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Clarity (41263 words) by anecdotalist
Fandom: Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Obi-Wan Kenobi/Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala/Anakin Skywalker
Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala, Sheev Palpatine
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Jealous!Anakin, Exasperated!Obi-Wan, Polyamory, Doesn't take place in TCW but references things that happened in it
Summary:

"It seems that Master Kenobi has been in contact with a certain Senator who is known to be among the leaders of this cabal. Apparently, very close contact. The rumor is that he was seen leaving this Senator's residence this very morning, at an...unseemly hour." Palpatine's voice oozes concern but his eyes gleam sharply.

Anakin's barely aware of the strategic micro-second of a pause, though; the phrases close contact and unseemly hour rebounding around in his head. Who? Who could it be that Obi-Wan was having assignations with? Why didn't he know about this?

Or,

Anakin's jealousy leads to the start of something new between him and Obi-Wan and a lot of frank discussions about things they should have talked about but didn't in canon.

Direct links to chapters:
1: Palpatine hints that Obi-Wan is sleeping with a Senator and Anakin jumps to conclusions (but not the one Palpatine had been hoping for)
2: The morning after: In which Obi-Wan and Anakin have a serious conversation...in bed.
3. In which Obi-Wan almost finds out about Anakin and Padme and Anakin plans a date to distract him.
4. Snippets of a date between Jedi.
5. Things finally come to a head and Anakin and Obi-Wan work some things out.
6. Angsty thoughts, arguments about the Code, doings things with the Force that shouldn't be possible, teasing Obi-Wan, threatening a Senator, and engaging in PDA with his wife: a morning in the life of Anakin Skywalker (he's a really busy guy, okay).
7. Lots of fluff, some backstory, and an appearance by Palpatine (though Anakin is just hanging out on cloud 9).
8. In which there is fluff, stress, and sap between our two couples. (You all can probably guess who's mostly responsible for what.) :D
9. In which there is lots of cuddling between our two favorite Jedi and other Jedi start making appearances.
10. Bant gets roped into Obi-Wan's plan and Obi-Wan gets worked up over a meeting with the Chancellor.

Date: 2016-07-01 01:21 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] anoniemouse.livejournal.com
*actually remember my password*

*waves*

Date: 2016-07-01 08:21 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] todriftornot.livejournal.com
Hi! Welcome!!! :D

As you can see, I barely use this journal, lol. I keep meaning to write out my meta-y thoughts here but I usually think meta-y stuff when I'm stuck in traffic and then by the time I get to a computer, it's hard to recall all of them. >.<

I'll copy/paste my last AO3 comment here in case you want to respond here instead and move the conversation over (or we can start a whole new discussion, either's fine):

"At the end of it, it reveals a conversation between Yoda and Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan admits, he'd leave the order for Anakin. However, he conveniently doesn't mention that to Anakin either. " - Ah yes, I did see screenshots of that scene on tumblr (it's become a surprisingly helpful resource for many things SW). I'm not planning on incorporating that scene in particular but I was going to add that to my characterization of Obi-Wan (that he would leave the Order with Anakin if he had left as a Padawan).

"I assume in most cases the Padawan bugs their Grandmasters for that information as well." - That's a good point, though I can't remember Obi-Wan being all that forthcoming with Ahsoka wrt information on Anakin's time as a Padawan either. He makes pointed remarks to Anakin about things that Ahsoka does that reminds him of Anakin but I think that's mostly it.

"Again, I hate some portrayals of Padme but Lucas... The woman was an elected official at 14, she's going to be a lot more demanding love or not." Omg, I know, right? I hate how Lucas portrayed her at times. She comes across as scared or wary of Anakin (or at least his temper) sometimes and I don't really get her 180 in AOTC from telling Anakin it's a bad idea to start something and then marrying him. Admitting to having feelings, sure. Sleeping with him, sure. But marriage? That's a big step.
Edited Date: 2016-07-01 08:21 pm (UTC)
Date: 2016-07-02 09:54 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] anoniemouse.livejournal.com
Haha yeah well I don't mind either way.

Sorry for the delay holiday weekend and all.

Padme does come off as scared and confused to Anakin and it doesn't make any sense at all. She doesn't mention she'd rather Anakin live to raise the child etc etc.

I wonder what Lucas was really doing. Although I wonder if Lucas would have prefer have rewrote the OT.

Yeah I think I am going to preorder the collected edition of that comment. Everything in canon says the characters would have reacted differently in Sith than they do ._. Although I love that movie I don't like the way it ends <.<
Date: 2016-07-03 03:23 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] todriftornot.livejournal.com
No worries, I totally get it.

I can't remember if it was you I said this to before but I think Lucas was a little too constrained by the original trilogy when he wrote the prequels. There was way too much for him to cover in just three movies and the ending of ROTS happened too suddenly. Maybe what he should have done was have Ep. 1 as a standalone prologue to the entire series. And then made the prequel trilogy all about grown-up Anakin - starting from his late Padawan days in AOTC and ending with him turning at the end of ROTS.

Padme's characterization is really so inconsistent. In PM, she's devoted to helping her people - first through the proper channels and then through an underground military offensive when the democratic process fails. So, okay, she's respectful of the democratic process but is willing to do whatever it takes to protect her own. That's fine - she's the elected Queen of her own planet, she can do whatever she wants on it and the Republic did refuse to help. Then in AOTC, she's an advocate for peace and plans to vote against the formation of an army....but then when Anakin tells her he slaughtered an entire group of people, including women and children, she tells him it's okay and that he was just grieving??? I mean, she did look a bit frightened of him at that point, so maybe she was just trying to keep him calm so he doesn't have another episode. But apparently she never informs the Jedi of this horrendous and concerning act of violence and instead marries the guy? Was she scared that if she had turned down his advances again, he was going to be violent against her (even if he never made such threats because now she knows what he's capable of when he gets angry?). Or did she really think that was okay? But nothing about her up until that point suggests that she would be okay with the murder of innocents (the men responsible for the kidnapping and the beating, maybe, but not the women and children). And then later, in ROTS, when she finds out he killed the Jedi and the younglings and wants to rule an Empire with her, that's where she draws the line? He's killed children before so was it the destruction of democracy the piece that she can't agree to? The betrayal of the Republic? (Because she does believe that the Jedi didn't betray the Republic and were still good people.) For most of the movies, it's like she's two different people - one as a Senator and former Queen and a totally different one as Anakin's wife and at the end, she chose the Republic/democracy over Anakin (which is ironic because she's his wife; meanwhile, Obi-Wan, in not killing Anakin, chose Anakin over the Republic/the fate of the universe).

On the other hand, in TCW, even as Anakin's wife, she was able to balance both being a Senator and being Anakin's wife and her morals stayed consistent in both roles. I much prefer the way TCW portrays Anidala and I feel like it's almost two different relationships we're dealing with. I think TCW did a good job of showing them being in love - I could actually buy them being genuinely in love and happy together and being that forbidden romance with a tragic end. But AOTC and ROTS didn't do that at all. I feel like Anidala was meant to be this epic tragic romance, like this beautiful love story with a really sad ending but I don't know, that's not what I get from the prequels sometimes. Anakin was obsessed with her for years before they met again in AOTC (probably because she was first genuinely nice person he met besides his mom. And then he didn't have his mom anymore but he did still hear about Padme. He probably collected stories about her and built her up in his head as being this amazing person (and then he had to have her; and she had to fit that image he had of her)).

And yeah, she was the one who was so deadset against the two of them starting a relationship because he was a Jedi and yet she becomes the one who wants him to stay a Jedi, more so than him. Was that because she believed the Jedi were good and she thought he needed that influence in his life? Because she could see that he had some darkness in him?
Date: 2016-07-03 04:40 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] anoniemouse.livejournal.com
TCW actually did what the prequels should have done. Anakin is this amazing Jedi that gets things done and stable. It's hard to believe that he killed all those people at that point. You know he did and yet he's really solid. Obi-wan is shown to have. Full personality too. Obi has trouble loving things but not because of the code per se he has literally watched everything he cared about die. Obi is by no means the perfect Jedi and was trying to spare Anakin from the mistakes he made. Thanks to TCW I love Mace and see him less as antagonistic and more as trying to keep Anakin on the right side. Padme in TCW actions make sense she's Anis wife but she's also a senator. But to be honest the PT really constrained Lucas. Rather than start at the beginning he should have just made ROTS into three parts. The audience doesn't need the attempt at the epic love story. They need to see a stable Anakin spiraling out of control. As it is it really does make the Jedi seem wrong (not evil as the line is) like Anakin should have said from my perspective the Jedi are wrong. And why does someone labeled the negotiater bit try to argue his point more? Why does Padme act so passive? Why does Anakin say my empire when power has never been his goal? I love ROTS but the canon is so very off course.
Date: 2016-07-03 05:13 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] todriftornot.livejournal.com
The only thing I loved about ROTS is the beginning, when Anakin and Obi-Wan are working together to save Palpatine. The plot went downhill after they return to Coruscant.

Anyway, I agree that all Lucas really needed to accomplish with PT was to show Anakin as a good person and an amazing Jedi who sadly turned Dark. The problem is that he wanted it to be that Anakin went evil in an attempt to save his wife's life. So, he had to show their epic love story. Though I think he could have done it by picking things up after they were already married, rather than showing how they first met and then got together. He could have still gotten the point across that they weren't allowed to marry but did anyway because they loved each other so much. And the audience could have filled in the rest about how they got together on their own.

Or Lucas could have made Anakin Fall for some other reason but I guess then it wouldn't have had the same poetic justice that he turned to the Dark side for love and returned to the Light for love.
Date: 2016-07-03 05:40 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] anoniemouse.livejournal.com
But the beginning is that amazing *grins* actually I like the light saber combat in the third movie and the Grevious Obi battle. Plus I'm a sucker for intrigue. Lucas could have shown their love story in flashbacks. And I think it would have made more sense to have all the characters closer In age. Instead he tried to do this chosen one story that pretty much got dropped and focused on their love story. I think of Anakin had been 19 when he was found and already married to Padme it would have completely made everything far more buyable. Regardless the love story gets overshadowed by Anakin's instability...
Date: 2016-07-03 07:13 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] todriftornot.livejournal.com
Oh, I forgot about the Obi-Wan vs Grievous battle. Yes, that was a good scene too. And if he had just taken Anakin with him the way Anakin wanted, the whole ending of ROTS could have been avoided. See what happens when you split up the Team?

Yeah, why did they go with the Chosen One storyline? That little narrative wasn't in OT, was it? (I've only watched OT once so I'm not as familiar with it.) That made everything so much messier.

The problem with making Anakin an adult when he was already found is that then he couldn't have been a Jedi and he couldn't have been trained by Obi-Wan, which were two of the things already in OT canon. Also, I think it would have been harder to buy that he was led astray by Palpatine if he was already nearly an adult and had no previous contact with him. Hm...unless Palpatine had approached him not as the Chancellor but as a Sith Lord, supposedly able to help him save his wife whose death he's been dreaming of. And the Jedi refused to help him (because they're not in the business of randomly helping people and they believe that death isn't the end and isn't something to be feared) and he didn't know how evil the Sith really were.

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Date: 2016-07-10 03:55 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] todriftornot.livejournal.com
I do think that Anakin loves the idea of Padme more than Padme herself. That was definitely the case in AOTC and I think that persisted throughout TCW and ROTS, though not to the same extent. Padme, even, I think had fallen for an idea of Anakin too. He was a Jedi (therefore, a good and moral person) but he was still an emotional person (unlike Obi-Wan, who for as long as she's known him since TPM is young and handsome and smart and brave and a hero...but not emotionally available). Anakin was tall and handsome and he wanted her. He pursued her, even when she told him she didn't want to be with him (and honestly, I didn't like that little bit of writing either; it stank of supposed romance being written by a man who doesn't understand that when a woman tells a man to back off because she's uncomfortable with his advances, he should back off. Instead, Anakin persists and Padme eventually succumbs to his charms? Yeah, not really my idea of romantic...) Anyway, I think that as much as Padme was a strong-willed and smart former Queen and current Senator, she was also a young woman who maybe loved the idea of this Jedi breaking his Code to be with her because he loved her so much, rather than Anakin himself. It probably sounded romantic to her and she probably hadn't had much experience (given how busy her career probably kept her). And then he has a streak of badness but also a lot of angst about that. Anakin is, or looked like, that classic trope of a "bad" boy with a heart of gold that a lot of people at one point or another fantasize about being with and 'taming' (for lack of a better word). And then she didn't really get to spend much time with him because of his Jedi duties and the war. But I think by ROTS (certainly by the end of it) she realized that he wasn't a bad boy with a heart of gold - his dark side was real. And that's when she drew the line.

Anyway, so I'm not really that much of an Anidala shipper. I don't hate it but I can't really buy that they actually fell in love with each other, though they might have come to love each other for real in the years after they got married) and I don't think they're particularly good for each other. As you say, the relationship brings out a side of Anakin that's not his best. And I don't think it brings out Padme's best either. I don't think they would have worked out in the long run - Anakin's too possessive and jealous for Padme, who's so strong-willed herself. I don't see her being able to put up with that for very long, even if he didn't go completely evil. Obikin's different for me (though I don't think they're a totally healthy relationship either), but I think I'm also more of an Obikin shipper because of Obi-Wan. I haven't quite gotten to the point yet where I'll ship him with anybody but I have had multiple Obi ships (QuiObi, Obikin, and er, Obi-Wan/Maul....there's a really cute crack-y series of ficlets called Sith Academy, I think. It predates AO3 so it was archived on its own site - I highly recommend it). But Obi-Wan does seem to bring out a better part of Anakin, and Anakin brings out the emotions in Obi-Wan. Anakin and Padme's personalities don't quite mesh well. Anidala might work a bit better as part of an OT3 because Obi-Wan would be the mediator/buffer for them but I dunno, a lot of Anidala shippers seem to view them differently than I do so a lot of the OT3 things I've read don't feel quite right to me.

...sorry this got so long.
Date: 2016-07-10 04:41 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] anoniemouse.livejournal.com
Long is great. I love reading your head cannons. I think you captured that perfectly. *sighs* Really hit the nail on the head. I think Anakin and Padme never had a chance to grow up in the romance department sort of way. Her being immensely busy being a senator, and Jedi just don't do that. Yes, a part of it is the writing that really didn't flow right. For instance, you buy Leia and Han are in love without them opening their mouths. And when they do talk, they spat at each other. For me Anidala can be somewhat painful to read and their relationship is just perfect... Except when it's not or they don't actually talk to each other. Anakin really really doesn't actually talk to Padme that much, they a both busy. At this point, I'm not sure Anakin knows what food is his wife's favorite. But then Anakin, unlike Padme and Obi-Wan, wasn't the best listener. I wonder if they had talked about baby names, because if so, didn't Vader think it was weird that suddenly Bail had a daughter named Leia? Not exactly a common name. And Bail and Padme were colleagues. I have to assume they didn't talk about that, which that's usually what new parents do. Then there is what happens after the baby's born, that they apparently never discussed.

Err I don't know there are a variety of different OT3 ship fics out there. Each one treats the threesome differently to a degree. Spanning from Padme welcoming Obi-Wan to Padme being a downright jealous and eventually saying okay fine. Personally, though for me, I like to think of Naboo and an extremely forward thinking planet when it comes to relationships and what works. Naboo reminds be a bit of ancient greece, a little, and that sort of relationship between a man and a student is heavily prevalent there. So to me, Padme would be a bit more open to V relationship. But I always feel likes she's been sharing him since the get go really, so it's just the add on. Any favorite fics in the OT3 area?

Well I'm not as groovy with QuiObi, there are a few, but often times Obi is like under 15 which just hurts my brain, I don't really Obikin with Ani under 15 either. Its a me thing I guess. YukiPri is doing an online comic with QuiObiAni, which is super cute. They are all padawans together. Just type Starwars Age Squash and you'll get the comic, if you haven't read it yet. Obi with Maul can be good provided you can justify it- I'll check out your story. I love him with Ventress, Cody, Rex, most of All Anakin. Obidala is a bit hard for me to read as what do you do with Anakin? *but* Queen's Gambit is a perfect example of how you can make it work. And if you can make it work, I like it.
Date: 2016-07-10 03:36 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] todriftornot.livejournal.com
Yeah, I don't get the sense that Anakin and Padme really talked all that much. They didn't seem to be quite on the same page with everything. Maybe we're supposed to assume that they have a lot of deep, meaningful off-screen discussions but going by what we see of their interactions on-screen, I don't think that's actually happening. I think you're right in that they don't really know much about each other and haven't done much talking about the future. Neither one of them even knew she was having twins (and really, how does that work out? Because in our world, an ultrasound would be able to tell you that and when you're pregnant, you get quite a few of those - did she not have any prenatal care?). But even in terms of their past - Anakin didn't like talking about being a slave and I think Padme never asked him - she saw him as one when they met and that's probably something Anakin would rather forget, or maybe would rather that she forget. And she probably just made a bunch of assumptions about his time as a slave...or didn't think about it at all, because he seemed well-enough adjusted in his new life. And she clearly never told him about much of her past - the thing with Clovis didn't even come up until it became relevant. One of her oldest and closest mentors joining the Separatists didn't come up until she decided she wanted to go see her...I mean, did she never talk to him about why she became a Senator or maybe even how torn she was about staying in the Republic while one of her closest friends joined the opposition? She must have angsted over that for at least some time, right? Having her group of friends split up over the war. But it didn't seem like Anakin knew or really even cared about any of that. The times he spent with her, even in TCW, were all about their relationship. And mostly about having to hide it.

Oh, good point about the baby names - I doubt they talked about it, although Padme seemed very ready with those names when she was giving birth. But even if they did, Vader doesn't seem to have been very sharp. There was also Luke Skywalker. Maybe Luke was a common enough name. But Skywalker? Although I guess their explanation for that was that Luke didn't do anything worth mentioning in the wider galaxy. But he went to school, didn't he? Surely that means enrollment records. And wouldn't something have pinged somewhere....like, whoa, there's a Skywalker child on Tattooine, what are the chances?

I like to think of Naboo as being forward-thinking and progressive and open to a wide variety of relationships too. So I think Padme would be okay with adding Obi-Wan. I tend to avoid the fics where she's jealous about it because that's a bit ooc, I think. There's a few where she's the one who's initiating it and Anakin's all lost and hesitant which....I can't really buy. Mostly because I think if she was the one who showed any interest first, Anakin would have reacted with intense jealousy and anger. OT3 is also sometimes hard for me to read because I haven't seen Obi-Wan expressing any interest in Padme whatsoever but suddenly, he wants to sleep with both her and Anakin? There needs to be some buildup for Obidala for me, at least on Obi-Wan's part (Padme's I can kind of see, because she was so interested in seeing him again at the beginning of AOTC and it was only because of his name that she agreed to Jedi bodyguards when Palpatine and Mace suggested it - I figured she might have harbored a crush on him from TPM). Ouroboros is one where I thought the OT3 was developed realistically. Oh, and OT3 in Futurus was good. That's about it for me. Any recs you have?

Most of the QuiObi I've read were either post-TPM AUs where Qui-Gon lives and Obi-Wan's Knighted anyway or feature time-travel Obi-Wan from the future. But I stopped reading QuiObi because I developed issues with Qui-Gon over how he treated Obi-Wan after finding Anakin, plus their age difference is just a bit too much. Obikin I generally don't do while Anakin's still a Padawan, unless he's the one initiating, but yeah, I also don't do the ones where Anakin's under 15. I have read a couple of really cute gen Obi-Wan and Anakin fics, though. Oh, I love YukiPri's Age Squash AU! It's so cute. And her artwork is gorgeous.
Date: 2016-07-10 05:26 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] anoniemouse.livejournal.com
Part of that could be chalked up to Anakin not paying attention. I don't get the lack of ultrasound. I read someone saying that Padme asked not to know anything about the baby and the droid interpreted that as everything. However, it is possible she knew towards the end and Anakin didn't listen... I guess. I don't know that whole part in ROTS is so bizarre. I can't even rationalize. I mean Anakin could have mentioned that he was having visions about Padme dying and didn't have to bother mentioning he was the father of the child. And honestly, if he was that worried about her life, he didn't seem to try to find anything thing else out about the dream, or research or anything period. Nothing. He didn't send her to a medical center. He didn't try to figure out the dream more? I guess Palpatine was really poisoning his mind at this point. I mean I'm surprised he never shared his marriage with Ahsoka. I get Obi-Wan, but Ahsoka? He had to know she wouldn't have said anything. It's Ahsoka. Or even Rex.

As for Luke Skywalker living on Tatoonie to quote a fan, "Anakin was unobservant that his ex-best friend was hiding out on Anakin's own home plant 45 minutes from his Step-Brother with his son. And in 20 years couldn't find either of them?" I go a step further. Leia looked liked her mother that didn't make you a little suspicious? At all? I mean Bail adopted her, his wife wasn't pregnant before. And Padme knew Bail. It brings us once again to the fact that Anakin really doesn't know his wife at all. He didn't know her baby name choices, he didn't know her friends, and he didn't know her stance at the war. A better question would be what did Anakin know about his wife? We've covered it, but clearly he didn't know Obi-Wan very well either. In this respect, Anakin is very self centered. I have this Head Cannon in mind, where Ahsoka basically schools him on the two people most important in his life. Because Ahsoka is that observant.

Yeah, that's another part of QuiObi just doesn't sit well with me. I always feel like Qui-Gon feels saddled with Obi-wan. It's very frustrating. When people try and say they have this wonderful relationships, but then why does Qui act the way he does. Granted, I've read some really good ones where they fix that issue. Jedi Shmi series is awesome that way. She calls Qui-Gon out on his BS, and basically decides in the series that it will be Obi who teaches Ani not Qui-Gon.

Well that part I see your point on Obi-Wan, but that's why I'm not completely into Obidala, for that reason. Umm Let's see I'll give you a few that I know of-

Cadesama who wrote Futurus also wrote Homecoming (http://archiveofourown.org/works/3738337) .
Times, Measures (http://archiveofourown.org/works/1784215) It's a WIP and hasn't been updated in forever, but the part where it stopped at you can just consider the end. It's a pretty decent stopping place. (You may or may not have that on your Bookmarks)
Joyful Abundance (http://agentjedi.livejournal.com/16239.html#cutid1) was pretty good too.

There's a lot of WIP for that grouping... But very few finishes.
Edited Date: 2016-07-10 05:30 pm (UTC)
Date: 2016-07-11 03:23 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] todriftornot.livejournal.com
Padme asking not to know anything about the pregnancy is the explanation I decided to go with in my fic but I mean....how realistic was that in canon? She didn't have any idea when Anakin was going to get back from the fighting. What if he didn't get back in time? Not only did he not know there was a reason to hurry back but he didn't even have any control over whether or not he was recalled. Was he not angry that she didn't send him a message about the pregnancy beforehand? Would he not have wanted her to get all the best care that she could get for the pregnancy even if he couldn't be there for it? As for him not looking to get more information about his dreams - I figure that was because he panicked and froze. For days or weeks or however long ROTS was supposed to last. I don't know. I don't think of him as someone who researches and gathers information about a situation. Or at least, not very well. He had Obi-Wan for that as a Padawan. And even as a Knight, he had Obi-Wan there to give him all the information he needed (and discarded) for his missions.

I think someone said that the name Ben Kenobi was pretty common on Tattooine. Or at least, Kenobi was. And that maybe Anakin/Vader thought too highly of Obi-Wan and was like 'there's absolutely no way he would have kept his own last name. That's too easy.' But even if that was the case, in 20 years of desperate searching, he never thought 'what the hell, I'll just run through all the Kenobis just in case. And hey, maybe one's an unknown relative that I can use as bait.' Like ???? He really does need Ahsoka to tell him what's up. Because Obi-Wan won't do it. I don't think he even really sees it as a problem. He's all fond, like 'well, yeah, Anakin's a little self-centered and doesn't listen, but that's part of his exasperating charm.' And I'm not even sure Padme realizes that he doesn't listen to her and knows basically nothing about her. I think she built up this image of him as a husband and selectively paid attention to things that reinforced that image and set aside everything else (same thing he did to her).

Well, according to the EU, Qui-Gon didn't want another apprentice after Xanatos and Yoda basically manipulated him into taking Obi-Wan. So they started off badly. And then I read on wookieepedia that after Obi-Wan quit the Order to stay on Melida/Daan, their relationship took a big hit. I'm thinking that if we take those things as canon, then it would kind of make sense that they were never really as close as fans like to think they were. Or at least that their relationship was way more complicated and filled with issues than what was presented in TPM. And they were shown to have problems in TPM. I kind of think that as much as Qui-Gon is passionate about the Living Force and in rescuing helpless beings, he doesn't form attachments like Obi-Wan does. He seemed to view Obi-Wan as being...hm, replaceable or dispensible. Like, he cared about him, I do believe that. But he didn't have any problem with essentially pushing Obi-Wan out of the way in order to follow the will of the Force. I don't think it was even about Anakin, specifically. It was because he believed so much in that prophecy. But I mean, he couldn't come up with other arguments for the Council to accept Anakin? Couldn't convince another Master (one without a Padawan) to take on Anakin for training? Didn't think well, you know, 9's kind of young to be a Padawan, he's still got 3-4 years before he gets too old to be a Padawan, maybe I can finish up Obi-Wan's training and have Anakin come with us (unofficially and unsanctioned by the Council) and learn the basics before I take him on? Instead, he thinks, well, he needs a Master so I'll do it. Never mind that I already have a Padawan. Um, what. Can you imagine Obi-Wan ever setting Anakin aside before he was ready to take on a new Padawan? And he was pretty much saddled with Anakin too.

Homecoming was quite good, thanks for the rec! I'll check out the others soon.
Date: 2016-07-11 05:26 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] anoniemouse.livejournal.com
The whole pregnancy part of that is completely unrealistic. Even single thing.
1. How did she get pregnant in the first place.
2. Why wasn't Abortion and option? (I like you making Padme really religious, which makes sense and works) However, that's not even brought up especially when her life was on the line. Medically necessary abortions are a lot different and again, your fic at least has a verifiable reason why Padme wouldn't have.
3. She didn't have an ultrasound, didn't know there were 2, she didn't get prenatal care at all !?!
4. They as a couple didn't discuss baby names or anything?
5. As you pointed out she waited till the tail end to tell him about said baby?
6. No one included Obi-wan, didn't noticed the extremely strong force presence suddenly coming from Padme's womb?
7. She just dies in childbirth.
It's the most ridiculous plot point of all seven movies, and completely makes it difficult to watch if you have any idea on how the labor process works.

You bring up an awful lot of good points about both Padme and Obi-Wan. I do think though on some level Obi-Wan really felt it was unnecessary to get Anakin to try to research more as they were almost always paired up together. He probably assumed the council would keep them paired, or that he would always be in access to Obi-Wan. But I still think it's weird that Anakin didn't at least try. Just like I think it's weird that neither Sola, Sabe, or Ahsoka knew of the marriage from Padme or Anakin. Like Sabe couldn't keep a secret? The girl had to bury her own identity for Padme.

As for Vader not finding Obi-wan. You said exactly want I was thinking. At no point, does Vader not go through any list of all Kenobis? Supposedly, Vader does do research. I mean I think in some EU works, but I find it a little hard to believe that Vader suddenly developed that ability. I also find it out that Vader doesn't recognize his own droids. And he doesn't. In Bail Organa Daughter's Care no less. So you have a girl with his droids, that looks like his wife. And Vader doesn't think hmm? Maybe R2 avoided him, but Threepio's mind was wipe, he didn't.

My only problem with Obi-Wan's EU background is it conflicts with Cannon material horribly. Ahsoka is assigned to Anakin at the age of 14. Now, Anakin actually says to her, "Are you old enough to be a padawan?" And her responses, isn't "I'm 14" but "Maybe not, but Master Yoda thinks so." Barriss and Obi-Wan were in their older 20s as Padawans, which always suggested to me that Padawans were actually generally taken much older around 16 ish. The only inconsistency to that is Caleb because he was 13 ish when Depa chose him *but* again, he was over the "Cut-off" point that EU put in place.

However, everything else makes sense as far as I'm concerned, and if twist canon a little (Like maybe they dropped the Agri-corps thing because there were in the middle of a war and couldn't afford night to be picky) everything else makes sense. And I agree. Honestly, I think Yoda knew that having to train Obi-Wan would pull Qui-gon out of his mood over Xanatos. I also think Yoda knew that Qui-Gons more mellow personality would help Obi-Wan. And I do think the pairing between the two was good match *but* Personally, I believe Obi-Wan was always fated to be Anakin's teacher. Obi-wan does form attachments (And that gets him into trouble) It's evident by the reaction his has when both Qui-gon and Satine die. And more so, but the emotional state he was in by the end of ROTS.

And no, Obi-Wan would never set Anakin aside. For that matter I can't see many other masters doing that either. But definitely, not Obi-Wan. But even if Obi-Wan was Ahsoka's master, I can't seem him doing that to her either. I think Qui-Gon was bit too obsess with the prophecy to actually see what Anakin needed. Obi-wan did what he could, but I feel like between Palpatine and the Council; it got to a point that neither group wanted to kept them together. And the result is bad very bad.

Glad you liked Homecoming one of my favorites !
Date: 2016-07-13 04:55 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] todriftornot.livejournal.com
Well, Obi-Wan not noticing the Force strength of the baby is understandable - I don't think he was anywhere near Padme until the very end, when he went to see her before leaving for Utapau. And when he went back to see if she knew where Anakin went, he sounded resigned about the baby being Anakin's. Like maybe when he first went, he highly suspected it and tried not to think about it but after seeing what Anakin had done, he knew it was just another sign of how much Anakin had not been following the Code.

As for Anakin not noticing....well, my own personal headcanon (and what I'm using in my fic) is that he feels the Force so strongly already that another presence near him doesn't really register. I don't know about other Jedi not sensing the babies. Maybe they did and just never said anything? It was probably just Mace and maybe Yoda who've spent time in the Senate building and could have run into her though, right? Maybe Padme just avoided them? Or maybe they knew and were like, 'fucking hell, that idiot Skywalker, what's he done now. Just wait until he gets back to Coruscant, I'm gonna rip him a new one' but then all hell broke loose.

Possibly Obi-Wan did try to teach Anakin how to research properly but gave up after ten years....Anakin really doesn't seem like he'd have the patience for it and if he couldn't learn it in a decade of teaching, he's probably hopeless. There's probably a note in his record telling the Council to just give him mission briefs with all the information he'll need. Or maybe Obi-Wan had resigned himself to being Anakin's personal researcher, even if he was on missions by himself or with other Jedi.

Huh, did Padme's handmaidens not know about her pregnancy? I had figured that they did know and were keeping her secret for her. There's no way they could have missed it, since she needed new, voluminous robes to hide her growing belly.

Good point about Vader and the droids. Especially since threepio is so recognizable. Isn't he the only one of his kind that's a shiny gold? Plus, Anakin built him. Vader should definitely have recognized his own work. Unless he went and deliberately blocked off all of his memories from his years as Anakin.....?

I love that the EU gives us so much worldbuilding but I wish it didn't conflict with canon. Perhaps they could have made it so that Obi-Wan was being sent to the Agricorps not because he was turning 13 but because aside from Qui-Gon, there weren't any other eligible Masters who could potentially choose him? So because Qui-Gon already rejected him, the Temple didn't see any reason to keep him there.

I do agree that Obi-Wan was meant to teach Anakin. I think even if he wasn't formally Anakin's teacher, they'd have run into each other and become important to each other in some way. I think they really need each other.
Edited Date: 2016-07-13 04:56 am (UTC)
Date: 2016-07-13 05:29 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] anoniemouse.livejournal.com
(Did I offend you when I spoke of the pregnancy? Not, my intention. I apologize. )

Well there's a scene in the book where he does go and visit padme before Utapau. It's the one where Anakin smells Hoi Broth and mentions that Padme must have had other company besides Obi-Wan over because he's allergic to Hoi Broth, which I think is Miso Soup. It was cut out of the movie, but in the book. However, I really feel like based on the movie, he knew about the entire relationship. TCW makes it seem like he didn't, but yeah, no. There's no way. Anakin is about as subtle as a meteor impact.

And that Headcannon really works for Anakin to be honest. He probably wouldn't notice. Although, he did sense Dooku *but* then Dooku wanted to be sense so. I love the thought of Mace finding out and being like "Skywalker!!" *Hehehe* Macey refuses to be nice to Anakin. Yoda at least saves his life.

Well as far as canon goes no one knew about the pregnancy. Or rather, I think towards the end she just wasn't mentioning who the father was. The dresses stopped hiding it at that point, and Obi-wan is like "it's Anakin's", not "you're preggers" O.O. I dunno, again that's a mess and then some. I know the handmaidens did not know about marriage because the only witnesses were the droids. Which seems odd. I suspect they knew of an affair, but again not how deep it really ran. And I really feel it's important that Padme and Anakin were married, not just carrying on an affair.

I suppose Vader could have suppressed it, but seeing as how Obi-Wan was last seen with the droids, that doesn't make any sense. I mean I would think that Vader would trace anything he could back to his near obsession with Obi-Wan. Of course, in the end he got his man so to speak. I know a lot people hate the idea of Padme dying but technically, Anakin and Obi-Wan ended up together at the end. Granted, it's a bromance sort of deal, but still together.

Well they could have made Obi-Wan have to go to Agri-Corps because of his fighting with Bruck. And played up on his Aggressive side. Everyone was too afraid of him, so once Qui-Gon passed it was like sorry no one wants to train you?

Of course, the odd thing is everyone tries to downplay Obi-Wan significance to the entire saga. However, I see it as vital. Anakin would have fallen way before if Obi-wan hadn't been there. And if the council could have gotten their heads out of their rears, he might not have fallen at all. No other master could have dealt with Anakin. I think when Obi-Wan was captured by Ven, Anakin was temporarily assigned to someone else, and the master was so happy Obi-Wan was alive to get rid of Anakin hahahah. It's pretty easy to see why Anakin has a chip on his shoulder, problem is Obi-Wan does too. Or rather, maybe that's why he can train Anakin? Everyone paints Obi-Wan in this corner, but if you removed Anakin from the equation, he's just as nuts. In different, way, but nuts. I'm pretty sure without Anakin, Obi-Wan would have been the one to fall. They have an interdependant friendship.

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Date: 2016-08-02 06:48 am (UTC)

Boga

From: [identity profile] anoniemouse.livejournal.com
Merry Christmas or Happy V-Day or Something like that

If there was one thing Anakin Skywalker thought he could bet on is that when you were a ghost, nothing could hurt you.
He was wrong, very wrong.
At the moment, he was dodging a very large spiky green reptilian tail, and that was the easy side. It was attached to an equally large green feathery reptilian beast, and this beast was currently trying to get his beak around Anakin’s midsection. Thus far, Anakin was doing a pretty good job of avoiding that beak; the tail, however, was another matter. That long lengthy tail seemed to have no trouble at all catching Anakin, and with one foul swoosh sending him hurling to the other side of the clearing. One glance over his shoulder at Obi-Wan, and he’d be damn if the old man was smirking, if not downright enjoying himself. Really!?! Obi-Wan had to pick this time of all times to get pleasure out of Anakin’s frustration. Sith hells, and darksider blues, this was mostly Obi-Wan’s fault that Anakin was in his current predicament.
After all, Anakin had thought he’d finally be able to relax; the afterlife, was nothing, if not peaceful. And, they were already dead, so it’s not like they could get more dead, Right? It was with that in mind, that Anakin figured Obi-Wan would be safe to study whatever wayward creature he found this time. It’s not like Obi-Wan could actually get torn flesh from limb if he was a ghost. Well in theory. Out of nowhere, the ghostly blue like creature suddenly appeared, and it headed straight for Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan, to his credit, not only didn’t move, but actually had his arms outstretched. Was he just going to let the ghost creature maul him!?!
Anakin huffed, “A little help here?”
“You know I told you not to attack it.” Obi-Wan said deadpanned. Obi-Wan sighed and sigh, “Boga I think he’s had enough.”
The creature suddenly relaxed, curled in on itself, and bounded over to where Obi-Wan was.
“It has a name?” Anakin was exasperated. What was going on here?
“Of course, it has a name. You have a name. Why wouldn’t she have a name?” Obi-Wan smiled and patted “Boga” on the side of the great body. The creature made a strange popping noise that sounded more like a small engine backfiring than a giant creature. It turned its viscous beak to Obi-Wan, and started gnawing on his hair. What that even possible for a ghost?
Okay, well Anakin certainly didn’t expect this. Obi-Wan with a creature wasn’t much of a surprise, no, but how this creature was a ghost on the other hand. “Um… How is she here?”
“Pardon?” Obi-Wan finally remember Anakin was in the room and turned his attention to him.
Anakin really didn’t like this Boga creature one bit, but resigned he said, “I mean how can she possible be a ghost like us?”
Obi-Wan paused for a moment, “Well every creature has the potential to be force sensitive. And just because they don’t use a language we process doesn’t mean that they aren’t sentient. I mean remember our friend from Malastare.”
Anakin narrowed his eyes, “Did you have to bring that up now?”
Obi-Wan’s eyes on the other hand were dancing with mirth, “You asked, I answered. Besides, she’s a very good friend.” Obi-Wan patted Boga again.
“A friend?” Anakin asked.
“Come now Anakin we should be leaving. Boga dear are you coming?” At that Obi-Wan turned away and the giant feathery reptilian beast trotted happily after him.
Anakin really didn’t like this Boga-Creature.

I leave the next bit to you ;)
Edited Date: 2016-08-02 06:49 am (UTC)
Date: 2016-08-03 03:05 am (UTC)

RE: Boga

From: [identity profile] todriftornot.livejournal.com
Omg, what an amazing surprise! I totally was not expecting this but I love it. Okay, let me see if I can add to it:

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It turns out the Boga-creature didn't like Anakin much either. She, in fact, seemed to see Anakin as a danger to Obi-Wan. Or at least that's what Anakin assumed, since she kept inserting herself between them and curling her lip at him threateningly.

"How exactly do you know her, again?" he asked one day, narrowing his eyes at her after she not-so-gently nudged him away from her favored spot of cuddledrightuptoObi-Wan.

Obi-Wan chuckled. "What's the matter? Jealous?"

"I'm just concerned that she has an...unhealthy obsession with you."

"You're one to talk. You were completely obsessed with finding Luke."

"And you," Anakin said with a quirk of his lips. "I was out of my mind with the need to find you, though I wasn't very truthful to myself about why."

"Had I known you were looking -"

"You'd have hidden yourself even further away from me? You cut yourself off from the Force. When I realized that was what was missing in the Force, it felt like I had lost a limb. Or, something more vital than a limb."

"Anakin, I had to do that. I thought you - well, Vader - were a danger to Luke and I couldn't risk him finding us."

"You mean me. You can't keep separating us in your head, like he was some other person that took over my body. I did some really terrible things, things I wish I hadn't but it was still me. You're not doing anyone any favors by pretending that it wasn't. You're not protecting me from my mistakes."

Obi-Wan shook his head. "Maybe I'm protecting myself, have you considered that?"

"What?" Anakin asked, taken aback.

Boga nudged her head under Obi-Wan's chin, somehow making a purring sound. Obi-Wan sighed and patted her. "I spent a lot of time in that desert and most of that time was spent thinking back on everything we had gone through. Every single moment. And I just couldn't...I couldn't reconcile the Anakin I knew with the monster that Vader was. It really was like they were two different people."

Anakin frowned. "You shouldn't have stayed there that long. The desert does things to you, twists your thinking, makes you see things that aren't there. It's the heat of the two suns. People who aren't native to it rarely last long there."

"I did well enough. I had been taking care of myself long before you came along, you know."

"Riiiiggghhht. That's why you had all those close calls on missions when you were a Padawan, right? And why you still had close calls on missions when I was a Padawan. And when I was a Knight. And now, when we're both ghosts. Force knows why I was even surprised about Boga. I should have expected it. If anyone could find trouble as a ghost, it would be you."

"As I recall, it was you who antagonized her. She was never trying to attack either of us. She's really quite playful."

"Sure she is."

As if the creature knew they were talking about her, Boga swiveled her head around and blinked at him. Anakin could swear that she was being coy. He scowled when Obi-Wan cooed.

"So, where shall we go next?" he asked, back in good spirits. "Let's do one of the things on your list, since we just did one of mine."

Anakin bit his lip anxiously. "Well...I wanted to visit my mother's grave. And I know you never met her when she was alive, but I wanted you to come with me so she could meet you now. Kind of. From wherever she is in the Force."

Obi-Wan's hand clasping his stopped his rambling. He looked up and met Obi-Wan's eyes in shock. It was the first time his former Master had touched him since they had both died. And it felt...wondrous. There was a jolt of connection between them that felt both like and unlike when they had a training bond.

Obi-Wan furrowed his brows, but then he visibly shook the surprise off and smiled gently. "I would be honored to meet your mother, Anakin."

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So....that turned out less fluffy and Boga-centric than I was planning. Also a bit longer than I was thinking. But oh well. You're up. :)
Edited Date: 2016-08-03 03:06 am (UTC)
Date: 2016-08-03 05:28 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] anoniemouse.livejournal.com
ooooo I love! I love!

Okay hmmm well also not fluff-

Not much had changed about Tatoonie in the time Anakin had been gone. It was still sandy, still a waste, but most of all the depravity of the inhabitants still lingered here. Tatoonie was rotten to its core, and no amount of time was going to change that. The barren landscape offered no hope and no mercy. Anakin could feel desolation in the air, and found it an odd comfort. The population here was largely unaffected by the empire, Palpatine having decided a long time ago that would he rather ally himself with the Hutts than oppose them. “Too many family issues for that to be worth it.” He’d told Anakin, once. Sadly, for all its sins, Tatoonie had become a safe haven not just for Obi-Wan, but for many others from the empire, from the Sith, but mostly all from its lost son- Anakin.

A loud honk brought Anakin out of his thoughts. He looked up in just in time to see Boga collide with him.

Wham! Anakin found himself pushed down by a large paw, or foot, or whatever thing the Boga-Creature used to stand. “Obi-Wan.”

Obi-Wan chuckled, “I think Boga likes you.”

Anakin couldn’t disagree more. The Boga-Creature had narrowed her eyes at him, and had snorted. Anakin thought he probably looked more like lunch to her, that a friend. “If you say so…” Anakin tried to squirm out from under the beast, but that was most definitely not working.

“Boga, dear, come look at the Bantha herd.” Boga honked and turned her head up. She cocked it to listen, and then bounded off presumably where the noise was coming from.

Obi-Wan walked over to Anakin and assisted him up.

“Are there really Bantha out there?” Anakin asked as he looked in the direction Boga bounced off to.

“Bantha?” Obi-Wan said with a smile, “Oh yes, there are. They always come out to drink in this area around this time.”

Trust Obi-Wan to the know the schedules of the Bantha herds. “Well should we stop and wait or keep going.” Anakin clearly favored the latter. Maybe “Boga” might get lost in the very large, very dangerous desert. He could hope right.

“Oh, she’ll be fine. I’m sure she’ll find us in a bit when she’s ready.” Obi-Wan moved next to Anakin and gestured for him to continue.

Fantastic, there was no getting rid of her… “Alright then. It’s a just a little bit more, we’ll have to go through the wastes, if you done mind.”

Thoughtfully, Obi-Wan said, “Oh, I don’t mind. After all, I lived in the wastes.”

“Seriously?” Anakin sighed, Obi-Wan really was out of his mind. “That’s not exactly where I would have pictured you living.”

“You pictured me living on Tatoonie?” Eyebrow raised, even in death Obi-Wan was snarky.

Anakin huffed, “No obviously. I’m just saying it’s not exactly…” Right word, right word, “Pleasant.”

“The wastes aren’t exactly generous no. But few people would come out there for more either.”

“No, I doubt that they would.” Anakin eyed Obi-Wan suspiciously. Sure, it was a great hiding spot, but people went to die in the wastes, not live.

“You know… I am known as the hermit of the wastes. The locals are terrified of me.” Obi-Wan smiled at that. It was like he has some little private joke all to himself.

“Well, I would be afraid of any man who chose to live there too,” Anakin narrowed his eyes, “Sane men don’t go to the wastes.”

Obi-Wan bit his lip, “It was not that bad. Honestly, I had come to respect it, to understand it, to rationalize it. I made peace with being here. I made peace to somehow belonging here.”

Anakin internally cringed. The idea of Tatoonie being able to claim something of Obi-Wan was just wrong. Tatoonie was a place of despair and pain. No one should be long here, least of all a man born free. Anakin could still remember the man he had met as a boy. The aloof Jedi with the dancing silver eyes, who had sass, and a gentle calm the seeped into every space he entered. No, there was just something inherently wrong with that thought indeed.

“Well, I guess that answers that question.”

Tag your it >->
Edited Date: 2016-08-03 05:32 am (UTC)
Date: 2016-08-03 11:39 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] todriftornot.livejournal.com
I love that Boga was so easily distracted by the bantha herd. And I really like your writing style - especially that description of Tattooine. It's so poetic.

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The trek through the wastes was thankfully uneventful. Anakin had never ventured very far into it when he was still living on the planet, mindful of his mother's warnings about people getting lost in the desert, but Obi-Wan knew his way around quite well. It was quite an experience, walking under the twin suns and seeing the brightness of their light but not feeling the oppressive heat or the fierce hot winds blowing the sand in their faces.

Boga came back at some point with a bone, of all things.

"Is that," Anakin stuttered, "is that from one of the bantha? Did she manage to kill one of the live bantha?! How is that even possible?"

"Don't be silly," Obi-Wan said. "She probably found a carcass somewhere and created this Force impression of a bone from the remains."

"Oh, okay. Right. That makes me feel so much better." Anakin felt faint. Just how Force sensitive was this creature? Were all the members of her species like that? Were they going to be haunted by an entire herd of whatever-she-was? Or was she only like this because of prolonged exposure to Obi-Wan? How long had she even been around Obi-Wan? His old Master had been rather cagey about answering that question.

Boga, meanwhile, held the bone out pointedly to Obi-Wan, who took it and weighed it in his hand with a nod.

"What exactly are you going to do with that?"

Obi-Wan glanced at him with amusement in his eyes. "You've never had a pet before?"

"Uh, no? Tattooine is kind of lacking in the cute and cuddly small animal department, if you haven't noticed."

"Pets don't have to be small and cuddly," Obi-Wan pointed out.

Anakin eyed Boga warily. Or rather, her slowly waving spiky tail. She wasn't paying him any mind for now, attention riveted to the bone that Obi-Wan still held. "Yes, well, while there is an abundance of giant terrifying man-eating creatures on Tattooine, they weren't very appropriate for a child to be around. So. No, I never had a pet. Are you just going to hold that and keep her mesmerized?"

Obi-Wan chuckled. "Of course not." Then he reared back and threw the bone. It spun end over end in a big arc over the desert and disappeared into the horizon. Boga immediately bounded off after it, making more of that honking noise.

"Huh." That was a neat trick. Anakin was going to have to keep that in mind in the future.

"Yes. She'll bring it back when she catches it and then I'll throw it again.. It's a game called 'fetch'."

Okay, so it wasn't a permanent solution to the Boga problem. But it could still come in very handy. "So do we wait here for her or can we keep going?"

"We can keep going. She'll find us again."

And so they continued on their trek towards the Lars homestead and his mother's grave marker.

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A bit of a shorter and fluffier piece. :)
Date: 2016-08-04 02:21 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] anoniemouse.livejournal.com
*blushes* No one had ever said that, and it's probably the nicest thing anyone has every said about my writing. I'm sorry about the horrid Spell Check.. etc.. I usually give writing a day or so, I can correct... Anyway-

After a time, they fell into a familiar rhythm; Boga coming back every so often, Obi-Wan would throw her “bone”, and Anakin stopped being startled by her very presence. At least, she wasn’t playing fetch with either man, so that was something. The trip passed pleasantly between the two old friends, and the general camaraderie they had felt just being near each other was there once more. However, as they got closer to the homestead, Anakin had started to feel a deep nervous tension in his soul; his heart. It made him all too aware of where and why they were here. The tension coursed through his spirit, turning everything ice cold. A lump had formed in his throat, and Anakin was finding it difficult to be here. He had no idea how long they’d been walking, but then they were there- the Lars homestead. Why was this so hard? Why did he feel like his nonexistent heart was going to fly out of his chest?

“Well it looks like Luke’s been keeping up the place.” Obi-Wan seemed largely oblivious to Anakin’s distress.

“Yeah, I guess that’s right.”

Obi-Wan mused, “Well I guess he had a lot hiding here the second time.”

“Wait what?” Anakin’s nervousness momentarily forgotten.

“Jabba, You, Bobba, the carbonite fiasco?”

Anakin narrowed his eyes, he tried to focus on what Obi-Wan said, “Carbonite… Oh! That smuggler. You know if I had known he had eyes for my daughter…”

“For your sake, it is good fortunate that you did not.” Obi-Wan surveyed the area, he found rock and sat down.

Anakin frowned, “My sake?”

Dead-panned, Obi-Wan said, “Well the fluffy little blonde certainly didn’t get your temper.”

“Or my height.” Anakin really wasn’t amused. "But I guess he got that from his uncle." Anakin grinned at Obi-Wan, two could play this game.

“She is her father’s daughter.” Obi-Wan stood, “It is good to see this place again.”

“Yeah, I guess.”

Obi-Wan turned, “Is something wrong?”

“It’s just… well..” Anakin worried his lower lip.

Obi-Wan smiled when he looked at Anakin. Anakin was lost in that serenity, that gentle feeling that was Obi-Wan. It overwhelmed Anakin, and he had to bite back reaction. Obi-Wan slowly walked over, and he reach out to carefully to touch one of Anakin’s hands. Suddenly, Anakin was filled with that wondrous sensation again. He could feel Obi-Wan, throughout every part of him. It filled him, touched him, and wreck him all at once. He knew Obi-Wan was there, he knew him. Anakin saw the slightly rounded look in Obi-Wan’s eyes, and he had no doubt that his old master had experienced this feeling as well. It was like being inside of Obi-Wan’s soul, if only for a moment. Everything had come together in one pinpoint.

/This is…/ That was Obi-Wan’s voice, but it wasn’t spoken allowed. Anakin had felt the very thought it in his back of his mind like a light kiss on his cheek. He reached out for Obi-Wan’s other hand, and the feeling got stronger.
/You’re worried my friend/ Obi-Wan’s voice rang through their connection, and Anakin knew Obi-Wan could feel the cold tension that had been running through him earlier.

/I…/

Boga chose that moment to give Anakin a sloppy, wet kiss on his head. The sloppy wet drool ran down side of his face, down the length of his arm, and puddled up at his feet. Seriously, now!?! Obi-Wan let go of Anakin’s hands the connection was gone.

Anakin really didn’t like Boga.

I went the cock-blocking route of course. ;) It's not going to be that easy for Anakin to get his force ghost on.
Edited Date: 2016-08-04 02:25 am (UTC)
Date: 2016-08-05 04:00 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] todriftornot.livejournal.com
Lol, poor Anakin! Hm, I haven't really been sure where to go next, tbh. But okay, let's try this:

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"Boga!" Anakin cried out. He wiped the drool off of his face in disgust, even though as ghosts, it didn't actually wet him.

"I think perhaps she sensed your earlier distress and was trying to soothe you."

"By trying to eat me?" Anakin huffed.

Obi-Wan shook his head and reached over to scratch under Boga's chin. "Don't be silly. That wasn't anywhere near threatening."

Anakin huffed. But Boga must be growing on him because she was looking at him with wide shining eyes and he could feel his heart softening. "Oh, all right. I accept your apology," he said to her. She honked as if she knew he was speaking to her and was responding.

"Well, would you like to look around?" Obi-Wan asked, waving his hand at the homestead.

Anakin gazed thoughtfully at the abode but then he caught sight of the darkening sky. "Later, I think," he said and made his way around the building. "The suns are setting and I want to watch them go down with my mom. We used to do this every day." He could sense Obi-Wan walking behind him, but he kept his eyes trained on the tall slim memorial that marked where his mother was buried. "It became a ritual, a way of ending the day and knowing that we had both survived it and that good or bad, it was over." His lips twisted. "One more day as a slave gone. I used to ask all the time how many more days it would be until we would be free, like there was a limit to how long we could be enslaved. It took me a long time to realize that my lifespan was the limit."

They arrived at the gravestone and Anakin knelt in front of it, bowing his head and staring at the name etched into the stone. Shmi Skywalker

Obi-Wan sat down next to him in a meditative pose, legs crossed in front of him and hands resting on his knees. He was close enough that Anakin could feel him, but not close enough that they were touching. Probably remembering what had happened before and feeling that now wasn't the time to risk it happening again. Boga laid down behind him, curving her tail behind Obi-Wan and her head towards the stone marker. Her body formed an effective semi-circular shield between Anakin and Obi-Wan and the rest of the desert. For once, Anakin felt thankful to Boga, for creating this space that felt private and intimate. All he could see was his mother's stone, Boga's body, Obi-Wan, the small bit of sand they were sitting on, and the pinks and golds streaking through the skies as the suns continued setting.

"She was kind," he said, recalling memories of his mother's face, her voice, her eyes, her hands, her smile. "Life was hard for slaves. But she always did what she could to help our neighbors. She helped bandage their wounds, would give them some of our rations. Not much of it, because we didn't have much ourselves and she insisted that I eat a full portion every meal. But it's hard to eat when you see others around you starving so I didn't always have an appetite. And we didn't want the food to go to waste. She used to say - and I said this to Qui-Gon when he came to our house but I don't think I ever told you this story - she used to say that one of the biggest problems in the world was that people didn't help each other enough."

"And so you helped Qui-Gon and Padme when they arrived on Tattooine."
Date: 2016-08-05 04:01 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] todriftornot.livejournal.com
Wow, this got really long, oops..
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Anakin nodded. "Because they needed help and it was the only way. They didn't belong on Tattooine. They were too bright, too beautiful. They shone as bright as the suns but they wouldn't have been able to co-exist with the suns here. The desert would have sucked all the beauty out of them and left them barren and desolate. That's what it does to everyone who lives here for too long. But anyway, so I raced for them. And I won. And then I found out that I was freed. But my mom wasn't. I didn't want to leave her but it would have broken her heart if I had stayed and didn't take the opportunity that was given to me. She always believed that I was meant for better things than slavery. I had stopped believing in that myself. But then that happened. And I thought, 'maybe there's something to this Force thing after all. Maybe the Jedi are where I'm meant to be. That something greater that mom always said was waiting for me.'" He lifted his fingers and softly rubbed them against the etchings on the stone. "I don't think I knew what the Jedi were, really. What it meant to be one. What they did and didn't do. I'm not sure I ever figured it out, either. I had these fantastical ideas about heroes when I was a kid but while a few Jedi lived up to that," Anakin slid his eyes pointedly towards Obi-Wan before turning his gaze back to his mother's name, "many others were just...regular. They did the job they were assigned to and they didn't care about using their very powerful abilities to actually help anyone."

Obi-Wan nodded slowly. "The Jedi Order...there were a lot of problems with it, with what it became and the philosophy behind it. The people in it, they were good people and responsible people but they had it drilled into them from birth that they were to use their powers and their abilities to serve the Republic and keep the peace." Obi-Wan's lips twisted wryly. "Even if that meant stopping rebellions by the oppressed trying to overthrow their oppressors. Or leaving people in slavery because to support an uprising was to risk throwing the Republic into chaos and war. So, no, the Jedi weren't heroes. They were more like police. People didn't cheer us, they dreaded our arrival, they feared our powers because they didn't understand them. So no, you probably didn't have the right idea about the Jedi when you joined. And I didn't know that you didn't know what being a Jedi meant. I had an intuitive grasp of the concept because I was raised in it. But I didn't know how to explain it to someone who didn't know. I didn't have the words or the comparisons for it. I thought that teaching you the Code would be enough but it wasn't. How could it be when you had no reason to believe in it? And maybe you had the right of it. Maybe it was the Code itself that needed to be changed and the rest of us couldn't see that because we were just so used to trying to live by it that it didn't occur to us that it should be changed. Or even that it could be."

"Wow, I never thought I'd see the day when you said that. I always thought you were the epitome of the Jedi. Not as they were, but what they could have been."

"Not hardly," Obi-Wan scoffed.

"Yes, you were," Anakin insisted. This was a losing argument, though. Obi-Wan, for all this skill in negotiation, was notoriously a poor judge of his own character. And in fact, Obi-Wan was opening his mouth to negate him. "Let's just agree to disagree," Anakin interjected. While he normally loved getting into spirited debates with Obi-Wan on just about any topic and wouldn't have minded doing so in front of his mother's grave, he did want to take some time to tell her about his years with the Jedi and about Obi-Wan.

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Not exactly the best stopping point - it's kind of sudden - but I'm out of things to write for now and I'm so sleepy now I'm like falling asleep at my computer.

Oh, and I can't remember what Anakin's mother's gravestone was - there was one, right? Was it s stone that they used as a marker? Wood? Just a sand dune? Or maybe there was nothing? Well, at least for now, I've made it a stone. If we ever decide to post this elsewhere (like AO3 ;)), I can do more fact-checking.
Date: 2016-08-05 07:05 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] anoniemouse.livejournal.com
Just make me re-watch my least favorite Star Wars movie -___- And then I started watching top 10 list videos, and then Star Wars vs. videos… so sleepy @-@ Yup, there’s a marker. Like stone that’s raised slightly above ground. Post it? Ah sure wherever/whenever you want… well I mean after mucho editing for moi, I swear I finished fifth grade. My spelling skills might disagree, but I do have proof somewhere. I’m sleepy, rambling, and I’d agree to just about anything right now.

Question: I think I’m depriving the world of more Clarity? =/ (I feel so bad >.<) T___T

The mood turned somber, and the glow from the orange suns started to dip down into sandy dunes far beneath the pale skyline. With their retreat, the suns would take the oppressive heat with them, and leave a bone deep cold that made it impossible to get warm; the desert could be a very frigid place for a living sentient. There were other graves here, scatter amongst the Lars homestead, more death, more decay. But, the only one Anakin cared about was the center grave, that seem to stand out over the gloomy earth. Its position seemed to warrant a nod of respect even to the casual onlooker, Cliegg really did love her.

Anakin swallowed, “I…” It seemed so hard to talk now, in front of her like this, but maybe that made it better, the important things were never easy. “I have so much to tell you mom.” Anakin breathed this wasn’t going to be easy. “I did some things, some really terrible things. You wouldn’t be proud of me for these things, but Mom I…”
A gentle whisper in his mind that wasn’t completely coherent nudged Anakin carefully. Its soft presence gave him hope and confidence.

Anakin regained himself, “I married Padme right after you died. I… She is… was a queen, a lady, and a fighter. She was so beautiful, she was my angel, and I gave my whole heart to her. I loved, I did. No matter what people told me, I loved. Even when it wasn’t the best. And then there was this war, that didn’t make sense for either side, but I did my best to protect the people. I thought what I was doing was right, and maybe it was. But it wasn’t enough. I should have asked more questions, I should have stopped to realize, that maybe the other side had a voice, a reason. But I fought hard, and gave it my whole spirit. But war is like a machine you know? You get caught up in it, but before you know it, you’ve lost yourself. And I did lose myself, in everything and everyone. I gave every part of myself away until I had nothing left. That’s when I broke… When did things get so complicated? I did one thing right, though. I had two of the most beautiful children in galaxy with Padme. I guess you’ve met Luke. He’s pretty amazing, isn’t he? I think he takes the most after you. He certainly has your smile.”

Anakin continued talking about… everything. Every moment, every experience, everything that happened to him since leaving. The whole time Anakin was talking Obi-Wan was constant. He said nothing, but he didn’t need. Obi-Wan just being there by his side was enough. The tension that had built in the pit of Anakin’s soul was slowly lifting little by little. As he talked, Anakin looked out into quiet desert. Its forsaken soul a steady beat. What was lurking out there in that hidden The silver light from the moon touched down on the land and bathed the ground to sea of blue dust. He smiled, he was home. Anakin felt warm, albeit, only in the emotional sense. That gentle whisper was back, and it careful wrapped itself round Anakin’s mind.

Finally, he heard Obi-Wan said, “Perhaps you should introduce us.”

Huh? Anakin looked up and through the hazing night shadows, he could clearly make out a figure of a person he’d know anywhere, “Mom?”

Yes, I dropped the mother bomb. I had to, you left me no choice. Really, this your fault for leaving me with Sad Panda!Anakin. Sad Panda!Anakin rambles, Sad Panda!Anakin hurts, so of course Shmi going to have to come hug him.

Date: 2016-08-05 04:44 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] anoniemouse.livejournal.com
You got more since I'm working out the frustation from my sister


Anakin stood gapping at the sight. His mother was right there in front of them like a glowing white figure. His heart sank deep in his chest, and every part of his body froze.

"She's a force Impression, not really there." Obi-Wan reminded him carefully placing a hand barely on his shoulder, mindful of the contact, and the connection from before.

"But how-?"

Obi-Wan stood toward and smiled, "You created her based off your memories. However, I'm certain the real Shmi is here as well in the living force stream. I'm sure if you reach out you can hear her."

Anakin nodded processing the information. He must have wanted his mother here so badly that he brought her. Still, the glowing white figure watched him, every so often she gave him a gentle look that he remembered from his childhood. But Obi-Wan said, the real Shmi as here as well. Oh! The whisper in his mind. Could that be? /Mom/ he closed his eyes as he thought back to before.

The response wasn't so much verbal as a push. It didn't form words or thoughts, but sent feelings and images. Shmi had heard every word that Anakin has said. Immediately, the tension drained out of Anakin, and the familiarity of the place and experience sought to temper his fear. Anakin opened his eyes, "She is here."

The pair slowly sat down, and Anakin felt more like he was back at his mother table, than out in the desert. There was no war, no jedi, no sith, just his mother, him, and a friend. Anakin got his composure back. "When did you get so in tuned with the living force?"

Obi-Wan laughed, "Well with both you and Qui-Gon being around so much. Something was bound to rub off."

Anakin suspect that there was more than that. Somewhere in the twenty year exile in the desert something deep and fundamental had changed about Obi-Wan. Actually, that change might have started earlier. Anakin decided to switch topics, "Can I ask you something?"

"Hmm?"

"Why do you look um like that?" Anakin had no way of phrasing that and it not sound rude.

"Look like oh! Master Yoda and I thought it would be less confusing for Luke. Moment." Obi-Wan shimmer out of Anakin's vision for just and second and when he reappeared it was the Obi-Wan that Anakin had always remembered. "Better?"

Anakin nodded and turned back to the figure. He felt so comfortable like this.

Again not proofed >.<

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