Ronald Potter And The Jedi Holocron: Ronald Potter Year 1

Ronald Potter's first year at the Jedi Temple. Ron's one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his brother, father, and grandfather. But just as he is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot Academy, he is invited to attend the Jedi Temple--a school that he didn't apply for and that only recruits 1-year-olds...until now. Now under the tutelage of Master Yoda, Ron learns that he possesses more strength and potential than he could have dreamed.

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15. Ammon Kendels vs. Severus Umbridge

"Ronald, aren't you nervous?" Silva asked during a lecture by Master Yoda.

"About what?" Ronald asked.

"The tournament," Silva replied.

"Oh, that? I think I'm ready."

"Yeah? Well, Vernon said he can't wait to crush you."

"And be sure to tell him I'm going to enjoy watching him cry when he loses!" Vernon called from two rows away.

"Thanks, Silva, I think I'm going to be OK," Ronald said.

Just then, Yoda finished. "And now, begin your test will. One hour, you have."

Did I miss something? Ronald thought. Then he noticed the test on his desk. A moment later, Yoda set the timer. A few minutes later, Ronald noticed Draco watching his test sheet. Ronald looked over angrily and put his elbows on his sheet.

Draco snatched his test away with an angry look. "Hey! Don't look at my test, Ron!"

Ronald looked confused, then got back to work.

Later, Ronald walked toward Mr. Maulpres' class with Ammon and Annabeth. "So, are you nervous, Ron?" Ammon asked.

"Why does everyone keep asking me that?" Ronald replied.

"Well, it is your first tournament," said Ammon.

"It can be really intense!" seconded Annabeth.

"But...it's just sports," said Ronald.

"Yes, but this is where heroes are made!" Ammon replied. "Winning the tournament is a great honor; all the greatest Jedi win it. Lose, and you could be destined for farm duty..."

Ronald gulped. Maybe I should be nervous...

He couldn't even sleep that night. I'll consider the tournament a victory as long as I don't throw up face-to-face with my opponent, he thought as he stared up at the ceiling. I hope they don't pit me against Severus, because he'll probably embarrass me and win quickly. I bet I'll have to fence Vernon, which will be the most annoying thing ever if he beats me.

***

Finally, the tournament began. It opened with Prinicipal Mar announcing, "Welcome to the Annual Lightsaber Fencing Tournament! Please, no flash holophotography during the matches."

As a demonstration, Yoda dueled Mr. Maulpres. Mr. Maulpres swung fast, but Yoda parried the strike and leaped over him, disarming him before he landed. Before Mr. Maulpres could use the Force to call his lightsaber to him, Yoda landed and struck him with his lightsaber. Because the weapons had all been set on low power before the fight, Yoda's lightsaber did not kill Maulpres. Applause followed, and Yoda smiled slightly.

Annabeth was pitted against Greer. After a short bout of bladework with the Rodian, Annabeth won the duel when a blade-lock worked in her favor.

Ronald was pitted against Pansy. Ronald opened with a basic swipe, but Pansy seemed to expect that. She blocked the move and slashed Ronald.

Eegan was pitted against June. Both slashed at each other at the same time, beginning a blade-lock. Eegan kept his weapon braced against June's...and speed-glitched out from under. Before Shi-Fara could spin around, Eegan slashed her in the back.

Tegan was pitted against Vernon. Vernon slashed at Tegan several times before their blades locked. It wasn't hard for Vernon to redirect the blades on top of his opponent.

Ammon was pitted against Severus. Both of them exchanged several blurry swipes with their weapons before their blades locked. Ammon broke the contact and attacked anew. Unable to keep up with Ammon's attack, Severus lost his footing and fell.

Ammon raised his lightsaber, thinking he had the advantage...then Severus ducked out from under and launched a quick counterattack. Ammon dodged and parried every move.

He raced out from under and made a slash at Severus. Severus blocked and launched his own move. Ammon tried to dodge, but lost his footing and fell. Seeing his chance, Severus brought his blade toward Ammon.

"NO!" Ronald screamed, and extended his hand. Severus' mouth fell open as his lightsaber deactivated an inch from Ammon's head.

Severus stood up and examined his weapon. "Hey! Someone turned off my lightsaber!" Ammon got up and deactivated his blade. "That's cheating!"

Ammon looked confused as he returned Severus' glance toward the teachers.

"Oh. No," Ronald stammered quietly. It was an accident! Why can't anyone see that?

Mr. Maulpres folded his arms. "I think Ammon is disqualified."

Yoda paused before speaking. "Disqualified, Ammon is. Wins the match, Severus does."

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