He's Not Our Enemy
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Summary: After vanishing from the Jedi temple ten years ago, Anakin Skywalker is found. The Jedi imprison him until he decides to tell them what happened to him. After getting lost after fleeing from some of her abusive class mates, Ahsoka stumbles into Anakin's room and discovers a side to the force she never knew.
A/N: This story and Hidden Away are going on Hiatus because of the unfair amounts of time it takes me to update but I am posting this chapter since it is only fair if you've waited all this time. I have several chapters of another force wielder story waiting but I am not sure if I should post a new story or not. Happy reading!
Cloak of Shadow, Ahsoka Tano
"Say what?" Was the only thing I could say after I'd heard what Anakin had said. The dark side... I touched the dark side. And the worst part was I hadn't even realized it. All I'd done was break through an Aak dogs mind barrier and that didn't seem too bad. Geez, if Master Plo could hear my thoughts now he would give me such a scolding... 'you must be mindful of your thoughts young one' he'd say, 'your thoughts betray you'. I rubbed my temples with my hands and sat up on the bed, forcing Anakin to back away to sit on the edge of the mattress.
"You touched the dark side, Ahsoka." Anakin's voice was serious and laced with steel. I knew he wasn't very happy with me. "What you did was out of aggression and arrogance. You thought you were invincible and able to do anything but you're not. Trust me, I figured this out the same way you did. That's probably why the force wanted it to be your first lesson just like it was mine."
"Lesson?" I mumbled, rubbing my eyes to help them adjust to the different lighting. "I thought these were challenges."
"Don't change the subject, Ahsoka." Anakin continued. "I think you need to learn how to use automatic meditation."
"You mean that thing where if you get angry you automatically meditate and get rid of it?" I asked. "Doesn't that happen anyway?"
"Only in small doses. And that was most definitely a reason for you to learn it because arrogance is supposed to be my fatal flaw. I won't pass it down to you."
I frowned. "How do you know what your fatal flaw is?" I asked curiously. "All the Jedi elders say that a person can't know their fatal flaw until they've overcome it. How can you know yours?"
"Two words, Snips." Anakin said pointedly. "And I think you know what those two words are."
I made an exasperated face. "Force wielder." I grumbled.
"Exactly. Now, we're going outside to meditate and all of those things that I hate doing unless theres something I seriously need to do." Anakin disappeared from the tent and I dropped my head back onto the pillow in exasperation. Yep, this was going to be the longest camping trip of my life.
"You aren't relaxing enough, Ahsoka." Anakin scolded me for the twenty-second time since we'd started meditating.
With a grumble about pushy force wielders, I made myself relax as much as I possibly could without using the force to put myself to sleep. We'd been 'meditating' for an hour and a half now but I couldn't figure out anything that was different from the usual meditating I had to do on a daily basis at the Jedi temple. So far it was just the calmness of the force and all of that. In fact, I could make out one tiny difference. I could still hear Anakin and feel annoyed by his constant nagging of how unrelaxed I was. Maybe being able to hear and feel things outside of my meditation was a perk of being a force wielder now.
"Okay, now place your mind in the meditative state." Anakin explained though I was having trouble seeing how those instructions would help me. "Once you've done that push it to the back of your head and you'll be meditating even when you're doing other things such as playing games and all of that stuff."
I rolled my eyes without opening them and tried to do as he said. I put my mind in a calm and clear state and then tried to put it at the back of my head which I figured was pretty much impossible. How was I supposed to do anything if I'd pushed my mind to the back of my head? I felt a strange tingling sensation, like the beginning of pins and needles but without the pain, and opened my eyes. I didn't feel any calmer or better like Anakin said I would be and looked to him for guidance. He was staring at me with his eyebrows in his hairline and his eyes themselves were glowing white for some reason. I couldn't look right at them without squinting.
"Um..." I said awkwardly. "What are you doing?"
"Making sure you don't go doing anything stupid," Anakin said as if it was obvious. "I cannot believe you did that when you were supposed to be meditating. That's the kind of mistake I would make."
"Mistake?" I asked.
"Yes, Snips. A mistake. You aren't meditating you've just made yourself invisible."
I gave Anakin a look. Invisible? I certainly didn't feel invisible. But then I looked down at myself and very nearly toppled over. He was right. I was invisible. I couldn't see any part of my body and guessed that invisibility applied to even the force user who had applied the technique upon themselves. I vaguely remembered Master Yoda saying that in order to sustain a unique force technique, such as turning yourself invisible, you had to maintain concentration and control. Well, I'd like to see the person who can maintain concentration when they're on a planet like this one. Honestly, who would rather keep themselves invisible instead of looking at multi-coloured fog clouds and a sun that changed colour as the day went on?
"I guess we could leave the challenges for a while," Anakin said thoughtfully. "After all, you're only supposed to do them when you reach the age of thirteen."
I glared at him.
"What? Hey, Snips, you're the one who's invisible right now so I wouldn't be too touchy about these things if you want me to fix it." He stood up and walked over to me. "This will feel like you've been doused in cold water after sleeping for twelve hours straight."
Another thing Anakin was right about. He waved his hand and I cringed at the sensation. Being woken up by cold water after a long sleep? Horrible. Even when its just the feeling of it without the actual sleepiness. I spluttered and cringed before giving him my very best evil look. You know, the kind of look that says 'you do that again and I'll rip you to pieces'. Something that naughty kids get from their mothers if they spill milk on the rug even though it's hardly their fault they were given a glass when running around the room. Anyway, it felt downright horrid and I made a mental note to permanently main Anakin if he even tried to do it again.
"Hey, don't look at me like that, Snips." Anakin said with a cocky half smile. "I warned you."
"Yeah, like, half a nano-second before you did it," I protested. "You mean to say that you dragged me all the way out here for challenges which I don't have to do for another two years?"
"Actually it's more like a year and a quarter -"
I cut him off by using the force to throw him in the pool just to my right. Now I'll admit, it was funny to do that to him. More than funny, it was just about one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life but I stopped laughing when he emerged and gave me his own evil look which was twenty times worse than mine. If he'd been an evil sith hell bent on vengeance for someone killing his mother he might have looked darker but since he wasn't I guessed I must have ticked him off in my own special way. He got to his feet and stood glaring at me with his fists clenched; I shifted about uneasily.
"You." He spoke through a clenched jaw and gritted teeth. "Didn't I warn you about the dark side?"
"It was just -"
"Having fun. Yeah, I know." He didn't look like he did. "You know what else is fun to do, Ahsoka?" I felt the force swirling around him and knew he was about to do something big. But then -
"Yes! Gotcha Snips!"
I picked a piece of kelp off of my lekku and glared at him. Honestly, who gains their payback for being thrown in the water by lifting up an entire stream and throwing it at their victim? Seriously. I was beginning to contemplate his death in a number of excruciatingly painful ways when something began to beep and he looked at a small device on his wrist. It wasn't a chrono and it was flashing red which made Anakin go so pale he might have been a ghost.
"Kriff," He muttered. "Kriff, kriff, kriff, kriff, kriff."
"What?" I asked. "What is it?"
"Armonian bull." Anakin explained. He flicked his wrist and the camping tent disappeared leaving behind nothing. "We've got to go. Now."
"But- wait," I tried to keep up as he grabbed my arm and started pulling me along. "What is an Armonian bull?"
"You ever hear of a Krayt dragon?"
"It's twice that size, breathes ice and is made of stone." Anakin stopped to give me a serious look. "Do you want to stay and take it on?"
I shook my head.
"Good. Let's get going."
At first I thought that we weren't going to be bothered by this Armonian bull since Anakin could navigate through unknown forests as if they were his own home but I turned out to be wrong. We'd almost made it to a clearly where the star dragon could pick us up when something roared so loud I had to stop running and place my hands over the spaces which allowed me to hear to stop myself from going deaf. There was rumble through the ground and suddenly a dozen trees were flung free from the ground, roots and all, to reveal something that I knew I would never forget. Anakin's description had been so basic it didn't strike fear into my heart like the actual thing did.
It had two horns so sharp they glinted in the pink sunlight and cracks in the spaces where its joints would have been had it not been made of stone. It's eyes were sockets filled with identical egg sized rubies which glowed a colour so dark red it matched that of a siths lightsaber perfectly. Orange, fiery lava flowed across its body through lines carved into its stone skin. I didn't have time to be confused by the fact that a creature which breathed ice had lava inside its body but I did have time to roll out of the way as a pile of mud and dirt sailed over my head, enough to bury my entire body and pin me to the ground with ease.
To my left Anakin hopped over three thick treetrunks at once and landed gracefully on his feet.
"Ahsoka, run to the hill!" He shouted to me before a blue tinted field of energy scooped him up and he was forced to go prone on the floor to avoid being thrown into the sky.
Now I know what you're thinking. A super powerful force wielder versus a stone bull. It's pretty obvious who's going to win. But I failed to see that Anakin was only dodging attacks so that he could get rid of the thing without harming me and managed to botch the whole thing up. Panicking, I turned tail and ran for the forest, capturing the attention of the Amenoian bull and making Anakin curse so much Ben would have held him down and washed his mouth out with soap. Ignoring his shouts for me to run the other way, I raced through the dense forests and jumped over anything in my way. Behind me the bull let out a puff of smoke through its snout and pawed the ground with its hoof before the inevitable happened. It charged.
I dare you to get chased by a bull that can breathe ice and snort smoke when your force wielder guardian is yelling at you to stop and making all sorts of things fly at said bull. Its not just hard; its crazy. I ran as fast as I possibly could to stay ahead of the charging beast which was not something I'd learned at the Jedi temple. Common sense was not to get in the way of a charging animal because it will always be faster than you are. Well, I didn't have a lot of common sense left. I slid under a fallen log, hoped over a puddle of what must have been acid and used the force to throw an entire waterfall at the bull before I finally slipped on a lake of ice and came to a stop lying on my stomach. Inside my head I was raging. What planet had an ice lake in the middle of a luke warm forestation area? Honestly...
The bull roared and reared up on its hind legs, unusual behaviour, before preparing to charge again. I looked around for something, anything to help me, when the answer came directly behind me. Another lavafall which was hot enough to melt the stone around it was directly behind me. I felt a plan beginning to form in my head. With effort, I pushed myself up into a crouching position and summoned up as much courage as I could muster. The bull tilted its head down, pointing its horns towards me, and charged just as Anakin appeared and went as pale as a piece of white paper when he saw what was going on. I waited until the last second before throwing myself to the side and getting caught in Anakin's force hold which yanked me to safety. The bull was not so lucky.
It rammed itself straight into the lavafall, just as I had hoped, and began to melt almost immediately. It roared flames of ice which clung to the ground before melting into water and evaporating as the lava lashed at its body. After a ten second tossing and turning frenzy it stopped moving and the lights in its body disappeared like they'd been switched off. The carcass disappeared into a bundle of melted rock and the smell of burning. I realised that I was floating shortly afterwards, looking down at myself and seeing that I wasn't standing on anything and looked like I was lying on something invisible. I sighed in relief and went limp as I tried to relax.
"Ahsoka," A tight voice hissed from just above my head. I opened my eyes to meet Anakin's outraged ones. "What. The. Hell were you thinking?"