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Private Please don't kill me with your laser sword

Discussion in 'Oasis Jungle' started by James Kirk, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. James Kirk

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    January 4th, Year 7
    @Rey

    Today was his birthday, which was precisely why he wasn't at home but had, instead, spent the last several nights in the middle of the desert standing guard over an APE expedition. Bones had a habit of wanting to mark the occasion and Jim wasn't interested in marking it - though this year it didn't have quite the same bite as the last one had. The one that he'd missed, sort of, jumping from his universe to Pandora, where it had already been March. Or maybe that meant this was his thirtieth? Then again, did his age mean anything at all in this place?

    He'd thought that being surrounded by strangers (and a few he knew in passing acquaintance) would make it easier, distract him from his own thoughts and force him to stay present in the moment. Watching out for bandits or sandworms or whatever else might come crawling out of the sand was supposed to help too, but the night had been mostly uneventful and, as a result, rather restless for Jim. All the things he was supposed to do, the things he was supposed to be, he couldn't help picking at them like old scabs, even though those roles held little to no meaning in Pandora.

    All-in-all he'd been glad for the dawn, glad when those investigating a potential drop into the underground decided they were finished and ready to head back to Horizon. The desert itself had made him a little uneasy since his meeting with the living mummy, and he couldn't wait to return to any place that was less sand and more dirt. When they'd reached the well-worn path into Horizon proper he'd sent the rest of the party on ahead, laughing and joking as they teased him about needing to take a rest. The truth was that he wasn't quite ready to go home yet, to deal with Bones insisting on birthday wishes, and he wasn't all that keen on hanging out with a bunch of people he barely knew, either. The job was done.

    When they were out of sight Jim turned and plunged into the jungle growth, letting himself get distracted by the effort required to forge a path without destroying the plants around him. The physical exertion felt good, and it was better than picking a fight, which was what he'd probably have done even just a handful of years ago. By the time he stumbled upon the little camp he was flushed and sweating, breathing like he'd been out for a run, and not at all prepared for the girl who seemed to appear out of nowhere, brandishing some kind of...sword? Except it was blue and glowing and tickled a memory at the back of his mind that he didn't have time to consider right now.

    "Easy!" he panted, backpedaling a step or two and holding both hands up in the universal 'I'm unarmed' gesture. (Which, in fact, wasn't universal in his universe, but she looked human enough.) "I'm not here to cause trouble."

     
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    Rey was still new to Pandora. That hadn't stopped her from stumbling across the mouth of a small cave and setting up a make shift home there. She'd seen worse, and it at least allowed her shelter and somewhere to build a campfire. She had just been out trying to find some more water; the desert seemed to only yield a few water sources but she had fortunately located one. She was limited to carrying with one arm; her left was still in make shift bandages from when one of Snoke's guards had caught it. There had been no medical attention to seek, so she'd just got on with it. However, it was starting to hurt. It didn't disable her, but it made carrying things long term a bit difficult.

    As she approached her camp with her bucket of water, she heard something like footsteps. Rey froze and, leaving her water behind a tree, she continued on, keeping low and keeping as quiet as she could do. It wasn't like this was the first time she'd been in a dangerous situation. The principle was always the same; keep out of sight and keep quiet until you knew what you were dealing with.

    When she saw it was a man, and it looked to be a human man, approaching her camp, she felt something snap deep in her temper. He wasn't going to take her things, he wasn't going to ruin her only shelter. She clicked the lightsaber on and walked confidently into the thicket of the forest, brandishing the lightsaber which was now gently humming with every sharp movement she caused.

    "Who are you?" She demanded, pointing her lightsaber at him directly, not listening to his pleas of innocence. "What do you want?"
     
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    Huh, well, maybe the universal gesture wasn't universal where she came from, either. Jim stood his ground now that there was some space between them, hands still up where she could see them, though he kept a wary eye on the weapon pointed at him. He was guessing getting hit with that would do more than tickle. "I'm Jim," he said, voice deliberately calm. "Jim Kirk. And I don't want anything from you except for you to maybe stop pointing that thing at me. I mean, I've got this fire lizard hanging around somewhere and if he thinks you're threatening me he's going to get all protective and it's really, who needs to deal with all that, right?"

    He smiled winningly, trying not to wave his hands around too much while he talked in case she took it the wrong way, though in the same vein maybe telling her about Abe wasn't the best choice. The desert heat had been too much for the little dragon's taste and he'd teleported off to who knew where, but there was no telling when he'd decide to come back and Jim had no desire to see him turned into lizard-kabob by her sword thing. He still felt like he should recognize it, but it would probably be better to unravel that mystery after she'd put it away.

    "You can trust me." He looked her in the eye as he said it, though he wasn't sure sincerity was going to be enough to get past that angry look she was leveling at him. (A mindset he knew pretty well, actually.) "I'm not going to hurt you."

     
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    Rey had never really been the most trusting person ever, and even now she was struggling to decide what to do. He was trying his best to not look like a threat, but then he mentioned something called a fire lizard? She had looked like she might have been lowering her weapon, but that comment got her defences right back up again, "What's a fire lizard?" She demanded, looking from side to side and over her shoulder just to check he hadn't set anything on her.

    Rey moved to the left of him, so she was a little closer but so she could also observe how armed he was. It wasn't like she had much to protect here aside from her life and her lightsaber; there wasn't much she owned, the clothes on her back aside. However, having only arrived in this world yesterday, she was still quite jumpy and suspicious of everything, "Who are you?" She asked, now not directing the lightsaber at him but pulled it off to the side ever so slightly so that the tension could be eased a little, but as he had now told her a fire lizard might be in the area, she wasn't taking any chances. She ignored his comments that he could be trusted, because that was for her to decide.
     
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    This was going about as well as his conversation with the Teenaxi, and though he tried to keep his calm and cheerful mask in place inwardly he caught himself huffing a little. What kind of place had she dropped in from, to be so suspicious? Actually he probably didn't want to know. "They're like…little dragons, about as big as a cat, maybe. Trust me, he's not that tough." In fact, Jim was pretty sure that after one ill-advised pass at her Abe would retreat to his favorite perch on his shoulder, but he'd still rather she put away her weapon.

    It seemed they might be making progress on that front - she wasn't putting it away but she wasn't pointing it at him anymore. Not directly anyway. "Jim Kirk," he repeated, wondering how much she was actually listening to him. "Look, I'd be happy to tell you my whole life story if you want it but maybe we could do it without the weapon, huh?"

     
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    While Rey didn't know what a dragon was, she knew what a cat was so just assumed it was something similar. That wasn't that dangerous. Cats were quite small. Rey looked again, now focusing a little more to the ground, but she wasn't as concerned, knowing how small it was.

    Visibly relaxing, Rey nodded. She was nervous and a little weary of this world and the people in it, but she didn't have to take that out on him. Now she was looking at him properly, and his behaviour, he didn't seem like that much of a threat. If he wanted to attack her, she was sure he probably would have already tried.

    Rey deactivated her lightsaber and placed it back at her waist to hang there. If she needed to grab it again, it was within an easy reach. "Sorry, can't be too careful out here." She said, before scrunching her face up and managing an apologetic sort of smile as she stepped a little towards him, "I'm Rey. Nice to meet you." She offered him her hand, having seen others in the Resistance do just that when they introduced themselves to others.