It's the Truth, I Swear!

Part 7

by Mary Christmas (unicorn_76010 at lycos.com)
7/24/02

Holmes quickly stopped Lestrade at this part of the narrative. Everything else so far had seemed to add up. However.

"These three men seem to be very wise," he said carefully, "And yet they immediately trust your word without having known you for long? Surely there were other means that you could have received that information."

Lestrade rolled her eyes. "Holmes, these three guys use something called the Force. They knew I was telling the whole truth."

"Extrasensory perception? Now, Lestrade..."

"Now, Holmes..." she said, mimicking him exactly. He hated it when she did that. "Look, just because you've never come across something like that doesn't mean it doesn't exist."

"Quite right, Holmes," Watson intervened, sensing a battle. "I saw it myself, with my very own eyes...er sensors. But not until much later in the story. Now, where was I? Oh, yes..."

******

"Tatooine," Sayn said as Watson came into the cockpit. Outside the viewport, the pinpoints of light had been replaced by the glow of three burning suns...no, wait...the middle one was a planet.

"How odd," he remarked to the captain.

Sayn smiled. "Yeah, it's amazing, isn't it? Early explorers once thought it was a third sun caught in the binary...but when a group of scientists crashlanded there, it was realized that it was actually a planet...completely covered in sand...no natural lakes or rivers...but a planet, nonetheless. It's the best sort of place for our kind. Remote, barren, has the best cantinas...Sit back and strap yourself in while I land."

Watson complied and stared at the blinding visage of the desert planet. It was incredible. And people really lived there? Of course, humans had been living in deserts on earth for millennia, so it wasn't too great a stretch of the imagination.

"I do hope you are better at landing than takeoff," he remarked, simply feeling the need for conversation.

"Very funny," Sayn said dryly, "Now, when I tell you to, I want you to pull the green lever that's over your head -- no, not that one...yeah, that one...okay...now!"

Watson pulled the lever and he could feel the change in the ship as thrusters were turned on. It began its slow descent into the atmosphere below.

Several hours later, Watson waited outside of a cantina as Sayn was doing something. He hadn't quite caught what the man had been saying as he disappeared inside. And really, the way they treated robots. It was almost as bad as the anti-techs back home. Almost...at least they realized they had some good uses here.

After only a few minutes, Sayn walked out his expression stormy. "Come on, Watson, we're going to join a raid on the Tuskens."

"I beg your pardon?"

Sayn grinned. "There's a reward if we get this lady who was kidnapped back to safety. Should be a piece of cake." He shook his head in disgust. "Most of the rescue party is comprised of moisture farmers who only have outdated weaponry and have no idea how to work in an organized search and rescue operation."

Watson looked over at him intently...well, he considered it intently anyway. "And you do?"

"Yes. I was once part of Coruscant's special guardsmen." He gave a short, flat laugh. "Until Palpatine got elected as Supreme Chancellor. He got rid of everybody. Said that he was afraid our loyalty would be to the former Chancellor. Ha! Our loyalty is to the Republic...and its people."

"Then you aren't really a pirate...are you? You're a spy."

Sayn looked over at him in surprise. "Well, you really aren't an ordinary 'droid, are you?" He looked around, but the different beings milling about seemed to be paying them no attention, so he continued. "Yes. A few senators hired me and some other men who are unhappy with the present situation to keep an eye on Palpatine and his closest advisors." Sayn grinned again. "Anyway, for ten years I've been building up a case to present to the Senate. And I've almost got it completed."

Watson nodded. "I see. Well, Captain Sayn, what does going after this woman have to do with what you are doing?"

"Nothing...all right. I found out that a man of Palpatine's was here right before the raid...he's the one who egged the Tuskens on. The woman they got is the mother of a young Jedi padawan...one of the most powerful yet. Or so I've heard. I don't know what Palpatine's plan is, but it can't be good. So I'm going to try and stop it."

TO BE CONTINUED

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