Lie to Me - Chapter 17

By obi's girl

"Where have you been? It's been more than an hour," Obi-Wan asked, "and you said you wouldn't be long."

Sabé shrugged, setting her bags on the kitchen table, along with her purse. "I had more things to get than I expected."

Obi-Wan sighed, not wanting to argue further. He really didn't like it when she stayed out long, not since the incident with the Sand People. "It's just…it was getting late, and the Sand People . . ." He paused. "I already started to make something for dinner."

"I'm sorry," Sabé added. "I'm sorry, Ben."

Sabé played with her food, barely looking up at Obi-Wan. She hated the idea of lying to him, and she knew she shouldn't keep this from him for long. Sabé hadn't started her day knowing that she would meet Beru and Luke in the marketplace; it just happened. Obi-Wan would understand that. "I saw Luke and Beru in the marketplace," she started.

Obi-Wan stopped eating and glanced up at Sabé. He didn't want to say anything until he knew the whole story, and he knew, most likely, it was only a coincidence.

"He's a very shy boy. Beru was nice. She invited me back to the homestead for dinner. Owen didn't approve of my presence there. I think he knew who I was, even though I never mentioned your name to him," Sabé said and looked at Obi-Wan curiously. "I wanted to meet Beru and Luke. I never knew Padmé was pregnant, and I guess I was curious how much of her was in Luke. Although, at his age, he looks more like Anakin when he was a boy." Sabé smiled briefly and then continued eating.

"Sabé," Obi-Wan said quietly, "don't do that again."

"I can't, since Owen has forbidden me from the homestead," she joked. "I didn't do this to annoy you, Obi-Wan…"

"I know you didn't, but don't attempt to make contact with Luke or the Lars' again. I know Owen doesn't trust me because of what happened to Anakin. I don't need to give him another reason not to trust me."

Sabé stood up. "I'm not hungry anymore. I'm going to take a nap," she said, walking past his chair.

Obi-Wan watched Sabé sleep as he stood silently in her doorway. Until tonight, he really hadn't thought about Luke. His purpose being on Tatooine was to watch him and hopefully, one day, teach him the ways of the Force. He'd become so preoccupied with his life with Sabé that he'd forgotten about the boy. Obi-Wan rarely talked to Sabé about the twins or what he said to Anakin during their last meeting on Mustafar. Talking about it only brought back bad memories. And Leia, he'd forgotten about her too. She was on Alderaan with Bail Organa and his wife.

If his reason for being on Tatooine was to train Luke, he was going to wait a very long time for him to grow up. What was he supposed to do until then? It was clear Owen wasn't going to allow him to become to close to the boy, and he wasn't going to let Sabé do the same thing either.

Obi-Wan started to move away and then Sabé called to him. She turned over on her side and looked at him.

"I thought you were asleep," Obi-Wan said.

"I was for a little while," Sabé admitted. "Ben, I never meant to upset you. I'm sorry."

Ben walked over to the bed and he sat down, grasping hold of her right hand. "I know. Until tonight, I hadn't really thought of Luke. I know he's the reason why I'm here, but at some point I'd forgotten about him."

Sabé sat up. "You've been preoccupied, Ben. That's understandable," she reasoned.

"I don't even know if Luke is Force sensitive," he mused. "If he isn't, then what am I going to do?"

Sabé smiled and touched his cheek gently. "You'll spend the rest of your days with me and our child," she whispered.

Obi-Wan smiled and kissed her hand. "That wouldn't be a bad way to spend my exile…"

"Sleep awhile with me," Sabé added and Obi-Wan lay down next to Sabé, still holding her hand. "Don't think about tomorrow Ben, just be here with me now."

tbc