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Ibani shivers against one of the walls of Milliways, her body wracked with fever and hunger both. She hadn't meant to end up here, didn't know this was a place that existed, but it's shown up at just the right time.

She's somewhere between seven and ten, clothed in fabric with far too many holes in it, and wearing a slave shock collar around her neck. Her bones stand out too sharply against her skin and her eyes are fever bright and darting around the room.

She knows she must have food, must have fuel to fight the sickness attacking her body. Unconsciously, the Force reacts to her desires, resulting in a kind of fitful grasping like a drowning person clawing onto whatever they can to stay afloat.

Maybe, maybe if she gets close enough to one of the tables she can steal some food without anyone noticing. Yes, yes that's a good plan.

Date: 2017-06-02 12:42 am (UTC)
idontneedluck: (I am one with the force)
From: [personal profile] idontneedluck
Chirrut would have to be concussed to not notice the racket in the Force Ibani is kicking up. Ibani's luck is holding out - he's not concussed, which on some days of training is a serious concern. He has two Guardian-level classes going at the moment, and there are a few students determined to earn a reputation as ones who can put down the mad-dog master.

It's adorable.

She (he? hard to tell at that age) is too thin for their height, the steps too light and too careless to be mistaken for someone doing a proper job sneaking across the room. Chirrut nudges a few of the bao he has for lunch closer to the edge of the table where he has settled with Baze for lunch, and shifts his staff just enough to tap Baze's foot.

Date: 2017-06-02 12:46 am (UTC)
iprotectyou: An animated gif of Baze blinking (if you say so)
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Baze glances up at the tap, and quickly looks away from the girl approaching their table. He, too, sets a bao on the edge, so the child will be spoiled for choice.

The shock collar he saw at a glance bothers him--as does her bony frame. He's never seen a collar like that before, though he can guess what it's been used for--and why.

He vows then and there to take her back to the temple, where the kitchens will stuff her full of food, and she'll never have to wear a collar again.

Date: 2017-06-02 01:13 am (UTC)
idontneedluck: (I am one with the force)
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"Easy, you great bantha." Chirrut chides in Jedhan, not wanting to give his hand away so easily. "Remember the stories of how difficult it was to coral me, and I hadn't had as hard of a life. Tell me about her." He orders as he more sedately eats a bao himself, making a mental note to order more. Training was hard today, and he needs to make up the calories.

Date: 2017-06-02 01:28 am (UTC)
iprotectyou: Baze giving someone an incredulous look, furrowing his brow (are you serious)
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"She's wearing a damn shock collar," Baze says in Jedhan. He almost growls his words, but remembers just in time that he might scare the girl. "She's about seven, I think, it's hard to tell. She's far too skinny. And she has scars in the shapes of symbols under her eye--almost like a bantha brand. My guess is that she's a slave."

He openly offers her a steamed bun, holding the food out to her while keeping his eyes focused on Chirrut.
Edited Date: 2017-06-02 01:29 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-06-02 02:11 am (UTC)
idontneedluck: (I am one with the force)
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"Do you think you can break the collar here, or will we need equipment from the temple?" Chirrut asks, keeping his voice calm so that even though the words might not make sense, the tone won't alarm her. "She sounds ill. It's too bad bacta tastes so foul, or I'd try to slip her some."

Chirrut mimics Baze's action, slowly, offering another bao under the table, his lean fingers spread carefully.

Date: 2017-06-02 02:14 am (UTC)
iprotectyou: Baze Malbus holding his heavy repeater rifle and raising his brows (I think not)
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"I can break it here. I will," Baze says, resisting the urge to fold his arms--and the urge to just reach out and hug her, or to maybe start messing with that collar. He keeps his hands firmly on the table and hunches his shoulders, trying to appear as non-threatening as he possibly can. He'd offer her more food, but Chirrut has already taken care of that.

He's tempted to hail a waitrat and order more, but they have plenty to give her for now, and he doesn't want to spook her further. "She is ill. Her fingers are hot."

Date: 2017-06-02 02:34 am (UTC)
idontneedluck: (I am one with the force)
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She's not just ill, she is in trouble. Chirrut frowns - they don't have time to capture her over days. In days she might have found some out of the way place to hide, and will be beyond help.

"Slowly then. So slowly. If she bolts I will catch her, but hopefully it won't come to that." He knows he won't be able to keep Baze from trying to touch her anyway, so they might as well go as a team.

Date: 2017-06-02 02:39 am (UTC)
iprotectyou: An animated gif of Baze smiling (smile)
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There's no way this plan could go wrong. No way.

Baze does as instructed, and moves slowly. He opens his palms first, and then scoots out of his chair, not standing, but moving into a kneeling crouch. He extends a hand to her--and then curses himself silently, because he should have thought to offer her more food.

"Hello, little one," he says in Basic, his tone warm and unassuming. "We're here to help you. Can I take a look at that collar?"

Date: 2017-06-02 03:03 am (UTC)
idontneedluck: (I don't need luck)
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"Well, one, because we don't think you're a thing, and two, because Baze here is going to start crying if he doesn't get that horrible collar off you soon, and no one wants that." Chirrut explains softly, moving to crouch as well. He brings the food, another bao steaming gently in his hand.

Date: 2017-06-02 03:23 am (UTC)
iprotectyou: Baze smiling the tiniest bit (why hello there)
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"That's no idle threat," Baze says, sorrow roughening his voice. He thinks on all the little initiates at the temple, and he knows he'd die first before they were treated like this. "I really will cry. I'm Baze Malbus, and this is Chirrut Imwe. What's your name?"

Date: 2017-06-02 04:51 am (UTC)
idontneedluck: (I'm just tired)
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Chirrut tries to keep it off his face, but the idea of other children dying, and so horribly, breaks his heart. How could anyone be so cruel?

He rolls the tiny crystal in the palm of his hand, listening to its faint melody, head cocked. If his smile is tenuous, try not to judge him too harshly. He's trying not to cry too.

"It is like Kyber, Baze. A weaker form, perhaps, but..." He swallows, hard, and tucks the tiny crystal into his robes. "Thank you, Ibani. I like it too. And I like you."

Date: 2017-06-02 04:54 am (UTC)
iprotectyou: Baze Malbus holding his heavy repeater rifle and raising his brows (I think not)
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Baze makes good on Chirrut's threat. Tears sting his eyes, and he scrubs them away with the heels of his hands.

"Then we'll just have to find the key," Baze says stubbornly, biting back his grief. "Do you have a door, Ibani?"

Date: 2017-06-03 12:53 am (UTC)
idontneedluck: (What is sight)
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"We are remarkably hard to kill, little one." Chirrut soothes, "But we will not go there if it worries you so. Perhaps Bar can provide a key?" He asks Baze, resisting the urge to test the collar for himself.

Date: 2017-06-03 12:57 am (UTC)
iprotectyou: Baze smiling the tiniest bit (why hello there)
From: [personal profile] iprotectyou
Oh, Baze didn't even think of that. "Of course Bar can provide a key," he says, and starts standing, moving oh-so-slowly so he doesn't scare the girl. "We have a magic bar here. She can provide anything we need."

He edges around the table, so as not to get too close to Ibani--not yet--and heads to the bar. He returns, a few moments later, with a key, a warm, wet rag, and a cup of green liquid. "She gave me some medicine for your fever, Ibani. Will you take it, and let me unlock your collar?"

Date: 2017-06-03 01:13 am (UTC)
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Chirrut has absolutely no intention of sending her back (or at least not alone). That is, however, a fight for another time. That collar needs to come off.

"Will you let me hold you, little one, while Baze gets the collar off?" He asks as he settles, cross-legged, on the ground. "The medication will go down easier with a bun to follow it, don't you think?"

Date: 2017-06-03 01:17 am (UTC)
iprotectyou: An animated gif of Baze smiling (smile)
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After obtaining another bao from the table--his hands are full now, so he'll let Chirrut hold the girl, if she agrees, much as Baze wants to--he settles on the floor beside Chirrut. "You're completely safe with us," Baze says, possibly superfluously, but he wants her to understand that they're here to help. "We want to make sure you're fed and healthy again."

Date: 2017-06-03 03:35 am (UTC)
idontneedluck: (I am one with the force)
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Chirrut exudes calm, centered in himself and the Force.

"We'll let Bar keep the collar while you're healing, hmm? That should keep anyone from tampering with it." He explains, cheerfully. He doesn't seem at all worried that Baze will be messing with a device that could blow all three of them to bits.

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