Edited by Flinx Kalith, 15 November 2017 - 08:52 PM.
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Edited by Flinx Kalith, 15 November 2017 - 08:52 PM.
Saine's cheeks colored a deep crimson as she muttered an apology under her breath for misunderstanding what Flinx was trying to tell her. This wouldn't be the first time, either - she scolded herself inwardly. Pay attention, you're not on Ylesia anymore. No wonder you could never find a proper dig partner; no one would put up with your social awkwardness, ya silly thing. She brushed the thoughts astray and offered Flinx a grateful smile as he helped her into the cart. "Ready when you are," she grinned, reclining comfortably as Jake began pulling them in the direction of Flinx's vessel.
Saine hesitated a moment, then petted Thanatos gently. She had no fear of animals in general, even those she had encountered for the very first time. Animals were far less complicated than people and once you had gained their trust, you had their loyalty forever. Enjoying the rapport she was making with one of Flinx's pets, the flame-haired female did not flinch (or even blink) when the Miraluka male began telling her what his pets apparently thought of her. "Well, thank Jake for me and tell Shadow not to worry. I'm quite harmless," she reassured him, before looking down to Shadow with a grin. "But I do understand and cannot fault Shadow for his caution. I am still a stranger, after all. Perhaps time will resolve that issue," she looked back to Flinx and then followed the gesture of his hand toward the docking bay where the Steady Hand sat and waited.
"Ah, a Corellian freighter, I am well familiar with this type of ship," she reassured him, silently admiring the view. As they approached the vicinity of the loading ramp, Saine disembarked with the Miraluka's help, then followed him on board until they came to the cargo hold. She nodded as the man explained how things were arranged in there. As to his question, she merely waved her hands lightly. "No need to apologize. I can get my things without actually heading back to my ship. I have a droid that can take care of it for me."
And without waiting for Flinx to respond, she pulled out her comlink and activated a familiar frequency, before relaying a set of instructions to a bewildered droid's warbled reply.
"Nice to meet you, Twi," somewhat taken aback by the shyrack, Saine nevertheless attempted to put on a smile. She had never seen a menagerie of such beasts before, co-existing together in one environment - and with a Miraluka looking after their needs, to boot. "How do you get them to live at peace like this - and to be so pacified as not to attack other living creatures?" she asked curiously, wondering what kind of magic Flinx was 'weaving' here. The creatures did not look hypnotized? Nope, they looked to be behaving as normal, except they were not nearly as aggressive as she suspected, they would be in their respective native habitats.
"Oh, and hello, Bee-Bee-Three," she waved at the spherical astromech droid. "Is that your co-pilot, Flinx?"
"Yes, BB is my copilot and navi computer and chief engineer, and as to how my companions are so peaceful, well that's that force stuff I mentioned earlier. I tapped into their essence with the force. Basically we all speak the same language." Flinx finished stowing everything as he let his guest explore.
Saine listened quietly, remembering some of the research on the various species of fauna who had a particular affinity for the Force. "Yes, but normally a vornskr would not allow himself to be pacified like this? They are wild and vicious, and hunt Force users as their favorite prey. Force-link or not, it seems very unusual that one would become an entirely pacified household pet, unless there is some more to it?" The young woman could not help but wonder whether Flinx was using some very powerful darkside magic to keep these beasts sedate and docile. She also had little interest in exploring the freighter, for she had one similar to the Miraluka's ship - and knew most of its layout - by heart.
"I am surprised he did not want to snack on you once you were safely out of the influence of the ysalamiri," Saine murmured quietly while nodding her understanding. "How did you get him to leave the planet? Normally, canine species travel and hunt in packs. You would think that he would like to have stayed at home. But I am asking too many questions, my apologies. It's this natural curiosity I have, about everything. If I am being obnoxious, just let me know. I don't want to piss off my ride to the best treasure dig I've had in months."
As for going, yeah - she was ready.
Following Flinx to the cockpit, she nodded in silence, acknowledging his first reply. It made a strange kind of sense, she thought. Mysterious or not, he either had no way of explaining it or he was unwilling to do so. Either way, she would not pry any further - at least for the time being. She watched the spherical astromech roll ahead of her, slipping into his hub in front of the main console and smiled, before taking up the proffered operations chair.
"Sure thing," Saine smiled in the Miraluka's direction, wondering whether he could detect this subtle change of demeanor in her face. Then, turning back to her console, she strapped herself into the safety restraints before her gaze rolled over the familiar setup. "Ready when you are, captain."
Saine chuckled at the interaction between Flinx and the astromech; in all truth, she found the little spherical droid rather endearing. He definitely had personality, in spite of being a robotic entity. Her host's smile was promptly answered with one of her own as she locked her curious gaze upon him once more.
"Flinx, if you do not mind me asking, can you tell me if your species actually see what a person looks like? Can they perceive it in any way? Say, if they are smiling or crying or making an angry face? I have always wondered about that, with respect to the Miraluka."
"So what you are saying is that you can perceive 'moods' of an individual by seeing an aura emanating from within and around them? Something like that? I hope I'm envisioning it correctly. Also, these 'blueprints' that you see - they are powered by the Force, correct? So if you were say, severed from your connection to the Force - would that make you completely blind?"
Saine felt a twinge of regret, almost immediately after seeing Flinx wince in visible discomfort. "I am sorry to have touched upon such an unpleasant subject; I had no idea you went through something like this, personally. It was most insensitive of me." And then, "As for the rancor riding on Dathomir - yes, I have heard of it - although never witnessed it in person. I've always wanted to visit Dathomir though . . . if only it was not such a perilous world. Going alone would probably get me killed."