Before Crossroads of the Force (SW/ST crossover) Updated 1/27

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  1. Tych_sel Force Ghost

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    Jade_eyes: Probably more like he wasn't authorized to offer any more information about what's going on. But something tells me that Qui-Gon's got some 'splainin' to do.

    earlybird: Yup, Qui-Gon's presence should be something that a Dark Side user would worry about.


    Okay, here comes the next post!

    "The Force, as I explained earlier, is an energy field created by all living things," Qui-Gon said.. Those sensitive to it are able to manipulate it, giving them certain abilities that an average person might not have."

    "Such as what?" Kirk asked. "If there's a Jedi down there causing trouble?"

    "If they're causing trouble, then they are not acting as a Jedi would," Obi-Wan said.

    "You're certain of this?" Spock asked.

    "Commander Spock, a Jedi is devoted to peace and justice. Should we be forced to draw weapons, it is to restore order, not create chaos," Tholme said.

    "So if this person down there isn't a Jedi, what drew your attention?" Spock asked.

    "As I told your captain," Qui-Gon explained, the person down there is drawing upon the Dark Side of the Force."

    "I'm afraid you've lost me," Kirk said. "The Dark Side?"

    "The Force has two sides, light and dark. The Jedi draw upon the light, using the Force for knowledge and defense. There have been those in our space who prefer to use the other side of the Force, drawing upon it to conquer, to attack. I sense that the person at the center of the problem is using the Force in such a way."

    "And you have some experience dealing with these types," Kirk said.

    Qui-Gon looked to Obi-Wan. "I have," he said, finally. "A former student of mine turned to the Dark Side. I was forced to watch as he destroyed himself."

    "Then it is likely that this person might also destroy himself?" Kirk asked.

    "As my old teacher would say, always in motion is the future," Qui-Gon said. "Until we know how this individual is operating, we won't know quite how to deal with them."

    "You mentioned that Jedi have abilities others wouldn't. Other than telekinesis, what sort of abilities are we talking about?"

    "In general?" Tholme asked. "Advanced healing, advanced reflexes, advanced athleticism, for starters."

    "Telepathy, to a degree," Quin added. "Energy absorption and projection, and you can expect some degree of prescience."

    "Could someone be telepathically controlling those on Vega?" Kirk asked.

    "The Force can have an influence on the weak-minded," Qui-Gon said. "That said, given the fact that I was able to sense the presence of a Force-user indicates that the being below is of great power."

    "So we need to find this person, and stop them," Kirk said.

    "It may not be that simple, Captain," Tholme said. "It may not be that simple at all."

    "How could it not be that simple?" McCoy asked. "If you can tell that this person is down there?"

    "Detecting the Force in use is sometimes easier than identifying the person using it," Tholme said. "Those in our space who have succumbed to the Force's Dark Side have often hidden behind catspaws."

    "But surely, in a confined space, you'd be able to separate someone using the Force?"

    "We would stand a better chance," Tholme said. "That doesn't mean that there wouldn't still be difficulties."

    "Well, we have to try something," Kirk said. "To simply let the situation continue as it has been would be nothing short of irresponsible."


    That's all for now, but if I'm lucky, the next post should be done by the weekend.

    Force be with you,

    Tych_sel
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    Wonderful discussion and description of the Force in a nutshell. LOL
  3. earlybird-obi-wan Force Ghost

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    Nice update with the Jedi explaining about the Force and its use. Waiting for more.:)
  4. EGKenobi Force Ghost

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    Great fic

    Loving this so far. Like how it continues after Trek as well, (Which I loved...) and you've got the characterisations spot on too.

    Please send me a PM when you update this.

    Thanks

    EG
  5. Tych_sel Force Ghost

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    Jade_eyes: Glad you liked it!

    earlybird: More is soming, don't you worry.

    EGKenobi: Welcome, glad you've discovered this little tale.


    And now, back to the story.



    "We cannot simply sit back and let one of our citizens be kidnapped by the Federation," Jaraana said. "They asked us to join them, and then one of their own takes off with a high-ranking official." He didn't want to admit, even to himself, that Valdra was more than simply an assistant, or an advisor. "The Federation came to us, promising that we would be treated as equals!"

    "Are you suggesting that we should declare war on the Federation?" Vice President Britzon asked. "They could crush us, easily."

    "So we should sit back and allow them to make slaves of us?" Jaraana asked.

    "I'm hardly saying that. But I do believe that a clean break needs to be made in our diplomatic relations. And there is the matter of the return of our citizens." Britzon paused. "After all, your assistant was hardly alone when she was taken."

    "What of the Federation ship lingering near the edge of the system?" asked the Secretary of Defense. "We have warned them off, but they aren't going to simply wait forever."

    "We'll have to give them a reason to," Jaraana said. "That is what the VIDA is for, isn't it?"

    "It will require some tact," Britzon said. "We can't sound like we're issuing them an ultimatum. After all, they have people on the ground here."

    "One of whom has broken every rule of diplomacy imaginable," Jaraana said. "Diplomatic immunity be damned, I want his head on a spit."

    "Now is not the time to allow our personal emotions to cloud our judgement," the Secretary said.

    "This bowing and scraping is becoming tiresome," the President said. "They must realize that there are consequences to this sort of behavior."

    "And we must realize that there are greater matters to be considered," Britzon said. "Perhaps you should leave the matter in the hands of those less?affected by the situation."

    "Are you suggesting that I'm no longer fit to run this government?" Jaraana asked, his voice rising slightly.

    "Perhaps we should reconvene tomorrow," Britzon said. "There is no way that the Federation representatives can leave the planet without our knowledge, and time to reflect on courses of action might prove worthwhile."

    "You've been suckered in by their honeyed promises," Jaraana said. "I'd suggest you get out of my sight, before I have you arrested for treason."

    "That would be unwise," Britzon said. "Your actions of late have been somewhat questionable. There are those in my party who have long sought your removal from office."

    "You're choosing now as the time for a power play?" the Secretary said. "Forgive me, gentlemen, but I have no interest in this discussion. When you have true military matters to dicuss, please contact me." With that, he rose, and departed.

    "I should break your neck for this disloyalty," Jaraana said, not realizing that he was becoming more emotional by the moment. He wanted Valdra's counsel, needed it. It wasn't until now, when he'd had her stolen from him, that he truly realized how much he'd come to depend on her presence.

    He threw the mug of hot tea against the wall, shattering it. Valdra would have been able to find some way to work things out. She always knew what to say, when to say it. He, Jaraana, had been the popular one, but she was the brains. Perhaps, he thought, his vice president had been correct. Perhaps the time had indeed come for him to step aside.


    That's all for now. More to come soon, probably mid-week or so.

    Force be with you,

    Tych_sel
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    Ooh, the plot does thicken indeed. [face_worried] Eagerly awaiting more.

  7. earlybird-obi-wan Force Ghost

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    diplomats, bickering and yes that's what they are doing everywhere and what will happen[face_thinking]
  8. Tych_sel Force Ghost

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    Jade_eyes: And believe me, it's about to get even more complicated.

    earlybird: Wouldn't it be nice if, just for once, the politicians could get something doen without the bickering? Unfortunately, it'll be a cold day on Mustafar before that happens, I'm afraid.


    Okay, here comes the next post!

    "You can't be serious!" Samuel Tiotius said, shoving the padd across the table. "She came to us seeking asylum."

    "So you say," Ambassador Yunis told his aide. "And I must take your word for it. But President Jaraana's accusation must be investigated."

    "He claims that you have carried off one of his citizens against her will, as if you were Paris of Troy," Sovek said. "I should think enough versions of his story exist today for you to have learned such behavior doesn't turn out for the best."

    "Except that this situation is different. The young lady came to me, and told me how the President was all but keeping her a prisoner."

    "Yet she did not appear so when we arrived," Sovek said. "It is not as if she hasn't had the opportunity to make her situation known to previous delegates."

    "I should have known you wouldn't understand," Sam said, turning to Yunis. "And to think I thought a Vulcan would understand."

    "Sovek makes a compelling argument, Samuel," Yunis replied. "Perhaps it would be best for all of us if I were to hear the girl's story from her own lips."

    "She's just escaped from someone who was holding her captive," Sam said. "Can't we at least give her an hour or so to compose herself?"

    "With the future of our mission at stake, we cannot afford the time for such pleasantries," Sovek said.

    "You would say something like that," Sam shot back.

    "I have to agree that in other circumstances, I might be glad to offer her the time that you say she needs," Yunis said. "But the invitation to celebrate Vega's acceptance into the Federation has already gone out, and we cannot afford to allow the situation to develop into a full interstellar incident."

    "Then convince the president that he's wrong," Sam said. "The young lady's been through enough."

    "The Federation has strict rules regarding requests for asylum," Yunis said.

    "The proper procedures must be followed whenever possible," Sovek added.

    "But exceptions can be made," Sam said.

    "Only in the most extreme of circumstances, and only when those circumstances can be confirmed," the Andorian ambassador added.

    "I still think that this is a mistake," Sam said. But he knew he wasn't going to get anywhere arguing against both of them. "I secured a suite of rooms at a nearby hotel, using my own funds."

    "You realize that by doing so, you are endangering the hotel's other guests, should your suspicions about the president bear fruit," Sovek said.

    "However, he couldn't exactly leave her in the presidential mansion," Yunis replied. "And bringing her here would have been unwise."

    "So you're okay with what I've done?" Sam aked.

    "At this point, I cannot make a judgment call on your actions," Yunis said. "We will only be able to hope that her story matches what you've told me, and that you haven't merely allowed organs other than your brain to think for you."


    That's all for now. I'll try to get another post up before I leave for Spring Training on Friday...


    Force be with you,

    Tych_sel
  9. earlybird-obi-wan Force Ghost

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    Lovely those discussions. Like coming from real life.

    Great update=D==D=

    And what is your spring training?
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    Enjoyed the back and forth there. =D= Conclusion: I've already done it so you'll just have to like it. :p

    ETA on 03/10: Bumping because when my comp was out of action this week end, this fic wouldn't leave my mind as tops of the things I was missing. Thank goodness I'm up and at 'em again! [face_dancing] [face_dancing]

    [:D]

    Looking forward to how things unravel/unfold. :D

  11. Tych_sel Force Ghost

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    earlybird: Glad you liek the realism of the discussions. As for what Spring Training is, it's the baseball exhibition season. I was down in Arizona for a few days taking in couple of games.

    Jade_eyes: Yup, that would pretty much sum things up. Glad to hear your computer difficulties have been solved.


    Okay, here comes the next post.


    Chapter 5

    "Right now, the matter remains the province of the diplomatic corps, and we have been advised that the situation is too volatile to introduce an unexpected element," Admiral Pike said.

    "Admiral, there's something going on that they don't want us knowing about," Kirk argued. "And I have some information that suggests that just about everybody down there might not be acting of their own volition."

    "You're suggesting an outside influence?" Pike asked.

    "One that they might not even be aware of," Kirk replied. He fought to keep a smile from forming. "At least let me look into it. After all, there's a chance that if someone is influencing the situation down there, it might ultimately prove a danger to the Federation."

    Pike sighed. "Very well, Captain. But use discretion. I can't have you jumping into a sitation, and then expecting me to clean up the mess you make. And for god's sake, don?t get caught. The Vegans would have a field day if they thought Starfleet was intruding on what they claim is an internal matter."

    "An internal matter that just happens to involve a Federation diplomatic team," Kirk said.

    "Precisely," Pike replied. "Starfleet out." His image vanished, leaving Kirk leaning forward towards a blank screen. A ping signaled that someone was waiting outside his quarters.

    "Come," Kirk said, turning from the desk.

    "Jim," McCoy said, "as far as I can tell, there's nothing about the Jedi that sets them apart from any other human being, except for the fact that they appear to be in excellent physical condition."

    "So without their help, it's unlikely we'll be able to find whoever is causing this."

    "We only have their word that someone is influencing the situation. It's just as likely that the president's gone off his nut down there."

    "Do you really think that's likely, Bones?"

    "Without having done an examination? I can't tell you based on speculation, Jim. Is it possible? Yes. But I can't say whether it's likely or not. We don?t know enough."

    "Then we'll just have to proceed as if the Jedi are correct," Kirk said. He thumbed the communication terminal. "Kirk to Bridge."

    "Spock here, Captain."

    "Have the security team escort the Jedi to the briefing room, then join us there yourself. It's time we took some action."

    ***


    That's all for now. More will be coming as soon as I get it written.

    Force be with you,

    Tych_sel
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    Yum! Loved the Pike/Kirk exchange at the start. Pike is way too cool. :D :D

    Looking eagerly forward to the next part.

    :* :*

  13. earlybird-obi-wan Force Ghost

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    Bones examining the Jedi:D and what do they tell him?

    Nice interaction with Pike
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    Jade_eyes: I enjoyed writing the interaction between Kirk & Pike, so I'm glad you liked it.

    earlybird: In a nutshell? Not much.


    Okay, back to the Jedi!


    "Don't you think we've told them a bit much?" Tholme asked. "It's obvious that they don?t exactly trust us."

    "And hiding things they might find out on their own will not help gain their trust," Qui-Gon replied. "Keeping secrets is one thing, Master Tholme, but the real test is knowing which secrets are worth keeping."

    "Fine," Tholme said. "So have you figured out where the Dark Sider might be?"

    "I would imagine that whoever is responsible is close to the leadership," Qui-Gon said. "But it's not going to be one of the leaders. It could very well be a bodyguard, someone who's always close to the person he or she wants to influence."

    "What about another politician?" Obi-Wan asked.

    "Politicians make easy suspects, Obi-Wan, but they're not always at fault for everything," Qui-Gon said. "We will know more once we're allowed to fully assess the situation."

    "If we're allowed to do so. These people don't seem exactly open to our help," Tholme said. At that moment, the door slid into the wall. "Captain Kirk has requested your presence in the briefing room," the stocky, red-shirted officer said.

    "See?" Quinlan said to his master. "Qui-Gon's right."

    As Tholme followed the others out, he got the distinct impression that this officer ahdn't always held the captain in high regard. "What, praytell, is a cupcake?" he asked.

    "My orders are to escort you, nothing else," the man replied, though his face flushed, just a bit, beneath his goatee.

    "You just had to push things, didn't you?" Qui-Gon asked.

    "I just wondered what he was thinking," Tholme said, injecting false innocence into his voice. "We are supposed to be observant, aren't we? Otherwise, we're setting a bad example for our Padawans."

    "Very well, Master Tholme. Let's just hope it doesn't lead us into further trouble."

    "You get us into that well enough without any help, Master Qui-Gon. But then, neither of us is a complete stranger to trouble, are we?" The five men piled into a lift, rode it a few decks, and emerged into another of the Enterprise's corridors. They passed a few doors before the guard stopped. The door swished open, and the Jedi found the captain, first officer, and doctor seated at a oblong table.

    "Sorry to have kept you waiting, Master Jinn," Kirk said, rising. "Unfortunately, I had to clear matters with Starfleet Command."

    "I understand the situation, Captain. Were we in Republic space, I would likely have to communicate with the Jedi Council before sending you or your people into harm's way."

    "Very good. If you'll be seated, we can begin planning."

    ***

    That's all I've got for now. More to come as soon as I' get it written.

    Force be with you,

    Tych_sel
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    Tholme is an unpredictable worrisome element [face_worried] [face_thinking] I hope he doesn't make the situation down below worse. :eek:

    Wriggle! Your Qui-Gon is the voice of gentle, diplomatic tact. :) Definitely a necessity with such a volatile situation.

    Looking forward to the planning. :D

    I have a burning question LOL but I'll wait till I read the strategy session. ;)

    [:D]




  16. Tych_sel Force Ghost

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    Jade_eyes: Tholme, like Qui-Gon, has seen the Dark Side firsthand. He knows the dangers, and it's left him a little more closed. As for Qui-Gon, I keep asking myself, "How would Neeson sound saying this?"


    Okay, here comes the next post!

    "I think we'll all agree that if someone is misusing the Force on Vega, then we'd be fools not to accept the aid that the Jedi have offered. Master Jinn, you have obviously had some experience dealing with the "Dark Side." What would be the best way for us to approach the situation?"

    "I think the first thing we'll have to do is work towards releasing the populace from the control of the Dark Sider," Qui-Gon said.

    "You assume that whoever is active down there has subjugated the people," Spock said.

    "Commander Spock, most of those in our galaxy that have succumbed to the lure of the Dark Side have done so because they seek to control their surroundings. While it's possible that this person hasn't succumbed quite so quickly, the fact remains that subjugation of the populace is likely to take place," Quinlan said. He shot a somewhat sheepish look towards Tholme. "Sorry, Master. I suppose I've been spending too much time in the Archives with Master Sinube"

    "Obtaining knowledge is never to be faulted, Padawan," Tholme said. "Quinlan is right. We will need to act quickly, if we're to have any hope of saving this individual from himself."

    "So how do we do that if the Vegans won?t let us anywhere near the surface?" McCoy asked. "I mean, Scotty may have managed that longshot that put both of you aboard the Enterprise, Jim, but you had the calculations to do it."

    "Not to mention some additional help that is not available to us in our current situation," Spock added.

    "I have to agree with Doctor McCoy," Kirk said. "We're going to have to get a little creative about our approach."

    "What about a smaller ship?" Obi-Wan asked. "While it would be tough for even Master Windu or Master Yoda to hide a ship this large, it might be possible for us to make the captains of the patrolling ships think they hadn't seen a smaller one."

    "That would be to our advantage," Spock said. "Almost as useful as the ability to blind their sensors."

    "Let's not get ahead of ourselves," Kirk said. "Master Jinn, could you do as your apprentice suggests?"

    "It might be possible, but there can be no guarantee," Qui-Gon said. "Even where we come from, there are some who are resistant to the effects of the Force. But if you are willing to embrace the risk?"

    "Some would say that risk is our business," Kirk said. "Unless anybody else has any ideas, I suggest that we give this plan a shot. Once we're on the ground, then what?"

    "I would suggest that we evaluate the situation," Qui-Gon said, "and attempt to contact your ambassador."

    "That would be a logical step," Spock commented. "The ambassador would have a greater working knowledge of what led to this shift in attitude."

    ***



    Force be with you,

    Tych_sel
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    Super update. =D= =D= The plan is workable and yet open to any contingencies. :D
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    Always the diplomat and teacher. I love the interaction of Qui-Gon and Master Tholme with the crew of the Enterprise.

    Waiting for more[face_thinking]=D=
  19. Tych_sel Force Ghost

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    Jade_eyes: Sometimes, the simplest plans are the best.

    earlybird: One of the things I love about Qui-Gon is that he turns every sitaution into a learning opportunity.


    Okay, sorry that I've been away for almost a month, but I've had a few hectic weeks. The next part of this tale is ready to go, though, so here it comes!

    "I have to say, Bones, you took the meeting better than I would have expected," Kirk said as he and McCoy had left the briefing room. "After all, you've complained to me more than once that Starfleet sometimes has a little too much faith in Vulcan mysticism."

    "I don?t know, Jim," McCoy replied. "There's something about these Jedi that seems?I don?t know, right."

    "And the Vulcans don't?" Kirk asked.

    McCoy sighed, almost exasperated. "I can't explain it, Jim. Maybe it's that the Jedi are willing to show their emotions, while the Vulcans insist on hiding them. Some of them try a little too hard to hide them, if you catch my meaning."

    "I trust you and Spock will be capable of keeping the ship together while I'm gone?"

    "You're not seriously going down there?" McCoy asked.

    "I can't very well ask the Jedi to risk their lives on our behalf and then hide behind others," Kirk replied. "I should share in the risk."

    "Obviously, what happened to Pike didn't leave any lasting impression," McCoy grumbled.

    "Bones, do you know what happens to a leader who doesn't share the risks of those he commands? He loses their respect."

    "That doesn't mean you have to go running off every time a slight emergency shows up. Think a little bit, Jim. There's only one captain." Bones paused. "I shouldn't have said that. I should not have said that."

    "You're afraid I'm going to make Spock captain again, aren't you?"

    "That's not it at all."

    "Really? Seemed to be the impression I was getting."

    "Then, with all due respect, you're wrong. But if you're going, then so am I."

    "I thought you didn't care for the transporter."

    "While I'm not exactly thrilled at having my atoms scattered across space, I don?t see that we have much choice in this situation."

    "Then get yourself ready, Bones. We'll be leaving in ten minutes."

    ***

    That's all for now. More to come later this week.

    Force be with you,

    Tych_sel
  20. earlybird-obi-wan Force Ghost

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    loved that discussion between Bones and Kirk.

    Great update and waiting for more=D=
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    Classic feel to the Bones/Jim convo. Very apt in what I call Timeline A -- but even though this Spock has many of the characteristics and copes the same ways as the one in Time A -- he's been through something horrific and for Bones to be so judgmental and so stereotypic about Vulcans in general and Spock in particular seems very insensitive and rather appalling -- if I had just lost a parent and in those circumstances, the last thing I'd need or want is some redneck profiling me.

    :mad:
  22. Tych_sel Force Ghost

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    earlybird: Glad you liked it.

    Jade_eyes: While you're right that Bones should be more sympathetic, here, Kirk's just referring to past behavior.

    And now, onto the rest of Chapter 5.


    Kirk entered the transporter room to find the Jedi awaiting him. Like him, they were now dressed in loose fitting tunics and pants. The only thing that might have set them apart from a native Vegan was their skin tone, and the items hanging from their belts. "You realize that taking those with you is going to make you a little obvious as an outsider," Kirk said.

    "I'd rather be set apart and have this with me," Tholme said, "than leave it aboard your ship and get caught needing it."

    "Very well," Kirk said. "But could you perhaps put it somewhere a little less obvious?"

    "Will this do, Captain?" Qui-Gon asked, unhooking his lightsaber and tucking it inside the folds of his tunic. The lightsaber would be within easy reach, yet not be hanging where all could see it.

    "It will have to," Kirk said. "What are those things, anyways?"

    "They are an extension of a Jedi's will," Qui-Gon said. "And we do make every effort to keep them with us and functional, don't we, Obi-Wan?"

    'Yes, Master," the apprentice said. Kirk wondered if there was some hidden meaning, some slight reprimand that he had missed. He stepped up to the platform, and turned.

    "Are we ready, Mister Scott?"

    "We're as ready as we're going to be," Scott said. "Though the distance is going to strain the system a wee bit. We might only get one shot at this."

    "Then you'll have to make sure that's all it takes, won't you?"

    "Aye," Scott said. Kirk's gaze shifted to Spock.

    "Take care of the ship for me. I am coming back for her."

    "I will certainly endeavor to," Spock said. "And Captain, be careful. This is already a delicate situation."

    "Spock, I get it," Kirk said. He turned back to Scott. "Energize, Scotty." The transporter room sparkled before his eyes, became obscured. He felt as if he were floating in glitter. Then the sparkle faded, and he found himself in a small room.

    "A closet, Jim?" McCoy asked.

    "Spock said we'd need something out of sight," Kirk said. "Unless you'd have preferred I picked something flying."

    "Don?t make me pull rank on you, Captain," Bones said.

    "Come on, Bones, it was a joke," Kirk said, and opened the door. "After you, gentlemen," he said, gesturing for McCoy and the Jedi to precede him. Then, before leaving, he pulled out his communicator. "Kirk to Enterprise," he said softly. "Arrival a success." Then he closed it, and left the closet. He found that the closet led into a deserted hallway. "Time to find out what's going on. Master Jinn, any reading on your Force-user?"

    "It will take a bit to get our bearings," Qui-Gon said. "But I can feel the Dark Side even more strongly."

    "Great," McCoy muttered.

    ++++++++++++

    I've run into a bit of a stumbling block plot-wise of late, so it could be a little while until I post again. But rest assured, I haven't forgoteen this fic!


    Force be with you,

    Tych_sel
  23. earlybird-obi-wan Force Ghost

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    Nice to see the reactions Kirk is giving to the lightsabers. Will he see them in action?

    And a great post=D=
  24. Tych_sel Force Ghost

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    earlybird: Kirk will get to the sabers in action, but not for a while.


    Okay, I know I've been gone a while, but I was working out some plot issues that I think I've got resolved. Here's the next post, which kinda sets up where we're going.


    Chapter 6

    "These appear to be empty offices," Obi-Wan said as the small group made their way down the corridor. "Would they be monitored, do you think?"

    "If they are, then the opponent already has an even greater advantage," Qui-Gon replied. "I don't think it's likely, Padawan, or we would have sensed a shift in the Force."

    "I thought the initial idea was to find the ambassador," Quinlan said. "Otherwise, we're just going to be wandering aimlessly. Unless, of course, you brought enough credits to allow us to book a hotel suite somewhere and meditate."

    "Quin," Tholme said, warning his apprentice. "We all agreed on the plan. But all plans change when confronted with reality."

    "Well said, Master Tholme," Kirk replied. "However, in this case I think I have to agree with your apprentice. Our first step will have to be to find the ambassador, and discover how this mess got started."

    "Perhaps you and the good doctor should find the ambassador. I think it best that Master Tholme and I take our apprentices and get a better idea of what exactly we're facing."

    "How would you propose to do that?" McCoy asked, irritated. "For all we know, your presence might only make things worse, especially if Vega's security forces get a hold of you."

    "Trust me, Doctor, it would be very difficult for them to keep a hold on us, even if they were to catch us," Tholme said. "Which they won't," he added.

    "Careful, Master," Quinlan said. 'You're straying into overconfidence."

    "What I believe Master Tholme is trying to say is that the Jedi have developed skills to allow us to blend in," Qui-Gon said. "Master Tholme," he continued, turning to his fellow Jedi, "I'd suggest that you head for some of the seedier levels of the city."

    "My thoughts exactly, Master Qui-Gon," Tholme said.

    "Wait a minute," Kirk said. "You want him to head to the worst parts of town?"

    "Does that pose a problem?" Obi-Wan asked. "It's not like it would be the first time they've done this sort of thing, Captain."

    "I'm just wondering what they're hoping to learn, seeking out the dregs of society."

    "Sometimes, it's among the most downtrodden that the truth can be found," Tholme said. "Even those who have given up on everything, including hope, can provide us with a clue that could prove vital. Granted, some of what we learn will do us little good, but perhaps we can do some good while we look for what we seek."

    "And while Tholme plies his trade among the various dregs of society, Obi-Wan and I will do the same among Vega's average citizens. By the time you've met up with the ambassador, we should have the complete picture."

    "And then we'll be able to figure out what sort of action really needs to be taken," Quin said.

    "Jim, this is one argument I think you'd lost from the beginning," McCoy said. "They've been thinking about as far ahead as Spock does during a game of chess."


    One last scene coming aboard the Enterprise, and then we'll take off with our two pairs fo Jedi.

    Force be with you,

    Tych_sel
  25. earlybird-obi-wan Force Ghost

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    Aug 21, 2006
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    Bones comparing Jedi to Spock;) wonderful and a nice update setting the scene=D=
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