The Ryun Chronicles - Karma Is Always One Step Ahead

Aska Ryun

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"And you just sealed the door shut... how, exactly?" Deskar asked as he wiped down the bar at the end of the night. The evening had begun the transition into early morning on the Smuggler's Moon and the Besalisk had shut down the bar an hour prior and begun to clean the establishment with the young Togrutan server he had hired a few weeks prior. Aska usually had the privilege of sticking around and keeping the pair company as they worked away and that typically came with a few free drinks on the house. Tonight was no different.

"Does it matter?" Aska joked as she slowly spun her cup on the counter, observing the cubes of ice swirl in the liquid. Watching her do this, Deskar scowled then reached out with his one of his giant hands and plucked the drink from her grasp, wiped the surface below with his cloth held in another hand and tossing a coaster down with yet another before setting the glass back down.

"You know, with how arrogant you are I'm surprised someone hasn't burnt a hole in you yet, Aska," The Togruta woman spoke up with a playful smile as she brought a tray full of dirty dishes to the back. They had met a few nights prior but Aska had only learned tonight that her name was Quinri and she quickly found herself fascinated by the woman. She had the same cavalier attitude to life and the air around Quinri always seemed to bring energy to the people she conversed with.

"Not from a lack of effort on their part," Aska joked after her before turning back to Deskar once the Togruta had disappeared into the kitchens. Making sure she was out of ear shot, Aska leaned across the bar and motioned for her gargantuan friend to do the same, of which he complied. "What if I told you I have a Jedi weapon and I welded the door shut?" Aska whispered into Deskar's ear but the man merely pulled back and shot her a look of disbelief.

"I'd call you a liar. And a fool if you really thought I'd believe you," Deskar laughed. Grabbing the bottle of Aska's favorite liquor from behind him, he proceeded to place three shot glasses on the bar and filled each. Aska watched in delight and as he pushed the shot towards her, she wrapped her hand around it and proceeded to be patient.

"Yea, you're right. I'll fool you one day," The response was hard for Aska to say with a straight face. She had had the lightsaber for weeks now, and utilized it on more than a couple situations at this point, but anyone who had seen the weapon typically was someone who had gone on in to the galaxy. Deskar and Quinri she felt she could trust but she knew the fact that she held such a rare artifact needed to be kept quiet. Still, the statement alone would likely keep the Besalisk from asking more questions on the subject.

"So after everything with Klied, you only ended up stirring up more trouble for yourself, is it? Typical," Deskar chuckled deeply, his heavy chin wobbling with each syllable. Straightening up and looking to the kitchens, the bartender bellowed back. "Quinri! That's enough for tonight! Get out here!"

"But I'm almost done washing th-" Quinri called from the back but was quickly interrupted.

"Listen to the man and get out here!" Aska laughed and raised the shot glass to the woman as she pushed the swinging doors to the kitchen open. Quniri rolled her eyes as she removed her apron and tossed it on the back of the chair beside Aska before taking a seat and pulling a shot towards herself.

"Here's to Aska's last night on Nar Shaddaa," Deskar cheered as he lifted his glass up and pouring it's contents back. As he did this, both of the woman at the bar gave him a quizzical look before Quinri snapped her head over to Aska.

"Wait; You're leaving?" Aska shook her head to the question.

"I have no idea what he's talking about. I'm not going anywhere," After her reply, Aska followed Deskar's example and took the shot which prompted Quinri to do the same.

"Kid, Boola is a well known hit woman for The Y'toob Outlaws. The gang itself is pretty small time but Boola has made a definite name for herself the last couple years," Deskar lectured as he poured himself a pint. "Terrik was one thing. The kid spent every credit he made on partying. To play dejarik, you need to think several moves ahead. Terrik could barely handle putting one foot in front of another. Boola isn't like that," Deskar's voice was calm and collected as he spoke.

"So you're saying Aska needs to get off world before this Boola catches up to her?" Quinri asked. Aska simply huffed and proceeded to pluck a cigarra from her jacket before sliding the pack across the bar to Deskar. Quickly, Quinri snatched the pack from Deskar's grasp and pulled one for herself first.

"Boola can try. She's the last person I'm going to be concerned with," Aska stated proudly but Deskar merely chuckled. Aska watched as one of his lower right hands moved under the bar to the position that she knew he kept his blaster.

"Tell her yourself," The Besalisk stated with a nod towards the door. Spinning in their seats, both women looked to the entrance and watched as the Rodian woman walked in the door. Oddly enough to Aska, Boola was alone.

"So this is where you like to kick up your feet?" the Rodian surveyed the bar as she slowly advanced. Pulling her pistol and aiming down the sights at the woman, Aska stood from her stool and reached back to push Quinri in behind her.

"Seem's I've made myself a fan,"
 

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"Put the weapon down, girl. Consider this a social call," The Rodian waved her hand dismissively before opening her arms wide as though expecting to move in for a hugging embrace. "I'm unarmed. Search me if you want," Aska scoffed and reaffirmed her aim at Boola's chest.

"I don't need a weapon to kill someone and neither do you so just stop right there, turn around and go home," Aska spat with authority. Quinri, who was still standing behind Aska at this point, reached ahead and set her hand on the shoulder of the arm that was holding the weapon trained on the new-comer but Aska gently shrugged it off as she took a step towards her enemy. Boola, however, just smiled and lowered her arms to her hips before leaning on the table beside her.

"I'm glad you give me the same respect I give you in that regard. I may not need a weapon to kill you but I'm also not here for violence.... Yet,"

"Please, Aska. Lower your weapon. I don't want to see anyone getting hurt," Hearing Quinri's plea, Aska begrudgingly complied and slowly lowered the pistol from Boola but she still kept it tightly in her grasp.

"Then what the hell do you want?" Aska asked cautiously. Boola began to advance towards them once more and Aska instinctively moved to raise the blaster once more but soon found Quinri's soft hand wrapped around her forearm holding it back. With her other hand, the Torgrutan reach around Aska and began to try and pry the weapon from her grip, though Aska refused to release it.

"Please," Quinri whispered softly.

"You have my word that no one here is going to be hurt, Aska. If you're big friend there will let me, I'll even buy us all a drink. A peace offering," Boola continued walking forward and was now standing among the trio. Deskar, who had only just released the grasp of his blaster under the bar, cautiously stepped backwards and crossed his upper arms as he stared at the Rodian.

"What'll it be then, Boola?" As Deskar spoke, Quinri successfully removed the blaster from Aska's hand and slid it into the holster on her hip before gently ushering Aska back to her seat and standing behind her with hand's resting on her shoulders.

"Pour yourselves your usual and I'll have a Barium Frizz," Boola said calmly as she sat down a couple spots away from Aska and Quinri then turning to face them. "You do know how much trouble you've caused me these last few weeks, right?"

"Everything that's taken place between you and I was instigated by Deadeye. You're the one choosing to hold the grudge," Aska replied defensively. She could feel how tense she was in the Rodian's presence but Quinri gently began to massage her shoulders and it caused her to relax, if only slightly.

"So says the woman who was about to shoot me only seconds ago," Boola replied. "My boss wasn't exactly pleased about what happened in my bar, kid. Not only did you steal a job out from under Terrik and I but you also killed more of my men and destroyed my door,"

"Consider it collateral damage of being a sleemo," Aska spat. The Rodian woman stared blankly ahead at the comment and as Deskar brought her the drink she ordered, she proceeded to take a swig before turning back to the woman.

"I suppose I could but I'd prefer it if I was repaid. Killing you crossed my mind but I can't collect credits from a corpse," Now Aska's curiosity spiked as she raised an eyebrow.

"What are you getting at, exactly?"

"Terrik was supposed to do a few more jobs for my little group but, well... For obvious reasons he isn't exactly capable any longer," Aska smirked pridefully.

"Definitely not,"

"How would you feel about smuggling spice to Coruscant?"
 

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Unable to suppress her cough as she sipped her drink, Aska moved to set the glass back down on the bar before looking at the Rodian with a stare of disbelief.

"You want me to be a drug runner? You've got to be joking," An unintentional yet sarcastic chuckle followed. Aska saw herself as many things, but a smuggler wasn't one of them. Working at the docks had shown her what happens to the unlucky in the trade and being taken hostage by a crime syndicate was rather low on her list of priorities. "I'd rather you and I just square up and settle things the old fashion way," Boola smiled at the comment, or at least Aska thought she did. The appearance of Rodian's was rather unsettling to her, what with the slender tube-like mouth and giant starry eyes, and Boola's eyes had a sense of determination imprinted on them.

"In a few weeks, say five or six depending on when the merchandise arrives from our depots around the moon and off world, we will be shipping a few crates to Coruscant. Terrik was supposed to be the one who escorted the shipment and now, it will be you," Clearly, Boola chose to ignore Aska's rejection. "I'll even let you keep some of the payment if you do this. Terrik was going to collect five percent of the purchase price, the other ninety five going to me and my employers. I'll give you three,"

"Three percent of what?"

"Twenty five thousand," Math was never Aska's strong suit so as she began working out the numbers in her head, Deskar interjected.

"Seven hundred and fifty, kid," he said calmly. "Terrik would have got twelve fifty,"

"That's a joke!" Aska moved to stand from the chair and walk out of the bar but Quinri squeezed her shoulders tightly, urging her to sit back in her seat. "Give me ten percent and I'll do it, but I'm not doing it for any less!" Boola sighed at Aska's offer, casually rubbing the side of her head with her hand before putting her drink to her lips, chugging the remainder.

"I'm not here to negotiate terms. I'm here to make use of you. If you're unwilling to co-operate..." Boola then slapped the bar with her left hand three times, locking her stare with the young clone. Aska held the gaze, already knowing what was about to take place. Just as the bar slapping stopped, a group of gangsters began rolling in, weapons drawn and aimed at the group at the counter. As they filed in, each of the thugs began to line the perimeter of the bar until, too Aska's count, fifteen blaster's had them in their sights. Deskar, scowling with frusturation, raised all four arms in submission as he stepped back and bumping into the glass shelving on the wall. Quinri, on the other hand, let off a frightened squeal as she ducked in behind Aska, her breathing panicked and rapid. "Last chance," Still holding the stare off with Boola, Aska growled softly before extending her hand to seal the deal.

"Doesn't seem I have a choice, does it," The anger in her voice was undeniably evident. "Though I should mention I don't have a ship," Boola smiled, clasping her hands together before motioning for her men to lower their weapons.

"I'm glad we could work something out! The ship will not be an issue. It was a part of the original deal with Terrik and as such, it will be prepared for you. Kayto!" From the entrance, a bipedal droid began to make it's way towards the group

"Yes, Master?"

"This is Aska Ryun. She will be replacing Terrik on next months route so I want you to stay with her and ensure she doesn't jump planet,"

"At your command,"

"Oh, and Aska," Boola turned to face the young woman once more as she stood from the chair. "If you do leave Nar Shaddaa, make no mistake. Your two friends here will be disintegrated and we will track you down,"
 
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