Dash rolled to the side and drew one of his two remaining weapons. The battered DL-44 BlasTech. Funny how a gun was like his best friend at certain times.
His actual friends werenÃ¢Â€Â™t doing so well at the moment.
Fear was overtaking Mia; Dash could see the hands gripping her weapon trembling. Heri walked up and gave her fellow jedi a look. In the few seconds that passed between them, Mia somehow seemed to regain strength and inspiration from her master and straightened up to stare defiantly at their attacker.
With a triumphant battle cry, the Fist leapt into action. Heri quickly sidestepped the lunge and parried the assailant. Mia stepped in and rapidly made cuts at the enemy from the opposite side. The dark agent was able to fight them both off with seemingly no effort. His lightsaber was a swirling blaze of fury. Heri's face revealed nothing but deep concentration. She moved DashÃ¢Â€Â™s saber expertly around her person in a purely defensive stance.
Clever girl, thought Dash helplessly. SheÃ¢Â€Â™s finding a weakness before taking the offensive.
Dash ran over to where Sathik, Arcuse were standing.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWhereÃ¢Â€Â™s KarÃ¢Â€Â™bil?Ã¢Â€Â he asked frantically.
Ã¢Â€ÂœTo rescue his dearly beloved no doubt,Ã¢Â€Â rasped Arcuse not completely familiar with the concept of love.
Ã¢Â€ÂœHe just had to be a hero,Ã¢Â€Â put in Sathik shaking his head.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWe canÃ¢Â€Â™t let him go in there alone,Ã¢Â€Â Dash remarked distress apparent in his voice. Ã¢Â€ÂœCÃ¢Â€Â™mon! LetÃ¢Â€Â™s go after him!Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœWell you definitely canÃ¢Â€Â™t do any more good out here,Ã¢Â€Â Blink said seemingly appearing out of nowhere causing the three bounty hunters to jump in surprise. Ã¢Â€ÂœAnd if youÃ¢Â€Â™re going to assist the prince I suggest you make your decision quickly.Ã¢Â€Â
Dash gave one final look at Heri fighting with Mia against the Fist. Ã¢Â€ÂœSheÃ¢Â€Â™s right,Ã¢Â€Â he said softly more to convince himself than the others. Ã¢Â€ÂœLetÃ¢Â€Â™s go.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœAgreed,Ã¢Â€Â answered Arcuse starting to follow Dash into the palace.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWait-Ã¢Â€Â Sathik called after them making the two stop dead in their tracks.
In the horizon, the four could clearly see the approaching figures of Moa, Tal Rith, Kane, and perhaps most frighteningly the glowing blue receptors of HUN.
Dash screwed his eyes shut as his body began to uncontrollably jerk and twitch. Rage like none other flowed distinctly through his mind. It burned the one answer in his mind: death. Death must come. It was unbearable. The rogue clasped his hands to his temples in pain. Then all was still. He glanced wildly around his heart dropping into his stomach.
It was the hate for the HUN being. Not for the droidÃ¢Â€Â™s unfeeling fighting style, but for its ability to destroy something so beautiful. He still clearly remembered the jedi at KubbaÃ¢Â€Â™s Palace.
Did that activate it? he thought clutching a sweaty palm to his head. No, it canÃ¢Â€Â™t be. Not again.
Thankfully his companions hadnÃ¢Â€Â™t seemed to notice his strange movements and fearful expressions.
Ã¢Â€ÂœYeah,Ã¢Â€Â Sathik continued. Ã¢Â€ÂœI think they know one of us is the Masked One.Ã¢Â€Â
In unison, the four unlikely comrades turned and began sprinting off towards the palace firing back at their four comrades. Arcuse with his E-11 sending a constant stream of blaster fire at the attackers. Sathik holding his shotgun that nearly blasted him forwards as he blew shell after shell behind them. Dash firing his trusty DL-44 in deadly spreads that their enemies could barely dodge. And Blink struggling to keep up with the hunters, but consistently reading everyone in the square like an open book.
As they passed the duel between Heri, Mia, and the Fist, Dash could feel MiaÃ¢Â€Â™s strength fading. She wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t weak; sheÃ¢Â€Â™d just never known the dark side before. The power must be overwhelming for her.
SheÃ¢Â€Â™s not weak, he kept thinking to himself as his nails dug into his palms. SheÃ¢Â€Â™s not weakÃ¢Â€Â¦ sheÃ¢Â€Â™s not weakÃ¢Â€Â¦ IÃ¢Â€Â™m not weakÃ¢Â€Â¦ IÃ¢Â€Â™m not weakÃ¢Â€Â¦