Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan were walking through the school. Over the last year, they had become very close because of the fencing club’s system of giving new members mentors. Qui-Gon was a sophomore who had been assigned a freshman named Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now Obi-Wan had become a sophomore and Qui-Gon a junior and it was the end of the mentorship. Although he wasn’t his mentor anymore, they were very close friends now. Qui-Gon ran into one of his close friends, Dooku who he stopped by to talk to
“How was your summer? I didn’t get to see you yesterday” he asked
“Oh, you know, just the usual. A much-needed vacation that’s for sure” Qui-Gon said with a chuckle
“You got that right” Dooku replied as Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan left. Qui-Gon had been asked to come to the fencing club room for something
“I bet they gave you another apprentice considering how well you handled me” Obi-Wan says with a chuckle
“Probably” Qui-Gon humbly replied
Qui-Gon went in alone and was gone for a few minutes until he came out with a young freshman.
“Anakin Skywalker, meet Obi-Wan Kenobi” Qui-Gon says, introducing the two
“Pleased to meet you!” Anakin excitedly says as Obi-Wan is overwhelmed with his excitability
“Where is room 167? I have science there first period and I don’t know where it’s at.” Anakin said
“So, you would stay on this floor and turn the corner for this hallway but then turn into this obscure hallway near the labs.” Qui-Gon explains as he’s walking through the halls with Anakin and Obi-Wan.
“Thanks!” Anakin replied as the first bell rang
“Well since you’re there, you might as well go to class” Obi-Wan joked, Qui-Gon gave him a proud dad look, he had been planning to say the same thing. Once Anakin found a spot to sit, he received a text notification from Qui-Gon
*Qui-Gon added Anakin to the group*
Anakin: What is this lol
Qui-Gon: This is just a group with the male fencing club people
Yoda: Simp, we must not
Kit: Yoda, I keep telling you the correct meaning of simp but you never listen!
Obi-Wan: True, having a crush on someone is not simping
Yoda: Crushes lead to infatuation, infatuation leads to love, love leads to simping
Qui-Gon: What would you know? You’ve never been in love
Quinlan: Double ^^^
Mace: I don’t think it takes experience to recognize all this. Just some common sense
Anakin: What does that got to do with anything?
Yoda: E V E R Y T H I N G
Qui-Gon: Don't worry about him. He's weird
Obi-Wan: Qui-Gon! -__-
Anakin put his phone down, unsure of what he just got himself into. The classroom didn’t have traditional desks, it had tables with room for 2 people at one and still face the board. Someone comes in the room and gets Anakin’s attention
“May I sit here?” he asks
“Sure” Anakin says
“The name’s Rex” Rex said, introducing himself to Anakin
“Anakin” Anakin says as the two shake hands
“So, what clubs are you planning to join? I’m gonna try out for football” Rex said proudly
“I joined fencing because it sounds interesting. They already added me to a group chat, so I assume they like me.” Anakin replied
“You should totally try out! A guy like you could totally make the team!” Rex said, trying to encourage Anakin
“Maybe. When are tryouts?” Anakin asked
“Monday” Rex replied
“I’ll think about it” Anakin said
“You totally should” Rex said as the teacher walked into the classroom to begin class
The next day the fencing club met up for their first official meetup for the year. Anakin was fascinated by all the groups sparring. On one side, there was Kit Fisto and Quinlan Vos, another had Aayla Secura and Shaak Ti, another mat had Tiplee and her twin Tiplar according to Qui-Gon telling him who everyone around was.
“Is everyone in this club only in this club?” Anakin asked, thinking back to what Rex had said earlier.
“No. Aayla is actually the new head cheerleader. Tiplar and Tiplee are on the soccer team. Kit is in the water polo club, Luminara is in the religious club.” Qui-Gon explains
“Oh cool” Anakin replies
Obi-Wan got there not too long after, soon after one of the sparring mats became free
“Let me show you a few things” Qui-Gon says as he and Obi-Wan take the newly opened mat to show Anakin what a spar is supposed to look like. It started off slow so Anakin could see the moves and how to counter them. After a few minutes, it started to get faster until Qui-Gon defeated Obi-Wan.
“Your turn, kid!” Obi-Wan said as Qui-Gon gestured Anakin to come up as Obi-Wan went to talk to Plo Koon
“Qui-Gon got another freshman?” Plo asked
“Yea, hopefully, he gets less annoying” Obi-Wan said with a chuckle
“So, are you saying he’s more annoying than me?” Quinlan says, inviting himself to the conversation. He knew Obi-Wan thought he was annoying, but it only fueled him more.
“I never said that” Obi-Wan quipped
“Getting annoyed with Quinlan again?” Dooku said, overhearing the conversation
“Hey! I’m not annoying!” Quinlan said
“Not gonna lie, you can be sometimes” Dooku said before saying “but not all the time” to ensure that Quinlan wouldn’t be upset
Qui-Gon and Anakin finished sparring with Anakin trying to catch his breath
“That was pretty fun, not gonna lie” Anakin said
“Glad you think so” Qui-Gon replied
A few days later, the freshman had their election for their representatives for the student council. They hear speeches from a few people, including Padme Amidala, Rush Clovis and some kid who only goes by Maul among a few other minor candidates. Anakin had never seen a woman as pretty as Padme in his life. Her hair was adorned in gorgeous curls and her eyes were a chocolate brown colour, she had some subtle eyeshadow and mascara on, but they just made her eyes pop even more. Padme may not have noticed Anakin, but Rex did and said “She’s one of the new cheerleaders. I expect her to win this.” As he placed his vote into the box being watched by Palpatine and Bail. Palpatine gave off a weird vibe to a lot of people. Anakin decided to ask Qui-Gon about it next time he saw him.
“By the way. I got invited to a party at Satine’s. She’s a sophomore cheerleader who is close with Padme. I was told to spread the word so consider yourself invited and invite whoever you want.” Rex said as they left the cafeteria
Palpatine saw Anakin cast his vote. Something about the boy drew Palpatine to him. He would be quite useful for his plans to take over the school he thought. But he would need a way to draw him in. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan came into the lobby shortly after Rex left to spread the word about the party. Palpatine knew there was no way he would be able to get to Anakin if Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan were there. He already had a diabolical way to send his superior, a senior named Plagueis to juvie. Palpatine knew of Plagueis’ many crimes and just needed proof that didn’t incriminate himself either. Palpatine had been involved in Plagueis’ bullying ring since he was a freshman. It operated under a rule of two but Palpatine already had a second person to replace Plagueis. Well, he would ascend to Plagueis’ position and his new apprentice, Maul would take his position. Much to Palpatine’s pleasure, he had already found a way.
Plagueis: Wanna cause some chaos
This was exactly what Palpatine needed.
Meanwhile, Anakin was with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan and decided to mention the weird vibe he got earlier
“Does anyone else get a weird vibe from that Palpatine guy?” Anakin asked
“Yea. He seems too sketchy by student council standards” Qui-Gon replied
“Me too. Nobody knows anything about him. He was in one of my classes with me last year and every time the teacher tried to use his first name he would get angry and insist on only being called by his last name” Obi-Wan explained
“There’s a kid like that in one of my classes too, Rush Clovis. But he doesn’t give off the same vibe as Palpatine.” Anakin said
“Maybe it’s because Palpatine’s first name is Sheev” Obi-Wan says while laughing, unable to take Palpatine’s first name seriously.
“People like you are probably why he goes by his last name” Qui-Gon says to Obi-Wan
“it’s still funny” Obi-Wan says as the trio all get a text from the group chat
Kit: We hitting up the arcade this week?
Plo: I assumed so
Qui-Gon: Count me, Anakin, and Obi-Wan in!
Yoda: Come hang out, I will
Mace: So, it’s settled
Dooku: I would assume so
“Last arcade night was pretty fun so I’m excited for this” Anakin said to Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon
“It’s a tradition so hopefully there will be many more!” Qui-Gon says
Plagueis and Palpatine were walking around a store when Plagueis sees a nice speaker.
“Damn, I wish I had the money for that” Plagueis said
“me too” Palpatine said. He had been wearing his hood up to disguise himself. He never spoke to Plagueis at school because it would blow his cover and he would surely be kicked off the student council.
“Wanna steal it?” Plagueis said
“Sure. I’ll be your getaway” Palpatine said as he left to get his speeder. Palpatine had recently gotten a learning permit and was excited to drive for the first time but he had other plans for Plagueis. He knew there was no way he was getting out with that speaker. He took down his hood and just sat there and waited, he could see what was going on and relished in what he knew was about to happen. As he predicted, Plagueis tried to get out with the speaker and the guards stopped him, when he couldn’t provide the receipt he was held until the cops came, they arrested him and took him off as Palpatine happily drove away. He put his hood back up as he approached Maul’s. Maul came out to meet him and Palpatine simply said “it is done. You are now my apprentice” and left as Maul bowed to him. He would come back with a plan to get to Anakin and would then dispose of Maul.
Meanwhile, at the arcade, the virgins club were scattered about the building. Anakin and Qui-Gon were playing the duck hunt game. Anakin insisted on the red gun. Obi-Wan went to the counter with Plo for snacks. The owner talks to them every time
“New friend?” he says to the two of them as he indicates towards Anakin
“Yea” Plo replied
“He came here a few days ago too and really enjoyed it” Obi-Wan said
“I must not have been in”
“Yea, that was a bummer” Obi-Wan said
“Take care you two” he says as they get their snacks
Obi-Wan comes back to Qui-Gon and Anakin who just beat Qui-Gon.
“I thought Qui-Gon was-” Obi-Wan said as he puts up his fingers to represent finger quotes before continuing “The best duck hunt player ever”
Everyone around laughs except for Mace who seems to have a permanent frown.
Anakin whispers to Obi-Wan “Is it just me or does Mace never smile”
“It’s not just you. I have never seen that man smile” Obi-Wan replies
At the end of the night, Yoda gathers everyone around him
“Forgot to do this earlier, I did. Do this now, I will. A new member we have. Rules we need to teach him. Hm?” Yoda says
“I agree” Mace says
“First rule about virgins club is that you don’t talk about it” Kit says
“Second rule, simp, you must not” Yoda says
“Those are really the only rules” Quinlan says
“Correction, the only rules you follow” Plo says
“Well there aren’t any more rules” Quinlan says
“Well, let’s do a toast to another year of friendship and non-simp behaviour” Qui-Gon says, metaphorically speaking because they don’t have anything to toast with
“Understand, do you?” Yoda says, looking up at Anakin
“Yes” Anakin says as they all leave the arcade together
Afterward, Anakin says “So I got invited to a party at Satine’s and was told to spread the word, so you’re all invited. It’s tomorrow night.”
“I’ll go with you!” Obi-Wan says. He secretly liked Satine but didn’t make a move because she barely knew he existed, and he assumed she was way out of his league anyway. Qui-Gon had an idea of this but he never confronted Obi-Wan with it. He was very shy with his feelings and Qui-Gon knew confronting him about it wouldn’t end well. Though he secretly hoped that one day Obi-Wan would get over this shyness and actually talk to her despite the views of the virgins club.
Palpatine, disguised as Sidious and Maul saw the group leave the arcade and turned to Maul to say “The long-haired one is who we need to eliminate. Word is going around of a party tomorrow night. Go and keep watch of him, when he leaves, follow him but don’t make it obvious. Got it?”
“Yes master” Maul said