Ruby Intrigue: Scene 1
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Corven sat with his back to the Alliance operative. He had never seen someone try so hard to be inconspicuous.

The moment the op had dropped enough money to keep a provincial cantina waitress off of him for two hours he announced himself to the whole bar as someone important, or just stupid. The only provincial girls who worked places this good ("good" being a relative term on Nar Shaddaa) either knew someone or were a chance pick. Either way she would be expected to bring in money and she would bother her patrons, or worse, until she got it.

Corven had taken a slightly different approach. He had bought the cheapest drink that he was pretty sure was watered down with water and had brought a 2.2 meter tall Trandoshan bodyguard with him. Just another cheap lowlife with muscle.

He eyed the operative warily through the dirty mirror on the wall next to his table. Working for the Bothan Spy Net was dangerous. Spies had a notoriously short lifespan. And, with most of the Force sensitives in the galaxy working for the Empire, lifespans had gotten shorter.

The hunting was being done by Imperials. Corven didn't like them, but they were thorough. And, ever since the Bothans had decided to start selling Imperial secrets at cut rates to the Rebs, working for them had become even more dangerous. Nevertheless, Corven owed a favor, and he always paid his debts.

Elth was a friend. At least as close to a friend as anyone can be in this business. He had saved Corven a few times by providing valuable information at the last minute. Information that had saved his life and the lives of his friends. So when Elth, if that was his real name, had told him he needed some backup, Corven had accepted.

Of course, the moment he saw the Bothan walk through the door he wished he had not. The Bothan walked right up to the op, spoke a few choice words Corven could not hear, (better to be out of earshot and not know anything you did not want to), and leave. There were only two problems. The Bothan was not Elth. And, Elth's go between was the waitress. Bothans never show up in person for public exchanges.

Poodoo…


Just as the Bothan left the establishment, Draytch stood up to follow. His walking stride was quick and efficient. The Rodian barmaid attempted to intercept him on his way out, but she could not maneuver fast enough or even catch his eye before he made it to the exit.

Outside, Draytch looked up and down the platform for any sign of Rithok Borlan. A strong wind was picking up, forcing pedestrians to move closer to building walls and away from platform ledges, lest they fall a hundred or so stories to the dark surface below. To the right, the platform widened to make space for a bustling open-air market. Draytch realized that the spy could easily lose a tail amongst the crowd. To the left, the platform continued on to the corner of the building, where it intersected with another pedestrian avenue connecting the towering buildings, both commercial and residential. Though night was still 10 hours away, the afternoon sun was low, causing the alleys between the skyscrapers to get even darker with shadows. The platforms to the left were nearly deserted, but the many alleys provided excellent escapes from the elevated "street".

Either way, Borlan was gone.

But as Draytch pondered what to do next, a quick movement to the left caught his eye. He drew his blaster and cautiously made his way to the next alley.

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