Chapter Eight

Moona now found herself standing in the Oracle's chambers. She looked around and saw Syke sitting in the Oracle's throne, looking rather reluctant. She strode up to him.

"Hello Moona." said Syke.

She looked up at him.

"So? Are you going to explain what's happened here since I left?"

"Well, I'm not really sure why things have happened, but I can tell you what has happened. I was ambushed by a surviving Imperial officer named Avery Contra. He snuck by me and killed the Oracle. I remembered feeling something odd inside me, but I wasn't sure what it was. So I returned to the chambers and found Contra. We briefly engaged in combat and he was about to kill me when I somehow shot lasers out of my eyes, which killed him. After that, I understood everything. The reason I understood was because I had become the new oracle after Contra had killed the first one. I knew then that I could change the tide of this battle if I wanted to. I had also gained new powers because of my new position. So, I tried to summon Alku's spirit from the beyond briefly and obviously I was successful. We both realized that he now had some special abilities as well to help you in your fight, so I allowed him to go and assist you. Apparently, you have succeeded in that as well. So now all remaining links to the Empire that I am aware of are now gone."

"Wait." said Alku, "What do you mean, all that you're aware of? Are you saying there might be more?"

Syke shrugged.

"Who knows? I don't think even oracles can see that much. But I do know that you two have done all you were meant to do for our cause."

"Okay." said Moona, "But what about Alku? He is allowed to stay, right?"

Syke lowered his head.

"I'm sorry Moona, but Alku has now served his purpose. He cannot remain here anymore."

"But-" Moona began to retort, but Syke interrupted her.

"If I allowed Alku to come back from the dead, do you think it would be fair to anyone else who has lost someone? That would come under the category of personal gain and greed. Would you want to be known for those principals?"

Moona glared at Syke.

"No, of course not. But you can't just expect me to see Alku again and then just let him go."

"Well, think about this." said Syke, "Would you rather have seen him for the last time years ago when he said he would return and ended up being killed by Vader, or would you rather take this opportunity to give him a proper goodbye?"

Moona looked over at Alku.

"This is better. But I would rather not have to say goodbye at all."

"I know." said Alku, "I would give up anything to stay alive, but I've served my purpose and now I have to go on."

Moona walked forward and did something she had never done before, and hugged him.

After she broke away she looked at him and said, "Well, I guess we've had a good go at it, huh?"

"Yeah."

They looked at each in silence.

"Well, bye, then." said Alku.

"Yeah, bye." said Moona.

Alku walked to the center of the room and looked at Syke.

"Okay, do what you have to."

Syke nodded and closed his eyes.

"Wait!" said Moona suddenly.

Syke reopened his eyes.

"There's one thing I want to ask you before you go."

"What is it?" asked Alku.

"What happens when you die?"

Alku shrugged.

"I'm not sure. I'll never know until the moving on stage, because once you know, you really can't come back to tell anyone."

"Oh, right." said Moona, "I just thought it would be nice to know what to expect once I die."

"Well, expect a great welcoming party during the first stage. When I died, one minute I was in horrible pain looking at Vader, then I was in a white void being greeted by what seemed like every single Jedi that has died in the past. Runcock was there."

Moona looked amazed.

"Really?"

"Yeah. He wanted to come back with me to help you, but Syke only had enough ability to return one of us. We thought I would be able to help more, so he stayed behind. I also found out that Palpatine was the one who actually ended up killed Vader."

"Really? So Vader betrayed Palpatine then?"

"Sort of. At the last moment, Vader had reverted back to Anakin Skywalker."

Moona's eyes widened.

"What?"

"Yeah. But they actually ended up killing each other at the same time. So, I guess there was some good left in Vader after all. He turned up, actually. He came to the void a few days ago before I got summoned back here. All that stuff was very recent. It happened only a few days ago."

"But if you were supposed to go on, why didn't you?"

"Apparently we can go whenever we decide to. Some of them have been there for years. Runcock advised me to stay because he had a funny feeling I wasn't ready yet. Good thing I did, or Syke could never have summoned me back and I wouldn't have been able to help you kill that Jinx guy."

"Well, I guess this means I'm still the only Jedi alive."

"Actually, there is one more besides you. He was trained very recently. Maybe you can meet up with him and recreate the Jedi Order?"

"No, not now. I think I should wait until I am needed for that." said Moona.

Syke looked pointedly at Alku.

"Oh, sorry. Moona, I have to go now. I really enjoyed fighting beside you before. We made a big difference in this war. Good luck."

Then Syke lowered his head and closed his eyes again.

Moona waved at Alku as a white light surrounded him. He waved back until the light swallowed him up. Then both the light and Alku had vanished. Moona lowered her hand, still staring at where Alku had vanished.

"I'm sorry." said Syke, looking at her.

"Yeah, I know."

"So what are you going to do now?"

Moona sighed.

"I'm not sure. But I think I know what you'll be doing from now on."

Syke looked around the chamber and sighed.

"Yes. I do not want to have this job. However, since I am in this position, I will try to give oracles a better reputation then my predecessor."

"I know you will. Good luck."

She began to walk toward the portal.

"You're not staying here either?" asked Syke.

"No. I'll come back and visit sometimes. I won't have to present you with anything, will I?"

Syke smiled.

"No. Firstly, it would only have been necessary if you had come for information and secondly, that was only the first Oracle's rule. I will be giving information to anyone who needs it, simple as that."

"Good. Something tells me you'll be the only oracle in the galaxy anyone will go to." said Moona.

She put her foot into the portal.

"But what are you going to do?" Syke asked again.

Moona turned to him.

"I'm going back to Nagob."

Syke stared at her.

"What for?"

"I'm not staying. I'm just going to visit different planets and explore them, you know?"

"If that's what you want to do." said Syke.

Moona waved at him, then passed through the portal and emerged on the other side. She saw that her ship had been returned.

"Thanks Alku." she said to herself.

Then she got into her ship. It lifted off from the ground and took off into the distance.