Aira-ty stumbled and rolled, banging her head against the sides of the tunnel as she tumbled downards. She was finally spat out, landing flat on her ass, in a small cave lit by blue glowing crystals.
“Ow.” she muttered, rubbing her butt. “Jango? Jango can you hear me?”
Her comlink gave her nothing but static and she cursed as she removed her helmet. Just her luck. Reaching down, she pulled out a glowstick and began examining the cave. Aside from the crystals there was nothing of interest—wait—she jerked the light around and froze as a face peered at her from out of the gloom. Her face.
“Wh—what?” she stammered, drawing her pistol and pointing it as the apparition walked forwards into the light.
“Hello Aira-ty.” she said.
Aira-ty's heart thudded in her chest. “Wh—who are you?”
“I am you...or I could have been.” the woman said quietly, her expression sad. “I am what you could have been.”
Aira-ty swallowed as she came closer. “S—stay back, is this some kind of sick joke? VERY FUNNY JANGO! YOU CAN COME OUT NOW!” she shouted.
“Do not deny me.” the figure said forlornly. “Do not deny yourself.”
“I gave that life up!” Aira-ty shouted, shaking nervously. “STOP! I will shoot you!”
The apparition continued forwards and Aira-ty pulled the trigger. The shot sailed straight through the phantom and Aira-ty staggered back away from it, falling over, her weapon raised and shaking as she shook her head.
“JANGO!” she screamed as the apparition stood before her, its expression accusatory as it reached out for her.
“You've forsaken yourself.” it murmured. “Why do you deny what you are? Why did you give up your future?”
“Aira-ty!” came Jango's voice from behind her.
Aira-ty's head snapped around to see him coming towards her. Her head jerked around to face the ghost but there was no sign of it. She sat there, her pistol pointing at nothing as Jango knelt besides her.
“Are you alright?” he asked, placing a hand on her shoulder. “You're shaking.”
Aira-ty stared at the emptiness where the apparition had been but a moment before and then turned to Jango, her voice cracking as she sobbed against his armored shoulder, clinging to him desperately.
“You're my future, you and only you do you hear me?” she cried. “I don't want any other future but the one I share with you!”
Jango knelt there for a moment, frozen in confusion before he put his hands around her gently.
“It's okay.” he said quietly. “Let's go, we have a job to finish.”
Aira-ty nodded, getting to her feet and wiping her eyes as she swallowed.
“R—right, lets go.”
She put her helmet back on, scooping it up from the ground as she followed Jango. She cast one last glance back over her shoulder and felt her blood freeze cold. The apparition was standing there amongst the blue glow, its gaze fixed on her with a sad smile.
“You cannot escape your fate.” it whispered forlornly.
Aira-ty jerked around and quickened her pace, gripping Jango's arm tightly as she tried to shut the haunting voice from her mind.
“It is...inevitable.” it whispered.