Friends Like These (JA)

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  1. Jane Jinn Jedi Knight

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    Title: Friends Like These
    Author: Jane Jinn
    Timeframe: Obi-Wan is 16
    Rating: PG-13 for violence
    Disclaimer: All recognisable characters and places belong to George Lucas
    Summary: What's worse--enemies, or friends like these?

    This is just a short little torture fic with a bit of a plot on both ends. Thank you, Cassia, for the plot bunny.

    *****

    Friends Like These

    A simple, relaxing mission, Obi-Wan Kenobi thought derisively to himself. The Jedi Council had told them they?d simply be representing the Jedi at the Annual Senatorial Ball on Sullust. An evening of dancing was supposed to have been their reward for a series of grueling, dangerous missions that had left both master and padawan drained and in need of recovery. Nothing could have been farther from the truth! They?d scarcely arrived at the great ballroom when Yirrit, one of the two Sullustan senators in the Galactic Senate, had immediately asked them to follow him. Once he?d been certain that they were in a place where they could not be overheard, he had told them that he?d recently come into information that would prove that his fellow Sullustan senator and some other Senators from neighbouring systems were corrupt, taking bribes and swaying votes.

    Senator Yirrit had asked for their protection in getting the information personally to the Chancellor. Of course, Obi-Wan?s master, Qui-Gon Jinn, had taken him very seriously, and had guarded him personally while they?d made arrangements for the Senator to "disappear? that very evening. Obi-Wan hadn?t even had the chance to see whether there were any human females at the ball, let alone dance with them--they had spirited Senator Yirrit away to a non-descript rental house in another city, and although a small handful of people from his office that knew he had gone, only the Senator himself and the two Jedi knew where he was. Now they were keeping a low profile while waiting for an undercover Jedi transport to arrive on Sullust and contact Qui-Gon, and waiting with Senator Yirrit was not easy to endure.

    "Boy, bring me my case over there, would you,?said Senator Yirrit, motioning to the briefcase by the stairs. Obi-Wan frowned. The Senator was closer to it than he was. Why couldn?t he just stand up and get it? But at a glance from his master, he stood up from the table and picked up the briefcase, then extended it to the Senator. The Sullustan took it without a word of thanks and opened it up.?Hey, while you?re on your feet, boy, get me a drink of mineral water.?

    Obi-Wan went into the kitchen, wondering why his Sullustan friends back at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant never seemed as obnoxious as the Senator did, then discovered that all the bottles of sparkling mineral water were now empty. He sighed, then came back to the living area.?There isn?t any more mineral water, Senator.?

    "Well, go out and buy some!?the Senator snapped, his huge black eyes narrowing somewhat.

    "You can get a couple of bottles from that shop just down the street,?Qui-Gon agreed quietly, handing him a credit chip.?They should still be open.?

    Obi-Wan nodded and left the house, glad to get outside, or as much outside as a person could get on Sullust. The Sullustans lived underground in artificial lighting which only changed from day into night and back again at regular times. The buildings were no more than three stories high at the most, leaving plenty of space between their flat rooftops and the lights attached to the ceiling of the underground cavern, and there were plenty of open markets and small shops. He walked down the street to the one Qui-Gon had mentioned and found four bottles of sparkling mineral water and a few small snacks that he and his master both liked. Purposefully, he did not buy anything else for the Senator. If the Sullustan felt the need for anything, he?d surely make himself known.

    Obi-Wan did not like Senator Yirritating, as he had privately begun to refer to the Sullustan, and was glad of any excuse to leave the house and get away from him. The Senator was
  2. Jedi Obi-Wan Jedi Youngling

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    WOOHOO! A new Jane Jinn story! This looks great!!! Senator Yirritating indeed! Poor Obi! I can't wait for more!
  3. Obi the Kid Jedi Padawan

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    Hmmmmm..torture? got my attention!!!!
  4. p_stotts Jedi Master

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    I'm definitely looking forward to more, Jane! Great post! :D
  5. Jemmiah Jedi Master

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    Tbat was great Jane! I love that obnoxious senator. THe bit with the mineral water was hysterical. When he said it was bad for his kidneys I fully expected to give him another glass and say "here you are then!"

    Oooh, you can bet this mission isn't going to be straightforward! :)
  6. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

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    I saw this when I peeked online at lunch but didn't get the chance to read then.

    Jane, I rushed home excitedly knowing there was a new thread by you! :)

    I loved how Obi thought he didn't even get the chance to see if there were any human females at the ball or dance with them.
    And I don't blame Obi a bit for disliking Senator Yirritating.

    Things just never go right for him, though I'll admit where'd the fun in that be? :D :D

    Post often, post soon!!!



  7. Amidolee Jedi Master

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    Yayayaya!!!!

    Another Jane Jinn story! I was wondering when you would write another delicious Obi-torture fic.
  8. JediCandy Jedi Youngling

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  9. Senni_Arava Jedi Youngling

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  10. Kit' Manager Emeritus

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    Yeeehhaa!

    Another Jane Jinn story.

    One word; one syllable!

    COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    Huggles
    Kithera
  11. Jedi Kylenn Jedi Padawan

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    Ooooh, I'm intrigued; can't wait to see more!
  12. Jedi Gryph Grin Jedi Padawan

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    And does anyone mention to Gryph that Jane has a new thread????

    Noooooooo, that'd be too simple...let's leave him to find it all on his own. :D :D

    Anyway, I'm so glad I stumbled upon this Jane and I'm really looking forward to reading more! :)
  13. Jane Jinn Jedi Knight

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    The guards at the Senator?s Estate gave Obi-Wan a sceptical glance when he approached, but they had obviously been warned that he was coming, because after he had given them the codeword, they all but ushered him into the grand house. He easily managed to convince them that he did not need to be escorted to the Senator?s office. It would only attract attention. Obi-Wan preferred to use his Jedi skills to get there unnoticed by the staff that still went about their daily duties even in the Senator?s absence.

    He had opened the second drawer on the left and removed the holo from the back compartment, but suddenly he sensed that the door to the office was about to open. Hastily, he stuffed the holo into his tunic pocket just as Jerrup, the Senator?s Aide, came in.?Ah, Jedi, there you are. The guards informed me that you had arrived. Can I help you find whatever it is the Senator is looking for??

    Obi-Wan shut the drawer.?No, thank you, I have it already.?

    "Are you sure? What was it, anyway??

    "It?s all right,?Obi-Wan said easily, drawing on the Force for emphasis as he stood up.?I?m sure you?ve got work to do, and I have to return now.?

    But Jerrup remained impervious to the suggestion and Obi-Wan had to hide his dismay as the Aide fell in at his side, escorting him out of the office and down the corridor to the front exit when he?d been planning to slip out the back.

    "Where are you going? Perhaps I can give you a lift part of the way??

    "No, thank you,?Obi-Wan replied as they went outside.

    "No, of course not, what if somebody were following me, trying to find him??Jerrup stopped a few steps away from the door and managed a Sullustan-type smile.?Look, I just want you to know that I appreciate everything you Jedi are doing to keep the Senator safe.?

    He extended both arms, and Obi-Wan let the Sullustan take his hand in a hearty gesture of thanks, trying to diplomatically forget that he?d heard the Aide refer to him as a baby. Just then, however, he felt a sharp pinprick in the back of his hand. Jerking his arm away in surprise, he looked down at the tiny drop of blood forming on top of the skin.

    A scant moment later, his vision blurred and his knees buckled, but Jerrup caught him and began to drag him towards the speeders that were parked nearby. Obi-Wan tried to resist, but found he had almost no control over his muscles--or the Force. The Sullustan plopped him into the passenger seat of the nearest speeder and pulled the safety belt over his shoulder and waist, probably more to keep him from collapsing sideways than to keep him safe in an accident. Then Jerrup walked around the front of the speeder and hopped in on the other side, starting the engine and moving the speeder without haste towards a side exit that was not guarded. It opened at the touch of Jerrup?s thumb on a reader, however.

    They didn?t travel far, but ended up in a completely different neighbourhood anyway. During the short ride, Obi-Wan tried desperately to at least sit up, but could only manage to flap his hands or jerk his legs around a bit. Really like a baby, he thought morosely to himself as Jerrup picked up his arm by the wrist and laid it back in his lap with a condescending sound. He could not access the Force, either. It seemed to hover elusively some distance from him. The speeder stopped outside a building that had obviously fallen into disuse, although there were two serviceable swoops parked close to one corner, and Jerrup got out and banged his fist on a solid metal door. When it opened, he motioned two other Sullustans out.

    "That?s not the Senator,?said one of them in surprise.

    "No, it?s the Jedi, the young one,?Jerrup announced.?Bring him in.?

    The two dragged Obi-Wan out of the speeder and dragged him by his arms and legs into the building. Obi-Wan managed to lift his head once, but it soon flopped down again of its own accord. Still, he?d seen enough to realise it had been a factory of sorts, with workbenches at intervals, and machines along the walls.

    "Strip him down. He?s got
  14. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

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    The Master of Obi-torture has begun her work.

    What that poor boy goes through for our pleasure!!!:)

    They'll never get him to divulge the info!

    More Jane??? Please???
  15. Jedi Obi-Wan Jedi Youngling

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  16. Senni_Arava Jedi Youngling

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    yup, lol. :)
    I don't understand. The thing saying how long we've been here is new, right? So why did they get rid of the stars? They say the same thing, pretty much. But stars were prettier.
    :D
  17. Jedi-Faith Jedi Youngling

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    Definitely Master of Obi-torture!!! :D More soon?
  18. Kelly Kenobi Jedi Padawan

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    I bow before the Master of Obi torture :D :D

    I am not sure I could have scolded Obi about his little name for Mr Annoying with a straight face or not, because let face it, it was both a cleaver name and very fitting. Okay so maybe not very Jedi-like, but Obi-Wan is only a teenager :D :D

    Can't wait to see what you have in store for my boy next [face_devil]
  19. Obi the Kid Jedi Padawan

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    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  20. Jane Jinn Jedi Knight

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    "Yes, let?s,?Jerrup snapped. He pressed the button that lowered the hook, then stopped just as the piece of engine settled onto the floor of the factory. Obi-Wan couldn?t help exhaling loudly as he was relieved of the extra weight and his shoulders were no longer in danger of being dislocated. It made the pain in his ribs seem all the more powerful, however. Picking up a saw from the workbench, Jerrup crouched down in front of Obi-Wan and positioned it next to his left wrist. For one horrible minute, Obi-Wan thought that Jerrup was going to cut his hands off completely, but the Sullustan merely severed the rope and straightened up again.

    Dead...he couldn?t get the word out of his head. Obi-Wan watched Jerrup put the saw away, wondering if it was going to be the will of the Force that he die to protect Senator Yirrit and keep his enemies from finding him before he?d exposed their corruption. If it was, then so be it, but he didn?t want to go out without a fight. More urgently now, he reached for the Force, willing it to flow through him. It was coming back, he could feel it now, sluggish and slow but definitely there. He could think more clearly now.

    Jerrup?s fingers moved across the controls, and the box that held the hook trundled along the track in the ceiling, bringing Obi-Wan closer to one of the workbenches. When he was within arm?s length, the Senator?s Aide then pressed the button that raised him into the air until his head was just higher than the workspace. Obi-Wan used the opportunity to glance around. As he?d hoped, he saw something farther away that did not appear to be bolted to the floor, and moved his fingers slightly. The swoop exhaust pipe that had been leaning precariously against one wall wobbled for a moment or two, then finally fell backwards. All three of the Sullustans turned around to see what the noise was. Finding nothing threatening, they turned back to Obi-Wan.

    Well, that hadn?t been a lot of help, Obi-Wan groaned inwardly. It had only proved that his control over the Force wasn?t complete yet. He?d have to be patient even longer now and hope he didn?t die before the effects of the drug wore off enough. Die. There was that word in his head again.

    Jerrup grabbed him by the wrist, interrupting his thoughts, and placed his hand palm-up on the table, then motioned for the taller Sullustan to hold it in place while he himself picked up a heavy hammer and a long nail. He had just positioned the nail in Obi-Wan?s palm, not directly in the center but a bit lower down, closer to the heel of his hand, when he was interrupted by a chirping sound. Quickly laying the tools aside, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a comlink.?Jerrup here.?

    "Have you found out where the Senator is??came a voice that Obi-Wan did not recognise.

    "No, Senator,?Jerrup replied.

    Senator? Obi-Wan wondered, then realised that Jerrup was talking to the other Sullustan Senator, the one that Yirrit claimed was corrupt.

    "But we do have the younger Jedi and he?s just about to tell us where Yirrit is,?Jerrup replied. Obi-Wan ignored the Sullustan?s pointed look as he considered the connection; Jerrup was no doubt well paid by the other Senator to make sure that Yirrit was not informed about certain--activities, or to report information that Yirrit would rather keep secret. He was certainly doing a good job--Senator Yirrit did not only -not- suspect anything, but he also trusted Jerrup with his life.

    "Well, may the Force be with you, then!?the other Senator replied sarcastically, then snorted,?Jedi. The only good Jedi is a dead Jedi, but make sure he vents his information first. We?ve got to get that proof away from our do-gooder friend before they smuggle him off the planet.?

    Dead Jedi, Obi-Wan thought contemptuously. If only he could convince them that he was dead, maybe they?d go away and leave him alone long enough for him to free himself--yes! That was the plan! He?d have to have full control of the Force to pull it off, but as soon as he did, he could put himself in
  21. Healer_Leona Manager Emeritus

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    Oh my. That was incredible Jane!

    My heart is beating like a drum! I can't beieve how stupid the Senator is.

    I hope Obi can make it to the location before Jerrup.

    I'm chewing my finger tips waiting for the next post!
  22. Obi the Kid Jedi Padawan

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    Awesome post Jane!!!! MORE!!!!
  23. HannahBates Jedi Youngling

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    This story is amazing! The Obi-torture was delicious and you do a magnificant job with Obi's character, strength and sense of humor. I can't wait for him to be reunited with Qui-Gon, for what is Obi-torture without Qui-angst and mush? I also can't wait for Sen. Yittitating to apologize profusely. More More More!

    Hannah
  24. Amidolee Jedi Master

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    *cheers*

    Oh, I've missed this wonderful Obi-torture!!! [face_devil] So good to see him in so much pain! Wonderful!!

    Ouch. Nails. Just in time for Easter, too!
  25. Jedi-Faith Jedi Youngling

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    Oooh, ow ow ow... I can imagine the pain poor Obi experienced when the guy nailed his hand to the bench! Awesome post :)

    More!!! :D
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