One Day I Decided To Go To Coruscant
Chapter 3 - Dexter's Diner, the Jedi Temple & Where have you hidden the type writer?
Cassy came to herself in the Diner and her first words were, "Hey! That Hermione bumped me over!"
"You know the waitress?" Huornja said incredulously.
She noticed a dull flush creeping up his neck and grinned. Cassy waved over the waitress, and didn't bother to lower her voice when she said, "I think he likes you!"
At this Medigan went bright red and tried to hide under the table in something of a cower. Cassy quickly tried to remember everything she knew about Hermione Bagwa, the waitress. Nothing brilliant sprung to mind but she needn't have bothered.
"He does, does he?" the waitress smiled tightly at Huornja. "Perhaps next time he'd better say it for himself. What would you like?"
"Leia" grinned suddenly, trying to think of the most potent thing possible. "A...Mad Mrelf?"
Bagwa shot her a look which could easily be read.
"Okay then..." Cassy tried again. "Juri Juice?"
The waitress turned to the guard who could only make a strangled noise from the back of his throat. Hermione jotted down Cassy's order then on second thought, added another one, winking at Huornja. "I'm to assume you'll take the same as her."
When she'd gone, Medigan recovered himself and hissed across the table, "I'll get you for that, Leia Jade!"
"Oops," Cassy said innocently.
Sitting a tad more upright in the seat, he began peering out the window distractedly. He didn't even notice when his Juri Juice was dumped in front of him by the android waitress, WA-7. Cassy also looked out and marvelled at just how much the scenery looked like those generated for the movies. There were many air taxis, speeders and cargo transports taking off. And rising high up on the horizon were the imposing spires of the Jedi Temple.
She sighed and slumped back in her seat. Just imagine, she thought, all that will be gone very soon...But she could think of something that would happen much, much quicker - she'd get to catch a glimpse of two of her Hollywood (or is it Coruscant now?) crushes.
She leant over the table. "Can we go now? I want to check out the Jedi Temple." "
Why?" Huornja asked suspiciously. "It's nothing special, Leia."
Cassy mustered up her best pout and crossed her arms. Medigan stared at her levelly for a moment before throwing his arms up in frustration. "Alright! I'll pay the bill, shall I?"
Fiddling with something that could be classified as credits, he waved over WA-7, but Hermione Bagwa dashed over the quickest. Remembering that both waitresses fought for mastery of the diner, Cassy suppressed a giggle as Bagwa took the credits, offering Huornja her most flattering smile. Cassy did not fail to notice that the waitress slid her comlink code across to the blushing guard.
When at last they'd made it outside the diner, Cassy burst out, "See? I knew you liked her. Now can we please, please go to the Jedi Temple?"
A class group of excited ten year olds whispered amongst themselves in the entrance hall of the temple, ignoring their teacher who was desperately trying to get them into line for the tour. Cassy and Huornja Medigan joint them, the guard obviously bored - perhaps he had taken the tour before?
"Pst! Hey, Huornja." Cassy tugged at his elbow. "Do you think I'll get to see Yoda?"
The guard shot her a look which could have been exasperated. Cassy decided to drop the point, for she had noticed a Jedi Master approaching the group briskly. This changed the obsessed fan's line of thought. She excitedly whispered into Medigan's ear, "That's Shaak Ti! She's a Togruta..."
She desisted in this as soon as the Jedi arrived. Huornja smirked to himself - obviously his new friend wasn't about to rattle off all she knew in front of a Jedi. He had to admit himself, they were pretty freaky people to be on the wrong side of. This particular one with her contrasting red, blue and white markings made her seem extremely hostile. The guard rested a hand on his concealed blaster. It didn't have much power, but if things got messy...
Cassy excitedly followed the school children, even though she was far taller. Feeling quite out of place, he tagged along after her and staked out possible exits. "Leia" was hardly listening to the guide, but noted that most of it sounded out-of-the-textbook. Shaak Ti moved gracefully as she spoke, "Jedi begin their lifelong training when they are recognised as gifted children. They accept a life of total dedication and self-sacrifice to become diplomat-warriors. As initiates..."
At this, Cassy (who'd been gawping in at the lightsabre practices) jumped in, "Yeah, yeah, I know this part of the Visual Dictionary too. Lemme guess - As initiates, they train together until they are accepted as Padawans, or apprentice learners. Am I good or am I good?"
Huornja was busily looking everywhere else and trying to appear inconspicuous. Shaak Ti looked interestedly over at Cassy who finally seemed to have realised she'd interrupted the guide. The girl nervously looked down at her daggy slippers.
"Sorry," she muttered to the floor.
Shaak Ti continued with the tour, seemingly quoting one of Cassy's favourite Star Wars books. Soon enough, she was sniggering and trying to hide her grin behind a hand. Medigan did not see what was funny and settled for wondering miserably why he had agreed in taking her to the Jedi Temple. It was impossible to tell from the outside, but he was beginning to suspect her.
The rest of the tour went without event until they went past the small docking station on one of the higher levels. Cassy was getting very bored and annoyed that she couldn't pick up where the rest of the Jedi's words came from and had begun to look out the large windows. Seeing a small cruiser pulling in, she checked it out with interest. It wasn't one she'd seen in the movies...
...and out stepped her two most favourite characters in the fantasy world.
"Oh. My. God," Cassy blurted out and grabbed Medigan's wrist. "That's Obi- Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker!"
The guard actually looked over. "So you've heard of them as well, huh? There's lots of talk from some business ten years ago. Big deal. We're being left behind, come on."
"Leia" walked absently, staring fixedly at the docking station until it was out of sight. She picked up her tune when out of sight of her heroes, "Did you know that Yoda has a green lightsabre? MAD! I want one. Do you think they'd notice if one of their glowey tubes went missing?"
Her companion rubbed his forehead and groaned. Clearly this wasn't his idea of spending the extended leave he had been given. He was in for another moment of embarrassment when Cassy realised they had just followed their guide into the Jedi Archives.
"Screw the movies!" she announced happily, "This is way cooler. Check out the busts of the "Lost 20"! Cool! Ooh, holocrons!"
Huornja decided that it was definitely time to leave. He briefly exchanged words with Shaak Ti (only a few seconds) and dragged Cassy to a turbolift and did not speak to her until they were on board.
"Have you no sense?" he demanded angrily. "You told me you'd not been here before. How is it you know so much about everything?"
She merely inspected her bitten nails without interest. "I read a lot. There are even spoilers and random facts on the Inter...I mean, Holonet. Now will you quit worrying? All you have to do is let the O Flannelled one move you around on the chessboard."
Huornja Medigan had reached the end of his patience. "If you don't start making sense..."
"Look!" Cassy bit back. "You want to know? It's all in movies and books. It's just some crap that movie director George Lucas came up with in the seventies! First it started with big bad guy Darth Vader blowing up the remnants of the Jedi! Oh wait, I forgot, he's frickin' Anakin Skywalker turned evil after having a couple of kids with your stupid Senator! Natalie Portman isn't even pretty!"
The lift reached the level on which Medigan's air speeder and the guard pulled her inside and drew out his blaster. "All right - tell me, where you have hidden the type writer."