Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:06 AM
Water. Water was an important thing for them. And thankfully there was some right there that they had stumbled upon. Kay brought out her water bladder and filled it up, studying the shallow river. If they were being tracked, then sticking to water was the best thing to do. "Let's go up river. It'll hide our tracks. I just hope that you don't mind getting your feet wet."
Without waiting for an answer, Kay started the wet part of their journey first. Marina was clearly still having trouble getting through to her ship. A jamming device, maybe? "Have you ever shipped anything valuable? Anything that would attract pirates or something?" Of course Kay was valuable in her own right, to the right people. She just didn't let on about it. She was Cessy right now, afterall.
Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:40 AM
Marina's lightweight boots which she almost always wore, were quite versatile to say the least. They were designed not just for terra-wear, but for hermetic suits. After all, she were a pilot and had to be in the ready to jump into a suit or when on her home plate, protect her from snow and ice. Yes, they were for the least part, waterproof and versatile...and for the most part, stylish.
The two headed up river...or at least up this part of the supply branch to the main river which then merged into another etc... But they were heading up and away somewhat of their previous location. No marking of their trail this time, as their intention were to trek without leaving any trail. Hence, the water route.
Did she have valuables on her ship besides the ship itself?
"No...I don't think so. The credits from the shipment was transferred, so there's no hard currency on board, say for some operational expenses...but that's chum change, for a gang of marauders. I mean...what, 3-4 crafts? I would think they're after the ship than anything inside that'll make it worth their time and expense.." Marina went on figuring. She was after all a kind of part time business woman and figuring out the expenses of operation to turn a profit was part of her game.
So it went to figure that they were here for something more than just credits. The only thing of substantial value was the ship and it's related on board equipment...the droid..the 3-D parts printer, the speeder bikes..etc.
If they weren't going to hock the ship in its entirety once they left with it, then it was good to say that they would trip it and sell it for parts. The ship was the only thing that made sense that they had come for.
But yea, Cessy was bringing up a good point; why were they looking for them?
"You won't happen to know if this system deals in slave trade...do you?"
Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:22 AM
Thankfully the river wasn't noisey, so she was able to hear Marina DeVoe while she spoke. Nothing of value. So maybe they were just after the ship itself. Maybe.
"Slavery is illegal here. As far as I know, there are no raids or anything." But that didn't mean that it never happened. If it did, then it had to be seriously under the radar for it to work, and going after people that had little connections to others. She hoped that neither of them fit that description. Or at the very least, didn't appear to do so.
Her eyes were drawn skyward for a moment. "We should find cover soon. They'll know that we're around here somewhere and looking by the air will be much easier than going on foot. At least while we're out of sight, we could regroup and come up with a better plan." Another thought came to her then. "Do you suppose that they have a jamming frequency of some sort? That could also be why you can't reach your droid."
Posted 14 February 2018 - 11:51 AM
All the while she were following Cessy flashbacks of her little droid were eating at her conscience.
Her first reaction had been instinct...run for her life. But that was what separated humans from beasts; the ability to reason one's own fears and put it in perspective. TK had been her trusty companion, helping her at the worst of times... every time.
Memories of TK repairing her ship in the middle of an asteroid storrm..repairing the ship from the outside while being plummeted by debris...
TK pulling her out of quicksand...
TK mending her broken leg..
TK bringing her soup when she were laid up with the flue..
Marina stopped mid track, when Cessy asked if perhaps they were jamming signals and that were the reason TK wasn't responding.
It were then that the realization that she loved that little tin can and knew she couldn't abandon it, for it would never abandon her!
"I...I have to know..." Marina said, still standing there in the water ankle deep.
"I just can't leave him and live with myself if I don't know whether he is being jammed or blasted to pieces."
It were obvious Marina wasn't going any further to save her own life if there was a chance that her droid were still functioning and salvageable.
"Cessy...you go.... Get out of here...hide...find help.
I...I just can't leave TK. Can't leave not knowing for sure. I'm going back." The frightened look on her features said it all. She were to risk her own hide for her droid.
Edited by Marina DeVoe, 14 February 2018 - 11:52 AM.
Posted 14 February 2018 - 05:39 PM
She stood there, chewing the inside of her cheek as she weighed their options. It wasn't as though they were going to be able to walk all the way back to Chasin City. It was on the other side of the planet.
"We'll go together. Gives us better odds that way. But let's try to get up top. We'll be able to watch them from above. Can you climb well?" Of course she wasn't sure of what it'd be like to scale back down from where the ship was parked. One problem at a time. There was no telling if the pirates or whatever they were were armed or not. More than likely they were.
If only she knew how to set up little traps like her daughter....
Posted 14 February 2018 - 06:50 PM
Marina ran her fingers through her hair. This had suddenly turned from being relieved to leave the two men encased in some tomb of sort to another hellish nightmare. If it weren't for her droid, she'd have certainly opted to take her chance at finding a way out of the canyon and to some settlement. She did have some survival skills..right? Well Ok, the pack with two more MRE's couldn't be said she had skills. But she had on numerous occasions gone with her friend camping. Like, how much different could trying to make it in the wilderness for say a week with barely enough food for two days be? Like camping..right?
But right now that weren't on the top portion of her deck. She was thinking of her poor droid and just couldn't bare to leave without a chance to see if it were salvageable or not. And even if they had blasted him, there was a chance that they would not keep him on board. So again, some memory modules could be salvaged. She could live with an autistic R2 unit. At least it would be functioning and in time it could be back up to what it was. This was what was giving her hope and driving her fears away. She had to save her droid...or at least the memory modules.
No, it's my droid.
I mean..it's just a droid to you. You can't risk your life for someone's droid, Cessy." Marina implored.
She knew she were right. She couldn't let the woman risk herself on account of someone's property. It were the way many folk saw droids. Not as living entities...even though at times they seemed more human then them.
"You need to try and get yourself out of here..." She then swung her backpack over to front. Rummaging blindly feeling around it, she came up with the two MRE she still had left. Her intention was to give the meals to Cessy. It weren't enough to get her out, but it were something.
Posted 15 February 2018 - 02:52 PM
"Marina...I don't treat droids like property. I never have. One of my best friends is a droid. We've gone exploring together in the Unknown Regions, he helped me plenty of times. And I used to have a little K2 unit, only she was crushed to death by a Sith Lord. I miss her, and haven't the heart to replace her."
As Marina tried to give her the rations, Kay once again shook her head. "We went into this together and that's how we're leaving. Neither of you would be here if it weren't for me. So like it or not, you're stuck with me." Still she refrained from telling her about who she really was and what she was capable of. And that was the last thing that they needed to reveal. Those pirates or whatever they were would probably use it to their advantage. That is if they didn't know about it already.
Posted 15 February 2018 - 04:02 PM
"Thank you..." She naturally replied by hugging her.
cessy then understood. Understood and were willing to put her own safety on the line for her little droid.
Funny how Marina had always scathe the idea that she were indeed attached to TK, but always played it off. It wasn't till now, with the thought of loosing him that she had come to the realization that for the most part TK was a member of her family. Well, it felt that way.
"And I'm sorry for your friend... I can't think of what i'd do without TK. " She released Cessy, feeling sorry now for thinking Cessy couldn't understand how she could feel for a droid.
"You...you had said....did you have a plan?
...you wanted to climb up over to where the ship is and see what we can see?" Marina had heard Cessy's plan before, but didn't want to get her involved. But seeing now that Cessy wasn't going to have her attempt anything on her own, and marina having no clear plan of her own, other than wishing to rescue TK; Cessy's plan was the best and only real plan at the moment. And it didn't sound too risky either, as they would have the high ground...whatever that meant. But marina had heard from her militaristic dad and others that the high ground was a better tactical position to have. But what did she really know of tactics..it just sounded good to Marina.
Well, first thing was to not stand there in the shallow banks of the river too long either...
Posted Yesterday, 01:03 PM
"Let's not think about what you'd do without him. Instead let's think about him zapping those pirates until they pass out." She gave Marina DeVoe a small smile that she hoped would encourage her to think of better thoughts in regards to her little friend.
Kay nodded as Marina repeated her idea, once again bringing her eyes skyward towards the canyon walls that surrounded them. "Yes. We'll need to find an easy way up, if there is one, anyways. The top is flat, so that'll be to our advantage. And when we get up there, we'll have to keep low so that they won't spot us so easily. Come on." She turned back down the way that they had come. Navigating a maze was one thing, but navigating one from the top was a different story. They could still hit dead ends and still have to back track or take a long route. If only she had her cloaking device with her....
Of course there was another risk at being on top. If a ship flew overhead, there would be no cover for them. Kay just hoped that that wouldn't happen.
Posted Yesterday, 03:12 PM
She tailed behind, at first not really knowing how they were going to really go about the plan. Saying they would get on top was one thing, but this was a canyon and they had to get to the wall that was next to the ship.
But as Cessy lead on and with caution, Marina began to get the idea. They were getting as close they could to the canyon wall that separated them from the Mariner and whomever those people were. Cessy pointed out the men's tracks, showing her that they had indeed come this way and had returned. Most likely they went as far as they could and not finding them, they had returned. The chance of them looking where they had before was slim. This made marina more confident that Cessy knew what she were doing.
They got close enough around the bend that they could hear some arguments and raised voices. It were time to see if they could gain some high ground and come up to the plateau that would overlook the canyon floor and reveal from on top what was going on below.
Luck would have it, that the canyon wall where they came to decide was going to provide a good vantage point was indeed scaleable. Well, to climbers. marina was confident she could climb it, but could Cessy?
"I've been rock climbing back home since a little girl....my home is on top of a mountain." She spoke in a soft voice, in almost a whisper.
They were distant enough around the bend for no one to hear them, like they were picking up men arguing in loud voices. But they too were distant so as for them not to make out exactly what they were arguing about. Most likely marina figured in dividing up the spoils...
"Cessy, have you ever climbed before?" Marina got to asking.
She was concerned that maybe Cessy couldn't make the climb. If her companion didn't have the experience, then Marina figured Cessy could remain below while she climbed up on her own to have a look.