It didn't take Les long to find Brandon. He absolutely radiated with the Force right now, using for his speed and amazing jump. Les admitted that he could probably do the same, but was ok taking the long way.
As he started the long walk around the lake, he saw the flashing of silver and blue where Brandon was. He was trying out his new blade. 'Good', Les thought, 'He should know that side of himself.'
As he neared closer, he saw him hit the ground in a crushing blow sending dirt and bits of grass into the air. He leaned against a tree and grinned as he watched him, "Feeling unwelcome?"
Brandon launched himself into a slow back flip landing soundlessly and sheather his lightsabers. " No, not unwelcome... just in the way ". Thinking better of it he tossed his blades in the air and flipped into the air again catching them mid air and igniting them. Spinning again like a tornado he came back to earth landing crouched and ready for another attack.
Les walked forward slightly and the familiar snapping sound came from his own lightsaber as he stood forward. "Let's see how well you fight then..."
Brandon grinned, he had been dying to have a rematch after Les had thoroughly kicked his ass on Nar Shadda. " Lets do it " he laughed and spun his blades in an arc loosening his muscles. One second he was standing still the next he was in the air hurtling towards Les his blades seeking out a weak point yet ready to pull back incase the jedi master slipped up.
Les could just barely make out the blur that was Brandon jumping towards him, but through the Force things seemed to happen automatically. He let Brandon come in at him with his attacks and blocked what he could. Because of his speed, he was not able to block all of his attacks and instead simply moved out of the way. He did a back flip into the air and onto a branch landing on it gracefully. The branch, under normal circumstances, would never have held his weight, but Les was a master of the Force, and made this look easy.
He waited for Brandon's attack again, looking down at him from above, "You've gotten much quicker Brandon."
A bead of sweat was running down brandons face and he took a second to notice the Les looked like he was just enjoying a quiet evening in the sun, apart from the face he was sitting in a tree. This pissed him off. Moving in zig zags to throw off the predictability of his attacks he ran up the side of the tree launchinh himself backwards in a flip attempting to slash as Les when he came into view.
Les shot up into the air as the branch split into two. He grabbed another branch and flipped around it, using it's momentum to throw him into the field they had started in. "But as fast as you are, you are not using the Force, which could make you near to unbeatable."
Gritting his teeth Brandon gave chase opeing up a flurry of his very best moves, he was moving faster than he even he thought was possible and with this speed he unleashed a flurry of the very best tricks up his sleeve.
Les blocked each strike that he could and realized he couldn't keep this up forever. He stepped out of the way as a swing came down and hit into the dirt. Just then he built up the Force and pushed it hard into Brandon's chest sending him flying and skidding against the dirt. Brandon used the Force to leap into the air and come down hard on Brandon. Just as he was about to land on Brandon though, he used what Dante had called a 'Force Bomb' and dropped it hard next to Brandon's body. A crater twice as deep and three times as wide as Brandon exploded in to the air sending debris flying in all directions. He stood over Brandon looking down at him for a moment then offering a hand to help him up, "If you want, I can show you..."
Groaning and coughing Brandon got to his feet wincing, he was sure he had a broken rib. However the concept of learning the move that had just so completely destroyed him kept him on his feet.
"Ok old man " he coughed, picking some dirt of his tongue. " I'm listening "
Les grinned, "Your speed is absolutely devastating, but uncontrolled. Instead of using your speed as a means of moving, use the Force to move you. Give yourself to the Force as you take your first step and let it guide you." He demonstrated as he stepped regularly on the ground and launched himself into a dead sprint, running up a tree and spinning backwards as he landed on the ground in front of Brandon.
"The Force is your ally Brandon and a great ally it is. Listen to it. Let it flow through you and let it tell you where to step." He stepped back and crossed his arms waiting for him to do it.
Brandon calmed his mind, which was easier said than done really but he did it. Going through the motions he had learned at the temple he surrendered to the force. It felt as if static was building in his body when he took the first step.
"Wow" was all Brandon could say when he was back where he started a fraction later after performing the exact same move that Les had done. Brandon knew he could move fast but what he had done was something else. Once the awe of what he had just done passed an fire burned in his muscles. He had moved fast but how fast had he really moved, what kind of speed had brought on this fatigue. He slumped to the ground. Wondering if he over did it he rubbed his calf. He looked up to les with a look that clearly asked the question
Les grinned and knelled down, "The untrained muscles need time to adapt. It takes a lot of practice for you to be able to do this for a long period of time. If you want to become good at this technique, you will need to practice it every day, meditating before and after to prepare and regenerate your muscles. Over time, you will not need to meditate for very long, or at all." He put his hand on Brandon's calf and closed his eyes. Using the Force, he pushed away the soreness and remended the torn muscles. "Better?"
Brandon rolled his ankles and got back on his feet, the pain was gone and the musces in his legs were like rocks, as if he had just done hours of training.
Squaring his shoulders he looked back to les, " Show me how to do that force blast thing, i have since force push before but this is something else"
Les had Brandon's attention like no one else ever had, he wanted this knowledge so badly.
"The Force Blast is like the Force Push except instead of focusing on one thing to push with the Force, you focus on the Force entirely. In an instant, nothing else matters but the Force as you build it into your palm," Les began to build the Force in his palm like he had said and his palm began to glow blue slightly, "Let the Force gather around in your fingers, control where you want it to go, where you want to focus on. Build it around your hand like a bubble. Let it swarm around your hand but keep it focused on your palm, then release it all at once not focusing on the object at all." Les pointed his hand at a nearby stump and shot a hole clean through it. It looked like someone had shot a blaster bolt through the stump, but there were no burn makes.
"Cool" Murmered Brandon as he hastened to copy the move.
Concentrating like he was told be began a force push, before it stretched out he coiled it back in and he could feel the ball of energy grow in his hand begging for release.
Grinning he drew on more and more power until the ball was quivering to be shot, Brandon ignored the tug and brought in his other hand to take the burden. This turned out to be a mistake. The power surged like a dam that had burst its banks. Brandon struggled to hold it but the force blast had turned into something else altogether.
Doubled over Brandon rose slightly off the ground and hovered there whilst the ball of energy grew. With a scream of effort he released the ball and it shot out in blinding flash of light and crackle of electricity. When the light cleared there was a deep trench almost a kilometer lonfg dug into the ground where the blast had hit. The trees it had encountered had been cleanly uprooted and were now lying in a bundle of twigs. The area of devestation was truly incredible.
" I guess that was wrong " said Brandon sheepishly before lying down again. " Thats wasnt a force blast..." he said before the fatigue he knew was coming hit
Les watched patiently at first to see the energy build up in his hand and began to worry slightly as it began to quiver and he had to use his other hand to stabilize it. He took a few steps back and as he was about to intervene watched in absolute awe as the power that came from his hands erupted forth.
He was truly stunned for a moment and it took him a moment to realize just what had happened. This was bad in many ways. Les walked over to Brandon and knelled down again to see if he was alright. His hands were smoking slightly, anymore and he probably would have burned them right off.
"Brandon...you have a lack of control you seriously need to get a hold of. That was a great example of you trying to gather more power. Wanting power is of the Dark Side Brandon, of the Sith. You lost control because the Dark Side is not about control, it's about power. The Force Blast is about control, about not breaching that boundary of power and keeping control. As impressive as that was, you need to focus." Les sighed deeply, "Do it one more time. But this time focus not on power, but on controlling the Force. Listen to the Force tell you when to stop. Open your mind to the Force Brandon...do it again."
Brandon honestly didnt know if he had it in him but he tried to get back to his feet. After steadying himself he repeated the motions. When the power began to grow again he was ready to gonore the temptation when he heard a voice in the back of his mind..
You can do better than this, the jedi wants to limit your potential. Draw your full strength and strike him down
The voice scared him because on some level it tempted him. Not to strike down les but to test his powers. Mastering himself he released the force blast. It Snapped a tree to its core but it was definitly an improvement
Les was pleased with the results and stepped forward, "Good job Brandon. You..." He saw the look in the back of his eye and stopped, "What is it?"
He has lowered his defences, strike him down
Brandon met Les's eyes, there was a shadow lying across his face. " When i held the power i heard a voice. It urged mt to take on more power. Told me to embrace it. It told me to use it to.... use it to strike you down"
Brandon turned away ashamed
Les nodded, "We all hear that voice Brandon, even me. That is the Dark Side calling out to you. It is something each of us, even Master's, have to struggle with each day of our lives. It will never go away and it will pray upon you when you are at your weakest point, when your emotions are running high. This is why you need to get control your feelings, why you need to control you fear, anger, hatred, jealousy. They will all lead to the Dark Side." He put a hand on Brandon's shoulder, "It is nothing to be ashamed of Brandon. You did not listen to the voice, which means you are able to suppress it. I can teach you how to control it, if you want."
Brandon nodded again, relieved to hear that it wasnt just him. To lighten the mood he started juggling with his lightsabers. he ignited one and went to ignite the other but it fumbled in his hand. It ignited but he held the hilt backwards and the blade ran paralell to his arms.
" oops said brandon before righting himself "
Les gave him a look but grinned with it, "Aren't we a little old for playing with lightsabers?"
Brandon scowled at him and starting flipping the lightsaber back and forth between the regualar position and the reverse one. Not really paying attention whilst he moved and attacked thin air to stretch out his sore arms
Les grinned and pulled out his own saber, flipped it and ignited it so that the blade was running along his forearm. "The Ichtari style. Good for swift attacks and very strong with defense. Also good for hiding your weapon so that the opponent gets a little cocky. Best used with acrobatics, kicks, punches, Force Blast, Pull, and Push."
Les began to flip around in the air, kicking at the mist and sweeping his legs around. He punched the air and flipped around into the air ending the demonstration with a Force Blast to the ground. His right leg was outstretched and his left was bent so that he was in a low stance as the dust settled around him and he breathed in deeply before standing back up and extinguishing his blade. "Your grandfather taught me this style very well."
Flipping his saber back into the reversed position Brandon tried some basic manouevers expecting it to be awkward to but suited him straight away..
About and hour later Brandon was flowing from move to move subconsciously adapting some of what he had learned from dantes style to suit this. He liked this style as it watched his back as much as his front..
" Think i found my Niche Les "
Les had been sitting on the ground, propped up against a tree watching him. He would add a correction here or there, but it surprised him to see that he picked up on this style very well. He only had the basics, but he held them very well.
Les stood and dusted himself off. Walking up to Brandon he put his hands on his hips, "With training and patients, you could do very very well with this style Brandon."
Without warning Les's lightsaber jumped from his hip and into his hand as it ignited and he made an attack with the Ichtari style that he had just seen Brandon practicing for the last hour.
Brandon reacted as Les had taught him, he surrendered himself to the force. Lashing out with one blacde to black the attack he started gathering energy for a force blast, a new sense of calm washing over him. It was in that instant that an idea struck him. He decided to risk it. He chanelled the enrgy not into a blast but into the blade of the saber which he then swung like a baseball bat.
There was a concussive "boom" as the blades met and the engry was discharged against Les
Les was extremely impressed at how well he had picked up on this style and was taken aback when he saw the saber coming straight at him. He blocked it as best he could, but realized too late that the amount of Force built up behind it should not have been blocked.
Les went flying through the air and into the bushes, rolling until he came to an end at the bottom of a tree. He grinned and jumped to his feet as he jumped once more into the air and gathered the Force around him. He pulled it in with his arms as he neared Brandon and let it explode all around him, pushing a crater into the ground. He landed in the crater, breathing a little faster. That technique took a lot out of him.
Brandon only reacted in time to throw up a protective sheild to prevent himself from being enveloped in the debri. Clearing his mind he once again gave into the force and moved like a laser bolt towards where Les stood. When he was about 2 metresinfron of him he charged a force blast but aimed it at the ground beneath him. It was a gambit but it paid off. he was launched clean over Les's head and landed behind him.
In an elegant twirl one blade was pointed at his throat and one was pointed at his chest.
Les watched as Brandon soared over him and he grinned. He had an idea what was coming next. He saw the blades coming for him and blocked them just in time. At that same moment he did a smaller Force Blast at Brandon's right foot, throwing out from under him. As his foot flew out, his right leg swept his other leg. As he began to fall, Les lept into the air, twirled, and landed on top of Brandon, putting his knee on his chest. His blade went near his face as he ended the duel.
Les grinned and stood up, helping Brandon on his feet, "VERY well done Brandon! Very well done! We have a little work ahead of us, but if you are patient enough, we could make this style near unbeatable for you. I am very impressed Brandon! Very impressed!"
Les was breathing a little harder now, but not too much. He hooked his blade back up to his belt and nodded, "Well we should probably get you back to the ship to patch yourself up and get going. We still have a ways to go and I have an idea of where to go next."
Back on his feet Brandon counted his bruises in his mind. He imagined there would be quite a few he couldnt account for without a thorough study.
Sliding his own blades up his sleeves Brandon nodded. " lead the way, lets go"
Les nodded and they started back around the water and to the area they had been in. Just as they walked past, an Imperial shuttle went to the area they had been practicing in. It was a close call. They couldn't afford to be discovered as Jedi.
"Let's move quietly. There's a patrol ahead. Looks like your little demonstration stirred some attention." Les said with a grin. "Do you remember the stealth training you received at the Temple?"