The Darkness Within Us All.
Qui-Gon smiled at the now cleaned up young mystery woman. “Buffy, the head of the Jedi council, Mace Windu and Master Yoda are here and would like to ask you some questions.”
“Great the inquisition,” Buffy sighed. “Just what I need.” What kinds of questions did they want to ask her and what kinds of answers should she give?
Qui-Gon sensing her turbulent emotions tried to calm her. “I promise everything will be alright.”
Buffy looked at the man she had dubbed Quinn. He had a look of complete and utter sincerity. She was still a little nervous but she felt enormously better. “Alright, take me to your leader.”
Buffy was surrounded by what might be this universes idea of the inquisition, or council. She wasn’t sure which would be worse. Quinn said she would be fine, she was a hero for killing the Sith as far as the Queen was concerned so she didn’t understand why she was being brought before the Jedi Council. She just really hoped they were nothing like the original Watchers Council used to be.
“Much darkness I sense in you.” A little green guy observed. At one time in her life she would have snapped back at him. Years learning to deal with people had helped her to smooth down many of her rough edges. Was she going to let these people sit in judgment of her? That was another matter entirely.
“That is true; I do have a lot of darkness within me. But before you start condemning me for that I suggest you take a good look at your own darkness first.”
This brought the entire council up short and she could tell that they were trying not to be offended.
“Are you suggesting that Master Yoda has darkness within him?” A lady with lots of tentacles on her head leapt to her feet ready to defend his honor or something.
“I am not suggesting anything. I am stating a fact that everyone has darkness within them. I can explain the darkness within me but I will not do that to people who refuse to acknowledge they have their own darkness within them. I refuse to allow myself to be judged by people who are blind to themselves.”
“You seem to be a little defensive on this subject.” Mace Windu, their main leader stated.
“I am and I have good reason to be.” Buffy stated without apology.
“Who do you think you are to judge us?” Another Jedi asked.
“I am not judging you, nor have I asked to be here. You asked me here. It would appear the reason you asked me here to is to judge me. I have simply stated that if you want an explanation to this darkness that you can sense within me, then you will have to take a few moments and honestly judge yourselves first. I don’t want to sound too Pollyannaish but if you look for the darkness within people you are certain to find it.”
Yoda remained silent as he listened to the wisdom of the young woman before him. He didn’t like to consider the darkness within him, but he knew that her words were true. All creatures have some darkness within them. Jedi embrace the light within them while denying their darkness.
“Wise she is,” Yoda spoke up before the others in the council could say more. “Darkness within us there is.”
Buffy smiled knowing that the little green guy understood her request.
“I have more darkness than most people. What is more important than how much darkness I have within me; is how much light I have to balance that darkness. What really determines if we are bad or good are our actions and the intentions behind them.”
Yoda arched his eyebrow as he turned his attention to the light within the young woman before him and gasped at the beauty and goodness that was indeed balancing the darkness within her.
Mace Windu and the other Jedi each gasped as they followed Yoda’s silent instructions to look at their own darkness first then to focus beyond the darkness within her to the light.
“How does so much light and darkness come to be within you?”
“May I sit down this might take a while to explain.” Buffy gracefully sat and began her story. “The world where I come from….”