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Gungan to the left

I Refuse (G)

By : Jane Jinn

Archived on: Sunday, October 28, 2001

Qui-Gon defies the Council

"I refuse," said Qui-Gon Jinn simply, glad for his many years of practise in keeping his face impassive. He did not want the Council to see his absolute and utter astonishment.

"The Council has decided--" Mace Windu began.

"With all due respect, my masters, I think this is completely outside the Council's jurisdiction."

Oppo Rancisis leaned forward slightly in his hoverchair and said, "You must trust our judgement, Qui-Gon Jinn."

Qui-Gon let his eyes flick over the furry, white Jedi Master and said nothing.

"It is dangerous," he went on. "I know it from personal experience, having been to Obsolom and seen the thorny thickets there myself."

"I will deal with any danger when and if it arises," Qui-Gon stated simply. "But my decision stands."

"Much pain I sense ahead for you, if abide by our decision, you do not," Yoda told him. "Spare you that, we would."

Qui-Gon frowned. "The future is always in motion, Master Yoda, you've said that often enough yourself. The pain you describe will not necessarily happen."

There was silence in the circular chamber as the Councilmembers looked at each other and sighed mentally or physically. Qui-Gon Jinn was gaining a reputation as a maverick and this latest altercation was not helping matters any.

"The Code clearly states-" Adi Gallia began.

Qui-Gon interrupted her smoothly but forcefully. "There is nothing at all in the Code either for or against. It is left to the invidual Jedi to make his or her own decisions in this matter."

"-that Jedi should listen to wisdom as stated by the Council," she finished in an equally unperturbed tone of voice.

"I have listened to your wisdom, my masters, and now, if I understand the rest of the Code correctly, it is up to me to act according to this wisdom, or not. It is my choice."

Master Yoda nodded. "Force you to accept our decision, we cannot. But take the consequences of your actions while on Obsolom, you must."

"I am ready to take those consequences, whether they are painful or not. I refuse to accept your decision."

There was another silence as it became obvious to the Council that they were not going to prevail, and finally Master Windu waved a hand in defeat and dismissal. Bowing only his head, Qui-Gon turned and strode out to where his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, was waiting for him in an antechamber.

"Well, master?" the younger man asked curiously.

"Obi-Wan, you know I always listen to what the Force is telling me."

"Yes, master, I know. And sometimes it coincides with what the Council is telling you."

"Sometimes it does," Qui-Gon agreed, allowing himself a small smile. "In this case, however, I truly believe the Council is overstepping its boundaries. If the Force really wants me to cut my hair, the Force will arrange for me to get caught by it in one of those thorny thickets on Obsolom and make me shear it off with my own light saber. But until then, I refuse!"

Original cover design by Cereth. HTML formatting copyright 2001 TheForce.Net LLC.

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Current Rating is 8.84 in 122 total ratings.

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Author: Mcily Nochi  (signed)
Date posted: 10/28/2001 8:51:22 PM
Mcily Nochi's Comments:

This is great, Jane! I was sure it would be something serious and life-threatening, then it turned out it was a question of vanity! How wonderful!

Author: micsn peep
Date posted: 10/29/2001 8:45:38 AM
micsn peep's Comments:

nicely done

Author: DarthIshtar
Date posted: 10/31/2001 8:24:20 AM
DarthIshtar's Comments:

Ha! Didn't this first appear in the QGDL FanFiction Contest? I remember voting on it and loving it. Well done, tongue-in-cheek.

Author: juwannajedi
Date posted: 10/31/2001 9:33:53 AM
juwannajedi's Comments:

Jane! That was great!!! I was going... going... going...

Caught! Hook, line and sinker! Well done!!! :D

Author: Marnie
Date posted: 11/2/2001 5:34:59 AM
Marnie's Comments:

This is such a gem! Perfect for what it is and only unappreciated by those people who don't have a sense of humour! Iloved it :)

Author: Healer_Leona
Date posted: 11/2/2001 9:22:26 AM
Healer_Leona's Comments:

Still love this story Jane!! Especially how you got us wondering what dire subject they were discussing and then finding out it was Qui-Gon's hair!! Absolutely superb!!!

Author: LittleJedi  (signed)
Date posted: 11/2/2001 4:39:23 PM
LittleJedi's Comments:

Oh boy, this was funny! I also thought it would be something Life-and-deathy, but it was his HAIR! ahahahahahahhahahahahahhaha! Great fanfic!

Author: Belle Bayard  (signed)
Date posted: 11/3/2001 1:30:01 AM
Belle Bayard's Comments:

Hysterical! I loved it. Leads the reader to believe it's truly something terribly important and then the punch line... Hehehe... Great way to get a laugh while at work!

Author: Kenobi Maul  (signed)
Date posted: 11/4/2001 9:05:26 AM
Kenobi Maul's Comments:

I loved it. Reminiscent of O Henry. :)

Author: mara
Date posted: 11/5/2001 8:49:13 AM
mara's Comments:

It isn't one of the best fanfic's I've ever read but it sure is the funny'st

Author: RogueMonCalamari
Date posted: 11/6/2001 2:43:26 PM
RogueMonCalamari's Comments:

really had me going there. Looking forward to seeing more of your fics.

Author: Virago
Date posted: 11/8/2001 6:44:23 AM
Virago's Comments:

Not the best fanfic ever, but it is very funny. And if you ask me, the Council was right!!!! (joke)

Author: Kenya Starflight  (signed)
Date posted: 11/8/2001 10:21:48 PM
Kenya Starflight's Comments:

I still haven't quit laughing. I honestly thought it was going to be something like refusing a mission on moral grounds -- but his hair? Keep writing stories like this, Jane Jinn! They're great!

Author: Valeda Kor  (signed)
Date posted: 11/13/2001 8:38:43 AM
Valeda Kor's Comments:

I, too, was waiting for the denouement to be something weighty and introspective. What a delight to find -- humor! There's never enough of that in the GFFA, methinks. It's always a pleasure to read this writer's work.

Author: Somebody
Date posted: 11/13/2001 5:28:48 PM
Somebody's Comments:

I'm very glad and very lucky I wasn't drinking anything when I read this.... You have a sense of humor I can appreciate!

Author: Syntyche
Date posted: 11/14/2001 10:09:44 AM
Syntyche's Comments:


Oh Jane, that was so enjoyable! When I came
upon the end so abruptly, I kind of blinked for
a moment and then it clicked what Qui-Gon has said.
So I went back and re-read it, and got the line about
the thorns. :)

That was wonderful. I haven't much time for reading
(or writing) anymore, but I'm glad to have had a moment
to stumble onto I Refuse. :)

Author: C4GO
Date posted: 11/14/2001 10:47:34 AM
C4GO's Comments:

Great story!

Author: jetfirespam
Date posted: 11/14/2001 11:29:25 AM
jetfirespam's Comments:

Great surprise at the end! I went back and re-read it, and sure enough, all the hints were there. lol

Author: JordanR
Date posted: 11/16/2001 3:48:03 AM
JordanR's Comments:

Excellent, that was clever you definitely had me there.

Author: The Phantom Sith
Date posted: 11/21/2001 5:50:59 PM
The Phantom Sith's Comments:

Thank you! So glad to see a fellow maverick go up against the knit-pickers of society. I've been in similar situations (where my grooming has become a matter of some "tisk-tisking" among my superiors) and I felt such an uplift from this victory than would have from a thousand destroyed Death Stars! "I Refuse!" Thank you Qui-Gon! Thank you Jane Jinn!

Author: L-Trev W. Hansen
Date posted: 11/24/2001 10:02:28 PM
L-Trev W. Hansen's Comments:

I noticed something noone else seems to have noticed. Your use of the word 'absolom'. In the Bible, Absolom was a prince who got caught on a thorny branch by his long hair.

Nice parallel. I liked the story too. It wasn't laugh out loud, but it brought a smile to my face.

I don't know if the parallel was intentional, but Star Wars is full of parallels.

Great idea, great writing, great scene.

Author: Jane Jinn
Date posted: 11/25/2001 9:49:03 AM
Jane Jinn's Comments:

Thanks for noticing--it was intentional.

Author: Obi Anne
Date posted: 12/9/2001 6:47:43 AM
Obi Anne's Comments:

It was so funny, so much of the Qui Gon you just have to love.

Author: Susmo Wrcol
Date posted: 3/11/2002 2:05:16 PM
Susmo Wrcol's Comments:

I had a great time reading this. Keep me giggling all the rest of the day.
Hee, hee, hee.

Author: Omeletgirl  (signed)
Date posted: 4/21/2002 3:15:59 PM
Omeletgirl's Comments:

Very well done! I laughed when I read this!

Author: Mar17swgirl
Date posted: 4/24/2002 8:40:57 AM
Mar17swgirl's Comments:

Oh my, that was great! I, too, was expecting something serious and dangerous, but the end was hilarious. And then I went back and chuckled at Oppo's remark... :P Really good story, Jane!!! :)

Author: Lady Cregga
Date posted: 5/20/2002 10:37:32 PM
Lady Cregga's Comments:

Oh man, this is one of THE most hilarious fanfiction stories I've read! I love Qui-Gon and thought that he was in big trouble with the Council (not for the first time) but when I found out it was about his hair, I cracked up! NICE WORK!

Author: Obi-Wan's Admirer
Date posted: 6/4/2002 6:00:03 PM
Obi-Wan's Admirer's Comments:

it was really funny

Author: liol2
Date posted: 6/6/2002 1:23:07 PM
liol2's Comments:

it was extremely amsing, however I don't recomend a sequel to something like this.

Author: Argent Jedi  (signed)
Date posted: 6/8/2002 3:23:49 PM
Argent Jedi's Comments:

Cute! You had me going until the "If the Force really wants me to cut my hair, the Force will arrange for me to get caught by it in one of those thorny thickets on Obsolom and make me shear it off with my own light saber. But until then, I refuse!"

Author: Y-Wing Ace  (signed)
Date posted: 6/18/2002 3:43:52 PM
Y-Wing Ace's Comments:

Nice to know that I'm not the only one who makes fun of Qui-Gon's hair!

Author: Danaka
Date posted: 7/6/2002 3:30:12 PM
Danaka's Comments:

LOL that was great! I really thought it would be something serious, or life threatening! But all in all, Qui-Gon just wanted to cut his hair! That's great!

Author: drunkin_yoda
Date posted: 7/22/2002 1:53:49 PM
drunkin_yoda's Comments:

- sorry, but yeah that was a good funny old fic. I thought it was going to turn out about something serious...but then the punch line came and man it shocked me. Who would have thought. LOL!

Author: JediLady
Date posted: 12/26/2002 1:09:30 AM
JediLady's Comments:

I didn't see the point in this, but hey, funny!

Date posted: 2/27/2003 2:27:05 AM
AWINGSRULE's Comments:

This is hilarious! Great work!

Author: Nemesis  (signed)
Date posted: 3/6/2003 8:31:49 AM
Nemesis's Comments:

Very funny. Like everyone else, I thought it was something like a matter of life and death, but Qui-Gon's HAIR?! Brilliant.
PS I agree with the Council though !
PPS Only joking. :-D

Author: Tanara
Date posted: 3/12/2003 9:38:25 PM
Tanara's Comments:

HA HA!!! Great humor!!!
I caught on at the first mention of "Obsolom" (Absolom, cute!), but I still read and thoroughly enjoyed it. And after reading a heart rending Angst (Fallen Angel), it was perfect to keep me from getting depressed!

Author: MrMuddyToes
Date posted: 3/20/2003 8:44:45 AM
MrMuddyToes's Comments:

Funny. Its nice to see a little humor.

Author: DarthGrievous
Date posted: 7/10/2004 11:17:40 AM
DarthGrievous's Comments:

Very cute and humorful was this story. Much insight to the mind of Qui-Gon and the Council. Thank you for writing this.

Author: firewingz  (signed)
Date posted: 8/21/2004 1:13:54 AM
firewingz's Comments:

This is great! I was laughing, haven't read a nice humor piece in a long time. I was wondering what it was, maybe something serious until that last comment. You're good. I hope you have a sequel for this.

Author: SabeWan
Date posted: 12/10/2004 3:16:14 PM
SabeWan's Comments:

This story is brillant! I also love fan fictions that are humorous-and this one is sure funny!

Author: Blackwolf Morrow
Date posted: 7/12/2005 9:47:19 AM
Blackwolf Morrow's Comments:

Top marks for Jane Jinn! Qui-Gon is my favorite character, and his view of the Council as an advisory body rather than a rigid command structure (which IS the correct interpretation of the Jedi Code) is one of the main reasons for that.

I'm writing a set of fictions about an order similar to the Jedi, and the focal character has a lot of Qui-Gon's qualities; one of his biggest challenges will be to keep the "Advisors" from becoming as the Old-Republic Council was. While those stories will be more serious than this, your dialog reinforced my own ideas, and the punch line definitely made my day.

Author: QuiGontheJedi  (signed)
Date posted: 10/27/2005 10:31:07 PM
QuiGontheJedi's Comments:

Brilliant! That was absolutely hilarious. I love Qui Gon, and that's so funny. I love his hair though, by the way, so I have to disagree with the Council also. I love your sense of humor, and very sneakily written.

Author: Shaayla
Date posted: 4/24/2006 11:26:48 PM
Shaayla's Comments:

I first read this a few years ago on JAFD and loved it. I've read it over and over and love it. I love all your stories, I think they hold true to the Star Wars Universe, and this ones no exception! Awesome job!

Author: lena
Date posted: 12/23/2006 1:38:51 PM
lena's Comments:

ha ha ha that was great of all the things a stubborn person would fight about that is truly the mark of it. that was awesome, excellent story

Author: lena
Date posted: 12/23/2006 1:39:36 PM
lena's Comments:

ha ha ha that was great of all the things a stubborn person would fight about that is truly the mark of it. that was awesome, excellent story

Author: lena
Date posted: 12/23/2006 1:39:53 PM
lena's Comments:

ha ha ha that was great of all the things a stubborn person would fight about that is truly the mark of it. that was awesome, excellent story

Author: SugarBant Jinn  (signed)
Date posted: 2/12/2007 11:49:08 PM
SugarBant Jinn's Comments:

hillarious! and very Qui-Gon, I think! great job!

Author: alot
Date posted: 2/16/2009 12:50:02 AM
alot's Comments:

Oh wow. I was getting really into how serious it all was and then... oh wow.

LOL! This was funny. The delivery was perfect! Nicely done!

Author: Ki-Aaron-Mundi  (signed)
Date posted: 8/20/2011 9:05:53 PM
Ki-Aaron-Mundi's Comments:

Ahhhh... this has long been one of my favorites. Even now, reading it a handful of times later and knowing the punchline, it's still great to read through the set-up and arrive there.

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