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title:STAR WARS EPISODE 1
by Patricia C. Wrede
The setting sun washed the balcony outside the Jedi
Council chambers with soft color, and tinted the for-
est of buildings below to match. The view of Corus-
cant was unequalled. But, Obi-Wan noticed, Qui-Gon
was not watching the view. His eyes kept straying
toward the Council chambers. Where Anakin Sky-
walker was being tested by the Jedi Council. Obi-
"The boy will not pass the council's tests, Master,
and you know it," he said. "He is far too old."
"Anakin will become a Jedi," Qui-Gon said with
renewed calm. "I promise you."
Did his confidence come from one of the rare
glimpses of the future that sometimes came to Jedi
Masters? Or did Qui-Gon plan to train Anakin
whether the Council approved or not? Obi-Wan
frowned. "Don't defy the Council, Master," he said,
half-warning, half-pleading. "Not again."
"I will do what I must."
He is planning to defy them, Obi-Wan thought
with a sinking feeling. "Master, you could be sitting
on the Council by now-if you would just follow the
Qui-Gon said nothing. Obi-Wan sighed again.
Qui-Gon can be so stubborn.... "They will not go
along with you this time," he warned. And I don't
want to have to watch what will happen then.
Much to Obi-Wan's surprise, Qui-Gon smiled.
"You still have much to learn, my young apprentice,"
he said quietly.
The Jedi tests were nothing like what Anakin had ex-
pected. Not that he'd actually thought much about
what they would be like. Maybe they're just confus-
ing because I'm older, he thought. The Jedi Master
named Mace Windu had a view screen in front of
him, which Anakin couldn't see. As images flashed
on the screen, Anakin had to see if he could sense
what they were. It was an exhausting challenge-
Anakin had no idea how he was doing. Finally, the
screen clicked off, and he relaxed a little.
"Good, good, young one," said Master Yoda.
"How feel you?"
"Cold, sir," Anakin replied without thinking. He
had been cold ever since he left Tatooine, it seemed.
"Afraid, are you?" Master Yoda said.
"No, sir," Anakin said, startled. That wasn't the
kind of cold he'd been thinking of at all.
Beside Master Yoda, Mace Windu stirred. "Afraid
to give up your life?"
Oh, that's what they meant. Anakin hesitated. "I
don't think so."
"Be mindful of your feelings." Mace Windu said.
"Your thoughts dwell on your mother," the alien Ki-
"I miss her," Anakin admitted.
"Afraid to lose her, I think," Master Yoda said al-
"What's that go to do with anything?" Aren't Jedi
allowed to have mothers?
"Everything." Master Yoda's scratchy voice was
emphatic. "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear
leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate... leads
"I am not afraid!" Anakin said angrily. Did they
want him to fail?
Master Yoda thrust his head forward, studying
Anakin. "A Jedi must have the deepest commitment,
the most serious mind. I sense much fear in you."
Anakin took a deep breath. As he had done
before, on Tatooine, he crushed his fear down inside
him until it almost did not exist. Almost. Hoping that
would be good enough, he raised his chin and said
quietly, "I am not afraid."
There was a long pause. Finally, Master Yoda half-
closed his eyes and said, "Then continue, we will."
But as Mace Windu picked up the view screen,
Anakin could not help wondering whether he had just
passed another one of the Jedi tests... or failed it.
The members of the Jedi Council watched with grave
expressions as Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon joined
Anakin in the center of the chamber. Obi-Wan won-
dered briefly whether they looked so solemn be-
cause Anakin had passed, or because he had failed;
then Master Yoda raised his chin and said, "Correct
you were, Qui-Gon."
"The boy's cells contain a very high concentration
of midi-chlorians," Mace Windu said.
Ki-Adi-Mundi nodded. "The Force is strong with
"He's to be trained, then," Qui-Gon said with con-
The council members exchanged glances. "No,"
said Master Windu." He will not be trained. He is
too old; there is already too much anger in him."
I knew it, Obi-Wan thought. And if the Council will
not train Anakin, there is nothing more Master Qui-
Gon can do.
"He is the chosen one," Qui-Gon insisted, resting
his hands comfortingly on Anakin's shoulders. "You
must see it."
Master Yoda shook his head. "Clouded, this boy's
future is. Masked by his youth."
Qui-Gon took a deep breath. "I will train him then.
I take Anakin as my Padawan learner."
Stunned, Obi-Wan jerked his head to face Qui-
Gon. Is this what he had in mind all along?
Master Yoda frowned. "An apprentice, you have,
Qui-Gon. Impossible, to take on a second."
"We forbid it," Mace Windu said flatly.
"Obi-Wan is ready-" Qui-Gon turned to look at
He expects me to help him do this! Obi-Wan real-
ized. He glared back at Qui-Gon. Well, if he'd
rather be Anakin's Master, let him! "I am ready to
face the trials," he said to the Council.
"Ready so early, are you?" Master Yoda said sar-
castically. "What know you of ready?"
"He is headstrong," Qui-Gon said. "And he has
much to learn about the living Force, but he is capa-
ble. There is little more he will learn from me."
He means it, Obi-Wan thought. He really thinks
I'm ready; it's not just because of Anakin. But then
why didn't he warn me he was going to do this?
"Our own council will we keep on who is ready,"
Master Yoda replied. "More to learn, he has."