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Alexandria Voran

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V was gone before she could speak another word. Alex let her smile linger. She missed this part of life. The Morellian Jedi had not truly realized how much until the deal was done. She told herself all Jedi were her students but in truth that meant none really were. She let out a happy sigh. This was right. Walking a few paces away she went to tidy up the books left behind. Her fingers linger on the dark volume. The Force spoke clearly in her mind. Her eyes lost focus as her thoughts cast backward. Asminys sat bound in his cell, his face a mask of pain. Alex stood staring at him. Her eyes cold. Her purpose clear. Hints of a darker soul rippled at the edge. Drow had been with her that day. Alex’s partner in the shadows. She looked to her left, but it wasn’t Drow standing there.

V.

Alex dropped the book and stepped backward. She saw clearly now the tendril of possibility. V was drawn to forces of the mind. Those forces that boarded the Darkness. Alex had walked that very same line. A careful balancing act between the light and dark. She walked away because the temptation had grown too great. In that moment, her resolve hardened. V needed her…perhaps more than either of them knew. The Grandmaster put the books away and returned to her quarters.

She did not sleep.

There were a host of other matters she needed to attend. Eventually, she packed her things to meet V in the library at dawn. The Force brushed aside her weariness. She could survive on that for a few days if needed. To her surprise, V beat her to the library. “Well…this is a first.” She chuckled.

“Come on, I can’t fly my ship out of the library.” Alex led them towards the Puddle Jumper. There would be no extravagant travel aboard the Liberty. “Care to guess where we are going? I’ll give you a hint…it’s not far.” She did have a plan to get things started. V needed to learn control or risk the alternative.

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Vren hadn't slept much as well. The most he achieved was a few minutes before his eyes would just snap open, his mind running rampant with ideas of training with the Grandmaster. Each attempt would result in a different lesson being taught to him and an image of him utilizing it when he was older. The entire night would be a swing between those two states until he finally left for the library.

When Alex arrived at the entrance and made her comment, the Echani just gave a light shrug as a response as he was naturally an early bird as well. With a push off the wall, he joined the woman by her side as they went to the hanger to find her ship, his youth able to brush aside his tiredness much easier. With the opportunity given to him to guess, his golden gaze flicked downward to himself as he thought to himself.

At first, he believed they would have gone to the training ground but with the inclusion of the ship, Vren didn't really have an idea where they were heading, even with the hint that it wouldn't be that far. "To be honest, I don't really have an idea." The Echani didn't know Yavin enough to guess correctly or if it wasn't even on the planet. "Throwing out my one guess... a specific training ground or area?" It was a reflection of the martial experience and lessons he received when he was younger.

Arriving at the hanger, there was one ship that was prepared for take-off and he assumed it was theirs. He wasn't a pilot or mechanic but even from his distance, he could sense a difference between the craft he was staring at and the one he had flown briefly, Zed. It was strange but he could feel it. Either way, Vren walked toward the ship with hands in pockets, waiting to see if Alex would reveal their destination.
 

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“Close enough.” The landing ramp lowered at a wave of her hand, the inner locks flipping with the Force. She tossed her pack into a bin and motioned for V to do the same. Alex took a deep breath. This ship had been her home for decades before returning to the Temples. Even now, the smells of ship set her at ease. She sauntered her way to the cockpit. The Temple Guard has prepared them for takeoff at her instruction. There were some benefits of her position. A few flips of the switches and they were ready to go. She called back to V. “Come take a seat and buckle up.” Once her Padawan was seated, strapped in, and ready, Alex would lightly lift the shuttle off the hangar floor to race into the Yavin air.

The Morellian Jedi sat silent for a few minutes while fiddling with the navigation system. “Our Order is much different than that of the Old Republic.” Her eyes stayed forward. “Before Rey, the old Jedi would turn away students they thought too old or too attached to the past. We’ve smartly corrected those errors.” Alex piloted almost without a second though.

“But…most still find their way to us as children or come from happy homes with families who know their children as special.” The Order remained a collection who did not always understand the pain of the galaxy. “You and I, and all those like us, are the exception.” She turned her head slightly to look at V. “We’ve known pain and suffering before we ever set foot in a Temple hall. It makes us different.” Her raised an eyebrow slightly. “Not bad…not better…not worse…just different.” The nav was beeping at her slightly. “We must face that pain least it consumes us.” The trip truly was extraordinarily short. “I waited too long and nearly made a mistake I couldn’t take back.” One of the mountain ranges of the upper jungle came into view. A makeshift landing pad rested halfway up one of the tallest peaks. She set the shuttle down lightly and hit the button to lower the ramp. “My mistakes will be your lessons.” She unbuckled her harness and trudged onto the mountain.

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Vren remembered the last time he was the pilot of a ship and he gratefully took the co-pilot seat. With practiced ease, Alex pressed buttons and flipped switches as she prepared the ship before taking off smoothly. As they sailed through the sky, the Echani listened while his gaze flicked amongst the stars, his mind wandering to Kairo as his thumb pressed against the tattoo on his wrist.

Vren had heard very few stories of the Old Republic but had heard the legend of Rey. With being locked on Eshan for most of his life and especially his section of the city, tales of Jedi were echoed for only a few days before another story took its place. Rey and her achievements lasted longer than that span but it was about the only knowledge he knew of the Jedi despite what he was being taught lately.

At Alex's words, Vren simply replayed them in his head as he understood what she meant. They and those like them were the exceptions because it was much easier to be drawn back into that dark place, one where people have lost themselves and who they were. At the memory of his brother's kidnapping, he remembered the fear that pumped through his veins, the anger that boiled underneath his skin as he couldn't do anything but be still and quiet. The Echani had wondered what he would do once he found the people responsible.

At the tail end of that thought, Alex told him she almost made a mistake she couldn't have taken back and the words made the hairs on the back of his neck stand up. Before he could answer, the ship had honed in on a mountain range and quickly descended. Alex landed the craft gracefully before the two of them exited out onto the mountainside.

As they navigated up the path, Vren's gaze flicked to the trees and then toward his Master, "What was your first mistake?" Her use of the word was plural and he wondered how many lessons there would be. Was it something she had done after she had learned of Maxims death? The Echani's curiosity usually led him to ask more questions but he bit his tongue most of the time as they walked.
 

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Alex remained silent. She let the sounds of the mountain surrounded the Jedi while they walked. The path wasn’t far, but it was steep. Fresh air filed her lungs. “We captured a Sith Lord above Byblos.” More accurately, Sevrin and Vahn had taken Asminys. She’d imprisoned Manat…both had escaped. “Asminys.” The beast had been missing for some time, but the legend remained. “He was held by the Sector Rangers at a black site. I had the pleasure of speaking with him.” Alex turned to look back at V. She paused on the path for a moment. “I was chosen for my skills in exploring the minds of others.“ Her eyes spoke volumes.

Her talent was one of the very books V had chosen. “I was always careful to respect the boundaries of other’s thoughts…but I grew frustrated with Asminys.” Alex turned to continue up the path. Again, she let the silence hang for a moment. “We had lost so many to the Sith…he refused to give us the answers we sought…” Silence again. After a few moments the path opened into another clearing. A flat space of rock and gravel extended around them. From this high, they could see miles and miles in any direction. Alex slowly walked to the center. “So, I took them. I speared his mind and ripped from it that which I needed. A choice I will forever regret.” She folded her arms and fixed a stare on her Padawan.

“You want to learn the skills that will help you find your brother or bring his killers to justice. You will need this…but you must learn control.” Her voice remained even as she spoke. “You must not repeat my mistake. For there is a boundary we cannot cross.” Alex had never used her talents in that way ever again. “Read my mind.” She lowered her mental walls ever so slightly and waited.

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