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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9. Going Downtown

Ronald was working on a homework sheet when Ammon suddenly walked up to him.

"Hey, Ronald," he said. "I'm going to go meet June."

Ronald looked up and got to his feet, grabbing his papers as he did. "I'll come with you."

In the hallway, Ammon explained that June was doing some practice focus training.

As they entered the classroom, Ronald asked, "What's her focus, anyway?"

"Multitasking." Ammon pointed to June, who was reading a book while using one hand to lift a cup with the Force and the other to hold a lightsaber to deflect laserfire. Master M'Batee was holding a timer.

"Hi, Ammon! Hi, Ron!" she said. "I'll be done in a few minutes."

Ronald and Ammon both sat down.

"Have you figured out what you're focusing on for individual training?" Ronald asked.

Ammon put his hand on his chin. "Not yet. Principal Antilles said I should keep meditating about it."

Ronald grinned. "Maybe that could be your focus--meditation!"

Ammon scratched his chin. "Hmm..."

***

Later, Ronald came across a poster marked, "JEDI TEMPLE TALENT SHOW." He peered in closer and began to read:

JEDI TEMPLE TALENT SHOW

Start preparing now! What's your secret ability? Share yours with your fellow Padawans at the Jedi Temple Talent Show!

Use the Force (if you want to).

You will have five minutes maximum. If you are not done, loud annoying music will play until you leave the stage.

No smoke, fire, or pyrotechnics please.

Have fun, and don't be afraid of being embarrassed!*

GRAND PRIZE: Entry of your work on the front page of the paper, Jedi Medallion, presented by Draco Goyle, Student Council President and emcee

*By appearing in the Talent Show, you consent to having your performance recorded and posted to Facebook.

Ronald proceeded on to P.E. He knew Jedi had to be prepared for numerous situations, but this did not render him prepared for Kitnum hurling him at a lightsaber-wielding Eegan. However, it seemed that all their training immediately kicked in. Nobody was even hurt, except Greer. But that did not count, for he got hurt while they were stretching. They also had to train extra-hard, because they were going on an overnight trip and would not have regular classes for a few days. Master Yoda had been inspired by the Ossus students' visit, so he wanted them to stay in downtown Coruscant. Ronald secretly suspected the guest Jedi mentors actually thought of it, because they wanted a break.

***

The sun was high in the sky. All the Padawans stood together with rapt attention. Mr. Maulpres stood at the front, inches from a building. "You have the rest of the day to explore," he said, "but stay with your assigned groups! Meet back here at 1800."

Ronald turned to Bill. "What group are you?"

"I'm Three," Bill replied.

"I'm Two," said Ronald.

Just then, Vernon walked up. "Group Two? Hey, just like old times, Ron!"

Ronald looked over. Really?

With that, Ronald Potter, Vernon Dudley, Draco Goyle, and Greer headed into the industry.

"What shall we do?" asked Vernon.

"The Galactic Museum is this way," said Ronald, pointing.

Vernon scowled. "Ugh, no way. Boring."

"Look over there!" Draco pointed. "The Internet News is filming over there."

Vernon made for the news reporter. "Let's get on the news!"

Making faces, they all made for the news camera as Ronald watched. Finally, he had enough and Force-pulled them away.

"Ronald, what did you do that for?" asked Draco, getting up.

"Now everyone will know how stupid you are," said Ronald.

Vernon's look immediately feinted to mock-innocence. "I was only trying to spruce up the video."

"Vernon's right," said Greer.

"Whatever," said Vernon. "Let's go this way."

Ronald fumed.

Vernon proceeded to head into the industrial district, and Ronald angrily followed them.

Finally, Vernon signaled a halt. He then turned to Ronald, Greer, and Draco. "Let's mess around in some shops."

Ronald pointed the other way. "No, let's go back. We're not supposed to be this far from the hotel."

"Afraid you'll get in trouble, Ron?" Vernon taunted. "Or just afraid?"

"Hmph."

Ronald froze in place. "Shhh! That was Mr. Maulpres!"

Vernon smirked. "You're so scared, you're hearing things!"

Ronald dashed into the nearest store. "No! I know that sound! Hide!"

Reluctantly, Draco, Greer, and Vernon followed him inside and hid by the front window. Soon, a familiar figure came walking up to them.

"It is Mr. M!" Vernon whispered.

"Shh!" hissed Draco.

"He's coming this way!" whispered Ronald. His heart was pounding in his chest; his feet felt like they would buckle. As Mr. Maulpres passed by, Ronald put his hands over his mouth and held his breath. Sweat was beginning to form on his forehead as he shivered. Must...not...breathe...

And then Mr. Maulpres passed them by.

Ronald immediately let out his breath, and the trembling stopped. "Phew!"

Vernon stepped away and began to look around. "You worry too much, Ron."

Ronald pouted. "Can we go now?"

Vernon picked up a pack of cards. "Don't you want to shop? This is the kind of junk at your house, right?"

As it turned out, Ronald did not even get to take any of the notes he was required to take. He was not even interested by what his teammates were doing, but Vernon was acting as if he were cool. To Ronald, he just looked like an idiot.

The next day, Ronald was relieved when they switched groups, and Ronald joined up with Ammon Kendels, Annabeth Skywalker, and Tegan Courtney. They went to CoCo Town together, which was the Collective Commerce District. It was full of "exclusive" stores that merely sold things you could buy for a cheaper price at other stores. Themed diners were also popular there, and the team made a goal of visiting as many as possible. They gave up by the time they reached the fourth one - the Slug Diner, which was shaped like a space slug and served like foods.

Ronald felt it was much more fun being with a group that actually felt like a team.

***

Later, after the field trip, Ronald caught Draco copying his answers (again).

"Quit copying my answers, Draco!" he said angrily.

"I'm not copying you, don't be ridiculous," said Draco. "Look!"

Ronald peered over and looked at his sheet. Then he recoiled. "You're totally copying! That's my essay answer in the same words!"

Draco smiled slightly. "Maybe you should change your answer."

Ronald pouted. "Maybe I should tell Master Yoda that you're cheating."

"You mean, that you're cheating?"

"Huh?"

Draco pulled out a camera he had been hiding. "I have the evidence stored right here." On it, he showed Ronald a rigged picture he had just taken. "Hm. Looks like you're copying my answers, Ron."

Not only were Vernon Dudley and Mr. Maulpres out to get Ronald, now Draco Goyle was starting to annoy him more than ever. The worst part was the way he cheated, making it almost impossible to get him in trouble for it. Ronald thought he was a slimeball, which even gave him the urge to wash his hands every time Draco was nearby. Draco apologized to him for cheating (again, since it wasn't the first time), and said he was trying to be better despite everyone else being smarter than him. Ronald knew he was just looking for ways to not have to work hard. He suspected that deep down, Draco thought he was the genius. At least he's not as bad as Vernon...

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