Last chapter playing in the wondrous Lucas creation which is Star Wars…

Beginnings

The Separatists were shaken by the truth behind the war but were still stubborn- for a variety of reasons. The idealists wanted to make sure the Republic would change before they rejoined it. They also argued they hadn't been out of line given the Republic was corrupt because Sidious had been controlling it. The greed seekers didn't want to be punished at least and wanted concessions at worst. This led to the talks stretching out. It also led to Obi-Wan and Asajj having plenty of time to plan their wedding. It was, Asajj mused, a good time for both of them. I am enjoying spending time with some people: Bant, Padme, Breha Organa, Luminara & Ayala. Obi-Wan is enjoying time with his master- and others when they can pry him away from Qui-Gon.

Eventually the Separatists and the Republic came to agreement. The media happily closed the book on that and turned their attention to another matter.

Asajj and Obi-Wan were not ones for frills. They left their quarters wearing what they would on any day. They walked through the temple like they would on any day.

What was unusual was what happened once they got into the main hallway of the temple. It was packed except for a clear path going down the center. The eleven members of the Council, plus Obi-Wan's friends, stood at intervals along the edge of the path. At sighting Obi-Wan and Asajj the Jedi lifted their lightsabers high and lit the blades. A loud cheering filled the hallway as her subordinates from Rattatak sang a traditional wedding chant. Asajj looked up the long aisle and saw Qui-Gon waiting for them. She felt a slight pang. She didn't begrudge Obi-Wan his master, but she still foolishly wished for hers.

"Asajj, I never left you."

She started.

"Asajj?"

"I'm fine Obi-Wan."

She walked with him under the lit lightsabers. Some of the Jedi smiled, and others were serious, as befitted their individual personalities. As they came up the aisle Master Yoda came out in front of them. Both Obi-Wan and Asajj wanted to make sure love would not be a risk to the order so they had agreed to have not just vows to one another but to the order.

"This path you embark on joyful it can be, but be careful you must. Swear do you to love not only each other but the ideals of the order? To follow the will of the force?"

They agreed. Yoda gestured them forward. They knelt and he laid his hands in blessing on both of their heads.

"Then have the approval of the order you do."

He stepped back. Obi-Wan and Asajj faced Qui-Gon.

"Certain changes have been made. Today we celebrate the first of one of these changes. There has been no Jedi truer to the order than Obi-Wan Kenobi. He exemplifies what we stand for. Asajj Ventress is a master of strength and determination. She helped the Republic in its darkest hour. While everyone deserves happiness both of these two have especially earned it.

Obi-Wan Kenobi do you swear to honor your beloved, to stand by her before all but the will of the force itself?"

"I swear it. Asajj, you have always challenged me and called to me. Your strength is a strength to me and…for some reason my usual skill with words is failing me."

"Asajj Ventress, do you swear to honor your beloved, to stand by him before all but the will of the force itself?"

"I swear it. You saw me clearly, Obi-Wan, even when I hated you for it. You helped me back to the light because the light, and stubbornness, burn so brightly in you. My path is clear and with you I will walk it."

Qui-Gon joined their hands together- or rather he gestured for them to do it since he was a ghost. Asajj could feel his approval. She could feel the approval of the force. She could hear it through a voice she remembered well.

"Be well my daughter."

"Yes master."

"Let all who are present feel that the force is behind this bond- or look on the faces of the Jedi around you if you need clarification. The force has called and these two have answered. They are bound forever. May the force be with you. There is one last thing."

Typical weddings are sealed with a public kiss. Obi-Wan, being more private than Asajj, had argued with her about it. She had been adamant in including it.

"Obi-Wan this is one thing I cannot order you to do."

"No, Master," he said. Asajj could feel him gathering his courage.

"Obi-Wan we are meant to help each other are we not?"

"Yes, why-"

His thought was cut off by her lunging forward and kissing him.

"Very funny darling."

"I thought you would appreciate some help dear Obi-Wan."

Cheers filled the room. As they did Asajj felt Obi-Wan shaking off his embarrassment and reaching out to Qui-Gon and to Anakin. She felt them become amused. He turned to her with a mischievous look.

"You just showed yourself to be adaptable to changes in plan did you not my darling?"

Cautiously Asajj replied. "Sometimes changes in plan are called for."

"I'm glad you agree."

They were both masters, but Obi-Wan showed he still had an edge. She sensed something, but before she could move Obi-Wan swept her off her feet. He then went sprinting back up the pathway.

"The reception Obi-Wan?"

"Changes in plan my darling. Anakin has R2 activating our ship as we speak."

As Obi-Wan went zipping past everyone Asajj heard Anakin cheerily call out,

"Have fun!"

Asajj twisted in Obi-Wan's arms. She yelled out before the doors closed on the lift.

"Skywalker I'm going to get you for this!"

A month later Asajj woke up in the night on Rattatak. Her world was healing quickly now that it had an alliance with the Republic. The valuable mineral her world held was being responsibility extracted and exchanged for resources. Thank the force for it. It is an alliance: both parties helping the other. Like myself and Obi-Wan.

All was well but she felt something was different. She walked onto her balcony and looked around. She heard footsteps behind her.

"Something wrong?"

Obi-Wan leaned on the balcony wall and looked concernedly at her.

"I don't think so but something feels different."

Obi-Wan's blue eyes focused on her even more intently. Then he smiled and hugged her.

"You are like your world my darling. Both have healed from the past, and are bearing new light for the future."

His eyes were misty. Asajj processed his meaning and focused inward. She leaned against her husband and felt content.

"You have had a vital role in both my dear Obi-Wan."

She smiled mischievously.

"What is it?"

"I told Anakin I would get back at him. In time we both can- I know who I am going to get to babysit and I know you have leverageover him."

Obi-Wan laughed.

"Great minds think alike."

She laughed as the sun rose on a new day and a new beginning for them both.