For Jedikma. I've decided she's really a Knight now, and this is her Knighting present. Thanks for clicking! Title: A Passing Affair Summary: Siri goes to see Obi-Wan after the events of TPM. A/N: A few things. For one, this Siri isn't one we usually see - she's almost a Knight here, but before her undercover mission (which changed her). For another, I don't have the first Jedi Quest book, and so I'm depending on memory. If this doesn't quite fit with canon, that's why. A/N2: Thanks to Amidala_Skywalker for beta'ing, even though you know nothing about Siri. I hope you enjoy. Feedback is, as always and ever, appreciated. Please offer Jedikma congrats, too. ^~~~~~^ Siri had decided years earlier that this particular garden in the Jedi Temple did not deserve the name; it was practically a jungle. Thick leaves, thin leaves, flowers and vines all vied for the same space, overflowing into everything, including ? it felt like ? Siri?s breathing air. This garden had been planted by throwing seeds, and letting them grow . . . and grow. All the gardeners ever tried to do was keep it somewhat within its boundaries; anything else was unfathomable. She didn?t know, really, why she hadn?t looked here first. This had been Qui-Gon?s favorite garden. She was definitely going to have welts by the time she found Obi-Wan. Every time she thought she was getting close to Obi-Wan, some plant would get in her way and put her off track. It was getting beyond exasperating. Siri huffed out a breath, not quite willing to mutter her thoughts. How did anyone go here to meditate? After another branch hit her in the face, swinging out of nowhere, Siri finally stopped, concluding it was time to take a break. She decided that getting through this monstrosity should be a required course for Padawans. It certainly felt like one of old Master Jen?s survival courses. ?Siri?? Obi-Wan?s voice floated from nowhere. ?Obi-Wan?? Siri returned, surprised, trying to see through the thick jungle. She jumped when something touched her arm unexpectedly, whirling ? and seeing Obi-Wan. ?You were closer than I expected,? Siri said wryly, trying to wave at the surrounding plants in explanation, but only succeeding in smacking her hand into an unexpectedly hard trunk. She winced. Obi-Wan smiled slightly. He took her hand. ?Come on,? was all he said. Siri nodded, tightening her grip on his hand and following him as he began to move through the jungle. He moved much more quickly than Siri had, finding little paths Siri had never seen. He looked calm, almost completely normal, but the lack of a Padawan braid was throwing that first impression off. It sent a quiver through her, reminding her of her own Padawan status, still. It was hard to believe that there was now this gap between them. Not to mention what Master Adi had suggested as her Trial. ?You?re familiar with this place?? Siri asked finally, noting their rapid progress. ?Somewhat,? Obi-Wan said easily, not turning. ?That, and I think . . . Qui-Gon?s repeated attempts at trying to thump the Living Force into my skull. I can feel the pathways,? he said softly, slowing for a moment. ?I?m sorry,? Siri said quietly. He squeezed her hand, but said nothing. He led them into a small clearing Siri would never have expected existed. She had no idea where they were in relation to the rest of the little jungle, and the Temple, but here in this little spot there was a small pond with flat boulders surrounding it. She could hear the water faintly tinkling. Obi-Wan wrapped his cloak around his body tightly, and sat down on one of the boulders gracefully. He looked up at her. ?Qui-Gon came here a lot,? he said simply. Siri nodded, not knowing what to say. She paused uncomfortably, and then sat opposite him, folding her legs comfortably, her cloak settling around her. ?So this is where you?ve been?? she asked. ?I?ve been looking for you for a while.