Title: Sabbatical

Setting: Naboo, in the days after TPM

Category: Obidala (friendship mostly) multi-songfic

Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Queen Amidala

Rating: PG

Status: Work in Progress

Summary: Obi-Wan takes a sabbatical to rest and mourn after the death of his knight-master. A mishap with Queen Amidala (literally) brings them together in an unexpected way, and they develop a friendship as he rests.

Author's Note and Disclaimer: Each song is the intellectual property of its copyright holder/composer/lyricist/artist(s). The Star Wars universe and all characters are the property of George and Lucasfilm. I'm not making any money off of this.

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Pride's gone out the window, 'cross the rooftops, run away,
Left me in the vacuum of my heart.
What is happening to me?
Crazy, some will say.
Where is my friend when I need you most? Gone away.

But I won't cry for yesterday.
There's an ordinary world somehow I have to find.
And as I try to make my way to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive.

Papers in the roadside tell of suffering and grief;
Fear today, forgot tomorrow.
Beside the news of holy war and holy need,
Our is just a little sorrow.

And I don't cry for yesterday.
There's an ordinary world somehow I have to find.
And as I try to make my way to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive.

I will learn to survive.


"Ordinary World" - Duran Duran

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"But I want to stay here, with you," protested Anakin.

"Anakin, even if I was going back to Coruscant with you and the masters, we wouldn't see each other for several months. You need to catch up on your education with the other younglings. Within a year, you'll be ready to keep up." And I'll be ready to be a knight-master, Obi-Wan Kenobi added silently.

Master Yoda laid a hand on Anakin's shoulder, silencing the boy's rebuttal. The diminutive master looked up at the new knight. "To you a sabbatical has been granted, Obi-Wan. Use your time wisely, and ready for your new duties, you will be." Obi-Wan bowed slightly and retreated as the masters and new padawan boarded their ship.

One of the queen's handmaidens was waiting by his one-man fighter as he approached. She raised her voice to be heard over the roaring of the engines. "Her highness has learned that you are taking a holiday from your duties."

"Of sorts," Obi-Wan bellowed. He waved at the ship, just in case Anakin was at a viewport.

"She desires me to say, if you wish to stay here, a suite of rooms has been readied for you in the Palace."

He had given no thought as to where he might go, only to securing time off. This was as good a place as any. "Please thank her, I am honored to accept."

The handmaiden bowed. "The honor is ours, Sir. If you will fly your ship to the main hangar, a servant will meet you there." She backed up for a few steps, then turned and glided away.

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