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02.26.2013 , 12:26 PM |
Broan sat on the bench and placed the holo-recorder next to him. The wood was cold and dewy, and the damp had seeped through his robes, chilling him. Unconsciously he reached out to the Force to warm himself. Even in the darkness of pre-dawn, he could see where the cliff began. Under it, and reaching off into the distance, was the faint, ethereal glow of the jungle fungi. The noise of night animals rang out from the jungle, adding to his calm, rather than taking from it. The sky began to lighten, far out on the horizon, and he pulled the holo-recorder into his lap.
The first rays of golden-red sunlight pierced through the grey and the new day began.
"When I was first taken... no, when I was freed from my home, I had no idea there was such a thing as the sky or stars. I'd never left those tiny, windowless rooms, but I knew outside them there were just more walls, more ceilings... more endless boxes," Broan sighed and watched the sun as it began to rise. The shadows of the jungle lengthened and the tips of the highest trees started to glow. "I was shuffled through tunnels, into cars and onto shuttles, from one planet to the next. I thought everything was just a series of boxes, one after the other.
"Master Istier - he was the one who started my training - took me to a Jedi home on some random planet. We left one shuttle and got into an omnibus. It was night and it was dark and I didn't even think to look up. I went to sleep in a room I'd never known before, with people I'd never met, but I was tired and I slept the night through.
"I woke up in the morning and I'd never been so scared before. There was a hole in the wall and someone was shining this massive light through it," Broan wiped away a tear and chuckled quietly. "It took one of the older boys ten minutes to calm me down. He had no idea what was going on. They took me outside so that I could understand better what was going on and... I just sat in that garden for hours. They had to drag me back inside when it became dark. I did that for three days. Got up before dawn, sat in the garden and went back in after dark. I watched the sky change from pink to blue and grey and purple and... I was so scared I thought it was just going to fall down because nothing was holding it up there."
Broan wiped the tears as they began to fall. The sun had almost entirely risen and the gold was giving way to the blue day sky. Clouds were coming over from the west. There were only a few small minutes when the skies over Kaas City were clear and they were quickly going.
"I don't know how many sun rises you've seen, probably all of them. You grew up with the sky and the stars. With grass and wind and water that comes from places other than bottles. I just want to say that, the next time you're down here, I want to watch the sun rise with you."
Broan turned the holo-recorder off and stood. The wind was picking up and it was rapidly getting colder. He began the long walk through his Lord's estate. Heavily scented flowers lined the paths and bopped up and down in the wind. It would rain again today. It always rained on Dromund Kaas.