When Anakin woke up the next morning, Ahsoka was gone. He thought she had gone back to her secret thing. Just then, Ahsoka walked through the door with a smile on her face.
"Morning, Skyguy, or should I say evening. You're finally up," she said as she sat on the edge of the bed.
"Hey. Where have you been?" he asked as he sat up.
"I've been in the mess. Everyone is wondering where you are," she replied.
"Really? What did you tell them?" he asked curiously.
"I told them that you left early this morning to go work on your ship like you always do," she responded as she kissed him.
"Well, I think it's time for me to return, don't you think?" he replied kissing her back. She nodded. Anakin got up and went to the refresher to take a shower. When he went back in the room, Ahsoka was laying her bed reading a book titled "A Girl Named Disaster". When she saw him, she saved her page, went up to him and kissed him on the lips. He kissed her back.
"Alright come on. We need to go before people actually start to look for me," he said breaking the kiss.
"But we're on vacation. Why would they come looking for us?" she asked.
"I thought you said that people were wondering where I was," he replied confused.
"Yes, and I mean Rex and other clones. Not anyone that can send us on a mission," she said smiling, "Besides, I had something else in mind for today. Just the three of us."
"What do you mean the three of us?" he asked surprised.
"Ani, did you forget about your own son?" she asked.
"Oh… right. We haven't spent any real family time together. I guess we could have a family outing today," he said as they walked out the door.
Now, to make things clearer, Anakin and Ahsoka had a son named Jaden. He was three years old and was living on Tatoonie with Anakin's brother Owen. The council doesn't know about him. When Ahsoka was pregnant, they pretended she went missing while she was with Owen. Anakin visited her every chance he got during those few months. When he was born, they left him with Owen so the council wouldn't sense him.
He's not connected to the baby in "Decisions"
Anakin and Ahsoka headed to Tatoonie to pick him up. They had planned to go to Naboo and spend a day at the beach. When they arrived at Owen's hut, they saw Owen outside cleaning his sand speeder.
"Hey there Owen," Anakin said greeting him. Owen stopped and turned to face them.
"Hey there, Anakin. How you been?" he said hugging his brother.
"I've been better. How about you, you doing ok?" he asked hugging him back.
"Yea, me too. Hey Ahsoka," he said then hugging her.
"Hey, Owen. You look good," she replied returning the hug.
"Thanks. You look more & more beautiful every time I see you," he complimented as he looked at her.
"Alright, don't try to steal my woman now," Anakin joked. Owen chuckled.
"Don't worry, man. She's all yours, I got my woman back," he replied.
"Oh, you worked things out with Beru?" Ahsoka asked.
"Yea, we worked things out & now she's Mrs. Beru Skywalker," he said happily.
"You guys got married? Congratulations, man," Anakin replied.
"Thanks. So are you here to pick up Jaden? He was very excited when he heard you guys were coming," Owen questioned.
"Yea, we are. Is he ready?" Ahsoka answered.
"Yea, he's inside in the living room. Come on in, stay a little while before you take off," he offered.
"Sure, we some time," she replied as they walked in the hut. When they got in the living room, Jaden was sitting on the floor watching TV. When he saw them, he jumped up and ran to them.
"Mommy! Daddy!" he yelled in excitement as he hugged Ahsoka first.
"Hey, baby," she said as she hugged her son. He then went to hug Anakin.
"Hey, son. How ya been?" he asked as he picked him up.
"Great. I'm so happy you came to get me! I'm so excited! "he squealed.
"Hey, Jaden, where's Aunt Beru?" Owen asked the toddler.
"In the room," he said as he pointed. Owen went to the back room and came back with Beru.
"Hey there, Beru. How are you? I haven't seen you in years," Ahsoka said as she hugged Beru.
"I'm great. I'm so glad you're here. I haven't seen you since you were carrying Jaden. I see you got your figure back, you look amazing," she complimented. Ahsoka pretended she was a model by posing. The two women giggled.
"Alright, could we stop talking about how good Ahsoka looks and go back to the reason we're here. We all know she looks great," Anakin joked. Ahsoka rolled her eyes & giggled again.
"Alright, we gotta go. Say by to Uncle Owen & Aunt Beru, Jaden," she told him. Anakin put him down and he went over to his relatives and kissed them goodbye.
"See ya, later. We'll bring him back tomorrow around noon," Ahsoka said as they walked out the door. When they got back to the Twilight, Jaden was jumping all around and asking questions about what they were going to do with his parents.
"We are going to have a beach day!" Anakin exclaimed.
"Yay! I love the beach!" he yelled as he jumped up and down in the bridge. When they got in hyperspace, Anakin and Ahsoka sat on the floor with their son to play with him. He wanted to play truth or dare. For someone his age, he was very smart and more advanced than other three year olds. He asked Ahsoka first.
"Mommy, truth or dare?" he asked with a wide grin.
"Dare," she answered thinking he wasn't going to ask her to do something horrible. What's the worst he could tell her to do?
"I dare you to kiss daddy," he said innocently. Ahsoka smiled and looked at Anakin. He smiled back at her. She went over to him and kissed him passionately. When Jaden saw how long she kissed him, he started to moan for them to stop. Ahsoka let go of Anakin and sat back down.
"Daddy, your turn," he said smiling again.
"Ok, Jaden, truth or dare?" he asked him.
"Truth," he replied excitedly. Anakin thought for a minute.
"Do you think mommy is beautiful," he asked looking at her. She blushed when he looked at her like that.
"Yes. Mommy is the most beautiful person I ever knowed," he answered.
"Oh, thank you, baby," she said as he hugged, flattered. Before Ahsoka got a chance to ask Anakin the question, they came out of hyperspace. Anakin took the controls and entered the atmosphere of Naboo. Anakin landed on a platform next to a beach house. Ahsoka had rent the house for the day. They went in the house and went upstairs to change in to their bathing suits. Anakin and Jaden came out in matching blue & red swim shorts. Ahsoka came out in a red bikini that matched the color of her normal clothes. They went down to the beach and went swimming first. They were all chasing each other around in the water. When Ahsoka was chasing Jaden and caught them, Anakin watched them & thought he was the luckiest man in the galaxy. He knew he was lucky to have a woman like Ahsoka with him and to have a son like Jaden that was just like him. This was the happiest he's ever been in years.
When they were done with the beach, they went out to eat. They were all having a great time. No one was happier than Jaden. Being strayed away from his parents for his own safety, being with them this long and having fun was the best time of his young life. Ahsoka was telling Jaden a story about how daddy made a blunder on a mission.
"And then, he…" she started to say when her comlink started to beep. She made a frustrated noise, "One minute, baby," she said as she headed toward the ladies room and took the call. Jaden turned to Anakin.
"Daddy, who's calling mommy all the time?" he asked curiously.
"I don't know. Mommy said it's a secret," he answered with a smile. Inside he was upset that she might have to leave while she's to be with him and their son. She came back a few seconds later with a smile.
"Well, do you have to go?" Anakin asked as she sat down.
"No, not now. Today is all about us as a family," she said as she smiled at Jaden. He smiled back at her. Anakin was relieved, but had a feeling that wasn't all. He let it go for the night considering he doesn't want Jaden to see them arguing. Ahsoka finished telling the Jaden the story about Anakin on that mission. When they got back to the house, Jaden was out cold. Ahsoka & Anakin put him in bed and kissed him goodnight. They went to their room across the room and laid in bed. Anakin thought about the call Ahsoka got during dinner.
"Ahsoka? You awake?" he asked.
"I am now," she replied looking at Anakin, "What's wrong?"
"That call you got during dinner…" he started before she interrupted him.
"Anakin, that call was nothing. Don't worry about it," she protested hoping it won't go into an argument. Anakin sat u & looked down at her.
"Ahsoka, this isn't nothing. You always get a call at the most inconvenient times. I'm getting really frustrated by this," he said almost yelling.
"Anakin, keep it down. Jaden might hear. Look, this is frustrating for me, too. Remember I'm the one who has to answer them and leave when they need me when I want to be with you or Jaden. This will stop when the time comes," she said trying to calm him down.
"But when Ahsoka? I'm tired of this secret of yours! This needs to stop!" he screamed at the top of his lungs.
"Anakin, I…" she started before she saw the door open. Jaden was standing in the doorway with tears down his face.
"Mommy? Daddy? Why are you fighting?" he asked, his voice cracked from crying.
"Oh, baby, come here," Ahsoka said sweetly gesturing him to come between her and Anakin. He crawled on the bed and sat between them, Ahsoka holding him and rubbing him arm gently, "Daddy and I just had a little disagreement. It's okay."
"Were you arguing about me?" he asked still upset.
"Of course not, honey. This has nothing to do with you," Ahsoka answered trying to comfort him.
"Yea, Jaden. You're not in this argument," Anakin reassured him.
"Are you two separating?" he asked more calmly. Ahsoka and Anakin looked at each other in shock.
"No, never. Mommy and I love each other. We just had a little disagreement that has nothing to do with you or our relationship. Every time we have a disagreement doesn't mean we're separating. You have nothing to worry about," Anakin said hugging as well.
"We will stay together as long as we love each other and as long as you're in our lives. You are the sparkle of our eyes. We love you & we love each other," Ahsoka reassured.
"So, you two will love each other and me as long as you live?" he asked hopefully.
"As long as we live and longer," Ahsoka said hugging him tighter. He fell asleep in her arms a few minutes later. She stroked his lekku as he slept. Anakin regretted ever yelling at Ahsoka and getting his son upset like that.
"Ahsoka, I'm sorry for yelling at you," he whispered.
"It's okay. I understand why you did. Trust me, this secret will be over soon. I promise," she whispered back. Anakin carefully stretched over Jaden and kissed her. They both them fall asleep.
The next day, Jaden woke up his parents by jumping on the bed.
"Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!" he kept saying. Anakin & Ahsoka stirred a bit before opening their eyes to the jumping child. They smiled at him, happy to see him in a good mood after what happened last night.
"You are definitely your mother's child," Anakin said remembering how Ahsoka use to wake him up. She looked at him and smiled as she rolled her eyes. Ahsoka got out of bed first, then Anakin got up. When they got up, Jaden was still jumping on the bed laughing. Anakin caught him in midair and carried under his arm out the room. He kept laughing. Ahsoka giggled when he did that. She left to go to the refresher. When she finished, she went to the kitchen to make breakfast. Anakin and Jaden appeared in the kitchen before she started breakfast, Jaden still under Anakin's arm still laughing.
"Ani," she said with a smile.
"What?" he asked innocently as he kissed her.
"Put our son down. I'm about to start on breakfast," she said as she went to the refrigerator. Anakin put Jaden down and he started jumping again.
"Oh, oh, mommy, can you make your pancakes that I love?" he asked excitedly.
"Of course, baby. Anything you want," she said as she started to take out the ingredients.
"So, can I have some ice cream, too?" he asked still hyper.
"No," she simply said with a smile. He pretended to snap his fingers.
"So close," he joked. Ahsoka started to make the pancakes with some eggs and bacon. Anakin went to get some oranges to make some fresh juice. Jaden sat at the bar and watched his parents make breakfast together. When the food was done, Ahsoka first made Jaden a plate, then Anakin, and lastly herself. They all sat at the table and ate.
"I miss your pancakes, mommy. Aunt Beru's pancakes aren't as good as yours," Jaden complimented.
"Thank you, baby. That's really sweet," Ahsoka said back to him. They continued to eat. When they were done, they went to get dressed. Ahsoka helped Jaden change. Anakin and Ahsoka changed in to their usual clothes while Jaden was dressed in a white shirt with red sleeves and shorts. They went to the Twilight and started it up. They had to take Jaden home to Tatoonie. When they entered hyperspace they resumed their game of truth or dare. When they reached Tatoonie, Jaden got upset. Ahsoka noticed.
"What's wrong, baby?" she asked in a worried tone. Anakin turned to see Jaden's face.
"I wanted to spend more time with ya'll," he replied. Ahsoka and Anakin looked at each other.
"Jaden, we wish we could spend more time with you, too. There are a million things we want to do with you everyday, but we can't. Things are difficult right now with the Jedi because of the war. One day, maybe not today or tomorrow, we all are going to be together everyday and spend every minute of the day together. We'll just have to wait until the war's over, ok?" Ahsoka explained while cuddling Jaden. He smiled.
"Ok, mommy," he replied.
"That's my boy," Anakin said rubbing his head. They landed in front of the hut. Owen and Beru were already outside waiting for them. They walked off the Twilight, Jaden still in Ahsoka's arms. They approached the couple and smiled. Beru took Jaden from Ahsoka.
"Hey, Jaden. Did you have a good time with Mommy and Daddy?" Beru asked him with a smile.
"Yea. I had great time!" he exclaimed.
"That's good," she said kissing him on the cheek.
"He really did have fun. He and Anakin…" Ahsoka started to say, but her comlink started to beep. Anakin looked at her with disappointment.
"Ahsoka," he said.
"Anakin, that's not my personal line," she noticed. Anakin looked at her surprised. She left to answer it. She came back a few seconds later.
"That was Obi-Wan. He needs us back at the temple, now," she told him with a sad look.
"Right. We'll we have to go," he said.
"Yea, we understand. The Jedi have their duties," Owen replied. Ahsoka looked over to Jaden, who had a sad look on his face. She took his face in her hands and looked him in the eyes.
"Jaden, baby, listen to me. Me and Daddy have to go. We will be back as soon as we can to see you. Ok?" she told him. He nodded slowly. She kissed him on his forehead before she headed toward the Twilight. Anakin went up to Jaden.
"We'll be back. We promised," he told him as he hugged him and left. Jaden watched as his parents left in the big ship. He saw Ahsoka wave to him as they took off. He waved back to her. He watched them leave the planet. He then smiled knowing they'll be back. They always kept their promises to him.
On the Twilight
Ahsoka slumped in her chair, feeling upset of having to leave her child again. A tear fell from her eye at the thought. Anakin saw her and came over to her. He put his hand on her shoulder. She looked up at him. He smiled at her and she smiled back. She knew they'd be back for him soon. They always did go back to him.