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    Posted by Talus Invictus on 09-03-2002 06:07 PM:
    Lessons Learned

    Talus floated in a bacta tank, an air mask covering his nose and mouth so he could breath. It seemed he had once again gotten himself placed in the Med bay.

    This is becoming an all too familiar scene. He thought to himself. I'm even beginning to be able to differentiate between the different med droids. I guess I could give them all names.

    He was aware of his surroundings as well as the splint on his left arm and on his right hand. He was no longer breathing out of his self-induced tracheaotomy, so obviously they had sewn it up. His ribs ached as did his left leg, more injuries incurred upon his first instruction.

    Now how the hell did I get here? He thought, unaware that his master had carried him off the training grounds and to the med bay, another occurence that was happening with more frequency.

    I wonder how long I'll be in here, I wonder how long I have been in here? Unaware that he had been submerged for a better portion of the night.

    Another aching sensation arouse, this one in a bit more delicate spot than the other, Ahh.. the eye for an eye blow from master.

    It was then that he suddenly realized that he was not covered properly.

    Please no visitors until these unashamed droids put some clothes on me. He smiled. And closed his eyes, it was time to meditate, he always found that even with his abnormal ability to quickly heal his body, the process still went faster when he was focusing on something else, such as meditating.

    Posted by Drako on 09-03-2002 06:16 PM:

    The ancient Sith lent against the wall near the entrance to the med bay, out of sight of Talus. He had refused the medbots aid, he would feed when he left and heal that way. For now he wanted to make sure Talus was ok and, for the sake of decency he didn't get any visitors. Especially Nikka, it just wasn't proper and the ancient Sith was a great believer in proper.

    He closed his eyes, letting the Force wash over him, taking away his pain. The droids would take Talus out of the bacta soon, then he would leave. He opened his eyes again, looking down at his hands, they were shaking slight, the skin pulled tight over the skeleton, his veins standing out. He suspected his hair was tinged with gray as well though he didn't check.

    It had been too long since he had fed, he seemed to forgot here at TSE, he was always so bussy, he would have to go home soon, there were things to be done, rest to be had and he would feed well there. For now some drunken bar parton would do. As soon as Talus was out of the bacta.

    Posted by Nikka on 09-03-2002 06:32 PM:

    *Sith Warrior Nikka Darkstorm felt a slight disturbance in the Force as she sat in the window sill finishing up a journal entry she had spent many hours working on. It was apparent that she had a lot to get off her chest, and sometimes writing did just that. She closed out the program on her data pad and sat up straight since she was sort of reclined back as she wrote. Reaching out, she focused on what the disturbance she felt was all about. Her eyes closed and then blinked open. For what she saw was grueling as someone very close to her was injured and needed her by their side. Grabbing her cloak from the bed, she opened the door to her quarters, running as fast as she could to the med bay.*


    *She murmured as she sprinted down the hall with all the strength she had, almost in a force sprint, but she had not yet mastered it properly. She knew he was hurt, but had no idea why. As she approached the medbay, she saw Lord Darkstar standing in the hallway next to the entrance and stopped to catch her breath. She had a feeling that Talus was injured during a training session with his master and approached Darkstar, composing herself for whatever news she might hear.*

    "What's.. going on..?"

    Posted by Drako on 09-03-2002 06:38 PM:

    DarkStar's eyes opened and settled on the Sith Warrior, they looked old and tired.

    "Talus...took a fall in our training today, the droids are fixing him up, he is currently resting in a bacta tank. For the sake of decency I would ask you not to go in yet,"

    Though it was spoken as a request, the fact that he was half lent over the door with obviously no intention of moving said other wise.

    "He will be fine of course,"

    He passed Nikka the report the droids had given the Sith Lord on his apprentice's condition.

    Posted by Nikka on 09-03-2002 07:09 PM:

    *Nikka nodded slightly, the look of concern and near panic striking her face. She took the report from him and read over it carefully, biting her lip to keep from losing herself to emotions. The comforting thought was the connection she felt with Talus and she knew he was recovering well. She leaned against the wall, staring down at the floor. She knew she'd be there for awhile before she could go see him and prepared to stay there for awhile.*

    "I'll stay for as long as I can until I can see him."

    Posted by Drako on 09-03-2002 07:13 PM:

    DarkStar nodded slowly.

    "You can wait here as long as you like, they will be taking him out of the bacta in..."

    He reached out with the Force, the future revealed to him he came back to the present.

    "About 3 minutes, he will need rest, but the bacta will have done its job,"

    He scrunched up his face for a moment, he could almost feel himself growing older as he stood there, but he had no intention of moving. He wanted to make sure Talus was ok when he got out of the bacta before he left.

    Posted by Nikka on 09-04-2002 12:00 AM:

    *She nodded once again and noticed his face wrench up and seemed concerned, but she chose not to question it right now. Leaning her back against the wall, she slid down the wall until she was sitting on the floor. Tears were welling up in her eyes as she felt her love in so much pain that it was nearly overwhelming. She leaned her head back against the wall and sighed deeply.*

    "This is gonna be a long night.."

    Posted by Drako on 09-04-2002 04:42 AM:

    DarkStar sighed and closed his eyes, he could feel Nikka's wretchedness and Talus's pain, he sighed again and spoke very quietly to himself, not careing wether Nikka heard or not.

    "No, the nights are never long, the night is where the comfort is, it is the days that streach on forever,"

    He drew his leather gloves from his pocket and slipped them on, pulling them tightly he sighed, it would soon be time to hunt.

    Posted by Talus Invictus on 09-04-2002 08:17 AM:

    Talus felt the bacta starting to pass over him, obviously the droids were draining the precious liquid from the tank and preparing to pull him out. Soon he felt mechanical arms under his own lifting him up.

    At least the put my shoulder back in socket befor putting me in here. As the droids lifted him up he snarled at them. He was hurting to bad to lash out at them as he usually did, but he still did not like them touching him. Once he was out of the bacta, a droid placed what at best could be described as a loin cloth around him, but was more like a hand towel. The then began to wrap his chest for the injuris to his rib cage, the also wrapped his head, as they did so it was then Talus realized his long dreadlocks had been considerably shortened and tied tightly behind his head. His arms were given new splins and they bandaged his knee. As they hooked an IV to him to continue nourishing him, he passed by a reflective surface. He noticed that they had also splinted his nose he laughed and roared at the same time; "I look like a bloody mummy. Do you damn droids have a secret deal with the bandage companies to use as much as possible?"

    The droids as usual ignored him and placed him down on a bed. He was in a good mood, he had fought to his last ounce of strength as he had told his master once before he would do and he did so kicking and screaming. But his laughter soon turned to grunts as he realized his ribcage was not completely healed yet.

    Posted by Drako on 09-04-2002 08:40 AM:

    DarkStar stood up and opened the door, stepping through he held it open for Nikka to follow. He looked over at Talus with his old tired eyes.

    "How do you feel my young apprentice? You faught well by the way, pitty it ended with a fall,"

    He chuckled, it was the dry rasping sound of an old man, he smiled and waited for Talus to answer.

    Posted by Nikka on 09-04-2002 08:48 AM:

    *Nikka nearly dozed off when the door to the medbay opened and she stood, seeing Lord Darkstar enter. As he left the door open, she entered and prepared herself for whatever sight she might see.*

    *She went ahead and let him enter first and followed behind him as he approached Talus at the side of the bed. Nikka sensed he wasn't in as much pain as he was before, but it was enough to make her cringe.*

    *Her presence could be felt, but she did not show herself until she felt the time was right.*


    Posted by Talus Invictus on 09-04-2002 09:13 AM:

    "I feel like a hungry rancor master and if they'll feed me a bit I'm ready to go a couple more rounds," He laughed at his half-hearted attempt to sound tough. His ribs sent him a message though that his laughter should be kept to a minimum.

    "And yourself master, you look different, a little paler. I hope my desperation shot didn't take as much out of you as it appears to have and by the way, give my apologies to whomever it is that you go see in the evenings." Talus said with a wink. "Tell Nikka she can come in, if she can bear looking at my ugly face, would you master?" Talus voice became a bit meeker as he spoke of Nikka. He really didn't want her to see him this way, humbled, broken, weak, but he did want to see her face it would make him feel better.

    Posted by Drako on 09-04-2002 09:18 AM:

    DarkStar chuckled dryly again

    "I fear i damaged your eyes my young apprentice, Nikka is stood behind me,"

    He pushed his cloak to the side to alow her to step past him, he smiled

    "As to being pale...i'll explain later, now, if you'll excuse me I have some very urgent buisness to attend to,"

    Without waiting for a reply he turned, and headed out, his cloak swirling after him as though it had a life of his own. As he left the temperature in the room went up by a couple of degrees.

    He went imidiately to Rama's one of the drunks would do, he entered, drained one and headed back to his quarters whistling, looking young and strong again.

    Posted by Nikka on 09-04-2002 09:25 AM:

    *Nikka managed a small smile and approached the side of Talus' bed, taking his hand gently.*

    "Ugly face? I would hardly think that about you."

    *She leaned down and kissed his cheek softly, brushing her hand along his face.*

    "How are you feeling?"

    Posted by Talus Invictus on 09-05-2002 03:10 PM:

    Talus felt stronger the moment he saw Nikka's face and stronger yet when her lips touched one of the few unwounded parts of his body.

    "Like a million credits." He weakly joked. He was proud of himself, even more so that his master complimented him. He winked at Nikka; "I had him, but I tripped and stubbed a toe. But why the look of concern? Something happen to upset you?" He laughed again weakly, then winced in pain as he felt the shockwave from his ribs. "By the way, who you hear to see, I hope you didn't walk all this way to waist your time on me."

    Posted by Nikka on 09-05-2002 09:14 PM:

    *She smiled seeing he was in such a good mood and then pulled up a stool to sit down, still keeping his hand clasped in hers.*

    "Being here with you is never a waste of my time. I am glad that you're okay." She chuckled slightly, but winced when she sensed him in pain again. "We seem to keep crossing paths through this medbay, don't we?"

    Posted by Talus Invictus on 09-06-2002 09:19 AM:

    "Yes it does, but it seems I'm on the losing end of this deal. " He smiled. "Shouldn't lie to me like that I might think you like me or something."

    He pushed him self up so he could sit, the droids scrambled over towards him to try to force him down but Talus just snarled and threw one across the room with the force. It seemed his master's teaching was already paying dividends, although he expected it would, his body and mind seemed to always grow stronger quickly with practice. Looking back at Nikka his snarl melted again. "So tell me, how's your training fairing with Mistress Shadowtide?

    Posted by Nikka on 09-06-2002 10:59 AM:

    *She smiled and turned red in the face, a sign that he was right when he mentioned her liking him.*

    "I do care for you very much, just as I care for the well being of all members of the Empire."

    *Watching as he tossed one of the droids across the room, she laughed, seeing he hates them as much as she does. Then, she shrugged as he asked about her training.*

    "It's been going quite well."

    Posted by Talus Invictus on 09-06-2002 11:11 AM:

    Talus listened to her as she spoke of her training smiling he spoke; "I believe someone is being humble, that is not a trait of a Sith, more along the lines of a Jedi, you have been recently promoted, I would think the training would be going excellent." He moved his hand up to her face and touched her cheek. "You don't have to be modest around me."

    Posted by Nikka on 09-06-2002 12:07 PM:

    *She grinned, a look of pride began to cross over her face.*

    "I cannot help it. When I'm near you, I feel I could faint."

    *As his hand touched her cheek, then placed her free hand over it. It was so obvious in her heart that she was falling for him.*

    "I could weep at the sound of your voice... I get chills from the touch of your hand..."

    *She looked down at the floor, her face turning almost as fiery as her hair.*

    "I'm sorry, I'm rambling a little too much... but... every word of what I speak is the truth."

    *Nikka looked to him again, awaiting his responce to her pouring her heart out.*

    Posted by Talus Invictus on 09-06-2002 04:29 PM:

    "It is ok to speak your feelings I am not embarrassed, I too feel strongly for you Nikka. I am not free with my emotions nor am I with my affections but you have gained mastery over both of them." He smiled as he spoke to her. He leaned in towards her to kiss her, when a droid rudely interupted them.

    "Excuse me we need to get the patient back in the Bacta tank, there are still some broken bones to be healed. " And as it completed it's sentence it injected a sedative into the Large Sith and he passed out smiling at Nikka.

    Posted by Nikka on 09-06-2002 05:26 PM:

    *Nikka smiled brightly and leaned in for the kiss just as he did, but then the droid injected the sedative and he was out cold. She looked to him just as he did and saw the smile on his face and chuckled slightly. Leaning forward more, she gently kissed his lips anyway, despite his being sedated. By then, the droids were moving him to the bacta tank, so Nikka had to move out of the way and watch their every move. As she moved out of the way, she spoke to the droids rather harshly.*

    "You guys better take care of him, or else you'll find yourself in the nearest trash compactor."

    Posted by Talus Invictus on 09-06-2002 09:35 PM:

    Talus awoke once more in the precious liquid called bacta, he spread his arms to stretch, there was no soreness in his ribs this time, nor anywere else for that matter. He wondered to himself; How long have I been in here? He looked at his left arm, there was no splint on it nor on his right hand either. The bacta was indeed a miracle device. As his eyes adjusted to the light once again he looked outside, he couldn't see very far, his only concern was if Nikka was still there. He was about to repay her for her time and concern.

    Posted by Nikka on 09-06-2002 10:13 PM:

    *Nikka Darkstorm had taken a short walk to stretch her legs and returned to the medbay seeing that Talus was moving around a bit in the bacta tank. He appeared to not be as sore as he was since he was outstretched and the connection she had with him let her know that as well. She sat down in the chair nearby and waited for the droids to remove him from the tank, letting him know that she was still there.*

    Posted by Talus Invictus on 09-07-2002 08:34 PM:

    Talus smiled although you couldn't see his mouth from under the air mask, he patiently waited for the droids to let him out of the bacta tank. As the padded arms came up under his own and lifted him out of the solution Talus breathed deeply. he looked down at his knee it was fine, he could bend it quickly and move it easily. Both arms were pain free, but he still felt tender around his ribs.

    "We are pleased to report that you now have a nearly clean bill of health, Disciple Invictus. Your ribs however are still bruised and will be tender for a few days. We suggest relaxing and enjoying your time off. The droid spoke happily. Talus however glared at the droid and it backed away quickly. Placing his mail shirt over his wrapped ribs he got full dressed again. He pulled his shortened Dreads into a loose pony tail behind his head and nodded towards Nikka.


    Posted by Nikka on 09-07-2002 08:44 PM:

    "Hey, I'm glad you're feeling better."

    *Nikka smiled brightly and stood from the chair, stretching a little more while holding back a yawn. Taking his hand in hers, she began to lead him out of the medbay and into the hall.*

    "Yes, and thirsty as well. We could go to the dining hall if you'd like to."

    Posted by Talus Invictus on 09-08-2002 03:58 PM:

    "Yes, the dining hall sounds perfect. Not as crowded as Rama's and still has good food. " He opened the door for Nikka, "After you miss." He grinned as he watched her walk by.

    Posted by Nikka on 09-08-2002 08:32 PM:

    *Nikka smiled at his politeness and stepped out before he did. They began to walk down the corridor at a slow pace. It would be quite a walk before arriving at the mess hall.*

    "I've been looking forward to having something sweet all afternoon."

    *She smirked.*

    Posted by Nikka on 10-07-2002 10:51 PM:

    (ttt, you can delete :P)