followed her, a bit wary at first, one hand holding the handle of his sabre
carefully. "You... built this... " he chuckled to himself, "And I
was worried you couldn't build a lightsabre." he said, amused at his own na´vetÚ
about his new friend and benefactor.
smiled as she continued bounding down the dirt trail towards the little bridge
that crossed over the water to the small island in the centre of the lake.
"Yes," she called over her shoulder.
"See the sun?" she pointed upwards to the small seemingly
normal sun. "That's a tiny
fusion reactor. It provides not only
natural 'sunlight' but also a power source for all the hidden sub-electrical
systems.. such as the controls for the waterfall, among other things."
She stopped breathlessly on the little bridge and looked down over the
railing into the clear water. There
were several large, shiny multicoloured fish swimming about beneath them.
stood beside her, and she saw his water-warped reflection next to her own with
the sun in the sky behind them.
don't suppose you ever see stars in here ?" the Jedi asked over her
watched as her reflection turned to look at his.
"On command. Still,
there's nothing like lying beneath a sky full of the real thing..." her
voice dropped to barely a whisper. "Especially
with someone ... special."
placed a big hand on her shoulder. "I understand." he said.
"Now.... how do we see if our sabres work ?"
sighed and completed crossing the bridge. She
waved her hand indicating the small island.
"Well, it should work here, in the very centre of the dimensional
field. That's the secret to this
room's stability you know. You're
the only one I've ever told that to. That
makes this a dangerous spot to let someone stand with a weapon.
It's the only place in the TARDIS where a weapon will work."
offered a crooked grin, as he took a position on the small hillock. He took the
haft of his sabre in both hands and stood in a defensive stance. A flip of the
small red actuator on the handle and the device gave off a low hum.
far, so good. The power cell
was opening its charge. It always took a little time the first time a lightsabre
was activated. A few seconds... 10, maybe 15... and the new, deep purple beam
shot forth to its full four feet in length.
smiled as he lifted the sabre to a more passive stance, the deadly extension of
energy humming gently in front of his face and giving off a dullish violet glow.
my turn." Mika copied his
actions to the letter. Her sword
began to hum, but nothing happened. She
switched it off and frowned. "Did
I mess it up after all?"
don't see how you could." Jinn replied, moving closer to her and
deactivating his own beam.
held it up for him to see, fighting down a mischievous smile.
She knew exactly what was wrong with it.
"Well, here, you take a look."
Her hand brushed his as she handed her sword to him, sending goose bumps
across her skin and making the hairs on her spots stand on end.
looked the sabre over. It seemed just fine, actually it was put together better
than Obi-Wan's had been. He fiddled a couple of switches, and then looked down
into the lovely Ecturian's eyes. "Here... here's your problem." he
said, "Your blade-length is down all the way." and he placed the haft
back in her hand, not letting go of it himself, so that their hands met and
stayed touching. "You extend the blade like this." and he slowly
rotated the dial.
then flipped the actuator switch and her blade hummed to life, even faster than
his had. A light lavender blade shot
out to its full 4 feet. "Ahh,
it does work. See," she smiled
up at him, "I told you I could build one."
you did." he replied, "And you did an excellent job. It's a lesson to
me. The universe is a broad and multifaceted place. I should not underestimate
the talents of any individual."
learned long ago that any knowledge is worth learning.
That's really why I wanted to build this."
She flipped her blade off and tucked the weapon into her waistband.
"And ... to spend time with the teacher," she grinned.
too bad I can't take you on as an apprentice." Jinn said smiling, "If
Obi-Wan had shown your enthusiasm, he would have faced the trials a year or so
ago. But.... you don't believe in the living Force, do you ?"
laughed at the thought of Obi-Wan having the same thoughts about his Master that
she was having at that moment. "I
don't know if I do. I believe in many powers... most of which are scientifically
let me try to explain the Force scientifically." Jinn began. "The
Force is an energy field, created by the energy that exists in al living things.
The Meticlorians act as tiny channelers and transmitters for this energy field;
making it possible for us to use the Force as a source of knowledge, for
healing, strength, and defence."
... perhaps I just call it something else. It
sounds very familiar. Do you think I
have these... meticlorians too?" She
frowned, thinking of little things living inside her body.
are genetically engineered form plant-life, are you not ?" the Jedi asked.
of," she shrugged.
I couldn't tell you right off, but I'm sure you do, to some degree." he
took one of her hands in his. His massive extremity swallowing hers to
disappearing. "I'd have to check your blood, and unfortunately I have no
way of doing a Meticlorian count here."
she said slowly, trying to keep her mind on their conversation and not on his
touch. "I do have a fully
stocked med lab.
long before we reach.... our destination ?" Qui-Gon asked, looking into her
plenty ... of .. time..." she was finding herself mesmerized by his gaze.
She shook her head. She was
sure it was just another Jedi mind trick. "Time
has no meaning as long as we are in here."
it have any meaning in the med lab ?" Jinn asked, absentmindedly stroking
her palm with one of his long fingers.
med lab? Hmmm?"
she was losing her battle against his charms.
fully stocked med lab you said you had, a minute ago." he grinned,
"Are you quite sure you're all right?"
med lab, yeah, right. Uh, yeah...
I'm fine... just...fine..." she continued to lose herself in his eyes, his
smile, his hands. "Here, in the
TARDIS.... we are.. completely outside of .. time.
We have all the time we want.... together..."
the test will only take a few seconds if you have the right equipment."
said the Jedi, "But I doubt if I could find your lab." giving her palm
another gentle stroke, he slowly let go of her hand, and let it drift to her
side almost as if it were floating on an unseen cloud.
contact broken, Mika came to, sort of. "Oh,
of course, I'll.. I'll show you then shall I?"
She began walking backwards, never taking her eyes off the tall Jedi.
please do." Jinn said smiling. he stepped towards her, "May I ask
you... do you know how to swim ?"
Why..." just then she stepped off the edge of the tiny island and plummeted
backwards into the water. She was
under for some seconds before spluttering to the surface, more angry and
embarrassed than hurt. "Dammit!"
she exclaimed, spitting water from her mouth and shooing away curious fish.
you've just run out of island." Jinn commented as she went under. He
watched her break surface again, and smiled. "I guess that was a bit of a
dumb question. Why build a lake if you can't swim." and he extended a long
arm to her, offering her his hand to help her back onto dry land.
reached up and took his proffered hand. But
she was much stronger than she looked, and once again, he had underestimated
her. She tugged on his arm knocking
him off balance and sending him plunging into the cool lake beside her.
"Think it's so funny do you?" she laughed.
quite." he replied calmly, after he'd managed to right himself and push the
soaked bit of stray ponytail from his face "You are certainly full of
surprises. And I suppose I deserved that. Just so you'll know Jedae are not
without a sense of humour... " and he made a gesture with his hand, where
by a large wave rose up in the lake and poured it's self over Mika's head.
screamed, but in laughter, not anger. "Oh,
so you wanna play rough do you?" She
plunged beneath the water and disappeared. She
remained under for quite some time. The
water where she had been grew still and calm.
Several brightly coloured fish swam up to him curiously.
There was still no sign of the timelord.
Qui-Gon felt something grab at his leg and tug on it almost ferociously.
His first thought was that there was some sort of monster in this lake
and it had gotten Mika and was now after him.
ducked his head under the water, his large strong hands prepared to wrap around
the body of some aquatic animal and pry it from his leg. Instead he came face to
face with the smiling timelord, her eyes wide with glee, holding her breath as
if she could forever.
They surfaced together, both gasping for breath, Mika laughing at her little joke. Suddenly, she could resist it no more and she leaned forward and planted a big kiss right on his lips. Realizing what she had done, she backed away quickly and held her breath waiting for his reaction, her hair dripping into the water and her amethyst eyes huge and almost scared.
stared back at her, his face a mask of shock and surprise. His mouth hung open,
and water dripped down his face in a vision obscuring torrent from his loosened
long hair. Slowly he closed his mouth, and his eyes stopped being so wide open.
cleared his throat. "And... and why did you do that ?" he asked
was speechless. She breathed,
finally and opened and closed her mouth several times unable to think of
anything to say. "I... I just..
I couldn't help myself. I've wanted
to since we first met." She
lowered her eyes. "I suppose
that's yet another think I shouldn't have done."
the big Jedi swam to the shore and hauled himself out of the lake.
He shook off as much water as possible and held his hand out to Mika to
assist her out as well. Only she
refused, shaking her head, almost too ashamed of what she had done to face him.
I don't know how much water you can stand." said Jinn, "But if you
want me to do that test... I'll at least need to take some blood with me."
he stood, and looked down on her, his hands on his hips. "Let me ask you,
if you've wanted to kiss me since we met, why did you not do so, or say so
Mika looked up into his eyes. They
seemed to shimmer with the reflection of the glittering water in them.
"I.. I was afraid to. I
didn't know what you would say or think. I
still don't. I.. I'm sorry."
to be sorry for." said Jinn, "I rather enjoyed it." he added in a
near whisper, offering her both hands, "You'd be surprised how infrequently
a Jedi gets kissed."
took his hands and allowed him to haul her waterlogged body out of the water in
one swift motion. She then found
herself pressed for the moment against his front.
"I could... remedy
that.." she smiled, never
taking her eyes from his. "But
only if you wanted..."
in time." Jinn replied, casually running a hand over her wet hair.
"But, don't we have a mission of mercy to perform for a friend of yours
fought to keep her hearts from racing as she deflated visibly.
"Yeah," she said, not bothering to mask her disappointment.
Prying herself loose Mika started walking back across the bridge,
wringing her clothes out as she went. "Always something isn't it?" she
muttered half to herself.
followed her, almost like an obedient pet, his heavy boots making a loud
thudding on the bridge as he crossed. He tried his best to reach into her mind,
and offer her a bit of peace or comfort, but she was a Timelord, and her mind
was her own.
continued up the dirt path, kicking at imaginary rocks, looking very much like a
little girl who was angry that she didn't get her way.
She could feel him reaching out to her mind, but her instincts clamped it
tightly shut. At the top of the hill she paused, waiting for him to catch up.
She slowly opened her mind... what did she have to lose?
was trying to calm her. To make her feel at ease and comfortable, and not so
disappointed. As he reached to her with his mind he also met her eyes with his
and she could see the blue fire still smouldering there.
would think a timelord would have infinite patience," she said quietly,
echoing his thoughts. "But that
isn't so. Living as long as I have
has taught me how fleeting life is ... we must grab what we can from life for it
will only be there a moment." She
sighed heavily and smiled. "Still,
I know. Duty calls."
smiled mischievously as she looked at him. "I'm
glad you're glad." she then
turned and headed back up the trail.
led him back through the TARDIS after carefully resealing the doors to her
'special place' to her own living quarters.
She wanted to change into some dry clothing.
By some strange miracle, his own clothes were completely dry.
followed her as far as her quarters, then offered her a bow and asked
"Where should I wait for you. As you point out, this ship is always
changing. I might need directions."
waved her hand dismissively and opened her door.
"Aw, come on. Don't give
me that shy Jedi act. Come on in.
You might as well get used to it. I
won't be a moment." She went
inside, practically dragging him in. He
was amazed at the room's size and decor. Mika
went back to her huge walk-in wardrobe and chose an outfit.
"Make yourself at home. I'll
just go in the bathroom and change." She
disappeared behind the closed door.
Jedi found himself looking at a tall bureau. There several curiosities almost
piled there on top of it. His eye was drawn to an old looking timepiece. It was
cylindrical, like the timepieces on Correlia, and silver in colour. He lifted
it, and popped the lid. The old mechanism still worked. He wondered if it were
a closer look, he noticed an engraving. "T.
Andrews" was carved inside the lid in a fine flowing script.
soon emerged from the other room, changed into a tight-fitting sleeveless white
jumpsuit and matching boots. She was
towel-drying her hair as she silently came to stand beside the tall Jedi.
He noted the almost wistfulness in her violet eyes.
well, I hope ?" he asked softly. "You're eyes, look almost as sad as
the tale behind this.... timepiece."
looked up at him puzzled. "You
can tell the story by just looking at it?" she wondered.
I said, all living things generate the Force." he replied, "Even those
who no longer live contributed their part. In their own time. I don't know the
story of the thing... but I know there is great sadness and suffering tied to
it. I sense a deep longing surrounding this item."
took the watch and looked at the engraving on the inside back cover.
'To TA from HA.' "Yes.
There would be great sadness in this.
It belonged to a man who felt responsible for the deaths of a great many
people. So much that he would not
save his own life though I offered it to him."
She sighed heavily and placed it back on the bureau.
"Yet another fleeting moment gone."
will not pry." said Jinn, "You must have seen a lot of death in your
time though... you show great strength."
you. That is a great compliment
coming from a great Jedi Master. But
you aren't prying. I have seen much
death. But I have also seen much joy
and beauty. One must never forget to
notice the beauty in the universe no matter how bad things seem to get." She
smiled and sat on the edge of her tall, antique four-poster bed.
very good philosophy. One I could agree to myself." he replied, slowly
taking his seat next to her. "Have you... always travelled alone ?"
grinned, remembering her varied companions, some of whom were even female.
"Not always. But
usually. It can get very lonely.
Somehow, I think you know a lot about that...
loneliness, that is." She
fidgeted with her fingers as she awaited his response.
yes. In a way I do." he answered, "I've had an apprentice for a long
time. And we did become good friends, but.... I've never had...." his voice
trailed off and he stood again, as tall as an old-time king.
knew very well what he meant, but she wanted him to say it aloud.
"Never had what?" she urged gently.
turned so that his soulful blue eyes were on her, "Really... I don't want
to burden you with my ramblings." he said, "Surely there are more
interesting people to discuss than Qui-Gon Jinn ?"
smiled softly at him, her amethyst eyes sparkling in the dim light.
"Funny, I can't think of anyone I'd rather discuss than him."
She gently patted the spot next to her, urging him to retake his seat.
"People say I'm a pretty good listener too.
When I shut my mouth long enough," she grinned.
Jedi returned to his seat. He had never met a more persuasive woman. He felt
something in her that he had never felt in another. Perhaps it was a disturbance
in the force, but it felt more like a pull, a magnetism drawing him inward. He
felt his heart, often weighted heavily by the day-to-day duties of a Jedi
Knight, lightened in her presence. He relaxed.
found himself sitting casually and comfortably, his new lightsabre resting
across his knees. "A Jedi's life is lonely, I wont deny that." he
found herself smiling and trying hard to resist touching him.
She looked into his eyes, mentally urging him on.
some Jedi have families, children, and that sort of thing... I chose not to,
early on. I felt at least one Knight should be free to ply the trade without
worrying...." he hesitated, looking at the comforting surroundings fate had
landed him in, "Without worrying over not coming home," he finished.
lowered her eyes and thought back to what had brought them together... what had
landed him here in her TARDIS and in her life.
She thought of all the people that he did know and how they were sad now
at his loss. She suddenly felt very
selfish. She did not hide her
sense a great sorrow... in you, why ?" asked Jinn. His eyes were filled
with a concern.
took a deep breath. "Because, I
took you from your timeline for... personal reasons.
I can never learn to leave well-enough alone.
I.. I just couldn't let you die... though maybe you were right and I
looked at him and smiled softly. "I'm
glad you're not angry. Sometimes I
think I care too much." Her
eyes wandered back to the pocket watch on the bureau top.
don't think it's possible to care to much, Mika." the Jedi said, "Not
when it concerns a life." he smiled, and placed a hand on her cheek. Her
skin was soft, more so than he had expected, and his mouth opened a bit in
surprise. She felt silken and smooth, more so than any flesh he had ever felt