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Gungan to the left

Apprentice (PG)

By : Persephone_Kore

Archived on: Monday, April 30, 2007

The moment Dooku became the Sith Apprentice. (Warning: Do not let Palpatine play with your hair.)

"Join me." Palpatine's voice was perfectly calm and reasonable. The suggestion was outrageous. (Once, the thought of leaving the Jedi would have been outrageous.) The Senator's hand was extended and steady, empty and inviting and promising.

Dooku eyed the hand and then stared levelly down into the other man's eyes until their depths almost showed unease. He kept his own thoughts veiled.

This man's apprentice had killed Qui-Gon.

He thought that in this man's presence, he would find it very easy to reach for the Force through hate.

He thought that he would find it easy to kill him. Simple.

Less simple afterward: he would have killed the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic based on evidence no longer available, the word of his victim. He would, in all likelihood, be tried and convicted. The Jedi would be embarrassed. He found that he did not care. They could repudiate him. Unhinged, perhaps. Jedi did not seek revenge.

The Sith would be dead.

But would it be enough?

He had studied the Sith, their history, all the Jedi knew of them now. He knew one thing more important than all the rest.

The Sith had secrets.

He could feel the cool curve of his lightsaber against his palm, though he was not touching it. He could feel its sweep....

He gripped the hand.

And then Dooku was kneeling -- purely ceremonially, of course -- at the feet of the revealed Sith Lord. He was mouthing a vow he did not mean and thinking very calmly that he could not yet kill the Sith, because he needed more information. It was fortuitous that he was free to collect it. It would be foolish to act precipitously now; after all, the Jedi had believed the Sith destroyed for a thousand years. Empty promises and a little time would be a small price to pay to avoid that. Besides, how often had they told him he was too resistant to compromising with politicians?

Darth Sidious's fingers rested lightly on Dooku's bowed head, moving gently like spiders in silk to push the hair aside. Dooku listened without much interest as the Sith made a show of contemplating an appropriate new name.

"I will be honored by your service... Darth Tyranus."

That was easy.

Then the fingers in his hair plunged irresistibly inward, driving deep into his mind, a black fecal root. There was no pain, though it took his breath away as if there were. After the first instant of shock it felt as if Sidious's mind had always been inside his own.

Dooku hid from both his Master and himself the first thought that perhaps he had made a mistake.

Original cover by Persephone_Kore. HTML formatting copyright 2006 TheForce.Net LLC.

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Current Rating is 8.38 in 26 total ratings.

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Author: ratna
Date posted: 4/30/2007 8:50:16 PM
ratna's Comments:

oooohhh, chilling.

this is just how one crosses the line, by thinking that it's only for a little while, one can come back any time...

kinda like addiction.


Author: DrSnooks  (signed)
Date posted: 4/30/2007 10:45:12 PM
DrSnooks's Comments:

This provides a great explanation for how Count Dooku ended up a Sith. He went in thinking he could learn about the Sith without fully coming one, not knowing how deeply one would sink in.

Author: Nom Inal
Date posted: 5/1/2007 10:17:40 AM
Nom Inal's Comments:

A very good piece - succinct and thoughtful. Don't stop there. Fans of the dark side need talented writers like you.

Author: Kadi-Ahn_Tanye
Date posted: 5/7/2007 11:47:31 AM
Kadi-Ahn_Tanye's Comments:


That was sooo cool!

I am never going to let anyone touch my head again, though. :) Very good!

Author: Nellas
Date posted: 5/27/2007 3:32:38 AM
Nellas's Comments:

This one freaked me out!
I've always disliked Dooku so the reading was better than ever.
Your a really good writer, i really like the personal but high language, my favourit!
You know, if i ever could get the chance to meet Palpatine, i'd certainly like him to play with my hair ^^

Author: Roger Memb. .
Date posted: 6/15/2007 4:57:51 AM
Roger Memb. .'s Comments:

That's not what happened. You have done a good job, but that's not what happened.

Author: Ki-Aaron-Mundi  (signed)
Date posted: 3/24/2008 7:55:13 PM
Ki-Aaron-Mundi's Comments:

Dooku is a wonderfully complex character, and it's great to get inside his head like this. I'm impressed.

The length really works for it, too--short, sweet and too the point!

Author: Hiren
Date posted: 7/29/2013 12:10:54 AM
Hiren's Comments:

I LOVE sacrafices and I'm part of their MOB now! I'll be sad to see that one end! I've also read a few on the TM's site by the aothur AMY16 that were short and sweet! I liked those as well!I don't mind ones that stick to the Twilight scene....I just hope the Story ends the way I hope (and how many of the fanfics that I've liked have ended!)

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