Title: Diary of a Very Sympathetic Padawan Author: devilinthedetails Characters: Bant Eerin; Obi-Wan Kenobi; Qui-Gon Jinn; Tahl; Mace Windu; Kit Fisto Genre: General, Friendship Timeline: Before TPM. Written in the Legends continuity of the Jedi Apprentice books. Summary: Bant Eerin's diary is her constant companion as she wrestles with loneliness and loss. Author's Note: Written for the 2020 Dear Diary Challenge. Diary of a Very Sympathetic Padawan Dear Diary, Let’s start with polite introductions. My name is Bant Eerin. I’m a Jedi Padawan though you might not guess it by the frequency with which I’m abandoned at the Temple by my Master Tahl. You are my dear diary. I bought you just yesterday in the lower markets districts at a small shop selling dusty old holobooks between a massage parlor for humanoids and a droid spa (don’t ask me what that is. I don’t know). You’re an old-fashioned paper notebook with an image of a foaming sea on the front and a complimentary fountain pen included in the plastoid packaging. The foaming sea reminded me of Mon Cala, the watery world where I was born but barely remember since I was taken to Jedi Temple on Coruscant before I could talk or swim. That’s why I chose you instead of any other diary on that store shelf. It had nothing to do with your complimentary fountain pen and everything to do with your beautiful cover that reminded me of where I came from and who I am at my core. I bought you in the hopes that you will be my true friend, my constant companion, and my cure for loneliness when my other friends—Obi-Wan Kenobi, Garen Muln, and Reeft—are away from the Temple with their Masters, going on galaxy-spanning adventures and missions that help bring peace and security to the Republic’s myriad worlds. I too dream of bringing peace and justice to a turbulent galaxy, but most of my days are spent at the Temple, where I meditate to try to find an inner peace I may carry to the rest of the universe in the future. It’s the beginning of a new year on Coruscant. I went to see the fireworks burst in rainbow specks over Monument Plaza with Obi-Wan and approximately two million people representing a thousand different species. It was too crowded for Obi-Wan and I to find a seat on a bench, but we brought a blanket and spread it on the the permacrete so we had a comfortable spot to sit as we stared up at the fireworks. It was beautiful and filled me with hope for the promise and opportunity of a new year. I get that same sense of promise and opportunity when I look at you, dear diary. Your blank pages for me to fill remind me that new year is a blank page for me, and I can write a new story beginning today. That is my new year’s resolution, dear diary, to write in you regularly and to write a new story that fills me with the hope and peace I want to feel as a Jedi. You will be integral in helping me write this story, and, thus, central to my journey as a Jedi. I thank you in advance for the role you will play in shaping me throughout this year, and I hope when the fireworks announce the next new year over Monument Plaza, we will both be pleased with the story I have written for this one.