|Trials of the Heart, Book Three: The Eleventh Hour
Author: KD Skywalker PM
It's a race against time for Obi-Wan to save Hailey's life. Will he be able to do so? Third story in the 'Trial of the Heart' series.Rated: Fiction T - English - Drama - Obi-Wan K. - Chapters: 7 - Words: 6,063 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 04-12-11 - Published: 09-17-06 - id: 3157947
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AN and Disclaimer: I know…I don't own any of it, except the original ideas that are mine. Anyways, I know its been a long time – but I haven't forgotten about this story either. So enjoy and leave feedback and if you haven't already read the previous stories in this series, please do.
"The Tython System?"
"Yeah," Ben said setting the hyperspace coordinates. "It's in the deep core. According to dad and the Jedi holocrons that he did manage to find, it's where the first Jedi came from. Vantos is a moon of Tython."
"Then why is it so dangerous?"
"The hyperlane is unstable for starters. Secondly, no one has ever returned from Vantos."
"But you're still using the old hyperspace coordinates?"
"Hailey tried to go around them once and failed. I figure that this is the only way to actually get there." Ben said as he carefully pulled the throttle back as the stars faded into lines.
"Now what happens when we get there? If we get there?"
"That's what I'm not sure about."
Obi-Wan gently ran his hand through Hailey's thick curly hair that cascaded around her shoulders before pulling her flush against him. Oh how he loved her – every bit of her – from the first moment he had seen her. "Have I told you that I love you?" he whispered.
Hailey smiled gently. "Everyday," she whispered back, leaning up to kissing him softly on the lips.
Their kiss didn't last long. A tug at the bottom of his tunic caught his attention. He broke the kiss and looked down. Standing there, smiling up at him was Leigh. Obi-Wan scooped his daughter into his arms and kissed her cheek. "And I love you too Leigh."
"Always?" she asked, wrapping her tiny arms around his neck.
As he held Leigh in one arm, he used his other to pull Hailey back to him. Happiness settled over him. He had finally found where he belonged…
The sound of caution and warning beeps from the Star Runner brought Obi-Wan out of his dream that he had been having, while sitting in the co-pilot's seat. He shook away the sleep as he noticed Ben frantically trying to control the ship.
"What's wrong?" he quickly asked.
"I don't know!" Ben said smashing a button down. That didn't seem to help any. He tried another. Didn't help either. Quickly the star lines returned to stars as the ship dropped out of hyperspace and was sent spinning in a tailspin.
That's when Obi-Wan noticed that they were quickly approaching a planet – hopefully it was Vantos. "Um Ben?"
"I know! I see it!" he said yanking back a stabilizer. "Better prepare for impact!"
Within seconds, the Star Runner smashed into the planet and skidded to a halt in a forested area. Both Ben and Obi-Wan were jostled, but still strapped into their seats. "Do you think this is Vantos?" Ben asked after a few more seconds.
"I don't know. I don't even know how to find these Ancient Ones."
"Well we better get going then."
They both slowly untangled themselves from their harnesses. But as Obi-Wan stood up, he felt light headed. He grabbed the back of the co-pilot's chair to balance himself. "I'm not sure, if I can walk," he weakly said looking up at Ben.
"Me either," Ben said as he was doing the same thing Obi-Wan was – holding onto the chair.
Obi-Wan tried to take another step – as he did, darkness surrounded him…
The warmth of the sun poured against his face. Slowly, Obi-Wan opened his eyes and allowed them to readjust to the light. Where was he exactly? He knew that he was lying in a bed, but where? Hoping to find that everything that had happened was simply a bad dream, he turned over and hoped that Hailey was snuggled next to him.
She wasn't there.
"It's about time you woke up! We've all been worried about you." A voice said from the other side of the bed, over his shoulder.
Slowly, Obi-Wan turned over the other way to look at the mystery voice. He vaguely remembered that it belonged to someone he knew. As soon as he saw who the voice belonged to, he couldn't believe it.
Sitting in a chair next to his bed was Siri Tachi.