I know it's been a while since I've updated this story (or any of my stories), and I just wanted to say that I was sorry. Unfortunately, I've been dealing with a very serious case of writers block (again!) Hopefully me being able to come up with this new chapter, means that I am finally breaking through it, and will be updating more stories soon.
Palpatine has been exposed, while the Jedi begin searching the galaxy for him, Anakin is learning to control his awesome powers from a surprising source. Only he has the power to defeat the Sith Lords, only he can restore balance to the Force, and peace to the galaxy.
Anakin stood still, completely unfazed, as the lightning shot towards him. Master Yoda and Master Windu's expressions were concerned when he made no move to block it. The electricity engulfed him, the force of it should have blasted him off his feet, it should have had him screaming in agony...
He made no sound, and when Palpatine ended his ferocious attack, Anakin was still standing, his expression nonchalant as he raised an eyebrows, while Palpatine gaped in shock. "Is that all you've got?"
His shock turning to rage, Palpatine ignited his lightsaber. "Deal with them," he snarled at Dooku, advancing on Anakin.
Blocking the first blow with ease, Anakin raised his eyebrows at Palpatine, "Do you want to know how this is going to end?" He asked, striking at the Sith Lord, forcing him to back away from Yoda and Master Windu as the engaged Dooku.
"This will end with your death!" Palpatine snarled, lunging at Anakin.
Blocking the ferocious attack, Anakin rolled his eyes. "Not quite," blocking another savage blow, shook his head. "You are going to run away from this fight..." Anakin scowled, breaking off in mid sentence as Dooku gained the upper hand, blasting Yoda with a burst of lightning, while pushing his attack on Master Windu, the Jedi Master was struggling to keep pace, frantically blocking the Sith Lord's perfect attacks. Rolling his eyes, Anakin sighed in exasperation. Shoving Palpatine backwards, Anakin smiled tightly, "I'll be back in a second."
He barely noticed Palpatine's roar of fury as he teleported, appearing in between Dooku and Master Windu, he threw Dooku off his feet with a wave of his hand, before giving Master Windu a withering look. "You were supposed to be keeping him distracted while I fought Palpatine..." As a wave of dizziness hit him, Anakin groaned, his 'Light Shield' was failing. He took a deep breath and channelled the last of his strength into pushing the Darkside back; it wasn't enough though, he could still feel the Darkside creeping in on him.
Beru's eyes were wide as she stared at Obi-wan in shock, unable to believe what he was saying. "How powerful is Anakin?"
"We don't really know," Obi-wan answered honestly. "We don't even really know how it happened." Anakin's sudden transformation was still a mystery.
Cliegg frowned at Obi-wan, "What do you mean you 'don't really know'? Surely there must have been a gradual change..."
"No," Obi-wan shook his head, "Anakin was in an accident, we all thought he was dead." Swallowing at the memories, Obi-wan sighed. "We think his injuries triggered his transformation, but we don't know what actually caused it. He was missing for nearly two and a half weeks. When he finally showed up back at the temple, he was completely healed."
Owen took a deep breath, his face pale. "When you said Anakin was 'in an accident', what did you mean?"
"... An explosion knocked him down and the ground gave out beneath him and he fell into a canyon. No one else could have survived, but because of his powers, Anakin did." Obi-wan shook his head, he was distracting them from what was needing to be done. "Come on, I need to get you all to the ship."
Anakin's shoulders shook from the force of Palpatine's blow, as he blocked the vicious slash that came at his head, he gasped for breath, shaking sweat out of his eyes. Masking his desperation, Anakin forced Palpatine back, pushing his attack; a flurry of incredibly fast blows, from both sides. His shield wouldn't last much longer, he had to do something that would give him an advantage. Blocking another savage attack, Anakin took a deep breath, opening his mind to all possible futures of this point of the fight...
... And there it was, the simplest way to end the fight.
Anakin grinned as he teleported behind Palpatine and slashed diagonally along his back and right shoulder, before leaping away.
As Palpatine recoiled in pain, Anakin swung his lightsaber in a figure-eight in front of him. "Last chance, leave now and don't ever come back."
Palpatine snarled, glaring at Anakin, his gaze flicked towards Dooku; who was now struggling to fight both Yoda and master Windu. He scowled at Anakin, stepping back; putting more distance between them. "This isn't over, Anakin."
"I know," Anakin's eyes bore into Palpatine's. "the next time we meet, you won't be leaving alive.' it wasn't a threat, it was a fact; no matter how many futures he looked through, palpatine always died the next time they fought.
"We'll see about that..." Palpatine glanced at Dooku; wordlessly communicating their retreat, before he turned on his heel, striding away from them.
As soon a Palpatine was out of sight, Anakin felt his 'Light Shield' fall. He crumpled to his knees, gasping for breath, as his vision blurred.
He closed his eyes, taking a deep breath as he heard Master Windu and Yoda running towards him.
"I'm alright..." Looking at the two Jedi Masters, Anakin smiled weakly. "I don't have full control over the 'Light Shield' yet..." He explained, "... That fight was my limit."
"Rest, you need."
Anakin shook his head, taking a deep breath, as he pushed himself to his feet. "We need to get back to the ship," he could see everything that was going to happen; every possible way that Palpatine would retaliate for his 'loss' here. "Palpatine will be attacking soon,' they needed to be back on Coruscant when he did.
"Thank you for helping us," Beru smiled as Beru hugged Anakin.
"You're welcome," Anakin said; chuckling when Owen's arms enveloped him, the moment Beru's hug ended.
When he stepped back, Anakin smiled at the three people, who had been his Mother's family. "Consider it my way of thanking you, for taking care of Mum."
"She'd be proud of you," Cliegg said, offering his hand to Anakin.
Anakin nodded, shaking Clegg's hand. "Take care of yourselves..." He glanced towards the ship, and sighed. "I have to go."
"Be careful," Beru told him, giving him another quick hug.
Anakin shrugged, grinning at her. "I'm always careful."
"Somehow, that's not very comforting." Owen quipped, clapping him on the shoulder.
Anakin laughed, shaking his head as he turned, waving behind him as he walked swiftly towards the ship.