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DARK ILLUSIONSChapter 8



With no reply from Jedi Master Adi Gallia in several days, Mace Windu calls for an emergency session with the members of the Jedi Council remaining on Coruscant.


    



Mace Windu: Based on the conversation with Obi-Wan and Skywalker, I sent a transmission to Adi requesting her to report on her progress. It has been five days now, and I have yet to receive any reply.

Ki-Adi Mundi: Is it possible the message did not reach her on Adaven?



    



Mace Windu: According to the transmitter, the message was accepted by her Gunship. It is unlike her to go this long without any communications.





Obi-Wan Kenobi: Could she be in danger, Master?

Mace Windu: It’s possible, however unlikely. I reviewed the scouting reports with Adi before she left. The last Clone intelligence stated the Droid Armies were driven out of that system completely. Nearly all inhabitants of Adaven were able to flee to surrounding systems.






Shaak Ti: With a full crew, any problem with the communication equipment would have been fixed. My feelings tell me there is something seriously wrong.

Yoda: Very mysterious, this is…






Mace Windu: There’s more. We’ve lost the signal from the homing beacon aboard her Gunship. Even if there was a communication problem, we should still be able to locate her by use of the homing beacon.





Shaak Ti: We should send another squad to verify what has happened. The longer we delay, the bigger this problem may become.





Ki-Adi Mundi: I concur with Shaak Ti. If the Chancellor or Senate discovers we have lost communication with Adi and Commander Deviss, they will assume the Separatists have taken back the Adaven system. The Clones will then be ordered back to the system.





Yoda: Need that, we do not. Only more problems, this will become for the Jedi and the Chancellor.





Obi-Wan Kenobi: Anakin and I are ready to go. He has been very uneasy about this whole situation.





Yoda: Only increase, would Skywalker’s frustration. A calmer, more experienced Jedi should go.





Mace Windu: I agree with Yoda. We can send Aayla Secura. She can leave immediately with Commander Bly and a small squad from the Star Corps.





Obi-Wan Kenobi: I understand, Master. Anakin won’t take to this kindly, I’m afraid.

Mace Windu: He will respect the decision of the Council.






Yoda: Quiet we must keep, until we have confirmation from Aayla.

Mace Windu: Agreed. Patience is our ally in this situation.






Mace Windu: May the Force be with Aayla…and Adi.









Anakin Skywalker: Another Council meeting? Glad I missed it.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Who are you kidding? You were probably outside the door, just hoping to overhear something.






Anakin Skywalker: Only to be sure you get us the best assignment, Master. I would hate to get stuck with a boring assignment, like negotiating a peace agreement between Jawas and droids.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Actually, that does sound interesting. Nevertheless………the meeting was in regards to Master Gallia.






Anakin Skywalker: When do we leave?





Obi-Wan Kenobi: We don’t, Anakin. The Council is concerned that she has not responded to Master Windu’s transmission.





Obi-Wan Kenobi: She may be in danger. The Council selected Aayla Secura to investigate the situation.

Anakin Skywalker: What?!






Anakin Skywalker: How could they NOT have chosen us??? We are the best suited for this mission or any other mission!! It was my vision, Obi-Wan, that prompted Mace to contact Master Gallia in the first place!!

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Calm down, Anakin. THIS is the reason why we weren’t selected. You have become too emotional.






Obi-Wan Kenobi: I want to go just as much as you do. We don’t know what has happened to Master Gallia, nor if Grievous was involved. We must remain patient. Aayla Secura will depart for Adaven as soon as possible.





Obi-Wan Kenobi: Meanwhile, you must calm yourself. You must stay focused on…

Anakin Skywalker: Save it, Obi-Wan. I don’t have time for another lecture.






Obi-Wan Kenobi: (sigh)



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