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"Why Master Zekk, what a great pleasure it is to see you again!"
Em Teedee caroled from somewhere over Raynar's head.
"Zekk!" Jaina cried out, her face suddenly turning a flattering
shade of pink.
The young bounty hunter looked tired. Smudges of filthy lubricants
stained his cheeks and forehead and one sleeve of his tight-fitting
uniform was scorched through. "Jaina! Jacen!" He gaped at the others.
"What are you all doing here?"
"Hey, Zekk," Jacen replied with a welcoming grin. "Kind of a rough
way to say hello, isn't it?"
As Zekk lowered his weapons, Jaina launched herself into his arms
and twirled him in a happy hug. "It's so good to see you again!
Did you get my holomessages? Hey, how did you make it past the targeted
Zekk indicated the singed place on his arm. "It wasn't easy."
Tyko choose this moment to break up the reunion. "More to the
point, my oung hoodlum, what are you doing here? What business
do you have threatening us? You're lucky IG-88 didn't blast you
Zekk took a moment to holseter his weapons and give Jaina a real
hug before looking directly into Tyko's eyes. (175-6)
Zekk looked over at Jaina. "The Lightning Rod is closer. We could
get to my ship and harass him, create a diversion so the others
can escape." He raised an eyebrow hopefully. "I could use a good
copilot, Jaina…if you wouldn't mind coming with me."
She hurried to Zekk's side. "What are we waiting for? Em Teedee,
you go with Jacen - he's a fair pilot himself, but he and Tenel
Ka may need your assistance getting the Rock Dragon out of here."
The little droid floated upward in his excitement, barely managing
to keep his new microrepulsors under control. "Oh my! This is sobering
responsibility - I will do my utmost not to let you down, Mistress
Jaina grabbed Zekk's hand and they raced out of the offices together,
toward where he had docked the Lighning Rod. (190-1)
Breathing hard, Jaina secured her crash webbing as Zekk lurched
the Lightning Rod into the air, roaring out the overhang-covered
shipping area where he had landed. She glanced at the dark-haired
young man as he worked, his gaze intent on the controls.
"Sure is good to fly with you, Zekk," she said.
"You seem to be making this a habit - getting into situations
where I have to come to rescue you," he said, smiling slightly.
"Hah! I'm not half-bad at rescues either, you know. Watch it,
or I might just turn the tables on you one of these days."
"I don't supposed I'd mind it so much." (192)
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