Qui-Gon was half-way across the room before he thought better about going after his apprentice. He could corner Obi-Wan in his room, but he couldn't make the young man talk to him. It was better to wait until Obi-Wan was ready to talk.

Not that that made it any easier. He busied himself tidying up the room, but neither of them were that messy, so that didn't take long. He moved into the kitchen, but there really wasn't much to do there either. Finally he sat down to read.

He was well into a story with no idea what he'd read when Obi-Wan came back out into the main room. "Master?"

"Yes, Obi-Wan?" He looked up at his padawan, waiting, hoping maybe now he would be ready to talk.

"I'm sorry. I owe you an apology...and one to Master Epergene as well."

"Why?"

Obi-Wan crossed the room to sit down next to his master. "I didn't mean...I'm not interested in Master Epergene. And yet I...I wanted you to realize that I was not too young to know my own mind. So I immediately did the opposite of what I wanted to do." He looked down at his hands. "Sounds rather silly when I put it like that, I suppose."

Very slowly, Qui-Gon put down his reader and reached out, lifting Obi-Wan's chin with his hand. "You made a mistake, realized it and set out to make things right. You knew what you wanted and what you'd done. And you took responsibility for it." He smiled. "Very mature of you."

"Master?" Obi-Wan blinked, a hopeful look appearing on his face. "What are you trying to say?"

"Perhaps I was wrong about you being too young after all." Understanding dawned on Obi-Wan's face as Qui-Gon leaned in to kiss him. "I think Master Epergene will understand," he said when he was done.

"Yes, Master. I'll apologize to him."

Obi-Wan moved to stand, but Qui-Gon stopped him. "You can apologize later, Obi-Wan," he said as he leaned in for another kiss.

His apprentice smiled. "Oh yes," he said, as his lips moved to meet his master's. "Perhaps much, much later."

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