"What you think you can do, and reality are often two very different things. Think, Dezzi... Even if you had accomplished your mission, do you think the council would have turned a blind eye to the fact that you disobeyed both my orders and their own? Not only were you risking involving yourself in a conflict the order does not want to get dragged into right now, but you were risking your life for a very foolish cause. If you could learn to listen, if you could learn patience, I would be proud, Dezzi. Evaluate and weigh your options before acting, consider the consequences, as more often than not, the consequences of choosing wrong are dire."
As Tenrek continued to walk, he spotted the Republic negotiator not too far ahead, and said quietly, "Now, try to keep a clear head during the proceedings and make no mention of this little complication. I explained away your absence to the Ambassador as a simple scheduling error."
Stepping behind Ambassador Fornth, Tenrek cleared his throat softly. The man turned around slowly, and took in both Tenrek and Dezzi standing there feet from him. Marcellus Fornth was a very formidable looking man. Six-foot, four inches, and slightly lighter in skin tone than the void, he presented a very intimidating image to anyone who did not know him. Tenrek had known the man for years, ever since he had left Haruun Kal. While in his fifties, Fornth did not show his age except in his graying, close-cropped hair.
Tenrek extended his hand and said, "Are we ready, Marc?"
The man smiled and said in a slow, deep voice "I don't know, Tenrek... This lot isn't the friendliest in the neighborhood. They're not easily persuaded, and trying to intimidate them or bluff them is nearly useless. They'll call both on general principal whether they think they can win or not. I think our best tactic here is to present a benign, yet powerful image. We don't want to be seen as weak in their eyes."
Tenrek laughed and said, "I don't think anyone who looked at you would consider you weak..."
"You know what I mean.. And I'm a pacifist", he said glancing at a few of the Zabrak guards around the hall reproachfully. Tenrek knew he was noting the powerful rifles in each individual's grip. This, indeed, was not a group he would like to anger.
As Fornth turned down the hall, he said, "The Iridonian government has decided to use an area of the spaceport to hold the talks, as it's the most heavily guarded section of the city."
Tenrek didn't reply as they moved through the port, reaching out with the force as he walked, reading the intentions of those around him. Something felt...Odd. Giving Dezzi a sideways glance, he said, "Stay focused, and be mindful of your feelings. They may well save you."