The transport was only half full, but Jedi Student Octavia Syn Jinn liked the solitude it gave her time to think and reflect back on the events that had happened. Placing her arms in her sleeves she thought back to the meeting between her and her niece Victoria. Yet it was the memory of her time with the Emperor that really bothered her, she had failed to protect her thoughts; failed to keep control of her emotions simply she had failed. *** ***** *** ***** Octavia moved through the station. Again the Alliance and the Empire were both after something that the other wanted. Another conflict of forces Octavia wondered if that was all that was before her battle after battle with no end in sight rounding a corner she found herself face to face with a blaster then darkness. Octavia woke slowly the absence of the force was the first thing she noticed. Fighting down her fear, the young Jedi student opened her eyes to see the Emperor standing before her. "You're awake good. We've met before." The Emperor commented. His hands moved and Octavia felt the force swell around her. He had turned off the damping field. "Last year your majesty." Octavia answered trying not to look into his yellow eyes. "Ah, but there was another time wasn't there dear Octavia." The Emperor reached out and touched the side of her temple. "In a dream perhaps." Octavia pulled away breaking the Emperor's touch. "You won't find it so easy next time." The Emperor seemed amused by her reply. "Then I will be careful." He walked around her studying her. "The force is with you Octavia, but you are not ready yet. I could break you now, but I want you fully trained before I do that." "It will make no difference your majesty, now or then. I will not give in to you." "Ah, but I think you will." The Emperor smiled. "I saw you in the arena Octavia. You fought well. You could do so much more." Octavia fought to keep the memories of the Arena from her mind. "Taking a life is not something to be proud of." Memories of what she witnessed with Tara and Victoria came to mind. It took all of Octavia's training to push those memories away even though it was too late. The Emperor clamped down on her recollections and suddenly jerked away with a surprised scowl. "So … you have a niece. Another Jinn exists and is with my granddaughter. She is already one of us, just like you will be." "Victoria is young and will learn the truth given time and opportunity." Octavia spat her anger rising. "She won't be yours for long." The Emperor stepped back looking at her. "Do you know what it's like to oppose me?" Octavia could barely suppress her cry as lighting hit her. Bending over with pain she glanced up to stare at the Emperor. Off to her right she saw Victoria enter the base. 'NO!' her mind screamed. 'She can't see this' "So you think you are strong Octavia." The Emperor goaded glancing over at the young Victoria standing several feet away. "Learn the greater strength of the DARK SIDE, Jedi!!" He hissed. Again lighting hit Octavia's body causing her to fall to her knees. Tears rolled down her face. Slowly trying to rise to her feet Octavia wondered if this was the way she was going to die? Finally, she felt hands helping her to her feet. "We need to go. Are you okay to move?" Octavia thought she recognized the voice, but wasn't sure. Nodding she moved slowly with whoever had her. The last thing she saw was Victoria grinning watching her leave.
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