Serpent's Skull Part 1: Souls for Smuggler's Shiv
It had been a long journey north, one hundred days at sea and stopping at most of the ports along the way. A tall, rugged man wearing a black tri-corn hat and an eye patch stood on the deck with his hands clasped behind his back as he watched his men file off his ship. The crew was happy to have a few days off and Captain Kovack was more than happy to give it to them. Their last stop before heading back down south to Eleder had been profitable so far and Kovack's men deserved a few days to enjoy their spoils. The Captain though never left the Jenivere, he stayed aboard plotting their course back (though it was one he'd done twenty times or more), checking the cargo and accepting passage from those wanting to journey south.
On the last day the Jenevere was in port a knock came on the captain's quarters. "COME!" Kovack bellowed as he leaned over his sea charts. Alton opened the door and stood inside waiting for his Captain to look up from his work. Alton had been Kovack's first mate for ten years now and he knew better than to speak until Kovack was ready to be spoken to, he was a good fist mate and Kovack counted himself lucky to have such a loyal man. After a few moments Kovack waved Alton to his desk.
"See Alton, we've made great time and even better gold on this journey. Hopefully we'll get a few passengers along the way to help out costs so we can earn more than the last trip." The captain chuckled a bit to Alton who grinned back at the captain.
"That was what I came to talk to you about sir, there's a woman outside seeking passage but wanted to speak to you directly." Alton stood at attention while addressing his captain.
"You're too uptight Alton, stand down." Alton's shoulder's slumped and he exhaled a big sigh.
"Sorry, captain you know how I like to keep up the show for the men."
"Well there aint no men around friend, it's just the two of us, after all these years you would think you'd be used to talking to me like a friend when we're in quarters."
Alton smiled, but his sense of duty was strong and even after ten years he couldn't help but addressing the captain with the proper respect he deserved. "You're right captain, sometimes I do forget. Anyway this woman there's something about her..."
Kovack waved his hand, "Show her in Alton, let her and I talk business."
"But sir, you really should hear what..."
"I said show her in Alton. We need the extra gold remember? Don't make me pull rank here when we were getting along so royally."
Alton stiffened at the last comment, clicked his heels together and gave somewhat of a mocking salute. "Yes sir." He went back to the door and opened it and motioned for someone to come. A lithe, plain looking Varisian woman dressed in a scholars outfit entered the captain's quarters. "Captain Kovack may I present Lady Ieana." Kovack motioned for her to sit at his desk and when she was seated he sat himself.
The woman sat and looked back at the first mate and smiled, then back to the captain. "Does he need to be here during our negotiations Captain Kovack?" She stared deeply into his one good eye and for a moment the silence in the air was long and almost deafening. The Captain looked longingly into her eyes, she was beautiful and no... Alton didn't need to be here, at least not for this one. She was going to be all his. "You are dismissed Alton, I can handle this from here."
"But sir, I always stay for negotiations, and what if she tries something... underhanded or this is some kind of assassination attempt?"
Ieana blushed and hung her head then looked up at Kovack, tears seemed to have welled in her eyes at the stinging comment the Alton had suggested. Kovack stood and banged his fist on the table making Ieana and Alton jump. "Alton, you have offended the lady! OUT! I will handle this!" Alton stared at Kovack for a second, wanting to say more but knew better of it. He gave the two a nod, "As you wish Captain but I will be just outside your door in case you need me." He gave a watchful glance to Ieana and exited the quarters.
Kovack sat back down and reached out for the lady Ieana's hands. He took them both in his and stared for what seemed like hours into her sea green eyes, yes she was beautiful. "Now, lady Ieana what can I do for you?"
Spasseltock Nimblefingers kender CN (with good tendencies) Rogue/13, Handler/ 8
Vexo gnome N Master 8 Key of Destiny
Shayle Wist'lya Bothan Noble 3/Scoundrel 1 Star Wars: Dawn of Defiance
"Well my dear friend, in the chronicles of history good isn't the only thing you read about. Evil has it's own tale as well. History is history, whether good or bad, I don't discriminate." Vexo said in a lecturers' tone.