Kanden took a step further away from the ship.
He was on one of the balconies outside the main ship, looking out into deep space. Turning, he heard Tallest Red speak. Oh, thats just greeeeeeeat, isnt it? He finds out where we are and instantly hes here! Did you even plan for this??? Kanden smirked as he heard Tallest Purples reply. Did I plan? Did YOU plan?? Why is it always ME that has to plan for these things??
Kanden took another step out into space. The balcony he was on was purely decorative, it didnt even have an oxygen field. But hey, he didnt care about that. Hed just managed to track down two of the people he knew would be his enemies in the future, and he wasnt going to let a little thing like no atmosphere bother him.
He wondered if they even knew he could hear them.
Damn it Purple, it was your job!! Apparently they couldnt. Kanden leaned back and floated for a while to pass the time. They werent exactly proving their innocence by keeping him out like this. He looked around him. The Massive was as massive as ever. Not that he could remember ever having been on it before, but hed heard about it. Particularly when he was on Vort.
Kanden floated a little higher and sighed. He hoped they wouldnt try and kill him. Not that theyd succeed of course, but it would be a shame to have to take them out so soon.
Thinking back over his past, he remembered all of his allies over the years. Would they be enough? A Yautja, A Jedi, and all the others. There were even demigods and a goddess he was pretty sure he could count on. Past them, there were species from every end of the galaxy. He had a small armys worth of fighters ready to help him, but he knew it most likely wouldnt be enough.
The Irken empire was only one enemy they would be facing. He knew that much. But then, hed known that ever since hed woken up on Irk without a PAK. Hed been attacked almost instantly, and the city had been destroyed. Kanden closed his eyes out of respect for the innocents killed, but he knew there could hardly have been any Irkens that he could consider innocent there.
Kanden heard the air-locks being activated again and landed. The tallest walked out to greet him, now that the atmosphere had been returned to the balcony. Oh, you. Tallest Purple began. Not a good start. So, you want to know what were doing out here, do you? Kanden nodded, staring tallest Purple straight in the eyes. Kanden was only a matter of centimetres shorter than him anyway.
Yes. I do. Why is the Massive so far out into space? Who are you meeting and why is it so important to keep it secret that you dont have a guard? Tallest Purple blinked. Was that a more in-depth questioning than you thought youd get? I could ask more. The tallest raised an eyebrow, but Red cut over him. Your name is Kanden, right? Kanden nodded. Yeah.
Well, Kanden. We arent gonna tell you. Its that simple. What we want to know is, why do You want to know? Kanden folded his arms and laughed. Hah! Isnt it obvious? Im not going to hide anything from you because Im not afraid of you, so Ill say it. I know youre here to meet someone and I know that youre planning some sort of ultimate invasion with them. Im here to tell you that whoever it is, Ill stop you. I am far stronger than you know, or else you wouldnt come so close to threatening me. So again, who are you meeting?
Both the Tallest glared down at Kanden. It was Red that spoke first. Oh really? Then we have nothing else to discuss. Get off our ship or well remove you.
Kanden bristled and the air around him suddenly became static. Was that another threat? Tallest Red took a step towards him. You can bet your glowy green ass it was. He put his face near to Kandens, and Kanden returned the favour. Really bad choice, Red. Really. Bad. Choice. With that, Kanden teleported away, leaving Tallest Red to stumble forwards.
Tallest Purple turned to him. This is why you should plan things. I mean, sure hes not a threat, but still. It would have been nice to capture him
Red regained his balance and glared at Purple. Oh, shut up. Now, I think we were having snacks..?
That was three months ago. Now, in various areas of space, there have been reports of fluxes in dark matter. Readings have gone haywire, and astropaths of all kinds have gotten past their usual demented screaming in favour of a complete, solemn silence.
A very strange breeze is blowing on the cosmic winds
Then, unnoticed at first but soon visible from nearby planets, a tiny orange speck appeared in space. It began to grow, shimmering at the edges and looking almost like a liquid with its strange, wavy surface, sometimes darker and sometimes lighter.
On the fourteenth planet from the sun, Scientist Kam looks up from his tinkering. Strange
Sirpak? Do you see that? His SIR unit, made from scavenged parts and his old Pak, breaks free from a mound of wiring and stumbles up to him, tilting his spiked head skywards.
YES. I HAVENT SEEN IT BEFORE. Kam frowns slightly, but shrugs and goes back to fixing his favourite giant robot.
Far further into the galaxy, another orange dot appears. This one is harder to notice, as it is in the center of a planet. A very particular planet. Irk, to be precise. Scientists across Irk scatter backwards and forwards and those gifted with psychic power huddle together in groups, regardless of whether or not they had known each other before.
Xemirka sits high above the streets of Irk, looking around herself in contempt. Irkens. Pathetic. She spots one in particular, and reaches out with her own particular brand of power. She feels his emotions for an instant and realises something is wrong.
Then, in a rush, she can feel it too and she crouches, catlike and on all fours on the top of the building. In front of her very eyes, an endless mass of orange, rippling but completely solid, blossoms from the ground. Her eyes widen in a mixture of curiosity, excitement and horror and then her world goes dark as it covers her.
Shed only wanted to eat Irkens.
On a mountain, high above the sea level of the planet Lucrezia, Talina sits stroking one of her prized holiphaunts. It nudges her with its big, shaggy head and she scratches behind its ear, whispering to it. I know
I know. She looks past it to the bottom of the mountain. There, a sphere of some foreboding orangey matter has been growing for the last few hours. She sighs and hugs the holiphaunt. Stay here girl. Ill be back, dont worry. She gets to her feet and gives the sphere another look.
Then, with a heavy heart she turns around and enters her idyllic home, returning moments later with a large, elven forged great sword. She puts it into its case and straps it to her back. Giving the sad holiphaunt one last look, she starts walking down the mountain with a determined expression. The sphere seems to acknowledge her and enlarges even as she approaches. With a crackle of static, she walks into it and doesnt look back.
Flying through space like a burning asteroid, Kanden suddenly stops dead. His mate, Rana, is at his side. -
what is it?- she asks through her thoughts. Kanden puts a hand out to silence her and puts another to his temple. -I
- He floats in space for a long moment, before a bright, orange spark rolls into existence a few miles away.