TRAINING SIM Rise and Rise Again

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Satisfied that the animals were now fed, Ethan decided to get himself something to eat. He went to their small stash of food items - mostly rations and gummies for Raine, but he pulled out some of the items he had stashed away. Pulling the bag of freeze dried berries out, he popped a few into his mouth, savoring their taste.

Going back over to where Raine was with Rudi, he sat down and watched her interact with the cat. He did hold out the bag for her though, "Want some freeze dried berries?" He popped a few more into his mouth.
 

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Raine grinned, then shook her head. "As tempting at that is, I don't want to dig into your stash. You have little as is - save them for yourself - thank you, Ethan," she said.

The cat was eating happily, taking his time with every morsel of food. Sensing Ethan's approach, his back arched for a brief moment - then relaxed, as the young human kept his distance. There may have also been a brief flash of sharp teeth - although Ethan would not have seen it, as the cat was facing away from him on approach.

"Heh, that's Rudi for you. Always vigilant. I've learned the hard way not to get close to his bowl when he eats or he'll growl at me. A very possessive cat, this one," Raine said just as the Spukamas returned to his previous munching state.


 

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It appears that Rudi was acting territorial there for a moment. Arching back and showing teeth is a defensive posture.
 

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Ethan nodded at Raine's refusal of the freeze dried berries. He wasn't offended or angry, he simply accepted it. Rolling the package back up, he walked back to the little kitchenette area, and hid them back amongst his other goodies. Which was all cans of fruit and vegetables. So not many goodies.

He got himself some water and bringing a second glass over for Raine, he sat it down beside her before taking his own seat again. "So, what are your plans for today Raine?"
 

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"My usual duty roster is posted next to the bunk bed," Raine stuck her tongue out at Ethan who was hopelessly trying to chit-chat about trite matters.

"But if you must know, same old - squadron training duty commencing right after lunch and that will pretty much take care of two to three hours... and then I get to take over bridge duty for six hours after that. Then my own time - which is usually spent on eating, sleeping and roommate tormenting. How about you?"

The Spukamas continued to eat, blissfully ignorant of the conversation taking place between its human pets.
 

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Ethan just shrugged as he finished off his water. "Well I got the next hour free because I was thinking my training was going to take longer. After that I have time in the firing range, usually a half hour or so, followed by weapon maintenance. After that I'll be doing some studying, learning mathematics is a chore, but I guess it needs to be done. Then later this afternoon I'll be helping Uri out in the Forge."

He got thinking about the Forge and what he could do there. "I really need to get around to making my Padawan lightsaber. I'm pretty familiar with the Forge and I think Uri would let me, after I finalized the plans of course."
 

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"No science lab duties today?" Raine canted her head curiously, recalling Ethan talking about starting up an arboretum sometime. "I'd have thought you'd be in there every day now."

Pausing momentarily, she nodded. "Making a lightsaber is an important rite of passage - and it is an experience unique to every Force user. If you are intent on making one soon, you should probably let Callista know. As your master, she should be there not only for moral support but for guidance. Not to mention, that would show a clear respect you have for her as your Master. Just tossing my two credits in there. So these plans of yours, how close are they to being done?"
 

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Ethan smiled. "I was in the Science Lab this morning right after my morning workout." He spent every morning doing the same workout routine the Marines did, to show them he may be a Force user, but he wasn't anything more than just a person, like them. They seemed to appreciate the sentiment.

Shifting his thoughts to his Padawan saber, he tilted his head to the side, thinking. "Well, it's pretty basic. I could probably fit it inside a steel tube if I wanted to. No fancy parts, nor ornamentation. Just simple and to the point. Though I accidentally deleted my last set of schematics, so I'll have to start again. And of course I want Callista to be there. She's my Master and I respect everything she has taught me. You can be there too, if you want. And Uri, obviously as Mistress of the Forge. No one else though, I wouldn't want the distractions."
 

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"Thanks for the invitation, I'll be sure to be there as soon as you tell me when you plan to proceed. But wait, are you saying that you're not planning on having a single modification on the lightsaber? I hope you give that more thought. Something as basic as a cell recognizer can prevent anyone but those you have specifically designated - from utilizing your lightsaber - should it ever fall into the wrong hands," Raine mused before continuing.

"Also, a pressure grip can be very helpful when you lose control of your weapon but you don't want it to accidentally slice or stab through whatever ends up being in its way. This modification is more of a precautionary measure, of course - and I do not know of many Jedi that have applied it in their weapons - but it is by no means less useful."
 

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Listening to what Raine was telling him, he nodded, agreeing with what she said. "A cell recognizer does sound prudent. I'd program it to recognize you, me, Callista, and maybe Matthias, but that would be about it. I don't really want much else though. It's supposed to be a Padawan saber. To demonstrate my ability in the basics of lightsaber construction. If I want to go fancy, I can do that with my Knight saber, after I've mastered the basics in my Padawan Saber."

He didn't want to have anything flashy or extravagant for his first saber. He wanted simplistic, basic...a humble weapon. Not something to point at and boast about. He didn't have an ounce of arrogance in his body, and as he looked down at his lap, fiddling with his finger nails, he suddenly thought that it would make him less of a Jedi.
 

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"The two modifications I mentioned are not what I call 'fancy' but rather practical. If your weapon goes flying and strikes someone by accident while you can do nothing to prevent it - you will remember my words, then." Raine spoke as-a-matter-of-factly, as if she'd had first hand experience about all the things that could go wrong when a lightsaber was loosed from her grip. In truth, she had yet to come face to face with such a possibility but as a Jedi master, was also otherwise prepared to countermand it - with or without, a pressure grip involved.

Suddenly, as they talked, Rudi came up and started rubbing up against their legs, sniffing at Ethan's pants then turning around to rub Raine's calves some more. Once he was done, the Spukamas sat and pawed at the side of Raine's leg, apparently trying to get her attention. The young Jedi turned to look at Rudie and canted her head curiously, attempting to figure out just what the feline wanted, now...?

 

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The Spukamas wants your personal attention, Raine. More than likely, he wants you to pet it - if the cat wanted in your lap, he'd have leapt into it, by now.
 

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"You're right, those modifications do seem rather practical. I'll definitely make sure to include them in my design, whenever I get to redoing it, that is."

Ethan was content to sit there and watch Raine with Rudi for a bit. It was peaceful, just sitting there watching the cat and Raine. He could feel the cares of a spiteful galaxy just drift away. Not that he had many cares that needed to drift away. His life was pretty easy - if you take the constant threat of death from an enemy as easy, but he lived with that feeling for years. Never knowing if he was going to survive from one day to the next.

Now though, he could do something about it.

He wasn't the scared young boy that whimpered in a corner, begging for death. Now, he was a young man in charge of his destiny, able to pick whatever path he wanted. He had friends, some good, some great - some more than friends - but friends nonetheless. So for now, he sat there, content and smiled at Raine and Rudi.

In this moment, he felt like everything was just perfect.
 

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Raine smiled. "I am very excited to see the plans you come up with. They will be something else, I just know it. Kinda makes me wish I had a Padawan lightsaber but I never did make one. I suppose it's a bit late for that now... but at least I did make two - which is about an average number of lightsabers a Jedi makes during his or her lifetime.

But enough about that - what about your training with the Marines? Are you enjoying it or would you rather be somewhere else? I suppose what I'm trying to ask is, where do you see yourself in 3-5 years? Somehow I do not picture you as a soldier,"
Raine said, reaching down with her hand to pet Rudi who began to purr contentedly.

Maybe she and the Spukamas could finally find a way to co-exist in peace. Now that they were taking some time to figure each other out, they could even become friends - imagine that?!
 

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He nodded and thought about her question, thinking about what he wanted to do and how. He really hadn't thought too much about the future, living more in the present than anything. "I honestly do not know. Hopefully by that point this war is over and we can begin rebuilding this part of space. Too much has been destroyed, too many lives torn asunder."

He thought more deeply on the subject, "Though, I suppose if the war is NOT over, well as long as I'm alive, I'll keep fighting. This is my home after all. These are my people. I may be training as a Jedi, but I won't turn my back on them. I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I did such a thing."

He looked down at his hands, suddenly nervous. "Umm, what do you want to do in 3-5 years, Raine?"
 

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Smirking at her friend, Raine said, "I see you becoming a professional gardener. As for me? Hmm, I don't know, to be honest. I have a very finite lifespan so the first thing I'll do after this war is over, is look into prolonging my life, if possible. I was thinking of creating a cloning facility... maybe not by myself but with the help of those who know how. Maybe Uri, if she decides to stick around? Junie seems like a good person to ask, too. But that can wait because like you said, we have to get to that point first - when we have the freedom to rebuild our lives instead of taking them."
 

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He raised an eyebrow at her mention of a cloning facility. "How'd you do that, extending your life with clones I mean. I admit, I don't know much about clone technology - you're the only technical clone I know of, and honestly, I've never looked at you as a clone. You're a woman. A vibrant, attractive woman, but a woman, not a clone."

He realized he was rambling a bit and reached up, tugging at his right ear. "Sorry, didn't meant to ramble. And I wouldn't mind being a gardener. I love tending plants. If Callista and Davin open up their own Academy, maybe they'll let me tend the grounds there."

He smiled, thinking about all the lovely flora he'd be able to tend to - and it would all be his.
 

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"There is a technique I have learned recently, one that allows the Jedi to transfer his or her consciousness into another body. Sith just do it by taking over any person living whose consciousness they simply overpower. But I would do it with a blank clone so that no identity would be destroyed in the process - since none would exist in the clone, in the first place. And you are not rambling. Plus, as a gardener you will have to practice talking to plants and trees... so might as well start practicing now, heh. I am sure that Davin and Callista would get a kick out of hearing you do it, too...."
 

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Ethan got embarrassed after Raine mentioned talking to plants. "Umm, I kinda already do. When I'm tending to my plants I talk and ask how they're doing and if they need anything. I don't get any answers, but I thought that them hearing a friendly voice might make them feel better."

Yeah, he was crazy. He talked to plants. That was okay though. He didn't mind if people thought him crazy. He enjoyed talking to them and tending plants had a calming effect upon him. "You know, sometimes I meditate with my plants. Being surrounded by them helps calm my mind some. You should try it with me sometime."

He looked at the time, and saw it would soon be time for him to head to the range for gunnery practice. He found that he didn't want to go. He wanted to stay and spend more time with Raine. "I gotta go soon...but I don't want to. I'd rather stay here, with you." He let his eyes go wide as he realized he said that last part out loud. "I didn't say that."
 

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Smirking, Raine tapped Ethan on the shoulder. "Nah, you're not crazy. Talking to plants is therapeutic for them - and for you - so you are actually doing something beneficial for two ecosystems, theirs and yours. And I agree about plants having that calming effect. You may not know this, but I love hugging trees. They just feel so good to hug, you can sense all the positive, soothing energy flowing through you as you wrap your arms around their bark."

She laughed at her roommate's last words. "I think we both best get going. I have to get ready for my flight instruction class and I still have to clean out Rudi's litter box before I go. So! Off with you - and we'll catch up later tonight - I promise."

Getting to her feet, Raine tugged on her tunic, pulling it down and walked over to the sink, turning toward Ethan one last time. "Take it easy, kid - and may the Force be with you."

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