he asked angrily. "The man doesn't have a lick of good sense in him, and the same can be said for his loyalties."

"But it might be our only shot. Besides, Jana Vincent is still working with him; she was with him at the Cantina," the woman replied.

"Bah, if she's been working with him for this long, then she's probably been corrupted as badly as he is. I'm telling you: the man ain't worth his two bits."

"Well, if this cargo means anything to you, then at least try to convince Nic to do it: at least he doesn't have the Imperials breathing down his neck."
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On board the Echo, the communicator panel lit up and began to signal that a communication was inbound.

((and some extra info for ya, starmark: Nic will recognize the man from the comm as "Invai", or you can pick out a suitable nickname if you choose. the thing is that Invai and Nic were running two seperate missions but got caught by the same Imperial Ship at almost the same time.

during the brief incarceration, Nic and Invai got to know each other in the prison block and planned an escape. the escape almost worked except that Invai's ship was tractored back on board in the process. Nic didn't have anything he could do for Invai, so he very reluctantly left him there.

and thus the bad feelings Invai has for Nic. Nic, on the other hand, should initially react quite well to Invai. anyways, the rest is up to you. ))


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Jack was the first to notice the communication. "Erm Captain," Jack said refering to him to the message "You want me to see what this guy wants or do you wanna talk to him,or her, personally?"


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Cloud looked at the man eyeing Beryl. He looked nice enough, but Cloud felt like breaking a glass over his head. "Strange..." thought Cloud. "I haven't felt like doing that since I was with Aerith..." Cloud didn't know what was going on. Was he falling in... love? With Beryl? "What do you want?" asked the bartender. "Uhh.... Corellian Ale. Best you got." The bartender left and Cloud still looked frustrated with himself.
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"Well i'm here so i'll do it." Nic replied to jack as he hit the comms console and activated the image screen. As the man came on the screen nics eyes widened in slight shook and then smiled. "Hey, Invai. I can honestly say i'd be less shocked if the emporer had called me."
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"Yeah, well, I wasn't exactly looking forward to callin' you up in the first place especially since you're close to bottoms on my list. Anyways, let me just get to the point: I'm a bit overloaded with my last shipment thanks to a bunch of dogs, and I need someone to pick up the slack. If you're interested, the haul on this one is worth about 20,000," Invai said over the comm.

However, his offer wasn't exactly at face value. He was using an old smuggler's code to inform Nic that he had some hot cargo and was under too strict surveillance to get it to the drop off point.


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Nic knew that the cargo must be somthing that someone didn't want moved from the way Inavi talked. "I may be interested, Where's the destination and whats the cargo?" Nic asked knowing that the answer would probably be in code... the amount of times he had smuggled 'fireworks' and 'health food' instead of Guns and medical supplies was too many.
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Beryl had just finished at the cashier and was pocketing the credit chip with her winnings when someone tapped her on the shoulder from behind.

“Nice game. Can I buy you a drink?”

She turned around to see the good-looking man she had spotted at the bar. “Thanks,” she said, smiling.

“I’m Cord,” he introduced himself. “Hate to sound cliché, but… do you come here often?”

“Nope,” Beryl replied. “First time.”

Cord nodded. “Me, too. I’m on leave, and our commander said we’re not allowed to leave this sector. So, I figured that….”

“On leave?” Beryl’s brow raised, and her smile faded. “You’re an Imperial soldier?” Oh, no…not another Imp again…. Why is it that can’t I find a guy that I like that doesn’t work for the Empire or I don’t have to work with?

“I work for the Empire, yes, but I’m not a soldier.” He gave her a weak smile. “It’s a dull job. Wouldn’t want to bore you with the details, but it’s a living and it’s much better than the job I had before.”

“Which was?”

“Load master for a refuse ship.”

Beryl nodded. Well, most any job was better than working on a refuse ship. “Point taken.” She glanced over at the bar where Ryshana stood near Cloud and Oliver. “Well, nice to meet to you, Cord, but I think I’ve got to pass on that drink.” She started to back away. “I’ve got an appointment in a few minutes.”

Cord nodded. “Oh,” he said disappointedly. “I see. Should have known that someone like you would be unavailable.”

Beryl grinned slightly. “I’m not ‘unavailable,’” she said. “I really do have an appointment.” With a swoop bike, granted, but still…. “Nice talking to you.”

She headed towards the bar.

“Wait!” he said. “If you’re not having a drink with me, at least tell me your name?”

“Garajaminder,” Beryl said, grinning.

She reached the bar and slowed as she passed by Ryshana. “Let’s get out of here,” she whispered.


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"Mostly precious metals and some maps. They need to be on the Old Temple Drop by next week," Invai replied. "And you'll need to avoid any bucketheads en route."

Of course, what he really meant was that he had some computer components and some kind of intelligence data which was a sure tipoff that the cargo was for military use. And the drop was located near the old Jedi Temple ruins on Dantooine. The last part meant that he needed to avoid contact with any Imperial Forces.

((from this, Nic should be able to deduce that the cargo is intended for the Rebel Alliance.))

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Just as Ryshana recieved her Corellian Ale, Beryl came up behind her and informed her that she wanted to leave. Quickly downing the Ale, Ryshana cringed as the alcohol left a bit of a burning sensation in her mouth. Bah, these Corellians always did like their Ales nice and strong, Ryshana thought as she set the glass on the bar.

As she turned to leave, she grabbed a 20 credit chip from her pocket and left it on the bar for the bartender. Heading outside, she waited for everyone else.


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“I don’t believe it!” Beryl said frustratedly to Ryshana once she had joined her outside of the Cantina. “That’s three times now that I’ve met a good-looking guy, and he turns out to be an Imp!” She rolled her eyes. “First, there was that guy I sparred with at the gym on A12-76--turns out he was an instructor for Stormtrooper recruits. Then, that guy who I met in the forest on Naboo after I escaped those tusk cats? Imperial Sergeant-at-Arms. Okay, yeah, I knew he was an Imp to start with,” she added quickly, “but still….” She shrugged. “And now, that guy!” She looked askance at Ryshana. “Do I have “Dumb Blonde, Imps Considered” or something written on my forehead?”


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Cloud walked toward Beryl after finishing the ale he ordered and heard her say “Do I have “That’s three times now that I’ve met a good-looking guy, and he turns out to be an Imp... Do I have “Dumb Blonde, Imps Considered” or something written on my forehead?" "What?" asked Cloud. "I'm not good looking?" The he looked at the man again. "You could find better looking guys on Nal Hutta, and that place is full of Hutts"
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Hearing Cloud’s comment, Beryl realised that she’d been ranting. So much for self-control, she thought. This ‘controlling my emotions thing’ Ryshana wants me to do is really going to be hard. She paused, and took a deep breath, but then grinned stupidly at Cloud. “So, are you saying that I’d have better luck with you, or a good-looking Hutt?”


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"That's a trick question. Hutts are never good-looking." Cloud joked. "Now, are we going to get your swoop or not?"
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Beryl chuckled at Cloud’s quick-witted reply. “Of course! Just as soon as Oli….” At that moment, there was the sound of a hiccup, and Oliver stepped through the door to join them. “Nevermind… he’s here.”

Beryl put a friendly arm around Cloud’s shoulder. “Well, c’mon, handsome. Let’s go.” She hailed a taxi, and soon they were all on their way to the Rex’s Repulsorlifts to purchase her swoop.

Once in the taxi, things were a bit quiet. Too quiet for Beryl, who was getting more and more excited the closer they got to the bike shop, even though she was trying her best to follow Ryshana’s advice and control her impulsive emotions.

“Wonder what Nic, Jana and Jack are doing right now?” Beryl asked no one in particular, trying to keep her mind off the swoop.

Oliver checked his chrono. “Well, Jana’s watching ‘Win or Die,’” Oliver stated plainly.

“Bah.” Beryl snorted with disdain. “Imperial propaganda….”

“Yeah,” Oliver agreed. “But tonight Gavin was going to tell Riqua that he had found a blaster hidden in Garik’s room.”

Beryl frowned. “Wait a sec… I thought Gavin and Riqua weren’t talking to each other. You know, after he found out that she was seeing Umber behind his back?” She cleared her throat. “Not that I watch it regularly,” she added quickly.

Oliver grinned. “Blatantly biased entertainment is better than no entertainment.”

“I guess,” Beryl agreed. The taxi went silent for a moment again, and Beryl began to get restless once more. Aside from the swoop bike though, there was something else on her mind.

“Ok,” Beryl broke the silence once again. “Ryshana, I might be out of line asking this, and I won’t be offended if you don’t answer, but what sort of ‘non-pointless’ item did you need 4000 credits for? ‘Cause I’d almost bet that it’s not a swoop.”


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Ryshana thought for a second and then answered, "Well, first off, you're doing well to think like that. Second, the money is for something that a very close friend of mine will be needing here very shortly. The plans haven't been finalized yet, but everything will be set into motion before too long."


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Beryl nodded. Although Ryshana's answer was a bit vague, Beryl accepted it and didn't pry any further accept to add, "Well, I took out a bit more than I needed for my bike, and won near a thousand at the tables. So, if your friend needs any extra, just let me know."

"Here we are," said the taxi driver. "Rex’s Repulsorlifts."

Beryl's eyes lit up. The bike she was after was sitting in the display window, gleaming in all it's Mobquet G3-I repulsorlift Supernova Red glory. "Would you look at that..." she said softly. She turned to the others. "Alright, I'd like to do this on my own. Can you all just wait here?"

She got out of the taxi, and after about twenty minutes haggling with the salesman (they could see her through the large glass windows of the shop) she came out with a huge grin and an an ignition key dangling in her hand.

"It's mine," she said proudly, and she nodded to where one of the red Mobquet-Zephyr custom hybrid swoop models stood over to the side. Then she produced another key. "And that one," she said, pointing to a blue swoop of a different model, is one we're going to deliver to the space port. Well, one Cloud's delivering anyway."

She put the ignition key in Cloud's hand. "I was going to ask to test drive it, but when I heard the two salespeople in the back discussing how they were constrained for time in getting a 'special' order to the docks tonight, I thought I'd volunteer our services. After all," she added, grinning slyly, "we are in the transport business. And, the bikes each seat two so we won't be needing a taxi back."

"So, which one of you," she said looking between Ryshana and Oliver, "is riding with me?"


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Nic paused for a second and thought.... "Would the cargo be for a certain Alliance, cos if it is you should know better than to ask me about the transport of said metals and Maps"
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"Ahh, come on, Nic. Don't let your issues get in the way of a big payoff. Think about it for just a moment: 20,000 credits. You've got what, 5 or 6 people on your boat, thats about 4 grand in your pocket if you split it even," Invai persuaded as best he could.
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Thinking for a second, Ryshana remembered how Beryl always talked about being "one" with the machine whenever she was piloting. Now with Beryl's offer out, Ryshana said, "I'm with you, Beryl."

Moving close to Beryl, Ryshana then whispered, "Considering how drunk Oliver is, its probably a good idea for me to be with you, anyway: I don't think that vomit is going to look very good on the red paint job."


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"Big payoffs usually mean big trouble, and you know how much I just addore dogfights," Jack said "What's the catch?"


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"Considering how drunk Oliver is, its probably a good idea for me to be with you, anyway: I don't think that vomit is going to look very good on the red paint job."
Beryl gave Ryshana a deadpan look. "Good point." The salesman came out just then, and gave them all helmets, Beryl's being in the same Supernova Red as her new bike.

"Remember," he said, "Bay 23A, and the paperwork is in the cargo bin."

"Gotcha," said Beryl. "And thanks!"

She put on her helmet, hopped on her swoop, got comfortable in the Krayt Dragon leather seat, then switched on the engine. It purred. As she revved it, she closed her eyes and savoured the moment. "It's absolutely perfect," she said, satisfied.

She opened her eyes and looked at Cloud's bike, or rather, the one he was to deliver to the spacedock. If she hadn't had her heart set on the Mobquet-Zephyr G3-I, she would have gone for the one Cloud was getting on--the Ikas-Adno 22-B Nightfalcon. Of course, the Nightfalcon's top speed was 300kph, half of what the G3-I could muster, but being in the city, that didn't really matter. Neither one could go more than 10 metres off the ground.

As Oliver lumbered on behind Cloud, Beryl gave Ryshana a secretive grin. "Hop on," Beryl said to her, revving the engine once more.

With Ryshana sitting behind her, Beryl nodded at Cloud. "Ok. Last one back to the Echo has to..." She grinned, thinking of a job both she and Cloud hated to do. "...check for conduit worms."

"Oh, you're on!" Cloud said.

"What are condu--!" Oliver started to ask, but his voice faded out as Cloud punched the accellerator and took off without warning.

"Yeah, you'll need a head start!" Beryl called out to Cloud. "Hang on tight, Ry," she said over her shoulder.

In less than than ten seconds, she had caught Cloud up. Each of them dodged and weaved through traffic, people, and low hanging signs. Beryl was matching Cloud move for move, but when they started to get closer to the spaceport, she pulled up near him, gave him a nod, and pulled ahead with ease.

"This is the next best thing to flying!" she shouted over her shoulder to Ryshana. "And these controls are so responsive! One with the machine, Ryshana! One with the machine!" She let out a whoop as she slalomed through traffic and then performed a hairpin turn down a sidestreet. "It's incredible!"

"It's the Force!" Ryshana said.

"What?!" Beryl wasn't sure she had heard her right.

"What you're feeling is the Force flowing through you! It's not the..."

Ryshana was cut off as Beryl's bike suddenly shimmied, left then right, then totally lost control at the next corner. It over-rotated, spun, but just as it looked like the two of them were going to smash headon into the side of a spaceport hanger, Beryl managed to turn the bike into the alley and bring it to a sliding stop.

The bike wasn't at all damaged, but Beryl was silent for a long moment, utterly shocked at what had just happened. She'd been flying ships and riding bikes for just about as long as she could remember, and had never, ever lost control like that. Finally, she cleared her throat. "Sorry, Ryshana. I don't know what just happened there. Guess I'm not used to the controls yet."


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"What do you mean 'Not used to the controls'? Before the skid, you were using the Force to guide your actions. You described it as being one with the machine; in reality, you're connected to the Force. Just after I told you that, you disconnected yourself almost simultaneously.

I'll tell you more once we get back to the Echo. Until then, lets get moving before we lose. And here's a quick tip: try it with your blast shield down." ((kinda like ANH ))


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Cloud saw what happened to Beryl and Ryshana. It was then he noticed her connection to the Force. Cloud thought that strange. He then revved his bike and continued towards the spaceport, unaware if she would catch up. Then, he saw Bay 23A. He went as fast as he could on the bike and even connected with the Force to move through traffic, crowds, and a food cart. He landed at the bay and waited for Beryl while Oliver went over to a rail and barfed over it onto the food cart they passed.
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"What?!" Beryl physically turned around in her seat to face Ryshana. "With my blast shield down? I just nearly killed us and you want me to try and fly blind?"

"You'll do fine."

Beryl raised a doubtful eyebrow.

"Trust your feelings," Ryshana said confidently.

Beryl shook her head with disbelief as she turned back around. "And they call me Psycho...." She started up the bike again. The sound of the finely tuned engine piqued her confidence again, and she set off again.

Just out of the alley she had gotten them into, Beryl saw Cloud stream by on the main street. She took a deep breath, then took the plunge by flicking down the blast shield on her helmet like Ryshana had asked her to try.

For a moment, she was fine, luckily avoiding obstacles in her path. But as the seconds passed, she began to realise she could still see, or rather, 'feel' where she was actually going. It was a slightly different feeling than being ‘one with the machine’. It was… better. No… bigger. Deeper? Actually, it was hard for her to quantify the feeling into words, and the more she thought about it…. She felt a slight shimmy in the bike again, and quickly flipped up her blast shield. Soon, she was back in form again, but there was no way she was going to catch Cloud up.

She and Ryshana pulled up just in time to see Oliver vomiting over the rails of the docking bay, and Cloud standing smugly by the other bike.

Beryl shook her head, then let out a tiny sigh. "I know, I know," she said to Cloud. "Conduit worms."


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