Chapter 4. Walking on the Edge
Part 2. Tremors in the Force
Nillanthir was peacefully asleep when pain suddenly flowed through his body. He immediately woke and was holding himself, startling Shamila in the process. He knew just what had happened. Jordan, you numbskull! I knew this was a bad idea! Nillanthir thought as pain controlled his other thoughts. This feeling around his left hand, his face and other places, they all hurt badly. He knew the risk of letting Jordan go and he just left him be. He could feel Bultar cringing in her sleep, fortunately she wouldn’t be as badly affected but it would still hurt her as well.
“Master Nill?!” Shamila suddenly asked and placed her hands on his shoulder. Nillanthir felt it and looked down. Tears were threatening to come from her eyes.
I have to be strong, I don’t want to her to worry…, Nillanthir thought as he used the Force to help ease the pain by letting his body accept it and then try to deal with it.
“Nill?” Shamila asked again with her hands still on his shoulder. Nillanthir looked into her eyes.
Hearing the sounds Churro Kradd awoke. He looked at Nillanthir and saw the one-winged Knight with a look of worry in his eyes. “It’s Jordan, isn’t it?” he asked.
Nillanthir nodded. Churro put his hand on his face and thought and said “I’m going then. I don’t know about you, but I need to go because I have to repay my duty to Jordan…”
“No, we cannot risk it. We have to believe in Nor-Ca,” Nillanthir replied, shaking his head. “We can only stay here for the time being. If one of us goes then they will most likely be captured since they would be expecting them.” Nillanthir then looked around and saw that everyone was awake, concerned about what happened.
“It’s Master Jordan… He’s been captured hasn’t he?” Bultar asked with worry.
Nillanthir could only nod in reply. Come on, Nor-Ca. I believe in you my old Padawan.
Bultar let out a soft sigh, appearing calm on the outside, but inside she felt incredibly nervous. She closed her eyes for a moment and now took a deep breath. The knot in her stomach slowly disappeared. Suppressing the still slightly stinging pain she looked at Vhiran from the corner of her eye; his narrowed eyes stared at the floor, his jaws were firmly clenched. At the moment Bultar turned her head to face him Vhiran did the same and looked at her, now with desperation in his eyes. It almost scared her. “Vhiran,” she said softly as Vhiran took her hand.
“I’ll, I’ll protect you,” he said with a slightly trembling voice and suddenly smiled. “Don’t worry.” Bultar smiled back and Vhiran embraced her for a moment. Then he let go and stood up. “Right, I’m going to get the Lancet,” he said. “It’s too much in the open right now and it can be hidden better around here.”
“Master, should I come with you?” Shamila asked.
Vhiran shook his head. “No need. I’ll be back before you know it.”