Posted on September 05, 2006 @ 10:36 am
Title : Part 5 – The Temple
Fandom: Star Wars
Author : Indie
Rating : A
Prompt : # 025 (strangers)
Disclaimer: Star Wars doesn’t belong to me. No copy right infringement intended.
Kyle Dax held his wife’s hand while in his right arm carrying his four year-old son. They walked slowly towards the huge wall of the Temple. The complex was located on a high hill, towering graciously. With each step closer to it, Ronon Dax felt increased excitement and eagerness. It was not so with his parents. The closer they got to the Temple, the heavier their hearts had become.
They entered the compound and a Jedi Padawan approached them.
“Hello, how can I help you?”
Suddenly a Jedi Knight went closer and looked at Kyle wide eyed.
“Master Rayt? It’s…” He lost his words.
“I am Kyle Dax, my wife Vivian, and this is our son Ronon. We’re here to see Master Ben Skywalker.”
“Master Skywalker is away, but you can meet with the Magistrate if you wish.” The Jedi Knight replied.
Kyle nodded politely, “I will be honored to see the Magistrate, then.”
“Go get Mistress Sagura, tell her Comulo Rayt is here… with Valerie Moss.” The Jedi Knight whispered in the Padawan’s ear.
“Come this way, Master Rayt, Miss Moss…”
Kyle put Ronon down and the boy whispered in his ear, “Daddy, he knows you…”
“I know him too.” Kyle whispered back and winked at his son.
“Thank you, Brewster; we will just wait here for Mistress Sagura.”
Not long after, the tender voice of the Magistrate greeted them, “Comulo.. Valerie..”
She was lean and tall, and was quite old. She had kind eyes which energized warmth radiant and firmness at the same time.
“Look at you. You two look amazingly healthy. Please, don’t be like strangers… do come in.”
Comulo and Valerie walked inside together with Ronon walking in the middle. Mistress Sagura smiled at Ronon and bowed to speak to the child.
“And who is this? I am Rhonda Sagura, what is your name handsome boy?”
Ronon watched her with his keen eyes, “I’m Ronon Dax.”
“Well, hello Ronon. Welcome to the Jedi Temple.”
She said and they resumed walking deeper inside the Temple. Brewster followed closely behind them.
“Although I can guess very well, I’d like to ask you the reason of your visit, old friend.”
Comulo nodded, “We need to talk, Rhonda.”
“Very well. Brewster, will you take the young Dax for a walk around?”
Led by Sagura, the three people entered a large beautiful garden and she asked them to sit on a park bench under a yellow-blossomed tree. Valerie looked around and remembered clearly that this place was the same garden she used to play in as a child.
“I sensed that your son is very strong. His strength is raw, like lava inside a volcano.” Sagura started.
“Indeed, he is.” Comulo said, “And he is very smart too.”
Sagura smiled, “Just like his parents…”
Comulo shook his head, “Smarter than us, Rhonda… way smarter… sometimes it scares us.”
“That is why you brought him here… but I sense that Valerie does not approve of your decision. Is that why you keep silent, my child?”
Valerie smirked, “This is not about me, Mistress Sagura, nor about Kyle. Whether I approve or disapprove is irrelevant. This is about our son’s future.”
Sagura smiled tenderly, “I hear Comulo’s wisdom in your words.”
“What do you expect to hear from me? You know very well what I think about this place.” Valerie sighed and turned her face away.
“When we entered this garden, I caught you smiling. It’s good to know that you still have at least one good memory about this place.”
“Viv…” Comulo held his wife’s hands, looking at Sagura as if asking her to leave her alone.
Sagura could not help but notice the way her old friend and his wife called themselves. They clearly had left their real names behind, maybe it was a way for them to forget their dark past, she guessed.
“I understand, my child...” Sagura reached Valerie’s hand but the latter suddenly rose from her seat.
“No you don’t! You can’t understand! How can you understand me? You took my first child away from me and I lost him forever. Yet here I am giving you my second child. Can you understand that?”
“Viv…” Comulo rose and reached his wife’s arms to calm her.
Valerie closed her eyes and took a deep breath, whispering “Just say what you have to say, Kyle, and please take me home…”
They all sat down once more and now that Valerie had calmed down, Comulo started to explain why he needed to talk to Master Ben Skywalker.
“Our son is not only strong and smart, Rhonda. He is also…” Comulo hesitated.
Sagura saw the confusion in his eyes but remained silent.
“Before we decided to bring him here, we tested his blood for midichlorians count. As you did, we too sensed his extraordinary strength.”
“It must be off scale…” Sagura guessed.
To her amazement Comulo shook his head, “No, Rhonda. It was negative. We drew his blood 3 times and checked 3 three times and the results were the same. His blood doesn’t have midichlorians. He is a normal person, conceived by normal parents.”
“What do you mean?” Sagura asked.
Comulo told her the story of their journey to Pegasus and how they got cured.
“We have one request for Master Skywalker, Rhonda.” Comulo said.
“Let me guess. You do not wish him to be studied in the Jedi Laboratory. His being a force-adept without having midichlorians in his blood shall remain a secret. Is that it?”
“More or less, Rhonda. We do not wish what happened to our first born to happen to Ronon. Please Rhonda, don’t let Ronon end up in the lab. I will leave him here but I need Master Skywalker to communicate his agreement to me tonight. Will you take care of this?”
“Of course, old friend, if you trust me.”
“I trust you.” Comulo confirmed and shook her hands.
“Well, I don’t. Kyle, she is the person who took Valdemere away from me. She is the scientist who was responsible for him and she is the one who separated me from my son in the name of science! How can you trust her?”
Comulo shook his head sadly, “Vivian… we’ve discussed this…”
“OK… OK… I’m sorry…” Valerie sighed and walked away in anguish.
“I’m sorry, she has hard time forgetting about…”
“It’s alright, Comulo, it’s not her fault. It was mine. I did take Valdemere away from her and prevented her from seeing him.”
“You were following orders, as was I.” Comulo said.
“She didn’t know that, did she? You never told her?”
“She had gone through enough painful experience, Rhonda. Telling her the reason the Council took Valdemere away was because they suspected her as an infiltrator might cause her to fall to the dark side. Beside, it was Valdemere… he was the infiltrator all along…”
Rhonda Sagura watched her old friend carefully, “I can sense your sadness… do you still grieve Valdemere’s death after all these years?”
Comulo smiled, “You will never understand that, Rhonda. We have been taught about love, but you can never know true love until you experience it yourself.”
“Love is not bound by our bodies. It is not bound by the length of time that we are alive. Love is a gift, Rhonda. And the gift of love is to know the truth of love. True love is when you are unified with someone you love and when you have your child. You will find that true love is amazing and that you are amazingly in love… forever…”
“So… you will never understand how I feel to have taken the very life of my true love… or how she feels to watch her true love being slaughtered by someone she loves so dearly… You will never understand the sorrow, the grief, the horror of it… no one can, with an exception of Master Skywalker.”
“It’s a strange feeling, Rhonda. It’s like watching your life from a stranger’s perspective. It’s like you stop being yourself and become a total stranger. You will never understand that… you don’t want to understand that. It’s so… painful.”
“So, if my wife said terrible things about Jedi or the Jedi Order, please know that she is only being afraid. She is afraid that the same thing will happen again with our second child. Please forgive her for not being able to forget.”
Mistress Rhonda Sagura nodded, “You’ve changed a lot, old fried. You are not the Comulo Rayt I knew for 30 years anymore.”
Comulo bowed, “I am Kyle Dax. Although I am a total stranger to you, I know you very well, Rhonda… because Comulo Rayt lives still inside me. Your old friend is not gone.”