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Chapter XXXVII: The Business Of Business.
A Failure In Planning, And A Plan For Failure.
Evil plans! With the Jedi Council focused on the war effort, criminal minds are left unchecked to spread fear and corruption. Galactic gangster Jabba the Hutt has sent bounty hunter Cad Bane on a nefarious mission, which shall strike at the heart of the Republic. Meanwhile, the unsuspecting citizens of Coruscant go about their daily lives.…
Anakin, Padmé, and C-3PO are preparing for the Senator's celebration party. During the middle of preparations, C-3PO notices that the Jogan Fruit was missing from the Jogan Cake, so he, along with R2-D2, is ordered by Anakin to purchase some.
Later, as they walked in the marketplace, R2 and C-3PO argued as they walked along the city streets until they found a fruit vendor selling Jogan Fruit who wanted 32 Credits for four of them. After hesitatingly paying, the two make their way back to the party, not knowing that Cad Bane was close by watching them.
During the walk back, the two droids were soon intercepted by a Techno service droid, who encouraged them to visit the Droid Spa. R2 wanted to go in after hearing how good it was from Naruto's droids but C-3PO insisted that they must return to the party quickly. However R2-D2, defiant of C-3PO's demands, quickly ran off to the Droid Spa, leaving him behind.
As the door to the Droid Spa closed behind R2, C-3PO was shoved into Cad Bane's speeder, dropping the Jogan Fruit as he shouted in despair. After being deactivated by HELIOS-3E, C-3PO is taken to Bane's hideout.
Cad Bane's Hideout.
Cad put a device on C-3PO's head as the droid was held up by two arms clamping onto his. "Why are you putting that there?" The droid asked as Cad took a step back as the droid was moved to the center of the room.
"To find out what's inside."
"Inside? Just the usual capacitors, nothing special." C-3PO explained as Cad walked to a console. Several devices came down and started to shock C-3PO. "Oh, my!"
After several moments, Cad looked to the screen before frowning. "I don't want this gibberish! I want the plans for the Senate building!"
"I don't know what you're talking about," C-3PO said when the devices stopped shocking him.
"You're Senator Amidala's droid."
"I am a protocol droid. Human-cyborg relations. I can translate and instruct on appropriate etiquette, which in your case, sir, if you don't mind me saying, is sorely lacking." Cad shocked him again for a moment before stopping. "That is exactly the sort of behavior I am talking about."
"According to the analyzer, he is not lying. His head's empty of any information useful to us." The other droid with Cad said in a deep voice.
"Empty? I protest. I am fluent in over six million forms of communication. I have extensive programming in the correct-!" C-3PO stopped as Cad spoke.
"Ain't that great! A brainless droid. Worthless."
"My lack of knowledge does not impede at all. Floor plans and blueprints are not in my programming. That was always R2's specialty." C-3PO explained getting Cad's attention.
"R2? The astromech. Go fetch me his little pal."
"Oh, no! What have I done?"
R2 exited the Droid Spa, only to find that C-3PO was missing. After unsuccessfully asking locals for help, R2 was pursued by HELIOS-3E and Todo 360 and fled into a dark alley to hide. 3E and Todo-360 follow R2. R2, soon hearing the two droids conversing about C-3PO, gives his hiding location away and is captured.
Cad Bane's Hideout.
Cad then had R2 strapped in the device before he shocked the droid. "Talk to me."
"Connections complete. Ready for download." The droid with Cad said before the bounty hunter looked at R2-D2.
"Your friend Goldenrod turned out to be a huge waste of my time. Something my clients don't have a lot of. You know what's good for you, you'll give me what I want."
"I can't bear to watch," C-3PO said as he stood by at gunpoint.
After finding the information, Cad spoke. "Download that data onto the memory drive. I will deliver it immediately. And prepare my ship."
"What should we do with these two?" Another droid asked Cad who turned.
"Wipe their memory and dump them back in the street. They'll find their way back home. We can't have anything looking out of place, can we?"
The droids threw R2 and C-3PO back out onto the streets of Coruscant. Meanwhile, Bane flew to Tatooine to deliver the plans to his employer, Jabba the Hutt. Once there, TC-70 explains that Jabba requests another job from Bane. Bane asked if there was more to this job, and Jabba said he had to get the approval of the Hutt Council.
After telling everyone but Bane to leave the throne room, Jabba contacted the four Hutt families and asked about freeing Ziro from prison since he has damaging evidence from the Hutt families. The Hutts asked who would take on this dangerous assignment, and Bane stepped in, saying he'll take it for any price.
Anakin And Padmé.
While Padmé and Anakin worry about the missing Jogan Fruit, the two droids soon successfully arrive with the Jogan Fruit, and the party starts.
Danger looms! Despite recent victories in the Outer Rim, criminal minds plot at the very heart of the Republic! The bounty hunter Cad Bane has assembled some of the deadliest criminals in the galaxy and plans a daring attack to seize members of the Senate. What can be the aim of this despicable act?
Cad Bane was flying with several Commando Droids and a male Weequay towards the Senate building before motioning for them to get down. "Here we go."
They went to the hanger and landed before He got out as Clone security came to him. "Put up your hands."
"I got business with the Senate. How about you fellas step aside?" Cad asked, pushing his hat up.
"On your knees! Raise your hands. Slowly."
Cad did raise his hands at that. "Son, I wouldn't be so hasty if I were you."
"Cuff him." The clone ordered before two were shot forcing the rest to hide behind ships.
"Where's that coming from?"
"I see the shooter up in the tower. Over there-!" One clone said seeing a glint from a nearby building before being shot in the head.
Soon the others helped as Cad tackled the leader and broke his neck. He then looked to the Weequay before looking over to the building as Aurra Sing stood with her rifle after getting the last clone. Cad then looked at the Commandos before speaking. "You two, get these uniforms on and get this platform clear."
Aurra in another hovercar with droids landed before she jumped out as a short male alien followed after jumping over as well.
He has pale, pastel-colored scales and long, fin-like limbs. He's wearing a brown vest and pants with boots and an eye patch over his left eyestalk eye.
"Finish getting those uniforms on and clear this platform now. Everybody else, follow me." Cad said as the droids had the armor on. They then walked to the power grid and shot the guard and droid before walking inside.
Anakin And Padmé.
Anakin was pacing in Padmé's office before sighing. "Hey, I'm supposed to be on a meditative retreat. We should go away together. I know a place far away from here where no one would recognize us. Yeah, it'll be like we're actually husband and wife instead of senator and Jedi."
"I can't, Ani," Padmé replied as she typed on the computer at her desk.
"What do you mean, you can't? Oh, it's only two weeks. We'll be back before anyone even notices we're gone."
"I have to bring this bill before the Senate. It's important."
"Uh-huh. More important than the way you feel about me?" Anakin asked as he leaned on her desk after he walked to be beside her.
"(Sigh) Not more important, but important. The work I do... The work we both do is in service to the Republic, to protect those who would otherwise be powerless to protect themselves."
"Of course, but those are ideals. Isn't our love more important to you?" He asked, walking to her right side.
"No! No 'but'. To me, there's nothing more important than the way I feel about you. Nothing." He said, interrupting her.
"Anakin, don't be so…" She trailed on as she stood.
"Oh, you don't believe me."
"I didn't say I-"
"I'll prove it. Just watch." He said, picking his saber up. "When I finished constructing my lightsaber, Obi-Wan said to me, 'Anakin, this weapon is your life'. This weapon is my life." He handed it to her, having Padmé push it back.
"No, Anakin, I can't. A Jedi lightsaber is-" He just put it in her hand. "Wow, it's heavier than I thought."
"It's yours. Believe me now?" He asked, having her sigh.
"If all you want to do is make fun of me, I think you should just go."
"That's not what I want. Not at all." He said before pulling her in for a kiss, having her drop the saber on her desk.
They then heard C-3PO through the door. "But, Senator Organa, it just wouldn't be-"
"Quick. Hide." She said having him hide under her desk as Bail spoke.
"The situation cannot be delayed. Now stand aside." Padmé grabbed the saber and hid it behind her back as the door opened. "I apologize for my abruptness."
"Oh, Senator Organa, how good to see you. What is it?" She asked as Bail and 3PO walked in.
"Senator Philo has called a meeting in the lobby. before we vote on the enhanced privacy invasion bill.
"Right. Privacy invasion bill." She said as Anakin peeked out from the desk.
"We must hurry if we are to stop the vote." Bail said before he walked out with 3PO. "Coming, Senator Amidala?"
"Of course," Padmé replied, putting the saber in her sleeve before walking out.
"You know what to do?" Cad asked the short alien and hopped on a box at a keyboard and hit a couple of buttons.
"I'll figure it out."
"You better not fail me, bubble brain."
"Don't worry. I'll have the power off in no time."
"The rest of you come with me." Cad said before leaving with the others.
On the other side, Naruto was finishing eating with Riyo after stopping by with lunch before a droid walked in. "Excuse me, but there's a meeting on the new bill that's being pushed."
"OK, I guess I should get going then," Riyo said before leaving. "Bye Naruto."
"Bye," Naruto replied as BD jumped on his back before he started cleaning up. "I think she just left so she didn't have to help clean up."
The Bounty Hunters.
They walked down the hall for several minutes before hiding behind the metal support beams. "Quietly. Guard change happens now." He said as they saw a group of guards walk into a room. Cad then pulled a circular grenade out and walked over as the door closed before tossing it in. "Here we go."
They then walked into a large room where Riyo was with other Senators including Padmé and Bail Organa. Cad then shot up in the air as the others walked in from around the room surrounding the group of Senators. "Morning, Senators. You should all consider yourselves to be in my power. As long as everybody behaves, this will be quick and painless. Do nothing, and it will all be over soon."
"I don't know who you think you are." One male Senator said before walking away. "But I, for one, have no intention of listening to this kind of insolence."
Cad just shot him in the back before turning his pistol to the others. "All right, then. If you'll all gather at the center of this lovely atrium, my co-workers and I will relieve you of any communication devices."
Padmé glanced at Bail as the bounty hunters walked around them. "I see five of them here in the room. If we-"
"What are you going to do? It's not like we carry weapons."
"I do but it's one small blaster," Riyo said before Cad pulled Palpatine up via hologram device.
"Sorry to bother you, Chancellor, but I've taken control of the east wing of your Senate building, and the occupants are now my hostages. If you care about them, I'd advise you to free Ziro the Hutt from your detention center."
"You should know that the Republic does not take kindly to such threats. If you have attempted such a foolhardy action as to kidnap a senator, I assure you that it will be met with appropriate force."
"I'm in control. I make the rules now." Cad said as the power went out in the building. Cad said before walking to the Senators. "Hand over your communication devices, please."
"I can't let them search me," Padmé whispered to the two as Riyo put her blaster in her sleeve as Naruto gave her the idea of him having a kunai holder in his.
A Few Minutes Earlier, Naruto.
Naruto walked down the halls before the lights went out. "What the hell?"
Looking around, he sensed something was wrong before walking down the hall. And came up to a Commando droid before he sliced its head off and kicked it into a door, breaking it and having it fall a flight of stairs. Jumping down, Naruto heard footsteps before glancing to the wall and saw a vent.
Two Commando Droids walked up the steps and saw the door was open before walking into the hall. And missed the vent cover being pulled up as Naruto in the vent with the dead droid pulled his hands back in the tight area. "'Come eat lunch' she said, 'we'll have fun'," Naruto said as BD was in front of him with his light on before he slowly started to crawl into the vent. "Now I know what those TV dinners from home feels like." (1.)
"Well, hello there, little lady. And who might you be?" Cad asked Padmé who turned to him.
"I'm Padmé Amidala, Senator from Naboo, and I demand that you release us immediately. The Galactic Senate will not treaty with terrorists."
"Ain't you awful young and pretty to be a senator?" Cad said before she glanced up before he turned and shot at Anakin who was crouched on the upper floor.
"Skywalker! After him!"
Upstairs, Naruto ran into Anakin before pulling him into a hall as a droid ran by where he was. "That was stupid letting yourself be seen. They could shoot the Senators. What are you doing here?"
"What are you doing here?"
"I was visiting Riyo as I helped her with something and she wanted to thank me. Now you." Naruto said as they started walking. "And whisper, we gotta stay silent."
"I was just visiting Pad-Senator Amidala for a matter," Anakin replied as Naruto sighed while BD jumped down to walk in front of them.
Naruto glanced back before noticing something. "Where's your saber?"
"I-uh… Lost it."
"(Sigh.) Really Anakin, that's what you're going with? And I'm sure the lipstick stain on your neck just magically got there, not to mention your disheveled appearance like you just went 3 rounds in a ring against a Rancor with your bare hands" Anakin quickly wipes off the mark and goes on to say something but Naruto cuts him off. "Look I have a pretty good idea about what you were visiting Senator Amidala."
"But your secret's safe with me... Hell, your my friend Anakin and if you ever need help or to talk, be it about visions, teaching, war, women, or more specifically a certain woman I am here for you, and whatever we talk about I promise you I will keep it a secret between us… Besides, Riyo was just mentioning how she had this idea of going out to a restaurant as a group with her and me. "
"And surprisingly she suggested I bring you and Padmé said you two were good friends so it would be less awkward or something."
"... Thanks Naruto."
"Don't mention it."
Naruto then gave Anakin his saber and pulled his pistol out before seeing a droid and Weequay before they ran down the hall and took them out. Anakin went to a room and up to a console inside before hooking up his communicator. "This is General Skywalker and Uzumaki. Chancellor Palpatine, can you hear me?
"My dear boy, I'm glad to know you're there and all right."
"What is going on down there?"
"He sealed the entire building. Nobody can get in, and we cannot get out. It's up to you two. You have to get to the power control room and turn off the security seal."
They walked out of the room and ran down several halls to the power room before seeing the bounty hunter walk out and see them. "Oopsie! Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!" He ran back in as the two got to the closed door.
Turning, they deflected blasts from Aurra's rifle as she started to walk towards them before the alien jumped on their backs and shocked them and BD by putting a device on him. "Tie your little pets up. We'll bring them to Bane. "Hopefully he doesn't hurt the blonde one… Much... As I wouldn't mind having some fun with him."
They then took them to the Senators where the two woke up. "Young Skywalker, Uzumaki. Not so impressive without your lightsaber, are you, Jedi? Toss them in with the others." Cad said before bringing up his comm. "3D, are we on schedule?"
"Arriving at the prison now."
"Go and get the parting gifts." Cad said to the droids and others who placed bombs around the room. He then brought Palpatine up again. "Well, Mr. Chancellor, thanks to your calm leadership, the crisis has passed. I got what I want, so I'll return your Senate and your senators. Enjoy them, but don't try anything until the sun has set. Understand?" He then turned back to the others after turning the hologram off. "We need to get to the landing platform. Is everything ready?"
"Turn on the field," Cad ordered as lasers came up around the group. "If you so much as breathe on one of these lasers, the whole room will blow up. Senators, Jedi, I bid you all a most respectful farewell. Let's go." Cad then left before Naruto kipped up after pretending to still be knocked out, turned, and pulled his weapons to him from the droid that held them as Padmé gave Anakin his.
"I found it where you dropped it." She said before the two Jedi broke their handcuffs and Naruto pulled the device off BD before cutting a hole in the floor for them to drop down just as the bombs went off.
"Another daring rescue, Master Jedi."
"I will do my best, Senator."
A great escape! Cad Bane and his notorious crew of bounty hunters liberated Ziro the Hutt from a Republic prison after holding the Galactic Senate hostage. The Jedi Council has assigned Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Naruto Uzumaki to retrieve Ziro the Hutt with the help of Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos. Unknown to the Jedi, we find Ziro in the clutches of the five Hutt families in the distant world of Nal Hutta.…
Ziro was standing before the Five Hutt leaders before speaking. "Gentlemen, gentlemen, I see no need for resentment in light of this joyous occasion of my freedom." One of the Hutts spoke to Ziro who had picked up a glass for a drink before replying to him. "Of course, I do appreciate the help in my escape." Another Hutt with black hair then spoke up, getting Ziro's attention before he spoke.
"I have no illusions about the fact that my escape was a result of the highly sensitive knowledge that I possess. A holo-diary cataloging the nefarious deeds of this council." Ziro took a sip as another Hutt with a large death stick in his mouth angrily spoke. "Kill me and the diary will show up on the steps of the Senate. The cold, hard reality is that as long as I control this highly sensitive material, my memory will only get duller."
The first Hutt spoke as Ziro smiled before tossing the now empty cup at their desk. "Yes, take me to my room! I only hope the accommodations are satisfactory.
"Sir, you seem troubled."
Naruto, who was leaning against a gunship with his eyes closed, opened them to see Cody talking to Obi-Wan.
"Quinlan Vos has that effect."
"Ah... Yes, that Jedi has quite a reputation."
"That may be overstating it, Cody. Let's just say he's crazy."
"He's not that bad," Naruto said before walking over. "He used to take his job very seriously. He just can't let anyone know he's a Jedi as he goes undercover a lot."
"Ship entry from the west, sir," Cody said as a gunship flew over with Quinlan on board
"Hey, Kenobi, Uzumaki!" He flipped down revealing a black pauldron on his right shoulder with the Jedi symbol on it in gold and a small amount of chest armor. "Hey, Commander, looking good. Kenobi, you look worse for wear. How's Temple life?"
"Good seeing you, too Quinlan," Naruto said before Obi-Wan sighed.
"If you could tell time half as well as you can stick a landing, we wouldn't be behind schedule now, would we?"
"Well, that's your opinion, man," Quinlan said with a shrug.
"Let's get down to business. Ziro the Hutt was broken out during a hostage takeover." Obi-Wan explained having Quinlan nod.
"Yeah, I read the briefing about that mess. I thought Naruto here could take out some bounty hunters." Quinlan said as Naruto shrugged.
"Got shocked while being distracted by a woman, you should know how that is."
"I suspect Jabba the Hutt is behind this. He still has it out for Ziro over the kidnapping of his son." Obi-Wan said remembering rescuing Jabba's son.
"Well, my information indicates that Ziro has damaging evidence against the Hutt Council," Quinlan explained looking up.
"My guess is they've taken him to the Hutt home planet, Nal Hutta," Naruto said as BD looked over his shoulder.
"As for this bounty hunter, Cad Bane, we must capture and return both him and his quarry, Ziro, to the courts. I trust you and I can keep my eyes forward to this common goal?" Obi-Wan asked as they all got on board the gunship as BD jumped down to stand at the door to look out the door.
"No problem. I owe Bane one anyway. I'll fly, you're my co-pilot."
"I was afraid he'd say that."
A group of three female Twi'lek dancers danced around the room in bikinis and Hutt-themed headdresses as another female alien sang a song.
She's a reptilian humanoid with a trunk-like, 30-centimeter snout that ended with a large pair of lips. She has four long, thin limbs and a rounded body. She has yellow skin covered in blue spots. She also has a pair of bulbous blue eyes protruding from her head, right above her snout.
Later, after the show, the dancers and singers are in the make-up room. "Sounds like that rough crowd out there is an easy one tonight." One of the Twi'Lek 's said, taking off her jewelry.
"All in a night's work, baby." The singer said to the dancer.
"Course, having Ziro locked up in the detention cell block probably isn't hurting their mood."
The singer's eyes widened at that. "Ziro's here? If you'll excuse me, I need to step outside." She then made her way downstairs and up to two pig-like alien guards before speaking. "Gardulla has a request. She wants to know which one of you is stronger." The two guards then started to fight before she walked past the door to a room of cells with another guard.
"Stop them, they're fighting!" The guard left as she walked up to the cell holding Ziro. "Ziro, honey, my true love, what happened to you? I thought you were coming back for me. I waited so long. I thought you didn't love me anymore."
"Our separation last time was a bit abrupt, and I do blame Jabba for that," Ziro said looking down.
"He forced me to have you sent away from Coruscant, shattering the serenity of the happiest time of my life."
"Ziro, honey, being with you was the happiest time of my life, too. And now, hearing you say that makes me the luckiest little Pa'lowick the galaxy has ever known." She said reaching in to hold his hand.
"Unfortunately, the cage that entraps me now also entraps the chance of loving you again."
"What do they want with you? Why would they do this?" She asked as he sighed.
"As hard as it is to confess this to you, Snooty, I'm not a perfect Hutt." He said turning around.
"I don't care what you've done or why they want to hurt you. I only care about us being together, forever."
Ziro smiled at that before turning around. "You... You really mean that?"
"From the bottom of my fluid sack."
"Unfortunately, my love, there's no way for us to be together as long as I'm in this dreadful cell."
"With true love, there's always a way," Snooty said, looking back to the guards for a moment before turning to kiss him.
Quinlan, Obi-Wan, And Naruto.
The trio landed on a hanger before walking into the club the Hutts are in having the music stop as the Hutts looked at them before one spoke having his protocol droid speak. "How goes the war, gentlemen?"
"Great Gardulla, we bring unfortunate news. Ziro the Hutt has escaped our custody with the aid of the bounty hunter Cad Bane." Naruto said, raising a hand as BD beeped over his shoulder.
"The great Gardulla already knows this, Jedi Knights." The droid spoke up.
"I'm beginning to think you're the ones who broke him out," Quinlan said, checking his nails as he took a step forward.
"And why would the great Hutt families do such a thing?"
"That's what I'd like to know," Quinlan said looking up before Obi-Wan put a hand on his shoulder.
"Quinlan, the Hutts are our allies." Naruto then leaned over to whisper.
"But they are mobsters, do you think they wouldn't do anything under the table if it benefited them?"
"Mighty Gardulla says, you are lucky to be with a Jedi as wise as Kenobi, or you might not be allowed to leave here alive." The droid said to the group as Quinlan saw the cup Ziro discarded before walking over to pick it up.
Quinlan then saw a vision of Ziro talking to them before putting the cup back on a tray by him. "Maybe next time I'll come alone, hmm?"
"We only came to deliver the message. We shall be leaving now." Obi-Wan said as the three left with BD scanning some of the drinks.
"Ziro was here. He was holding one of those cups." Quinlan said to them as they got outside.
Inside, Cad Bane walked out from the shadows and picked up a glass from one of the Twi'Lek waitresses.
With the Jedi, they ran to the cells and saw the guards on the floor before seeing all the cells were empty. "Vos, Ziro escaped."
"I think he had help."
"Then let's hurry."
Later, the Hutts went into the cell and saw it was empty before Cad and Todo-360 walked in. "The Jedi aren't the ones that broke Ziro out of jail. He was gone way before they arrived. It looks like we're right back where we started." Cad said before one Hutt spoke. "I'm kind of tired of being paid for this job, too, but not that tired. If you Hutts ain't interested in knowing who's behind this and making it go away, I can take a hint."
Cad turned to leave before stopping as one Hutt spoke. "So, we doing business or not?"
The Trio is running in a swamp near the club before stopping. BD jumped down to scan a plant before jumping back on Naruto. "You're gonna get in trouble with that BD."
"I understand your tracking talent, but why wouldn't Ziro leave the planet? Why not just fly away?" Obi-Wan asked Quinlan.
"My senses tell me that he's still here."
"It's illogical. He knows he's being looked for here." Obi-Wan said as Quinlan looked around.
"Something is keeping him here."
Suddenly, a large eel-like creature attacked Obi-Wan before he put his saber through his jaw into his head. "Are you finished messing around? We're trying to catch Ziro, remember?" Quinlan asked, crossing his arms.
"Which way have they gone?" Naruto asked as BD scanned the snake.
"Well, since you're suddenly so interested in my tracking abilities, they went this way."
"I never doubted you."
Ziro And Sy Snootles.
"Why are we stopping here?" Sy asked as they got out of their hover airboat onto a dock by a small house.
"I guarantee Gardulla is searching for us as we speak, so I came to the one place she would never, ever show up."
Walking in, they went to a room where a large female Hutt was in with pipes by her head. "Hello there!"
"Son! Who invited you?" She asked in a slightly deep voice as Ziro smiled.
"Should've figured after all these years of never calling, you'd show up at dinner time. You gonna sit in your stink, or you gonna pass the slime pods?" Ziro saw a flying droid come to him before Ziro grabbed a pod beside him and gave it to the droid. The droid then flew up and had the Hutt eat it. "Never would've had to tell that to your brother Ebor, rest his soul. So, Sonny, what the heck have you been doing the past few years anyway?"
"A smidgen of this and a pinch of that. Using all of my facilities for the betterment of my fellow Hutts." Ziro said to his mother.
"What is it you want, Sonny?"
"Can't a loving son just want to visit his mother on occasion?'"
"When plebos fly out of my hump!" She said looking down.
"Well, now that you mention it, I wouldn't mind swapping my swamp speeder for your starship," Ziro said with a sheepish look.
"That's what I thought. Who's chasing you this time?"
"Oh… Take it! Just make sure you bring it back full power." She said, waving her hand.
"Thanks, Mama. I've got some important business on Teth."
Cad was also in a boat going through the swamp area. "Todo, how far ahead are the Jedi?"
"I don't know." The droid said as he was steering the boat.
"This is the last time I take one of these jobs." Cad sighed as Todo pushed the ship faster and turned around a bank before the Jedi stepped out from a tree root.
"Looks as though we're not the only ones after Ziro," Naruto said to the two.
"We must be cautious," Obi-Wan said before they jumped over the waters.
Later, they came to Ziro's mother's home before walking up to the door before Quinlan cut the door down with his saber.
"Vos! Somebody lives here." Obi-Wan said as Vos walked inside.
"Smells like somebody died here," Quinlan said, holding his nose closed before walking into the room with the Hutt.
"Break in my house, will you, smart guy?"
"Thousand pardons, madam," Obi-Wan said as he walked in with Naruto. "He hasn't mastered the concept of knocking, for that I apologize."
"I got trouble for you, too, mister fancy pants." She said to Obi-Wan who crossed his arms.
"No need. We're not here to harm you."
"That'll be a first for tonight."
"Meaning?" Naruto asked looking up.
"Meaning, first, my deadbeat son and his limp-lipped girlfriend come in and sponge me out of my starship. Then some slime sap and his droid charge in and force me to give up the skinny on where Ziro's headed." She explained as Naruto sighed.
"He have a big hat?"
"Yeah, Chad-something out for blood. You wanna kill my little boy, too?"
"No, madam, but if we don't find him before Bane does, your son will not be so lucky," Obi-Wan said as the Hutt sighed.
"Teth. Ziro's heading for Teth."
"We need to get to that jungle planet. We need to get there fast." Quinlan said as the three ran out.
"Hey! Who's gonna pay for my door?" She asked the three.
"Are we close to your holo-diary, baby?" Sy asked Ziro as they came to the bottom of a cliff.
"This way." They came to a rectangular rock before he spoke. "My papa's grave." He pushed a small rock and pressed it, having the large rock open to reveal a dead Hutt wrapped up. "I never did have the heart to tell Mama that Papa ran away, or that he died. Some people are just happier when they're miserable."
Sy saw a datapad in the Hutt's hands before walking to take it. "The Hutt Council records."
"Every dirty deed those criminals have slithered through. Worth a fortune, baby, plenty enough to retire on."
"That's too bad. I still got work to do." She said before pulling a pistol on him.
"But... What about Solarine? The sunsets, you and me sharing a future?" He asked, raising his hands.
"Next time, you'll think twice about breaking someone's heart. Oh, wait. There won't be a next time." Sy said before shooting him several times, killing the Hutt.
Later, Cad landed and walked to where Ziro's body was lying. "I just hate it when someone does my job."
"And the holo-diary is gone as well!"
"Drat!" Cad said before seeing a gunship "Jedi."
He ran to hide as the three dropped down to see Ziro. "Who could have done this?"
"Bane!" Naruto said turning to see Cad was leaning against a rock pillar.
"Looks like we're both too late for the party."
"So this is not your handiwork?" Obi-Wan asked, gesturing to Ziro.
"No. I wouldn't have made such a sloppy kill." Cad explained tipping his hat up. "Doesn't seem like much sense hanging around here, or making any trouble between us."
"Are you forgetting how you held the Senate hostage?" Obi-Wan asked, putting his hands on his hips. "I may not be capturing Ziro, but you are going to prison."
"Well, now that you mention it, the Separatists are paying a million credits a head for a Jedi."
Cad picked his gun up as the Jedi turned their sabers on and deflected the blasts. Bane then attempted to flee by jumping on the large platforms while simultaneously firing at the Jedi as they followed. But as Quinlan jumped, Bane threw a cord at his legs, tangling them and tying them up. Using his lightsaber, Quinlan cut through the ropes and followed Obi-Wan and Naruto in pursuing Bane.
Bane fired on the platform Obi-Wan was standing on, causing it to collapse. Obi-Wan managed to grab onto a nearby platform. Naruto threw his shoto at the bounty hunter, having Cad fly back with thrusters on his boots before shooting at Naruto who deflected the blasts. Naruto then dashed ahead and blocked another shot.
Naruto jumped toward the bounty hunter who flew back and brought his boots up to have fire spray at the Jedi. Naruto used the Force to block the fire before having his shoto fly up and at Cad who flew around to stay out of the saber's way. Naruto called it back before bringing both it and his saber up in an X to block another shot.
Cad then flew around Naruto shooting at him, having Naruto spin to block each attack before jumping away and landing on a wood platform. Cad shot the platform, having Naruto fall as two of the eel creatures jumped out to attack Naruto who held both his sabers before jumping to attack.
Up with the others, Quinlan confronted Bane but while he deflected Bane's shots, Todo appeared from behind him and pulled at his braids, distracting him. Bane then rolled under Quinlan and kicked him onto the lower platform.
Bane aimed at him and was about to deliver the killing blow when Obi-Wan intervened, forcing Bane to accidentally fall over the edge, losing one of his blasters in the process. Todo, who had grabbed Quinlan's lightsaber while he was down, attempted to kill Kenobi but Kenobi eluded him and grabbed the lightsaber before Force pushed Todo away.
Bane used his remaining blaster on Obi-Wan while the Jedi deflected them right back at him, striking his hand and causing him to lose his second blaster. Bane then attempted to run away but Obi-Wan caught up to him and kicked him but not before Bane grabbed Quinlan's lightsaber from Obi-Wan.
A short lightsaber duel erupted between them in which Kenobi quickly disarmed Bane, but Bane ultimately ended up victorious as he grabbed Kenobi's arm and shocked him before kicking him down. However, Quinlan recovered and quickly caught up with Bane while he was in flight using his jet boots. Both began punching at each other in mid-air until they landed on a platform.
During that time, Bane had lost his hat. Bane got up again and once again activated his jet boots and flew away. He then aimed at Quinlan and fired two rounds of flames at him though Quinlan dodged both of them. Finally, Bane retreated to his ship, followed by Todo who had recovered his hat. Before the Jedi could stop them, the bounty hunter and his droid had fled although neither side had achieved their mission.
"I never did enjoy hanging out with you," Obi-Wan said as Naruto ran up to them.
Jabba was talking to Sy while holding the datapad before his droid translated. "Jabba thanks you for delivering the holo-diary." The droid then gave Sy credits.
"No one would suspect that a lovely creature such as myself could do a bounty hunter's work." She said looking at the Hutt.
To Be Continued.
A/N: Thanks for reading and let me know of any mistakes.
Beta: Chaos-PSD. Contributor: Kuronodono12.
1. Just to say this was written several months ago (We're 10-15 Ch's ahead actually) so just wanted to let you know I put that there before Bruce retired.
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