Qui-Gon was silent for so long Obi-Wan began to fidget. "Padawan..." he said finally, "I am flattered."

Icy fear gripped Obi-Wan's heart at the cautious tone of his master's voice. "But?"

"You are far too young to know how you truly feel."

"Young? I am over twenty-one; that is of age," he protested, but Qui-Gon was already shaking his head.

"You must know that apprentices always end up with crushes on their masters."

Obi-Wan frowned. "Yes, and if you recall, I went through that myself at fifteen. Six years ago. I'm quite sure I know the difference now."

"I'm sure you think you do."

"Think? Think?"

"Obi-Wan..." Qui-Gon said warningly.

Several deep breaths later, Obi-Wan continued, "You think I'm too young. You're wrong." The words were delivered in calm, clipped tones that made it difficult to take offense.

"Am I?"



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