Chapter 4

Me: Maury get in here to do the disclaimer.

Maury: Why am I doing it?

Me: Quay put in a special request.

Quay: Yup. Roll it Maury.

Maury: *glares at Quay* Spottedpelt does not own Star Wars: The Clone Wars only her OCs in the story.

Me: That wasn't so bad now was it? On with the story!

Buddy's pov

I was really worried about Rex. I knew Bud was too but I tried to hide my worry to help ease his. Bud was curled iup next to Levi. I knew Denal was trying his best, but even I had my doubts. I wrapped my arms around Bud and laid my head on his shoulder. He looked back and gave me a smile. Then I had a plan. I had seen everything that had happened to Rex: The whipping and him being carried away.

" We're going after him tonight." I whispered in his ear. Levi heard it and gave a slight nod as Denal walked over to a corner and sat down bringing his knees up to his chest in deep thought.

" Denal? Can you check my leg again," Bud asked his teeth clenched tight with pain. Denal walked back over and checked the splint and making sure the leg hadn't been jostled.

" Sorry I can't give you another painkiller." He said softly rewrapping his leg. I hugged Bud closer to me. Then Denal moved to check on Hurricane's knee.

Rex's pov

It was nearly nightfall by the time I woke up from the nap I took earlier.

" Are you hungry?" Martha asked me. I shook my head. As hungry as I was I couldn't eat. I was worried about my men to eat. I was sure my stomach couldn't hold anything. I was too worried about Bud and Buddy. I wouldn't put it past them to try and get in here.

" You can't lie to me with ribs like that." She said chuckling softly. I realized my ribs were showing. I was pretty much half starved.

" Okay I'm hungry a little." I said teasing just because I was bored. She caught the note of humor in my voice and gave me a mock glare.

" Okay, okay, a lot. I just haven't felt like eating." I said with a soft chuckle.

" Some kind of pride or are you just feeling bad?" She asked placing a hand on my forehead.

" A little of both," I said with a sigh. " I wasn't able to keep Levi from getting hurt and now I think it's my fault if he goes blind. I just wish there were something I could do."

She gave me a sad smile and placed a hand on my shoulder. She was about to speak when there was a loud crash and a loud scream of pain followed by yelling outside. I instantly recognized the scream.

" Bud!" I said trying to get up but she pushed me back down.

" I'll get it." She said running out the door.

I had no choice but to lay there listening. I heard two raised voices. One I recognized as Trevor the other belonged to the same man that had whipped me. A wave of fear shot through me. My sons are out there. What if they get hurt? I'll never forgive myself. I thought.

Just then Martha came back in carrying Bud. Buddy was walking behind her. I lifted my head to look at her.

" Daddy." Buddy whimpered softly. He climbed up beside me and hugged me. I hugged back with one arm. " Bud, he's hurt really bad." He said whining. There was a scar across his feet where a whip had struck him.

Martha set Bud on the bed next to me. He was whining softly, and his eyes darted around nervously before he wrapped his arms around me and layed there. His shirt was torn in places where the whip had ripped through it. After a moment he went limp as he lost consciousness.

I pulled him closer to me and held them both tightly. My eyes went from worried to angry. He would not get away with this. The heated dicussion was still going on outside, but I paid no attention to it.

" He hit his head pretty hard." Martha said softly. " I don't think there was too bad of damage though."

" Buddy what were you two doing out by yourselves?" I asked in an angry whisper. I had begun to shake with cold fury and Buddy looked down at his hand.

" We wanted to see if you were okay." He said trembling at the anger in my voice. " I'm sorry. We shouldn't have disobeyed orders. Levi knew we were going to." He whispered. " Are we in trouble?"

" No," I said. " This is punishment enough." I said looking down at Bud. He was shivering. Martha left the room and came back holding a blanket which she spread over the three of us. I pulled both of them closer to me. I was glad to see them, angry and sad that they had been hurt.

Buddy laid his head on the arm that I was using as a pillow and began to doze off. He had actually handled the situation quite well. Normally he'd be ready to kill if Bud was hurt. They were close like that. It was good that they had each other through the good and the bad.

Long after Buddy fell asleep, Trevor came back inside. He gave my shoulder a friendly pat.

" I'll talk to you about that in the morning." He said softly and walked back into the other part of the building.

I looked down at the two of them pressed against me. It was then when I realized how much I really cared for them. They were my sons, and I loved them very much.

" I love you two." I whispered softly before I began to drift off into a deep sleep.

Me: Ok that was so sweet. Poor Bud though.

Quay: Not to mention your muse kept trying to run away when you were washing your hair.

Me: That too. I am enjoying this story actually.

Quay: Read & Review Levi still needs your help.

Me: Arrivederci!