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P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Sat May 04, 2013 6:24 am

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It had been several days now since she had arrived back on Ossus, and Kura was restless. The events that had played out on Kowak had weighed heavily on her mind since her return, and she had been spending several hours in meditation each day in an attempt to sort through her unusually tangled emotions and thoughts. Although her first mission had been a technical success, she had felt that it could have gone better. To that end, she had spent the last few days, when not meditating, training with her lightsaber with her Master, trying to enfold some aspects of disciplines other than Shien into her form.

It was just such a training session that Kura had completed with her Master, and, dissatisfied with her progress with certain aspects of the fast moving and free-flowing Makashi that she had been trying to learn, Kura had found a small, deserted courtyard where she could practice the techniques alone. Her Jedi robes hanging over the back of a bench, wearing jut her fighting garb, she threw herself wholeheartedly into her practice, to the point where the cries of effort and exhilaration, as she mastered something to her satisfaction, could be heard outside of the courtyard.
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Sun May 05, 2013 2:48 pm

"I can sense her frustration, her determination, and something more enigmatic as well. It centers around her mission on Kowak and I thought that since you were there and most of this seems to center around what you accomplished there, you might have some insight into the matter." The Togruta female gestured with her hand to once again indicate her former apprentice practicing in the courtyard below, a gesture Kaz didn't need to follow as his eyes followed her attempts to ape out the techniques of Makashi. He didn't make a sound but he made the fifty-third internal groan as her lunge wobbled on the carry through while she overbalanced forward. She didn't fall, she was too aware of herself for that, but it made her recovery from the move sluggish.

"She doesn't give herself enough credit. Kura's talent lay in other fields and she acquitted herself well, despite what her report said." "You read her report?" Kaz turned a smile upon the female Jedi Master. "I read every report. How else am I to know what I did?" He left with a grin, stepping away as the Jedi Master pondered all the implications of the question posed to her. Around the level and down a flight of stairs, zigzagging around ruined steps. The structure was only half standing but that made it one of the few remaining usable structures extant after the bombardment that had destroyed the old temple. Kaz came out and quietly paused by an upright pillar to watch the grunting efforts of Kura.

"You're trying too hard, little one." He called it out as he watched her from shade. "You appear to be training a form rather than the technique, in a technique that abhors form. Tell me, what's the philosophy that led to the formation of Form V?" It was a leading question but it was apparently intended to elicit a response from her as he stepped out of the shade, shrugging his outer robe off and leaving it on the ground. Kaz began to stride in a large circle around her, his fingertips pressed together in front of him in a teaching gesture.
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Sun May 05, 2013 8:42 pm

"You are not my teacher."

A familiar voice came from the shadows, offering advice that she had not sought, and Kura immediately broke from her practice, despite herself, and lowered her head, along with her lightsaber, which sputtered out with a flick of a finger. Kura's head dropped, the stripes on her montrals turning a grey-green. She had been caught out, her practice being far from perfect, and the shame rippled through her body like a wave. Her voice, proclaiming that Kaz was not her teacher, was almost disgraced, and bordering on petulant.

However, she could not ignore the fact that she was rather more pleased to see him than she would have expected.

Tilting her chin upwards, almost in a gesture of defiance, Kura let her lightsaber drop to her side as she pulled herself up to full height. "I let you down on Kowak," she stated plainly. "If I had been more practiced with a lightsaber, we would have brought two Sith Lords to justice, as well as the younglings. I will not permit that to happen again." Kura flicked a rather sad smile towards Kaz.

"And I will not permit myself to let you down again, Knight Halcyon." A return to formalities, as he had almost declared himself her teacher.
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Sun May 05, 2013 9:42 pm

"Yet, here you are about to learn a lesson."

Kaz cut his eyes at her as he continued his path without falter. A large circle was sketched out around her as he went, with her standing rather close to one boarder. As he passed near behind her his words came more softly, his volume modulated for distance. "I've not felt a moments disappointment until you started speaking just now. Perhaps you are mistaken about this assertion of yours, this belief that you have let me down. Perhaps, instead, you are making a presumption." He made a tisking sound as he continued on his way around the circle, stopping as he the sketch ended with him standing on the opposite end of said circle.

With his fingertips still pressed together Kaz turned and took one step closer to her, placing himself fully in the circle with Kura. "I have created a circle around us. This is a learning circle, not a teaching circle. Only students stand within, teachers would therefore have to stand beyond its borders. Since neither of us stand beyond the circle that must make us both students, wouldn't you agree? I believe, truly, that we must then be here to learn something together." With all the deliberateness of a performing dancer his left foot took a half step back, leaving the perfectly balanced Corellian in a bladed stance in regard to the Togruta before him.

"Now, answer the question."
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Mon May 06, 2013 6:32 am

Kura didn't miss the odd look that Kaz gave her as he circled around her, his words soft as he passed close behind her. She was feeling like an ill-prepared student again, and it wasn't something that she liked. To all intents and purposes, she and Kaz were equals, and here he was, acting as though he were taking on a new Padawan. She frowned lightly at the Corellian's words. "I should have performed better," Kura replied mildly. Unwilling to settle for anything less than perfection in all that she did, she had let herself down, and, therefore, had let her partner down.

Kura's frown deepened as Kaz explained the purpose of the circle, and she regarded him carefully. One moment, he was acting as though he had been appointed as her Master, the next, he was reasserting that they were equals. It was confusing, to say the least. More than a little wary, Kura nodded as he stated that they must both be students, as they were stood inside the learning circle. "It is clear as to what I must learn," she said simply. "The question is... what is it that you feel that you can learn?"

A light upward twitch of her lips was the only thing that betrayed any emotion - physically, at least - as Kaz dropped into a bladed stance, one that Kura did not respond to in kind. "You know full well that Shien was developed by practitioners of Soresu, who felt that it was too defensive, and did not allow for any form of attack," she replied, unsure as to where he was going with this. "Primarily, it is used to deflect blaster bolts, and Djem So was later developed in the same vein to fight lightsabers." She smiled quietly. "But you already know this, do you not?"
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Mon May 06, 2013 7:59 pm

"There was nothing left unaccomplished, no mission objected failed, and no death that could have been altered by the likes of you and I on any reasonable plane. Now quit playing that game, it goes nowhere and doesn't allow two player anyway." He waived a hand through the air and a sense of assurance settled about her in the Force. "The mission was an overwhelming success. Everything, and I mean everything, went exactly as it was intended to." He pressed his fingertips back together and moved on.

Finally, she turned to the moment. The then and there, where every Jedi had to do their learning. Kaz nodded firmly at the shift in Kura's focus. The past was no good to them if they didn't move on with the lesson, but there remained one last block to the learning. "Your thoughts betray you. Do you really think you can't learn something from me without my being your superior?" Kura wanted to know what it was he could learn from her. "What do you have to teach? I'm already rummaging around in your head, I'm sure you know many things that I do not. Just don't think of what you look like naked."

A small smile forced its way onto his serious expression as she did exactly what he told her not to. "Oops, there it is."

Kaz gave the dissertation on Form V a few moments consideration, committing her words to memory so he could use them later. "You're close enough, so we'll work with that. It's a technique of forms, forms that direct strength and aggression to form a strong defense. You're a counter puncher, to borrow a term from shock boxing. Nothing wrong with it, nothing at all, and properly executed it is one of the most powerful lightsaber techniques available to the Jedi or Sith. It made Vader extremely dangerous, the insufferable and unteachable egotist that he was even before his turn." Kaz sighed and brought himself back to the moment quickly. "Makashi is different."

"If you're going to learn to add Makashi you have to learn Makashi itself. There are no brute manuevers to memorize, no wrote positions to perfect. Makashi flows from a place of acceptance and contention. Flows, this is the operate word. Where Djem So focuses on the application of strength, the deflection of blaster bolts, Makashi cares not for these things. A Makashi duelist need merely get the blade to the proper location and trust his or her lightsaber to do the cutting. Speed, precision, grace, and accuracy. These are the weapons of Makashi. Think of it as a dance. A very deadly, very serious, very sensual dance... your people dance, do they not?"
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Tue May 07, 2013 5:51 am

Kura fixed Kaz with a look as he reassured her that there was nothing else that either of them could have done to change the outcome of what had happened on Kowak. His words made sense, at least to an extent, but she still felt that she could have better acquitted herself, done something that would have made a difference to the outcome.

And then he cheated.

She felt the Force swirl around her, settling on her shoulders like a blanket, taking the sting out of her self-flagellation and introspection. Despite herself, a small smile twitched into place. "That is not fair," she said quietly, a laughing note settling in her voice despite the apparent gravity of the situation. "You have a distinct advantage over me in more ways than one, do you not?"

The frown returned, however, as Kaz suggested that she felt that she could not learn from him as he was her equal. "I do not believe that I cannot learn from you," she stated, shaking her head, her bound montrals twitching slightly. "I... simply find it difficult to revert to the role of a student. Perhaps that is being fed by my feelings of failure." It was a statement of fact, weighted and obviously the albatross around Kura's neck. A faint alarm at Kaz's statement that he was already reading her mind, and her montrals coloured bright blue as, naturally, she immediately pictured herself naked at Kaz's suggestion. Her white markings now matched her skin, and Kura cast her eyes downward, unable to look at Kaz directly. "Please... get out of my head," she murmured huskily, embarrassed at the thought that Kaz might have seen far more than she was willing to show him.

A smile had finally pushed its way back onto her lips as Kaz switched the topic, expanding on her little speech about Shien. She couldn't help but feel as though he was building her up, trying to restore a little of her crushed confidence. Her expression slipped back to concentrated seriousness as Kaz explained that Makashi was completely different: you had to let it flow, use finesse as opposed to strength and stamina in the way that Shien did. And then an odd statement about Makashi being like a dance.

"Yes, my people dance..." Not that Kura herself had ever danced, but she had secretly watched her parents dancing together on more than one occasion. She coloured up again as she considered what those dances usually led to. "But... but I have never danced, Kaz. I have never attended an occasion that has required such."
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Tue May 07, 2013 7:13 pm

"I do seem to give off that impression." Kaz responded simply to her question knowing full well it was a non-answer, his favorite kind of response. "Fair is for love and war." Though, if she were aware of the quote he was referencing she'd know his opinion of fair was low in those arenas as well.

Kaz merely hinted at an enigmatic smile when she begged him out of her mind. He was merely reading her surface thoughts and emotions at that point, an attempt to build her up only requiring access to her own self-created illusions rather than the truth beneath. Tearing people down required a great deal more work for a Jedi. That he kept even other Jedi off balance enough to allow the practice was well known to the young Corellian as he faced his newest friend from across the small circle.

Of course, everything he intended came crashing down when she said something so utterly alien it took him a moment to process the fact that it had, in fact, been said in basic. His expression turned to slack, the shock at first preventing him from reacting at all and then the rush of conflicting thoughts keeping it so. "I'm sorry, did you you just say you've never danced?" Kaz grappled with the thought and came up with a version that wasn't so out there to him. "Oh, you mean formally. That doesn't matter, as long as you know how and have practiced we can get through this all the same." He chuckled to himself, presuming his thought to be correct.
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kura Nuhok » Wed May 08, 2013 5:11 am

Shooting Kaz an exasperated look, Kura eventually broke into the sort of smile that she had given him on Kowak: warm, friendly and open, the first indication that there hadn't been some irrevocable shift in her personality since their first meeting. "I believe that 'fairness', in your eyes, is a mutable quality," she grinned, shaking her head. "If we are to associate with one another, I feel that you are going to be leading me a merry dance, Kaz." And there it was, the switch back to the informality that had developed between them. Immediately, Kura felt a little better, a little more balanced.

Finally meeting Kaz's eyes as her blushing subsided, Kura stood before him, her emotions and thoughts bare and open to him, whether she liked it or not. There was no point in trying to hide: after all, Kaz specialised in the "affect mind" school of force powers, and all its related abilities, and she knew that she might as well be an open book to him. That was something that she would have to work on.

However, she immediately felt herself overcome with shame at Kaz's reaction to her admission that she had never danced. He might as well have laughed in her face, the sense of disbelief was so great. Her montrals swiftly turned grey-green, and her head dropped, her montrals visibly drooping, despite being bound. Kura shook her head, and glanced up at Kaz. "No, I mean that... I mean that I have never danced. Ever." She swallowed deeply, trying to bury the sense of shame and naivete deep inside of her.

"There... there was never the need nor the opportunity for me to learn to dance. It is not seen as an integral part of the upbringing of a Togruta who has been indentured to the Jedi."
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Re: P-P-P-Pick Up A Padawan (TAG: Jiorral/Kaz)

PostAuthor: Kaziki Halcyon » Thu May 09, 2013 6:00 pm

Kaz moved across the space to stand before her, his hands going to her shoulders. He took a hand away and used the knuckle of his first finger to lift her chin back up. "I apologize fair maiden. It wasn't my intent to hurt your feelings it just never occurred to me, was never even a glimmer of an option to my way of thinking, that somebody as lithe and graceful as yourself would never have danced before. It caught me by surprise and I reacted poorly, in large part because I'm so unaccustomed to being surprised in the first place. Don't be ashamed, the shame is mine." His emerald green eyes pierced into hers, the feeling of reassurance he had been projecting through the Force snugging about her like a warm blanket.

"Hey... there's a need now... if you still wish to learn a bit of Makashi, that is. The two support each other, feed into one another, and I go places where we would be well served by the skill... if you still wish to be my partner."
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