Title: Broken Promises and New Beginnings

Rating: I wish I knew. I am putting it at PG-13 just because I don't know any better and would rather err on the safe side.

Genre: Drama/Mild Angst

Summary: This story begins in the Council Chamber on Coruscant before Obi- Wan and Qui-Gon headed back to Naboo. That is where the AU starts and things are pretty different from then on. Obi is taken on by a new master and Qui and Ani become a Master/Padawan team. Then the story skips ahead a year and we see how these three try to work things out between themselves. As far as spoilers there are a few for The Phantom Menace, but hey if you haven't seen it yet what are you waiting for? I think I came pretty close to staying on task with the Star Wars series information but may have made a few mistakes. That is alright because this is an alternate universe and NOT THE REAL ONE therefore it will not be the same. Wait a second even George's isn't the real universe so whoa wait a minute thinking about this is making me a little dizzy.

Feedback: I would love to get feedback on this story. I would appreciate it if everyone would put down their flame throwers though because this is my first time out and I know I will make some mistakes. I need constructive criticism so that I will get better not mean comments that will only serve to make me cry. I thank each and every one of the readers who take the time to review this story. I love fan fiction and hope to write stories that can entertain others as much as their stories have entertained me.

Disclaimer: I own none of the characters in this story. They are, were and will always belong to Mr. George Lucas creator of an amazing universe. Not only does this story contain elements of the universe that Mr. Lucas created but also the Alternate Universe (AU) found in a wonderful story called An Untimely Frost by CYNICAL21. I thank Cynical21 for allowing me to reference her work. If you haven't read her story you are really missing out on something wonderful. You will need a big box of tissues though so keep those handy.

Just to a little guide as to what things mean:

/-/ Bond thought //-// Private thought "-" Speaking aloud


/What?/ The thought echoed in shock throughout his mind. Obi-Wan felt it as it bounced off every memory and reasonable thought in his brain trying to create some sort of logic out of the illogical statement made by his Master. Obi-Wan immediately sent the question through their bond. Qui- Gon hesitated slightly sensing the hurt, betrayal and confusion coming from his Padawan. This wasn't the time to address Obi-Wan though. He had to stay focused. He had to make sure that this boy, the Chosen One, was trained. From the skeptical looks evident on the faces of the Council Members he knew that he, Qui-Gon Jinn, was the only Master who would take the task seriously and train him thoroughly without fear or distain. He placed his hands on Anakin's shoulders and felt the boy relax beneath his touch. Beside him Obi-Wan stood ridged with outrage.

"You already have a Padawan. It is against the code." Mace calmly overrode his request.

Qui-Gon felt Obi-Wan relax slightly at this. /Master do not defy the council again. / He heard through their bond. Qui-Gon sighed thinking //If only I could walk away from this. If only I could have convinced Obi-Wan on our way to Coruscant of the need for Anakin to be trained,// but life wasn't always about what we wanted it was about duty. Being a Jedi had taught him that and surely if nothing else Obi-Wan had learned that much over the last 12 years.

"Obi-Wan is ready to face the trails. He is head strong and needs work on his connection with the Living Force, but there is little more that I can teach him. I request that he be allowed to face the trials immediately."

/Ready? Me ?/ Qui-Gon heard the question mentally as well as a touch of panic just as he also heard his Padawan's voice sounding bright and confident joining in his attempt to convince the Council that he was ready for his knight trials. Qui-Gon sighed. Never in his life had anyone been as loyal to him as Obi-Wan. //And how do I reward that?// Qui-Gon mused shaking his head. He couldn't think about that now. He would apologize later.

"Disagree with your Padawan you do?" Yoda's voice brought him from his thoughts. He then realized he was shaking his head. The room was silent and all eyes were upon him. He turned to see betrayal in Obi-Wan's eyes. Cold and grey he refused to look away.

"No. I was thinking of something- I mean Yes I think Obi-Wan is ready." Qui-Gon tried to send reassurance to his Padawan through their bond but found it closed between them. When he glanced over he found Obi-Wan now staring straight ahead as if trying to burn a hole through one of the glass windows that made up the walls of the council room. He tried to read the expression on the young man's face but it was completely unreadable. Anakin shifted uneasily beneath his hands.

"Our own council we will keep on who is ready.' Yoda continued.

/Then why ask me if I am disagreeing with my Padawan? / Qui-Gon shot to his master sitting directly across from him. Qui-Gon's frustration was building. He could tell that Anakin was sensing it as well. He grew weary of the Council and the games that they liked to play with the other Jedi.

"You will return with the Queen to Naboo." Mace began but Qui-Gon interrupted him.

"No I will not. I will not endanger my new Padawan." Qui-Gon stated firmly. He could feel Obi-Wan's eyes burning into him then. The young man was trying to maintain his serenity but his breaths were coming quicker under the realization that Qui-Gon had just referred to Anakin as his new Padawan. Qui-Gon could feel Anakin stiffen with worry. For a moment Qui- Gon allowed his mind to wonder what had happened to the boy when others were displeased with him in his life as a slave. He shuddered involuntarily and quickly turned his mind back to the council.

Mace Windu was glaring an ominous tone adding weight to his words. "Master Jinn you are overstepping your boundaries with the council. I must warn you that you are walking a dangerous line. As a member of the Jedi Order you are to submit to the will of the Council as it feels led by the Force. Now you already have a Padawan in Obi-Wan. The council has decided that Anakin Skywalker is NOT to be trained at this time. You and YOUR PADAWAN "Mace paused here his voice rising for emphasis, "WILL return to Naboo with the Queen and protect her to the best of your abilities. It is our hope that you will be able to draw out your attacker. We will need more evidence in order to determine if your attacker was indeed a Sith."

So it had come to this. He had always wondered when the choice would have to be made. Qui-Gon had never been one for turning his back on the will of the force. He had always obeyed its calling even when it was in direct opposition to the council. He knew that this was a precarious moment for him. To disobey the council would result in his being dismissed from the order, but to turn his back on the force would be a greater betrayal. He tried once again to reach out to Obi-Wan. How could he ever explain this to his beloved Padawan, ex-Padawan he corrected himself sadly? How could he make Obi-Wan see that Anakin's training was more important than his or anyone else's for that matter? The bond between them was still closed. Knowing what he must do, Qui-Gon steeled himself then met Mace's glare. Taking a deep breath he announced in a loud firm voice, "I, Master Qui-Gon Jinn hereby resign from the Order of the Jedi. " The room erupted in shocked sighs and gasps. Qui-Gon Jinn had no desire to hear what the council members had to say concerning his action so he abruptly turned on his heels and left the room with Anakin at his side. He dared not look at the stricken expression on his beloved ex-apprentice's face. He knew it would be his undoing. He wouldn't look back. He had chosen the force and the force had chosen him to train Anakin. He heard the doors swish closed behind him. Only then did he allow himself to breath again. Placing his arm about Anakin's shoulder they made their way to what had been his and Obi-Wan's quarters. There was packing to do and transports to arrange. Qui-Gon had no idea where they were headed but he trusted the force to show them the way.