Jade's Scion: Chapter 18 — Sannah Rating: PG

She sits and watches as Valin places a blanket on the floor, and sets out them each a plate. He glances towards her. "I hope ribynes are okay, they're a local favorite, and I know Master Skywalker likes them."

"I'm sure they'll be fine."

She scoots forward picking up her plate, and look at the brownish-red meat that sits there. She inhales deeply and savors the smell of cooked meat. Deciding she has nothing to lose, she picks one up and bites into it. Delighted in the taste she smiles once more at Valin, and around a mouthful says, "It's not fish, but it's still great!"

He laughs slightly and starts to eat his own meal.

After their impromptu picnic on her cabin floor, Sannah looks at Valin and once more finds her emotions tangled, unsure of what she should be saying or doing. "Valin?"

He glances up at her from the remains of his desert. "Yeah?"

"I'm sorry about earlier."

He smiles, causing her heart to flutter slightly. "It's okay, I shouldn't have been prying."

She glances away from him. "So did you find anything while you were out?"

"Yes I did. I forwarded some coordinates for a supposed meeting between Whitesun and some other smuggler to the Jedi Council and then asked around some more, but didn't get much additional work done. I think all the information we can get from this planet has already been gotten, I was thinking we might try Nar Shadda next."

She frowns. "Well, it must be hard to do this without even an image of the guy."

"Oh, we do have an image; it was in a data update from last night. Didn't you see it?"

She shakes her head. "No."

She watches as he digs around in an inside pocket of his robe and then pulls out a flimsiplast still image of a man. He passes it to her, and she recognizes the smuggler. Frowning she looks back up at Valin. "Are you playing a joke on me?"

She can see his eyes widen slightly, and notices as he subtly leans back from her a bit. "No. Why?"

She turns the picture around and shows it to Valin once more. "This is Ben."


"Yes, Ben. Ben Skywalker."

Valin shakes his head slightly, "Who is that? Is he related to the Grand Master?"

Sannah can feel herself start to get upset, and notices that her pulse has started to rise. "What? How can you not know who that is? We were both on the Errant Venture when he was born. He trained on Ossus with your sister after the Swarm War." She slings the flimsiplast back at Valin. She can feel herself trembling slightly in anger. "Why are you making fun of me this way?"

"I'm not! I really don't know what you're talking about."

"Stop it! Stop making fun of me. I thought you cared about me!"

"Seriously Sannah, I'm not making fun of you."

She can feel the first tear as it starts to slide down her cheek. She is not quite sure if she is outraged at his behavior or depressed that he would treat her so. "If you're not making fun of me, then why pretend you don't know Ben?"

"Wait a second; did you say that he trained with Jysella? And that he was born on the Errant Venture?"

"Yes. You were there, we went together to see Master Mara in the infirmary a few days after she gave birth."

She watches as Valin opens his mouth and closes it a few times. Each time he does so, she can feel her anger grow just a little bit more. "But I've never been on the Errant Venture, by order of the Council I'm not allowed on the Errant Venture. I had never even heard of that ship until Master Solo gave me this mission! And who is Master Mara?"

She now clearly feels the anger and outrage. She knows that he's being mean to her on purpose, that he has been playing with her feelings, that he has just been pretending to be her friend. "Get out of my room! Now!"

"But Sannah —"

She stands up, and clenches her fist where they are at by her side, her body trembling slightly in her anger. "I said now!"

She suddenly Force pushes him towards the door. She can feel her tears starting to flow freely. "Get out! Get out! Get out!"

She scowls at Valin as he rights himself from the Force push, and taps the panel by the door. As it slides open he stands and faces her, she sees a look of sorrow cross his face, and it makes her even madder.

As he opens his mouth to say something, she sends him tumbling out into the common area with another Force push. "I said out!"

Then she rushes to the door and slaps the panel. Once the door is fully closed, she locks it and collapses against it. She slowly sinks to her knees, keeping her forehead against the door, while allowing the sobs and tears full control. Part of her is ashamed at the way she has lost control, yet she is still angry and heartbroken that Valin would treat her in that way.

She trusted him with her fears, with her sorrows, and he played with her and with her feelings.

Distantly she can once more hear Anakin's words to her. "You have a destiny to reach, one that requires you to be brave, and to trust in yourself and those you love."

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