“Really. That’s good to know,” said Aura as she took a bite of her sandwich. “But you know. Everyone is out to get a Jedi. You have to be prepared for anything, including a good long run. The Force will help you but only so much. That’s why we will run together all the time. Feel free to bring along a friend if it helps, but either way I’m going to make sure you don’t get eaten first.”
“I mean, I have my blaster,” countered Drax between bits of his lunch.
“I like to be overly prepared. It might save your life one day.”
Drax grumbled and the pair finished their lunch, admiring the excellent view in front of them and occasionally pass the wolf under the table a few scraps. Before they knew it, it was time to get up again. Durk sighed but didn’t bother to ask what came next. He already knew what.
“You see that temple far off?”
“Between now and and your next trials, I will be making sure you are ready to get their by foot. It will be dangerous and you will need both the Force, your mind, and your physical strengths.” Aura paused for the moment.
“Yes, master. You know speeders exist right?” he couldn’t stop himself from asking.
“Yes,” smiled Aura. “For the rest of today we will continue the rest of our circuit. We will run from station to station, and each station will train your combat, force abilities, and mental abilities. We will do this most days of the week. I’d get some nice comfortable boots to run in,” said Aura with a smile.
“Greeat. Let’s just get this day over with.”
“Don’t worry. You’ll sleep well tonight,” said the Zeltron as she put away her belongings back in her backpack and let Sasha go his own way again. Aura then took out a necklace with an inert small crystal in it and handed it to him. “Wear that everyday. It will come in handy when we start going on missions together.”
“Uh okay. Kinda cool I guess,” said Drax as he put it on and stuck it into his robes. “hey wait up-”
The Jedi Master waved him onward and the pair continued the rest of their circuit. Master and student did this over and over again for a few months. Some days they didn’t run, where Aura would focus on specific lessons in the Force, combat, and just as importantly survival skills. After all, the Jedi Praxeum was on a harsh mountainous environment. This circuit and his lesson became a staple of Drax’s education and preparation for the challenges to come. Until one day, his Master felt he was ready to take on the challenge of making his way to the Old Jedi temple seemingly alone.
“You want me to what?”
“Meet me up at the Old Jedi Temple. You have to get their by foot. Did you pack all the things you’ll need for the long journey? Have enough food?”
“Yes, yes. And how are you getting there?”
“Same way you are. But I’ll be making my own path there. Hand me the necklace I gave you long ago.”
“I can track people through the Force. I’ll use it to track you down should you need or request help.”
“That’s probably a good idea,” he said, handing it over. It felt odd not wearing it. “Do I get it back?”
“Yup, just borrowing it for this mission. May the Force be with you Apprentice,” she said with a smile.
“And also with you, Master. Here goes,” the padawan said as he checked his compass and set off into the mountainous forest.