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Jul 04, 2020 11:42 AM
Jedi Oz meets Sith Ira
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"Am I permitted to know our destination, or shall it remain a surprise?" 

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"What, don't like surprises?"

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"Let's just say the good ones haven't exactly outnumbered the bad, over the years." 

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"I suppose that would put you off them."

She'll explain where they're going - quite a way from the galatic core and those pesky Jedis, and not to a system or planet he'll know of.

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"Thank you; I appreciate your consideration." 

And now, for the first time in a while, he has nothing to do. No obvious task presents itself. 

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"There's a lounge through here," Pyktis says, starting to lead the way. "We should sit down before we take off."

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Jerex follows, trying to memorise as much of the ship's layout as he can. It's half habit, half reasonable caution. 

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He doesn't get to see very much of it, the lounge is fairly close to where they were previously, but he'll be able to see some of the ship - most of the doors are firmly closed.

The lounge itself is comfortable enough, two long couches, and a pair of chairs that are set on either side of what looks like a Dejarik board. There's a handful of consoles around the room, some with seats, some without, and it's his guess whether or not he'll be able to access any of them.

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He gestures towards the Dejarik board. "Do you play?" 

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"I've dabbled on occasion," she says with a slight nod. "Yourself?"

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"Oh, when I have the time. Shall we?" 

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"It's as good a way to pass time as any," Pyktis agrees, taking one of the seats and gesturing to the one opposite her.

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He takes the indicated seat, and the game begins. 

Jerex is a somewhat more experienced player than his words might suggest, but he has a feeling Pyktis was similarly understating her skill. 

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It does rather appear that she was, yes. And if the slight smile on her face is anything to go by, she was expecting Jerex to have understated his own ability.

While they're playing, the ship will take off, and shortly thereafter, enter hyperspace.

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Jerex has been travelling the galaxy since he was thirteen; he's familiar enough with the sensation of space travel that it doesn't distract him from the most interesting game of Dejarik he's played in years. 

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It is interesting! Pyktis seems quite invested in it, and her tactics are interesting - a strange mix of cat-and-mouse and outright assault.

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Jerex's playstyle is deliberate, patient. He's playing for the long game, not the immediate victories. 

...this does, however, mean that he loses a fair number of the immediate victories. 

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Pyktis is fascinated to see where this leads!

She might gain the immediate victories, and she definitely steps into some of the traps he's laying out - normally with a plan for how to get out of them - but she is not quite the kind for that kind of long game. It'll be a close run thing, but there's a reasonable chance that Jerex will in fact win.

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