[Back to Scene 4]

[At the top of the cliff. Yoda, Nute Gunray and Obi-Wan stand in the ruins of a fortress. They are spot the masked man climbing the cliff after Nute Gunray has cut the rope]

Yoda: He's got very good arms.


Obi-Wan: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. [pauses, looks] By the Force! He's climbing!

Nute Gunray: Whoever he is, he's obviously seen us with the princess and must therefore die. You, carry her. We'll head straight for the Trade Federation outpost. Catch up when he's dead. If he falls, fine. If not, the lightsaber.

Obi-Wan: I'm going to do him left-handed.


Obi-Wan: Is is the only way I can be satisfied. If I use my right, over too quickly.

Nute Gunray: Oh, have it your way.

Yoda: Be careful, you should. People in masks, trusted they are not.

Nute Gunray: I'M WAITING!
[Nute Gunray, Yoda and Amidala depart the Ruins, leaving Obi-Wan to prepare for the masked man]

Obi-Wan: Hello there! Slow going?

Sith Lord: [climbing cliff ] Look, I don't mean to be rude, but this is not as easy as it looks, so I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't distract me.

Obi-Wan: Sorry.

Sith Lord: [tersely] Thank you.

Obi-Wan: I do not suppose you could speed things up?

Sith Lord: If you're in such a hurry, you could lower a rope or a tree branch or find something useful to do.

Obi-Wan: I could do that. I still got some rope up here, but I do not think you would accept my help, since I am only waiting around to kill you.

Sith Lord: That does put a damper on our relationship.

Obi-Wan: But, I promise I will not kill you until you reach the top.

Sith Lord: That's very comforting, but I'm afraid you'll just have to wait.

Obi-Wan: I hate waiting. I could give you my word as a Padawan learner... Sith Lord: No good. I've known too many Padawans.

Obi-Wan: Is there not any way you'll trust me?

Sith Lord: Nothing comes to mind.

Obi-Wan: I swear, on the soul of my Master-may he be One with the Force-, Qui-Gon Jinn, you will reach the top alive.

Sith Lord: Throw me the rope. [Vader reaches the top] Thank you.

Obi-Wan: W-w-w-w-we'll wait until you are ready.

Sith Lord: Again, thank you.

Obi-Wan: I do not mean to pry, but you don't by any chance happen to have six horns and a red and black tattoo, do you?

Sith Lord: Do you always begin conversations this way?

Obi-Wan: My Master was slaughtered by such a man. Was a great lightsaber-maker, my Master. When this man appear and request a special, double-bladed lightsaber, my Master took the job. He slave a year before it was done.
Horned man returned and demanded it, but at one- tenth his promised price. My Master refuse. Without a word, the man slash him through the heart with this lightsaber. I loved my Master, so naturally I challenged his murderer to a duel. I fail. Tattooed man leave me alive. But he give me this. [Obi-Wan points to his scars]

Sith Lord: How old were you?

Obi-Wan: I was twenty years old. When I was a-strong enough, I dedicated my life to the study of the Force, so the next time we meet, I will not fail. I will go up to the horned man and say, "Hello. My name is Obi-Wan Kenobi. You killed my Master. Prepare to die."

Sith Lord: You've done nothing but study the Force?

Obi-Wan: More a pursuit than a study, lately. You see, I cannot find him. It has been twenty years now and I am starting to lose confidence. I just work for Nute Gunray to pay the bills. It's not a lot of money in revenge.

Sith Lord: Well, I-I certainly hope you find him someday.

Obi-Wan: You are ready, then?

Sith Lord: Whether I am or not, you've been more than fair.

Obi-Wan: You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you.

Sith Lord: You seem a decent fellow. I hate to die.

[The Sith Lord and Obi-Wan begin testing one another, parrying and lunging with lightsabers flashing.]

Obi-Wan: Begin. You are using Bonetti's defense against me, eh?

Sith Lord:I thought it fitting, considering the rocky terrain.

Obi-Wan: Naturally, you must expect me to attack with Capo Ferro.

[Obi-Wan advances on the Sith Lord...]

Sith Lord: Naturally, but I find that Thibault cancels Capo Ferro, don't you?

[The Sith Lord meets the attack and pushes back Obi-Wan...]

Obi-Wan: Unless the enemy hasn't studied his Agrippa...which I have! [pauses, catches breath] You are wonderful!

[Obi-Wan is losing ground to the Sith Lord...]

Sith Lord: Thank you. I've worked hard to become so.

Obi-Wan: I admit it, you are better than I am.

[Obi-Wan is backed into a corner by the Sith Lord, but a smile plays across his face...]

Sith Lord: Then why are you smiling?

Obi-Wan: Because I know something you don't know.

Sith Lord: And what is that?

Obi-Wan: I am not left-handed.

[The Sith Lord is forced back as Obi-Wan, lightsaber in his right hand, takes the offensive...]

Sith Lord: You're amazing!

Obi-Wan: I ought to be after all these years.

Sith Lord: There is something I ought to tell you.

Obi-Wan: Tell me.

Sith Lord: I'm not left-handed either.

[Sith Lord switches hands and puts Obi-Wan on the defensive]

Obi-Wan: Who are you?

Sith Lord: No one of consequence.

Obi-Wan: I must know.

Sith Lord: Get used to disappointment.

Obi-Wan:[Obi-Wan shrugs.] Okay.

[The fighting ranges across the top of the cliff. Obi-Wan leaps backwards to avoid the strike of the Sith Lord, but is steadily losing ground. As they continue fighting, the Sith Lord gains the upper hand and disarms Obi-Wan.]

Obi-Wan: If you strike me down, I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Sith Lord: I would as soon destroy a stained-glass window as an artist like yourself. However, since I can't have you following me either...

[Vader hits Obi-Wan over the head with the hilt of his lightsaber. Obi-Wan hits the ground, out cold.]

Sith Lord: Please understand I hold you in the highest respect.

[Go to Scene 6]

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[Obi-Wan prepares for the duel ahead.]

[" Do you always begin conversations this way?"]

[The Sith Lord and Obi-Wan begin their duel...]

[Obi-Wan and the Sith Lord pause and converse...]

["I am not left-handed either!" The Sith Lord switches hands...]

[Obi-Wan leaps to avoid the Sith Lord, but is losing ground...]

[and the Sith Lord gains the upper hand and beats Obi-Wan...]