Well, this wasn't how he wanted to spend his time planetside. Ideally, it wouldn't be knee deep in packed snow with his midnight slacks soaked through and sticking to his alabaster legs. Ideally, he wouldn't be freezing as he stood there arguing with a near silent Jedi Padawan as his breath left his mouth and sank as a near solid ice to crash into the ice from which it came. Ice to ice, he supposed. Why the hell was he even out here, exposed to the elements, lips chapped and skin flushed from the frigid temperature that was carried on a knife sharp wind that slashed and hacked at his coat. He let out a chuckle and shifted his weight as he watched the boy intently. Perhaps now, he'd actually speak to him.
Serenity, stranger. Peace, stranger. That was part of his argument, that there had to be peace. There should be peace throughout the galaxy. But, no matter how much they spoke of peace, no matter how the tried to convince others that it could be truly achieved, it was only a slogan of theirs. They don't fight for peace, they never have. They fought for civilization, a democratic one at that, one without a hand to guide them. They contest and "maintain" civilization because that could potentially bring about peace, however temporary and fleeting that peace may be. Always the same staple topic, a favorite by the way they sprouted it at every convenience and inconvenience. Yes, Inon did align with the Empire. Yet, his allegiance was also to another individual, another organization all the same. But, the boy needn't know petty details such as that. Too complicated to attempt to explain how he fit into the bigger grand picture of it all. They didn't have time for such stories and ballads to recount how it all came to be.
Inon scoffed and raised an eyebrow as his vibrant green eyes bored into the Jedi's own. He shifted his weight again, leaning back on his heels as he relaxed in stance and expression. He closed his eyes, pale lids hiding green orbs that appeared to see everything as they peered at a person with a surprisingly calm intrigue, even as hundreds of disembodied voices raged and screamed in his mind. His head cocked to one side as he gave a small smirk to the boy.
Finally, Inon decided to break the overwrought silence between the two opposing men, the smirk widening into a twisted smile.
"Do you truly believe what you're telling me, little one?" A small jeer that a man who appeared to be his junior, if only by a few years. Again, the frostbitten wind cut deeply into his back and sides as he stood like a light stone pillar. Inon uncrossed his arms and spread his arms out to show his wingspan, his head hanging as though to mock death. His eyes shot open, minute and abyssal pupils dilating and contracting as they gained focus past the glaring sunlight that reflected off of the billions of tiny mirrors around them.
For the first time since they began "talking", he took a good look at the boy across from him. The first thing he observed about him was the man's eyes. They were a golden hue, searching and analytical. His face was chiseled, telling of his growth just as Inon's face was now pointed and sharp with hollowed cheeks. The boy's cheeks were fuller, youthful. But, he'd never been exposed to the Dark Side. At least, he knew, not in the magnitude in which Inon presented it. He knew that his presence within the Force was quite... tempestuous, turbulent, and volatile. A stark contrast to the carefree and glowing presence of the boy. Inon's eyes lit up and widened slightly as they dilated with mirth.
He saw himself in his eyes, suspended in two shining drops of bright yellow water, himself dark and tiny, in fine detail, the lines about his mouth, everything there, as if his eyes were two miraculous bits of sun-like amber that might capture and hold him intact if nothing else would. They reflected each other so well, yet they quarreled and insisted that the other was entirely incorrect in his convictions. Inon waited for the boy's move. Would he give in and strike Inon or would he simply look on and ponder?
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