Winifred Burkly, Padawan LearnerThree
The entire Jedi Council is assembled, sitting in a semi-circle in the council chamber.
Fred stands in the centre of the circular room, feeling a little nervous, her eyes drawn to the skies beyond the Council members, to the lines of endless traffic that stretch across the Coruscant cityscape.
Next to her, Obi-Wan Kenobi is delivering his report on Fred’s arrival. Anakin Skywalker stands next to him. Obi-Wan and his Padawan were there when Fred found herself on Coruscant.
They were actually investigating the disturbance caused by her arrival.
Truth be told, Fred’s lost in her own thoughts. She does catch the tail end of what the Jedi Knight is saying though. “... And we could find no sign of how she got here, or of what caused the disturbance in the Force.”
It’s not good news, Fred knows. She tries to suppress the disappointment she feels.
“Thank you, Master Kenobi,” says Mace Windu. He’s a bald, dark-skinned Jedi Master. Whether or not he’s human’s pretty difficult to tell, what with the near-human people she’s already met.
Fred recognises a dismissal when she hears it. She watches Obi-Wan and his Padawan bow, before turning to leave the chamber.
“That’s it?” She asks.
Yoda nods. “Concluded for the moment, our investigation is.”
So she’s stuck here. That’s not a pleasant thought. She wants to go home. It’s what she’s wanted for two years now. “What’s going to happen to me?”
Yoda looks thoughtful at her question. She wonders what he’s thinking. “Uncertain, the future is. Discuss it, the Council must.”
“The Force is strong with you,” Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi says. He’s an alien, a Cerean, old and wise. Typical of his species, he has a large conical cranium, thinning white hair and a white beard.
“The Force?” Fred’s heard this before.
“May the Force be with you,
” she’s heard Jedi say. She’s not really sure what it means, but she’s sure that there’s something significant to it.
“The Force is what gives a Jedi his power,” Master Windu says.
Fred thinks back to her first encounter with Jedi, to her encounter with Obi-Wan and Anakin. The things they were able to do... Could that have been the Force?
The scientist in her has a dozen questions, more. What is the Force? How does it work? Is it internal? Is there some kind of physiological explanation as to why, or how, it works?
“May the Force be with you,
” the Jedi say. Well, the Force is strong with her, right? What does that mean?
“Jedi, you could become,” Yoda tells her. He frowns, troubled. “Or Sith.”
The mention of Sith, whatever that is, has a reaction. Master Windu frowns, and so does Master Galia.
Master Adi Galia. Galia is a tall, regal-looking human female with dark skin and eyes, wearing a strange head-dress.
Master Yaddle looks at her thoughtfully, and it’s like she can see right through Fred.
Yaddle is from the same species as Yoda, though she looks younger -- her hair has not yet turned white with age, and her face carries fewer wrinkles. Still, she looks old.
“Much to discuss, the Council has,” Yoda says. The others nod their heads.
Fred recognises the dismissal. “O-okay.”
Yoda gives her one of his smiles, and even though he isn’t related to her, isn’t even of the same species, it comes across as almost grand-fatherly. “Go with the Padawan, you must,” he tells her. “Call you we will, when ready we are.”
Yoda nods over to a young-looking blue-skinned girl. She has blue eyes, and plum-coloured lips, and twin head tails. She wears the modest brown robes of the Order.
Fred bows slightly, awkwardly. It seems to be what’s expected of her. The blue-skinned alien girl next to her does the same, before leading her from the chamber, leaving the Jedi Masters to confer with each other.