Title: Shadow's Eve Author: Anedon Timeframe: 56 ABY Characters: Ion/Ilona Malek, Viktoria(Vikki)/Ana/Marie/Adrian Firestone, Shena'li Summary: While visiting Marie´s family during an old Dathomirian holiday Ion finds himself chased by "Nightsisters" This story features apperances of characters, created by: @Warrior_Goddess and @Adalia-Durron Other stories in the Malek/Firestone "verse": From Slavery to Aristocracy Powers vs Passions YOU DID WHAT? Bedtime Story Mom´s little Warlock A Date with Destiny Manhunt If you leave now you, you get nothing Mom's little Warlock "What Hex is this?" Ion muttered as he took a brief rest in the dark corner of the tree he had taken shelter behind. They were still after him, no matter what turn he took in the way less forest, it seemed that nothing he did was able to shake of his pursuers. His heart was racing in his chest, the voices became louder again, the witches where coming. Was it the Force that allowed them to track him? Or where they simple this good at tracking. It was at least two of them, maybe even three so fighting wasn't an option. How far would they still chase him? Probably through the entire forest, as they knew sooner or later he would get tired. How far away were they still? One hundred meters, probably no more. He took a deep breath and collected all the remaining strength he had in his eleven year old body and stood up to continue to run. "There!" someone shouted behind him and he heard the laughter of his hunters. His bare feet splashing through the muddy ground, his simple sleeveless sleeping tunic offering little protection against the bushes and branches he passed. They were coming closer, they where... A muscular arm reached around his waist as he was tackled. "I got him!" Ion began to struggle against his attacked who was around the same age and height as he was. She had the red hair and facial markings of a Nightsister. Falling on the muddy ground both of them struggled to get the upper hand, but after a moment the others reached him. He felt how one of them grabbed his right leg and began to mercilessly tickle his bare foot. Ion burst into laughter and his resistance broke, the girl on his chest now also starting to tickle. Screaming under their assault Ion felt how tears of laughter began running down his cheeks as he desperately tried to catch a breath. Eventually being able to get out a, "Please, stop! I surrender! Please!" "Honestly Ion, that was quite impressive for an outsider," Shena'li, said with a smile as they brought him back towards the village. His hands and feet tied to a pole his cousins Ana and Vikki carried their helpless captive, while their friend Shena'li walked next to them. All three of them where dressed up as Nightsisters. "I think we have to have a serious word with our brother when we are back, he lost out to someone without the Force." Ana said with a grin, being a non Force user like himself, she always enjoyed it when she could one up her sensitive siblings in some way. They had surprised them, he and Julien had gone to bed just as normal, or at least Ion hadn´t suspected anything. So being awoken by the sight of a pale, threatening Nightsister above him had been quite a shock. He had taken a few seconds to recognize her as his own cousin, then, from the other side of the room Julien had shouted at him to run, and so he had. "What is this actually about?" Ion asked the girls. They had hunted and tied each other up in the past, usually he, Ana and Shena'li had teamed up against the Force sensitive Julien and Vikki, but this seemed to be more... serious? "Shadows Eve," Vikki explained. "It's an old Dathomirian holiday to remind the tribes of the danger the Nightsisters posed. Where the tribes would offer some of their male slaves as tribute to the witches to be left alone for another year." Ion shivered at this thought. "But in the last few decades, things... changed a bit." Shena'li said, as she took one of the feathers from her hair and gently brushed it over Ion´s bare feet. "This time we will simply sell you amongst our own tribe." When they returned to the tribal village it seemed Ion was truly one of the last boys to be captured. He saw several groups of girls in similar costumes parading around their captives through town, watched by grinning adults in some cases. Ion's fear was now completely gone though a certain nervousness about what was to come next was still remaining. Julien, tied to a tree near to his home gave his cousin a grin, "they´ve got me on the stairs. But seems I could at least give you a decent lead." "You knew this was going to happen?" Ion asked as the girls put him down on the ground. "Of course, not my first Shadows Eve, thought I would leave a bit of a surprise for you." Ion rolled his eyes at his cousins decision. After a few minutes Vikki returned to them with a triumphant smile. "We got all of them. It's time for the auction." Ion had never been inside the old central building of the tribe, not much still happened there now that the slavery was gone from the tribe, but it seemed on this day, Shadows Eve it resumed its original function. The tied boys knelt, the podium while the "Nightsisters" guarded them. Vikki herself had taken the auctioneers place, while the adults of the tribe sat in the audience."Sisters," she proclaimed loudly, "our hunt was one again successful, now it's time to sell the spoils." "Let's start with this one," Ana said with a grin as she grabbed Ion by the shoulder and dragged him in front of the audience. "Our first bid is an outsider," Shena'li explained. "He is muscular enough to work long and hard in the fields. Quite pretty as well." Ion's face turned read as he heard Shena'li say this and he avoided looking at her. "I bid 30 Eriaduan sour drops!" A voice called from amongst the adults and Ion saw his mother looking directly at him. Ilona Malek wore her Dathomirian leather clothing and next to her Ion saw his aunt and uncle. Adrian gave his eldest daughter a proud glance while Marie could hardly contain her laughter it seemed. They are selling us for sweets?! Now Ion understood the full extent of this game. Another witch made a higher offer and for a moment Ion asked himself what would happen if he was truly sold to someone else. But before he could finish the thought his mother raised the offer to 40 drops. Ion wasn't sure if that was a high value but he had come to enjoy the game so he decided to be a bit cheeky. "40 is an insult! I can sing, cook, I tell bad jokes..." Laughter filled the room, which Ion took part in once Shena'li used her feather once more. Some other witches continued to bid on him but in the end it was his own mother who exchanged 120 sour drops for her son's leash. They then sat in the audience and watched the rest of the boys being sold, 120 drops seem to have been one of the highest bids made that night. Later when their family was walking towards Marie and Adrian's home, leading their still tied sons back through the village. They were talking and laughing, the girls had even offered to share some of their spoils with their captives once they finally got home. "I want to come back for this next year," Ion said firmly. When they got back to Eriadu he would ask his father for tricks to hide. "Fine with us," Ana said smiling, "more sweets!" Spoiler: My Prompt Cry Hex Parade As for the pictureI couldn´t bringt that in but I have the boys wake up with the costumed girls over them kind of ewoking this image.