JESUS!! [Roz hides behind the desk as she reads some of the reviews] Calm down Culf! Life isn't a happy story all the time!
Where are all the optimists out there? I thought you'd know me better then that!! Only 3 people realised certain things. From the way i write I would've thought that you'd know that i wouldn't bring Mace in just to have him disappear - whats the point of that? And the chapter titles! If you payed attention to the song! (you know, the one thats everywhere on my story!) you'd realise that its missing the very last lyrics! The very last line! (The Windmills Of You Mind)
Although, to tell the truth i was considering leaving him dead but that would destory Qui-Gon and break apart the whole little family.
Then why did i do it? Obi-Wan's got to regain his memory somehow doesn't he? As Qui-Gon thought, (The Force works in mysterious ways!)
And finally, the real conclusion!****
Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or begninng
On an ever spinning wheel
As the images unwind
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind
- The Windmills Of Your Mind****
Obi-Wan opened his eyes and blearily looked around him. His questing hands struck something and he stared in amazement as his hands felt the cold, cool surface of a bacta tank.
(Hang on……I was dying. I know I was dying. What am I doing here?)
Qui-Gon hadn't moved since his Padawan had been placed in the bacta tank and started as his apprentice stirred from his coma and opened his aquamarine eyes. He rushed over to the tank and frantically pressed a button calling for the healers.
"Obi-Wan! Obi-Wan, can you hear me?"
The figure that had pressed its hand up against the glass was blurred but recognisable.
[Master!] Obi-Wan cried out through his bond as all the memories came rushing back.
The next five minutes were a confusing jumble of healers, IV drips, bedding, tests and medication. As Obi-Wan was stretched out on a bed, his mind tried to come up with the missing link. After he had thought about it for another 5 minutes he sought out his master's help.
"Master? I was dying back on that planet. How did I get here?" Obi-Wan finally asked the question that had been bothering him for some time.
Qui-Gon laughed and lovingly ran his hand through his Padawan's coppery hair. "For that question you should ask Master Mace."
"Master Mace?" Obi-Wan's eyes spelled out his confusion, "What does he have to do with it?"
Qui-Gon sighed and closed his eyes, "Everything my young apprentice. Everything. You were right; you were dying. There was nothing that any of us could do. The blaster wound was mortal and your body was shutting down. That would have to be the worst time that I've ever encountered in my life. Don't you ever do that to me again!" Qui-Gon's eyes were unusually emotional and he looked at his apprentice.
Obi-Wan hung his head, "I'm sorry master. I wasn't thinking. I should've—" The boy was cut off as Qui-Gon placed his hand under the boy's chin and forced him to look into his eyes.
"I missed you so much Padawan. I didn't realise how much you meant to me until I nearly lost you. I love you too." He pulled the boy into a gentle hug, careful of the wound still healing in his chest.
Obi-Wan was loathe to pull away but eventually he did, his tears smeared on Qui-Gon's robe. "But how did we get on this ship? I know that I was dying….." He got back to the original question.
"Ah. You have a good memory!" Qui-Gon quipped ruffling the boy's hair. He got up and spoke into the intercom asking Mace to come down. Two minutes later the man in question was sitting with them.
"Tell the boy your little part in the story!" Qui-Gon moved over to Obi-Wan and placed his arm paternally around the fragile boy.
The dark-skinned human smiled at the young boy nestled in Master Jinn's robes. (Jeez, they've both been through a rough time...)
"Well, Master Yoda awoke from meditation and told me get on a ship and go to this planet. Rather strange at the time. It was a fair amount away and took me ages to get there. As I went the Force urged me to go faster and when I breached the planet's atmosphere it was virtually screaming at me to move my arse. I was almost too late. It told me to land in the clearing where you were, but I didn't realise you were there until I had landed. There is no such thing as luck, but if there was I'd say that you're the luckiest person alive Padawan Kenobi. By the time the healers reached you, you had been clinically dead for five minutes. The healers managed keep a hold on your life-force. Qui-Gon, River and Billy were complete messes and it was only the miracle of the healers that saved you.
Apparently, the actual death experience broke down all your natural shields and released all your memories. You had a complete memory recall and your memory is restored. In fact, the only thing that you're suffering from now is malnutrition and various cuts and bruises." Mace smiled warmly at the apprentice snuggled into Qui-Gons side.
At the word 'cut' Obi-Wan withdrew slowly and turned with dreaded eyes to Mace. "M-Master Mace, when you found me………was I…..c-c-crippled?" Obi-Wan didn't want to ask. If he was still crippled, then the chance of becoming a Jedi were virtually nil. He would be sent back to Agri-Corps.
"Ah yes. You had many various injuries." At this Mace and Qui-Gon's eyes darkened imperceptibly, "But they were all repairable. Fear not Obi-Wan. In two days time, your legs will be as good as new. In a weeks time it will seem as if nothing has happened to you. I will now leave you, so that that you and your master can finally spend some bonding time." Mace stood up and took his leave.
Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan were left sitting in a comfortably silence. Finally Obi-Wan spoke:
"How is Billy and who is River?"
"Billy is fine, she was worried about you. And River….well, River is what you would call a 'pathetic life-form'." Qui-Gon laughed. "I picked him up at a slave auction. In fact, River and Billy are getting along quite well."
"Really?" Obi-Wan stifled a feeling of disappointment and jealously, quite the same as River's to Obi-Wan. "That's good."
"Yes it is my apprentice. And it is good for you to finally be home." Qui-Gon kissed the boy lightly on the head. "Do you want to talk to Billy?"
"Uh…" Obi-Wan was caught undecided, "She'll fuss all over me, and then tell me off. I think I can wait till later!"
Qui-Gon hugged the boy closer, "I have missed you so much."
"And I have missed you too master." Obi-Wan's grip on Qui-Gon tightened and tears threatened to spill over.
Qui-Gon tilted the boy's head back, surprised by the sudden outburst of emotion emanating through their bond. [Are you okay Obi-Wan?]
The young Jedi smiled and snuggled in closer, [I will be now that I'm home and you're here.]
Master and Padawan remained in the same position for hours and the love flowed freely through the room.
Obi-Wan Kenobi had returned home and found that he did, indeed have a family.
Finally! Completely! Finished!!!!!! So the final verdict? Out of 10? C'mon, give me one last review! Tell me what you liked and what you hated about this story!!
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