Another installment... (sorry it's been so long)
The morning was bright and sunny. It totally contradicted EtekÃ¢Â€Â™s mood. He wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t looking forward to seeing Pois again. Part of him dreaded the thought, another part of him was oddly thrilled by the idea. He wanted to quash the latter thought.
He dressed in his armour once again and headed outside. He went to the hanger bay to prep the shuttle heÃ¢Â€Â™d be taking to Onderon. HeÃ¢Â€Â™d decided that was where he would deliver Pois to. She wanted to go there and he didnÃ¢Â€Â™t want her here. It made perfect sense.
Etek was going through the final checks when he heard footsteps on the permicrete. He stopped as he saw two soldiers escorting Pois towards him, her hands bound. It seemed the Commander had assumed that Etek would fly her out. He smiled to himself at the thought.
Ã¢Â€ÂœLeave her,Ã¢Â€Â Etek told his fellow soldiers and they complied. Etek took her bonds in his fist and pulled her close. Ã¢Â€ÂœLooks like you get your wish. WeÃ¢Â€Â™re going to Onderon.Ã¢Â€Â
The corner of PoisÃ¢Â€Â™ mouth lifted slightly but the smile didnÃ¢Â€Â™t touch her eyes.
Etek didnÃ¢Â€Â™t dwell on her reaction, he was still mad as hell. He was partly contemplating throwing her out of the hatch once they were in OnderonÃ¢Â€Â™s orbit but he knew he wouldnÃ¢Â€Â™t.
Dragging her behind him, Etek boarded the ship and shoved her roughly into the co-pilots chair. He strapped her seatbelt in and was very focused on avoiding contact with her.
Then he got into the pilotÃ¢Â€Â™s chair and started the remaining flight checks. Beneath his helmet his jaw twitched, he was angry but he still wanted to look at her and that only infuriated him more. He let out a long breath and continued the checks.
Pois decided that silence was the best option for now. She could practically feel the angry waves rolling of Marsden. He was paying way too much attention to his pre-flight checks.
So it seemed that she still had an effect on him, even if it had changed from affection to rage. She could still work with that, although she was feeling a slight touch of regret. She mentally shook herself, now was not the time to get soft.
Finally Marsden finished his methodical checks and launched the shuttle. Pois waited until they were out of DxunÃ¢Â€Â™s orbit before she spoke. Ã¢Â€ÂœI suppose you want an explanation?Ã¢Â€Â
Marsden body was facing forward but she saw him tense at her words. She waited a moment but he didnÃ¢Â€Â™t speak.
Ã¢Â€ÂœMy life has been a hard and complicated one.Ã¢Â€Â Pois began.
Marsden turned to look at her. Ã¢Â€ÂœTheft from a Hutt is hardly the work of a hard done by peasant.Ã¢Â€Â
Pois nodded calmly. So he knew her situation, it wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t surprising, his Commander would have informed him of her confession. This complicated things. Ã¢Â€ÂœI started small but I found I had a talent, unfortunately it was one that there are laws against.Ã¢Â€Â
Marsden shook his head. Ã¢Â€ÂœAdmit it, you like what you do.Ã¢Â€Â
Pois smiled, Ã¢Â€ÂœYeah I do. ItÃ¢Â€Â™s a challenge and I live for the thrill of the moment.Ã¢Â€Â She looked up at Marsden, hoping her eyes locked with his beneath the helmet. Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m sure you live for the moment too.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœI donÃ¢Â€Â™t steal.Ã¢Â€Â Marsden pointed out.
Ã¢Â€ÂœBut you kill.Ã¢Â€Â Pois pointed out in turn.
Marsden leant forward sharply. Ã¢Â€ÂœI have only killed in the heat of battle, never simply for the thrill of it.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœYou want to kill me now though, donÃ¢Â€Â™t you?Ã¢Â€Â Pois said pointedly.
Marsden sat back. Ã¢Â€ÂœNo I donÃ¢Â€Â™t.Ã¢Â€Â
Pois felt a wave of relief wash over her. Then she looked up at Marsden, Ã¢Â€ÂœWhat do you want to do with me then?Ã¢Â€Â
Once again Marsden was silent. Pois had put a touch of sultry in her tone but Marsden wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t biting. She sat back into her chair and looked at the dark sky. Ã¢Â€ÂœDo you ever wonder if thereÃ¢Â€Â™s a better life out there?Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m a Mandalorian, I stay with my kind. Unlike you I understand loyalty.Ã¢Â€Â Marsden said sharply.
Pois blinked, that actually hurt her. She hadnÃ¢Â€Â™t had any loyalty from anyone sheÃ¢Â€Â™d ever know. Marsden seemed to believe that loyalty was something easily given. Such a thing had never been the case for her. Ã¢Â€ÂœAnd unlike you, IÃ¢Â€Â™ve never had the luxury of loyalty.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœGoing for the sympathy angle now, are you?Ã¢Â€Â Marsden growled.
This time it was Pois who was feeling angry. Ã¢Â€ÂœNo, if I was IÃ¢Â€Â™d do a better job then that.Ã¢Â€Â
Marsden actually laughed. Ã¢Â€ÂœWow, I think you might actually be telling the truth.Ã¢Â€Â
Pois crossed her arms in annoyance. Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™ve told the truth to you more often than you think.
MarsdenÃ¢Â€Â™s helmeted head turned slightly to the side. Ã¢Â€ÂœSure you did.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœHonest! I did. I only covered up about my small misadventure with Boba Fett.Ã¢Â€Â Pois pouted.
Again Marsden laughed, Ã¢Â€ÂœSmall misadventure? I donÃ¢Â€Â™t think thereÃ¢Â€Â™s such a thing if Boba Fett is involved. You donÃ¢Â€Â™t really think youÃ¢Â€Â™ll get away from him, do you?Ã¢Â€Â
Pois chewed her bottom lip. Ã¢Â€ÂœNo I donÃ¢Â€Â™t think I can evade him forever. I just want to be able to avoid him until the bounty drops.Ã¢Â€Â
Marsden shook him head, Ã¢Â€ÂœYou stole from Zorba the Hutt, heÃ¢Â€Â™s more likely to increase your bounty the longer youÃ¢Â€Â™re missing.Ã¢Â€Â
Pois felt a chill go through her body. She knew what he said was true but she couldnÃ¢Â€Â™t let go of the hope of escape. She moved her arms back and allowed her elbows to rub against the secret pocket in her vest that contained the stolen gems. Ã¢Â€ÂœSometimes our emotions get the best of us. I got too greedy.Ã¢Â€Â
MarsdenÃ¢Â€Â™s voice was quiet in reply. Ã¢Â€ÂœOur emotions can mislead us.Ã¢Â€Â
Pois blinked, it seemed that she was actually getting through to Marsden and amazingly it was with the truth. She would never have believed such a thing in the past. Ã¢Â€ÂœMarsden,Ã¢Â€Â she said quietly.
He turned to look at her.
Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m sorry. I shouldnÃ¢Â€Â™t have betrayed your trust.Ã¢Â€Â Pois said, actually meaning it.
Marsden snorted. Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m sure you are.Ã¢Â€Â
Pois shook her head, Ã¢Â€ÂœNo, I didnÃ¢Â€Â™t mean it they way you think. I am genuinely sorry. ItÃ¢Â€Â™s not often that I meet someone who is soÃ¢Â€Â¦ soÃ¢Â€Â¦Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœGullible,Ã¢Â€Â Marsden finished for her.
Ã¢Â€ÂœNo, I was going to say nice.Ã¢Â€Â Pois said and dipped her head feeling a little embarrassed by the admission.
MarsdenÃ¢Â€Â™s voice turned cold. Ã¢Â€ÂœLay off it. IÃ¢Â€Â™m sick of your chatter. Be silent until we reach Onderon.Ã¢Â€Â
Pois opened her mouth to protest, however Marsden took her chin in his gloved hand. His grip was not gentle. Ã¢Â€ÂœI do have tape. I can force you to be quiet.Ã¢Â€Â
Pois closed her mouth and let out a harsh breath. Yet she remained silent. She would wait for him to talk.
Etek could still hear the echo of Pois saying his name. SheÃ¢Â€Â™d said it so tenderly that heÃ¢Â€Â™d wanted to believe her apology. HeÃ¢Â€Â™d been so close to caving in that heÃ¢Â€Â™d had to get her to stop talking.
Even now he was uncomfortably aware of her presence beside him. He wanted to talk to her. He wanted to believe that she really was sorry and thought he was nice. But Boba Fett couldnÃ¢Â€Â™t be wrong. Helif Pois was not what she seemed.
Yet Etek wanted to forgive her. He wanted to believe that she wanted him, because as much as he wanted to deny it, he did want her. Ã¢Â€ÂœAre you part Falleen?Ã¢Â€Â He found himself asking.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI thought you wanted me to remain silent?Ã¢Â€Â Pois countered.
Etek glared at her beneath the helmet. Ã¢Â€ÂœJust answer the question.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœNo,Ã¢Â€Â she simply replied. Ã¢Â€ÂœWhy do you ask?Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœNo reason.Ã¢Â€Â Etek said sternly.
He noticed Pois smile out of the corner of his eye. Ã¢Â€ÂœWhatÃ¢Â€Â™s so amusing?Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœYou are. YouÃ¢Â€Â™re trying to justify why you find me attractive arenÃ¢Â€Â™t you?Ã¢Â€Â Pois smirked.
Etek shook his head, annoyed that she was so astute, though his question had been pretty obvious to read. He wished heÃ¢Â€Â™d remained silent. Ã¢Â€ÂœFine, yes I was wondering how I could I possibly be attracted to scum like you.Ã¢Â€Â
Pois looked astonished. Ã¢Â€ÂœYou think IÃ¢Â€Â™m scum? IÃ¢Â€Â™m offended by that.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœGood, now maybe youÃ¢Â€Â™ll leave me alone.Ã¢Â€Â Etek snarled.
Pois looked him up and down. Ã¢Â€ÂœIf you wanted to get away from me you could have got one of your soldier buddies to drop me off. IÃ¢Â€Â™m sure youÃ¢Â€Â™re not the only soldier on the planet that can fly a shuttle.Ã¢Â€Â
That made Etek bristle, he hit the autopilot button and stood up. He hit the release on her seatbelt then grabbed Pois by the shirt front and pulled her to her feet. Ã¢Â€ÂœYouÃ¢Â€Â™ve got a lot of nerve. YouÃ¢Â€Â™re the one tied up here.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœPhysically maybe, but youÃ¢Â€Â™re the one tied in knots inside. Admit it Marsden, you donÃ¢Â€Â™t know what you want right now. ThereÃ¢Â€Â™s a part of you that wants to throttle me and another that would like to do something more pleasurable.Ã¢Â€Â Pois told.
Etek dragged her away from the co-pilot chair and pushed her against the bulkhead. Ã¢Â€ÂœWhy do you taunt me? ItÃ¢Â€Â™s clear that your feelings arenÃ¢Â€Â™t genuine.Ã¢Â€Â
PoisÃ¢Â€Â™ face turned serious. Ã¢Â€ÂœMy feelings might not have been genuine in the beginning, but I do find you extremely attractive. I wish youÃ¢Â€Â™d take your helmet off.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m sure you do. ItÃ¢Â€Â™d make it a lot easier for you to attack me.Ã¢Â€Â Etek snarled.
Pois raised her tied wrists. Ã¢Â€ÂœI havenÃ¢Â€Â™t mastered the art of fighting with my hands bound.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœThatÃ¢Â€Â™s easy for you to say.Ã¢Â€Â Etek growled. He took of his helmet against his better judgement.
PoisÃ¢Â€Â™ eyes softened as they roamed over the contours of his face. Ã¢Â€ÂœYou havenÃ¢Â€Â™t shaved.Ã¢Â€Â She said raising her hands, her fingers touching his stubbled jaw.
He flinched away. Ã¢Â€ÂœNo I didnÃ¢Â€Â™t. I was too angry.Ã¢Â€Â
Pois moved closer. Ã¢Â€ÂœIt suits you.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœBeing angry?Ã¢Â€Â Etek queried.
Ã¢Â€ÂœNo, having stubble. Makes you look more appealing.Ã¢Â€Â Pois said moving closer. The scent of her skin filled EtekÃ¢Â€Â™s senses and as he attempted to move away Pois managed to lift her bound hands over his head and wrap them around his neck. She pulled him close and kissed him.
Etek felt as if his knees were going to buckle beneath him. She tasted so good and her lips were wild yet tender against his. He found himself returning her embrace and then her kiss. He quivered as she ran her tongue across his top lip.
He actually groaned as she pressed her body closer to his, her soft breasts pressed against his chest-plate and Etek felt his heart pound faster and wondered why he hadnÃ¢Â€Â™t pursued a woman before now.
Feeling bold Etek slid his hand from PoisÃ¢Â€Â™ waist to her firm backside, pressing her even closer to him. She responded by deepening their kiss and grinding her hips against him.
It was the proximity alert that brought Etek back from the brink of making a potentially fatal mistake. He removed PoisÃ¢Â€Â™ arms from his neck and shoved her back into her seat as he returned to his and made the adjustments for landing.
Ã¢Â€ÂœYou havenÃ¢Â€Â™t fastened my seatbelt.Ã¢Â€Â Pois said as she indicated to harness hanging beside her.
Etek paused and then moved to strap her back in. He didnÃ¢Â€Â™t miss the fact that she sat forward so his hand brushed against her breast as he moved the harness into place. Once he was done he returned to the pilots chair and prepared to land.
After a brief exchange with the Onderon authorities, Etek was designated a landing platform and landed the shuttle with practiced ease.
Ã¢Â€ÂœSo what happens now?Ã¢Â€Â Pois asked.
Etek sighed. Ã¢Â€ÂœI take you to a motel, untie you and you do whatever you want to do.Ã¢Â€Â
A cheeky grin spread across PoisÃ¢Â€Â™ face. Ã¢Â€ÂœYou say whatever I want to do, does that involve you?Ã¢Â€Â
Etek felt himself blush at the suggestion. Ã¢Â€ÂœYouÃ¢Â€Â™re trying to lead me astray.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœI think you want to be led.Ã¢Â€Â Pois told.
Ã¢Â€ÂœPossibly, letÃ¢Â€Â™s get this over with.Ã¢Â€Â Etek said as he stood. He released PoisÃ¢Â€Â™ seatbelt and allowed her to stand.
She raised her hands. Ã¢Â€ÂœYou can untie me now.Ã¢Â€Â
Etek shook his head. Ã¢Â€ÂœI donÃ¢Â€Â™t think so. YouÃ¢Â€Â™re likely to steal the shuttle on me.Ã¢Â€Â
Pois smiled and shrugged. Ã¢Â€ÂœWell I am a thief.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœExactly, now letÃ¢Â€Â™s go.Ã¢Â€Â Etek said as he pointed her towards the exit.
It was like thousands of voices cried out for a sequel and were suddenly silenced...