For some reason, her hotel looks perfectly fine when Leia and Chivkyrie arrive. He insists on getting her things for her while she waits. He made a couple of comlink calls while out of her presence and confirms that there are no reports of wide-scale law enforcement activity in the first-tier areas.
Leia suspects Choard will know that she will avoid those places, but Chivkyrie is embarassed to admit that it's more than that. Choard is familiar with the Adrian mindset and Disra is familiar wth Chivkyrie personally. They know he would never permit a guest to stay in quarters not befitting her status. Although he had allowed her to check into the hotel, he had planned to send a servant to retrieve her belongings so she could stay with him.
He reassures her that his fixation on status will not cause anymore problems. His actions have disgraced his standing and he will have to resign his status. She is moved that he is making such a huge sacrifice for her.
They use public transportation to reach the catacombs which is now a slum for beings who came to Shelkonwa for a better life and failed. He tells her that Choard will have these searched as soon as he realizes she is not in the upper-leveled neighborhoods. He plans to leave some of her personal items there later so that any hunters will be confused.
Instead they are going to a tapcafe between two secondhand stores where he has arranged to give her a job. She will be hiding in plain sight, serving customers. The manager isn't convinced Leia can handle the heavy trays but Leia assures her she is stronger than she looks. Leia had been served by droids on Alderaan, but had also been served by living beings elsewhere. Since she barely noticed the servers regardless, she believes that serving is very simple. It takes an hour to find out that she's wrong.
She spends the rest of the day navigating through order-taking from beings as diverse as status-conscious Adrians to drunk humans. When she reaches the employees' apartments that night, she finds Chivkyrie waiting to offer her food. He advises her that the governor's office has
already reported her presence to Imperial Center and they are searching the first and second-tier hotels. Two army garrisons are nearby and could be here before the Rebellion could extract her.
Leia begins to feel discouraged. Han and Luke could have been here with her if she'd not let them be reassigned. The pirate activity is going to be a moot point anyway since Rebellion supply lines won't matter once all Alliance activity ceases here. That is a foregone conclusion.
Eventually, Chivkyrie will be captured and Choard's people are already aware of Vokkoli and Slanni.
She knows her despair is the result of hunger and fatigue so she starts to get some food when she hears the sound of breaking glass. She ignores Chivkyrie's admonition to get down and spots shadowy figures sneaking through the window in a building across the street. Burglars are doubtlessly on the move. Leia is horrified to spot a child's face in one of the windows and decides she must help.
She fires her blaster at a drain pipe that she hopes to use to slide down but she realizes after the fact that she presents an easy target while sliding down and won't have a way back up.
Fortunately, her blasterfire has scared off the intruders. Chivkyrie worries that she's alerted the entire neighborhood. She believes that freeing the galaxy from tyranny also means freeing it from the violent and lawless.
The patrollers never come to investigate the blasterfire and Leia begins to breathe more easily the next day while serving her customers. Her customers are treating her more lightly now and she soon learns why. The family of the child she tried to save last night enter the restaurant.
She realizes that the neighborhood did hear her shot and didn't turn her in. The people of the Shelsha sector may yet be willing to take a stand.
Edited by Jedi Cool, 21 February 2013 - 07:59 PM.