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Gungan to the left

Without Rancor (G)

By : Dreagoddess

Archived on: Monday, July 30, 2007

Dooku tries to learn how to deal with his padawan's pets.

The first time Qui-Gon Jinn looked up at his Master with earnest eyes and asked, "Can I take care of him?" Dooku didn't hesitate before agreeing. It was just one small feline, completely harmless. Besides, it would be good practice in connecting to the Living Force.

The next was an avian with a broken wing. Dooku let Qui-Gon bring it home, reasoning that practice in Force healing was essential to any Jedi's training.

The motherless nest of koaties caused a minor furor in Customs when Qui-Gon brought them to Coruscant after a mission, but Dooku thought learning to deal with (and when necessary circumvent) bureaucracy was an important lesson.

Dooku was proud of himself for only shouting a little the first time he walked into the refresher and found the turl Qui-Gon brought home from their latest mission blinking up at him from the tub. But he considered it an exercise in ingenuity for his padawan to devise a new living situation.

The one time he put his foot down?citing the large, poisonous teeth?was when Qui-Gon appeared with an injured canid on Maridun. He was proud of the boy's quick acceptance of his decision and allowed him to bring home an orphaned fwit instead. . . . When he realized on the journey home that Qui-Gon had planned the whole thing, he was proud enough of his apprentice's cunning he even let the fwit stay.

Two years, three months, and nine days after taking Qui-Gon on as his padawan, Dooku wandered through their quarters, absently dodging the three birds chasing each other through the air, stepping over the sleeping feline, reaching over the turl's bowl for his morning tea, and ignoring the snoring of the creature that had dug a nest underneath the couch. He looked up as the door quietly swished open, admitting his beaming padawan with a squirming bundle clasped firmly in his arms. "I found him down in the lower market, Master, barely more than a newborn and left all alone! Master Yoda said he's called a rancor."

Dooku put down his tea. "I think," he said slowly, looking around his once-peaceful quarters, "it's time we ask if you can use one of the lower gardens for your pets instead."

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

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Current Rating is 9.03 in 31 total ratings.

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Author: obaona  (signed)
Date posted: 7/31/2007 4:21:45 AM
obaona's Comments:

*laughs* Perfect.

Author: Quigonjecca
Date posted: 8/2/2007 6:21:57 PM
Quigonjecca's Comments:

Very good! I can so imagine Quigon doing that sort of thing!

Author: Loves Anakin
Date posted: 8/7/2007 8:08:04 PM
Loves Anakin's Comments:

I can see Qui-Gon doing something like this, but what I can't see is Dooku putting up with it.

Author: Healer_Leona
Date posted: 9/8/2007 1:38:56 PM
Healer_Leona's Comments:

Delightful viggie!

Author: miralys
Date posted: 9/10/2007 6:37:38 PM
miralys's Comments:

Wonderful! You captured the essence of Qui-Gon (though I too have doubts that Dooku would have put up with the "pets".)

Author: Sidi
Date posted: 9/15/2007 6:03:54 AM
Sidi's Comments:

Oh, this was good! I'd really like the story to be longer, with more story line.
Merely as an idea, I always thought Gui Gon liked pets, what other reason would there be for making a big, noisy and somewhat messy collection of Kenobi-Binks-Amidala-Skywalker?

Author: Persephone_Kore  (signed)
Date posted: 9/30/2007 12:34:39 PM
Persephone_Kore's Comments:

You know this story makes me smile.

I like Dooku's rationales (rationalizations?) and how they suggest that he's not really that sorry to find a reason to give in. Considering he tamed (okay, mind-controlled) a greater krayt dragon as a Sith, I wonder if his tastes in animal companionship had changed or if he leaned toward the large and dangerous already -- maybe he would have been fine communing with the rancor if there had been room? ;)

Author: Perigrine  (signed)
Date posted: 4/18/2008 5:33:11 PM
Perigrine's Comments:

Well I don't know what Dooku would do with all those critters, but I know I enjoyed the story greatly. Well done :)

Author: Ki-Aaron-Mundi  (signed)
Date posted: 8/20/2011 8:46:53 PM
Ki-Aaron-Mundi's Comments:

Very well done. I'm not sure why some can't imagine Dooku allowing Qui-Gon to keep the pets; when I read this story, I saw a well-characterized Dooku decades before he became a Sith Lord. He felt like a younger, Jedi version of Dooku.

And of course, that's just spot-on for a Padawan Qui-Gon.

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