I saw a boy sitting at a table, studying some papers. Two girls were at an experiment table, pouring glowing chemicals into vials. They glanced at me as I stepped in, then started. The boy drew an ice cane, and one of the girls, @May_Otterview, rested her hand on a hip holster. I raised my hands.
"It's alright! I'm just here to talk." Two other girls and a boy came from another room. One of them was Ariella. She gasped. The other girl was Felicity, and Vytanni was the one at the experiment table. She glared turbolasers at me, and clenched her fists. I winced. This was going to be harder than I thought.
"I....need your help. My, my family was captured by an Imperial officer. I can't rescue them by myself, and I was told to come to you."
"Who told you?" The boy who was sitting at the table walked toward me, still holding his ice cane. I took a deep breath. "The.......Scarlet Man. " A collective gasp, and suspicious glances by May and Vytanni.
The other boy walked up to me. "Do you have a plan?" This was the question I dreaded. "Yes. But you aren't going to like it....."
Vytanni stared at the girl in shock. How could she expect them to do that?! It was suicide! And, how could they even trust her? It was most likely a trap. Vytanni still thought she was an Imperial spy. No, you're just upset because she hurt you. She pushed the thought away. Yes, she had hurt her, had insulted her friends, but that wasn't why she was upset! She deserved whatever she got.
Suddenly, an image of the Scarlet Man appeared in her mind. She heard His voice saying, And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. She remembered her feeling of desolation as she lay captured, her arm gone, the unbelievable pain coursing through her body. Sure that she had failed the Scarlet Man, betrayed His trust, used up His grace. And then her unending joy when she was forgiven! She understood.
"I'll help you." she said, putting her hand on Aislinn's shoulder. "Oh, Vytanni! Can you ever forgive me?" Vytanni smile. "I already have."