This story is definitely getting into deeper territory…more than just family relations, although that will ultimately be covered in greater detail. I’m going for the “bigger things”, because that is what Zia ultimately sought out as a remedy against the malaise she has suffered from since leaving the Jedi Order. It’s a solution (for lack of a better term) that will ultimately influence the lives of Chevor, his master, and a whole bunch of other beings in the future. The surprise on Chevor’s part does indeed come from the assumption that Zia would be out of touch with the Force since she wasn’t an active Jedi. Of course he isn’t aware that anyone who is Force sensitive still retains the capacity to utilize their connection in whatever methods they know…in Zia’s case, she has very strong telepathic abilities, hence the reason why she can anticipate what his questions are. Given the life she has lead over the past couple decades, it makes sense her Force instincts are still keen. Living in the ordinary world is a difficult job by itself, and any advantages she might have that will help her survive (say, being able to detect when someone is about to attack her in a dark alley) can only help. So maybe it’s better to say she didn’t entirely cut herself off from the Force, just only answered its calls when necessary. When it comes to looking for answers, Zia has already found one half of an equation that will lead to more answers that eventually answers a fundamental question in life…Chevor will do that as well, but he hasn’t found that road yet. This is an element that became obvious during the Prequels in Obi-Wan and Anakin’s relationship. There was even a large disconnection between how Qui-Gon and Obi related to each other. So I imagined that this was modus operandi for the master/padawan relationship, because it would have been considered a violation of the “no attachments” rule in some fashion. Maybe this wasn’t so much the case during the final years of the Old Order, but since I’m writing around 500 years before that period, it would likely be more traditional and entrenched. Meeting each other has caused Zia and Chevor to accelerate each other’s relative personal developments. Call it the “will of the Force”, or something larger, that has caused this development to occur in their lives. Things need to be revealed, both about their personal histories and their personal destinies. Chevor is going to mature from meeting Zia, and in some peculiar fashion, she will also do some more growing up (because it’s never too late to grow just a little bit more while you’re still breathing). As I said above, Zia possess strong telepathic abilities, which enables her to know certain things about Chevor, including the fact he was interested in finding out the identities of his birth parents. Of course there is a more practical reason why she would know certain specifics, including Chevor’s relationship with his master, and how Aduman knows how to find things in the Archives…long story short, Zia was contacted by someone in the Temple prior to this story…that will be covered later. There’s a lot of people in this story who don’t know half of everything going in their lives or their heads…kind of like the author herself. But that’s something I really like to write about; not knowing everything, and not always realizing there is something more going on is a part of life in the real world, and would not be any different in the GFFA. Yes. It's the most appropriate way I could think of to tell both Zia and Chevor's stories. I was probably dimly aware of this fact about the name given that I took four years of French in school and can still understand some of the language...but it wasn't an obvious connection I thought about when I used the quote. The idea of a Snivvian named Pierrot was just one of those random images that popped into my head when I was thinking about how to use the quote. It works.