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10. The Last Word
After the last echoes of the shot had died away, the world seemed to stand very still. Nothing moved, no one spoke. The silence descended over the shipping yard and hung in the air for what seemed like an eternity.
At last, time resumed it's normal course, and the world dragged back into action.
The Jedi Masters all spun on their heels and turned to look for the shooter. All, that is, except Master Windu. He stayed exactly where he was, and slowly, a small smile played at the corner of his lips as the click-clacking of purple suede heels on the metal platform behind him impregnated the air.
"I always have the last word, Mace."
Devorah's sensual voice brought all the Masters' attention to her. She smiled triumphantly, leaning on her rifle and crossing one leg in front of the other. Mace turned around to meet her steady gaze.
"I didn't doubt you for a second, Dee." Master Windu grinned and produced a recording device from his jacket pocket. "That's why I made sure I got what I needed first."
"You always did, didn't you?" Devorah grinned and winked mischievously. She laughed at Master Windu's shocked expression.
Ignoring her remark, he went on, speaking to the other Masters. "We can still present this recording to the Senate and have them investigate Senator Parkere's friends." They all nodded.
"But...but..." Master Kolar was confused. "How did she know where to find us?" He pointed at Devorah.
"Duh, Jedi. I followed Mace here when he took off with my bounty. I hid, and watched, and then..." Devorah made a gun shape with her hands and pretended to shoot it. "Bang!" She giggled.
"You're a bounty hunter?" Aayla exclaimed.
"No shit." Devorah laughed. "Yeah, I am. Surprised?" She grinned wryly.
"Not really." Master Kolar said quietly under his breath. Apparently not quietly enough, as Devorah shot him a withering look a moment later.
"What...what are we going to do with him?" Aayla indicated at the body of the dead Senator. Her teeth were chattering, but she kept calm on the outside. Her heart was still thudding after the near-disaster she and Kit had just avoided. In a way, she was thankful to Devorah for shooting when she did.
"I suppose we'll let the authorities deal with him. They should be arriving soon. I made a call on the way here for them to collect the Senator after we were done with him. I suppose we can't do much more." Master Windu was quiet for a moment. He looked at Devorah.
You know, if the police arrive and see you waving that gun around while there's a dead man lying on the ground, I don't think it's going to go down too well.
Devorah jumped visibly and looked at Master Windu. Slowly, she nodded.
"Well, I'd better be going if the police are going to be here." She smiled. "Thanks a bunch guys, I really enjoyed the party." She winked and turned towards one of the abandoned ships. She stopped halfway and looked back.
"Oh, you guys didn't see anything, right?" She winked again and started back towards the ship. Suddenly, Aayla broke away from the group and strode towards her.
"Look, Devorah..." She sighed. "Thanks." She smiled.
Devorah smiled back. "Hey, don't sweat. You're not the only ones who have secret romances. I happen to know what it feels like to have to..." She trailed off, looking suspiciously in the direction of the other Masters. They appeared to not be listening, and instead were deep in a discussion of some sort. Devorah sighed and ran a hand through her thick raven hair. She suddenly looked sad and tired. "...to hide. I know what it's like to have to hide." She grabbed Aayla's wrist and led her to the back of the ship where they could talk in private.
"Look, I...I don't want to seem...like a bitch, but you guys need to be careful. If I were you I would just end it now." By the look on Aayla's face, her suggestion was not welcomed. "Look, I know it seems mad, but...I like you. And I don't..." She trailed off again, and for a moment Aayla thought she could see a flash of regret and pain in Devorah's eyes, like she had just hit a chink in her carefully constructed armour.
"I don't want you to make the same mistakes I did." It was barely a whisper, but Aayla understood.
"You...and Master Windu." Aayla smiled sadly. It must have ended badly if their bitterness towards one another was enough to go on.
Devorah nodded but said nothing. Another thought hit Aayla.
"When I confronted you outside our room for listening in, were you so angry towards me because..." She smiled. "You were jealous?"
"No! I was not jealous! You guys were interfering with my job, and I just had to-"
Aayla winked and cut her off. "I know."
Devorah raised an eyebrow and smiled cheekily. The two began to walk back to the front of the ship.
"Look, you don't have to take my advice if you don't want to. I'm just...warning you. Be careful."
Aayla smiled. "I will. We will." Devorah threw her rifle into the ship and turned to smile back. She looked over at Kit, who was looking at the two of them. Devorah smiled sadly.
"He really loves you, you know."
Aayla looked back at Kit and remembered the incident that had happened earlier. She remembered the times he had been there, and the times they had made love. She blushed slightly.
"Yes. I know." She suddenly realised how hard it must be for Devorah to be reminded of what she had lost like this. Sirens could be heard in the distance. "You'd better go."
Devorah nodded. "I'll see you around." She smiled and watched as the other Masters came up behind Aayla. "Bye y'all. Have fun on the right side of the law." She winked and smiled at Master Windu. The Jedi turned to go.
Master Windu stopped and looked back. Devorah walked out of the ship and went to meet him. She flung her arms around his neck and kissed him with the same amount of passion with which she had kissed him in the ballroom. He held her close as familiar scents and memories flooded his senses for one last time as the last sliver of the sun finally dipped below the horizon. As her lips left his, she smiled sadly and he saw tears forming in the corners of her eyes.
"I miss you, Mace." She whispered.
"I know." He whispered back. "I..." He sighed. "I miss you too, sometimes."
Devorah laughed. "I suppose that's the best I'll get from you today?"
Master Windu nodded. "Have a safe trip back, Dee."
"Whatever." She swatted at him and kissed him on the cheek. Then she turned and walked back into the ship.
"I have the feeling that this won't be the last time I see you." Master Windu smiled at her.
"You'd better believe it." She laughed. The ship's engines powered up and Master Windu stepped back as the ship took off, just as the sirens neared the shipping yard. And he was left, standing in the wake of Hurricane Devorah, who was, once again, gone.
Back at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, Aayla and Kit stood watching the suns set from Kit's quarters. His arms were wrapped tightly around her waist and her head was resting on his shoulder. The only sound was their synchronised breathing as the last sun slipped away, leaving night to do it's work.
Kit turned Aayla around and kissed her gently on the lips. Aayla deepened the kiss, planting her hands in his head-tails and pulling him closer. Kit moaned into the kiss as she scratched the back of his neck slowly. He broke away and pulled her towards the bedroom, removing his robes from his upper body as they went. Pulling her down with him onto the bed, he let her hands wander over his impressive torso, finding places only she knew about and pressing, stroking, scratching him into a muddled frenzy. At last when he could stand no more, he grabbed her forearms and kissed her slowly, passionately, dragging out every last second of her sweet lips.
"So, how do I compare to the late Senator Rath Parkere of Cato Neimoidia?" He grinned breathlessly.
"Quiet. I don't want to hear any more about Senators, bounty hunters, weapons smuggling, treason or kidnappings." Aayla kissed him.
"Oh? Then what do you want?" Kit stroked her waist comfortingly.
She smiled and kissed him again. And as the two lost one another in their love, Aayla had no doubt about her answer to his question.
Awww. Sappy, but sweet. Thank you guys one hundred and thirty three million times for all your support. =D you have all been amazing and I give all of you giant cookies. I'm not planning on doing any more Aayla/Kit for a while, but I will eventually come back to it. But for now, goodbye!
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If you want to know more about Devorah, and how she knows Mace Windu and other stuff, you'll have to read Izzy's (username IzzyandDesRoxSox) story "Twisted Fate" because Devorah is her character. She's writing a series about Devorah. Go read if you're interested. It's really good!
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