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It was going to be a late lunch, but better late than never. Well, alright - so it was 11 PM - but who cares about time in space when everything around you is almost always dark? In space, it's always perpetual night. It causes people to develop strange sleep patterns. And it is a universally accepted part of life on board a spaceship.

The one advantage of having a 'late lunch' is that you often end up having the mess hall exclusively to yourself. Well, almost. Jilly is usually still about, and in fact, she seems to be omni-present, appearing just when you least expect it - or when you think she's just gone to bed. Nope. That women never sleeps. Her kitchen is her castle, and she guards it like Brats guards his Bantha-flavored rawhide bones. With tenacious zeal.

Lucky for Raine, Jilly was not here when the Jedi knight arrived. The only noise in the kitchen itself was being made by droids, judging by the consistent whirr and clang of metal on the floor. Otherwise, she could sense no sentient presence in the kitchen. Well, except for... nope, there was someone else in there with her! But not in the open area, oh no.... Someone was clearly getting the droids to make noise so that he (or she) could raid the kitchen - possibly to look for Jilly's infamous....snack chamber?!

"Oooh, Eeeethan....." Raine cooed softly, now that she was firmly locked on a familiar life signature skulking in the back. "Just because I can't see you, doesn't mean you're not there...." Tiptoeing softly toward the kitchen door, she fully expected to catch the kid with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar...
 
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The young man was busy spelunking around the kitchen. Not that he knew what the word spelunking met, but he was doing it. He was looking in any little nook and cranny he can find, trying to find this 'secret stash' of treats that Raine had alluded to. He had asked the droids to continue their work, but to make as much noise as possible. He wanted the cover. He wanted those snacks. He was pretty good at sneaking around he thought, though it seemed someone had found him out.

He heard Raine call for him, and he stuck his head above the counter top he was behind, just enough to clear his eyes. He looked out to see her standing there, just about looking straight at him. Crap, she's found me. He stood up from his hiding spot, and gave her a smile and a small wave. "Umm, hello Raine." He looked like he was trying to find a place to bolt out of...but the kitchen only had one real exit that he knew of.

He was caught.
 
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Standing at the threshold of the kitchen, seeing two server droids busily whirling about with dirty dishes, cups and trays, Raine grinned. Yep, just as she suspected. The kid used the robot noise for cover while he went around checking every nook and cranny to see what he could find. "Soooo.... cough it up," the Jedi Knight said, stepping in with a winning grin and a small wave. "You know you've gotta - or I'll have to report you to Jilly. You'll be on cleaning duty for a week."

Letting the swinging door close behind her, Raine picked up one of the clean empty trays sitting in the dryer rack and winked at the teenager, sparkles of mischief dancing in her eyes. "Oh, and you know what they say," she nodded gravely, considering whether Ethan had the making of a good accomplice. "Sharing....is caring. So what's it gonna be, hmm? Mop duty or trophy candy shared with a friend?"
 
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Ethan hadn't actually found the treasure trove she had spoken of. He did find some sliced up fruit and some veggies he liked. Almost as if they were set there to distract him in his hunt for sweets. He would not be deterred! He went past Raine and to another cupboard, where he found packages of cookies that looked good. They were some sort of chocolate wafer with a white cream in the middle (think Oreos). He sat the package down on the counter. Leaving them, he went over to another counter with a cooler unit underneath it.

Coming back up, he held what looked liked some sort of red gelatin in a clear bowl. He sat that down next to the cookies and grabbed a couple of spoons to go with it. Still, he wasn't done yet. Going back to another cupboard, this time on the far side of the kitchen. There he opened the big cooling unit, coming out with a big glass container of what looked like blue milk. He brought them over to his stash and got them a couple of cups. His prize pile kept growing as he continued bringing over what he found.

The final items were to be a decent sized bucket of ice cream. It appeared to be vanilla flavored, but had chocolate fudge mixed throughout. He brought that over with some more spoons before going back for a plain metal container with a screw top lid. Opening it up, inside was just a huge pile of what looked like little gummie wookiees. He stood next to the mountain of items and looked a tad disheartened. "I didn't find a secret stash room. Just all this stuff spread all over the place, like someone was trying to hide it. And you know I'd share it with you. You wouldn't even have to ask." He gave her a smile, because it was true. He'd give anything of his to her if she wanted it. That's what friends were for.
 
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The Jedi perused the findings with a skeptical gaze, for now. It seemed that... she had misjudged the boy. While he had not found the hallowed 'secret snack chamber', he did seem to amass quite a variety of edible goodies. A few of them looked appetizing, even to her - given Raine's sometimes picky palate - especially the.... blue milk? Truth be told, she would try -anything- once. Especially if it had a strange look to it. That often made it appear even more inviting...

"Not bad, not bad," she murmured, walking over to the piles of food, secretly enjoying the fact that they had not been caught yet. At any moment, she expected Jilly to come in, her voice thundering - but so far, so good - the droids were definitely doing their job in camouflaging the two's presence. "Ice cream?!" she exclaimed suddenly, studious gaze falling to the bucket brought out by Ethan. "AND gummies!?" Where on earth was this woman getting her supply of Raine's favorite addiction??

But while everything looked insanely delicious, they couldn't possibly leave it out the way it was - nor could they devour the pile of food before them. "Sooo.... what's your plan? I mean, all of this is legit good looking. And don't even get me started on the secret stash - who needs that old thing when you've got all of THIS?" she gestured toward the food with a wide sweep of one arm. An idea came to her, that - while awesome - did not seem entirely plausible, especially the execution part. Tapping her chin in thought, the Jedi knight looked from Ethan to the pile of goodies and then back to the boy again.
 
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Ethan thought about where they could share their illicit goods, and then thought about what they were doing. They were taking the stuff from others that might enjoy it also. He seemed torn between the delicious goodness and the sense of guilt he was already starting to feel. He kept looking back and forth between the pile and the eating area of the cafe. Finally coming to a decision, he looks back to Raine.

"Let's get just enough for ourselves. I don't want to deny anyone else the goodies too. That would be selfish." He immediately got to work setting out equal portions for him and Raine, whilst leaving a bulk of each item to be returned to where they got them from. He had found some containers that sealed, and started putting the spoils into those. Quickly finishing up, and tidying up, he gathered up the items. "Back to our quarters, quickly."

He went to make his way out of the kitchen, then stopped. He went back to the meat locker, and found a rather big soup bone. He grabbed that too. "To distract Brats so he doesn't try to eat our food." He then tried to gather it all up so Raine wouldn't have to carry anything. The glasses with the milk in them were proving quite problematic...
 
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Clever boy. Ethan's simple yet selfless solution was precisely what Raine was hoping to hear. Given that the kid grew up hungry, cold and miserable (never mind the sheer amount of douchebags he had for 'company'), the Jedi expected him to act more greedy, perhaps... but that was not the case with Ethan. Come to think of it, he was also practical - another characteristic in his favor. Practicality was expected to flow naturally from a Jedi; so much so, that it was as much a part of them as breathing.

"Well, let me at least help you with putting this nebulous treasure away," she muttered quickly, already moving toward the piles. Between the two of them, the stuff got put away within a couple of minutes. "Nice rise to my challenge there, Coyote. I did not expect you to be so industrious. You've learned the most important aspects of this ship a lot quicker than even I did." Most important aspects being the locations of: the mess hall, the hangar bay, and all the refreshers. Eyeing the bone he managed to grab for the dog, she smirked. "You are going to spoil him rotten. Got any snacks back there for Rudi? As vicious as they get when they're in a good mood, you wouldn't want to see them when they get jealous..."

Before Ethan could answer, Raine began raiding the pantry, pocketing two small cans of what looked to be some kind of fish. "Alright, now we're ready." She would lead the way out, making a beeline for the nearest turbolift, all while managing to snatch some items from Ethan so the kid wouldn't topple over with all that he was attempting to carry. "This way!" She whisper-hissed, promptly vanishing into the dimly lit hallway, expecting the boy to follow her...
 
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He couldn't help but start smiling. He felt like he was having fun, real fun for the first time in a while. Throughout all his training and learning here, he always felt like it was to serve a higher purpose. This though? This was just plain fun. He started chuckling as they made their way towards their quarters. He led her through all the darkened areas, all the places that the light didn't seem to reach when the ship was quiet. He had spent his time learning the ship well.

"I've been trying to learn the interior layout of the ship ever since I was able to walk and leave the medbay, shortly after I got here. I wanted to be able to make it to any spot where I might be needed, without having to stop and ask directions." He stopped at a maintenance hatch, turning the handled with a little use of Telekinesis. It also helped that the door was just serviced for it's preventive maintenance so it was rather easy to open. Once through, he motioned for her to follow him as he did the same to close it after she came through.

He seemed rather at home in this warren of tunnels. "I used to come in here a lot, shortly after arriving. I would hide away from others, trying to be as unnoticed as possible. Needless to say, I don't come in here as much as I used to. I still do sometimes, just to get some quiet if I need it. Though Matthias says he's gonna take me walking outside the ship one of these days. He says a space walk on the hull is one of the most relaxing things he can think of doing." He stopped at another access hatch. This one, even though it appeared to be closed, came open with just the push of his foot on the door. "I got that one rigged to be easy to open. Don't tell Junie."

The hatch opened up just a few feet from their shared quarters. Letting her go ahead, he closed the door behind them and made his way to follow her to the door.
 
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Once they stepped inside a vacant turbolift, Raine emitted a visible sigh of relief. They had successfully avoided Jilly! Well, maybe. There were probably cameras mounted all over the kitchen in places they would not even be able to see - and the droids definitely knew they had been there? But the droids did not possess the ability to speak, and it was highly doubtful that Jilly ever checked the cameras - especially if nothing was out of place in the kitchen. So for the most part, Raine considered them to have gotten away with it. Once the turbolift reached their level and the two once again emerged onto the dimly lit ship's hallway, she ditched her concerns and looked to her younger companion with glee.

"Well, good for you!" she replied to his quip about knowing the ship inside out and why. Glancing at the lad using the Force, she shook her head. "Your muscles could use a little workout, you know. The Force should not be used for simple actions that we can otherwise easily execute ourselves." Not that she was trying to admonish him, mind you - but it was genuinely how she felt things ought to be done. Noting that they were hardly saving time on their trek back to their quarters, she canted her head at Ethan, curiously. "Is there a reason we are taking the longest possible way around? You realize that since we left the lift, my door was only forty-three steps down the hall.... right?"

Efficacy. They boy still lacked it in some areas. Was he trying to impress her by showing her every crawlspace and every tunnel on this level? Hmm, Raine would humor him, for now. But she was getting thirsty and needed to pee at the same time. Force help anyone that gets in the way of Raine needing the toilet!
 
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Stopped as they were at the entrance to their quarters, Ethan just looked up at Raine. "It may have been the long way around...but it avoided every security camera that I know of, aside from the ones directly outside of Jilly's. Not much I could have done to those ones." He hit the buttons to punch in his access code with his nose, as his hands were rather full with spoils taken from the kitchen. Once the door opened, he'd let her go in first before following within.

Almost immediately, they were set upon by Brats. "Alright Brats, I missed you too. Hold on, I got something for you here." He sat the food he was carrying down on the desk and retrieved the soup bone he had taken. He held it out for Brats, but held up a finger. "I know you want this, but you have to earn it. Sit please." The hound promptly sat on his hind legs. Ethan reached down, holding his empty hand out. The dog immediately raised it's right paw, placing it in Ethan's hand. "Very pleased to meet you Brats." He let the paw go as the dog's tail started wagging a mile a minute. He held the bone out horizontally in front of the dog, who gently took it from Ethan's hand and ran off to the corner to begin noisily chewing on it.

Ethan then turned back to Raine, scratching his head. "I know I shouldn't use the Force for trivial things...but my hands were full and I didn't want to risk dropping anything. Next time I'll try to put the stuff down and open the door by hand." He then proceeded to assist her with the stuff she had carried. He immediately started splitting it up into equal portions, though with the gummies he divided his pile in half once more, and proceeded to move it over to Raine's pile. He gave her his best smile, letting out a slight giggle as he looked at their bounty.

The rush of getting away with their 'caper' was getting to him, but soon it settled down, and he continued to look at the pile as his face seemed somewhat downtrodden suddenly. He looked up at Raine. "Why do I feel like taking this all back suddenly?" His gaze swept back to the food...
 
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Raine smirked. "This isn't a Rakata Stronghold. The food here is for our use. We can go into the kitchen and do whatever we want there - as long as the place is cleaned up properly when we leave. The cameras in the mess hall have picked up our every move anyway, so it doesn't matter which way we used to get here - we would have been seen and recorded already." Sometimes, she wondered if Ethan was really 16 years old, as he acted 8. Stunted emotional/mental growth? A possibility, but hopefully it wouldn't linger. She had no patience for immature kids even though she was still in her teens, herself. Maybe Callista could help him get past it.

"Eh?" The Jedi Knight looked up suddenly, realizing she'd mist a whole interaction between the boy and her dog. Brats seemed unperturbed, focused on the bone he was given. "Oh - yeah - well, you could have given stuff to me. I'd carry it," Raine shrugged, not seeing a problem. "Just try to think of the Force as your last solution, rather than your first. Because if you don't, it will become ingrained in your mind - to use it all the time, even when not needed. It might drive you to become lazy and careless - and that is not the Jedi Way."

In the meantime, the 'kid' was making two piles, dividing the kitchen bounty equally between himself and Raine. She smiled back at him and shook her head when he admitted feeling guilty about having brought the food into her quarters. The temptation to use the Jedi Mind Trick on him right now was very strong, as was the urge to thwap him upside the head.

"You seem to be full of regrets, kid," Raine said finally, smirking. "We did not steal the food. We took it and brought it here to eat instead of the mess hall. Have you never heard of 'take out'? It's a place you go to get food and take it home to eat. Learn the rules. Read the fine print. The mess hall is not the only place on this ship you can eat and drink. In fact, you can have a party in your refresher, complete with ice cream and cookies - but I would not advise it. It could get messy," she winked, then proceeded to put her pile away in the locker between the kitchenette and the main living area.
 
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Ethan sighed, chastising himself mentally. She was right, of course. The food was there for any member of the crew to eat, and he WAS a member of the crew. He didn't have to fight or scrounge for scraps that were tossed his way. He sat down, pulling the bowl of ice cream over towards himself. "You're right. It's just...sometimes I find myself falling back into the habits I had before Matthias rescued me. Here, I can just go to the cafeteria and get whatever I want. Jilly said she'd fatten me right up. Whereas before, I'd have to scrounge or steal anything I could to eat. I even tried to starve myself to death once. They force fed me through a straw. Then once I had my strength back, they beat me...hard."

He took a spoonful of the ice cream into his mouth, closing his eyes and making noises that showed just how much he liked ice cream. He flipped the spoon upside down in his mouth, making sure to use his tongue to get all the delicious cream from the spoon. Pulling it from his mouth, he continued after swallowing. "And I have no real reason as to why I wanted to avoid the cameras. You're right when you say the ones in the cafeteria already caught us. That was pretty dumb of me." He swirled his spoon around in the semi melted ice cream.

"I wouldn't say I'm full of regrets, not really. Part of me kinda feels like this is all a dream. That at any moment I'm gonna wake up and find myself still chained to that wall in the warehouse. That this is all some pain induced fantasy and I'm really still getting beaten right this very moment." He gave her a rueful chuckle and a half smile. "Maybe I am dead, and this is Heaven. I've seen some Angels since coming here, that's for sure."

Looking down at the bowl, he realized it was empty. He had finished his ice cream and didn't even notice it. Sliding the bowl back onto the table, he took a sip of his milk. Looking down at the floor, he thought about where he was and how things were going, and on the things Raine had just told him. Looking back up at her after a few moments, he gave her a smile. "You know, for someone that's only a couple years older than me, you're pretty damn smart." He grabbed some cookies and started dunking them into his milk.
 
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"I understand," Raine smiled at Ethan lightly. "Life has some very harsh lessons in store for us all, kid - it's only a matter of time before it catches up with us. The trick is, not to let us run our lives or worse yet, ruin our future." She wasn't about to jump on Echan's pity parade; Force knows she had enough of her own burdens to bear and while these had never been physically detrimental - mental anguish, the Jedi knight found - was often far more tasking on the individual than any beating one might have to endure. Still, she would keep silent on the subject and wisely avoided milking it.

She joined him in the dessert party though, shoving a finger into a pile of sweet, ice creamy goodness. "Maybe it's all a fantasy, sure. Make of it what you want, kid - talk about it to your heart's content - this AND the past - if that's what turns your crank. But remember: eventually, you will have to let go of the past and move on. Stop thinking of this as some miracle lease on a new life, and move on. Things are what they are. I have learned to accept them and not dwell on them too much. Also? Regrets are like genital warts. If you ever had a giant painful pimple on your penis, you'll soon understand why they are very undesirable to have. Regrets, that is. Genital warts are far easier to get rid of," she grinned with a mouthful of ice cream in her face, obviously delighting in the experience.

Not about to get into the intricate details of how and why she learned about genital warts, Raine watched Ethan sip his milk and smiled back at him when he suggested that she was smart. Apparently, he wasn't finished yet - and had more room for cookies. She let him enjoy those in silence, merely sticking out her tongue at him for suggesting she was smart. What a preposterous idea, that! And it wasn't two years. It was one. Then again, who was counting? She eyed the 'kid' carefully, sizing him up. In the past few months of hanging with the group, Ethan began to 'fill out' and gained a couple of inches in height. Or was she merely imagining it?? Then again, it was possible Raine never noticed that before. She scarcely paid attention to such things as outward appearance; they were all too busy with the crazy pace of war to pay heed to vanity, here.
 
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Ethan nodded slowly, agreeing with pretty much everything Raine had said, though some of it shocked him a little bit. "Pimple on my penis? No pimples, but I did have a cigarette put out on it once." He spoke it so nonchalantly that it was impossible to tell if he was serious or not. The sad thing was - he was serious. Finishing off his milk, he cast a glance at her that belonged on someone far older than himself.

"I know I need to let the past die. My first step on that path was accepting the name and role given to me here. Kenric Gillard is dead. I am Ethan Cuyan. Sure, I have the experiences of Kenric, the core of me is Kenric, but from now on, I'm Ethan. Because I choose to be Ethan. It's what I want." Reaching over to his smaller stack of gummies, he popped a few in his mouth, before taking a red one and tossing it in Raine's direction in the general vicinity of her mouth.

"I probably just need to keep my mind busy. Between the training I'm getting from Master Kabak and the other Jedi, and the training I'm receiving from Matthias and all the Marines - who seem to have adopted me in some weird way, I haven't had much time to think about things. Especially the direction I want to go in life. I mean sure, I want to be a Jedi, but some of the rules seem a bit...constricting? I mean, I'm Albionian, right? So as of right now my eyes are grey, but eventually they're gonna turn brown and I'm gonna have to take a mate and all that...stuff. Because frankly, I don't want to die from a lack of getting laid."

He realized he had drifted off into some strange territory at that point, and proceeded to blush slightly. "Sorry, didn't mean to go off randomly like that. My mouth just gets ahead of me sometimes. Want some more gummies?" His pile was about half gone, but he'd gladly share what he had left with Raine in order to change the subject.
 
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"Sorry," Raine shrugged with a lopsided grin as she watched Ethan nurse a flowering blush on his cheeks when the 'P' word was spoken by either of them. "But you're kinda an adult on most worlds in the known Galaxy, you realize this, right? A word describing a part of human anatomy should not be a reason to get all flustered about it. You do use it daily, don't you? And also: eww." Hearing about someone putting a cigarette out on a person's genitalia made her skin crawl. But Raine's first instinct was to shove that cigarette down the person's throat and make him or her swallow it whole.

Still, she made no comment on the stuff he said, up until the point he mentioned a name. "Kenric...? Are you possessed by someone then?" She had always thought of him as an Albionian, but then again, Raine often forgot to pay attention to significant details when it came to listening to, and interacting with people. She caught the offered gummy almost flawlessly - the candy did manage to bounce of her nose before she finally scooped it up with her tongue, laughing. "Well, don't push yourself too hard with that training business, either." She shrugged> "I find that keeping oneself too preoccupied with one thing might make you miss a whole slew of other things that may be just as important. Also, don't forget to have a little bit of fun - every day. Mating can wait too. Trust me, sex isn't all that. It's like farting, breathing, belching and a whole lot of other things that I can personally do without. Well, maybe not farting," demonic sparks lit up in Raine's blue-green eyes and she laughed again. "Runk and I used to have farting contests before you came on board," she confided in her companion quietly, but was apparently unable to keep herself from snorting.

"Although on a more serious note... I had no idea Albionians died from lack of sex? That is just plain stupid. Sex should be a choice not something you are forced into because otherwise you die or grow a second face on your ass, et cetera. You know what I mean? I can't see its value beyond getting one's rocks off when you're stressed or anxious or...downright intoxicated - and it would take one damn special person to make me see it entirely different like." Pausing, Raine bit her lower lip in thought as an image of a fellow shipmate flashed through her mind and vanished as quickly as it had appeared. "Oh, and speaking of entirely different - let me get your opinion on someone. What do you think of Junie?" She asked suddenly, a somewhat glazed look coming over her - followed by a brief chime-like giggle.
 
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Ethan listened to Raine go on, a tad bit embarrassed at himself. "Yeah, I know I'm considered an adult on most worlds. I don't FEEL like one though. I mean, I can barely read and write, I never went to school - well, I probably went to school when I was younger. Before I was taken. But I don't remember it. I've missed out on a lot of stuff these past what, six years? Frak me, I've never even kissed a girl! And yet..." He deepens his voice to be somewhat mocking of adults, "...I'm an adult." He lets his voice go back to normal. "Pfft, whatever. I'm whatever I want to be. If I want to have some fun and act childish at times, well I'm gonna have fun. I can be serious too. It's just not as fun." He then looks dead serious at Raine. "And I know what a penis is. I have one thank you very much." That had fleshed out too, along with the rest of him. He blames Jilly's cooking for that too.

He turned his attention back to Raine's question about his old name. "Kenric? That's the name my parents gave me. It was in the file that Matthias got from Albion. My parents name's and their occupations. My name, according to Albion Vital Statistics, is Kenric Gillard. But like I said, that boy is dead. He died in the hands of the gangs and the Albion Liberation Front. I AM Ethan Cuyan. That is who I choose to be. Not a Highborne, but a Jedi. Well...almost Jedi. I'm not even a Padawan yet, am I? I mean, no one has formally taken me on as a Master yet. That's how that works, isn't it?" He scratched his head a bit. "What you said about being preoccupied a lot being bad, is true, but I feel I have a lot to get caught up on. So that's why I try to read anything and everything I can get my hands on. Callie's been a big help, teaching me how to read and write Basic. Heck, everyone's been helping me so much." He got quiet and conspiratorial...though who he thought would hear them in their quarters, he didn't know. "The Marines have been a big help too. Corporal Jenkins even let me drive a tank. That was fun!" He didn't add that he almost crashed it into the water and it had to be repainted from scratches due to a tree just jumping out in front of him. Totally not his fault.

He turned somewhat serious again. "Yeah, Albions can die from lack of sex. Well, lack of having children. It was something one of the Marines crudely introduced me too. She said I was almost old enough to go find myself a mate and start popping out babies, and if my eyes changed color, to come see her. So I asked Matthias what that was all about, and he handed me a datapad the next day with the full description of the Albion Genetic Curse as he called it. Apparently as a way of controlling the population back when the Albionian's were slaves to the Rakata, they were genetically programmed to be forced to find a mate and produce offspring, or they'd die. It has something to do with their eye colors."

He went off and pulled out the pad that Matthias had given him. "Let's see. This thing says.... ah here it is. Children are born with grey eyes and keep the grey eyes throughout their childhood and young adult years. After that, the eyes turn green. Upon reaching maturity, somewhere around around the age of 18-20, a young Albion's eyes will suddenly shift to a bright Green color. Body chemistry radically alters, and they become 'Available'. Anyone exhibiting green eyes will begin to exhibit overwhelming sexual drive, and have an intense biological need seek out members of the opposite sex to mate with. Once they find an individual attractive to them, they will aggressively pursue a romantic relationship with that individual."

He skimmed some more through the part about green eyes. "The core mechanic of this biological necessity is the breakdown of the body to naturally produce key precursor proteins. Thus, it is literally a matter of life and death for Albionian humans, particularly female, to find a mate relatively quickly when they come of age." He looked up at Raine from the datapad. "If my eyes ever start turning green, warn me." He didn't add the part about where males will sometimes become hyper aggressive and fight with other males. He didn't need that in his life at this point. He was glad his eyes were grey...for now.

He then remembered Raine's question about Junie. "Junie? I like her. She seems knowledgeable and fun to be around at times. Also.." He smirked a bit. "She can get on Matthias' nerves sometimes. It makes me chuckle." He stopped to think. "I always wondered what she looks like under that robe. I mean, what if she's a black hole with two stars for eyes?! That might explain how she just appears out of thin air at times. How does she do that?" He calmly slid all his remaining gummies over to Raine. Sharing is caring after all.
 
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"Well, I was taught to be a Jedi Knight since I could walk under my own power, so I guess I am the very opposite of you. Or my situation is the opposite of yours. Either way, I was sorta expected to be a walking mystical warrior since the day I opened my eyes. Imagine the pressure, if you can? Either way, I did the best I could under the circumstances - and Mother seemed to think I did alright, so I don't feel like I screwed up too much where my upbringing was concerned. Pity I don't remember most of it...but I was told there was some kind of accident, which basically wiped out a lot of my memory -so- things being as they are, I just continued onward from whatever base I had."

Ignoring his penis comments, Raine just laughed out right. Who cared about that shit, anyway? When she needed to get her rocks off, she just went and did it. It was never a central point of her life nor would it ever be. Suppose a lot of people focused their lives on their mates and sex and children, but Raine would never be one of them. There was more to life than an orgasm or a thousand. Dicks and vaginas were tools where she was concerned, nothing more. Now the perfect union of minds? That was one in a million. Raine wanted one of those, but did not believe in ever finding it. Xadao was a close fit, Junie also - but neither of them showed any interest in her other than a friend or a mentor. That put her off the idea significantly enough to stop looking and focus instead, on the war raging in the Unknown Regions. Keeping busy. Keeping herself invested in selfless tasks rather than moping for selfish needs. Fuck that. Moving on!

"Kenric is a good name. Why didn't you stick with it? Eww at Gillard. Sounds like a bird's innards, no offense. Then again my surname is Andyr and that sounds like some bigoted guy's name, haha. Kidding. It's probably ancient and wonderful but I hadn't really looked into it. Maybe I should. There just hasn't been any time." Well, no - that was a lie - there was time and plenty of it, even before she joined the crew of the Orion but Raine simply did not care to see herself as anyone but Muriel's daughter. Even so, she did not adopt the name 'Y'ar' and felt it would be wrong to do so. It was not merely a name but an identity that Muriel wanted to take upon herself. A part of her mother, Raine was told. Y'arina or something? She couldn't remember. Either way, she gave Muriel life, and that is all the Jedi Knight knew. The rest was murky history - not the kind that Muriel wanted to revisit. And so, Raine kept away from it, and focused instead, on honing her abilities instead of digging into stuff that was not of dire importance or her direct business.

Looking back at Ethan, Raine almost laughed as he unveiled, in all seriousness, the repercussions of him lacking to have sexual intercourse.

"Well, good luck with that - I mean, I'm sure you can find a mate rather easily. Popping out kids is a requirement, eh?" She scratched her head, winking at him with a suggestive grin. "Sadly, can't help you out with that. One of the first things I was told when I turned sixteen, was that I was sterile and thus unable to have children. So I guess I'm off the hook as a potential mate!"
 
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Ethan just looked at her as she talked about her upbringing. He couldn't imagine what it was like, being expected to be a Jedi from day one. "That's crazy. Why would someone put that much pressure on a kid from the beginning? Doesn't make any sense to me." He thought about the path he was on now, how he had willingly chosen to follow the path of a Jedi, and to leave his old life behind. He already read that the Jedi didn't allow attachments and families...would Davin enforce that rule with him? He suddenly felt rather melancholy at the prospect of having to leave to find a mate and have a family.

He seemed lost in thought for a few moments, before suddenly looking up at Raine. "I don't want to leave to have a family. I want to stay and help you guys. You, and Davin, and Matthias, and Xadao, and Cal and..." He stopped when he realized his heart was beating frantically. He closed his eyes and purposely slowed his breathing to calm himself down. It took him a minute, but he calmed down. He opened his eyes to look at Raine again. "Sorry about that. I don't know what got into me."

He thought back on what she said again, and actually blushed a little as he remembered her saying he could find a mate easily. "I don't know about that. Me finding a mate I mean." He then remembered the suggestive grin she gave him, and gave one of his own. "You may be off the hook as a potential mate, doesn't mean practicing is off the table." He smirked then the context of what he said finally made it to his brain. "Wait, that didn't come out right. I didn't want to imply...you know, that I wanted to practice with you. Er, that didn't sound right either. It's just..." He sighed and dropped his head, facepalming into his hand. "Oh bother..."
 

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Raine smiled wryly in response to Ethan's first comment. "To be honest, I don't think it's pressure at all. Most Force-sensitives know they have the Force or some kind of supernatural ability that makes them eager to wield it. Some are more shy than others and some may be slower than others in learning - but all have this innate need to just -do- stuff with it. When you're a kid, you want to be everywhere, do everything, that sorta stuff. You're naturally curious at that stage - the Force is simply one of those things you become curious about and believe me - seeing others wield it with the ability of a master really wants you to be just like them. The sooner the better. I know I had felt that same pull to the Force."

Falling silent for a moment, she nodded her understanding at Ethan's unwillingness to leave the group to lead a life on the planet below. "So don't leave? Just have sex, get that bit over with - so you don't die or grow a third eye and stuff - and get on with life." Pausing a moment, she reached out to squeeze his forearm lightly. "And don't worry about sharing your feelings, ever. What are friends for, if not to share stuff with? You can trust me - I don't babble or anything. Well, except when I'm really low on gummies - but even then - it's only to myself. Then you might hear me all sorts of profane things which a Jedi probably should not say..." Cutting herself off right there, the Jedi knight smirked and shook her head. This 'kid' who was not really a kid, was really growing on her. She could see that the group had the same effect on him. Good. The sooner he got over his traumatizing past, the quicker he would be able to get on with his life.

The last batch of comments made her want to burst out laughing. "Oh, you like playing hardball, eh? Well, no worries - I'll take that suggestion as a compliment. Although I would seriously suggest looking around the ship if this is a rite of passage you need to undertake. I understand if you'd rather it be with someone very special - but if not - then there are plenty of fish in this sea, ya know? Just make sure it's consensual and that you're both ready. None of this rushing into stuff because you get overwhelmed by hormones. Mind you - I'm really not the one to counsel you on these things. Talk to Matthias. Trust me,he's far more knowledgeable than me when it comes to this stuff."

It suddenly occurred to Raine that that last bit didn't come out right either. Oh, well! What has been said - could not be unsaid. Reaching into her pocket, she dug out a couple of gummies and stuffed them promptly into her mouth while watching Ethan's face for signs of fresh and more intense blushing.
 
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He was turning a few shades of red at this point. He hadn't meant to insinuate anything, but he had promptly opened his mouth and inserted his foot. Looking up at Raine over his hand - which his face was still buried in - he took in her features. As he was doing this, his body started a biological reaction to the visual stimuli. Deep within his brain, in the hypothalamus, a message is sent to the pituitary gland. That gland sends a message to locations within the young man's body - the testicles and the adrenal glands just above his kidneys. The order was given for more testosterone.

Reacting involuntarily to the flood of the hormone into his system, Ethan just grinned at Raine, truly appreciating her as a woman and a potential mate. He started having lurid thoughts of Raine within his mind. Embarrassed at the thoughts now running through his mind, he breaks eye contact and turns back towards where their food had been. He frantically looked around at anything, anything at all to get his mind off of Raine's very lovely natural curves. He tried to change the subject. "I've seen how some of those more experienced with the Force use it, and I am a bit envious. I've seen you and Lana perform feats that leave me just standing there all..stupi...stupen... just feeling dumb. I know it's gonna take me years of practice to be that good, but I swear I'll be a great Jedi. Maybe I'll have a garden too. Someplace Brats could play and dig all the holes he wants."

He kept his back towards Raine, trying to hide his autonomous response...but it wasn't working out too well. He mentally screamed at his body. Just go away damn it! You're gonna make her leave...
 
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