Tales in Star Wars Andor - Not all is what it seems on Ferrix (Cinta/Vel EP10 2)

By Gun Roswell

Preface

What if there is a second plan under works?

They could be of use to us, for the cause!

Preface

Andor, season one, during episode ten, missing scene on Ferrix.

Is Maarva Andor really mortally ill?

Is there something else brewing on Ferrix?

Are the two ladies in waiting fighting the same fight with the rest of the residents on Ferrix?

A Cinta/Vel pairing

Set in the world of Star Wars Andor space time continuum. Somehow canon compliant, perhaps?

What if there is a second plan under works?

'The plan? The plan was to capture Cassian Andor and then to terminate him. But now? Perhaps, there are other options to pursue for the cause?'

They were in place, just at the homestead of Maarva Andor's.

Cinta and Vel had taken their separate ways to reach the house. Having yet again spotted the suspicious looking man, an imperial spy as they had deduced him to be. Standing there, in his clearly favoured place just around the corner of the hotel. This, person having been too obvious since the first time they had spotted him there standing in the specific shadowy nook between the streets. Each and every day, always in the same place. He really should have chosen alternate places for his spying to be more effective and less obvious. There really was no doubt of what this, observers, business there was.

Cinta and Vel were situated at the opposite sides of the structure, having found the most perfect corners in the shadows for them to operate.

The small devices in place, where they would be able to listen into the conversation going on inside of the building.

"I'm in position."

Vel acknowledged to Cinta.

"I am too."

"Roger that."

And then, their private comms channel then vent silent. As Vel and Cinta sharing a private comms channel between them, so to be able to share information with each other in real time if they needed to during their own spy mission.

As soon as Vel had managed to tune in the right frequency, getting a clear reading, she could hear the two distinct voices from the inside. One being that of Maarva Andor, the other a female friend for hers they had spotted often there as well.

"The time to act, is now!"

It was Maarva's voice, the tone carrying loud and clear into Vel's headset.

"We cannot. It's too soon."

The other voice commented in a more hushed tone.

"There is no time like the present. They are going to hang him! I just got the news!"

Maarva sounded panicked almost.

But they both heard it, Cinta and Vel both having a clear reading of what was said inside.

"Salman Paak!"

The two listeners whispered in almost perfect unison through their private comms.

As having yet to determine the fate of the two interrogates detained by the imperials, Cinta and Vel now had verification of the fate of Paak's. Which was not good. He was going to be killed.

Continuing again to listen into what was said.

"We, need to stop that from happening. Or are you really that callous and letting one of our own die?"

There was a low murmur, the words not clear, most likely Maarva's friend trying to counter something to Maarva, perhaps assure her of whatever.

"Bix, they still have Bix Caleen captive."

The other woman then said more audibly.

"We should try to rescue her. Salman Paak has already forfeit his life."

"No! Not on my watch! I will not have another good person die. Not again!"

Maarva sounded totally adamant in her wanting to save both their people. Even if it might not be possible.

"But we don't have the manpower. The weapons alone are…"

The friend of Maarva's was clearly trying to get the idea off of Maarva's head. But failing miserably. As Maarva was on the defensive, cutting her friend off mid sentence.

"No, we do things my way or not at all!"

"Fine, fine! Fine! I will agree to do what you want, but… only if the others agree as well."

"They will. Trust me. They will."

Maarva sounded pretty sure of herself. Then again, it was becoming quite clear that she, Maarva Andor, was indeed the leader of this, group of rebels? Insurgents on Ferrix. If not the head leader, then at least, someone with great influence, having once being the magistrate of the region.

Vel and Cinta could only listen to the conversation going on. As clearly, there was more than led on to Maarva Andor. A surprise for sure, her being part of a resistance movement on Ferrix. Something which the spies of the rebellion, at least Luthen's fraction, were not privy to.

Vel and Cinta continued to listen for a moment longer as the argument slowly subsided. And after a short while, the friend left. Cinta and Vel made themselves scarce too, as hanging around on the streets was never a good thing to do with the Empire's eyes everywhere.

The two met at the hotel, where they were able to talk more freely. The streets never being safe for most conversations.

"Are you thinking what I am thinking?"

Vel asked her eyes darting over Cinta's.

"That Maarva is part of their underground movement, here on Ferrix."

Cinta was on the same frequency, clearly, with Vel.

"Exactly."

"We need to inform Luthen."

"Yeah, we just might have found ourselves a new ally here."

They could be of use to us, for the cause!

'We could always use another hero, for the cause, if you are willing to accept the help.'

"Listen, Luthen, we are sure…"

"No, absolutely not!"

"But they could be…"

"No, we cannot risk it!"

Luthen was being completely adamant in being against the duo's proposition. Having cut Vel off for each and every point she had made. Not really listening to reason, to the many good points the field operative was trying to make, having been there on Ferrix and seeing and hearing first hand what was going on. The argument having gone on while now.

Vel and Cinta having called Luthen up immediately when arriving to their room. Updating Luthen on the new piece of intel they had stumbled upon. But it seemed, they weren't really getting through to him. At least Vel wasn't, having done most of the talking so far.

"But listen, they are here. Right now, organised… well, to some extent at least."

Cinta tried too, as clearly, Luthen wasn't willing to listen to Vel.

"They could be a tremendous asset, for the cause. For all of us. We could use their help, here."

Cinta usually was more convincing of the two. At least where Luthen was concerned.

There was a long moment of silence, the bluish holo image of Luthen crackling in the open air with electricity created by the connection.

It was a good sign though, Luthen being quiet for a moment. At least, he was considering the option. Right? It had been a good proposal to make after all.

"Are you sure, she, them, all of them, can be trusted?"

Luthen was clearly starting to get around, warming up to this, somewhat absurd idea as he thought of it at first to be. His rigid opinions, his choices. The fact that he, Luthen Rael was the only one right. Always. And so, making the right decisions for their very cause, his cause. But, all of those ideals, were starting slowly but surely crack, at least, at the moment and for this specific decision to be made. At least, it seemed that way for the duo in waiting.

"Well, like you said yourself, nobody can be trusted. That is why we have intel shared on need to know basis only among as few people as possible."

Vel reminded him then. Of Luthen's own set of rules. And they were sound rules, most of the time. There were always exceptions however, to the rules. This, was one of them, in Vel's opinion.

Luthen suddenly surprised the two ladies, letting out a slight chuckle. Surely, something quite rare and unheard of. At least to Cinta and Vel.

"Well, guess I should trust the two of you to make the right decision then, shouldn't I?"

Luthen wasn't really asking, knowing Cinta and Vel would do what needed to be done. They always did, in the end.

"Yes."

Cinta sounded somewhat curt, but she wasn't wrong. If anyone could talk to Maarva Andor and convince her to combine their efforts, the two of them could.

Vel and Cinta exchanged glances. As even if they hadn't really talked about this, new reveal leading into new options for them. The cause. The two of them were pretty much on the same wavelength on what to do. Then again, they usually were. Never really having to voice what was on their minds, not too much anyway, still, knowing how the other thought. It was uncanny to say the least. But that was one of the reasons which made them such a dynamic duo in the field and a great couple. In a loving relationship at that.

Luthen was silent for a short moment again, before responding.

"Fine. I will now officially change the parameters of your mission. Which is to no longer hunt down Cassian Andor, rather have his mother, Maarva, to join our cause. And together, we may cause an even bigger blow to the Empire on Ferrix!"

It was a speech for sure. Something which they both knew Luthen liked to give when the occasion would arise. But he wasn't wrong either.

Together, not scattered into smaller fractions, the rebellion would succeed in their fight against the Evil Empire.