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Mirran Kai    71

Mirran decided today to devote herself to pure meditation. She looked contemplative as she went out of the Enclave. She shivered a bit, there was a bit of a chill in the air and she pulled her robes closer to her. 

 

She tried to sit down to begin meditation but a gust of wind blew through the fields of Dantooine. And then the clouds rolled in and a light drizzle started coming in. So much for trying to meditate. The rain began to slowly stop being a drizzle and began to come down pouring down. Mirran sighed, so much for trying to connect with the Force through the planet itself. She was thoroughly becoming soaked and so she suddenly began to retreat from the fields and to the inner part of the Enclave. She muttered more to herself. 

 

"It would have to rain...." 

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Sidara had been sitting under a veranda in the interior courtyard of the Enclave. She had a datacube in front of her with a series of treatises on the early formation of the Order. It had seemed like a good place to start with her studies here, a foundation if nothing else.  The drizzling rain had started sometime earlier, but she paid it no mind. Alpheridies' rain had been colder than this, even in the summertime. Right now the drizzle was warm and inviting.  She held her hand out from under the veranda to let the warm rain land on her fingers. 

 

She shifted in her seat, the tunic was acclimating, but still every time it pulled in a way she wasn't familiar with, the twinge of memory returned. She really wished they'd allowed her to keep her vest at the very least, it was comfortable and easy to move in. But as she had been told, attachment was forbidden to Jedi. Not that she really understood the reasoning.

 

She sighed softly, even that came out ragged and weak, when was the last time she'd said anything? She couldn't remember, didn't really feel like it had mattered anyways.  Still, she enjoyed the comfortable weather and went back to her reading.

 

Footsteps on the stone floor had her turning her attention back to the world around her. She could feel the aura approaching her, there was a woman moving away from the rain and into cover nearby. Another Miraluka, Sidara hadn't seen many of them since arriving on Dantooine.

 

A sense of...something settled in her gut, should she go and say hi? Did she want the company? She couldn't decide, the familiar presence of a fellow Miraluka warring with her inclination to read. The Force offered no handy answers either, just a steady thrum of comfort bubbling beneath her skin.

 

She sighed, and settled further in. If the other Miraluka wanted company, then surely she would seek it out, right? Sidara would allow the decision to fall to her, bringing back up her datacube she continued reading. She did, however, keep some focus on the other woman, waiting to see what she would do.

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Kale Sarkan    5

It was definitely not a good idea to go out to exercise that day. Kale was used to work out everyday, and since the Jedi moved out of Coruscant he had more chances to do that outdoors, which he actually loved. In the city it was not that refreshing to go out, it was all very crowded and noisy, but there he could have quietness and some peace to just run.

However, the weather was not on his side that day, he was only like ten minutes into his exercise when the sky started to fill with clouds and the day got darkened:

 

-        Shit… - he mumbled under his breath, he wasn´t sure how far he got from the enclave but sure as hell he was going to get wet if it started raining, which didn´t take long to happen.

 

He started running, but of course not the exercising and relaxing running he was doing just a few moments ago, but a fast one to try and get cover as soon as possible… He needed to start trying to know how the weather worked in that forsaken planet. He growled as he finally spotted the building he had as a goal and managed to get inside, though his hair was attached to his head because of the water and his robes were not in better state.

 

When he entered he saw a girl he knew of sight, she was there from the very first time he got to the temple on Coruscant, she was a Miraluka, apparently, he didn´t know much about that race but anyways, not that the girl was too talkative to explain anything. In five years they only exchanged a few cordial words, but it didn´t matter at the time, he was a little pissed because of his working out session being interrupted:

 

-        Dangit! – He said, moving his legs and arms and then rubbing his hair with his hands to try and get the water out – a hell of a weather we´ve got all of sudden, huh?

 

 

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Mirran Kai    71

Mirran took a deep calming breath. The weather shouldn't define a lack of discipline she realized that. Just because the elements had turned against her did not mean she couldn't meditate. She could easily go back to her chamber and medita...

 

Dangit!  a hell of a weather we´ve got all of sudden, huh?

 

Mirran cringed, her thoughts interrupted. There certainly seemed to be a lot of new initiates lately. She had managed to over come her shyness with Char and Magnus but this fellow....she looked thoughtful for a moment. She had seen him before on Courscant but she had been just barely 14 galactic standard years of age. She had been really shy and reclusive even then. 

 

She nodded at him and then licked her lips. "Yes....I was planning on meditating in the fields. It's calm....peaceful....a good place to study as well." 

 

She paused. "You....you look familiar.....did we have classes or perhaps a master in common, maybe?  Master Kerian Kardan for basic lightsaber training maybe? Or Master Yan Rian for fundamentals of the Jedi code. Or maybe we saw each other in the archives." 

 

Mirran frowned she had a sense that someone was staring at them...well her. She cringed. She narrowed her Force sight and found it was coming from another Miraluka...uhh...she hadn't seen or been around another Miraluka in years, well besides her parents. However, her parents really didn't count. They were basically atypical to other Miraluka. She had learned later as girl growing up that her parents were quintessentially political exiles. The Miralukan government had given them a post on Couruscant to keep their more radical political views and views on the Force away from other Miralukas. Her parents wanted Alpharides to join the Republic and  for a lot of their children to become Jedi. Mirran had been given to the Jedi as a child as a token of good will to the Jedi and to the Republic towards a future they saw in the Force. Her parents had been less than pleased with the seperation of the Jedi from the Republic. Mirran gazed toward the other Miraluka. What was another of her race like? Mirran worried that she was too humanish in nature and that her actions were more like a human than a Miraluka. 

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Err added more stuff to the post. Don't write posts when you're about to fall asleep. lol

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Another person had arrived,  a human this time. His aura was bright and bubbly,  she could see it in the way he held himself and his speech. The Force swirled around him and the woman. Sidara took a deep breath and shook her head to clear her senses,  a twinge of pain and guilt washed over her as she thought of Merrick. She'd been cruel to her friend, he hadn't killed her father, he wasn't responsible.  But she'd been unable to realize it at the time, she'd turned inwards, thrown herself into training with her mother, and abandoned him.

 

That was in the past now, he was back on Alpheridies, and she was here on Dantooine.  Sidara didn't know what to do about that in the future though, would she graduate one day, become a Jedi Knight and be able to travel wherever she wanted, could she go back to Alpheridies and apologize.

 

The girl seemed shy, as if Sidara had room to talk, her aura shifting in ways Sidara couldn't place. She felt a focus on her, the other Miraluka had sensed her observation, and Sidara felt the gaze on her in turn.  What did she do? Her first instinct was to go back to her reading, ignore both of them and wait for them to leave her be. The instinct was strong, so much so that she felt her attention being drawn to the datacube in her lap.

 

But, wasn't she here to learn? These students were undoubtedly more skilled than she was, having training from actual Knights and Masters. Her mother had never made it beyond padawan and her skills had been rusty from years of not using them.  Would it be so bad to have some form of companionship? The girl seemed shy and unlikely to initiate too much conversation, and the guy was talkative enough that he could easily dominate the conversation for her.

 

"..." She tried to speak, to say hello, but her voice came out as a ragged whisper and she coughed slightly. It was a simple fact that vocal chords were a form of muscle, and the lack of use would atrophy them.  Even a simple hello seemed too much for her.  

 

Instead she simply stared back at the Miraluka girl, and did her best to look friendly and inviting, a poor attempt knowing her, but an attempt nonetheless.

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Kale Sarkan    5

He didn´t really look at the girl in the face until he was done with his hair and managed to more or less take the water out of his robes by pressing his hands on them and slicing them down, the floor went a little wet, but better that than catching g a flu or something.

He shrugged “I just go out to work out, it would be a good change to do it in a natural environment for a chance, unlike Coruscant” he sighed and gave the girl a smile, looking at her when he raised his head, once he was done.

 

“Yeah, I have been in the enclave for five years now. We have shared a few classes together but I don’t think we had never talked much that cordialities” he explained “so I guess introductions are in order. Name is Kale Sarkan.” He did the usual Jedi bow to greet the girl.

 

He frowned a little when the situation changed; apparently the girl had sensed something or someone. He hadn´t yet sharpened his force senses so he just looked the same direction as her. And there was another girl… Another Miraluka? He didn´t recall seeing her around. In fact, he couldn´t remember seeing any other individual from that race apart from the girl he was already talking to.

 

Surprisingly, the second Miraluka approached herself, and tried to speak. Wow, that was a weird attempt voice there, the young Jedi couldn’t help but chuckle a little with that “Oh my, that´s a raspy voice you´ve got there! It´s understandable though, with weather in this planet it´s easy to get sick” he said, casually “I know we are supposed to not get sick and stuff through the force but I am not versed in that yet. I´m Kale, by the way, we were just complaining about the rain screwing up our plans.”

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Mirran Kai    71

There was something a bit obnoxious and almost overbearing about this initiate. Perhaps it was why Mirran had never taken the time to get to know him in the first place. His emotional level seemed a bit charged and a bit out of place for a Jedi initiate or perhaps she simply was not used to his exuberance. She heard the dripping of water from his clothing and she shivered a bit that reminded her, she needed to change her robes before she came down with a cold. She suddenly sneezed. Yes, she needed a new outer robe. 

 

She pressed a button on her wrist and said softly. "Kaybee can you bring me a new outer robe.....please." 

 

The droid responded. "As you wish....mistress." 

 

She turned her attention to the man or tried to, something about him almost grated on her nerves, not even Char or Magnus was this way with her. Perhaps they were patient with her or perhaps their presence in the Force was not as overwhelming to her.

 

“I just go out to work out, it would be a good change to do it in a natural environment for a chance, unlike Coruscant 

 

It made sense that this young man liked working out. He needed to workout to burn off some of his excess energy. 

 

She nodded and said nothing, she did agree though. Coruscant was a bit much even for her. It had a very lively feeling to it but it was crowded and overwhelmed her. Dantooine was quiet, peaceful, and serene. Much more serene, although that remained to be seen seeing how many new initiates were coming. 

 

“Yeah, I have been in the enclave for five years now. We have shared a few classes together but I don’t think we had never talked much that cordialities so I guess introductions are in order. Name is Kale Sarkan."

 

"Mirran. Mirran Kai." 

 

Her head turned toward the raspiness of the other Miraluka. She didn't know what to make of her. Mirran bowed her head a bit toward her. "I...it is a pleasure to meet another...another....Miraluka." 

 

Mirran blushed a bit, she felt awkward toward the other Miraluka. Don't be silly, Mirran, she's not going to judge you over the actions of your parents. You are your own person. 

 

 

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Sidara considered her options carefully, and a bit nervously, it had been so long. Could she even speak still? She'd tried to greet them just a second ago and failed miserably.  The Miraluka across from her was nervous and apparently a bit shy. Sidara didn't know how to deal with that, would she take offense if Sidara said nothing, or would she simply retreat inwards at an apparent rejection.

 

Both were undesired outcomes, but outcomes that Sidara did not know how to prevent, all she could do was make an attempt at a greeting.  She breathed in, called on the Force, for that reassuring warmth and tried her best.

 

"hello." The word came out soft, and horribly ragged, even she couldn't help but wince slightly at how dead it sounded. Like some dying rasp, the vocal chords were muscles and like any muscle they would atrophy from lack of use.  She hadn't spoken for close to a year now, and it showed. 

 

 

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Kale Sarkan    5

He couldn’t help but tilt his head when he heard the girl call out for a… Droid, it seemed to be a droid´s voice what it sounded there, Kale smiled at her “Oh wow… You have a droid to help you? Talk about fancy there…” he said, his tone clearly showing that he was joking about that.

When she introduced herself he just nodded, since apparently a new guest was joining them for the conversation. A Miraluka, the same race as Mirran… When she tried to speak Kale frowned and looked at her, he could swear he had seen her somewhere else, until he finally put his finger on it.

 

“Wait a second! Aren´t you the Miraluka girl I worked with in instructor Azner´s office?” he asked, pointing at her “You know? The all dawn breaks and light and darkness rid and stuff? I am sure it was you… How was it? Aldin? Eldin?”

 

He wasn´t sure about her name, or what he supposed was her last name since the instructors used to call the initiates using it instead of the first names… But he had only seen her there and he couldn’t remember the exact name, he hoped he got it right, he didn´t want to offend her in that regard.

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Mirran Kai    71

“Oh wow… You have a droid to help you? Talk about fancy there…”

 

"He...he....was a gift from my parents when I turned nineteen. A coming of age....present. Sur...surprized that the Jedi let me keep him." 

 

Mirran felt terribly shy around Kale. She had not stuttered this much around Char, Magnus, or even Knight Homra., she felt nervous around him and perhaps it was the young man's exuberance that made her stutter. 

 

She took a breath and let the Force attempt to settle her nerves. Calm....my thoughts are as calm and clear as water in an ocean. Be still...Mirran and let the Force, peaceful and true guide you, relax you, and center you. 

 

"hello."

 

Mirran would have barely heard the other Miraluka state such words,  except that she had calmed herself as best as she can. 

 

Mirran said softly. "Hello to you as well."

 

Kaybee finally arrived with a new outer robe and Mirran quietly took off her wet robe and put on a new one. 

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Sidara withheld her frown at the flurry of input, she tried to follow Kale, then Mirran and breathed out to try and center herself. Calm, she needed calm and clarity. Eventually, she managed to calm herself down and reach for the datapad that Instructor Azner had given her. The text to speech function was incredibly useful, her voice simply not ready to speak.

 

Instead she began typing, letting her focus on the device distract her from the sensations around her.

 

"Initiate Eldin, and yes, I do remember you. Greetings Kale, and Mirran. I trust you are both doing well?"  The words were robotic and staccato, but it served well enough and allowed her to adequately express her more complex thoughts.

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Kale Sarkan    5

He couldn´t help but made a gesture with his hand, taking importance off the subject “Hey, no explanations needed. I am no judging here or anything” he laughed “but that´s actually true, with all that no attachments stuff in the order it is surprising indeed that they let you keep a memory from your parents… Even have contact with them! Lucky you!” the droid appeared then and Kale followed him with his eyes as the blonde changed her robes, he actually tried not to look at her, she already seemed shy enough to think he was checking on her or something, so he just stared between the droid and the other person there while Mirran changed, after she was done he laughed "Wow, that was fast, eh sure is efficient."

 

The young Jedi tilted his head a little curiously when the other Miraluka girl started tipping on her datapad or something, and then a voice came out from it, apparently the poor girl indeed had some trouble speaking.

“Yeah, I am pretty good myself, just getting used to the new place… How about you?”

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Mirran Kai    71
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Mirran looked contemplative. "Per....perhaps...because my memories are..." She paused. "I...I remember my parents...it...could be...a good thing...or...or...a curse." 

 

She sighed. "I remember...too...well...the day....my parents...gave me up. I was three galactic cycles....old. I have... I have what...some call.... an eidetic memory or holo-photo memory.  Yet...interacting...with my parents is hard. My memory....is ..."

 

Mirran suddenly blushed since when were the dealings of her parents, the Jedi, and her personal life subject to scrutiny by people she barely knew? 

 

"What about you? I...know little of either one of you. I mean....you don't have to tell me a thing...but...I feel I have told you enough....of myself. "

 

She turned toward Kaybee. "You may go Kaybee. I don't know...clean up my room or something or organize my homework." 

 

The droid responded. "Yes....mistress." It took off back to Mirran's room. 

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Sidara considered the question carefully like with everything she did, and decided on what she wanted to answer. The thought of her parents sent  painful feelings through her, but she breathed out softly and pushed them away. There was no good to linger on such thoughts anymore, her parents were gone, but they'd done everything they could for her before they did.

 

She owed so much of her current knowledge and understanding to them. She frowned at Kale, though that was mostly her default by now. He meant well, she told herself, but Sidara could understand Mirran's concerns well enough. She began typing into her datapad.

 

"My mother was a former Jedi, little more than a padawan, and my father a member of the Luka Sene Order. I came here after their deaths, there's not much more to it than that. I want to be a Jedi, like my mother."

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Kale Sarkan    5

He crossed his arms while listening to Mirran. Wow, that girl surely was shy… If she wanted to be a Jedi and go out there interacting with people she might as well need to change that, but he was not going to say anything, he wasn´t going to give other people lessons of personality since he had a lot to work to do on his own self, after all.

He stared at her a little, that was indeed a sad story… Or not, I mean… Maybe her parents did that for her own good, but it was pretty clear she didn´t made peace with her parents giving her up, he was not the best sensing the force, but considering how that girl´s emotions where it was like she was shouting them out loud. He didn´t comment though, he just listened.

 

When she finished he couldn´t help but sigh “Wow… I ehm… I am sorry about that.” He just said, he didn´t even know if that was the right thing to say, but he couldn’t think about anything else.

He smiled and was about to tell them his story when the other Miraluka spoken first, so he just listened. That was a more normal story… The dead parents part sucked, for sure, but he was familiar with that. He knew you could eventually move on, though it was something that caught his attention.

 

“So… Am I the only one here who doesn´t have the Jedi thing as the family business?” he asked with a chuckle “it was more like an accident in my case… I lived with the mob in Coruscant as a child, when my parents where killed I survived in the streets until a Jedi saw potential in me and… Here I am. I am sorry It´s not as interesting as yours hehe.”

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Mirran Kai    71

“Wow… I ehm… I am sorry about that.” 

 

Mirran suddenly gushed forth with a score of words. She wasn't exactly sure she wanted Kale's sympathy and despite her shy nature a gush of words came pouring forth. "Sorry about what? My parents giving me to the Jedi? Or the fact that my memory is a bit sharper than most and I retain most of my earliest memories and then some? For the first one, I respect my parents, hard as that separation may have been and I still remember it. As for my memory, it simply is what it is. It's a good thing to have to remember difficult lessons but memories of things that are in the past are just that...in the past. They are mine to bear and mine to overcome and mine to live with. I am sure such is the case with every sentient in the galaxy. "

 

Mirran nodded. "Your story reminds me of others I have talked to. Perhaps there are lots of initiates that have lost family and ended up coming to the Jedi either as orphans or have a desire to connect to the Jedi for knowledge."

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