The moment I saw Merleah's jacket, the floodgates broke. First, waves of dismay and sadness. "I said I was sorry."
I repeated over and over while I rocked the jacket in my arms.
Second, betrayal. Then fear.
Looking up at Ahsoka I explained, "She'll be killed! She knows too much about the Rebellion!"
Then finally, the raging fury swelled up inside me like fire. I had been angry most of life for the death of my parents but finally learned to move on from it.
I learned that day, it never went away.
"SHE ABANDONED ME!!!" the torrent of rage raced through my body like a river. I ran into the hall and yelled her name out loud for a moment until Ahsoka Forced me onto the bed.
"Faro you can not act like this. She is pushing you away to get closer! Do you not understand? She doesn't want you to get hurt fighting her battles!"
"Let go of me!" and in that moment, time seemed to stop. A small pulse went out from me and pushed Tano back slightly.
We both looked at each other in shock and she quietly asked, "You're Force sensitive?"
"Guess that's how I became an amazing pilot," I answered, with a little bit of pride.
Tano followed closely behind as I packed quickly. My satchel with my tools, viro-knife, micro-binoculars and a few credits was slung over my shoulder and so was my rifle.
Standing in the way of the door was Ahsoka and I decided to give her one chance. "Either you come with me to get her or you stay here. Choose now,"
I put it as blunt as I could and with a heavy glare.
She looked at the ceiling, then the floor and finally at me. "Lead the way."
We made our way to the hanger bay where everyone was on high alert. "What is going on?" I asked a technician walking past us.
Looking surprised, she answered, "You don't know? If you're a fighter pilot Captain Tetch is scrambling all fighters to find the Jedi that deserted."
I chose not to correct her on her choice of words.
We found the shuttle that we had stolen from that slave planet and were about to board when we heard the clicking of rifles.
Several marines stood with Tetch behind with their rifles pointed at out chests.
"Going somewhere Danva? Do you really think I would let two Jedi escape on the same day?" he said mockingly and signaled the men to move forward.
"Not if I have anything to say about it!" Tano quickly Force pushed the men back which left Tetch with me.
"I was not going to hurt her Faro. Honest," Tetch quivered and started to back up.
Overwhelming hate and rage filled my eyes and I stalked closer.
"Liar! Protocol is that a deserter is to be exterminated for their crime to ensure that the individual not be found by the Empire. Is that true?!"
"Yes," he said quietly. I raised my viro-knife and it blazed with green energy. "Your alliance is nothing more than a squabbling bunch of bureaucrats! You're the ones who made her leave me! Until you change that around we're done being pawns. Bye Tetch. It has been a joyride."
"Faro-!" Tano screamed.
I raised the blade, Tetch stumbled backwards and the blade connected to the floor.
"Don't bother to follow us. I'll lose you faster then a womprat in a canyon."
"Thought you'd wanna know that Merleah left the system a few minutes ago. It will be even harder to find her now," she informed quietly.
"I found her before, I can do it again. We will go the main trading route that is around here and see if you sense her," I answered hotly and stared more deeply into space.
The sadness and anger came back again, this time with small tears. "I don't need protecting. We protect each other. I thought she understood that. For her to leave me there was an utter insult to our relationship! I want to see the Empire fall as much as she does. Nothing in the galaxy will change that. We will destroy any and every living thing that comes in the way of us defeating them. The Inquisitors. After that...."
I knew she was thinking it. Vader.
I looked one more time at the window just as we hopped into hyperspace. I turned my head slightly to the woman who I knew loved and cared for both of the young ones around her. She probably knew that even though we were headed down a dark path, we would find the light. Together.
She put her hand on my shoulder and agreed. "I'm in."