Alida held out as long as she could. The last time she'd been in a sensory deprivation tank, it had been for a matter of days. She had no idea how long it had been this time, but she doubted she was going to be released any time soon. She must have slept, but she wasn't aware of it. Sleeping and wakefulness ran into one another, overlapping until there was only one state: the one of dreams. ***** Nothing had changed. The Temple was as it had always been. Alida strode through the hushed hallways, her footsteps echoing off of the cool marbeline walls. Everything was just as it had been when she had left. How long ago was that, now? "Alida!" She smiled, turning to greet her friend. "Riana!" The other woman hurried toward her, her hand outstretched to clasp Alida's in greeting. "Your mission went well?" Alida asked. "Very well!" Riana exclaimed. "And we stopped at Alderaan on the way back to Coruscant." She grinned. "It's as beautiful as it ever was." Something felt wrong here. Alida couldn't put her finger on it, but this conversation just didn't feel right. "Riana, I..." she stopped, feeling almost foolish. What could be wrong, here in the Temple? She shook her head. "Never mind. I think I am going to go to the Meditation Gardens for a while. It has been a long day." The Jedi bid each other farewell and Alida turned down the long corridor that led to the Gardens. She inhaled deeply as she palmed open the door. The pleasant scent of the plants and flowers that lined the walkways of the Meditation Gardens had always been one of her favorites. She walked slowly down the stone path toward the bench where she had spent much time as a Padawan. Alida smiled as she reached her goal. Master Aaro had always known where to find her when she was upset. She would either sit on or kneel behind this bench, with its view of the well-tended flower beds. Her spirit was too uneasy for her to consider meditation just yet, so she sank onto the bench, leaning back and closing her eyes.
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