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Saga - OT Artoo, Myself, and the Little Shiny Blue Thing (fic-gift for Kahara; 3PO, R2, humor)

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  1. Findswoman

    Findswoman The Tol Fanfic Mod (in Pink) star 5 Staff Member Moderator

    Registered:
    Feb 27, 2014
    Author: Findswoman
    Title: Artoo, Myself, and the Little Shiny Blue Thing
    Era: Saga–OT, at some point between ANH and ESB
    Characters: C-3PO (narrator), R2-D2, OCs, mentions or brief appearances of Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and Luke
    Genre: One-shot, humor
    Summary: Artoo and Threepio pull off a heist of a Force-sensitive artifact, and everything that possibly can goes awry.
    Notes: Fic-gift for the wonderful and dear @Kahara, written as part of the always enjoyable Non-Denominational Winter (for Some) Holiday Fic-Gift Exchange. It wasn’t easy to choose which of her requests to write, because all of them were fantastic, but I ended up going with this one:
    So, that is what this story is! Hope you enjoy, my friend, and I send you all the best greetings of the season! <3 :) And, once again, I thank @Raissa Baiard for beta reading.


    Ah, so you would like to know about the incident of the Little Shiny Blue Thing? Why, yes, I shall gladly recount the entire story for you. It is as easily retrievable from my memory banks as if it happened yesterday. (Everything is, of course. That’s the advantage of us droids, as you know. Unless a memory wipe is performed. Which, of course, is the disadvantage of us droids, as you know.)

    It all began on Ord Mantell, when Captain Solo, Master Chewbacca, and Mistress Leia were arguing with a very tired spaceport bureaucrat about the Falcon’s monthly docking pass or some such silly nonsense. The conversation went something like this:

    “Whaddaya mean, you can’t upgrade it now?!” (That was Captain Solo.)

    “I’m sorry, sir, the system won’t allow me to upgrade a Class Dorn pass to Class Aurek without the approval of a manager.”

    “Well, could you please fetch a manager?” (That was Mistress Leia.)

    “The manager is vacationing on Vagran for the next two tennights. Until then, the docking pass upgrade system is inaccessible.”

    “GWRRAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!” (Approximate translation: Oh, for the love of the Great Tree.)

    “You said it, Chewie!”

    And on and on, in that general vein. Oh, dear Maker, I thought it would never end. I was, quite honestly, on the point of shutting down then and there to avoid the noise when Artoo rolled up to me and said, in a most urgent and earnest tone, 1001000 01000101—

    (Ah, my sincerest apologies! I keep forgetting that the majority of organics are not conversant with Binary! In that case, I shall begin again.)

    He said, in a most urgent and earnest tone, HEY THREEPIO

    “Yes, what is it?” I replied.

    COME WITH ME WILL YOU I WANT TO SHOW YOU SOMETHING

    “If you say so…”

    AND BE QUIET ABOUT IT I DON’T WANT THEM HEARING US

    There was no risk of that happening. The argument had reached, if possible, an even more strident and feverish pitch than before, with Captain Solo now using language that I decline to transcribe. Thus I was only too glad to follow Artoo across the street, down said street, and around the corner. I could not stifle a distinct sense of foreboding, because, as you probably know, when Artoo wants to show someone something, it almost always means he is up to no good.

    My perplexity increased when he led me into one of those Order of the Ka’ra resale shops—you know, the ones run by that Mandalorian charitable order, familiarly known to organics as “the Osk of Krill.” We wound our way somewhat gingerly past the front counter, past dusty, tottering shelves laden with jewelry, dishware, weapons, and starship parts, then past another bank of shelves where two elderly Human females in dark blue beskar’gam gabbed and gossiped as they arranged vintage blasters on racks. Finally, Artoo stopped in front of a forcefield-guarded doorway at the back of the establishment, with a sign beside it reading EMPLOYEES ONLY; yet more stuffed shelves of second-hand merchandise stood beyond. Extending and immediately retracting his macrobinocular attachment, he turned to me and bleeped: THERE DO YOU SEE IT

    “See what? Artoo, you know my photoreceptors are by no means as acute as—”

    ACUTE NOTHING DON’T YOU SEE THAT LITTLE SHINY BLUE THING IN THE CASE OVER THERE

    It took me a moment, but I did. It was, indeed, a “little shiny blue thing,” sitting in a velvoid-lined box in a glass display case—on the other side of the forcefield.

    “Yes, I do. What of it?”

    Here Artoo lowered his output volume markedly. THAT’S A KYBER CRYSTAL

    “Yes, I have heard of them. And…?”

    WE HAVE TO GET IT

    Well, naturally, I felt rather uneasy at the prospect of having to get something from a locked case in the forcefield-guarded storeroom of a thrift shop run by Mandalorian grandmothers, and I let him know as much. “What was that you said, Artoo?”

    WE HAVE TO GET IT SO WE CAN BRING IT TO MASTER LUKE

    “Master Luke? Where does Master Luke come into this? Why in the Galaxy does he—”

    BECAUSE BEFORE WE LEFT HE TOOK ME ASIDE AND TOLD ME THAT IF I FOUND ANY KYBER CRYSTALS TO GET THEM AND BRING THEM TO HIM SO THE EMPIRE WON’T GET THEM YOU SEE THEY’RE TRYING TO CONFISCATE FORCE-SENSITIVE ARTIFACTS AND ALL THAT SORT OF THING

    “But that’s terrible!”

    EMPIRE DOES SOMETHING TERRIBLE WHAT ELSE IS NEW

    “I suppose you’re right. But why do we have to do it? Why can’t Captain Solo and Mistress Leia and Master Chewbacca?”

    WELL MASTER LUKE DOESN’T WANT THEM TO KNOW ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THEY ALREADY HAVE A BOUNTY ON THEIR HEADS FROM JABBA AND MASTER LUKE DOESN’T WANT TO PUT THEM IN ANY MORE TROUBLE THAN THEY’RE ALREADY IN

    He had a point. “I see,” I replied. “I hope to the Maker that you have some sort of plan for this little… undertaking.”

    AS A MATTER OF FACT I DO

    “Oh?”

    YES DO YOU REMEMBER THAT SIGN ON THE FRONT DOOR

    If I had been an organic, I would have heaved a sigh at this point. “No, Artoo, I do not remember that sign on the front door.

    OH YOU SILLY OLD THING HERE COME HERE I’LL SHOW YOU

    With that, he led me back through the endless ranks of overflowing shelves and out the front door of the Osk of Krill shop, where he spun his photoreceptor toward a flimsiplast flyer spacer-taped to the transparisteel pane. It read as follows:

    HELP WANTED
    Cleaning, Housekeeping, Inventory
    Flexible Hours
    Benefits
    Weekends and Fête Weeks Available
    INQUIRE WITHIN​

    “All right, Artoo,” I said. “I think I see what you have in mind. You’re going to apply for the job, then come over after hours, go into the storeroom, and—”

    OH NO MY DEAR FRIEND NO NO NO tweedled the cheeky little greaseball, his lights flashing far too merrily for my tastes. YOU ARE

    Well, now, this was a little much. “What?! Me?! When this whole thing was your silly idea, you ridiculous, miswired bucket of—”

    HEY DON’T GET YOUR SERVOS IN A SQUEEZE I’M SURE YOU’LL MANAGE JUST FINE JUST PUT ON A DISGUISE OR SOMETHING

    “Disguise?!” That was the limit. “What are you talking about?! What disguise?!

    I DON’T KNOW WHATEVER YOU WANT I’M SURE YOU CAN THINK OF SOMETHING YOU’RE SMART AT LEAST MOST OF THE TIME

    He turned and began to roll away, presumably back to the Falcon, then spun his dome and addressed me again in those impertinent little warbles of his: AND OH YEAH SOONER IS DEFINITELY BETTER THAN LATER BECAUSE I HAVE IT FROM THE CITY CENTRAL COMPUTER THAT THE SECTOR MOFF IS SCHEDULED TO VISIT TOMORROW AND HIS FIRST STOP IS YOU GUESSED IT ORD MANTELL

    And off he toddled, leaving me standing there on the street outside the Osk of Krill resale shop, shaking my head and saying “Oh dear.”

    * * *​

    So I, too, toddled back to the Falcon. As I went, I racked my processors until I came up with an idea. It was the only idea I could come up with during that walk back, so I was determined to make it work. After all, I didn’t want to disappoint Master Luke, and I definitely didn’t want to be caught pilfering things like kyber crystals from Mandalorian thrift shops when the moff came to town.

    Once on board, I made for the storage lockers where the cold-weather gear was kept. Master Luke’s and Captain Solo’s anoraks both had detachable fur-lined hoods, which I carefully unzipped or unbuttoned from their respective coats. I was somewhat dismayed to notice that the two hoods did not have quite the same color and texture of fur, but there was little to be done about it. (I supposed I could come up with an explanation if I had to. I am fitted with a fiction module of the highest quality, if I do say so myself.)

    Next, I braced every circuit in my chassis and made for Master Chewbacca’s quarters. His storage closet was empty except for the very garment I sought: a long red robe of the kind his people were accustomed to wearing on their holiday of Life Day. This I took as well, then made for the door—

    —which immediately opened to admit Master Chewbacca himself.

    “GNARRAARRHHH,” he said, rather quizzically. “RRRRWARRHH WRRRAARRHH HRRRWAHH?” (Approximate translation: Hey, what are you doing?)

    “Ah, well”—time to put that fiction module to the test—“I was just gathering a few things to take to the chem-cleaners along with Mistress Leia’s white evening dress. May I take this, too?”

    “GNRHHH,” he replied, shrugging his hirsute shoulders as he let me pass. (Approximate translation: Sure, go ahead.)

    And so, relieved beyond measure that my fiction module was still adequately functional, I made my way as quickly as I could to the engine room to don my disguise in relative privacy.

    How things would proceed after that, only time would tell, and only the Maker knew.

    * * *
    A little later, I was back at the Order of the Ka’ra resale shop. This time, however, my head was sandwiched between two fur-lined detachable hoods pinned together in such a way as to only show my eyes, and the rest of me was draped in a red robe that was still too long despite several strategically deployed safety pins (my impeccably polished golden feet would give the game away, after all!). Walking carefully, so as not to trip, I entered the shop—noting from the placard on the door that it was mere minutes until closing time—and approached the front counter. There, a pale-skinned, white-haired Human lady, clad in the apparently customary dark blue beskar’gam of the order, greeted me with a cheerful “Su cuy’gar! May I help you?”

    In response, I loaded a program I had not run in a very long time, and said, in the best Shyriiwook accent of which I was capable, “WROOOGHHHHRRRAHH. RRRRRAAAH GRRRH HNAAARRHHH WROOOARGHHH GNNRRHHH.” (Semi-literal translation: Greetings. I see your advertisement, and I come in to ask.)

    “One moment, please.” The lady picked up a dark blue beskar helmet that sat on a shelf behind the counter and removed something small from it that I could not see. It was likely a translation module, as she then placed it in her ear and said, “May I ask you to repeat that?”

    I did, and I must say I now have some idea about what Captain Solo meant that time long ago when he described the havoc wrought on his voice box by trying to speak Shyriiwook. It was not particularly easy on my vocoder speakers, either.

    “Very good,” said the Human lady. “And may I have your name?”

    Running the fiction module on top of all that turned out to be quite a memory-intensive proposition, but I managed somehow. “GARRHH DARRAHHWARRHHAA W’GHHHRRNNNH.” (Semi-literal translation: My name Darrawarra Wookiee.)

    “I see. Charmed to meet you, Mistress Darrawarra. I’m Boudikka Rook, and I’m the manager here.”

    “GRNNNHH.” (How you do.)

    “I am well, thanks.” Mistress Rook eyed me with a bit of a squint as she said this—an expression which caused me some consternation, as it generally represents incredulousness on the part of organics. “Now, please pardon my ignorance,” she went on, “but I—well, didn’t think your people typically wore, er, well…”

    “RRRRAHH RRRAAAARGHHH. GHHRAAARRR KRRRMRRR HWRAAAH RRRRAHH.” (This Life Day robe. It Life Day week now.) And that much, I might add, was no fiction—I had checked the Falcon’s computer’s built-in calendar before leaving, and Life Day was exactly one Standard week away.

    “Ah, so I see!” Mistress Rook’s face brightened again. “All the best greetings of the season to you.”

    “HHNNNGHHHH.” (I thank much.)

    “And may I ask what kind of experience you have in housekeeping and cleaning, Mistress Darrawarra?”

    Once again, I ran that fiction module for all it was worth, though I could fairly feel my circuits frying in the process. “HRWAAAAH RRRARR UURGHHH MWARRROOOOGHHH GHRRARRHH NNNNGHHH. RRHHOOOO WRAAHH GRNNNAARHHH. RRRRHHRH OOORGHHH GRARRGG HRRRNNH.” (I have housecleaning experience of over two hundred and fifty Standard years. Both business and home.)

    “Very good, very good! And when would you be available to begin?”

    “NNNNNGGGGGRRRHHHHH RAAARRRRHHHHH.” (I glaaaaad to staaaaart riiiiight awaaaaay.) Yes, that was the sound of my processor lagging sorely under the combined effort of the Shyriiwook and fiction modules. I was thankful Artoo was not nearby, as he would never have let me hear the end of it.

    “Good! Why don’t you begin by dusting the shelves here on the sales floor. The duster’s in here.” She gestured to one of the cabinets behind her counter. “When you’re done, you can move on to the storeroom. I’ll go put up the ‘closed’ sign and deactivate the forcefield for you.”

    I grunted a brief assent, then waddled over to the cabinet, from which I retrieved the most luridly colorful rag duster I have ever seen. Then I got to work with the dusting, because there was simply nothing else to do. Venturing into the storeroom was out of the question, as Mistress Rook was still behind the counter, busying herself with things like flimsifiles and accounts. As I worked painstakingly through the endless shelves and cases, taking care neither to upset any breakables or take (too much of) a tumble over the hem of Master Chewbacca’s Life Day robe, I occasionally glanced at the front counter to see whether Mistress Rook had left yet.

    She hadn’t, of course.

    I had gotten through approximately half of the sales floor when a moving object outside the shop window caught my photoreceptors. It was Artoo, rolling by on his way to the rear cargo entrance of the storeroom, per our plan. Under other circumstances, I might have been relieved to see him, but not this time, for the following reasons: (aurek) Mistress Boudikka Rook had still not budged from behind the counter, meaning that (besh) I still could not proceed to the storeroom in safety to retrieve the crystal and rendezvous with Artoo as planned. On top of that (cresh) I had, unfortunately, apparently caught the little rustbucket’s photoreceptors as well, as he stopped for a moment and gawked, spinning his dome and flashing his lights in that cheeky way of his. I may have muttered “Oh, shut off, you perambulating scrap heap,” or something of that general import.

    So I kept dusting and glancing at the counter, dusting and glancing, and so on and so on. Finally, after what felt like an eternity or two, Mistress Rook finally donned her helmet and called out to me, “Good night, Mistress Darrawarra! The door is set to lock behind you when you leave! May the Ka’ra look with favor on your battles!”

    “Likew—RRRRNNAAAHHH,” I replied, hastening to put the finishing strokes on the BlasTech DLT-19 sniper rifle I had been dusting. Once Mistress Rook had exited the shop, activated her jetpack, and taken off into the evening sky (Mandalorians are such insufferable show-offs), I made straightway for the storeroom.

    Things proceeded smoothly enough at first. The forcefield had been deactivated, as promised, and the display case with the little shiny blue crystal was near the door and unlocked. As Master Chewbacca’s robe was very conveniently furnished with pockets (who knew?), I placed the crystal in one of them.

    So, the easy part was done. The trick now was to get to the rear cargo door, which was no easy task in a large, dark, and unpleasantly dusty room crowded with random furniture and bric-a-brac—especially with my photoreceptors partially obscured by twin fur-lined hoods. There probably was a lighting panel somewhere, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to risk being seen by anyone who might be watching from outside. Accordingly, I stumbled around in the dark for some minutes, running into yet more shelves, toppling yet more merchandise, and getting a spectacular amount of dust in my joints. (In addition, I am reasonably certain that something small, organic, and quadrupedal ran over or past my feet at least once.) Finally, I reached (or, rather, collided with) the duracrete wall of the building, and I felt my way along it until I reached a control panel of some sort. I followed the wall a tiny bit further, and when the duracrete broke off, dipped about half a meter, and gave way to metal, I was certain I had reached the cargo door.

    I activated the door controls, and then—

    —the door did not, in fact, open. Instead, several emergency searchlights burst through the gloom, a hornlike alarm began blaring, and a synthesized Human voice yelled, “INTRUDER ALERT! INTRUDER ALERT! INTRUDER ALERT!” repeatedly.

    “Oh dear,” I said, for whatever it was worth. Things were not going at all as planned, and it was clearly time, as some organics say, to high-tail it on out of there before I was caught. I tried every control on the panel, but the door wouldn’t budge, nor would that blasted alarm quiet down. So I picked up my skirts (oh dear, did I really say that?!) and ran for the front door as fast as my servomotors could take me.

    I am not built for speed or maneuverability even at the best of times, much less when swathed in a garment designed for a being almost twice my size. During my desperate rush through the Osk of Krill shop, my copious hem caused me to take several choice tumbles. At one point, I knocked over a mannequin clad in an exquisite silver-white suit of antique beskar’gam. At another, several porcelain figurines of characters from the Dha Werda Verda fell to a messy demise when I stumbled against the sideboard holding them (things like that really should be put in a proper display case). I finally made it outside but barely cleared the front door when I smacked headlong into Artoo.

    THERE YOU ARE TOOK YOU LONG ENOUGH he remarked as we disengaged from each other.

    “Well, as you see,” I shouted over the blare of the alarms, still audible outside, “there were a few unexpected setbacks!”

    OH THAT He waved a nonchalant grasper in the direction of the shop. NO PROBLEM AT ALL JUST GET ME TO A SCOMP LINK

    The door is locked, you bolthead!!

    AH WELL NEVER MIND THAT THEN HAVE YOU GOT THE CRYSTAL

    “Yes, of course! Here!”

    No sooner had I reached into my pocket than the roar of engines overhead rushed upon my auditory sensors. To my horror, I recognized the distinctive sound of an approaching jetpack. “Oh dear,” I could not help but remark yet again.

    And indeed, moments later, a figure in dark blue Mandalorian armor alighted before us and removed its helmet to reveal none other than Mistress Boudikka Rook, manager of the Order of the Ka’ra resale shop.

    Artoo and I stood there, frozen to the spot. All I could do was hope to the Maker that she would make nothing of either (aurek) the fact that my hand was my pocket or (besh) the presence of an astromech beside me.

    “Oh, Mistress Darrawarra!” she cried. “I’m so, so sorry about that silly intruder alarm! It just does that sometimes—I’ve never understood why! Let me go in and turn it off!”

    With that she unlocked the door, went in, and did something behind the front counter that did, indeed, turn off the searchlights and the blaring. After that, she came back out, wished us success in our battles, donned her helmet, and took off again.

    If Artoo and I had been organics, we would have both breathed a long sigh of relief.

    * * *​

    We made it back to the Falcon without incident. The Humans and Master Chewbacca were still absent, but I didn’t know when they would be back and didn’t want to run the risk of being spotted and questioned. So, moving as quickly as I could with all the dust of the resale shop in my joints, I set about returning the borrowed garments to their proper locations. First I went to the cold-weather gear locker and reattached Master Luke and Captain Solo’s hoods to their coats. Next, I removed the safety pins from Master Chewbacca’s Life Day robe and hung it back in his closet. Finally, I handed the little shiny blue crystal over to Artoo, who stashed it safely away in one of his storage compartments.

    THANKS OLD PAL he said with a contented bloop and a cheerful flourish of lights. YOU DID GOOD

    “You are very welcome,” I replied. “So, I suppose you’ll contact Master Luke now?”

    CONTACT MASTER LUKE WHAT DO YOU MEAN CONTACT MASTER LUKE

    “Why, to inform him that we’ve recovered a Force-sensitive artifact, of course. You said he told you to—”

    At this, my incorrigible counterpart erupted in a series of high-pitched chimes that I knew to be equivalent to an organic’s cheeky laugh. OH NO OH NO MY DEAR FELLOW WE AREN’T CONTACTING MASTER LUKE ABOUT ANYTHING THIS IS FOR ME

    “For you?” Mixed surprise and indignation flooded my circuits. “What do you mean, for you? What does a glorified tin can like you need with a kyber crystal?”

    YOU SILLY GULLIBLE NERFBRAIN DID YOU REALLY THINK THAT THING WAS A KYBER CRYSTAL

    “Well, of course I did!” I rejoined, gesticulating rhetorically with my arms. “What was I supposed to think it was? A trilithium actuator diode?!”

    BINGO YOU GET THE SIXTY-FOUR-THOUSAND-CREDIT PRIZE

    “What?!”

    THAT’S WHAT IT WAS A TRILITHIUM ACTUATOR DIODE

    What?!

    I’VE BEEN NEEDING ONE FOR MY SECONDARY PROCESSOR FOR A WHILE NOW AND WHEN I WAS PASSING THE OSK OF KRILL EARLIER TODAY I JUST HAPPENED TO HAVE MY MACROBINOCULAR ATTACHMENT OUT AND SAW—

    “WHAT!” This was too much. Absolutely too much. He could have picked one of those up for a few decicreds at any half-decent parts depot, but instead—“You put me through all that for a measly TRILITHIUM ACTUATION DIODE?!”

    WHY YES I DID—his dome spun and his lights twinkled—AND BOY WAS IT WORTH IT I HAVEN’T LAUGHED SO HARD SINCE THAT TIME YOU WERE MISASSEMBLED IN THE FACTORY ON GEONOSIS

    And that was the absolute limit. Needless to say, I was furious. Incensed. “Why, you no-good”—here I kicked him—“two-timing”—and again—“rust-caked”—and again—“GLITCHBRAIN!!”

    WHOA THERE COOL YOUR THRUSTERS he squeaked, backing away gingerly. IT WAS JUST MEANT AS A GOOD-NATURED PRANK HERE I’LL MAKE IT UP TO YOU OKAY

    I planted my hands vehemently on my hips. “And just how do you think you can possibly do that?!”

    LOOK I DON’T KNOW ER UM He sputtered and blatted indeterminately for a few moments as if turning the matter over in his central processor, then said, HERE I’LL LET YOU TAKE AN OIL BATH WITH THAT PREMIUM ALL-SYNTHETIC VARIABLE-VISCOSITY LUBRICOMPOUND I’VE BEEN SAVING HOW’S THAT

    I considered this for a moment. On one hand, Artoo really and truly was a two-timing, rust-caked glitchbrain on whose advice I had spent an afternoon heisting a cheap diode crystal from an Osk of Krill resale shop while wearing a Life Day robe and two fur-lined hoods. On the other, my joints were more than a little gritty and dusty after the day’s adventures. Those shops, after all, are not exactly known for immaculate cleanliness. (Which I suppose is why Mistress Rook hired me in the first place, though what she really needed was an industrial strength R0-0MB-4.)

    So I said, “Oh, all right.”

    And only a little while later, I was immersed neck-deep in the lushest, silkiest, smoothest, most luxurious oil bath I have ever had the privilege of experiencing—I’m sure not even HK’s Chalet in beautiful downtown Anchorhead could have offered better. I could feel the cares and troubles of the day melt away into the warm lubricompound along with the grit in my joints and servos. It very nearly made up for all the craziness of the afternoon.

    WE GOOD NOW Artoo asked as he rolled by.

    “Yes, Artoo,” replied, leaning my head back to give my neck joint and auditory circuits a rejuvenating dip as well. “We are good now.”

    And I meant it—at least mostly.

    So, my dear gentlebeings, you now know all about the incident of the Little Shiny Blue Thing. I’m not certain there is any moral other than to think twice about going along with cockamamie plans proposed by glitchbrained astromechs. But even if you do, it will at least make for a decent story!

    the end

    I thank @Raissa Baiard for letting me borrow the Order of the Ka’ra, a fanon Mandalorian charitable organization she devised for her story Strategic Alliances, in which they run a food tent at a Clan Meet. Their resale shop—imagined as being similar to those of organizations like Goodwill, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and the Salvation Army, only Mando—was my invention. (The Ka’ra are an established part of Mandalorian lore, as you can see here.)

    DLT-19 sniper rifle: https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/DLT-19_heavy_blaster_rifle

    Dha Werda Verda: https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Dha_Werda_Verda

    Boudikka Rook is an OC (though Clan Rook is established). She is named after the early Briton warrior queen Boudicca.

    HK’s Chalet: See this skit from the 2017 JCF Fanfic Awards!
     
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  2. earlybird-obi-wan

    earlybird-obi-wan Chosen One star 6

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    Those droids; always getting into trouble and out of it.
     
  3. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Chosen One star 8

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    Perfectly in character snark. I can hear 3PO and R2's indignant blooping. [face_mischief]
     
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  4. rktho

    rktho Jedi Knight star 2

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    Wow. I would read an entire Threepio series by you. This was hysterical— and the details! I loved it. I love Mandalorians just living life in the galaxy— we've got so many warriors and wanderers, but precious few shopkeepers in the Mandalorian diaspora. (I must confess, I initially misread Osk as a similarly-spelled Mando'a word and wondered why this shop was nicknamed for plankton droppings.) Threepio speaking Shyriiwook— now that is something we have been sorely deprived of onscreen. I must hear it! The entire mental image is hysterical, and it's utterly ridiculous that this worked at all. That is a classic shenanigan right there. Of course it would have to be— Artoo planned the whole thing. (Interesting that Artoo referenced Geonosis when Threepio doesn't remember it— makes me wonder how often Artoo references events from a previous mindwipe. Poor Threepio already feels out of the loop by virtue of no one telling him what's happening in the present— it must be frustrating to hear out-of-context snippets of adventures you don't remember.) I wonder, were the organics having a spot of bounty hunter trouble during this escapade?
     
  5. Findswoman

    Findswoman The Tol Fanfic Mod (in Pink) star 5 Staff Member Moderator

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    Thanks for reading and commenting, everyone! :)

    Oh yes, no one can do it like these two! (On both counts!) :D

    Thanks so much! These two droids are just so much fun and add so much delight and humor to the whole SW universe—it was wonderful to have the chance to write them again. :)

    Thanks so much, so glad you enjoyed! This was tons of fun to write, and the prompt/wish itself just seemed to invite lots of fun details, so I ran with it, I guess! Sorry about the confusion with the shop name—that really was meant to be just plain old Osk, as on the Aurebesh letter O. And when you’re a Mandalorian babuir whose fighting days are behind you, there are a lot of worse things you can do than work in a shop that benefits the children of fallen warriors! :D (Though, as you see, you’re never too old for a jetpack!)

    Yes, on all counts! When I was thinking of disguises and Cherie’s Life Day attire sprang to mind, the natural corollary was that Threepio’s speech should match. I imagine his accent as being terrible, though! And yeah, of course the whole thing only ended up working because of sheer crazy luck and a fortuitous combination of circumstances—not the least of which is the fact that Mrs. Rook is, to use @Raissa Baiard ’s words from the beta stage, “not the sharpest bes’bev in the Mando orchestra”! :p

    Oh, at this point Artoo has probably reminded of him of that whole thing more than once before, so even if Threeps can’t remember it himself per se, he still at least might have the context of Artoo’s constant reminding, if that makes sense! :p

    Well, at the start they are having docking authority trouble, but one thing could certainly lead to another, and eventually to “that bounty hunter on Ord Mantell”! So yes, that may have been part of it!

    Thank you all so much once again! :)
     
  6. Kahara

    Kahara Force Ghost star 4

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    I will be back with a more in-depth comment soon -- just wanted to note that 1) YAY! [face_dancing] 2) SQUEE! =D= and 3) THIS IS AWESOME. [face_love]
     
  7. Kahara

    Kahara Force Ghost star 4

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    Okay, I'm back with some comments to share on... pretty much every paragraph it feels like. I can't pick just one, or just a few for that matter. :p This was such a fantastic gift story to receive and I love the humor in it, but even more so the characterization of Threepio and Artoo. :c3po: :r2: (Though those two things definitely go hand in hand!) They're absolutely on brand for their personalities here, and it brings back those OT nostalgia feels so much, it's just an utter delight. =D=

    Having Threepio in his role as storyteller here works so well, and it's fun to see him get to actually tell the whole thing for once! ;)

    I feel like if we had subtitles for Chewie, we'd be seeing this sentiment a lot! [face_laugh]

    Somehow, I feel like that is exactly what half his conversations start with in the movies -- and Threepio's right, it never ends well. :p

    Headcanon accepted, that seems like it would absolutely be the sucker's bet that Threepio has fallen for time and again (though really he wouldn't have it any other way, after all otherwise things would be so boring ;) ).

    This is such a fun idea, and the callback to the Order of the Ka'ra from @Raissa Baiard's Mandalorian stories was a lovely surprise (they were one of my favorite details from Strategic Alliances, which I need to remember to go comment on sometime soon).

    Really enjoyed the down-to-earth spaciness of the antique shop, it seems like a place that really just has to exist somewhere in the GFFA.

    :D Every Artoo translation here is just golden, and such a hilarious counterpoint to Threepio's more prim and proper way of speaking.

    Naturally! :p

    [face_laugh] I mean, that is pretty much the tagline of the OT era.

    [face_laugh] The bickering, the completely ridiculous bickering. It's just pitch-perfect.

    Oh no! :eek: The most awkward possible thing happens at every single stage of this plot and it's the best, seriously. Lucky for Threepio (for a certain definition of luck) that he's had years of practice having to explain his way out of this sort of thing. Keeps that fiction module in practice, anyway! :p

    Best disguise ever, I just don't even know what to say about this masterpiece of costume design. [face_rofl] And it works too, is the thing! I just cannot even. [face_laugh]

    LOL, I love a good Threepio insult! :p And "perambulating scrap heap" is choice even for him.

    Whoops! [face_laugh]

    :D They are, but to be fair: the jetpacks are pretty cool! Even if Boudikka isn't the most perceptive of Mandalorians, I cannot argue with her sense of style. :cool:

    I can just imagine his (non)expression whilst leaving a trail of destruction. Protocol droids really don't have a "stealth" setting, poor guy (and poor Ms. Rook, she doesn't seem like a bad sort at all and I'm sure the mess will baffle her in the morning). :oops::p

    [face_laugh] This right here is the most real-world thing; I can totally believe that Star Wars technology acts just as glitchy and people learn to ignore its warnings. (And forget that even a broken space clock is right twice a day.)

    *gasp* :eek: It was a con all along! And I was just as fooled as Threepio the first time reading through. That little rascal! And all that for cheap spare parts. Well, that and the free entertainment. [face_laugh]

    [face_rofl] Artoo is really determined to just keep digging that hole (really, bringing up past dismemberment incidents that people probably don't remember is just unfair [face_laugh]), and Threepio is about ready to shove him off the edge of it. Meanwhile, anybody that knows them is watching from a distance, seeing just another Tuesday.

    That really does sum it up, doesn't it? [face_laugh] The poor droid really has been taken on a wild nuna chase.

    I hope R0-0MB-4 droids are better at getting themselves out of corners than certain other robots (poor things), but he has a point there. :p

    LOL! [face_laugh] At the end of the day, they are two of a kind in spite of all their obvious differences, and you capture that so well here. Artoo does have that loyalty and caring side to him in spite of all the mischief he so gleefully causes -- and one gets the feeling that Threepio has just a sliver of enjoyment for all the adventures and shenanigans even if he hides it well. ;)

    That is always the conclusion with them, isn't it? [face_laugh]

    And those are some great notes at the end; I ended up re-reading that awards skit that featured HK's Chalet and giggling at it all over again! (And I thought that might have been the source for Boudikka's name, so it was nifty to see that in the notes.)

    Thank you very much for the story, @Findswoman; it was everything I had hoped for with that prompt times ten and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out! @};- I just cannot stop grinning like a Loth-cat every time I read it. And you're an awesome friend, just so's you know! [:D]
     
  8. Findswoman

    Findswoman The Tol Fanfic Mod (in Pink) star 5 Staff Member Moderator

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    (1) Thank you! (2) Thank you! And (3) thank you! So glad this hit the spot—I had a super-duper fun time writing it for you! :)

    Thanks so much, I really appreciate that! <3 These two bumbling droids just bring so much delight and fun to the Star Wars universe—they're a huge part of those OT nostalgic feels, at least for me, and I always forget how much fun they are to write for that very reason. (Which is why I loved your prompt so much!)

    Thanks! Having him narrate the whole thing in first person just sort of... happened, and felt right, so I ran with it!

    Oh, most absolutely. :p

    Yes, same here, on both counts!

    Exactly—this kind of thing is the start of about 95% of the pickles these two get into! But I agree that Threeps wouldn't want it any other way. His life would simply be too boring!

    Thanks! And yes, yes, yes, do! I loved the Order of the Ka'ra in that story, too, and was so psyched when Raissa OK'd (!) the concept of their resale shop.

    Oh, yeah, all those interesting old weapons and parts have to be of interest to someone even after they are no longer new—and why not use them to raise money for a good cause? :p

    Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed that contrast! It comes through even in his beeping, somehow.

    When the situation calls for it, Threepio doesn't mince his words!

    Oh yes, agreed, unfortunately.

    Thanks again! I feel like that's about 90% of their interactions in canon, and it's always so much fun and such welcome relief from the Serious Stuff concurrently going on!

    Yes, of course the most awkward possible thing always happens at the most awkward possible time! With this kind of promptand this kind of story, of course it is. :D But our man Threeps has that fiction-module flair like no one else—he's got this! :p

    Aw, thanks! When I saw the disguise portion of your prompt and began brainstorming long and concealing articles of clothing likely to be on hand on the Falcon and noticed that included among them would be Chewie's Life Day garb and the fur hoods, this—combined with Threepio's linguistic skills—was the logical direction. :p

    Thanks! It can sometimes be a challenge coming up with the right combination of rust / scrap / glitch / grease / etc., so I am glad the insults in this story came out all right!

    Wah wah waaah...! :p

    True, true, they are! (And Mandos themselves know it, too! :p ) And yes, even if Ms. Boudikka Rook is not—to borrow @Raissa Baiard 's words from the beta stage—the sharpest bes'bev in the Mando orchestra, she knows how to make a snazzy entrance and exit in true Mando style. :cool:

    Yes, the new "cleaning lady" sure is causing more of a mess than she/he is cleaning up! I imagine that "cleaning lady" said "oh dear" a lot while walking through all that. :p And yes, Ms. Rook is ultimately the one who's going to have to tidy all that up, which is definitely not an enviable job—but I'm sure she'll manage, for the glory of Clan Rook and all. :p

    The fact that she's not the sharpest bes'bev turned out to be a very lucky thing for Threeps—in multiple ways!

    Oh yes, the entertainment perhaps even more than the cheap spare parts! :p Artoo has a definite prankster side and I could totally see him stringing Threeps along like this!

    It is just unfair, but hilarious, too! (And it's probably not the first time he's brought that incident up!) :p

    He has indeed, much to everyone else's amusement! (And you know, in a way, he probably finds it kind of amusing himself, if he's able to tell the story after the fact!)

    Ah, they probably are! Hopefully Mrs. Rook will find one that will take care of all the dust, broken figurines, etc.

    Yes, exactly—it would take more than a crazy prank heist in Life Day robes and fur hoods to truly undermine the friendship between these two! They both mean what they say here, and I agree that Threepio does indeed get at least some small kick out of the crazy shenanigans his counterpart so often pulls him into—again, if he didn't, why would he be telling us the story? ;)

    Yes, for sure! :D

    I really appreciate that, because you and your stories were the ones that first inspired me to add notes to my stories to begin with—everything in that area I pretty much learned from you! ^:)^ (And I was pretty sure that, with your knowledge of ancient lore, you'd recognize Boudikka! :D )

    Aw, thank you so much! [:D] right back atcha. You are an awesome friend, too, and I was so thrilled to have the chance to write this for you that I really wanted to do the very best I could. You deserve no less for your friendship, kindness, talent, and just all-around amazingness as a person—so for all that, I thank you! <3
     
  9. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The Fanfic Manager With The Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    Jun 29, 2004
    Oh my goodness, but this was such a rollicking fun response to your prompt! Everything flowed so seamlessly together that it was difficult for me to tell that this was a prompt fic in the first place, answering certain criteria. This turned into a wonderful gem of a gift from start to finish! [face_love]


    I particularly enjoyed . . .

    But of course. :p You nailed Threepio's voice here and throughout the story! :D

    You know, I have to agree that if we had subtitles for Chewie this would be a very familiar sentiment, indeed! [face_laugh]

    Brilliant! I loved all the little details that reminded us that this was from the POV of a droid. All together they really enrichened the story!

    Such manners. [face_laugh]

    I can't blame Threepio for his trepidation in the slightest! [face_laugh]

    This was such a great way to include @Raissa Baiard's fanon! I remember that detail, and enjoyed seeing it expanded on here. :D

    . . . fair. "Grandmothers" they may be, but they are still Mandalorian grandmothers with merchandise to protect. Leave it to Artoo to pick this particular little shiny blue thing to swipe. 8-} :oops:

    You know, he has a point!

    Just like that, I thought to know where this was going! [face_laugh] Oh but isn't Artoo a clever one - and poor Threepio is just getting in over his head going along with him, as usual. (That said, for all of his worrying ways, Threepio was wonderfully brave in this story! [face_love])

    Way to insult someone you're asking for help there, Artoo. o_O But of course we all know that Artoo is definitely a sass-bot 99% of the time, and their bickering is pricelessly IC for how we know and love this pair of characters. [face_love]

    Well, if he says so. [face_laugh] (But then, he wasn't a half bad story teller when you think of it!)

    I loved this bit of world-building. =D=

    Bonus points for using the word hirsute!

    I really liked this detail. Because not everyone has a protocol droid, and there has to be a way that sentients of the galaxy are able to communicate with each other. [face_thinking]

    [face_laugh] I can imagine!

    I really liked Boudikka! She was just so . . . polite, and it was interesting seeing how manners between different cultures played out so respectfully here. Especially when that's just the thing that lets Threepio's, erm, disguise work so well. At a certain point you just don't ask. (Though I like the “not the sharpest bes’bev in the Mando orchestra” explanation, too. o_O)

    Generally, of course! [face_laugh] I have to applaud, again, just how well you had Threepio's voice down for this story! That was definitely an insult he would say. =D=

    But they are really cool show-offs with jet-packs. [face_mischief]

    Oh no! :eek: I was on the edge of my seat for all of this. You did such a great job building up the tension for the actual heist of the story, and when I thought that the worst had happened and he was caught -

    :oops: Oh, Boudikka. Not the sharpest bes’bev, after all.

    No!! ARTOO!! :eek: I can't blame Threepio for going into all caps mode here in the slightest. [face_rofl] [face_rofl]


    Someone
    sure is looking to be misassembled . . . :mad: [face_laugh]

    More clever world-building, that!

    Well, all's well that ends well, and I'm glad that Threepio got his much deserved pampering and relaxation in the end. After everything he's put through on a shockingly regular basis, he more than deserves it. [face_love]


    Thank you so much for participating in the fic-gift exchange, once again! This was an absolutely marvelous story, and I enjoyed every word. =D= [:D]
     
  10. Findswoman

    Findswoman The Tol Fanfic Mod (in Pink) star 5 Staff Member Moderator

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    Feb 27, 2014
    Thank you so much! Wow, that is quite a compliment for a prompt-generated piece to receive—I really appreciate that! [:D]

    Thank you! It was so much fun to write him again.

    Oh, I absolutely agree!

    Thanks, so glad you enjoyed those touches! It’s always been important to me to do what I can to make the outlook of otherworldly (in whatever way) characters truly otherworldly, even when it takes a bit of extra work. It’s worth it, if I do say so myself!

    A scoundrel to the end! (Affectionate!) :p

    Me neither—he has ample experience in such matters, after all!

    Thanks so much! Her Mando lore is just so cool, and it was an honor to be able to expand on it in some tiny way here.

    There are no grandmothers in the Galaxy like Mandaorian ones, indeed! :D And Artoo’s choice was completely deliberate, as you saw!

    Yes, unfortunately, he does!

    Yes, this kind of “going along with” is by now a regular scenario with these two, isn’t it! And I agree, even with all Threepio’s misgivings, the fact that he went along with it (and not incompetently) says a lot for his pluck!

    Oh, at least 99% of the time, and it is indeed part of why we love him so much, even now, 44+ years later!

    Right, exactly my thoughts there! :D

    Thanks—but the Life Day robe is not at all original to me. It comes from the infamous Holiday Special (no fooling!) and, more recently, from the SW holiday stories anthology that @Raissa Baiard so kindly sent me as a gift last month. <3

    Thanks so much! As a fellow receiver of the Merriam-Webster Word of the Day, I do what I can to keep the sesquipedalian fired burning! :D

    My thoughts exactly! I had in mind the “universal translators” from the various Star Trek incarnations, too.

    Definitely one of those highly species-specific languages!

    Yes, right on—in a way, without knowing it, he chose the most perfect possible disguise in which to encounter someone like Ms. Rook!

    Thanks so much—I have to say, coming up with the colorful insults was one of the most fun parts of writing this (a guilty pleasure, almost!).

    Yes, quite true! :D

    Thanks! Suspense writing always takes a certain kind of time and energy for me, so I’m so glad it came off well (it sure was fun, at least!).

    And that’s a mighty lucky thing for Threepio! :p

    Oh I agree, he was totally justified in letting Artoo have it. That was fun to write, too. :p

    Oh, for sure! [face_devil]

    Thanks—couldn’t really resist! :D

    Agreed, and I loved this part of @Kahara ’s prompt so much for that reason—he is more than deserving of some relaxing downtime after everything Artoo puts himthrough! (And the fact that Kahara thought of that and made sure to put that in there shows what a sweetheart she is, too! @};- )

    You are so welcome! I always look forward to this challenge—it’s a true JCF classic and just so much fun, and an amazing chance to write some stories I wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to write! :)