Boba Fett hunts down an elusive holonet slicer.
- Story by Melinda McMahon
- Estimated reading time: 3 minutes (767 words)
It had been twelve days since Slave I had touched down on the backwater planet of Anhorchin and thirteen days since Boba Fett had received the message that Cora Hinric was dying. Cora had been known as one of the Imperial's worst thorns in their side. Cora was an extremely talented slicer who had accessed some of the hardest files to be found on the Empire.
Now it was said the slicer was slowly dying from laliac poisoning. Laliac being a highly radioactive metal used on the early computer systems on Anhorchin.
Fett walked down the rusting metal corridors of a long abandon military base. Moss grew on the weathered piping that weaved across the exposed ceiling. Fett scanned the piping for any hidden detectors but the results turned up negative.
It seemed that Cora was extremely paranoid; after extensive searches around the area Fett had come up with little clues to the current whereabouts of the slicer. Fett was even unsure of Cora's sex. There was some indication that Cora was humanoid but it wasn't confirmed.
As Fett continued his sweep through the military base he heard the faint shuffle of feet ahead of him. Fett eased himself against the wall and hid his body behind the bulky lockers that lined the hallway. The footsteps were uneven as they grew closer, whoever was drawing nearer had a definate limp.
The footsteps paused. Seconds turned to minutes. Fett remained still, he had learnt many years ago that patience often paid off. The sound of an unsure step echoed through the otherwise silent hallway. The being proceeded then turned down a corridor.
Fett padded silently towards the source of the footsteps. He reached the corridor they had turned down and briefly took a glimpse to see if the being was in view. It was a mistake. A short plump woman stood with a rocket launcher aimed at the mouth of the corridor, Fett immediately took action. He ran to the relative safety of the office stationed a room away from the corridor entrance.
A thundering boom made the building shudder as Fett dived under the main desk. Fett calmly reconfigured his strategy and readied his own rocket launcher, two could play at this game. He also turned up his blaster from stun to kill. Cora was valuable, but not worth dying for.
Fett noted that at the back of the office was a window that viewed the corridor that the woman had been in and Fett could see her emerging from her cover. Fett pried the window open far enough to push his blaster muzzle out. He took careful aim and got a clean shot through the woman's shoulder. She dropped out of view and Fett waited to see if there would be retaliation.
Nothing stirred. Fett made his way towards the injured woman. She lay splayed on the floor, her hand pressed to the wound to stop the bleeding. Her eyes narrowed on Fett as she scrambled for a pistol at her hip.
Before she could grasp it Boba Fett shot it away with his own blaster. "Blasheink!" the woman swore as she shook her singed fingers.
From a doorway further down the corridor another humanoid emerged, he held a grenade threateningly. "You may have taken down Cora, but you won't get me!"
"Run Hinric, save yourself." Cora yelled with sarcasm.
Fett was momentarily confused. Why would the other humanoid be concerned about being captured when Cora was the target? Suddenly it clicked, they were partners. Cora was one half and Hinric was the other. Fett raised his blaster and fired.
Hinric threw the grenade which landed a metre away from Cora. "You fool!" Cora screamed.
Fett threw open a locker door and got inside as the explosion rumbled by. Fett emerged to silence. Both Cora and Hinric lay motionless on the floor, they had been killed by the grenade's blast.
Fett considered sighing at the mess but decided against it. Instead he recorded the image and sent it to the memory banks of Slave I. He also took a DNA sample from each body.
Through the silent corridors Fett walked, he emerged to the dense garden that had overgrown most of the building. A shadow moved amongst the foilage.
Raising his blaster, Fett checked for any threats. A large bird flew out with a start and chirped "Cora hates Hinric. Who's a pretty boy. Hinric is a blasheink."
Fett raised a brow and continued to his ship and felt the faint tug of a smile. Even after years of partnership, Cora and Hinric had stabbed each other in the back, it just went to show that being a lone operator paid in the long run.
Updated July 28, 2015
Other Stories by This Author
Rookie hunter Boba Fett is given the chance to prove himself to the galaxy by taking down the leading bounty hunter, the Widowmaker.
5,641 words (Estim. read time: 28 minutes)
- Diary of a Clone Trooper
610 words (Estim. read time: 3 minutes)
- Five Minutes of Fett
Five minutes of one of Boba Fett's Imperial hunts.
702 words (Estim. read time: 3 minutes)
- Genesis and Genocide
The Emperor has created the ultimate weapon, problem is she's escaped, only Boba Fett could salvage this woman.
4,860 words (Estim. read time: 24 minutes)
- Hostile Encounter
Shipwrecked and lost in the corridors of an abandon colony is scary enough, but worse when Boba Fett is on your tail.
2,318 words (Estim. read time: 11 minutes)
- Kast Aside
A tale of Jodo Kast's origin.
6,280 words (Estim. read time: 31 minutes)
- Kast in Darkness
Ada Nelep sat on the top of a grassy knoll and watched the distant harbour ahead. ...
3,114 words (Estim. read time: 15 minutes)
- Lone Operator Currently Reading
- Memories of Kamino
An adult Boba Fett revisits Kamino.
491 words (Estim. read time: 2 minutes)
- Money is of No Consequence
Fett decides that greed is not a priority when hunting an assassin.
1,792 words (Estim. read time: 8 minutes)
- Prelude to the Future
An early test of skill for the galaxy's best.
1,492 words (Estim. read time: 7 minutes)
- Running Scared
When a young girl witnesses the landing of Slave I she decides Fett is after her.
1,093 words (Estim. read time: 5 minutes)
- Scape Goat
Clureau Duntox finds himself in a bad situation, with the most unexpected help.
1,901 words (Estim. read time: 9 minutes)
- The Boba Fett Tavern
A backwater tale in a tavern about a certain famous hunter.
851 words (Estim. read time: 4 minutes)
- Ultimate Demise
Boba Fett finds himself in the middle of a battle between the Imperials and a tiny Rebel squadron.
3,484 words (Estim. read time: 17 minutes)
- Whispers on Dxun
13,422 words (Estim. read time: 1 hour 7 minutes)