So here we have it the final chapter.
To Alex (a guest reviewer), I don't mind the long reviews. And to answer your question, no I don't plan on having Ezra going completely to the Dark Side. Mostly because that wasn't my initial plan, especially now that we're at the end. I also didn't plan for a sequel (in the event you wanted to know if I would in a sequel). And as far as his eyes going back to his normal blue, I meant for it to get back there. Since his eyes didn't go completely Sith (yellow rimmed with red), at least that's how I had it stated in chapter 12 (where there was some blue left). Had they gone completely Sith, then it may have been more permanent (or at least taking longer to get his eyes back to normal).
"Don't get me wrong, I love having you all to myself, but everyone's barely seen you in a week. That's not fair Ezra." Kanan admitted with a chuckle as he and Ezra walked down the halls of the Ghost.
Ezra gave a smile, letting out a small laugh. Ezra had yet to be cleared for doing bigger missions, only allowed to go on one or two, so outside of the one or two supply runs and eating, he didn't socialize with anyone much outside of Kanan for the last week. He had even at one point elected to move into Kanan's room for the time being.
Hera claimed that it was probably for the best, since Ezra was still getting used to being back and returning to his routine. And since Ezra was only really comfortable with Kanan, it would be in his best interest to stay in close contact with the Jedi until he was really ready to interact normally with the others. Kanan couldn't argue with that logic considering that he and Ezra did have such a close bond.
They were mission free for the day, so Kanan figured that now was a good time to at least try to reintegrate Ezra back into the group. They decided to throw together a little surprise in the hopes it does something to boost Ezra's spirit.
"When we're done, we're going to get rid of that lightsaber." Kanan stated.
"We can't destroy it Kanan." Ezra admitted with a sigh, confusing the Jedi.
They stopped walking so an explanation could be called into order.
"Why not? We can find a way to replace your old one, so there is no reason for you to keep it."
Ezra let out a sigh.
"It's not ours to destroy. It wasn't even Maul's in the first place. So it wasn't even his to give. Besides, I want to keep it. It will serve as a reminder as well as a historical memory."
"What's that supposed to mean?"
"As I said, the lightsaber he gave me was not his own. It belonged to his brother. I never gave it an initial thought when he gave it to me, but since I got back I found myself contemplating it. The fact that he gave me it says a lot. He cared for his brother, something I got a small taste of when I first met him back on Malachor, and giving it to me says a lot. The only physical memory of his brother is this lightsaber. I can't take that away."
"And how does it act as a reminder?"
"It will serve as a reminder what I could have become. What I went through. What I learned. That it could still happen. I want to move on from this, and to do so, I must not forget about what happened."
Kanan took his words to heart. It was just like Ezra to justify things. Kanan gave Ezra a nod, understanding the boys reasoning now that he's stated it. They didn't need to say a word to know that the discussion was over, and finished their journey to the common room.
When they got there, they were greated by the rest of the crew. Ezra's surprise was a little gathering in honor of Ezra's return. Sabine had done the décor and Hera prepped a few dishes. Zeb and Rex just made sure that everything was in order.
They all enjoyed their little celebration, finally able to drag Ezra out of his shell, even if it was just by a little. It would be Rex, who would really ignite a spark from the kid, as he pulled Ezra aside.
"I have something to give you." Rex admitted. "I've been holding onto this for a while now. It belonged to Ahsoka, but something tells me that she would want you to have this."
Rex handed Ezra the item of discussion, and Ezra was surprised that Rex would have such an item: a lightsaber. Everyone else was shocked, even Kanan once he heard about what Rex had given the boy.
Rex gave Ezra a smile, letting Ezra know that it was okay to activate it. Ezra didn't need to be told twice, as he activated the blade. A green glow lit the room, surprising everyone.
"Ahsoka said that her master kept this as a memento to the man who found him. When Ahsoka left the order, her master gave it to her, as a memory of their time together and their close friendship. She kept it all of those years, up until you guys left for Malachor. She left it with me until it was 'absolutely necessary.' I believe now is that time. I know you still feel guilty about her demise and I also know that she would not want you to be saddened by her sacrifice, because it was not your fault. I'd like to think of this as a light at the end of the tunnel that she wants you to have."
Ezra looked at Rex in awe. The clone's words got through to him, lifting some of the burden off of him in regards to Ahsoka's sacrifice. Ezra didn't need to think twice before deactivating the lightsaber and embraced Rex.
"Thank you." Ezra whispered, tears beginning to form.
"It's my pleasure." Rex responded with a smile, patting the kid on his head.
Rex allowed Ezra to have his moment, enjoying the thankful affection that Ezra was giving.
"Alright." Rex finally stated. "There is no more need for tears soldier. This is supposed to be a happy day. Besides, you don't exactly make the sturdiest of armor."
Ezra let go of Rex, drying his tears on his sleeve, before letting out a laugh at Rex's statement.
"You're right." Ezra chuckled. "I probably couldn't even protect you from being stunned."
"Well so long as it isn't set to killed, we'll be fine."
A laugh erupted from the both of them, before the others joined in as well. All the while Kanan couldn't help but fell nostalgia from that statement, before letting out a smile. Everyone was glad to see Ezra's happiness.
Ezra's recovery would take time, but the light joking was a push in the right direction. All they could do was be glad with having him back and hoping that such an event would never happen again.
Yes we get a little more fluff here and a reference to Stealth Strike. And the lightsaber he got was Qui Gon's. I was originally going to have it be that he got Ahsoka's old ones, but it was brought to my attention that she didn't have them when she left the Order. I still wanted him to get a lightsaber that was associated with Ahsoka, so I decided that Ahsoka ended up with Qui Gon's when she left, as a gift from Anakin. That way, Ezra has something that was kind of important to Ahsoka as a memory.
I'd like to thank everyone whos read this story. As well as everyone who's every reviewed, followed, and or added this story to their favorites. I know I haven't thanked everyone in person for it, so I am now. I really enjoyed writing this, and I'm glad with how it came out. I'm glad if you were able to follow this story and enjoy it, regardless if you followed and/or Favorited it or not.