Title: A Desperately Needed Vacation Author: Kadi Timeframe: 7 years before TPM Genre: Vignette Summary: An unsanctioned vacation has a strange consequence for a certain young Padawan. Notes: a response to The JC Title Challenge ?Do I even want to know?? ?I doubt it, Master.? Qui-Gon Jinn had seen many bewildering sights during his lifetime as a Jedi, but this beat them all. The 18-year-old apprentice was desperately looking around to avoid his master?s gaze. Qui-Gon took another look past the embarrassed Padawan. Several yards away stood the Republic cruiser that had shuttled Obi-Wan to his first solo mission. It was a simple assignment. Escort the daughter of the Corellian senator home. The senator had been receiving death threats and had feared for his child?s life. Qui-Gon had had no doubts that his Padawan could handle protecting her while he investigated the threats. Thankfully, the terrorist had been apprehended without anyone coming to harm. ?How?? There were many questions running through his mind, but this was foremost. ?The people of Podar have a rather?peculiar trait which the data files failed to mention.? ?Podar? What were you doing on Podar?? ?Well, Jaz commented that he desperately needed a vacation after being stuck on the cruiser with the senator?s daughter, and I-? Qui-Gon held up a hand. ?Jaz?? ?The pilot, Master.? ?Ah. Continue.? ?I didn?t see the harm in taking a?detour to Podar. Reeft went there once and enjoyed it immensely?only now do I see why.? ?Obi-Wan, that still doesn?t explain?? Having no words to describe the scene behind him, he only gestured. How many were there? Obi-Wan groaned. The spectacle was beginning to attract attention. Qui-Gon found he could not draw his gaze from the cruiser, or more specifically, from what was coming out of the cruiser. ?Like I said, the Podareet have a very strange cultural trait.? "Padawan, how?? ?Well, Master?I complimented them.? Obi-Wan sighed. ?What?? ?I complimented them. When the governor discovered I was a Jedi, he gave me a detailed tour of the capitol, including the military base. Their security measures were impressive for a small planet such as Podar, so I complimented him on it?? Obi-Wan grimaced as his master began to rub the bridge of his nose. A sure sign his patience was being severely tested. He sighed again. ?Apparently, you have to be very cautious as to what you compliment. They seem inclined to give you whatever you admire. I tried to refuse, but I didn?t think you?d appreciate a galactic incident on our hands so-? The master cut his apprentice off again. ?Enough, Padawan. I?m sure I will hear the complete story when you explain to the Council why the Order now possesses an entire battalion of battle droids.?