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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.48

Hogwarts-Crest“There you are!” Sam said in an exasperated voice. “Sprout’s just about to start. How could you possibly be late on the first day of classes?”

“Sorry, I got tied up,” panted Belle who seemed slightly out of breath. “I had something I had to do.”

Belinda had just slid into the greenhouses for the last period of the day settling herself in between Aeryn and Sam, directly across the long center table of the third greenhouse from Foozle, Tom and Lizard, known to the teacher’s as Elizabeth Thacker. She was Sam and Belle’s roommate, a quiet girl whom Belle had developed a fondness for over the last few years, despite her Gothic appearance which often made her the brunt of cruel jokes...

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AGENTS OF MAGIC – HOGWARTS YEAR 5: FRIENDS AND OTHER STRANGERS 1.47

Danny year 6 avie1“You’re not like mad at me for the train thing, are you?” Ambrosia’s bare feet bobbed in the air as she lounged upside-down on a couch near Danny, her head hanging halfway off the seat causing her golden ringlets to fan out across the immaculate blue carpet. “I mean, it wasn’t really a bad thing and I did it with your best interests at heart.”

The Ravenclaw common room was slowly emptying; the post-feast excitement had worn off and now students had begun to seek their beds, eagerly anticipating the first classes in the morning. Rose knew she should probably do the same, or take advantage of the quiet to do some reading in preparation for Defense Against the Dark Arts in the morning, but at the moment she decided her time was better spend on something equally important...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.62

arden_av“We need to talk Trey.” Arden said hollowly as she entered the common room of the Soul. The Free Flying Soul. What a joke she thought to herself as she watched Trey turn to face her from his own conversation with Nik. Her own soul was a damn sight far from being free. She gave Nik a withering look that she knew her newest co-pilot would definitely understand as get lost and the little Jawa made himself exceedingly scarce.

Arden sat down in the chair. She could already feel her eyes burn as she looked at Trey trying to get the words to form. “Trey I…”

“This whole thing stinks of bantha poodoo.” Bralor strode in from the cargo hold, unlashing his helmet and pulling it off. “I’ve got a bad feeling-”

He stopped and looked at Trey and Arden. He read the expressions on their faces...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.61

tiila_avThe Free Flying Soul’s gangplank dropped down bleeding light up into the hanger. Bralor stood at the back of its mouth in his full beskar’gam. He could make out the feet of the personal guards that had come out to escort their arrival. He turned to the woman beside him. “You know where we are.”

Tiila Sadi’s fingers fidgeted momentarily with the blue jewel that hung from her neck, her pink thumb running back and forth over its elegantly smooth cut. She didn’t look at him but simply nodded.

His arm fell beside one of the DC’s that hung from his hips. “Want me to see you down?”

With a slow breath, she nodded again. “Arriving without some entourage is very low class.” She gave a half-smile, still facing the open door. “And so they know what’s coming when I change my mind...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.60

bralor_avBralor’s fingers steepled under his chin and stared back at the blank monitor. There had been no word from Aidene since her surprise departure with Krynn while they had been dealing with the Hutt. All of attempts to receive any word on Zann had come up empty, but Tyber Zann wasn’t the sort to give any details he didn’t care for you to know. That, of course, had done wonders for his own mood and assured the promise that his next encounter with the crime lord would end with nice scar to intersect the one he already had, leaving a nice little cross-hair between his eyes.

He sighed and pushed the screen away, getting to his feet and leaving his quarters.

The mood on the ship had been shaky at best. Tiila had barely left her quarters since launching for Osarian, if she had at all...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.59

kyra_avIn what was quickly becoming a common occurrence, the sound of a light foil cutting the air could be heard coming from the Soul’s secondary cargo hold. An area that had been more or less given over to the crew’s resident force-user in training. Kyra wove her way through the basic Shii-Cho movements to the more refined Makashi – a style that focused on blade to blade combat and was most suited to the smaller hilt of the light foil. Fluidity of form danced the young woman around the hold in what could be perceived as performance art as much as melee fighting.

Her repeated sessions, both with the blade and in meditation were paying off with a level of focus she’d not been able to reach in many, many months...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.58

arden_av“Just letting everyone know we are about to drop out of hyperspace near Nal Hutta.” Arden’s voice crackled over the Soul’s com system. “We should be…” she was cut off by nervous squeaks and chattering.

“No we are not going to come out of hyperspace in the middle of an asteroid!” the com clicked off.

There was the hard chunk of metal locks disengaging from behind her and the cabin door swung open. Arden looked back over her shoulder. Bralor stood in the threshold, the soft blue glow of hyperspace light falling over his face and dark cloak. His helmet hung at the end of his arm.

“You sure you wanna just stand there for this?”

“Kid, I’ve stood in the airlock of a YV-545 as it dropped from hyperspace right inside orbit of of Haariden to be thrown into a space drop as the transport maneuvered a...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.57

tiila_avThe bottle of blush wine sat empty on the small table in the crew lounge and the others had returned to their quarters or occupied themselves with other things. Trey, however lingered in the common room.

“Trey…” There was dull thudding sound as the heavy bottom of the bottle came down on the table top. The thief’s eyes rose to find the former soldier standing there. “A word?”

The thief nodded. “This one of those private conversations?” he asked, a wry smile on his face.

“I dunno. Depends on how open you wanna be about future plans for the crew.” Bralor looked around the room and, finding it empty save the T3-E7 utility droid, set down a pair of squat glasses. “Prolly a moot point anyway. Doubt the droid’s gonna talk...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.56

nik_avThis was the time Arden liked most. Everyone else on the Soul was asleep. It was just her, the Soul, and they curtain of stars zipping past as they blasted through hyperspace. The hum of the hyperspace engines was almost hypnotic at these times. The blonde pulled her knees up to her chest, and wrapped her arms around her legs as she watched the stars pass.

After the past few days, it was so relaxing to have this time to herself to think.

Arden’s eyes became slightly glassy, as a smile grew on her face. Soon she would be one hundred percent free of Durga, and nothing was going to stop that.

Suddenly the ship came screaming out of hyperspace. The stars that flew by in long strands of light were now little specks again...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.55

arden_av“I’m just gonna return this tell her about Trey’s celebration then leave. Her highness can find her way to the lounge herself.” The short blond pilot thought to herself as she paced in front of the Diva’s door. “I should prolly just go meet Bralor and Trey and give it to her later.” She paced just a bit more,”Poodoo!” She took a deep breath and knocked.

No answer.

The blond knocked again.

Still nothing.

“Oh for the,” Arden sighed, as she put in the override code to open the door. Well at least it will be easy, she thought as the door slid open. The blond walked inside and tossed the borrowed dress and shoes on the bed.

“It’s not enough to put my clothes on your grubby body, now you have to throw them?” Sunset hair still dripping from the refresher, Aidenne stood in the doorway to her priv...

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