INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY The meeting was over, and as Darana watched the other members of the house file out of the conference room, she decided that now was the time to track down her wayward house mates. Normally she wouldn't call them back after such a blow up since it was generally better to give them all time to calm down, but Darana did not have the luxury of time right now, so she isolated the links leading to Shade and Takara even as she fought to reign in her remaining anger. She went after Shade first. "Meet me in my office, NOW." Despite the best efforts of the Chief of Security to shield his mind carefully from the link, traces of his anger still leaked through. "Deal with Serris. That is priority one. Not the pettiness of the house-members. This WILL wait.." Then silence. Darana realized that she'd never felt this much anger from Shade before. "This will NOT wait" she countered, her own anger once again rising to it's crest. Once more Darana felt as if she were losing control over the house, and she did't like it one bit. Unfortunately, there's nothing but silence and anger from Shade's link to her. She was going to have to figure out a way to put a stop to this, and soon. Darana debated briefly whether to pursue the matter, then decided that right now she stood a much better chance of straightening out the other house member who had caused the argument in the conference room. "Takara. My office now." she said through the link, not waiting for an'answer as she headed for her office. There was no time to waste. EXT. COMBAT AND TACTICS PRACTICE RANGE - DAY The message came through loud and clear as Takara performed a textbook duck and roll against the two remaining sentry 'droids that were firing at her. She refused to let the link with Darana distract her as a matter of discipline despite the fact that it never failed to cause a slight stab of pain her head. It was something she had long gotten used to. After destroying the 'droids with several quick bursts of blaster fire, she barely wasted a moment to dust herself off before heading for Darana's office, mentally bracing herself for what was no doubt going to be a follow up to the 'incident' in the conference room. Takara had never meant for it to go that far, and she certainly hadn't expected Darana to react the way she did, but then, she thought, things in the house had been far from normal lately any way you looked at it. Whatever happened in the near future, she decided it was probably best to keep a low profile and wait until the whole Serris situation had been resolved. Maybe then things would return normal - including Shade. INT. DARANA'S OFFICE - DAY Darana was seated behind her desk and indicated the chair opposite her when Takara entered. "Have a seat." Takara sat waiting for Darana to begin the conversation, but Darana seemed lost in a mental contact for a minute. Or at least, trying to get a mental contact. Takara had an idea who it was she was looking for but kept silent for a change. Finally, Darana turned her attention back to the person seated opposite her. "Alright. First things first. What was that all about in the conference room?" Takara shrugged. "I was just joking around with him. I didn't mean anything by it. He's just been so serious lately.' Darana leveled a hard look at her. "There is a time to joke Takara and I assure you that was not it!" "Understood. It won't happen again." Darana cocked her head to the side and raised an eyebrow, trying to gauge if Takara really did understand. Her gaze was very intense. She picked up the following thoughts from the Merc. I understand enough to keep my mouth shut from now on when we're in a meeting unless I'm asked a question..well at least for maybe the next month or so..hey, I can't help it! Satisfied, Darana continued. "Takara, you need to..." Her voice trailed off as her eyes went distant, then barely whispered "She's found her." "Serris?" Takara asked. Darana nodded, then stood quickly and moved for the door."Come with me. This will have to wait." INT. CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS Takara followed quickly after Darana as they headed for briefing room. Takara's mind was suddenly racing with what the near future had in store for them. They had spent so much time planning Serris's rescue, and now here it was at last. Takara said nothing en route, but silently hoped that she'd be included in the actual rescue. It had been too long since she'd faced a potential combat situation, and her trigger figure was way beyond itching. Darana seemed to pick up on her thoughts. "Well, it looks like here's your chance. After we receive the coordinates from Rachel, I'm sending you ahead along with Sidra. You'll be an advanced scout team to secure the area". "She hasn't been field tested yet. You sure we can trust her?" Darana smiled to herself. "Yes. However, should she..malfunction..I'm sure you can take care of it in an appropriate manner." "Definitely. Am I taking anyone else to the party?" "One more person. You have a choice of Phoenix, Silver, Corwin, Kylie, Klaw, Ralf, Shadow and Rachel." Takara tried not to visibly react to the last name mentioned. Rachel. A host of possibilities raced through her mind, among them was the possibility that Sidra was not the only one who Takara might have to 'fix' if her suspicions become reality. "If Rachel knows where Serris is, it'd be easier with her giving us a general direction where to head. Besides, I'd like to have a Force user just in case of trouble as long as she doesn't mind working next to Force Null." "Okay, Rachel is yours. Besides, I'd have a hard time keeping her from going on the first wave." She glanced at Takara briefly and saw a grin forming to match the light growing in her eyes. "Remember, this is a scouting mission. You are not to engage to the enemy, not until I have arrived with the rest of the household." Now the smile was in full force almost ear to ear. "1Absolutely." Darana stopped for a moment and looked at her slightly askance but said nothing. Finally, she returned the smile and shook her head. Takara, she thought, what AM I going to do with you? "Just for the record, who's in charge of this little day trip?" "You are. Needless to say, I expect the best from you on this." "Always. And I can tell you for a fact if the shooting does start, well, to quote Shade, I never miss my target." They reached the entrance to the briefing room. Before stepping inside, though, Darana studied Takara for one last time. "I have faith and trust in you Takara. You have always come through. It's just that this means a great deal to me." the concern was apparent in her voice. Takara's grin vanished, replaced by a look of deadly seriousness. It was the same look that would meet anyone who stood in their way to rescue Serris before they were reduced to a blaster hole filled, smoking corpse. She nods. This is it. Darana returned the nod, pleased, then entered the briefing room.
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