Lea discovered that by going north, it took them right to a paved, black-top road, similar but different to the one she’d been on the day before. Today the sun was shining a bit among the clouds and raised the temperature even more. Lea was dripped with sweat under the hot sun.
The sloth slept for most of the day and with every step Lea took, the sloth thumped against her back in a rhythmic, soothing motion.
Crunch, thump, swish.
It was almost noon when Lea saw movement on the road in the distance. It wasn’t a car, so Lea decided to keep going. When she arrived at the spot, Lea saw that it was a girl.
The girl’s Asian heritage was obvious through her thin, black eyes. Her stick-straight black hair was pulled into a ponytail. She wore a black vest over her white shirt and on her feet were brown boots. The girl didn’t seem to notice Lea. She was working on her speeder, with a scowl in her face, clearly frustrated.
“Ugh!” She burst out, throwing her screwdriver onto the pavement with all her might. She frowned, stood up, and kicked the speeder, which stubbornly refused to budge. The girl sighed. Then she noticed Lea watching her silently and her eyes lit up.
“Hi!” The girl exclaimed. She was smiling now. “I’m Taylor. But you can call me Tay. Taylor sounds too girly, don’t you think?” She stuck her oil-covered hand out to Lea.
Lea hesitated, then returned the gesture. “Um, yeah, I guess. I’m Lea. Nice to meet you,” She told Tay as they shook hands.
“Nice cloak by the way,” Tay said with an accent, studying Lea from head to toe.
“Thanks,” Lea said, unsure of what to think of the spunky, energetic Asian. “Do you, um, need help with anything?”
“Nah, my speeder is just acting up again.” Tay said, kicking the speeder again for effect. “It does this a lot. One of the thrust turbines is broken. No matter how many times I fix it, it breaks down. They just don’t make them like they used to.”
“What’s a thrust turbine?” Lea asked, clueless.
Tay leaned over the side of the speeder and held up a tiny black box. “This-“ Tay grunted as she stood back up, “- is a thrust turbine. It makes the speeder hover. And if it’s broken, it’s like the tire popped, so I can’t go anywhere. Not that I needed to go anywhere anyway.” She shrugged and tossed the turbine back into the speeder.
“Um, don’t you have to go home at some point?” Lea asked.
Tay laughed. “I don’t have a home.” She responded, as if it was most normal thing in the world.
“Oh.” Lea mumbled. Maybe this girl is kind of like me… I didn’t have a home at one point. I bet we’re really similar. Lost in thought, Lea didn’t feel the sloth stir in her hood.
The sloth had awaken from his nap and was trying to climb up Lea’s shoulders. Lea was trying to push him back down into the hood when Tay cried, “Oh! You found Chewie!”
“His name is Chewie?” Lea asked in disbelief, “How do you know him?”
“He lives in the forest! I see him there a lot,” Tay said, and added proudly, “I named him.”
“Chewie…” Lea said. She immediately remembered the nickname of the Wookie hero, Chewbacca, who helped the galaxy from the First Order before she was born. She can’t possibly know who Chewbacca is, Lea thought, but said out loud, “Why that name?”
“Have you ever heard of Chewbacca?” Tay asked subtly.
Lea gaped at her in disbelief. “Yes! I’m a Jedi!” Why in the world am I telling this girl my secrets? I don’t even know her! But something in Lea’s gut told her that she could trust her.
Now it was Tay’s turn to gape at Lea. “You’re kidding.”
Shaking her head, Lea pulled her lightsaber out of her belt.
Tay put her hands up and stepped back, “Okay, don’t point that at me.”
Lea laughed at Tay’s strange reaction. She put the hilt back on her belt. “Are you a Jedi too?”
Tay shook her head. “I wish, but no, I’m not. Some of my cousins are involved with that stuff though. Some of my ancestors were with the Resistance a long time ago.”
“And now, you’re not?” Lea questioned.
“Well, sort of, but not really.” Tay assured her, “I just don’t have a home. I like living on the road anyway. So what are you doing? Why are you a Jedi?”
“I grew up with the Resistance. I think I was born there, but I’m not sure,” Lea said, “But anyway, I was trained to be a Jedi until I was 8. Then they drove me out.” Lea eyes were downcast, but she looked up and continued. “I went to live with 6 other girls but then…”
Tay leaned closer, genuinely interested. “Then what?”
Lea sighed, as if reliving the whole experience. “I started getting threats letters and phone calls. Someone wants my lightsaber, and they threatened to hurt the others too if they didn’t get it. So I ran away to keep them safe.”
Tay was silent for a moment, pondering what Lea had just said. “I know who wants your lightsaber.”
Lea stared at her. “Who?”
“It’s Darth Rokoi.” Tay said solemnly.
Part 16 coming on Saturday!
Meet the newest member, and tomboy of the family, Taylor, my wonderful readers. The doll I won from the World By Girls contest.
P.S. Bella, you were right.
30 comments on “The Guiding Compass – Part 15”
I’d been wondering and wondering when your new doll would finally make an appearance! Welcome Taylor!!!
cool!!!! She’s really pretty!! I can’t wait! thanks so much, i think this was worth the wait!
GASP! Her name is Taylor? She is just TOO cute!! Love her! I smiled when I saw the speeder. How did you make it? :) My favorite part of TGC yet!
Yep! It took me about a week. I’m going to write a post about it. :)
Cool! Now we know when this is set. :)
Chewie the sloth! That’s so cute!!! :D
Taylor is super pretty! She’s Truly Me #64, right? If I get another doll, it’ll probably be #47 or #64. :)
Love the speeder! Is it cardboard?
One more question… did you make Taylor’s outfit?
<3 , IrishAG
She is! When she came out I knew I had to get her. :)
The speeder is cardboard. And I did make Tay’s outfit. :) It was so much fun to make. :)
OH MY GOSH. OH MY GOSH. OH MY GOSSSHH!!!! O_O
THAT SPEEDER!!!! THE ANSWERS!!! THE REMAINING QUESTIONS!!! :O
AGDA, YOU ARE VERY BAD!!! In a good way, of course…. XD
That speeder is seriously amazing. I can’t even right now. O_O
Oh, um *wonders what to say* thank you, I think. :) I’m going to make a separate post about it sharing how I made it and stuff. :)
Oh, ahem. I suppose I was too caught up in my fangirling to pay a legit compliment –
AGDA, THIS SERIES IS SO AMAZING!!!!! It’s definitely one of my top favorites I’ve read! :D
Oh, YAY! I can’t wait to see it! I literally want a speeder for my dolls so badly now XD
That’s okay, but thank you so much! I’d give the speeder to you, but I already promised it to my little brother. He wanted it for his Beanie Boo turtles. LOL. XD I’m going to give the measurements soon. :)
You’re welcome! Awww, that is adorable! They can be the new Ninja Turtles – but – Jedi Turtles! XD
LOL! They should! Yeah, he helped me out with the photos and held the reflector. He calls me “Mimmy” (I’m the mom for his turtles) and I call him “Tuttlet” like “Huttlet” but more like turtle. LOL. XD
Awwwww!!! I love that!! :D
*squeeeeaaaaal* I CAN’T WAIT TO FIND OUT WHO DARTH ROKOI IS! I wonder why they want her lightsaber so badly… And I wonder how Taylor knew who it was…
I love Taylor, she is super cute! :D
How do you pronounce Rokoi, I’m guessing Ro-coy or is it Ro-coy-i or something totally different.;D
You pronounce it like Ro-coy. :) Oh, and Tay says she’d prefer to be called Tay because Taylor sounds too girly. ;)
Right! Tay, of course. ;) Although I always saw Taylor as a very tomboy name… XD And I totally agree with Jaclynn, that speeder is the best! It totally looks it belongs in the Star Wars universe! :D
Tay is a tomboy, but I guess names have different meanings for different people depending on who they’ve met with that name. :) Thank you! I had so much fun making it.
The suspense! And I’m sorry Tay, but you’re really adorable. ;) Welcome to your new home! :) Chewie is such a cute name for a Jedi’s sloth. :P
-American Girl Doll Crafter
I can’t wait for the next part I don’t like cliff hangers!!
Welcome Taylor. Nice post.
OOOOH! YAY! NEW POST! And welcome, Taylor! :D
Ooh, congrats on Taylor!! I have the same doll, she is pretty isn’t she?? :) I have never watched Star Wars, but they series is making me want to start watching it!! :D
Welcome Taylor!! I can’t wait for the next part!!
WOW!!! This series is getting SOOO exciting!!! That speeder is epic!!!
P.S. Welcome Tay!
P.P.S. I bought the lightsaber you have! It's AWESOME!
Taylor is so cute!
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! XD XD XD
I absolutely LOVE that doll! Welcome Taylor!
Ooh, Taylor is so cute! And I love the name Chewie for the sloth. :)
Thanks!! I think she is too. 😊