and Master Jinn were escorted to a large chamber much like a typical courtroom.
At the front of the room sat a large raised platform, behind which sat several
berobed figures, some in red, some in gold, some in olive green. All wore huge
flared cowls that surrounded their heads and shoulders,
and tight, decoratively adorned skullcaps. Every figure also wore a look
of utter contempt and stoic, immovable resolve.
and his men guided the couple to stand before the Supreme Council of Timelords.
Mika leaned to Qui-Gon, her hand gripping his like a vice, and whispered,
"The ones in red are the Cardinals. They hold the highest office save that
of the Chancellor. He's the one in the middle, Borusa,.... the one with the real
The ancient looking man in an ornately adorned robe of red ordered as he picked
up the round stone gavel and slammed it upon the dais, the silencing sound
echoing throughout the great hall. Gracefulness belying his apparent years, the
Chancellor fixed his steely, cold eyes on Mika and her companion.
"Mikanostinocolai, fellow of the Patraxes College, you have been charged
with disregarding the primary rule governing all Timelords, that prohibiting the
use of a time capsule to reverse the flow of time. How plead you?"
stepped forward, finally releasing Qui-Gon's hand, letting it fall back as she
steeled herself for the battle to come. "I plead ... guilty, your
Honour," she said in a loud, strong voice. The audience that had gathered
in the seats that ringed the top of the chamber gasped in hushed tones, not
expecting her to answer in such a manner.
Chancellor bashed the gavel three times slowly. "There will be order or I
shall clear the chamber." He waited for the crowd to hush then proceeded to
address the accused. "You are fully aware of the consequences of your
actions?" he asked of her.
Qui-Gon stepped forward, his face grim and resolute. Even in the presence of the
council Jinn was still a powerful figure. A Jedi Knight, the Force as his ally,
and his confidence unswerved.
lesser man, even a Jedi Master might be somewhat daunted by what he now stood
before. But not Qui-Gon Jinn, he had spent his life defying those who sat in
power and authority. In a way, he looked on authority figures as if they existed
to be challenged, and humbled.
much power, he had seen many times, often led one to the Dark Side.
his hands folded in the billowing sleeves of his robe, Jinn approached the
bench. His voice rose up strong and full.
honour. I am Qui-Gon Jinn. Jedi Knight." he said, "I believe this...
trial also concerns me. And for my part, I do not believe Mika to be guilty of
any crime, certainly not one punishable in civilized society."
crowd stirred once again at this unspeakable breach of procedure. Borusa lifted
the gavel and brought it down once more. "Order!" he demanded. Are you
a timelord?" he asked the Jedi.
your honour, as I said..."
silence. We shall address you at the appropriate juncture, when we decide what
is to become of you. It is with Mikanostinocolai that we are concerned
stepped back, bowing to their wishes. He
showed no sign of intimidation, only classical Jedi patience.
He knew the time would come for him to have his say.
Mikanostinocolai. You are aware that
reversing one's own timeline without prior consent and just cause is an act
punishable by removal of all remaining regenerations."
your honour. But I'd like to
You will get your turn." The
Chancellor turned to his neighbouring councilwoman and exchanged hushed words.
He then turned back to Mika. "We
have accessed the Matrix records to prove
beyond any doubt that you did indeed commit the said offence. Castellan Kelner,
if you please."
Borusa motioned for the Castellan to activate the Matrix viewer.
The Matrix was a sort of living computer that housed the minds of every
Timelord ever, living or dead. Even
the mind of the great Rassilon, the founder and benefactor of the Timelords and
guiding prophet of Gallifrey, was reputed to reside within.
it was with great trepidation and dread that Mika shrank visibly at the thought
of having her innermost thoughts and actions broadcast within view of the entire
council chamber. But she knew there
was no stopping it. She stood in
silence as a large screen on the far wall lit up and the events from her last
few 'days' was played out upon it.
watched, her eyes transfixed though it broke her hearts, as she was forced see
her beloved Jedi's death once again. Those
assembled in the Council Chamber watched with morbid curiosity, much the same
way they would a hanging. Qui-Gon
stood silent and commanding, fascinated and yet fearful for what the Matrix
would reveal. No matter the reason,
all eyes were riveted upon the screen as the events played out before them.
all watched as Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn battled the evil
Sith, Darth Maul, to an obvious end. They
all gasped as Qui-Gon was run through by Maul's lightsabre and dropped to the
floor. Some even cheered when
finally the young Padawan defeated the Sith and rushed to his fallen Master's
side. It was like watching a vid to
them. Only, Mika and Qui-Gon knew it
wasn't... it was all only too true.
so far, had not been evident in this playback.
Then suddenly, cradling the dying Jinn's head in his arms, Obi-Wan looked
up, sorrow and anger livid in his blue eyes.
do you not do something? Save him!
I have seen your powers, timelord, why do you not use them?"
Mika came into view. "Because,
I ... cannot." Her voice was
low and hushed, the pain of her inaction clearly evident.
you! He's dying!
You can't just let him lie here like this when you possess the powers to
save his life!" Obi-Wan pleaded
just shook her head slowly, her violet eyes flashing angrily.
"You do not understand... history
cannot be changed..."
Kenobi shouted. "We must do
something!" He stood and
grabbed Jinn's lightsabre, activating it threateningly.
"Save him or you shall join him!"
Mika folded her arms and simply stared at the young Padawan.
He still had much to learn about anger and fate.
"I cannot change history. If
your so -called Force is all powerful, then why do you not heal him
two faced each other in a silent standoff while Obi-Wan considered this.
"I'll tell you why," the timelord continued, her own anger
abated somewhat. "Because even
the Force knows when it is time. This
was his time to meet his end. There
is NOTHING I nor anyone else can do."
lowered the weapon and deactivated it. "I..
I thought you loved him..." he said quietly.
How could you have known that?" Mika was taken aback.
"I never said anything or gave any sign..."
could tell. Even he could tell, not
so much by your words or actions, but in your whole attitude and bearing.
We knew just from the way you would look at him.
Your eyes give you away."
voice was soft and distant. "Yes.
I do ... but still I cannot change history!"
history be damned!" he turned from her in anger, fighting back his own
tears. "I see him lying
there..." his voice became soft and still.
"And I.. I feel so helpless."
He turned back to Mika. "You
must have a cold and unfeeling heart to allow this..."
one feels worse about this than I do. I
have four hearts and all of them are breaking.
But still, the course of history cannot be changed.
Time must flow naturally and this must take place."
Mika moved forward and placed a hand upon Obi-Wan's arm.
"If I could change places with him, I would, gladly.
But I can't. He is dead.
And there is nothing in this universe that can change that fact."
pulled his arm away angrily and marched off to sulk, leaving Mika alone with
Qui-Gon's body and her thoughts. She
watched as the young apprentice left then turned to the fallen Master.
She knelt beside the body and lifted his head into her lap.
am so sorry," she whispered, the crowd in the Council Chamber deathly
silent, straining to hear her words.
"I wish... I wish I could have prevented this.
But you know as well as I that it is the way things are meant to
be." Gently she stroked the
hair from his still face. She held
his lifeless form in silent contemplation, tears welling in her eyes, both on
the screen and in the Council Chamber. The
living Qui-Gon glanced over at her and discreetly took her hand, giving it a
gentle squeeze. He then turned his
eyes back to the screen as that Mika, her body doubled over his own still one,
began to sob.
she looked up and carefully lowered him back to the ground.
She placed a tender kiss upon his already cooling forehead and whispered,
almost inaudibly. "Forgive me,
Qui-Gon. My spirit is willing but my
hearts are weak. Whatever the
consequences, let me bear them. I
can't let this happen. Not to
you." With that she rose and
returned to her TARDIS where she set the coordinates and threw the fail-safe
switch, overriding all safety circuits and security protocols designed to
prevent the very thing she was attempting...
to turn back time.
the scene changed to Mika emerging from her TARDIS and events playing out for
the second time, only with much different results.
But only Mika and the audience knew what she had done.
To Obi-Wan his master appeared to have died... as before.
she could not stand it anymore. "Nothing
has changed! The people involved
still think that Qui-Gon is ..." she
hesitated on the last word, even hating the taste of it in her mouth,
"...dead. I have not altered
history. All is as it should
be." She fought back the tears,
wanting to appear strong before her superiors and her Jedi Knight.
commanded Chancellor Borusa. "The
fact still remains that you broke Timelord law.
And you must answer for it."
was then that one of the Cardinals, an ancient-looking man dressed in the golden
robes of the Patraxes College, same branch to which Mika belonged, stood and
addressed Borusa and the rest of his fellow Council members. It was Cardinal
Runcible, the Surgeon General and Mika's
old Academy sponsor.
honour, if I may be allowed to speak. I
have known the accused for ... centuries now.
At the Academy she was one of my brightest pupils.
Graduated with a triple first in two subjects, head of her class.
I do not believe that she would do anything like this without thinking it
through first. If the timeline has
not been changed, I do not see why we are even discussing this."
Runcible, I can appreciate your view on this matter.
However you are far too close to the subject to have an objective
opinion. Perhaps it would even be a
good idea to have you step down from the Council for just this occasion.
motioned for Andred to escort the aged Runcible from the dais.
Surgeon General did as he was instructed though not without huffing in anger.
"Damned fool youngsters... think they own the world.
It's a dictatorship it is. Hmmph,
bloody bureaucracy," he mumbled as he tottered slowly to a seat at the back
of the chamber.
then turned back to Mika. "Now
then. Ladies and Gentlemen, you have
seen the evidence for yourself and it is clear.
Mikanostinocolai formerly of the Patraxes College, I hereby sentence you
to removal of all remaining regenerations and appropriation of your time
capsule. You may, however remain on
Gallifrey for as long as you wish."
remained silent, dreading the next words she would hear.
for you, Master Jinn," the Chancellor turned to Qui-Gon, "You shall be
returned to your original timeline. It
is most unfortunate that..."
Mika cried, unable to stand anymore. She
ran up to the Council dais and practically threw herself at Borusa's feet.
"No, please, have mercy! It
was my fault that he's here. Punish
me. Don't send him back.
Don't take away his life. Take
my last one if you must, but don't take his!"