Title: Very . . . . Unexpected Author: ardavenport Timeframe: Before the Saga Genre: Drama, Mush, AU Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Jedi OC Keywords Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, padawan Summary: Young Obi-Wan learns some things about his new master. AU story that is set when Obi-Wan is about 8 years old. And: Typo is my middle name, with missing words and errors that spell checkers don?t catch being my speciality ? if you see any, just post a reply or send a PM with the what and where and I will kill them with no mercy. Disclaimer: All characters belong to George and Lucasfilm; I?m just playing in their sandbox "Grave is this journey you will all undertake," Master Yoda said, his voice cracking between high and low tones, his walking stick tapping with each struggling step across the circular pattern of the floor. Eight year-old Obi-Wan Kenobi stood straighter, focused and not fidgeting as he had been taught. Like a Jedi. Yoda looked around at the fourteen couples standing at the edge of the outer circle on the floor. Obi-Wan felt the large presence of the Jedi Master next to him, very close, but not touching, the dark brown robe a tempting distraction in his peripheral vision on his left. He kept his eyes forward. "Begin, now, you may," Yoda said, a small figure under the center lights of the room, shadows under him, his large kind green eyes giving them permission. Straightening his shoulders, Obi-Wan stepped forward and then turned around. His head level, Obi-Wan could barely see his new Master's bearded face towering above him. He could already hear the voices of others, giving their vows to their new Masters. He went to his knees. "I pledge myself to the service of the Force and to the Jedi Code. And I pledge myself to your teachings. My Master," Obi-Wan said, his heart beating fast, loud in his ears. He had said it. With no mistakes. "I accept your pledge and your service," Qui-Gon Jinn replied calmly. Obi-Wan felt his heart beat slow, relief flowing into him. "And I pledge myself to your teaching. Rise, Obi-Wan Kenobi. My Padawan." Then Obi-Wan saw Master Qui-Gon's hand, the palm facing him. The gesture caught Obi-Wan in intense indecision. It was different from what he had practiced. Should he accept? Was the change a test? Obi-Wan put his hand in his Master's. Qui-Gon helped him to stand. Looking around, Obi-Wan saw the other new Padawans, many of them wide-eyed, mouths open, standing close to their new Masters. Yoda, squatting in the center of the room, smiled at them all. A touch, a large hand on his shoulder prompted Obi-Wan to finally turn his head upward. His bearded face smiling, Qui-Gon extended an arm toward the doorway. They went together, joining the others, filing into a small entryway and down a wide stone spiral staircase out of the center spire of the Temple. Just before he descended below the floor, Obi-Wan saw Yoda, still sitting on the floor, smiling after them. Obi-Wan spent the next few hours with Qui-Gon, tending the ordinary details of his change of status. Moving his clothes and learning tools and projects from the creche dormitory to his own room. Getting fresh soaps, clothes and new equipment from the supply droids. And a new robe. Sharing his first meal with Qui-Gon in the eating hall. Qui-Gon introducing him to new instructors who would also teach him. A long discussion about how his training would change and what he must accomplish before he would be allowed to be sent on missions in a few years. Their last task for the day was a visit to the med-center, for a standard physical examination by the medical droids. Obi-Wan walked carefully at his Master's side and one step behind. And he was mindful. He folded his arms before him, hiding them in the sleeves of his new robe, just like Qui-Gon and the other Jedi Knights did. He felt older this day, though he thought, as he stole a quick glance upwards, not any taller. Becoming a Jedi Knight was harder than he thought.