by Courtney Kraft and Debbie Casselbury

Psylocke remained utterly still. She pulled her eyes away and let out
her held breath.  Slowly, she raised her hand to cover her mouth,
trembling.  "No one told me...anything....How do you know this?"

His eyes locked onto hers with a controlling gaze. "They would never
have told you the truth. You would be threat to them.  In this
matter, the truth is important. You must be able to make a choice. I want freedom to go where you want be yourself...well --
this is what you are and you must train as a Sith.  All these things
will come to you, just as you dreamed it would--"

"What things?" Psylocke muttered under her breath.

The Emperor continued.  "When I saw you practicing your physical art,
something stirred in me.  Your movements were so much like Maul's
that I had to investigate...I always suspected that my apprentice's
seed would reveal itself.  Your father was Maul's offspring."

Her expression changed, as she felt a flame of anger start to burn.
Her eyes start to water.  "So that's why you want me...for him?"

"Yes...I want you. Not for him, but for me. I will make you the
finest Sith champion that ever lived..."  He gave her a sudden rush
of a bolt of lightning it blinded her and pushed her
onto the floor.

"Ahh!" She hit the floor with a thud, then slowly pushed herself up,
shaking. She softly muttered under her breath, "Just like everyone want me because of somebody else..."

He walked around the desk and looked down at her.  "This is as you
are now...this is your place at this moment--but it will
change...everything will will change."  He smiled
wickedly.  "Use your force ability [and lift this chair. Do it] ,
Psylocke.   You can and you will..."

Appalled and horrified at his approach, she started to crawl back
away from him. "I don't want to be a Sith..."

"Your physical talents and stamina serve you well, but there is more
to you.  Look inside, young one.

You have great potential. I have seen it!  You may not want to be
Sith...but at this moment you have begun to walk that path."

"It can't be...this can't be my destiny..."

He took a step in closer.  "Unlike your foster parent, I welcome your
anger as a source of strength.  You cannot avoid your destiny, my
future apprentice you were meant to be a great Sith, and you will
enjoy your new life.  There will be many who look to you in awe."

"She stops inching back. "Did Master Annan know?"

"Master?  Ah yes, Master Annan. He kept the truth from you."

She shook her head.  ""

"Look at me, Psylocke.  I am your master now."


The yellow eyes seemed to become two angry flames as he stared down
at her.  "I expected some disbelief from you, but not resistance!  I
expected much more.  Do you think you can shun who you are, what you
are made of?  The Emperor's voice lowered to a menacing pitch.  Give
me your confirmation.  Now."

Psylocke didn't look at him.  The Emperor frowned at her.  "You will
serve me. Indeed!  I have foreseen it , Psylocke!"

"Leave me alooone!"  Her final word pierced the air with a
glass-shattering shriek. Her chair, the desk, and the floor under her
started to vibrate; then fly outward in a bubble around her, denting
the desk, and slightly caving in the floor beneath her. The Emperor
didn't even flinch as he detoured the chair and debris that flew in
his direction.  Slowly, an excited smile started crossing his face.

Psylocke grasped at her chest, gasping for air...stunned at the power
that erupted from inside her.

"It appears you are stronger than I thought.  And even stronger than
you though," he said, dryly  Relax, my dear. I will train you how to
do these things and feel at ease."

"What...what happened?"

"Do you even understand what you have done? You have utilized the
force, the elements around you, and your anger made you powerful  You
used the dark do you think I became Emperor, my dear?
I have the same talents you do...only more, much more...

Psylocke was trembling by then, tears streaming down her face.  She
briskly wiped them away with her hand, trying to hide them. "I don't
know if I'm ready for this...."

"Force users are usually discovered at a very young age. You are much
older but your intelligence and skill will make up for that.  You are
still the same young woman you were when you walked in that door,
only you have discovered who you are and what you are capable of."

Slowly, Psylocke pulled herself up, walked over to the chair,
straightened it, then slumped back down in it. "Tell me more...about
Darth Maul."

"He was my apprentice.  The most highly trained Sith in the history
of the order. Obedient almost to a fault...his face was tattooed with
symbols...he was tall and had vestigial horns on his head.  It
frightened his opponents but his strength and skill was what made him
great.  Watching you in the arena, He would have been proud of you,
Psylocke. He was unbeatable too."

Her brows furrowed, and her hand unconsciously feels her head for
horns.  The Emperor's proud memories started to fade, as did his
nostalgic smile.  "Until those meddling Jedis showed up."

Psylocke finally looked up at him, suddenly feeling his shift in
mood. Her voice dropped.  "And this Kenobi killed him?  You said
there were two Jedi."

"Yes...there were two Jedi knights. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Maul killed the first one, but died under the hand of Kenobi. The
Jedi Council then knew that we Sith had returned...suspicious eyes
were upon us."

"Jinn....that Octavia woman!"  Her eyes darted around.  "No wonder!"

The Emperor turned to Psylocke and smiled again.  " noticed
her in the arena. So did I.  I want to fight her to the
death...isn't that so?"

Psylocke didn't respond.

"This Octavia Jedi student has obvious skill.  She survived the
fights,and she used the Force, or didn't you notice that?"

"I...I noticed.  A part of me sees no logic in killing her...but...I
feel something deeper.  I feel...a balance."

"You must learn to use the Force as well.  The dark side of the Force
is stronger, Psylocke...much stronger.  She would be no match for
you, but you must learn and train as my apprentice."

Psylocke sat there, so overwhelmed by everything that had been
revealed to her.  "I...I don't know.  I need time to think about
this."  Suddenly, her thoughts drifted to someone else in her life,
then she quickly pushed him out of her thoughts, knowing the Emperor
could sense her feelings.

"Ah yes...I expect me to stop you, but you are mistaken,
dear.  I will let you think about this.  You will come to understand
who you are and what you are meant to do. By serving me, you will go
places, be someone others look up to.  It is your choice.  I don't
believe anyone can influence you to reject this choice. You are
Maul's granddaughter...a Sith...and I am your master."

"...master....?"  She let the word roll off her tongue.

"Yes.  Master."

"I'm's just so much to take in."  She sighed, trying to
calm herself.  "So you really think I can live up to him?"

"Yes.   I believe you can live up to was plain to me,
watching you in that arena, that you are  Maul's granddaughter!  I
was most impressed!  I do understand your state of mind. It is a
shock to discover these profound things, Psylocke. Just ponder over are an intelligent girl.  You will make the right choice."

"Silently, she stood, and crossed over to him until she was only a
foot away. "I'm not his granddaughter.  I'm Psylocke Jago
Lammashta...his successor.  "I'll prove to you my skill is of my own
doing, not his," she said very matter-of-factly.  "I will make my own
name. I don't need his."

The Emperor didn't move an inch.  "I'm not asking that you to change
your name, my dear...and your boldness only shows your sense of will.
You can reject your association as Maul's granddaughter and state
yourself as his successor if you wish, but you must accept me as your

Psylocke kept her eyes locked on his.  "I'll train under you," she
uttered defiantly, "but I will do it for myself, not because of him."

"I may have wanted you because I knew you had Maul's genes, but I am
confident that you will surpass him, you will win my approval not as
Maul's descendent, but as yourself, Psylocke.  You will become my
finest apprentice!  Just say you will obey me as your Emperor and
your master."

Psylocke paused, unflinching to the outside observer, but inside, the
clockwork of her brain was working away.  "Where do we begin?"

"I will give you a month and then you will come directly to the
capital.  When you have completed your training.  Concentration and
focus will be our goals until you have finished your Sith training.
I won't prevent you from going.  You are not a prisoner."

"I'd like to return to home. I have some business to take care of
before I leave."

(end of story as well)

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