Before Road Trip (Dooku and Qui-Gon, drabbleset, humor...) Updated 1/9!

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  1. Star-Foozle Jedi Knight

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    Title: Road Trip
    Author: Star-Foozle
    Genre: Drabbleset, hopefully humor.
    Characters: Yan Dooku, Qui-Gon Jinn.
    Summary: Because of strict agricultural laws on the planet they're visiting, Knight Dooku and his young apprentice must drive (yes, drive) halfway across a country to reach a political summit. Madness ensues.
    A/N: This is for Kallie-wan and Master Jess, and took shape while on a road trip of my own. :D Each time you see a line break, it's a new set of 100 words.

    * * *

    Yan Dooku was unamused.

    ?You mean to say,? the Master stated, ?That we?ll need to drive halfway across the continent to get to this summit??

    The spaceport official looked apologetic.

    ?I?m sorry, sir, but it?s government policy. Our local farmers claim that aircrafts upset their livestock. Transportation ?round here is limited to landspeeders and farm equipment. There?s a speeder dealership on the other side of the port, if you need a rental.?

    ?That would seem to be our best option, then,? the Jedi said, somewhat stiffly. He bowed, the boy beside him echoing his movements. ?Thank you. Come along, Qui-Gon.?

    * * *

    ?Master??

    Dooku glanced over at his apprentice momentarily.

    ?Yes, Qui-Gon??

    ?How long did they say this drive was going to be??

    ?Ah?fourteen hours, providing that the weather here stays pleasant.?

    The boy looked somewhat surprised.

    ?Wow. That?s longer than it took us to actually get to Aiwo II in the first place.?

    ?Unfortunately, you are correct.?

    A pause. Then,

    ?Master??

    ?Yes??

    ?How long have we been on the road so far??

    ?Just over an hour.?

    This time, the dismay was clear in the twelve-year-old?s voice.

    ?Oh.?

    Dooku exhaled audibly.

    ?Settle in, Padawan. This is going to be a long trip.?

    * * *

    (More will be on its way soon. :) )
  2. JediKaren Jedi Master

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    Apr 26, 2007
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    you should have Qui Gon say

    "Are we there yet? No? What about now?"
  3. Jinngerbread Jedi Master

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    Oh this looks delightful! I can so see Dooku being annoyed about having to be on a road trip with Qui-Gon :p Being stuck in the car with a bored teenager isn't exactly the best way to start off a mission LOL :D Great job! Can't wait for more!
  4. amidalachick Force Ghost

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    The words "road trip" and "humor" caught my eye when I was indexing, so I just had to read this. :D

    ?How long have we been on the road so far??

    ?Just over an hour.?

    This time, the dismay was clear in the twelve-year-old?s voice.

    ?Oh.?


    [face_laugh] Great start!
  5. Star-Foozle Jedi Knight

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    JediKaren: *grins* Yeah, Qui-Gon probably isn't too happy to be taking such a long trip. Come to think of it, Dooku probably isn't, either. :p

    Jinngerbread: Indeed! Thanks very much. :D

    amidalachick: Thank you for reading! :)

    More soon.
  6. brodiew Force Ghost

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    This was brief, but fun. I liked Dooku and Qui-Gon. This is the first such story I've read.

    PM me if you continue.
  7. ardavenport Force Ghost

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    Oh, Dooku has to say, 'Don't make me stop this transport, Qui-Gon!'. ;) Lots of fun to have in the car.

  8. VaderLVR64 Manager Emeritus

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    Loved it! I've had trips like that. :p

    =D=
  9. KELIA Manager Emeritus

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    Settle in, Padawan. This is going to be a long trip

    [face_laugh][face_laugh][face_laugh][face_laugh]

    I can totally feel Qui-Gon's pain.

    Looking forward to more

    =D= =D= =D= =D=
  10. DancesWithBlasters Force Ghost

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    Oh! Oh, I can see where this is going! And I like it a lot. Fourteen hours . . . only so many ways to stay amused . . . perfect! I love the way your mind works, Starrie! Sorry I didn't find this before. PM you later.
  11. Star-Foozle Jedi Knight

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    brodiew: Thanks! I'll add you to the PM list.

    ardavenport: Oh, yes, lots of fun indeed. :p

    VaderLVR64: Yep, road trips can be a pain sometimes. [face_laugh]

    KELIA:Thank you!:)

    Dances! Indeed. *grins* I'm very glad you like this, friend of mine.

    If you'd like to be added to the PM list, just let me know. Now, onto the next bit!


    * * *

    ?Oh, look,? said Dooku, distantly. ?A tree.?

    Master and apprentice gazed at the lone plant until they passed it by.

    Aside from some scrap metal on the side of the road and two flattened rodents, the solitary tree made the only change in scenery since the pair had left the spaceport. The road stretched on laser-straight into the distance. The fields alternated regularly between swaths of tall yellow grain and clumps of patchy green vegetables. Even the sky was uniformly blue.

    ?Well,? said Qui-Gon flatly, ?I?m pretty sure that was the highlight of my day.?

    Dooku gave him a look.

    * * *

    A sudden burst of sound jolted Qui-Gon out of his daydream. Dooku was fiddling with the radio.

    ?I?m unsure of how the reception quality will be this far from a broadcasting tower,? the Knight remarked, ?But it?s worth a try.?

    For a little while, there was nothing but static to be found. Dooku spun the dial a few more times, and stopped suddenly.

    ?Ah,? he breathed, eyes lighting up with enthusiasm.

    An unnatural wail filled the speeder, backed by stringed instruments that sounded rather pained.

    Qui-Gon winced. ?Master, what is this??

    Dooku grinned. ?One of my favorites. It?s called opera.?

    * * *
  12. amidalachick Force Ghost

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    ?Oh, look,? said Dooku, distantly. ?A tree.?

    Master and apprentice gazed at the lone plant until they passed it by.
    ********
    ?Well,? said Qui-Gon flatly, ?I?m pretty sure that was the highlight of my day.?

    Dooku gave him a look.


    [face_laugh]

    Poor Qui-Gon, trapped with Dooku's choice of radio. :p Great update!
  13. KELIA Manager Emeritus

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    It?s called opera.?

    :eek::eek:[face_sick][face_sick]:_|:_|

    Just when I thought things couldn't get much worse for Qui-Gon :p

    I certainly hope the Jedi have tricks for blocking out...music they don't like.

    Great update

    =D= =D= =D= =D=
  14. BrentusofGath Jedi Master

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    "Oh, look," said Dooku, distantly. "A tree."

    Master and apprentice gazed at the lone plant until they passed it by.


    LOL! Now that's what you call a boring trip.



    Qui-Gon winced. "Master, what is this?"

    Dooku grinned. "One of my favorites. It's called opera."


    LOL! You didn't say anything in the description of this as 'Qui torture'. :p But what a way to do it, lol. You might as well have had Dooku listening to Chinese opera - like so many drowning cats. :p

    I'm looking forward to more. :)
  15. brodiew Force Ghost

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    An unnatural wail filled the speeder, backed by stringed instruments that sounded rather pained.

    Qui-Gon winced. ?Master, what is this??

    Dooku grinned. ?One of my favorites. It?s called opera.?


    It may have taken some time, but Qui-Gon eventually came around to opera. Right? :)
  16. Star-Foozle Jedi Knight

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    amidalachick: Yeah, I definitely feel for Qui. Thanks very much! :D

    KELIA: Thank you! :)

    Brentus: [face_laugh] I've got a friend who lived in Shanghai for a while, and she also reported on the horrors of Chinese opera. It's that bad, huh? Thanks for reading!

    brodiew: *laughs* See for yourself....

    ...So, this'll probably be my last post for the year, as I'm going on a road trip of my own for the holidays. I'll put more up when I get home. Merry Christmas, everybody! :D

    * * *

    Mercifully, after an hour or so, Dooku?s station went out of range. Qui-Gon was incredibly grateful. If he?d had to sit through another ten hours of opera, the boy thought, he would have gone mad by the end of the trip.

    It was no surprise, really, that his Master liked opera. Dooku had a certain flair for the theatrical, as did that particular type of music. More than once, Qui-Gon had caught him singing softly along.

    The Knight finally gave up on the static-filled channel. ?Here, Padawan. Find a new station.?

    Eagerly, Jinn set off to find something slightly less? melodramatic.

    * * *

    ?When I said find a new station, child, I did not mean find a new station filled with mindless racket.?

    Qui-Gon frowned. ?It?s not mindless racket, Master. It?s Corellian rock.?

    ?They?re one and the same.?

    ?It?s more popular than opera,? Qui-Gon attempted to counter.

    Dooku shook his head. ?Popularity is not always an indication of value. Opera is art. This is a pack of young males with instruments, wallowing in teenage angst.?

    The boy sniffed. ?At least you can understand what they?re saying.?

    Dooku raised a brow. ?Really? All I can hear is yelling directed at no one in particular.?
  17. BrentusofGath Jedi Master

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    I've got a friend who lived in Shanghai for a while, and she also reported on the horrors of Chinese opera. It's that bad, huh?

    In a word: Worse. :p I feel happy for your friend - because she's not there anymore.




    Dooku shook his head. "Popularity is not always an indication of value. Opera is art. This is a pack of young males with instruments, wallowing in teenage angst."

    Ah, the good old days, wallowing in teenage angst. :p/>
  18. KELIA Manager Emeritus

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    I admire Qui for being able to listen to an hour of Opera and not have ripped his own ears off :p

    This is a pack of young males with instruments, wallowing in teenage angst.?

    And what's wrong with that?

    [face_laugh] [face_laugh] [face_laugh] [face_laugh]

    Great update - enjoy your holiday!

    =D= =D= =D= =D=
  19. ardavenport Force Ghost

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    Oh dear, they're looking for music. They are bored. And yes, Dooku does seem like the kind of guy who would like dramatic music. Maybe it's the way he flourishes his cloak after he went to the dark side. [face_thinking] And I guess Qui-Gon sharpened his Jedi patience skills by listening to all that opera, too. ;)
  20. JediKaren Jedi Master

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    lol wow that last one sounded like a recent conversation between me and my dad when I put in punk rock.
  21. Star-Foozle Jedi Knight

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    Brentus: Ah, the joys of teen angst. :p Thanks for reading!

    KELIA: Qui's certainly got more patience than I would have. Thank you!

    ardavenport: Somehow cloak-flourishes and opera seem to go well together. Yeah, Qui may have learned from this, but I still wouldn't want to be in his position. :p

    JediKaren: Haha, yes. I know the feeling. [face_laugh]

    Sorry for the delay on this, I just got back from a road trip of my own not too long ago. :D

    * * *

    Qui-Gon sat up and peered out the window with sudden interest.

    ?Master, look!?

    The item that had attracted the boy?s attention was a large, colorful sign. SEE THE GALAXY?S LARGEST NERF, it announced.

    ?Could we go see it? Please? It?s just a kilometer down the road, and it wouldn?t take long??

    The Padawan looked rather pathetically hopeful, Dooku thought. It had been a long trip with no breaks so far, as well. Against his better judgment, he decided to humor Jinn.

    ?Very well. But if there are lines, or fees ??

    Qui-Gon?s enthusiastic thanks almost made him miss the exit.

    * * *

    Jinn sighed. ?Well, that was??

    ??Colossally underwhelming,? said Dooku, irked. ?What an utter waste of time.?

    There turned out to be both a small line and fee, but the Knight had acquiesced. A bored-looking ?tour guide? directed them toward an oddly-colored building. Qui-Gon had puzzled over the lack of windows for an animal enclosure, but then Dooku pointed out the big wooden head nailed to the top. The ?nerf? was just a ramshackle barn that really only looked like the creature if one squinted.

    ?Yeah,? agreed Qui-Gon, ?It wasn?t great?. Hey, souvenirs!?

    Exasperated, Dooku pulled him back towards the speeder.
  22. JediKaren Jedi Master

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  23. KELIA Manager Emeritus

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    ?It wasn?t great?. Hey, souvenirs!?

    [face_laugh][face_laugh][face_laugh][face_laugh]

    I don't even want to imagine what those souvenirs were!

    I'm glad to see Dooku was willing to take a break from the boring drive...though he may never do so again.

    Great update

    =D= =D= =D= =D=
  24. Jinngerbread Jedi Master

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    ?Very well. But if there are lines, or fees ??

    Qui-Gon?s enthusiastic thanks almost made him miss the exit.


    [face_laugh][face_laugh]

    Poor Dooku, stuck in the car with a bored young teenager. And he humored the boy, how sweet ;) Even if it was a waste of time LOL.
  25. Persephone_Kore Jedi Master

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    I didn't see this! I am giggling.

    I love the bit about Dooku singing along. And both of them staring at the tree.
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