Desperation (NJO J/J fic; UPDATED!! 3/21... yes, that's 3/21 2005!!)

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  1. StormKnight Jedi Knight

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    Long overdue post... :)

    *~*~*~*

    Wedge sighed, as he had many times in the last 24 hours. The base was quiet, now, and the plans to leave the planet were progressing well. Wedge?s thoughts weren?t here, on Borleias - they were with Jaina on Adumar. It was times like this that he envied the Jedi, and their sense of connection and perception. Absent that, though, Wedge had played out the mission a thousand times in his head. To an observer, Wedge was sitting at his desk anxiously drumming his fingers. Inside his head, though, he was battling the Vong on Adumar, watching Jaina wielding her lightsaber and Nex firing with that unnecessarily powerful blaster of his. Very few of the battles turned out the way he wanted them to. For every moment that had passed since Jaina and her team had left for Adumar, he had come up with ten thousand reasons why they shouldn?t have gone.

    The kid doesn?t know what she?s doing, who she?s facing, what she?s up against. But he had to admit, she did know. Jaina was an adult, and a Jedi at that. She was responsible for her own actions; plus, he had enough people to be responsible for without worrying about her. The evacuation from Borleias was effectively ready to go, with most equipment loaded onto various freighters and carriers.

    Once the warmaster realizes you're on Adumar, he's going to launch a full invasion force against Borleias.

    Wedge had gone over the math meticulously, calculating all the possibilities, and he knew that he only had a few hours to put everything together and get the Vong off the planet. Five more hours. It was tight, but if everything went exactly right, the Yuuzhan Vong would find nothing here when they arrived for their assault.

    Wedge decided to stand up and stretch before he went to go check on the freighters. He let his hand linger on his desk a little longer than normal. He wasn?t silly enough to get attached to a desk, of course, but...

    ?General Antilles, we have some unknown ships coming in at...?

    Ships?

    ?... vector five-nine-five mark three... Moving to intercept. Shall we open channels??

    Channels? Fire? Open fire?

    And then it began. Drop ships began to cover the sky with coralskippers, and the frantic squadrons of X-wings and A-Wings on patrol were suddenly engaged in bitter combat at the rim of Republic-controlled space.

    Wedge?s mind had long ago shifted into combat mode, a transition made easier because he was never permitted to be far from it.

    "Tycho, why are they here now? How did they know?!?

    "Worry about that later, Wedge! We can?t get caught down here!"

    Wedge knew that escape - total escape - wasn?t possible. But neither was surrender. "I'm on my way to the control center. Order the initation of Aggressive Exodus. Launch the freighters with the crucial equipment now, and have them and their designated fighter escorts get to hyperspace as quickly as possible. And you, too. Once I get down there, I want you on your way off-planet, preferably on one of the lead freighters. If I get stuck here, we're going to need someone coordinating-" The door to the control center almost didn't open fast enough. "The attack on Yeltha," he concluded, now talking to Tycho face-to-face.

    ?Leave the fighters here, Wedge. We need as many fighter escorts as we can get.?

    ?We need them there, too.?

    Tycho didn?t flinch. ?But we also need them here.?

    And Wedge knew he was right.

    Wedge would?ve sighed had he had the time. Decisions like this one could win or lose the war. ?Then they stay here. But you have to be at Yeltha.?

    "On my way, Wedge." The Alderaanian man gave him a slight nod. "The freighters have their launch orders, and fighter squadrons are scrambled. Three are going with the initial wave of freighters, just as we planned. Almost all of the rest are going with the second wave." He was almost out the door before he turned. "May the Force be with you, Wedge."

    Wedge didn?t have an answer.

    Neither man needed to point out the odds that they wouldn't see each other
  2. JediWarriorYoda Force Ghost

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    Ooh... Lah's a big bad meanie!
  3. JainaJag00 Jedi Master

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    bad lah. bad lah. poor jag, and jaina's in for a fight. borleias forces...... :(. i feel very bad for them. wedge'll do something tho...... right?
  4. StormKnight Jedi Knight

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  5. JainaJag00 Jedi Master

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  6. Lt_Jaina_Solo Jedi Grand Master

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  7. Saber-of-Light Jedi Master

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    Awesome postie!!! Poor ol' Jag is standing up for Jaina, and she's partying with a Nex dude? **sigh**

    Just as weird as watching my friend once stuff her pants with popcorn and hot dogs. (So what if she was drunk....? :p)Great post!
  8. Saber-of-Light Jedi Master

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    UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. bob_siow Force Ghost

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    uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuppppppppppppppp!!!

    somebody give jag a medkit! :D
  10. Saber-of-Light Jedi Master

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  11. JainaJag00 Jedi Master

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  12. JainaJag00 Jedi Master

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  13. Saber-of-Light Jedi Master

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    And up again!

    Is it just me, or have SK and Iella fallen off the face of the planet like my beta???
  14. JainaJag00 Jedi Master

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    idk.... maybe they have. but i did talk to iella today... why dnt u have someone else beta it for ya?
  15. StormKnight Jedi Knight

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    Hey hey,

    We're definitely still here, but the next phase of the story is a little rough.

    We've got our adorable heroine on Adumar, leading a commando Jedi team through a heavily defended planet on her way to a life-or-death showdown with the leader of the Vong forces.

    We've got our cute and cuddly Resistance leader plotting a frantic getaway against overwhelming forces, in a battle that won't be forgotten.

    We've got our (by now probably) fuzzy Chiss warrior in all kinds of massively sadistic torture and mind games.

    We're working on it. I promise, whatever Iella's cookin', it'll be worth the wait.
  16. JainaJag00 Jedi Master

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    fun!!! i'll continue to up this until a postie comes... hopefully soon.
  17. Saber-of-Light Jedi Master

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    Hey.........

    even if Jag's fuzzy, he's still gorgeous. [face_plain] :p

    Nice to know y'all are still alive!
  18. StormKnight Jedi Knight

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    *Iella pokes head in*

    *Ducks away as a barrage of rotten fruit hit the doorpost where her head was moments ago*

    *Tenatively sticks head back in*

    I'm writing... slowly. :(

    *Runs back out before the angry glares of her readers toast her*

    -Iella
  19. tendra_217 Jedi Master

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    Great story. Sorry for no review in so long.

    Glad Jag is alive can't wait for more.
  20. StormKnight Jedi Knight

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    *~*~*~*

    "What do you think?" Jaina murmured into her comlink. Perched on a tree along the perimeter of the Yuuzhan Vong base in the Adumari forest, she could barely make out the dark shapes of the other similarly positioned members of her team.

    "We need a distraction," Kyp responded.

    "Ooh, ooh, I'm good at distractions. You mean blowing things up, right?" Even the static couldn't obscure Kell's enthusiasm.

    "Great. A distraction. What next?" She listened with half an ear as they offered various suggestions on how to penetrate the Vong perimeter. Most of her consciousness, though, was focused on finding Jag's presence again. The pain she had felt from him when they first entered the system still lingered in a haze. It didn't come directly from Jag - no, more like her own subconscious guilt urging her to save him.

    "Jaina? Goddess? Come in, Jaina." Kyp's teasing tone brought her back to reality.

    "Umm? good ideas, all." Ideas flashed through her mind quickly. She was Yun-Harla, the trickster goddess, and she had to come up with a plan that would befit that title. Distractions, bait-and-switch, all the usual con tricks came to her. And she knew which one she was going to choose. "Here's what we're going to do."

    *~*~*~*

    To admit any of his feelings would have been unthinkable. He felt his eyes twitch slightly in anticipation of the blood that would be shed that day, yet in his gut, there was a twinge of nervousness. Anticipation? but hesitation.

    The cleansing of Adumar would be accomplished through a sacrifice to the twin gods, Yun Yammka and Yun Harla.

    And perhaps it is the blasphemer herself who has chosen to appear.

    Who knew how the jeedai would try to stop the cleansing of the planet?

    "No matter," the warmaster mused out loud. "The twin gods will be satisfied today."

    Willing the last traces of his unease away, he stood to his full height and summoned the priests.

    *~*~*~*

    Jag lay with his eyes closed, contemplating his fate, when he felt a sharp kick send pain tearing through his body.

    "Come, infidel. Today you die." The warrior stood over him with an expression something between a grimace and a snarl.

    "Is that so?" Jag rasped, propping himself up on his elbows. He was determined not to break, not to allow the Vong to conquer him into submission. "My usefulness to the warmaster has come to an end, has it?"

    "No, we have decided that you are no longer worth the floor space that you take up," the scar-faced warrior replied.

    Jag started, then shook his head as if to clear it. "I must be delusional, because I swear you just made a joke," he managed.

    The warrior's face darkened slightly. "Today the planet will be cleansed. By your blood. We will offer you and others in a sacrifice to the twin gods. Does that answer please you more?"

    Jag dutifully got to his feet, cradling his semi-broken ribs with his arms. The Yuuzhan Vong didn't allow him to stay seriously injured - they healed bones and wounds so they could be broken and cut again. Although he was certainly in no condition to exert himself physically, tasks like walking were feasible - if excruciatingly painful.

    He thought briefly of Jaina, and the warmaster's earlier mention of a "her." It had to be Jaina. No one else could have sent Tsavong Lah into such an uncontrolled fury.

    Just as quickly, he suppressed the thought. Hope would give him nothing but disappointment.

    "The truth is always more pleasing," Jag finally responded to the warrior's taunt. "To death, then."

    *~*~*~*

    Ceremony was esteemed more among priests than warriors. But a significant sacrifice to the gods was well worth his time, the warmaster admitted. Not attending would have been unthinkable. He dared not wonder how the gods would respond if he spurned them in such a way. The sooner it was done with, however, the better. There were infidels - possibly Jaina Solo - on the planet, infidels that needed to be rooted out and destroyed.

    Gilthad Ra, the highest-ranking priest on Adumar, began the cleansing sacrifice w
  21. JainaJag00 Jedi Master

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    oooooo! nice postie! Lah might know what he's doing, but jaina will beat him anyway! (i hope). poor jag, but at least hes going to this sacrifice as a warrior.....

    -jj00
  22. Scorsa Jedi Knight

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    Great post...exciting!

    More soon?
  23. Trickster_Jaina_Fel Jedi Grand Master

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    Jag started, then shook his head as if to clear it. "I must be delusional, because I swear you just made a joke," he managed.

    *snorts* well, at least his humour has remained intact :p

    great post guys! :D

    ~TJF
  24. Lt_Jaina_Solo Jedi Grand Master

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    awesome postie! although it was a little depressing...but we all know that you wouldn't let Tahiri, and Jaina, and Kyp, and everyone else just die like that... would you? ;) and you wouldn't let Jag live, just to let him die by sacrifice, would you? would you? :D all in all, very awesome postie...and my favorite line was:
    Jag started, then shook his head as if to clear it. "I must be delusional, because I swear you just made a joke," he managed.


    there's the Jag we know!
  25. Jaina-Solo-Fel13 Jedi Knight

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    I just found this and I must say that this is exceptionally well written! I love it!!!! A new post soon? pleasey?

    JSF13
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