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AN: Hello readers and welcome to my new story. This story is very AU, so if seems like some characters are out of character, it is completely intentional. You'll understand why as you read. The M version of this story is located at my group. The link is below, but please be 18 to read that version. Here at you will find the T version. :) Enjoy and let me know what you think!
Chapter 1: Altered Path
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
It is funny how one thing or event can change the course of history. How different events can change the lives of the same people. In a far away galaxy, a powerful, all binding energy field known as the Force, existed. The power binds living things together and some say, with her power, all things are possible. The Force imparts to her chosen warriors, or Force wielders, known to the galaxy as the Jedi. But like with every galaxy or place, there is also evil that exists, trying to destroy the good. Those that used the Force's power for evil were known as the Sith. To combat this evil, the Force created her Chosen One from her own essence. The baby would be born of a virgin mother and revered by the Jedi as the one who would save them. Unfortunately, the Force saw that things would not play out like that. The creation of the Jedi Code, forbidding romantic love and attachment would have slowly turned her Jedi into emotionless warriors that would lose touch with the true power of the Force. They would become stagnant and their refusal to change would slowly kill them. They would fear and resent her Chosen One, because of his passion and ability to love unconditionally. For that reason, her Chosen One would be led astray by the Sith in their promise that he could keep harm from coming to the one he loved. The Force had created her to complete her Chosen One and guide him with her love. But the Sith were out of control and her Chosen One, in his pain and suffering would fall, plunging the galaxy into darkness. Even with her Chosen One's redemption in the end, the damage and loss of life was too much. The Force then set out to change a few things to ensure that the Sith could be defeated before their rise to power. She decided to manipulate events, so that the Jedi Code never existed. She knew that if her warriors lost and forgot the meaning and power of love, then darkness would reign. Then, she decided that her Chosen One would be hidden...in plain sight. No one would know of or suspect that he was of a virgin birth. And he would not bare the burden of the prophecy of the Chosen One, until the time was right. As a result of her changes, things began to play out much differently...
Qui-Gon Jinn-Dooku was the adopted son of wealthy Count and Jedi Master, Yan Dooku. Yan trained Qui-Gon in the ways of the Jedi and he was knighted at the age of twenty-two. Not long after his knighting, he met a beautiful woman on a diplomatic mission to Chandrilla. Her name was Kira Kenobi and she was the daughter of a noble family. The two fell in love and married. A year later, they welcomed a son into the world. They named him Obi-Wan Kenobi-Jinn. It was common practice on Republic worlds, especially for elites, to have their child bear both family names in order to keep both names from dying out. Many Jedi had hyphenated last names, but to save from confusion with relatives, the Jedi was usually referred to by his mother's name, thus why Qui-Gon went by Jinn, rather than Dooku. Unfortunately, tragedy struck and Kira fell ill with a fatal disease. She died when Obi-Wan was just two. Qui-Gon was devastated, but he pressed on and raised Obi-Wan. He received much help from his father and Jedi peers.
Qui-Gon never thought he would find true love again. And he wouldn't, until his ship fatefully broke down on the way to a mission on Malastare with his fourteen-year-old padawan and son. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan were forced to land on the desert world of Tatooine. They found their way to a junk shop in Mos Espa. While haggling with the owner, Watto, Qui-Gon noticed a beautiful woman behind the counter. He learned that she was a slave to Watto and her name was Shmi Skywalker. That evening, a sandstorm was moving in and Shmi was kind enough to offer them a place to stay. That night, while Obi-Wan slept, Shmi and Qui-Gon stayed up talking and enjoying each other's company. And Qui-Gon knew that it was the will of the Force that had brought him to this woman, for he was quickly falling in love with her. Shmi felt the same. Qui-Gon had his father wire the credits to him and he paid Watto twice what Shmi was worth and freed her. Shmi left with them that day and after completing their mission to Malastare, they returned home to Coruscant.
Qui-Gon and Shmi were married soon after. Almost two years later, they welcomed a child into the world, giving Obi-Wan a baby brother. They named him Anakin Skywalker-Jinn. Obi-Wan grew to love Shmi as a mother and loved his baby brother dearly. As a toddler, Anakin wanted to follow Obi-Wan everywhere...and tried to do so. He was adored by all the masters at the Temple and they were all astounded by his high midichlorian count. But, since he had been born from both Qui-Gon and Shmi, the prophecy didn't even come to anyone's mind, except Yoda. He had his suspicions, but he kept them quiet in order to let Anakin lead a normal life. And Anakin did grow up normally. Qui-Gon and Shmi raised him together and he grew into a handsome, young man, happy and loving. Like his father and brother, he was on his way to becoming a strong Jedi Knight. His abilities were amazing for his age and he was growing into a fierce warrior to be reckoned with. Anakin also had a natural aptitude for piloting and was excellent at it, though Obi-Wan would argue that he had a suicide wish with all the death-defying stunts he pulled. Obi-Wan was much like Anakin, seeing as his baby brother grew up following and looking up to him. But it was their views on love that differed. Anakin believed in true love and while he was not a virgin, he was looking for true love and the woman of his dreams. At Anakin's age, Obi-Wan had thought he found true love with a fellow padawan, Siri Tachi. They had given themselves to each other and were even engaged. But one day, Siri broke it off with him and left to explore the galaxy, saying that she just wasn't ready to settle down. Obi-Wan was heart broken and his view on love was cynical at best. He often proclaimed to Anakin that true love just didn't exist and their father had been luck to find it twice, when most didn't even find it once. The day Siri ripped out his heart was the day that Obi-Wan Kenobi vowed to never fall in love again. However, he was not above satisfying his physical needs, therefore earning himself a reputation as being a bit of a player.
The story begins now, as Obi-Wan and Anakin have returned from a mission on Ansion with Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee. On the mission, Barriss and Anakin developed a friendship, though Barriss' was extremely attracted to Anakin. He did not feel that way, but had not been against the heated kisses and touches that they had shared. Obi-Wan had, of course, been doing the same kinds of things with Luminara, though much more involved. Now, the two month mission had come to an end and Luminara and Obi-Wan were detailing the Council with their report, while Anakin and Barriss waited outside.
The twelve members of the Council listened, as Obi-Wan and Luminara concluded their report. The Council members included: Yoda, Mace Windu, Qui-Gon Jinn, Yan Dooku, Adi Gallia, Shaak Ti, Kit Fisto, Plo Koon, Ki-Adi Mundi, Agen Kolar, Pablo Jill, and Saesee Tiin. The Council dismissed the session and Obi-Wan was greeted by his father and grandfather.
"It's good to see you Obi-Wan," Qui-Gon said, hugging his son.
"It's good to see you too father and grandfather," Obi-Wan replied.
"We've certainly missed you and Ani. How did he do anyway?" Dooku asked.
"He did well. His abilities and skills are truly amazing," Obi-Wan replied.
"Yes, the Council believes that he is ready for the trials," Qui-Gon replied.
"And do you?" Obi-Wan asked.
"Yes, in a few months perhaps," Qui-Gon replied.
"You didn't recommend me for the trials until I was twenty-four," Obi-Wan protested playfully.
"Yes, well, you weren't ready until then," Qui-Gon replied. As the Council room emptied, Anakin came in.
"There he is," Dooku said, as he hugged his youngest grandson.
"Hi grandfather," Anakin replied, as he hugged back. Qui-Gon was next and he hugged his son.
"Obi-Wan says you did very well on the mission. I'm proud of you Ani," Qui-Gon told him.
"Thanks dad. I'm going to go say hi to a few people, but I'll be home for dinner," Anakin said.
"Be sure you are. Your mother can't wait to see you," Qui-Gon replied. Anakin smiled and nodded, before leaving. He sighed, thinking about his earlier conversation with Barriss on the way back. She was in fact only the third girl he'd actually slept with. In their five week mission, Anakin and Barriss had kissed and fooled around, before finally taking it farther one night. He sensed that Barriss was beginning to fall for him, so he ended it this morning, before he could hurt her even worse. He was not falling in love with her and just didn't feel anything beyond friendship for her. She had been a little hurt that he didn't return her feelings, but they managed to stay friends since he had been honest with her. Barriss had not been his first. His first girlfriend had been fellow padawan, Serra Keto, when he was just seventeen. They had dated for a few months and he had lost his virginity to her. Anakin sensed that she was beginning to fall for him. While he loved her, he realized he loved her as a friend. He broke up, before she really started to fall in love with him and before he could hurt her deeply. They parted on good terms and were still very good friends. And then, there was Aayla Secura, whom he'd had several heated encounters with. Like Obi-Wan, Aayla sought sex with no strings attached. He had never sought her out and it was she who usually found him. When she did, they usually ended up in bed together. Aayla was a great friend and he talked to her about everything. Neither of them loved each other in a romantic way, but they were good friends with a strong attraction. She helped him ebb away the loneliness and encouraged him to find that love he was looking for, telling him that when he found that girl, she would be the luckiest girl in the galaxy. He had to admit that he felt a little pathetic right now. Both Serra and Barriss were beautiful girls that both probably would have fallen deeply in love with him if had let it go far enough. But he hadn't felt that way for them and was beginning to wonder if there was something wrong with him. Of course, Obi-Wan was no help in this part of his life. He thought it was good that Anakin didn't feel anything. Obi-Wan's policy was "love 'em and leave 'em." But Anakin just couldn't do that and he was beginning to wonder if his dream girl even existed. He was so deep in though that he wasn't watching where he was going. He ran right into Aayla and she wrapped her arms around his neck.
"Hi sexy, they told me you were back," she said.
"Hi Aayla," he replied dejectedly.
"Why the long face, handsome?" she asked.
"I just have a lot on my mind," he replied. She smiled sultrily and tugged his padawan braid.
"I think I can help take your mind off things," she said, as she led him away...
Anakin stopped at Obi-Wan's apartment for a quick shower and a change of clothes, before he headed to his parents' apartment. The smell of home cooked food and freshly baked bread assaulted his nostrils and his stomach growled.
"Ani!" Shmi called, as she came rushing to him. Anakin smiled and hugged his mother tightly.
"Oh, I missed you so much," Shmi said, as she pulled back to look at her boy.
"My handsome boy, I think you've gotten taller," Shmi told her nineteen-year-old son, as she doted on him and kissed his cheek.
"Mom...I've only been gone for five weeks," Anakin complained.
"Sorry sweetheart. But you know how much I miss you when you're gone," Shmi replied.
"I missed you too mom," he replied.
"Well, what am I? Chopped Gondark liver?" Obi-Wan joked. Shmi laughed and hugged her other boy.
"I missed you too Ben," Shmi said, calling him by his nickname.
"I missed you too mom," Obi-Wan replied.
"Dinner is almost ready, so go wash up, both of you," Shmi said, as she returned to the kitchen. A few minutes later, they all gathered for dinner. Qui-Gon kissed his wife's cheek, as he sat down next to her. Yan and the boys sat down next, beginning a nice, family dinner together. As usual, laughter and conversation was as good and plentiful as the food.
After dinner, Anakin stood out on the veranda of his grandfather's penthouse apartment. He loved to look at the stars and always had. It was a surprisingly clear night on Coruscant and he could see many stars. Obi-Wan stepped out beside him.
"I'm going to the club tonight. Are you coming?" Obi-Wan asked. Anakin sighed.
"Why do you always drag me to those dives?" Anakin asked.
"Because you're cute and you attract all the nice ones. Even I have standards," Obi-Wan replied, with a sly smile.
"I'm not really in the mood tonight," Anakin replied.
"Ah...let me guess, you saw Aayla. She took you back to her place, had her way with you, and now you're brooding, because you feel guilty for some odd reason," Obi-Wan replied. Anakin rolled his eyes, but said nothing. Obi-Wan patted his shoulder and smiled.
"When are you going to admit that you're just like me, baby brother?" Obi-Wan asked.
"Because I'm not like you. I don't sleep with a different girl every night. I can't just sleep with random girls for sex. I want more...I want to find, you know, the one," Anakin explained.
"In this case Anakin, more is not better and love is highly overrated," Obi-Wan replied.
"Not every relationship ends up like yours and Siri's. And look at mom and dad. I want that Obi-Wan. I want a life-lasting love. I want to make love to a woman I'm in love with and wake up to her every morning. And it's the strangest thing, because I feel like she really is out there, waiting for me to find her," Anakin said.
"You are a strange one, baby brother," Obi-Wan teased.