More to Life
Summary: In this AU, Anakin is 21 and Padmé is 25. They are not married nor or they dating each other. They know each other from years past, but they have not interacted with one another since the events of The Phantom Menace. In this story, Anakin defeated Darth Sidious three months ago, and is the perfect Jedi Knight. Padmé is a hardworking Senator trying to serve the galaxy. However, both are driving the people around them crazy. You'll have to read to find out what happens!
A/N: This fic was inspired by darksideyesplease's 'The Dating Game.' I highly recommend that you read any of his fics, as he is quite talented. On that note, special thanks goes to darksideyesplease for helping beta parts of this fic. This was the first fic I ever wrote, and without his help I probably would never have started writing fics.
Chapter 1: Hard work at the Jedi Temple
Eleven years ago, Obi-Wan Kenobi had been given the task of training Anakin Skywalker. It was said that Anakin was the "chosen one" and would bring balance to the Force. The Jedi Council gave Obi-Wan orders to be very strict in his training of the boy, since Anakin started training late in life. Most Jedi initiates started training from early childhood, but Anakin was not found until he was ten years old.
Anakin may have been older when he entered the temple, but he picked up skills quickly thanks to Obi-Wan's rigorous training program and Anakin's natural talent. Three months ago, Anakin defeated the evil Sith Lord, Darth Sidious. The prophecy had been fulfilled and Anakin was formally knighted.
Staring out a window out upon the Coruscant skyline, Obi-Wan remembered how proud he was of his former padawan. However, that was before he heard a nagging voice from the doorway behind him.
"Master, shouldn't you be meditating before your meeting before the council?"
Sighing, Obi-Wan replied, "Yes Anakin, but I was taking some time to enjoy the view."
"That's nice, but your meeting is in less than an hour, you should be mentally preparing yourself. You will want to be focused in that meeting," replied Anakin.
Obi-Wan smirked at that, if only Anakin knew what he and the council were going to discuss. Ever since Anakin's defeat of Darth Sidious, the boy was constantly training to enhance his skills. Unfortunately, he was following the outdated Jedi Code to the letter, and questioned others who strayed from the code.
Anakin's training had included a thorough grounding in the old Jedi Code. The council felt that given Anakin's age the code should be drilled into him to ensure he stayed away from the dark side. Therefore in Anakin's mind, his job was to defend justice in the galaxy and train hard to enhance his knowledge and skill with the Force. Anakin was a model follower of the old code, constantly training to better himself, it is a pity no other Jedi followed the code as closely as Anakin.
Obi-Wan did train and meditate to enhance his skills, but it did not consume his every waking moment. He took time off just to enjoy life. Obi-Wan knew being a Jedi was important, but he would go crazy if he did not relax from time to time whether by himself or with his girlfriend Sabé. Obi-Wan smirked again; Anakin would probably accuse him of being one with the dark side if he knew that Obi-Wan had a girlfriend because the old code said that attachments were forbidden. Of course, Obi-Wan always wondered what Anakin's reaction would be if and when he found out Masters Yoda and Yaddle were married!
"I'll meditate in a little bit, why don't you run along and get some lunch, I doubt you ate today with your training schedule," said Obi-Wan.
"Anakin, you are a knight now, you do not have to call me master anymore. Call me Obi-Wan."
Obi-Wan smiled. "Very well, see you later."
With that, Anakin left the room. Obi-Wan was not going to meditate, he was simply going to continue to stare out his window and relax. Formal meditation seemed too much like work and would only stress him out. For the last three months, Anakin had been reciting the Jedi Code and the importance of work to anyone who appeared to be listening. It was grating on everyone's nerves, and it was time to discuss a solution. Hopefully this afternoon's meeting would be productive, until then Obi-Wan would watch speeders and ships weave around the majestic skyline of Coruscant.