Title: Padawan of Qui-Gon Author: Kestrel_Kenobi Characters: Qui-Gon Jinn, Yoda, lots of OCs. Timeframe: Pre-TPM. Genre: Horror, mystery, angst, drama and maybe a smidge of mush! Summary: In brief, an AU about a young(ish) Qui-Gon and his first apprentice. With thanks to the Qui-Gon discussion thread! Prologue ?Help me,? Li?annaka Lys screamed as she thrashed wildly in the dank water. Frantic desperation had taken hold of the young girl and it was growing harder and harder for her to keep her head above the water, to breathe in the clear air. Instead she found herself taking in huge mouthfuls of the cold lake. She choked and heaved as the water filled her lungs. Tired, so tired Her eyes began to close as she started to give in. Unexpectedly, a voice trickled into her head. Concentrate Li?annaka, focus Her eyes sprung open. In one last effort she summoned all her concentration and called upon the Force for help. Using it to push herself to the surface she gave a last futile call. ?Help,? her voice came out strangely quiet and was lost among the reeds. Hold on young one, hold on But she couldn?t: tired, cold and weighted down by the water all she could feel was despair. I can?t? I?m sorry The hope she had felt quickly slipped away as she vanished beneath the surface. **** Not far away Qui-Gon Jinn was running. Running as he had never done before. In the dim light worry shone though his pale face; his usual calm eyes heavy with pain. Unconsciously, the Jedi spoke out loud as he ran. I?m coming...I?m coming The words fell from his lips over and over as if a sacred mantra. But words alone couldn?t save her.