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Discussion in 'Horizon' started by Wolfgang Bogdanow, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. Wolfgang Bogdanow

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    Feb 12th Year 7
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    Rumors had been floating around for months now. There was some sort of wishing well that could grant a person a wish. At first Wolfgang didn't pay any attention to it because rumors were rumors but at a certain point in December he had realized they were not rumors. Too many people were talking about it. Too many people professed knowing someone who had a wish granted. And suddenly Wolfgang had a reason to make a wish. There was one thing that was unsettled in his mind. One thing, one stress that he could not ease and never had been able to. So he was going to take care of that.

    It was just that he couldn't go alone. Where the place was supposed to be was dangerous and difficult to find. There were a bunch of different things jumbled in his mind and he knew that he needed to find it. He knew that he wouldn't be able to do this alone. So he had asked Jaesa to come along. Perhaps not many men would ask their girlfriend to come along and help them but Wolfgang was a little different and Jaesa was certainly no ordinary girlfriend.

    Besides his wish was something personal. Something he didn't want anyone to really know about except for possibly Jaesa. Wolfgang didn't know what situation he was walking into. He didn't know if he had to yell his wish or whisper it. Didn't know if it would cause him to do something in return or anything else. So bring her was a safety measure as well as a sign of trust. Wolfgang trusted Jaesa with this one thing he couldn't get off his mind even if he hadn't exactly spoken about it either.

    Jaesa had thankfully agreed. Apparently the wishing well was difficult to find unless you were on foot so that cut the ship out. Instead they had agreed to take a trip together, almost like a hiking adventure, and had packed up some gear before taking the portal over to Horizon. They were now standing on the edge of the the town looking out in the general direction of where the well was supposed to be. Wolfgang adjusted his backpack and then offered Jaesa a bit of a smile. "Ready?" He knew she was. But this was something important to Wolfgang and he felt the need to double check before they headed out.

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    It had taken some time to arrange enough days off and all the other logistics required, but eventually, Jaesa and Wolfgang had set off for Horizon on this quest of theirs to find the wishing waters in the desert. The rumours had continued circling about Pandora in the two months since her boyfriend had suggested it, and after a colleague had suddenly quit the SUF after coming into a million pouds, she had started to wonder if just maybe, people were actually not talking garbage. Maybe it really was real.

    She tried not to think about whether or not their goal lay at the end of their journey, and instead focused on it as a simple trip as a couple. Their first one, unless space was counted.

    In Horizon, they had stocked up on everything they'd need, until both of them were laden with heavy backpacks full of water, food and camping equipment. Mostly water. That was the most important part. There was warm clothing too, for the freezing cold nights, because she had no idea how long they'd be out there. Couple of nights. Maybe a whole week. They had a map, too, that had a rough estimation of the route needed to be taken to reach the waters.

    Lifting her hands to tie her hair back in a bun, to keep the long strands off the back of her neck, Jaesa eyed the exit to the gorge Horizon sat in, where the sand rose to meet the desert. It wasn't as hot as she remembered it being on Tatooine, but it wasn't far off. Already she felt sweat sliding down her tanned skin. Man, she hated deserts.

    "Ready," she said with a nod. She already knew they had enough stuff. She'd triple-checked their inventory that day, and then checked some more, determined to make sure they had enough of what they'd need. She knew just how lethal deserts could be to the unprepared, after all. "Let's go." Then she led the way out of the gorge, and out into the dunes.


     
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    All Wolfgang had to do was follow Jaesa through this. She was far more experienced than he was at... any of this. In fact, it would be very similar to how it was in space. She would give the orders and he would obey them, like any good crew member. He could carry a good amount of gear and he wasn't about to be a wilting flower in the heat. He did pack sunscreen though because that was going to be needed no matter how this situation turned out. For better or worse, Wolfgang needed sunscreen.

    Let's go. He flashed her another smile as they set out from Horizon. There were a couple of different sets of directions they had been given by people who seemed to think they knew someone who had found the wishing well. Most of them were in one direction, so they started to head out in that general direction. Wolfgang figured that it was the best chance to find the thing and Jaesa seemed to agree.

    Of course Wolfgang didn't fully understand what he was getting himself into. He didn't fully understand the long hikes and working through the sand. It wasn't an easy thing to do and they spent a good portion of the first day just chugging along and referring to the map. He felt dirty, drimy, sweaty, and dried out all at the same time. At least he hadn't gotten a sunburn because of the sunscreen. Small blessings.

    Setting up camp was something that Wolfgang also didn't know how to do. This was what he got for living in a city his entire life. "How many times have you done this before?" It was obvious that Jaesa knew what she was doing, just as she did when she was flying her ship, but that was minor details to him. He just felt like actually having a conversation after spending all day trekking through sand. Wolfgang was starting to think that he hated sand.
     
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    Jaesa was silent for much of the time that they pushed their way through the dunes, her focus on the map in her hands and trying not to remember too much about the last time she'd been out here in the desert, how she'd stumbled across the sands with no water, skin and lips blistering from the heat. It had been a torture of a different kind to the others she had suffered in the past. But at least this time out on the sand was different. For one thing, they had so much water the packs were almost difficult to carry.

    As the sun began to set and the temperature started dropping, they halted and set up camp. Jaesa directed Wolfgang in his attempts to help her set up the tent and the camping stove to sort out food for dinner. She could have done it all herself - and there had been plenty of times she'd had to, back home, as Master Karr spent the time meditating - but then Wolfgang would probably have felt useless hanging around and doing nothing, so she gave him things to do to help out.

    Once the little stove was on and some food was cooking, Jaesa pulled their jackets out of their packs and tossed Wolfgang's over to him. "You'd be surprised how cold it gets in the desert," she explained, pulling her own jacket on. Already the temperature had chilled a fair amount, and it was only dropping further, starting to feel more like Pandora Town in the depths of winter.

    How many times, he asked. She made a thoughtful noise, looking up at the darkening sky as she thought about it. "A lot," she said finally, shrugging her shoulders. "I spent a few years living as far from civilisation on a desert planet as you could get, so going anywhere for supplies was a trek and a half. And I spent most of my years with my other Master travelling." They'd never spent much time at the Jedi Temple on Tython - very little, actually, since Karr had insisted on keeping her existence a secret for much of her time as his padawan. Most of their time had been spent on the move.


     
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    He had heard that before. Had seen it on a few different movies and tv shows. Like it was supposed to be some big secret. Wolfgang knew he couldn't take everything at face value from a screen in that manner but it had seemed common enough to hold some merit. So he wasn't surprised when Jaesa brought it up. She was basically confirming his own gut hunch on the matter. A smile flicked on his lips all the same though and he nodded, still glad that she was here. There was a lot that she would know that Wolfgang wouldn't, that much was certain.

    Wolfgang pulled on the jacket without too much fuss. Cold was something he was much better at than warm. Heat just left Wolfgang feeling gross. He would prefer Berlin over a great many other places. Pandora in the summer could be warmer than it needed to be, in his opinion. But the thief was smiling as his girlfriend started in on the number of years she had lived in such conditions. Really it sounded like another version of hell to Wolfgang so he didn't want to think about himself in such a situation too much.

    It did sound like she had dealt with a lot of this though. The perfect person to bring along. "So you're the pro at this as well?" Wolfgang was teasing her just a little bit. Keeping his mind on this instead of finding the well since they were supposed to actually rest that night. The two of them would need every last bit of energy into traveling the next day and Wolfgang was far too tired after today. There were parts of him that were sore that had never been sore before.

    "Were you searching for something then?" That was really the only reason they were out here past Horizon. Wolfgang couldn't imagine anyone living like this for a different reason. Even as he settled his half the gear in place for the night and rolled out a sleeping bag to sit on. Why would anyone do this unless they felt they had to?
     
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    She grinned a little at his teasing, ducking her head at the compliment behind it. "Could say that," she said with a small laugh, leaning forward to move the food in the little pan so it wouldn't burn. She wouldn't really have considered herself a pro, but then she wouldn't have said so about anything. Not camping, not flying, not combat. She was good at a lot of things, but pro? That was probably a stretch.

    "Not all the time." Much of the last year or so as Karr's padawan had been spent searching, gaining access to as many people in high-up, official positions on varying Republic and neutral planets as Karr could manage, in the hopes Jaesa could root out Imperial spies among them. She'd found two by the time she'd come to Pandora.

    But before that? Their travelling hadn't been so much to do with searching as Nomen Karr keeping his prize padawan safe from Imperial eyes and ears. Keeping on the move had been a security measure. "My Master wasn't one to stay in the Temple. He liked to travel, and as his padawan, I had to go with him."

    It wasn't strictly true, but Jaesa didn't want to lower the mood with mention of anything negative. It wouldn't be the first time she'd twisted words and omitted truth to avoid mentioning some of the worse elements of her past. Not particularly a good thing, but Jaesa tended to do it without even thinking now. Besides, she hadn't really been telling untruths either. Karr never had liked being stuck at the Temple.

    Pulling out a couple of paper plates from their packs, Jaesa split the sausages and bacon between them and handed one of the plates over to Wolfgang along with a small plastic fork. "Did you never go camping when you were younger?" she asked, starting to dig in to her own meal.


     
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    To Wolfgang, Jaesa was a pro at plenty of things. She was badass and effortlessly cool. Attractive and cute. A thousand different things that stood out and blended in with the rest of who she was. The woman he loved. Which was something that had been weighing on him more and more since he had given her the phone for Christmas. Coming to the conclusion that he needed to tell her that he loved her and soon. It wasn't right that he was keeping it bottled in and the tension from discovering his own emotions had eased greatly. Now it was just time to say something.

    But he couldn't. He wasn't ready. Almost, but not quite there and Wolfgang didn't want to retract from what they were concentrated on to say those things. It was almost as if he couldn't work on two emotional things at once and for the moment he needed to concentrate on this wishing well. On making sure that Felix was alright. Wolfgang didn't even know if Pandora could even do what he was going to wish for. Though it was clear that the place could reach outside of itself to drag people in.

    Did he want Felix here? Yes and no. In a way, Felix might have been happy here in the same sort of way that Wolfgang was happy here. But he was less prepared for such a change in lifestyle and Felix was not Wolfgang in that sense. He still had people back home. He still had his own family and his own life. Wolfgang had taken care of most of the problems his friend would have had. Felix still had a chance to be a normal person. So no, Wolfgang didn't want him here. But he did miss his friend.

    "No, I never went camping. My father..." Wolfgang trailed off for a second, tensing around the word. He had trouble regarding his relationship with his father and it was always difficult to speak about. "He wasn't that sort of person and I wasn't allowed out of the city without family." Which was decently normal. Wolfgang had roamed a lot as a kid but there had always been a leash attached. The mafia wasn't about to let anyone out of their grip.

    He dug into the food that Jaesa had offered, making a mental note that he would be doing all the clean up afterwards. "Never been any place but Berlin, actually." That had been home but it also wasn't home. Everything was complicated in that direction and Wolfgang didn't know how to talk about that either. It was all just... emotionally difficult. "What was the temple like?" Maybe he could get her to talk about her life instead. Some of the happier portions, hopefully.
     
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    Jaesa nodded along as he mentioned that he hadn't been allowed to go anywhere without his family. Maybe to someone else that might have seemed overly restrictive, but Jaesa had spent all those years as a padawan kept on a very tight leash, never really allowed very far from her Master's sight. She'd tried not to let it grate at her at the time, knowing that it was for her safety. Besides, even if she'd had to stay ridiculously close to him, she'd gone to see so many places she'd never thought to.

    When he mentioned Berlin, she wanted to ask him what it was like. Their pasts were topics that neither broached very often, if ever, and there was just as much she still didn't know about his life before Pandora as he didn't know about hers. Even after a year of their relationship. In fact, it would be their first anniversary in two days. Dared she make any kind of mention of such a thing?

    Frustratingly, she wasn't sure it was a good idea. She never knew what was a good idea to bring up around him. One thing she knew wouldn't be would be asking him about where he had grown up, so she focused on his question instead. It wasn't the kind of question she liked being asked all that much, since anything that focused too much on the Jedi gave her a bitter feeling in her stomach, but she didn't mind.

    "I only went there a handful of times," she admitted with another shrug, clearing her plate and then setting it aside on the tarp they'd laid the campsite out on before grabbing her water bottle and taking a swig from it. "It was massive, but elegant. The main rooms were all circular, and the most notable feature was this..." She shifted her hands as though trying to shape it in front of her, trying to remember the details, "...huge floating monument, shaped like a dodecahedron. It was a beautiful place. Peaceful. Felt like everyone and everything there had a purpose."


     
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    Overly restrictive maybe, but there had been safety reasons as well. Mafia members didn't get successful without making a lot of enemies along the way. Family members could be valuable targets for rival groups. Besides his father had never exactly been the best father in the world. Not even close. That was something he didn't want to talk about. He didn't want to think about it either. Too many bad memories and he didn't want to concentrate on the bad right then. He wanted nothing more than to think about this wishing well and being with Jaesa.

    This wonderful woman who had made his life better in so many ways. That made him want to be better. That helped him and supported him, even if he wasn't the easiest person in the world to be with or around. Even with the emotional baggage and the way his mood and anxiety had over taken him a few times. Sure, she had had trouble at the start of their relationship. He had helped her out a lot in the beginning but that had just been the right thing to do at the time. Wolfgang had a weird set of rules for himself and he hadn't once thought that the dark haired woman had owed him anything for his help.

    She had acted the same though, when he had gone through his depressive states, and he knew she hadn't expected anything in return. Jaesa was... he loved her. That was the only way to put it. And he loved it when she talked about all those cool, amazing things that were from her world. The places, her ship, even that hilarious stupid droid that she had lurking about said ship now. He couldn't help but wonder what kind of person he would have been in her universe. Of course Wolfgang likened himself to a Han Solo sort of person but who knew what life would have done to him. For all Wolfgang knew he could have been born in the Empire and they could have been enemies instead of dating. Or maybe both. That might have been hot.

    So he smiled as she talked and tried to imagine what it might have looked like. "Sounds nice." Peaceful even, not that Wolfgang had had a lot of that in his life. "What's a dodecahedron?" He was smart in his own way but Wolfgang had no idea what she was talking about with that one. Instead he just took another bite at her and kept on smiling, trying to goad her into talking more to fill the silence with her voice. That was peaceful to him.
     
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    It would have been interesting, if Wolfgang had come from her world and they had met there. It was a fascinating question of what would have happened if they had met in her world, when she was a padawan kept on an unusually tight leash by her Jedi Master.

    Would there have been feelings like there were in Pandora? In Pandora she had already been introduced to the concept of love and sex by her former Master, however unhealthily; back home, she'd not had a clue. She supposed even if someone had turned up to catch Padawan Jaesa's eye, Master Karr would have wasted no time in putting a stop in it. Probably by warning Wolfgang off. Severely.

    "It was. I would have liked to have spent as much time as padawans typically do there," she said. They were supposed to spend more time at the Temple learning than they did out in the field, at least until they were closer to their trials. "But my Master never liked it there." That was at least the truth. Her Master had been controversial among the Jedi at best, from what little he'd really told her about himself. He'd not often spoken favourably about the Council either, especially not when they had doubted her abilities.

    "It's like a block with twelve different sides," she said with a small smile when he asked what a dodecahedron was. "Have you ever seen a die with twelve sides?" During nights she'd go drinking, with and without him, there'd be dice games, very occasionally using a die like that. "The monument was pretty much just a really huge one of those."

    "We should clear this stuff up and then get to sleep," she said with a yawn, gesturing at the plates and the little pan still on top of the switched-off camping stove. "We'll want to set off early tomorrow." Easy for her, since she always got up early unless she'd had a particularly bad night of drinking before. Less easy for him.


     
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    Her life wasn't common even among the Jedi, apparently. Not that Wolfgang thought he knew everything about that world. He only knew bits and pieces. The last time he had watched Star Wars was a few years back before Pandora and he had been higher than hell while he was watching it. That was another thing that had changed since he had come here. No more drugs. Less drinking since he had met Jaesa. Not a bit of crime or stealing or anything of that nature. He even got in fights less.

    Was he growing as a person or was he maturing? Wolfgang certainly didn't know and that was awkward enough to think about that he just sort of slid his thoughts in a totally different direction quickly enough. Back onto the topic at hand which was the things that Jaesa was describing. Nodding when she asked if he had seen a twelve sided die. While he was not a player, Wolfgang knew that was something that was used in D&D.

    It wasn't too difficult for him to imagine what his girlfriend was describing. Even if it did look a little silly in his mind with all the numbers etched onto the sides. Probably not what she meant though. But she was right, it was time to clean up and get some rest. "You cooked. I got this." He picked up the plates and went to clean everything up and get ready for bed.

    He slept soundly curled up in his sleeping bag. He woke up and it was just starting to warm up. The sun was rising over the edge and he knew that he would be roasting soon enough. A glance in Jaesa's direction confirmed that she was awake as well and the two soon geared up for another trek though the sand. He hated this but it wasn't the worst thing in the world. Not really.

    "How far did we get yesterday?" Maybe he could use that as a gauge as to how they were traveling. Jaesa was the one with the map. He was literally just following along and being a mule during the day. All he was really good for but that was alright. He was fine with that.
     
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    She smiled when he said he'd clear up, taking the plates before she could even reach out to do so. "Thanks," she said, stretching where she sat before she got ready for bed.

    The tent was small, with just enough space for both of their sleeping bags, but at least it sort of kept all the dust and sand away from them as they slept. Also kept off the sunlight as it started creeping up over the horizon, quickly warming the air around them and the ground below the tarp.

    As usual, Jaesa was awake before Wolfgang, and had already dressed - an awkward task in the tiny tent - and was rolling up and packing away her sleeping bag when her boyfriend stirred and awoke. "Good morning," she said warmly, tying the rolled up sleeping bag to where it hung snugly just below her pack. "How'd you sleep?" The sleeping bags were expensively padded, to make sure they had some comfort in the middle of the desert, but that still didn't change the fact that the ground wasn't very comfortable beneath them. And even though the nights were cold, it had started getting hot again while he was still asleep.

    It didn't take long before Wolfgang's sleeping bag, the tent, tarp and stove were also all packed away, split between their packs, and they set off across the desert leaving nothing but disturbed sand to say they'd even been there in the first place. Jaesa had the map in hand again, though truth be told it wasn't very helpful. There weren't exactly many landmarks in the desert, after all, although.....

    She spotted a ruin peeking out over the edge of a dune on the horizon, one they'd clearly missed the night before, and examined the map. "Over halfway," she said, after peering at the paper and making a thoughtful noise. "If we move as fast as we did yesterday we'll reach the lake tonight."

    If nothing went wrong, of course.


     
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    How she had dressed in the tent while he was still asleep, Wolfgang didn't know. He really wouldn't have been able to pull it off but he was certain he had missed a bit of a show all the same. He liked watching her move. Liked watching her when she wasn't dressed. Though that might have also delayed them from getting an early start towards the wishing well. Bringing your hot girlfriend on a trip could be fun in and of itself.

    "Pretty good." Like a rock, really. Wolfgang wasn't as rested as he would have been had he slept in a bed but this was hardly the first night he had slept on the ground. He was barely sore though he had to admit he would have liked a bed. Not exactly the easiest thing to drag around in the desert though. The two of them didn't waste anymore time and everything was quickly packed away. Tucked back into the bags they were hauling around and the couple set off in the direction the map pointed to.

    It was encouraging that they had made a lot of distance the day before. They would still probably spend another night or two out in the desert but that was alright. He had booked the week off at work so he didn't have to worry. And if they couldn't find it in a week... well, Wolfgang wasn't sure he'd be able to spend more time than that out in the sand.

    "Sounds like a plan." He smirked slightly before adjusting the straps on his pack and moving to follow along. He didn't even think about anything going wrong because what could happen out in a desert? Perhaps he was too relaxed. Too set on his goal. He felt oddly calm now that they were searching for it and Wolfgang knew that the calm was actually something that went deeper than the surface. Which was nice.

    Everything went along well until Wolfgang heard the sound of something over the next rise. The sound of a gun loading? What the hell?
     
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    It had been awkward, but she had just about managed to dress in the tent without waking him. It helped that it was always somewhat difficult to wake up when he was sleeping near her, and that she was very good at moving quietly. It was probably a good thing that she'd already dressed by the time he woke up, because any distractions would have just become really uncomfortable with the desert heat quickly returning. Already, sweat was running down her back, and she was accustomed to deserts.

    She hoped that they'd reach the lake that evening. As used to the desert as she was, that didn't mean she liked it, and although they'd brought along plenty of water, there was still a limit, and she didn't know if the Wishing Waters were actually drinkable, and if they weren't, whether there'd be anything set up there for the pilgrims who reached it to refill their bottles. If 'neither' was the answer and they didn't reach the lake quickly, they'd be at risk of running out of water entirely.

    They'd been walking for an hour or so with the occasional casual conversation when the ruins she'd used to estimate the distance left to go came up on their left, just over the next rise, dusty and half-crumbled stone walls peeking above the sand. It was from those ruins that Jaesa caught the same sound that Wolfgang did. A gun being loaded. More than one.

    Jaesa slowed, though she didn't stop. She kept going above the rise, reasonably cautious but also not afraid. There was very little that could scare her; very little she couldn't deal with, even without Wolfgang with her. Still, she wasn't stupid, so she didn't race over the rise to see what threat awaited them.

    The ruins threw shade out in dark slanted lines and it was from this shade that the figures appeared; what looked like three men and two women, dressed in clothes of sandy yellow and brown, rising from what looked like a long-term camp that had been set up in the shade of the ruins. All five of them had guns, and all five guns were pointed at them.

    "Drop the packs," one of the men, larger and wider than the others, said, in an almost disarmingly calm voice. "Niiiice and slow."


     
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    Wolfgang glanced at Jaesa for a second after he had heard the gun load. There were other similar sounds. More than a couple of people were on the other side waiting for them. He did walk half a pace behind Jaesa and to the side. Wolfgang wasn't useless at fighting. He had a brawler's style and he was a little more reckless than the average person was supposed to be in a fight, but he was decent enough that he could manage to swing through a number of fights without getting hurt too badly. But he wasn't an idiot. Jaesa had a better chance of reacting and handling a problem without the thief getting in the way. Just another one of those things that was incredible about her.

    Five men. Five guns. Wolfgang knew he probably should have brought a gun but it also seemed like a stupid idea to drag more things with them when the trip wasn't supposed to be that long. Wolfgang didn't think they would run into anyone out here and that had probably been a little naive of him. Funny, he wasn't normally that naive about anything. The blond listened to them though, understanding that his best role right now would be distraction if nothing else.

    So Wolfgang slid his pack off his shoulders and let it drop onto the sand just slightly behind him, not bending down to make sure it dropped softly. These men were after their things. Whether or not they were going to be alive afterwards was a different matter. It could go a bunch of different ways and the nicest thing the bandits could do was steal all their stuff and let them go. Then it would be a little bit of a day journey back to town and the two of them would be able to survive that.

    At least, if they were normal. Correction, if his girlfriend was normal. Wolfgang just smiled and decided to turn their attention towards himself in the best way possible: by pissing them off. The blond unhooked the canteen on his hip and smirked at them, looking every bit as comfortable standing there as he did at work. That lazy confidence that made it seem like he wasn't going to be a problem at all when the reverse was true. He uncapped it and started chugging. Water had to be one of the things they were after and no way in hell would Wolfgang have given it to them anyways. Of course the guns turned towards him at that moment and one of the men started yelling. Wolfgang just kept on drinking, giving Jaesa the room to start swinging for the both of them.
     
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    Jaesa eyed the five guns pointed towards them. Following Wolfgang's lead, she slid her pack off her shoulders as well, also dropping it behind her. Not because she had any intention of giving them what they wanted, but because moving would be a hell of a lot easier without a heavy pack weighing her down. She glanced sideways at Wolfgang as he took his canteen of water in hand and started drinking.

    She knew what he was doing, of course. Distracting them, pulling their attention onto him and trusting that she would deal with the situation before any harm came to him. He was unarmed, after all, and although she knew how well he could fight in close quarters, getting into those close quarters would be difficult with those five guns pointed at them. So until the guns were out of the picture, dealing with them was down to Jaesa.

    Her right hip felt too light without her saberstaff hilt there. Like Wolfgang, she'd opted to leave her weapon behind, not wanting to bring too much. She'd been loathe to leave the saberstaff, very rarely ever doing so, but being almost twice as long as a standard lightsaber hilt, it was also heavier. Besides... she didn't need it, not really. She preferred to use the Force in fights that weren't to the death, because it was so easy to kill with a lightsaber. She tried not to do that unless she had absolutely no other choice, because she knew there was a part of her that always wanted to, and she could never listen to that.

    As Wolfgang no doubt planned it, all five guns swivelled onto him as he chugged the water, and the man who'd spoken already started yelling for him to stop, to cap the water again and set it aside. If he didn't, the bandit leader yelled, they'd shoot.

    She knew her boyfriend wasn't going to stop when it was clearly pissing them off, so that was her queue. She lifted a hand, and through the Force she sent all five of them sailing backwards, two of them crashing into a lopsided and crumbling pillar, and the other three landing heavily on their backs in the sand and sliding along several feet. All five guns went flying, clattering onto pockmarked and sandy flagstones or thumping into the dunes.

    "Let us pass," she called firmly. "And I won't do worse." Despite the guns they'd had pointed at them, Jaesa considered mercy the best option. She had to provide mercy, because otherwise she was no better than the woman she'd once been. It was just a matter of silencing that part of her that wanted to make them suffer for daring to confront her and Wolfgang.

    Most of the bandits didn't seem sure what to do, looking to the leader. But another had scurried to his weapon, snatching it up in a frenzied panic. A second later, the crack of a gunshot rang through the air.


     
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    Just like clockwork all the guns pointed in his direction. Wolfgang had to admit that having guns pointed at you was normally a thing that should scare you, but there wasn't a bit of fear in him. The thief had utter faith in his girlfriend and he often was calm in situations were others would be terrified. It was his upbringing, the way he had been raised by his father, and he didn't fear death or pain. All of that was just a part of life and it would happen to him one day, so Wolfgang chose to live his life how he wanted. If he died, then he died. But Jaesa wouldn't and she would certainly kill all five of them if that was the case.

    One of the bandits started to yell at him. Telling him to stop what he was doing and put the canteen aside. Wolfgang didn't even bat an eyelash as he continued to drink. Though drinking so much water so quickly was probably going to give him a stomach ache later on if he managed to live through this. Wolfgang made eye contact with the one who was yelling, feeling like he was about halfway through the canteen at that point, and just kept on chugging. Not the worst thing he had ever done in his life but it was probably for the best that he wasn't chugging vodka out in the middle of the desert.

    Oneshot got off while Jaesa was handling the situation. Throwing things around with that power of hers and making calm threats.. The shot rang past him, grazing his left bicep. It left a bloody line through his shirt and flesh but it really wasn't more than a sting to Wolfgang. He stopped drinking at that point, taking the time to reseal the cap while his dark haired girlfriend was still in control. It was nice to watch her work, watch her move, and the burn along his arm was secondary to everything else.

    "I wouldn't do that again if I were you." Wolfgang looked at the man who had shot nice and calm, even as the leader of the bandits grabbed the gun away from the other man and stared at them hard. "You can also forgo your weapons. Toss 'em." Weapons might not have been needed for most travelers in the area but Wolfgang didn't want this group to have an edge if they decided to circle around to catch them unawares. He was thinking of taking one or two for himself and ruining the rest, because that would also delay them robbing anyone else in the area. Hopefully.
     
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    She sensed the flash of pain through Wolfgang that spoke of the shot making a mark, but a quick sideways glance told her that he didn't seem bothered at all by the rivulets of blood running down his arm under his shirt. She'd look at it once the bandits were taken care of, but for now he'd be fine.

    Faced with Wolfgang's demand and the sheer ease with which Jaesa had thrown all five of them backwards through the air (because if she could do that so easily, what else could she do, after all?), the group of bandits didn't waste much time in collecting their guns and tossing them across the sand towards her boyfriend.

    "You can leave the camp, too," Jaesa added, gesturing at all the things set up in the shade of the ruined temple. "Go back to Horizon and turn yourselves in or wander the desert and die, it's all the same to me. Just leave the camp."

    "Are you fucking kidding me? We'll die before we even get to the town!"

    Jaesa turned her dark eyes on the leader who'd spoken. "You get one water bottle each," she said, before she smiled. "Make them last, and maybe in the future, you won't be so quick to prey on travellers."

    The bandits all gaped at her, mouths working. She strode towards the camp, unconcerned, and as she passed the leader, he snarled, cursing under his breath as his hand went to the back of his belt. A second later there was a flash of steel and he'd lunged at her, knife in hand.

    Tried to, anyway. At the height of his lunge, he suddenly stopped, hanging in the air as she stood looking up at him, hand held forward. There was a little exertion on his throat, enough to make him gasp for breath, before she waved her hand and sent him flying again, slamming against one of the columns so hard that it finally gave way under this new onslaught, crumbling to the ground. "I said, leave the damn camp."

    Snatching one water bottle each, the bandits all ran off across the sand, including the winded and limping leader. Once they were out of sight, Jaesa waved Wolfgang towards the shade of the camp. "We can take as much of this as we can carry in our packs," she said. "Can never have too many supplies. But first," she smiled, pointing at a piece of crumbled stone that would serve as a seat. "I should take a look at that wound."


     
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    Wolfgang had had much worse. He had grown up being beaten. He had been through plenty of fights and had almost died a couple of times. It wasn't like he avoided fights, he was a bouncer here in Pandora, and the blond didn't mind the burn of pain along his arm. It really wasn't that big of a deal for him. Instead Wolfgang watched the bandits completely, his gaze not sliding to Jaesa once, because he knew that she was more than capable of taking care of herself. Watching the bandits was part of keeping himself from being too much of a target at this point. So she'd be able to handle what she needed to if someone did something wonky.

    But the bandits seemed to be regular people like Wolfgang. They didn't have anything hidden up their sleeves. Probably for the best. The bandits were actually not as stupid as they first seemed because they threw down their weapons and didn't make any effort to take them back. Wolfgang moved forward and picked up a pistol that seemed like the majority that he had used over his lifetime and then he picked up a slightly large gun to strap over his shoulder. His arm hurt just a touch while he moved but again, it was minor.

    We'll die before we even get to the town! Wolfgang didn't think so. Making it a day without water wouldn't kill them but Jaesa seemed to think different because she decided to give them one water bottle each. She was nicer than the thief would have been. There were plenty of things that could still go wrong and Wolfgang was amused with the thought of that. She was trying to teach the bandits a bit of a lesson. Wolfgang doubted that he would be able to do the same.

    She was firm on what she wanted and soon enough the bandits were running off with their one water bottle each. His blue eyes watched them run before turning to his girlfriend as she started in about his wound. "Alright." She was right about the supplies even if the map suggested that the well was close enough to get by on what they had. After what had just happened, Wolfgang wasn't going to argue about supplies nor about her taking a look at his arm.

    Instead he pulled the gun off of him and stripped off his shirt so it wouldn't get in the way. He took a seat on a bit of their gear and waited for Jaesa to do her thing. They could move along to the well after this easily enough.
     
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    She really was making a conscious decision to be merciful in the situation even where a lack of it might have been justified. Once, she would have just killed them all without hesitation and left their bodies to mummify in the dry heat of the desert. Once, she would have made those deaths particularly unpleasant as punishment for their transgressions. And she would have been lying if she denied there were still desires, deep down, to do just that. To leave them screaming for mercy and then deny it to them.

    But that was the kind of person someone else had made of her, and in these situations, she tried to do the exact opposite of what those deeply hidden desires wanted to do. In this case, provide these fools with water to give them a better chance in the desert. Of course, if they got lost then one water bottle each wouldn't help them and they'd probably resort to killing each other so the winner would get all the water, but Jaesa could hardly bring herself to care about that.

    When he'd taken a seat, stripping off his shirt so that she could look at his arm better, she reached into her pack and took out the first aid kit - because really, what kind of former desert dweller would ever go back into this environment without one of these? - and then removed a small bottle of alcohol and some gauze to clean the wound with.

    Wetting the gauze with the alcohol, the sharp tang of the chemicals hitting her nose, she settled herself next to him to clean the wound. It was a shallow graze, but out here in the dry, dusty wilderness, it wasn't a good idea to be left with even a small uncleaned and unbandaged injury. There were plenty of complications that could happen with even a shallow bullet graze, and out here with no real medical aid, it was best not to take chances.

    "It's a good job it's so hot," she said quietly, in a teasing tone, as she dabbed at the wound, lifting her eyes with a smirk to his eyes before her gaze drifted across his bare chest and her smirk widened a little. "Or I'd want to delay our arrival at this lake further." It was hard not to want to do such things when he so casually pulled his shirt off around her. It was a very nice sight, after all.

    With the cleaning done, Jaesa pulled out a needle and thread. She wasn't great with suturing. In fact, pretty much all her experience came from stitching up Wolfgang's wounds for him, but she was neat and efficient in her work, just like she tended to be with everything. Adopting a look of concentration that furrowed her brow slightly, Jaesa set about stitching the wound closed.


     
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