“Oh, you were invisible, but I tracked you through the Force a few days ago. After I saw that you liked this particular spot, I decided to practice my own concealment technique on you. After all, I have to keep up with my student.” Aura stepped out from behind a pile of cargo crates, a mischievous smile lighting up her face. “We really need to work on your detection skills.”
Tyraal grimaced, annoyed at the mention of yet another training exercise. The best sort of practice was out there in the galaxy at large, not in a calm hangar. A pregnant pause filled the space around them, his unspoken words carried on the crisp, clean air that was pervasive throughout the complex. After a steadying breath to vent off frustration, he finally responded with an affirmative.
“Yes, master. Can we start soon?” he asked, hoping the annoyance would be hidden.
“I"m sorry, but that might take a while.”
Tyraal sighed heavily, staring resolutely at nothing in particular. “Figures…”
Aura chuckled to herself again, letting the silence build until she gave him a glimmer of hope. "Because you’ll be too busy running through tests so I can see if you are ready to be taken with me on my next mission that starts in a week.
“What? You serious?” Tyraal sat up, flabbergasted at the moment.
“Crystal,” replied Aura, no longer smiling. The Zeltron didn’t want her apprentice anywhere near the operation for fear he might get hurt, but her own master had encouraged such exercises.
If he is ready…
Tyraal, whooped loudly and quickly got back up to his feet. He slid off the ship and stood next to her, ready to get started.
“I’m ready. Can we start now? Come on. Give me a shot,” pleaded her apprentice.
Aura grimly smiled as she thought of what she had in store for the Padawan. He was going to both hate and love her for what she had put together for him. He would come out the better for it in the end though. He wanted a shot. He was going to get it.
“Yes. I’ve spent the last few days getting it all ready. We’ll see just how ready you are to help me out on my missions. You can start right now. Run the long loop 3 times, then come back to the middle of the hangar. We will then duel each other. Once I tell you to stop dueling, you’ll start it the cycle all over again until I say so,” she ordered with a smile of encouragement.
“But,” Tyraal started to protest.
“Time is ticking, apprentice. If you don’t pass your tests in time, I’ll leave you behind with the other younglings. Get moving. You can do it,” encouraged the Zeltron.