Shi lounged on the Bantha leather couch reading in the living room of their home reading something that looked like a book. Bell walked in. "What are you up to today, Shi?" "Oh nothing. Just to let you know.. I did what you said and I have one less supplier. But that's okay. I'm sure I can find another to replace her." She kept reading as if it was nothing. "It's for the best. What did your father say?" "I haven't talked to him yet, but I will. I'll need his help on locating a new supplier that is just as good as smuggling as the last." Turn of the book to a different page. Not looking up, straight face. "How did you take care of the problem?" "Exactly how you told me to. Not do anything. So I let her deal with the problem herself. Didn't work out, now dead.. and now I'm short a supplier." "That happens. What was she supplying to you?" "False identifications and little toys for me to do my jobs. She was so good at it, oh well. I guess I can work with the old identifications for now.." "We taught you better than that." "Sorry." Puts the book down. "Don't you have backup in place?" "Backup? No.. that would be one to many people who could easily sell me out. That's why I only have enough for my needs and when they die or whatever.. I get a new one." "And you haven't thought of who you would go to next?" Bell questions. "That is what I'm referring to as backup." "Not really.. I'll just wait a while before getting someone else. Besides.. I don't have a job any time soon." Shi got up to stretch some. Bell crosses the room and picks up a datapad to go through. "When is your next job scheduled for?" "Three weeks I guess. I'm not really sure.. the person hasn't contacted me on further info yet. It should be a rather easy job from what they have told me. Just picking up a jewel from some museum. My easiest jobs." Bell turns to pin her daughter with a look. "Don't say that." "Say what?" Looks to her mother with a confused look. "Never call any job 'easy'," she said, dropping gracefully into an armchair. "You'll get sloppy and you'll get hurt. I don't want that to happen to you." "Mom.. I'll be fine. You know perfectly well my best subject is cracking security codes as well as picking locks. It shouldn't be that hard for me. But I'll be careful if I get the job. I promise." "Good." Shi looked around her for her small pocket sized tool kit. "Umm.. mom.. do you know where my lock pick kit is? I could have sworn it was on the table.. " Bell sighed. "No, Shi. I haven't seen it." "I bet dad took it again! I told him to get his own!" She grumbled a bit and sat back down on the couch glaring at the table. "He knows perfectly well that the kit is my favorite." Bell chuckled quietly. "You and your father and that kit will be the death of me. I don't know why the two of you argue over it so." "Well it's mine! I don't see why he can't go out and get his own... I bought that thing with my own money!" "Watch your tone, young lady." "Yes ma'am.. mom.. can't you talk to him and tell him to stop taking my tool kit?" "I'll talk to him," she promised. "Thanks." She stretched out again with a yawn. "What about you? Don't you have a job some time soon?" "In a few days," she said with a nod, gesturing at the datapad in her hand. "That's what I'm reviewing now." "Cool. What's the job?" Shi was always interested in the jobs that her parents get. "It looks like I'll be smuggling a living being this time," she said. "Cool." The only smuggling Shi ever did was of books or planets or the small things.. she was more of the break in and grab things. Sometimes a drug here or there. Bell smiled. "It's always easier when the cargo doesn't want to sit and talk." "True.. remember that pet thing someone got me to smuggle.. dear gods.. I thought I would never be rid of that thing!" Shudders at the memory of the hairy beast. That made Bell laugh. "Then a pet thing for your birthday is something Dad and I should avoid?" "As long as its tongue isn't about a foot and a half long and hair constantly falling out. A cat would be nice." She looked to her mother, hoping she was kidding. "A cat? Why a cat?" "They are small and cute and they don't shed as much.. depending on the bred." "And who would take care of it?" Bell asked. "Me.. mom. I am 17 years old." "And when you're away?" "I'll take the cat with me." Shi stated. "We'll think about it." "So.. that's a possible maybe on a cat?" An eyebrow rose as did Shi's hopes for a cat. Later that afternoon..... "Dad!" Shi called as she rooted around the living room for her tool kit. Takber sits reading a paper, he doesn't look up "yes?" "Where is my tool kit?" "Which tool kit?" "My lock pick tool kit. You know.. the one you take all the time..." Shi stated. "If I did have your toolkit....which I'm not saying I do...how would I have gotten my hands on it?" "Because I left it out on the table earlier cause I was going to use it. And now its gone.. and it was gone while you were gone." She looked to her father with an accusing look. "So you left it lying around. Is that a good way to take care of something you value?" He still hasn't looked up from his paper. "Dad... where is the kit?" Typical teenager, hands placed on hips and accusing glance towards the obvious guilty. "First my question then yours." "Well when its in our home then yes.. I'm a teenager, I'm suppose to leave things around that I use later. Now my question." "Maybe I do. But you should know that I don't stand for excuses like that. You are not a typical teenager and I am far from a typical father." "Daddy.. please.. I need the kit.. please..." Well there she goes into the sweet little girl begging phase. Smile and softer tone. "That doesn't work anymore honey." "Daddy.. please.." More begging. Putting paper down. Serious but caring tone, "Shi if you leave it lying around here...you might do it when you're not at home and that can get you in serious trouble. Please be more careful?" "I will.. I promise, daddy." Sweet smile. He flicks his wrist and the tool kit appears in his hand. Shi smiled before reaching a hand out to take it, soon replacing it with some of Takber's job papers. "The same should go for you Daddy.. don't leave contracts lying around." "Yes but are you sure they're real papers?" "Yes. Cause I do thorough work when looking people up. Also comes with floor plans and instructions." "Good. At least you learned that much." "You did teach me well."
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