Donovan watched with eager anticipation, as the Scoundrel's landing bay personel directed the shuttle to a landing place in the massive Star Destroyers cavernous landing bay he was home. As the ramp lowered,Donovan could see a familior face waiting for him. he quickly moved down the ramp to embrace his old freind. "How ya doin Dev, he said warmly "I am so sorry I couldnt be here for your fathers funeral,he was a great man and a fine officer this ship wont be the same with out him. "Thanks, Dev replied "Welcome home Donovan, I took the liberty of geting your old quarters up to speed for you, and the rest of your team can stay in the V.I.P. ......Devs voice suddenly trailed off and he became strangely silent as he exhaled slowly placed a hand over his eyes and shook his head. "What is it Dev, are you alright? Dononvan asked as Daniel Mac and Serina exchanged concerned looks. "Tell me I am seeing things,and you actually didnt bring Rocky along with you," he said quietly seeing the womprat sitting quietly at the top of the ramp reluctant to come down. "Is there a problem?" Donovan inquired looking at his friend,then looking up at the womprat who actually seemed to be affraid to come down the ramp. "Do you have any idea how long it took us to repair the damage he inflicted the LAST time he was onboard?!" Dev asked in stern tone. "I heard," Donovan replied shaking his head."Thats only because you guys locked him up and would'nt give him the run of the ship like he used to have,this was his home too ya know!"He said defencively. "Yeah and look at all the trouble he used to get into back then, Dev shot back," Face it pal, since he's grown, he's an even bigger menace than he once was! "Hell, we had to stun him, just to get him off the damn ship! "you shot him?"Donovan blurted out obvioulsy shocked by hearing Dev's words. "Yeah we shot him, it was the only way we could control him, Hell Donovan you and I both know, the ONLY person who can is lost some where out there! Dev said pointing out to the stars. "Thats not true,Dev listen I'll take full responceability for him, he wont cause any trouble I swear," Donovan pleaded. Dev was silent for a few moments as he pondered Donovan's defence, then exhaled slowly and looked up the ramp at Rocky who seemed to have a pleading look on his face. "I know I'm gonna regret this, but ok," Dev Finally said. "So he can stay? Donovan asked with a jubilant grin. Dev nodded then spoke he can stay he replied looking up the ramp. Hearing that Rocky slowly made his way down the ramp to face Dev,sat up on his haunches and slurped the right side of Dev's face with his long tounge, much to the delight of everyone present. "ACK, your welcome Rocky," Dev said as he wiped his face off with his sleeve. "Ok lets get you guy squared away in your quarters,then we'll take it from there ok?" he asked. "Sweet," was Dononvan's reply As they moved out of the hangor bay, Mac looked about the massive bay like a child on Lifeday morning. "First time aboard a Star Destroyer? Serina asked with a smile as they walked "it is," he replied "I was unaware the Alliance possesed such a vessel he added with a touch of wonder. "We're full of surprise's Donovan said with a smile as they boarded the lift . As the lift traved upward through the ship rocky suddenly sprang forward, stopped the lift opened the doors and disappeared around the corner. "UH OH!" Dononvan blurted out as he followed Rocky out of the lift, Rocky barreled down the corridor at full speed as Donovan and Dev Strugled to keep up with him while Daniel, Serina , and Mac rought up the rear. Peole seeing him coming, jumped or dove out of his way totally shocked to see a fully grown womprat running the corridors.Finally skidding to a stop outside of a crewmans quarters, he stood up hit the button for the door to open then barreled inside. A split second later the corridors were filled with an ear shattering scream as Donovan and Dev raced to the open doorway. as they caught up to him upon entering the quarters they saw its occupant a young girl of about 19 or 20 with golden hair clad only in sweats obviously off duty pressed tightly into the far corner of her quarters her face as white as snow . "Ggggggg get th th that thing outta here she stammered visably shaken by Rocky's sudden intrusion as Rocky Sat up on the bed. "OK thats it I want him off the ship NOW Donovan, I knew he'd act like this, I just knew it! Dev barked "Hold on a min Dev," Donovan said as he looked the quarters over carefully until he saw some familior marks on the wall, then looking behind a poster the girl had hung up he found exactly what he searched for. "Here it is ," he said triumphantly "Hey, what the hell do you think your doing, captain whats going on who are these people, and what do they want with my quarters?!" she protested "Donovan you better have a Damn good explanation for this, Dev barked as three fleet troopers appeared behind him blaster rifles at the ready. "Dev, don't you get it theses are jaina's old quarters," Dononvan said pointing to the mark on the wall. "See here's the scorch mark her lightsaber made when she was practicing with her lightsaber when somebody messed with her remote making it go haywire and hurting her pretty badly, remember that? he asked. "Captain who's this Jaina ? the girl asked Dev said nothing but held up one finger. "Yeah I do remember,Dev replied."But it still doesnt excuse him for running off like he did and scaring this one of my crew half to death, sorry old buddy but he just blew his one and only chance I wont him off my ship NOW ! "Hey wait a min, donovan protested "No, YOU wait a minute Dononvan! This is a whole new crew and a whole new set of rules , the days of us running rampant around the galaxy are over, this is a totally different ballgame! " Dev ranted "Hell I had to fight tooth and nail to get this command after my father died , Fleet Command said I wasnt qualified to be the skipper eventhough I spent so much time doing just that filling in for dad when we were on a few years back . The ONLY reason why I got this command was becasue I went to Luke about it and HE talked to them and told them how much of a an asset I really was to the ship. I gotta say They werent too happy about the Scoundrel leaving its assigned patrol area either to go on this little side trip. Until I told them you might try to swipe her again to go looking for jaina," "OH really ," Donovan said folding his arms in front of him. "Yeah really,Dev replied " I told them they could deal with you using the Scoundrel to aid in the search or they could deal with her parents when it was learned that Fleet Command refused to aid in the search for their daughter !' he said angrily So if you cant convince me that Rocky will behave, I want him off cause the mere fact he's running around wil be a MAJOR distraction for the crew and I dont want Fleet Command on my ass anymore than they already are ! "Ok you want proof? Dononvan said reaching into a bag he had over his shoulder "If this wont convince you nothing will," he added finding a small box then kneeling down and placing it in the middle of the floor then pressed two buttons. a full size holo of jaina appeared,it was obviously a few years old for she still wore the khaki colored jumpsuit her long hair tucked up neatly under her black hat. "Hey isnt that SHHHHHHHHH Donovan said cutting the girl off as the holo smiled warmly then spoke "Rocky, hey little fella ,I'm sending you this message to let you know I'm gonna be gone a little longer than I hoped,I heard what you did but I'm not mad at you. But I need you to be really good til I get back ok? Listen to what the people on the ship tell you and do what they tell you to do ok. Oh and one other thing don't chase after the mouse droids, no matter how many bagels Dev tapes to them, They have a job to do too and its really important that you let them do their job,I'll be back as soon as I can I love you buh -bye " then the image faded "Convinced now" Donovan asked looking at his friend.Dev was silent for a moment then shook his head as he pulled out a comlink and switched it to transmit broad band all over the ship "ATTENTION ALL HANDS THIS IS THE CAPTAIN, MANY OF YOU ALREADY KNOW WE HAVE A SPECIAL VISITOR ABOARD,A MEMBER OF THE SCOUNDRELS ORIGINAL CREW ROCKY THE WOMPRAT I ASSURE YOU HE IS QUITE FRIENDLY AND WILL BE NO BOTHER PLEASE GIVE HIM THE SAME COURTESY YOU WOULD ANY OTHER SENTIENT BEING, I REALIZE I AM ASKING ALOT CONSIDERING ON WHAT HAPPEND WHEN HE WAS ON BEFORE, BUT REST ASSURED THIS TIME THRE WILL BE NO PROBLEMS WHAT SO EVER GRAMKE OUT "Thanks Dev I owe you one,"Donovan said placing a hand on Dev's sholder. "Dont worry about it," Dev replied "Any doubts I had about Rockys behavior just went out the air lock. "Uh Captain Gramke sir,the girl in the corner said as she came forward that girl in the Holo, that was Jaina Solo wasnt it? she said as a smile came to her face "I've been livivng in the same quarters and sleeping in the same bed she once did? she added "She sure is and you sure are uh....Donovan said "Oh uh sorry sir," the girl said as she snapped to attention "Petty Officer 2nd class Denise Quincannon sir!'she barked "A pleasure," Donovan replied as he stepped forward "Colonel Donovan Treece," he replied shaking her hand then turning to Rocky "Come on Rocky time to go we've bothered Petty Officer Quincannon enough for one day, this isnt Jaina's room anymore so you cant stay here, he said scritiching the womprat behind the ears. Rocky looked once at the girl then slowly hopped down off the bed padded over to the small box picked it up in his mouth then quietly left the room. As Donovan and Dev turned to leave, Denise spoke up "Sir where will he stay?she asked brushing a loose strand of golden hair from her face "He'll bunk with me," Donovan replied "its no big deal" he added as he turned to leave "Well it seems to be to him sir," she said as she walked out behind them.Rocky was Halfway down the corridor his head hung low walking slowly when denise came out into corridor "Rocky wait," she said as she walked up to him. Rocky sat the box down and sat looking up at the girl. "Hey if it means that much to you,I'd be happy to share my quarters with you, " she said with a smile. "You dont have to do this Quincannon, he can stay with Colonel Treece," Dev stated. "Its ok I want to sir, I've heard alot about Both Jaina Solo and her pet womprat Rocky ..and well if I dont let him stay I'd be kicking him out of his own home," Dev said nothing simply shaking his head and grining. "You sure about this? Donovan asked with a smile. Denise smiled and nodded as Rocky moved closer to her and ever so gently nuzzeled her neck then picked up the Holobox in his mouth ,walked back into the room sitting the box in the middle of the floor he pawed the controls until the image of Jaina appeared again hopping up on the bed as jaina spoke again he pawed at image making a sad sound as it faded then curled up and was soon as fast asleep for he too was finally home .
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