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Jake Daniels

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#1953117 A Springtime Prom (SJO/Allies)

Posted by Jake Daniels on 09 June 2019 - 11:04 AM

The Lady’s question had caught Jake completed off guard. Should he have expected it? Yes. DId he? No. The question triggered both a biological and psychological avalanche in the man, whom now desperately tried to keep himself composed.  It was in his 


As the tune shifted, so did their bodies.  In a swivel on her feet, Jake pressed Ereza’s back to his front. Their frames so dangerously close that even through his clothes, Ereza’s would have felt a sudden temperature rise in Jake. No, not a rise of arousal over the attractiveness of his date. This was a rise of heat from a guilt that had been  buried so deep. A regret that Ereza’s simply words had managed to unlock with absolute ease.


Jake led her arm back around his. She could feel the fire that was his flesh. The Noghri nearby finally saw it in his eyes. The man’s iris’ had shifted yellow; a trait Jake was unable to control when the darkness returned. This was what he did not want Ereza to see. His hand on the front of her abdomen, the other on her hip, he allowed the bodies a moment of silence as he contemplated a response.


“My Lady,” Jakes lips were so close to her ear, that his whisper was as light as a dove’s feather.


“I am a disgraceful lover. I am a failed husband.” His yellow iris’ finally allowed a few tears to slip free. His voice near trembled, “I am a horrendous father. I am a failed Apprentice.”


He finally said it. He was finally letting it out. He wanted but had trouble giving.


“I destroy what is pure. I hurt what is given to me. I can’t risk harm to  you. You’re all that I have left.” His eyes closed as he inhaled quietly. The tears were finally forced to stop tough one managed to land on an exposed part of Ereza’s shoulder. “I’m sorry my Lady, I do not think I am able to escort you on your journey as promised.”


With skills only one of experience could have, Jake spun Ereza back around those this time his back was to her.


The Knight was making his leave.

 

He couldn't fail Ereza .

 



#1949388 A Springtime Prom (SJO/Allies)

Posted by Jake Daniels on 30 May 2019 - 06:40 AM

Jake didn't gulped as Ereza spoke.  His took quiet sips as he listened. When she mentioned having a Silencia in every household Jake simply couldn't. There was only one Silencia she was he his. Yeah Jake was a possessive little sh!t. Another thing that caught Jakes ears was the fact that Silencia had taken her in. Silencia did for her what she had done for Jake, but perhaps with a much gentler hand? Jake could only wonder. 

 

The one fault that Jake found in the way she ended her statement was how she self-elected to become a Priestess because her name held no more way, well...

 

"You are more Shamalain than I." Jake softly spoke. "There are expectations of you that I am sure you are more than aware of.  You've looked after my Sons as their Mother has during my absence. For that I am eternally grateful." 

 

Jake finished his second cup before pouring a third. Jake's abdomens was starting to ache. Damn side effect of a recent incident. Drinking anything but water, and even eating certain foods, caused immersible pains if the man didn't stop. The problem? Jake viewed pain as his punishment for his failures.

 

"In this galaxy, My Lady, you either make a name for yourself or you disappear and fade away.  You are Shamalain which means your name still carries a hell of a lot of weight, whether you recognize that or not." Jake explained. "After this Prom, I'll start your education on Chandrila. I'll have you meet some of the influentials I've built ties with. Particularly in the Bio-Medical Research and Stock Trading."

 

"I will say however," Jake finished off his third cup. "I respect your oath of celibacy. That galaxy will not however. I will help your name be spoken from the lips of true influencers. However I will advise that My Lady be prepared to be expected to at least consider taking a mate and having an heir. You may encounter someone worthy of that reconsideration as we travel."

 

With that the subject abruptly changed. His eye's scanned and noted that it seemed the music was changing. Was that a more classical tune that caught his ear? Finally a break from the young peoples trash music.

 

"Come." A rare order from the man. "Let your adventure truly begin."

 

With a hand extended, Jake took Ereza to a more secluded aspect of the balcony. No other prying eyes near. It was them and her shadows. The Knight twirled His Lady around, wrapping her arm around his neck. One hand found her hip, the other clasp her other. 

 

"Just follow my lead." Another rare order. They began their sway slowly. Jake displayed an unusual skill; he knew how to step to the beat of ole' age music. For a moment silence filled the small gap between their frames. Ereza was not a woman of words - Jake was. Perhaps this could be the happy medium between the pair. 

 

"Is there nothing more you want for yourself than simple servitude to our family?" Jake asked in a hushed whisper.

 

 

 

 

 

 




#1949223 A Springtime Prom (SJO/Allies)

Posted by Jake Daniels on 29 May 2019 - 07:29 PM

Jake listened quietly as His Lady spoke. In all honesty, it hurt. Rune was a success. He had taken to his new life quite well, as though he had truly let go of what had been. When the Noghri Guards repositioned themselves, Jake took a minimal notice. Instead his eyes turned to the waiter whom approached with everything he had asked for.  A silver tray was place down with a steel pot that had steam erupting from its spout. There was a saucer of milk and of course a premed cup of coffee. 

 

Jake nodded a thank you to the waiter. 

 

"Rune gets his intellect from his mother." Jake said as he quickly took down the hot cup of coffee. It burned. It burned like a hellfire but the physical pain was a distraction from the emotional pain he felt deep within. "The Entrepreneurial comes from his Grandmother." 

 

What did give Jake some relief was the lessons he hammered home in his boys. Never forget family. Rune was wiling to help Ereza He made his father proud, even if Jake now felt less like one now.

 

"I found her, you know?" Jake said as he poured himself another cup. He dropped a bit of cream in and stirred with a now used spoon from the once wrapped utencils.  "By the time I got there, a war had broken out and she was gone." 

 

Jake's finger traced the edges of the cup for a moment before gently turning into a rhythmic tap. 

 

"I promised them I would find her for them," reference to his Sons. "I failed though. Lear's now taken up that mission. I know she's not the same; not my Cerusia so I gave Lear the last photo I had of us all on Honoghr. I folded the picture to hide me. It rests in a frame showing her and the boys. Its best if she doesn't remember me. Its best if I don't see her." 

 

Jake was starting to temper the mood of the evening, "Seems like life comes full circle." He looked up to Ereza, who seemed to study the man, "As I began I am once more. Protector and Consort. Fitting way to enter my twilight years. Doing one of the only things I am good at." 

 

Enough sappy crap, Jake had to turn the conversation away from what truly pained him. "My Lady, I understand very little of your cultural upbringing.  You know how my life has been spent.  Would you honor me by telling me yours?" 

 

Ereza




#1949136 A Springtime Prom (SJO/Allies)

Posted by Jake Daniels on 29 May 2019 - 04:11 PM

Jake loved his son's.

 

They were the only family he had left. They were the only reminder of Cerusia that remained but the events of the past year had forced him to sever ties in order to protect those closest to him. The mention of Rune caused a moment of pain in the eyes of the Knight as he thought of his eldest son.

 

“Sir?” The waiter asked.

 

Jake snapped back to attention, “May My Lady get a glass of water with lemon to the side? I would like a cup of coffee. Light cream. No sugar.” 

 

“Anything to eat, Sir?” 

 

Holy hell, when was the last time Jake ate? “Nothing for now. In fact, just bring the brewed pot to the table.”

 

“As you say Sir.” The waiter scampered off.

 

Jake turned towards Ereza, noting that she had been paying diligent attention to him. He placed a hand on the table. His fingers playing with the corner of a cloth napkin still neatly wrapped around unused utensils. Lord, Jake missed Rune.

 

“Please do, My Lady. I’d love to hear about the career my Son has found himself in. Has the cub finally become a true Lion of our family?”




#1948824 A Springtime Prom (SJO/Allies)

Posted by Jake Daniels on 28 May 2019 - 04:10 PM

 

Words.

 

They were often to Jake’s detriment. As Ereza was presented, as the words flowed from her lips, to even how the Noghri stood, it was much like his Lady Silencia. Ereza wasn’t like some drunk Silver were Jake’s play on words could make a head spin even more than the liquor. She was precise in what she said. The Knight had to remember this.

 

As she turned her attention towards a woman that breezed past, Jake turned to look. A rather revealing dress by his standards though nothing near Jakes type. He was a rather picky man with a certain taste that no one except his Master had ever known. Looks weren’t what drew his admiration; in fact it wasn’t even in the top five.

 

“I’ve been across the galaxy and back looking for her,” Jake stated no name but he knew Ereza was aware of his failed mission. A mission now taken up by Lear and hopefully Rune. He returned his attention to Ereza, full and undivided, while they walked.  She surprisingly took his arm. It felt strangely odd. A familiarity that seemed so unfamiliar. 

 

Instead his focus was now solely upon his Lady and her safety.  In a galaxy of spiders, Jake had learned to avoid the webbing laid out.  He now had to ensure Ereza did not find herself entangled upon them. 

 

“I assure you there are… experiences you will treasure but pains that will hurt so much more.” He did not elaborate. Ereza would have to learn for herself. “But I will be there for them. All of them. I will watch you fly through the brightest days. I will shield you from the darkest. I am yours as I was our Masters.”

 

Say what you would about him... Jake was a man of his word.

 

'Be precise and to the point about your explanations.' Jake thought.

 

"Kashyyyk is much like Honoghr. I do believe, though not their home, the Noghri would enjoy the lush vegetation. I do. The Silvers have called this home for some time." As the strode Jake pointed to various Jedi he knew, dropping a name here and there along with their titles.  Some he openly admitted he did not know. "If you should ever be in need of something, the Silvers will offer aid. That is both their strength and their weakness."

 

Ereza could say what she would about modesty. She was attracting the attention of some of the men, and a few women, whom took a few pleasurable moments to take in His Lady's frame.  They were of no consequence. They were no threat. They were no concern for Jake at the moment.

 

He did ponder how she would handle such a situation should it arise this evening. The prospect brought a quiet grin to his lips. Just how prepared was Ereza for what Jake was about to show her in the galaxy?

 

Jake wasn't one for politics. Not anymore but perhaps Ereza would enjoy meeting some of the Silvers Jake held in particular esteem. His eyes glanced about. Of the Jedi he knew, Jake trusted few. One of them had just arrived to the event though she seemed momentarily occupied getting herself and her date acquainted to the event.

 

Finding a  small table, situated from the majority of others he offered a seat to His Lady. Once seated Jake quietly tucked her in before seating himself.

 

"In my time with the Jedi, I've met one I truly find resourceful. Had she been anything but a Jedi I guarantee she could have gotten you any item, legal and illegal your heart desired. But alas, she's a goody-goody.  If you need a meeting with the Council or other leadership," Jakes head motioned towards the Jedi he had spotted, "Then look no further than Asaraa Vaashe. I don't know whom is with her however." Jake did not ignore her date Caedyn Arenais, he just didn't know the man.

 

"When they are settled I will introduce you. I think you'd find her rather spunky for a Jedi Knight." Jake added.

 

Jake motioned for the nearest waiter but did look to Ereza, "I do not wish to be rude. Is there anything My Lady can have this evening that wouldn't be an upset to your stomach?"

 

Daniels knew what Ereza was. He also knew her dietary restrictions. Still a gentleman always asked.




#1948190 A Springtime Prom (SJO/Allies)

Posted by Jake Daniels on 26 May 2019 - 05:38 PM

He could sense her tensions. Jake had crossed a line in touching her, or at least he thought he did.  There would be apologies, but in private and away from the prying eyes of anyone nearest them.  As Ereza spoke, Jake followed his confidants gaze to woman on the balcony.  He dared not speak until she finished. Though when it was his time, and as his eyes turned towards Ereza, something happened that rarely ever did these days. He smiled

 

"You are most correct, My Lady." Jake replied to the inquiry about Proms being for the younger. He did however anticipate a hidden question behind her inquiry. One directed at Jake.  Why was he here? "I don't normally attend things like this. I haven't since..." he cut himself off as a memory of Cerusia returned.

 

"I am far too old for something like this but I felt obligated to attend. Make an appearance. Make a hello here and there. Do what I need to do to be seen while not being seen." Jake looked at the ball that Ereza had motioned towards and the people within. "They'll remember my face but not my name. So is my life but you," Jake gave Ereza another respectful once over, "I do feel many will remember both your face and your name My Lady." 

 

His eyes were unusually piercing. His stature uncharacteristically confident in Ereza's presence. He had to be. Jake was her ward.

 

"If allowed, I would like to be your company for the evening?"Jake asked though he continued. "May I inquire as to why My Lady decided to attend? Was it to experience something new?"




#1948121 A Springtime Prom (SJO/Allies)

Posted by Jake Daniels on 26 May 2019 - 01:03 PM

Jake felt something. A wisp across the back of his left hand as thought he had just felt the passing of fingertips.. Odd. His eyes held a moment of perplexity as he pondered the strange feeling.

His privacy wasn’t private for long. Jake heard her footsteps as she approached the balcony. Not knowing the unknown caused the Knights back to tighten. Years as serving as guard and protector had established in him a permanent fight-or-flight response. It was one of his many quirks that would be with him for the Remainder of his feeble life.

Jake gave a momentary side gaze to size up the new arrival. Female, obviously. Slim build but the way she carried herself meant she knew how to handle herself. An immediate threat? No. She could be a potential one however. His attention returned back towards the forest. His attentions returned towards his thoughts. Well, for only a brief moment.

Then another wisp across his cheek as though he had felt a tender touch.

The woman approached him and leaned against the railing. Jake took a step to the side so subtle that only those paying ever close attention would have seen the minuscule movement. His left hand entered his pocket while he right gripped the railing.

"Hey, mind if I stay here for a moment? The crowd got too much for me. Did you come out here to be alone too?" The woman said.

Jake was silent for as he ponder his responses. The darkness inside him wanted to scare her away. The light want at the very least to offer her gratitude but a polite excuse to leave. Perhaps a mixture of both? Or better yet... perhaps being as his Master was, eloquent and direct without coming off as a bastard. At the very least Jake would grant her a polite greeting.

“I did.” Jake said replying to her last question. “Unlike yourself however I can’t even be within a crowd. I prefer watching from the outskirts.” That was a lie. With the right person Jake could tolerate anything. “As for you staying for a moment, that is of your own accord. No one here asks anything of me. I am...”

The wisp hit a third time causing Jake to pause for a moment. This wisp presses against his abdomen.

“Jake Daniels.” Jake finished his own introduction.

He now understood this feeling; the wisps were the force itself alerting him. Signals of sorts either for her or signals from his own body to pay fracking attention to what he felt around him. He focused. He listened. Then he felt actually fel her. Her presence was weak to the force, obviously her dulling it but just strong enough to let a novice like Jake feel it. She had come and hidden behind his otherwise expressionless face was happiness.

“I apologize but something has come to my attention that I must attend to.” Jake took Sigyn Vanir hand into his own, “A pleasure to meet you. I hope you find a way to manage the crowds.”

No more than had Jake let go of her hand after their shake and made his turn towards the entrance way to begin his search then had that search come to a surprising end. Watching, ever quietly, was Ereza. She held an expression that could not be read. Was she angry? Was she just peeved? Or was she irritated? Like with his Master, Jake would probably never truly know unless told. All he knew was that she had been watching him.

Formalities took over instantly. He approached with purpose and poise. He acknowledged her two guards, Noghri with a polite nod. Jake has lived and trained with the Noghri. He held them with utmost respect but the person that garnered the most was the elegant woman before him. Jake had never seen Ereza in such... attire. She was beautiful. Simply beautiful.

“Mal’Ary’Ush.” Jake said.

Jake took her right delicate hand into his own. Unlike the other woman, which had been but a simple shake, Jake placed a kiss upon Erezas knuckles. “I am honored by your presence. I did not expect your company this evening." Concern finally broke through the facade that was Jakes attempt to show no emotion, “Is everything ok?”


#1948051 A Springtime Prom (SJO/Allies)

Posted by Jake Daniels on 26 May 2019 - 07:07 AM

Location: Outside - Enjoying the Evening Air

Conversation: Open to anyone!

 

It had been a year and three months, per Kashyyyk time.

 

A year and three months since Jake Daniels as stepped foot upon the soil of the Wookie home world. He had received the invitation. All Silvers did; even those that had fallen from grace (so to say), in the eyes of the force.  Jake still came.  Why though? The events of Chandrila not but a month prior that solidified his name as the Duke of Honoghor had added another stain to his presence on the force.  Did he seek redemption from the force? Not at all. The man could care less what the force thought, if it even thought at all. Was it redemptions? Perhaps. Was is to perhaps see her.  The woman he still loved. If he did what exactly would he do? What would he say? That... that was truly the question for Jake this evening. People knew Jake as the man with a shattered heart but he was also the destroyer of them as well.  They also knew him as a Shadow. He was around and not around. The fly on the wall. The observer of events but never a participant. 

 

He'd come though. No this was not part of any plot or plan. He came out of respect for the Order that took him in. He came for her.

 

Upon a balcony he stood, wearing his best. His eyes gazed out over the Kashyyyk forests. They did remind him of home. The Noghri forests not being too disemelar to this planets.  Perhaps that is why Jake himself able to relax a bit more here than other places.  In a small way it felt like home.

 

The man didn't like coming to these events alone. He never did. Whether it had been his Master or other family member, Jake always had an escort.  The invitation was forwarded to Ereza, a distant relative, but silence was all he heard in response.  Perhaps these events were not in her taste.  Still though... he came even if albeit alone.  

 

The sound of other arrivals perked his ears.  He could put voices to names and names to faces but others he knew nothing about.  Jedi and non-Jedi, it didn't matter. Whom Jake did know Jake viewed as a potential threat.  That was a habit she had been working with him on; a habit he failed to abandon when he abandoned her. His heart ached, even if his face didn't display it.

 

If Jake wasn't a creature of these sociable events, how long would he stay? Lord only knew. Would it be long enough to spark a potential friendship or ally? Would it be until the last guest arrived and confirmation of the one he hoped would come, didn't? In a galaxy of trillions, on a planet of millions, and an order of hundreds, Jake felt alone.

 

Those actions were completely his own fault it was a much needed fault however. Jake had to do what he did for the protection of those he loved; even if that meant he be cast from this same order should they discover what happened on Chandrila. 

 

Yet the Hand of Silencia. The old Bane of the Jedi. The Master of Shadows without being a Shadow. He simply stood stoic. He was present without being present. He listened to what conversation he overheard, he took note of whom was arriving if names where spilled. His eyes now fixated on one spot of the forest.

 

Moments before arriving to the ball Jake had visited a small home among the trees.  Though the lights were out, it didn't mean she wasn't there.  He had raised a hand to knock upon a door and to call upon a woman he so desperately wanted to see and yet... the rare cowardice of a man whom didn't fear death but feared something far greater... left like a leaf upon a wind.

 

The pain he felt was punishment. One he would forever force himself to carry. 

 

 

 

He'd left the small home after failing to call upon Valae Heavenshield.




#1946808 Springtime Prom (SJO and Allies)

Posted by Jake Daniels on 22 May 2019 - 05:01 AM

Jake will be there. If nothing else than to get a feel for the SJO since his return.


#1919294 The Rise of a Duke

Posted by Jake Daniels on 01 March 2019 - 04:55 PM

Jake stood at his nearest window. His eyes watched the few remaining stragglers gradually make their way into the Manor. Of each was dressed and of course each was coupled with someone else. That had always been one of Jakes greatest quirks. His need for companionship. He was envious of those that had what he struggled to truly comprehend.

 

"Are you ok Sir?" The guard asked.

 

"I am." Jake replied. He wasn't.

 

Jake was handed a small glass of dark whiskey. Jake had recently acquired a taste of hard whiskey. He had a glass a day, no more and no less. Just another byproduct of the past year of his endeavor to handle a threat to his family. 

 

"Thank you." Jake softly replied.

 

Lady Silencia had been his compass. When hell broke lose, Jake always had a needle to guide him. Cerusia Shamalain had taken that roll until her death. Though he had longed hoped she would take up the roll once more upon his waking, Jake had learned a heart shattering truth about her. One that he kept to himself and hid from his sons... for now.

 

There of course had been Valae Heavenshield but again - the unfortunate circumstances of the past year had meant she was no longer his moral compass. If he could explain, he would. Yet pride prevented him from going back. He broke her heart... just as he broke everyone elses.

 

Then there was Ereza She served as the new Mal'ary'ush to the Noghri.  Jake viewed her much like he viewed his Master. With the utmost respect.  If she needed Jake, he'd be there just as he had for Lady Silencia. She was brutally honest with the Knight, even if he didn't like it. She spoke words only that needed to be spoken; nothing more.  Just like Silencia. 

 

"Sir, it is time." The Guard spoke.

 

"So it is." Jake said as he took a gulp of the whiskey. 

 

Dear God... how Jake truly missed his Master.




#1846438 Adrift in a Melancholy Flood

Posted by Jake Daniels on 17 August 2018 - 09:43 AM

Location: Uncharted Planet
Time: Dusk
Concurrent with They’ll All Need a Coin for the Ferryman

The settlement was surrounded on all sides by crudely constructed concrete walls. The walls were supported on the inside by two layers. Just inside the walls was a meter thick row of compact earth. The inner most layer was a combination of wooden logs and planks. This essentially formed a three meter thick wall on all sides. It served as a means to prevent breach; at least for a while during a siege from outside forces. It was effective even if primitive. The weakest point of the settlement was the front iron gates. Long since aged since a war centuries earlier, the metal no longer held a shine. It was rusted and creaked with each gust of the wind. It was large through and heavy. It served its purpose nearly as well as the walls.

The settlement was designed as a large square and divided into four quadrants. The first quadrant served as secure farming lands. Plots of various fruits and vegetables were grown in an area reserved for food production. This ensure the settlement had an adequate nutrition source. In this area were several well-pumps that provided the people with their water. The second quadrant was reserved for business. Small buildings had been built against the walls. Each had a different purpose; one was a saloon, another a doctors office, one served as a communal dining hall, a hair dresser, a thrift shop, and finally a jail. Even in a wasteland, law and order was needed.

The third and fourth quadrants were reserved for residential housing. With such limited space it meant that there wasn’t enough space for every traveler. The settlement as of late had to take a stand and only permit those born within the walls to live. All others had to leave by nightfall. It was within these quadrants that people stored their weapons. Each man, boy of age, and woman were assigned a rifle with a set amount of ammunition. They were kept beneath their beds so when the call came they’d be ready to defend. Not since they originally built this place have they had to raise their weapons. Still they were ready to fight in a moment’s notice.

“I ain’t leavin’.” A drunkard shouted at the settlements Sheriff.

“You have too. We’ve granted you refuge for the day but only residents can stay over night. We don’t have enough beds.” The Sherriff calmly tried to reply.

“Screw you! I’ll sleep on the floor right here.”

“No.”

The drunkard swung on the Sheriff but his closed fist was caught in the palm of another man whom had stepped into the conversation. Dressed in an outfit of the land, the man stared eye to eye with the drunkard. A light beard, piercing eyes, and an expression that read little emotion. He was imposing. More importantly the Sherrif knew this man was dangerous.

Yanking his fist free, the drunkard stared at the newcomer, “Don’t touch me again you cow!”

The newcomer backhanded the drunkard whose head jerked sideways. When he looked back towards the newcomer shock covered his face.

“You just going to stand there and bleed?” The newcomer asked.

The drunkard wiped the blood from his lip.

“Thought so.” Grabbing the drunkard by his collar, the Newcomer yanked him towards the saloons door and kicked him out. “Be out of the settlement in the next five minutes or I’ll do more than backhand you.”

Turning to the Sherriff, the Newcomer smiled.

“I was dealing with it.”

“I resolved it quicker.”

The Sherriff laughed, “How the hell are you Jake and why have you come back to this god-forsaken planet? Thought you were off in the stars in your shiny spaceship?”

“I thought I’d drop by for a visit. I’m looking for a place for my summer home. What better place than around a bunch of people that I smell better than.”

“Screw you.”

“You’re not my type.”

“HA!” The Sherriff boasted. “Bloody glad to have you back Son! Bar keep! Round for the house on me. Jake and I have a lot of catching up to do.” Both men walked to a nearby table and found seats, “When’d you come back? What have you been up too?”

Jake nodded to the bar keep whom brought over to large cups of what passed for alcohol on the planet, “Went back home for a bit.” Jake took a swig of the drink and clenched his jaw as he swallowed. “Had to deal with something.” What the Sherriff didn’t need to know was Jake’s son’s returns. Rune Shamalain and Lear Shamalain were two of the most important people in his life. They were under the guidance of Ereza, whom Jake had still not yet formed a solid opinion on. He trusted her with his Son’s but beyond that? He wasn’t sure. Jake had also joined the Silver Jedi, even if only on the fringes. He barely socialized with them and most would argue he was Silver by name only. Was he? Well… only Jake could honestly answer that.

“I’m passing through and thought I’d stop by to see how you lot are doing here.” Jake glanced around, “Seems like everything seems more… peaceful?”

“It is. We took your designs for our walls and implements them. No ones challenged us in this region. When threats have passed through, the gate holds and we have food. Can’t starve us out.” The Sherriff said with pride. “Where are you going if you’re just passing through here?”

“I have unfinished business.” Jake explained. He did. Regardless of what Quietus would want. Regardless as to what Ereza would think, Jake had to find her. He had to find a way to bring her home. He had to bring Cerusia Shamalain to Honoghr. That was the story of Jake Daniels. People would say what they wanted about Jake but the one thing that stood out above all else was loyalty. He was family man.

“Well, I hope you’re going to be staying a few days.”

“I am. I’ve been all over this section of the galaxy. My ships stressed and I need to let it rest.” Jake explained. “I also need to go through my paperwork and recalculate my logistics.” Each planet the Knight had visited he had searched and asked around for Cerusia but to no avail. She was proving harder to find than he had expected.


#1789014 A Frozen Treasure

Posted by Jake Daniels on 19 May 2018 - 05:31 PM

Rania bit at her finger nail as she casually walked around the room. For a few moments the Twi'lek worked on formulating her answer. Valae had answered and Rania believed her. That's all she could ask for.Hopefully Valae would continue to be up to the challenge of helping Jake keep the cap on the darkness in his soul.

 

"I was only curious." Rania replied. "I know Jake has been thinking a lot about the future. Call me a bit overprotective of him, I just wanted to make sure there aren't any speed bumps to come up. Well..." Rania tilted her head as she looked at Valae and chuckled, "except for when he gets himself into trouble."

 

Rania continued to look around the room, taking in the simplistic beauty of it, "I know Midvinter wouldn't be the first target for most governments to attack but if anyone ever did, at least the home has fortification beneath the ground. A cold ground is as strong as concrete which is why I believe built the home with the majority of the footage beneath the surface."

 

"Now, how about we eat?" Rania grinned as she intertwined her arm with Valae's and pulled her along, "The boys had better be done by now!"

 

As Rania and Valae emerged from the basements the smell of the food had already filled the first floor. Closing the door behind them, Rania followed the salty scent to the dining room where Cody had already partially set the table with silverware.At the head nearest them sat a pale Jake. His eyes closed though he was awake. His breathing was still labored.

 

"You were told to stay in bed." Rania said.

 

Umako snorted as he walked in carrying some food, "That's what I told him. Man's too stubborn for his own good. I would have brought him a plate upstairs."

 

Jake perked a brow but didn't open his eyes, "We eat together."

 

Rania motioned for Valae to take the head opposite Jake. In terms of dining, the heads of the table were meant for the heads of the family. Together they oversaw all gathered. It was her right. Rania took a seat near Valae.

 

Umako set out everyone's plates, "Lamb lung and loin with rice. Red wine to enhance flavor. Simple but filling."

 

Cody set out several wine glasses and carefully filled them. Both men then took their own seats. One next to Rania, the other opposite and close to Jake.

 

"See? We didn't burn anything." Cody said with a hint of self-righteous pride.

 

"I guess they should have seen the piece of loin you blackened when I let you cook it while I used the restroom." Umako chimed in.

 

"Shhhh..."

 

Jake laughed, "So that's why I picked up the hint of what I thought was burning paper upstairs."

 

"Ha.... Ha...." Cody replied witha frown before slamming a fork into a piece of meat.

 

"We kid cause we love ya." Rania replied.

 

Jake's eyes slowly opened. A smile formed as he spotted Valae opposite him, "How did you enjoy the tour? If there anything you want to change, just let me know and it'll be done."

 

Valae Kitra




#1776356 A Frozen Treasure

Posted by Jake Daniels on 27 April 2018 - 09:08 PM

The question did catch Rania off guard ever slightly if one were to be most honest. Just as Jake had always been respectful of her and her families privacy, the Twi'lek had always ensured that same respect was returned. She never told anyone of what Jake did, where he went, or what he was up too. The One Sith couldn't break her, the Noghri couldn't, nor could any of the Silver. Though the Silvers never asked. Jake was an enigma to many of them. He was a teacher of saber combat, a fallen Sith seeking some form of redemption. What type of redemption? Even Rania wasn't so sure. Still what she knew she kept to herself.

 

That was until she met Valae.

 

"Come. Let me show you the basement." Rania said as she leapt from the sofa before pausing, "Err... I mean basements." Extra emphasis put on the plurality of the word.

 

Taking Valae by the hand she nearly dragged the Master Jedi through the home like a child would a doll. She made no mention of the rooms they passed for the moment. There would be time for that. Without a chance to take in the sight of the dining room, Rania flung a door open. Lights flickered to life to reveal a deep stairwell.

 

"I want to be out of earshot of the boys." Rania whispered as they both set foot on the first basement. "This is a storage floor. This floor is a mixture of cabinets and open space to store everything you can think of, up to and including food preserves if needed. The walls are double layered hollowed brick. In each brick is insulation. We coated the wall in cold resistant epoxy and shaped it to look like stone. This room is semi-temperate but as we go lower it'll get a tad colder.Ignore the big metal contraption and piping in the center. That's the water filtration and plumbing system. I don't exactly know how it works. That's for Jake to explain."

 

"Now as for your question about Jake. I didn't want them knowing I'm spilling the beans but as I show you everything, I'll explain what he's been up too." Rania said as she opened some of the cabinets to show just how much storage space there was in each. "When he first set out to build this home he needed money. We both know Jake has a very particular set of skills which really gear him towards jobs that aren't exactly in line with Jedi teachings."

 

"He didn't do anything illegal, mind you. We even offered to cut him in on our smuggling operations and he turned it down. He didn't want to sully this home with less than admirable means when building it. So in between Kashyyyk and Midvinter he began working as a private security escort for some diplomats from his homeworld of Dantooine. He may not be Sith but his reputation still dictates respect." Rania turned to look at the rest of the basement, momentarily motioning Valae to follow her to another flight of descending stairs.

 

"This second floor is about ten degrees cooler than the one above and is clearly meant to preserve meat and food. Don't put anything else down here. Jake said the temperature regulation is just right to keep food safe here. You'll also notice there air is just a bit drier. He added insulation to the plumbing contraption here." Rania pointed out.

 

"Jake doesn't have the best patience with people. Being bossed around by snotty politicians tries them worse than most. So he quit; or so he says. I think he lost his temper and told the Diplomats where they should stuff their more righteous than thou' attitudes. He won't admit it though." The Twi'lek laughed before pointing out the various whiskey barrels. "They're filled with salt. In the salt is game meat from Honoghr. Jake calls it the M.R.E.s of true desperation. Only in a pinch will you ever eat that meat."

 

Rania turned to Valae, "Please... for the love of god don't run out of other food. I know from experience. Think the taste of unwashed cattle kidney to a third degree of pungentness." She shuddered at the memories, "So he found a job on some junk world helping to run a recycling yard. He'd sit in a picker all day and simply move metals and plastics around for hours on end. Pay wasn't great but it was honest. He didn't want us knowing. Didn't want you knowing. A pride sort of thing I think. How could someone whom once led a search and rescue brigade, a galaxy renowned Apprentice, and highly respected Warrior be found hauling trash about? I would have viewed it admirably but Jake still has a bit of pride. I will say the surprises aren't through just yet for you. He has something else but that's all I can say."

 

Leading Valae down to the third basement floor, again down another flight of identical stairs, the room was much colder than the prior too. That was because this had actual water flowing through small channels that were built into the floor.Like the floors above, the room was square. The plumbing contraption was dead center but about four meters from it was a square channel built into the floor.

 

"It's about a meter deep." Rania said, using a finger to point at the water. "That's where the homes water supply comes from. The water flows from two portals. East and west walls. The construction crews found underground water wells that don't freeze and won't dry up. To prevent overflow, there are several holes dug into the ground in those waterways. Any water not used is returned to the earth beneath us. Nothing wasteful."

 

Now that they were at the bottom most floor of the home, Rania knew she could ask Valae anything.

 

"Watch this." Rania said as walked towards the wall opposite the stairwell. Looking at the apoxy walls, she found a bulge that seemed ever slightly larger than the rest. With a push of her palm, a section of the wall pushed outward and slid to the side. "Jake built a secret passageway. Come."

 

Rania led Valae through a small passageway that only allowed them to walk single file. Before them though was an opening that lit up as they drew close. Both stepped out into a beautifully constructed room, "I thought this was a study he built. Its actually a vault. Well, it could be both I guess."

 

Rania looked at Valae, "It's yours. A place where you can keep everything you hold dear safe and sound. Jake plans to set up a panel on the door we came through that would only allow you in; not even he. This is your space."

 

"Since we're alone I wanted to ask... this isn't too much is it? Jake is devoted but even I know all of this is alot. Again though, he's deeply devoted to you. I know you are to him. Would you say you're devoted to the point of wanting to spend the remainder of her life with him?"

 

Rania was treading dangerously close to inadvertently revealing Jakes biggest surprise. She needed to be extremely careful in how this conversation proceeded.
 

 

Valae Kitra




#1767371 A Frozen Treasure

Posted by Jake Daniels on 12 April 2018 - 04:42 PM

“Well… not technically no.” Rania said in response to Valae’s question. “We helped out since construction began but on Midvinter? Not the entire time. Jake had us running about. When he has a specific item in mind nothing similar to it will do. It has to be that one. Which is why furnishing this place took so bloody long.” Rania lead Valae straight to the living room.

 

“I’m not a fan of his choices for this room.” A sneer appeared in the corner of her lip. “Wood table, leather sofa and recliners and two cloth covered chairs?” Rania exaggeratedly flicked her nose at the cloth chairs with a smirk, “Lord I wish you were hear to talk him out of buying those hideous things. Guess where he makes me sit! There!” Green fingers pointed to the chairs, “For no other reason that because he knows I hate them.”

 

A deep sigh and a look around, Valae began to explain. “I love the design he has here. Far different from his old family home on Honoghr. He made this as open as possible. Large windows on one side which show the snowy mountains. While here,” Rania turned and looked up, “He refused to build a wall. It shows the staircase to the second floor and there is a balcony for the second floor above us. You’ll noticed that through any communal rooms we go into. It’s as must open space as possible while ensuring each area has a set perimeter.”

 

Rania placed a hand against one of the few thick wooden support beams. “These go to the ceiling and down through the various basement floors. All the wood indoors has been treated twice over with an anti-rot agent and sealed off with a water-proofing finish. Humidity is a b!tch which it comes to wood.”

 

Rania didn’t hover around Valae, she allowed the Master Jedi to roam as she pleased, “Each wall has two small built in cupboards that can house any small knickknacks you wish. Ignore the cruddy old looking tele. Cody set that up because Jake hasn’t found the proper tele he wants for this room, if at all. Pfft, men and their taste in things.”

 

Rania moved the tele from the cabinets on the far wall and set it on the floor, “Don’t get me wrong. I love the home. It’s just these cloth chairs that do me in here.” Yes Rania harped a bit too much on what she didn’t like. “I built the flooring myself. I used a wood that’s been sanded and polished to look like stone slabs. Stone would be far too cold for this planet. Wood isn’t nearly as cold to the touch.”

 

“The home has a central heating system that floods warm air top and bottom.” Rania explained. “In the second floor basement there is a heating system with four vents. One is in here, behind one of the cabinets. The second is placed near the front door. The third and fourth are on the second floor. The idea is to trap the cold air in the middle of constant circulation. So long as the power remains on, the heat will as well. On top of that, if the power goes out, the coldest the home should get if everything is closed up tight is fifty five degrees or so. Even though there is no insulation, there is enough wood on the outer layers of the home to keep the heat in. The windows themselves are double pained sound proof glass. There isn’t an ounce of air getting in or out unless you want it too.”

 

Rania’s plopped herself onto the leather sofa. With legs dangling up and over the back, she looked to Valae, “When I was a little girl I always wanted a house like this. Not this particular one, though I wouldn’t mind it, mind you, but a nice place to call my own. I also dreamed of being a Queen. Royal. Important with subjects to do my every bidding. Guess you could say I have that now with those two lug heads in the kitchen,” a small chuckle emerged, “but that’s what I wanted. What did you dream of being when you were just a wee’ lass?”

 

Valae Kitra




#1755223 A Frozen Treasure

Posted by Jake Daniels on 23 March 2018 - 12:43 PM

The walls had only recently been set. The foundation newly laid. The windows had been placed. The concrete and stone chimneys rose to the heavens giving off its very first puffs of smoke. This home, strategically placed after many scrutiny filled hours, just began its life. An infant in comparison to the other residences of the galaxy. That’s what this place was. A beginning and she loved it.

“Of course I did.” The Knight rebutted.

“I’ll go get some more water.” The tone of Jake’s voice was a signal to Rania. It was soft and gentle. There was no hint of stiffness. Two had once more become one. As Rania made her quiet leave, she gave Jake a simple shake of her head. She saw the question in his eyes. He knew she revealed much to Valae. Did she reveal everything? No. Not everything. That was for Jake and Jake alone.

“This is the one place that is always yours. This place is hidden from all. Your home on Voss. Kashyyyk. Any place the Silvers have wandered, you’ve always been exposed. I’m giving you what I know. To be present without being seen. To have a place that is truly yours.” Jake explained.

“Mine had always been on Honoghr. Not anymore though.” His eyes glanced about the room.

Jake let out a groan as he propped himself up slightly. His face was moist, a cool sweat setting in. “I know your Master is here; somewhere.” Jake lied.

He knew where her Master was or more accurately, he had a general sense of the region her Master resided. Jake was a hunter after all. He did his research. She was close to the one whom had brought her truly within the force. As Jake had been with his own, he ensured the Master of the world was close with his pupil.

“You will always be safe here. If I could only ever give you a true gift, let it be this.” Jake explained. He had the urge to begin the tour of the home, but the way Valae had ordered him to stay where he was caused otherwise twitchy legs to remain still.

“Don’t fret.” Jake said. “I didn’t take any money from the Silvers to build this. I’ve actually been holding down another job to earn cash on the side.” In a galaxy where everyone whom used the force seemed to be drowning in wealth, Jakes Master included. He never acquired his own. He never used what was gifted to him. Nor did he touch what he inherited by default being the oldest living member of the Shamalain family. It remained where it was; acquiring interest and growing in bounty. Yet it was money he’d never touch. He earned his own; a few cents at a time. “It’s not the most lucrative job but it did enough to help build a business relationship with a construction contractor and what that didn’t cover it paid enough to make up for the rest. I wanted this to be a true gift. Me to you.”

Yes there was a sense of pride in his tone. Why shouldn’t there have been?

“Ok enough of the sappy stuff. You two will have more time for that when you’re better.” Cody said as he stopped at the doorway. Skillet rolled in just behind him.

“Valae? Rania wants you to come downstairs.” Cody explained. “Skillet will keep watch of Jake. Should anything change he’ll let us know. Guess we’re going to do the tour.”

“Like hell you are.” Jake protested as he attempted to rise.

A finger point warning from Valae caused Jake to remain as he was. A mocking whistle from Skillet added icing to the cake.

“Get rest Jake.” Cody said as he closed the door. Once they were beginning their decent down the stairwell he finally decided to speak, “Watch some of the steps. They used an interlocking system in this home. Very little actual nails were used. Just wood to wood. Like a giant puzzle piece. Remarkable design and the same sort Jake used on Honoghr but not one I’m entirely comfortable with.”

Rania met them at the bottom of the bend, “Cody go help Umako cook. I’ll show Valae around.”

“No fair.”

“Get!”

“Geez.” Cody snorted as he sculked away.

Rania turned to Valae and finally gave a deep hug. A few words were whispered into the Masters ear, “Thank you for coming. Since I know it’s going to drive him nuts by me doing this, where should we begin?”

Valae Kitra