Title: ?What?? Author: GKilkenny Rating: PG Time Period: AU Saga TPM and beyond Characters: Obi-Wan,Qui-Gon,Anakin,Xanatos, Jedi/Sith. Genre: Angst, Drama Obi-torture (not graphic) Disclaimer:Star wars belongs to GL and Xanatos belongs to JW so I am just playing with them. Summary : Qui-Gon makes the biggest mistake of his life, although he had help in doing so. Nevertheless he sets in motion events that will have a lasting effect on everyone around him. Prologue?.. (?What?? ) (What!! Master Please No!!) The query shot through Obi-Wan?s mind, his attention was immediately drawn to his Master Qui-Gon Jinn! He couldn?t believe what he had just heard. Qui-Gon was boldly standing in the middle of the Council Chambers, with his hands on his hips; he had just shattered the confidence and faith of two young humans, with those few damming sentences. Obi-wan almost lurched forward at the spoken words, and had to shift his feet to steady himself. The boy Anakin was thoroughly confused, and hurt by words he didn?t understand. In Anakin?s mind he thought Qui-Gon really liked him, as a person, not just because he was something-chosen- (whatever that means) he thought. Qui-Gon promised him, he would be a Jedi. Anakin had saved them in the Boonta eve races. He had won them enough money to repair their ship by winning the pod race, and Qui-Gon had freed him from slavery. Anakin thought Qui-Gon was going back to Tatooine with lots of Jedi to rescue his mother. He had even said as much to Anakin. Anakin remembered ( I only have enough money to free you child, but one day Slavery will be abolished and we shall save your Mother and others like her, he had told the young boy after he had cried when he had to leave her behind). Yet this! -These things, he was saying, - How could he say that! The Council was mortified, that a Master of Qui-Gon?s status and training would say what he had just said. Each member of the Council was infuriated that he would belittle, and humiliate his Padawan of eleven years in such a way. They sensed resentment flowing through Qui-Gon, all because the Council had refused to bow to his demands, he was furious that the Council hadn?t immediately agreed to his interpretations in allowing Anakin to become a Jedi, and elevating his Padawan to a Knight. Obi-Wan stiffened up, and tried to clear his mind of the sinking feeling, the feeling of rejection, of morbid humiliation. He quickly glanced around the room and felt the discomfit radiating from the venerable Council members. Could it be pity he saw in their eyes! No? it was more than that? it was utter disbelief..... So what do you think?