The message sitting unhappily in Darana's Inbox tried hard not to include the author's exasperation. Raven was a pain at times. Alot of times actually. "Hello Darana. I see you aren't home but when you are, give me a call. Nothing important I was just saying hello." Samantha clicked the pause button looking for anything else she needed to add. Darana wouldnt smother Raven in pillows even if asked, and would want to know why. She wondered if Darana had sisters somewhere. "Hope you are well, wherever you are. And have a safe flight in. Good night..." The message coded itself and bleeped on its way. Samantha ran her fingers through her hair and looked up at the ceiling panels. Even squinting against the lights she couldnt quite picture Darana as a Jedi Master. The light blinked, furtively trying to get Darana's attention. The last few days had been chaotic than for her. Finally, she listened to her messages. The hesitation in Sam's voice was evident. She wondered just what Raven had told her if anything. Darana sighed, steeled her emotions, and picked up the Holo-Projector, waiting to see if Sam was there, half hoping she wasn't and half hoping she was. The terminal began beeping softly, interrupting the wandering hands poking and pressing on the panels. Mikhail's eyes lit up as a small glowing blue woman appeared, making grabby motions with his fists. Sensing something was happening without him Mejh backed out of the desks cubbyhole and tried to reach the console, resorting to bumping his brother repeatedly when his fingers failed to reach. Both boys fell grabbing the chair and each other on the way down. Two rooms away Sam looked across the room and sighed. Muffled scuffling and banging sounds, and hissed ownership claims came into hearing with a touch of the Force in effect. She stalked to the door sandwich in hand trying to remember. She'd locked the comm room's door behind her, hadn't she? Small pudgy fingers appeared in the holo field. They poked at the base of the emitter, then wavered around the edge of the field and disappeared. Darana furrowed her brows, wondering at the appearance of the tiny hands. 'Well' she thought to herself, 'if I can see that, they must be able to see me.' "Mehj? Mikhail?" She called out. She had never met the children, nor they her. But it was a very likley chance those small fingers she had glimpsed belonged to one of them. Hopefully, her use of their names would not scare them off. Or scare them into bumping the disconenct switch. She smiled to herself, thinknig of the children wreaking havoc in the communications room, then considered going over to visit with Sam in person. "Leggo it's mine!" "Is not!" "I saw it first!" "Tell him to give it back!" Sam ducked through the door and gasped as a sharp object jabbed her in the hand. Whatever loose items had been in the room were now flying around crazily. She ducked a manual lurching drunkenly by and slammed it to the floor with her foot. All around her scribers, cups, paper and coins followed the manual and quivered there on the tile. "CEASE this instant." The boys seperated with a third wave of telekinesis dragging on their shirts scowling at each other and at her. Identical yelps of "He started it!" and finger pointing distracted her from the wavering blue ghost of Darana watching them. "I said cease. You know you're not to be in here, and youre not to be fighting." "Jaxxon of Imperial Center fights people all the time. I'M gonna be a Sith when I grow up, and impale people!" "Are not." "Are too!" "QUIET." With a glance at Darana Sam floated both boys out into hall and onto the floor. "You will NOT be impaling people Mikhail. You both broke the rules and your mother will not be happy when she gets home. Go to your rooms." Servitors had appeared at the ends of the hall and silently took charge of each child. Which replied with a muttered, "I bet mother gets to impale people." she didnt know, didnt want to know. She went back inside and locked the door. Her face pale Samantha sat in the chair and rolled it into the holo projection field. "Hello Darana. Sorry about that. This is a restricted room and they're old enough to know better." About alot of things. She shifted uneasily wondering what else they'd learned from watching holo programs. "Not a problem. Children are never easy and Force Talented ones are even more difficult." Darana chuckled, remembering such instances of her own. Although Klaw was older, he was still a handful. Sam nodded, "Sometimes I don't think I can do this very well. But there isn't anyone else." She laid her sandwich on the table and dusted her hands. Finish it later. Darana was chuckling, she grinned. "What are you thinking of? Don't tell me you've been a nanny." "Oh no." Darana replied enthusiastically, "No nanny positions for me. I have raised Michael from a very young age, and then I have three Force Sensitive youngsters wandering around currently. Fortunately for me none of them are as young as Raven's pair." "You're welcome to visit them and try your luck. Exercise your maternal gene." Sam grinned wickedly. Darana laughed openly and freely, returning Sam's grin. "I think I'll pass." It was good to see Sam smiling again. "So what can I do for you. I doubt you called to disucss your nephews." "Not exactly no, but no reason not to. Raven suggested I should talk to you. Has she spoken to you recently? She was a bit vague actually." Darana raised an eyebrow, "Yes I have spoke to Raven quite recently actually. She assisted me in rescuing Serris." Darana paused, wondering just what exactly raven *had* told Sam. "So what did Raven tell you?" Oh this one wasn't going to be easy. Oh yeah and Gee Sam, Raven thought you should finish your training with me, wasn't exactly going to work here. "Oh, we talked about alot of things." Sam shrugged a bit. "What I wanted to be when I grew up, what I wanted to do with my life." When she'd first come to Coruscant she'd made it plain to all what her plans and intentions were. Now older and perhaps wiser Sam didn't talk about it anymore, but the desires were the same. It just wasn't so easy now to talk about fragile things like hope. "I finished my medical training for now, so I don't have much else to do but watch over my nephews. Not that I mind watching them," she hastened to add. "I keep up on my training, or try to but they can be um, boisterous. They don't nap like they used to." "It's just that... things are so much harder, and different than they were supposed to be when I was growing up. When my parents died. Everything got... confused." Darana nodded, it was easy to respond. Sam had been very naive and had had a rude and unfair awakening to the Universe. "Everything changes with time Sam." She nodded. "I know, but Raven thinks you can help me do something with my life." Darana smiled broadly, "Well I can certainly try. The question is, do *you* want me to." "I want... something to try. Things haven't ever gone quite right, but yes please try." Sam clenched her hands tightly. Darana noted her hands, clenched in her lap, then focused on her own outward calmness she usually presented. "Then I shall try." Sam nodded. "So... how is Serris?" "She is doing much better now, Thank you." Darana was not going to let her change subjects quite so eaily, "Do you wish to get together to make arrangements or do you wish to do this now?" She could, however, at least giver her the option of 'when' she wanted to face her decision. "Well, what needs to be done?" Some of her prior teachers hadn't needed to be present. But it probably helped. Or maybe not. The Sith seemed more physically oriented than the Jedi she'd trained with. "Well," Darana began, unsure of what Sam expected or herself for that matter. This was a new venture her as well, "We need to discuss your schedule, allow for Raven to make plans for your nephews. Take into consideration any of your other commitments." Sam nodded. it made sense after all. "When will Raven be back, or you? I have um, classes at the Academy in the afternoon, but Im sure you could er, talk to them about releasing me from them." Better to have it officially logged into the system. "I spend a few hours at the hospitals but can arrange those anytime during the day. They're used to my schedule changing each semester. The servitors help with the boys, with Raven here they should be able to cope." And Raven would finally be forced to spend time on them. She suspected Raven hadn't thought of that aspect. "Yes I will make the necessary arrangements with the academy." Darana groaned internally, wondering what Annelis would say about this one, if anything. She really didn't want another stink bomb in ehr quarters on Port Lansing. It really wasn't appropriate for Sam to be in the Academy anyway. Darana suspected it would wind up being the death of her in the end. SHe made a mental note to obtain a copy of Sam's record. "Raven should be back soon if not already." Sam concentrated a moment, but didn't feel Raven's presence in the area yet. "She may be staying at the Palace then. Thank you Darana." Darana grew concerned, then dismissed it. It was highly unlikely that raven was in danger of any type. "Shall we begin tommorrow?" Darana asked, then grinned and added, "If Raven isn't back yet, bring the kids along. I think Klaw and Shemp would do well to watch them." Or more like incite them to more trouble yet, but that is what Shemp was there for, to keep them all out of trouble in the end. Sam chuckled and swiveled her chair slightly. "Certainly. I'll see you after lunch then." "After lunch then. Darana agreed. "I look forward to seeing you again."
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