Author's Note: I really like how Jinn Kenobi turned out in my last story "Out of Time" and I noticed that some readers liked him too. I thought about writing another story with him in it and maybe his sister Kiya Kenobi too. Though, this time it's set in a parallel dimension. You can't have a Star Wars story without the main characters. However, these siblings will travel even farther back in time and space than before.
I don't think you'd have to read "Out of Time" to understand this story, but it helps to see where they first started. Thus, here you have it! Part 3
"What exactly are these contraptions for anyway?" inquired the young warrior.
All around the room were strange tunes and machinery that he had no idea what they were for or what they did. It was very strange to be surround by such bizarre technology, but Master Jinn Kenobi wasn't an idiot. His mother taught him the fundamentals of the medical field. She and her people felt it was important to have at least a doctor's degree of the understanding of humanoid life. In fact, his mother insisted that he learn. She stated that she didn't want her son to grow up to be some drone with a sword, but that warrior's real weapon was his brains. Though, Jinn had no argument there. In his opinion, people could use a lot more common sense than there would be less need for "aggressive negotiations."
"When you complain Jinn, you sound just like Father," replied Kiya.
Jinn was appalled, "I do not!"
"Yes, you do," she sang.
"Stop harassing me, Kiya. I still don't know why you tagged along anyway. Don't you have more important things to do then follow me?"
"Nope," she said with a smile. "And besides, Dr. Dove is my friend too. I wanted to see how his new machine works as well. It's so exciting!"
Jinn smiled at his little sister's enthusiasm and took her hand. "Yes, Kiya but please calm down. You act nothing like your age."
The girl huffed and gave her brother a pout. "That's what Mother always tell me. It's only Father who said how I act is charming."
Jinn sighed and said, "Yes, well Father only sees you as his little girl—his sweet Kiya. But, Mother wants you to be more focused. She only wants you to be more prepared. She wants you safe."
Solemnly, Kiya looked down at her feet and twisted her robe. "I know, Jinn. I'll try and do as you say."
In response, the young Master laughed and said, "Don't be so glum, peanut."
"I'm not a peanut!"
Jinn just laughed harder at her anger and Kiya then wrestled her hand free from her brother's and stormed into the main lab. And within the lab was Dr. Dove's fantastic new machine. She saw what looked like three pillars and each one was hocked up to a main control station. She saw that in the center of the three pillars was a probe. It looked like the good doctor was conducting some kind of experiment.
"Curious," exclaimed the girl in awe.
At the sound of her voice the doctor turned around and smiled. "Oh, Lady Kiya. How good of you to come. I was expecting your brother, Lord Jinn to arrive, but you are always welcome, my dear."
"Oh, Jinn is here too. Look here he comes."
Jinn stepped in and bowed to Dr. Dove and shook his hand. "Always a pleasure, doctor. What sort of new invention is this?"
The doctor's ruby-eyes nearly twinkled with glee. "Lord Jinn, I have out done myself! This machine is capable of bending time and space. It can literally create a window into another dimension. I have done several test trials and I think I've perfected the stabilization. I plan to send this probe into a specified dimension and collect some data from the other side."
"That is quite intriguing, Dr. Dove, but what is the purpose of this dimensional machine?" asked Jinn.
Half-embarrassed the doctor rubbed his hands and replied, "Oh, it may seem pointless in a practical sense, but I originally created this device so that I may gain a better understanding of the beginnings of the universe. It is my belief that somewhere in another reality, the beginnings of the cosmos has just blinked into existence and that if I can see it with the probes I can then see the Big Bang actually happen. I can see a whole universe being born."
Both siblings were very impressed. Kiya shouted, "That is simply amazing, Dr. Dove!"
"Yes, thank you, Lady Kiya. You two have been very kind and open-minded. That is why I asked you to come and see this demonstration. Now, please take a few steps back and I will tend to the controls."
The middle aged alien scientist then approached the control panel and began inputting data into the system. His sharp red eyes scanned the information quickly and with precision. For though Dr. Dove was a dreamer and his people considered his scientific pursuits trivial and non-practical he was not any less brilliant. His people were known all over the Core as the makers of miracles. There was said to be nothing beyond their reach.
Yet, as the machine began to power up he noticed there was something terribly wrong. The triangular containment field was in flux and the shield was expanding more than it should. There was a spark from one of the power-cells and he saw there was going to be a power surge. Frantically, he tried to abort the experiment, but the controls would not disengage.
"Lord Jinn, Lady Kiya, step back! There's a power surge. It's not safe!"
However, before the two could even move they were engulfed in a blinding light that consumed them whole and in an instant they were gone as well has half the room.
When Kiya woke up she stood up and found herself knee deep in sand. She looked around her and saw she was somehow transported to a desert wasteland. She saw bits and pieces of Dr. Dove's lab were littered across the dunes, but all she once knew was gone. She then gazed up at the twin suns over head and shielded her azure-gray eyes from the glare. She wasn't sure where she was, but she suddenly realized she was alone. Where was Jinn?
"Jinn! Jinn! Where are you, Jinn!"
Left and right the young woman ran across the sands in a panic. She just had to find her brother. She just had to know he was safe. She didn't want to be alone. Then, in the debris she saw him and rushed to his side and began to check him over. He was unconscious, but over all he seemed fine. Kiya then let out a sigh of relief and tried contacting home with her communicator. She only got static and she growled in frustration and placed it back inside her robe.
"I must find some shelter," she said out loud. Kiya then looked around her for anything useful. There was anything as far as she knew and nothing in sight. She'd probably have to go looking out in the sands, but she didn't want to leave Jinn alone.
"Force! Why do you have to be unconscious?"
Then, suddenly she felt a vibration in the Force. She stood up. There was somebody out there—somebody sensitive to the Force. No—wait, it wasn't just one person. It was two people. Oh, praise the stars! Perhaps they could help.
In the distance Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon both felt a strange vibration in the Force and stepped out of the Naboo ship.
"Is there something wrong, Master Jedi?" asked handmaiden Padme.
"There is a strange presence in the Force, Miss Padme," answered Master Qui-Gon. "Someone is coming."
"This being is strong in the Force, Master," warned Obi-Wan.
"Yes, I can feel it too, Obi-Wan. We must be cautious."
"Yes, Master," nodded the Padawan.
The two Jedi waited as a lone figure suddenly appeared out in the dunes. It looked like a young woman. It wasn't at all whom the two Jedi expected. She was dressed in a long brown robe and a white battle-suit underneath. She had short black hair and a Padawan braid by her left ear.
When the girl finally can face to face with them she frantically ran up to Qui-Gon and pulled at his arm. "Oh, thank goodness a fellow Jedi! Please, come quickly. You must help me move, Jinn."
Qui-Gon raised an eyebrow curiously at her friend's ironic name and placed a hand on the young woman's shoulder. "Please, be calm Padawan. Now, tell us who you are and how you came to be here?"
The young woman frowned and said, "I think we should go collect Jinn than I'd be more than happy to tell you everything. And as if you hadn't noticed it's hot out here. He'll bake under those suns."
Qui-Gon sighed. She was certainly undisciplined. Refusing to answer a Master was very improper behavior for a Padawan. Though, before he could scold her Obi-Wan step forward instead.
"You should answer a Master when spoken to Padawan."
And at his voice, the young woman paused and stared at Obi-Wan in wide eyed shock. She raised her hand to mouth and gasped. "By the stars! It cannot be. No, I must be seeing things."
The young woman then marched up to Obi-Wan and looked up into his azure-gray eyes and drank in his appearance in awe. And as for Obi-Wan, he was unnerved by this strange girl's behavior. She was gazing at him much too intently for his liking and she had such in odd look in her blue eyes. He noted that their shade was very similar to his own eyes and she was very pretty. In fact, he thought she was very beautiful.
"Do you know me, Miss?" He figured they might have trained together at the Temple. Yet, he sensed that the young woman seemed torn. She looked like she was going to say something, but stopped and narrowed her eyes in thought.
"You—you are not Jinn?"
Obi-Wan smiled and said, "No. He is Master Jinn. I am Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan Kenobi. What is your name?"
"I—I am La—I mean, my name is Kiya."
"Well, Kiya. Lead us to your friend," said Qui-Gon.
Kiya had such a bad feeling about leading the two Jedi to her brother, but she didn't know what else to do. She knew they have questions, but she didn't know if she should say. She wasn't sure on what to do. Oh, heaven! She wished Master Luke were here to guide her. He'd know what to do.
"What is all this debris?" asked Master Qui-Gon.
"It doesn't look like a crash, Master," said Obi-Wan.
Kiya replied, "It's rather complicated. But, look there's Jinn!" The young woman then ran down the dunes and collected her brother in her arms and held his head in her lap. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan soon followed her down and were shocked to see that the unconscious Jedi looked almost identical like Obi-Wan.
"Yes, Padawan. I see."
Master Qui-Gon then bent down and checked the young man over. He seemed to have a slight concussion, but other than that he appeared to be fine. The tall Master then gathered Jinn in his arms and threw him over his shoulder. And once secure, the group began to march back to the ship. Though as they walked, Qui-Gon noticed that the strange man was carrying a metal sword as well as a lightsaber. He wondered why a Jedi would bother carrying such an antique weapon. It was very impractical. Qui-Gon could not help thinking that this mission was getting stranger and stranger by the minute.
Once at the ship, Qui-Gon brought Jinn to the medical room and treated while Kiya waited anxiously at his bedside. He noticed that the girl was holding the young man's hand and she seemed to be humming to him while he slept. The tall Master did not like the overly display of affection the girl was showing. It spoke too much of attachment, but he could not fault her if Jinn was her Master. The bond between Master and Padawan was always deep.
However, all those thoughts were snuffed out when he saw her rise and lean over and give the sleeping man a kiss on the cheek. And when she exited the room, he followed her into the galley and watched her as she sat down next to Obi-Wan and picked up a fruit.
"Is Jinn your Master?" asked Qui-Gon.
The blue-eyed beauty looked up and answered, "No."
Qui-Gon could sense her hesitation and decided to press on. He did not want there to be any secrets. He's mission was important and he had no time for nonsense. "Are you two an item? Are you two against the Code?"
"What!" shouted Kiya. "Me and Jinn! That's the most grossest thing I ever heard!"
"But, I saw you acting very affectionate towards him. More so than any Padawan should be towards a Master."
Kiya frowned. "Jinn is not my Master. Jinn is my brother. Why wouldn't I be affectionate to my own family?"
Obi-Wan was confused. "You're brother? Is that why you were looking at me that way? Because we look identical? I wasn't aware that siblings were ever taught together at the Temple."
Kiya said, "Yes, well we don't come from the same Order you're from."
"Oh, and which Order is that?" asked Qui-Gon.
Kiya defiantly crossed her arms over her chest and said, "If you don't mind. I'd rather wait until Jinn awakens before I say anymore. But, until then I will do all I can to be helpful."
In reply, Obi-Wan scuffed and said, "I hardly think so, you're not being very cooperative. How do we know we what you say is the truth?"
The blue-eyed beauty gave Obi-Wan a glare and said, "I give you my word. For my pledge is my bond. For a warrior without a word can have no bonds."
Obi-Wan frowned and asked, "What does that mean?"
"It means…" said Jinn as he stumbled into the galley, "That she gives you her promise."
"Jinn!" shouted Kiya. The young woman then rushed towards her brother and eased him down into a chair. The young Master then rubbed the sleep from his eyes and gave Obi-Wan a curious stare. What the hell was his father doing here? And where was here? And it couldn't possibly be Father because there was no way in the seven rings of hell would he ever shave his beard without whining and sport a Padawan braid.
"This can't be right."
And on Obi-Wan's end it was even stranger. This 'Jinn' person looked too much like him. They had the same face, height, frame and hair color. The only difference he could see was that this man had unusual golden eyes. They looked like amber or honey and Obi-Wan had never seen anything like it. They looked alien.
"I'm Obi-Wan Kenobi. How are you feeling?"
Politely, Jinn nodded and said, "I'm much better, thank you. And I am Master Jinn."
Qui-Gon then came around and sat down too. He gave the young Master a critical look and folded his arms into his sleeves. "And I am Master Qui-Gon Jinn. Tell me, Master Jinn. What are you doing on Tatooine?"
Jinn narrowed his eyes and turned to Kiya. "We're on Tatooine? Really? We're that far away?" He saw his sister nod in confirmation and he returned his look to Qui-Gon. "We did not realize where we were. We were transported here by a new technology. We were brought here from another dimension. It is imperative that we somehow return to our rightful time and place."
"Another dimension? How can you be sure?" asked Qui-Gon.
"Because I know of this time and of this place. You can be assured that I know it is not my own."
Qui-Gon sighed. "I cannot help you now, Master Jinn. I am on a mission. You will have to wait until it is completed and we return to Coruscant. In the mean time, we need to go to Mos Eisley and pick up a new hyper-drive. Why don't the Padawans stay behind while Jinn and I go into town. It will be your mission Obi-Wan to guard the Queen."
Qui-Gon asked, "Jinn, are you ready?"
The young Master nodded. "As you wish, Master." Yet, as Jinn spoke Qui-Gon couldn't help thinking how much his Padawan and this man were the same. The tone of voice, the mannerisms, it was all too similar.