Well, wat'd I tell ya? Up in 2 days =] Here it is guys, the epilogue (I still have no idea if I'm spelling that right or not XD) It takes place around 4 years after the last chapter, but I'm sure you can tell that after reading =] Enjoy!
"Luke! For the love of the force give that back!" the voice of Anakin Skywalker came from the front yard.
Obi-Wan rolled his eyes as he palmed open the small decorative fence bordering the yard, only to meet an extremely amusing sight.
Anakin, chasing his young son around the entire yard shouting at the 4 year old to return his lightsaber. Meanwhile in the shade of the porch stood Padme, carrying her daughter, enjoying the sight as well.
"I leave you two alone for 20 minutes to go park the speeder and this is what I come back to?" Obi-Wan laughed walking in.
He surveyed the exterior of the small rural house. It was the house that Padme had bought on the other side of Coroscant for herself soon after he and Anakin has brought an end to the sith and Master Yoda announced Anakin would be allowed to stay in the order. Master Yoda had also been willing to take Anakin's twins into the order as well, Luke and Leia. Both Obi-Wan and Anakin had agreed that Luke was especially strong in the force and needed to be officially trained. And even Padme had agreed to that. The only problem was that she didn't really want to let little Leia go. After all with Anakin, Luke and Leia at the temple she would have no one left with her. Eventually though she had allowed both her children and Yoda had promised to let them out on visits. And besides Padme had family and friends around these parts that kept her company anyway.
All was well....besides the fact that the chosen one's lightsaber was in the possession of his 4 year old son of course....
"It's not my fault that-" Anakin broke off as he lunged at Luke. But ended up on the ground as Luke quickly sidestepped him and ran off. Obi-Wan's laughter increased as Anakin rolled onto his back on the grass muttering something about "never should have brought him to the temple to train his skills."
"I believe it is your fault Anakin" Obi-Wan chuckled.
"Force, no it's not. That little son of a-"
"Anakin!" Obi-Wan cut his former apprentice off "You know what? That's the problem here. Little son of an Anakin."
Anakin glared at his friend "Very funny, Obi-Wan."
"Master!" a small squeak cam from Luke as he dashed towards Obi-Wan and jumped into the older man's arms.
"Luke, let him sit down and rest a bit before you pounce him down, will you?" Padme called.
Obi-Wan looked up at his long time friend "Hello Padme, how are you?"
"Good I guess now that you four have decided to stop by" Padme smiled as she stepped off the porch and walked towards Obi-Wan. Once in front of him they reached over fro a small friendly hug and a kiss on the cheek.
She gave him a warm smile and returned to her spot on the porch "Anakin get off the grass, you're ruining my yard!" she teased.
"Oh sure, no 'are you alright Ani?' or 'Luke give your father back his dangerous weapon immediately!' no none of that! This woman's all 'get off my yard you're ruining it!" Anakin grumbled pulling himself off the ground.
"Speaking of, what's that you've got there padawan?" Obi-Wan asked smiling at the boy in his arms.
"Daddy's lightsaber!!" Luke yelled holding it up for Obi-Wan to see.
"Oh, I see. Daddy always did have a terrible habit of loosing his lightsaber in every situation possible" Obi-Wan glanced up to see Anakin's much expected reaction to that comment, and then returned his attention to Luke "Can I see it?"
Luke nodded furiously and handed the saber to his master.
"Good boy" Obi-Wan smiled, taking the weapon. He eyed it and felt it in his hand for a moment before tossing it over to Anakin, who caught it and returned it to his belt. Making sure it was safely hooked on this time.
"I will never know how you manage do that" he muttered, brushing his clothes off.
"Just as I will never know how you manage to get your lightsaber stolen by a four year old" Obi-Wan smirked.
"Yeah yeah whatever" Anakin muttered as he too made his way and stepped into the shade of the porch "I'm gonna go inside and grab some lemonade or something from inside." And with that Anakin disappeared inside the house.
"You'd better follow him" Padme advised.
Obi-Wan just raised a brow.
"Just to makes sure the kitchen is one piece when he comes back."
Obi-Wan smiled and did as he was told, releasing his padawan onto the porch on his way in.
Upon entering the house, the first thing that caught Obi-Wan's attention was the cleanliness of the place. Everything was so neat and in order. Unlike his and Luke's quarters back at the temple. Less said about that the better....
Obi-Wan rid himself of that thought and made his way to the kitchen where he leaned against the door frame and watched his former apprentice dig through the refrigerator looking for the force knew what. It was quite a funny sight actually. Anakin with his face buried inside the fridge. Obi-Wan almost laughed.
"Are you going to stand there quietly all day like some kind of Jedi Pedophile or are you going to help me find something to make lemonade with?" Anakin grumbled from inside the fridge.
"What are you looking for anyway?" Obi-Wan asked.
"Oh, never mind, found it. Thanks for the help though" Anakin smirked pulling out a few lemons and closing the refrigerator door with his foot. He then turned to the kitchen counter and pulled out an old hand juicer from underneath it.
"You're going to make it manually?" Obi-Wan raised a brow "Who are you and what have you done with Anakin?"
"I am actually Obi-Wan Kenobi from the future and I have come back and taken on the form of Anakin Skywalker to blend in" Anakin laughed as he began to juice his first lemon. Obi-Wan laughed as well. And soon their laughter died into a comfortable silence.
Obi-Wan took this time to look at his former apprentice. Actually look at him. Look at how much he's grown since Mustafar. Since he turned away from the dark side. He still didn't understand what exxactly had made Anakin change his mind that day. One second he was out for cold bloody murder and the next second he was crying into Obi-Wan's chest. Of course all thoughts of what changed Anakin's mind left Obi-Wan when Sidious showed up. Then it was all efforts into bringing the sith down. Force, it's been so long since then.
"Can you believe it's been 4 years?" Anakin said suddenly, bringing Obi-Wan back to reality.
"Hm? No...not really" Obi-Wan answered. He vaguely wondered if Anakin had just read his thoughts or just brought up the topic at random.
"So much has changed hasn't it?" Anakin looked up for a moment a and returned to his lemon juicing.
"All for the better" Obi-Wan muttered "You never did tell me why you saved me that day..."
"No Obi-Wan....you saved me" Anakin didn't have to look at his former master tell the older man was raising a brow "After I struck you down...I sort of took the time to...look at things...through your eyes..."
"Well I'm glad you did" Obi-Wan smiled. He took a deep breath and took a step closer to his former padawan "Anakin, when Qui-Gon chose me to be his apprentice I was overjoyed. Ecstatic, happy, just everything positive beyond belief. It was the happiest I had ever felt. I swore I knew the meaning of true happiness. And when Qui-Gon died I was in pain. I was in utter, agonizing pain. I mean even you saw it. Drinking every night, making a complete mess of myself. I thought that one could never feel pain greater than what I was feeling at that moment. And then 20 years later when Mustafar happened" Obi-Wan paused to look up at Anakin. His former padawan was looking anywhere but at him...he continued anyway "And it was only when Mustafar happened did I realize that it was possible for one to feel more pain than what I felt when Qui-Gon died. I realized it was possible to feel that pain a thousand fold. I swear on the force Anakin, there was nothing more painful in this life than when you see that little boy you raised impale you in the chest with that same style that you taught him....and when you look up praying to see regret in his eyes, all you see is cold pleasure. There is nothing more painful than that Anakin..." Obi-Wan cut himself off and took a deep breath. He looked up and saw Anakin wasn't even juicing anymore. He just stood there, hands griping either side of the counter till his knuckled where white. Head bowed to his chest. And silent tears threatening him.
"And then...stars end, you fell over on your hands and knees and got this real funny look on your face...and then you looked at me and freaked...out" Obi-Wan chuckled. Even Anakin had to laugh a little at that. "I mean here I am screaming 'Anakin are you alright?!' off the top of my lungs and then this one scrambles over to me faster than he runs when I tell him he can go out to the junkyard to pick out spare parts. And just pulls me away from the hands of death, and starts crying into my shoulder..." At this point Anakin wasn't so sure if he was supposed to be laughing or crying, so he was doing a bit of both.
"It was then that I realized, it was possible for one to be happier than I was when Qui-Gon chose me to be his apprentice..." Obi-Wan concluded in a whisper. Anakin looked up at his former master for the first time in a while.
And as if they had read each others mind, wrapped one another in a tight embrace.
"Force, I should have done this 4 years ago. It is far too late to be having this conversation...." Obi-Wan murmured into Anakin's hair.
"It's never too late to understand" Anakin whispered.
"Hm?" Obi-Wan raised a brow, pulling back enough to be able to see his former padawan's eyes.
"Nothing" Anakin chuckled and settled into to enjoying the hug once more. Obi-Wan allowed him to do so...that is until Anakin felt a tug at his pants.
The two Jedi masters quickly parted and looked down, only to see young Luke at Anakin's feet.
"What's wrong Luke?" Anakin asked staring into his son's pout.
"I wanna hug Daddy!" Luke cried.
Obi-Wan and Anakin both laughed.
"Alright come here kiddo" Anakin smiled crouching down to his son's height. He put his arms around the boy's back and held him in a protective embrace "So I take it this means peace between us?"
"Nope" Luke grinned as he squirmed out of his father's hug, snatched the lightsaber from his belt, and dashed out of sight.
While Obi-Wan alughed, Anakin just dropped to the ground, jaw hanging slightly open "That little...son..."
"Son of an Anakin" Obi-Wan sighed, and laughed as Anakin stared up at him "Fine fine, I'll go get him." And with that Obi-Wan walked off in the same direction Luke had.
Anakin laughed as he heard a call of "Padawan...out that down or Daddy is not going to be happy if-no don't touch that here either! Come here you little squirt!" coming from the depths of the house, followed by the furious giggling of a certain blond little 4 year old. He sighed he vaguely wondered how much longer it would take him to repair the damage Luke sounded like he was doing to the house. Force that kid really knew how to wreak havoc, and the only one who could ever stop him was Obi-Wan. But then again the only one who could ever stop Anakin from doing something stupid is Obi-Wan as well. It was like Obi-Wan was some sort of kind angel given to the Skywalker family from the force. Because there was no way any human could do half the things Obi-Wan does. Anakin really didn't understand things like that sometimes....
But like he said...it's never too late...To Understand.
Well guys, that was it =] I really hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it and it makes me so sad to end it. God...really it's just been so fun reading all your reviews and writing all this up. Man I'm gonna miss it XD Oh and there's this short song-fic I wrote the other day that I posted yesterday called "Always Know Where You Are" and I was reading it over and I found that it would make a great companion piece to this, so if you wanna go check that out then feel free to =]
But I was really hoping that you guys will stick around for a new short story that I was going to start that's somewhat simmilar to this. Just something random that came to me the other day, I'll give you a brief summary as to what it's about and you decide if you wanna see it or not =] So here goes:
14 year old Obi-Wan Kenobi has been Qui-Gon Jinn's apprentice for 2 years. And for 2 yars Obi-Wan has tolerated being pushed around and blamed for things that aren't his fault. For 2 years he's tolerated Qui-Gon, but now he's done. He's packed his bags and he's running away. But just when he's about to close his suitcase and head out, a large flash behind him catches hia attention. And upon turning around, Obi-Wan sees...and older version of himself standing before him. Not too old, not too young, the man looked like he was in his early 30's.
This older Obi-Wan goes through a bit of questioning before the younger Obi-Wan believes anything he says. And when they finally sit down older Obi-Wan, or better known in his time as Ben, explains the future he's come from and the past he's trying to save.
"Judging by that suitcase I caught you at the right time"
"Why are you here anyway?"
"Because running away was the biggest mistake I ever made. And I'm not letting myself make it again."
What do you think? Good? I hope so, I'll be uploading that story very soon =] Also for any of you who are a fan of Xanatos, I'd really recommend my story "If Everyone Cared" and it's sequel "Someday to you guys =] Ok now, before I start sounding conceited, thank you so much for staying with me through this and thank you for all your reviews, they are appreciated so much I can't even describe it through words.
And please please review for me, one last time =]