LUKE MEETS AHSOKA
Disclaimer: I do not own Star Wars of The Clone Wars or their characters.
Summary: Yoda and Ahsoka train Luke in the ways of the Jedi, while Luke receives a series of visions of his friends.
Training and Visions
The blue and green lightsabers crashed against each other again and again, illuminating the dull and creepy swamp with an array of colors not seen in... forever.
"You can do better than that, Skyguy." Ahsoka snipped as she easily blocked Luke's attacks.
"Why don't you show me how?" Luke asked, unable to penetrate her defenses.
"Because then you wouldn't learn anything." she exclaimed.
"I'm here to learn! If you're here to teach me... then..." he started to say.
"Part of learning to fight is the discovery of what new and inventive skills you can come up with. Improvisation is part of a battle." she said.
"Why? Because you never know what you may come up against?" he asked.
"Exactly!" Ahsoka smiled.
Off to the side, Yoda silently sat on a log and watched. For the last twenty-four hours Luke had been given a first-hand education in the art of saber combat by Ahsoka while Yoda himself had given him an education on the Force itself.
After an energetic three-hour run through the swamp, Yoda had turned Luke over to Ahsoka, the pair taking to each other in saber combat very effectively.
While Luke was improving, Ahsoka still had a huge advantage over him.
Ahsoka knocked Luke's lightsaber from his hand.
"Again!" Ahsoka chided him.
"Okay, okay." Luke said as he reached for his saber, only to be stopped by Ahsoka's saber at his neck.
"No! Use the Force!" she insisted.
With her saber still at his throat, Luke pushed the anxiety out of his way and focused on his lost saber, which was only a few meters away.
Reaching out he summoned it with his will, never taking his eyes off Ahsoka. The lightsaber flew to his hand and he jumped back from Ahsoka's blade.
"Very good, Skyguy. But remember, your enemies won't wait for you to try and reacquire your weapon. You either need to deal with them, or be faster at getting your saber back into your hands."
"Or not lose it in the first place." Luke stated.
"Exactly." Ahsoka smiled before the pair continued.
"Concentrate." Yoda said calmly as Luke was doing a handstand in the middle of the swamp. "Yes, concentrate. Now... the rock."
Using the Force, Luke was able to levitate the nearest rock to him, placing it upon another.
"Good. Good." the Jedi Master said softly.
Off to the side, Ahsoka Tano just watched as Luke continued to train.
He's actually doing better than I thought he would. He doesn't have the same problems that Master Anakin had. He's a little impulsive, anxious... but he wants to learn. Ahsoka thought.
Suddenly, R2 started whistling as the X-Wing ship began to sink deeper into the swamp. The whistling and beeping was enough to distract Luke, causing him to drop onto his back.
"Control! You Must Learn Control!" Yoda chided him in mild-frustration.
Ignoring the dig for the moment, Luke scrambled to his feet and hustled over to the edge of the swamp.
"Oh, no! We'll never get it out now." Luke groaned.
"So certain are you?" Yoda asked. "Always with you it cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say?"
"Master, moving stones around is one thing. This is completely different!" Luke protested.
"No, it's not." Ahsoka said. "Only different if you think it's different."
"Yes. You must unlearn, what you have learned." Yoda said.
"Alright, I'll give it a try." Luke replied.
"No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try." the Jedi Master stated.
Sighing and trying to focus, Luke cleared his mind and extended his hand, and The Force, to his ship. For a few seconds the ship actually seemed to rise up... only for Luke's frustration to get the better of him. His focus fragmented, and his ship started sinking back deeper into the swamp, before it disappeared completely.
"I can't. It's... it's too big." Luke gasped, dropping to his knees before the other two Jedi.
Yoda, did not seem fazed by this.
"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? And well, you should not. For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it. Makes it grow. Its energy, surrounds us, and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force all around you. Here, between you, and me, the tree, the rock, everywhere. Yes, even between the land and the ship."
"You want the impossible." Luke scoffed before walking away and finally settling on a patch of dirt behind a moss-covered tree.
Okay, maybe he is more like Master Anakin than I thought. Ahsoka thought as she went after him. "Luke." she started to say.
"I don't understand how he expects me to do that." Luke huffed in annoyance.
"He expects exactly what you are capable of." Ahsoka said.
Luke looked at her in confusion. "But I have so much to learn. I can't do that."
"That's why you couldn't." she said.
Ahsoka turned her head and looked over at Master Yoda.
Luke followed her gaze and gasped when he saw his ship levitate out of the mud and muck, covered in weeds and vines, and float back towards the land. And all while Yoda had his outstretched arm towards it.
R2 was beeping excitedly, while Luke and Ahsoka walked back to the open area where the ship was set down and Yoda breathing a small sigh of relief.
Luke walked around his ship, stunned and amazed at what had just happened.
"I... I don't believe it." Luke gasped to the green-skinned Jedi master.
"That, is why you fail." Yoda stated.
"A true Jedi is capable of far more than just levitating a small ship out of a swamp." Ahsoka stated. "Much more."
"Powerful, is belief. Strength, requires confidence it does." Yoda said.
"I'm beginning to see that." Luke nodded.
Luke and Ahsoka were sparring again. Their lightsabers clashed hard against one another.
From the side, Yoda and R2 just watched as the pair continued to test each other.
Yoda was actually pleased at Luke's progress. Pleased that Ahsoka was here as well. Having her here to help Luke train was more beneficial than just having Yoda himself educate the boy in the ways of the Jedi.
His thoughts drifted back to the Clones Wars, when the skills of the Jedi were put to the test against the droid armies of the Separatists and the deadly Sith agents that rose up during that time.
While Luke was getting better at handling a lightsaber thanks to Ahsoka, Yoda was also amazed at how fast he was becoming adapt at using The Force.
This was mostly thanks to Ahsoka who was forcing him to react and adapt at a rather phenomenal pace.
At realizing this, Yoda wondered just how much Luke would advance in his training before he would have to face off against Darth Vader.
Yoda sighed. Confrontation, inevitable it is. Ready, will he be? More than I alone, could prepare him for this fight. More than pleased, that Ahsoka is here. He thought as he saw Ahsoka knock Luke's saber from his hand again, only to have Luke dodge her attack and roll along the ground, his Force abilities quickly retrieving his saber and pulling it back into his hands.
"Very good, Skyguy. Now... let's see if you can avoid getting your saber knocked out of your hands?" Ahsoka smirked as she leapt at him.
Yoda sighed again. Much alike they are. A powerful team they will become. And perhaps... much more.
While relationships in the Jedi Order were forbidden, because of the attachments that they brought, Yoda had not been oblivious to the fact that a Jedi could very well excel in power and skill if he was fighting for someone else. He had seen it all too often, but he and the rest of the Council had given this little chance of developing because of their rather rigid code.
A code that, in a round-about way, had helped bring about the end of the Jedi Order.
Now... only a few Jedi in the whole universe were left. And if they were going to survive, then they would need to change and adapt.
While this went against Yoda's 800 year tenure as a Jedi Master, even he could not deny that it was now a necessary thing.
While the pair continued to train, Yoda set himself up for a deep meditation.
Within minutes, he found him once again in very special company.
(Does something trouble you, master?) Obi-Wan's voice echoed in his mind.
(Yes. He has not been told. Much he suspects, nothing he knows.) Yoda replied.
(If we tell him now, he might not do what is needed.) Obi-Wan said.
(Wait, we cannot. Against us, time flows.) Yoda said.
(The Force is strong with him. Like his father before him.) Another voice suddenly spoke up.
(Master Qui-Gon!) Obi-Wan gasped.
(Hello, Obi-Wan. My master.) Qui-Gon said with a humbled voice.
(What brings you here?)
(I sensed a disturbance in the Force. A new Skywalker has awakened to the Force. And his skill is growing.) Qui-Gon said.
(Yes. And much he has to learn, like Obi-Wan's apprentice before him.) Yoda said.
(Yes. But I have faith that Anakin will come back to us from the dark side.) Qui-Gon said.
(Not on his own.) Obi-Wan said, subtly implying something he never thought possible.
(Agreed.) Qui-Gon said.
(Agreed.) Yoda said.
Yoda was brought out of his meditation when he felt Luke and Ahsoka walking over to him. Luke was tired, breathing hard, while Ahsoka was breathing more easier than him.
"You're getting better, Skyguy." Ahsoka said.
"Slowly." Luke huffed as he grabbed his jacket and put it on.
"Things like this take time." Ahsoka said, sitting on the log where Yoda was. "You can't rush blindly into your training. You need to be open to... everything. Especially yourself."
Luke nodded at her words, but paused when something caught his attention.
"What is this? There's something not right here." Luke said.
Yoda and Ahsoka look on.
"I feel cold. Death!" Luke stated.
"That place. It's strong with the Dark Side." Ahsoka said, pointing towards a much darker part of the swamp. Shrouded in darkness and creepy looking plants and trees.
The whole place said 'Do Not Enter.'
"There's a cave at the center of that darkness." Ahsoka explained.
"In you must go." Yoda said.
"What's in there?" Luke asked.
"Only what you take with you." the Jedi Master simply said.
Luke starts towards him, his blaster and lightsaber on his belt.
"Your weapons. You will not need them."
Luke takes them anyway.
"And here I thought I didn't listen." Ahsoka said.
"Hmm." Yoda mumbled in affirmation.
From the log, both Yoda and Ahsoka stretched out their feelings and witnessed everything that took place in the cave.
Luke searching the darkness for something he didn't know. Then he encountered another presence. Vader. His lightsaber went up and clashed with Vader's saber, battling back and forth, until finally Luke took the Sith Lord's head off.
However, when he looked at the dark helmet, a small explosion revealed something that shocked the young man, confusing and horrifying him at the same time.
Yoda, Ahsoka and R2-D2 just looked up as Luke came out of the cave, walking over to them.
"What was that?" Luke asked, standing before the trio.
"The cave magnifies your deepest and darkest desires. Your greatest fears, and brings them to life. In a... manner of speaking." Ahsoka said.
"I saw Vader. I fought him. I... I defeated him, but..."
"When I cut his head off... the mask split... and I saw myself."
"Hmm. You're afraid of becoming like him. Like Vader." she quickly surmised.
"But I didn't even... I don't want to be him." Luke said.
"That's why you're afraid. But it's part of you. Subconsciously, you know that you and Vader are a lot alike." Ahsoka said.
"Alike? Subconsciously? How could I know subconsciously that Vader and I are alike?" Luke asked.
"The Force." Yoda said.
Luke just looked at him, thinking that his rather simplistic answer did not offer any real explanation to his current dilemma.
"I don't understand." Luke admitted.
"Consciously, you do not." Yoda replied. "But inside you, you know that Vader and yourself, are much alike. More than you care to admit. Narrow is the dividing line of the Force. Light on one side, darkness on the other. A small push it will take, to turn you to the dark side. Like Vader."
"Anger, fear, aggression." Luke said, stating the emotions that lead to the dark side of the Force, like Yoda had told him only a couple days ago.
"Yes. Young men like you, during a time of conflict, are susceptible to the influence of the dark side." Ahsoka added.
"And... young women, too?" he asked, looking at Ahsoka.
Ahsoka squinted her eyes at him, then widened them as her mood relaxed.
"Yes. I, too, have been touched by the dark side. During the Clone Wars the constant fighting and my overzealous recklessness pushed me closer and closer to the dark side. I didn't see it, until I was consumed by it. My master brought me back, at great cost to himself. But he didn't fall. He didn't fall when he was faced with the dark side. When he was tempted and pushed, no matter what foe or beast he faced, he didn't fall to the dark side. No matter how bleak and desperate things became, he didn't fall. Until..."
"Until what?" Luke asked, wondering why she had stopped.
"Until he was denied that which he loved most in the universe." she said.
"A person... or a thing?" he asked.
"A person. His secret wife."
"He married in secret?"
"Jedi are forbidden to be married, because marriage is a form of attachment, and attachment breeds jealously and resentment, which turns to anger..."
"Which leads to the dark side." Luke finished.
"Right." she said. "He loved her, even before he began his training as a Jedi. It was for her that he ultimately turned on the Jedi Order, the Republic, all that he swore loyalty to."
At hearing this, Luke was confused. But a small light was dawning.
"Your master was..." Luke started to say, only to get pre-empted.
"I'd count this as a failure." Ahsoka stated as she got back to her feet.
Luke slowly nodded. "Yeah, I guess so. What now?" he asked.
"Back to training, Skyguy!"
Yoda watched as Ahsoka had taken over Luke's training for the day. Something that was becoming more and more frequent.
However, Yoda had no troubles with this, since there was obviously something going on between them. Something, that he hoped, would be a positive thing.
Every day did Luke train. He had only been there for a week, but he was quickly improving, and all thanks to Ahsoka.
Well, mostly thanks to Ahsoka.
Yoda's teachings were not something that an impatient and reckless person like Luke could have handled. On his own.
Ahsoka's presence, her aid and advice, as well as her being the same age as Luke was something that Yoda actually found helped Luke develop his Jedi abilities.
He wondered briefly just how far Luke would have gotten in his training had Ahsoka not been there to help encourage and train with him.
Luke slammed his saber against Ahsoka's, finally able to drive her back.
"Little aggressive today, aren't we?" Ahsoka teased.
"Maybe I'm just improving." Luke said as he continued pushing her back.
Ahsoka jumped back, avoiding his blade, and then quickly sprang forward, back at him as her lightsaber came down upon him. His right hand shot forward and blasted Togruta woman with a Force-Push that sent her flying.
Ahsoka slammed into a couple of trees, before falling hard to the ground.
Luke smiled at his victory, but it was short lived when he didn't see Ahsoka get up.
Rushing over to her, the young man knelt beside her, tilting her head up.
"Ahsoka? Ahsoka?" Luke gasped in panic.
Just then, Yoda approached them.
"What happened? What's wrong with her?" Luke asked the Jedi Master.
"Allowed your feelings of anger and aggression to surface, you did." Yoda stated. "A fleeting victory you have gained, at great cost."
"I... I'm sorry." Luke said, his head bowed low to touch Ahsoka's forehead.
It was a full day before Ahsoka was feeling better. Thanks to Yoda teaching Luke the art of Force-healing, the young Togruta woman actually recovered faster than expected.
And oddly enough, she didn't seem as upset as she should have been. She was actually pleased that Luke had been able to not only win, but also utilize The Force in an appropriate way.
Despite Luke's guilt at hurting her, Ahsoka's positive attitude helped diminish said guilt.
His training continued.
Luke was sitting outside of Yoda's mud/tree house, trying to meditate, mentally lifting several large stones and some of the containers from his ship off the ground.
However, Yoda noticed that some of the stones and containers were wavering. Dropping down and then hovering back up, dropping down again and hovering back up.
Up and down, like a yo-yo.
"Something wrong, Skyguy? You're not very focused today." Ahsoka asked as soon as she came out of the house and noticed the rather shaky meditation that he was going through.
The stones and containers dropped as Luke opened his eyes.
"I just... I keep getting these strange images... in my head. I..."
"Come." Yoda said to him.
Luke and Ahsoka walk over to the Jedi Master.
The pair sit.
"Now... close your eyes... and concentrate." he said.
Luke closed his eyes and let his thoughts flow.
"I saw... a city in the clouds." Luke said.
"Friends you have there." Yoda said.
"They were in pain." Luke said.
"Captured and tortured." Ahsoka said.
"A dark presence. A faint hissing. Like... breathing." Luke said.
"Vader." Yoda said. "It is the future you see."
Luke's eyes opened, his expression one of panic. "Will they die?" he asked.
Yoda closed his eyes for a few moments before answering. "Difficult to see. All in motion is the future."
"I have to go to them." Luke said, getting up and heading to his ship.
Ahsoka just sighed at hearing that.
"Decide you must, how to serve them best. If you leave now, help them you could. But... you would destroy all for which they have fought and suffered." Yoda stated.
Luke sighed, his shoulders slumping, as if in defeat and acceptance of his situation.
Unfortunately, as his training continued, Luke's visions became stronger and more vivid. The longer he remained here on Degobah, the more pain and suffering he saw his friends in.
Two days later, he made his decision.
"Luke, you must complete your training!" Yoda said, pleading with the impetuous young man as he readied his ship for take off.
"Ugh! I can't keep the visions out of my head! They're my friends, I've got to help them!" Luke argued as he climbed down from the cockpit of his ship.
"You must not go." the green-skinned alien continued to plead.
"But Han and Leia will die if I don't!" Luke declared.
"You don't know that. Even Yoda cannot see their fate." Obi-Wan's voice said as his glowing ghost-form appeared just behind Yoda.
"But I can help them!" Luke said. "I feel the Force!"
"But you cannot control it. This is a dangerous time for you. When you will be tempted by the dark side of the Force." Obi-Wan said.
"Yes, yes! To Obi-Wan you listen! The Cave! Remember your failure in the cave!" Yoda reminded the young Jedi-in-training.
"But I've learned so much since then! Master Yoda I promise to return and finish what I've begun, you have my word!" Luke said, continuing to fiddle with his ship's controls, even cleaning it out of unwanted passengers, such as snakes.
"It is you and your abilities the Emperor wants. That is why your friends are made to suffer." Obi-Wan said.
"That's why I have to go." Luke replied.
"Luke, I don't want to lose you to the Emperor the way I lost Vader." the ghost said again.
"You won't!" he stated.
"Stopped, they must be. On this, all depends. Only a fully trained Jedi Knight, with the Force as his ally, will conquer Vader and his Emperor. If you end your training now, if you choose the quick and easy path, as Vader did, you will become an agent of evil." Yoda stated.
"Patience!" Obi-Wan added.
"And sacrifice Han and Leia?" Luke asked, almost angry and upset at the inference.
"If you honor what they fight for? Yes!" Yoda stated.
"If you choose to face Vader you will do it alone. I cannot interfere." Obi-Wan said.
"But I can!" a female voice declared.
"Ahsoka?" Luke gasped, seeing the Togruta woman coming out, dressed in her green cloak with a satchel in her hands.
"I'm coming with you!" Ahsoka declared.
"You can't! You have to stay here and..."
"And what? Watch over the swamp? The bugs and lizards? The snakes? Master Yoda? Obi-Wan's ghost? I've spent over 20 years on this planet, only the last two do I actually remember, and that's more than enough. Besides, you're gonna need me!" she huffed, tossing her satchel into the lower compartment of the ship. "Like Master Yoda said, your training isn't complete and I've had more experience dealing with situations like this than you have. My being there might just keep you from dying. Or losing a limb or two. After all, two-against-one are better odds."
"I doubt Vader's going to be alone. But..."
"Luke, this is obviously a trap, and you don't want to know what Vader and the Emperor will do if they get their hands on you."
"I really don't think..."
Ahsoka suddenly grabbed Luke by his collar and pulled him to her, his lips slamming into hers as a wide-eyed Yoda and Obi-Wan just stared at the pair.
Ahsoka broke the kiss.
"I'm. Going. With. You." she said, punctuating each word as she stared into his eyes.
"Uh... okay." the stunned young man replied. "But, where are you going to sit?"
Ahsoka just gave him a sexy smirk as he said that.
Feeling that nothing else needed to be said, Obi-Wan and Yoda watched as Luke climbed into the cockpit with Ahsoka getting in and snuggling into his lap.
This naturally made Luke uncomfortable.
"Artooie, fire it up!" Ahsoka shouted to the blue and silver astro-droid. "Bye, Master Yoda! Master Obi-Wan!" Ahsoka cried out to the little green Jedi and glowing blue ghost. "We'll be back! I promise!"
Yoda just waved at the young woman as the cockpit closed and the X-Wing fighter took off from the ground, the human, Togruta and astro-droid safely aboard and bound for the mysterious city in the clouds, and the obvious trap they were flying in to.
"Told you I did. Reckless are they. Now... matters are worse." Yoda exclaimed to the Jedi ghost.
"Those two are our last hope." Obi-Wan said.
"No. There is another." Yoda said.
I would have added some extra scenes in here, but Robot Chicken pretty much took all the good lines and scenes. Hope everyone enjoys this and sorry that this took so long to get out.