Blaze: here is the next chapter
Anakin: what's going to happen in this chapter? Is Luke gonna make a fool out of himself again?
Luke: (scowls) very funny, father
Blaze: here is chapter 5. This story, I have decided, is going to be really short. It might be ten chapter, it might be more, it might be less but it will be less than 20 chapters since it'll only cover the events of TESB and, maybe, ROTJ. Plus, this chapter jumps point of views a lot and a lot of the perspectives are very short.
Anakin followed Luke and Yoda as they ran through the forest, hoping from branch to branch and swinging from tree to tree. Luke was very quick but he was sweating by the time they came to a stop. Anakin leapt to a stop next to time as Yoda, who was riding on his back, was speaking to him in a low voice. Anakin froze as Yoda's words came to him.
"Yes, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force," Yoda said. "But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will," Yoda turned and locked eyes with Anakin, directing his next words at him rather than at Luke, "as it did Obi-Wan's apprentice."
Anakin froze. Obi-Wan's apprentice! Me? Is Master Yoda talking about me? I'm the only one who's been Obi-Wan's apprentice, he thought.
"Vader," Luke said breaking into the silence while Anakin was attempting to process what Yoda had said. "Is the dark side stronger?" Luke asked.
"No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive," Yoda said.
Luke frowned. "But how am I to know the good side from the bad?" he asked.
Yoda, Anakin noticed, was directing the majority of his words at him. "You will know…when you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack." Yoda was still gazing at Anakin before he said, "Stop for now we will. A bit too much information for your father to handle this was."
Luke turned to look at his father. "Father, are you all right?" he asked. "You look pretty pale."
Anakin remained silent thinking over what Yoda had said. "I think...I need to be alone," he whispered before he turned around and hurried off.
"Father!" Luke cried but Anakin ignored him as he ran through the swamp.
He finally came to a stop in a clearing before sinking to the ground. "Master?" he whispered. "Please, Master, I need to speak to you."
There was a moment of silence before Obi-Wan's Force spirit materialized in front of him. "Yes Anakin?" he said.
Anakin gazed up at his master. "Is this the mistake you told me I would make? That I turned to the dark side and became a Sith Lord by the name of Darth Vader?" he asked quietly.
"That is only part of it, Anakin," Obi-Wan said softly. "There is much more that you don't know yet. If you want to learn everything then you will have to talk to your alter ego. I cannot tell you anything."
"I can't believe I would do this," Anakin whispered. "Why would I do it? What happened? Please master, there must be something else you can tell me."
Obi-Wan shook his head sadly. "I'm afraid I can't, Anakin," he said softly. "I would if I could."
Anakin felt his eyes fill with tears and he quickly wiped them away. "Could it have something to do with what I was about to do when I was sent to the future?" he asked.
"It's possible," said Obi-Wan, "but I don't know what happened before you were sent here. The Force refuses to show me. I believe your alter ego is the only one who knows what happened before you were sent here. You'll need to ask him if you want to know."
Anakin snorted. "Won't it be surprising for him to see me after so many years?" he said.
Obi-Wan snorted. "Yes, it probably will be surprising," he admitted. "You don't have to exactly speak to him face to face, Anakin. You two are each other after all. If you wanted to then you could easily speak to him through the Force. Now, I think it would be best if you return to your son and Master Yoda. Luke's getting worried."
"What do I tell him?" Anakin asked worriedly.
"Tell him nothing. He has to figure it out on his own."
"But how?" Anakin protested. "What'll it do to him if he does figure it out on his own?"
"I do not know, Anakin," said Obi-Wan and then he disappeared and Anakin was left alone with his thoughts.
"Is my father going to be all right?" Luke asked as he sat down on the ground next to Master Yoda.
"Be all right your father will," Yoda said. "Take in what I have said he must and come to terms with it he will."
"Why did he react that way when you mentioned Vader?"
"Tell you that I cannot. Learn you must on your own." Yoda closed his eyes before opening them and adding, "Coming back your father is."
Almost as soon as Yoda finished speaking, Anakin stepped into the clearing, a look of deep thought in his azure eyes. He sat down next to Yoda but said nothing and Luke found himself examining his father for a long moment before the dark sensation he had been feeling since they arrived in the clearing came to him again.
"What's that?" he asked breaking the silence that had fallen over them.
Yoda tapped his gimer stick on the ground before pointing to a cave that lay nearby. "The dark side it is."
"Now I can understand why you chose to hide here," Anakin said breaking his silence. "The dark side masks your Force presence so the Emperor and Vader won't be able to sense your presence and wouldn't even think to look here because of the dark side's presence."
Yoda nodded. "Yes," he replied. "The best place to hide it was." He turned his gaze to Luke before adding, "Go in there you must."
Luke hesitated. "What's in there?" he asked.
"Only what you take with you," Yoda said.
Luke started to reach for his belt before glancing at his father but Anakin was deep in thought and didn't seem to have noticed the glance Luke was tossing at him. Luke sighed; he figured he would have to decide whether he would take his lightsaber with him or not. Deciding he may as well be safe rather than sorry, he clipped his belt around his waist and started toward the cave.
"Need those you will not," Yoda said.
Luke continued walking; he wasn't stupid, he was determined to take something with him just in case whoever was in the cave was dangerous. He slipped into the cave before wincing when his arms brushed against the thorns on the vines. He walked slowly, the dark side sensation grew stronger, stronger almost as if it was pulling at him, begging for him to give in to the darkness and Luke found it hard to push the sensation away.
Luke entered an area of the cave in which the very land seemed to seep with the dark side of the Force and harsh, respirator breathing came to Luke. He ignited his father's lightsaber as Darth Vader walked into the cavern. Vader ignited his crimson blade and the two of them faced each other.
"Interfere you cannot," Yoda said firmly to Anakin who was about to stretch out with the Force to help his son.
"But Master Yoda..." Anakin began.
"No, his test this is," said Yoda. "Face the darkness he must if become a full Jedi Knight he is to."
"And in doing so he has to face my alter ego?" Anakin asked raising his eyebrows as he was positive that was who Luke was facing in the cavern.
"Know Vader is your alter ego he does not."
"That doesn't help me in the slightest." Anakin fell silent before closing his eyes and slipping into a meditative trance.
"You're actually meditating without me forcing you to do so? I'm shocked," Obi-Wan's voice said.
"Oh shut up, Master."
Obi-Wan's laugh echoed in the vaults of Anakin's mind as he went back into his meditation while he waited for his son to either pass or fail his test.
It was about ten minutes later that both Yoda and Anakin felt that Luke had failed the test. Anakin's eyes fluttered open and he let out a long sigh. "I blame it on his lack of training," he said finally when he and Yoda had been silent for several long minutes.
Yoda sighed. "Enough time to train him Obi-Wan didn't have. Killed by Vader he was before finish Luke's training he could," he said.
Anakin's eyes went wide. "Wait a minute, are you trying to tell me that I killed Obi-Wan? He's my best friend, my brother, the father I never had! Why would I kill him?"
Yoda shook his head. "Answer that only Vader can," was all he said in response before he stood up as Luke made his way back into the clearing.
Figuring out where the Millennium Falcon was going after they escaped the Executor took a bit more time than Vader would have hoped. In truth, it was only because of Boba Fett that he was able to find out where the freighter was heading to next. And he managed to arrive on Cloud City, which lay above the gas planet of Bespin, before they did as was evident by the lack of a freighter anywhere in Cloud City. Not to mention, the administrator of Cloud City, Lando Calrissian, was more than happy to agree to Vader's demands; that was only because Vader threatened to leave a permanent garrison on Cloud City.
Calrissian wasn't too happy with that thought so he agreed to help lure Skywalker in with his friends.
However, Vader found his thoughts drifting to the disturbance he felt. It was centered around his son and, yet, part of it was centered around Vader himself. It was confusing; the Force presence that Vader felt and associated with the disturbance was similar to his own but with the lack of the dark side.
That's impossible, Vader thought angrily. I killed Skywalker. He's dead!
Of course, that's was Vader wanted himself to believe; he wanted to believe that his alter ego, his weaker self, was dead and buried but the disturbance shattered the illusion like it was a thin piece of glass.
I will have to meditate on this matter further, he thought.
Leia narrowed her eyes as Han guided the Millennium Falcon to the landing bay outside of Cloud City. After narrowly escaping the Star Destroyer, the Executor, by hiding just beneath their sensory dish and floating away with the rest of the garbage after they left the asteroid field, Han decided they would go to Bespin to meet with his old friend Lando.
And Leia found she didn't like this idea one bit.
"Are you sure he'll help us?" she asked Han as the Falcon finished landing on the landing pad.
"I'm sure," Han said.
"I'm sure he's forgotten about that by now, Chewie," Han added to the wookiee before standing up and making his way toward the boarding ramp.
"Oh, no one here to greet us," Threepio said.
At that moment, the doors leading into the facility opened and a dark skinned man dressed in robes with a humanoid just behind him walked over to join them. Han nodded at Lando. "See, my friend," he said walking over to join Lando before glancing at Chewbacca.
"Why, you slimy, double-crossing, no-good swindler," Lando said coming to a stop in front of Han. "You've got a lot of nerve coming back here, after what you did." He made to hit Han but, instead, hugged him.
"It's good to see you, Han. What are you doing here?" he asked releasing Han.
"Ah repairs," said Han.
"What've you done with my ship?"
"Your ship? I won it from you fair and square."
Lando smiled faintly. "I'll have my men take a look at it. How you doin' Chewbacca? Still hanging around with this loser?"
Chewbacca barked in agreement.
"My, who's this?" Lando asked the instant he caught sight of Leia.
"Leia," Leia replied curtly eyes impassive.
"Hello, I am Lando Calrissian," Lando said taking Leia's hand and kissing it.
"Yeah, yeah. Cut the charm, Lando," Han said rolling his eyes as he took Leia's hand in his. Ever since they kissed onboard the Falcon while they were in the mouth of that asteroid monster, Leia wasn't as embarrassed to have Han hold her hand. In fact, it felt rather nice although she wouldn't dare say that out loud. Han guided her past Lando who watched her go and ignored Threepio as the protocol droid introduced himself.
Anakin watched as Luke meditated nearby, on one hand with items such as his lightsaber and Artoo Deetoo starting to rise. Artoo whistled in protest as he was lifted into the air and Anakin chuckled. "Don't worry, I'm sure he'll put you down gently, Artoo," he said.
"Be quiet you will, Skywalker. Concentrate Luke must," Yoda said from where he was balancing on Luke's foot.
Anakin glanced at his son when he felt pain come off his son in waves and Luke's face lost the concentration it had gained. He gasped before he stumbled and collapsed taking Yoda and everything he was holding up with the Force with him.
Yoda flipped to his feet before he landed on the ground and Luke slowly sat up, rubbing his head. "I saw – I saw a city in the clouds," he said.
Yoda nodded. "Friends you have there."
"They were in pain..." Luke murmured.
"It is the future you see," Yoda said.
"The future?" Luke paused. "Will they die?"
Yoda closed his eyes. "Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future," he said glancing at Anakin who winced, knowing those words were directed at him just as they were directed at his son. It was as if Yoda was reminding him that the vision he had of his wife dying in childbirth may not come to past because of how quickly the future could change.
"I've got to go to them," Luke said.
"Luke, I really don't think that's a good idea," Anakin said softly.
"Decide you must, how to serve them best," Yoda agreed. "If leave now, help them you could; but you would destroy all for which they have fought, and suffered."
"I can't leave them. They'll die," Luke protested.
"You don't know that," Anakin said softly. "Luke, you need to think this through. If you go through with this then there's no telling what the consequences will be."
"I can't just leave them, father," Luke said softly. "They're my friends."
"I know, Luke. I've been in the same boat you've been in, Luke. I know how it feels to have to leave friends behind. I didn't deal with it too well and I don't want you to make the same mistake."
"Father, I'm sorry but I have to do this," Luke said softly. "They need me."
Anakin closed his eyes and took a deep breath. "Then I'm going with you," he said.
"Stay here you must, Skywalker," Yoda said.
"I'm not letting my son do this by himself, Master Yoda," Anakin said getting to his feet. "If Luke's determined to go to Cloud City then I'm going with him."
Yoda sighed. "Stubborn you have always been, Skywalker," Yoda said. "Talk you out of this I cannot it would seem."
Anakin's lips turned into a wry grin. "Did you honestly think you would be able to talk us out of this?" he asked before he grew serious and added, "besides, I have a feeling I know who's behind this and there are some words I would like to exchange with him."
"No," Yoda said firmly slamming his gimer stick on the ground as he stood up. "If go with young Skywalker you do then avoid any confrontation you must. Not yet time it is."
"No 'buts' Anakin. Master Yoda's correct. It's not time. This is for Luke to handle, this is another test for him," Obi-Wan's voice said softly too low for Luke to hear.
"Are you coming with me, Father?" Luke asked breaking into the conversation.
Anakin closed his eyes before stretching out with the Force to see what the proper solution was. Immediately, it came to him and his eyes opened. "Yes, I'm going with you, son," he said.
Han glanced up as Chewbacca walked into the room with Threepio in pieces in a box. Leai noticed as well before she narrowed her eyes and sighed. "What a mess," she said. "Can you fix him?"
Chewbacca growled once in response before going to work to Threepio.
The doors slide open and Lando walked into the room before frowning. "Having trouble with your droid?" he asked.
"No trouble," Leia said flatly.
Lando examined Threepio for a long moment before he shook his head and stood up. "I came by to invite you all to dinner," he said. "I hope you will join me."
Han stood up. "Sounds good to me," he said.
"I don't like this," Leia murmured.
"Come on, Leia, it'll be fine," Han assured the former Alderaanian Princess.
Leia didn't like it but she merely nodded. "All right," she said before Han took her arm and followed Lando as he led the way out of the room. Chewbacca, leaving Threepio behind, followed him.
"So how were you able to keep the Empire away?" Han asked curiously.
"It wasn't easy," Lando admitted walking down the hallway. The two of them talked with each other until Lando brought up the Empire again as they neared the dining hall.
"I've just made a deal that'll keep the Empire out of here forever," Lando said before pressing the door release button and Han glanced sharply up when Darth Vader, himself, stood up at the other end of the dining hall. He immediately pulled out his blaster and began firing at Vader who blocked the blaster bolts before the blaster in Han's hand flew across the hall before landing in Vader's outstretched hand.
"We would be honored if you would join us," he said.
A/n what do you think?
Blaze: and that was chapter 5. Chapter 6 will come out soon
Darth: what'll it cover?
Blaze: Anakin learning about Leia, Luke and Anakin's arrival on Bespin, a twist concerning Han and, maybe, Luke and Vader's duel
Darth: uh oh
Blaze: yup so please review and I will post chapter 6 as soon as I possibly can but I doubt it'll be anytime soon