Muan Kwoyen, High Port 2 (RAVBAK) -- Day 1
Nearly fifteen minutes had passed since Captain Turner left me in the cantina. I had my hand over the device with the two buttons that he had given me. I was just about the hit the top button when a sudden emotion of surprise and an expectation of violence swept through the cantina. I moved my hand to the 'trouble' button just as the blow knocked me down.
I hit the button on the fall to the floor, but then the control skid away on the floor. Just as I twisting around to see what had struck me, something jammed into my chest and jolted me with a massive electric shock. My entire body felt like it was frying from the inside and when it passed, which felt like an hour but probably was merely seconds, I could not even move.
I looked up at my assailant. He tossed aside the table and chairs that separated us. Then I got a good look at him.
It was Jolly.
He wore a strange helmet, which he tapped as he stared down at me. He said, "You won't be using your mind tricks on me again." I guess he meant that the helmet blocks telepathy, which was probably why I hadn't felt him approaching. Still holding the shock stick, he lifted me with one hand by the front of my shirt, but before he could hoist me up half a dozen laser rifles were pointed at his head.
"Drop her," Captain Turner ordered.
Jolly did. Since I still could not move, my head bounced painfully on the metal floor.
Jin's Vegan guards were surrounding Jolly with their weapons on him. Captain Turner stood over me, his pistol aimed at Jolly's head.
In that instant the sizzling discharge of a laser riffle burned the air. The entire place seemed to explode with the battle. Pitre and Kent, mercs from the STAR RAMMER and friends of Jolly, were firing on the Vegans. Jolly reached for me but Captain Turner shot him in the shoulder, knocking him backward.
The next few seconds were a blur. Captain Turner dragged me out of the cantina through one of the secret doors and we left the fighting behind.
I was starting to regain feeling in my legs and I managed to get to my feet, and with Captain Turner half dragging me we kept running until we emerged in the large passenger pavilion. We didn't stop. He hooked an arm around my waist and he helped me run. We entered a maintenance accessway. Not far down that hallway, he opened a secret panel to a small hidden room barely large enough for the two of us and the dozen boxes already stacked in there.
He shut the door behind us and we caught our breath with only a small survival lamp illuminating the space. Captain Turner kept his pistol aimed at the entrance for several minutes, but no one followed. Finally he looked at me, his fine features a mask of concern, "Are you hurt?"
I nodded. I'd bumped my head pretty good, but when I gingerly touched the spot there was no blood. Captain Turner looked at the bump and proclaimed it 'not bad.' He then opened my vest and ripped open my shirt to examine the shock burn. He hissed, "That's bad."
He searched through his boxes and found a burn kit. He applied an oxygen gel to the wound, which was frightfully cold, but soon soothed the pain. The gel solidified to a patch, which is to stay on until the burn heals in a few weeks.
Captain Turner told me to stay put, and he left me in the secret room where I am now. I have a powerful urge to sleep, but I am fighting it. I have one of the laser pistols trained on the door in case someone but Captain Turner should try to enter.