The Best Laid Plans

By Ginna Wilcoxen (May 2002)

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 8:46 PM

this takes place at Port Lansing... 

Xanatos opened his eyes at the sound of the alarms as they rang through the 
labs.  Rising from his chair he quickly moved off toward the center of the 
labs, he needed to know what was going on.  Just who the hell was invading 
HIS labs.

Stretching out with the Force, Xanatos was surprised to feel the force 
signatures of the captive Jedi.  How in the hell did they get free? Moving 
quicker he entered Mira's office only to find it empty. Furious he whirled to 
face the door.  Where was she?  Had she been able to break his control?

*Mira!* Xanatos sent through the Force.  He smiled at her surprise and shock 
at hearing him.  Sitting on the edge of the desk. *Come to your office, at 

Mira flinched at the harshness of Xanatos' rage in her mind.  Forgetting the 
worker, she moved through the corridors unhampered by the intruders.  The few 
that did cross her path as she neared her office died quickly.

Xanatos enjoyed Mira's feeling of panic.  It reassured him that she was still 
his, his to control and to use.

Mira entered her office and bowed slightly to Xanatos. "We have to get off 
Arridor, the Jedi are free and the workers are rebelling."

Xanatos frowned, he had hoped not to have to leave so quickly. "Destroy any 
notes you have written down, everything is to remain in your head.  I'll 
handle the security tapes."

"Do you have any idea what this will cost Xanatos labs?"  Mira questioned. 
"The damage it will do?"

"We will recover, I always recover."  Was Xanatos' only reply.


The spaceport was a dangerous place for Xanatos to go alone, but Mira 
realized that arguing with him was useless.  He wanted to make sure the Jedi 
didn't escape, didn't get to their ship until the Imperials had arrived.  

Looking out of the ships' viewport one more time she let out a sigh of relief 
when she saw Xanatos running toward the ship.  She turned when the ramp 

"Take the ship up now.  We need to get off Arridor." Xanatos sounded a bit 
winded but his voice still held the authority she had grown use to.  Once 
Mira moved to the cockpit Xanatos sat down and looked at his hand.  His frown 
deepened when he saw it shake, the serum was starting to wear off. 


Port Lansing was impressive, Xanatos walked around the station getting the 
feel of the place.  Mira had warned him about the Imperials and who to stir 
clear from.  Sensing the heighten Force usage Xanatos masked his presence 
making sure that no one took any notice of him.

After watching the Jedi arrive Xanatos made sure to mask his presence even 
more.  He smiled when he noticed that Octavia and the one known as Alida 
D'med  arrived, he was more surprised that the old Jedi that Mira had shot 
was still alive. 'amazing' he thought to himself.

He moved quietly through the corridors of Port Lansing making his way to 
where he and Mira were staying.

"I must say Mira, you did not lie." Xanatos stated entering the room. 
"Though, I don't think we should stay here for long, there are too many force 

"The Emperor usually makes an appearance here."  Mira shook her head. "I need 
to talk to him, explain my resignation."

"In good time my dear, in good time."  Xanatos stated softly.  "For now, I 
need you here and the serum even closer."  Xanatos paused, "In order to do 
that, we will have to separate and then meet up."

"Separate?" Mira questioned. "Did you see the bounty on my head?  Why am I 
wanted Xanatos?"

"I'm not sure, it has to be a mistake, and we'll clear it up later."  Xanatos 
took her face into his hands. "I will never leave you alone." he looked into 
her eyes. "How … how can we get off without the Jedi or the Empire noticing?" 

"Just use the docking bay, unless there is a skirmish there the regular check 
ins are easy to pass."

"You will be able to secure transport?"

"If I can avoid the bounty hunters and the officials, yes."  Mira wrapped her 
arms about herself. "That is the main thing if I can avoid them."

"You will do fine, you have my blood in your veins,, and you are from my 
line. So you will get off of this station, and we will meet up in a couple of 

Mira nodded. "I will meet you,, where should we meet?"

"I'll find you."  Xanatos touched the side of Mira's head. "I'll always be in 
here, I can find you anytime I want to."  He stepped back. "Do you trust me?"

Mira nodded. "I just feel that I'm missing something."

"What were some of the projects you were working on for the Emperor Mira?"  
Xanatos questioned watching her carefully.

"I … I can't … They are not meant …" Mira shook her head and turned away. "I 
will find you when the time is right.  I need to know why I'm being hunted."

"There was an accident at the labs Mira," Xanatos explained softly. "Many 
were injured, some died."

"What type of accident, there wasn't …"  Mira paused as a look of horror 
crossed her face. "The safe … Xanatos … the safe?"  he nodded slowly 
enjoying her confusion and pain.


Mira hid in the lower parts of the station avoiding anyone she might have 
known or might run into.  The reports from Arridor distressed her, the poison 
… the Emperor's poison had been released.  She was still uncertain how it 
happened, but it had.  It was starting to make sense in some strange way…

"You looking for a way off the station?" a man asked causing her to jump.  
His flowing beard and attitude told her this was who she was waiting for, the 
Captain of the Calico Star.

"Yes, the main thing is no questions asked and a way to avoid both the 
Alliance and the Empire."

"That will raise the price."

"What I have to offer is worth it.  I can pay you, and if not I have the cure 
to what is happening on Arridor.  Are you willing to help?"  she watched as 
he rubbed his beard. "I will talk to my crew.  Meet me at the Cantina."

"That's quite public."

"You'll be safe enough."


Mira moved quietly toward the cantina she had escaped from the Alliance 
detention area, that was close enough for her.  she needed to get off this 
station and soon.  As she moved through the station, she was uncomfortable 
with the increasing Imperial presence, she had doubts if she would get off 
this station alive.  

Mira froze when she saw Lord Steele, he would recognize her in a heart beat.  
Leaning up against the wall Mira closed her eyes wishing she were anywhere 
but here. Watching until the entranceway had cleared, Mira saw an opening and 
entered the Cantina. Her eyes took a moment to adjust as she pulled her cloak 
around her.  She saw the Captain, but froze as she saw he was not alone, his 
crew? It was possible, but she couldn't take any chances.  Turning quickly 
she almost ran into another person as she made her exit.

"Excuse me." Mira muttered, moving quickly through the corridor she jumped at 
every shadow and watched every person she passed.

"Stop!" a voice called.  Mira kept walking and ignoring the call.

"Wait." It was another female's voice. 

Mira turned seeing the two women from the cantina. "I think you have me 
mistaken for someone else."

"Our Captain doesn't think so."

Mira stopped and waited for them to catch up.  If she was wrong, she would 
probably pay with her life.


Mira couldn't stop herself from pacing. She had gotten off the station in a 
way.  She was on the Calico Star safely tucked away.  Walking down the 
corridor of the ship she overheard the Captain talking.  Leaning against the 
wall she closed her eyes.  She had been discovered, and now these people were 
going to pay for it.  Taking a deep breath she decided what she needed to do.

Leaving the ship Mira kept her hood hiding her face until she found a port 
representative. "Excuse me, I'm looking for an Imperial Officer."

"Take your pick there are plenty around."

After he walked away, Mira walked further then froze when she saw the figure 
ahead of her.  Taking in a breath she approached. Shade.  "I think you are 
looking for me." She stating simply. "I'm Mira Lexor."


Xanatos moved through the tunnels, making sure that the grates had some of 
Mira's poison on them.  He wanted to make sure that anyone who happened to 
follow him would never live to tell anyone where he was going.  He couldn't 
believe the reports that were being broadcast over the station.  Mira had 
given herself up … given herself up.  The thought was absurd, how … why 
would she have done that?   'I'll have to ask her when I see her next.' He 
said to himself as he approached his ship.  Only one more appointment before 
he could head off to Coruscant to see how much that had changed.

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