starfighter hovered just above the planet Delaya
within the Alderaan system. Commander Iyah Xergo sat
behind the controls. She was beginning to feel some
concerns as far as their mission went. All the way
to Delaya, she thought about what it was like to be
held in an Imperial garrison as their prisoner. The
Governor had done a number on both her and Mug. In
some ways, she wasn't sure they could ever recover
entirely from it. In an attempt to protect him, and
Callista, she asked him to stay behind in New
Alderaan. By now, Iyah had visited Delaya plenty of
times. She even briefly lived there. Now she was
petrified by the place. Imperials swarmed the
streets and tortured the innocent. No one had cared
enough about the refugees to give them a good
home...until an ISB officer showed a little heart.
Still, Iyah had no love for the Grand Moff's wife.
"Are you ready, Jelena?" She asked her *niece*.
Before the young woman could give the Commander a
reply, Iyah was already taking the ship down towards
Delaya. Turbulence shook the craft as they came in
for a landing within one of the quieter ports.
Finding these refugees and successfully bringing
them off planet was going to be difficult. She
wanted to start at the refugee center, then continue
their search. She brought the U-Wing down smoothly.
She hoped that the destruction on Delaya had killed
some of the people who had wronged her. Like
Claudius Rodney, who held her up in his shed and
interrogated her. Though, he'd been much kinder than
Governor Arundel. The ship slowly began to power
down. "We're here..."
mostly quiet during the flight from New Alderaan to
Delaya. She never thought she would be returning
there so soon. She wondered if her family was still
there. She had no contact with them and was not sure
where there were or if they were even alive. Her
heart was heavy and her mind was elsewhere ... two
qualities that made the mission more dangerous.
"Huh?" she replied, when Iyah asked her if she was
ready. It took her a moment, replaying her question
in her mind before answering. "Yeah. I'm ready," she
said, with a soft nod of her head, and not being
*entirely* truthful. "There's no place like home..."
she said to the Commander, before she unfastened her
safety harness and rose from her seat. She reached
down, picking up her DH-17 blaster pistol. Gone were
the formal dresses she used to wear during better
days and instead she wore a simple gray attire that
did its best to conceal her noble upbringing and
thoughts came together. This wasn't easy for Jelena
either. As much as the Rebel woman hated Mug's
family, she had to recognize Jelena's connection
with them. She bit her tongue and kept her feelings
inside as she unbuckled herself and rose. Commander
Xergo carried her trusty E-5 blaster rifle with her.
She'd used it since the beginning. She concealed it
within her clothing as she, too, was dressed like a
civilian. The Governor had seen her face. She would
be lucky if she didn't get them captured. "Let's
head out. We'll check the refugee camp first. If
there's anyone left there, they may know about the
distress signal." Her boots thud against the ramp as
she made her way out of the U-Wing. She pushed past
her own fears and started focusing on the mission.
Little did she know, Jelena's head wasn't in the
leading the way towards the refugee center. This
trip reminded her so much of the one she'd taken to
rally up new Rebels in Tarkintown. That was the trip
where she met *Mug*. The city had been seriously
damaged by the battle. She wished she had brought a
medic with them as she saw injured people roaming
the streets, crying out for help. The sight would
have destroyed Mug as it was hurting her. "No one's
helping them." Iyah commented quietly. "It's wrong.
We should have chased the Imperials out of Delaya."
followed Iyah down the ramp of the U-wing into what
was left of the city of Leiliani. She always
remembered it being dirty, polluted from the
industry brought to the planet by her grandfather
who sought to profit and expand as Alderaan embraced
its natural beauty and pushed through green energy
policies. But what she saw now was heartbreaking.
Buildings were shattered. From beneath the rubble
limbs were still visible. No effort had been made to
straighten up as the Governor wanted to send a
message to those that remained. "Oh, Iyah," she said
quietly, as she was overcome with emotion. "There's
no chasing the Empire out. There's more of them than
us. Their military is huge. We just have these
blasters," she said, sounding already defeated. "We
need to run and hide until we're strong enough to
fight back," she said, echoing the sentiments of
others in the Rebellion. She wanted to find these
refugees as quickly and possible and return to New
Alderaan. Every moment they lingered here increased
the danger. It was like being in a ghost town.
only imagine what would have happened to Mug and
their young daughter if they hadn't been spared from
Tarkintown. The poor people of Leiliani were left
injured and beaten. The continuous presence of
Governor Arundel kept them beat down. The message
was *very* clear. She questioned if they should turn
their tails on the planet now and never look back.
Even she felt defeated while Jelena spoke. The
Empire was a gigantic enemy which sprawled out
across the galaxy. The Empire was strong,
overwhelmingly powerful. Her eyes fell. "Someday
there will be change." She told the woman, giving
her a one-armed hug. "The Rebellion is built on
hope. Even in the hardest of times, we have to
recall that. Remain hopeful and change will come."
She released Jelena. Her feet were moving quickly
much left of the Jelena Rodney Memorial Center. It
looked like a missile had drove through the upper
half of the dome. Debris cluttered at Iyah's feet.
She could hear the moans of people who were still
trying to survive...were they the lost refugees?
Iyah continued forwards into what was left of the
named this place after me," Jelena said, trying to
make a joke, as she looked over the shattered
remnants of the Jelena Rodney center. She did not
care that something named after her had been
demolished, but the fact that it was meant as a safe
home for the refugees. "It looks deserted," she said
to the Commander as she began to look around. She
saw some of the toys her aunt and uncle had brought
to the refugees after their shopping spree on
Hessian Prime. "Maybe there's something here for
Callista..." she suggested as she began to sift
through the toys. And that's when she found it ... a
almost here." Ashori Monoceros revealed to the
Imperial Governor. She was seated on the large,
plush bed which belonged to the Duke and Duchess of
Delaya. After placing a tracking device within
Commander Xergo's U-Wing, she took an unexpected,
and very secretive, trip back to Delaya. She came
with datadisks containing sensitive Rebel
information. Clearly, she was excelling as his
double agent. Ashori loosely wore Duchess Sierra's
robe. She seemed to be making herself at home within
the castle. In her hands, she held a datapad with
the information from the tracking device. "Are you
ready to catch a Rodney, Governor? Playing on
Jelena's sympathy for the Rebels worked out
perfectly. Commander Xergo likes to open her mouth.
You'll have to get her to talk more about Governor
Rodney's wife." Little did the know, the Grand
Moff's wife would be returning sooner than later.
Papius Arundel was busy dressing after thoroughly
debriefing the returning Ashori Monoceros. He needed
it after the encounter with the bounty hunters that
left hi with a fresh blaster wound to his shoulder.
"More than ready," he said, as he turned his
attention to her. "Here. Help me finish getting
dressed," he said, as he turned towards her with
half his tunic on. Today would be a day he would not
forget. All of the hatred he felt towards the ones
who injured him was about to be turned on Jelena and
Iyah. he had Ashori to thank for it, but his reports
would conveniently leave that part out.
slowly rose from the bed and made her way over
toward him. She realized that not a lick of her
efforts would be realized by anyone other than him
... and she was fine with this. The more off the
radar she stayed with the Empire, the longer she
could betray the Rebels. She stood in front of him
and began aiding him in dressing. "Don't forget my
holovid of Jelena's face. I want to watch it with
you over and over again later." Ash intended to stay
with him for one more evening before returning to
New Alderaan. She hoped he'd invite her to watch him
interrogate Commander Xergo and the Rodney girl. As
long as they didn't see her face, they wouldn't
know. When she had finished dressing him, she kissed
his cheek. "I'll be here waiting for you." She
promised him with a smirk.
Flosgermen found it hard to say *no* to her new
contractor when he offered her so many credits. In
fact, Luna found it hard to say no as soon as the
Imperial Governor described that kind of job she'd
be doing. Her immense hate for her sister spread
into the Rodney family. Her damn husband had injured
her and her husband and spoiled the reward of
kidnapping the Duchess of Delaya. She was more than
happy to take a vacation from her vacation just to
hurt his family. The pathetic sight of Delaya served
to remind her why she and Petrus had escaped. She
knew her sister had survived. Zara's latest HoloNet
scandal was hard to avoid... Stupid cow.
"I'm going to
fuck you so hard all the way home." Luna purred. She
was seated in her husband's lap, killing time while
they awaited for the Rebels to make an appearance.
Her cats were set in place. She was ready for
whatever was going to happen. Her helmet sat on the
ground before them. Her fingers were messing up his
hair over and over again. "This pay day will just
about afford us a house. Where should we live,
Petrus?" She heard a soft beeping noise coming from
her helmet. It appeared that someone had caught the
motion sensors on her cat. Luna picked up the helmet
and shoved it on her head. "Show time, baby." She
wiggled her rear end to remind him of what would
come later, then stood. Using voice command, she
spoke to the cat. "Begin firing at the girl."
Iyah seemed to
tense when she heard about Jelena's stepmother. That
woman was *scary*. She had been so intense during
the whole capture. Iyah managed a quiet laugh.
"Yeah.." She looked around. There was no one there.
*Great*. Where the hell were these refugees hiding?
"I guess this is going to be more difficult than we
expected.... Aw, that cat is cute." She knew how
much Callista loved kitties. Well, the little girl
loved *all* things cute. She was surprised when the
cat's eyes began to flash. Her gut was screaming for
them to get out. "Jelena!" She said, stepping
forward. She grabbed the cat and threw it just as it
began to shower blaster fire down on them. Iyah's
hand wrapped around Jelena's arm as she dragged the
girl towards coverage in the wreckage.
Jelena had not
expected the cat to pose any danger so when Iyah
screamed at her she initially did not know what was
happening. In fact, she still did not pick up on the
danger when Iyah tossed the cat away and dragged her
towards cover. "Is the ... is the cat shooting at
us?!" she asked, thinking how absurd it sounded as
she asked the question. That was something she never
expected to hear herself say. "It's a trap!" she
declared, as she placed both of her hands over her
head while blaster fire flew over her. She had
walked right into it and endangered Commander Xergo
needlessly. Even in the heat of the battle she was
starting to beat herself up.
Flosgermen twitched as Luna ruffled his hair,
wishing she would take this more seriously. True it
was only a couple of young ladies, but he learned
never to underestimate his opponents. He reached
down towards his red helmet, which he quickly placed
upon his head, cementing his fearsome imagery as The
Demon. "Don't spend the money before we earn it," he
said, remembering the two failed kidnapping plots
and how their overconfidence had cost them ...
dearly. With her cat doing its purpose of pinning
them down, he moved forward into the remnants of the
refugee center with his TL-50 heavy repeater at the
ready. His hand moved towards his belt, where he
unfastened a flashbang grenade from his belt.
Pressing the primer, he quickly released it from his
grasp, throwing it over the debris where the cat had
pinned the ladies down. Upon it impact it emitted a
blinding light and shrieking sound that he expected
what disorient them.
woman removed her vibrorapiers from her backside.
"Okay, okay. I'll behave until after we're paid."
Neither one had been pleased about what had occurred
after they lost the Duchess. She was going to bleed
her spleen all over the Rebel women who became her
new target. Luna quietly hid while Petrus used his
flashbang grenade to blind both the Rodney girl and
the Rebel Commander. Then, Luna went darting out
towards him. Using the scanners built into her
helmet, she knew exactly where to find them. Her cat
had subsided shooting at them and was now pursuing
the women from the other side of the debris where
they were hiding. Luna rounded the corner. She found
Iyah, holding her blaster, shooting in the opposite
direction. Stupid woman, she thought. The young
bounty hunter kneed the Rebel Commander in the gut
*hard*. She ripped the E-5 from her hands and threw
it to the ground. Meanwhile, her mechanical cat had
set its sights on Jelena Rodney. It clawed at the
girl's legs with metal claws.
Xergo had fallen into *another* trap. She realized
it as she took hold of her blaster rifle. "This
can't be happening again..." She started shooting at
the strange cat. It seemed to be reinforced. Even
though Iyah hit it once, it didn't explode or break.
"We can make it out." She said to Jelena, unaware of
how much trouble they were in. The flash grenade
took away her eye sight. In the blankness, Iyah
could see Governor Arundel holding her in his cell.
What would he do to her this time? Her finger
squeezed the trigger repeatedly until something
painful collided with her stomach. She coughed blood
onto her clothing. "No!" Her blaster was gone... It
was so *easy* for her to become overwhelmed. She
couldn't see Jelena, let alone anything else until
the effects of the flash grenade wore off. "Jelena!"
screamed as the grenade went off, blinding and
deafening her. The poor girl was not combat minded,
but now that two of her senses had been taken she
was a pitiful sight. She did not even manage to get
a single shot off from her blaster pistol before the
cat began attacking her, causing her to scream out
in pain. To her great embarrassment she began to
cry, as she dropped to her knees, clutching her
wounds. Of all people she suddenly wanted her
father, which humiliated her even further.
helmet Petrus rolled his eyes at Luna's overzealous
attack of the Rebel commander. His target was Jelena
Rodney, who he understood was the bulk of their
payment. He walked calmly across the distance that
separated them, slinging his rifle over his shoulder
and unholstering his HSB-200 hold-out blaster
pistol. As he approached the blind and terrified
young woman he stood over her, aiming his blaster
squarely at the side of her head. "Bang!" he said
mockingly from beneath his helmet, but he did not
pull the trigger. Instead, he raised his hand and
brought it down swiftly, slamming her on the back of
the helmet with the butt of his grip. The young girl
dropped to the ground, unconscious at his feet, as
his focus shifted to Luna and Iyah.
crying made Iyah's heart ache. The poor girl had
never been in a situation like this one. This right
here was *war*. It was an unfair cruel bitch. Iyah
blindly reached towards the crying. "It's going
to... It's going to.." Iyah couldn't lie to the
girl. It wasn't going to be okay. She suspected they
were being overwhelmed by Imperial soldiers, not
bounty hunters. Iyah was beginning to regain her
vision. She could see the form of a black blob on
the ground...her blaster!? She bent down, grabbing
what would ultimately be Luna's cat droid. The droid
dug its claws into her chest and ripped.
Luna was laughing. It was amusing to see the Grand
Moff's daughter fold so quickly. She was a weak,
pathetic cry baby. The Rebel Commander was. . .
special. Luna was not amused by her cat's assault on
the woman. In fact, it was *boring*. "Oh, shut it
down." She waved her hand. The cat's mouth instantly
opened. It sprayed a narcotic into Iyah's face. The
drug instantly knocked the Commander out, sending
her tumbling to the ground. "Aw... I didn't get to
blow anything up..." She frowned, nudging Iyah's
body with her foot. "Should we take her too?"
over and picked up the Rodney girl, throwing her
over his shoulder roughly. He looked towards Luna
and the subdued Rebel commander on the ground. "Take
her. But the Governor isn't getting a buy one, get
one free," he said, with a soft chuckle as he began
moving towards the speeder. It was much easier
collecting a bounty than it was executing a
kidnapping and ransom. Hopefully they would collect
their credits and be on their way with the Governor
and the Imperials having to deal with the fallout.
"Now you can talk about your dream house," he told
Luna, as he dumped the body of Jelena in the back of
the speeder, dusting off his hands.
"Good idea. If
he doesn't want her, I'm sure *someone* will." She
bent down, lazily grabbing the Commander. She didn't
possess the strength that her husband did, but it
was enough to get the job done. She shoved Iyah's
body into the speeder. "Thank goodness this isn't
our speeder. They are going to ruin the interior.
Tsk, tsk..." Luna shook her head. She moved into the
passenger's seat. "Our dream house!" She commented,
her hand landing on his thigh once he had joined
her. "Think about this, a full wall of mirrors in
our bedroom. That way, we can watch while we do it."
She really didn't need anything grandiose. She would
be happy with a simplistic home, or an apartment. It
was relieving to be away from that damn Clawdite
woman and Agent Orange. "Let's go collect our
paycheck, my love!"
"See. I told
you we shouldn't use Stormtroopers," Papius said to
Ashori, as he finished paying the duo, and had Iyah
and Jelena placed in separate rooms in the castle.
But not just any rooms. Believing in theatricality
and mind games, Papius had Jelena placed in her
childhood room, and Iyah placed in the room she
shared with Mug during her time in the castle. It
would give them time to think about their
predicament and all that they lost on their journey
to this point. He sat in the makeshift control
center he had assembled in the former great hall of
the castle, watching his two prisoners on the
monitors. He leaned over to place a kiss on Ash's
cheek. "Your BFF was once going to be Duchess, you
know," he said, as he smirked at the interesting
branches of the House of Rodney family tree.
"I've got to
hand it to you, those bounty hunters got the job
done quickly." Ashori was pleased that the plan had
worked out with no snags. The Flosgermens were more
than pleased to leave after succeeding their
mission. She sat beside him with her hands behind
her back. The man was a genius. Both of the
prisoners looked distraught inside of their rooms.
Commander Xergo had found one of her daughter's toys
and was now clenching it in her hands. Her smile
grew when he kissed her. Ash laughed. "I heard about
that. Her husband is the bastard of Delaya. . . What
an *honor*." She sneered. "It's too bad he couldn't
join us today. I'll bring you his head on a platter
as soon as I can." It was their mission to eliminate
all of House of Rodney...even Julius' mistakes.
back," Papius said, as he rose from his seat and
adjusted his uniform to perfection. After all, he
was going to meeting with the nobility. There was a
bounce in his step as he walked up the stairs
towards the room containing Commander Xergo. There
was no knock and no warning that he was going to
enter. "Commander, we keep meeting this way," he
said, as he walked into the room, catching her
playing with one of her daughter's toys. "I see
you've made yourself at home," he said, as he
reached over towards a chair. He slowly dragged it
across the floor to him before sitting down. "...and
where exactly is home these days? Let me know and I
can send a ship to collect your daughter and reunite
you two," he said, with a devilish smirk, as he
leaned forward to eye her.
*again*, Iyah Xergo thought to herself. It was
terrible finding herself inside of the castle in
her, Mug, and Callista's old room. While times had
not been easy for them, they had still made happy
memories there. She thought of morning snuggles with
her family. If she actually made it home again, she
was going to bring Callista back her toy.
behind her opened suddenly. The feeling in the room
shifted as the evil man walked in. A pained look
crossed Iyah's face, for she and Mug had traded
stories of what had happened to them. Any longer in
the Governor's hands and she was sure Mug would have
ended up neutered. She kept her back to him. The
Commander felt tired. She had been injured during
the attack at the refugee center. The Governor's
question was answered in silence. This was
information that Iyah would never give up. The
terrible man could kill her. She prayed that Jelena
would stand strong too. She slowly turned around to
look the big bad wolf in his face. "Sorry, that's
confidential information." Without Mug, Iyah could
risk herself much more.
Arundel laughed at Iyah's decision not to reveal the
location of New Alderaan. Of course he knew that
thanks to Ashori, but if he revealed that he knew he
would compromise Ashori as a double agent. "Look. We
both know that it's going to take me about five
minutes to crack The Honorable Lady Jelena so we
don't we catch up on local events and the weather
and then I'll go get everything I need from the
weakling," he said, as he smiled directly across the
room at her. "So ... how's Mug?" he asked, making
smalltalk, in an attempt to get further under her
skin. He enjoyed these little chats with the Rebel
He was right.
Jelena would never last... Yet, Iyah had to trust
that maybe, just maybe, Jelena would keep quiet. The
Governor dug further underneath his skin with his
question. *Mug*. Mug was secure. Mug was at home
with their beautiful daughter. Jelena *had* to keep
them all safe. Iyah sneered at him and quickly
placed more distance between them. "He's none of
your business. How's being a leech inside of a Grand
Moff's castle? Is that working well for you?" She
was angry. Any time that Papius was spending her was
time he avoided Jelena. If nothing else, Iyah felt
bad for the girl. She didn't want to see what would
happen when he moved into her room. "I heard you won
the battle on Delaya, yet you're still a mere,
pathetic Governor. Sounds like somebody's not
kissing enough Imperial asses."
"I'll let you
know later this evening after I'm done with her
Ladyship," Papius replied, with a cruel smirk,
content in the knowledge that the teenager would
crumble under his interrogation. He reached across
his chest, toying with the gold, red, and blue rank
insignia that marked his status as a Governor. "Yes.
Still just a Governor. But now that I possess the
fugitive Jelena Rodney and will soon possess the
location of your new refugee home I think they'll
call me something more than Governor," he said, as
he rose from the chair, and turned his back to her.
He looked up towards the camera, winking to Ashori,
before leaving the room. "Don't worry, Commander. As
soon as Jelena tells me where the base is I'll have
Mug and Callista brought here to keep you company,"
he said, with a sickening and grotesque laugh as he
left the room.
His words were bitter and terrible. Callista and Mug
could *never* return to this terrible place. Once
Jelena squealed, she'd be hopeless to save her
family and the other refugees. Like a bull seeing
red, Iyah ran to the door. She began pounding on it
in a sad attempt to break through. "*Get back here*!
*Get back here now, you bastard*!" She screamed and
fought. She grabbed the chair he'd vacated and threw
it against the door. Nothing happened. The Commander
moved around her room like a wild animal, destroying
things as she went along. The woman couldn't handle
these situations. She needed to be free.
*loved* it when Papius worked the camera for her.
Her cheeks flushed. He knew she was watching and
vice versa. She continued to watch Commander Xergo
lose her mind. The woman was all over the place. Ash
ran her hands through her hair and began to laugh. "Awww.
Poor thing." She turned towards the microphone that
had a receiver in Iyah's room. She opted to select
some tunes for the woman to lose her insanity to.
"Hmmm. Max Rebo? Sounds good." Jazzy cantina music
started pumping into the room. It seemed to further
infuriate Iyah. Ash laughed all the harder. She was
going to enjoy rewatching this holovid with Papius
*much* later on.