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Chapter Three: The Path of The Force
Everyone looked at the man, who had introduced himself as Kade, in shock. How did he know Saeko's name? Had he been following them for longer than they thought? All these questions surged through Takashi's mind, as Kade looked around at the rest of the small group of survivors. He turned to Hirano and slowly looked him up and down. "Kohta Hirano, I sense much bravery in you. But be warned: there is a fine line between bravery and stupidity. Make sure you know what side you're on." Hirano's face grew pale, as if he'd seen a ghost. Kade then turned to Rei, who he smiled slightly at; before resting a hand on her shoulder, causing her to tense up. "You still love him. Even though you argue and fight like Tusken Raiders, you still love him. Don't let go of that, because that's one of the few things you have left." Rei blushed deeply, and Takashi felt his face redden too. He looked away, but Kade then turned his attention to him.
Kade could sense that Rei and Takashi had a history, and he didn't mind. He just wanted to make sure that they knew not to let it get in the way of their survival. As he turned to Takashi, his suspicions were confirmed as he saw the slight blush on his face. "Takashi," Kade said, placing his other hand on his shoulder. "Don't forget, you are the backbone of this group. They look up to you, all of them. You need to make sure you can step up and lead them." Takashi's blush deepened as he looked at the others. "Is... is that true?" Was all Takashi could say. Kade chuckled, slightly amused by the reaction of his new comrades. "And Takagi? Your father may be an influential politician, you're just as human as the rest of us. and yes, you may be smart, but that can lead to pride. Pride leads to the Dark Side, and the Dark Side is filled with nothing but suffering." Takagi stood there, stunned for a minute before she spoke. "Who the hell do you think you are, talking to me like that? Why should we even listen to you in the first place? You killed Mr. Shido!" Kade calmly took a second to let Takagi calm down before he replied. "Mr. Shido was already lost to the Dark Side. Letting him live would have caused nothing but pain and destruction. Rei can attest to that, can't you?"
Rei's face immediately grew an expression that Takashi was all too familiar: anger. She was about to say something before Kade cut her off. "You Droyks won't survive for more than a few more days like this. You need to learn how to control your emotions." Droyks? Takashi had never heard that word before, but assumed it was something unpleasant. Takagi came to the same conclusion, and wasn't too happy to be insulted. "What the hell did you just call us?" She said as Kade held up his hand. "Understand, I do not wish to make enemies of you, I just wish to help you by giving you advice and offering my services." "Well you're doing a shit job of it." Came Takagi's retort. "I understand, but I still wish to help in any way I can." Kade then looked at Takashi, as if silently asking permission to stay and help. "Wait, are you asking me if you can stay?" "I thought it'd be obvious, but if I have to verbalize it, then yes. May I stay and join you?" The strange man surprised everyone yet again as he kneeled before Takashi. "Umm, I guess. I mean, we're a team, we should all have a say in this." Takashi answered, turning to Saeko and the others. The general consensus was four yes and two no; with Rei and Takagi not quite trusting Kade.
He could sense the mistrust among the two females, who he could tell almost never agreed. "I understand your hesitation to trust me. After all, I did just lift your transport and walk onboard, killing one of your 'leaders'." Takagi quickly replied with a simple "You think?" Kade silently reached for one of the sabers on his hip and offered it to Saeko. "This belonged to a friend of mine. I sense he would want a warrior like you to have it." Saeko hesitantly took the saber hilt and studied it. "What... is it?" she asked. "It is an elegant weapon, from a more... civilized time." Kade said, remembering how things were before the clones attacked him and his adopted family. "There is a button on the side, point the end of it away from yourself and your friends, and press it." Saeko did as she was told and a brilliant blue blade extended from the end of the hilt. "Where I'm from this is know as a Lightsaber, and only a small group of people can use them, mainly because anything can be cut by its blade." Saeko was mesmerized by the blade, before she deactivated it and laid it down on her lap. "Thank you, I will be sure to take care of it for your friend." she said as she closed her eyes and smiled. "I know you will. The Force is strong with you, as it is with your friends." Hirano quickly walked forward, asking if Kade had any weapons for him. "Unfortunately, no. The only things I had time to grab before I got blasted was my friend's lightsaber and my own." He replied, as he turned back to Saeko. "I think you'll find that a lightsaber is very different, yet also very similar, to your own swords."
Takashi couldn't believe his eyes. Kade had TWO of those things? And he just GAVE one to Saeko? Granted, Saeko was an excellent swords-woman, but he didn't know any of them. As they stared at the blue blade of energy, Takashi noticed they were slowing down. "Ms. Shizuka, what's wrong? Why are we slowing down?" Shizuka just looked back sadly, saying they were out of gas. Kade walked up to the front of the bus, and placed his hand on the dashboard. "We have about three miles left before we absolutely have to abandon our transport. I'd suggest we start looking for fuel sources." Takagi stared at Kade in disbelief. "And HOW would you know that?" "Because the Force can be used for more than lifting transports off the ground." Kade quickly replied with a smile. Takashi began to wonder what exactly this 'Force' was, and how someone like Kade, who wasn't much older than them, knew how to use it.