Jade’s fingers slightly rubbed the hilt of her saber as she held it at the ready. It had been a long time since she had meet up with Shikyo. She knew following him had been risky, but if he led her closer to the shard she could worry about coming up with a distraction later. She looked at the saber in his hand. He had sided with Locke, a side she had nearly chosen as well. But now, here could be a powerful ally, one that could truly help their smaller numbers, should she be able to convince him to come to Vexatus side. “If your brother was swallowed by a rancor, would you follow him into the belly?” She smirked.
Shikyo glared at her. “You’re assuming the rancor would even come close to him.”
Jade laughed and shifted her weight, her purple blade hissing to life. The glow casting shadows across her face and cloak. “You’re off your rocker Shikyo.” She took a step back. She would be ready to fight him but it wouldn’t be her first choice.
“Not as much as you accepting Xanos’ or Sildrin’s mission of killing me.” His own saber flashed to life, the dark hiss almost demanding blood from the air itself.
“You’re paranoid! When have I ever been sent as an assassin to kill you or your family?”
“So the truth comes out. First me, then my brother.” Shikyo laughed. “I’m almost tempted to let you live, just to watch you try.”
Jade couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Having been nothing but loyal in the past…“You need to lay off the booze. I’m not here to kill you.”
“Then why were you trying to follow me?” He took a step towards her, surprised she stood her ground and didn’t move. He took another step just to see if she would be as strong in her resolve, but she stood still. Maybe she was telling the truth.
“Rumor has it you were hot on the trail of a shard. Figured I’d let you lead me to it.” She smirked.
Shikyo looked at her. It made sense, and she didn’t show typical signs of covering up a lie. He lunged towards her. Jade stepped to the side as Shikyo smiled. The move hadn’t been for attack, but rather to see how she would react. He was testing her. "You know you wouldn’t succeed in killing me.
“I don’t want to kill you!” Jade shouted it and it echoed off a near by wall.
“Says the would be assassin.” Shikyo smirked.
Jade looked at him, her head tilting to the side a bit. Was he starting to actually believe her? She used the force to pick up a piece of rubble and tossed it at the Dark Jedi Master, it was her own test. He laughed and harmlessly deflected it.
“Please, at least make it worth my while, Epis. I know you can do better then that, I’ve seen you do better than that.”
“If I were trying to kill you I would!” Jade almost growled it. The man was stubborn, determined she was out to kill him. She would have to fight him just to prove that she wasn’t. She changed her stance so she was on guard, her saber slightly tilted. “You want to dance Shikyo, let’s dance, but don’t accuse me of something I’m not here to do!”
“If you survive I might bring you back to Locke as a prize.” Shikyo was playing with her now, like a predator giving its prey false hope. Jade wouldn’t be easily swayed to switch sides, he’d have to make her want to fight for it. Make it seem like she was convincing him to almost let her change sides.
“When you finally come to your senses Shikyo, I’ll bring you back to Vexatus to swear your allegiance.”
Shikyo hissed along with his blade. “Never. Going. To. Happen.”