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Discussion in 'Pandora Town' started by Rey, Feb 3, 2018.

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    10th February
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    Pandora Town had finally come into view as the sun was setting. Rey had stayed looking at the view a while too long; she'd never seen anything quite like it. Horizon had been small, like the main region of Jakku but less developed. However, Pandora Town was like nothing she'd ever seen before. She was so impressed by its size and the scale of everything. As she'd walked into he town, she'd practically walked around with her mouth open, gawping at everything she had encountered as she'd walked along the street.

    There were so many people here! Rey was used to seeing people of all shapes and sizes, but not in this kind of quantity. This was fantastic! There was an excitement there which Rey had not felt in some time. She wanted to see everything and explore all these different alleyways, but it would have to wait until it was light. Anyway, she had not come for the sightseeing, she had come to find Ben. She had a promise to keep and she was as determined as ever to stick to it. After spending time alone in Horizon and finding worrying parallels to her life back on Jakku, she had decided to make a change and this was the only way she had figured she'd be able to start over.

    Rey felt like she stuck out. Everyone else here had a purpose or somewhere to be. She was just walking around like she'd found a Scavenger's paradise. This was better than when she'd found all those cores in one of the wreckage's out in the Jakku sands... A few people asked if she was okay, but she just said she was and rushed off to the next thing. Rey was clinging onto her bag of supplies, which had dwindled significantly. Her woolen cape which ended at her waist was drawn tight around her middle but it wasn't enough to keep out the cold wind.

    As she walked, she could feel something shift in the force. She closed her eyes for a moment, trying to feel what it was. It was like a pull of some sort, drawing her in one direction. Having nothing else to do, and no other plan, Rey followed the feeling until she was in a darker area of town, standing outside a rather large ship. She observed it for a moment curiously, with her head tilted to the side. It looked about the same size as the Falcon, if not bigger.

    As she was deciding what to do, she could feel someone approaching from behind. She turned in time to see three men approach her. Rey stepped back instinctively, but didn't reach for her lightsaber.

    "Looks like someone's lost." The one to the left said with a toothy grin,

    "Stay back." Rey warned, but still didn't grab for her lightsaber. She remembered what had happened the last time she did that. She didn't want a repeat of whatever that was. The first man made a grab for her, but she returned his punch and then kicked back at him hard in the chest, sending him backwards. The second grabbed hold of her and hoisted her up. Remembering her training, she used her weight and tried to hit back at him, then just simply bit him hard on his arm until he screamed and let her go. "I said stay back." Rey said, finally grabbing her lightsaber as she scarpered up off the floor, though she didn't ignite it just yet.
     
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    There wasn't long left to go before she and Wolfgang were due to make the trip into the desert, and truth be told, Jaesa was looking forward to it. The fact that he wanted to do anything for Valentine's was probably a good sign, even though trekking through desert to reach a pool of magical water seemed like an odd suggestion to her. She was cynical of the whole 'wish-granting' thing, despite the rumours she had heard, and hadn't put much if any effort into trying to decide what she would wish for. She was only looking forward to the trip because it meant time with Wolfgang.

    In fact, they were due to leave the next morning, before dawn - not that the time bothered her, she had been left with that Jedi discipline even despite the other changes in her life, and was nearly always up before dawn - and before she'd left work that afternoon, she'd cleared a week or so off with Vader. She didn't often take time off, so as far as she was concerned she was owed it.

    Jaesa headed to her ship as she had a tendency to do after work. She didn't spend much time in her apartment at all anymore. If she wasn't at Wolfgang's, she was normally on her own ship. It was just more... comfortable. A slice of home that didn't remind her of the horrors that she knew awaited her in her future if Pandora ever tossed her back.

    It wasn't long after she reached it and let herself in that she felt a presence through the Force. Strong, but unrefined, and making a beeline straight for her ship. Sitting up straight from where she'd been lounging on her couch with her holopad, Jaesa cocked her head a little, trying to work out if it was Kylo. She... doubted it. The strength she sensed was similar, but at least Kylo - while unpolished - had been trained. The presence she felt now was anything but.

    Biting back a sigh, Jaesa shook her head, and decided to ignore it. She didn't care if Force users decided to seek her out for whatever reason. Just because she had a professional relationship with Vader, a positive one with Obi-Wan, and one that at least no longer had them trying to kill each other with Kylo, didn't mean she inherently trusted any Force user who wandered her way. She wasn't particularly interested in who was out there, or why.

    At least, she wasn't until she heard a man screaming outside.

    She didn't even bother biting back the sigh that escaped her this time as she stood up, reaching out her hand so that her long saberstaff hilt zoomed into the air across the mess room and slapped against her palm. It didn't take long before she'd descended the stairwell down to the exit, the doors hissing open to a scene with one man clutching his arm, another clambering up from the ground to his feet and a third circling around to try and take a young woman by surprise.

    Jaesa's dark eyes fell on the woman, the source of what she could feel through the Force. She looked a few years younger than Jaesa, and she clutched a lightsaber hilt. A standard lightsaber, the hilt much shorter than Jaesa's own. It wasn't lit, and the ex-padawan's best guess was that she hadn't actually done anything with the Force against these men at all. Perhaps she didn't even know how, though that begged the question of how she'd got hold of a lightsaber at all. Jaesa hadn't been allowed one until Master Karr had deemed her trained enough to build one herself.

    She didn't say a word to the younger woman as she descended the ramp. She simply lifted the hand that wasn't holding her own hilt, palm facing outward, and sent all three men flying backwards several feet away from the girl.


     
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    Rey had found herself backed up by the men. She knew how easy it would be to lash out and go out against them but she somehow couldn't bring herself to do it. She didn't want a repeat of the other night, but they were coming awfully close and she was becoming acutely aware she'd have to do something soon. Rey inhaled quickly and could hear the ramp of the ship moving down, though she couldn't see who was descending.

    She watched the men be thrown backwards from her and her eyes set on the new woman who had walked down the ramp towards her. Her chest heaved all at once and her thumb moved back from the switch which would have activated her light saber. The men, looking between the two women, obviously thought better of their plight and turned on their heels, just about managing to get off the floor before scarpering.

    Rey had not been afraid; she'd learned to take attacks and how to defend long ago. Scavengers on Jakku had often tried to take advantage of her youth and stature, so she had learned quickly. However, here she had been more afraid of using her lightsaber. The other night's events were still playing on her mind, when the dark side had trickled unwelcome into her thoughts. That was the last time she'd spoken to Ben either, and she had been wondering if he'd been blocking her.

    Stepping forwards, Rey looked the woman up and down, releasing a breath she hadn't realised she'd been holding. "Thank you." She said, loud enough for the other woman to hear her. She could feel the force radiating from the woman, though it was different somehow to how she felt when Ben was around. It was strange how the force felt around different people. "You're a force user?" She said, remembering that was how Luke had referred to them once.
     
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    Jaesa's eyes flicked from the other woman to the three men as they all clambered to their feet from where she had thrown them with the Force. When they looked between the two women and then scarpered, Jaesa watched them go with a light of disappointment in her eyes. She knew the kind of men they were, and there wasn't much she enjoyed more than beating such ideas of power and dominance out of their small minds. It was wise that they had run. Disappointing, but wise.

    She stopped a few steps from the bottom of the ramp, returning her gaze to the younger woman as she thanked her. Her question brought the faintest dry curve to her smile - was she a Force user, really? - as she spun the hilt of her saberstaff idly in her hand.

    "Yes," she said simply. So was this other woman, clearly. She could feel it easily enough, though the woman gave no visible sign. She hadn't even used the Force to defend herself against those men. Jaesa couldn't even imagine not doing so. Or, she could. She would always bear the bullet scars of the last time she'd had to try and defend herself without the Force, when Phillip Blake had stripped it from her.

    Still spinning the hilt in her hand, Jaesa took a few steps down the ramp to the bottom, before looking the woman up and down. "Who are you?" she asked, a faint tone of suspicion to her otherwise mild voice. "What are you doing here?" It had been some time since a strange Force user had turned up practically at her door, after all.


     
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    Rey couldn't hide her disappointment that this woman was the source of the force which had pulled her half way across Pandora Town. She had hoped of course it would be Ben, but maybe she had been a little naive to expect it to be that easy. There was nothing to say that he even wanted her to find him. She'd try anyway, but right now her attention was taken by the woman in front of her. A force user with her own ship? It was impressive to the young scavenger.

    She'd never come across another force user outside Ben, Luke and Snoke; so this was an anomaly for Rey. She couldn't believe the ease with which the other woman had swept aside the men, like they were nothing more than air.

    Rey shifted a little, "I was looking for someone." She answered truthfully. "But the pull I felt brought me here instead." Rey wasn't all that experienced with the force or what she should call certain aspects of it. Was it a force pull? She had no idea. She had just expected this to be an extension of hers and Ben's force bond, but it appeared now that the force was as determined to put her in the path of other force users as it was to link her with Ben. "I'm Rey." She said, stepping forwards as she let her eyes drag up towards the impressive ship. "Is that yours?" She asked curiously, trying to get a grasp for what kind of ship it was, despite the darkness which the night had washed over the scene.
     
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    Looking for someone. Another Force user, clearly, if whatever she thought was taking her to this other person had brought her to Jaesa instead. Part of Jaesa was tempted to just suggest the younger woman go on her way and continue her search. She wasn't the most trusting with Force users, a tendency she could hardly help, given her life.

    There had been a time when the Jedi Order and both of her Masters had been everything to her - she and Yonlach, the veteran Jedi Master she had lived with on Tatooine for three years, had even developed a Force bond, so close had they become - but that had been before she'd realised how they had both used her. Then there'd been Anakin, too, solidifying her mistrust of Force users when he had kidnapped her, held her captive in Horizon, tried to make her turn back to the light side, by force.

    Perhaps relations with others who could do what she could do had been improving lately, but she wasn't sure she would ever trust easily again.

    Still, offering her name wasn't going to get her killed, was it? Besides, her sense of the Force in this woman was so rough and unrefined that Jaesa had next to no concern that she might be a threat at all. "Jaesa," she offered in return, before following Rey's gaze, turning her head up to look at the ship that loomed imposingly above them. "Yes," she repeated. "I've had it for years." Master Nomen Karr had given it to her, not long after she had built her saberstaff.

    Eyeing the younger woman, Jaesa cocked her head slightly, curiosity lighting up her face. "How did you get that?" she asked, nodding down at the lightsaber hilt in Rey's hand. "I can tell you're a Force user as well, but you're plainly untrained. We don't get lightsabers until we're trained."


     
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    Rey was trying to not look as though she was more interested in the ship than the woman in front of her. Rey knew her ships; she'd made it her business to know ships from her time back on Jakku; she'd got good at spotting which ship was which, where their parts were and which were rarer than others. What Rey wouldn't give for an hour in such a ship, wandering around, looking at the wiring.

    She looked back at the woman who had introduced herself as Jaesa. Rey placed a hand over the hilt of the lightsaber as the other woman brought it up. There was a part of Rey's mind which was slightly insulted that she was pointing out how untrained she was. It was a sore point, but in her defence, she'd only actually had three lessons with Luke. It wasn't like she believed she was the perfect Jedi; she was far from even being a novice.

    This wasn't the first time she'd been asked where she had got the lightsaber from since arriving in Pandora. "It called out to me." She said, giving her the same explanation she'd given Ahsoka. There wasn't another way she could really think to explain the reason she had the lightsaber without going into a lengthy discussion about her recent adventures. "I've had it ever since." She said with a light shrug of her shoulders; aside from the small amount of time Finn had wielded the lightsaber or when she'd handed Luke the lightsaber, only for him to throw it away.
     
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    Jaesa could sense a shift in the other woman's emotions when she mentioned the fact that Rey seemed to be untrained, as though the woman were insulted by it. Jaesa hadn't meant it as a jab - it was just simple fact, and Jaesa had never known anyone with Force sensitivity to get their hands on a lightsaber before their Master had deemed them worthy. She was quite sure that was how it was done in the Sith Empire, too, though whether apprentices built theirs, she had no idea. Either way, it was unusual seeing someone so raw and unpolished with the Force with an actual lightsaber.

    "Called out to you?" she repeated, quirking an eyebrow slightly. For a moment, she looked as though she might rebuke that claim, but she couldn't sense any dishonesty in the woman. She had always had a particular affinity with people's emotions - at least, most of the time... - and she knew very well how to tell when someone was lying to her. There were always emotional tells, even tiny ones the liar wouldn't notice they were giving off, that she could pick up on, and none of them she sensed in Rey. After a pause, her sceptical expression faded, and she shrugged. "Huh. I see."

    She couldn't think of any reason why the weapon of a Jedi - at least, she assumed that was what it was; she couldn't sense the dark side in Rey despite the younger woman's apparent lack of discomfort at the dark side in Jaesa... unless she just couldn't even tell what she was sensing - would call out to her but Rey wasn't lying and that was that. There was probably something Jaesa couldn't tell below the surface. After all, Rey would have no idea that she was speaking to a unique Force user at that moment. For all Jaesa knew, the younger woman was special, too.


     
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    Rey looked the woman up and down. She was still getting a sense for the force and understanding what it was and how it felt. The sense she was getting front he woman was similar to that of Ben; the dark side, though it felt more pronounced here for some reason. It stopped her asking if the woman knew anything of the Jedi and for a moment she wondered if she should be here at all. Rey shifted a little on the spot and put her weight over to one side; as she looked around the little area which existed between her and Jaesa,

    "Have you seen any other force users here?" Rey asked the woman, not wanting to appear rude but she had been hoping to find Ben during the course of the evening, though she knew she had lost the light she had been hoping that the force might guide her. She wished she had recieved more lessons and training from Luke; her awakening felt barely more trained from when she'd arrived at Ahch-To, except now she had a greater awareness of light and dark.
     
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    Jaesa could sense a certain kind of tightness, of faint wariness, to the other woman as they looked at each other, as though Rey had indeed sensed the dark side in Jaesa and knew what she was feeling. The wariness in the younger woman was amusing to Jaesa. She was no more likely to murder the woman or do anything else stereotypical of a dark sider than she would have been as a padawan. Not anymore, anyway. She'd worked hard for a long time to curb that side of her. If they'd met a year and a half ago or so, it would have been a different story.

    "A few." The response was as vague as Rey's question. Luke, Anakin, Caedus, Mara Jade, Obi-Wan, Vader, Kylo... She had met her fair share of Force users in Pandora, and few of them she had developed anything beyond a distrustful contempt for after her... transition away from the Jedi Order.

    Stepping down the ramp, each step of her boot echoing on the metal, Jaesa stopped once she had reached the ground and stood a small distance away from Rey. They were of a height, barely an inch between them at her best guess. "Are you looking for one in particular?" she asked, cocking her head quizzically as she regarded the younger woman.


     
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    Rey hadn't really expected that answer. She knew Darth Vadar was here from what Ben had told her in Horizon, but now she wondered just how many force users there were in Pandora. Maybe she should have been more specific. Rey nodded at her question, "Yes, his name is-" But then she had to stop herself. What would Ben address himself as here? She called him Ben, but in their world, aside from his parents the universe still knew him as Kylo Ren. She didn't like calling him that, it felt like a step back, but here it was a means to an end. Plus, she wasn't sure that he would appreciate her introducing him with his real name in front of a total stranger. "Kylo Ren. Have you seen him?"

    She shifted her weight onto one side. Rey looked from side to side, before regarding Jaesa again, "I think he got here a few days ago." That was modest concession from her of course; she knew when he'd arrived in Pandora Town because of her force vision. She knew the exact day really but she did not want to disclose all of that to Jaesa; the force bond they shared felt like something private. However, since that night where she'd been in the forest, they hadn't happened again. Rey was slightly worried he wouldn't want to see her again, or that he'd put a block on the force visions.
     
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    The younger woman paused midway through her answer, as though she'd forgotten the name of the person she was looking for. Jaesa waited, then raised an eyebrow as Rey finally seemed to remember her quarry's name. Kylo Ren. She was curious about what kind of business an untrained rookie in the Force could possibly have with another dark sider like Kylo.

    "I have, actually," she admitted, after some moments of a pause. The other woman was not a dark side user, so she could potentially be a threat... but then, if this girl could actually be a threat to Kylo, then Kylo was not as strong as Jaesa had given him credit for. No, Jaesa decided she didn't care if she was potentially sending a threat after Kylo. He should be able to handle the girl if that was the case.

    Glancing back over her shoulder at her ship for a moment, Jaesa then looked back at Rey. "He was staying with me for a few days, but he's already gone his own way. I don't know where he's living now." Since then, they had started working together, his grandfather - an odd thought, that - setting him as her partner so that she could keep an eye on him. Or, that was what Jaesa assumed was the reasoning. Something like that. But there was no reason for this girl to know Jaesa and Kylo worked together. "Why are you looking for him?"


     
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    Rey wasn't subtle enough to not let the relief show when Jaesa confirmed that she had seen Ben in Pandora Town. At least she knew her journey had not been wasted. That was enough for her for now. She was a little disheartened she didn't know where he was at the moment, but the fact that he was in Pandora Town gave her something to work from. She nodded her response to acknowledge Jaesa's confirmation of Ben's whereabouts. Maybe Rey could just poke the bond a little to see if it yielded anything. It had been dormant for a few days now which didn't reassure her, but there was no reason why it couldn't open again. Maybe she just had to try really hard.

    "Did he say where he might be going, or where he might be?" She pressed a little, wondering if she could at least get a part of the town out of Jaesa before turning away. The woman had asked a question Rey should have been prepared for, but one which she didn't really know how to answer. Why had she followed Ben over half of Pandora? Over a promise they'd made by the fire? It didn't really define why she was here.

    "There's something I want to tell him." Rey settled on, deciding to be quite vague as she had nothing she really felt like sharing with Jaesa. She had never been a big fan of sharing; growing up by yourself in a desert taught you to keep things to yourself. Rey hadn't really thought about how seeing Ben again might go. The last time she'd seen him in the flesh had been back in Horizon before he'd taken off. She supposed she wanted to find out why he'd gone and try to change his mind about how she saw him.

     
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    At the woman's question, Jaesa paused for a moment, toying with the idea of just lying before she sent Rey on her way, but honestly, Jaesa was a terrible liar. So she just shrugged. "You might find him around Tower Hill," she said, nodding in the rough direction of where the district could be found. "Around the City Watch compound."

    Something she wanted to tell him? For a moment, Jaesa had an amusing image of the girl wanting to declare her everlasting love or something equally pathetic and soppy. Well, whatever she wanted to tell the man, Jaesa really couldn't care less. Regarding the younger woman for a moment, Jaesa then half-turned to go back up the ramp.

    "That's all I can give you. Sorry," she said. Maybe it was enough. Maybe it wasn't. Maybe Rey would be wandering around for days trying to find Kylo. Maybe Kylo didn't even want to be found. He certainly hadn't mentioned a much younger woman who might possibly be searching for him.

    Well, she'd given the information she could. And with that, Jaesa turned fully back to her ship, and entered, the doors sliding shut behind her.


     
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    While Rey had no idea where Tower Hill might be, it was better than nothing and so she nodded slightly, "Thank you." Rey had the urge to ask more of the woman, like what Ben had been like when he'd stayed with her or whether he'd mentioned anything about their time in Horizon. None of that mattered though, really, and from the woman's demeanour Rey felt as though the conversation was at an end. Even her, with her limited experience of human interaction, could tell that the woman didn't really want to continue this conversation any longer.

    Having gained what she wanted, Rey moved on, trying to head back the way she'd came into Pandora Town so that she might find somewhere to point her to Tower Hill, or where she could curl up someplace to sleep for the evening. She had no idea what this town held, but something told her she was about to find out.


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