Jedi skills. For today, practice just as I have asked you. It is not the only way to strengthen your skills, but it is one way. There are always alternatives. I promise you will learn more than just how to lift a leaf."
Tionne dismissed the students. As they left the grand audience chamber and started down the worn stone stairs, Jaina pulled the other three young Jedi to a halt, her eyes dancing. "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" she asked.
Jacen, who did not know what she was thinking, nonetheless sensed her excitement and her eagerness to investigate Lowie's mys terious discovery.
Jaina shrugged. "What better place to practice lifting leaves than out in a jungle?"
"You sure this seat is safe?" Jacen asked as he squeezed himself into the cargo well behind the T-23's passenger seat.
"Of course it is," his sister replied automatically as she climbed into the front. "You like crawling into cramped spaces anyway."
"Only to catch bugs," he grumbled. "There's no cushioning back here."
The cargo well was much too small to accommodate Tenel Ka, who was taller and more solidly built than either of the twins. Jacen would have to settle for the back or be left behind; his sister would take her turn there on the return trip. He squirmed and settled in as the T-23's engines started with a roaring purr.
Lowie called a command over the sound of the warming repulsorlifts. Em Teedee said, "Master Lowbacca requests that you please be certain that your restraints are secure. He is interested in your utmost safety. We shall be departing momentarily."
Lowbacca's voice barked out again, and the droid amended his translation. "Actually, Master Lowbacca might have said something closer to, 'Hold on, everyone. Here we go!'"
"Oh, blaster bolts. No crash straps