6. Extra Info That I Forgot
There was still a lot to do between my two most recent entries.
1. We had to scrape together the entry fee to get into the Podrace. We returned to the junk shop and Qui-Gon made a deal with Watto. Even Watto was smart enough to see what a great bargain Qui-Gon was offering him. If I won the race, Watto would get to keep everything except the parts Qui-Gon needed. If I lost the race, Watto got himself a Nubian starship.
2. We went home to get our Pod ready for the race. Padme, Jar Jar, and R2-D2 all pitched in. Two Radon-Ulzer turbines connected to a small trailing Pod by steelton control cables. So it's practically a beauty. And I gave it a test. The thing's working!
And it leads to a memorable moment achieved by moi.
P.S. Before I went to bed for the night, I sat on the porch with Qui-Gon as we looked up at all the stars. As we talked, Qui-Gon was dabbing some blood off a place where I cut myself. I was so busy imagining what it would be like to go out and visit all those solar systems that I almost didn't notice when he scraped some of my blood onto a comlink chip. When I asked him what he was doing, he said he was simply checking my blood for infections. I suspected there was another reason...