The Darkness Within

By Catz Kenobi

Disclaimer and Summary put together: The Star Wars universe doesn't belong to me, blah, blah, blah, George Lucas owns them, blah, blah, blah. The plot of this fanfic is mine, though. It takes place a few years after Padme gives birth to the twins. Eventual Obidala, I guess. I dunno. I know there's a lot of Obidala fics out there, but I really think they should be together…it makes the story more interesting because Obi-Wan so follows the Code to the T. New character added, a young female Jedi Knight named Kaien Jinn (pronounced Ka-yen) who has this huge crush on Obi-Wan. She's 10 years younger than he is, and she has wavy red hair with streaks of white and these incredible sea-green eyes. I wonder who she could be, wink-wink. Anyway, on with the story.

Chapter 1: (As Yet Untitled…help me think of a title for this chapter!)

Obi-Wan Kenobi set his jaw as he looked out the window of his quarters in Naboo's Senatorial Apartment at the garden outside. His former Padawan was playing around in the grass with his twin children. It was hard for Obi-Wan to believe that Anakin Skywalker had still gone off and married Padme Amidala Naberrie when he knew very well the consequences of his actions. What was harder for him to believe was the fact that the Jedi Council-or whatever was left of it-had chosen to let it go. He sighed and shook his head. A few years back, the whole Jedi Order had bravely gone to Geonosis to deal with Count Dooku and his cronies. Though the Jedi had fought bravely, most of them died. Only about 15 or so Jedi Knights survived. Of 12 Council Members, only 3 came back: Mace Windu, Ki-Adi Mundi, and, of course, Yoda. Obi-Wan could not face the fact that the Jedi's ability to connect with the Force was depleting, almost gone, just as the Order itself was now. He didn't think that this was reason enough to let some rules go. And yet, here was proof that the Jedi were indeed falling: the Chosen One of the Force, playing in the garden with his children. Obi-Wan let his shoulders drop. He was letting his mind cloud up again. This happened often ever since he learned that Anakin and Padme had gotten married. Ever since he lost his Master, Qui-Gon Jinn, almost a decade and a half ago. "I'm getting too old," he muttered to himself as he turned away from the window. He decided that the best thing for him to do now, since he had nothing to do, was to meditate to clear his mind, but a gentle rapping on his window stopped him from going any further than 2 steps away from the window. He turned to see a small boy of about 6 standard years old with dusty blond hair and blue eyes knocking on his window, a wide grin on his face. At first, Obi-Wan felt annoyed that Anakin's eager little children yet again thwarted his plans, but after seeing the look on the boy's face, Obi-Wan's self-protective strictness armor fell away. He smiled at the boy as he opened the window. "Hello, Luke," he said. "Hello, Ben," the little boy said. His smile turned to a look of curiosity. "You look a little troubled today." "Don't I always?" Obi-Wan said, making Luke and himself grin. "Can you come out and play with us?" Luke asked. "Dad's going off again." "Going off?" Obi-Wan said, his eyebrow forming into a perfect brown arc as it went up. "Where?" Luke shrugged. "I don't know," he said, "his little com-stink-"

"Comlink," Obi-Wan corrected patiently. "Yeah, that thing," Luke said, "Well, it beeped and he talked to it, and it was talking in this raspy voice and in really weird sentences." Obi-Wan nodded, trying to hide the grin spreading across his face. Anakin's children didn't know who the members of the Jedi Council were, but Obi-Wan sure did. And from the description Luke gave him, he recognized right away who had contacted Anakin. "I'm sorry, Luke," Obi-Wan said, "I can't play with you right now. I have to go too. I want you and Leia to come inside and stay inside. Don't go wandering about out here. You know how dangerous it can get when 2 children are alone outside, especially nowadays." Luke looked disappointed, but Obi-Wan knew that Luke and his sister were very obedient. Luke called for his sister, and within seconds, a feminine version of Luke had shown up in front of Obi-Wan. "Well," Obi-Wan said, "what are you two waiting for? Come in already." "We're waiting for you to get out of the way of the window, Ben," Luke said. Obi-Wan shook his head. "No, I won't get out of the way," he said firmly but gently. "Remember the last time you two tried to get in through my window?" Luke and Leia nodded at the same time, the same defeated look on each face. "Go on around the back and go straight to your room, all right?" Obi-Wan said. "If anything happens while your father and I are away, call for help. Don't try anything by yourselves. Your parents are going to kill me if anything happens to the both of you." Without another word to Obi-Wan, the twins disappeared to the right side of the window and from Obi-Wan's sight. He put on his cloak and took up his lightsaber. He then proceeded to look for Senator Amidala to tell her that he was leaving for a while.

Obi-Wan found her in the library. "Master Kenobi," Padme said, smiling brightly. "What brings you here?" "I must apologize, M'Lady," Obi- Wan said, bowing. "I'm afraid must leave. But it's only for a short while," he added when he saw the protest on the Senator's face, "I should be back in at least an hour." "Where are you going? Is Anakin going with you?" Padme asked. "I'm sorry," Obi-Wan said again, "but I can't tell you where I'm going. Official Jedi business. I think. Also, Anakin has beaten me to our destination already." "Urgh," Padme said, "he's gone off again? Without telling me? When you see him, please tell him I hate it when he does that." "Oh, don't worry, Malady," Obi-Wan said, "I won't forget to remind him of that. He's probably sick of hearing me tell him that though." Padme smirked and nodded her agreement. "Well," Obi-Wan said, "I best be off. I sent Luke and Leia back to their room." "Thank you, Master Kenobi," Padme said as Obi-Wan bowed. Obi-Wan then left the library.

A/N: That was crappy, wasn't it? I know, I know, but I'll try to make it better I promise. Now, if you'll just put your little cursor on the button my lightsaber is pointing to, and click on it…

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