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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14. The Lightsaber Fencing Tournament

After learning the tryouts for the Lightsaber Fencing Tournament were next week, Ammon, Ronald, and Eegan continued to practice. Ronald did learn not to practice inside. Once he came into the dorm after practice and flipped randomly. His thumb hit the lightsaber button, igniting the blade and cutting off a huge chunk on the left side of the couch. Thus he had to sit on that side until they could get it fixed, which he accepted. He thought it was provoking when Yoda noticed him and gave him some encouragement, although he figured he was only trying to help. And he still thought Yoda really liked him.

Mr. Maulpres, however, definitely didn't like Ronald. In fact, Ronald was starting to think he disliked everyone. The week before the tryouts, all the kids took their seats and noticed Principal Mar wasn't there to teach. And then Mr. Maulpres walked in and used the Force to shut the window. He walked to the front and said, "Turn to page 293."

Everyone was shocked, but did as he said.

"I am your teacher this week," he said. "Why Antilles is gone you do not need to know."

That period, he gave them a quiz on the history of Xim's Empire, prior to the founding of the Galactic Republic in 25,000 B.B.Y. Ronald tried to explain that Principal Antilles hadn't taught that to them yet, but Mr. Maulpres replied, "That doesn't matter, Mr. Potter. You should know it anyway."

"But that's ancient history!" Vernon butted in.

"Your grade in this class is about to make history," Maulpres replied coldly.

Most of the Padawans got bad grades, but Mr. Maulpres waved that off when Eegan and Annabeth both got A's.

***

Annabeth was the first to do the obstacle course, and Draco was the second. Ronald was the third.

As for Ronald, he cleared the 100-meter dash in 22 seconds, and passed the treadmill test flawlessly. After proving he could Force-jump and touch the ceiling, and successfully doing a triple somersault, Ronald used his lightsaber to cut through bread and deflect low-energy laser blasts.

The combat remote left, and Ronald stepped ahead to the finish line. This was also the start line, as he had made his way back to start. Yoda and Mr. Maulpres were waiting.

"Hmm...very good. Thank you, Ronald," Yoda said. RW-12 beeped, and T-3PO marked his clipboard. They were keeping score of times, but T-3PO distracted several Padawans with his incessant talking. Silva was next, and started across the 100-meter dash.

"The odds of Silva winning the 100-meter dash in 12 seconds is approximately 470 thousand to one," T-3PO said. Startled, Silva tripped, and just like that, was disqualified.

Yoda was about to give him another chance, but Mr. Maulpres spoke first: "I think we can all learn a lesson from Silva. A Jedi must be able to focus, and ignore distractions."

***

Ammon, Eegan, and Ronald wanted to keep practicing after tryouts. So they put their money together and ordered their own training droid. It was helping Ronald to improve. Annabeth, Tegan, and June came over to practice with them a few times. Ronald was impressed, and watched her with hopes to learn from her technique.

They also let Severus borrow the droid. He only said he would borrow it for a few hours, but Ammon finally had to go and get it after two days. When they got it back, it was slightly dented, and one of the lasers didn't work. There was also some sticky gum on the top. Eegan said he was surprised they hadn't seen it coming, and it was probably because they were too nice. Ronald shrugged. Being nice isn't a bad thing; we just won't let Severus borrow it again.

Later, all the Padawans played dodgeball together. Although several students employed Force techniques to dodge the balls, Greer could predict Bill's next move and knock him out. Ronald caught a ball as well...and then another hit him on the head, knocking him unconscious briefly.

Several minutes later, Ronald woke up to see Ammon looking over him. "Did we win?" he asked.

"No," said Ammon, "but you knocked Vernon out by catching the ball!"

Ronald sat up and smiled. "Oh, well that's a win!"

Before Ammon could reply, the loudspeaker came on: "Ronald Potter, Ammon Kendels, Seveurs Umbridge, Eegan Reich, Tegan Merra, Annabeth Skywalker, June Rey, Greer, and Pansy Lestrange, please come to the office."

That was most of the dodgeball team. Everyone filed out and made for the office. When they arrived, there was exciting news for them all: They all qualified for the Lightsaber Fencing Tournament.

I did it! "So, who are our captains?" Ronald asked the principal.

"One team will be led by Ammon Kendels, and the second will be led by Severus Umbridge," Principal Antilles replied. "You two can choose your teams now. One at a time."

"Ronald," Ammon replied immediately. Ronald was surprised, but quickly stepped up. No doubt Severus will pick Vernon first...

"Pansy," Severus replied.

Ronald was surprised, and based on Vernon's frown he was probably just as shocked.

"Annabeth," said Ammon.

"Vernon," said Severus.

When they were done, Eegan and Tegan were also with Ammon, and Greer and June were with Severus.

"You are dismissed," said Antilles. "I have written down your teams. Back to class."

Vernon gave Ronald a dirty look as he left. "I can't wait to crush you!"

"I know," Ronald replied calmly.

The Lightsaber Fencing Tournament had taken a lot of time, so Ronald wasn't quite finished with the next few comics. Since half the newspaper staff was in the tournament, he figured the next issue would be a little late anyway. There was a lot to do, which pleased Ronald as well as overwhelmed him. It kept him busy enough to stop thinking about Pilot Academy as much. But that's when he realized he was thinking less about it anyway. It's hard to imagine leaving all my friends here now...

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