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Then, as if conjured by Peckhum's words, a holoprojector hummed
to life. A tiny image of Zekk resolved itself in the air just above
the message pod. Jaina bit down hard on her lip again as the tiny
glowing form began to speak. "I'm doing this against the better
judgment of my teachers here," Zekk said, "so I'll make this message
"Peckhum, my friend, here's the central multitasking unit I promised
you. You always expected only the best fom me, and I always gave
it. This must be hard for you, but I want you to know that no one
has kidnapped me or brainwashed me.
"To Jacen and" -the tiny holographic image hesitated- "and Jaina,
it turns out I do have Jedi potential after all. I'm going to make
more out of myself than anyone imagined I could be. We were good
friends, and I'd never want to hurt you. Sorry I messed up your
mother's diplomatic banquet - but that's one reason I'm doing this.
I have a chance to become something better - a chance I was never
given by anyone in the New Republic."
Jaina groaned and shut her eyes, but the image continued to speak.
"I know this is something you wouldn't approve of, but I'm doing
it for myself. If I ever come back, I'll be someone you can
all be proud of.
"Don't worry, Peckhum, I'll never let you down. You've been my
truest friend, and if there's any way I can come back to
you, I will."
When Jaina opened her eyes again, the tiny image had faded into
sparkles. But she wouldn't have been able to see it anyway through
her tears. (208-10)
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