Monday, September 25, 2006

Life Is Too Short.

I lay in the hot tub thinking *I really needed this. I just need some time to get myself back back in order. I think I just rushed into going back to work. And tried to do to much to fast. What was I thinking. I should have taken it slow step at a time. But ohh well, what is done is done. Now I'm going to spend a few more days here and unwind a bit. Then when I go back I'll take it nice and slow. I know Holg can handle the resort himself. He has been doing such a great job so far. I haven't even got a single call from him. He will make a wonderful and reliable captain.*


My com-link buzzes. I climb out of the hot tub and walk over to a table where it sits. I pick it up and see that it is Holg. *Sigh....Well it must be very important if he is calling me*

So I answer it, "Hey Holg......."

"Ohhhhhh Noel I'm so glad to hear your voice." He says sounding worried.

"What is it Holg, is something wrong?" I ask as I slip my robe back on.

"Yes, there is Noel. You need to come back to Sky City right away. You will be safer here."

Getting a bit worried myself, I ask, "what is it?"

"Noel, we just received a rather disturbing message...... from Kloddo. Apparently he survived the attack, or left just before. But either way he is alive, he knows where you are, and he wants you dead."

"WHAT!!!!!! Your kidding....right. Please tell me you are joking." I scream into the com-link, looking around in fear.

"I wish I was Noel, but I'm not. We think it best if you come back here. Like I said before, with all the new security aboard you should be safe."

"Okay Holg, I'm on my way..... I'll be there in less then an hour." With that I ran into the house, locking the door behind me..

"Be careful Noel."

"I will." I ended the call, I see my droid Ella standing in front of me. I ask her to lock all the doors and windows. With out questioning she did what she was told. I quickly throw some clothes on my still wet body. Just as quickly, I call the Space Port and tell them that I need my ship ready to go in just a few minutes. I also ask them if they can do a security scan for me, just to make sure nothing was aboard that isn't meant to be. They said they would.

I grab the keys to the new speeder I just bought. As I head out to the speeder Ella comes out and says. "Noel I'm all done, is there a problem?"

"It's nothing that you need to worry about. I have to go back to Sky City. I want you to stay here and take care of the house for me." I tell her and jump in to my speeder. I head straight to the space port. When I arrive I see that my ship is ready for me. As I park my speeder and ran over it, I see a guy exit it holding a scanner. I have never seen him before. Normally I have only certain people work on my ship.

I ask him, "Who are you, and where is Derrik."

He looks up and answers "Derrik called in sick today, I'm his replacement." He smiles politely and extends his hand for me to shake. I shake it and he continues, "I did the security scan you asked for, and I found nothing aboard your ship that didn't belong." He then give me a worried look "Is there something wrong?" He asks.

"It's just that I may very a very dangerous man after me. I need to be extra careful, that's all."

"Wow that's bad, what did you do?" He asks.

"I did nothing. He had kidnapped me and was going to kill me. But escaped and he still wants me dead."

He looks at me for a second then his eyes get big."Hey your the owner to the awesome resort aren't you. I just love that place, I go there all the time."

I smile and nod. "Yeah.... well I really have to get going." I say looking around nervously.

"Ohhh shoot, yeah sorry about that. Don't worry your ship is clean, you should have no problems."

"Thanks." I say as I head into the ship.

"Hey," he yells behind me. I turn around and he continued"Ummmm... I normally don't do this, but do you think maybe we could get together sometime and have a drink or two. I would like to get to know you better....... ummm that is if you want to." He looks down shyly.

I smile and say, "I'll think about it" I walk into the ship and close the doors behind me. He seems really nice.

I sit down behind the main control panel and did a few check. I start the engines and head into the atmosphere. I get ready to jump into super speed when a cabinet door opens. I get up to close the cabinet and my eye catches a flashing light inside. I open the door and see a primitive type bomb in it. It has numbers that are counting down.




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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Has Been A LOOOOONG day

I went back to the resort to check on some stuff. As I was walking through a hallway I ran into Maggie and the Henchman or Guy as some know him as. Guy had a can of whip cream in his hand. I can only imagine what he was going to use it for. I decided this was a good time to tell them about the security cameras. And how they gave one of my security officers a show earlier.

All they said was "Oops!"

I just looked at them and shook my head. Then I remembered I had some extra tickets to the Naboo Safari. I figured they would love going because it was really romantic. Especially this time of the year, now that the Nabooian Star Angels can be seen.

I gave them the tickets and told them I had called them a taxi already. Which wasn't true, but I figured by the time the two of them got down to the taxi center there will be one waiting, once I made the call that is.

After they left I decided to check up on Vampi. I thought her and her kids would like to go see the Toydarian traveling Galactic Zoological park and circus that has just docked.

When I entered her room I seen her sitting there staring at a ring. She has been having a hard time choosing between the man she loves and her kids. So I decided to sit with her and have a small chat. Afterwards she seemed a little better.

I then invited her and her kids to the park and circus. She said it was okay for her kids to go, but she decided to stay back and try and get a hold of Miari.

I had a lot of fun. It was cool seeing Justice turn into the different animals. I love being with Vampi's kids, true they can be a handful, but that's the way kids are. Makes me want to have one......... someday.

As we were getting ready to leave, Holg shows up "Noel, there was an accident on Naboo. Henchman and Maggie got hurt. They are in the medical center."

I looked over at the kids."Holg can you take these two back to Vampi's room, I'm going to check on two of them and see if they are alright."

"No problem," He turns to the kids. "Come you two, lets go back and see your mom."

I got into an elevator and just before I pushed the button to the medical center floor, I got a call. It was from the security office. I decided I should go check that out first.

I head up to the security office. Once there I'm approached by the head officer. "Noel, we had a little incident. This guy," He shows me a picture of him.

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"He tried to enter the resort with a load of weapons."

"So where is he now?" I asked.

"Well, after telling him that there are no weapons aloud on the ship, he threw a fit and demanded to come aboard. He said the he needing to speak with Vampi. I remember you saying something about the problem with her and SHIELD, so we told him to head down to the planet and we would send her down to meet him. I didn't know what else to do. I figured I would contact you and see what you could do."

"You did good, did you get any info on this guy?"

"Yeah we did." He says and hands me another piece of paper. I read it over and hand it back to him.

"I'll go talk with Vampi, put these in the file cabinet.

I left and headed back up the medical center. I figure I'll go check on Guy and Maggie first, then go talk to Vampi.

I get to Guy's room first. He is sitting there while the doctors are doing a final check on his legs and arms. Once the doctor is leaves, Guy grabs his shirt and puts it back on. He walks over to me and asks "How is Maggie?"

I just look at him and say "I haven't seen her yet, but the doctors informed me she will be just fine, you want to come with?"

As we walk to her room he tells me what happened. I just sigh and thank the stars they are okay.

Just before we get to her room he says "Your doctors did a really great job putting me back together."

"Well the doctors here are some of the best around and a couple of them work only with cybernetic implants." I said as I showed him my arm. "The only difference is that mine don't have the synthetic flesh covering it."

"Why not, It would look so much better if you did." He says.

I shrug my shoulders and said, "I don't know, I.....I think it has something to do with remembering my home and what my people had done to save me. Also, I spent so much time in the hospital as a kid. Going through surgery after surgery, I don't want to have to go through another one."

"Well just remember you can't live in the past forever. You should move on and get over your fears and just do it....... when you are ready."

"I may someday, for now I like my old metal arms and legs." I smiled.

Then we entered Maggie's room. Holg's there talking to her and she seemed really happy to see Guy. After a quick check making sure she was okay, I tell her she is ready to leave. With that said, Maggie jumps in Guys arms.

I take that as my cue to leave.

I tell them that I have to go talk to Vampi about the guy that showed up. Maggie seemed to know him. After a small discussion they decided to met with this Blade character. I called his number that I remember seeing on the paper. I told him that Maggie and Guy wanted to see him. He agreed and said he was at a small casino not to far away.

After they left I went to tell Vampi's. She seemed a little upset. And after she tells me about him, I am too. I'm just glad they are taking this else where.

Once everyone is gone I decided that I would go up to my apartment and get some rest. But before I can get in bed my com-link buzzes again. I answer it only to find out that another person tried to force their way through security. Just as I was about to get up and leave they called back and told me he left.

I just sighed and layed back down.

I think I'm going to have a talk with my security crew, tomorrow. Then I'm going to go back to my house on Naboo and stay a week or so. I'll tell Holg not to contact me unless it is an emergency.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Need Some Time To Myself.

I climbed out of the speeder and looked at my house.

This is the house I bought way back... before the attack and the kidnapping. When Zebb and I first started going out. I quickly shook my head of those thoughts and turned to pay the driver and get my bags.

I slowly walked to the door and unlocked it. The door opens and I step in. To my amazement the whole place has been furnished.

Holg said there would be a surprise for me when I arrived. Well I am surprised. It is real nice to have a droid that is programmed to know everything I like. And I like everything except the area rug. The flowers just don't go with the rest of the stuff.

I cross the living room and head straight for one of the bed rooms. I drop my bags in the largest of the three rooms.

This too is really beautiful. A little dark, but I love the bed. I go over to it and lay down for a minute, and find out that it is really comfortable too.

I get up and go over to the French style doors that leads out to the patio and pool area. The hot tub sounds great right about now. So I strip off my clothes and slip a robe on.

I walk outside and past the pool.

Even though I may never swim in it, I still love it. It is so beautiful just to look at. I walk up the path the leads to the hot tub.

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Once there I slip out of my robe and into the hot tub.

It is so great to have a privacy fence surrounding the back yard. Plus it's not like I have neighbors anyway. The only house next to me is the old Big Brother house that looks like it was abandoned after the show.

I lay back in the hot water and close my eyes. My mind wanders back to the weekend.

For me the party was extremely busy. If I wasn't in my office, I was down in the main lobby welcoming guests. I did make an appearance in The Club on Saturday night. But I just sat back, had a few drinks, bought a few rounds for the guests, and watched everyone else dance and have fun. After closing, I went back up to my apartment. But not before buying a few rounds for the non-droid employees. It was fun.

On Sunday I announced the new captain. The decision wasn't really that hard. I just went with the one member who has worked hard and has never complained once. Holg.

He has stood by my side since I built him. He is programmed to learn new things and express emotion. He is more alive then some of the other crew members I work with. He was the only one who never gave up searching for me. Even after all hope was lost, he just wouldn't stop. And for that devotion and friendship he got the job.

What really surprised me. Was that nobody complained, everyone accepted him as their captain. I guess to them he is just another member, even if he is a droid. Which makes me really happy. Because I have always wanted a place where droids and living beings can work together as equals and I finally reached that dream.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Vampi's party

I met up with Vampi and her kids Hotstuff and Justice. Vampi told me about a civil war on her planet and she wanted a safe place to stay for awhile. I assured her that there wasn't a safer place to be, then right here at Sky City. As I was showing her to her room, she asked me if I could arrange for her to have a small personal party. I told her I would get everything she needed ready for her party.

She asked for a cake with two hundred candles and the words '200 accomplished' on it. Well our cooks did the best they could. However, there was no way to get the two
candles on it, so they settled for number type candles. I hope Vampi isn't disappointed.

I let her use one of my favorite high end party rooms.

After adding a few tables and had a small bar area set up it was ready to go.

During the party I did what I could to help. I helped out the droids with making and serving drinks. Everyone was having fun, some were having more fun then others. Son Goku and his family were there and we talked for a bit. He still feels bad about what happened to Zebb. I told him it was all right and not to worry.

After the party was over and everyone left I made sure that the cleaning droids were doing their jobs before I left. I told Flint, the head droid, to make sure he locks up before leaving. He beeps in acknowledgement.

After getting to my apartment I slip out of my clothes and into bed. I lay there thinking *I'm going to need some time off by the end of the weekend. Maybe I'll go check on my house on Naboo.*

Check out Vampi's blog to read more stories about this party.

Monday, September 11, 2006

The Doors Open Early

As I was sitting in my office, working on some paperwork. Holg rushes in and tells me, "Noel a message just came in saying people are already lining up to come in."

"Already, but we don't open for another week." I said as I got up and looked out my window. Sure enough I see ships and shuttles lining up at docking vessel # 7.

"What do you want us to do, send them away?" He asked.

"Hummmmmm....." I said as I sat back down. "Is everything ready right now?"

"Mostly, yes. There is still a few areas that need to be touched up. But I think the resort is ready to be open again."

"Well let's do it then, let's open early." I said with a smile. "No reason to send the early comers away. We will open the doors now, but the re-opening party will still be held on schedule, for next weekend."

"I'll contact the crew to let them know of the news. You contact security and make sure everyone is in place. The doors will open in two hours." I continued.

Holg just nodded and left.

My first call was to the docking vessels. I told them to start letting people in, but not to taxi them over till the okay was given. Then I contacted the managers to all the stores, clubs, hotels, and restaurants, ect. I told them about the change of plans and, if that they were ready to open to go ahead and call their employees. Luckily most of the working crew stay on the ship in personal crew quarters.

The two hours pass quickly and after getting the okay from most of the sections in the resort, I contacted Holg to see if the security was ready. He gives me the okay. Then I contact the docking vessels and give the okay to start taxiing people over. I sit and watch as the taxi's leave the docking vessels and enter the resort.

We're back in business.

There wasn't to many problems the first day. One bar claimed a small disturbance from some clone troopers, but quickly dealt with the problem. And it seems that a lot of people had a very good time.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The meeting.

When I woke up I made the decision that this was the day I get back to work.

I'm tired of moping around the room. True I'm still sad and feel alone, but I have to get back to living. So I got out of bed and hoped into the shower. The water felt great as it ran over my body. But soon I remembered when Zebb and I took a shower together. The memories flooded back and I started to cry, again.

I miss him so much and wish he could still be here..... still hold me. As I stood there in the shower a feeling came over me. It was a peaceful feeling, and I felt like someone was there. I looked around and saw no one. I closed my eyes and reached out with my mind. When I opened them, Zebb was standing right in front of me. He seemed so real, and when I reached out and touched his chest, he felt real too. For a moment I was shocked, and thought he was alive. But I then realized that it wasn't possible. What had happened was that I had joined my mind with his spirit. And with any joinings, it can seem as real as real life.

Zebb took my hand that was still on his chest and held it in his hands. He gently rubbed it, then he looked at me and pulled me towards him. He wrapped his arms around me and held me close.

"I miss you so much," I told him.

"I know,"he said. Then he pulled away and looked right at me, "it hurts me to see you so sad, that's why I came back."

"You came back to be with me?" I asked.

He shook his head and said,"No, not really. I'm here to tell you something."

"Tell me what?"

"I want you to remember all the times we were together and be happy. I want those memories of me to make you smile, not cry."

I just nodded

"Also, I want to assure you, that you will find love again. And I don't want the memories of me getting in the way of your happiness."

"But I...." He stopped me by covering my mouth with a finger.

"No buts, just trust me. I promise you, after our meeting here you will feel better."

I smiled and nodded.

"I just want you to be happy."

He then leans over and kisses me. And we proceed to be intimate.

After an hour, we are holding on another. We both are breathing hard. He pulls away and tells me, "I have to be going now."

"Will I ever see you again?" I asked.

He shook his head and said "I'm afraid not."

I looked at him and I could feel the tears coming back. He put a hand on the side of my face and said, "remember what I had told you. No more sadness."

All of a sudden the sadness passed and I feel a peace that I haven't felt in a long time. I just smiled and told him, "I will never forget you." As he disappeared into mist.

I turned the shower off and climbed out. I grabed my com-link and sent Holg a message. I'm going back to work.