Date: Thursday, January 17, 2002 10:33 PM Midalah made her way onto her ship. She walked immediately to the com channels. She saw the flashing lights indicating that she had transmissions waiting for her. Scanning their locations of origin, she closed in on one in particular. It was from Khando. She opened the message and her eyes scanned its contents. She was to meet him in the same location in which she had met him six months prior. She closed the transmission, securing it, as well as the others, for later use. ** Midalah walked towards the same Port Lansing office where she had spoken with the Toydarian. As she approached, it opened, allowing her entrance. She noticed Khando sitting behind the same desk she had seen upon their first meeting. Stepping into the room, she heard the same buzzing, keeping any outside party from trying to listen in on their conversation. For good measure, Midalah set up a mind block she had learned during her training with Nik-Vie. A light sabre was now attached to her hip beside her blaster. “Training going well?” Khando asked. “It went well,” Midalah said. “I’ll continue to hone my skills on my own, but I have more important things to deal with now.” Khando nodded and placed a data crystal and a datapad in front of her on the desk. He motioned to a reader in the desk. "Verify the completeness of the data and enter the account into the datapad to transfer your payment from,” he said. Midalah took the data crystal and inserted it into the reader before her. She looked through it quickly. She read through the lists of who's on her side, the usurper’s side and who is in the middle. She also noticed the list for possible contacts on her side. Already she was thinking in her mind how to draw those that were on the fence to her side. She quickly tapped in the correct account into the datapad, transferring the correct amount of money. The transfer began immediately. Khando garnered her attention again as he showed her a second crystal. "This contains data you'll find useful to ... influence those on the fence. 100,000 more, and it's yours," he said. ‘That should make my plans easier,’ Midalah thought to herself. “May I review the information before I agree?” Midalah asked, noticing that Khando had no intentions of releasing the crystal to her before payment. "Or is this another test?” “And use that wonderful Jedi memory? I think not,” Khando said. “I’m sure S’Lara told you I don’t give bad information.” Midalah raised her eyebrow, but with a few taps, the money was transferred. “She did, however, I am a cautious person,” she said. Taking the crystal, she tucked it with the other one. “Ahh, so you don't trust her. I understand. A person in your position is best off being cautious,” Khando said. “I never said I didn't trust her, I've known her all my life, and I've always trusted her. But I am still cautious. As is she,” Midalah said, the memory of her reunion with Lon and S’Lara coming back to her. "But, she's cautious by not trusting anyone. If you have any further need of my services, the second crystal has a contact number. A pleasure doing business,” Khando said. Midalah stood, nodding. “I’m sure the pleasure was mine,” she said. She backed towards the door then turned as she got closer. “Oh one more thing,” Khando called out. Midalah turned to look at him. Khando tossed her a third crystal. "That has some evidence against your opponent. Think of it as down payment on any future dealings should you actually win this war,” Khando continued. Midalah caught it in mid air with her mind and gently levitated it to her. She grasped it and stared at it, wondering if it had the name of the person who actually killed her family inside. ‘Perhaps justice is finally near for me,’ she thought. ‘And M’Lissa.’ “Thank you,” she said out loud. "Feel free to examine it before you leave. This reader is not connected to any network at all,” Khando said. “Like you said, you don’t give bad information,” Midalah said, glancing up at him. “Very well. Use it to your health,” he said. The door began to rise behind Midalah. Nodding to him, she turned on her heel and strode out of the office towards her ship. As she boarded her ship, preparing to depart, she was already thinking of how to organize some of the information to give to Colin to begin. For the first time in six years, she felt like she was finally going to have some peace of mind since her family’s murder.
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