Loyalty of a Padawan
Qui-Gon watched as his Padawan slipped into unconsciousness and
the hood of their rescuer was removed to reveal the identity of the
beneath it. Long pale hair spilled out of the hood and fell about the
Crouching by the fallen Apprentice, she checked his pulse and his
Only when she was content with what she found did she turn to the
"He will be all right." The tall woman said, answering the
unvoiced question. Qui-Gon noticed that her blue eyes seemed to gleam
"Who are you?" Qui-Gon asked in a tired but determined
"I am Counselor Noela Tanmhin." She gave her formal name.
Jedi was somewhat stunned to learn that a government representative was
behind their rescue. "I must apologize for what has happened to
Master Jinn", she stated remorsefully. "I am sure you have
questions, all which will be answered in time. However, first we must
this place and get you and your Apprentice to a healer."
Noela motioned for them to follow. Obi-Wan was once again picked up
ground and his limp form was carried down the dark passage.
Qui-Gon kept a close eye on his Padawan as they walked. The boy had
him, even when he had told him not to, even when he warned him of what
happen, and ordered him to go, his Apprentice had saved him. However,
Obi-Wan had also gotten himself badly hurt in the process. Now instead
one injured Jedi on the mission, there were two.
'Obi-Wan,' Qui-Gon thought more to himself than his unconscious
'why do you have to be so stubborn!' Another thought crossed his mind
almost the same time, one of Yoda's teachings.
"Look to yourself you must, when questioning others." Came
words of the old Jedi Master.
A small faint smile appeared on Qui-Gon's bruised face as he realized
own feelings. He gave an inward sigh and thought to the boy, 'I would
done the same thing for you.' Although Obi-Wan could not hear him.
"Gone?" Kai-Shia hissed though clenched teeth. "What
mean he is gone?"
"He is gone, my Lady." The shaken Captain of the Guards
"Tortured Jedi do not just disappear from their cells." An
angered Kai-Shia shot back. "Report Captain."
Many things flashed though the Captain's mind as he attempted to
lives of his family, his wife, what would be done to them, in the midst
this he founds his voice. "He escaped with the help of his
Apprentice." He said, fearful of angering his leader.
Kai-Shia stood from her chair and faced the window.
"So it appears I have underestimated the Apprentice." She
herself. "A mistake I don't plan on making again. Captain!"
called and the Captain immediately came to attention. "I doubt
far without aid. The Master was already weakened and from your reports
or both of them very likely might have been shot. Find them, and when
do, throw the Master back into his cell, but bring the Apprentice to
me." She said, and the Captain of the guards quickly left the
gathering his troops as well as his wits. With no one left in the room
hear her, Kai-Shia added, "It's time I met this Obi-Wan
There was a far off point of light in the darkness he was surrounded
knew he must reach the light to return to the surface. Slowly, ever so
slowly, he made his way to it. It became brighter and brighter,
darkness behind him. He heard someone calling to him, and he knew he
break free. He pulled toward the light and toward consciousness.
"Obi-Wan?", came the voice in the haze around him. The
before him was blurred and he couldn't quite make out all of the voices
around him for his heart was pounding in his ears. He felt a hand move
his and the voice come to him again. "Padawan?", it said,
voice of his Master. His eyelids opened the rest of the way and the
blue-green orbs which lay beneath focused on the older man at his side.
"Master?" Obi-Wan asked questioningly, Qui-Gon simply
Slowly he began to remember the events which took place before he was
out. As he tried to sit up he was met with a stab of pain in his ribs
shoulder. He winced as the sensation hit him, his head still
"Careful, my Padawan." Qui-Gon caution as he slipped a
arm around his Apprentice to support him. "You have been shot
you have quite a concussion. You've been unconscious for some time
are lucky to be all in once piece."
Obi-Wan looked up at his worried Master. The wounds Obi-Wan could see
been treated and the rest lay under a new tunic. The Apprentice looked
around him. They were in a large room lit by many glow lamps, what was
lit was dark and shadowy, there were many people dressed in dark
talking amongst themselves. The entire place had a very secretive
"Where are we?" The confused Jedi asked. Before Qui-Gon
chance to answer a figure stepped out from behind the shadows.
"I believe that is a question I can answer, young Kenobi",
female voice. Obi-Wan recognized the voice as its owner came into
"Counselor Noela?" the Padawan said, surprised to see the
government representative. "You were the one who helped us."
ted, Noela nodded.
"I am afraid that the Prime Minister has more secrets which he
you, young Jedi. It is time you and your Master hear the entire
she paused for a moment, then began again. "I know that you were
that everything in our power was done to attempt to stop Kai-Shia,
that is not true."
"What has been done?" Obi-Wan asked.
"Nothing." Noela said bitterly. "Nothing at all has
done. The Prime Minister is in a state of complete denial. He refuses
believe it is his daughter doing these things. He put up the force
around the government building in hopes of waiting her out and that she
soon tire of her little 'game' as he likes to put it." Her fists
clenched tightly and they began to turn white. "Before either of
ask," she said, her gaze drifting to each Jedi, "Yes, he
the terrible things which take place at his daughters behalf, those who
tortured and killed. Yet, he is determined to be a good father in his
mind and will therefore do nothing to stop her."
"A good father would not have let things escalate this far."
Qui-Gon interjected. Noela nodded in agreement.
"The people are getting tired, Master Jedi. I am getting
She said with a great sigh.
"You formed a resistance then." Qui-Gon did not ask, but
"I did not like going behind the backs of the Prime Minister and
rest of the Council, but I had no choice. I could not let this
continue." She truthfully said. "I suppose you could say we
rebellion for the rebellion. We are growing stronger but we still do
match Kai-Shia's forces."
"Who are the people who decided to join you", asked the
Apprentice. She turned toward the other people who filled the room.
"Mostly we consist of those who have lost someone they love
Kai-Shia and do not wish the same for others." She said this
turning to face the Jedi again. "I will not ask you to help our
I am aware of the Jedi code and I understand you cannot take sides.
and how could I ask you after what has been done." She stated
without looking in Qui-Gon's direction, she couldn't. "Only, I am
afraid that there is no way to get off of the planet and there is no
call for help. We have no starfighters and Kai-Shia is in control of
transmissions. Until she is over thrown I am afraid you are simply
Qui-Gon felt her deep remorse and placed a hand on her shoulder.
thank you for your help Counselor. And we assure you that we will do
everything in our power to help and protect you." Noela smiled at
"Thank you", she but whispered. "Now," she said
more confidence. "I ask that both of you get some rest. You are
need of it." This time she did look at Qui-Gon when she spoke.
"Thank you Counselor Noela." Obi-Wan stated to the woman
filled with sorrow. She smiled at him.
"You are very brave, Young Kenobi. Many have wanted to do what
did. You give our people hope." She bowed to the two Jedi, then
Obi-Wan watched her leave then looked back up to see Qui-Gon starring
him. A question hit the Apprentice with a wave of panic. 'Was his
angry with him?'
"No Obi-Wan, I am not angry with you." Qui-Gon said with a
of his head. "I am simply worried, but by no means
A flood of emotions came over the young Padawan. "Oh Master!
sorry! I'm so sorry! But I couldn't, I just couldn't..." he
unable to go on as he was struck with the visions of his Master
much pain and not being able to do anything to help him.
"Shhhh it's all right, my Padawan. I know." Qui-Gon
grief stricken Apprentice. Although he was still in great pain and was
the older Jedi sent a gentle wave of the Force though the bond he
The complete caring and sense of family which came over Obi-Wan calmed
hurting soul. He relaxed into the Force and let it lead him to
Qui-Gon watched his sleeping Padawan for a moment longer before he
leave. He was only a few feet from where his Apprentice lay when he
struck by a sensation of pain. The effects of the torture had left him
and the pain he had been trying to hide came back to him with a
force than before. He abruptly stopped, his hand moving protectively
chest where many of his injuries lay hidden under his tunic. He
Force around him to relieve some of the agony.
"Are you all right", came the voice of Counselor Noela.
"Yes, I will be" he assured her. She looked at him
"I am deeply sorry, Master Jedi."
Qui-Gon nodded, "Thank you." She looked over to the
figure of Obi-Wan.
"I hope you were not too hard on him for coming to find
stated, and for the first time truly spoke of the abduction of the Jedi
Qui-Gon smiled and gave a small laugh. "I assure you Counselor I
not." He said. "That boy is like my son. If things had
turned around and it was him who had been taken I would have done the
thing." Noela smiled at him, but the Jedi saw the mournful look
light blue eyes. "She took someone from you." He
Noela looked startled for the moment, not understanding how the Jedi
know such a thing. "Yes," she confirmed. "My older
who was also my best friend. He was always so watchful and protective
I use to find it annoying, now I would give anything to hear his voice
scolding me for being out too late or not letting him know where I
Her mask of strength and confidence slipped for a moment and her eyes
sparkled with tears. "Kai-Shia bid me to join her," she
"but I refused to have any part in her rebellion. So she took
something I loved. She tortured him, as she did you. I was forced to
his life drain away and there was nothing I could do. She stole him
me." The tears spilled down her cheeks. She felt the Jedi's hand
again on her shoulder.
"I'm sorry", was all he could say to her for the loss of
whom she cared had for so deeply.
She regained some composure and very lightly put her hand on his arm,
of further hurting one of his injuries. "Take good care of
Master Qui-Gon. You will never truly know how precious he is to you
you lose him." The Jedi held her gaze for a moment until she
away, "And I am afraid he is in danger now", she said
"By saving you he has shown the people of MaraTa that they can
against Kai-Shia. If one person could do it, Jedi or not, then so can
He has shown her up, Master Jedi and she will not take kindly to
Qui-Gon was in pain, but more to his horror, so was Obi-Wan. His
was screaming, crying out for his Master to help him, only, Qui-Gon
not. He could not move, could not speak, and could come to the aid of
"It is your punishment, my Jedi." The soft but evil voice
Kai-Shia said, "Yours and his alike." Violent laughter
his Padawan gave out one last bone chilling cry and then was gone.
Qui-Gon awoke with a start, sitting straight up in the sleep couch,
dripping down his face; a nightmare, an awful, horrible nightmare. Or
it? Something did not feel right.
The Jedi Master heard a clank and the shuffling of feet. Panic
bond he shared with Obi-Wan, then there was nothing. Qui-Gon already
feet, raced to where he had left his Apprentice, only the sleep couch
empty, his Padawan no where in site. Qui-Gon felt panic surge through
again, only this time it was his own. He looked down to discover what
made the noise he heard. He bent down and picked up his Padawan's
where it lay discarded on the ground.
Obi-Wan was gone, and whoever took him was still here.
To Be Continued . . .
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