This is my new fic. It has nothing to do with my others. Hope you like it
I’m one of the few million still alive in this galaxy. Worlds, entire systems were wiped out by something you cannot see. It destroyed things, choosing no favorites, and no particular enemies. It was a microscopic bacterium that appeared, seemingly from nowhere. There are now more planets than there are sentient species. I am one of the four remaining Jedi. We are trying to rebuild, but it’s not going well. We have decided that the bacteria should have no name, for it is unspeakable. We simply call it The plague
. My name is Kyle Element, and I’m going to rebuild this galaxy.
I walked towards the street; I needed to catch an air-taxi. As I stepped out into the street, the sun made me blink rapidly, until I adjusted to the sunlight. I looked around, remembering the busy streets, there was always something clogging the streets. I ran my hand threw my hair, despair filling me. It was like there was nothing left. I flagged down one of the air-taxies and got in. The robot asked me where I needed to go.
“Jedi Temple please,” I replied. Where before it may have taken hours to get there; now it took minutes. I stepped out, and walked into the building. Normally there would have been Jedi bustling out and about, now there was simply an empty hall. I walked into the room where we all agreed to meet.
As I stepped in, a voice greeted me, “Hello Kyle.”
I recognized the voice as Tyler Space. I waved and said hello back and looked around at the remaining Jedi. I saw the only remaining Jedi Master Tyler, the two other Jedi Knights Danielle Chain and Cody Short, and the last padawan Timothy Color.
“So what’s on the list for helping today?” asked Danielle.
“Well, were thinking of going back and trying to start settlements on Dantoonie again,” replied Tyler, looking at his list. Most planets that were pivotal in the galaxy had been completely wiped out, so we had to reinhabit them. The good thing about The Plague was that it left all the buildings standing. Didn’t harm anything but biological tissue. Most animals had immunities to it, but the majority of sentient people didn’t.
“I’ll bring a group there,” Cody offered. He was energetic and often used his lightsaber before his people’s skills.
“I thought as much. Sure, see if you can round up as many people and take a ship there,” Tyler replied. “We should go to Tatoonie too.”
“Why?” I asked.
“Alright I’ll go there,” I volunteered.
“Great. See if you can rack up some people and head out there.”
“Will do. I have an idea.”
“We need a leader. Someone to lead the remaining galaxy. You.”
“No. We have discussed this before, I will not become a politician. I’m a Jedi.”
“It’s been pretty melancholy lately. Maybe not you, but someone. We need a leader to unite us.”
“I think I know just the man. He used to be a senator for Alderaan. Good man, great politician. I’ll talk to him later. See if he’s interested.”
He dismissed us five minutes later, and I walked into the dimming light of the day. I decided to stay in the Temple, it would be hard to get back to my room. I was walking back to my quarters when I ran into Timothy.
“What you doing here?” he asked quizzically.
“Too late for a cab,” I answered. “I’m gonna go to bed. Good luck at Nar Shaddaa.”
“Same to you for Tatoonie.” He appeared nervous.
“What’s wrong? You seem nervous.”
“Just my first assignment that far from here.”
“Don’t worry, you’ll be fine.” I hoped that he would. Since all these people had died, looters had been robbing more and more stores and becoming more and more violent.
I’m going to have to stop this story for a second right now. This is a turning point in my life, and I
know that the Force had a hand in it. I’ve always been thoroughly convinced that it has a sense of humor, no matter what other’s say. For if I had never traveled down this particular hallway, I probably would never have been married. I never would have had any of my three children. If I hadn’t walked down that hallway, I’d probably be dead right now.
I walked down the hallway, where there is a fork. Normally I travel down the one on the right, yet, something told me to go to the left. So I walked down the left, and when I neared the final turn to my quarters, I could have sworn I hear someone say my name from behind me. I turned around and saw no one. Yet, I turned the corner backwards, and ran into someone. “Sorry,” I said on reflex.
“Don’t worry about it,” came the reply. I turned, and noticed it was Danielle. “But, Kyle, you’re exactly the person I needed to see.”
“What do you need?”
“Well, actually, I was wondering if I could tag along with you to go to Tatoonie.” I was startled.
“Why? Is there someone you need to…see?” Most people had to go to a certain planet to make sure that their loved ones were actually gone. Most people had a tough time believing that everyone was gone, but especially their loved ones.
“No, my only family was my mother—my father ran away when my mother was pregnant—and she died when I was three. But, I figured you might need some company, and Tyler agreed with me. Ever since John passed away, you’ve been fairly secluded—”
John was my best friend; since I was nine, and he was eight. I guess you could say that I still hadn’t come to terms with the fact that he was gone. “I have not been secluded, and if I have been, it hasn’t been because of the fact that John…isn’t with us. I mean look around!! There are almost no humans—people for that matter—alive.”
She looked worse than if I had struck her. When she spoke, it was with chosen words, and a forced calm, “We are trying to rebuild. You know, just as well as I do, that sitting here and pouting about John or the rest of the world, is not going to help.”
I almost argued with her. But, I knew she was right. I sighed, and ran my fingers threw my hair. “Your right. I’ve been selfish as of late.”
“So…can I come?”
“Oh yeah, sure. I’m gonna head down to the cantina tomorrow to see how many people can come to Tatoonie. Can you make it?”
“Maybe. I’m not sure. If I can, I’ll see you there, if not then see you when we leave.”
“Bye.” I walked away, feeling rather good about myself. I had gotten a rather large load off my chest. And, the person didn’t yell, didn’t break loose. I walked into my room, admiring the simple yet exquisite design. It was simply furnished, with only a twin sized bed, a dresser, and a bathroom. I stepped into the bathroom, looking into the mirror. I thought I was handsome enough, especially for a thirty-one year-old. I had a little stubble on my face. I have stormy gray eyes; and I’m well-built for my 6’2” frame.
In the morning, I did my normal stretches, practiced a little of my Judo form. At noon, I set off for the cantina, hoping to find at least a handful of people that want to come to Tatoonie. I picked up my cell phone and called Danielle, to see if she was going to make it. She picked up on the second ring:
“Hi Danielle, its Kyle. I’m just about to arrive at the Cantina, and I was wondering if you could make it.”
“Sure. See you there.”
This was a very hard part for me to say. “Wait! Umm…I was…I was…”
“Kyle, time’s an issue, I have to go.”
“I was wondering if we could get a bite to eat afterwards.” I finally threw out the words before I could chicken out.
It seemed to take her by surprise. “You mean, like a date or something.”
“Oh, OK. I guess so.”
“How about Milroy’s? At about sixish?”
“I’ll be there.”
I hung up feeling rather good about myself. I called a cab and told the robot to go to the cantina. I paid the robot, and stepped into the cantina, the smells already consuming me. I saw some of the regulars in their usual spots, drinking their lives away. I walked over to the bartender, Tom Page, a man I knew well. He glanced up and saw me. He already knew what it was about. “Where to this time?”
“Tatoonie. Just waiting for Danielle.” He knew all of the Jedi on a first name basis.
He sighed. “Tatoonie got destroyed too?”
I shook my long hair from my eyes. “Dantoonie as well.”
He knew what that meant. “All of the Jedi?”
“As far as we know.”
It was a few minutes until Danielle arrived. I declined a drink, and made small talk. I came up to her as she stepped in. She made no comment of our previous talk, just saying, “Have you asked yet?”
I followed her lead of not talking about our date later that day. “I was waiting for you. Ready when you are.”
She sighed heavily. “Go for it.”
Our methods for getting people to come are in no way directed to our Jedi training; nor are they all that sophisticated. I stood on an empty table and yelled, “I’m taking a group to Tatoonie. Are there any volunteers to help?”
The chatter died away quickly. No one stood for a few seconds until a man in the back rose. “I will.”
I pulled out a data pad. “Your name is?”
“I’m Dr. Akira Slump. Most call me Dr. Slump. I’m sure my wife would join me as well. Her name is Midori. I also have a daughter, Arale.”
I wrote down all of the information. “Anyone else?”
“I will. My name is Travis Frieza.”
About thirty minutes later I had recruited twenty-three people, and was set. “Were going to head out at about nine-o-clock. Have all of your luggage and the sorts ready. We will leave without you if we have to.” It was brave talking, but it was untrue. I turned to Danielle. “See you at six.” She smiled; and I walked away.
I went back to my room to see if I could catch a nap before our date. I sat down on my bed and cracked my neck, rolling it in my hand. I dozed off for awhile, nightmares haunting me. I awoke in a cold sweat. I looked at the time, realizing it was 5:15. I switched into another pair of robes, and rubbed my head, a headache coming.
I got into a cab, and arrived at Milroy’s with ten until the hour. Danielle cam a few minutes later. I waved at her and she sat down. I pulled out her seat, and sat down across her. We chatted in a state of relaxation that neither of us had experience in a long time.