Before the Jedi Council

The doors to the meeting hall in the palace opened, and Satchal stepped inside. Pounding inside his chest, his heart felt as though it was about to explode. “You wanted to see me, Master Windu?” he said as he bowed his head slightly in greeting.

Master Windu was not alone in the room. Master Yoda was also with him, and neither Jedi appeared to be affected by his presence. Although Satchal felt as though he were about to be thoroughly reprimanded by them he was amazed that they didn’t appear to be angry at all.

“Expressly disobeyed us, did you?” asked Yoda, and his expression finally gave off a hint of disappointment.

“It has come to our attention that you are still training the Bothan diplomat. Is this true?” asked Master Windu.

Satchal lowered his gaze. “I must fulfill my master’s promise.”

“Promise, your master did,” said Yoda in a scolding tone. “Promise, you did not.”

“You are not a master or even a knight,” said Windu. “You are a Padawan, and although it seems you are learning a great deal, you still have much to learn.”

“Strong the Dark Side is. Dangerous ground you are treading. Already caught you are in the balance of dark and light. Train you cannot anyone.” Yoda’s tone was clearly growing more concerned than anything.

“We are aware of your own inner turmoils, Satchal,” said Windu. “We know of the dreams that you have been having.”

“Revealed your thoughts are,” said Yoda. “Know of them we do.”

“Satchal. It is too dangerous for you to be focusing on another’s training. You mustn’t train him any further.”

“Yet train him, you will, I fear,” said Yoda. “In your heart your determination lies. Nothing can change that.”

“So we have no choice but to have you separate from your friends,” said Windu.

“What!” cried Satchal in alarm. “You can’t. I have to help them find Brin’tac’s family. I won’t go. I won’t leave them when they need me the most. What if what happens to them is the same thing that happened to Master Lo. I couldn’t live with the guilt of knowing that I wasn’t with them when they needed me.”

“Enough,” said Master Windu. “We have decided. Until you have a new master train you, you must return to the temple in Coruscant.”

“Arguing will help not,” said Yoda in a more soothing voice.

“I understand how you feel, Satchal,” said Windu, “but we have no choice. It would be too dangerous to let you continue to travel with them if you are going to attempt to train the Bothan diplomat. We would risk loosing both of you to the Dark Side.”

Satchal lowered his head once more. “I understand.”

“Prepare, you must, to leave with us,” said Yoda.

“I will,” said Satchal, and he turned and left the chamber.

The End

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