So many conflicting promises she had committed herself to. It were literately tearing her apart from the inside out. Her loyalty to the Queen, her family, her heritage and now mostly her friends. It were no wonder why the girl had trouble keeping them all neat and tidy and in proper perspectives....
"It is so much looks like Alderaan", Marina stated looking out of the NIS shuttle heading to Karlie's estates.
"Alderaan?... You mean holovids of Alderaan. " The young womanheld her breath, finding herself a bit put out. "It was why we had broken away, so you know..."
"Yes, you kinda drilled that into me..." Marina lightly tapped her forearm.
"You don't understand... what we were made to do no longer gave validity to the Galactic Empire. A few systems found the means to break clean from that regime..." She sighed, as it was awkard for her to speak about it. "...following the genocidal attack on your system."
"Karlie...I don't know what you want to hear from me, but I can't be the one to forgive what had happened in the past. You aren't responsible for the past...you can only move forward and avoid ever repeating it. "
"But here you are...a foster child of that event....a nomad... a gypsy-"
"What are you talking about?
"Your Alderaanean ancestry....you're world..your home was -
"My world's fine."
"Come on... I saw the holo-vids of the destruction and aftermath. Those butchers recorded all they did...for prosperity."
"Yes... Alderaan is just a graveyard now... I have gone there for as long as I can remeber with my family...now on my own...we pay homage to our ancestors...." Marina's eyes distanced a moment as the remnant of her ancestral world seemed to appear withing arms reach. But it soon opened up to the front courtyard of Karlie's estate.
Marina turned around looking at the Lamba class shuttle. Strange she didn't recall the landing, nor disembarking from it.
"You're welcome to settle on Castagne..or any system within our sector."
"Settle what?!...where?..here?!!" Marina shockingly stopped in her tracks. "I thought you said I wasn't going to be detained?!"
"What?!..No!..NO!No one's detaining you. I'm offering you a home..your family a home!"
"My family a home? My family's fine on Alderaan...New Alderaan."
"New Alderaan?...your people found a system to settle on?"
"Nooooo...my people had terra-formed a near replica of Alderaan...nearly 5 centuries ago....I thought you got that."
"Oh my God..." Karlie took to giving Marina a huge hug. "You don't know what the following generations to this day are so remorse about."
Her grandfather's hug were long overdue. She had been long overdue. "Yea..I'm sorry, just that time ran away on me."
"Come on..come on..." he held her hands eager to hear of her adventure. "Tell me of your trip..you were gone far too long....I want to know everything.." He genuinely loved to hear of his granddaughter's off world adventures. He had been her greatest supporter in indulging his granddaughter's adventurous spirit.
"Oh God yes..." She replied, but somehow she couldn't continue. She didn't know why she couldn't speak of her latest adventure..just that she couldn't.
"Yea... yea....yes...." was all she could say to her grandfather, but words just couldn't be formed or made to speak of it.
The trail led to the opening of Aeiden Pass...the way to the mountain range as it came up from the valley. Marina was hiking alongside her grandfather. It were what they had done since she could literally walk. Hike the Aeiden mountain sides in the warmer months. And in those months, with the snow melting in the upper ranges, a mist or fog always seemed to flow within the lower ranges as the cool mountain air from the North met the warmer air from the valley at the pass.
"This is God's country.." Her grandfather said..like he had always said when they got to this point.
Marina couldn't be in a better place..or with a better man...Ok, well her father too. But she just adored her grandfather as she looked up the misty pass as she had always done-
Suddenlyher worst nightmare emerged out of the mist.
Marina suddenly sat up screaming!
Realizing where she was and that it had only been a nightmare, she cupped her mouth shut.
Only it were too late, for she knew it must have rang out like someone were murdering her or something...
She sat there a moment..maybe less before realizing she were still wrapped in a towel.
"Shoot..." Marina scrambled off the bed and made for the washroom...her towel slipped off her and onto the floor before she made it to the washroom.
"Oh my God!..." She took a look at the wild woman, starring at her in the mirror.
Her hair was simply..untamed.
It had dried while she were asleep and with her tossing and turning through her dream sequences. Wild, untamed, jungle girl.
"Lady DeVoe?...madame...you need assistance?" She heard a man's voice outside the chamber's door to the bedroom.
"Yes, mad-...Marina, I mean. It's me Gordon. I heard a scream...you alright?"
"Yea... Uhm...yea, sorry...spider. I...I freeked out. Hate. Despise spiders.." There she went again...drawing up excuses out of thin air. She dropped her head in disappointment. Had she not learned anything here?
"Do you wish for me to dispose of it, Marina?
"Er...no. No, I squashed it myself..." She bit her lip. Now why would an arachnophobian go and do that herself?
"Ok..very good..Marina. Should I call the maid to clean it up?"
FLUSsssshhhhh....The toilet was heard flushing."Got that!" She replied.
"Then everything's fine?"
"All good...be down in a half hour..."
"Very good then...Marina...I shall inform the mistress."
Marina sighed a relief, then shuffled her hair about. "Yea, wild crazy jungle woman's in the house...." She then said, before turning around and getting back to another shower.
Edited by Marina DeVoe, 15 January 2018 - 12:04 PM.