A Shadow of the Past by AndromedaMarine

"I will go with the boy to Tatooine and watch over him there."

Even eleven years later the words still rang in Obi-Wan's head. More than a decade had gone by since Anakin Skywalker's complete transformation into Darth Vader. The old Jedi Master sat on the sand of Tatooine, watching the distant residence of his former Padawan's son. He clutched his robe tight around his aging body, wondering why he wasn't a primary part of Luke's life. The Force was strong with young Skywalker; Kenobi wouldn't deny that, but a lasting instinct inherited from Qui-Gon Jinn told Obi-Wan to wait in regard to Luke's training. Would the boy even wish to become a Jedi Knight?

Obi-Wan shook his head, berating himself for letting his mind wander to the past. He was safe from the Empire here, just as Yoda remained safe on Dagobah. Obi-Wan thought to the past (despite his better judgment) and to his own Padawan days. The Jedi Master suddenly felt a pang of pain – from a wound he thought was long-healed. Qui-Gon's death. He didn't want Luke to go through the same thing, if he ever became the boy's master. He sighed. Even at eleven Luke was much too old to begin traditional Jedi training.

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda were all that remained of the Old Order – a living reminder that they were a shadow of the past.


Luke Skywalker finished his morning chores and hurried into the sunlight to play. For the thousandth time that week the young boy wished he knew his parents – his real parents.

He reached the ridge and saw a figure seated on the sand. Luke's first thought was a Tusken Raider, and he tensed to run as fast as possible in the opposite direction.

The figure rose. "Hello, Luke," it said. It at least sounded human-like, but Luke knew better. "You needn't be afraid, young Skywalker."


The man lowered his hood. "An old friend, Luke. Nothing but a shadow of the past."

Luke didn't seem to believe him. The young boy formulated a question in his mind, but the man must've had extraordinary powers, for he answered the question (somewhat) before it was made known.

"That, my young friend, is a question for a later time. Your uncle would simply call me Ben. Ben Kenobi, for future reference."

Luke only nodded, wondering how in the galaxy this Ben Kenobi knew his unspoken question. "Did you know my father?" The child's eyes were focused on the fine grains of sand scattered across the planet, and a whisper caught his ears.

"I will watch over him..."

He looked up – the old man was gone, nowhere in sight... Luke remembered the mysterious man's words.

"Nothing but a shadow of the past." Luke promised himself this would be a memory well kept, but ultimately, it would fade.

Obi-Wan Kenobi would not speak to Luke Skywalker again for almost a decade.