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"The Temple?" Leia slowly repeated.

"Well of course the Temple!" said Anakin impatiently. He looked as if he intended to say more, but was silenced by a look from Obi-Wan.

"Leia, if you are not very occupied by your political duties, I feel it would be wise if you joined Anakin and me in returning to the Jedi Temple. Of course, you are too old to become a Jedi, but-"

Anakin snorted. "Yeah, at the ripe old age of ten they thought that I was positively too ancient to become a Jedi," he said, his voice laced with sarcasm.

"I believe that the Jedi Council will wish to speak with you," Obi-Wan continued, as if he hadn't heard his padawan. "They may request that you receive some basic instruction from a Jedi on reaching harmony with the Force."

Ten was too old to be a Jedi? Leia thought. Luke was eighteen when he started training. Leia shook her head slightly, I suppose the rules have changed since this time.

"No," she said. "I'm not busy." Maybe I'm here to learn about the Force! Maybe I don't have to forgive Anakin at all! Leia smiled in a relieved sort of way, totally unconscious of the fact that she had mentally referred to the spiky haired padawan sitting beside her as Anakin instead of Vader.

"Excellent. We will go see the Council now," Obi-Wan said. "Anakin, these data pads will have to wait."

Anakin stood, and with a huge grin on his face, bowed to Leia.

"M'lady," he said melodramatically, "I am forever in your debt. No one has been able to stop Master Obi-Wan from going over boring facts since I spilled three Ruby Bliels and a pot of tea on the data pads when I was thirteen."

Leia raised an eyebrow.

"It was purely accidental and extremely regrettable." Anakin added rather unconvincingly and glanced at Obi-Wan. Leia began to laugh and Obi-Wan shook his head in despair at the realization that his padawan might never truly grow up.


Leia took a deep breath and looked intently at the doors Obi-Wan had disappeared behind, as if willing them to open. Behind her, Anakin Skywalker quietly laughed.

"Unnerving, isn't it?" He commented to Leia.

Leia turned to face him. She looked up to meet his eyes On more levels than you realize, she thought. "Does Obi-Wan always do that? Go in there to talk to the Council and leave you out here to wait?"

"Sometimes. Makes you wonder if they're all talking about you before you're sent for."

"Oh," said Leia jokingly, "have you done many things to merit their talking about. Incidents like that of the data pads?"

She had expected him to grin, maybe even to list a few other pranks of his, but a pained look crossed his face.

"Since you don't live at the Temple, I guess you wouldn't know," he said heavily. "I'm the resident anomaly. Everything I do is closely watched by someone."

Leia thought I bet the Jedi are beginning to realize you're a Sith working for Palpatine. That's probably why they're monitoring you. However, she was becoming increasingly less willing to believe that explanation herself, no matter how much she clung to it.

Anakin walked over toward a window and looked out at the traffic. "I'm supposed to be part of some kind a prophecy. I don't think I'm supposed to know about it, but I've overheard the masters talking. They think I may be 'The Chosen One'. They debate about it amongst themselves. It turns me into an issue instead of leaving me a person. But that's been true all my life," he said, his voice becoming increasingly bitter. "There's always been someone giving me a label; a label that allows most people to forget that I'm a person at all. They say I'm supposed to 'bring balance to The Force'. However, everyone always conveniently forgets to mention what bringing balance to the Force might entail. In any case someone's always watching me to see if I seem to be shaping up into some kind of creature of legend. Of course, it doesn't help that I had never been anywhere near a Jedi until I was nine years old."

He broke off, shaking his head disbelievingly. "Honestly, I don't even know why I'm telling you this. It seems like even though I've just met you I've known you for along time."

"That's alright," Leia whispered. She suddenly realized that she needed to hear whatever it was he wanted to say almost as much as he seemed to need to say it. "Why weren't you brought to the Temple until you where nine? I thought Jedi Kenobi said that Jedi were brought to the Temple when they were infants." "The Jedi don't go to the outer rim to find Force sensitive children. Any way, it wouldn't have mattered if they did. Watto wouldn't have been likely to give up his property."

Leia tilted her head in confusion. "Watto? Property?"

Anakin looked at her and there was some old pain, some old horror in his eyes. "Watto," he said softly "owned my mother and I. We were his slaves."

"Slaves," Leia breathed. The mighty Darth Vader a slave to some Tatooine native? It seemed unthinkable, impossible. Who had he said? His mother. Her grandmother. "How did you get here?"

Anakin smiled mysteriously, as if remembering something much happier. "I already told you. I tagged along after an angel."

Leia opened her mouth to inquire further, when the doors opened.

Obi-Wan stepped out and motioned for her and Anakin to enter. Leia stood, transfixed for a moment, peering into the room to study the silent figures sitting in a circle. She noticed Anakin move up to stand beside her. He smiled reassuringly and placed a hand on her shoulder to nudge her forward. Surprisingly enough, his gesture worked, because she found the courage to enter the room. Mentally, she shook herself. What was wrong with her? She was Leia Organa, once a senator, now a leader of the rebel alliance.

Behind her, she heard Obi-Wan speak. "This is the woman of which we spoke, Leia..."

"Org-" NO! she thought. I can't be "Organa" here. "Antada," she said, using a common Alderaani name.

The small green creature seated directly in front of her twitched its ears and the bald man beside it raised an eyebrow.

"Master Yoda, I am," said the green creature. Yoda! Leia thought.

"I am Mace Windu," said the man next to Yoda.

"Hello," Leia said, not quite sure how one was supposed to address the Jedi Council. Maybe she really did need Threepio along with her.

"Right, Obi-Wan and his Padawan are. Much fear I sense in you. Fear leads to anger and anger leads to hate and.hate leads to suffering."

"You will stay at the Temple and receive instruction from Jedi Kenobi," said Windu.

"Masters, the mission to Ansion-" Obi-Wan said. In some strange, somewhat indefinable way, this woman reminded him strongly of Anakin, and another Anakin was certainly the last thing he needed.

Yoda chuckled. "Go to Ansion Master Luminara and her Padawan will. Join them later, you can. For now, your help, Leia needs."

Anakin grinned at Leia and mouthed "Thank you. No data pads today."

Leia smiled shakily back at him.

"The Force is strong with you, Leia. Learn harmony with it," Mace Windu said.

"I will try, Master Windu," said Leia, her "Senator Organa" voice back in place.

Yoda nodded pensively. "Very strong the Force is with you, very strong," he echoed Windu.

The sky outside the window was now dark. "Go now. There is an empty room next to Anakin's she may stay in." Windu said.

"Yes, Masters," Obi-Wan said. He and Anakin bowed. Obi-Wan touched Leia's arm, and the small group turned and exited the room.


"This will be your room, Leia," Obi-Wan said, gesturing at a door.

"Thank you," Leia said.

"I recommend you go to sleep now. Life at the Temple is very tiring," Obi- Wan added.

Leia laughed. Anakin groaned. "It is a lesson Anakin has yet to learn." Obi-Wan said teasingly.

"Yes," said Anakin. "I'm only nineteen. It's a miracle I manage to get dressed in morning with out your help."

"I've always thought so," Obi-Wan said, managing to keep a straight face.

Anakin rolled his eyes. "Good night, Leia. Master." He opened the door to his room and disappeared inside.

"Good night, Obi-Wan," Leia said and went into her room. Obi-Wan took a deep breath and closed his eyes. His head was already beginning to hurt and hadn't even had to deal with teaching the two of them together yet.


Leia sat down on the bed. She was exhausted. She smiled as she thought of Luke. He would love to see the old Jedi Temple. She thought of what Han's reaction would be. Her smile widened.

"It's good to see you smile," Bail Organa said.

"Dad?" Leia turned to see Bail sitting on the bed beside her.

"He's not what you expected, is he?"

Leia didn't need to ask whom he meant. "No," she said quietly.

"There's something I want to show you," Bail said. Leia once again felt that she was being surrounded by light. When she opened her eyes, she saw two blazing suns and felt sand blowing against her face. She stood in front of a small shop. Scrap metal and old ship parts were heaped everywhere. She turned to Bail questioningly.

He smiled and nodded. "Tatooine," he said.