Nightmares in the Past, Chapter 3.
It was minutes only before another Jedi arrived, called through Keith’s datapad. Master Rambar, a Kel Dor, quickly released Keith and Tharalia, trapped under the debris, and ordered a team of SP-4 droids to bear Tharalia and Ina off to the medical wing of the Tython Temple.
Keith, Kian, and Kim followed soon after for Keith’s minor wounds to be bandaged. The walk spanned across the entire Temple, which allowed Kian a glance at what had happened in the more heated areas of the temple-wide skirmish.
“So what do you know about this mission?” asked Keith the Kel Dor.
“Two Sithlin’s ‘eaded off a small scale operation.” Rambar took a pull at his breathing mask. “A couple squads a’ mercenaries and Sith troopa’s.” He shrugged, disgusted wrinkles crawling on his face. Finally, he continued. “We dunno what they were tryin’a do, but whatever it was they failed.”
Kian’s ear perked up. Failed? Had they really? He shivered. That was a terrible thought. But was it entirely . . . um, what was that word - unpossible?
“Two Sith?” Keith asked, interrupting Kian’s thoughts.
Rambar nodded. “A Sith warrior and an Inquisitor.
“The Sith warrior was undoubtedly Omar - he’s a madman in its definition - but this inquisitor, was he captured?”
Rambar took in a deep breath. “‘fraid not. He jumped onto a dropship when things went ill for him. Troop a’ his men got away too.”
“Bastasi!,” Keith muttered. “Then we’ll be dealing with this again later.”
“Oh no,” Rambar shook his head, casting his arm up in a wild gesture. “We’ve forced enough information out of one of the merce’eraries. He was ca’pliant with our ques’ions. Apparently, this inquisitor was a rogue of some kind, it be even a possib’ that ‘e was working apart from the Academy. Whatever the point of this operation of his was, it be a myst’ry. But with Omie dead, they won’t be comin’ again. And a good thing that nit-twit is gone, too.”
“Don’t be too convinced we won’t hear from them again. We need to pursue this inquisitor.” Keith hesitated. “Oh, and I think you mean nit-wit . . .”
Rambar’s one eyebrow shot. “That’s what I was saying!”
Kian and Kim exploded into giggles.
Keith growled and shook his head. “Whatever. But what was that about the prisoner? Surely he would have known about the objective.”
Rambar sighed. “Evra’ time we brought up the object of the mission he just clammed up and shook his head. ‘Ventually he’d say he di’n’t know - that he was just a mercenary for “Big ‘Un”.”
Keith shook his head, staring at the floor. “That is unfortunate. If we could have only taken Omar prisoner. He would’ve known.”
“And risk the lives of two Jedi Knights, a padawan, and two younglings, plus countless more if Mr. O was not stopped there?” Rambar appealed. “Nay, that padawan is a brave lass, she did the right thing to end him there.”
Keith replied, but Kian lost interest in the conversation. Instead, he looked around at the damage that was wrought in the entrance hall. Just one small operation caused tremendous damage. Service droids buzzed about, and a group of workers from a building station nearby hustled in to repair the temple.
A worker ruffled Kian’s hair as they passed. Kian frowned and combed his hair back with his hands. They continued on down the hall, during which time he not only received three more hair ruffles, but one big pinch on his cheek.
Now that was a problem. The old preyed on the weak and helpless in all these “harmless” mind maddening ways. So frustrating. How can you ever be manly in such a situation? How he hated being little.
Kian glanced over to Kim. She wasn’t being bugged - no, people knew not to mess with her. But Kian was just another youngling to be pinched, pulled and ruffled.
Once they had reached the medical wing, Keith bandaged his wounds with several bacta pads while Rambar checked on Tharalia and Ina. Keith turned to Kian.
“Son, I need to talk to you about some very important things.”
Kian perked up. Kim edged closer.
Keith eyed Kim up and down. He cleared his throat purposefully. “In private, Kim.”
Kim’s shoulders sank. “Oh-kay . . .”
Keith took Kian behind a curtain. “You are brave, Kian, but you must follow the rules. If you do not follow them, nothing can help you, not even the Force.”
Kian searched his father’s face. “ . . . What?”
“Son, what you did was brave, but you still did the wrong thing. I told you to stay in the clan house. You disobeyed me, you disobeyed the Order. You could have died - that Sith was dangerous. Very dangerous.” Keith sighed. “But still . . . what you did, it was noble, and I thank you.”
Another voice startled in. “You’re very welcome.”
“Wha?” Keith and Kian both looked up.
Kim! Kian’s heart jumped. His friend’s head poked through the curtain’s opening - a broad smile smudged on her face, gleaming pearly white teeth.
“Kim . . .” Keith growled. Still, neither Kian nor Keith could help a chuckle.
Keith huffed and patted Kim’s head. “Well, I suppose that goes for you too, Kim.”
She blushed. “Great.” She began to twiddle her thumbs, stepping into the curtained room fully.
“So was that Sith Darth Yomar?” Kian asked.
“Darth Ohmy,” Kim corrected.
Keith laughed meaningfully, yet strained at the same time. “It was Darth Omar, yes.” His smile fell away. “Now, Kian, Kim, I believe you have something to report to Master Kaleeth.”
They both groaned, but obeyed and scampered away towards the clan house.