Ronald Potter And The Labyrinth Of Doom: Ronald Potter Year 3

Ronald Potter's third year at the Jedi Temple and his last year as a Youngling. He's been busier than ever learning how to fly starships, swimming in the Lake County on Naboo, studying for the obstacle course exam, and even tracking dozens of voorpak clones. But now someone's setting him up to get in trouble with everyone. Will he find out who it is and stop him? Or will he flunk out of school? Read to find out!

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8. Arrival Of Lily's Friends

Lily Vane's friends were coming from Ossus. As a result, Mr. Maulpres wrote a letter on G-mail to inform everyone:

ATTENTION, ALL CORUSCANT JEDI PADAWANS!

THIS WEEK, STUDENTS FROM THE ACADEMY ON OSSUS WILL VISIT OUR SCHOOL! SINCE LILY VANE KNOWS THEM, SHE WILL ACT AS THEIR GUIDE, BUT DURING THIS VISIT, ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ACCOMMODATE OUR GUESTS!

YOU WILL BE REPRESENTING OUR SCHOOL, SO PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME FIND NEW WAYS TO MOTIVATE YOU TO BEHAVE WITH RESPECT, OR YOUR FAILURE WILL BE COMPLETE!

AND I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANY COMPLAINING!

~MR. MAULPRES

Later, Ronald, Annabeth, Ammon, and June were doing homework together when Lily Vane headed inside excitedly.

"Hey, guys!" Lily said. "My friends are here, come meet them!" 

Ronald, Bill, Annabeth, Eegan, June, and Ammon followed Lily across the hall. 

"They're pretty excited," Lily said on the way there. "I told them all about you guys!"

"These are my friends--Leo, Plitch, Shari, Hugh, and Roxi."

"Sup," said Hugh with a wave.

"Whoa," said Ronald.

"Hi!" said Bill.

Ronald peered over to Ammon's ear. "Do you notice anything about them?"

"Yeah, they're like, really cool versions of us!" Ammon replied.

"Totally," said Ronald, backing away from Ammon.

At first, the Padawans were all intimidated by the other students from Ossus. They played some soccer and they were all awesome. Some were even better than Lily! Then they sat in their math class with them and they were apparently ahead of them because they knew all the equations they were working on. They weren't jerks about it, though.

And then Ronald and the others realized there were some things they did better than the Padawans from Ossus. They were writing poems in Creative Writing Class, and even they knew that some of what they wrote was pretty bad.

For instance, Hugh finished his poem:

"...we rushed into the latter bay,

And we knew this move wasn't gay.

I tried to lift a rock with the Force,

But then I smelled a sock, of course."

There was a smatter of polite applause.

"Ha, ha!" said Vernon. "You're even worse than Ronald!" He immediately began laughing at them. However, the students simply laughed with him. Vernon growled in annoyance.

During lunch, Annabeth saw the new students and called to them from where she was sitting with Ronald and her friends. "Hey, Lily! You and your friends can sit with us."

"Thanks, Annabeth!" said Lily.

Everyone sat down.

It eluded Annabeth when she suddenly realized nobody had meat with their salad, like Lily did. "Are all of you guys vegetarian?" she asked finally.

"Pretty much," said Lily.

"Why?" asked Annabeth.

"I don't eat meat because I love animals," said Plitch.

"My body can only process plants for food," said Hugh.

"The environment on my planet can't sustain enough animals for eating," said Shari.

Just then, June realized Bill's salad had no eye meatballs or roast tongue on the side either. "Bill, you're vegetarian now, too?"

"Is it because it takes less time to cook?" asked Ronald.

"No," Bill replied. "Gammy's vegetarian dishes taste better than the tongue and eyeball meat plates." 

Ronald looked surprised. "It tastes good?"

Bill cringed. "No, just better."

Suddenly, Ronald felt a jerk of pain. Then he fell onto the table, hunched over.

Suddenly, he felt a jerk in his head, causing him to grunt in pain. And then he suddenly saw a moving image of the Museum of Archaeology, with Darth Vadermort, who was now at large, entering it.

There was a flash of images, causing Ronald's physical form to flinch. A blast of Force lightning, a picture of Mr. Kendels (Ammon's father), a view of the Room of Artifacts, and he saw Darth Vadermort pinning Mr. Kendels to the ground, holding him at bladepoint with his lightsaber. Darth Tenebrous, his apprentice, was behind him, as was a snake Ronald did not recognize.

And then he heard Darth Vadermort's deep yet shrill voice: "Tell me, Kendels."

"It was moved from here! Someone stole it!" Mr. Kendels sputtered.

"Who was it?" Darth Vadermort replied, maintaining the angle of his weapon. "Who stole it?"

Mr. Kendels did not respond.

Darth Vadermort extended his hand toward Mr. Kendels' forehead. Finally, he stopped and lowered his arm. "Has the weapon been recovered?"

"Yes...yes, it has..." Mr. Kendels gasped.

Darth Vadermort released him and turned to his troops. "Tenebrous, take Vladamir and get out of here. Again, do not harm my snake. The rest of you are to scan every room to confirm account of this worker's word."

Just then, Ronald opened his eyes.

"Are you all right?" asked Annabeth.

Ronald looked up. A Force vision, no doubt. Ammon's father is in danger. He just sat there in stunned silence.

And finally, he spoke. "Darth Vadermort has found Mr. Kendels."

"Ammon's father?"

"He wants something, wants it desperately. I don't know what. I mean, it's as if he can't live without it."

"It disturbs me," said Annabeth. "Darth Vadermort is building an army, and the Jedi are just...training us."

"I couldn't agree more," said Ronald.

In Lightsaber Construction Class, the Padawans all tried their lightsabers.

Ronald was about to put away his own weapon when Plitch suddenly walked up to him. "Ronald, how do you get that shade of blue on your lightsabber?" he asked. "Mine keeps turning muddy yellow."

Ronald smiled. "You have to line the batteries so they all focus the energy into one, and make sure your crystal is blue and has...done in less than three years of use."

"Okay," said Plitch, and left to try Ronald's advice. "Thanks, Ronald."

Ronald felt good as he turned back to Mr. Maulpres. That's what Ronald liked about the Ossus students--they knew they weren't the best at everything, but don't worry about it. They just concentrate on what they do well. And they all worked together, instead of constantly trying to beat one another at everything.

Throughout the next week, the Jedi Temple was even more crowded as Jedi students from the Ossus Campus visited the Coruscant Campus, which was already crowded with visiting Jedi professors. Fortunately, long lines for the bathroom proved to be infrequent and the biggest problem seemed to be Jedi and Padawans stepping on each other's robes. Master Yoda was happy with the visit, declaring that, "The merrier, the more! Heh heh."

On the other hand, Mr. Maulpres was less excited. "Don't we already have enough kids to endure?" he asked Master Yoda. When the visitors left, Mr. Maulpres was indeed the only one who did not miss them from the start.

Later, Ronald saw Bill walking across the hall. To his surprise, he was wearing a black, long robe just like the Ossus students. "Bill you got a new outfit?"

Bill stopped and turned to Ronald. "Oh, yeah. I spilled some of Gammy's cooking on my old outfit, and you know those never come out."

Before Bill had even finished his sentence, Eegan came walking up.

"Nice new outfit, Eegan!" said Bill.

"This?" said Eegan. "Oh, yeah, my old robes had a big hole in them."

Just then, June came walking up, clad in like Ossus robes. "Hi, guys!"

Ronald looked shocked.

"New outift?" Bill inquired.

"Yeah, my mom just happened to send this to me," said June.

Just then, Librarian Lackbar came walking up, clad in Ossus robes. "I see all of you are wearing Ossus-style robes. Me, too!" She grinned. "Aren't we cool?"

Looking down, June frowned. "I'm going to go change clothes."

"Me, too," said Eegan.

"Me, too," said Bill.

Ronald smiled. I figured that was the case...

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