RexCat: Bound for Planet D
Rex and his men were in hot pursuit of a terrible Sith warrior. A Naga Sith named Rasah Lapin was escaping from Naboo with a holocron and a hostage. Captain Rex was determined to stop the Sith and rescue a woman who had made him feel he could grow beyond just being a soldier. He piloted his LAAT like a madman to keep up with the Sith shuttle
"Fives! Tup! Keep the boys ready. I don't know where this Sith is going, but we can't let her get away!" Rex tried to keep the Sith shuttle in scanner range, but Rasah Lapin was in a hurry with her loot. She had recovered a Jedi holocron hidden in the vaults of the palace on Naboo. Rasah also held a hostage. Whitecat. Rex deeply regretted getting her mixed up in this. But he kept his focus, following the Shuttle.
Rasah Lapin's shuttle fired off into hyperspace, just as Rex had feared it would do. He slammed his fist onto the control console of the gunship.
"Well, boss..." his co-pilot, Fives, looked at him "How do we do this?"
Rex scanned the orbit of Naboo for a quick solution. The Gunships were not going to catch up with Rasah Lapin now, and was going to run out for WhiteCat if he didn't think fast. But then he saw it. A Corellian Corvette.
"Tantive IV, come in! Tantive IV, this is Captain Rex of the 501st, requesting docking!" He called out.
"This is Captain Antilles of the Tantive IV. Sir, with all due respect, we're an ambassador's ship! We are on a diplomatic mission-"
"-DAMMIT, man! Lives are at stake and I need assistance! Do I get permission to dock OR NOT!?"
Antilles was silent for two seconds on the other end, but soon relented. "You have permission to board, Captain, but Ambassador Organa will not brook a foolish waste of his time!"
Rex swiftly piloted the ship to dock with the Frigate. He made his way down the halls with his men behind him. they walked into Captain Antilles, who was not amused by the sudden interruption to their routine. Senator Organa strode with Antilles, bringing his own armed escort.
"Gentlemen? Can I be of assistance?" Bail bowed a little. He was polite but to the point.
Rex sighed but put his best foot forward "Senator, I must humbly ask for use of your ship. A criminal has escaped the Naboo system with stolen property and a hostage. A holocron!"
Bail's eyes went wide for a second "A Jedi Holocron? This could be trouble indeed!"
"I have some coordinates as to where the criminal may be heading, she just launched into hyperspace not ten minutes ago!"
Meanwhile, on board the Sith shuttle, White Cat was quietly attempting to study her surroundings while loosening her bonds. She looked at the Sith Rasah Lapin with more curiosity than fear.
"Why don't you just let me go? You have escaped Naboo."
Rasah looked at her with a raised eyebrow as she scooted about on her Snakish body. "We are en route to Dathomir. I will let my new Master decide your fate!"
"Your new Master? Who would that be?" White Cat casually probed the Sith for answers. Rasah was more open with her answers than she should have been, but WhiteCat gave her no reason to be suspicious of any shinanigans.
"I serve Mistress Asajj now." The Naga Sith replied.
"Asajj Ventress? Very impressive!" White Cat tried to sound surprised "She has quite an infamous reputation in the Republic."
"And soon, very soon....so shall I!" Rasah smiled as she stared at the holocron.
"What does that holocron do?" White Cat probed further
"It will grant the Night Sisters greater knowledge. Knowledge that will not be wasted in a vault!"
"You mean it will give you power to harm others!" White Cat corrected her
Rasah started to get bored with her captive "Enough questions. Your destiny will be decided soon."
Rex worked closely with Antilles on the bridge of the Tantive IV, but there was tension between them. Antilles was now obliged to help in any way possible, in the effort to retrieve the holocron and the hostage. Rex was in a place where he had no authority and therefore had to stay quiet rather than barking orders.
"Prepare to make the jump to coordinates" Antilles signaled the navigator. He turned to Rex, trying to remain neutral in the situation. "I hope you're right about this."
Rasah Lapin's shuttle exited hyperspace and made its way to the foreboding world of Dathomir. "Get ready, woman! If you are lucky, we might only sell you into slavery to a wealthy Hutt!"
They landed, and Rasah led White Cat out into the dismal landscape. The Dark side permeated the planet. It was so thick, White Cat had trouble breathing in the dense atmosphere. They walked to a clearing, but White Cat was now ready for any encounter, she had freed her hands but kept them close as if she were still bound.
"You have been successful, my apprentice!" a slithery voice broke from the thick fog of the terrain. Asajj Ventress walked out and smiled at her student. Rasah was happy and bowed.
"I live to serve you, Mistress!" She showed the holocron cube. It glowed bright.
"Come, Rasah, and witness the wisdom of the ancients, and the power within!" Ventress started to handle it
"You really think you can handle a Jedi holocron?" White Cat started to taunt the Sith sisters.
Ventress looked over at her with a deadly expression "You will keep silent or you are dead!" Ventress and Lapin looked over the holocron, trying to figure out the pattern to activate it.
White Cat held her breath for a second and broke out into a run. She jumped between them and grabbed the holocron. She looked at the two and hesitated.
Rasah looked at her, shocked and wide eyed, but Ventress was unimpressed. "Killing you is going to make my day!" Asajj took two steps towards her, but somehow White Cat's fidgeting with the holocron activated it!! The device blasted a wave of light out towards the Sith, blinding them for a moment. White Cat started to run into the deep red fog of Dathomir. Rasah and Asajj growled as they took a moment to recover from their blindness.
"Kill her slowly and painfully, my apprentice!" Asajj sneered.
"Yes, Master!" Rasah slithered into the fog and let her instincts lead her to chase White Cat.
The burst of energy from the holocron created a large wave of energy, an anomoly that was so intense, it sent a signal into space. The signal was eventually caught on the sensors of the Tantive IV in hyperspace. An officer caught the signal on his scanners and alerted Bail Organa, Antilles and Rex.
"That's her! It must be her!" Rex almost lost control and felt helpless, caged away from the action.
"Prepare to drop out of hyperspace to Dathomir" Bail ordered.
"Brace yourselves!" Antilles cautioned "This will get very bumpy!" The Corvette dropped out of hyperspace, rocking and shaking. Some of the crew were jostled and tossed about, the hull creaked and moaned under the strain. But the Tantive IV burst from hyperspace like a hungry falcon and soared into regular space to the red planet. Senator Organa, Captain Rex and Captain Antilles saw the planet Dathomir within sight.
"Fives! Tup! Grab the boys and load up! We're gonna to have a hard vacation on Dathomir!" Rex marched fast to the LAAT. Bail made contact with delegates on Naboo to report the situation, while Antilles monitored the orbit of Tantive IV.
Rex met up with the troops and boarded as Tup and Fives took control of the cockpit. "I've always wanted to visit the sunny, exotic worlds outside the Republic, meet beautiful people, and blow stuff up!" Fives grunted as he fired the engines and smiled at Tup.
"I was rather enjoying myself on Naboo, thank you very much!" Tup raised an eyebrow as they prepped the gunship's weapons and navigation. The LAAT exited the Corvette and swooped for Dathomir!
"Be ready for hostiles!" Rex focused "The planet is ruled by witches, and they are not to be taken lightly. The Sith are here as well, and they are even less pleasant!" They blasted off towards the planet surface, just barely keeping re-entry safety to a minimum as Fives sped up.
"Witches! Great!" Tup smunched his mouth to one side without enthusiasm
"You're possibly talking about one of my future wives down there!" Fives cracked a smile. They dropped like a missile into the clouds of the higher atmosphere.
Tup looked at him with disbelief "Since when does ANYONE go to Dathomir to get a wife!" Tup inquired, but then shut up as Fives nodded his head behind them, where Rex was waiting in the hull with intensity.
White Cat ran through horrible forests of red fog and alien trees. She could hear Ventress laughing in the shadows "There is no where to run, and you have only irritated me to no end! But I understand your plight. I felt the same terror when I was just like you on Rattatak. Helpless and hopeless! Give me the Holocron, and I promise you a swift death."
White Cat held the device close to her as she ran into a dead end. No where to go, no where to hide. White Cat looked down at the sacred Jedi relic and sighed. "Well, I tried, Rex....I really tried" She wanted to scream in fear, yell in anger. She held the holocron close top her and felt it grow warm as she pressed it to her heart. The device suddenly felt the warmth of her heart.....and it opened!
Rasah Lapin, holding a full blazing red saber, smoothly closed in, and Ventress sauntered towards the cornered White Cat. But Ventress looked puzzled as White Cat opened the holocron effortlessly. She stared into the ancient device and smiled as it revealed its secrets to her. White Cat glowed a gentle color from the light that emitted from the holocron. She smiled and felt some tears in her eyes, seeing the most beautiful secret in the galaxy.
"What is this?" Ventress tilted her head, wanting to strike down White Cat, but could not move as she watched, curious.
White Cat looked her in the eyes and smiled "This holocron is not what you think. It's secret.....is a vision of the future! I have seen the future, and you have lost!"
The three women suddenly heard the whistling danger of missiles dropping around them, and a flurry of explosions They looked up and saw the LAAT, hovering above. White Cat's heart soared and the Holocron glowed bright as she saw Rex drop down on a cable with a squad of me, who open fired in a blaze of glory on their way down.
"REX!!" She almost sang his name as he grabbed her in his arms.
Ventress backed away with Rasah, but threw her hands up and pushed the gunship away with forceful anger.
"You won't leave this planet alive!" She growled and jumped back into the fog with her apprentice.
The gunship had to stabilize itself, moving up and away from Rex and the squad.
"Keep moving, boys! We will need to find the high ground and get out of here!" Holding hands, Rex and White Cat ran with the rest of the soldiers to escape the bizarre Faustian foliage.
"You are a timely angel, Captain!" White Cat shouted with excitement during their great escape.
"Don't congratulate me yet, we are still on the edge! Fives! Tup!! There's a clearing!"
"I see it, Captain!" Fives steered to an open area to rendez-vous with the troops on the ground.
Red arrow blasts started following and hounding them. Two of the squad troopers were burned with minor wounds, their training keeping them running full of adrenalin.
"Witches! Watch yourselves!!" Rex started blasting around them with his pistols. Rex and his men found themselves surrounded by witches, firing blasts of energy from their bows. White Cat grabbed a rifle from one of the wounded clones and fired back.
But then a large roar broke through the combat. A monstrous roar.
"Charge!" Rasah Lapin ordered forth a huge Rancor to stomp the clones. Fives and Tup piloted around its head to keep it confused.
"Mother of the Hutts!! Look at the SIZE of that thing!" Tup nearly swallowed his heart into his stomach at the sight of the beast.
"Keep distracting it, or else Rex is going to be flattened!" Fives frantically swirled around the beast.
The Rancor swatted at them, barely missing. Fives smashed down on its head in frustration, but had to fly away before it could grab them.
Rex and White Cat held each other as the beast roared and took large steps to stomp upon them.
"White Cat...." Rex had felt a terror for them both as the Rancor spotted them hungrily. White Cat held his hand and whispered an encouraging word into his ear. It was enough to help him stand and stare defiantly at the beast.
As the Rancor was getting ready to crush them, a laser blast burnt a wound into it, pushing it back. The Tantive IV lowered itself from the sky to give the troops cover fire. The laser batteries continued to blast at the witches and chased the Rancor away.
"The day is ours!" White Cat almost jumped with excitement! Rex looked at her smiling face and nodded. But there was still one stubborn enemy left to defeat.
Ventress charged at White Cat, light saber blazing "I want that holocron!"
"Not so fast!" Rex fires his pistols at her, but White Cat gently takes his arm.
"No, it's okay." she tossed the Holocron at Ventress. "It's yours. The vision is yours to behold."
Rex looked at her, confused. Ventress also looked confused and tried to make the holocron work. The device glowed weakly, making Ventress feel strange.
"What is this? There is no ancient wisdom, no power in it! What does this holocron do?" She was uncomfortable with the emanations from it. The Holocron was beating with her heart, and Ventress tried to hold back emotions that she had bottled up for many years.
White Cat explained "I sensed the power of love within this holocron. I saw a vision of love, and how it can heal even the darkest heart!"
Asajj Ventress curled her mouth in contempt "Why should I be interested in your visions of love? They cannot save you from my power! The vision this holocron gave you is useless!"
But White Cat smiled at her "The vision was not meant for me. It was a vision for you. Love will heal your wounds, Ventress, and you will find the light! That is the destiny held within!"
Ventress stood there, shocked as she stared into it. The glow tried to warm her heart, but Ventress tossed it back to White Cat and retreated with fear. White Cat felt pity for the Witch. Ventress may have caught a glimpse of the man who would melt her heart, and the notion of such a destiny scared her. Hate was all she had known for many years, and to have it melted away by a vision of true love was too much for her.
"Take it and go!" Ventress demanded. The Gunship landed and the clones boarded the ship. The Nightsisters still continued their attacks, but fell back when the Tantive IV open fired on them from high above.
Rex made sure his team was safe and helped White Cat onto the LAAT.
"You cannot escape your destiny!" She told Ventress
"There is no path for me but the darkest one!" Ventress replied, but there was uncertainty in her voice as she retreated with Rasah into the Fog of Dathomir.
White Cat held Rex's hand and smiled "You came for me."
"And I always will. Funny, the witches went through all this effort to get a holocron of power, and then decided they didn't want it."
Rex held the holocron. White Cat pulled off his helmet as Fives and Tup returned the LAAT to the Tantive. She rewarded his devotion and heroism with a deep kiss. "It was filled with too much power for them to handle" she smiled "It was a holocron that contained the greatest power of all. Love conquers all, even for those who think they walk in darkness."
Rex smiled and kissed her back and held her close as they returned to the Tantive IV. He calmly ignored the snickering by Fives and Tup, who could see them kissing by the open door of the LAAT
"Ding dong! The wedding bells are going to chime!!" Tup almost sang out the joking.
Senator Organa calls up on the comlink "Is everyone okay? Any casualties?"
Fives shook his head "Better call the medics on the Tantive IV. Looks like the Captain stepped on a mine....he's been blowed up real good by love!" The two laugh as they fly back to the Tantive.