Jacen used his corusca gem to cut through the transparisteel plate of the door to his
Silently he cursed himself for not thinking about the sharp gem before; it would have saved his sister and
his friends some wounds.
Brakiss, a former student at the Jedi-Academy, had kidnapped them and tried now to force them
to surrender to the dark side.
The last training for the young students had brought them several small injuries and
wounds. After it, Brakiss had told them he’d planned to steel more students from the Academy.
Jacen was determined
not to let this happen.
With a pling, the plate fell from the metal door, revealing the door’s control
panel and several wires.
What would Jaina do now? Jacen asked himself, thinking about his twin sister, who had
a hand for everything that had to do with machines.
Jacen reached inside the panel, grabbed the ends of two wires and tried
The lights flickered, but nothing else happened.
He tried a second wire, but still without a result.
Jacen just hoped he didn’t cause an alarm with it.
What if he didn’t succeed? Then he would have to cut
through the whole door with his small gem. Jacen shook his aching finger.
No, he’d try the other wires before.
he connected the next pair, the door finally opened. Jacen laughed out relieved and stepped out, carefully looking around.
But all he could see were locked, bare doors. Light panels half-lit the corridor.
The control panels were easier to
manipulate from the outside and he didn’t think he’d have problems to free his friends – if he’d found
* * * * *
The door opened and two stormtroopers threw Jaina into the blank, white room. In the center
of it stood Tamith Kai, the hint of a cruel smile around the corners of her mouth.
It’s better if Brakiss
doesn’t know about this. The nightsister thought and examined the girl. Despite her lack of sleep and the exhaustion
of the earlier training, she looked surprisingly alert.
Not that it’ll help her much.
Everyone is sleeping; nobody will help her and her wounds haven’t healed yet. She won’t be a big problem.
once Jaina has taken her first step towards the dark side, the others will follow.
* * * * *
called for his friends, stopping and listening at very door. He hesitated as he reached a door were he found an echo of Jaina’s
presence and worked on the panel to open it. The room was empty, but Jacen could definitely feel his sister’s presence
in it. There was no doubt it had been her quarter, but where was she now?
He closed the door again and continued with
his search. He hoped they had only moved her to another room.
* * * * *
“What do you want from me?”
Jaina asked, unable to be quiet any longer. That witch was pacing around her like a predator rounded its prey.
to say, Jaina felt very uncomfortable.
Finally Tamith stopped in front of her.
“I want you to become my
apprentice.” She said.
“No!” Jaina immediately said.
Of course you don’t even consider
it. Skywalker has trained you too good. But is his training stronger than you pride? Tamith Kai thought amused.
are alone here, no one can help you. If you side with me, you can become strong enough to help your brother and your friend;
maybe you could even kill Brakiss.” She whispered, bringing her mouth to the girl’s ear.
And I would still
be stuck with you, witch. Jaina thought.
“Your mental shields are miserable.” Tamith commented and
for a short moment, Jaina saw the hate of the woman reflected in her violet eyes. No, that woman would only use her for her
“I’ll never ever side with you, ugly daughter of a hutt.” Jaina bit out, just wanting
this woman to leave her alone.
“Very pernicious adjectives you use here.” Tamith Kai hissed.
surprised that you even know the words “pernicious” and “adjective.” Jaina provoked. “Or wait….maybe
you even used to be a man and got a sex change? But that would make you an ugly son of a hutt.” She corrected.
Kai’s bad mood was now back and this time she didn’t even try to hide it. “How can you even dare
to insult me like this?!” She spat.
In one fluid motion, she drew a small knife and slashed across Jaina’s
cheek with it, leaving a long bloody line.
Jaina had been too tired to react fast enough, but now she felt a burst of adrenalin
pushing her exhaustion away. She lifted her knee and knocked the knife out of her enemy’s hand.
But the nightsister
had long ago learned to fight without weapons; she simply hit Jaina with her fist under the chin. Jaina was able to more or
less move with the hit, but still the impact made her stumble backwards and her jaw exploded with pain. Before she could made
any further move, one of Tamith Kai’s muscular legs landed in her belly and sent her flying into the wall.
could hear her blood flowing and her heart was beating so loud she was afraid it could burst any moment.
* * * * *
had managed to find Lowie’s room and opened it. They continued to look for Jaina, but they had no idea where to begin
with their search. It seemed she was nowhere in the student quarters.
Suddenly black dots appeared in front of Jacen’s
eyes and he sank to the ground with a cry of pain.
His hand felt the skin on his cheek, but everything seemed to be normal.
Jaina? He asked.
Lowie leaned down worried and as Jacen still didn’t move, he lifted him
up and carried him through the corridor. They were able to find the docking bay, but still no sign of their friend.
they looked at the ship that just had landed, they saw to their relief that the two passengers were Luke Skywalker, Jedi-Master
and uncle of the twins, and Tenel Ka, a friend of theirs.
“Uncle Luke!” Jacen shouted from his position on
the wookie’s arms.
“Jacen!” Luke came over to them looking worried. “Where is your sister? And
why is Lowie carrying you?”
“I don’t know where she is.” Jacen explained as Lowie lowered him to
the ground. “But I believe she got hurt.”
Luke closed his eyes and stretched out with the force.
is fighting against a very powerful woman.” He whispered in shock, feeling his niece getting weaker and weaker.
what are you doing here?” A voice suddenly demanded. They turned around just in time to see five stormtroopers coming
through a side corridor and aiming their weapons at them.
“Heads up!” Luke shouted over the noise of the shots,
activated his lightsaber and deflected as many bolts as he could.
“To the ship!” He cried.
In that moment,
one of the stormtroopers triggered the alarm.
“Uncle Luke, what about Jaina?” Jacen asked from the ramp
to the ship.
I have to leave her. Alone, I might have been able to free her, but now I’m responsible for the Jacen
and his friends. I can’t risk their lives. Luke realized. But although he knew he had to go, his heart ached that
he had to leave the girl behind.
Slowly he started to retreat to the ship and made it up the ramp before more stormtroopers
The children all stared at him with opened eyes. When he started the engines, Jacen began to cry, hiding
his face in Tenel Ka’s hair, who laid an arm around him.
I’m sorry. Luke sent to his niece, before
the ship took off and he made the jump to hyperspace.
* * * * *
The words echoed
in Jaina’s head without actually making sense. She still struggled to remain conscious.
Then she felt a great,
heartbreaking sadness from her twin, which abruptly disappeared. Then she knew what was going on.
They were escaping,
and leaving her behind.
Why? She thought desperated. Her blurry gaze fell on Tamith Kai, who was standing over
her and gloating over her enemy’s misfortune.
Too dangerous. The realization hit her and she felt an anger
rising inside of her she’d never known before.
It was all that woman’s fault. Everything.
delicately chiseled features deformed with pain and ire. She used her hands to push herself up and away from the wall.
Kai looked mildly surprised to see her standing up again, but soon her look became despising.
“Good, very good,
Jaina!” Brakiss voice sounded from the door to the room. Tamith Kai whirled around. “You! What are you doing here?”
you for trying to hide this from me.” Brakiss made a gesture that included the scene in front of him.
Jaina, don’t you want to end it?” He asked softly, coming to an halt behind her.
Jaina’s whole body
was shaking and trembling. Suddenly her eyes wided, and she screamed as she lost control over her ire.
formed between her splayed fingers and still influenced by Brakiss’ mind trick, she threw them at the nightsister.
nonhuman cry sounded through the room as Tamith Kai was burned alive.
After the last lightning had vanished, Jaina
stared at her hands, not wanting to believe what she’d just done.
“Very good. I knew you wouldn’t
disappoint me.” Brakiss said behind her.
Jaina sank to her knees, unable to look away from Tamith Kai’s
burned face and body.
The last thing she thought before the world became dark, was:
What have I done?