Chapter 2: Blanket of Fear.
Vaeda jump around the room during her training. She focused her mind to imagine herself weightless.
“Good, good Vaeda. Now, use your lightsaber to attack the flying droids.”
Using the force, Vaeda drew her weapon. A gold beam of light shot out of the handle. A small, circular droids began to emerged from a box. They began firing small stun lasers at her. One hit her square on the chest. It knocked her to the ground. She stood up, found the nearest droid and jumped. She soared to its level, and sliced it clean in half.
“Keep it up Vaeda.”
“Master, where are the others?”
“Let the force guide you”
Vaeda focused even harder. She did not see the droids, she felt them. One by one she picked them off. She felt proud of herself. It had taken her months to finish this lesson.
“Good child, very good. Take a brake.”
“Thank you, master.”
“Oh and Vaeda.”
“Yes master? What is it?”
“About what you heard earlier, in the council.”
“I knew you could sense me. Did the others?”
“Most likely, but I am terribly sorry you had to here that.”
“Don’t feel sorry master, it was my own fault for listening in.”
“No, no it wasn’t. You had a right to know.”
“I do not agree with them, master. You are no fool.”
“That is for neither us, nor the council to decide, only for fate.”
At the end of the day, Vaeda relaxed at the archives. Researching old masters was her favorite hobby. Master Fulay had never once considered letting her and Kota go off with there friends. He had said by letting your mind drift away from the force, you have no chance of achieving the rank of Jedi knight. She had no reason to not believe her kind master, not once had he steered her wrong.
She awoke the next morning to a tap on the shoulder.
“Vaeda, I am going out for a bit, I shall not be long. I will forget your training session this morning.”
“Yes master. Why are you going out?”
“It does not concern you.”
“Does it concern Kota, master?”
“Yes… I mean no! No, is does not concern Kota.”
When Fulay returned, Vaeda was eager to begin training.
“What shall I learn today, master?”
“Today we will be working on your mind controlling skills. I warn you, it won’t be easy.”
“You know me master, always up for a challenge.”
“Ah yes, but you cannot prevail at every challenge, now can you?”
“No, but I can try.”
“That’s what I like to here.”
On there way back from training Vaeda sensed uneasy feelings from Master Fulay. She dared to ask.
“Master, are you feeling alright? I can sense struggle.”
“I’m fine my dear, it just…I miss your brother a lot.”
“I do to, but you shouldn’t let that affect you, master.”
Fulay chuckled at the comment
“You are wise, Vaeda. I have taught you well.”
“Yes, master. But do tell me, if I am wise, why was I unable to take the test?”
“That is a good question. I suppose I just didn’t want to let my “little Vaeda” go.”
“Don’t embarrass me master, please. I’m not little.”
“Maybe you aren’t to others, but you still are to me. Who are you going to get embarrass in front of? The Walls?”
Vaeda pointed across the room. Fulay grabbed her hand and pulled her behind a pillar of stone. He whispered.
“Vaeda, that is the chancellor, he is the royalty. You can’t just point at him. I hope he didn’t see us…”
“No man should have that kind of power, master.”
“I know, no one should…”
They slipped away into darkness. But the evil chancellor knew they were there.
That night Vaeda had another nightmare about Kota, the same as before. When she told Master Fulay he only told her to meditate, but that didn’t seem to help.
“Master Fulay, meditating has done all it can for me. What should I do?”
“Calm down Vaeda, if it troubles you we will seek guidance from the council. Will that satisfy you?”
In the councils chambers, a feeling of comfort over took one. Vaeda felt at home.
“Hello young one. What is troubling you?”
Master Windu was addressing her in a unusual fashion.
“I am having nightmares, about my brother, Kota. I meditate night and day but I feel nothing.”
“Interesting, you are hard to read.”
“Come here young one, troubled you are, by not only that.”
Vaeda had no problem talking with master Yoda, no one did. She approached him. He put his hands on her head and closed his eyes.
“Answers, you seek?”
“Find them, you will, at the sight of your brothers death.”
“Please master, tell me more.”
“Tell you more, I can not. Only you, can find this answer.”
“Thank you masters.”
Before they entered the doorway, they stopped.
“I sense anger in you young one. You must be careful.”
Vaeda had never said anything to master Kit Fisto before. He had come from a strange planet. He was said to be very wise.
Back at there room, Vaeda and Fulay talked.
“Are you sure you want to go through with what the council said?”
“Yes, they are never wrong.”
“What they said about your anger, is nothing to worry about. Focus on what is in front of you.”
“I know master, but it disturbs me.”
“Do not let it. It will only make it worse.”
“I know master.”