"No." Darana responded, "There isn't enough time." Then as an afterthought, "Besides these..these 'supporters'" she spat the word out with distaste, "are expecting to deal with the Alliance. Not us. The first thing we must do is eliminate the Alliance's ability to negotiate in anyway with these people." She paused considering multiple paths of action, "Eric." "Yes Darana." "I want you to bring Kyra in. Avon, you are going to find and kill Rose. Rachel, you are right it won't be easy to find him or get to him. However, we have permission to work closely with the main Imperial Intelligence Office and their resources. Rook, Avon, and Eric will find him. Rook, you will arrange for extra ground support from Imperial Forces. This could get nasty in a hurry." A thought struck Darana. It was so obvious and simple. As she spoke a smile crawled across her mouth, "I should have thought of this earlier Rachel. Eric, not only will you bring in Kyra but SHE will lead us to Rose. She should have access to that information or at least get access to it." "And my assignment, Master?" asks Shade, a note of resignation in his voice. He suspects his responsibilities towards Lilith's Hell will require him to stay here. But, he is torn between two things he wants/needs to do. Darana's jaw visibly tightened. She was about to remind Shade that he was one among several she had not yet specifically named; nor was the plan entirely final, when Takara spoke up. "Didn't you hear? You get to stay home and mind the house while the rest us go gallivanting around the galaxy. " "Takara" Darana warned. She pretended not to hear, but an all too familiar grin started to appear on her face. The veins of Darana's neck began to stand out and a distinct flush became visible in her face. "You could start with trying to kill those crows that have been raiding the east garden. I keep using them for live target practice, but the rest of their kind don't seem to be getting the point and they keep coming back. Speaking of which," she turned towards Darana, "When do I get to start shooting at live beings again? My people skills are deteriorating" Shade was the first one to speak, and despite his comments being directed at Takara, he insisted on addressing her in the third person, mostly because it annoyed her. "You choose a strange way of responding, *Master*." His eyes are blazing in anger at the presumption Takara takes. "Why she is still alive and a member of this house continues to be a mystery to me." All of the force sensitives feel the anger being barely kept in check. Some are even amazed Takara still breathes. "Oh come on. Admit it. You'd miss me if I was gone." "I never miss my target." "ENOUGH" Darana exploded, barely able to speak. "Get out of my sight. Both of you now." How dare they quibble like children when such odds were at stake. "I thought I had trained them both better than this." She had not intended too, but in her anger both her last thought and her feelings were telepathicaly broadcast to the entire room. Takara reacted as if she'd been physically slapped in the face , her whole demeanor transforming from amusement to stunned confusion almost instantaneously. *What did I do?* she thought, not daring to speak the words out loud as both Shade's and Darana's anger fought for dominance of the room. Briefly, her eyes scanned the assembled faces, and it became obvious that no one was going to answer her silent question. Only Rook looked up at her. She had failed to notice him trying to get her attention as she goaded Shade. Now he maintained a steady gaze and shook his head imperceptable. Except Darana of course, but right now that was the last person she wanted to make eye contact with. Shade also hadn't moved, which was probably a good thing. It would give her a running start before he got up. Literally. Maybe all the way to the other side of the galaxy if she was lucky. On that image came another, more chilling thought. Both of them were angry. Truly, purely angry. Whether she was the sole cause of it (which she seriously doubted) was irrelavant. It was something that she had never exprienced in this magnatude before, and in that flash of revelation that would've made a religous person proud, she suddenly got the strength to rise from her chair and say the following with voice that didn't sound at all like her own. "Well, I guess I'll be going then." With that, she turned and left the room. Then the building. She kept her comlink turned on, but she doubted there would be anyone on it for awhile. Grinding his teeth in anger, Shade slowly stands and walks from the room. Darana's gaze never left the pair as they exited the room. Takara, she could tell, left the building, upset and confused. While Shade, on the other hand disappeared into his anger, untraceable through the Force. She still didn't trust herself to speak, naturally reverting to telepathy. "Where were we?" She asked, trying to focus her thoughts again. Without missing a beat Eric spoke up, "Avon will make preperations to Dispatch Rose, I will bring in Colonel Matthews, Rook will arrange for extra ground support and Kylie and Rachel are to continue in their efforts to locate Serris." Darana nodded, "Good, Shadow...Silver, Corwin you will work with Eric, Sidra, you, takara, Klaw, and Katrina will prepare the Star destroyers and our own forces." She was once more centered on the mission, "Eric, speak to Ralf and see if he can prepare an airborne Gas. It will need to knock out humans and other alien forms but not kill them. I DO NOT want the risk of Serris dying from it. " Darana stopped lost in thought. anything further could wait until more information was available. No need to organize too much too prematurely. Darana glanced around the room, "Any questions, suggestions, thoughts or concerns?" Rook unsteepled his fingers to rub his temples a bit. "I do not believe bringing in Kyra Matthews will be such an easy task. Do you have a plan? Who are you taking with you?" Klaw looked at Darana with a mixture of confusion, curiousity and fear. He had never before seen Darana this angry, or at least not in this way. "What will need to be done to prepare star destroyers and our own forces? I agree with Rook. Someone should go with you. I volunteer." "Sidra will give you instructions on what to do Klaw." He was so young, so innocent in many ways. Darana vowed not to make the same mistakes with Klaw as she had obviously made with Shade. "I am not going anywhere, Eric is. Rook "s Kyra Matthew is currently mind controled by and reporting to eric, I do not beleive getting our hands on her will be as difficult as before. However, I leave that in Eric's hands with your assistance and the others I assigned to him. Eric, your thoughts?" Sidra, as usual had sat quietly throughout the meeting, wearing her sunglasses to keep that feeling of separation she so treasured. She never usually had much, if anything at all, to say at these meetings, and simply listened to everything and accepted any orders from Darana. This time she felt it necessary to speak up, even at the risk of angering Darana further. Before Eric could say anything, Sidra spoke. "Darana," Sidra said, "I apologize for interrupting, but I have a concern." Surprised, Darana turned to Sidra. "Yes, Sidra? You actually have something to say?" Sidra could sense the anger still boiling around Darana, but spoke anyway. "Yes. You told Klaw that I would give him instructions on what to do. But the entire time I've been with you, you have been training me as an assassin. I don't know anything about Star Destroyers. The only time I was ever on one, I was in its brig. I am more than willing to do whatever you ask of me, including this, but at the risk of making you even more angry, I have to point out that I'm not entirely sure of what you ask of me, either. I will need a briefing on the mission." Darana gritted her teeth. It wasn't Sidra's fault. Nothing to be angry at her about. "Quite right. Oversight on my part." She considered the next actions carefully, "Very well Sidra, you and Klaw will work with Rook." She eyed him carefully, looking for any reason he would not be able to comply, "As a captain, he has had extensive command training." Sidra looked over at Rook, then back to Darana. "My pleasure," she said flatly. "I have utmost faith in Rook." Then she relaxed back into her chair and went back into her "I'm invisible" mode. "All right, we have work to do." Darana barked, "Let's get to it." She knew they still had quesitons and concerns, but Darana wanted no further delays. She had no doubt that they would bring any further issues directly to her.
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