Summary: Takes place before EP1, vignette of a one night stand
Dariel stood at the cantina entrance for a moment, letting her
eyes adjust to the dimly lit interior. She
could tell it wasn't very crowded, not like some nights, but
was still doing a fair amount of business
despite the fact it was the middle of the week. More patrons
were actually dining than just drinking and
most of the tables and booths were occupied.
She frowned and stepped down to the recessed floor and made her
way over to the bar. While waiting
for the bartender to finish with his current customer, she glanced
around, hoping to find a place to sit.
Her eyes locked onto a corner table in the back with a lone occupant.
A slow smile of recognition
crossed her face.
It was the Jedi from this morning. The intellectual apprentice
who had testified in court on her behalf.
His testimony had turned the verdict in her favor and cleared
her of all wrongdoing. Her luck couldn't
have been better. Not only had he witnessed the turn of events
that lead to her being sued, he was a
Jedi, which made him a very credible witness in the eyes of the
court. Tonight, her good luck
manifested itself again. Seeing him now, and apparently alone,
in her favorite cantina, made her feel
"Can I see some ID?" the bartender suddenly asked her, pulling
her out of her state of grateful musing.
Dariel frowned and fished around in her coat pockets until she
produced her identification card. "I'm
twenty-one. I come here all the time for crying out loud," she
The bartender nodded after looking at her card. "What'll it be,
Miss?" he asked, unphased.
"Tie Back. Straight," she told him. "And I'd like to buy the gentleman
over there a drink. The one in the
corner. Will you send the waitress over to see what he wants?"
The bartender waved to his waitress. He spoke to her and gestured
at the corner table and the waitress
nodded and started off.
Dariel watched from her position at the bar as the Jedi looked
up at the waitress who stopped
unexpectedly at his table without being summoned. She spoke briefly.
Dariel saw the faint glimmer of
surprise in his statement. He spoke to the waitress, who wrote
down his order and hurried off. Dariel
smiled wider as the Jedi slowly began to scan the room in search
of his benefactor. It didn't take him
long to spy her. She locked her eyes with his and nodded. He
smiled and made a subtle gesture for her
to join him. Dariel picked up her drink, licked her lips, and
started off in his direction.
"It's just a way of saying thank you," Dariel told him, sliding
into the chair across from him. "I didn't
really get a chance to this morning in court." She couldn't remember
his name and was too embarrassed
to come out and ask him, so she tactfully avoided greeting him.
It would most likely come to her later.
She remembered it was an unusual name. One she had never heard
"Your welcome," he replied. He leaned back in his chair and finished
the drink he had with one quick
swallow. He set the glass back on the table and grinned as his
eyes drifted over her admiringly. "So, are
we celebrating tonight?" he asked.
Dariel flashed a smile. "As a matter of fact, I am," she said.
"I was supposed to meet a friend here, but
at the last minute, he cancelled. I was already dressed and ready,
so I decided to go out anyway." She
leaned towards him slightly, folding her arms in front of her
on the table, taking in the sight of him. He
was an extremely attractive man in his early twenties with icy
blue eyes and a quick, sexy smile. "I'm
glad I did," she added. "But I almost didn't recognize you. You
look so different in...street clothes."
The Jedi looked down at himself and shrugged. "Do I?" He turned
his gaze back on her. "I suppose
I've lost all that righteous integrity that comes automatically
with the robe, haven't I?"
Dariel could tell from his amiable, nonchalant demeanor, he already
had a few drinks inside him. He
was the exact opposite of the straight-laced, dignified Jedi
that took the stand this morning. "A little,"
she grinned. "But I think that comes more from the alcohol you've
consumed and not from the change
of clothes." She had to admit though, from the way he had dressed
tonight, if it weren't for the shortly
cropped hair and the long braid draped over his right shoulder,
she would have never guessed he was a
He frowned slightly. "Well, I had to change," he explained with
all seriousness. "I'm not here in the
capacity of a Jedi. It's my night off."
Dariel laughed. "I didn't think Jedi ever stopped being Jedi."
"No, I suppose we don't."
The waitress came with his drink and placed it on the table. He
immediately downed half of it and
ordered himself another before the waitress left. Dariel realized
she hadn't even touched her drink. She
sipped it, her eyes never leaving his face.
"Jedi or not, I would think someone like you would have every
female in the place clammering for a
seat at this table," Dariel went on coyly. "I'm surprised you
are all alone tonight." A thought suddenly
struck her. "Ah...you are alone aren't you?"
He smiled and leaned forward slightly. "I usually start out alone,
but I have to admit, I rarely leave that
way." He raised his brows and gestured at her. "Case in point."
Dariel lowered her eyes. "Do you come here often, then?"
He nodded reluctantly. "Perhaps more than I should."
"I guess I had a naive conception of you Jedi," she confessed.
"I didn't really think you were allowed to
go out, and drink, and...socialize. It surprised me to see you
"It is rather frowned upon," he told her. "It's a sad fact about
the Jedi. Most prefer solitary meditations
to social situations." He laughed and shook his head. "But I
have been blessed with an indulgent and
gullible master who actually believes me when I tell him I will
be spending the night meditating on the
connecting power of the Unifying Force." He laughed a little
harder, then gulped down the last of the
drink Dariel had bought him and started on the one he had ordered
himself. "I feel a little guilty
deceiving him that way, but he's so easy to deceive. In his eyes
I can do no wrong."
Dariel shifted in her seat, marvelling at his rather cavalier
attitude. "You're going to be in a lot of trouble
with him." She pointed at his empty glass. "When you go back
to the Temple, won't your master realize
you're...intoxicated?" She grinned, liking the idea that he was
blatantly defying authority. She had
always been attracted to rebellious types.
He shook his head. "He won't suspect a thing. The next time he
sees me, I'll be back to my perfect
little, obedient, subservient, padawan self. Tomorrow he'll actually
praise me for my dedication and
pendantic aspirations. No. I have no intentions of going back
to the Temple tonight."
Dariel was intrigued. "Where will you spend the night then?"
He flashed a mischievous smile at her. "Why, with you, of course."
Dariel felt a wave of heat wash over her. She stared back at him
with an incredulous statement. "That's
rather presumptuous of you." She found his arrogant confidence
somewhat unnerving even though she
was excited by the idea of actually taking him home with her.
He merely shrugged. "Yes, it is, isn't it?" he purred. "But you
forget, pretty lady, I am a Jedi and I can
sense what you're feeling. I may be a little drunk, but I've
watched you. Your body language was
subtle, but I still noticed it."
Dariel dropped her eyes from his and took a deep calming breath.
"But we hardly know each other..."
She still hadn't even thought of his name yet.
He cursed at her suddenly and leaned back. "What more do we have
to know about each other? I'm
not asking you for a commitment. I just want to sleep with you.
You want it too, I know you do."
Dariel blinked up at him, stunned.
"Look," he continued, impatiently. "If you're not interested all
of a sudden, please feel free to get up and
leave." He paused and inhaled deeply, his voice softening. "I'm
sorry if I have offended you. It's just
that I find you incredibly attractive, and I only presume what
I do because I can feel your attraction to
me. I am in need of a place to stay tonight, and would be very
flattered, and honored, in fact, if you
would consider sharing your bed with me." He smiled at her, seductively,
his blue eyes twinkling. "I can
guarantee you won't regret it."
Dariel rose slowly, and bit her lower lip. He was absolutely right.
She did want him in the worse way.
Just looking at him was twisting her insides with an insatiable
need. It's intensity was startling. He was
so sure of himself, and so sexy, how could she possibly deny
herself this opportunity?
"Shall we then?" Dariel asked, and turned towards the exit.
The Jedi's eyes locked on hers. He quickly finished his drink
and slapped the glass on the table and
then stood up to follow her.
* * *
Dariel closed the door and locked it and turned around.
The Jedi seized her arms and covered her mouth with his. He backed
her up against the door and held
her there with the weight of his body. Dariel could feel his
hands on her everywhere. She whimpered
and tried to pull away from him so she could breathe. His aggression
was both arousing and
"What's the hurry? Has it been that long for you?" she asked,
squirming out of his embrace. "Can we at
least get to the bedroom?"
He grinned and nodded. "Very well." He licked his lips and took
a deep breath, then began pulling off
Dariel smiled and tried to steady her pounding heart. She reached
behind her back and began to
unfasten her dress and kicked off her shoes. She walked deliberately
into the bedroom and glanced
over her shoulder at him.
The Jedi started after her, shedding the rest of his clothes with
an eager intent and was behind her
before she could get the dress off. He pulled her to him, pressing
her buttocks to his hips, sliding his
hands around her to cup her breasts, and nipped the side of her
neck. He began kneading her firmly as
his mouth trailed hot, wet kisses to her ear.
Dariel reached up and stroked the side of his face, dragging her
nails through his luxuriant hair. She
closed her eyes and turned her head to kiss him.
He slipped around her, pulling her down on the bed and into his
arms and obliged her, kissing her
roughly, delving his tongue deeply into her mouth. He rolled
her on her back and lay on top of her,
without breaking his devouring kiss.
Dariel could feel the heat of his skin through her dress. She
tried to push him back enough to finish
taking it off, but he wouldn't move. Instead, he reached down
and pulled her dress up over her hips.
Dariel twisted her face away from him, gasping for air. He leaned
back slightly and gazed down at her
with a smoldering statement.
"You don't believe in foreplay, do you?" Dariel panted, teasingly.
She trailed her fingers through the
sleek hair on his chest and took a quick, shaky breath. She had
to admit, his intensity was turning her
on faster than any tender caress he might have offered her by
means of foreplay.
He smiled slyly and shook his head. "You don't need it," he told
her outright. He slid his hand
underneath her dress and pushed aside her undergarment.
Dariel gasped, feeling his fingers penetrate her suddenly. Her
whole body clenched.
He smiled wider and kissed her cheek, watching her reactions as
he rubbed the soft moist folds of her
flesh with his thumb and began slowly stroking her with his fingers.
Dariel moaned softly and opened her legs to accommodate his hand.
He kissed her eyes and trailed his
lips to the side of her face.
"Yes," he encouraged, whispering in her ear. "Just relax." He
shifted his position on her, moving up
Dariel writhed against his hand and encircled his neck with her
arms, pulling him closer to her. Her mind
was swirling with desire and her body began to ache with the
need to feel him inside her.
"Please," she breathed pleadingly.
The Jedi nuzzled her hair. "Patience," he whispered. "I'll take
you soon enough." He withdrew his hand
from between her legs and slid it over her stomach to her breast.
He took a hold of the neckline of her
dress and yanked it hard, tearing the material down the front,
exposing her to him. Dariel inhaled
sharply, startled. His mouth covered her already taunt nipple,
and he began roughly sucking and
gnawing at it.
Dariel felt streaks of pain along with the waves of pleasure he
was giving her. She winced and gasped
and tried to push him back. Surely he must realize he's hurting
me, she thought, but he continued
zealously, until all she could feel was pain. It was then he
shifted again and plunged himself into her so
fiercely, she felt as though he had cleaved her in half. She
shrieked and dug her nails into his arms until
she could feel the stickiness of his blood under her fingertips.
"Sssh," he soothed and touched her lips with a feathersoft kiss.
He began moving in her, slowly and
carefully at first. His kiss became more insistent however, and
his hand closed tightly on her aching
breast as he thrust into her even harder.
Dariel would have screamed, but his kiss drew the very breath
from her. Her body didn't know how to
react to this assault on her senses. He gauged her responses
and would ease up on her until her
repulsion turned back to arousal. He would stoke it, clouding
her mind with craving until her body
ceased to fight him, then he would swiftly attack her again with
even more brutality than before. He
repeated this pattern over and over with almost inhuman stamina.
Nearing exhaustion, Dariel finally submitted to his torture. He
was too strong. Her attempts to fend him
off proved futile and only served to spur him on. After awhile,
her body became so numbed to the pain
he inflicted on her, she could only feel the pleasure.
The Jedi seemed to sense this. He became tender and his touch,
rewarding. He kissed her deeply and
sensuously, soothing away the bruises her lips had sustained.
His hand gently stroked her sides and his
thrusting settled into an easy rhythm.
Dariel's breath was coming faster and harder and her heart was
beating so rapidly she thought it might
leap out of her chest. She wrapped her legs tightly around his
waist and locked her arms around his
"Come for me," he whispered to her. "Scream for me. Now."
Dariel's mind blackened and exploded suddenly. Jagged pulses of
release tore through her and she
screamed inhumanly from the intensity of her climax. Her body
convulsed in powerful contractions until
she finally collapsed under him, certain her heart and lungs
had burst. She wasn't even aware of the final
forceful pumping against her that gave him his own release until
he rolled off of her, panting.
Dariel tried to sit up but found she couldn't. She lay back, still
reeling in ecstasy, feeling broken and
spent, staring up at the ceiling, listening to him breathing
beside her, not sure if she wanted to kick him
out or entice him into having intercourse again.
"You are too used to being treated delicately," he said suddenly.
"But I knew what you really wanted.
In the end you knew it too."
Dariel looked over at him. "You are such an arrogant bastard."
He laughed and rolled over, gathering her in his arms and kissed
her forehead. "Go to sleep. You've
had enough for now."
Dariel closed her eyes and settled her head against his chest.
It wasn't long before she fell into a deep,
* * *
Dariel felt the warmth of the morning sun on her face. She opened
her eyes and blinked a few times.
It was morning already. She felt as though she had just fallen
asleep moments ago. Her head was
murky and she struggled to orient herself as memories of the
night before flooded into her mind. She
rolled over on her side and cried out. Her muscles knotted in
protest at the movement and a sharp pain
jabbed her abdomen. She forced herself to sit up.
She looked around. The Jedi was gone. The only remaining evidence
that he had even been there was
her lingering pain and the sticky partially dried mixture of
blood and semen between her legs. She
struggled to her feet and staggered to the mirror in the next
Her eyes widened at her reflection. She swore softly and shook
her head. I should file charges against
you for assault and battery, you son of a bitch, she thought
to herself, then laughed humorlessly.
"I still can't even think of your name," she whispered. His malicious
lovemaking had been consentual
after all, and even if it hadn't, there was no way a court would
believe a barfly like herself over a Jedi.
Especially if he came across as honorable and commendable as
he had when he appeared in court
yesterday morning on her behalf. As the recollection of that
ironic scene played in her mind, a slow
smile lit her battered countenance. I remember now. Your name
is Xanatos. I knew it was an unusual.
She sighed and closed her eyes. "How fitting."