Venick had started moving all of his things to his new apartment in Cloud City.
A female Imperial officer then approached him.
"Venick? I thought that was you," she said.
"Ilsa? What are you doing here?" Venick asked his old friend, Ilsa Straites.
"I'm on a case but... It's reached a dead end. We should get a drink, I'd love to catch up."
The two of them went to a nearby cafe.
"Where are you moving from?" Ilsa asked Venick.
"Coruscant. But I think I've always thought about moving here."
"Oh, I live on Coruscant. Too bad we didn't run into each other before."
"So you're an ISB agent now?" Venick asked. "I thought you were going to be a doctor."
"Everyone at school thought you would play professional lighball. But a bounty hunter? That's kinda... bad..."
"Hey, I tried your Stormtrooper academy. I got kicked out."
"I think my aim was too good," Venick said causing Ilsa to laugh. "Do you know Roan? Cross?" he then asked. "He's ISB too."
"I love Roan! He's adorable."
"Well that's one word for him."
"What case are you working on?" Venick asked changing to a new subject.
"Venick, you know that's classified. Although... Are you a good at gambling?"
"Actually, yeah, I'd say I'm pretty good. Why?"
"Okay well... I've been investigating this guy. He's a rebel sympathizer and he's been financing them for years. I tracked him here to Bespin. Actually maybe you know him. Cognos Yete? He went to our school."
"Cognos is funding the Rebellion?" Venick asked.
"Yes, he's one of their benefactors."
"Are you gonna arrest him?"
"Well that's the thing. It's not enough to just arrest him. He needs to be completely bankrupted so the rebels won't get any of his money. He makes his money from gambling. Now I'm supposed to find someone to play against him at the casino..."
"Looks like you found your guy Ilsa."
"You'll do it? Wait... Can I trust you?"
"Come on, what kind of question is that?"
"But this means you're hiring me, so I expect a reward."
"You can keep part of the winnings. That is if you win of course."
"Oh I'll win."
Ilsa and Venick walked arm in arm inside the Yarith Bespin Casino.
"Ilsa did I say how beautiful you look?"
"Yes you did, many times."
"Well, it's true."
"Venick Ackridger!" Cognos said. "Welcome to Bespin, my friend. Will you be joining us in the game, tonight?"
"As a matter of fact I will be."
"Excellent! And who might this lovely lady be?"
"This is Ilsa Straites," Venick introduced. "All three of us actually went to the same boarding school."
"Oh, well surely I would remember such a delightful face."
"Ladies and gentleman, I hope you are having a wonderful evening," said the dealer of the game. "To those participating in the Sabacc game, you may now make your way to the table."
"Well I do wish you the best of luck, chap," Cognos said to Venick as he walked towards the table.
"Do good, Venick," said Ilsa. "Only the fate of the galaxy lies in your hands."
"But no pressure right?" Venick said with sarcasm. "I can do this. Are you gonna be okay?"
"Yeah, I'll just watch from here until it's over."
Everyone took their seats at the Sabacc table.
"Enjoy the game, gentlemen," said the dealer before he began dealing the cards.
Everyone looked at their hands then looked at each other's facial expressions to get any type of clue.
The players spent a couple hours playing.
Eventually one of them was out of the game. The frustrated man left the table, groaning.
"We shall now take a break for one hour," said the dealer to the remaining players.
"So how's it going?" Ilsa asked Venick as he returned to her at the bar. "Do you have good cards or... Whatever..."
Venick raised his eyebrow and gave a curious smile.
"Sorry, I don't know anything about Sabacc."
"You've never played?"
"No. If I could play Sabacc, I'd be doing this myself instead of hiring a bounty hunter."
"A very handsome bounty hunter," Venick said with a grin.
Ilsa grinned back without speaking.
The two walked through the corridors of the hotel.
"So an hour long break?" Ilsa said. "What are we going to do for an hour?"
"I'm sure we can find something to do," Venick said as they entered their room. "What? Coming on too strong?"
"No it's just... I don't think you're my type," she said in a flirtatious tone.
"What is your type then?"
"Mm... Not a scoundrel."
"I'm not a scoundrel," Venick said softly as they both leaned in towards each other.
Then they kissed!!!
But then they were interrupted by a knock on the door.
"Who could that be?" Ilsa asked.
"Don't remember ordering room service," Venick said walking towards the door.
The door slid open revealing two guards.
"Good evening," said one of them as they both walked into the room.
A guard pushed Venick into a table and put a gun to his head.
"You're gonna throw the game," the guard spoke into Venick's ear.
"Why would I do that? I'm doing so well."
"Mister Yete is going to win. Throw the game or we'll kill both of you."
"Nah, I got a better idea."
Venick smashed the bottle on the table into the guards head. Ilsa also attacked the guard that was on her.
"You okay?" Venick asked her.
"I can handle myself."
"Oh well good. I like a girl that can handle herself."
"You need to get back to the game," Ilsa told Venick.
Everyone returned to the table.
"Venick are you alright?" Cognos asked. "You're sweating. I hope our game isn't tiring you."
"Just a bit. But it's all good. I'm in this to win."
"Well... Brilliant. As are we all."
The game continued for some time. Venick placed down his hand.
"Oh my," he said, marveling at his cards.
"Oh, no, so sorry my friend," Cognos said putting down his own cards. It seems I have an idiot's array."
"No..." Venick said realizing he had just lost.
"Quite a shame," said Cognos smugly.
Venick went back to Ilsa.
"What happened she asked?"
"I'm sorry. I hope this doesn't get you into any trouble..."
"Can you beat him?"
"I mean I probably could have. I made a mistake. It doesn't matter now."
"The Empire gave me enough credits for you to buy back in."
"So can you beat him?"
"Okay. Go try again. I know you can do this."
Venick rejoined the game after buying back in.
"Venick, I didn't think you would be back," Cognos said with concern.
"What can I say? I was having too much fun to quit."
The game continued with Cognos eventually going all-in.
"Oh no, my friend," Venick said putting his cards down confidently. He had won.
"Quite a shame," he smiled saying the same thing Cognos had said earlier.
Ilsa walked over to the table now that Cognos had lost all of his money.
"Mister Yete. You're under arrest."
"You were an Imperial? You two played me."
"You played yourself, pal," Venick said.
Cognos quickly got up and ran after pushing down the dealer. His escape attempt was futile, however, as Ilsa stunned him.
Cognos dropped to the floor.
"I never did like him," said Venick.
"I always got the feeling you were jealous," Ilsa said.
"Jealous? Me? I don't think so."
"Well it was nice seeing you again, Venick," Ilsa said after everything was wrapped up at the casino.
"Do you really have to leave?"
"'Fraid so. Unlike you, I have to report to people."
"Come on, stay here. We'll go to the casino everyday, I'll teach you how to play Sabacc."
"Mm, I don't think so. But we'll see each other again."
"I hope we do."
So this was based off James Bond's Casino Royale. And sorry about the lighting, somehow the white walls never really come out that great... But yeah I'll post the finale episodes sometime next week and that'll be it for the season. Also James Douglas, Lucas Carson, and I are working on a crossover that might get posted soon as well.