Chapter 1. Into the Storm
Part 1. New Beginnings
”So, where are you heading?” the Zabrak asked.
“Cato Neimoida. And then on to Zaloriis,” the young man replied.
“And, you two decided to attempt that travel with just two Aethersprites?”
“The situation was kind of, hectic. We weren’t exactly in a position to take our time to pick a ship.”
A nod came in reply. “I understand.” Silence followed. “Well, without a hyperdrive a trip to the Outer Rim will take ages. Lucky for you, my little cousin used to work at the Judicial Department. He would have returned to Coruscant in a few days, but with Order 66, he had no more intention of serving Palpatine and decided to stay here.” The Zabrak smirked. “Along with his Lancet starfighter. Equipped with long-distance communication systems, a hyperdrive and enough space for at least both of you to fit in. It’s in excellent condition and ready in my hangar. You can leave whenever you’re ready.”
The young man placed a hand on the Zabrak’s shoulder. “Thank you for everything, Kahbur. If there is anything I can do in return.”
Kahbur shook his head. “We’re both Ashukahwas, Vhiran, no matter how distantly related. I would have done it anywhere, anytime.”
“Very well.” Vhiran turned to the woman at his side. “Ready, Bultar?”
“Ready when you are,” she replied.
“Then I’ll take you to the hangar right away.” Kahbur was about to move, but then stopped and hesitantly turned to Vhiran. “Vhiran, could I ask you one favour?”
“Shamila!” Kahbur called out and a moment later a young Human girl appeared. She was dressed in cream coloured robes with a hood covering her black half-long hair. Her dark, nearly black eyes had a piercing look about them. “Shamila was training as a Jedi, but her Master, my sister Loria, was killed in a space battle against the Separatists a week ago,” he said with a sad tone in his voice. “Vhiran, you’re a Jedi Master. Will you please take her as your Padawan and train her?”
Shamila looked up to Vhiran with an almost begging look. “I really want to be a Jedi. Please train me, Master Vhiran.” She said with a near whispering voice.
Vhiran closed his eyes to think. “My journey will be very dangerous, even life-threatening. Even just being a Jedi in these times is life-threatening.”
“A Jedi’s life is sacrifice. And I don’t want Master Loria’s training to be in vain.”
Vhiran opened his eyes and smiled. He stroke over Shamila’s head and nodded lightly. “You can come along, Shamila.” He looked at the others and took Shamila by the hand. “Let’s go.”
“This way.” Kahbur smiled and started moving to the hangar. “If you ever need help, you’re always welcome here on Talus,” he said as Vhiran joined Bultar and Shamila in the Lancet and saluted as Vhiran gave him a nod and closed the hood. Then the ship with the three Jedi took off to continue the search for Master Plo Koon.