The Tano Trials Prologue: A Second Chance

Ahsoka's body was numb and her eyes were closed as the debris of her final battle drifted alongside her. Vaguely she sensed the overpowering vacuum as it tugged at her unresponsive body. Stronger than that was another sense, one that had no hold over the physics of the universe just as physics had no hold on it…. Strongest of all, was her regret for not being able to do more.

It was solely thoughts of her master and some of the other Jedi that occupied her mind. Master Windu, whose severity hid a gentle spirit; the venerable Master Yoda, who served as a perfect mirror with his gentle exterior and sure hand with a light-saber; Obi-Wan Kenobi, the wisest and dearest of her adult friends; Barriss Offee, her fellow Padawan and the only one who was truly her equal rather than a superior; Plo Koon, the one who made it possible for her to become a Jedi; and, without a doubt the most important person in her life, Anakin.

As her eyelids slowly compacted, a tear beaded in the corner and floated away. She was leaving before any of the others did. It was wrong: in the end, it was just supposed to be her, Barriss and the Eternal Yoda.

The war was nearly over…there wasn't even supposed to be any danger anymore…she had seen the light at the end of their arduous tunnel, yet she wasn't going to be able to touch it….

Ahsoka Tano.

Yes, her Epitaph would be that concise. What she had achieved had already become war legend; only her name was required to remind legions of listeners about the Blue Shadow Virus or Geonosian Mind Worms.

Ahsoka Tano.

Why would she repeat that? It only needed to be said once to send her off….

Ahsoka Tano.

Her consciousness immediately snapped back into focus, trying to track the ghostly voice, but it was gone. Strange, she should have died instantly after the ship was torn apart…why did the environment feel pressurized?

Suddenly, the steel side of an escape pod appeared to her left, the hatch partially opened. Ahsoka drifted inside the outer hatch and heard it close behind her. Heard it? She thought, something is WAY off here. She started fading again….

Ahsoka Tano.

Who are you? She asked the voice, hoping desperately for an answer.

I am Qui-Gon Jinn, and it is not yet your time to join me.