Author's note: It's been a while. Sorry about that, especially since I've had this done for some time. I don't know when the next will be up, I haven't been writing too much, but it'll get done. It might wait until I have another story, which I started a long time ago, to kinda (not really) go along with it. There'll probably be some other stories up before that. Let's just see how it goes.


Troublemaker, Part 12: My Hero

"Hello, Qui-Gon. Obi-Wan will be out in a moment. He is just getting dressed."

"Thank you, Mola." Qui-Gon nodded to the Twi'lek. He sat for a moment until the other Master approached him with a datapad in hand.

"Qui-Gon, did you read this essay Obi-Wan wrote about you?" she asked in her lilting accent.

Jinn shook his head. "About me? What is it, some sort of profile?"

"Not exactly. Here." She handed him the datapad. "Have a look for yourself."

"Thank you." Qui-Gon sat and looked at the document. He immediately recognized Obi-Wan's scrawling handwriting but also noted it was becoming more refined.

Expecting to read about his past missions and other history, Qui-Gon began to read the essay:


The great Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn is my hero. He is a powerful Jedi and strong in the Living Force, but he is also kind and gentle. He takes good care of me. One day I want to be just like him.

Master Jinn helps a lot of people. He is going to teach me how to also. I am going to be his Padawan, but I have to get a little bigger first. Then we will go on missions to other planets and help people because it is the right thing to do.

Master Jinn is the best lightsabre fighter in the whole Temple. I just got to start learning how to duel. I am not very good yet, but Master says I am learning quickly. I am going to practice a lot so I can fight like him. He says to be my best, all I have to do is try. He is so wise.

I am very thankful that I have Master Qui-Gon to look after me. If he hadn't found me when I was really little, I don't know where I would be now. Definitely not in training to be a Jedi. He is my protector. He is like a big gas giant planet and I am the little rocky inner planet. He protects me from the big mean asteroids that want to smash my face in. Plus he is a lot bigger than I am.

I am going to be a strong Jedi like Master Jinn. I will work very hard to be as good as he is. I want to make him proud, because he is my hero.


When he was finished, Qui-Gon had to wipe away the moisture from the corner of his eye. He had not realized how much Obi-Wan looked up to him. He did not know what to say.

He stood and held out the pad to Mola Li, but she did not take it. "Hold on to it, Qui-Gon. The children were asked to write about someone they admire, their hero as it were," she explained. "Some chose an historical figure they were studying, several chose Master Yoda or another Council member, and Obi-Wan chose you. He learns a lot from you. It's really very sweet." She was giving him a big smile.

"Yes, that's one word for it," he said when he regained his voice, returning her grin.

Finally, Obi-Wan put in an appearance. As soon as Qui-Gon saw him, he lifted the little one in a big hug. Not understanding what it was for but then not caring either, Obi-Wan happily hugged him back.

Qui-Gon held out the datapad. "Obi-Wan, why didn't you tell me about this?"

Obi-Wan took it in his little hands and held it against his chest as if to hide it. "You weren't sposed to see that, Master."

"Why not, little one?"

Obi-Wan's cheeks had turned pink. "I didn't want you to see how silly it is."

"It isn't silly. I am touched that you would write this about me. There's just one thing: I am proud of you already, and this essay is just one of the reasons."

"It's how I feel, Master. You're the best Jedi! I wanna be just like you."

"No, child, you will be so much better, but I will teach you everything I know."

Obi-Wan's classic shy smile appeared. "Master?"

"Yes, Obi-Wan?"

The child wrapped him in another hug. "Thank you for taking care of me."

"It's my pleasure." It was truly a joy to have Obi-Wan in his life. Qui-Gon was eager to take him as apprentice, but he did not want to lose the moments like this. Looking at the precious young face, Qui-Gon vowed that they never would.