Dash attempted to lift his head as Heri approached his fallen form, but he barely had enough strength to stay conscious. He felt calmer for some reason, but it took him a second to realize why.
A few years ago heÃ¢Â€Â™d purposely defibrillated himself hoping to knock himself out in order to protect everyone. Unfortunately he stayed conscious despite the enormous voltage, but found that the shock had jolted the mechanics of the berserker chip enough to delay its effects. It worked, but after actually shocking himself once he had no desire to double the feat.
The lightning mustÃ¢Â€Â™ve worked the same way. The chip was still active though, he could feel its horrible purpose creeping up his nerves.
Ã¢Â€ÂœKill me,Ã¢Â€Â he coughed to Heri who was bent over him.
Ã¢Â€ÂœYou know I canÃ¢Â€Â™t do that,Ã¢Â€Â She gave him a sad smile that held not the pity that he was expecting, but more of a calm concern. Her eyes reflected more than understanding. It seemed like infinite wisdom was within his grasp when he looked upon her. Despite the pain, the comforting gaze felt like an eternal sanctuary from the world he was in.
Dash chuckled. He hadnÃ¢Â€Â™t really thought that sheÃ¢Â€Â™d do it.
Ã¢Â€ÂœThen youÃ¢Â€Â™re condemning me to a fate worse than death,Ã¢Â€Â not without effort, he raised a gloved handÃ¢Â€Â” his only handÃ¢Â€Â” to stroke her face fondly. Ã¢Â€ÂœHunÃ¢Â€Â™s the only one who can end it.Ã¢Â€Â
Heri bent her head closer to him. Ã¢Â€ÂœWeÃ¢Â€Â™ll find a way.Ã¢Â€Â
And just like that he kissed her. It wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t long, it wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t short, and neither was embarrassed afterwards; it was just something that needed to be done. When it was over the two held a gaze in an exchange of thoughts that the city of Nal Hutta had never known and never would again.
Finally Dash spoke.
Ã¢Â€ÂœGo save the princess jedi,Ã¢Â€Â he said grinning. It sounded awfully clichÃƒÂ© for some reason. Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™ve got business to attend to.Ã¢Â€Â
She returned the smile.
Ã¢Â€ÂœSee you around bounty hunter.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœHunwhachamacallit!Ã¢Â€Â Dash called out into the empty street. Ã¢Â€ÂœI believe you owe me an arm and my dignity!
The entity in question stepped slowly and menacingly out of the deserted-looking cantina across from the dock.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI thought you not so foolish forcer,Ã¢Â€Â said HUN. Ã¢Â€ÂœIf you truly understood what I am than you would have not chosen to pursue me. I am the finally legÃ¢Â€Â”Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœYeah yeah,Ã¢Â€Â the hunter interrupted impatiently. Ã¢Â€ÂœNaga Sadow and all that. Big admirer by the way; I read your holocron. I found the plot to be a little redundant though.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœI tire of your mockery Masked One,Ã¢Â€Â the immortal being replied with a shake of its head. Ã¢Â€ÂœI spared your life, yet you badger me with nonsense.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœSorry about that,Ã¢Â€Â Dash apologized. He really meant it. SathikÃ¢Â€Â™s sharp-tongue had rubbed off on him over the past couple of years and he sometimes couldnÃ¢Â€Â™t help the exchange of witty banter. Ã¢Â€ÂœBut you see, you cut off my arm. And even if I didnÃ¢Â€Â™t hold a grudge for slicing off one of my appendages like a sausage, a bunch of your fanboys implanted a little chip in my head quite a few years back thatÃ¢Â€Â™s broiling up my brain unless I kill you. So in the next few minutes, I expect an epic lightsaber duel to ensue because, well, one of us has to go.Ã¢Â€Â
HUN took a few steps forward and straightened up to its full height. The result was an adversary who stood quite a few heads above Dash.
Ã¢Â€ÂœYou speak bravely warrior,Ã¢Â€Â started Hun. Ã¢Â€ÂœBut you forget you only have one arm. Even with yourÃ¢Â€Â¦ companion, do you really think you could come close to defeating me?Ã¢Â€Â
Dash turned to look behind him at Blink who was attempting to mentally mask her presence in the shadows. The he glanced down at the space where his right arm would have been not long ago. Even more recently heÃ¢Â€Â™d taken an AT-ATÃ¢Â€Â™s worth of force lightning to the face. It didnÃ¢Â€Â™t take a medic to tell him that he was in no condition to fight. Maybe Hun was right, maybe he hadnÃ¢Â€Â™t planned this out very well.
He shrugged. No use worrying about it now. Usually he relied on the aggressive capabilities of the Ataru style of lightsaber combat. But with only one arm he should rely on the more elegant Makashi style. Maybe now that heÃ¢Â€Â™d calmed down a bloody rage wouldnÃ¢Â€Â™t get him killed. Without so much anger he might be able to discern the danger of HunÃ¢Â€Â™s four oncoming limbs. Then again, Hun had a lightsaber now.
Ã¢Â€ÂœMy saber,Ã¢Â€Â he whispered. Then without warning, he ignited the weapon and bent his legs as if to leap into a lunge and attack.
Hun instinctively jumped forward to meet him only to have a nearby crate thrown at his face with the force. His enemy was knocked backwards giving Dash the opportunity to slash one-handed gracefully as the battle began.
((I'd very much like not to die or lose my other arm if its alright with you))
Last edited by Dravage (Friday, January 5, 2007 6:15 pm)