Anelis Palpatine wrapped herself in an illusion of invisibility as she strode through the corridors of the ESD Eclipse. Only a Force-user with strength comparable to hers would notice her, and even then, who would challenge her? The link that she’d established with her student, Melora Lexor, told her that Melora had invoked the Emperor’s wrath. And in a mere student, the Emperor would not be tolerant of the bluntness and near-impudence that were Melora’s trademarks in her dealings with Anelis. The Emperor I know is more likely to toy with her, punish her repeatedly, maybe kill her eventually, Anelis mused. I cannot let that happen. She is too valuable to me. Anelis saw her father’s newest interest, Psylocke Lammeshta, enter the infirmary where she sensed Melora lay. She waited patiently. The Red Guard trainee cannot have had anything truly important or lengthy to say. Her patience rewarded, the purple-haired woman left a few minutes later. Anelis sensed her apprentice’s agitation. Silently, softly, she reached into Melora’s mind, and soothed her to sleep. When the battered woman entered fourth-stage sleep, Anelis stepped into the room. Burned and bruised, Lexor looked agitated even in her sleep. Carefully, Anelis disconnected all the probes and sensors from the sleeping woman, and placed them in appropriate positions on an electronic mimic. The only way the medics would realize Melora was gone would be to come inside the room and look. It gives us some time, Anelis thought. Using telekeniesis, she levitated her sleeping apprentice and guided her out, through the corridors, and to the waiting shuttle. No one saw them, and, carefully, Anelis made sure that all the monitoring technicians were looking elsewhere when their instruments indicated that the shuttle had left the Eclipse.
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