Melma stood outside of the Jedi Temple. Her long brown hair shone in
the sun as her hazel eyes scanned the humongous four-tiered building.
She had been sent there at the request of her parents. They had
noticed unusual things about her as a child, so they wanted her
"They really think that I could be a Jedi?" she
thought. "Well, they must if they sent me here." Then, two
Jedi strode out of the tall double doors. The taller one had
shoulder-length brown hair and soft brown eyes. His beard was neatly
trimmed and was spread with a kind smile as he walked toward Ayame.
The shorter had cropped brown hair and bright blue eyes. Ayame
noticed that he had the apprentice's long braid that was a signature
in the Order hanging over his shoulder. Both of them were dressed in
the cream tunic and pants, long brown robe, and brown boots of the
Jedi Order. The taller of the two walked up to her.
must be Ayame. I am Qui-Gon Jinn," he said, smiling. Ayame,
realizing that he was of a higher rank, bowed to him.
am honored, Master Qui-Gon," she said, using the term that
Padawans use for their masters and elders. Qui-Gon was impressed.
are versed in our ways already. That is good." Then, he turned
to the young man standing next to him. "This is my apprentice,
a pleasure, Obi-Wan," Ayame said, bowing to him as well.
Obi-Wan, while impressed, decided to test her.
in the world are you bowing to me?" he said. Ayame just looked
a youngling, you're a Padawan...you have the higher rank, so it's a
sign of respect to you," she replied, surprised that he would
ask something like that. Obi-Wan, though he didn't show it, was
impressed even more. Satisfied, he stepped back. Qui-Gon took Ayame
by the arm and led her inside.
he said. "The Council is waiting for you." As they walked
through the massive halls, Ayame was amazed at the space and
regality. As they walked past the library, Ayame stopped dead. It was
huge! She had never seen a library that big before. There were
shelves upon shelves of data and things, and statues and busts of
great Jedi from the past. Qui-Gon noticed her amazement.
have time to explore after we meet with the Council," he
whispered in her ear. She nodded and continued on behind the two
Jedi. As they got closer and closer to the Council chambers, Ayame
started to get more and more nervous.
will happen if I really don't have the Force? What will they say to
me?" she thought. Qui-Gon could sense her nervousness.
going to be fine, I'm sure," he said to her. "Ah, here we
are." They stopped at a pair of gray doors. Ayame straightened
her simple dress before the three of them walked into the Council
They walked into a circular room with windows on almost
every side. Outside, the sun was beginning to set on Courescant.
Ayame drew her focus back to the Jedi Masters that were looking at
her. All of them had solemn expressions on his or her face. Then, her
eyes were drawn to a little green creature sitting at what seemed to
be the front of the room. Ayame could feel some sort of force
radiating from him. It was radiating from everyone present, but he
was the strongest source of it. She watched as Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan
bowed to the little green creature.
"Master Yoda, we have
brought the girl that you said would come," Qui-Gon said. The
little creature, whom Ayame figured was Yoda, nodded.
forward, child," he said in a high-pitched, gravelly voice.
Ayame obeyed and walked to the center of the room. Following
Qui-Gon's example, she bowed to Yoda. When she rose, she saw another
Jedi, a bald man with dark skin, studying her. She was about to ask
who he was when Yoda spoke again. "A great connection with the
Force, you have," he said. Ayame was amazed.
can tell that?" she asked him. He chuckled and nodded. Then, he
turned to the other Master that had been studying her.
Windu, if you would." Master Windu pulled out a small display
am going to project an image onto the screen. However, you will not
see the image. Using the Force, you will try to tell what the image
is." He looked at the screen and then looked at Ayame. She
reached out with the Force, or at least she tried, and tried to focus
on the screen. In her mind, she saw the clear picture of a sand
a sand speeder," she said. Master Windu nodded. She went on to
identify a Naboo fighter ship, a Republic cruiser, a model X
podracer, and a trophy cup from the last podrace on Tatooine. This
amazed the Council. No raw recruit had ever gotten that specific. She
had a gift...one that they had never seen before. So, Yoda decided to
test her even more.
me," he said to her. They went into one of the training rooms.
Yoda went and sat down in a corner, while the rest of the Council sat
around the room. "See if you have skills with a Lightsaber, we
will. Obi-Wan, fight her, you will." Obi-Wan bowed and retrieved
two training sabers from a small bin. He threw one to Ayame and got
in a ready position. Ayame copied his position and activated the
blade. She suddenly felt something flow through her as the blue blade
hummed to life. Obi-Wan came at her, moving with speed and agility.
Ayame matched his attacks move for move. Eventually, Obi-Wan found
himself defending more than attacking. After a few more minutes,
Ayame knocked the weapon from her opponent's hands and knocked him to
his knees. Holding the Lightsaber at his throat, she smiled.
fought well, Obi-Wan," she said, and removed the weapon from his
throat. Deactivating it, she helped Obi-Wan up, and bowed to him. He,
in return, bowed to her, amazed at what she had just done. Both of
them faced the Masters, all of whom were showing looks of amazement
on their faces. Even Yoda was surprised. But, before he could get a
word out, there was a blast from above and somebody came crashing
through the roof. He was dressed in full body armor and had a jetpack
his back. He held up a blaster and aimed it at Obi-Wan.
going to die, Kenobi! he said.
Ayame yelled and pushed Obi-Wan out of the way. She held out her hand
and willed him to stop. Instead, there was a flash as blue lightning
flew from her fingertips. The man was thrown against the wall and
knocked unconscious. Ayame froze and stared at her hands. From what
she read, only Sith were supposed to have this power. While two
members of the Council took the man away, Ayame turned around and
faced the rest of them.
sorry...I didn't try to do it...I swear...I..." she studdered,
and started to cry. Qui-Gon walked forward and knelt down to face
know you didn't mean to," he said softly. Ayame looked at him,
tears running down her face.
probably want me to go now, huh?" she asked. Yoda walked up to
the contrary, you to stay, we want," he said.
never seen a recruit with as much power in the Force as you,"
Master Windu said. "We would like you to stay for both your
safety and benefit. We can teach you to hone your skills so that you
can control them. The only question is...who will train you?"
her, I will," Yoda said. Everyone in the room stared at him.
Obi-Wan was especially surprised.
Yoda hasn't taken an apprentice for almost 600 years," he
thought. "Why is he taking this girl?" Ayame was also
Yoda...I don't know what to say..." she said. Then she knelt and
bowed her head. "You honor me by taking me as your
apprentice...my Master," she said. And with that, her training
as a Jedi began.