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Anakin Skywalker ([personal profile] morally_cryptic) wrote2015-08-05 12:35 am

[for Han] pretend holothriller title: clone conspiracy on coruscant

Ringo Vinda and what had happened with Tup and Master Tiplar had been bad enough. Having to take a side-trip to the Chancellor's office to tell Palpatine what had happened--the Chancellor had insisted and since it had been his suggestion for the mission, Anakin hadn't been in any position to refuse--had been even worse. It was still difficult, when in the Chancellor's presence, to reconcile the man before him with the Sith lord Luke and Leia knew.

It was easier to see himself as Vader than to see Palpatine as this Emperor. Perhaps because Anakin was self-aware enough to know how closely he'd treaded to line in the past, perhaps simply because he'd seen the masked figure himself through Leia's memory she'd offered him. Or maybe just because he'd dreamed of the future he still devoutly hoped would never happen.

And then came the news that Master Shaak Ti had brought Fives back to Coruscant, bound and restrained, with an apparently wild tale he insisted he tell the Chancellor. Only it seemed he'd tried to assassinate Palpatine instead and taken off, disappearing into the streets of Coruscant. The belief was that he had snapped the same way Tup had and troopers had been dispatched to locate him.

Anakin planned on getting there first.

Normally, he would have brought Rex along since Fives would be more likely to trust his Captain than any other clone but someone had ordered that the 501st stay put until all of them were inoculated for the supposed virus that had affected Tup and Fives.

So, strangely enough, it's down to the hangar where the Twilight sits that Anakin goes. He doesn't actually pause for pleasantries, "you want something to do? I've got a job. And we need to go now."
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[personal profile] velocities 2015-08-07 06:21 am (UTC)(link)
Han had been working on the circuitry boards in the navigation systems when he heard the footsteps, and he'd learned by now not to play 'Guess Which Skywalker.' He never ended up being right anyway.

That it's Anakin doesn't surprise him. It hardly even puts him on edge now, mostly due to commiserating about Hutts, and the way he tenses is entirely because everything in Anakin's manner is too urgent for Han to do anything else but tense, wait for a blow that's got to come from somewhere.

"Now?"

Still, he's up and moving, as 'casually' armed as Leia lets him be in the Temple. Which is well enough for now, thanks to his paranoia back on Bakura.
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if the furry shoe fits...

[personal profile] velocities 2015-08-07 09:52 pm (UTC)(link)
No, he's not security. And he's probably the only one in this unfortunate group to have seen the very bottom levels of Coruscant for himself while on the run from aforementioned security forces.

"Who are we looking for?" Knowing that will get them a long way toward knowing where to look. Though, if he's asking Han instead of certain other people...

"It's not Luke, is it?"

He wouldn't be entirely surprised if Luke had found a way to get on the security force's bad side for no reason at all, it was just the way their luck seemed to work, but it would ratchet up the concern prickling at the back of his neck quite a few notches.
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[personal profile] velocities 2015-08-08 12:09 am (UTC)(link)
There's a moment of hesitation, of Han wondering what he's getting himself into with clones and the military that will end up being the Empire's military, but then he nods. It seemed to be a family trait, showing up with morals to spare and getting him into things.

"Then we should probably hurry before he goes down so far we need a luma," said as he gestures for Anakin to lead the way.
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[personal profile] velocities 2015-08-08 12:53 am (UTC)(link)
Not his choice in driving arrangements, but there didn't seem to be time to argue the point now. Han was able, at times, to put urgency before his ego. Especially when he still didn't entirely know what was going on.

"Why is he running from Security? And where do you figure he'd head first?"

Anakin was the one that knew Fives. If Han was going to be any help at all, he'd need a little help on the information front.

[ ooc: That works for me! ]
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[personal profile] velocities 2015-08-08 01:32 am (UTC)(link)
"I got that it didn't go well between him and Leia..." Han gestures helplessly, "working things out."

And most of what he'd heard from that was unpleasant and shouty and not anything he felt comfortable sharing with Anakin. Not because it had anything to do with him and the future, they were past that. But it was between Leia and Luke. Han wasn't entirely comfortable having overheard it himself, felt like he'd been an interloper just knowing some of the specifics that had been too loud to ignore.

He points at a turn-off, "I'd take that, and head down a few levels, if I were you. Or your friend." Pointedly, not 'officer.' He has a feeling if they get too close to the security teams sweeping the area they'll end up in some kind of medical detention, too.
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[personal profile] velocities 2015-08-08 02:05 am (UTC)(link)
No, not the time at all. Though something about this...

One of the clones shot another Jedi while on the mission.

It hadn't been much at Carida. A line in a history text, the answer on some quiz and then on to the next chapter of the Empire's illustrious history. Han had never been good with history, but it jumps at him now and he shoots a look right back at Anakin for entirely different reasons.

"We need to find him and then get him off this planet. If he-- If this is what I think it is? It's a bigger problem than local security."
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[personal profile] velocities 2015-08-08 02:35 am (UTC)(link)
Attacking and trying to murder the Chancellor wasn't exactly something Han disapproves of, but he can see how that complicates things. He'd nearly died before, and all he'd done then was try to withdraw funds from the bank. (While having a Hunt-sponsored hit out on him, which wasn't inconsequential.)

Whether Anakin wanted to know or not, Han shakes his head. "How do you figure the Jedi disappear between now and... My now?"

He'd elaborate more than that, but Anakin is driving and Han doesn't want to crash. Besides, they need to get to Fives. Then they can figure out the rest of what this really means.
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[personal profile] velocities 2015-08-08 02:58 am (UTC)(link)
"Funny, I would've said the same thing about traveling through time a month ago," he says with as much respect for Anakin's denial as he can muster. (It is not a lot.)

But he has no objections to the Jedi bloodhound plan, considering Han doesn't have any better ideas yet. "You think you can find him that way?"
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[personal profile] velocities 2015-08-08 03:38 am (UTC)(link)
Han needs a guidebook on what's stuff only Luke and Leia can do because they're them, and what stuff is just Jedi things. It's all very confusing, though he's not complaining about the method--and then the comm chimes.

"Something important?"
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[personal profile] velocities 2015-08-08 03:48 am (UTC)(link)
It's not a voice Han expects to hear at all, and the way he nearly jumps out of his seat is probably evidence enough of that. Then he sits, tense, and eyes the comm like it's a vrelt about to leap over and bite him.

"You've got to be kidding me..." Muttered as he shakes his head, shoulders tense and jaw set.
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[personal profile] velocities 2015-08-08 03:58 am (UTC)(link)
"They're Fetts?"

It's the first thing he can think to say once the comm is off and they're on their way. Not that there wasn't a bigger issue to be dealt with right now, but Han needs a minute to process this before seeing one face-to-face.

One that will need him to not be jumpy and uncomfortable.
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[personal profile] velocities 2015-08-08 04:21 am (UTC)(link)
"No, I didn't, though it explains a lot about Boba Fett."

Not too much, but Han was ready to make assumptions about how he became such a persistent pain in Han's backside.

"I'm fine, just... get us there before someone else finds him."
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[personal profile] velocities 2015-08-08 04:50 am (UTC)(link)
Anakin isn't used to having Han as a passenger. This can't be worse than anything he's done (or certain thing's he's had to sit through Chewbacca doing), and the more important role now for him is to keep an eye out and make sure there aren't any security patrols nearby.

Or following them.

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