Anakin Skywalker dipped his jedi star fighter down into a steep dive after the separatist droid ship and fired at it. When the droid ship pulled out of the dive just short of an asteroid intending for Anakin to crash into it, Anakin pulled out of the dive just in time to continue following the ship.
"Stop pulling suicidal stunts, Anakin, and get up here!" Obi-Wan shouted into the comlink.
"Just one more shot and the ship will be gone, Master" Anakin answered firing at the ship. The ship eluded Anakin's firing again. Anakin cursed in Huttiese and continued following the droid ship.
"Anakin, forget about the ship! I need you up here."
"Yes, Master," Anakin said leaving the ships trail and flying up to where Obi-Wan was fighting a separatist ship, only for the droid ship to shot at him from behind. The last thing Anakin heard was Obi-wan shouting his name.
Anakin opened his eyes only to be blinded by intense light. The temperature around him was intense. He groaned and tried to focus on what was so bright. It was two suns, two incredibly bright suns. Looking around him, he saw nothing but sand. He was on Tatooine! How in the blazes did he get on Tatooine?! Anakin didn't have time to ponder this because he felt someone coming. He quickly got up and searched for a place to hide, which he saw as he spotted the beginning of a canyon. Anakin quickly reached the canyon and hid, watching as a farm boy in a speeder flew past with a protocol droid in the other seat. What is a farm boy doing with a protocol droid? With his quick jedi reflexes he managed to follow the farm boy and found that he had stopped to catch up on an astromech droid. From his position on the rocks he could hear the boy chastise the droid. And worry about the trouble he'll get into for letting the droid run away. That's when he heard the call, the boy must have heard them too because he quickly grabbed a weapon from the speeder and climbed the cliff on the other side out of Anakin's view range. Anakin heard the loud grunts of the sand people and a moment later the sand people appeared dragging the farm boy and taking what they could from the speeder, before tearing an arm off of the protocol droid. That is until they heard a loud call and a tall hooded figure appeared out of nowhere. Before Anakin could do anything, the sand people scattered away. Anakin watched at the hooded figure approached the boy. He pulled down his hood and Anakin saw that he was an old man who checked on the boy. The old man turned to cliff below Anakin and spoke seeing the astromech droid which came out of hiding at the mans insistence. Anakin watched at the boy groaned and spoke the man's name, Ben Kenobi, Anakin wondered if Ben were related to Obi-Wan. Anakin listened to the conversation.
"The Jundland wastes are not to be traveled lightly. Tell me young Luke, what brings you out this far?" Ben said
"Oh, this little droid! I think he's searching for his former master...I've never seen such devotion in a droid before...there seems to be no stopping him. He claims to be the property of an Obi-Wan Kenobi. Is he a relative of yours? Do you know who he's talking about?" The boy said
"Obi-Wan Kenobi...Obi-Wan? Now thats a name I haven't heard in a long time...a long time. " Ben said
"I think my uncle knew him. He said he was dead."
"Oh, he's not dead, not...not yet."
"You know him!"
"Well of course, of course I know him. He's me! I haven't gone by the name Obi-Wan since oh, before you were born."
Anakin didn't believe it, that old man couldn't be Obi-Wan, he was lying! Unless he was Obi-Wan's father and Obi-Wan was named after him...
"Then the droid does belong to you." Luke said getting up.
"Don't seem to remember ever owning a droid. Very interesting..." Obi-Wan looked around, "I think we better get indoors. The Sandpeople are easily startled but they will soon be back and in greater numbers." Old Ben said. And the two of them got up and got into the speeder along with the two droids, the protocol droid with it's arm ripped off..
Anakin followed them at quick speed. By the time he reached the hut where the speeder was parked both humans and droids were inside. Anakin carefully backed himself against the wall closed enough to the window to hear and sense what was going on inside, but not close enough to be detected. He listened to the conversation.
"No, my father didn't fight in the wars. He was a navigator on a spice freighter." Luke said
"That's what your uncle told you. He didn't hold with your father's ideals. Thought he should have stayed here and not gotten involved." Ben answered back.
"You fought in the Clone Wars?" Luke asked excited.
"Yes, I was once a Jedi Knight the same as your father." Ben told him.
Anakin frowned in confusion, the jedi weren't allowed to get married, it was against the code. If a jedi broke the code, then they were expelled from the jedi order. That's why he kept his marriage to Padme a secret. He continued to listen to the conversation.
"I wish I'd known him." Luke said wistfully.
"He was the best star-pilot in the galaxy, and a cunning warrior. I understand you've become quite a good pilot yourself. And he was a good friend. Which reminds me..." Ben said and Anakin heard a bit of rummaging. "I have something here for you. Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough, but your uncle wouldn't allow it. He feared you might follow old Obi-Wan on some damned-fool idealistic crusade like your father did." Ben said.
Anakin peeked into the window briefly to see the old man hand the boy a lightsaber. Anakin stared in Awe as the boy activated the lightsaber after being told what it was and who it belonged to.
"An elegant weapon for a more civilized time. For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times, before the Empire." Ben told the boy. Anakin frowned. What empire?
"How did my father die?" Luke asked suddenly.
"A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights. He betrayed and murdered your father. Now the Jedi are all but extinct. Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force." Ben told him.
Anakin was shocked. No, the jedi weren't extinct! Where was he? How did he get here. He backed away from where he was, tripped and fell over something which made a noise. And he began cursing in huttiese. Suddenly the old man was on him, lightsaber ready and Anakin began to panic and he never panicked!
"Who are you!" The old man demanded.
"Obi-Wan! If that is you, I don't know how I got here! One minute of was fighting a separatist droid ship and then I was here!" Anakin told him.
Ben/Obi-Wan looked at Anakin hard for a moment before lowering his weapon. "Anakin?" he asked not wanting to believe it for some reason.
"So you remember me?" Anakin said grinning out of nervousness.
Obi-Wan narrowed his eyes suspiciously at Anakin, a feeling animosity flowing from Obi-Wan towards Anakin for a moment making Anakin's grin fade.
"Did I do something wrong, Master?" Anakin asked.
Obi-Wan smiled and helped Anakin up and hugged him. "It's been a long time since you've died," Obi-Wan told him and let him go. "Whatever you do, Anakin, don't tell anyone who you are, it'll be too dangerous for everyone, especially you. I can't bare to loose you twice."
Anakin looked at Obi-Wan questionably for a moment. "I don't like this," he said.
"Careful Anakin, you've traveled into the future, there are many things you'll find that you wont like," Obi-Wan said ushering Anakin inside where Luke had finished putting the protocol droid back together and was cleaning the tools."Sir, if you'll not be needing me, I'll close down for awhile." the droid said. Luke nodded, "Sure go ahead," he said and the droid shut down. "We have a guest," Obi-Wan said to Luke who looked up. Luke stood up as Obi-Wan busied himself in the small kitchen. "I'm Luke Skywalker. Judging by the way you're dressed, you're not from around these parts," Luke said introducing himself. Anakin shot Obi-Wan a sharp look before answering Luke. "You could say that," he told the boy who appeared to be not that much younger than he was, just how far into the future were they in? "Well, what's your name, where are you from?" Luke asked. "It's not important," Anakin told him. "Not important? I think a persons identity is very important," Luke said and finished cleaning the tools. "His name is Anakin and he's from Coruscant," Obi-Wan said kneeling down to the astromech droid. "Now, let's see if we can't figure out what you are, my little friend. And where you come from," he said. "I saw part of the message he was..." Luke began but was interrupted when Artoo projected the image of a beautiful young princess. Anakin leaned forward as the girl it was projecting was the very image of Padme. "I seem to have found it," Obi-Wan said smiling. "General Kenobi, years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars. Now he begs you to help him in his struggle against the Empire. I regret that I am unable to present my father's request to you in person, but my ship has fallen under attack and I'm afraid my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed. I have placed information vital to the survival of the Rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit. My father will know how to retrieve it. You must see this droid safely delivered to him on Alderaan. This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope." the image of the princess said before shutting off. Obi-Wan leaned towards Luke and said, "You must learn the ways of the Force if you're to come with me to Alderaan." Luke laughed, "Alderaan? I'm not going to Alderaan. I've got to get home, it's late. I'm in for it as it is." he said. "I agree with Obi-Wan, we're going to need your help Luke," Anakin said speaking up.
"We need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I'm getting too old for this sort of thing," Obi-Wan said.
"I can't get involved! I've got work to do! It's not that I like the Empire. I hate it! But there's nothing I can do about it right now. It's such a long way from here," Luke protested.
"That's your uncle talking," Obi-Wan told him.
Luke sighed. "Oh, God, my uncle. How am I ever going to explain this?" he said. "Look, I can take you as far as Anchorhead. You can get a transport there to Mos Eisley or wherever you're going."
"You must do what you think is right, of course," Obi-Wan said.
"Obi-Wan I must speak with you," Anakin said and glanced at Luke who was standing in the corner now. "In private," he added.
"I have a room in the back," Obi-Wan said motioning for Anakin to follow him. They entered what appeared to be Obi-Wan's bedroom.
"Okay, spill old man," Anakin ordered, "Where's Padme?"
"Are you sure you want to know, Anakin?" Obi-Wan asked.
"I need to know," Anakin told him.
"A sith by the name of Darth Vader attacked her, she died shortly after giving birth, she wasn't strong enough to make it after the attack," Obi-Wan told him gently.
"Who is this Darth Vader and where did he come from?" Anakin asked him pacing.
"It doesn't matter right now. What does matter is that you have a son out there who never knew his father. I suggest you get to know each other," Obi-Wan .
Anakin looked out into the desert, "How long ago did I die, Obi-Wan?" he asked.
"Twenty years ago, just as the Empire took over,"
"Who's the Emperor?" Anakin asked him.
"I've told you enough. Get to know your son, Anakin. Before it's too late," Obi-wan said and left the room with Anakin on his heals.
Luke turned to them. "If you're going to Anchorhead I can take you now," he told them.
Obi-Wan turned to Anakin and then nodded to Luke, "Lets go then."
Anakin approached Luke, "I really wish you would change your mind Luke," he said.
"I can't, My uncle needs me on the farm," Luke told him and left the hut followed by the other including the droids.
On their way to Anchorhead they came across a burning wreckage of of a sandcrawler. Obi-Wan ordered them to stop and inspect the damage. Scattered along and around the burning sandcrawler lay the dead bodies of Jawas. The group got out hoping to find the jawas alive.
"It looks like Sandpeople did this, all right. Look, here are Gaffi sticks, Bantha tracks. It's just...I never heard of them hitting anything this big before," Luke said pointing out the Gaffi sticks and Bantha tracks.
Obi-Wan crouched in the sand. "They didn't. But we are meant to think they did. These tracks are side by side. Sandpeople always ride single file to hide there numbers," he said.
Luke looked around before looking up, "These are the same Jawas that sold us Artoo and Threepio," he said.
"And these blast points, too accurate for Sandpeople," Anakin said.
"Only Imperial stormtroopers are so precise ," Obi-Wan pointed out.
"Why would Imperial troops want to slaughter Jawas?" Luke asked. He looked around and saw the two droids inspecting the dead bodies. " If they traced the droids here, they may have learned who they sold them to. And that would lead them home!" he raced towards the speeder and got in.
"Wait Luke it's too dangerous!" Obi-Wan shouted.
Anakin ran and leaped into the speeder before Luke could speed off. "I'm coming with you," he said. Luke only nodded and raced back to the Lars homestead which was destroyed and burning, Luke jumped out of the speeder and raced around the homestead.
"Uncle Owen! Aunt Beru!" he called out and then spotted their burning bodies and froze.
Anakin placed a hand on Luke's shoulder as he saw the burning bodies and turned him around away from it. He wrapped his arms around Luke and spoke in his ear, "Just let it go, there's nothing you can do now, just let it go."