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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.48

arden_avKyra leaned into the blade, forcing it down through the thick steel of the vault door. It was tough going, since the lightfoil didn’t have the same intensity of a Jedi lightsaber. Still, things were moving along faster than if they were trying to slice the combination. A safe the likes of the one they were cracking was bound to have a fail-safe on the number of times the wrong sequence of numbers could be entered before fusing itself shut. Oddly enough, the manufacturers didn’t seem as concerned with forced entry attempts.

The auburn haired apprentice wiped the sweat from her brow with the back of her gloved hand. They’d all changed into more ‘work appropriate’ attire. “Wonder if there’s any way to tweak this thing?” She remarked absently.

“Don’t. Like I said, it’s a family heirloom...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.46

kyra_avTrey sat in his cell, whistling softly. He knew the girls in the compartment opposite his were fuming — especially Arden — but he couldn’t tip his hand yet. There were eyes and ears watching them and he couldn’t let them know the deck had a skifter in it.

“I am so very glad you are happy over there,” The little blond grumbled, “I’m sure you’ll be ecstatic once we get to the Imperial prison.”

He sat up and smiled at his pilot. “Come on, Arden. There’s no way we’ll be in an Imperial prison. This is all a big case of mistaken identity.” He looked down the hall at the security station, at the guards posted there. “You should know things, and people, aren’t always what they seem. Have a little faith in my plan.”

“Who’s plan is it again?” Her eyes bored into him.

“Mine,” he grinned.

“Hence the l...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.45

arden_avThe first round of the Sabaac tournament had begun much as Trey had expected. A bracket was set up and players assigned to tables. Rules were announced by the ship’s pit boss and penalties for cheating were cheerfully pointed out by Agent Deffico.

Watching the other players at his table, the thief smiled broadly, the same smile he’d been telegraphing as a tell when he was bluffing. An executive with the CSA caught the smile and his eyebrow twitched, telling Trey the bait had been taken. It was time to exit the tournament.

Throwing away his highest card and collecting a zero, Trey pushed his entire stake into the middle of the table. “All of it,” he announced proudly.

The other players, save one, threw in their cards with mumbles of “Too high for me” or “I’m out”...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.43

bralor_avTrey and his escorts walked into one of the many restaurants on the pleasure boat’s promenade. They slid into one of the booths and waited. “Shouldn’t they be here by now?”

“Patience,” Trey nodded as he looked through the drink list, “I would figure you’d like being off your feet.”

“Didn’t say I didn’t appreciate that,” she grinned, “just worried about my baby is all.”

“No reason to be,” Arden jumped as Bralor’s voice came from the booth behind her. The little pilot started to whip around to the other booth. “Keep it in yer seat, squirt,” Bralor reprimanded her without even seeing her. It was like the old soldier had a second sense for these things. In fact it was just knowing your setting. Lots of polished glass meant lots of reflective surfaces “Act like you didn’t hear me...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.41

trey_avSien’avao watched “Xeran Agri” and his women walk away from the sabaac table before excusing herself. She walked away, several eyes traveling with her as she went.

As she walked into the hallway leading to the suites, she cast several glances over her shoulder, making sure she wasn’t followed. Lithely moving up the stairs, the slipped through the door of a small suite.

Gathered inside were four others. She walked over to the minibar and mixed a drink. “I made contact with Baron Agri. He’s something.” She slid a small disk across the low table to the boss.

The blue-green Nautolan tapped the disk and watched the hologram of “Agri” which sprang to life.”He’s not a Baron. His name’s not Agri. And, yes. I know he’s something. We… worked together for a while.”

A tall, dark-haired human snorted ...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.38

arden_avTrey marveled at the varied species and classes that populated the casino. Gambling establishments were one of the last great melting pots of the Empire. Where else could you find a mix of dirt farmers, scoundrels, politicos, CorSec executives, royalty and nobility from across the galaxy mixing freely, each eager to take the others’ money, and all ready to gleefully fork their credits over to the House.

Even the thieving last son of a fallen house, pretending to be something he isn’t fits in, he reflected. Of course, his gorgeous young pilot helped with the illusion. He looked at Arden and smiled. For his trouble he received an elbow in the ribs. “Time for you to play.”

“No it isn’t. The tournament doesn’t start for two more days.” the thief said with a frown.

Rolling her eyes, Arden gave...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.35

trey_avThe Soul was away, leaving Trey a twinge of regret as neither he nor his pilot were aboard. But the time for worry was past, and Vullif walked into the main boarding bay of the Linathi Princess a great smile breaking across his face. “Ah, my dear ladies! Have you ever seen a more dull entryway? I swear, father’s washroom has a more impressive flooring.” His shoes clicked against the Wayland marble tiles. “Come along, let’s find a porter to show us to our staterooms.”

“What the hell is the matter with you?” Arden said out of the corner of her mouth as she tottered on the heels. The diva taught her to walk on a flat surface in them but an incline was a different matter all together.

“It’s called a cover identity,” Trey whispered back...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.33

bralor_av“I think we can meet somewhere in the middle, Rai.” Bralor crossed his arms over his chest, looking down at the holovid. “I’m good for it. 780.” The old man groaned and appeared to slump back in a chair. The clone leaned on the console. “You owe me.”

The image of the older man scowled, and flickered with static as he shook his head. “Taking advantage of an old man, Bralor?”

“You’re still making money on this deal.”

“This is how you want to call in your marker?”

A grin split Bralor’s face. “I knew you’d come around.” He stood upright, stretching to his full height.”I’ll radio when we’re there.”

“How long?”

“Not too long,” he replied. “One stop and we’re on our way.”

The man nodded and the feed was cut...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.32

arden_avArden stared at herself in the mirror of her quarters. Trey had told her to look her best, and she did her best to follow orders. One fresh shirt, pair of pants, and freshly polished pair of boots later, she was staring at herself in the mirror. She slid the new jacket Trey had gotten for her over her shoulders and fumbled with the clasp of the nova ruby necklace. Once she finally got it in place she gave herself one final look, smiled and walked out into the lounge area confident that she was completely ready.

Aidenne sat at the table absently staring into her mug of Kopi tea. The little Diva would have been highly embarrassed if she’d realized that she was humming to herself. But she remained blissfully lost in her own thoughts, until a new figure entered the room...

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STAR WARS: GALACTIC TALES – BETWEEN THE EMPIRE AND THE REBELLION 1.30

tiila_avTrey’s boots scraped against the deck plates and he trudged down the corridor. He leaned against the metal door and took a moment to massage his temples. The Mandalorian had filled him in on what happened, and he already confined Arden to the cockpit, but he needed to face the ambassador. Still supported by the door, he lifted his hand beside his head and knocked twice before calling to the room’s occupant. “Tiila, it’s Trey. We need to talk.”

“No,” Other than her words, there was silence from her side of the door. “I have nothing to say.”

Pushing off the door, Trey turned around. “I do. Open up.”

The gray steel remained closed. “I am not opening the door.” The woman’s voice was distorted somewhat.

Trey pulled a code cylinder out of his pocket and jammed it into the port above the door’s k...

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