Ronald Potter And The Gamorrean From Coruscant: Ronald Potter Year 2

Ronald's second year at the Jedi Temple. He finally survived his first year, leaving him to think his second year would be a breeze. He couldn't be more wrong. Ronald feels like he's drifting away from his friends, and it only makes matters worse when Ronald discovers he's not the extraordinary pilot he thought he was. When the school bullies take Ronald under their wing, he decides they aren't so bad...or are they? This year, Ronald will have to survive another encounter with Darth Vadermort, alien poetry tests, menacing robots, cyberbullies, more lightsaber battles, and worst of all, his apparently traitorous crush, Annabeth.

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9. Spring Break With Ammon

Spring Break had finally come. Ronald and Mr. Potter stood by their starship.

"Do you have everything you need for Ammon's house?" Mr. Potter asked.

"I think so," Ronald replied, and climbed into the passenger seat.

"Do you want to run the prelaunch sequence for my starship?" Mr. Potter offered as he climbed into the ship.

Ronald grinned. "Really?"

"I know you can do it," he replied.

Both of them traded seats, and Ronald put on his dad's helmet. He looked ahead and began to fiddle with the controls.

He quickly got the hang of them. "Input destination: Obroa-Skai. Check mirrors. Engines activated. Ready to go!"

"Good job, Ron, just one more thing," said Mr. Potter. "You forgot the parking brake."

"Oh, yeah," said Ronald. After flipping one last switch, the ship engaged to hyperspace.

***

The following day, Ronald was supposed to go with Ammon and Mr. Kendels to visit the Museum of Applied Photonics, but there was some sort of problem. The security guard refused to let Ronald in.

"Can he please come?" Mr. Kendels pressed. "I'm supposed to accompany him."

"NO," the guard said flatly.

Mr. Kendels sighed. "Guess you have to stay in the food court, Ronald."

"OK," Ronald groaned.

"Hey, do you want me to stay with you?" Ammon asked.

"No, you should go ahead," said Ronald. "While you can."

"OK," said Ammon. "Guess I'm coming with you, Dad."

Ronald headed back to the food court. I expected him to insist on staying!

Ronald knew they were only leaving to pick up a few things, but then it took almost 3 hours. When they returned, they apologized for the holdup and told Ronald they were going to the Obroan Institute for Archaeology, where Mr. Kendels worked.

"OK," said Ronald. I probably won't be able to go in there, either. So I'm bringing my sketchbook with me for sure.

However, Ronald was permitted to this museum. After walking across a hall, Mr. Kendels signaled a right. His office was in that door. They all stepped inside.

"This is my office," said Mr. Kendels with a smile.

"Wow!" said Ronald, looking around.

Mr. Kendels pointed to a large shelf that had already caught Ronald's eye. "These are some of the Jedi artifacts I've been studying." As he spoke, he pointed to each object he named. "Vintage Force crystals...the arm of an ancient war droid...the unknown holocron...an ancient prototype lightsaber...an Ossus robe, programmed. Here, take a look at this ancient text. It was made by Empress Teta at the start of the Great Sith War."

"Woah!" said Ronald, and opened the handbook. However, his hand pulled the first crinkled page a bit too roughly, and it ripped halfway. Oh, no!

"Here, we'll just put this away," said Mr. Kendels angrily, and snatched the book. "These artifacts are to be handled with extreme care."

"Sorry," Ronald whispered.

Mr. Kendels turned and walked away. "Here, why not take a look at the rest of the museum? Let's go see the new predator species research department." He glared at Ronald. "Just...don't touch anything!"

Why are they mad at me? Ronald thought. He looked grim as he followed Ammon and Mr. Kendels. It was an accident!

That day, Ronald met some of Ammon's friends. They all had a secret handshake, but when Ronald asked, Ammon said he'd have to teach it to him later since it was complicated. Then Ammon's friends invited him to stay and hang out, so Ronald had to sit there until suppertime. It made him feel stupid, especially when they started talking about Holonet videos unavailable on Tatooine.

And then Mr. Kendels walked over. "Ronald, would you like to use the computer in here?"

Ronald looked up. "Really?"

"You just seemed bored," he replied. "Remember, Ammon hasn't seen these guys since the start of your second year. Would you like to?"

"Sure!" said Ronald. He got on Facebook and immediately reached out to Gregory. This is how their chat went:

RONALD P: Hey, Greg. How are things at home?

GREGORY P: Good! How are things at Ammon's house?

RONALD P: Not so great. I feel kind of out of place here. At least Mr. Kendels let me on here.

GREGORY P: That's cool! What have you guys been up to?

RONALD P: We went to Ammon's dad's work and I accidentally ripped a thousand-year-old book.

GREGORY P: Nice!

RONALD P: ? And now Ammon's dad is mad at me.

GREGORY P: Oh, that's so great to hear!

RONALD P: What? What are you talking out? That's bad!

GREGORY P: Er, sorry...I'm chatting with my girlfriend on a separate tab. What's up?

RONALD P: Never mind. I'll talk to you later.

GREGORY P: Hang in there, Ron!

Four days later, it was time to go. By now, Ronald was genuinely shocked that there were no signs of Darth Vadermort.

"Have a good trip back to the Jedi Temple, boys!" said Mr. Potter. They were all at the docking bay on Obroa-Skai.

"Thanks for having us," Ammon said, and turned to Ronald. When Ronald offered no reply, Ammon elbowed him in the stomach. Ronald staggered back and rubbed his stomach. "And thanks for letting Ronald come visit."

"Of course!" Mr. Kendels replied.

Both climbed the ramp and onto the bus. "Why did you elbow me?" Ronald asked angrily.

"You didn't say thank you to my parents," Ammon replied.

Ronald climbed onto the front bus seat, and Ammon followed. "Well, your dad was mad at me the whole time," said Ronald.

"No, he wasn't." Ammon sat down. "Besides, you didn't even apologize for ripping the book."

"Yes, I did," Ronald snapped.

"I didn't hear you," Ammon replied.

"Everyone buckled up?" asked the bus droid. "We should be at Coruscant in just 5 hours!"

Both of them pouted.

After returning to the Jedi Temple, Ronald got back on Facebook and had the following chat:

LIBRARIAN LACKBAR: I spent Spring Break swimming. What did you guys do?

TEGAN: Spent time relaxing and meditating on Ilum.

  VERNON D: I bet it was easy to clear your mind since your head is empty.

AMMON K: Ronald and I checked out Jedi artifacts at the Coruscant History Museum.

  PANSY L: Sounds like you two were on NERD patrol. Or LOSER patrol.

  RONALD P: It wasn't nerdy. A lot of the artifacts were ancient.

  SEVERUS U: Sounds dangerous in the hands of an oaf like you. Did you break anything?

  ANNABETH S: Spent time with my dad.

  VERNON D: Geez, Annabeth, even the way you wrote that bores me to death.

  AMMON K: Come on, Vernon, that's kind of mean.

  VERNON D: Just trying to keep everyone awake here. Whatever.

  SEVERUS U: LOL.

Ronald executed the same backup plan, but the latter was still annoying him.

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