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Alice Bee and Christopher Levy.
One year after the Battle of Yavin (36:8:6) in the Essesia system: Esseles (New Calamar: Claudius Rodney's estate) and Kwai.
El-Nay Darr, Ewwiekewwieikkie, Melickielickie, Callista Nilar, Grand Moff Claudius Rodney, Lady Drusilla Rodney, and Major Sierra Rodney.

Sierra Rodney had only been gone a few days. What could possibly have gone wrong? When the contractor came to begin work on the tea house but Ewwiekewwieikkie, being the oldest Rodney child, had intercepted the man and halted the project. She pointed out there were no trees so that it did not make much sense to her, but when it was explained to her it was actually a 'tea' house she remembered that hot, yucky liquid and quickly put her foot down. By the time the Rodney family had arrived back Ewwiekewwieikkie's marvelous pool had been constructed using the building materials for the tea house. There was even, for reasons unknown, a water slide. "Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy!" Ewwiekewwieikkie declared as she stood upon the top of the water slide and looked down at Melickielickie and a recovering Callista. A moment later she went down the circular slide, screaming the entire time, and crashing through the water creating a massive splash of water and blue fur.

"*A bath tub*! *A bath tub*! *A bath tub*!" Melickielickie flapped her arms. Despite the fact that El-Nay lack of observation had led to the Squibs, plus Callista, going to the zoo unexpectedly, she *did* remember to put inflatables on Melickielickie's arms. The large water slide scared her, and she hadn't come within ten feet of it yet. She was happy to stay in the shallowest part of the pool where she could cling to the edge. There was already a blob of fur floating in the water next to her. She looked uneasily at her sister. "Careful, Ewwie!" She tensed as she watched her sister move down the slide. She took Ewwiekewwieikkie's screaming as horror, not fun. "*Nay-Nay*! *Save her*!" Melickielickie cried out.

Callista Nilar had seen better days. She had not yet entered the water, and likely wouldn't. The antihistamines that El-Nay had given her to take care of her allergic reaction had made her drowsy. She was laying on a beach towel underneath an umbrella sipping starfruit lemonade. "I wanna go down the slide next!" She squeaked happily. Just when it seemed like a burst of energy would overcome her, the little girl rolled over onto her side and fell asleep with a plushie of Rainbow Rancor.

Sierra Rodney was just arriving home from the trip to Delaya. When the news playing out on the HoloNet became too much to take, she shut off her datapad and spent the remainder of the trip talking to Claudius, as she had to make good on her promise to Drusilla that she could hold Bruce on the way home. "And here we are." She said as the shuttle settled. "Thank you, Lieutenant Anson." She said to Haven as she rose. They had yet to decide on a suitable punishment for El-Nay, but fairly creative ones had been tossed around like making her wash the bantha for the rest of its life or allowing the Storm commandos to use El-Nay for target practice for three months straight. As she departed from the shuttle, she could hear the sound of splashing water. She imagined the Squibs in the middle of the lake, soaked to the bone. She turned around. "Take me back. There's wet Squibs." She pleaded to her husband. Drying off Melickielickie and Ewwiekewwieikkie was its own case of difficult.

The journey through hyperspace had done *nothing* to calm down Claudius Rodney after seeing what happened to his adopted Squib daughters at the zoo. It was the fault of one person, El-Nay Darr, and when the shuttle landed he was determined to punish her. Unfortunately, as soon as they debarked the shuttle the pool, looking like some creation out of Auntie Mae's Splish Slash, confronted him. "What. Is. That?" he asked slowly, but he did not want the answer. He, too, wanted to simply turn around and leave. As he looked into the water with all the loose blue fur it appeared as if hundreds of blue spiders were floating in the pool. Scary.

Drusilla Rodney was carrying her brother, Bruce, as she moved down the shuttle ramp and examined the pool. "Oh. My. Germanicus," she said, as she moved swiftly past her parents and over towards the pool. "It's awesome!" she said, as she kicked off her shoes, and sat on the edge of the pool and dangled her feet in. "Bruce, we have a pool!" she informed him, as she outstretched her arms and dangled his feet in the water. "Oh no! There's a sea monster!" she teased him, before lifting him out of the water and teasing him. "Ick," she groaned, as she looked across the pool and saw the bantha beginning to drink at the pool water. "Get out of *my* pool. Go drink with the ducks!" she demanded, as she tried to shoo him away with splashes.

"Nope. Nope. Nope. I'm not looking. What I don't know can't hurt me. up the engines!" She exclaimed, only to hear Drusilla say the words: we have a pool. She slowly turned around. She found herself face to face with a pool, complete with a large waterslide. Drusilla was gone. She hadn't been happy about the pond's construction, but she accepted the pool with open arms. "We have a pool." She repeated the words. How had it even happened? Bruce loved it. She could see him kicking his feet in the water and squealing as his sister played with him. That part was heartwarming. What wasn't heartwarming was the fact that they suddenly had a pool without anyone telling Sierra or Claudius. "How did we get a pool? Where's El-Nay? El-Nayyyy!" She called out.

Melickielickie floated towards Drusilla. "Hi sissy!" She said, waving a hand excitedly. "You come in too? Water is fun!" She was trying to persuade Drusilla to join her. "Hi brother!" She pretended to be a sea monster. "Roooarrrr!" She growled. "Ohai mommy. Ohai daddy! You come in too? Everybody come in!"

Ewwiekewwieikkie broke the surface of the water and like magic her family was home. "Wow! You're home," as she Squib-paddled across the pool to get near Sierra. She placed her paws on the side of the pool ad climbed out. She began to shake back and forth rapidly and water and blue fur went flying everywhere as she attempted to drive herself. "Some guys showed up," she explained to Sierra as she began checking to see if they brought any good. "They said they were for the tree house, but we don't have any trees. So I stopped them," he said proudly, puffing out her chest. "Then ... then they said a 'tea' house, but tea is yucky. They were gonna leave, but then ... but then I told them to build me a pool or my dad was gonna squish 'em," she said, as she leaned forward towards Sierra. "So you know what they did?" she asked, as her mouth hung open and her eyes went wide. "...they built me a pool!" she yelled at the top of her lungs.

When she heard the sound of Sierra yelling a part of El-Nay Darr died, terrified of what was about to befall her. She could have activated her jetpack and blasted away to safety, but that would have brought great dishonor to her *and* her clan. She moved from the estate, past the newly constructed pool, as she neared Sierra and Claudius. She dropped to one knee, and bowed her head in submission. "Welcome home, milady. I trust you trip to Delaya went well," she said, and then remained frozen in the submissive posture.

There was a combination of water and fur on Sierra now. She wished Ewwiekewwieikkie had at least given her the chance to change into her bathing suit first. Ewwiekewwieikkie quickly filled in the blanks for her. Captain Tailon had hired a crew to handle the construction of the tea house. Ewwiekewwieikkie showed such pride in herself that she had been able to handle the situation alone that Sierra couldn't blame her wonderful adoptive daughter on this mishap. Today, everything was El-Nay's fault. She couldn't believe Ewwiekewwieikkie had threatened the workers. When she screamed at the top of her lungs, Sierra cringed. Her ears ached for a moment. "Ooh.." It was going to take so much effort to make the pool disappeared. She supposed that it was staying. Instead of having Tailon finish the tea house, she'd have to ask him to convert it into a gigantic blow drying room for Melickielickie and Ewwiekewwieikkie. "Sweetie, why don't you go have fun in the pool? I'll join you soon..."

El-Nay had arrived. The Mandalorian had earned all of her attention today. "Yes... The trip to Delaya was pretty good." Sierra wasn't going to mention how close they had come to losing Bruce there. "What the *hell* happened here?" She asked. "I've been watching the HoloNet about the zoo debacle...and now this? A *pool*?!"

"Oh boy. Oh boy. Oh boy," Ewwiekewwieikkie replied to Sierra, as her little legs went running back towards the pool. She saw Callista sleeping and gave her an excited little shake. "You're missing it! You're missing it!" she warned her, before she started to climb the waterslide again. "Wee!" she squealed with delight, as she again went down the slide, and crashed into the water.

"I only took a short break and when I returned they were gone," El-Nay began, stammering beneath her helmet, as she tried to explain her failure. "I set out to look for them right away, and I was able to save them from the rancor," she continued, ignoring the fact that if they had not gotten away from her they never would have fallen in the rancor enclosure in the first place. "But I did get them home safely ... other than Callista's allergic reaction to the choreamnos," she further explained, beginning to shake as she knew it was only going to get worse. "As to the pool, Ewwiekewwieikkie said she was the oldest daughter of the Grand Moff and that they *had* to build her a pool ... so they did," she explained, fearing the worst, and as she finished Ewwiekewwieikkie's splash caused water and blue fur to land upon her. It did not help her cause.

Sierra stopped hearing El-Nay's explanation when she revealed that Callista had suffered an allergic reaction to choreamnos. "Ohno." She rushed towards Callista's side. The little girl had just woken up because of Ewwiekewwieikkie, but she looked like she was going to fall asleep again. "How are you feeling, Callista?" Sierra asked. She looked over the little girl. There were no swelling or bumps. Callista seemed to be simply tired. "How did she touch a choreamnos? I wasn't aware that they had any in the petting zoo. Did they get into that exhibit too?" She asked, frowning. The events on Delaya had left Sierra raw. She was upset that so many things had happened while she and Claudius were away. She looked at her husband with the 'deal with it' expression before continuing to poke and prod at Callista.

The little Princess nuzzled her face into her rancor. "Auntieeee." She sighed. "I'm so sleepy. I gotta get more beauty sleep." She explained. "I feel okay. Are you really making a tea house? Tea is so yummy." Callista had only ever drank imaginary tea; the best tea of all. "Can I come to your tea ... hous... Mmmm." She rolled over onto her other side. "I go swimming later..."

Claudius listened to El-Nay's pathetic blubbering, and allowed her to remain in her kneeling position rather than deal with her. He was more concerned with Callista at the moment, and circled around the pool to catch up to Sierra. "Is she ... is she okay?" he asked Sierra, as he looked down at the very sleepy little girl. But then he turned and saw Melickielickie in the shallow end clinging to the wall. "Sierra!" he called out, as he rushed towards Melickielickie. "Are you okay, Melickielickie?" he asked, as she sat down on the side of the pool next to where she was holding on. "Do you want to get out of the pool?" he asked, wondering if perhaps it was a bit too much for her. "We're still getting the tea house," he said, over his shoulder to Sierra. He was not giving it up.

Sierra began to collect Callista into her arms. She rose while cradling the sleeping little girl. "Yes, she's okay." She called out to her husband. "The medicine El-Nay had to give her to stop the reaction makes her sleepy. I'm going to take her inside so she can be more comfortable." She walked towards the shallow end of the poor where her small adoptive Squib daughter was paddling. Her arm floaties were keeping her above the water. "I'll be back." She promised and headed inside to tuck Callista in.

"Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!" Melickielickie grinned wide at her father. "I'm okie dokie. Nay-Nay gave me these thingies." She said, lifting her arms to show him the floatation devices. "You swim too?" She asked, reaching both of her paws towards him. "The big, big water is cooollll." She explained. She then pointed towards the slide. "Scarrryyyy. You no go on it." The little Squib attempted to be overprotective over her daddy.

"Hurry," was Claudius' one word response to his wife's departure. "Yes. I'll swim too, but I've got to change into my swim clothes. He turned to look at the water slide when suddenly he felt something slam into his back. "Gaah!" he screamed as he fell forward, crashing haphazardly into the pool. He was drenched from head to toe, his uniform soaked, and his finely polished leather boots ruined. It took him a moment to collect himself and when he spun around to see what happened there was Ewwiekewwieikkie laughing and pointing at him. It seemed she was going through a phase.

"Daddy in the pool!" she said, as she pointed at him, grinning from ear to ear as she continued to laugh at what she had done. A moment later she was backing away from the pool, but only so she could get a running start for a big jump into it. She outstretched her arms and attempted to land on her adoptive father, crashing into him and sending them both below the water again. When they came back up she gave him a big hug. "You're welcome," she said, believing she had given the family the very good gift of a swimming pool. With that, she began to Squib-paddle away so she could get back to the waterslide.

"Eeeeee!!!!" Between the wave of water Claudius created when he fell into the pool and the second when Ewwiekewwieikkie made a big splash, Melickielickie was pushed out into the deep end of the pool. She floated further and further away from her daddy and her sister. Her big, yellow eyes filled with tears. Her feet could no longer even remotely touch the bottom of the pool. She was scared. "*Daddyyyyyy*! *Wahhhhh*!" She began to cry. The slide wasn't far away from her now. In her eyes, it was a scary monster that act Squibs and spit them out!

Sierra was hurrying to get back outside. She tucked Callista into Ewwiekewwieikkie's bed. "Good night, sweetheart." She kissed the little girl's forehead before making her way back outside towards the pool. It didn't take much to figure out what had happened when she saw Claudius soaked inside of the pool, and Ewwiekewwieikkie making a speedy Squib-paddle away from him. Melickielickie was sobbing on the other side of the pool. She sat at the edge closest to her. Sierra outstretched her arm as far out as she could, but she just *barely* couldn't reach her. "Just a little closer... Spread your arms, Melickielickie. It's okay to be scared, but nothing in the pool is going to hurt you. Look at how much fun daddy and Ewwiekewwieikkie are having."

"Melickielickie!" Claudius cried out as he watched her swept away into the deep end, seemingly lost forever. He panicked and began to flail his arms and kick his legs. But then he attempted to touch the bottom of the pool with his feet and, when he did, discovered that he was standing in only waist deep water. Suddenly he felt very foolish. He began wading through the water to get towards Melickielickie from behind as she swam towards Sierra at the edge of the pool. Just as he was getting towards her Ewwiekewwieikkie emerged from the slide again, crashing into the pool with a giant splash and a wave that crashed into them all. The pool was a great idea ... the slide not so much.

There was a blue blur in Sierra's peripheral vision before Ewwiekewwieikkie hit the water and splashed everyone. She was soaked, so there was no longer a need for her to stay out of the pool. She reached down, yanking off both of her boots before sliding into the pool. She swam towards Melickielickie, then turned around. "Climb aboard, Melickielickie. Next stop...the shallow end!" She could feel Melickielickie boarding her. The small Squib's paws dug into Sierra's hair roughly. She was still scared from the close encounter with the slide as well as the deep water. Soon, Melickielickie relaxed to the point where she began to pretend that her mother was a speeder and she was racing again.

"Vrroom! Vrroom! Faster, mommeeee, faster!" Melickielickie exclaimed. As soon as Sierra was out of the deep end, her feet met with the bottom of the pool and it became easier to move at the kind of speed Melickielickie wanted. "*Mommeee*! *We won the race*! *We go to AuntieMae Land*!"

Now that Callista had been put to bed and Ewwiekewwieikkie was set to 'repeat' on the waterslide, Claudius turned all of his attention to Melickielickie. He followed behind her and his wife until they reached the safety of the shallow end of the pool. Getting her to concentrate long enough to question her was going to be a challenge. "Melickielickie, did you enjoy the zoo?" he asked her, starting out with a simple question. "Was ... uh ... 'Nay-Nay' nice to you? Did she hurt you? Did she hurt anyone?" he asked, trying to get to the bottom of things. He looked to Sierra for reactions as he imaged her training as a psychologist would help understand her way of explaining things.

Sierra positioned Melickielickie on the edge of the pool in hopes that some time away from the water would help her concentrate. She visually took account of her Squib daughter. There didn't appear to be anything physically wrong with her.

"Zoo was... *Awesummm*!" She exclaimed. "I gosta ride Doug the Dewback! I said 'hi' to rainbow rancor!" Her eyes became wider as she talked about meeting her favorite celebrities. "I saw cute fluffy tree goats!" She continued to explain. Her excitement stayed at an all time high as she quickly shook her head until she was dizzy. "Nope. Nope. Nay-Nay was nice. Sissy was nice too. She fed me. Nom, nom, nom. Nay-Nay was in real Rainbow Rancor show. She was all 'pew pew pew'!" Melickielickie tried to demonstrate the fight between the rancor and El-Nay for her parents.

Well, it was good the girls had fun at the zoo. "Those tree goats are called 'choreamnos'. They're cute, huh? Melickielickie, how did you get to the zoo?" To Sierra's question Melickielickie promptly answered.

"Sissy drove!"

Claudius listened to Melickielickie tell her side of what had happened at the zoo, trying to understand her Squibbish take on things. "I'm glad you had a good time at the zoo, Melickielickie," he said to her, before his eyes moved towards Sierra. He knew that it was a real, dangerous rancor monster, and not the cuddly Rainbow Rancor they watched on the HoloNet. It very likely could have devoured both of his daughters. "What does mommy think?" he asked, perhaps unfairly, as he shifted all of his attention onto Sierra. Behind him there was another splash as it seemed Ewwiekewwieikkie was determined to get a lifetime of use out of the waterslide within the first day.

"Ewwiekewwieikkie drove..." Sierra listened to her daughter, shaking her head. The HoloNet videos of the Squibs in the rancor exhibit had been scary. Real rancor could easily obliterate both of them. "I'm glad you had a good time too, sweetie. We'll have to talk about it more with your sister before bed." With how Ewwiekewwieikkie was going to down on the slide, Sierra imagined that she would probably be tired tonight. She wished she could take the girls back to the zoo, but the HoloNet reports made it seem like it was unlikely New Calamar Zoo would ever have them back. "Mommy still can't believe that two Squibs and a child got away from El-Nay..." She said, shaking her head. "We're lucky nothing happened to them...and Callista too. They must have gone into the choreamnos exhibit too. If we had been able to go with them, none of this would have happened."

"Yes. We are very lucky," Claudius said, as he looked towards Melickielickie. She had already been through so much with the death of her family, and it would have been horrible had she met her own demise in the belly of a rancor. This was clearly El-Nay's fault, but the level of punishment he had in mind perhaps was not just for the crime. "Should we fire her? Send her back to the void?" he asked his wife, as he climbed up out of the pool to sit beside Melickielickie. It was a big decision, but not one he would make unilaterally. As he looked across the pool towards El-Nay who was still there, kneeling, and waiting for them to return he felt nothing but anger.

Sierra slowly made her way out of the pool. Her ISB uniform was damp and clinging to her. She reached up to unbutton her collar as she settled beside Claudius. She untucked her tunic to make herself more comfortable. She glanced over at El-Nay, who she was currently *very* displeased with. "Send her back to the void." Sierra replied. "Let her stay there for a few weeks to consider her actions. She hates it there. When she returns I expect nothing like this to happen again. If it does... Then the punishment will be infinitely worse." She leaned against him. A hand rested on his leg. She felt the punishment was suitable. There would be a fallout for what had happened. Even now, as they spoke beside their new pool, talk of segregation was spreading.

Claudius listened to his wife's decision and decided that is how it should be. He rose to his feet in order to pass the news to El-Nay, but as he took a step forward his foot pressed into the wet leather boots and caused water to flow out in a nasty *squish*. It only made him more annoyed as he rounded the pool to close the distance on her, but each step with its *squishing* noise only made his approach comical rather than threatening. "Your services are no longer required. Report to Inquisitor Thrope at the Void," he told her, without wasting words. Almost as soon as he finished speaking he began moving back towards his family.

The word spoken by the Grand Moff devastated El-Nay. When he said them her head lowered and she exhaled a deep sigh, and the tears began to flow from her gray eyes beneath her helmet. She rose to her feet and turned to look across the pool at Sierra. She was hurt ... badly. She did not try to argue with them, nor plead her case, but she simply silently beat a path back towards her Kom'rk starfighter so she could fly back to the Void to face more insults from Kaiya Crion. She never should have let those Squibs out of her sight.

She was glad she had not been the one to deliver the punishment. Sierra couldn't even look at El-Nay, knowing full well what she was about to return to. It was Trooper Crion who had chased her out of the Void to begin with. Now Inquisitor Thrope also dwelled in the Void. Her big heart made her worry about the Mandalorian. The logical part of her knew that she had to be punished for what happened. She only looked again when El-Nay's Kom'rk starfighter flew overhead towards hell. 'I'm sorry', she thought sadly. She slowly rose from the pool and offered Melickielickie her hand so they could walk to meet with Claudius together. "I hate to send her back there. At the same time, it's necessary. Everything got too far out of hand while we were gone." She reached out, taking his hand with her other one.

Claudius had no remorse for what El-Nay was going to endure, because the Squibs nearly had become lunch for the vicious rancor. How a family zoo could play host to a rancor he would never know, but had he known that it was, in fact, brought to the zoo by none other than Auntie Mae herself to promote the Rainbow Rancor he would have thoroughly blown a gasket. "We need to let her parents know that Callista is allergic to choreamnos, but maybe we ought to be vague about how we learned this," he explained, as he moved towards the estate. He expected Ewwiekewwieikkie would continue to use the slide until she was ready to sleep. His only hope was that she did not fall asleep *in* the pool.

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