Friday, April 28, 2006

"Coona T'Chuta, Jan the Intergalactic Aviator?"

The creature had a gun pointed right at her.

"Yes, Greedio," Jan answered. "As a matter of fact, I was just going to see your boss. Tell Jaba that I've got his money."

"It's too late," Greedio chattered in reply. "You should have paid him when you had the chance. Jaba's put a price on your head, so large that every bounty hunter in the galaxy will be looking for you. I'm lucky I found you first."

"Yeah, but this time I got the money."

"Jaba's through with you," the bounty hunter countered. "He has no time for smugglers who drop their shipments of precious velvet paintings at the first sign of a Royal Navy cruiser."

"Even I get boarded sometimes. Do you think I had a choice?"

"You can tell that to Jaba. He may only take your ship."

"Over my dead body," Jan replied coldly.

"That's the idea," Greedio sneered. "I've been looking forward to killing you for a long time."

"I'll bet you have." more quickly that Greedio could react, Jan punched him in the jaw, then flipped him over her shoulder. The would-be assassin crashed through a table unconscious.

Later witness reports of the incident varied. The first of the bar patrons to come forward claimed that Jan clearly punched Greedio too quickly for him to react and he never got a shot it. Later, a second group of witnesses stated that Greedio swung first, but so wildly off to the side that he would never have connected. Jan never flinched and coolly knocked him out with her attack. Still others claimed that the two combatants swung simultaneously at each other, with Greedio swinging just a wee bit sooner and missing when Jan dodged to the side, then counterattacked. Now, if you were to ask me, I would answer that obviously, Jan punched first. Clearly, her life was on the line and if she hadn't, she would be the one lying on the table unconscious -- or even dead. You could also possibly go by the thought that Jan punched first, to show what a rough-and-tumble rogue she really is, and perhaps in a character arc through this story, she will mature a bit and become more of a "good guy." In any case, having Greedio swing first waters down the story and the notion that Jan is an outlaw with a heart of gold.

Jan calmly dusted herself off, tossed some credits to the bartender and said "Sorry about the mess."


Erifia Apoc said...

But... But... *Ow* I have some wicked deja-vu.

flu said...

I bet the frame-by-frame on the special edition DVD that will come out years from now will show pathetic computer-generated artwork of Greedio coming at Jan with his eyes closed and his arms flailing in a windmill swinging fashion well before her reaction even begins.

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Yeah, but it'll be cool to see her calmly hold him off with one arm while he's flailing about thusly.

Anonymous said...

Ya Just Cant Hire Good Help These Days.

Everyone Of My Velvet paintings Gone.

I will get you .....I Swear !

Professor Xavier said...

Obviously Jan threw the first punch. In that kind of close range comabt, no aim is required. If Jan hadn't hit first, she would be dead. There is no way that a capable bounty hunter would have missed from only a couple of feet away. That requires just too large a suspension of disbelief.

A Army Of (Cl)One said...

Jon, was the witness who says Greeido a bearded Hutt named Gorge Lewkas. I thinks I heard he has tried to re-write history more than once.

Aayla Secura said...

who's cool blue?

Anonymous said...

okay my head is spinning

JawaJuice said...

Awwww man!!!!
Now I'm never going to get my priceless velvet paintings!!!
What am I going to put up on the walls of my game room now?

Kristi said...

"a rough-and-tumble rouge"

Are you her sidekick, mascara? :D

(sorry, couldn't resist!)

Gyrobo said...

This is the unfortunate side effect of mixing animation and live-action sword-swallowing. You must resist the urge to fight intergalactic aviators! Unless the resistence is less than one ohm. Then resistence is futile.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

What a fighter! Good for Jan!

Vegeta said...

I once fought that bounty hunter, he knocked him self out with his own punch

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