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Discussion in 'Pandopolis City' started by Carl Jenkins, Oct 18, 2018.

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  1. Carl Jenkins

    Carl Jenkins Roughneck: Starship Trooper Chronicles

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    October 29, Year 108
    @Boba Fett

    A digital clock turned to 6:45 PM as Carl swept up plant clippings in the back room of the Galactic Garden, a flower shop located in Midcourt. More than a week has passed since his arrival and it was surprising how quickly Carl took to his new surroundings, from soldier to civilian. Apron on and broom in hand he looked like a typical, non-descript worker cleaning shop right before closing. One would think with his background and training, he’d be interested in a more active occupation. For example, a position as a police officer or at least something related to government work. The few people who knew him most would know how far that was from the truth. Satisfied with the work on the floor the young man then turned his attention to scattered tools and materials, returning them to their designated containers while all discards went into the trash.

    When Carl signed up for recruitment he had hoped, foolishly at the time, that they would let him pursue a career in the sciences. How did that old desire translate now to working at a shop? The town was pleasant, but still foreign. Maybe when he felt more comfortable he'd try something. Now why a plant shop specifically? Once upon a time, Jenkins was fascinated by the thought of exploring space and meeting alien life, be it sentient or not. Yeah, well, that tune changed pretty fast. Alien plants were still pretty okay in his books though. Kendal, the owner of the flower shop, couldn’t give him a job as a florist due to inexperience and instead brought him on as a cashier. Simple enough, Carl had plenty of experience working as a cashier in his teens. That wouldn’t stop him from pursuing the florist craft though. If there was time, at the end of the day he'd take a pair of clippers and practice making clean cuts on discarded flowers before arranging them into a bouquet. They were hardly works of art, but what could one expect from someone with no experience working with material never intended to be displayed for sale, to begin with.

    Job done. Jenkins declared his departure, hung up his apron on a hook, and gave a brief ‘good night’. He exited out the back into an alleyway, as there was still one more task to do. Carrying trash bags in each hand he walked towards a collection bin and opened the top to dump the trash into it. The first went in without trouble but the second tore open, spilling most of its contents onto the floor. Carl couldn’t help breathe out a frustrated sigh, in retrospect though he really should have double bagged that specific trash bag. It contained a lot of scraps from hardy plants that, clearly, could easily puncture through plastic.

    Bending down he picked up the larger pieces and sent them straight to the trash can. Despite his valiant efforts, the mess remained a notable size. Great, he’d have to go back inside and grab a broom and brush pan. Unfortunately, when he got to the back door it was locked and no amount of knocking worked in grabbing Kendal’s attention. Great. Ceasing the mental fussing Jenkins began his trek to get to the storefront.
     
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  2. Boba Fett

    Boba Fett Star Wars

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    Science labs were always full of useful information, often to complicated for an average being to understand and the information that the Mandalorian was after fell into that category. It was a medical science, cloning, and there was a small yet well put together science lab in a quiet backstreet of the city. Boba had snuck in and wiped their system clean, taking every ounce of information they had, not caring about the consequences as he did so because this was about his survival and that was one thing he'd learnt to fight for a long time ago. However they weren't exactly pleased about his thievery and their hired guns were now pursing him relentlessly. Any other day and Boba would of loved to have fought his way out, but given how physical activity caused endless amounts of pain to wash through his veins the Mandalorian just wanted to get out of there as fast as he could.

    So now the chase had left the building and taken to the streets, as on foot Boba made for the building where he'd called his ship to meet him. Loosing his pursers in the crowd had not even crossed the Mandalorian's mind, his armour made it impossible to easily mix in, he stood out to much for that. So it had turned into running and shooting, his helmet's HUD directed him into a side alley, which would provide him with a short cut. The helmets HUD told him he'd managed to open up a little bit of a gap between his pursers and himself, so he paused halfway down the alley, trying to shake off the pain that burned in every inch of his body. His HUD sensors picked up movement behind him and he turned, someone was coming up the alleyway behind him, a poor innocent bystander most likely but even so Boba brought up his blaster just in case though he didn't let off a shot. He waited as the guy came into view and instantly froze, his brown gaze went wide with surprise behind his T-shaped visor and a name escaped his lips"Carl?"

    Then there was the sound of gunfire and Boba was forced back into reality, instinctively he jerked away from the wall throwing his armoured body between the blonde man and the bullets. He could hear them bouncing off his armour, he forced himself to take his gaze off the blonde and focus on the approaching danger. For the moment the agony his sickness flooded him with was forgotten, replaced by an agony that was harder for him to pin down and understand within his chest. He raised his blaster now, firing back at those approaching who dared shoot at him, trying to shake off the uncontrollable surge of emotional something in his chest the Mandalorian spoke to the blonde man without appearing to look at him"Back... Go back the way you came!"
     
  3. Carl Jenkins

    Carl Jenkins Roughneck: Starship Trooper Chronicles

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    Both of them were surprised in seeing the other, but for completely different reasons. Was this a mugging? Was this ridiculously high-tech mugger really planning to rob him, a shop clerk who probably couldn’t even afford a warning shot from the blaster pointed at him? Unsure how else to react the younger man immediately raised his hands in surrender. Training or not there wasn’t much one could do when someone aimed a gun at you point blank. Even less when you were completely unarmed and without armor. As dangerous as the situation was, Carl remained calm. If this was a mugging then no problem, a wallet wasn’t worth his life. If this was a murder attempt surely he’d be dead by now? So, until an opportunity of escape presented itself or until a blessed passersby came by and called the cops- stand still, keep your hands raised, and stay quiet.

    That was the plan, then this high-tech mugger had to go and complicate things by calling out his name. Naturally, Jenkins looked down to see if he still had his cashier’s name tag on. Nope. His eyes then went back to the stranger. Carl was placed at another disadvantage, the helmet made identification impossible. He’d attempt a light psychic probing but that required some focus that, understandably, he could not muster at the moment. Before he could put in a word or two everything quickly went to hell.

    One moment he was being hamstrung by a mugger, and the next said mugger was telling him to take cover while more men with guns from out of nowhere started shooting. Jenkins didn’t need to be told twice as he ran back the way he came, taking cover behind the corner of a building that jutted out. The sensible thing to do in this situation was leaving immediately. Whatever was happening here did not involve him. At the same time though he couldn’t ignore the fact that this stranger recognized him by name. Perhaps they were from the same world or dumb luck? Well, if he wanted that question answered it’d probably serve his interests to keep the stranger alive.

    Without warning two dumpsters rattled and rolled, their wheels screeching as they positioned themselves in the gap of the alley effectively separating the gunners from Boba and, most importantly, himself. Then with a telekinetic shove, the blockage was sent charging towards the hired hands. It wouldn’t kill them, it only served a distraction for their escape. If the stranger had any sense they'd be making a run for it because Jenkins was already a couple meters out. The police couldn't be too far out by now, having likely been called at the first deafening shots of gunfire. Aside from not being shot, Jenkins also preferred to avoid being taken in for questioning.
     
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  4. Boba Fett

    Boba Fett Star Wars

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    The blonde's reaction was to be expected but it defiantly was not what he wanted to see, the lack of recognition, the way he had raised his arms in surrender like he thought Boba was going to attack him. There was pain deep within his chest which had nothing to do with the illness within his veins, but he forced himself to push down his pain, at least for the moment, he had bigger issues than his inner pain. So he did as he always did and locked it away, as Carl reacted to his order. The man was fleeing back down the street as Boba remained where he was doing something he rarely did for others, protecting the blonde with covering fire and using his armoured body as a human shield, the sound of bullets bouncing off the armour rang down the alley. Boba returned fire in a methodical, well aimed way, trying to block out the way his body screamed at him that he needed to get out of there, he was not in decent physical health, this fight was hurting him more than it was helping him.

    Quite suddenly the sensors in his helmet picked up on movement and in his HUD he saw some dumpsters rumbling towards him, then past him, blocking the route. He could hear the large group of armed gunmen crying out in alarm and yet Boba understood the moment the dumpsters rumbled past him, it was Carl, playing hero with little more than his mind. The Mandalorian did not pause for long, he finally followed his screaming bodies advice and fled down the alleyway, making himself breathe evenly as he ran. But even as he ran he was silently going into the darkest depths of his HUD, seeking out all to do with Carl as he no longer cared about fleeing back to his ship, he wanted to find Carl, he wanted to make sure the blonde was safe and able to live. As Boba emerged from the other end of the alley he saw a vaguely familiar figure dashing off down another street and ignoring how his body screamed at him he quietly followed after the man with a well practised, loping run.
     
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  5. Carl Jenkins

    Carl Jenkins Roughneck: Starship Trooper Chronicles

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    They ran a couple more blocks, across streets and through alleyways, much to Fett’s misfortune. Jenkins had to probe around until he felt safe enough to finally stop in the middle of an alley indistinguishable from the first they came from. A million thoughts raced through his head, the worst of the situation was over but Jenkins was far from relaxed. First things first, he passed Kendal a quick message to check their status. Seemed like the police showed up, no harm done. Thank god. Back to the current situation. Staring at the unusual stranger Jenkins quickly assessed what he knew. This masked man was well armed and involved in some unsavory business, not directly against the law enforcement but dangerous nonetheless. For god's sake, they fired in open public. On a more personal matter, the man knew his name and was willing to risk their life for him.

    Wanting to know more the young psychic stood there with a silent stare, sending forward a few mental probes only to flinch visibly as if struck. “You’re in pain.” He pointed out plainly, regaining his composure. Perhaps one should show more gratitude towards their savior. If they were keeping tally though then Jenkins had returned the favor with those trash bins. Despite his attempts to maintain a neutral attitude, their concern bled through, “Were you shot?” If they were then following him had been the wrong choice. It’s not like the lowly shopkeep had the medical resources to treat anything more serious than a small cut.

    From his angle Fett didn’t appear to have a drop of blood on them, so maybe he should dismiss the whole thing and make an exit. Although brief, the probing done earlier was enough for him to tell that this man wasn’t anyone he knew closely. Potentially a fellow soldier or inhabitant of the same planet. He’d need more time to deconstruct the snippets of thoughts and feelings but after today’s events- did he really want to be associated with this stranger and their trouble? ”I don’t need to know, I’m leaving.” Jenkins said with the shake of his head, he didn’t need to get involved.

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  6. Boba Fett

    Boba Fett Star Wars

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    The guy ran and ran, Boba didn't question it and instead focused on just continuing to move forwards, planting one foot in front the other, keeping his breathing even. It was a well practised run, as was the mentality behind it, as he blocked out the growing burning pain and focused his entirety on the need to keep moving forwards. When the guy finally came to a halt Boba was not far behind him and came to a halt a short distance from the blonde, his brown gaze running over the other man in silence as in the privacy of his helmet he tried to steady his breathing knowing full well it was not just the run he'd just done that was causing it to be a little all over the place. Carl was staring at him, assessing him and Boba made sure he stood tall, giving no clues to the weakness hidden beneath his armour. His brown gaze scanned the man through his visor, checking for injuries, checking he was in one piece and then he felt it.

    The familiar feeling of someone reaching into his head, in that moment he remembered the time Vader had forced his way into his mind and violently rejected the touch even when he knew where it was coming from. But he needn't have bothered with his weak mental blocks, for Carl was flinching back already having sensed the agony he was in. Carl was speaking and the sound of his voice stabbed thorns into his heart, he couldn't speak not because he had nothing he wanted to say but because in that moment the emotions he normally has such good control over had managed to roll up his throat. The blonde had mentioned something about being shot and Boba glanced down at himself, but as he did so the blonde was suddenly shaking his head like it didn't matter, saying he was leaving. Fighting back the pain, the emotions Boba took a half step forwards extending a hand saying"Carl... Wait..."

    But then what? What was he after? What was he expecting? It was obvious now from the way the blonde had stared at him, from the way he'd spoken, Carl had no idea who he was, he was new to Pandora with no memories from before and though it hurt, seared even, perhaps it was better this way, safer for the man he'd once called friend. His hand fell and he halted, before he spoke again"They didn't get you right? You are unhurt?" He had to make sure, then he would make himself take a step back, let Carl live his life, watch from the shadows, protect him without him knowing, help him without influencing the man to destroy his life like he himself had. But first he needed to know that Carl was in one piece, that he was as happy as a man could be in Pandora, ripped away from all they knew.
     
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  7. Carl Jenkins

    Carl Jenkins Roughneck: Starship Trooper Chronicles

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    It bothered him hearing Fett, veiled with such sadness, to use his first name so informally. The use was reserved for close friends and family members, neither of which the man held claims to. Jenkins hoped to stick to his convictions, but the more he thought about it the more his doubts ate at him. And from that budded unfounded guilt because how could he not reciprocate the same level of care and familiarity? Were it not for Jenkins’s reserved longing to feel whole, to desperately fill that which had been lost, he would have turned and left. Yet, with wariness etched on his face and the sanctity of self-preservation broken, the young man stayed.

    To be honest, the conflict left him a bit shaken and tired, he’d never been shot at before by other people. Not purposefully to kill him anyway. Jenkins though wasn’t the kind of person to admit such things, especially not to a stranger in some back alley, so he didn’t waste either of their time. “I’m unharmed.” His answers remained short, not only to mimic Fett’s own brief words but it also left no room for the appearance of uncertainty.

    Unlike Fett he did not move, not towards or away, Jenkins remained firmly in place. The focus of injuries went back to the older man since they were the only injured body between the two of them. “You’re hurt. You probably have better means to treat yourself than I do.” A name might have been the suitable place to start, but it probably wouldn’t have meant anything to him. The fact that Fett didn’t even bother to show their face, a somewhat unofficial protocol among troopers since the whole shapeshifting incident, said a few other things. Between the moments when either of them spoke Jenkins kept a distant stare, looking across at the other man without really seeing. He was analyzing the scattered feelings pulled out of Fett’s head. Pain predominated, he could practically feel it himself, although digging deeper he sensed there was more than just the pain from physical injuries.

    Their connection lasted barely a few seconds so there was little to go on but he could sense it. The grief, the agony, the longing. Like a catalyst, reading into Fett’s feelings only intensified Carl's own. ”What do you want from me?” This time the words wavered, pained, and struggled to escape past his lips. His resolve to see this through began to deteriorate as he took a few cautious steps away from Fett. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the luxury of a helmet to hide away his feelings.
     
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  8. Boba Fett

    Boba Fett Star Wars

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    Age:
    40's
    Alignment:
    True Neutral
    The way Carl stared at him continued to send icy daggers into the Mandalorian's chest and he wanted to bury these emotions deep, he wanted to go back to not caring but unluckily for him he knew that wouldn't be possible. But thankfully Carl was answering him now and Boba felt the tiniest trickle of relief at his answer despite how he hated the detached tone to the other man's voice. But then the man was bringing up Boba's own pain and the Mandalorian glanced down at himself once again, for a moment seeking the injury that Carl mentioned before through his swirling thoughts he came to realise Carl had picked up on the cell degradation. The was no cure for that, not yet, but Anna and he were working on it, he swallowed before saying"Don't worry about it Jenkins... Its nothing..."

    The lie sounded true but they both new it for what it was but before Boba could say anything else there was the feeling of someone digging through his head returned and again Boba could not help but violently reject it. He felt sick suddenly, violated and naked before the man he'd once considered a friend, a son, a man who even now he wanted nothing more than too protect. Emotions broke through Carl's mask, his face seemed to be trembling, breaking and then the other man asked a question of him, the words he spoke making it impossible for the Mandalorian to withhold his own emotions. The agony of his illness now merged with the pain of his boiling emotions and Boba wondered if that feeling behind his eyes was going to boil over. But then he noticed Carl taking a step away from him and all he wanted to do was follow him, to hold him, to comfort him, emotions he'd not had in such a long time.

    He took another half steps forwards as briefly his thoughts drifted to the daughter he'd left behind so long ago before he forced that down to focus on the man before him, his heart pounding and he found himself swallowing again before he murmured"I don't... I don't..."He shook his helmeted head, trying to get himself under control again, unused to losing it before he said louder"I just wanted to make sure you were unhurt... It's important that-" He cut off again and then he was forcing himself to take a step backwards, away from Carl, then another before the Mandalorian made himself speak again"It's in the past... It's probably better this way..." He half started to turn away, feeling his emotions begin to crumble again as he did so and in this moment of weakness the sickness crawled through him, hitting him hard with a fresh wave of pain. Uncontrolled he staggered slightly, breathing hard and quickly a hand came out to clutch at the wall, which meant somehow he managed to stay standing.