Title: Undiscovered Time Period: Prequel trilogy Summary: One small moment of an event can set the course of many in one direction, or the other. Any path one with its own series of possibilities. Will be same? Will be different? Only by following the course will one know. ----------- Prologue “There’s the blockade!” Captain Olie announced. Surely enough, there it was, dead ahead: dozens of Trade Federation control ships standing in their ship’s way of jumping out of Naboo’s system. Every single one ready to fire on them with their full might to prevent them from escaping. Qui-Gon Jinn reached out with the Force to Captain Olie. Who gave out a calm sense of determination and confidence in his abilities as a pilot to get this ship past that blockade. So the Jedi would give him his faith. Obi-Wan Kenobi stepped into the bridge to stand beside his Master and witness their charge into the onslaught. As expected one of the battleships began firing on them once they came into its range. The cannon fire missed as often as it hit, but the hits shook the ship. It didn’t take long for an alarm to ring out, and a console screen to show the one of the ship’s wings where some substantial damage had been made. “Shield generator’s been hit!” Captain Olie reported. “What can we do?” Qui-Gon inquired. “The ship’s astro droids are already being deployed.” He pointed to a screen where a camera feed came on showing the outside of the ship where the damage had been made. Several astromech droids soon appeared to begin making repairs - - only being outside exposed them to the rain of cannon fire, and one by one they were each being blown out into space, in pieces. “We’re losing droids, fast,” Obi-Wan stated calmly. Not that Qui-Gon didn’t sense the slightest bit of concern for their lives in his tone. Beside them, Captain Panaka bellowed, “If they can’t get the shield generator fixed we’ll be sitting ducks.” “The shields are gone,” Captain Olie updated them. In the next moment another droid was blown away, and they were down to one - one droid left to produce them a miracle. Qui-Gon would only admit to himself that he wasn’t liking their odds. Especially since they were closing in on the battleship that would soon have them in a tractor beam. Another alert from the console then sounded. “Power’s back! That little droid did it. Bypassed the main power drive. Deflector shields up at maximum.” Good. Now Qui-Gon could stop holding his breath. They watched as they were able to avoid any further impacts, and speed over the battleship, quickly putting the blockade behind them. Before being able to make the jump Captain Olie had to assess the damage to the ship, and what repairs needed to be made. “Will we be able to make it to the capital?” Panaka asked. “I can’t say . . . yes.” Captain Olie made this announcement in a cheer. “The hyperdrive is holding, so we should be able to make it to Coruscant. We’ll be making the jump in a minute.” They all exchanged nods of relief. The hard art was over - for the time being anyways. Once they arrived at Coruscant Queen Amidala would have to convince the Senate to intervene in the Trade Federation’s blockade of Naboo. As for Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan they would need to report to the Jedi Council, including Qui-Gon’s suspicions of some other forces at play over this blockade. As he had told his apprentice earlier, the Trade Federation both blockading and conducting a full-scale invasion of Naboo was far too bold of a move for them to undertake without the necessary influences of others. Their role in this conflict was not over. The Force warned them of that much - as well of something else. A misstep in their journey. Or rather a skipping of a step. A step that was of an importance. ---------- Without knowing why, young Anakin Skywalker stopped his work on the stabilizer he was repairing to look up at the sky where he saw - nothing. He didn’t know what he was expecting to see, but Anakin had gotten the strangest feeling that it should’ve been something very important. But whatever it was supposed to be seemed to have passed him by instead. While still pondering about it, Anakin returned to his work on the stabilizer.