Beyond Zekk - Interludes: 1-7 ~ The Complete Serial ~

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  1. Zonoma Jedi Master

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    oops. This is August 1st, isn't it? I'm so embarrassed![face_blush]

    Zonoma
  2. Neo-Paladin Force Ghost

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    Don't feel embarrassed, I'm feeling very appreciated right now. ;)

    I'll post first thing tomorrow, just for you Z. :D

    edit: Oh, and "Hi Courtney_Solo!" I'm glad you could get through all of this to join us here. :) It takes some time, doesn't it? It took about a year to write, not including various edits and so forth. I don't think it takes quite that long to read. :D
    It's great that you enjoy it, that's what I like to hear.
  3. Courtney_Solo Force Ghost

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    Thank you! I luv this story!
  4. Neo-Paladin Force Ghost

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    So Zonoma, I told you I'd post first thing, does a few minutes after midnight cut it? ;)
    And by the way, may I give you major props for raising a toddler who chooses Yoda over Elmo. :D Back in my day I was a fan of PBS kids TV, you know back when Big Bird still ran the show :p

    I'm glad you're so happy with it Courtney Solo :)

  5. Neo-Paladin Force Ghost

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    Zekk arrived at Ab-Delios both not quickly enough and far too soon for Zekk. He desperately wanted his task to be over, but he could not bring himself to want to take the next step. He dropped out of hyperspace at the regulation distance from Ab-Delios, contacted the flight control systems, and made the approach. It was a standard approach that Zekk had made thousands of times. It had never felt so long.

    He touched down on Ab-Delios? ground, and Zekk?s familiarity with the Lightening Rod?s systems allowed him to finish his cycle down without any thought. His mind remained completely blank, each switch, dial, and a handful of wires pulled from their seats in circuit boards without thought. Even as he stepped from the ramp of the Lightening Rod he was completely devoid of thought.

    ?You are Jedi Zekk?? an Imperial lieutenant asked, piercing Zekk?s void of thought.

    Zekk looked up at the man as if he were lost. The tightening in Zekk?s stomach took another wrenching twist before Zekk responded, ?I am. I have?? Zekk stopped again. He tried to center himself again, but felt just as adrift as before.

    ?You have Moff Larmore?s daughter,? the lieutenant prompted.

    ?I do,? Zekk replied, looking down at his feet. ?She?s inside; she?s?? Zekk paused. What was she? Waiting? Ready? Dead? ?She?s inside,? Zekk repeated.

    ?The repulsor sled is waiting,? the lieutenant snapped sharply, and two low grade technicians ran smartly up the ramp to retrieve Bulle?s casket. Zekk might have objected to two people rummaging around his ship without his oversight or permission, but he could not bring himself to find objection. Besides that, a squad of technicians had gone over all of his ship?s systems when he entered Imperial space, what worse could two more do?

    ?This way sir?? the lieutenant prompted.

    ?Yes,? Zekk replied. ?Yes, of course.?



    Zekk?s dread did not abate on the ride to the Moff?s estate. Zekk simply focused on remaining calm. The rest he knew would follow, if he wanted to or not.

    The estate was by no means august. The Imperial Remnant knew it had to change the way it operated if it was going to be a viable government. The days of opulence and extravagance had passed with Palapitine. The ones to realize this survived, and even thrived. The Moff?s of the Remnant were lean, efficient, powerful, and hungry. They could not afford excess.

    Grand Admiral Pellaeon and the members of The Council of Governors first recognized the hard fact that, despite all reason, the Empire lost the civil war, and were not going to win. If they were to continue as a government they would need to identify the causes of the New Republic?s success, the Empire?s fall, and determined how to make their own success.

    As a result the Governing officials continuously competed with each other to show that they were the most valuable leaders for the Empire to utilize. Replacements were found for those found lacking. Oversight of sectors belonged to the Governors, while the military oversaw security and safety of the Remnant. Grand Moffs were done away with completely, as they were considered too much power consolidated in one place.

    The Moffs became the Judicial arm of the Remnant, with the power to investigate, judge, order sentences, and when necessary execute sentences over both civil and military affairs. They were both the most powerful and most carefully watched members of the Imperial Structure.

    Zekk saw that this Moff was definitely one of the newer and leaner officials of the Remnant. The estate was comfortable, but by no means palatial. Zekk was escorted through the halls, till he reached a closed door. The lieutenant came to attention and said, ?Moff Larmore will meet you now.?

    Zekk paused, looked at the lieutenant, and silently nodded. The lieutenant pressed the call, and returned to ramrod straight attention. Zekk waited a beat before the door slid open. Zekk hesitated a moment further before entering. The door shut abruptly behind him, as Zekk and the room?s other occupant co
  6. Zonoma Jedi Master

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    N-P,

    *sigh* Okay, I've had my fix now! I wasn't sure I was going to make it!:D

    Zekk paused, wincing like he had been struck. After a moment it seemed like Zekk wouldn?t respond before he softly said, ?No. Like she helped me.?

    Beautiful. You always have the best closing lines.

    Zonoma
  7. Neo-Paladin Force Ghost

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    Well I'm glad your OK now Zonoma. :D I do wonder what you will do when Interludes ends. o_O Well, I have other stuff out there, and I'll add new stuff, but probably not as long as this or as regularly. Things come as they will I guess. :D
    I think the day I post the last post in Interludes I'll post a Luke, Leia fic that I've had on my hard drive for awhile.

    I've penned a line or two that I like ;)
  8. Zonoma Jedi Master

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    :_|Now you've gone and depressed me before before it was completely necessary.[face_shame_on_you]Shame on you!:_| Have you ever seen a planet cry?o_O

    Luke, Leia is OKAAAYY, I guess. I'll check it out just because it will be your work. Deal?

    Zonoma
  9. Neo-Paladin Force Ghost

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    I've made the ending as good as I could arrange, so that should be something. :D

    The Luke, Leia fic was actually one of the first FF's I wrote, and I wrote it because I was tired of a number of ways characters were portrayed, the biggest of which is Leia being portrayed as the victim of a bad lobotomy. My writing style wasn't very tight and the plot wasn't very inventive, but I still like some of the ideas I tossed around.

    You'll see, ;) And your faith is very encouraging.
  10. jedi_of_ennth Force Ghost

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    ?You have Moff Larmore?s daughter,? the lieutenant prompted.
    ?I do,? Zekk replied, looking down at his feet. ?She?s inside; she?s?? Zekk paused. What was she? Waiting? Ready? Dead? ?She?s inside,? Zekk repeated.


    :_| Somehow, I forgot Zekk was taking the body back; I thought he was just delivering her belongings. :oops: In any case, this can only add the the long, long list of Zekk's psychological scars. :(

    ?Please,? Zekk said, ?I want to help.?
    ?Like you helped Bulle?? he asked sharply.


    [face_frustrated] That's it. Enough Zekk abuse from the Moff. *punches Larmore* I mean, I know the man's grieving over his daughter, but that's just rude.

    Zekk paused, wincing like he had been struck. After a moment it seemed like Zekk wouldn?t respond before he softly said, ?No. Like she helped me.?

    Like Zonoma said, that's a great line to end the post with. :)
  11. Neo-Paladin Force Ghost

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    Yeah, JoE, There's no end to the abuse I put Zekk through. But it makes him stronger. The other reason for doing this is the NJO, but I'll wait to explain that.

    *punches Larmore*
    [face_laugh] I think that's the first time someone has reacted that way to something I've written, or at least said that was their reaction. I'm glad I'm reaching you o_O

    Well, part of Zekk's mission is bring comfort to Bulle's family, and Larmore is blaming himself for sending Bulle to the Shadow Academy in the first place. There's more, but basically Larmore is lashing out.
  12. DathomiranAuthor Force Ghost

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    :_| Sad ending. Poor Zekk. It's touching that he would do this for Bulle, though. Great post.
  13. Neo-Paladin Force Ghost

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    Thanks DA. Yeah, Zekk's struggling through though.
  14. Zonoma Jedi Master

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    DNPQ,

    " the victim of a bad lobotomy "

    Um. I resemble that remark.:-B

    Zonoma
  15. Neo-Paladin Force Ghost

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    [face_laugh]
    I couldn't figure out what 'DNPQ' stood for until I read your comment over in 'Communication'. :p
  16. Zonoma Jedi Master

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    Well, you're a smart guy... I knew you'd figure it out!;)

    Zonoma
  17. Neo-Paladin Force Ghost

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    Two hours later Zekk piloted the Lightening Rod out of the hold of the ISD Vanguard. For all the things Zekk knew was wrong with the Imperials, he had to admit that they probably had the galaxy?s best thesaurus.

    ?Alert Lightening Rod,? the communications officer said as Zekk made his approach. ?We just got a sensor signal from a ship coming out of hyperspace.?

    ?Any idea who they are?? Zekk asked.

    ?A moment,? the officer said. ?Channel open,? he then said.

    ?..object strenuously! This is not the course of action I requested, this is an outrage! A Republican Jedi meddling in Imperial business. I demand your Jedi turns around now. Escorted with a squad of storm troopers I will quell this riot!? Governor Thiox was in a rage.

    ?Governor Thioxginorp-tosu Pingu, you requested my intervention as a Moff, and I am intervening. The situation is now under my jurisdiction. You will hold until called upon,? Larmore said firmly.

    There was a moment pause before Zekk said, ?Proceeding on course.?

    ?There is still no response from the mining station control,? the Vanguard communications officer informed Zekk as he made his approach. ?Scanners show that someone cut down the communications mast.

    ?Thank you Vangard,? Zekk said.

    ?Umm, Jedi Zekk? Wouldn?t it be better to have a few troopers with you? There?s a lot of miners down there.?

    ?I understand,? Zekk replied flatly.

    ?If they won?t open their air lock you can?t get in. If you can?t get in??

    ?Thank you Vangard,? Zekk repeated.

    ?But it you??

    ?Jedi Zekk,? Larmore?s voice interrupted, ?we?ll be waiting if you need us. If you want stormtrooper support??

    ?Very good Vanguard,? Zekk replied with a light smile. ?That won?t be necessary at this time.?



    The mining station was a city, from which the miners based all their operations. While the mining operations were suspended due to strike all the miners had returned to the station. After long enough inactivity it was almost inevitable that a riot would follow.

    Zekk docked with the mining station. His seal was tight, but the door was still sealed on the station side. No one was managing access as the post was abandoned and the doors remained sealed. There was no door control on the shipboard side.

    Zekk reached out momentarily. The button that opened the airlock door depressed, and the door slid open. Zekk entered the station, and closed the door behind him.

    Zekk knew getting in was the easy part. The hard part would be facing the riots. What had he gotten himself into? He honestly didn?t know. Zekk wasn?t suicidal, he recovered from that once so he knew what it looked like.

    So why was he here, and what did he think he could do?

    Zekk moved towards the main concourse. Property all around the halls was trashed. Graffiti was carved into walls with plasma cutting torches. Many doors on rooms had been forced or sliced open, and the rooms? contents had been strewn throughout the halls. If they had been on a planet Zekk was certain most of what he saw would be on fire. Even the rioting miners knew a station could not afford that.

    Zekk continued on. If he was going to stop this he would have to start where the people were.

    The main concourse was in a state of bedlam. The majority of the miners had gathered outside the Station control offices. The door there was thicker than most of the doors in the station, but a great deal of effort was being put into forcing it open. They were burning into the relay system with plasma cutters. It was slow going, but Zekk estimated they would probably do it in less than two hours.

    Those that weren?t actively involved in forcing their way into the control room were shouting or trying to destroy things. Miners were running around, shouting, pushing, and yelling. Some were throwing tools at flitting monitoring droids. Others were simply fighting.

    One Nicto was bashing who ever came within reach. There did not seem to be a method to this, it was simply destruction for destruction?s sake.

    Zekk moved forward.
  18. Zonoma Jedi Master

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    DNPQ,

    ?Please,? Zekk said softly. ?Please just stop.? The Force projection Zekk used was light, not compelling, but ensured that the man heard him.

    *sigh* Strong and gentle....er, did I just say that outloud? [face_blush]Oops. I'll never look at Zekk the same way after these interludes... that's for sure! I always liked him but he was a rather one dimensional character in all the books. And, yes, Master DNPQ! I know that is your gripe with NJO especially. I am learning. I have joined the crusade and am fleshing out my post TJK vig (started last night, actually).

    It was a pleasure reading, as always. Where's his guide? Where's Jedi catcher scary dude? Will Zekk be able to take any alive? Turn them back? ACK! We are on pins and vibroblades here! And the end is drawing so close. [face_worried] I can feel a tremor in the thread. o_O

    Zonoma

  19. Neo-Paladin Force Ghost

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    Strong and gentle

    But isn't that what the Jedi are all about? o_O

    And I'll admit part of my idea for the whole of the series was to give Zekk more depth. Orphan trash picker (and yet friends of galactic heroes and celebrities) - turned dark Jedi leader - turned good Jedi; Zekk should be, by rights, a really interesting character. I'll admit part of it is he's a pretty good pallet for projecting my own philosophies o_O

    As for Zekk's flatness... if that was my only problem with the EU I'd be a happy boy. :p

    All your questions will be answered, honest. Zekk has to reach absolution before he can face the end of this story.

    And I smiled when I saw your sig Z. You honor me again.
  20. jedi_of_ennth Force Ghost

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    Great post! :D I'm going to echo Zonoma here; you've taken what we're given of Zekk in the EU and done a wonderful job fleshing him out. And angsting him. :p
  21. Neo-Paladin Force Ghost

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    Thanks JoE.
    I'll admit that sometimes I wonder how much my Zekk has in common with Cannon Zekk. :p

    Angsting him wasn't the point, but it does seem to be the result, doesn't it? Part of the difficulty I've found in writing Jedi is they are so powerful in their universe that the only thing they can't defeat is themselves.
  22. Neo-Paladin Force Ghost

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    Two days later Zekk was surprised to be roused from a restless meditation by a request at his door. Zekk easily stood and stretched even as he walked to the door of the cabin he was assigned.

    There stood Moff Larmore?s cane with its? three legs unfolded. The ball cap came to life and a 1/4 size hologram of Larmore came to life. ?Jedi Zekk, please join me. I wish to discuss something with you. My droid will escort you.?

    Zekk checked the lightsaber in its holster under his arm, shrugged and let the door shut behind him as he left. The droid skittered along on its five legs like a particularly nimble walker.

    Zekk followed the droid as it moved to a lift, and watched the readout as it started with no input from Zekk. Finally it arrived at the fore most point on the lift track. Zekk followed the cane as it made its? way to the bow of the ship.

    The Bow-room was at the very apex of the star destroyer?s wedge shape, the walls of this point was of transparasteal. Larmore stood stiffly with his arms clasped behind his back, looking out at the stars till the droid reached him. Larmore let an arm drop and the cane moved its self into Larmore?s waiting hand before Larmore picked it up and tucked it under one arm. They watched as a claxon rang a short burst three seconds before the star destroyer jumped to lightspeed.

    ?The situation with the miners is resolved?? Zekk asked.

    ?Thiox has been replaced. His successor is already finishing negotiations. It looks like the Miners will receive reparations for lost work time. It will cost the Empire greatly.?

    Zekk did not know to be happy or resigned at Larmore?s statement, and so he said nothing.

    ?The Imperial Remnant is not the Empire your Solos and Skywalker fought. We are trying to make a better government, a better way to live.?

    ?I know,? Zekk said. ?The Empire rewards merit. They place their hopes on the idea that the best rulers rule best and everyone prospers.?

    ?You understand then?? Larmore asked.

    ?I think I do,? Zekk said.

    ?There could be a place for you here,? Larmore said. ?You could join my staff, serve these people. They are a good people, as deserving as any in the galaxy. What you did to stop the riot was? very meritous. The best Imperial negotiators would have hesitated before going into that situation.?

    Zekk looked out at the blurred tunnel of hyperspace before he said, ?Thank you, but no. I believe in the Republic.?

    ?But not the Empire?? Larmore asked.

    ?The Republic places their hopes on the idea that the majority of people will be wiser than a few, no matter how wise, the majority of the time. It?s a vein foolish hope that is diluted by politicians and bureaucrats, but it has one advantage over the idea the Empire has based its? rule on. A people in a republic receive the rulers they deserve. If they are foolish their government will be also. If they are just their government will be also. This is the system I choose to live under.?

    ?I see,? Larmore said. They both looked out at hyperspace silently. After a time, Larmore breached the silence by saying, ?That was a brave thing you did.?

    Zekk?s mouth opened and closed before he said, ?It?s what Bulle would have done. She was determined. She knew not just how to get her way, but the right way to get it.?

    Larmore nodded and said, ?At one point I told you that you would have to reconcile yourself to the fact that you would not be meeting Bulle?s mother.?

    ?Yes sir,? Zekk replied.

    ?When you first arrived I thought you would be a brainless, mindless puppet of Skywalker.?

    ?Truly?? Zekk asked blandly.

    Larmore raised an eyebrow before he said, ?Perhaps I was wrong about you and about many things.



    Zekk took one long last breath. The door before him was in the old style, a dark grained wood with pins and hinges, and a droid armature to open and close it. It added a touch of class to the room Zekk knew what lay beyond the door. Zekk had done many difficult things in his life and faced many pains. Never before had he faced a t
  23. Zonoma Jedi Master

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    DNPQ,

    ?You are wrong,? Zekk repeated. ?Bulle is not dead to the rest of the galaxy. The Jedi have a code we live by. It ends, ?There is no death, there is the Force.? No one truly dies. The thing that makes us who we are is not flesh, it?s something else entirely. It is eternal and goes on, no matter what. The whole universe may grow cold and snuff out, and Bulle will go on. We all will. But Bulle is not dead.?

    Go, Zekk! Tough love.

    I also loved your:
    ?Ointment may make a burn sting, but it helps it heal,? Zekk said softly.

    There's your wonderful talent for creating adages and "old wisdom" (as in the kind even an old fisherwife knows)... I admire that in your writing. It really draws you into the Star Wars universe.

    I also liked:
    Zekk always was good at finding things.

    It was a poignant, well "timed" reminder of Zekk's ability to ADAPT... even to finding new uses for a gift that, I sure, most other Jedi scoffed at.

    All in all, this was a beautiful post. You scene with Buaine weeping was in sync and not overly dramatic or underwhelming but very powerful in its simplicity.

    Zonoma
  24. jedi_of_ennth Force Ghost

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    =D= Wonderful post! Can't say I care much for Bulle's mother, but I understand why she was so hostile.
  25. Neo-Paladin Force Ghost

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    Thanks Z. Part of that whole monolog is in response to many of the stories, of all eras, where a Jedi gets all bent out of shape over a death falls to the dark side, so on and so forth. They all lose track of Yoda's lessons that flesh is just crude matter. Zekk lost track of it too, but you can see in trying to reach Buaine he's remembering it himself. And contradicting Buaine seemed to shake her out of her isolation.

    I'm glad my star-warsisms draw the picture more clearly. I've always had a fascination with wisdom so I often take note of adages. I guess it comes out in my writing.

    And thank you for keying in on Zekk's ability to adapt, which gave me a huge grin as that is central to how I write his character.

    Thank you also for what you said about Buaine's reactions. I often find my self unsure if I'm doing too much or too little, as I'm sure that is often varied according to individual taste.
    **
    Thanks JoE. I aim to please. I actually like Buaine. I thought her reaction was very human. Her motivations were... complex. I hope I developed it enough to be somewhat understood.
    **
    Well I think everybody will like the next post. We'll see.
    Wow, I just looked the document over and I've only got four more posts left in this story! :eek: Unbelievable!
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