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"You'll burn those," Carth said peering over Revan's shoulder. In the pan a mound of roughly chopped vegetables were beginning to smoke. The heat was too high and he reached around her to lower it. From the side Carth saw her face scrunch up and she made a small unhappy noise. Smiling he pulled his hand from the stove and rested it on her hip. Lightly Carth gave the curve of her neck a light kiss, brushing his lips up to her ear.
"Keep doing that and it will burn," Revan cautioned with a laugh. But she leaned back into him anyways. She even turned her head just slightly, offering him better access.
"Not everything needs to be cooked at the highest setting," he told her. It was the easiest meal Carth knew. Actually it had been the first thing he'd learned to cook on his own. He hadn't expected Revan to have difficulty with it, but as he watched the edges of the sizzling food start to bla
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There was little remarkable about Indu San. To Canderous, it looked much like any other planet with a large population of humans. Sleek towers rose like cold gray fingers into the clouds. The Ebon Hawk banked gracefully gliding through the city and its forest of skyscrapers. Dustil brought them into the port, putting the ship lightly on the landing pad below.
A clerk from the local authority was waiting for them when the loading ramp dropped open. She clutched a datapad to her chest, smiling as the party emerged.
"Welcome to Indu San," she intoned, and Canderous frowned suspecting she was about to launch into a scripted official greeting. He shifted his weight and cleared his throat meaningfully. The clerk looked at him, a little flare of her nostrils, irritated by his interruption.
"We're in something of a rush," Dustil explained.
"Fine. There's a docking fee of a hundred credits, that's per visit you understand,"
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They made camp in the same place they had the night before. In that small clearing at the base of the short cliff Jolee kindled a fire. Neither Jedi said it, but they were tired of vine snake and without complaint reached for ration bars. Revan ate slowly, nibbling at the days final meal while turning the events of the last few weeks over in her thoughts.
With the datapad in their possession it was time to return to the city. And before they'd left Revan had made Carth a promise. The sliver of time she'd bought herself with it was disappearing. Carth would be awaiting her answer to his offer of marriage. She didn't think she could give him one yet.
Finding her appetite vanished Revan wrapped the remains of the ration bar. She glanced towards Jolee, prepared to see him looking back, and instead found he was asleep. Propped against the trunk of a fallen tree the old man's head was thrown back and his mouth gaped open. A wry grimace twisted Reva
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The young man kept himself occupied. There was meditation, minor repairs around the Ebon Hawk, not to mention the writings of ancient Masters on his datapad to study. Mostly Dustil was trying to ignore the way Master Bastila and Canderous would frequently cease talking when he entered their space.
By the fifth day it was working on his nerves. It was obviously clear they were planning something and they were leaving him out of it like he was a child. Either way it made him determined to find out what was going on. Though Dustil knew he would need to approach it carefully if he was going to be let in on anything.
Dustil sat in the hold, finishing lunch and considering the options. Convention dictated the Padawan should approach Bastila. She was a Jedi, not his teacher, but still part of the chain of command where aspiring knights were concerned. Frowning Dustil pushed the gelatinous meal around his plate. It was as unappeti
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The exhaustion was cruel, but Carth could not escape from it. No sooner would he lay his head down then he'd begin obsessing about Revan's last nightmare. He couldn't let go of the terror with which she had screamed Malak's name.
But awake was no better. All he could do in those hours was worry helplessly about Dustil and Revan. He ached to be with both of them. Yet his feet had been nailed to The Raptor as a babysitter. Though the appearance of the the strange hooded man two nights ago might still change that role into bodyguard.
Carth scratched his cheek absently yawning. The growing beard was starting to itch. He'd shave it off before Revan returned he promised himself. She liked a bit of roguish stubble but was not a fan of more.
Today he would see Tanner Korr, his second meeting with the young man. Tanner was trying to establish the identify of the man who had been lurking outside their ship. So far there had bee
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"Do you think he knew he was using a predators old hunting trail?" Revan asked. They had located the twisting path Tanner Korr directed them to by midday. She was crouched down, her fingers sunk into the soil while inspecting the so-called walking path Tanner's friend had been acquainted with.
"Bah, I doubt it. Young folks don't pay much attention to nature, seem to treat it as something to conquer or vanquish," Jolee snorted. He was perched on a gnarled root watching Revan.
"Poor kid," Revan mumbled. Brushing the dirt from her fingers she straightened.
"Bound to happen if you ask me. He had to meet up with the owner of this trail sooner or later," Jolee shrugged.
Depending on the creature who had hewn this path Revan began to consider the possibility they might not find a body. Neither would the humid tropical atmosphere or Wayland's native scavengers have left a body untouched for long. But they didn't need the body, Tanner seem
Carth Onasi Comes Home ch35
In the semi-private dormitory of the Raptor Carth lay awake holding the sleeping Revan to himself. Revan clung to him with her face nuzzled into his neck. He was painfully aware that by this time tomorrow he would be going to bed alone. The realization made his chest knot. Even if this absence promised to be short, it was coming too soon on the heels of their earlier, longer separation.
Filled by such troubled thoughts Carth found his own rest evasive. Time passed slowly as he lay in the bunk. Briefly he'd tried to force sleep to come but it was useless. His mind wanted none of it. So he was fully awake when Revan began murmuring. Her softly spoken words were warm and ticklish on his flesh.
Carefully shifting himself and Revan the admiral pulled away and rolled her gently to her back. She sighed. It was almost a moan, a sound of fear and sadness. Carth pushed himself up on his elbow to gain a better look. Tenderly he swept the ha
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Only Carth and Mission went to the Ebon Hawk to say a final farewell to Dustil and the others. Jolee and Revan were gathering provisions for their own trip. As the father and son exchanged a few words in private Mission stood beside T3, trying not to be awkward and feeling very awkward about it. She smiled though to see the pair share a quick embrace.
"Take care of him will ya T3?" Mission asked the droid who whistled assent. Then Dustil was coming towards her. She swallowed hard her hands fiddling at her vest and watched him.
"Keep an eye on Pulla Vaga for me?" Dustil asked her.
"Of course," she replied.
"He was the only one on Gargon who ever showed us kindness. I don't want him to feel alone out here," Dustil added. The compassion in his words brought another smile to Mission. She nodded and was suddenly desperate to make him stay yet knowing this was all out of her control.
"Be careful?" Mission asked.
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"What is it T3?"
The little droid bumped his leg gently and twittered softly. Dustil dropped into a crouch. He'd just finished with the food synth, popping the access panel back into place when T3 rolled up to him.
"Message from HK? You sure you wouldn't rather wait for Master Revan?"
She often sent the assassination droid off, it's missions a mystery to Dustil. It would be gone for days to weeks at a time. Upon HK's return Revan would debrief it in private. Whatever news it delivered the result was always the same. Revan would meditate alone for hours and would be withdrawn and quiet in the days following.
He'd entertained several ideas about it, even though he knew his teacher's private affairs were just that, private. Still there was no harm in thinking about it. After a time Dustil concluded with confidence HK was searching for clues to Revan's past. She was sending him places she either feared to go herself or didn't want to