Old Man and the Desert

Chapter 49

As Obi-Wan mourned the death of his would-be son, Anakin watched as Darth Sidious' headless body began to disappear in a plume of black smoke. The black cloud began to rise up and disappear in the empty Senate Chamber. Though, the second that it was gone the chamber started to shake. The walls started to creek and debris began to fall. It felt like the world was breaking apart.

Luke shouted, "Come on! We have to get out of here."

Thrice took Luke's lightsaber and began to draw a seal on the floor. The air smelled of burnt stone as she etched in the last marks, but everything was chaos as the chamber started to dim. The only light visible was the green glow of the open portal. Ahsoka grabbed on to Obi-Wan and helped him up to his feet.

"Come on!"

Anakin rushed to her side and helped her move his old master to the portal. Luke and Thrice were already though. Anakin ducked his head and jumped through. A blinding light overwhelmed his senses and flames consumed him but didn't burn. A second later he and the others were on the other side. They fell in a heap on the cold black floor of the Imperial ship.

"Ahsoka!" shouted Rex.

The Rebel-Captain ran to his beloved's side and swept her off her feet in a hug. Ahsoka grinned from ear to ear as she melted into his embrace. She really felt back after being in Rex's arms. Meanwhile, Bail and Leia greeted Luke and Obi-Wan. Bail was glad to see his old friend's safe return. He grabbed his hand and gave him a hug.

"Obi-Wan, I knew you'd make it."

"Yes, old friend. Though, it was not an easy task. Though, you can rest assure that the Emperor is dead. There will be no more trouble from the Sith."

Leia beamed and hugged both Obi-Wan and Luke. "Gods, I'm glad you two came back alive."

"Yeah," said Han. "Though, you two were only gone for a minute."

Luke said, "What? Really? In Mortis it felt like hours."

Han hugged Luke and said, "Yeah, well you didn't miss much on this side."

Chewie roared in agreement and hugged Luke too. Luke was startled by the wookie's embrace. Chewie had circled his arms around him, Han, Leia and Obi-Wan all at once. Obi-Wan carefully untangled himself from his hairy friend and noticed off in the corner of his eye was his wife.

She walked across the room to the members of her Clan. She was battle worn, black and weary. Her hair was undone at one side of her braids and dry blood caked the side of her face. She approached Lady Nina. The two were in complete contrast. The pale-warrior was white, unbruised and perfect. In her arms she held their son. She handed him back to his mother. She cradled him in her arms. Relief was written all over her body. Obi-Wan watched she bent down to kiss Jinn on the forehead.

Obi-Wan had to admit that he was relieved too. His heart was still mourning the son they had lost in Mortis. Somewhere in that nexis lay his dead son. It was strange seeing the beginning and end of one's own child. It was a tragedy. Though, he knew it was within his power to fix it. It was the course of Jinn's life that had molded him. He was a noble heart full of loneness and doubt yet he did what had to be done. He committed the ultimate sacrifice. Obi-Wan regretted doubting him.

Anakin placed his hand on Obi-Wan's shoulder. "He was a good man, Obi-Wan."

Obi-Wan said, "Yes, he was."

"I have a feeling both our sons will grow up to be great Jedi."

Obi-Wan smiled. He had the same feeling. The galaxy was saved and the balance had been restored. For the first time Obi-Wan had a positive feeling about the future and what it had instored.


The End