This idea came to me after fangirling one night with a friend of mine, and crying for hours over Anakin Skywalker, Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker (and Padme Amidala too for that matter). :-) This was the product of fangirl hysteria.
"Tell me a story Daddy!" Four year old Leia Skywalker said, smiling brightly as her father Anakin Skywalker pulled her onto his lap.
"What about Princess?" He asked with a grin, putting down the datapad he was reading a few minutes before. The day was going well, Padme was in a senate meeting, and his job was to stay home, watch the twins, and not blow anything up. So far, mission accomplished.
"Tell me a happy story Daddy. Tell me hows you and Mommy got marry!" Leia said, her smile widening to show her newly lost tooth.
Anakin held his baby girl close, and nodded thoughtfully. "I do believe I've told you this story before sweetie," he mentioned, and Leia nodded. "But it's my favoritest one!" she declared, pulling gently on Anakin's robes in anticipation.
"Well, it all started when a young queen was in trouble…"
"Mommy was the queen, right Daddy?"
"Yes Princess, now let me finish telling the story."
Leia nodded and listened intently to her father's tale…..
Three minutes into the story, a loud clatter was heard from the kitchen. "DADDYYYY!" came a loud scream, making Anakin nearly panic and Leia scowl.
"Aww it was just getting to the bestest part!" she cried, hopping off her father's lap as Anakin jumped up and ran into the kitchen.
Luke Skywalker sat crying in the middle of the kitchen, surrounded by a broken mug and spilled blue-milk.
"I so sorry Daddy!" he cried, as Anakin picked up the little boy and hugged him close. "That's okay Luke, just be more careful and ask for help next time, alright?" Luke nodded. "Thweepio was gonna help, but he was cleanin' the 'fresher Daddy. So I try by myself."
Anakin ruffled Luke's hair and placed him on the ground. "Go play with your sister while I clean up this mess, okay?" Both twins nodded and ran into the family room, where Anakin promptly heard the holo-vision turn on, and shook his head in amusement.
Turning to the mess in the kitchen, Anakin was pleasantly surprised to find that the huge blue and ceramic mess was in a perfect circle around where Luke was sitting, suggesting that he used the Force to escape the falling milk and mug.
As Anakin finished cleaning up the mess, he heard excited screams coming from the living room, followed by shrieks of "Auntie 'Soka, Auntie 'Soka!" Anakin got up off the kitchen floor and beamed to find his former Jedi Apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, standing in his family room, holding Luke in one arm, while hugging Leia with the other.
"Master!" Ahsoka cried, putting down the children to greet him, "How are you?" she asked, as he pulled her into a hug.
"I've missed you Snips," he said, smiling at her happily. "But we've been good here." He said, glancing lovingly at his beautiful twin children, who were both grinning at Ahsoka with innocent looks on their faces.
"How are things at the Temple?" Anakin asked, lifting Leia into his arms, as Ahsoka took Luke into hers and they sat down on the couch.
"Slow. Without a war going on, everything at the Jedi Temple has been really boring honestly." Anakin chuckled. He had resigned from the Jedi Order shortly after the births of Luke and Leia, knowing that he couldn't be both a Jedi and a father. Besides, after the birth of his twins, the Order would've expelled him anyway. He finished Ahsoka's training exactly one month before that happened, and due to unexpected and unforeseen circumstances aboard General Grievous's command ship, both Count Dooku and General Grievous perished aboard, along with Chancellor Palpatine, who was murdered by the Count himself.
Anakin felt guilty about not being able to save the Chancellor, but he knew that it was the Force's will, because shortly after the death of the Chancellor, his wife, Padme Amidala, was elected Vice President of the Republic, while Bail Organa served as President.
The Galaxy was finally at peace, the Sith gone and the Jedi keeping the peace as they were meant to do, but still, something seemed to be missing.
Ahsoka sighed and looked at her former Master. "Without having to save your life every two seconds, I've gotten really bored." Ahsoka said with a smirk. Anakin looked appalled.
"YOU saved ME every two seconds?" He asked incredulously. "Really now? Please explain THAT theory."
"Well, I saved you first day on the job from those droids, and that other time when we were fighting for Hapes, and again on Florrum, and-"
"I get it Snips, you've helped me out once or twice." Anakin relented with a wink.
"Anyway," Ahsoka said, rolling her eyes, "I actually came to talk with you about something." She said, smiling hopefully at him.
"And that would be…"
"Master…Luke and Leia are going to be five soon….they need to start their Jedi training if they are to be trained at all, and-" Anakin cut Ahsoka off before she could finish her sentence.
"Ahsoka…" he said looking warningly at her, tightening his grip on Leia. "I am not taking these kids away from their family. I am overseeing their training, and I will do so how I see fit. Padme and I are not losing these twins, they need us, and we need them." He said harshly.
"Master, I'm not implying that I want to take them away from you, I just…"
"Did Obi-Wan set you up to this?" Anakin demanded, his face as hard as stone.
"No! I just…Master, the council knows that you have Force sensitive children, and they want to help you train them-"
"I trained you didn't I? I can certainly train my own children."
Ahsoka sighed in defeat and looked at the ground, embarrassed.
"Master?" she asked after a few moments, "Why do I feel like something isn't right?" she asked quietly. "I feel like we're missing a piece to the war, like something serious is going on, and we're completely missing it."
Anakin raised an eyebrow at his former Padawan. "What do you mean?" he asked skeptically.
Ahsoka put Luke down, and Anakin did Leia.
"Kids, Aunt Ahsoka and I need to talk about something; can you two please go to your room?" The twins nodded obediently and ran to their bedroom of Anakin and Padme's Coruscanti apartment.
"What do you mean?" Anakin repeated, sitting back down next to his former apprentice.
"Dreams." She murmured, "Dreams I never could have imagined as reality."
Anakin blinked and swallowed hard. "What kind of dreams?" He asked quietly, silently adding, "good or bad?"
"Horrible dreams. In one, Alderaan, Bail Organa's homeworld, was blown to bits by a giant green laser. In another, I was being hunted and killed by a tall man in a black suit with heavy breathing." Ahsoka took a deep breath, visibly shaking off the memory of the dream.
"What else?" Anakin prodded gently, placing a hand on Ahsoka's knee.
"Luke and Leia." She said, almost so quietly Anakin couldn't hear her.
"What?" Anakin panicked, eyes wide.
"No, this was the good part. I saw Leia, two dreams, both of them she was much older. Nearly my age," Ahsoka assumed. "She was being tortured by the man in the suit who killed me." She said, voice shaking, "But in another, she was incredibly happy, in love, with a pilot….a pirate of sorts. He truly loved her as well."
Anakin was obviously uncomfortable, trying hard not to think of what it could mean.
Ahsoka continued, "In the dreams about Luke, they were fast and vivid." She remembered, "He fought with the same suited man from the other dreams, with a lightsaber. He…" She stopped herself, glancing at Anakin's gloved right arm.
"The man cut off Luke's hand, Anakin." Ahsoka said quietly, calling Anakin by his first name.
Anakin sucked in a breath, not sure if he could bear to hear any more, but still motioned for Ahsoka to continue.
"In the same dream, he was fighting the man again, but also being tortured with Sith Lighting. By a very old and ugly man, with a dark cloak. Definitely a Sith Lord." She explained. Anakin felt his hands trembling.
Ahsoka continued anyway. "In the next dream," she said, "He was in love too. He was with a woman, red hair, very beautiful. They were happy, and she was holding a baby." She finished.
Ahsoka felt tears tugging at her eyes. "What does this mean Master?" She begged Anakin, looking up at him with pleading blue eyes.
"I don't know Ahsoka." He said, putting an arm around her shoulders, "I honestly don't know. But I promise that none of the bad things will happen. To you or the twins." He said sincerely. "I'll protect them with everything I have in me." He said, "And I will do the same for you."
Ahsoka sniffed and nodded. "Thank you, Master." She said softly.
"Of course Snips." He said, smiling gently at her.
After a few minutes of silence, Anakin said, "You know, I really have missed you." She nodded. "And I, you, Master."
"And the twins just love it when Auntie Ahsoka visits…" he continued, grinning at his former apprentice.
"And I was wondering if you'd consider taking Leia on as an unofficial apprentice. When she's older of course." Ahsoka's mouth formed an 'O' in surprise. "But...me? Are you sure Anakin?" she stammered.
"Hey, I taught you everything I know, I can trust you'll be able to teach it to my daughter." Ahsoka smiled and nodded. "I'd love to." She replied, beaming with pride.
"And I'm thinking of asking Obi-Wan to take on Luke. I've already decided not to enroll the twins in the Jedi Order. I feel it is too strict. I want my children to be raised in love, not to be taught to avoid it at all costs. Love is the Key Ahsoka. Without Love, we have nothing in the galaxy." Ahsoka nodded thoughtfully.
"I agree with you, Master." She said, "And I think Obi-Wan does too, if you'll be willing to talk to him." Anakin nodded. Since resigning from the Jedi Order, Obi-Wan and Anakin had lost the close connection they once had. Anakin was ashamed to talk to his former Master, for fear he would be disappointed in him for leaving the Jedi.
"He'll listen if you'll try." Ahsoka said, nodding encouragingly at Anakin. "I know." Anakin sighed, "I'll comm him this afternoon."
"Good." She said, standing up. "I better say goodbye to the kids, I'm needed at the Temple for a training exercise today." Anakin nodded and stood as well. Before calling his children out, he embraced Ahsoka in a hug.
"Thanks for coming over Snips, it's nice to talk with you again." She nodded and hugged him back. "You're welcome. And thank you for listening to me. There's no one I trust more than you Master."
"Thanks Snips." He said, before calling into the other room for the twins to say goodbye to their 'aunt'.
Reviews would be much appreciated! Thanks for reading, and let me know if I should continue! I have a small plot-bunny that I might pursue...Thanks y'all!
Love, Fallon :-D