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Abandon a Friend
"He considered the warrior woman. "You"ve thought about this."
"At length," she agreed. "Jaina is dealing with her loss by taking
charge. This is a good response, one that returns to her a measure
of control. But in detaching herself from her pain, she is also
losing an important balance within herself." Her face turned grim.
"I have seen what a leader who lacks this balance can become. We
must watch her carefully."
Zekk looked away. "You"ll have to do the watching. I"m moving
"You would abandon a friend?" she demanded.
"As you abandoned Jacen?" he snapped back.
Nothing in Tenel Ka"s face acknowledged the hit. "I know you didn"t
mean that," she said calmly. "But I also know that if Jacen were
in danger of sliding into the dark side, I would want to do whatever
I could to pull him back."
This was the first time any of them had put their concern for
Jaina into words. For a moment they were silent, sobered by the
"And what if she can"t be pulled back?" Zekk asked. "I"ve taken
that path, and I know what a Dark Jedi can do. If it comes to that,
someone will have to stop her."
"By any means necessary," she agreed, once again giving voice
to their fears.
"And I couldn"t do that. No matter what, I just couldn"t do it."
"I see." Tenel Ka turned her gaze straight ahead. "Then you are
right to go."" ( 138-9)
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