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3 Vader smiled cruelly under his black mask, grimacing at the pain the use of th
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33 Some of them, feeling Vader's presence in the Force had been overwhelmed with
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033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp
1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Some Jedi had died with honor, some had begged, o
thers had simply lost all emotion and stared up as Vader destroyed them. None ha
d made anything resembling the bold claim Obi-Wan had -- power in death was some
thing religious fanatics believed in. Kenobi was up to his old tricks, clearly t
rying to buy time until he could escape the duel.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \
loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0
\ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \
fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langf
enp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp103
3 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Vader would not allow it, pushing Obi-Wan back again
. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "You should not hav
e come back." he gloated.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lang
np1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240
\slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \
af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af
0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 The old man backed down the hallway, keeping his blade extended out, to keep
Vader at arm's length and unable to strike a killing blow.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \h
ich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \
plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin
0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Vader could sense Kenobi's hopes rise as h
e neared the open doors at the end of the corridor leading to the hangar where t
he captured Corellian frigate sat under the guard of stormtroopers. Just as quic
kly as Obi-Wan's emotions rose, they plummeted back down as the stromtroopers, f
ascinated by their Lord engaged in battle, moved from their posts near the ship
to a better vantage point, effectively cutting off any escape route for the Jedi
.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lang
fenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \
adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang103
3 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \
lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af
5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 He felt Kenobi's att
ention flutter again, and the Jedi's gaze shifted somewhere past the stormtroope
rs. Vader refused to follow his glance, mindful of a trick from his former Maste
r. Through his perceptions augmented by the dark side, Vader felt the presence o
f a new group of minds entering the hangar, a mixture of excitement, fear and an
xiety rippling from them ... the Rebels who had no doubt accompanied Obi-Wan in
the bold rescue attempt of the young Alderaanian Princess.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hi
ch \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \p
lain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0
\itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe10
33 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \l
angfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Vader paid them no mind, nor did he feel th

e need later to discipline the stormtroopers for not recapturing them. The homin
g beacon aboard their ship would lead the Imperial Navy to the Rebels' hiding pl
ace ... and the Death Star would soon follow to lay waste to the pitiful uprisin
g.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The Sith Lord kept
his focus on Kenobi, as the older man returned his gaze to Vader and for the sec
ond time in so few hours, Dath Vader felt the odd tinge of surprise, something t
hat seldom surfaced in his dealings inside the Empire's bureaucracy.}{\fs20 \dbc
h \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par
}\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \
lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \
lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Fully focused on his fallen pupil
, Obi-Wan Kenobi smiled.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240
\slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \a
f10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0
\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\par
d \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \
rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp103
3 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 ____________________________________________________
_______________________________________________}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \lo
ch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \
ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs
22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \
langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlp
ar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \
f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Immediately, Vad
er steeled himself for the ruse to follow, but instead Kenobi raised his blade t
oward his body, closing his eyes and assuming a classic resigning stance of a sp
arring partner. But what might have worked as a noble gesture in the long-dead d
ays of the Jedi Order would not save his old Master now. As Obi-Wan held his bla
de parallel to his frame, eyes closed, Vader could not resist the ripples of hat
red and dark lust for revenge coursing through his body. He took a massive cut w
ith his sword, cleaving the crimson blade straight throught Kenobi's Jedi robe .
.. striking down his former teacher with the awesome power of the dark side.}{\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjus
tright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \lo
ch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Or ... so he thought, unt
il he recovered the temporary blinding of his senses as the hatred overwhelmed h
im to find Obi-Wan's cloak dropping to the ground, flat and in a heap, with no t
race of the aged Knight's body inside. Kenobi's lightsaber clanged to the ground
next to his robe, and despite his heightened awareness from suspicion of anothe
r trick, Vader was still caught off-guard as he felt a surge of anguish through
the Foce, accompanied by a horrified scream coming from the hangar.}{\fs20 \dbch
\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par
}\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \l
in0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033

\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lang
np1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \l
ang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 He heard the stormtroopers turn an
d begin to fire on the escaping Rebels, and stepped forward, planting one great
black boot on Kenobi's robe, unable to fathom where his body had vanished to. In
that moment, Obi-Wan's words echoed in his mind "more powerful than you can pos
sibly imagine", but before Vader could contemplate this further, a laser bolt hi
t nearby and his attention snapped up to the firefight occuring at point-blank r
ange.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \
langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlp
ar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \
f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Three of the sto
rmtroopers had already fallen to the floor, their white armor now tinged with bl
ack scorch marks from laser bolts. It appeared none of the Rebels had been wound
ed as they fled back toward the Corellian frigate, but that was per instruction
once Moff Tarkin had approved Vader's plan to let them escape and lead the way t
o the secret base the young Princess had so fervently kept secret from them.}{\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjus
tright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \lo
ch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Even now, Vader could see
the Alderaanian youth darting up the ramp of the frigate, with a large brown Wo
okie right behind her, blaster in hand, leaving two younger men still in sight,
peppering the stormtroopers with cover fire for their young Princess.}{\fs20 \db
ch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \pa
r }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright
\lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp103
3 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 As Vader stretched out with the
Force, he could feel the anguish and rage coming in waves off the younger of the
two, no more than a boy really, and the Sith Lord was surprised to find the rag
e directed squarely at him, the anguish coming from the vision of the fallen Jed
i Knight. Vader strode forward now, intrigued by this youth and his obvious emot
ional connection with Kenobi.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \s
l240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hi
ch \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch
\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab
}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langf
enp1033 As he neared the blast door, however, the youth fired a shot directly in
to its control bank, activating the automatic lockdown sequence. The heavy duras
teel doors spiraled together in front of Vader, cutting him off from the drama i
nside the hangar.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult
1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \db
ch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plai
n \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \i
tap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 ___________________________________________________________
_________________________________________}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \s
a0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \lo
ch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033

{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfe
np1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \ad
justright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \la
ng1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 A major came and found
Lord Vader bent on one knee in the hallway, and quietly observed that he had ne
ver seen the monstrous dark warrior in anything resembling a contemplative pose
before. Vader straightened as he spotted the officer, and his deep, artificial c
ommand snapped the Imperial back to attention.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loc
h \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \r
i0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs2
2 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Report?"}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lis
a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af1
0 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
\tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \
langfenp1033 "We have engaged the Rebel frigate with a detatchment of TIE Fighte
rs, m'Lord," the major said crisply, hoping to end the conversation as quickly a
s possible. "Grand Moff Tarkin asks that you join him to begin discussions conce
ring the attack on the Rebels' base."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \la
ng1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \
lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \
af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs
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33 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe103
3 \langfenp1033 Vader merely nodded, and the major felt a bit relieved. Giving D
arth Vader an order, as indirect as it had been, was never something any officer
wanted to do. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \la
ngfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1
\nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch
\af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch
\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The Da
rk Lord turned to leave, then spun back on his heel. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain
\li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \ita
p0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Major."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa
0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loc
h \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {
\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
1033 \langfenp1033 The Imperial tensed, fearing the worst, his mind calling up h
orror stories of other crew members who claimed to have seen Vader kill a man wi
thout touching him.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmu
lt1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \
dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hic
h \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \d
bch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Y
es, m'Lord."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langf
e1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \no

widctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \a
f0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af
0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Have Int
elligence send a crew to secure these items. Then send a coded all-station alert
to check every sector for intruders. Any reports are to be made directly to my
private comm frequency."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240
\slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \a
f10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0
\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs
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33 "Yes, m'Lord, at once!"}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl24
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fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 The major strode away, thankful to have survived the encounter. He keyed in
both orders to his superior officer, advising the Intelligence team that there
was both a brown cloak and a lightsaber to be recovered from the hangar aft hall
way. A more discrete transmission then filtered across every comm unit on the De
ath Star, demanding instant searches for intruders. Under the comm signature of
Darth Vader, the search procedures began immediately.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain
\li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \ita
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1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Barely 10 minutes after the major had issued the
order, three dark-gray garbed Intelligence officers walked briskly down the hal
lway leading to the hangar. They were all anxious to get back to their posts and
begin plotting a plan of attack against the Rebel base, which even now the migh
ty engines that powered the Death Star were firing up to advance on, and the pro
spect of collecting a dead man's personal effects, even if they might truly cont
ain a rarely-seen lightsaber, simply did not compare.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain
\li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \ita
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1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 As the colonel in charge calmly collected, folde
d and secured the brown, dingy robe, all three men received a call-back from the
ir commanding officer to report at once, the Rebels' hidden base had been confir
med by their homing beacon. In their haste to get back, none of the three men ev
er noticed that the fallen Jedi's lightsaber was nowhere in sight.}{\fs20 \dbch
\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }
\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \li
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\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 __________
________________________________________________________________________________
______________}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lan
gfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \
nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch
\af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af
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li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap
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033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp
1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 His own thoughts completely drowning out the thru
m of the Death Star's hyperdrive as it moved toward Yavin IV and the end of the
Rebel Alliance, Darth Vader sat in his meditation chamber, his stare fixed on t
he metal cylinder in his hands. In his mind's eye, he again saw himself lurking
in the shadows in the hallway to the hangar, waiting for the nervous major to cl
ear the corridor before he slipped silently back to the spot where he believed O
bi-Wan Kenobi had fallen.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lang
np1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240
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0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 For a long moment, Vader had stood there, then manipulating the dark energie
s around him, had called the Knight's lightsaber to his hand. After another long
moment, Vader had hooked the saber on his belt, safely out of sight, before ret
urning to the conference room to discuss strategy with Tarkin.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0
\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\par
d \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \
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3 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 He had not told Tarkin what had happene
d with Obi-Wan, merely that the Jedi Knight was gone. He had also not mentioned
his retrieval of Kenobi's blade. Subterfuge and deception were nothing new to th
e Lords of the Sith, but keeping information from his superiors was something Da
rth Vader could not remember ever doing.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa
0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loc
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\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
1033 \langfenp1033 Now he was here, eyeing the weapon he had not seen in a lifet
ime, waiting for the report that never came, that Kenobi had used some Jedi mind
trick on him to slink away while giving the illusion that he had been destroyed
. When the report finally did come in, it was to inform him that the "all clear"
had been given. There was no one on board the space station that should not hav
e been there. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lan
gfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \
nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch
\af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af
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af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Vader p
ondered what he would tell his Master, when the Emperor inevitably asked what ha
d become of Kenobi's body. Ignorance was a weakness his Master despised, and Vad
er had no answers for what had happened less than an hour ago. Seeking perhaps t
o clear his mind, or perhaps simply needing a distraction from the doors his dar
k-side knowledge kept failing to unlock, Darth Vader flipped the switch on Obi-W
an Kenobi's lightsaber and watched the blue-white blade gleam to life in front o
f him.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctl
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\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hic
h \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 He stared deep
into the shimmering blue light for a moment, and found his mind tracing down its
path toward a long-buried memory of the sword and of his first true Master.}{\f

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033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 ______________________________________
______________________________________________________}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \
af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain
\li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \it
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langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langf
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0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The shimm
ering blue light from a beautiful night on Coruscant filled the room, and, Anaki
n Skywalker had decided, made the sleeping face of Padme Amidala, that much more
beautiful.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \now
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\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Padme Amid
ala to the rest of the universe, of course ... Padme Skywalker when they were al
one as they were tonight, with Anakin given leave from the Jedi Temple to protec
t the Nubian Senator upon her first return to Coruscant since spectral rumors of
Separatist Battle Crusier sightings less than a parsec from Naboo had sent her
rocketing home to quell the emotions of her constituents.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hic
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ngfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \l
angnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The rumors had been just that, and Anakin ha
d impatiently waited for his bride's return, carefully manipulating his words ar
ound his Jedi Masters to keep them from discovering one of his greatest secrets
-- that he had broken his vows and taken a bride.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \
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\langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp103
3 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 It was not the only vow he had broken of course, and
had his Masters, Obi-Wan, Yoda and Mace Windu, not been so involved in the stru
ggle against Count Dooku's separatist movement, one of them likely would have pa
id more attention to Anakin's mental state. One of them might have uncovered the
dark truths he kept tucked deep inside himself. His all-consuming love for Padm
e ... and his vengeance against the creatures who had murdered his mother.}{\fs2
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3 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The dark dreams that someti
mes lurked in his mind in the dark had come to him this night, awakened him even
from the peaceful slumber that came from feeling Padme's body next to his own.
The dreams had roused him, but seeing her sleeping peacefully, he could not brin
g himself to wake her, preferring to gain solace and peace from watching her inn
ocent face lost in dream.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lang
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s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 Padme had told him to wake her if the dreams persisted, but he kept them mos
tly to himself, not willing to show her that weakness, or make her lose faith th
at their love was stronger than the constraints of a Jedi and a Senator, constan
tly fearful that her love pledge given just before the outbreak of the Clone War
s on Geonosis had been made by woman seeking comfort before dying.}{\fs20 \dbch
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p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \la
ng1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 For a time after his mother's death
, Anakin had simply blocked out the pain of losing her ... being so busy had mad
e it easy. Marrying Padme had been foremost in his mind when he escorted her hom
e to Naboo after his fateful battle alongside Obi-Wan with the traitorous Count
Dooku. Even now, Anakin looked down at the circuitry and wiring that now compris
ed one his arms. He flexed it ponderously, the medical droids who had attached t
he cybernetic replacement limb had told him it would function better than his or
iginal, without fear of pain or exhaustion, yet even now he believed he could se
nse a dull ache in it.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1
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\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
In the silence of Padme's bedroom, Anakin quietly contemplated that pain. It wa
s much the same ache his heart held for his mother. She had been severed from hi
m, and the hurt remained, where no one could see it, where Anakin himself could
lose track of it for a moment or two, only to have it rush over him again like a
tidal wave.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langf
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0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 In moment
s alone, when the pain of his loss struck him, Anakin could not help remembering
what he had done that morning in the desert. He could remember with exquisite d
etail the way he had torn through the Tusken camp with his blade and the Force.
Could remember the screams of terror from Tusken women as they tried to shield t
heir children from the monster come to life in their midst.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \h
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langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Padme alone knew what he had done after wa
tching his mother die. He had not retold the story to the Larses, even though he
felt Cliegg would have understood the rage he had felt. The old man had nearly
spat in hatred when he talked about the Sand People and how they had abducted An
akin's mother in the first place. Still, Padme had suggested he keep the details
to himself, and allow Shmi's adopted family time to deal with the grief of thei
r lost loved one.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
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h \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 On t

heir flight from Tatooine to Geonosis to try and save Obi-Wan from Dooku's force
s, Padme had comforted Anakin, explaining to him that he had lashed out with ang
er, much the way anyone would at the murder of a loved one. The fact that he had
the powers of a Jedi had allowed him to channel his rage into something destruc
tive, something a normal person could not do. It had been wrong to slaughter inn
ocents, but he could learn from this mistake and realize the awesome power he wi
elded and how it must be controlled.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lan
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\langfenp1033 Anakin had listened and nodded to Padme's words, but in truth he
had trouble hearing their meaning. Even now, months later, when he thought back
to those few moments after he stepped out of the tent that held his mother, all
he could remember was the rush ... the exhilaration ... the sheer magnitude of t
he power that had coursed through him.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \l
ang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0
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033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe10
33 \langfenp1033 The power was like nothing he had ever known in his Jedi traini
ng. Not from sparring with a lightsaber, not from levitating objects across room
s, not from his joyous free fall through the night-time traffic of Coruscant in
pursuit of the bounty huntress who had tried to kill Padme.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \h
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langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The power he had tapped while dismantling
the Tusken camp was something new altogether. It was horrible, but he could not
deny his attraction to it. He could not deny his desire to wield that power agai
n.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang10
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\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 So lost in thought
was Anakin, that it took him a moment to realize Padme had awakened and was watc
hing him. His concentration broken, he offered a smile, but she clearly knew bet
ter.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpa
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1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f
5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 In a hushed tone,
she whispered, "Another dream of your mother?"}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \lo
ch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \
ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs
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langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin nodded mechanically, tech}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hi
ch \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 ni}{\fs20 \dbc
h \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 call
y that had been the reason for his awakening, but certainly not the reason he wa
s staring distantly off into space and failed to sense her momentary confusion w
hen she had reached for his arms in the bed and found nothing but air.}{\fs20 \d

bch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \p
ar }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright
\lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp10
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angnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 She started to sit up, but he c
ame to her instead, moving his arms around her and holding her tight, kissing he
r lips and feeling his love for her wash over him as she kissed back. Her beauty
, her undying sense of compassion, Anakin could feel them as clearly through the
Force as he could feel her warmth in his arms. The hatred of the Tuskens and th
e dark thrill of the moments that passed after his mother's death drifted away,
back down into their hiding places deep inside him as he sank his head against t
he pillows and kissed Padme again.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lis
a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af1
0 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
\tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \
langfenp1033 Here was what he needed. Here was where he felt whole and pure, her
e with Padme, or out with her as her escort as she visited the impoverished on N
aboo, always lending a hand and a smile to those in need, those whose lives she
had sworn to make better. Through her passion for her work and her compassion fo
r those in lesser situations, Anakin saw the man he could be, the man he wanted
to be ... with Padme by his side to encourage him, to support him and to love hi
m as he loved her.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmul
t1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \d
bch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \db
ch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The
children he had met while visiting Naboo's schools and few refugee centers took
to the tall Jedi so easily that Padme teased him by calling him "Dad" every tim
e she came back to find him wrestling with the little ones or thrilling them wit
h tales of Jedi heroics across the galaxy.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f
5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \
sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \l
och \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langf
enp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin was amazed by the joys he found in the children, and
his emotions equally buoyed by some of the elderly refugees he met, star pilots
and warriors of generations past, admiring his Jedi robes and the lightsaber on
his belt, giving him instant respect for who he was, something his Masters rare
ly seemed able to do despite his exceptional skills.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af
5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \
li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap
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ngfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp
1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 That he was on Coruscant at all was both maddenin
g and relieving to Anakin. The Clone Wars raged on, but with his severed arm, An
akin had been left behind when many of his contemporaries had gone on a host of
missions across the galaxy to aid and command the massive Clone Armies of the Re
public. Anakin had wanted to take up the fight again as soon as possible. He hun
gered to test himself against Dooku again, to prove how much he had learned sinc
e their confrontation in the Sith Lord's secret hangar. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \pla
in \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \
itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lan

gfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 At the same time, he was happy to be here wit
h Padme, knowing she was safe, knowing she was under his personal protection. He
felt that if he were half a galaxy away on a battle cruiser, he would spend far
too much time seeking her presence out in the Force, and failing his tasks at h
and.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpa
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1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f
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\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plai
n \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \i
tap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 ___________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri
0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22
\loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \la
ngfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \s
a0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \lo
ch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfe
np1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langf
e1033 \langfenp1033 Padme's Senatorial duties over the next few days left her li
ttle free time, save to retire to her chambers for rest. Anakin snuck out of the
Jedi Temple each night through a service entrance he had broken the codes to in
order to be with her for a few stolen hours. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loc
h \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \r
i0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs2
2 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 While in the middle of a training exercise with Master
Fisto, Anakin picked up on a familiar presence in the Force, and looked up to fi
nd Obi-Wan watching him from one of the room's observational windows. His Master
wore a smile on his face, one Anakin was happy to see and happy to return, give
n their disagreements on Geonosis and in the events leading up to the all-out st
art of the war.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \la
ngfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1
\nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch
\af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch
\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Consta
nt reprimands from Obi-Wan, especially in front of Padme, had Anakin fuming, and
eager to prove himself. His assault on Dooku had earned him scalding burn marks
across his torso from the dark-energy lightning bolts, but Obi-Wan could not de
ny that Anakin had made amends by saving his Master's life before Dooku could st
rike the older Jedi down.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lang
np1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240
\slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \
af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af
0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 Obi-Wan nodded for Anakin to continue his sparring session with Fisto, and w
atched intently as his Padawan's movements matched the tentacled Master's, event

ually driving him back toward the far wall.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \
f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0
\sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \
loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp103
3 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lang
fenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lan
gfe1033 \langfenp1033 Eventually, they came to a stalemate, and both Jedi lowere
d and shut down their weapons as Obi-Wan entered the room, applauding lightly bu
t earnestly for the display Anakin had put on despite having one artificial hand
and forearm.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \n
owidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \
af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \a
f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Well do
wn, Anakin, your technique has improved dramatically," Obi-Wan said as he claspe
d first his Padawan, then Master Fisto on the back.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \l
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\fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe10
33 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1
033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "How long have you been back?" Anakin inquired eag
erly. "How goes the War?"}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lang
np1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240
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af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af
0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 Obi-Wan smiled, Anakin's eagerness was commendable, although it often got th
e best of him.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lan
gfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \
nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch
\af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af
5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \
af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "We con
tinue to make strides against the droid armies, they are overmatched in skill, b
ut their sheer numbers often forestall our advances," Obi-Wan, now a full Genera
l of the Republic, replied. "But even our best Intelligence agents cannot pinpoi
nt a viable home base for Count Dooku, it's almost like he's vanished."}{\fs20 \
dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \
par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustrigh
t \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1
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langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f
5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin took all this in, and l
aunched into his next series of questions.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f
5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \
sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \l
och \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langf
enp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 "When shall I be allowed to fight, Master? I am fully heale
d, Master Fisto can agree to that, I am ready to return to active duty."}{\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
\par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustrig
ht \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp
1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \
f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Obi-Wan frowned a bit. "Maste

r Yoda thinks it would be best for me to resume my teaching with you here on Cor
uscant, Anakin. The war goes well without two additional Jedi. He feels your ina
bility to follow my lead on Geonosis needs to be corrected before you are put in
a position of responsiblity again."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \l
isa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \a
f10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs2
0 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp103
3 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 Anakin felt the anger welling up inside, but even as he opened hi
s mouth to speak his mind, a tapping on the floor and a overwhelming aura of cal
m filled him. Along with Master Fisto and Obi-Wan, he turned to the doorway to s
ee tiny Master Yoda standing there, gazing at him intently.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \h
ich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \
plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin
0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Disagree with my meditation, do you, Youn
g Skywalker?" the wizened green Master said plainly. "In that, the truth should
be clear that more training do you require."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0
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gfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \la
ngfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin bowed his head to Master Yoda, Obi-Wan and Kit Fis
to make similar motions.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240
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20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp10
33 "Of course not, Master, I only want to help us win the war as soon as possibl
e," Anakin verbally retreated. "I would never question your judgement."}{\fs20 \
dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \
par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustrigh
t \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1
033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f
5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The greatest of the Jedi'}{\fs
20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp10
33 s}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 deep stare unnerved Anakain, but Yoda only shook his head slowly as
if frustrated by the answer he felt rather then the one he heard.}{\fs20 \dbch
\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }
\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \li
n0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \la
ng1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Yoda's big eyes then focused on the
lightsaber in Anakin's hands and he glanced back up toward the tall Padawan. }{
\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adj
ustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \
loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "The blade you use, it
is of the Temple's own, is it not? Where is the blade you crafted, young Skywalk
er?"}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l

angfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpa
r \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang
1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f
5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin was taken
aback by the question, feeling guilty without knowing why, but this time Obi-Wan
spoke up.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowi
dctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \l
och \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0
\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Master Yod
a, both Anakin and I's blades were taken from us by Dooku's forces during our im
prisionment on Geonosis. We were given replacements by Master Windu's task force
, and in the time since we have used those as our own."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plai
n \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \i
tap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Yoda closed his eyes and opened them, his face
showing disappointment.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240
\slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \a
f10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0
\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs
20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp10
33 "Unable to retrieve them, I see. But should a Jedi not always carry his own b
lade? A lesson you both have forgotten, it seems. It shall be your first assignm
ent now that Master Obi-Wan has returned to the Temple. Master and apprentice, c
onstruct your new blades, remember the way of the Jedi is patience, your haste h
as seen you stray from the path."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa
0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10
\hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \
dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \
tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 Both Obi-Wan and Anakin were humbled by Yoda's strong words, and bot
h spoke a quick "Yes, Master" as Yoda moved to confer with other Jedi Masters an
d Knights using the sparring facilities.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa
0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loc
h \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {
\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
1033 \langfenp1033 Relieved to be free of the critical eye of his Master, Anakin
tenatively glanced at Obi-Wan, who appeared deep in thought, then at Master Fis
to, who surprised him with a wry smile.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \
lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0
\lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch
\af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 "I imagine that's part of the good thing about being Temple sw
ordmaster," Fisto said in his slightly-gurgling voice as he replaced both he and
Anakin's sword hilts on a huge rack that folded out from the near wall. "I made
almost every one of these, he's unlikely to ever catch me without my blade."}{\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adju
stright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \l

angnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang
1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \li
sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af
10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
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______________________________}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \
sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \h
ich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbc
h \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par
}\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \
lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \
lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 In sharp contrast to the first ti
me he had made a lightsaber as a young teen, Anakin Skywalker held little revere
nce for the art of the blade. He had found it to be long, detailed and largely b
oring work, and the only thing that drove him as a boy was the thought of actual
ly using the sword and wearing it on his belt, letting all those around him know
that Anakin was a Jedi, proving all the doubters in the Temple who felt him too
old to begin the training to be wrong. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa
0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loc
h \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {
\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
1033 \langfenp1033 This time around, he knew it would cut down on his training s
essions and on his time with Padme, for Obi-Wan was bound to notice if he retire
d to his quarters obstensibly to work on the saber only to be at the same spot o
f progress the next day. With thoughts of nights without Padme plaguing him, he
made himself appear eager to Obi-Wan's idea to leave immediately to secure rare
gems for their new blades.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl24
0 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich
\af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \a
f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 Taking a two-man Jedi Starfighter, and allowing Anakin to fly rather than h
ear his complaining of his piloting skills throughout the flight, Obi-Wan set co
urse for the third moon of Utopden, where he knew that the crystals they both so
ught could be found with relative ease.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \
lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0
\lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch
\af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 They were hard rock creations, not the soft kind from which je
welery could be made and thus coveted, and apart from a few raised eyebrows as t
wo Jedi arrived in the spaceport, they would have no interference in their searc
h.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang10
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\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Renting a landspeed
er, the pair sped out into the foothills of the Utopdenian city of Krye, and set
up a small camp, so they might enjoy a night of rest before beginning the searc
h in the morning.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult

1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \db
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h \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Not
surprisingly, Anakin had found a large, bluish gem in the first hour of their se
arch that he felt would make a fine blade. But much to Anakin's annoyance, Obi-W
an continued to scour the hillside, turning over rock after rock and carefully s
etting back into place those stones he examined but did not want.}{\fs20 \dbch \
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pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin
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angfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp
1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Several times Anakin nearly lost his
temper as his Master carefully handled and gazed at a perfectly-acceptable gem,
only to place it back where he had found it. After the ninth time this had hap
pened, he finally spoke up.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl2
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\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 "Master? You seem to be bypassing many gems that could easily be cut into
a lightsaber hilt."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmu
lt1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \
dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hic
h \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \d
bch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Wh
ile he expected a quick chiding from Obi-Wan, Anakin instead got a nod from his
Master. Obi-Wan did not seem put off in the least, and his face remained quizzic
al as he stared at the next stone in his path.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loc
h \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \r
i0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs2
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angfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "I agree, my Padawan," Obi-Wan said in a distracted ton
e. "There is something else at work here, however. Last night as I fell asleep I
had a most peculiar vision. This blade I will make, I feel very strongly that i
t will be used for a great cause one day. None of these gems feel right, I must
continue searching."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp103
3 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slm
ult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10
\dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hi
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dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 H
is curiosity piqued, Anakin now watched Obi-Wan with renewed interest, even as U
tpoden's twin suns sank below the horizon. Finally, Obi-Wan stumbled in his sear
ch, only to turn over that which he tripped on and suck in a surprised breath of
awe.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \
langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlp
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f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Even Anakin, onc
e more bored by the tedious search and meditating with his eyes closed against a
tree, looked up, then jumped to his feet to close the distance.}{\fs20 \dbch \a
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ard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0

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033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang
1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Obi-Wan had lifted the stone he had n
early fell on and revealed a large gem, so brightly blue it almost seemed white.
He held it for a long time in his hands, staring deep into it, before nodding a
nd turning to Anakin.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp10
33 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \sl
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\dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \h
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\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
"This is what I was looking for."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa
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par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustrigh
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langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \s
l240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hi
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\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 _____
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_____________________}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp10
33 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \sl
mult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10
\dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \h
ich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \
plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin
0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin saw little of his Master over the n
ext few days back on Coruscant. Obi-Wan had been eager to begin work on his blad
e, but he was repeatedly called away as a consultant in strategic planning sessi
ons at the Republic's gleaming new military headquarters building located a few
miles south of the Jedi Temple.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0
\sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \
hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \db
ch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \ta
b }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 When he did see Obi-Wan, usually over meals, his Master looked weary a
nd worried, but seldom divulged what knowledge he had gained from the meetings.}
{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfe
np1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \ad
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\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \la
ng1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The increasingly focus
ed tone of Obi-Wan and his other Masters had just the opposite effect on Anakin,
he stopped worrying so much about the construction of his lightsaber, and begun
sneaking out to see Padme more and more, even appearing with her at a diplomati
c banquet on one of Coruscant's satellite moon as her adviser from the Jedi Coun
cil.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpa
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5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich


\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 As the days stret
ched into a few weeks, Anakin spent less and less time in his own quarters, and
his half-finished lightsaber hilt gathered a fine layer of dust atop it -- the c
leaning droids were programmed not to touch the Jedi weapons, lest there be an a
ccident.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe103
3 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidc
tlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \
lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loc
h \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \h
ich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 One morning,
Anakin returned from a night at Padme's where he had held her close in the moonl
ight as she fretted over the rumors of Confederate troops massing less than a pa
rsec from her home system. Naboo had begun a military build-up after its nightma
rish enslavement at the hands of the Trade Federation, but even a dozen years la
ter, its forces were woefully incomplete next to a full-scale army.}{\fs20 \dbch
\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par
}\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \l
in0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lang
np1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \l
ang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 He had killed the lights in his qu
arters and lay down on his bunk to get a few hours sleep when the door chimed an
d slid open to reveal Obi-Wan, fully dressed in his Jedi robes, a poorly-hidden
look of frustration on his face.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang103
3 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0
\sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10
\hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \d
bch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \t
ab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \la
ngfenp1033 "You're still asleep? Did you not get my message yesterday evening?"}
{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfe
np1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \ad
justright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \la
ng1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin jolted up, pres
sing his wrinkled tunic down as his mind raced.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \lo
ch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \
ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs
22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \
langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "I ... I'm sorry, Master, I felt ill yesterday after d
inner and went to bed early, I have been asleep since."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plai
n \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \i
tap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Obi-Wan appraised Anakin up and down, finding
it odd that his Padawan would still be completely dressed if he had come here se
eking rest more than 12 hours ago.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lis
a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af1
0 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
\tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \
langfenp1033 "Are you better now?"}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lis

a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af1
0 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
\tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \
langfenp1033 "Yes, yes, Master, thank you. But you look upset, Master, what is i
t?"}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \la
ngfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \
af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Bureaucratic nons
ense. Palpatine is courting an Outer Rim supplier of duracrete today, and the co
rporate president is apparently the great-nephew of a Jedi Knight. He told Palpa
tine he wished a tour of the Temple and to meet some of our order to convince hi
m the ideals of his great uncle's generation are still those of the Republic."}{
\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adj
ustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \
loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin's face screwed u
p at the mention of an unknown civillain inside the Temple. "Master, civillains
aren't allowed inside the Temple! If word gets out that this person has received
a tour, we'll have those Holonet News droids beating down the door again."}{\fs
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33 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjust
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33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loc
h \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Obi-Wan nodded, "I made th
e same argument to Master Windu when he told me of it yesterday, but then he sho
wed me the resources that President Nupro has to offer, and it's hard to argue t
hat an hour inside the Temple is worth more than that kind of relief to our own
strained factories."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp103
3 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slm
ult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10
\dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hi
ch \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \
dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 A
nakin had no argument, he had visited one such mech factory with Padme during th
e early days of the Wars, and had been horrified by the conditions that both sen
tient beings and droids were working. As one who grew up treating droids as equa
ls, Anakin believed the idea of working them non-stop until they short-circuited
was a despicable act.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1
033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \s
lmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af1
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hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
Obi-Wan continued.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmu
lt1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \
dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hic
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bch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "M
aster Windu has asked that the two of us accompany him on the tour, Nupro is a b
it of a Jedi history buff, and knows both of our names from Geonosis and Naboo.
Master Windu suggested we test our new blades in a sparring match to showcase th
e 'Jedi prowess' to Nupro."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl2

40 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich
\af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \
af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{
\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 Anakin had mostly been nodding along with the boring idea of acting as a g
lorified tour guide for some star-struck Outlander, but his nerves jangled when
Obi-Wan mentioned the lightsaber. Anakin glance toward his workbench was one of
guilt, where the blade lay in three pieces, the gem still not completely cut fro
m its rocky prison.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmu
lt1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \
dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hic
h \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \d
bch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 He
glance back at Obi-Wan, and noted that the hilt on his Master's belt was new an
d polished. Clearly, Master Kenobi's exhaustion from long days discussing plans
of war had not prevented him from completing the task laid out for him by Master
Yoda.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctl
par \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \la
ng1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hic
h \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 By the time he
returned eye contact to Obi-Wan, he was filled with shame to see Kenobi staring
directly at the incomplete saber on the bench, his eyes widening in surprise, th
en narrowing in a mixture of sadness and anger.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \lo
ch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \
ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs
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langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Master, I ...." was all Anakin got out before Obi-Wan
cut him off.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \n
owidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \
af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \a
f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Obi-Wan
strode to the table and lifted a piece of Anakin's incomplete blade, turning it
over in his hand.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult
1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \db
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\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbc
h \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Ana
kin, this isn't even halfway finished. What have you been doing all this time?"}
{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfe
np1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \ad
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\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Knowing that telling t
he truth would doom both his future as a Jedi and perhaps Padme's as a Senator,
Anakin was frantic for an answer. Suddenly, his mind seemed to cool, slowly, and
an answer, a lie, but an answer nonetheless formed within him.}{\fs20 \dbch \af
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033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "I ... I had hoped we could work on th
em together, as we did when I was a boy, Master. It's been so long since I made
my first, I was hoping perhaps you could advise me on some of its finer points."
}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langf
enp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \a
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ang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin said this with
such a touch of the innocent boy he had always been during their early years to
gether that Obi-Wan lost a touch of his frustration.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af
5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \
li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap
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ngfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp
1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Very well, but Master Yoda will be most displeas
ed if he sees you bladeless." Obi-Wan hesitated. "Here, take mine, I will tell h
im I have been too consumed with the intelligence sessions to finish mine in tim
e. I will start working in time for our lessons at night, so you can keep up wit
h your trainings. Don't feel bad about your saber, Anakin, they are not built ea
sily."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctl
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h \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 He handed his n
ew saber to Anakin, who took it wordlessly. But instead of relief, feelings of r
esentment flooded him. Don't feel bad? Not easily built? He had said the lie to
get out of a potentially-nightmarish explanation, but here was Master Obi-Wan, t
reating him like a boy again, like Anakin the Padawan who was too old to be trai
ned, who was only on Coruscant in the first place because Qui-Gon Jinn loved a l
ost cause.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowi
dctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0
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\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 He managed
to quell his anger deep inside, keeping his face neutral and walking a step behi
nd Obi-Wan as they headed for the training facility.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af
5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \
li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap
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ngfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
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dctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \l
och \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 ________________________
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__}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa
0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loc
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\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
1033 \langfenp1033 The training floor was largely deserted. Most of the Padawans
had various lectures in the morning hours, and nearly every available, able-bod

ied Jedi who was not a teacher was away assisting the military in the ongoing wa
r against the Separatists.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl24
0 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich
\af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \a
f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 Master Fisto was waiting for Obi-Wan and Anakin, polishing the handles of h
is stock. Half a dozen other beings stood in a semi-circle as the Jedi Master sp
oke of the difference of grips, handles and blades.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \l
i0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0
\fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe10
33 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1
033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The others listened, all seemingly interested in F
isto's exposition. Next to the rack, Master Yoda nodded sagely as Fisto explaine
d that there was no one true lightsaber design, but that a Jedi's bond to the Fo
rce led him or her to build a blade that best fit his or her style of swordsmans
hip.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpa
r \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang
1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f
5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Across the main c
hamber, Jedi Master Mace Windu, who deferred only to Yoda on the Jedi Council, w
as programming two dozen remotes to help him showcase the incredible reflexes an
d agility a Jedi could command against multiple attackers.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hi
ch \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \p
lain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0
\itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe10
33 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \l
angfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 On the other side of Master Fisto stood Cha
ncellor Palpatine, robed in cobalt blue attire and flanked by two of his red-cla
d, visored Royal Guards, nodding his head at Fisto's key points and turning to a
scertain the reaction of the alien who Anakin felt must surely be President Nupr
o.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Nupro was not reall
y what Anakin had expected -- his idea of a industrial leader was that of a ster
n elder, not the almost spritely turquoise-hued alien who stood excitedly in fro
nt of him, bobbing his head atop a longer slender neck back and forth between Fi
sto's presentation and Windu's preparations.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0
\sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22
\loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp10
33 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \la
ngfe1033 \langfenp1033 Nupro's species was unknown to Anakin, whether that was f
rom a lack of interest in the archives pronounced sociological and anthropoloica
l sections or simply that he was a rare breed, and at the moment, Anakin did not
care, his attention focused solely and amazingly on the person standing to Palp
atine's immediate left, a person who was staring directly back into his face in
wonder and astonishment.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240
\slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \a

f10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0
\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs
20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp10
33 For Sen. Padme Amidala had been taken by surprise when the Supreme Chancellor
had suggested that both she and Sen. Bail Organa of Alderaan join him and Presi
dent Nupro on the tour of the Jedi Temple. For a long moment she suspected her s
ecret was out, and that Palpatine might try to sway her vote on key issues under
the threat of revealing she and Anakin's forbidden union.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hi
ch \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \p
lain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0
\itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe10
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angfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 But even as she stood in front of the views
creen unspeaking, the Chancellor had begun to speak again, saying that Nupro had
mentioned her as an impressive person he would be interested in meeting, and th
at she might enjoy the tour of the Temple, giving how often crossing paths with
the Jedi had been fortuitous for her.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \la
ng1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \
lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \
af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs
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33 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe103
3 \langfenp1033 Padme could not deny her curiosity to see the inside of the famo
us Temple. Anakin very rarely gave details of his life inside his walls, always
focusing his energy and attention on her, and what she was doing as she strove t
o make the lives of the masses better.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \l
ang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0
\lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch
\af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe10
33 \langfenp1033 She had accepted Palpatine's request, reasoning that the Temple
was a massive structure, and the likelihood of encountering Anakin, who she had
not seen in an official or public capacity in more than a year, were slim.}{\fs
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33 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjust
right \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loc
h \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 And yet, there he was, han
dsome and tall, failing miserably in his attempts to not stare at her as he came
a step behind Master Kenobi, whose smile for her was earnest and honest, little
did he know of his Padawan's nightly deceptions.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \
loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0
\ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \
fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langf
enp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp103
3 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 She smiled back, striving to note Anakin with only t
he same pleasantries she gave Obi-Wan as they filled in the semi-circle around F
isto. Organa exchanged a firm handshake with Obi-Wan and nodded respectfully to
Anakin, perhaps wary of gripping the other's cybernetic hand.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0
\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard
\plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \r
in0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langf
e1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang103
3 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 When Fisto concluded his presentation, N
upro lightly applauded and Fisto gave the industrialist a small bow. Palpatine s

wung his attention to Windu and spoke in his calm, polite manner.}{\fs20 \dbch \
af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\
pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin
0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \l
angfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp
1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Master Windu, are you ready to demo
nstrate your prowess to our friend?"}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \l
isa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \a
f10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs2
0 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp103
3 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 Windu looked up, a bit of tightness in his face.}{\fs20 \dbch \af
0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pa
rd \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0
\rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lan
gfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp10
33 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "There appears to be a malfunction in
the slave rig on the remotes, Chancellor. A few more moments and I should be abl
e to repair them. Perhaps the fencing demonstration should take place first."}{\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adju
stright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \l
angnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang
1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \l
och \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Obi-Wan watched Nupro's
face light up at the idea of seeing the sabers lit, and Palpatine nodded.}{\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
\par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustri
ght \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Excellent, but perhaps we s
hould watch from the observation blister above, from what Master Fisto has told
me, trainees tend to use this entire facility when they engage in a full workout
, and I would hate for us to get in the way."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri
0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22
\loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \la
ngfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \l
angfe1033 \langfenp1033 Nupro looked slightly dismayed that he would not get to
watch the display at point-blank range, but Organa pointed out that the view fro
m above would be superior given the Jedi penchant for acrobatics and movement at
great speed.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \n
owidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \
af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \a
f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Fisto es
corted the civillains out the entry way and up the spiral staircase to the obser
vation window, while Anakin and Obi-Wan took their over-robes off, while Yoda ap
praised the pair in silence.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \l
angnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl
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\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }
{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfe

np1033 Obi-Wan casaully walked to the rack of lightsabers as if he was perfectly


in the right to do so when Yoda's voice piped up from behind and below him.}{\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjus
tright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \lo
ch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Master Obi-Wan? Where is
your new lightsaber?"}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1
033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \s
lmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af1
0 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \
hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
Obi-Wan turned, forcing himself not to look at Anakin as he did and exhaled slo
wly. To stand before the greatest Master he had ever known and lie, even if were
to protect Anakin, still felt very wrong.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f
5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \
sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \l
och \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langf
enp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 "I am sorry, Master, but with the strategy and planning ses
sions, I seem to have lost track of time as of late. Anakin had to proceed witho
ut me, but I promise I will finish my new sword soon."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \
af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain
\li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \it
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langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langf
e1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lang
np1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Yoda stared hard at Obi-Wan for a moment, then
emitted a disappointed sigh.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \l
angnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl
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{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfe
np1033 "Too much to do? Not enough time? Master Obi-Wan, a Jedi without his blad
e is not complete, without harmony he is. Even your Padawan, recovering from his
strife on Geonosis has fashioned a new blade for himself."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \h
ich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \
plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin
0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin blanched at that "even", once again
he felt belittled by one of his teachers. Yoda might be reprimanding Obi-Wan, b
ut it was Anakin who felt as though Yoda was directing the disappointment toward
him for his rashness in attacking Count Dooku alone.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain
\li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \ita
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angfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Upon his return from Naboo to the Jedi Temple fo
llowing his wedding to Padme, Anakin had idolized by most of the Temple's Padawa
n residents, even by a few of the younger Knights, for daring to confront the da
rk-side powered Dooku. His Masters however, had thought differently, sometimes c
aught in discussion speculating if the war would already be over if Anakin had h
eeded Obi-Wan's advice and attacked the Separatist leader in tandem.}{\fs20 \dbc

h \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par
}\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \
lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \
lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Even as he began his training ane
w with Master Fisto, Anakin knew others were}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 doubting his abilit
y to ever overcome his aggressiveness and rash tendencies. Not to mention he was
now fighting with one real arm and one largely made of gears, levers and mechan
isms.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \
langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlp
ar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \
f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 He had proven hi
s skill with the sword to Master Fisto, but he suspected others, Obi-Wan include
d, doubted he would ever be as promising with the blade as he had been in the mo
nths leading up to the Battle of Geonosis. He decided that this opportunity, spa
rring with his own Master, would be a perfect opportunity to show those who stil
l doubted.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowi
dctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \l
och \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0
\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 He was also
thrilled to be showing off for Padme. While she had seen him do battle in the d
roid foundries as well as the arena on Geonosis, he knew her last vision of him
in combat was lying broken and battered by Dooku's superior swordsmanship and ma
stery of the Force. He was determined to show Padme that he was not destined to
be a crippled veteran of the Clone Wars.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \s
a0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \lo
ch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfe
np1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langf
e1033 \langfenp1033 Yoda had now worked his way slowly up the staircase and as A
nakin and Obi-Wan looked up, saw his wizened face nod, signaling them to begin t
he demonstration. President Nupro, Anakin noticed was dangerously close to scald
ing the top of his head on the light fixtures at the top of the observation deck
, so eagerly was he bobbing his neck up and down in anticipation.}{\fs20 \dbch \
af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\
pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin
0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \l
angfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp
1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Obi-Wan had selected a simplistic hi
lt from Fisto's rack of blades and now he and Anakin stood some 10 feet apart fr
om each other. They bowed in the classic repose and lit their blades at the same
time, Obi-Wan's humming brilliant green, Anakin's, although he still thought of
it as his Master's blade, a pristine blue-white glow.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \
af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain
\li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \it
ap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \
langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langf
e1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lang
np1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Respecting the rules of engagement, Anakin held
his blade in a purely defensive poise. Intensive instruction from Master Koon h
ad taught Anakin and every other Padawan learner that one always defers the firs

t offensive to one's superior. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0
\sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \
hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \db
ch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \ta
b }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 While Anakin might have believed he was a better overall swordsman tha
n his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi was the only Jedi of thousands in the galaxy who ha
d defeated a Lord of the Sith in single combat. As brash as Anakin may have been
, he knew when to show respect.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0
\sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \
hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \db
ch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \ta
b }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 So he stood patiently as Obi-Wan, adjusting to the different feel of t
he green-bladed saber, approached him. Obi-Wan went through the first basic set
of attacks, with Anakin meeting each with precision and ease. Clearly Obi-Wan wa
s as uninterested in this showcase as Anakin had been upon first hearing of it.
}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langf
enp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \a
djustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \l
ang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 But when Obi-Wan fini
shed his offensive, Anakin surprised his Master by launching into an aggressive
response, pushing Obi-Wan back across the chamber with a combination of upper cu
ts and spinning maneuvers.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl24
0 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich
\af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \a
f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 When they finally locked blades near the far wall, Obi-Wan locked eyes with
Anakin, and the younger man saw the confusion and surprise in his Master's eyes
. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Whether Obi-Wan had
realized that Anakin was attempting to prove himself as a showman, or he just a
ssumed the Padawan wanted to make the show as spectacular as possible for Nupro,
Obi-Wan proved he was up for the task.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \
lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0
\lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch
\af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 Assuming the offensive, Obi-Wan faked a lunge, then cartwheele
d over Anakin, whirling around with a one-handed swipe that the Padawan blocked
with a two-handed maneuver.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl2
40 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich
\af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \
af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{
\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 The duel intensified as both Jedi left their feet, soaring through the air
in a display that at times was as much a display of gymnastics as it was of swo
rd play. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe10

33 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowid
ctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \lo
ch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \
hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 As Obi-Wan's
endurance waned a bit, Anakin waded in, with hard combinations that forced his
Master to backpedal to keep his feet. Obi-Wan bumped against the rack of hilts a
nd lost his concentration momentarily. Anakin seized the opportunity to deliver
a massive down cut which Obi-Wan barely blocked, but lost his footing.}{\fs20 \d
bch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \p
ar }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright
\lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp10
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angnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 As he rolled back to his feet,
Anakin used the Force to wrench the blade from his Master's hands, sending it ca
reening across the chamber to bounce off one of the walls.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hi
ch \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \p
lain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0
\itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe10
33 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \l
angfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Reacting on pure instinct, Obi-Wan executed
a forward flip over his Padawan, then cartwheeled and called his saber back to
his hand, barely beating Anakin's next flurry of cuts and slices.}{\fs20 \dbch \
af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\
pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin
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1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Driven backwards again, Obi-Wan reso
rted to parrying Anakin's blows, then counter-attacked, but felt his strength eb
bing from the late hours he had been keeping, and his growing exhaustion from th
e spirited duel.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \l
angfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \s
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\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab
}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langf
enp1033 Feinting with one move, Anakin again ripped the blade from Kenobi's grip
and threw it against a weapons table. Obi-Wan ducked under an attack and flippe
d himself up onto the table, whirling again. Anakin had not followed him this ti
me, and from his raised vantage point, Obi-Wan found himself looking up at the o
ccupants of the observation booth.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lis
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\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
\tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \
langfenp1033 Nupro, not surprisingly, was beside himself with glee, obviously be
lieving himself a witness to an exhibition that would make any HoloDoc on legend
s of the Jedi Order pale in comparison.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \
lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0
\lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch
\af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 Padme and Master Yoda, rather surprisingly, shared a look that
mixed disbelief, concern and a slight touch of humor, as if neither could quite

believe what they were seeing was real, and was sure that the Master and Padawa
n were about to throw down their swords and embrace to celebrate a well-orchestr
ated performance.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult
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h \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The
look on Chancellor Palpatine's face was one Obi-Wan would remember to his dying
day. The former senator from Naboo was staring directly at Anakin, his eyes wide
and blazing, and the look he gave, was, Obi-Wan had no other word to accurately
depict it, predatorial.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240
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33 All of these thoughts burned barely 10 seconds of time however, as Anakin att
acked again, pursuing Obi-Wan up to the table, then back down off it. Feeling th
ey had done more than enough, Obi-Wan parried another barrage of attacks, then l
ifted his saber parallel to his body and bowed his head, symbolizing his deferen
ce to a superior effort, and calling for an end to the duel.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \
hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard
\plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \ri
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\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 With his head down and eyes closed for a
brief meditation on his inferior skills, Obi-Wan never saw what happened next. W
ith the overwhelming surge of energy coursing through his body as Anakin sought
to best his Master and prove wrong anyone who had doubted him, all the Padawan's
eyes saw in this moment was an opening in his opponent's defenses.}{\fs20 \dbch
\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par
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ang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Sensing victory, feeling another i
mmense surge of power wash over him, Anakin stepped forward and swung his blade
to end the duel ...}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033
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ngfe1033 \langfenp1033 _________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \
loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0
\ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \
fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langf
enp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
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lpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \l
ang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hi
ch \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin's blade
stopped short of its target, but not by his will, nor by a sudden defensive man
uever by Obi-Wan. As the blue-light energy arced toward Obi-Wan's mid-section, a

brilliant line of bright violet intercepted it, and Anakin was knocked backward
s by the strength behind that light.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \l
isa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \a
f10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs2
0 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp103
3 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 As if coming out of a dream, he blinked his eyes to see Master Wi
ndu standing there, staring back at him in disbelief, the Jedi Master's lightsab
er extended in front of Obi-Wan's defenseless form. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af
5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \
li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap
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ngfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp
1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Startled by the sound of another clash of blades,
Obi-Wan had looked up in time to see Anakin stumble backward. He was surprised
by Master Windu's proximity to him, but later remembered Windu had not joined th
e others upstairs, having been determined to fix the slave rig on the remote uni
ts.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \la
ngfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \
af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 For a long moment,
none of the three Jedi spoke, but finally Master Windu, eyes still bright and f
ixed on Anakin, whispered in a hoarse tone, "Anakin, what in the galaxy are you
doing?"}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidct
lpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \l
ang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hi
ch \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin had no
answer, no answer at all, as he stood trembling, his still-human arm suddenly ha
nging limply with the blade clutched between cold fingers. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \h
ich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \
plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin
0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Disarm yourself, Anakin." Windu spoke in
the same ragged whisper,that rose as Anakin made no sign of having heard him. "D
is-arm, NOW."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \n
owidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \
af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \a
f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin,
looking again as if he had just woken up from a nightmare, absently flicked the
switch on the lightsaber Obi-Wan had made and given to him. The muscles in his h
and spasmed and he dropped it to the floor with a clatter.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hi
ch \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \p
lain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0
\itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe10
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angfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin's eyes were wet as he met Obi-Wan's
gaze, with his Master slowly lowering and extinguishing his own blade.}{\fs20 \d
bch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \p
ar }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright

\lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp10
33 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \l
angnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "I'm sorry, Master .... I'm so
sorry, I ... I."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \l
angfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1
\nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbc
h \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \
af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch
\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anaki
n bowed his head and Windu shot a glance to Obi-Wan, who nodded. Pulling his clo
ak around him, Windu moved abruptly to the door and exited, where he was met by
the observation party. Mace Windu knew Yoda had seen the truth in Anakin's eyes,
but for the remainder of the delegation, particularly President Nupro, the cove
r story that Skywalker's cybernetic hand had malfunctioned, leaving him powerles
s to control his actions, would hold for now.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri
0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22
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ngfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \l
angfe1033 \langfenp1033 Obi-Wan let Anakin weep briefly before addressing him.}{
\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adj
ustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \
loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Do you know what happe
ned to you, Anakin?"}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp103
3 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slm
ult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10
\dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hi
ch \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \
dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 H
is tall Padawan finally summoned the courage to look up, and he nodded humbly.}{
\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adj
ustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \
loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "The Dark Side."}{\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
\par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustri
ght \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langn
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\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Obi-Wan nodded slightly.}{\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjus
tright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \lo
ch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Yes, remember what Maste
r Yoda has always taught, the Dark Side is quick to join you in a fight. But a J
edi never loses control of himself or his actions, Anakin. The Force is his ally
, not his Master. You have to be able to keep your feelings in check, lest the D
ark Side tempt you again."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl24
0 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich
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f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 The words stung Anakin, as much as when he had vowed in the weeks after ave
nging his mother's death that he would never touch the Dark Side again. But here
in this chamber, surrounded by the beings he most respected and the woman he lo
ved, it had nearly consumed him, and directed him toward murder.}{\fs20 \dbch \a
f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\p
ard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0
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033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang
1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 He took a deep breath, bent at the kn
ees and picked up the fallen lightsaber, presenting it handle first back to ObiWan.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpa
r \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang
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\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Here, Master, th
e blade belongs to you. I shouldn't have let you take the blame for not construc
ting my own."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \n
owidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \
af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
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f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Obi-Wan
nodded.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidct
lpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \l
ang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hi
ch \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Thank you, An
akin, we'll have to start your new sword soon as well, or Master Yoda will have
us dusting the archives in place of the maintenance droids."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \
hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard
\plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \ri
n0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
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\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The joke brought a light smile to Anakin'
s face, but he just nodded and put the blade back on his belt. Obi-Wan stood sti
ll another moment then broke the silence.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \s
a0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \lo
ch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfe
np1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langf
e1033 \langfenp1033 "I'm going back to my quarters for a nap before my next stra
tegy session, we can talk about what lesson to pursue when I return for dinner t
onight."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe103
3 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidc
tlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \
lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loc
h \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \h
ich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Anakin gave a
quiet "Yes, Master." and watched Obi-Wan leave the chamber, leaving him quite a
lone. He wandered over to the remotes that Master Windu had been working on, and
in less than a minute, located the problem, quickly restoring the remotes to wo
rking order.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langf
e1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \no

widctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \a
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0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 With noth
ing to do and Padme probably still among the tour group led by the Chancellor an
d Masters Yoda and Windu, Anakin picked up another of the training facility's sa
bers and lit its blue blade as the remotes rose to life in complex shapes above,
around and behind him.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp
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0 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp103
3 Anakin Skywalker stared deep into that blue-white light ...}{\fs20 \dbch \af0
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dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hic
h \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 _______________
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___________}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
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s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 The chime sounded again and Vader looked up, shaking his stare into the ligh
tsaber's glow and activating the comm switch at his side, deactivating Kenobi's
sword at the same time. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
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33 Moff Tarkin's voice came harshly over the comm, "Lord Vader, are you there."}
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justright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \la
ng1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Yes."}{\fs20 \dbch \a
f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\p
ard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0
\rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \la
ngfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1
033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang
1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "We have exited hyperspace and are ap
proaching the Yavin system, a sensor sweep is in progress to determine the Rebel
s exact location, please come to the control center."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain
\li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \ita
p0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "As you wish."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loc
h \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \r

i0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs2
2 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpa
r \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang
1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f
5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 ______________________________
____________________________________________________________________________}{\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjus
tright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lis
a0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af1
0 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
\tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \
langfenp1033 Time passed.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lang
np1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240
\slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \
af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af
0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 The Rebel base was located and the Death Star began its ponderous orbit towa
rd the moon where the base was so cleverly hidden inside an ancient temple.}{\fs
20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp10
33 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjust
right \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loc
h \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Tarkin felt confident that
the Rebels would either flee or entirely or launch a small fleet of capital shi
ps to try and take out the super-laser before it could strike.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0
\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\par
d \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \
rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp103
3 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Vader's intuition told him otherwise, a
nd sent him inexplicably from the control center toward the lower levels of the
Death Star.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \now
idctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af
0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \
loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0
\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 It was the
re that a Lieutenant encountered him and told him of the single-man Y and X-Wing
s barreling toward the space station, easing their way through its magnetic fiel
d and heading for a long trench.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang103
3 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0
\sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10
\hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \d
bch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \t
ab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \la
ngfenp1033 Vader did not know the full details of the battle station, but he had
no doubt the Rebels had discovered or believed they had discovered a flaw in th
e design that could be exploited. He had said as much to the Emperor when the co
nstruction had begun and again at its conclusion, but when the Emperor's mind wa
s made up, no being in the galaxy could change it.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li

0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0
\fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lang
fenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe103
3 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp10
33 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Vader led the Death Star's two TIE squadrons into s
pace and engaged the enemy. The Dark Lord had not engaged in this type of dogfig
hting space combat in years, except in his private simulator on Coruscant, but h
e led the charge, eliminating 17 ships as the Rebels now found their assault lim
ited by both the attacking Imperial vessels and the massive amount of fire comin
g from the Death Star's defenses.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa
0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10
\hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \
dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \
tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 Vader and his wingmates zoomed down the trench time and again, now f
ully aware that the Rebels' objective was to fire a missile into a miniscule exh
aust port. One pilot nearly made it before Vader picked off his starboard engine
.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lang
fenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \
adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang103
3 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \
lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af
5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 He and his wingmates
chased the three last X-Wings. One pulled out with damage, the second met death
at Vader's hands.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmul
t1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \d
bch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \db
ch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The
third ...}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowi
dctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \l
och \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0
\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Reaching ou
t to the third pilot through the Force set Vader's pulse racing. Here was an opp
onent, here was a being drawing on the Force itself to make himself a better pil
ot.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \la
ngfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \
af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The X-Wing dodged
and danced, and Vader tracked it relentlessly. His heart pounded at the chase, s
o long since any opponent had been any more the slightest of challenges to the L
ord of the Sith.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \l
angfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1
\nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbc
h \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \
af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch
\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Witho
ut even realizing it, Vader spoke aloud.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa
0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loc
h \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {
\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
1033 \langfenp1033 "The Force is strong in this one."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a

f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain


\li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \ita
p0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Idle chatter was not something Vader engaged in,
he spoke only when necessary, preferring to allow his actions dictate his inten
t. His mind suddenly connected the pilot ahead of him with the boy whose rage he
had felt after striking down Kenobi onboard the Death Star? Might they be one a
nd the same? }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lang
fe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \n
owidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \
af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5
\loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \a
f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The X-Wi
ng lurched as one of Vader's lasers pierced its astromech, and again Vader spoke
aloud, the thrill of the hunt overwhelming him.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \l
och \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0
\ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \f
s22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfe
np1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "I have you now."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0
\sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22
\loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp10
33 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \la
ngfe1033 \langfenp1033 He centered his targeting-sights on the X-Wing and slowly
squeezed the laser triggers.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \s
l240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hi
ch \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch
\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab
}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langf
enp1033 A flicker of motion and a feeling of death distracted Vader's concentrat
ion. To his right, one of his TIE escorts exploded in a ball of flame.}{\fs20 \d
bch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \p
ar }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright
\lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp10
33 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \l
angnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "What?" Vader demanded.}{\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
\par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustrig
ht \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp
1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \
f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The other TIE pilot broke rad
io silence with a terse "Look out!". The two elite TIE pilots hand-picked to fly
wing duties to Darth Vader knew their place was to follow orders, never interfe
re and speak only if absolutely necessary. Neither pilot has spoken as much as a
syllable since they had launched out of the Death Star hangars.}{\fs20 \dbch \a
f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\p
ard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0
\rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \la
ngfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1
033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang
1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 A check down to his sensors indicated
another ship angling down toward the trench, mostly-obscured from view by the b

lazing Yavin sun. The ship fired again and clipped Vader's remaining wingmate, w
ho panicked, jerking his ship laterally in the narrowing trench and clipping Vad
er's own wings, sending him into a uncontrolled vertical spin out of the trench.
}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langf
enp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \a
djustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \l
ang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0
\lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch
\af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe10
33 \langfenp1033 Time passed.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \s
l240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hi
ch \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch
\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab
}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langf
enp1033 Vader righted his ship after only two moments of spinning, but angled hi
s TIE away from the Death Star, feeling the tension from the battle station moun
ting to a fever pitch.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1
033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \s
lmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af1
0 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \
hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
Despite his distance from the Death Star, Vader's craft was still rocked by the
shock wave when it exploded, and the light was enough to singe his tired eyes,
even incased in his dark helmet.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang103
3 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0
\sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10
\hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \d
bch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \t
ab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \la
ngfenp1033 A normal TIE pilot, alone in his single-man ship and in the middle of
nowhere, would have died there, either running out of air, dying of thirst or h
unger or simply drifting, unable to contact help without the use of long-range c
ommunications.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lan
gfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \
nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch
\af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af
5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \
af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Darth V
ader was no normal pilot ... and this was no normal TIE.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \pla
in \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \
itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lan
gfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 After running a diagnostics check to ensure a
ll systems were functioning within their normal parameters, Vader used the navig
ation computer to find the closest Imperial base, and activated the TIE's hyperd
rive.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \
langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlp
ar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \
f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0
\sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \
loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp103
3 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lang

fenp1033 _______________________________________________________________________
___________________________________}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang
1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \li
sa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af
10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
\par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustri
ght \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Darth Vader's eyes were tran
sfixed on the blue-light white reflected on the polished floor of the Emperor's
throne room on Coruscant. Vader was bowed on one knee, head bent at the neck, an
d had been for some time.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lang
np1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240
\slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \
af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af
0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 He had come to the Imperial Palace at once, after arriving in-system aboard
the Imperial Corvette Nighthawk. He had made contact with the Emperor from the N
ighthawk when he first docked there a week earlier. The Emperor had been short,
commanding Vader to file his report in person, rather than sending it ahead of h
im.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \la
ngfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \
af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Vader had expected
one of two reactions from the Emperor. Outrage over the Death Star's destructio
n that likely would have resulted in severe punishment from Vader on down, or th
e scapegoating of Grand Moff Tarkin, who had boldly eliminated the political thr
eat of Alderaan with the push of a button and as the ranking military officer, h
ad accepted Vader's plan to track the Rebels by letting the Princess and her com
rades escape and take out their hiden base.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \
f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0
\sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \
loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp103
3 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lang
fenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \lan
gfe1033 \langfenp1033 Instead, the Emperor sat on his throne-like chair and said
nothing, eyes closed in meditation, and Vader, stayed on one knee, taking contr
olled, mechanized breaths and trying to ascertain what his Master was thinking .
.. or plotting.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \la
ngfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1
\nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch
\af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch
\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Abrupt
ly, the Emperor's pale yellow eyes opened, and Vader could feel the stare boring
into him.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowi
dctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \l
och \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0
\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Lord Vader
, where is Kenobi's lightsaber?"}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang103
3 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0
\sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10
\hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \d

bch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \t
ab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \la
ngfenp1033 It was perhaps the last question Vader had expected, and the last he
had an answer for. His mention of the duel with Kenobi and the Knight's utter va
nishing had not seemed to faze his Master as he related the entire tale more tha
n hour ago.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe
1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \now
idctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af
0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \
loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0
\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "My Master
?"}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "You stated that Ke
nobi's blade and robe were all that were left of him after you struck him down.
Imperial Intelligence reports they secured the robe, but found no trace of any w
eapon."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidct
lpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \l
ang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hi
ch \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "I ... I secur
ed his blade myself, Master. I felt it would be safer in my care."}{\fs20 \dbch
\af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }
\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \li
n0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \la
ng1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The Emperor stood and walked slowly
until he stood just in front of Vader.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \
lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0
\lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch
\af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1
033 \langfenp1033 "Did you now? And were you able to unlock any mysteries of the
Force or save the Death Star from complete annihilation with it, Lord Vader?"}{
\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfen
p1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adj
ustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lan
g1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \
loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "No, my Master."}{\fs20
\dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033
\par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustri
ght \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langn
p1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033
\langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "You disappoint me, Lord Vad
er."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpa
r \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang
1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f
5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich
\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "I am sorry, I wa
s surprised by Kenobi's appearance on the Death Star. I thought him long dead. I
thought my Master's weapon might provide some insight into where he had been hi

ding."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctl
par \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \la
ng1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hic
h \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 It was a weak l
ie, but again the Emperor seemed to ignore it, although Vader was sure he felt s
ome surge of anger from the Emperor when he mentioned Kenobi by name.}{\fs20 \db
ch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \pa
r }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright
\lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp103
3 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Perhaps I can succeed where you
have failed, Lord Vader. Give the weapon to me."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \
loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0
\ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \
fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langf
enp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp103
3 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Vader once again felt surprise at the Emperor's know
ledge that not only did he have the weapon, but he had it safely hidden away on
his belt. Before his surprise could look like hesitatition, Vader unsnapped Keno
bi's blade from his belt and handed it to the Emperor, keeping his head down out
of respect all the while.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl24
0 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich
\af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \a
f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 The Emperor tucked the blade inside one of his own dark robes and walked pa
st his servant. Vader could hear the two red-clad Royal Guards snap to attention
and activate the turbolift as the Emperor approached.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \
af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain
\li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \it
ap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \
langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langf
e1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lang
np1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "Lord Vader, there is one more issue, rise."}{\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adju
stright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \l
angnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang
1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \l
och \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Darth Vader stood and tu
rned to face his Master, whose eyes gleamed as he stared at his pupil from just
outside the turbolift car.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl24
0 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich
\af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \a
f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 The Emperor raised his hands and from his fingertips, pale blue lightning e
rupted, closing the distance between the two Sith Lords in a fraction of a secon
d, hitting Vader's entire body and knocking him off his feet.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0
\hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard
\plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \r
in0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langf
e1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang103

3 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The Emperor walked forward as Vader's bo


dy shook involuntarily, the raw electricity wreaking havoc on his largely-cybern
etic frame like a droid shot by an ion cannon.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loc
h \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \r
i0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs2
2 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \l
angfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \
langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The Emperor stood over the fallen giant and unleashed a
nother volley of Force lightning into his helpless pupil, smoke rose from seared
cloth and flesh as Vader twitched uncontrollably and his breathing came ragged
and weak.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe10
33 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowid
ctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \lo
ch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \
hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Vader's helm
et seemed incredibly heavy as he lifted it to look up into the controlled but de
adly stare of the Emperor.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \lan
gnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl24
0 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich
\af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \a
f0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\
fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp
1033 The Emperor's voice was barely above a whisper, but to Vader it sounded as
loud as the roar of a docking cruiser.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \l
ang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0
\lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch
\af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe10
33 \langfenp1033 "Never forget, Lord Vader. You have but one Master."}{\fs20 \db
ch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \pa
r }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright
\lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp103
3 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Vader's head slumped back under
the weight of his helmet. His muscles spasmed as he remotely heard the Emperor t
urn and walk back to the turbolift, then heard the doors close and the car speed
away.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctl
par \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \la
ng1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hic
h \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Vader's mind re
eled from the pain. He had felt it once before, a lifetime ago when he had first
battled Count Dooku on Geonosis. It scalded his flesh then and Dooku had severe
d most of his arm. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033
\langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmu
lt1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \
dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hic
h \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \d
bch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Wh
en he fought Dooku a second time, the former Jedi Master had still been the stro
nger of the pair at the beginning of their duel, and the Force lightning had aga
in pierced him, stabbing like a thousand daggers and nearly-rendering him uncons
cious.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033
\langfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctl
par \adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \la

ng1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch
\f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hic
h \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 When that battl
e had finally ended, the Emperor had promised him that his loyalty to the Dark S
ide would prevent him he from ever having to endure that sort of pain again.}{\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjus
tright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \lo
ch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 The Emperor had lied.}{\f
s20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1
033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjus
tright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \la
ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1
033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \lo
ch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Several moments passed as
Vader lie on the floor of the throne room, his breathing slowly returned to nor
mal as his artificial circuitry corrected itself, and he was slowly able to stan
d.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 Limping badly, Vade
r made his way to the window and stared out into the brightly-lit Coruscant nigh
t.}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \lan
gfenp1033 \par }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar
\adjustright \lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang10
33 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \a
f5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "No," Vader whisper
ed to himself, unevenly but with a undertone of defiance. }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hi
ch \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard \p
lain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \rin0
\itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe10
33 \langfenp1033 {\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \l
angfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \
langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 "I shall never forget."}{\fs20 \dbch \af0 \
hich \af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }\pard
\plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright \lin0 \ri
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\af5 \loch \f5 \lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \db
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r }\pard \plain \li0 \ri0 \sa0 \lisa0 \sl240 \slmult1 \nowidctlpar \adjustright
\lin0 \rin0 \itap0 \fs22 \loch \af10 \hich \af10 \dbch \af0 \lang1033 \langnp103
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ngnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \tab }{\fs20 \dbch \af5 \hich \af10 \loch \f5
\lang1033 \langnp1033 \langfe1033 \langfenp1033 \par }}