1100 Hour – Listehol System – Shadow Port Tuga – ( Warning – White Dwarf System )
Berrenger and RR5 are in the next room at the Barby Harpy. They are negotiating with Captain Oglerk and 1st mate Kog. There is now a loud bar fight going on in the main bar room. I can not hear what is being said in the next room. I try an old trick. I grab a drinking glass off a side table. I place the glass on the wall and listen. It helps me hear some but not much. Oglerk’s freighter is parked in docking bay 99. Oglerk is expecting 10 million credits for this shipment of droids. I know for a fact we do not have that much. Berrenger hems and haws and gets them down some. The bar fight is getting intense. A couple of blaster shots come down the hallway and into the back rooms. They decide to take this party to where the droids are located at docking bay 99. As they file out of the room. RR5 is the last out. I quickly grab his arm. (Cael) “I need you to open your com link to transmit only. Not to receive. I will be listening in as I follow behind you, OK?” RR5 nods yes and continues after the group. I let them get ahead and then I make my way out of the bar. I sneak my way around the opposite side of the bar that the fight is on. There are close to 25 people fighting each other. Once outside the bar I can follow Berrenger and RR5 easier since I can hear their conversation. Berrenger is still going over finer points in the negotiation as they walk to the dock. I try to keep far enough back but not far enough that I can not see them. Trosc is still tailing me by 10 to 15 meters.
1200 Hour – Docking bay 99 – I make my way around to the far side of the transport tug and the 5 cargo containers. There is no one else in this 4 slot docking bay. 1 slot has the tug. The 2nd slot has the 5 cargo containers in it. Slot 3 and 4 are empty. Berrenger has called Mathus to come examine the droids. While they wait the 15 minuets for Mathus to show up. Berrenger continues to chew down the 10 million price tag. I find a comfortable spot on a fuel drum that is partially covered with a tarp. I can see the group, but they can not see me. By the time Mathus gets there. Berrenger has gotten the price down to now somewhere around 5 million credits. They continue to haggle while Mathus and Kog go through the droids. Randomly they activate some of the droids. Mathus even opens the chassis on some of them. I cant hear what he is saying. RR5 is closer to Berrenger then to Mathus. After about a half hour. They are done examining the droids. Mathus walks up to Berrenger’s left side and whispers into his ear. Berrenger nods, nods again and turns to Oglerk. (Berrenger) “So Captain Oglerk, are we in agreement on the 4.5 million credits? 5 cargo containers of droids and the tug thrown in for good measure.” (Oglerk) “Ok, 4.5 mil. Where are your credits?” Berrenger sends Mathus to retreive DZ and the case. As he is walking away I can hear Mathus complaining about walking and being an errand boy. To bide the time. Captain Oglerk regales Berrenger and RR5 on a short story about being boarded a few months ago by Imperial customs. I do not pay attention to the story. I am more interested in keeping an eye on them and DZs approach.
1400 Hour – Mathus still has not returned. I can hear Berrenger trying to contact him. Now I am starting to get worried. Then I see Berrenger walk away from Oglerk. He is looking at his data pad. (Berrenger) “Frack, the Nova Room, 20 minuets to be there.” Berrenger begs forgiveness that there is a problem locating our droid with the money. (Oglerk) “You show up to a negotiation without bringing the money? You have until 2100 hours to get us our money or the deal is off. You got that?” (Berrenger) “Yes, we will have it. We will have it.” Berrenger and RR5 start heading towards the market and the Nova Room Casino. When they are out of sight of the 2 angry people at the tug I rush up to them. Our Bothan spook Trosc comes up behind me to see what happened. (Berrenger) “Shoola The Hutt has Mathus, DZ and our case of credits. She wants us at the Nova Room.” (Cael) “I have a way in. You get inside and I will back you up.” (Trosc) “I will see if I can get Ruahara’s help.” Trosc runs off to the Barby Harpy. Berrenger moves to in line to get into the Nova Room.
I move off to the side and ready myself to rush in the guarded door. I calculate how long it takes for the door to open and then close behind someone. There is a Gigaran and a Miriralan bouncer at the door. I wait for a group of 5 merchants going inside. They pay their fee and are putting their weapons into a locker. When they are just about done. I flick the switch on the stealth shield and move in. As they filter through the door 1 at a time. I rush the door as the last of the 5 merchants enters. I can hear the alarms go off as I pass the doorway. Once inside I move off to the right and out of the way. Before I can breath there are 4 large bouncers in this entryway. They are all sporting very large blasters. They cant see me and are searching the room. 1 of them gets close to me and accidentally steps on my foot. (Bouncer 1) “Ah, I think I found him?” I quickly push the bouncer back and tip him over. Blaster fire starts bouncing all over the place as I run past the coat check and into the casino. 1 of the blaster bolts catches me in the left side. I make a quick scan of the place as the bouncers enter the casino. There is the kitchen hallway. No only droids coming out of there. There are several males going into the mens room. 2 of them are about my size and are sporting long duster coats. I slip in the door behind them. Inside I turn off the field. I can still hear Berrenger on the open comm link outside pleading to get in the casino. He bargains his way past the bouncer for only 200 credits.
In the casino mens room. The 2 humans I followed are in the corner at a small table snorting glitterstreem. When they see me they think I will turn them in. I befriend them that I will make sure no one bothers them while they are busy. When they do a 2nd line they both get real glassy eyed. (Cael) “You ok? Here sit down. Is it hot in hear?” I get them to take off their dusters. They soon pass out on the couch. I take the larger of the 2 dusters and put it on over the armor and my blaster side arm. Its not a perfect fit but it hides my armor. I hide my helmet in the mens room and exit out onto the casino floor. I soon find Berrenger at a Pizzatt table with a pile of chips sitting in front of him. I step next to him. I can see Trosc a few isles over near the slot machines. I wonder how he got past the bouncer. Berrenger turns to me. (Berrenger) “We have to go see Shoola the Hutt upstairs in 30 minuets. Our code word to get past is Gronkis.” (Cael) “I should have just changed into the black suit and signed autographs to get my way into this place, but I did not think of that at the time. I am still armed and I have a little round ace in my pocket.” Berrenger give me a confused look. Then by the look on his face. He realizes I have a thermal detonator in my pocket. Trosc is working his way over towards us. Berrenger wins a couple of more hands of Pizzatt. It has been about 20 minuets. He looks at his data pad for the time. Then gets up from the table and cashes out 2000 credits at the cashier.
1500 Hour – The 3 of us head towards the mezzanine level stairway. When we get to the top. The bouncer stops us. (Berrenger) “We are here to see Gronkis.” The bouncer lets us through. On a large raised dias is a female Hutt. Shoola the Hutt is a medium sized purplish Hutt. She is wearing a large feather head dress. There are several semi nude male Tel’wik dancers entertaining her. Shoola motions us closer. She says something in Hutties that none of us understand. She next says something to 1 of her attendants. The attendant goes into a door to the side and comes back out with DZ. If a droid could look worried. Then DZ is worried. DZ interprets for Shoola. (Shoola) “We have captured your protocol, the chubby scared human and have your case. Who do you think you are coming into my domain and making a deal as large as this and not cutting me in. I will be kind to you and will only charge you 50% to get the case and the human back. I will keep the droid.” DZ looks to Shoola and to Berrenger, then back to Shoola. Now I know DZ is worried. (Berrenger) “My information was that you were not in control of this station any more.” (Shoola) “I have always been in charge here. All business transactions go through me. Who is the fine looking friend you have there. Step forward. Show me.” At this point It dawns on me that she is talking about me. I have been too busy determining that there are 8 armed guards, 6 attendants, 7 Tel’wik dancers, 14 other assorted males and 6 assorted females in this room. Not counting the Gigaran bouncer at the top of the stairs. I look at Berrenger. (Berrenger) “Move up. Let her take a look at you. I need time to think of something.” I give him a grimace as I step 2 steps forward. Shoola twirls her finger around as she licks her bright red lips. I slowly spin around and face her again. (Berrenger) “Shoola, how about a wager, or maybe a game of Hutt Ball. Winner take all. Now I turn my head and really grimace at Berrenger. (Shoola) “I keep the protocol.” (Berrenger) “Winner takes ALL.” I step back to Berrenger and whisper. (Cael) “What are you thinking. I have not played pro ball in over 2 years” (Berrenger) “Like you can forget how to play? This is our best chance to get out of here alive with that case and all the credits in it.” (Shoola) “That is an Interesting proposition. You 3 against any 3 that I pick. We will make it 2 contests. 1st accuracy, the 2nd will be actual game. As you say, All or Nothing.” Shoola picks her 3. A very muscular Gigaran. A Dug, now Dugs are versatile. They have 4 appendages that can act as a foot or an hand. Makes them agile. Her last pick is a Mirialan. I recognize him as an ex pro ball player. He played for the Hutts as I was just getting out of the game. Near as I can remember. He got pitched for using enhancing drugs. (Cael) “Guys, I cant play ball in this coat and armor. I need some help in hiding the blaster and little round ball in my pocket.” As I take the duster off. Trosc hides my blaster and the thermal detonator in the coat. I strip down to my skivvies and put my boots back on. Shoola seems impressed with my body. I may have not played ball in a while, but PT every morning has kept me in top shape.
1545 Hour – We start with a standard .45 meter target hole. We are about 10 meters away from the target. The 1st throw. We all make it except the Dug. He is out. The next round the Mirialan cheats and knocks my ball out. Berrenger scores. The Gigaran misses and Trosc scores. We win the 1st round. Now comes the hard part. I give the guys some pointers on the game as we line up. I normally play a left guard forward. Playing point center is more difficult. The mezzanine has gotten really crowded. I can see a Drall taking bets on the game. I get ready. When the ball pops between the Dug and I. I grab it and lateral it back to Berenger. He swings around to the left. We gain some meters towards the goal when the Gigaran knocks the ball from his hands. We are almost half way to the goal line. This time when the ball pops. I grab it an run right. I get pretty far in this mini field, until the Gigaran tackles me. We reset and when the ball pops. The Dug is ready for it and grabs it. I am a bit stronger and rip the ball from his hands. I pass it to Trosc. He fakes left and gets deep into their territory. The Mirialan knocks it out. We are within scoring distance. I huddle the guys. (Cael) “We are going to do a simple play that most times works flawlessly. You 2 will line up to my left. It will look like I will run or throw to whoever is farthest left. I will fake left, pivot right and dive for the goal line. As long as the Mirialan does not guess what play we are doing. We should score and win.” Berrenger lines up at my left. The Gigaran is guarding him. Trosc is far left. The Mirialan see this and moves over and guards him. When the ball pops. I grab the ball like I am going to throw left. The Dug jumps left. I did not know Dugs could jump that high. I pivot to the right and dive. Crossing the goal line. I look over at the Mirialan. I am pretty sure he is ticked that we got the better of him on a simple old play. I head towards the pile of my clothes. Just in case this goes from bad to worse. I want a weapon close by. Now it depends if Shoola will hold up her part of the bargain.