Maybe this wasn’t the best decision that he had ever made. Scratch that this was probably one of the worst decisions that he made. But it wasn’t like he had any choice. Soren had to get away from the planet he was on and fast- this ship was the first one he saw. It wasn’t too hard to sneak on when the person he saw outside was distracted.
Soren’s hand gently grazed the wall on the inside once he stepped aboard. Now he had to figure out how he was going to stay hidden until they docked on the next planet where hopefully he could continue to evade the empire. It wasn’t long before he found somewhere to hide out.
The male collapsed to the ground. It was then that he finally realized just how winded he had gotten running away from the clones that had chased him. That an the small singe on his arm from where he just barely dodged enemy fire. He shoved his own blaster back into its holster on its side.
There was a soft sort of groan that came from the ship as it left the planets surface. Which was enough to let Soren know he was at least marginally safe now. His hand reached towards his opposite arm to fidget with the bracelet on his arm. Only when his fingers made contact with the wrist did he notice that the bracelet was missing. [+crimson “Fuck…”] he said under his breath.
There was multiple reasons why his heart started racing. One the leather bracelet was the last thing his brother gifted to him. Two if he dropped it somewhere on the ship that meant someone could find it. Which would certainly raise alarms. [center [pic http://i.imgur.com/C6rJuxC.jpg]] [right [pic https://img.wattpad.com/b889fd86d25f6d97edae1709d9dd399ba998726b/68747470733a2f2f73332e616d617a6f6e6177732e636f6d2f776174747061642d6d656469612d736572766963652f53746f7279496d6167652f735a39464e493669584764625a673d3d2d313030333631313937342e313635356339396562393533653065643838353530353235313735372e6a7067]] The sound of the ship groaning had woken Cassia out of her nap. She supposed that meant they were off to Onyx’s next bounty. Of which the specific details evaded her- probably because she wasn’t fully paying attention when they discussed it. Surely the other two expected that of her though so she wasn’t entirely worried about it. Cas pulled herself up onto her feet.
A small grin formed on her lips as she made her way towards where she assumed Damien would be. One of her favorite pastimes while on route to a new planet was to bug their resident engineer. She never let herself really think through why she enjoyed it so much just chalking it up to her chaotic nature.
In no time the con artist had found her target. [+orchid “Damien,”] she greeted him her voice bell like, [+orchid “Where are we going again?”] As she waited for his response she stretched her arms over her head idly. On the ship she sometimes felt a bit useless- she was certainly not pilot material. And she figured she would probably make a shit engineer. Her skills more lied in using her wits and charm. She wasn’t a bad shot either when in sticky situations.
[+orchid “Anything I can help with?”] she grinned poking his shoulder. She tried to ignore the way her stomach felt as she did. It was nothing, maybe it was because she was hungry. That had to be it. [+orchid “On second thought, I probably shouldn’t mess with anything on the ship. Don’t want to break anything.”] she smirked.
Cassia started to back up until she felt herself step on something. Her face twisted in confusion as she bent down to pick up whatever it was. In her hand she found a dark brown bracelet like it was made from someone’s jacket. [+orchid “Well either you or Onyx got a new accessory or we have a stowaway,”] she said tossing the bracelet to Damien.
[center Another day, another bounty, another game of cat and mouse.]
[center Leaning against the ship, Onyx let out a sigh, running gloved hands through her hair. Most of the time, this was exciting. The chase was fun, the credits were usually pretty great, and she wasn't having to do it all alone anymore. She had two pretty great crewmates to help her out. So why was she feeling so down today? For some reason that she was unaware of, she just felt... off. Maybe it was because she had noticed how much time Damien and Cassia were spending together. Or maybe it was because it was the same routine, day in and day out. Whatever the reason, Onyx was annoyed by it.]
[center With a shake of her head, she turned and made her way back onto [i The Siren], knowing it wouldn't do her any good to worry herself sick over it all. The best course of action was to just head out, get this one done, and keep going. One day she'd get caught with the bounty that was on her own head or her past would come back to haunt her.]
[center That day, however, was not today.]
[center Once on the ship, she would make sure that everything checked out okay, double-checking over the comms that their engine was good to go before she started up the ship and set course for Coruscant. Not her favorite planet, but it was where she needed to be, so that was where she was going. If the other two complained then oh well. They could pick the next one. Leaning back in her chair, she let out a sigh, pinching the bridge of her freckled nose. She needed something to change... she really did.]
[center [pic https://imgur.com/6Opfdjb.jpg]]
[right [pic https://imgur.com/ts3H9oF.jpg]] [center [b "Son of a-"] The spark that had shocked his hand was enough to catch the engineer off guard, but he quickly bit his tongue, putting the finger in his mouth as the unexpected numbness went away. [b "I'm the one that keeps you goin'. Do that again and I'll make sure you never get to move another day in your life,"] he mumbled to the ship. Luckily enough, the AI inside hadn't been alerted to him needing anything, so she had no response for him.]
[center [b [i "Damien, are we ready to take off?"]] Lauristen's accented voice echoed throughout the small engine room. Standing, he walked over to the comms device next to the door, groaning as his knee popped.]
[center [b "All set, Cap'n."]]
[center She didn't say anything else but the sudden liveliness of the ship told him she'd heard him. Leaning against the wall, he closed his eyes, taking a deep breath. He had to wonder where they were going this time. He thought to ask but decided against it. She'd sounded a bit irritated, though who knew why this time, so he figured the best thing to do would be to leave her alone for now. When she was ready to vent, she'd tell the two of them over a drink. Pushing away from the metal, he moved back over to the board against the opposite wall, triple and quadruple checking that he hadn't lied to her.]
[center [b [i "Damien, where are we going again?"]]]
[center A chill ran down his spine as the familiar voice. Clearing his throat, he turned to face the red-haired beauty, offering a smile and a shrug before he spoke. [b "Honesty, doll, I have no clue. Onyx hasn't been very forthcoming,"] he said, the country accent a bit thick. Reaching out, he swatted at her hand gently, though continued to smile down at her. [b "I'd hate for ya to break somethin' as well. Can't go around messin' up my ship."] Onyx would argue that it was hers, and while it was on paper, [i he] was the one who kept it running. It was just as much his baby as it was hers.]
[center Watching her, he almost didn't notice she'd tossed something before it was too late. He frowned before he caught the bracelet in his hand. [b "Well, it ain't mine, and last I check, Onyx didn't wear jewelry."] Had someone really snuck onto the ship? And if so, where had they hidden? It wasn't very big. Sooner or later, they would be found. [b "Come on,"] he said, placing a hand on her upper back and leading her out into the hall. [b "Let's go let her know. If we have a guest, we have to give them a good ole' [i Siren] greeting."] Miss Lauristen was going to be pissed...]
[center [pic https://imgur.com/6Opfdjb.jpg]]
[left [pic https://imgur.com/Th2dRTL.jpg]] [center [b [i "Cap'n, is this yours?"]]]
[center Onyx barely had time to move before her engineer dropped the bracelet into her lap. Raising a brow, she picked it up to examine it. [b "No. Where did you find it?]]
[center [b [i "Cassia found it. Must've kicked it in without noticing. Ain't no one been in there but the two of us."]] He paused before he cleared her throat. [b [i "Talkin' of course. I realize how bad that sounded."]]]
[center A smile tugged at the corners of her lips before she stood, gripping the bracelet in one hand and placing her other on her blaster. [b "Looks like we have a friend. Let's go find them."] With that, she left the bridge, letting the other two search wherever they pleased. Or not search at all. Truly, it was up to them and was no skin off her back. She almost laughed, though, at Damien's flustered response. Those two were so oblivious... it was quite entertaining. She had a bet with herself on who would crack first.]
[center Pushing that from her mind however, she focused on searching the ship, checking the dining area and bedrooms before she checked the supply closet neat the engine room. Grabbing the handle, she threw it open, her face far from kind as it had been moments before. Pulling the blaster from its holster, she aimed it at the unfamiliar man, holding the bracelet up. [b "Missing something?"] She dropped it on the floor before she met his gaze. [b "You have exactly ten seconds to tell me what the hell you're doing on my ship before I put you down."] If there was one thing Onyx didn't like, it was strangers popping up in places where they didn't belong.]
It was too risky to try to find the bracelet now. In fact there was a good chance that it already had been found. Which would mean it would be only moments until they started searching for him. In a ship this size it wouldn’t really take anyone that long to find him.
But life didn’t give him much time to debate about what to do in his situation as soon the door he was hiding behind was pulled open. His hands flew to the side of his face palms open and facing out.
[+crimson “Holy shit!”] he said staring down the blaster. It wasn’t like he hadn’t expected that this would be the reaction if he was found. But it didn’t make it any less startling.
[b [i “You have exactly ten seconds to tell me what the hell you are doing on my ship before I put you down.”]]
Soren swallowed hard before opening his mouth to respond. [+crimson “I had to get off that planet…”] he said unsure how much he should tell this stranger. Enough to make sure she didn’t pull the trigger but not so much that if she was aligned with the empire. His eyes started to scan the woman in front of him.
The gorgeous woman standing before him didn’t give the vibe of empire sympathizer. In fact the reason he picked the ship was the fact that it looked like the ship of someone who was morally ambiguous. Someone who more cared about the payoff then the side.
[+crimson “I’ll tell you more if you stop pointing that thing in my face,”] he said nodding to the blaster in her hands. He could at least give her a little information. Maybe say he was on the run- but not who he was on the run from. Unless it would be better to do so. Certainly he would not be sharing why he was on the run.
Though he could understand why the woman did not want to lower her guard. He was a stranger on her ship. If he was in her shoes he could see himself assuming the worst. [+crimson “Look I don’t mean any of you any harm. I just need passage to wherever you are heading next. Whatever planet I will get off and go from there,”] he said carefully not daring to lower his hands until she lowered her weapon.
[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/C6rJuxC.jpg]] [right [pic https://img.wattpad.com/b889fd86d25f6d97edae1709d9dd399ba998726b/68747470733a2f2f73332e616d617a6f6e6177732e636f6d2f776174747061642d6d656469612d736572766963652f53746f7279496d6167652f735a39464e493669584764625a673d3d2d313030333631313937342e313635356339396562393533653065643838353530353235313735372e6a7067]] Cassia wondered why she felt a shiver run through her when he called her doll. Maybe she was cold. That had to be it right? Her face still held its smirk though not wanting to show the flips her stomach was doing. Which only increased when she felt his hand at the small of her back guiding her out towards their captain. She tried to force her mind off the sensation of him guiding her as the more pressing issue was finding whoever was the owner of the bracelet.
Once they were in front of Onyx, the con woman leaned against the wall letting Damien do the talking. The metal interior of [i Siren] felt cold on her hands as she tucked them behind her back. Only pulling one arm out from behind her again to wave once Damien mentioned that she found it. Her ears peeking up as Damien started to trip over his words about them. There was a small spark that glinted momentarily in her eyes.
[+orchid “Sounds like a plan Onyx,”] Cassia smiled bowing her head slightly to the other woman. She couldn’t help but notice that the captain seemed more lively at the news of the stowaway. Like she was at least partially excited about this turn of events.
Once it was just the two of them again Cas smirked, [+orchid “Well if you are done thinking about the two of us alone in a room together- we should probably go check for the intruder,”] her voice was teasing as she spoke even though those kind of thoughts made her mind wander. Though he probably would have been just as flustered if he was talking about someone else, she wouldn’t allow herself to read too much into it.
She grabbed her blaster, [+orchid “You coming?”] she grinned to him before exiting the room to start her search. She wasn’t sure if the male would follow her but she found herself hoping that he did.
The young woman started down the ship in the opposite way she had seen Onyx go. Trying to think about where someone could be hiding and not about the man potentially trailing behind her.
[center Onyx's aim didn't waver once, her eyes staying trained on his as she listened to him speak. She did raise a brow when he told her to stop pointing the blaster at him. She almost scoffed. She wasn't an idiot. It was how she'd survived this long, especially in the early days when she'd been alone. She had no reason to believe that he wouldn't try and kick it from her hand or take it from her the moment she lowered it. Instead, she moved her finger to the trigger, clicking her tongue on the roof of her mouth.]
[center She thought about his next words carefully, realizing very quickly that he was hiding from someone or trying to get away from something. How? She'd been in his position before. Not exactly like this, where she'd snuck onto someone's ship to wait until they arrived at the next destination, but she knew what it was like to have to get away from something, especially in a hurry. With a sigh, she slowly lowered the blaster, taking a step back before she put it back in its holster. She tossed the bracelet at him before she crossed her arms over her chest.]
[center [b "Get up. Any weapons you have on you are to be dropped onto the floor right now and don't try to fool me, because I'm patting you down regardless. After that, you can explain yourself. If I don't like it, I'm sending you out through the airlock."] Perhaps it was an empty threat, but it usually did a pretty damn good job at getting people to do what she wanted. She'd only ever had to actually do it once or twice, though those had been different circumstances. He didn't need to know that, of course.]
[center [pic https://imgur.com/6Opfdjb.jpg]]
[right [pic https://imgur.com/ts3H9oF.jpg]] [center Damien did his best to ignore the young woman's comment, though it didn't stop the faint blush from creeping across his cheeks. [b "Oh, hush, you,"] was all he said before he grabbed his own blaster, waving her forward. [b "Yes, I'm comin'. Be patient."] She was a bossy little thing, wasn't she? Despite that, though, he did in fact follow her, knowing it wouldn't take very long before they found whoever it was that was hiding aboard. It wasn't like they could go very far, after all. They were in space. It didn't get more private than out here.]
[center Despite their searching together, when Damien heard Onyx's voice pipe up behind them, he paused. While he couldn't hear what it was she was saying, he recognized the accent enough to know she'd succeeded in finding the stowaway. [b "Guess we don't have to keep searchin',"] he said, putting the blaster away just as quickly as he had drawn it. He was a bit relieved that it had been her and not one of them to find the person. He had a habit of shooting first and asking questions later. The bounty hunter might be a little more forgiving.]
[center Glancing down at Cassia, he shrugged. [b "Think we should go get a look at our new friend, or do we let Cap'n take care of it?"] He was curious to see who had been brave enough to sneak on board the ship, but at the same time, if they pissed off Onyx enough or managed to screw something up, it could get messy pretty quick, and while that didn't necessarily bother him, he didn't want to be apart of it if and when it happened. Always better to let her do the dirty work. He, however, would change his mind depending on what the woman beside him wanted to do.]
Once it was clear that she would let him stand up without shooting him he made a scramble to his feet. In a slower move he started to reach for his weapon with one hand. Soren unhooked the blaster from his side slowly bending his knees. Once he had gently set the blaster on the floor he stepped forward leaving it behind.
[+crimson “That’s my only weapon,”] he stated keeping his hands up as he moved in front of her. As he got closer his gaze had to turn downwards as he was a bit taller then the female captain in front of him. Not that the slight amount of height he had on her would help him. Even if he had his weapon on him he felt there was a good chance this woman would have the upper hand on him.
Soren stood still as he was pat down. Not bothering to even start to explain himself. He didn’t want to startle her, not when she was still likely to shoot him. Once it seemed like she was satisfied that he didn’t have some secret weapon on him he exhaled.
[+crimson “Look I had to get away from some people who would likely see my head detached from my body,”] he said hoping that she would allow him to stay vague. He hoped that he came across as non-threatening. It was true that he never planned on harming anyone on this ship. If he had it his way he would have been in and out without the crew noticing.
He did wonder if there were other crew members on this ship. Though he thought he had heard talking while he was hiding so there had to be others around.
Soren crossed his arms across his chest, [+crimson “All I ask is to drop me off wherever you are headed to. I can figure it out from there.”] He wouldn’t ask anymore then a ride to the next place. It was his lot to do this alone he figured. [center [pic http://i.imgur.com/C6rJuxC.jpg]] [right [pic https://img.wattpad.com/b889fd86d25f6d97edae1709d9dd399ba998726b/68747470733a2f2f73332e616d617a6f6e6177732e636f6d2f776174747061642d6d656469612d736572766963652f53746f7279496d6167652f735a39464e493669584764625a673d3d2d313030333631313937342e313635356339396562393533653065643838353530353235313735372e6a7067]] It didn’t seem to take Onyx that long to find the stowaway. Which Cassia didn’t mind as it meant she wasn’t the one who had to figure out what to do about their mystery guest.
She in turn holstered her own blaster before turning to face the male. Her lips pursed as she processed his question. The woman was certainly interested in seeing who exactly had snuck onto their ship. People usually went out of their way to not mess with them.
But heading towards Onyx and the stranger would mean no more teasing Damien for a little bit. So in the very least she could try to find a way to tease him before they left. A mischievous smile formed on her lips, [+orchid “Sure we can go meet our new friend. Though that would mean that we couldn’t be alone in a room together.”]
As she spoke she walked up to him. Seeing Damien flustered was always amusing to the con woman. Even if his flushed expression and flustered speech didn’t have any hidden meaning behind it. At least she could pretend that there was a reason why he seemed to get tongue tied around her. Though she wasn’t sure why she wanted there to be meaning.
She lightly flicked his arm before continuing to saunter out of the room. [+orchid “Just to talk of course,”] she said turning to face him again and stick her tongue out. A light giggle emanated from her as she then said, [+orchid “Come on let’s go see who Onyx found.”]
It was then she started to make her way towards where they had heard Onyx voice coming from. Hopefully nothing would turn for the worst.
[center As promised, Onyx did indeed pat him down, doing her best to focus on what she was doing and [i not] how oddly handsome he was. It wasn't like her to notice such things and definitely seemed unlikely that they would have two attractive men on board. Yes, she was willing to admit Damien was a looker, though she had no interest in him at all. For one, she saw the way Cassia would look at him, and for two, she wasn't looking for a relationship. It was too dangerous to be so vulnerable and trusting with someone like that.]
[center She quickly brought her mind away from that direction, not wanting to deal with the pain that would come with those thoughts. Pulling her hands away from him, she let out a sigh, relieved to find that he had in fact told the truth about that blaster being the only thing he had. Last thing she needed was to be blindsided by a hidden weapon. Walking over, she reached down to pick it up from the floor, though she didn't hand it to him just yet. [b "I know how that is all too well,"] she mumbled, examining the blaster. [b "Alright then,"] she said after a moment or two of thinking it over. [b "You can have this back when you leave. Till then, I can't trust you with it."]]
[center Turning back to face him, she held out her free hand. [b "Onyx Lauristen. Be glad you caught me on a good day. If not, I might have still sent you out into space and kept the blaster for myself."] While her tone was flat, a small smile tugged at the corner of her lips. [b "There's two others aboard, Damien and Cassia. Screw with them while you're here and I really will make sure you suffer."] If there was one thing a person didn't mess with, it was those she considered family.]
[center If she were honest, she wasn't too sure she felt comfortable keeping the stranger aboard. The safety of her ship and everyone on it were her top priority. Even on a mission, making sure that everyone got back safe was her main concern. However, she had no real reason to toss him out if he were being genuine and, despite how she acted most of the time, she [i did] have a heart, and a set of morals. So for now, he would stay until they arrive to Coruscant or until he proved her wrong for believing him.]
[center [pic https://imgur.com/6Opfdjb.jpg]]
[right [pic https://imgur.com/ts3H9oF.jpg]] [center Oh, she was a little witch, the con artist was. [b "We're alone together right now,"] he mumbled, hating the way his stomach flipped. Why did he care so much if they were alone or not? Why had he cared when he said it? They were on a ship together in the middle of space. It was expected that they'd end up alone together a few times a day. Then again, he'd been alone with Onyx plenty and never once had he felt pulled to her like he did Cassia. Maybe it was because she was so much friendlier?]
[center Seeing her approach, he took a small step back, raising a brow as he looked down at her. Why the hell was he so close to her? And why did his cheeks feel warm? Maybe the vents were down.]
[center He narrowed his eyes as she flicked him, though there was no malice behind the expression. [b "Keep it up, doll. See how fast I lock your ass inside a closet,"] he said, a laugh escaping his throat. He knew that she was aware that he wouldn't do anything to harm her or to let anything happen. They were a team, the three of them were, and may whatever forces above help anyone that tried to cross them.]
[center With a roll of his eyes, he followed close behind her, arms crossed over his chest as they followed the sound of the other two voices. He couldn't help but wonder who it was that had snuck aboard. Was it someone that was there to do some damage, or just someone who had snuck onto the wrong ship? Either way, Damien didn't like the fact that they were in this situation, and he was more than ready to start a fight if needed.]
While he was being patted down he couldn't help but notice again the attractiveness of the fierce woman in front of him. Sure she was a bit standoffish and had alluded to offing him multiple times but that didn't mean she wasn't stunning. Though he tried to not think too hard on it, not when he both was unsure if she would let him live or not and while she was so close to him. So close in fact that he felt like he could count the freckles that lined the bridge of her nose.
When she did step back, apparently satisfied with the fact that he indeed only had that one weapon she grabbed his blaster too. He felt his heart clench slightly in his chest at the thought of being weaponless on a strangers ship. It wasn't as if he had much of a choice in the matter though. With his own hand he reached out to grab the one that she offered him, [+crimson "Soren Aphelion,"] he responded. This time when she threated to jettison him he noticed that there was a small tug at the corner of her mouth. The observation caused his own to lift into a sort of soft smirk. [+crimson "Noted,"] was all he said to her.
So there was two others on the ship as well. It made sense that there were only a few of them here. It wasn't a large vessel. By the sounds of it, the crew aboard this ship was close knit as well. God, he hoped he didn't accidentally get on anyone's bad side. It was then that he noticed they were joined by two others. The red-haired female, Cassia he presumed, bounded gracefully to Onyx's side. The first thing he noticed about the two newcomers was that both of their faces seemed to have a light flush to them- [i Interesting]. His eyes quickly darted between Cassia and Damien.
[b [i "Is this our new friend?"]]
He heard the red-haired girl ask Onyx. Which also caused him again to realize just how out numbered he was in this situation. [+crimson "Soren,"] he gave a small wave of greeting. The man ignored her comment about his looks knowing that she was probably trying to trip him up. Though he was sure his eyes momentarily flashed with confusion at her comment.
Soren ventured a glance at the other male then who stood with his arms crossed. Though Soren was sure that if he moved in any way that appeared threating the man would have his blaster out and pointed at him in no time. Just who were these people? How did they find each other? What had he gotten himself into now. [center [pic http://i.imgur.com/C6rJuxC.jpg]] [right [pic https://img.wattpad.com/b889fd86d25f6d97edae1709d9dd399ba998726b/68747470733a2f2f73332e616d617a6f6e6177732e636f6d2f776174747061642d6d656469612d736572766963652f53746f7279496d6167652f735a39464e493669584764625a673d3d2d313030333631313937342e313635356339396562393533653065643838353530353235313735372e6a7067]]
As she lead the way towards their captain she willed herself to not look back. Especially after she heard his laugh. The young woman could feel the heat on her cheeks- she didn't want Damien seeing the color that lay there. Why was she even flushed anyways? She was a flirtatious person- so why did it feel so different when she acted that way around Damien. And why did her heart rate increase when he called her doll.
Still facing forward she responded to the engineer, [+orchid "Try to lock me in a closet and one I will kick your ass, two I will tell Onyx who will also kick your ass."] Her voice still holding its joking tone, [+orchid "After all I am one of her favorite people."] Damien was the other though. And most likely in that scenario Onyx would just roll her eyes at the two of them and give them this knowing look that she had been giving lately when it came to the two of them. Which in turn made Cassia's stomach flip, did Onyx know why Cassia was feeling all these things when it came to Damien?
When they reached their captain it seemed like she had already diffused the situation. Cassia immediately made her way over to the other woman. It seemed like Onyx was not at all harmed by the strange man that stood on their ship. Which was good- Cassia was a typically friendly person but all bets were off when it came to her team. The three of them would do anything for each other- they were a family. The only family the young woman had.
[+orchid "Is this our new friend?"] she asked with her usual grin, [+orchid "Glad he is being so well behaved, it would have been a shame to have to injure that good looking face."] Cassia tilted her head to the side observing the stranger, [+orchid "Cassia Quinlan. Some of my friends call me Cas but we aren't friends- at least not until I know you won't be a danger to any of us."] Through all she said to Soren her voice still held its light tone and a smile still played across her face.
She then turned to look at her captain. Waiting to be told what the plan was for their little stowaway. Maybe Onyx would be fine with him having free range of the ship, or one of them might have to babysit. Or they would have to lock him up somewhere. Whatever Onyx said the plan was, Cassia would follow it. The dark haired woman rarely led them astray.
[center The name tossed and turned around in her mind for a moment or two before she nodded. [b “My ship, my rules. Do as I say while you’re here and we won’t have any problems. Understood?”] At the end of the day, the safety of Cassia and Damien were more important than anything else and she really would do what it took to keep them alive and well. If this handsome stranger did anything to jeopardize that, she really would let him live long enough to regret it.]
[center It didn’t take long for the other two to join them, which eased Onyx’s nerves just a little. She was quick to take a few steps back, putting distance between her and Soren. She was more than happy to let her two crewmates get to know the man. She couldn’t have cared less to know more than his name. The less she knew, the less attached she would get. The less attached she got, the less likely the chance that he would end up staying aboard their ship. Another member was the last thing she needed… She worried too much about the other ones as it was.]
[center She glanced at the other woman beside her for just a moment, only nodding in response. She didn’t quite like the use of the word friend, but she wouldn’t correct Cassia. Let her speak how she wanted to. He wouldn’t be staying long anyway. She did, however, have to keep from rolling her eyes as the woman commented on the same thing the brunette had already noticed. [i Yes, he’s handsome. Let’s] not [i focus on that,] she thought to herself. It would just be a distraction.]
[center The other male of the ship took a step forward, though Onyx could tell by the tension his shoulders carried and the look on his face that he didn’t like this one bit. [b “Damien,”] he mumbled, holding his hand out for just a moment to Soren. [b “Mess with the girls and you mess with me, got it?”] She almost smirked. He was trying to be tough and protective, which she got, but he knew just as well as she did that the two women didn’t need protecting. They knew how to handle themselves. Still, the thought was nice.]
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[right [pic https://imgur.com/ts3H9oF.jpg]] [center Damien had decided not to comment about Onyx and Cassia both kicking his ass. Of that, he had no doubt. He knew Cas would enjoy it, though, while Onyx would just be annoyed. She probably wouldn’t even really do anything to him. Just a stern talking to if it was really warranted. She tended to let a lot of things slide when it came to the two of them. He had always wondered why that was but had never thought to ask her. One day he would. Today was not that day.]
[center Coming upon Onyx and the stranger, Damien was immediately on guard, arms crossed over his chest as he took the man in. He seemed non-threatening enough on the surface, though that didn’t mean anything. It was a good sign that their captain seemed unharmed. That would be a good point for him not being so bad right off the bat if it wasn’t for the fact that he knew that anyone could turn and stab someone in the back when they were least expecting it, no matter how harmless they seemed.]
[center Hearing Cassia speak, a tick started in his jaw. The guy wasn’t that good-looking, so why did she feel the need to comment on his face at all? Damien paused. Why did he care so much? Why did her words make him feel a bit angry? Quickly pushing all of that away, he held out a hand to introduce himself. This guy didn’t need to know anything about him outside of his name. It wasn’t information that he would need in the future, that much was for sure.]
[center [b [i “Alright, now that that’s over with, let’s move on. Soren, I’ll show you around. If you’re not with me, you’re with one of them. It stays that way until I say otherwise. Last thing I need is for you to go poking around in places that you don’t need to be.”]] She’d give him a short tour, but that was about it. [b [i “We’re heading to Coruscant. That’s where we’ll drop you off, do what we have to do, and then we’re gone. You don’t know us and we don’t know you. Understood?”]]]
[center Damien only nodded, having no problem with the idea, outside of the fact that he might have to babysit the stranger. He hoped it wouldn’t come to that. [b [i “You two stay out of trouble,”]] she said, pointing to him and Cassia before she motioned for Soren to follow her. Damien tensed a little, wanting to argue that he wasn’t the troublemaker out of the two of them, though he could tell by the look on the woman’s face that anything he said would fall on deaf ears.]
[center So he kept his mouth shut, glancing at Cassia for a brief moment. How was she feeling about all of this? He was curious, though he didn’t bother to ask. He had to assume she would tell him her thoughts sooner or later.]
It seemed that Onyx was still not convinced that he was not there to hurt them. Which he supposed was understandable. He did stowaway on their ship, and he was armed. But also he didn’t feel like constantly being worried that the crew on this ship was going to decide he was a threat. Still he nodded to let her know that he understood that she was in charge of this vessel.
[+crimson “I don’t plan on messing with anyone,”] he said shaking the males hand that was offered to him. He was pretty sure one would be insane to mess with any of the three people in front of him. They all looked like danger. Last thing Soren needed was more enemies.
Coruscant. Not ideal- it could be a pretty dangerous place. Especially when on the run from the Empire. Though there were those sympathetic to the rebellion. Soren would just have to find those people. Make it work.
[+crimson “Yeah I get it. Get to the planet. And go our separate ways,”] he said crossing his arms over his chest. [+crimson “Understood.”]
Soren did his best to not roll his eyes as Onyx motioned for him to follow. As they left the other two behind. As they walked down the hall he focused on Onyx again. He couldn’t help but feel like there was more to Onyx then she showed. She came across as a no nonsense woman who did not let people close to her. Perhaps there was some truth to that. But he couldn’t help but feel like there was more than that to her.
Not that he expected her to open up to him. He was a stranger. [+crimson “Thanks for not killing me…”] he said lightly to the woman, [+crimson “How long until we are at Coruscant?”] As they walked he looked around the ship. It wasn’t the most glorious vessel he had ever seen but it seemed to be kept up pretty well.
Some of the patch work done on the ship was more noticeable then others. All in all whoever was in charge of upkeep was decently talented. Soren couldn’t help but think that it would be nice to have a person like that in the Rebellion. [center [pic http://i.imgur.com/C6rJuxC.jpg]] [right [pic https://img.wattpad.com/b889fd86d25f6d97edae1709d9dd399ba998726b/68747470733a2f2f73332e616d617a6f6e6177732e636f6d2f776174747061642d6d656469612d736572766963652f53746f7279496d6167652f735a39464e493669584764625a673d3d2d313030333631313937342e313635356339396562393533653065643838353530353235313735372e6a7067]]
The con woman went silent again as she watched Damien introduce himself. Being part of this crew meant knowing how to hold your own in sticky situations- the engineer certainly knew they didn’t need protecting. But Cassia was far from offended, in fact a gentle type of smile formed on her face.
During the time that the guys were talking to each other Cassia draped her arms around the captains shoulders. Giving a light sort of hug. [+orchid “Glad you are safe,”] she whispered lightly. After all Onyx had been by herself searching for a stranger aboard their ship. Even though the woman was more than capable of taking someone out Cassia couldn’t help but be concerned for her friends’ safety.
The young woman retracted herself from the other woman as quickly as she had hugged her. And they were right back to usual business. Cas nodded as Onyx spoke. Seemed like babysitting duty would be in the books for them. No way could Onyx constantly be watching him. Though she was certain that Damien would hate the idea of doing that.
Her hands went up in feign surrender. [+orchid “As always captain,”] she grinned knowing that she was always the one that caused trouble when it came to her and Damien. Maybe she was a magnet for it. Though in her defense she was always able to get herself out of it.
Once the other two had left Cassia let her arms drop to her side again. Her eyes narrowed a little bit watching their backs disappear down the hall. [+orchid “We should probably keep our eyes on him. Make sure he isn’t going to try to pull one over on us,”] Cassia said not sure if Damien was even listening. In some ways she said what she did out loud to make it real for herself.
Cassia then turned on her heel to face the engineer. [+orchid “So what to do now, my engineer?”] she asked playfully. Though she immediately felt her face flush when she processed what she said. [+orchid “I-I mean our engineer,”] she stammered out quite unsure why she was feeling so nervous all the sudden. It wasn’t out of character for her to be flirty. Flirting was how she got her way sometimes when things went south on missions or in life.
[center Onyx barely moved a muscle as the red-headed woman wrapped her arms around her. She barely even glanced at her, though she did offer her a small smile and a pat on the arm. [b “Thank you,”] she said softly. The last thing she needed was for the crew to worry about her. As fast as it had started, the moment ended, and she had to wonder if either of the men standing before them had noticed. Most likely not. They were too busy staring each other down. The bounty hunter resisted the urge to roll her eyes, despite the fact that not long ago, she’d been threatening Soren all the same as Damien.]
[center She was glad when Cassia acknowledged her words a few minutes later, though the grin was no comfort. She was very doubtful he and Damien would actually listen to her. After all, she was fairly convinced they weren’t having fun if they weren’t causing trouble [i somewhere,] whether it was on the ship or when they were docked on a planet. Trouble seemed to follow the three of them if she were to be honest. She couldn’t put all the blame on them. That wouldn’t be fair.]
[center Finally able to get away from the other two, she felt a little relieved. This way, she could show the man around, hopefully get him to sit quietly in the co-pilot chair when they were done, and not have to really worry about him for the rest of the journey. The problem with that was that the voyage ahead would not be a short one, not like it usually would be if she were on a merchant ship or anything of the like. No, Onyx had to take the long way around to decrease the chances that they would be caught by the Empire.]
[center Or someone worse.]
[center Her stomach knotted as hazel eyes flashed through her mind. [i You have] got [i to find a way to deal with that.] Yeah, yeah, she knew that, and one day she would. That day just wasn’t coming any time soon. Hearing Soren’s voice pulled her out of the dark place that she threatened to fall back into. She waved her hand dismissively. [b “No need to thank me. You didn’t attack me right away so I really had no reason to do so. Just keep it that way and you’ll be just fine.”] She then shrugged. [b “At least a day or two. I don’t stick to the same route. I don’t care how fast or slow it is. Keeps us from being taken hostage or anything like that.”] Surely he could live with that.]
[center After showing him the small bar/dining area, along with where the bedrooms were located, she would finally turn to him again. [b “Why not tell me a little bit about yourself? Anything interesting I should know?”] She wanted to ask him why he was on the run but had quickly decided against it. She didn’t need a reason to sympathize with him any more than she already did, if only because she understood how it felt.]
[center She’d been in his shoes once upon a time.]
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[right [pic https://imgur.com/ts3H9oF.jpg]] [center There wasn’t much more that Damien could say to the man standing before him. So long as he really understood that no harm would come to those on board, no matter how hard he might try, then everything should be just fine. He still felt uneasy with the idea of him staying on board the ship, thinking it better that they just jettison his ass out and not have to worry about him anymore, but at the end of the day, whatever Onyx said was final. No point in arguing with her, no matter how much he wanted to.]
[center He would keep his eyes on the two until they disappeared completely from sight, wanting to make sure that Soren didn’t try anything with the dark-haired woman’s back turned. Satisfied when he didn’t, he finally turned his attention to Cas, wondering how she was feeling about the whole ordeal. [b “Agreed,”] he mumbled under his breath. He didn’t trust the man as far as he could throw him, which he had to assume really wouldn’t be far.]
[center With a sigh, he ran a hand through his hair, pausing as the next few words left the woman’s lips. He raised a brow, a slight blush coloring his cheeks. [i My engineer?] Had she meant to say it that way? [b [i “Your] engineer? My my, Cas, you’re getting quite bold,”] he said with a chuckle, reaching out to ruffle her hair. [b “Why don’t you and I play a game of Sabacc? Keep our minds off of our little friend until Onyx decides to pass him off to one of us?”]]
[center A grin spread across his face. [b “We can even play for credits if it keeps things interesting.”] He wasn’t very confident that he would beat her, but there was no harm in trying. She didn’t have to know just yet how terrible of a card player he was.]
As they walked through the ship the male continued to look around waiting for Onyx to respond to him. Soren found himself wondering how these three wound up together. They seemed so close that one might assume they had known each other their whole lives but that was probably not the case. What had they gone through that bonded them so much? Though perhaps that was a dumb question, after all he had people he was inexplicably close to as well. His friends that also had joined the rebellion. Ones who he had gone through some shit with.
[+crimson “Believe me I have no intentions of harming you or anyone else aboard this vessel,”] he repeated again knowing that there was no reason for the captain to believe him. He didn't have much of a response when it came to the answer to his question. It was a statement of fact and no matter what his response was nothing would speed or slow down the arrival time. Plus he had no real problem with it other than the fact that it meant he would have to spend more time concerned about getting on the bad side of the other two. They seemed just a tad more unpredictable than the Captain did. Not that he could easily read her- more that she felt like the more level-headed force in this trio. Perhaps he was wrong though.
He was given a small tour of where things were located on the ship. He realized they hadn't discussed quite yet how sleeping arrangements were going to work. But he wasn't exactly tired yet so that could wait. Soren was aware of the question she probably had wanted to ask before opting for the generic one. [+crimson "Well I don't usually stowaway on other peoples ships,"] he said with a small grin. She seemed friendly enough it would hurt to maybe be a little less guarded. [+crimson "I was a pilot for a little bit, I am not terrible at it."] He shared with a small shrug. Soren didn't add that mainly he gathered intel for the rebellion or that he was a pilot for the rebellion in the past. Sharing that information at this point would only put everyone in further danger.
[+crimson "What about you anything interesting to share?"] he asked Onyx back. [+crimson "Is it weird at all being on a ship with a couple as your only crewmates?"] He figured the other two were probably together. He had noticed the way the other males jaw set when the red-head had called him good-looking. Plus it would explain the flushed faces that they had had when they joined their captain.
As he waited for her response he fidgeted a little bit with his bracelet securing it back onto his arm. Hopefully this time it wouldn't fall off. In no way did he want to lose the only part of his brother he had left. He was thankful he had gotten it back- not that he had wanted to share that in the moment with a blaster pointed at his face. If Malachi was here with him he would finessed the situation a whole lot better than Soren had that's for sure. [center [pic http://i.imgur.com/C6rJuxC.jpg]] [right [pic https://img.wattpad.com/b889fd86d25f6d97edae1709d9dd399ba998726b/68747470733a2f2f73332e616d617a6f6e6177732e636f6d2f776174747061642d6d656469612d736572766963652f53746f7279496d6167652f735a39464e493669584764625a673d3d2d313030333631313937342e313635356339396562393533653065643838353530353235313735372e6a7067]]
Of course he was the one being a brat now. Perhaps she deserved it, she was teasing him just moments before when the roles were reversed. [+orchid "Oh shut it,"] she said as she felt her face get warmer still. Cassia reached out and lightly shoved Damien on his chest just before she felt his hand on her head ruffling her hair. Strands of red fell disjointedly around her face. One small strand ended up next to her nose, [+orchid "Hey!"] she exclaimed before brushing his hand away from her head.
What made her more uncomfortable than the state of her hair was the fact that her stomach started doing tiny flips at his gesture. In a huffed sort of manner Cassia went about fixing her hair, running her own hand through it till everything was again framing her face instead of in her face. Slowly her eyes drifted up to meet Damien's as he spoke of Sabacc. Her own mischievous grin forming on her face. [+orchid "You are on. And of course we will play for credits,"] she responded.
It was taking everything in her to will her face back down to its normal state. It was something she was not used to. She was not one to feel these sort of nerves, anytime she had ever flirted with a man she was always in control of herself. Never did they make her face heat up, not really anyways, she would pretend sure. But whenever she or Damien made any sort of comment that toed on flirtation her face seemed to instantly turn red.
Then with a wink she added, [+orchid "Can't wait to relieve you of your credits. It will certainly make my day."] As she spoke she took a step towards him in order to lightly poke his chest with her pointer finger when she said the word you. Though with the step forward she had to lift her head up slightly more to still look him in the eye. Christ this man was tall. Or rather she was on the shorter side. Maybe both. After her challenge to him she turned on her heel making her way towards where she knew they kept cards for Sabacc. Which also thankfully meant they wouldn't be standing in the hall anymore where Onyx and Soren could walk past again and see her flushed face.
She made her way into the room which housed a bar and also a small table. The cards were usually stored on a shelf on the inner side of the bar. Once she had the cards she placed them in the man's hand. [+orchid "Here you can deal first, don't want you to accuse me of being a cheat,"] she grinned at him. Though she was certain he knew that there were two people in this world that Cas would never try to con. [+orchid "I am assuming we are playing here unless you would prefer to play elsewhere,"] she said making her way back around the bar and towards the table in a fluid motion.
[center The bounty hunter hoped he was right. She didn't want to put some trust in him, to believe him when he said he wouldn't hurt any of them, only to be proven wrong when he turned around and took over the ship or stabbed one of them in the back for the credits on their heads. She'd had that happen one too many times before and she really didn't want to deal with that kind of situation again. [b "I appreciate that,"] she said a moment later. With that, she grew quiet again, continuing to show him around and only speaking when it came to specifying what room they were in or where he could get certain things, etc, etc.]
[center About halfway through, she started to believe she should've told Cassia to show him around. Out of the three of them, she was truly the more talkative one. She was a people person. Onyx was not. If she could avoid interacting with anyone outside the ship, she tried to. Diplomacy was not her strong suit and it showed most of the time. With him answering her question, she would look at him, slowly nodding. She could've guessed that stowing away wasn't something he would normally do. [b "I figured that much,"] she said softly. Her tone wasn't harsh or annoyed. Just a more matter-of-fact tone.]
[center [b "That's good, then. You can help me when I can't pilot the ship."] It was mostly a joke since she wasn't sure she could trust him not to try and crash the ship or hurt it in any way, but at the same time, she knew it would be nice to have someone who could help her when it came to getting them where they were going. If she asked Cas or Damien, she was sure one of them would jump up to help without any issue, but since she never asked, she didn't actually know how much they knew when it came to taking control of a ship.]
[center She would tense slightly when he asked about her. What was she supposed to say to that? She didn't think there was really much she could say. [b "I've been on the run from the Empire, as well,"] she said after a moment or two. She figured trying to relate to something with him would be a good way to break some of the ice. He was going to be around for a couple of days. May as well try and be nice while he was there. She then raised a brow before scoffing. [b "They're definitely not a couple, but they keep dancing around it for much longer and I'm going to lock them in a room together and wait for them to figure it out."]]
[center To her knowledge, her two crewmates hadn't actually made any moves on one another, but the feelings were quite obvious. Onyx had seen the looks they'd given one another when the other wasn't looking. She'd also seen how tense Damien had become when Cassia had commented on Soren's looks. Maybe he hadn't realized he'd done it, but the reaction was there. The two were just awful when it came to talking about their feelings. The captain couldn't blame them, though. Putting one's feelings out there made them vulnerable and set them out for heartbreak and failure. That shit sucked.]
[center With a sigh, she ran her hand through her hair before looking up at him. Now that everything had calmed down, she was exhausted. Maybe it was a continuation of her earlier moment of feeling down. They happened from time to time and she never really knew how to deal with them. [b "I'll figure out a place for you to stay. If push comes to shove, I'll just have Cassia bunk with me and you can stay in her bed."] She paused for a moment. [b "Or she can bunk with Damien. Either way, you'll get a bed, they'll get a bed, and everyone will be happy."] She didn't mind the idea of sharing a bed with the other woman but having slept alone for so long, Onyx wasn't sure she would get much sleep.]
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[right [pic https://imgur.com/ts3H9oF.jpg]] [center A smirk tugged at the corners of his lips as Damien stared down at the redhead before him. [b "Okay, okay,"] he said, holding his hands up as she pushed the one away from her head. If he were honest, she looked pretty good with her hair messed up like that. He, however, knew better than to say that out loud, lest she punched him in the face for it. Her huffing and trying to fit it didn't help his thoughts, though. What was it about her that drew him in? He lived on the ship with two beautiful women, and yet Onyx didn't make his stomach flip or his mind run wild the way Cassia did.]
[center He just didn't understand it and it was starting to drive him crazy. In response to her words, he would roll his eyes, nudging her in her arm. [b "I'm so going to kick your ass, little missy,"] he said with a grin. He was very doubtful that was true, but she didn't need to know that just yet. He would quickly follow behind him as she walked away, only glanced down for a slight second before he brought his eyes to the back of her head, where they would remain until they were in the bar room. He quickly moved past her to search for a bottle to drink from. For some reason, a drink sounded really good.]
[center Once it had a bottle in one hand, he would take the cards from her, nodding slowly. [b "You're just lettin' me do it so that [i you] can accuse [i me] of cheatin'."] He smiled at her as he set the bottle down on the bar. He wished he knew how to cheat when it came to cards. He wouldn't have lost so many credits in the early days before he'd met her and the captain. Then again, if he had been good at cards, he probably never would've crossed paths with them. [b "Here is probably the safest option,"] he said, walking over to the table with the bottle once it was open. [b "Only other place would be one of our rooms."] Walking behind her, he leaned over to whisper in her ear. [b "But that would just have us alone in a more intimate room, now wouldn't it?"] He probably shouldn't have, but he intended to get back at her for messing with him earlier.]
[center Quicky moving away, he sat opposite of her, that shit-eating grin plastered on his face. [b "Alright, Cas,"] he started, shuffling and dealing the cards, [b "how much are we bettin'?"] Whatever she threw out, he would match it.]
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