Ask Carpe Diem

Darth Ceryx

Character
Sith Order
Rank
Sith Lord

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Topher
Joined
Jan 5, 2020
Messages
325
Reaction score
258
Stirring with a slight murmur, the Ashen blonde opened her eyes taking in the long missed sight of the interior of her bedroom back at her estate, A light smile curling on her lips, after a few months of travel, being cooped up within her scout ship, living in a confined metal box, sleeping on foam mattresses and basic sheeting. To wake up and find that for the third day running she was waking up in her own bed, in her own room in her own house on her home world. The smile on her features widening as a hand reached behind her to feel and confirm that her partner was laying beside her. A light grin curling on her lips as she could hear Kori murmur in response to Alyse's touch before taking a deep breath and then proceeding to roll herself over so that she was now face to face with the taller Zeltron, whether it was the case that she was able to have a restful night in her proper bed, or the simple fact that she was back home once again, Alyse was finding herself waking in the mornings full of energy.

"Hey" Alyse whispered to her partner, just enough to bring her out of her slumber. To only then allow Kori just a few moments to open her eyes and see the human staring at her, before a broad grin curled on her features, where a mere few moments later the Zeltron would find that Alyse was straddling over her and gently pinning Kori's hands to either side of the pillow. Before the ashen blonde then closed her eyes and leant in to kiss her partner affectionately on the lips. "Good morning my Ashla" Alyse spoke after their lips had finally parted from their kiss, referring to the Zeltron by what had started to become the human's pet name for her partner.

"Time to get up" Alyse spoke as released her hands from Kori's wrists before sitting herself upright, atop the Zeltrons lap and sitting there for a few moments grinning at the Zeltron. Before eventually easing herself off from straddling Kori's lap and getting out of bed, and then stepping over towards curtains of the window, easing the fabric back just enough to peer outside to see what the weather was like. "The grounds looking a bit frosty and firm today" the ashen blonde spoke out as she stretched her arms out to the side for a few moments, before then moving over to the near by chest of drawers, pulling out a set of Lycresh track gear, comprising of leggings, long sleeved top and a face cowl in a mixture of muted greys and silvers and placing it on the bed beside her partner, before retrieving a similar set out of the drawer for herself, and setting them down on her side of the bed before sitting herself down.

"So, what route do you want to do this morning? Along the creek and back through the woodland track, or up the hill trail and back?" The ashen blonde questioned as she threaded her legs through the tight clinging fabric, before getting onto her feet and pulling the leggings up around her waist, before reaching over to pick up the top and starting to bunch it up before pulling it over her head and sliding her arms through their respective sleeves, before pulling the skin tight fabric down so it covered her breasts and the rest of her torso. Turning round to face her partner, a slight grin crossed her features, as she recalled the previous mornings route. "We'll hold fire on the field until it's summer" she spoke before moving to grab her training shoes and a pair of thick woollen socks from her cupboard. "I'd prefer not to be wearing more mud on my face than what I bring in on my shoes" she added with a light awkward chuckle

Sitting herself back down onto he edge of the bed, the blonde paused in dressing herself, to look over towards Kori for a moment, smiling warmly at how well her partner appeared to be embracing the routine of their new life together. Especially during the mornings where she the zeltron was less lethargic than how she had been during their ship bound state, particularly with her suggestion in the wake of the Ashen blonde needing to get back into shape after being bed bound for a period of their journey together, With Kori suggesting that they perhaps train together. Which made ideal sense, after all it would be pointless for a Sith Lord and a Jedi Master trying to keep a low profile if they trained in a public Gym, whereas if you had ownership of a private and secluded estate that was protected by a personal security team, then it would offer the two Force users the ideal setting.

@Catbert
 

Nykoria Tallis

Character
Jedi Order
Rank
Jedi Master

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Catbert
Joined
Apr 26, 2020
Messages
461
Reaction score
431
Kori didn't notice what made her shift from the slumber to just lying with her eyes closed. All the Zeltron knew for sure is that it was something sweet. A roll in the bed, an affectionate whisper, or an unusual feeling: as if she had actually slept well. Something unheard of when Nykoria had been on missions as a Jedi and had to wake up at a new place every time. In fact, for all the cosiness that Alyse's bed provided, it was still a new place; something to get used to.

Perhaps Kori slept well because something was familiar after all. And that something gave the Zeltron a broad grin. Moments before ending up on top of her and pinning Kori's arms to the pillow. Before the Zeltron's grin could match Alyse's in its wideness, the blonde went for the kiss, muffling whatever Kori wanted to say to a hum. Not that she was opposed to that; the Zeltron's hands only offered token resistance—not nearly enough to stop Alyse form doing her thing, but hopefully enough to make the kiss sweeter. Couple that with a little bit of pheromones, Zeltron empathy, and the bond between the two, and you'd get the recipe for a perfect morning.

And yet, the blonde found a way to make this even better. Good morning, my Ashla. A reference to how the scholars of old called the Light. A beautiful pet name for a Jedi, with just enough "geeky" to it. It was typical Alyse, and one of the things where the blonde had beat Kori to it—the Zeltron was yet to come up with something as endearing. So, for the moment, Kori had to improvise in order to keep up; the improvisation came in form of a radiant smile and a warm mumble: "Mmmmhmmm, it is good."

The fact that Alyse didn't get out of bed immediately was another step to an even better morning. Even if the intent was clearly there. So, instead of reaching for Alyse—the first choice Kori would've taken—the Zeltron stretched her arms and legs, arching her back slightly, still in bed. Meanwhile, Alyse was already checking the weather and making plans... Even prepping the training outfits for herself and for Kori. There was some typical "Alyse determination" about it; but this time, it was also mixed with genuine concern.

"Creek and woodland sound good," the Zeltron sat up in bed, letting the sheets fall onto the bed as she reached for her clothes. "A cool stream nearby kind of reminds me of Giaca." The place where the terms like Jedi or Sith stopped having any meaning between the two. "You thinking a race or something non-competitive?"
 

Darth Ceryx

Character
Sith Order
Rank
Sith Lord

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Topher
Joined
Jan 5, 2020
Messages
325
Reaction score
258
Pursing her lips as she nodded in response to her partner's preference for their morning's route, a light smile breaking through the thoughtful expression as she cocked her head to the side slightly, despite the blonde's almost wanting gaze wandering over Koris form as she rose from their bed, Alyse's expression warmed at just the mere mention of Giaca. The warm affection lingering around for a few moments longer before the ashen blonde mused on the question whether it being a race or something non competitive, before a slight grin curled on her features. "Maybe a bit of both" Alyse offered with a slight shrug, before she pulled her socks on over her feet.

"We race along the creak, till we get to the clearing with the masonry posts" she resumed after she finished tucking her socks into the elasticated banding of her leggings lower hems. Before suddenly raising up from the bed, and pacing towards one of the side cabinets, carried with an air of momentary inspiration. The silence that lingered was only broken by the sound of Alyse rummaging through the contents of the furnishing before turning back round and facing her partner, brandishing two utility belts. "Then we do best out of three bouts then a gentle run back to cool down" she resumed before passing Kori a belt, that had the built in clip for her newly rebuilt lightsaber.

"Sound good?" The ashen blonde inquired whilst wrapping her own belt around her waist and fastening it in place. Before a teasing grin curled over her lips, as she stepped into her training shoes one foot at a time. "You're probably still a bit rusty, So i will go easy on you" she added as she sat back down onto the edge of the bed beside the Zeltron, giving her a playful nudge with her shoulder before leaning forwards to tend to her shoe laces
 
Last edited:

Nykoria Tallis

Character
Jedi Order
Rank
Jedi Master

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Catbert
Joined
Apr 26, 2020
Messages
461
Reaction score
431
The Zeltron responded to Alyse's offer with a nod, a smile, and slight amusement. A race along the creek, followed by more competition... Only a gentle run back was non-competitive. And yet, that made Kori look forward to what was to come. A mischievous glint formed in her eyes as she accepted the belt. "Feeling more competitive today, are we? I can work with that."

Like Alyse, Nykoria was wrapping the belt around her waist when the nudge and a cheeky remark from the blonde interrupted her. "So, now you're going easy, huh?" the purple-skinned woman responded to the nudge with an affectionate glare. "That's so not your style. Give it your best shot, and I'll do the same."

For a while, unless interrupted, the Zeltron would focus on her outfit. Once she was ready, she would stand up, checking the empty clip. "If you're lucky, you'll even look presentable at your super-important meeting tomorrow." With that, the Zeltron extended her purple palm, as if grasping air. For a few moments, she remained standing like that, the Force extending from her and throughout the estate.

Another soft surge in the Force followed, and pretty soon a long and thin metallic cylinder flew into the room, landing directly in Kori's palm. On closer inspection, it turned out to be a lightsaber hilt: coated with reflective chromium and gold-tinted electrum. And yet, it looked different: almost twice as long as a normal lightsaber hilt would be, and with two emitters at both ends instead of one.

With a smile, Kori clipped the unorthodox saber to her belt. "Actually, how about we make it more fun?" The Zeltron pondered outloud, her head turning towards Alyse and tilting slightly to the side. "Like adding some sort of bet for the thrill of it?"
 

Darth Ceryx

Character
Sith Order
Rank
Sith Lord

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Topher
Joined
Jan 5, 2020
Messages
325
Reaction score
258
Cocking her head to the side as her partner commented about if she was lucky, the Governor would be left looking presentable for the important senate meeting the following day, a slight grin curling on her lips as she shook her head, even though she knew it was all in jest - but still there was no harm in playing along. "Now come on dear, the same rules would apply. Only on areas that can be easily concealed" she added with a teasing tone, as she watched the Zeltron summon her recently completed lightsaber to her hand, before finishing with her laces and moving over to her lockbox.

Placing a hand over the arcane looking container the ashen blonde manipulated the Force through herself and then into the container, guiding and channelling the currents of the Force in a specific way so to release the Locking mechanism. Which in turn allowed the blonde to open the container and retrieve her two lightsabers, clip them onto her belt and then close the lid on the container once again, a heavy sounding click confirming that the arcane lock box had sealed itself back up.

An inquisitive arch formed on her eyebrow as Kori suggested about making things interesting and placing a wager on the outcome of their morning's training routine. Raising a hand up to the side of her face, a solitary finger extending and tapping thoughtfully against her lip for a few moments as she considered taking up her partner's offer. But the question of course was centred just what it was she would wager, after all this was just a light hearted competition between the two. Without any drastic stakes being placed on the line, Alyse eventually nodded her head in agreement.

"Very well" Alyse spoke as she drew closer to the Zeltron, approaching so that she would eventually be stood toe to toe with her partner. "If I win, this weekend, I can have a tabacc stick with my morning Caff - no guilt trips" she added before eventually coming to a stop in front of the Zeltron, just as their two bodies were pressed up against each others. "And if you win" the ashen blonde spoke as she leant her head over towards the side, before whispering slowly and somewhat seductively into the Zeltron's ear, what her prize would be should she win - Before drawing back and smirking as she took in the sight of her partner's features flush in reaction to the proposed reward, something she has sensed among the Zeltron's desires, since they had started being physically intimate with eachother. And, to seal the proposal, the human placed a quick teasing kiss on the zeltron's lips before stepping back and headed for the door.

Taking a moment for Kori to gather herself and follow, before the pair made their way down to the ground floor of their home, and out through towards the rear entrance that would lead to the estate's gardens. Pausing a moment as she stepped out into bracing cold air, the human retrieved the facial cowl from where she had tucked it into her sleeve before pulling it over her head, just to take advantage of that layer of protection against the biting cold air. Once she had finished, Alyse, closed her eyes and started to breath deeply, focusing and channelling the Force through her in preparation for their coming exercise.
 
Last edited:

Nykoria Tallis

Character
Jedi Order
Rank
Jedi Master

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Catbert
Joined
Apr 26, 2020
Messages
461
Reaction score
431
Alyse's teasing remark elicited a similar slight grin on the Zeltron's face. Silently, she nodded with the grin widening even further. Alyse being a much more public person than Kori, the very idea of leaving a visible mark gave the purple alien a spark of mischief that bettered the mood. With sabers clipped, Nykoria attended to the footwear while Alyse dealt with her mobile lockbox that contained the sabers, among other curious things that Kori had a chance to see during their trip.

The idea of a wager clearly flew well with Alyse. The Zeltron felt almost like their thoughts could touch, and what was going on in the blonde's head. Kori knew that Alyse was going to agree, and Alyse knew what sort of "friendly" wagers Kori would be up for. And yet, it didn't detract from the experience when the blonde's lips approached Kori's ear and tickled it with soft breath and the promise of something that sent goosebumps down the Zeltron's arms and back. Kori's eyes widened, and her lip remained bit for a few moments after the sudden kiss, until she regained her usual smug confidence... and started breathing while her skin returned to normal, less deep purple.

"If you wanted a smoke so badly, you could've just offered that as a barter," the woman retorted with a smirk. "But deal. Now that it's on the table..." The Zeltron chuckled soundlessly, as a pun formed in the back of her head; something that no doubt would make the ashen blonde roll her eyes. "...I have no choice but to smoke you."

Kori followed Alyse outside; as they walked through the house, the Zeltron's anticipation messed with her focus; only the tickling pinches of cold air outside returned Nykoria some of her concentration. Taking after Alyse, the Jedi closed her eyes and applied a conscious effort to forget what had just been promised. Eventually, the breathing became deep and focused, and the pulse returned to normal. Instead of the wager, Kori tried to focus on what was ahead: the time spent together with someone who unexpectedly landed at the top of the list of people the Zeltron cherished.

"On your mark..." she said calmly, eyes still closed. But then her lips curled up, as she added with a teasing tone: "My lady." Yes, it was cheesy, and probably not as creative as Alyse's "My Ashla". But the Zeltron was still lost for a good pet name, and had to use something to give Alyse a taste of her own medicine. A play off "Sith Lord" and "Governor", and more... Yes, that would do for now.
 

Darth Ceryx

Character
Sith Order
Rank
Sith Lord

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Topher
Joined
Jan 5, 2020
Messages
325
Reaction score
258
As she continued to allow the Force to flow through her, a wide smirk lingered on her features as she could feel her partner beside her struggle to focus on finding her centre - clearly the wagered act Alyse had offered had certainly gotten her other half into a fluster. A light chuckle could be heard escaping the Blonde's lips, as the thought that they had since left the bedroom where the whispered prize was offered, they were out of the house, stretched and now just pooling their energies in preparation for the morning run - and the Zeltron was still struggling to keep her desires from clouding her thoughts.

Opening her eyes, as Kori had spoke out. The grin still present on her features at the lingering amusement over the time her partner had taken to recompose herself. Alyse nodded her readiness before pursing her lips in response to the latest pet name attempt from Kori, appreciating that she had put the Zeltron in a tough spot by electing to call the once Jedi Master now her significant other, her Ashla. Alyse had struck gold in the romance stakes, but in doing so had set the bar high - but she had every confidence in Kori finding a pet name that would fit, but in all truth for the Ashen blonde - she cared for the company and embrace of the purple skinned woman, so long as she had Kori at her side, she would be content.

Taking another deep breath, the ashen blonde, closed her eyes and reached out to the Zeltron, their essences tuning in each each other through the Force and their Bond. There would be no need for a count down, or a ready set go - Just a singular and momentary impulse shared between the two, as they instantaneously sprang into a blur of motion, as both the human and Zeltron broke from their stationary stance and moved into a Force fuelled sprint. A light cracking sound could be heard as they both initially sprang into motion, followed by the rapid succession of foot fall cracking down onto the frosty grass beneath


As the pair would approach and start their sprint along the path along side the running creak, Kori had taken the lead, moving a good 4 or so strides ahead of the blonde. Whilst the initial start was perhaps disappointing, even with the light hearted competitive nature of their morning's activity. It was not by any means unexpected, after all Kori was the taller and the more muscular of the two, from a life time of physical training, whilst the ashen haired blonde as more on the toned and nimble side of the spectrum, not having to rely on physical strength but more her stamina and the strength of the Force
 

Nykoria Tallis

Character
Jedi Order
Rank
Jedi Master

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Catbert
Joined
Apr 26, 2020
Messages
461
Reaction score
431
In all that excitement, Kori had nearly forgotten: neither of them really needed to give the go signal. The two had reached a point where they could just start running together. That shared impulse sent the Zeltron running, and the wind in her indigo hair only made the experience more liberating. Kori felt like she had felt back at home in her teenage years: no struggles, just a hope for the bright future, and infinite possibilities. Except that this time, Nykoria shared that elation with someone else as they ran.

The feeling was only slightly soured by Alyse falling a little behind; the blonde's disappointment nudged the Zeltron both through her perception of emotions. and through their shared bond. The purple-skinned Jedi reciprocated with a pulse of warmth and encouragement: the promise that come what might, there would be no losers in this light-hearted competition.

Meanwhile, the path led the duo to a wooden bridge that crossed the stream. Normally, the Zeltron would take a winding path towards the bridge, run across it, and follow another winding path into the trail. But that's not what Kori had in mind this time. Bewinged by her emotions, the Jedi Master leapt up into the air. Flying over the stream and the bridge, she'd land gracefully on the other side: continuing in her track with renewed vigor and cutting short on at least a dozen steps.

No Jedi training before has ever been that uplifting...
 
Last edited:

Darth Ceryx

Character
Sith Order
Rank
Sith Lord

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Topher
Joined
Jan 5, 2020
Messages
325
Reaction score
258
The disappointing start had, perhaps it would seem continued. Not that the Ashen blonde really minded, she shared in the heightened mood between them, seemingly the momentary deflation of being left just a few paces behind, hadn't gone unnoticed by her partner, and she could feel their combined essences warm up with the Zeltron's encouragement. Though as appreciated as it was, Alyse had all the encouragement she needed in clear view Infront of her.

After all she knew just from sight alone of her partner's form and build, Kori possessed a practiced speed and honed strength that would exceed what the ashen haired human's frame was capable of. Even if the Zeltron wasn't currently speeding off ahead of her as she was now, Alyse has long since had the confirmation of thier differences in physical strength, from their intimate time together beneath the sheet's, feeling her lover's limbs wrapped and coiled tightly around her body, and even before that when Kori was helping Alyse recover from her injuries from Zohsa, that without much discernable effort or use of the Force for aid the Zeltron was able to physically lift and carry the blonde back to her enforced state of bed rest.

Though out of the two options the thought that ran though Alyses mind was the clear preference for the former rather than the latter, unless maybe if the passions were running high the latter lead to the former. But those delectable thoughts aside, Alyse knew that this was a long run after all and there going to be every chance and possiblity that her Ashla would soon hit that 'runners wall' that would give her the opportunity to regain some ground.

Perhaps hitting the wall would be sooner than what Kori would anticipate, for all the ground she had made, vaulting over not only the creek but the wooden bridge that crossed it. Whilst Alyse crossed the creek some what traditionally, vaulting over the railing as she came onto and off the bridge, cutting a few shots corners but not as much as the Zeltron had done. Kori had taken a sizable lead moving a good clear two or so meters ahead of her, which whilst not being to great a distance on paper, for two Force Users moving beyond the limits of what is physically possible, the gap may as well be a city block.

But whether there was stock to he had in the belief of the runners wall concept, or perhaps maybe it might have been a combination of the Ashen blonde's wondering eyes over the Zeltron's toned Lycresh wrapped form Infront of her, or maybe the latter thoughts that touched her mind. But Kori's lead had started to falter, where all the ground she had gained through bypassing the bridge entirely, Alyse had somehow clawed back the distance, either she had sped up without noticing or Kori had slowed down herself.
 
Last edited:

Nykoria Tallis

Character
Jedi Order
Rank
Jedi Master

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Catbert
Joined
Apr 26, 2020
Messages
461
Reaction score
431
In hindsight, the acrobatic jump across the stream and the bridge might have been too much. Even if executed perfectly, like the late Grandmaster Oota Boan could have done it, the jump definitely had more flash than practicality. Perhaps it was an attempt to impress her blonde companion and show just how serious the Zeltron took the stakes. Apparently, Alyse thought about the stakes too. Or at least Nykoria was getting the same vibes as the previous evening. That made the Zeltron look over her shoulder with an absent-minded grin, only to see her partner catching up.

Still, the Jedi retained the lead, and she wasn't about to give it up. With her loved in tow, and with the Force coursing between them and being almost like a coupling, Kori sped up in a straight. It was as if the chilly winds carried her; no them both—although Alyse was still a little behind, she definitely picked up the pace, running much faster. It was almost like Alyse was... Giving me a run for my dreams.

But with Kori's own elation and Alyse's promise that was too good to even think about, the Zeltron was generous in spending her energy. Perhaps too generous, because it wasn't the final straight yet. For all of Kori's posing and advantage that she had built up, Alyse could still pass her right before the finish line.
 

Darth Ceryx

Character
Sith Order
Rank
Sith Lord

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Topher
Joined
Jan 5, 2020
Messages
325
Reaction score
258
The large lead that her partner had claimed, had shrunken down, and for the most part it would remain to be that case, the physically stronger Zeltron was retaining her lead over the human, but it had been reduced to little more than just two steps. Crisp biting winter air barely seemed to even register it's sting on the ashen blondes flesh exposed through the gaps in her cowl n. Not because of the added layer of thermal insulation she was wearing but just through the sheer focus that now consuming Alyse.

Almost as if she was drafting behind within the slipstream of her partner ahead of her, the human remained hot on Kori's heels. However whether it was the sight of the clearing ahead, or just that Alyse was potentially on the verge of catching up and overtaking Kori, their little race was speeding up, the surrounding Forrest line was blurring into an indistinguishable smear of brown and green hues, the coursing creek, had faded out into obscurity, only just a solitary channel sunken into the ground, barely visible in their periphery vision. All that would be as an indicator of their movements to the local wildlife is the sudden flash of two grey figures and the turbulent wind that would ripple in their wake.

As hard has Kori was pushing to grab the advantage towards winning their wager, it didn't seem to make many gains, Alyse was showing no signs of slowing down. Rather she was gaining on her partner. Whilst by comparative terms she had only closed the space between them by just a single stride, the current speed of their pace was now perhaps reaching not only beyond their physical limitations, but also as much as Thier channeled Force energies would even permit.

Had it not been for the blonde moving herself to the Zeltron's side, so she could potentially pass without tripping up either herself or Kori. By this point if it wasn't for her moving to the side, the Zeltron would likely feel Alyse breathing down her neck, both literally and figuratively. Whilst at this point it was perhaps close enough that it could go either way, or even too close to call - it would ultimately come down to this final straight, as the woodland surrounded clearing was now swiftly coming into view. It would only then be a matter of time until they would start the last part of their little competitive challenge, where the Force would be used for something other than running at breakneck speeds - with that in mind the ashen blonde poured her mind into the Force, pulling on its energies, and even channeling and focusing on the pain and stinging sensations that coarsed through her body, fueling and drawing upon the Darkside slightly to give her that little burst of extra energy.
 

Nykoria Tallis

Character
Jedi Order
Rank
Jedi Master

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Catbert
Joined
Apr 26, 2020
Messages
461
Reaction score
431
It would seem that both women had given it their best at the previous section of the route. But with their destination in sight, the two actually had to slow down, lest they'd overshoot the clearing where the showdown was supposed to take place. There was no set finish line; yet the Zeltron and the blonde both simply knew where it would be. And despite slowing down, both intended to cross it first.

Kori sensed Alyse's presence, literal steps behind her. Ever the cunning strategist, the Sith had saved her strength for the last stretch. Kori would soon find the blonde catching up with her, calling upon the Dark side to try and overtake her. Right at the finish line. No kriffing way! Nykoria too was already feeling the effects of running at her best speed. The touch of Darkness in Alyse—although familiar and somewhat exciting—still had an adverse effect on the Jedi, who had to block it out as she usually did.

The sudden need for concentration slowed the Zeltron down even further, to the point that the duo reached their finish line almost side by side. The difference seemed negligible: about half-a-step, with Kori barely ahead, partly by a margin of her larger frame. Finally letting her concentration dwindle a little, the Zeltron slowed down, almost skidding at the end of the path. She'd keep circling around their playground for the day at a slower pace, keeping arms and legs in motion to prevent the cold air from claiming its due.

Even with Kori's mouth covered by the cowl, Alyse would see and feel the glint of a smirk in her eyes: fueled by the warm pulses of shared experience and exhaustion. "You really want that morning smoke, huh?" the Zeltron raised her voice, trying to restrain the cheerfulness in her voice. "Aren't you afraid that it'll have you running slower, Number Five?" Despite a certain degree of cockiness to Kori's delivery, the tone was much more caring than daring. And the strange new attempt at pet name actually had a meaning behind it.

It hadn't been 24 hours since they returned to Bakura when Kori discovered that her Sith girlfriend made it to top 5 among "The Galaxy's Foxiest Felines" according to Rich Magnum of the Magnum P.I. talk show. Needless to say, the Zeltron had a field day with all the poking, nudging, ribbing, and teasing opportunities that the news provided. And a day later, Nykoria wouldn't just let it go. "Don't worry, you can be Number Two in our today's training," she added with feigned nonchalance, unclipping her longer lightsaber hilt from the belt and hitting one of the additional switches to set it to training mode.

The light-blue blade ignited, piercing the cold air with a hiss and pointing to the ground by Kori's side. Despite what they were about to do, there was no animosity, or even tension. Even Nykoria's assumed stance betrayed a degree of posturing, appropriate only among those close enough. The exhilarating experience in the morning made Kori treat this less as a training excercise, and more like a fun pastime with the person she cared about: "And no matter what, I'll hold you even higher than that."
 

Darth Ceryx

Character
Sith Order
Rank
Sith Lord

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Topher
Joined
Jan 5, 2020
Messages
325
Reaction score
258
A wide grin curled on her shrouded features, as her partner teased her over the wager should she win, being allowed a smoke with her morning Caff during the coming weekend. Which whilst she was aware of the negative effects it had in her health, she had significantly cut back and pretty much stopped smoking entirely since the couple had been together. Yet for the prospect of one little simple indulgence, Kori was jokingly making it seem that Alyse was fighting tooth and nail for just one last hit of nicotine life a detoxing spice addict.

The visible glint and contours of her grin did soon soften into a deadpan expression as the Zeltron continued to find no end to the great amounts of humour derived from That accursed Galaxies foxiest females list hosted by the tabloid producer Rich Magnum. Though perhaps it was a saving grace that this was the only occasion that Kori was aware of Alyse making the smut peddler's articles, whilst catching up with the news zeitgeists delivered to her by her aide following her return - she had come by the mention of her in a fictitious relationship with a Jedi Master by the name of Vran Berand, needless to say, if Kori was going to be relentless with the teasing over the Foxiest females articles, then it was perhaps wise that reference to the other article had been condemned to the confidential document shredders.

Rolling her eyes as the ashen blonde unlike Kori remained relatively still, her arms folded behind her back. "The same can be said for you my dear" Alyse spoke, much in her usual Governor demeanour, but there was a still a palpable teasing warmth to her voice. "After all, You do seem awfully determined to win the bet" she added as she cocked her head to the side inquisitively, her eyes visibly looking up and down her partner whilst she circled in front of her. "I would nether have figured that a Jedi, would crave such desires so vehemently" she added with an exaggerated shocked tone, before her head leant forwards a little - Alyses eyes cast her usual determined glint, yet there was somehow a playful and mischievous air in her expression. "But if you want to take me in that way, I will make you work for it" Alyse concluded, although whilst spoken in her characteristic tone, there was an exaggerated teasing emphasis being placed on a few key words.

Whilst the blonde's hands remained concealed behind her back, they did not remain still, her fingers resting on the hilts of each of her respective lightsabers, pressing down on the control switch to reduce the blade's power into its training and sparing state. As she watched Kori move about, igniting her new blue bladed lightsaber and holding it prone to the side and pointed to the ground. Alyse however remained for the time being still, her eyes betraying what was happening within her, darkside energies were starting to pool and concentrate within her - which unfortunately she knew it would mean Kori would have to guard herself, but like almost everything that the Ashen blonde done, it was with a purpose.

This may be just a typical training session for them, with light hearted joking and fun wagered stakes on the line - but she knew that for their training sessions to be effective, the Governor would need to call on the darkside, so she could ensure that her loved one would have a better chance of protecting herself - she would never forgive herself if she had allowed Kori to fall, because she failed to push her partner with all that she had.

Once she was satisfied that enough of the darkside was flowing through her, to give the Zeltron enough of an initial push, but not suddenly overwhelm her at first. The ashen blonde, unclipped both of her lightsabers from their bindings, holding them firm in her grasp before springing forward. Alyse's movements were perhaps as fast as they had been during their race, maybe even moreso as she rushed towards her partner's unguarded side, a purple flash of light erupting from the governors hilt as she ignited her lightsaber blade bringing it forwards from behind her back and holding it out to her side. Making every sign that she was about to swing upwards towards Kori's exposed side.

But before the ashen blonde would commit to the swing, a sudden crack in the air could be heard as she swiftly sidestepped to the zeltron's protected side, her rapid movements accompanied by the sudden disappearance of her purple blade and the emergence of a darker near crimson blade of light. Coming from the governor's second and more corrupted saber. A grin curling on her lips as she watched Kori adapt to the sudden change in direction and means of attack, whilst her partner had initially taken the bait, she was quick to correct herself, bringing her sapphire hued blade back round in time to intercept and block the crimson blade.

Sliding the crimson blade down against the force of their locked state, before giving a quick and sudden jolt to off the side, pushing Kori's blade away, Alyse adjusted her footing to present herself side on to her partner as Kori in turn countered with a sharp downwards strike from her elbow. Alyse's crimson blade moving up to parry and deflect the strike before then thrusting the blade forwards, her torso leaning forwards to drive Kori onto her back foot, who in turn did so before swatting the crimson blade away.

The back and forth continued for a few moments, before the Governor saw her opening, Kori had tried carry her blade round into a better defensive stance, almost into the Soresu form, giving the blonde an opening to abruptly swipe her blade downwards and wrenching the saber hilt out of her partner's grasp with the force behind the swing - lunging forwards, the crimson blade looked as if it was about to thrust into the Zeltron's shoulder, but before it could connect the blade was extinguished. The only contact that was made against the taller woman's body was that of Alyses against it. "Not bad" Alyse purred as a hand snaked its way around to her partner's lower back. "Though, unless you have the advantage, don't switch your forms" she added before quickly giving a quick pinch of her partner's buttocks and then stepping back, allowing enough distance for Kori to pick up her saber so they can start again.
 
Last edited:

Nykoria Tallis

Character
Jedi Order
Rank
Jedi Master

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Catbert
Joined
Apr 26, 2020
Messages
461
Reaction score
431
Jedi or no Jedi, Kori was only human—well, Zeltron—and made mistakes. The biggest one was her falling for the same trick again: letting Alyse's get into her head with her mix of Governor's determination and playful nudges. The second mistake was underestimating her opponent, or at least her "go all out" approach to the sparring. The third mistake was not preparing her other blade: it would've saved her from the need to readjust her defenses. And the fourth... Yeah, what Alyse said. Coupled with the fact that she had somehow allowed to get her blade knocked out of her hand.

And yet, despite of that, there was no bitterness in the defeat. Well, maybe a little. But it was quickly quelled by her partner's more than affectionate embrace. There Alyse was, doing that again: making Kori mellow and probably setting up another round of easy victory. As ok as the Zeltron was with that, she wasn't about to go easy on her partner... And she would learn from her mistakes. So when Alyse tried to step back, it was the purple arm around her waist that stopped her for a few moments.

"Let's up the stakes," Kori added quietly, before her cloth-covered lips approached the blonde's ear and whispered just what she was proposing. After all, their bond worked both ways: as much as Alyse knew about Kori's hidden desires, so did the Zeltron. Perhaps even more so, due to her innate ability to experience emotions—especially of those she cared deeply for.

Only then would she let go of Alyse's back and allow her to gain distance. At the same time, she'd switch the second blade to training mode as well, but leave it clipped for now. Instead, Kori summoned the weapon that had been knocked out of her hand back into her purple palm, igniting the light-blue blade once again. All the while she would try to quell her own excitement, now at the prospect of losing the bet as well as actually winning.

Initially assuming the same stance as during their first bout—somewhat reminiscent of Makashi, with one handed grip—it was the Zeltron who would speed up towards her opponent this time, seemingly intent on a diagonal upward slash from her left to right. However, just as it would be time to strike, Nykoria would open up with a twist: instead of her blade inevitably meeting Alyse's guard (as it would've happened if she carried on) the Zeltron would twirl the blade so that it would be in front of her and facing slightly upwards, in a prodding motion towards the blonde's chest.
 
Last edited:

Darth Ceryx

Character
Sith Order
Rank
Sith Lord

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Topher
Joined
Jan 5, 2020
Messages
325
Reaction score
258
The Blonde's eyebrow arched up inquisitively, as she shot a questioning expression towards her partner as she felt an arm prevent her withdrawal from being closely pressed up against the Zeltron's body. Her head cocking to the side as Kori leant further towards her ear, and much in a similar fashion to how she had spoke to her partner whilst they were within the warmth of their bedroom - Kori escalated the stakes of their little competitive wager. Her lips whilst initially pursing in thought, soon found themselves being softly bitten on by her teeth as Alyse fought to maintain a composed air about herself.

Though as difficult as it was, externally Alyse remained visibly stoic. But their bond betrayed the flare of emotion that burned white hot throughout the ashen blonde, similar to the Zeltron's earlier display of surging lust and desire, it was because of their bond and Kori's pheromones catching her off guard, that made it extremely difficult to resist the sensual allure that her partner was exuding. Whist Alyse had earlier gotten her partner flustered with the wager, Kori had shown she was by comparison leagues far beyond the ashen blonde - something that Kori undoubtedly knew, as she pulled away from Alyse at the right instant. Had she left it a moment longer then Alyse would have just cast aside the mornings training and sought to take her partner there and then within the wooded clearing, and perhaps Kori even knew that.

Breathing deeply as Kori stepped alway and released the blonde to resume preparation for the next bout. Alyse looked at Kori with a hard stare for a moment, reiterating the fact it was only Kori who could get under her skin in such a manner. Before it seemed that the walls were closing back in around her, eyes steeling up with focus as she looked at her Ashla. The wealth of carnal thoughts and images that had flashed though her mind were gradually dissipating, although now regardless of the outcome of their training, once the day was through a night of passion and indulgence was guaranteed.

The thoughts were swiftly exercised, as adrenaline surged through the ashen blonde's veins as Kori sprang forward, sobering up the Governor from the lingering intoxicating thoughts. The Zeltron initially looking to strike at her from a diagonal upward slash, before changing tact and stopping mid swing to lunge the blade forwards. A classic feint, but not an ineffective one. Where Alyse had fallen into her lightfoil fencing form, she had only but twist her wrist to bring her blade round to intercept and flick the blade off to her side, accompanied by Alyse shifting her footing and presenting herself side on to her partner.

A coy grin curled on her lips as she pushed her blade further to the side, and driving Kori's saber away and forcing her partner to withdraw and bring her blade ready again. "You should be conserving your energy my Ashla" Alyse commented as she, with a simple fencing lunge, and thrusting her blade forwards, enough just to keep Kori on her toes. "You will be needing it later" Alyse teased, before then lunging forwards again, pressing for an upwards thrust of her blades tip towards Kori's shoulder, "I'm thinking of maybe wearing that little black and red set In preparation for our evening in" She added, with coy smirk as she swiftly followed up with a second lunge, this time directing her blade towards her partner's hip. If the Zeltron was going to escalate and raise the stakes, then regardless if whether it was in her or her partner's favour, the blonde wasn't going to pass on the opportunity for building the tension for the rest of the day.
 
Last edited:

Nykoria Tallis

Character
Jedi Order
Rank
Jedi Master

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Catbert
Joined
Apr 26, 2020
Messages
461
Reaction score
431
Even in her wildest dreams, Kori couldn't anticipate the effect her teasing had on the blonde. For all her confident exterior, the Governor appeared to be more into this than she let on. Pheromones might have had something to do with that. Ironically, by stroking Alyse's desires, Kori also did so for herself. After all, a Zeltron could sense the emotions of others, and experience them in their amplified state. A moment longer, and the emotional expansion between the two would have become self-sustaining. Had it not been for the Governor's concentration, Kori might've given into the moment as well.

But for the time being, it was still a contest of skill. And for all of Kori's efforts, Alyse managed to fight through the temptation. The blue blade was guided aside, and a subsequent lunge forced the Zeltron to backpedal and gain a little distance. Mirroring Alyse's stance was a logical choice for Kori: a single handed grip and presenting a side to the opponent would make for better reach.

The fight continued on more levels than one. Alyse couldn't just go for a lunge—she had to probe Kori's emotional defenses as well. And although the blonde's teasing remarks didn't make the Zeltron swoon helplessly in defeat, Kori was still forced to keep up rather than try and turn the tide. Alyse's moves were well-practiced and graceful; Nykoria responded with quick and strong, but rugged motions. Outside elegance was sacrificed in favor of keeping her opponent's blade away from the shoulder and the hip.

"You tease," Nykoria grumbled after the lunge at the hip was barely averted, forcing her to take yet another step back,towards the treeline. Unbeknownst to the Zeltron, her back was already closing on to a tree. A couple of more steps, and Kori would've been cornered. However, to do that, the Governor would have to come up with another successful distraction. And deal with Jedi's counter-attack. On both fronts.

"You sure you don't want to save it?" the light-blue blade that had just defended a hip was now raised up, going for Alyse's stomach. The blonde, raised as an aristocrat and trained in fencing, would no doubt find a way to deflect it. But on contact of the blades, the Zeltron would try to prevent their parting and step forward, initiating a bladelock. She'd seek to push the more slender blonde back into the clearing with her offensive.

"Besides, I wouldn't be seeing too much of it if I win," she grinned widely, alluding to the nature of their bets. Both of Kori's distractions were average at best; she'd be lucky if she got a reaction out of the blonde. It was the bladelock that would be the main challenge.
 

Darth Ceryx

Character
Sith Order
Rank
Sith Lord

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Topher
Joined
Jan 5, 2020
Messages
325
Reaction score
258
A slight grin lingered on the blonde's features as her partner rebuked her teasing comments, even suggesting that she might want to put off wearing the mentioned articles of clothing. "Shame" Alyse spoke, before shifting her blade slightly to parry the Zeltron's counter attack. "Would have hoped you knowing that I would be wearing that lingerie set all day long, just for you. It would at least heightened your anticipation" she added with a feigned air of disappointment to her words, before tightening her grip on her hilt as Kori initiated a blade lock on their sabers. Digging her heels back into the ground the ashen blonde resisted the driving push from the Zeltron, which albeit was a harder and perhaps more futile a task, given her partner's stronger and athletic build.

Feeling her feet skip slightly over the dirt below, as her footing started to lose traction, the Ashen blonde coiled as much of her strength as possible in preparation for her countering attack. With a heavy grunt and lunge, the governor pushed herself forwards, exerting a driving pressure against Kori's lightsaber, the two blades hissing at the intensified contact between them - Shortly before a crimson hued blade erupted into life wielded in Alyse's hand concealed behind her back, the second blade swinging in underneath her own purple hued blade to provide additional leverage against Kori's pressing of her physical advantage.

Although whilst perhaps it would serve to alleviate her being pushed backwards, the Governor figured that it would only really work whilst her partner was still using her primary blade. As soon as Kori ignited the second blade and threw that into the mix, it would be easier to concede the round, rather than be physically and forcibly pushed backwards.
 
Last edited:

Nykoria Tallis

Character
Jedi Order
Rank
Jedi Master

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Catbert
Joined
Apr 26, 2020
Messages
461
Reaction score
431
"It would. Making it sound better and better by the minute, Number Two," the Zeltron replied through gritted teeth as she pushed her opponent back, the blades still locked. She knew that Alyse knew that the tide turned the moment when things went from fencing—Alyse's forte—to a more physical approach. "But then you might have to buy a new set after tonight," she added cheekily, pressing her advantage. That made the blonde's boots skid backwards, and for a moment it seemed like the Jedi would simply overpower the Sith and singe her with her own blade.

In a real fight, that wouldn't have happened. Alyse could've pushed Kori away with the Force, or conjured a lightning with her free hand to knock the Zeltron out. But even if she cared for her partner, the blonde Govenor still had an option to win this bout. Alas, she missed the time to use it. Instead, the crimson blade ignited to hold off against the pressure of Nykoria's blue one. And it did mroe than that. Alyse would find herself steadily pressing the advantage with her two hands.

But when the blue blade was inches away, the Zeltron... won that bout. Alyse would instantly know it: both through their bond and the pressure of something metallic against her abdomen. The emitter of Kori's second idle saber, which she would take off her belt while the blades were interlocked. A strange but heartwarming thought crossed her mind: "How's that for switching forms while having an advantage?" she would refer to Alyse's previous advice, while still struggling to keep the Sith's blades at bay and away from her.
 
Last edited:

Darth Ceryx

Character
Sith Order
Rank
Sith Lord

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Topher
Joined
Jan 5, 2020
Messages
325
Reaction score
258
"Much better" Alyse cooed as she withdrew her blades against the pull of the blade lock, before both blades were disengaged and extinguished as her hands fell down to their respective sides. Her eyes narrowing as she took a step away from her partner, so to lead the pair back into the centre of the clearing - rather than resume the next bout where they where, that would allow one or the other an unfair advantage.

"Although that dirty trick of yours" Alyse spoke as she turned to face her partner, pausing for a moment to remove the cowl from around her face, revealing her flushed and sweaty features. "You've been peeking through some of my books haven't you?" She added with a slight teasing tone to her words, not that she ultimately was concerned. The collected works of Force related knowledge was freely available should Kori wish to study the works, after all to master and understand the Force, a solid foundation of all it's aspects would be needed - the only item of literature as it were that was off limits to her Partner was her personal Journal. The only concession that was made in relation to the crimson leather wrapped around countless sheets of parchment, was that in the event of the Governor's death the journal would be bequeathed to her partner for her to use as she saw fit.

Coming to a halt in the centre of the clearing Alyse turned back to face the Zeltron once again, taking a few steps back just to make sure there was an even spacing between them. A wry smile curling on her lips as she looked over Kori, their little bouts were now tied, and it was now clear that this would be the deciding factor of who would be on top. Rolling her head, to loosen her neck muscles up a little, as well as to ease away the lingering feeling of compression from the cowl that had wrapped around her neck and face. Alyse closed her eyes and once again started to pool her energies, before igniting both of her lightsaber blades this time. The purple and crimson hued blades hung out and away at each side.

With the same shared impulse that had instigated their race, their final bout commenced, Kori had appeared to have lunged forwards initially, whilst Alyse on the overhand darted off to the side, moving in a wide flanking arc to just be nipping at and teasing her partner's defences but not close enough to engage.
 

Nykoria Tallis

Character
Jedi Order
Rank
Jedi Master

Character Profile
Link
OOC
Catbert
Joined
Apr 26, 2020
Messages
461
Reaction score
431
Kori had to give Alyse one thing: for all her Sith training, the blonde was playing fair with her. Maybe even too fair. There was definitely more to her skills and techniques than she was willing to show. But then again, neither of them were out there to utterly destroy each other. Having a bit of light-hearted fun, keeping in shape, maybe testing each other a little and trying to win a bet that promised something fun even if it was lost... As evidenced by Alyse's cooing even after she had lost a bout.

"Maaaaybe," Nykoria replied, just as she wiped the beads of sweat off her forehead and removed her own cowl, revealing her face being a redder shade of purple. A part of her was reluctant to go through the manuscripts dealing with the Darkness; if anything, it was Alyse's journal that the Zeltron yearned to read. She had seen the blonde scribbling something there from time to time; sometimes after their fateful stop at Giaca. That meant that Kori herself must've been in the journal somewhere. Alas, the Governor was anything but flexible when it came to the journal: something that Kori respected, but that also made the Zeltron want to peek even more badly.

But there was no time to dwell on the forbidden; for Kori stood to gain something almost equally appealing, should she win. That made the Zeltron move in, both blades ignited. The green would be the one closer to Alyse, who had chosen to circle around instead of facing the opponent head-on. Nykoria could work with that. Like her opponent, the purple Jedi moved in a circular pattern, presenting her side to the blonde and looking for the right moment.

"Hmmm, you either want that smoke too much, or..." The Zeltron smirked as the green blade lashed out for Alyse's ankle in a sweeping motion. The blue blade in the other hand at the ready to intercept what Alyse would throw at her.
 
Top