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Posted: Dec 30 2010, 08:04 AM
Member No.: 3
Joined: 10-September 08
There's a story in my eyes, turn the pages of desire.
Now it's time to trade those dreams, for the rush of passions fire.
Gallo Mountains, Naboo
Daylight peeked through the lush forest canopy, extending gentle fingers of warmth to the planet’s surface. A pair of hikers meandered through a winding mountain trail, exploring some of Naboo’s most pristine countryside. According to the map held by Heemo Tossa, human male, age 21, the travelers were nearing an outcropping which offered a magnificent view.
The young man proudly clutched the map tightly in his right hand. He stole a glance of the purple female twi’lek escorting him and beamed. Koyi Lom was not so much the outdoors type. She was here with Heemo because she had a crush on him, he had promised her a scenic overlook. Thoughts of a romantic first kiss filled her head. Currently, however, she was struggling with the terrain, and her extremely fashionable attire was anything but functional. Koyi was only 18 years of age, and a child of privilege, her parents both belonging to the Royal Nabooian Court.
The girl paused near a tree and sighed, her small frame dwarfed by its massive trunk. There was a part of Koyi that wanted to take this trip just to disprove her reputation as a spoiled rich brat from Theed. Now, she was cursing that notion, two kilometers into the journey and the wilderness had done anything but let up. Dirt caked her bare knees and elbows, and there was a constant buzz of insects that she abhorred. Maybe it wasn’t so bad being a spoiled brat from (and in) Theed.
Heemo, on the other hand, was beyond thrilled. He looked down at the map in his clenched fist and broke into an even wider, hopeful smile. The map had come from a friend of his fathers, who had been a liaison for the Queen around the time of the Blockade of Naboo. He had frequent contact with the Gungans of the Lasay Swamps, due south of Heemo and Koyi’s position. The man had claimed to know of several secluded and romantic places in the area, breath taking enough to charm a wealthy twi’lek. One location in particular had caught Heemo’s attention, a rocky ledge that offered an alluring view of a crystal lake, and the Royal Lake Retreat alongside.
For what it was worth, this was Heemo’s first time trying to read a topographical map. He thought he was doing a fairly decent job navigating, all the while concealing from his date that he was strictly a beginner. Unfortunately for the human, he was wrong on both accounts, and the patience of his companion had grown very thin. Koyi began to vocalize her frustrations, subtly at first with exasperated sighs, then with more obvious grunts. Her semi-audible protests were lost on Heemo, however, as he continued to ascend the increasingly difficult landscape.
“This is it!” Heemo exclaimed, abruptly halting his footsteps.
Koyi carefully tiptoed to join him, lightly clasping her hands onto his wrist. Heemo stood at the rim of a precipice and peered onto the valley below. She gently edged forward to share his gaze.
“Oh my stars!” she screeched with delight.
It was a perfect vantage point, the lake and the Royal Lake Retreat in full view, from almost two kilometers away. Heemo was satisfied with himself, and for the moment, Koyi was impressed. The young man smiled broadly at his next thought; perhaps he could steal a kiss? He rapidly spun on his right foot to face his consort, left leg dangling in the air gracefully. The twi’lek let a giggle escape her lips as he energetically flirted with her.
It was when Heemo attempted to plant his left leg onto the soil in front of her that things went wrong. At first, Koyi didn’t realize what was happening, as Heemo shot her a stunned look. Words failed her as she stood wide eyed, watching the young man’s footing begin to falter.
“Koy-“, he gasped, reaching out to her.
Koyi had balled her hands into tight fists and drawn them to her mouth, frozen in terror. She screamed as she watched Heemo tumble headlong down the steep embankment. She dropped to her knees and attempted to look over the edge for him, but tears now began to cloud her vision.
Regaining her feet, Koyi turned to run, not entirely knowing where to, but she needed to get help. She took a deep breath, in a failed attempt to calm herself, and began to bolt back down the winding trail. Branches ripped at her arms and legs as she did her best to recall the way back to the nearby village. She was in a full sprint now, nearly blinded by tears as she struggled to remain on the path in front of her. Suddenly, Koyi smashed solidly into something in front of her.
Her momentum coupled with the solidity of the object translated into her being tossed back several yards. She immediately reached up to her nose, as blood began to pour from it. X-Rays later on would confirm it had indeed broken, when she ran directly into …
“What the hell did I run into?” she shrieked.
The rush of pain in her body pushed thoughts of Heemo aside as she lie stunned on the muddy trail. She now bled from several places, most profusely her nose. The twi’lek fought to stay conscious, positioning herself on all fours, ready to crawl for help if need be. Part of her had written Heemo off as dead, she would be lucky if she would emerge from these woods alive.
Koyi lifted her forearm to wipe her eyes. She suddenly became aware of something looming above her. She raised her eyes to meet a menacing looking figure in camouflaged armor, weapon at the ready. Koyi leaned into a sitting position. From all around her, four other armor clad figures rose up out of the underbrush, all with weapons drawn and ready. Her hands rose to her now gaping mouth, blood continuing to flow down her face. The twi’lek began to sob uncontrollably, she was unsure of who these figures were, but she was sure they were about to end her life.
A patrol of five Imperial Scout troopers, known as a “lance”, took cover beside the winding mountain trail. As the patrol’s leader, Lieutenant Theodorik “Outlaw” Sturmwolke took the second or “slack” position. The patrol’s first position or “point man” abruptly raised his hand towards his teammates, palm out, indicating for the troopers to stop. An assortment of strange noises could be heard from ahead of the group. The point man, Corporal Melke “Milky” Berran, turned to Outlaw and tapped his index and middle fingers to his forehead twice, indicating for Outlaw, the patrol leader, to come to his position. Outlaw carefully moved next to his point man, scanning the terrain as he crouched beside him. He swore he heard a woman crying.
“’Law, do you hear that?” whispered the trooper.
He nodded slowly and shifted his weight to look at the trail they were alongside. There was something moving through the brush, coming directly at them. Outlaw thought it might be an animal of some sort at first, and then as she came closer, he realized a twi’lek girl was charging at him, crying uncontrollably. The Lieutenant stood, holding his arms open slightly, a gesture he hoped made him look less threatening.
“Ma’am, are you –“
That’s when Koyi collided with Outlaw at full speed. Instinctively, Outlaw leveled his weapon at her. The remaining four patrol members did the same. Even though they were on an exercise, they were wary of anyone this deep in the forest acting so completely delirious. The girl leaned back, innocent blue eyes growing wide. The patrol leader waved off his men.
“Frack, she’s a mess,” shouted one of the troopers.
“Ma’am, we’re not gonna hurt you,” Outlaw promised as he knelt down to her.
“You definitely need our help, young lady, don’t you?” he continued, realizing she was shaking vigorously.
Koyi was startled when Outlaw began removing his helmet. She hadn’t expected him to look so, well, normal. Theodorik’s emerald green eyes met hers for a moment; she saw something there, something soothing. The other troopers began to gather around her now.
She nodded, instantly feeling very calm.
“Commo,” Outlaw calmly commanded, “call off the exercise and tell them we are bringing in a wounded civilian.”
One of the troopers had set a medical bag on the dirt in front of her and was beginning to pull out bandages and tape. Another trooper was standing behind Theo with her hand to his ear, seemingly talking to himself.
“Wait! Wait!” she blurted out, losing control once again, “My friend, he’s really hurt, he fell off of that cliff!”
Koyi frantically pointed where she surmised the rocky ledge was. Being honest with herself, she wasn’t really sure what direction she had come from. Again, Theodorik’s eyes locked onto hers.
“Okay, Koyi, your friend, what’s his name?”
“Heemo, Heemo Tossa,” she paused as the team medic pinched her nose closed with gauze.
“He lost his balance and fell, I am not certain of where, but we had a view of the retreat, and …”
Outlaw gently held his hand up.
“Koyi, we’ve got this covered,” he assured her as he rose to his feet.
“Milky, Hammer, get up to that ledge and find Mr. Tossa,” he pointed up the trail as he spoke.
“Hooah, you got it El-Tee,” grunted Staff Sergeant Tobias “Hammer” Abstreiter.
Outlaw turned to the trooper behind him.
“Buzz, you’d better get Royal Fire Rescue out here, I don’t think we have any Medevacs available.”
Sergeant Sylvain “Buzz” Candro had already radioed both the field base for the exercise and the sectional headquarters notifying them of the situation. He now selected a new channel on his terrestrial radio.
“Imperial Patrol Outlaw One-One-Nine calling Royal Fire Rescue communications, urgent message, over.”
“Imperial Patrol: go with your urgent, over.”
“R-F-R Communications, we have two civilian injuries, one possibly critical, south of the Lake Retreat, in the Gallo Mountain range. We are requesting STAR unit for removal, stand by for grid square.”
Posted: Dec 31 2010, 01:58 AM
Member No.: 3
Joined: 10-September 08
Hammer and Milky meanwhile, had spotted Heemo, lying about 20 meters below them, clinging to the steep embankment. He was noticeably bleeding and may have had a compound fracture of right leg, Milky noticed. He zoomed in with his macrobinoculars to confirm.
“Yep,” he nodded, “That must’ve been nasty. Right leg, compound tib-fib, can see the bones sticking out from here.”
“Yeah, he looks like he’s had a bad day, no?” Hammer almost chuckled as he said it.
Milky just shrugged, “Yeah, let’s get ‘em then, eh Sarge?”
Lucky for Heemo, the two Scout Troopers were esteemed graduates of Lancer School, and were both expert assault climbers. Hammer selected a large tree 10 meters from the edge as an anchor point as Milky donned a seat harness. The Corporal was both lighter in weight, and more experienced as a mountaineer, growing up in Doaba Guerfel, Corellia. Hammer wrapped the tree with a piece of webbing, resembling a long woven belt, and then secured it with an aluminum d-ring. Attached to the d-ring, he then connected a decent device, which would provide the friction as the Staff Sergeant lowered his man to the victim.
Milky took the end of the rope and worked it into a rescue knot, then clipped it to the front of his harness with another d-ring. He ran the length of rope back to the Hammer, who laced the line through the friction device and locked it.
“This is 50 meters of line, right?” asked Milky.
The Staff Sergeant nodded. Corporal Berran knew it was 50 meters, but he was thorough enough in his work to double check everything. Satisfied with his gear, Milky tapped his helmet with his gloved hand.
“Ready to lower?” he asked.
“Ready to lower,” Hammer repeated.
The trooper located topside slowly lowered the rescuer until he heard him call for a stop.
Milky’s decent had been halted as he reached the victim, as per his command. He made quick work of tying a makeshift safety harness on the man with some more of the belt-like webbing. He then attached the man’s hasty harness to the rescue line with a rope grab device.
“Milky calling Outlaw, come in Outlaw.”
“This is Outlaw.”
“Hey Lou, I’m on the cliff face with the victim, unconscious, breathing, some bleeding. I’ve got him secured and Sarge is gonna bring us up. We need Doc to look at him P-D-Q.”
“I copy, I wish we could give him proper packaging, but we just don’t have the gear for it.”
“Roger, we’re moving then.”
“Roger that Milky, keep me advised.”
Milky rolled the man onto his back as gently as the situation allowed, which wasn’t very much. He leaned over, snaking one arm around the unconscious man’s middle. He pulled Heemo tight to him, resting the man’s arms over his shoulders. The “embrace” was actually a tried and true rescue maneuver, and while it was normally uncomfortable at best, Milky was positive it would have been extremely painful for the victim had he been alert.
“I have him Sarge, let me know when you can haul us up.”
“Roger,” supplied Hammer, who had already begun to rig the rescue line for retrieval.
The pair dangling precariously below him weighed nearly 500 lbs combined. While Hammer was strong, possibly the strongest in the group, that was too much weight for one man to lift. Fortunately, the decent device was also a pulley, and with the addition of another pair of pulleys and a rope grab, Hammer had created a block and tackle. He would be lifting only 100 lbs, as the devices would give him a 5:1 mechanical advantage. This, 100 lbs, was very manageable for SSG “Hammer” Abstreiter. He gave Milky the appropriate warning and then began to haul the two men up the cliff face.
“R-F-R, we are located at negative five-seven-three-seven negative eight-eight-seven, how copy?”
“This is Royal Fire Rescue, we copy. STAR One will be inbound. Imperial Patrol, can you move the patients to a secure landing site or do we need to airlift them?”
“Not known at this time, we will advise. We will stand by for STAR 1 on this network. Imperial Patrol Outlaw out.”
Outlaw walked over to Buzz, leaving Koyi with his medic, Sergeant Gavon “Doc” Zach. Zach was a six year veteran Stormtrooper, and an accomplished and decorated combat medic. The group called him Doctor Z, and he was the second best medic Theodorik Sturmwolke had ever met. Koyi would be well cared for he knew. It was her companion that was another matter entirely.
Outlaw crouched next to Buzz, and the communications specialist quickly relayed the transmissions with RFR to his Lieutenant. Outlaw actually did know of a nearby clearing, large enough to set an airship down. He had planned on using it as a back-up extraction site if they had anything unexpected happen. Theo suddenly let out a laugh.
“I guess something unexpected did happen.”
Posted: Dec 31 2010, 05:19 AM
Member No.: 3
Joined: 10-September 08
Hammer and Milky had completely hoisted Heemo safely onto the cliff side when he began to regain consciousness. The pair carried the man, one grasping him under his knees, the other in his armpits, and made their way to the clearing as per their Lieutenant. Koyi, now sufficiently patched up, and her three scout trooper escorts also began to trudge toward the landing zone. They were just a few meters from the clearing when the roar of an airspeeder engine could be heard overhead.
“Royal Fire Rescue STAR 1 to Imperial ground patrol, we are inbound ETA of 2 mikes, how do you copy ground?”
Outlaw rolled his eyes. Frelling pilots, they had to always remind everyone that they were in the air and you weren’t. They tended to throw the word “ground” or “on foot” in infantry men’s faces.
“You want me to answer the flying ego or do you want to talk to him?” Buzz quipped.
“I’ve got this one Buzzy.”
“STAR 1, this Imperial Patrol Outlaw One-One-Nine, redirect to my homing beacon which I am turning on … now.”
There you go, you civilian pilot puke, take orders from a lowly ground pounder, Outlaw thought. The pilot acknowledged, the slightest touch of annoyance seeping into his voice. The quartet reached the edge of the clearing, Doc Z paused at the edge holding his hand up. After scanning the perimeter, he motioned everyone forward. The move may have been a bit much considering the surroundings, but you never took anything for granted if you wanted a long healthy career as a scout trooper.
As the airspeeder loomed closer, Outlaw heard Hammer and Milky struggling up the trail with their patient.
“It’s us, don’t fracking shoot us,” Hammer supplied acerbically.
Doctor Z indicated that it was clear to come forward, and rushed to meet them. The troopers exchanged information regarding the condition they had found Heemo in, as well as what they had done to treat him. Doc would take over treatment of the young man, and without so much as looking at the boy, Outlaw knew it was the best chance he would have to survive.
The men lay Heemo down supine on the soft grass; Doc knelt down and dropped his medical bag in front of him, taking his helmet off as he often did when looking over a patient.
“Heemo, can you hear me?” he asked.
“Ungh … yeah man, I can hear you,” Heemo barely managed.
Doc rapidly ran through his trauma assessment using his medical datapad. The device recorded the patient’s vitals: blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen saturation, etc. He changed modes with a press of a few buttons and scanned the man’s body again.
“Other than the leg, the only thing I’m worried about is the deformity he has at T-10 on his spine … uh, that’s the tenth Thoracic vertebrae … the abrasions are what they are, he has no significant blood loss … his difficulty breathing is probably due to severely bruised ribs, all I can really see is that they aren’t broken.”
Outlaw wasn’t sure if that was the end of his assessment or not, but he stopped talking as the roar of the inbound airspeeder droned louder. Doc continued to monitor the device and speak to Heemo, offering encouragement to the youth. It was a scary time for anyone, especially someone of his young age. The medic did his best to keep Heemo at ease.
Royal Fire Rescue Shock Trauma Air Rescue 1 began to descend into the clearing 50 meters from the gathered group. The craft was an Incom T-29, built primarily as an atmospheric shuttle, modified for use as a Medical Evacuation transport. She was just shy of 11 meters end to end, and was a bit of a tight fit for her patients and crew when fully laden. While it was less maneuverable than an Imperial Larty, she was a workhorse, and the ship had personality.
The downdraft from the airspeeder began whipping the tall grass and leaves around them into a fury. Outlaw clutched Koyi tight around the shoulders, shielding her from the debris. The twi'lek exhaled sharply as she felt her spine tingle, this man had such a gentle way about him. She was sure that he was a stone cold killer when he had to be, however. The thought frightened her and thrilled her all at the same time.
STAR 1 touched down and its huge side door slid open with an unapologetic bang. A pair of medics bounded out, one male and one female, equipment slung over each shoulder. They strode towards Doc as the engines of the airspeeder wound down. The female spoke first; she dropped one of the bags she was carrying as the team medic rose to meet her.
“Hey there, what do you have for us?”
The voice sounded strangely familiar to Outlaw. He began to walk in their direction as she and Doc exchanged information on the patient. She turned to her partner and asked him to get something from the “bird” as she called it. As he turned to the craft to oblige, the female medic began to pull off her helmet. Theodorik froze in his tracks. Standing before him was the love of his life, the woman that had captured his heart all those years ago back in Tyrena. He had thought his feelings for her had eroded away with their time apart, but apparently he was wrong. As he set his eyes upon her, all the feelings came rushing back to him. She glanced over momentarily and met his eyes, suddenly her expression changed. Her old forgotten feelings came rushing back to her as well.
Another shooting star goes by, and in the night the silence speaks to you and I.
And now the time has come at last, don't let the moment run too fast.
I can feel you tremble when we touch, and I feel the hand of fate, reaching out to both of us.
There's a story in my eyes, turn the pages of desire.
Now it's time to trade those dreams, for the rush of passion's fire.
Posted: Jan 2 2011, 06:02 PM
Member No.: 3
Joined: 10-September 08
This time, this place, misused, mistakes.
Too long, too late, who was I to make you wait?
Just one chance, just one breath, just in case there's just one left.
'Cause you know, you know, you know …
The last time Theodorik saw her, they were back on Corellia. She stood by the starport entrance in Tyrena, Corellian cherry blossoms in her jet black hair. She was like a cherry blossom to him, lighter than air, delicate, and rare. The flower was only in bloom for a very short time on Corellia, only about a week. The velvet petals would gently fall like pinkish-white snow, generously blanketing the ground below the majestic trees that had begotten them. He thought back to the day they had parted ways, how they promised each other that it was not a goodbye, just a temporary separation. His mouth formed her name tenderly, barely above a whisper.
Three years had passed since then. He had promised to visit her, but he hadn’t. She had promised to write him, but she hadn’t. The Rebels destroyed the Death Star at the Battle of Yavin, and the young scout trooper Sergeant was thrust into battle. Kamiko followed her mother’s career path into medicine. The two had always intended to reconnect. The war had other plans however, and as the fighting raged on, Theodorik found himself in officer school, and then in command of a team of Special Forces Operatives on Lok.
Possibly just to stave off her boredom, Kamiko Sakura had chosen to become a firefighter and a paramedic. She was always the adventurous type, but far too placid to join the military and take other lives. Her usual partner in crime was gone, and she filled that empty space in her heart with the thrill and challenge of the Royal Fire & Rescue Service.
Time stood still as they looked at each other. She still had the same jet black hair, pulled back in the familiar pony tail that Theo had loved to toy with. Her bangs dangled loosely in her face, he remembered how she was constantly blowing them aside with a huff. Her complexion was fair, contrasted by pouty pink lips, and her radiant, violet eyes. It was those eyes that Theo had missed the most, so full of emotion. They could be lively and playful, as Kamiko was rather animated when she was happy. Her eyes could also be stormy and menacing, when she confronted pain or wrong or death. Kamiko was passionate about the things she loved and loathed equally.
Firefighter/Paramedic Kamiko Sakura’s normal professional demeanor was clearly unsettled. She could still picture him standing there in his uniform. He gently tucked her troublesome bangs behind her ears before kissing her. He refused to say good bye, it was only for a little while, and he would get his older brother, an Imperial Stormtrooper Colonel, to station him near a good University. They were going to be together forever. He gazed at her with those hypnotizing green eyes of his and promised her it would be all right. Kamiko traced her finger down his strong jaw line to his lips, hoping it would happen the way he depicted it. A month later she heard about Yavin and she knew. Theodorik's sense of duty would kick in and Kamiko might never see her scout trooper again.
The former couple was jolted back to reality by Sergeant Zach.
“Here comes your rescue board and your immobilization gear.”
She turned to him with pursed lips, wearing a slightly confused face.
“Hmm? Oh my gosh, I’m sorry sir, yes … let’s get this man packaged,” she stammered.
They worked quickly to get Heemo immobilized and ready to take an airspeeder trip to Theed University Medical Center. Kamiko confirmed his fractured vertebrae and commended the troopers on their interventions with both patients. She had only been distracted by her former flame for a mere 30 seconds, she was hopeful the group had not noticed. Quite the contrary, everyone had noticed. For his part, Theodorik knew they noticed, but he was their Lieutenant and didn't care. Honestly, he was so in love with the girl that they could kiss his Corellian ass if they took issue with it. Kamiko was visibly blushing now, and it made her look even more resplendent.
The young female medic and her crew moved Heemo into the airspeeder with well rehearsed ease. The pilot climbed into the flight deck and the engines of the T-29 began to rumble. The two medics stored all their gear and were securing everything for their flight. Koyi settled into a seat in the back, the male medic smiled as he buckled her in. Theo was standing a few feet from the craft, unsure of what to say to his long lost love. That’s when Milky came jogging over with Kammi’s flight helmet, she’d left it on the ground where they packaged Heemo.
“Hey Ma’am, you’re forgetting y-“
His Lieutenant snatched it from his grip.
“Kammi!” he shouted, holding the helmet just out of her reach. Maybe if he could get her to lean over enough …
Kamiko gracefully swung her body out of the airspeeder, one hand clutching a grab rail, the other poised to grab the headgear. Theo smiled sheepishly at the woman; she fixed her eyes on him in a sultry gaze, eyebrow raised. He exhaled sharply, surrendering her helmet.
“Theo,” she locked eyes with him,”it was great to see you.”
Theodorik “Outlaw” Sturmwolke stepped clear of the airspeeder as the male medic grabbed for the door. He shrugged at the Lieutenant and banged it closed. The craft awkwardly lifted off the ground and rocketed off over the trees and out of sight.
“STAR 1 to Imperial Ground Patrol, we appreciate your business. You gentleman enjoy your hike. STAR 1, out.”
Outlaw spun around to his crew and paused as the drone of the airspeeder faded into the afternoon.
“Fracker,” Outlaw muttered. Hammer spoke up.
“Hey ‘Law, you know the difference between a pilot and his ship?”
‘What’s that Ham?”
“The ship stops whining after you shut off the motor.”
The quintet erupted into laughter.
Posted: Jan 3 2011, 06:18 PM
Member No.: 3
Joined: 10-September 08
Field Base Baz Nitch, Naboo
0343 Hours, Tuesday
Outlaw rolled over in his cot to look at his datapad. Damn. Almost 0400 hours and he hadn’t gotten any sleep; he couldn’t stop thinking about Kammi. He had played yesterday’s events over and over in his head, still unsure what he was going to do, if he did anything, about the situation. He attempted to get comfortable, repositioning onto his back, hands threaded behind his neck. He sighed vigorously, staring at the ceiling of his tent. He silently chastised himself for not returning like he had promised. They had always been together, in one way or another.
It was hard to really say when they first met, technically speaking they had met when Kammi was eight years old and Theo was eleven. Kammi and her parents moved from a small town in the hills to Tyrena, and she went to school with the youngest Sturmwolke, Danyella. The two girls were fast friends, and it seemed like “Little K” was always around the Sturmwolke house. By the time she was 12, she was almost like family and she had become as close to Theo as she was to his sister.
Danyella was always a bit of a princess, her parent’s only female child. Kammi’s parents on the other hand, were always working at the Hospital, and they took a stand-offish approach to child rearing. As a result, Kammi became more comfortable with 15 year old Theodorik. They shared a love for practical jokes and sarcasm, spending days out on the city streets talking smart and picking fights. The small framed girl became quite a scrapper, although it was often left to her partner to bail her out when her mouth overran her muscle.
Had it not been for Kamiko Sakura, it’s altogether likely that Theodorik wouldn’t have earned the reputation as a dangerous character. Ten years separated him from his twin brothers, and they had grown up on Ordo with their uncle as warriors. Their father had softened in the years since the Clone Wars, where he fought alongside the clones he had trained on Kamino. Theo could have stayed away from violence if he chose, the only one that seemed to lead him there was his little sidekick.
Perhaps as a survival mechanism, Theodorik had developed into a street wise smooth talker. He didn’t have to throw knuckles with someone to get them to see things his way. He could charm everyone and anyone and see through any scam. The only thing that had escaped his attention was the massive crush that Kamiko harbored for him. Not really having a female’s influence in her life, she didn’t have the first clue how to approach the subject with him. She managed, for the most part, to put the feelings aside and merely savored the time they spent together.
As he grew older, Theo caught the attention of more than a few of the ladies. These times would bring Kammi to tears in private, but she would always put on a happy exterior for her Theo. She would gleefully tag along with him on many of his dates. Occasionally, one of Theo’s girlfriends took issue with Kamiko always being around. One of his most fond memories, her 15th birthday party, had begun with such an argument.
It was early April, and the cherry blossoms were in bloom in Tyrena. Anna and Theodorik had been dating for 5 months, and things were going well enough. Theodorik had just turned eighteen, and the lovely Anna was a few months shy of her eighteenth birthday as well. The young couple occupied the sofa in the Sturmwolke living room, legs intertwined. Theo was leaned back, hands on his chest, eyes closed with a pair of headphones in his ears. Anna was reading a hardcover book from Mr. Sturmwolke’s collection.
The girl was the complete package, what could be described as every boy’s dream. She was a statuesque 5’9’’, with long pin straight platinum blonde hair. Her eyes were calm and confident, a cool shade of blue. She was intelligent, analytical, and most times, emotionless. Things needed to have an order, a purpose; everything she did was carefully planned. Theo had tried wooing her because she was so unattainable, turning away nearly every potential mate.
Anna was intrigued by the boy, fascinated even. Of course he was what any girl, herself included, would consider gorgeous: tall and muscular, stunning green eyes and wild brownish-blonde hair. More important to her, was she was intrigued by his family history. His father had fought in the Clone Wars, in the 75th Shadow Troopers Regiment, but what she found most interesting was his heritage. His parents, Nicholae and Katara Sturmwolke were both born on the Outer Rim planet of Ordo, into a Mandalorian Clan. The family had been very tight lipped about their emigration here to Corellia, Anna doubted even Theodorik had all the details of the story.
For the moment, however, Anna was content to spend her days with Theo, and thumb through his father’s books. Theodorik didn’t understand why people chose to read hardcover books these days, especially with datapads and holographic imagers accessible to everyone. His female companion would often rebuke him for such thoughts, citing the benefits of reading a ‘classic’ novel in the manner it had been written. As she worded it, “the way the author intended you to read it.”
The young man would’ve joked, “If that was the case, it would be just ink on paper, ya know, in the author’s hand.”
She wouldn’t have laughed. Honestly, she never laughed, not really, not the way he and Kammi laughed. He remained in silence, lost in his music.
He sang to himself, “Still don’t know what I was waiting for, and my time was running wild. A million dead-end streets. Every time I thought I’d got it made; it seemed the taste was not so sweet.”
Theodorik grimaced at the words. Kamiko loved this song. She had introduced Theo to it, and he was instantly very fond of it. That little girl knew him well, he thought. He laughed to himself, “little”. She was turning 15 tomorrow, and she was becoming a beautiful young woman. A smile returned to his lips when he thought about her. He had been noticing her much more lately; he had been barely able to ignore the jolt he felt in his stomach when they were together. Lost in thought, he unknowingly sang the chorus to the song aloud.
“Ch-ch-ch-changes! Turn and face the strain, ch-ch-changes! Don’t wanna be a richer man! Ch-ch-ch-changes! Turn and face the strain, ch-ch-changes! Time may change me, but I can’t trace time!”
Anna wound up and gave him a solid whack with her book.
“Valorum’s ghost! What was that for?” he whined.
“I’m reading. Stop singing!” she hissed.
“Sorry,” he muttered. Okay, subject change, he thought.
“Anna, we still on for Kammi’s birthday party tomorrow? She said she really wants us to be there.”
“You mean, she really wants you there.”
“What’s that mean?”
“That she has a blinding crush on you, and would do anything to be close to you and only you.”
“Anna, that’s not true at all! Wait … What’s that seeping into your voice? Jealousy?”
Anna scoffed, “Spare me Theodorik, jealous? Of that street urchin?”
Theo’s voice became very even.
“Anna, watch the words you choose when you talk about my Kammi.”
Theodorik cringed at his choice of words, more specifically, word. My Kammi, as in mine. Anna was silent at first, not even lowering the book from her face. Slowly her hands retreated to her lap, still tightly grasping the novel; she glared at her boyfriend, her voice measured.
“If you ever for one second think … that that girl …” she hung on the last word icily.
“Could ever … ever … offer you more than I can …”
She squinted and jabbed a finger in his direction.
“Then you are sorely mistaken.”
“Okay Anna, poor choice of words … listen …” he paused gathering his thoughts.
“I know that Kammi has a crush on me, but trust me, it’s just puppy love. What we have is a little more real than that? Dontcha think?”
She crossed her arms and dropped her face into a tight scowl.
“Anna, baby, she’s just a kid,” he lied, “but she’s like family. I am just protecting her and her big mouth.”
Anna finally softened, her chest heaving with a dramatic sigh. Theodorik realized the possibility that his young sidekick was more than just “like a sister” to him. It wasn’t exactly an “Aha!” moment for the boy, not as if he suddenly admitted he was in love with Little Kammi, but it was a seed. A seed that unbeknownst to Theodorik was taking hold and growing roots. Inwardly, he admitted that Anna was a trophy for him, now that the thrill of the chase was over, it was boring; she was boring.
Later that night at the party, Anna put on her good girlfriend act, smiling and mingling. Danyella, still months away from her own 15th birthday, was the center of attention, at least as far as all the 15 year old boys were concerned. Theo found it amusing, the sharp looks and chiseled features of Clan Sturmwolke weren’t wasted on the men. He did his best not to dwell on it, but his younger sister was devastatingly gorgeous. Her skin was darker than Theo’s, an olive color more reminiscent of their father’s side of the family. Her brown hair was shoulder length and wavy, and it had a playful bounce as she moved. Hey eyes were a little bluer than the rest of her siblings, but they were bright against her darker features, giving her an exotic look.
Danyella was flirty and carefree, so much so that she came off as a dunce. But caution to the poor soul that underestimated Dee-Dee. She was every bit a Sturmwolke, calculating and devious. Those that crossed her would suffer her revenge. It was nothing more than teenage drama, of course, because after all, the girl was only fourteen. But she had "ruined" a few of her enemies, even if it was merely socially. Theodorik shook his head, noticing his sister smiling coyly at a young man who was telling a few jokes. Looking around the room, he noticed all the girls around their age were mirroring the same coy, reserved smile.
Then Theodorik's eyes settled on Kamiko. She was grinning that wild wide mouth smile of hers, howling like the boys of the group were. He gave her a smirk, that’s my Kammi, he thought. He said the words again to himself, my Kammi. For a moment, he thought about what it would be like to be with her. He pondered the age difference, and the possibility that kissing her would be like kissing his sister. They had grown so close, maybe she thought of him as a brother and he was misreading her feelings? What if they didn’t work out as a couple, would their friendship survive? So many questions swam through his head.
“Theodorik,” Anna said, “Baby, are you okay?”
Theo realized his face was contorted with pain.
“Yeah, yeah … I need to visit the refresher …”he replied nauseously.
He rose, went into the refresher, and promptly vomited. He wiped his mouth and looked at himself in the mirror. It occurred to him suddenly, he was nervous. He had never felt nerves like this over anything, let alone a girl. Theo took a long deep breath.
“I have to talk to her tonight,” he told his reflection,“I have to see how she feels.”
Posted: Jan 3 2011, 09:26 PM
Member No.: 3
Joined: 10-September 08
The hour was now late, and all but a handful of the party guests had gone home. Kammi’s mother sat with Theo’s parents at a small round table sipping at mugs of hot Caf. Anna had long since gone home, Theo figured she had not been intellectually stimulated enough to stay. Danyella was seated between a pair of boys on the sofa, giggling away. Her father stole a peek at her often enough to keep her honest, usually Theo’s job he mused.
Theodorik found himself walking the city streets with his best friend, as they’d done hundreds of times before. This time it felt different, to both of them, and Kamiko was puzzled as to the cause. It was then that the young man noticed the churning in his stomach subsided, and he wasn’t really that nervous around Kammi, even though he was seeing her differently. The two of them were as easy as breathing. While they walked along, neither said a word, but it was far from an uncomfortable silence.
With Kamiko, he didn’t feel like he needed to fill up the empty space with meaningless chatter, which was the norm for every girlfriend he had in the past. The pair stopped on the bridge that separated East Tyrena from West and peered out onto the river. Kammi was just arms length from him, leaning her elbows on the railing, resting her chin on her hands.
“Beautiful,” Theodorik said smoothly.
“Yeah,” she breathed softly.
“Not the river, Kammi.”
He turned his body and leaned his back against the stone railing, folding his hands in front of him.
She gasped lightly, trying to remain calm. He had called her pretty before, but usually it was to reassure her when she was feeling down. She stood a little straighter and placed her hands on the cold stone in front of her.
“Thanks, I guess,” she replied, trying to remain guarded, he could be playing a joke on her after all.
He saw her delicate hand resting on the railing. She had on her trademark black nail polish, which he had always thought was incredibly sexy. He turned to face her, casually leaning on his right elbow. Unexpectedly, he reached out and took her hand in his; a surreal moment for him, as if he was watching someone else. Kamiko, however, was rather startled, especially when he interlaced his fingers with hers.
“W-What are you doing?” she blurted nervously.
“I can’t hold hands with my best friend?”
“Theo, think about what you’re doing right now, if you are playing with me, you’re going in this fracking river,” she scolded.
He chuckled and gave her a wide smile. That was the response he expected from her. Her eyes widened and she let go of a sigh.
“I’m confused right now Theo, you’re with Anna, and I’m feeling like … like … maybe she won’t sleep with you so you are trying your luck with me …”
“Kammi, I’m not holding your hand so you will sleep with me, or anything else. I’m holding your hand because … well, I will be honest, I just felt like touching you.”
She shivered at his words. She had been in love with him for years now, could this be really happening?
“Listen, I know you have a crush on me Kammi,” he supplied.
Inwardly, she jumped. Calling it a “crush” was the understatement of the century Sturmy.
“I just wanted you to know, I have a crush on you too.”
He gently pulled her by her hand until she was inches from him. Their height differential was grossly apparent as she looked up at him. She stood on the tips of her toes until she could feel his breath on her lips. She blinked slowly, placing her hands on his chest. He encircled her middle with his arms, helping support her weight.
Theodorik closed the gap between them, tenderly placing his lips onto hers. She closed her eyes and placed her slight hands onto his face. They stayed locked in the kiss for what seemed like several minutes. When Theo finally pulled away, Kammi held her pose, eyes closed, lips drawn together.
For years after that, Theodorik could close his eyes, and see with the clearest vision, 15 year old Kamiko standing there on that bridge, a moment after their first kiss.
On my knees, I'll ask, last chance for one last dance.
'Cause with you, I'd withstand, all of hell to hold your hand.
I'd give it all, I'd give for us, give anything but I won't give up.
'Cause you know, you know, you know …
That I love you, I have loved you all along.
And I miss you, been far away for far too long.
I keep dreaming you'll be with me and you'll never go.
Stop breathing if I don't see you anymore.
Theodorik was violently brought back to the present to the sounds of shouting.
“Lieutenant, you’ve got a visitor!” shouted Hammer.
He threw the covers off of himself and jumped off of the cot.
“Omigosh, she’s here.”
He raced around the tent, getting dressed as best he could. He excitedly rushed out into the sunlight.
“Who’s Kammi?” asked the purple skinned twi’lek in front of him.
Posted: Jan 7 2011, 04:45 AM
Member No.: 3
Joined: 10-September 08
Yes, I could tell you his favorite colors green.
He loves to argue, born on the seventeenth.
His sister's beautiful; he has his father's eyes.
And if you ask me if I love him, I'd lie.
0343 Hours, Tuesday
Kamiko slipped out of her bed and padded down the hall to her modest kitchen. She eyed the clock on her refrigerator.
“Almost 4 in the morning,” she grumbled.
Kammi fetched herself a glass of Falumpset milk and leaned back onto her kitchen counter. Her red night shirt extended past her hips, but just barely. She was beyond restless, and it had every bit to do with her encounter with Theodorik the day before. She wondered if she did the right thing just leaving him standing in that field. It took every ounce of her strength not to cry as the ship took off and he disappeared from her sight. She caught her reflection on the oven door and saw just how puffy her eyes were from crying.
“I should get a fracking valor award for what you’ve out me through Sturmwolke.”
Kammi crossed her apartment and flopped into an oversized sofa chair. She sat in the dark with her milk and tried to sort through everything. The easiest thing to do was to continue on with her life as if yesterday never happened. She furrowed her brow at the thought; it was the hardest thing to do, not the easiest. Years spent as his best friend yearning for more had probably cost her several other relationships. Every man she’d met was compared to Theo, and there were very few contenders, and absolutely no one able to take his place.
It seemed as if Kamiko was joined at the hip with the older boy from first moving to Tyrena until he went into boot camp eight years later. Thinking back, she couldn’t think of a childhood memory without him in it. When she came to the city from the hills, she had a difficult time adjusting in school, and the only people that had reached out to her were Danyella and Theodorik Sturmwolke. She marveled at their amazing family dynamic, how they took care of each other, how they took care of everyone.
Whenever Kammi had gotten into trouble, Theo was there for her. When she was feeling down, it was he that lifted her spirits. She got to know him so intimately, that it felt like more than a crush to her. There were even times when he offered her a glimmer of hope, that maybe he felt the same way she did, or could someday. There were rare occasions when his hand would linger near hers for just a few extra seconds. There were the friendly hugs that lasted longer than usual, little pecks on the cheek that were more affectionate than they ought to be. All of it was a source of bewilderment for the young girl.
Kamiko traveled back in her memory to March 17th, seven years ago, Theodorik’s 18th birthday. On Corellia, you were legally considered an adult, and no longer the responsibility of your parents. You could vote, own property, and apply to an institute of higher learning. Tucked in the back of Kamiko’s mind was the worry of the another opportunity available to eighteen year olds, service in the Imperial Armed Forces. Theodorik’s twin brothers were both Imperial Stormtrooper Officers, and with his father being a retired Captain and Clone War Veteran, it seemed the natural step for him. The thought of Theo in combat made her nauseous. So far, he hadn’t mentioned the prospect of doing anything other than a job as a cook in his Uncle Irwin’s restaurant.
Kamiko smiled out of her front window as Theodorik’s AV-21 halted in front of her apartment building. As if she needed another reason to be attracted to the young man, he had a pretty sweet landspeeder, a rare, high performance landspeeder to be exact. Flanking the vehicle behind the driver and passenger were two powerful engines, which were by no means quiet. Nearly every CorSec agent in Tyrena and Coronet knew about the “Outlaw”, a nickname given to the sled by Kammi herself because of its flat black paint job. The speeder sat two comfortably, and the 14 year old Kammi was a permanent fixture in the passenger seat. It unnerved most of Theo’s girlfriends, only his current, Anna, was able to remain stoic on the subject.
He would often shrug, “she’s my best friend in the galaxy. If you want me, we are a package deal.”
The first few times she’s heard him say it, she would hide her smile, but lately, she allowed herself to enjoy it. When one of his relationships would end, it was always her that he scooped up in his arms and swung around the room.
“I just needed a hug from someone worthy of my affection,” he had said once, Kammi just about died.
And now, here he was, parked out in front of her parent’s apartment, on his own 18th birthday, not out with his best “guy” friend Skitch or his girlfriend, but here. Kamiko flew down the stairs of her building and into the street, stopping abruptly when she saw the freshly painted forest green racing stripes on the hood of the “Outlaw”.
“Now that’s sick,” she said as she softly patted the speeder’s nose.
“Yeah, you know how I dig on green.”
Of course she knew. She knew every blessed detail of the young man. The humorous part of the crush was that everybody knew about it, everybody besides Theodorik Sturmwolke of course. If he had known, then all the touching and unintentional innuendo would have made him a serious jerk. But Kammi knew there was no way, he was a flirt to be sure, but he would never lead her on purposely. Their friendship had taken years to grow to this strength, and he would put Kammi’s well being, physical and emotional, above anyone else’s. The complication was, she was so shy that if anyone asked her if she loved him, she would lie and say "no". So, she prayed for him to make the first move.
“So, why are you here at my place on your own birthday? Showing off the paint job?”
“Yeah, partly,” he admitted.
She giggled at him, standing there leaning on the driver’s side door.
“By the stars Theo, why do you look so damn delicious?” she mumbled.
“What’s that babe?”
Oh how she loved when he called her that!
“Oh nothing at all … so, are we taking a ride somewhere?”
She hoped to cover her tracks with a subject change, but there was no disguising the redness spreading onto her cheeks.
“Absolutely, and you’re driving.”
Her reddening face was suddenly not an issue, all the color quickly draining.
“You heard me kid, you have a driving exam in less than a month, you gotta pass that thing. I’m not gonna be driving your little ass around this city forever.”
She was completely frozen in front of him. The AV-21 was an expensive vehicle, acquired by Theodorik’s father, details on the where and when were extremely sketchy. Kamiko was now fearful of wrecking the thing. Not because he would be angry with her, but because she knew it would bring him trouble from his father, who was always warning him to be careful with it. Furthering the point that Nicholae Sturmwolke had come about the speeder less than honestly.
After some cajoling, Kammi finally did get into that driver’s seat, and she drove it around her neighborhood, albeit at half the speed Theo was used to cruising at. Her grin was unmistakable, however. Her smile spread ear to ear until her cheeks hurt. He made her feel so comfortable at the wheel, so comfortable anywhere actually. How could this just be puppy love?
“I’ll tell you Kay-bear, I frelling can’t stand Anna anymore,” he offered suddenly.
“Oh?” she answered lamely.
“Yeah, another stupid fight last night. I’ll never fall in love, not at this rate.”
Her heart began to race.
“She’s a great girl I guess, I don’t know. I was just expecting something different.”
“I’m sorry Theo,’ was all she could manage.
“Not your fault babe,” he said turning to look at her.
She felt his eyes on her, holding their gaze longer than normal.
“What?” she blurted out, suddenly feeling self conscious.
“Was just going to mention that I like your hair down like that,” he sounded almost shy to her.
She brought the vehicle to a screeching halt. She stared at him wide eyed, and then the two of them burst out laughing, both of them trying to hide true feelings. Unfamiliar thoughts regarding his sidekick had been swirling in his head. Unfortunately for the young miss, later that night, he and Anna would patch things up, and Theo continue would hide his own true feelings. He held onto the array of excuses he had drummed up regarding the dark haired young girl.
Nevertheless, on her birthday he finally admitted it to himself, and ultimately, to her, that he might be crazy about this girl. It was too much for him, the way she looked that night, the way he felt when he was around her. And then the kiss on the bridge, her first kiss, their first kiss. She remembered how she nearly ruined the mood when he took her hand. Her first reaction was to pull it away from him, thinking he was playing games with her. But he was so reassuring, she trusted him, ignoring her misgivings. It was a good move on her part, because the kiss was utterly magical, and totally worth the wait.
Posted: Jan 9 2011, 05:06 AM
Member No.: 3
Joined: 10-September 08
Field Base Baz Nitch, Naboo
0930 Hours, Tuesday
Koyi looked around the scout troopers’ camp with incredulity. Music was already blaring at 9:30 in the morning, and there was a distinct clinking of weights and clicking of weapons. A tall lanky man wearing nothing but a kitchen apron, a pair of PT shorts, and sandals, was flipping some form of meat on a massive grill. To her left, an athletically built man sipped at a can of Corellian Ale as he sat in a makeshift wooden hot tub. Her eyes narrowed on Theodorik, hands on her hips, ready to issue him a smarmy comment about their living conditions. But he stood in between her and his tent entrance, wearing only forest camo utility pants and a rancor tooth necklace, and she flustered.
“So, who is this Kammi?” She repeated shyly after an awkward pause.
“No one, what are you doing here? How did they let you in the perimeter?” he crossed his arms annoyed.
“I just wanted to say thank you, and maybe bring you some comforts from home, so to speak. They let me in because I have gifts.”
Koyi slung a back pack off of her shoulder and set it down in front of her, smiling. She heard the clinking of weights stop and felt a few dozen pairs of eyes on her. The purple skinned twi’lek unzipped the pack and produced two bottles of “Breath of Heaven”, an alcoholic beverage that was expensive and difficult to obtain on Naboo.
“Nice, thanks Koyi,” supplied Outlaw, still holding on to some slight discontent.
“Where do you want them?” she asked, wearing a wily smile.
He motioned to a nearby pair of large refrigerators under a canopy to his right. The men all watched her as she sauntered to the large appliances and opened one of them. It was jammed top to bottom with all a wide variety of food.
“Sorry dear, the drink ‘fridge is on the left,” Outlaw called.
She opened the second refrigerator to see it was loaded as well, this time with beverages of various sorts. She found some room for the Breath of Heaven on the bottom shelf … next to four other bottles of Breath of Heaven.
“You guy are living like rock stars!” Koyi exclaimed as she walked over to her host.
“Hey young lady, how ‘bout some breakfast?” asked Milky of their guest, ignoring her insinuation.
She gave Corporal Berran a sideways look. Outlaw looked at the young girl; he hadn’t given her body a visual once over until now. She was actually pretty attractive, she was small, but had a thicker build, curves where a woman was supposed to have curves. He had some experience romancing twi’leks, but not much. He smiled at his next thought; they very much enjoyed pleasing their partners in the bedroom. Koyi was looking at him with those light blue eyes, her lekku springing from her headdress and dancing flirtatiously with her petite shoulders. Outlaw shrugged off his momentary annoyance and decided to make the best out of the female company.
“Let’s have some breakfast … Whatcha got for us today Milk?” Outlaw asked the cook while leading the twi’lek over to a group of picnic tables.
Three of the tables were clear, but four others were covered in weapons, carbines, rifles, detonators, flash bangs, and more. Koyi swallowed hard.
“Gnort bacon, Milky answered “sliced it myself this morning. The slabs been curing for ‘bout three days, so it’s going to be good eatin’.”
Koyi took note of his accent, he sounded like mountain folk from Corellia. Outlaw smiled at the menu and turned to a large tent behind Milky, cupped his hand around his mouth and shouted.
“Finn, Takoo, breakfast time.”
Koyi watched curiously as a human couple, both advanced in age, came out of the large carrying piles of dishes and utensils. They worked quickly to set about 25 places at the three tables, rushing back into the large tent as they finished. They emerged with baskets of bread and fresh fruit, and then set them on the table as well, and once again, scurried off into the large tent.
“You have servants?” Koyi sounded almost jealous.
“I guess if you wanted to break it down to actual job title, then yeah,” Outlaw bristled.
The purple skinned twi’lek recoiled slightly.
“Finn and Takoo take good care of us, and we pay them well for it,” he stated, then paused for effect.
“And they are well paid, believe me, and in Galactic Credits, not that worthless guallama shit trinkets and stuff the fracking Gungans pay the locals with.”
“I’m sorry Theo, I didn’t mean it like that,” she lowered her head, her hands retreating into her chest.
“It’s okay. I just get defensive of them. I’m sorry. They make life out here bearable for us.”
Milky laughed out loud at the last statement, as did a few other troopers. He wondered what any high ranking Imperial Officer with a stick up his ass would have to say about the way the camp was being run. Outlaw had opted to keep the teams out here during their exercises to keep morale high, and any one of the men would tell you, it was mission accomplished. To think they wanted to put them up in a weapons development facility due east of here, the Lieutenant was having none of that.
“So Theo, you’re going to treat me to breakfast then?” Koyi asked, ditching the shy routine for the direct approach.
“Sure, why not. Have a seat. I meant to ask you, how is your nose doing?”
The handsome Stormtrooper Officer and the pretty young twi’lek girl shared conversation as they sat together and ate breakfast. The awkwardness of her arrival at the camp was dwindling, and as the man opened up, she became all the more smitten with him. True, they were living like rock stars on a camp-out in the woods, but that made him all the more attractive to her. It gave him that sexy rogue kind of vibe that she was looking for, the kind of man that would make her parents drop their tea cups. As they talked, she edged closer to him, hoping the attraction was mutual.
“So, when are we going out?” she finally asked.
Outlaw looked down at his plate for a few seconds, and then turned his head slowly to her. Kamiko was his one true love; he realized how much he needed her after the last night’s restlessness. The way they parted out there in that field made the situation hard to read. This girl was here, she was beautiful, and interested in him.
“Today is Monday, so how about Friday night?
She smiled daintily.
“Solid,” she said finally.
Posted: Jan 12 2011, 03:53 AM
Member No.: 3
Joined: 10-September 08
0930 Hours, Tuesday
Kammi awoke with a startle, realizing she had slept all night in the huge plushy chair. She settled back into the pieceof furniture as the daylight broke through her window. The apartment had a spectacular view of the Royal Palace, and was a short speeder bike trip to STAR 1’s hanger. A smile grew on her face as she recollected her dream.
“Theo,” she whispered softly.
The thought of him gave her such a warm feeling inside. He was her first crush, her first kiss, her first love. What was she thinking? She had to go try and find him out there in the forest. She sighed. How in the heck was she going to track him down?
“Kamiko, did you sleep on that chair all night?”
She suddenly realized that finding Theo in the forest might be the least of her problems.
“Yeah, sorry Marc, I couldn’t sleep and I came out for some milk,” she smiled sheepishly.
“Guess I fell asleep.”
Marcus Draven was pulling on a pair of sneakers as he looked at his girlfriend of five months. He could tell something was on her mind, he had felt that way ever since they had airlifted that couple out of the Gallo Mountains. He smirked to himself, recalling how he had curtly put those Scout Troopers in their ground pounding place.
“Where are you going this early?” she asked, trying not to look troubled.
He ran his hands through his dark brown hair as he looked at his reflection in the living room mirror. He stood around 5’9” and had a medium build, a fraction of the muscle Theodorik had. Marc had smooth skin and soft features, very characteristic of his regal upbringing. He was well mannered, considerate, punctual and astute. In other words, he was completely frelling dull.
“I’m going to run down to the hangar this morning, get some exercise in before the pre-flight. You okay? You seem distracted?”
“Yeah … no … I mean, yeah, I’m okay,” she finished lamely.
“I guess I am distracted, I should have told you before …”
She paused for a long time, selecting the proper words. Marc stood upright and placed a hand on his hip.
“On the airlift yesterday, one of the Scout Troopers was an old boyfriend.”
To be fair to everyone involved, that was where she was going to leave the story. Theodorik was an old boyfriend. She was instantly ashamed of herself for the words, as if she was downgrading what he meant to her. Marc only shook his head slowly, hiding his concern.
“Did it end badly?”
“Not at all, he was a sweetheart, really. We were just kids, and well, he went away to boot camp and we both just …grew up.”
Marcus was only partly satisfied with the answer, and let his body language reflect as such.
“So, why the distraction, do you still love him?”
She leaned back into the chair, closing her eyes, screaming at herself in her head. Just yell it out Kammi, just tell him that you are still madly in love with that scout trooper, that you would do anything to hold him again.
“Kamiko? You still love him?”
Kammi wasn’t sure why, but she couldn’t admit it, at least not to anyone else. As much as she loved Theodorik, she was filled with fear and doubt. Marcus was a great pilot, he was attractive, and a pretty good catch, just not for her. She wasn’t ready to pull the trigger on ending it with him, maybe because she had to work with him every day. She mentally face palmed herself for getting involved with someone at the hangar.
“No, Marc, I don’t love him anymore,” she lied.
Yes, I could tell you, his favorite color's green.
And he loves to argue, oh, and it kills me.
His sister's beautiful; he has his father's eyes.
And if you ask me if I love him ...
If you ask me if I love him ...
Posted: Jan 14 2011, 01:44 AM
Member No.: 3
Joined: 10-September 08
Girl you've never known no one like me, up there in your high society.
They might tell you I'm no good, girl they need to understand …
Just who I am.
I may be a real bad boy, but baby I'm a real good man.
Field Base Baz Nitch, Naboo
1657 Hours, Thursday
Outlaw was casually striding through the camp, carbine slung over his shoulder, helmet tucked under his arm. His left hand was holding a comm device to his ear, and he was engaged in a conversation as he weaved through the crowded field base.
“Oh yeah, baby? That sounds good, can’t wait to see you,” he said dripping with charm.
“What’s that girl? Ha, yeah, well thanks for that, you are pretty hot yourself.”
He came to rest in front of the refrigerators, winking to another trooper standing there.
“Yeah babe, I don’t have a lot of nice stuff to wear out here, but I will do my best to look good for you.”
The other trooper smirked and held out a bottle of Corellian Ale for him. Outlaw turned his helmet upside down and held it out towards the other soldier, who promptly deposited the bottle into Outlaw’s brain bucket. The Lieutenant winked again and started toward his tent.
“Uh huh. Sounds good, babe, I’m looking forward to seeing the place up close. Where should I meet you?”
He stepped into his tent and dumped his helmet onto his cot, immediately realizing there was a beer bottle in it. He cringed, waiting for the sound of broken glass, but none came.
“Whats that? Yeah doll, I’m writing it down, keep going.”
Outlaw plopped on the cot, his hand finding the bottle of Ale in the blankets. He tucked the bottle’s top under the edge of the armor plating on his bicep and yanked hard, popping the bottle cap off with a hiss. The scout trooper took a long drink of the cold ale and then exhaled sharply as he placed the bottle on an end table.
“Oh, nothing at all babe, yep, I’ve got it all. Eight O’clock at the trellis, I will be there. Okay? Bye bye babe.”
He snapped the device closed and dumped it onto the end table, the bottle of ale taking its place in his hand. It had been a long day thus far; his team ran another exercise into the hills to the West today. They were acquainting themselves with the terrain, and with each other. Task Force “Grim Reaper” had been assembled to deal with insurgency stemming from a pair of villages and the swamps surrounding them. Field Base Baz Nitch was one of two established as launching points for Long Range Patrols, the other was Field Base Acklay, about 60 kilometers Southwest.
“Frack, my back is killing me,” Outlaw complained, beginning to remove his armor plating.
This was a massive operation, and while the teams prepared all week, an artillery fan was being established to support their patrols. The Empire had learned a hard lesson in the past two months out here in the remote swamps of Naboo. It began with the construction of a classified weapons development laboratory in the swamp a few years ago. The Imperial Army’s 196th Infantry Regiment was given the task of guarding the facility and the outlying area. Naboo being a low risk planet, and the lab’s location, it was expected to be perfectly secure.
While they were kilometers away from any human settlement, the Gungans did have a minor presence in the area. The Gungans resented the facilty, and its effect on the local ecosystem. As a result, clashes between the Gungans and the Imperials were frequent. The 196th had little trouble with the technologically inferior and much less organized Gungan Army. The 2500 soldier garrison of Imperial regulars was holding the area with little help from anyone.
“Damn Army and their ego,” he scoffed as the thought crossed his mind.
The skirmishes with the Gungans had always been on patrols, or while defending incoming supply convoys. That was until six weeks ago, when a twilight direct assault on the weapons lab inflicted heavy casualties. During the raid, heavy weapons were used by the opposing force, inciting the Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 196th to seek immediate retaliation. He promptly sent a scout platoon and a special mission platoon into the swamps, to locate the offenders’ base of operation. He prepared his assault battalion, 662 troopers and 30 vehicles, to smash the enemy stronghold at first light.
Frantic calls from the field platoons a few hours later confirmed heavy enemy contact, and requested emergency extraction. The Infantry Regiment was ill prepared for such an event, the best they could do was dispatch the few vehicles from the repulsorlift company that were already fueled and armed for the morning assault. Shortly before 0400, three APCs and two AT-ST walkers attempted a rescue. The results were disastrous, of the 68 troopers on the initial recon mission, only 14 were recovered alive.
“Those poor bastards never had a chance,” Outlaw sighed at the thought.
The rescue vehicles fared no better, with all 3 APCs receiving heavy damage and one of the walkers being destroyed altogether. The Regiment’s casualties in that 24 hour span were staggering. The Lieutenant Colonel swallowed his pride, and placed a call to his Battlegroup headquarters in Theed. It took very little time from that call until the Chommell Sector Moff, whose headquarters was also located in Theed, to be briefed on the defeat. The Moff’s response was typical, and within 48 hours, there were two battalions of Stormtroopers on the ground in Kadaara preparing to turn the Southwestern end of the continent upside down.
An entire month in the area had yielded nothing for the Stormtroopers or the Army. A few raids were led on Gungan camps, but little progress was made against the bigger problem. Imperial patrols were constantly harassing the villages of Lianhorn and Lassay, and law abiding citizens were often the target for searches. Over those four weeks, the actions of the Stormtroopers only exacerbated the problem. They were turning Imperial loyalist locals into Rebel collaborators. AT-ATs and AT-STs were constantly being sabotaged in the dark of night, or stepping on anti-vehicle mines. Countless patrols were ambushed, and when armor or air support was called in, no enemy was ever found. It was like fighting ghosts.
“You can’t fight insurgency with massive firepower.”
The words belonged to Brigadier General Krienz “Mastermind” Sturmwolke of Stormtrooper Special Forces. Outlaw’s older brother was a rising star within the Corps, mostly due to the success of his brainchild, the 220th Stormtrooper Reconnaissance Platoon (Long Range). On paper, the 220th existed for long range observation and surveillance of enemy targets. But Mastermind’s aim for the platoon was far greater. He envisioned a covert force, capable of the full range of Special Forces activities: unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, direct action, hostage rescue, counter-terrorism, and counter insurgency. The unit recently received accolades for Operation Sandcastle, earning Mastermind a promotion and direct control of Stormtrooper Special Forces.
The newly promoted General used his recent success and the repeated failures on Naboo to get his people invited to the party. Stormtrooper Corps Command gave Mastermind total control of the operation there. It was of no small embarrassment that they were having major difficulty with insurgency on Emperor Palpatine’s home planet, not to mention less than 100 kilometers from his retreat. So, Mastermind plucked Outlaw from his unit on Lok, and began sending him the best Scout Troopers he had in the Special Forces. The 268th Intelligence Detachment, who had worked with them on Operation Sandcastles, would supply signals and electronic intelligence, as well as infiltrate the villages. A massive campaign to treat the locals with respect and help build their infrastructure would be underway, and the appearance of an Imperial uniform or the dreaded Stormtrooper armor would be very minimal.
The 196th Infantry and the two Stormtrooper battalions were immediately withdrawn, a new reinforced regiment was deployed to protect the weapons laboratory, and Outlaw and the handpicked troopers began training in the area. The artillery fan would be completely operational within the next 24 hours, and Operation Ghost Viper was underway.
Outlaw finished removing his armor and underclothes and wrapped himself in a towel. He stepped into a pair of sandals and picked up a small mesh bag containing his soap and shampoo. His eyes settled on the last half of his beer resting on the table. He shrugged to himself and scooped it up.
“Frack it, I’ll drink it in the shower.”
Posted: Jan 22 2011, 02:36 AM
Member No.: 3
Joined: 10-September 08
Varykino, the Royal Lake Retreat, Naboo
1944 Hours, Friday
Koyi Lom strolled slowly across the grounds of the retreat, taking in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings. The villa had been property of the Naberrie family for generations, its current status as a Royal resort was established upon Queen Amidala’s appointment to the Senate. The palatial estate held many memories for her, however she felt it should belong to the people, and turned it over to the Crown. It is unclear whether she meant for it to be used exclusively by nobles and royalty, but that was its current status, nearly 20 years after Senator Amidala had passed. Advisor Lom, the Minister of the Interior for the Queen, had arranged for his daughter and her date to be received at the villa.
The purple skinned twi’lek smiled broadly as she sashayed about the estate, her long silver dress flowing gracefully as she did so. Only the toes of her shoes were visible from underneath, black patent leather, six inch stiletto heels with little holes allowing her silver pedicure to peek out. Despite having hundreds of pairs of shoes, they were her favorite pair.
Her dress was cut low, but not overly revealing, and hung from her shoulders on thin strips of fabric. It clung to her shapely figure in a few places, most notably her ample backside, which most of the troopers at the field base had been discussing the past few days. Koyi was adorned with bracelets on each wrist and a diamond necklace, probably worth the price of a modest home. She wore a simple black lekku wrap, cresting her forehead just above her tattooed on eyebrows. Twi’leks didn’t have eyebrows naturally; the only body hair they had at all was their eyelashes. Koyi, and most other twi’lek women on Naboo, tattooed them onto herself to look more appealing to human males and to look less alien.
Koyi rounded a corner towards the agreed upon meeting place, noting she was still a few minutes early. She was surprised to see her beau already standing beneath the trellis, arms crossed casually.
“Hey, you’re here early,” she flashed him her sexiest smile as he looked her over.
“Of course, I’ve actually been here about an hour, checking the place out,” he offered casually.
“You look stunning tonight Koyi.”
“Thank you,” she blushed.
The twi’lek placed her hand on her hip and looked him over. His outfit was simple, white dress slacks, black leather belt, black dress shoes exceptionally polished, and a skin tight short sleeve shirt. Just as when he emerged from his shelter a few days before, she was flustered at the sight of his muscular form. She had been hoping to be here first, waiting for him. The young lady wanted him to first cast eyes on her against the back drop of the flowered trellis and Rori brightly filling the sky.
“What do you mean by checking the place out?”
“Just making sure it’s safe and all,” he lied.
Lieutenant Sturmwolke had tested the security, checked all the lines of sight, the escape routes, and possible sniper positions. Besides that, he had done extensive checking on Koyi Lom and her family this week. Buzz had scanned her ID the other day at the field base while she was distracted by his squad leader. Advisor Adon Lom had been the advisor to the Queen since she ascended to the throne. He was an Imperial Loyalist in every sense of the word, but was disconnected from both the war, and the people fighting it. He had used his influence to locate the field base for his daughter, a move that didn’t sit well with Theo and company. Investigation into that situation was in the hands of Imperial Intelligence.
“You look very handsome Theo. Are you hungry?”
“Thank you, and yes, I’m actually very hungry.”
“Come with me,” she said, extending her hand to her date.
Theo took her small hand in his, smiling at the contrast of her silver nail polish against her purple skin. This young twi’lek had put a lot of thought into her preparations for this evening, Theo laughed to himself. He had barely scraped his outfit together, only spending extra time to immaculately shine his footwear out of habit. He allowed his diminutive escort to lead him to an ornate structure, with intricate brick work and massive columns standing guard at the entrance. The façade revealed it was a restaurant, reserved exclusively for the guests of the retreat.
Even Theodorik was impressed as they entered, the lobby featured a pair of grand staircases which flanked the room and rose to a massive balcony. Two sets of double doors no doubt led to a banquet hall. The center of the room featured a quartet of musicians dressed in tuxedos, gently playing classical Nabooian music. The ceiling was dominated by an awe-inspiring crystal chandelier, sparkling in the soft white lights surrounding the fixture. This place was expensive, Theo thought to himself. This was a good opportunity for a little gag at the expense of his date.
“Good evening sir, Lom party of two,” Koyi announced as she approached the maitre d.
“Um yes, I have it right here, Miss Lom, party of two,” the man was clearly uncomfortable about something.
Koyi suddenly identified the problem, a sign behind the maitre d said Dinner Jackets Required. She turned to look at Theo in his simple black t-shirt. He had his chest puffed out even larger than normal, making himself appear extremely dangerous. The normally snooty host was not going to offer any objections to this man, probably the young ingénue’s body guard.
As they were seated, Theo could feel eyes on him and some whispers from the tables. He had gotten used to it, and from appearances, Koyi was glowing with all the attention. The soldier surprised all the on-lookers by pulling the chair out for his date before he took his own seat. Theo took his menu and played up his reaction to the high prices.
“Theo, you know this is my treat,” she said, “I know you are probably opposed to that being such a gentleman and all.”
Score one for Theodorik.
“Alright sweetie, but just this once,” he replied.
What followed could only be described as pure gluttony. Theodorik Sturmwolke began by tearing into the appetizer with gusto. He ordered the most expensive cut of Falumpset steak, and was on his second basket of dinner rolls by the time the soup arrived. The twi’lek was surprised that he didn’t pick up the bowl and drink the soup directly out of the bowl he ate it so fast. Next came the mixed greens, and even though he didn’t care for most of what was on his salad plate, he smashed through it as if he hadn’t eaten in a month. Had Koyi not seen their living conditions with her own eyes, she might have believed it was the case. The panicked waiter brought Theo his sorbet early, which was also done away with quickly.
But now, the fish course would be a few more minutes, and Theo took the time to look over his date. The beautiful young twi’lek sat staring across the table, mouth agape. He shot her a coy smile, clearly she didn’t know what to think and that was fine with the scout trooper. It wasn’t that he had distaste for fine dining. Theo’s ire was the disconnection between the Nabooian elite in the room and the struggling peasants not more than 2 kilometers away. Koyi herself was not the problem; she was raised not knowing any better. Perhaps he would open her eyes a little tonight.
“So Koyi, what do you do for a living?” Theo asked as the fish course was brought out.
“I’m a student, I guess.”
“You go to a university?”
“No, I get lessons in etiquette and stuff,” she shrugged.
“What about that boy from the forest, what’s his story?” Theo prodded.
“Heemo? He’s the Minister of Trade’s son. I went to see him in the hospital the next morning and all he did was blame me for his injuries. He’s recovering well, thanks to you guys I might add.”
Theodorik didn’t reply, instead he tore through the fish course, herb encrusted Laa or Faa, or maybe something else entirely, he wasn’t sure. All he knew was, he was breaking through the girl’s pretentious exterior. The trooper finished every ounce of food on his plate and set his fork down upon it. Koyi was afraid he would top it off with a loud burp, Theo had actually thought about it, but reconsidered.
Then the steak arrived, which was so large that it hung over the sides of the already oversized plate. By now most of the other guests were staring wide eyed at the young couple, but not with the expected disdain. The women were transfixed by his confident eyes and impressive physique. The men in the room were waiting to see just how much food this beast of a man could put away. This man-animal was plowing through a seven course meal without slowing down, and making no apologies for such. Besides, it was amusing to watch the staff try to keep up with him. Keeping a full glass of Aitha in front of him was nearly impossible.
Koyi began to feel the atmosphere in the room relax, and while she was puzzled by it, she was enjoying it. Theodorik finished mauling his main course, including the requisite potatoes, mushrooms, and vegetables, and then killed his eighth glass of hot Aitha. The most intriguing part of the man’s eating habits was that while they may not have been particularly regal, they weren’t rude. He didn’t pick anything up with his hands, chewed with his mouth closed, and was able to avoid scarfing and slurping noises.
“Are you ready for the desert cart? Koyi asked, amused.
Theo looked around the room; all eyes were on him, the other guests smiling almost as if to cheer him on.
“I’m sorry everybody, I get my eating habits from my father, Fatty the Hutt.”
This elicited some snickers from the room.
“No, really, he was so fat, that when he fell to the dark side, he couldn’t get back up.”
A few of the guests outright laughed at Theo’s joke, his twi’lek companion could not believe what was happening. This rugged scout trooper was charming the pants off of the Nabooian elite.
“Hey who wants desert?” Theo asked as a waiter brought the desert cart toward his table.
This earned him a few confused looks.
“Everybody, desert is on us, come and help yourselves.”
Koyi’s jaw hung wide open as a few guests exchanged looks, then a few rose and went to the cart.
“Don’t be shy guys, my lovely lady and I are buying you all desert.”
Within minutes, the cart was empty, and the guests were talking and laughing. The scout trooper turned to a couple at his right enjoying slices of cake.
“What are you guys drinking? Veronian berry wine?”
The man nodded; his mouth full of the decadent desert.
“Unacceptable! Waiter, I need four, no, five bottles of Breath of Heaven.”
Theodorik looked across the table at the young beautiful twi’lek, who was completely dumbfounded.
“Hey, you guys know how Lord Vader spoils Life Day for everyone? He feels their presents.”
Everyone erupted into laughter, even the harried wait staff. The only one not enjoying the revelry was the purple skinned twi’lek, who was mentally adding up the cost of the impromptu party. After another thirty minutes, Theo had signaled for the check. Her date reached his hand across the table and placed it on her own.
“Relax Koyi; I’m going to take care of it.”
Her bewildered look turned to outright shock when the bill arrived, and Theodorik began producing 1000 credit chips, one at a time from his pocket, until there were ten on the table.
“Does that cover it my good man?”
“Yes sir, and then some!” shouted the “Table Captain”, a title that amused Theo to no end.
“You keep the change my friend and extend my compliments to the chef.”
“Absolutely good sir!” the waiter exclaimed.
“You guys were good sports too, thanks for the excellent service.”
The Table Captain burst his way into the kitchen and shouted something excitedly. The entire kitchen answered him with a chorus of cheers, complete with the clanging of spoons against pots and pans. Theo rose from his seat, still clutching Koyi’s hand, and guided her to her feet. She was absolutely beaming at him now; for the first time in her life, she was taken aback by a man, and this one was a common soldier. She now admitted, he may be a soldier, but there was nothing common about him.
As the couple reached the door, Theodorik paused and whispered to his lady.
He quickly turned around to face the crowded room, and raised his hands skyward. Everyone went berserk, as if they were at a Limmie match. Koyi thought she would need a plastic surgeon to remove the massive smile from her face. There was a heat rising through her body, settling in her chest, as she held the muscular man’s hand. The attraction to him was deeply rooted in her now, she was almost afraid she would throw herself at him if given the opportunity. They emerged onto the stone street, leaving what was now a raucous gathering behind them.
“Theodorik, I apologize.”
He stopped walking and turned to her.
“What?” He hadn’t expected her to crumble so easily.
“I misjudged you, it’s clear to me now that you are more than just a good looking guy. I was hoping to ‘wow’ you tonight, instead it was you that has done the ‘wowing’.”
“Don’t sweat it babe, I am glad you could come out of that rich girl shell for a little bit.”
“That’s not the kind of person I want to be, all stuffy like that. I think you showed everyone here tonight that we are all taking ourselves too seriously.”
Theodorik gave her a mischievous grin.
“Well, it’s only 9:30, feel like some more ‘wowing’?”
Posted: Jan 23 2011, 05:21 AM
Member No.: 3
Joined: 10-September 08
Koyi was clinging to the arm of her man, as he led her along the stone walkway surrounding the peaceful waters of the lake. The largest of Naboo’s three moons, Ohma-D’un, had taken its place in the sky. It was also brighter than Rori, reflecting light from Naboo the star, and illuminating the night sky on Naboo the planet. For a moment, the girl thought that maybe she was being led to a romantic spot for a kiss, but she thought better of it. As much fun as she was having, she doubted such a bad boy like Theodorik could be much of a romantic. The twi’lek didn’t have a problem making the first move, not int his case.
Theodorik led his young date to the end of the stone walkway, and then down a set of stone steps to the grass below. Koyi gave him an inquisitive look, noticing they were leaving the grounds of the villa. He merely shot her a grin, raising both eyebrows over his glowing eyes. The couple walked a few feet into the grass until they came upon a stone path which wound its way into the darkness.
“Stay close to me,” he whispered.
Koyi gladly obliged, wrapping both of her arms around the scout troopers left arm, and pressing the side of her face into his shoulder. She deeply inhaled, failing miserably to take in his scent subtly. Either the man didn’t notice, or didn’t mind. He was fidgeting with something around his neck, something that had been tucked beneath his t-shirt. He produced a thin strand of cord with a flat round object at the end of it, barely an inch wide.
“What is that?” she asked.
“My flashlight,” he grinned, pressing his thumb and forefinger together on the disc-like object.
It suddenly lit up in a yellow/green glow, illuminating the path in front of them. The twi’lek simply shook her head and grinned. After a few minutes of walking, Koyi noticed they were on the opposite side of the lake from the villa.
“We’re here babe,” Theodorik announced.
She had no doubt the walk took longer than it should have, partly because of her clunky shoes, and partly because she was clinging to him so tightly. It was apparent the two of them enjoyed the closeness, however.
“Where is here?” Koyi said, straining her eyes.
The path narrowed before them, snaking through a small hole in a waist high stone wall. Theodorik led her to the gap in the obstacle, and then gestured to a collection of small buildings on the other side.
“The staff’s quarters,” he proclaimed proudly, “They’ve got a great bar out here.”
“I’m going to trust you Theo; you haven’t let me down all night.”
“We need to modify your outfit for this place though,” he opined.
“Think you can dance in those shoes?”
“Of course, I’m a twi’lek after all. The dress being this long will be a problem though.”
“Is it expensive?” he asked.
Koyi hiked up her hemline with both hands and tore her dress up the side, exposing her right leg nearly to her hip. Theo looked on dumbfounded as she then tore the opposing side of the dress in the same manner, leaving two enormous slits up the length of the material.
“Now we can dance,” she said happily.
This time it was Theodorik that was impressed.
“Well then, let’s show these people how to party.”
Within only a few minutes of walking in the door, Theo and his lovely twi’lek guest were laughing, joking, and drinking with the locals. Koyi surmised he had been here a time or two before; or perhaps not, considering the performance in the restaurant. It only took a few drinks to bring the pair out onto the dance floor, bumping and grinding to the boom-thump-boom-boom-thump of the music.
“It takes two to make a thing go right.
It takes two to make it outta sight.”
Theo was right, the bar was great, the bartender was humorous, and the company was spirited. The only negative side was that everyone in the room seems to want her date’s attention, he was being dragged off of the dance floor to do ‘shots’ every few minutes. Finally, she sneakily tagged along behind him on his next trip to the bar with the ‘fellas”. She tapped him on the shoulder as some glasses were being lined up in front of him and some other men.
“What are you drinking, sweetie?”
Theodorik was startled by the seductive young miss.
“Powerful stuff babe, don’t know if ya want any of this noise,” he said, his days on the city streets seeping into his accent.
“Okay, set up one for her too J.D.,” he said gesturing to the bartender, who slapped the bar and pointed at Theo.
“You got it boss!” he shouted.
“It’s called a Core Bomb, it’s a shot of Reactor Core dropped into a glass of beer, in this case, it’s Corellian Ale,” he explained.
She grimaced slightly, but realized she was in too deep to back out now.
“Okay, so what do you do?”
“You just drop the shot glass into the beer, and chug it, all at once.”
“Okay,” she answered, regretting her decision to follow him to the bar.
“It’s not bad, and here is the fun part,” he said turning away from her to the crowd.
“Hey, this fine ass lady is going to do a Core Bomb with me!”
A dozen or so people shouted “CORE BOMB!!!”
Koyi noticed there were now six glasses on the bar, one in front of each of five men, and one in front of her. She tried to gulp down the lump developing in her throat. Each of them picked up their shot glass, and plunked it into the beer, and began chugging its contents. After a few seconds, Koyi mimicked the group, awkwardly plunking the shot into her own glass light brown liquid and chugging the concoction. Cheers rose from the mob as they watched Koyi set her empty glass down on the bar.
“Looks like it’s your turn to ‘wow’ me,” Theo grinned.
“Let’s get out of here, and I’ll give you something to ‘wow’ over.”
Koyi held her hand out to her date, who was wearing a wide eyed grin. Without hesitation, Theodorik plunked down a credit chip in front of the bartender, rose and took her hand. The couple weaved through the crowd, bidding everyone farewell as they did. They were getting gleaming looks from everyone, pleased that such a nice couple was likely about to “enjoy each other’s company”.
As they broke into the cooler night air, Koyi realized she was feeling the alcohol. She wasn’t cross-eyed drunk, but she was a little beyond tipsy. For his part, Theodorik was also in possession of his senses, but he was happy he didn’t have to drive to the base. Buzz and Hammer were driving out to get him in a repulsor vehicle at 0200, which gave them a little bit more than an hour together.
The couple began to walk hand in hand down the stone path, pausing at the wall so Koyi could remove her shoes. She stumbled slightly, possibly from the effects of the alcohol, but Theo held her steady.
“Thank you,” she whispered breathlessly, clutching her shoes in her left hand.
The scout trooper looked down at the suddenly much shorter twi’lek and pulled her tightly to him, pressing his lips onto hers. Koyi didn’t resist, instead closing her eyes and throwing her arms around his neck, casting her footwear to the ground. Theo bent slightly at the knees, and reached his hands under the curvy twi’leks supple posterior, lifting her into the seated position on the wall. The two lovers leaned into one another, pressing their chests together as they explored each other’s lips.
Koyi was pleasantly surprised with the gentle touch of his fingertips on her bare shoulders. His hands were rough and calloused, but they felt feather-light as they danced on her skin. She gripped the back of his neck tightly, her breathing growing increasingly rapid as his hands lightly caressed her curves. He broke their kiss, exhaling sharply to catch his breath. Koyi opened her soft blue eyes and looked into his. She realized they were in relative darkness, with only a few lamp posts behind her mate to offer any illumination.
“I wish I could see you a little better,” she breathed, as he moved his lips a hairs breadth from hers.
“Guess you’ll have to feel me then.”
Koyi responded by wrapping her legs around the soldiers waist, pulling him tighter to her, meeting his lips with her own. She wasn’t sure what she was feeling when she kissed this man, but she had to have more of him. Her hands wandered up under his shirt to his back, and as they kissed, she began trailing her fingernails down the length of it. After what seemed like only a few minutes, Theo stopped her.
“Koyi, my ride is coming for me in about fifteen minutes, and they are picking me up where they dropped me off.”
She replied without hesitation, “call them and tell them to get you here, they can drop me off back at the retreat.”
“Ah, great idea,” he supplied, reaching into his pants pocket for his comm device.
It was a difficult call to make, trying to explain the situation to Buzz, while trying to ignore a sensual young twi’lek nibbling on his neck. Fortunately, both Buzz and Hammer knew the bar, having been there a few times already for some liquid therapy of their own. Ending the call, he gazed at the girl in his arms.
“Okay, that just bought us about fifteen minutes.”
“Where were we?” she asked flashing him a provocative grin.
“Right here,” he replied as he lowered his face to hers.
I might have a reckless streak at least a country-mile wide.
If you're gonna run with me, it's gonna be a wild ride.
When it comes to loving you, I've got velvet hands.
Let me show you how a real bad boy, can be a real good man.