The Reason Behind It All

In response to a challenge posted by, AmaranthineSomnium

Anakin's Braid Challenge

Why is Anakin's braid so short in Episode II?

Word limit: 1,000

Must include the words/phrases:

"I was just trying to help."

"I've been practicing."

Pensive

Coruscant

Glowing

Burn

Rating limit: "T"

Summery: Anakin just wanted to help, but apparently, he did just the opposite……

"I still can't believe they got away!" Obi-Wan said, more to himself than to his shame-faced padawan sitting next to him.

"I said I'm sorry. But I don't know why you have to be so pensive about it." Anakin said.

"Anakin, I told you to wait for me outside. But what did you do? You snuck in when I wasn't looking; you started a fight with that Twi-lek……."

"She started it!"

"Don't interrupt, Anakin! As I was saying, you had that fight with the Twi-lek; you started the fire when I had just gotten the thieves cornered, and then, instead of helping to put the fire out, you ran after that bartender!"

"He was being very rude! And how was I to know that, that glowing thing was fire liquid? I thought it was a drink! And look at what it did to my hair!"

Anakin pointed at his braid. It had been burned when he'd started the fire, and now it wasn't even half as long as it used to be.

"I don't care about your hair, Anakin! The problem is now; we have to go back to Coruscant without a report!"

"I was just trying to help."

"You weren't trying very hard, Anakin! I've told you to exercise patience."

"I've been practicing."

"But you haven't practiced enough."

Anakin was going to respond, but then he noticed that they had just landed their space ship on a landing pad at the senate building.

"Why the Senate, Master? I thought we were going to report to the Jedi Council.

"Later, Anakin. I got a call from Master Windu. We have a new assignment."

"Already? But we just got back! What's the assignment?"

"We're going to be protecting Senator Amidala," Obi-Wan said stepping into the elevator. Anakin followed.

"Of all times for my braid to have been burned!" Anakin muttered to himself as he started fixing up his outfit.

"You seem a little on edge," Obi-Wan observed.

"Not at all," Anakin said, trying to relax.

And we all know the rest………

The End