Through the Rift
Disclaimer: I do not own Star Wars, I never have and I never will and I am only saying this once so I will not repeat it in later chapters
"The choices of one shape the futures of all."
-Choices of One by Timothy Zahn
Obi-Wan Kenobi hated flying.
Correction, he hated being passenger to the suicide attempts that his former apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, called flying.
Obi-Wan could only grip his seat and glower at his former apprentice as Anakin's fingers ran across the console in an attempt to stop the erratic shaking that was threatening to bring Obi-Wan's last meal back up. Even Ahsoka, seated behind Obi-Wan, looked a bit pale but she refrained from saying anything that could break Anakin's concentration.
The day hadn't started out this way but if Obi-Wan had known he would find himself onboard the Twilight about to fall into a blasted black hole then he wouldn't have gotten out of bed that morning. But Obi-Wan did not know this would happen and so here he was; clinging on to the armrests of his chair while his former apprentice attempted to stabilize the ship.
The day started out much better than it looked like it was going to end even with everything that occurred. It started with a trip to the war room where Master Mace Windu assigned Obi-Wan, Anakin and his apprentice Ahsoka to be Chancellor Palpatine's guards since there have been rumors of recent assassination attempts made against members of the Senate and Palpatine had asked personally for them. That being said, Obi-Wan thought it would be a simple mission.
He was wrong.
The assassination had come out of nowhere and very nearly took Palpatine out had Anakin not intervened and stopped the blaster bolt. However, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka found themselves chasing after the bounty hunter who fired at Palpatine with Anakin, after he got Palpatine to safety, just behind them.
The bounty hunter got away but not before Anakin landed a tracking device on his ship, thus resulting in him, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka chasing the bounty hunter's ship across the galaxy. However, the bounty hunter had come out of hyperspace too close to a black hole and Anakin, unfortunately, couldn't stop them from coming out just behind the bounty hunter.
And thus they were in their current predicament.
"We're too close to the black hole, master," Anakin said through gritted teeth sweat beading his forehead. "I can't break free from the gravitational pull."
"If we don't break free then the black hole will tear us apart," Ahsoka cried her eyes filled with panic.
"I know that. Do you think I don't know that?" Anakin snapped back irritably eyes focused on getting the ship stabilized.
"And yet you call me snippy," Ahsoka retorted.
"Calm down, both of you," Obi-Wan said; he was the only one who was calm but he supposed that was only because he was just trying to keep his lunch where it belonged in his stomach. The shaking was not helping matters at all.
Anakin kept his gaze fixed on the console in front of him as he attempted to get some of the ship's systems back online. The ship shook again and Anakin's teeth grinded together in frustration as his eyes briefly glanced up at the black hole now looming before them.
"The gravitational pull is too strong, master," he said. "I don't think I can break free."
The ship's systems were now completely shut down and Obi-Wan bit his lip to keep the groan from escaping when the ship's stabilizers went off line and the Twilight spun. "I think the only thing we can do is hope for the best then," he said.
Anakin turned his gaze to Obi-Wan. "Well, it's been nice knowing you master," he said.
Obi-Wan smiled faintly at the young man who had become like a brother to him. "You too, Anakin," he replied before he glanced at Ahsoka who was very pale with worry glittering in her large blue eyes.
"And it was nice meeting you, Ahsoka," Anakin said glancing at his apprentice.
Ahsoka swallowed. "Do you really…do you really think we're going to…?" She didn't complete her sentence but Obi-Wan could tell she was trying her hardest to get control of her feelings although he did feel sparks of fear drift off her through the Force.
"I don't know, Ahsoka," Anakin admitted. "I just don't know."
Obi-Wan turned to gaze at the black hole as it grew closer and the ship continued to spin. He closed his eyes before blinking them open and gazing at the brother he loved. He didn't know if they would survive this, the chances were slim at best, and he found he didn't want to die not telling Anakin that Anakin was his brother.
"Anakin," he said softly.
Anakin glanced at him. He had given up on trying to stabilize the ship and was just watching the black hole as it grew closer. "Yes master?" he asked softly.
Obi-Wan was silent for a long moment. "I just want to tell you…" he began before he broke off unsure of how to phrase it.
Anakin's brow furrowed. "Tell me what, master?"
Obi-Wan decided to take a page from Anakin's book and go for the straightforward method. "You have become like a brother to me, Anakin, and I love you," he stated.
Ahsoka's eyes went huge but utter shock glittered in Anakin's eyes and Obi-Wan felt him stretch out with the Force as if attempting to figure out if Obi-Wan was being sincere or not. He let down his mental shields just enough to prove that he was telling the truth in what he said.
For a long moment, the only thing that could be heard was the breathing of the three ill-fated occupants of the Twilight with the black hole growing larger than ever before in the background. Anakin was staring at Obi-Wan stunned speechless while Ahsoka was obviously attempting to wrap her mind around what Obi-Wan just said.
It was several long minutes before Anakin finally found his voice. "You…you…I'm…what?" he stammered out.
Obi-Wan smiled faintly. "I didn't think my words would make you speechless, Anakin," he said amusement in his tone of voice although his eyes held sincerity in their depths.
"Well, considering what you said, don't I have the right to be speechless?" Anakin demanded.
"I suppose so."
Anakin turned to gaze at the viewports of the Twilight. "Did you only tell me this because we're about to die?' he asked curtly.
"Out loud yes," Obi-Wan replied calmly. "I've always considered you to be my brother and I have always loved you. The Jedi Code prohibits attachments so I couldn't tell you the truth beforehand but it is the truth."
Anakin gazed at him for a long moment. "But you're always lecturing me on attachments…" he began.
"Yes," Obi-Wan said, "but it was only to remind you that the people you love or care about should not get in the way of duty. I was trying to help you understand how to balance duty and love."
"Do you believe love and attachment are the same thing, Master Obi-Wan?" Ahsoka asked reminding both Anakin and Obi-Wan that she was still there.
"No," Obi-Wan said with a shake of his head and, beyond a doubt, he realized what he said was true. "I don't believe attachment and love are the same thing. I did at first but that was before I realized you had become like a brother to me."
Anakin blinked. "I…don't know what to say," he said finally.
The ship spun again breaking the moment and Obi-Wan returned his gaze to the black hole as the gravity within it kept pulling at the ship and the gravitational pull seemed to tear at the ship's side although Obi-Wan was amazed that the ship was actually holding together.
Anakin gazed at Obi-Wan. "I love you too, master," he said finally. "You are my brother too." He then glanced at his apprentice before smiling and adding, "And you've become like an annoying little sister, Ahsoka."
"Annoying?" Ahsoka echoed.
"All little siblings are annoying, Ahsoka. Anakin's like a little brother to me and he annoys the blazes out of me," Obi-Wan said with a shrug causing Anakin to glower at him.
"Well, I guess I can admit that you two have become like brothers to me too even if your constant bickering gets on my nerves."
Anakin and Obi-Wan chuckled at that before Anakin turned to gaze at the black hole. "Huh, somehow I always thought I'd go out in a blaze of glory," he said.
Ahsoka opened her mouth to say something but the ship spun again and she broke off as the spinning seemed to grow even faster. Obi-Wan couldn't say anything because he was too busy trying to keep himself together as the ship continued its plunge into the black hole. The three Jedi could only stare helplessly as the ship was finally pulled into the center of the black hole and then there was nothing but darkness.
A/n what do you think?
Blaze: the way I set up the prologue is, for one, probably not realistic because I was too lazy to actually do any research on black holes but it happened pretty much like I imagined it to happen all down to Obi-Wan admitting to Anakin that he was his brother.
Darth: she did that only because she figured that if Obi-Wan saw Anakin as his brother on Mustafar then there is a ninety-nine point nine chance he saw Anakin as a brother during the Clone Wars too
Darth: well, I could have said 100% but that would make it seem like a perfect chance and nothing's perfect
Obi-Wan: you know, I'm the logical one and yet I couldn't make any sense out of that
Ahsoka: neither could I
Blaze: please review and I will post chapter 1 as soon as I possibly can if I have not already posted it and I hope that you like my brand new story