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
"*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
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. Anson...fire 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
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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
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
"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
"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.
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
"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
"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.