The Ebon Hawk Part 4

When Revan woke up, he sensed that the ship was still in hyperspace, hurtling toward Tatooine. He also sensed that there was a very distressed member of the crew, so he went through the ship, to the main hold to see Mission Vao huddled up, knees to her chest, sitting in near silence.

As he was walking over to her, he was intercepted by Zaalbar before he could get to the unhappy twi'lek.

"What's up, Zaalbar, do you need something?" Revan asked. The large wookiee looked down at Revan, letting out a small roar that Revan assumed meant something along the lines of a complaint.

"Yes, I do feel the need to speak with you" Zaalbar roared quietly. His voice sounded nervous and upset, almost as if he did not know what to do about it.

"What's on your mind?" Revan asked simply, pausing in his advance toward the visibly distraught teenage twi'lek to listen to the worries of the wookiee.

"While we were on Dantooine, I noticed that I was unable to fulfill some of the most pressing terms of the life debt" Zaalbar explained.

"What makes you say that?" Revan asked, looking up at the wookiee with a little look of shock, unable to quite comprehend what was happening before him.

"The point of the life-debt is for me to be able to stand by your side and protect you in times of struggle. In addition to that, I am supposed to do everything in my power to assist you in whatever it is that you are doing, but I feel like I have not been able to do that as well as I am able" Zaalbar explained nearly noiselessly. Revan took a deep breath and looked up at the troubled wookiee, trying to formulate a response to satiate him.

"Zaalbar, I will admit that the wookiee culture is not exactly easy to understand, but I understand little pieces of it. Now, I will do what I can to make sure that the life-debt is honored, but you need to know that you will not be able to take an active role by my side all the time. Often, I am going to need you in other places, fighting alongside some other members of our crew, fighting to help me complete our final goal. Even though you may not always be able to fight right by me, you should know that the life-debt will always be fulfilled as long as you do what you can to help me on this mission" Revan explained, hoping that he was able to get through to his new friend.

"Although that is not exactly how wookiee culture is supposed to work, I think I can allow you to do that. It is a much more favorable situation than many others that could have come across as a result" Zaalbar explained.

"Thank you for trying. That is all I can ask" Revan told him, bowing his head before Zaalbar walked away. At that, Revan continued his movement toward the young twi'lek who seemed to have gotten even more hysterical even in the few minutes Revan was talking with Zaalbar.

Knowing that he needed to work fast to figure out what was going on before there was an explosion, he walked over to her and pulled up a chair, sitting down and looking down into her eyes.

"What's on your mind, Avner?" Mission asked quietly, meeting his gaze for a second before pulling it away.

"I should be asking you that very same question" Revan told her calmly, gesturing for her to speak.

A tense moment of silence followed, and though he wanted to, Revan didn't dare break it.

"Are we really going to Tatooine first?" Mission asked finally, looking up at Revan with tears in her eyes.

"Yeah, we'll be there in about 15 standard hours" Revan told her, calmly looking back, trying not to betray his confusion.

"I know we have to look for the Star Forge, and the Star Maps, but Lena found me on Dantooine. She told me a lot of things about Griff; specifically that he left me on Taris. I don't believe her, but I know that I need to hear it from Griff's mouth himself. Lena told me that Griff is on Tatooine, so I want to find him" Mission explained, trying to keep her voice level.

"I promise, Mission. We will find your brother" Revan promised, though he was worried about if Mission would be willing to see the truth about Griff once it was shoved in her face.

"Thanks, Rev. I need to know what happened to him, and I just need to know the truth about him" Mission told him, dropping her head slightly in disappointment.

"It is normal to want to know what happened to somebody you love. Sometimes the end result is worth the hardships that you had to go through to get there" Revan explained, giving her a small smile of support.

"Thanks, Rev, I'm feeling a lot better. But, I think you should go talk to Melina. She been looking a little down since we landed on Dantooine" Mission commented. Confused, Revan reached out to the Force and saw that Melina's force signature was totally normal, but he decided to take Mission's word for it and went over to talk to her.

"I didn't even notice her sitting here. Why couldn't I sense her through the Force?" he muttered, narrowing his eyes in suspicion.

Revan walked over to the table in the main hold of the Ebon Hawk, where Melina was sitting, just stirring a bowl of soup. She wasn't making a move to eat, just sitting there stirring it. The soup wasn't warm; it was so cold, it was pretty much inedible. She had to have been sitting at the table for over an hour, just stirring the soup for it to get like that.

"What's on your mind, Melina?" Revan asked. She looked up and when she saw him, she attempted to give him a small smile, but she was unable to do so.

"Have you ever felt like you are caught between a rock in a hard place, like everything you have ever done is coming back to bite you? I just feel like there is nothing left, like all the fight has left me. I know I can't feel like that, not on this mission that is so essential to the safety of the galaxy in the long run, but I just feel trapped. Do you know what I mean?" Melina asked. Revan sat for a minute to take all that in, but then nodded.

"I understand" Revan told her strongly, though he still felt a little wary next to her, still wondering about her hiding her force signature.

"I wont let it affect my actions, trust me on that" Melina told him. Revan nodded and she moved to walk away, but Revan grabbed her arm at the last second to stop her from leaving.

"Is there anything else?" Melina asked, sitting back down.

"Yes, you seem distracted, and I sense that I am at least part of the cause" Revan told her. Suddenly, Melina looked like a deer caught in the headlights, and she slumped down in her seat. She took a deep breath and looked at Revan.

"Look, I know you have been blocking your force signature from me. There are only a handful of people in the galaxy who can do that. I only know of three. One of them is in the unknown regions. One of them is dead and the other one was banished by the Jedi Council after the Mandalorian Wars. How are you hiding your force signature from me?" Revan demanded, staring at her without any humor in his tone. He had a look of determination on his face that told Melina that he would not take a lie for an answer this time.

"Revan, you are part of the cause, or actually most of the cause. I'm sorry that you had to find out this way, but I had to do it" Melina told him.

"What are you talking about, Melina?" Revan asked, narrowing his eyes at her in confusion, refusing to give her an inch.

"My name is not Melina. I have deceived you ever since you saved my life on the Endar Spire. I had hoped that you wouldn't find out like this, but now, you have caught me in the act" Melina told him. While she looked ashamed at herself, Revan refused to let his guard down, staring at her intently with one hand on his lightsaber.

"What are you talking about?" Revan demanded, running his free fingers through his long hair in confusion at the things that Melina was telling him.

"I lied to you, Revan" she whispered.

Author's Note: First off, I want to apologize for not updating last week. I wasn't home at all last weekend, so I had no time to edit the chapter and get it posted, so I decided to get it done this week. I just finished it last night. I hope everybody can forgive me for the impromptu delay.

Now, I want everybody to tell me what Melina was lying about and what Revan is going to do to her once she tells him. Positive or negative reaction from him? What is she lying about? And of course, as always, please review. It really means everything for us writers. Hearing feedback is what we love more than anything else, as far as writing stories goes.

I hope you enjoyed this chapter and will still join for the next one, where we find out what is up with Melina. Thanks everybody!