Anakin couldn't remember a time when he'd felt this nervous, especially over something so small. After all, he'd only be starting classes in the temple today, but he still could not seem to calm his anxiousness.
Oh, he remembered how the classes had been like well enough, but that was before, when he hadn't asked the Council to not tell anyone of his supposed prophecy. That had been back when he'd only been accepted because of Obi-wan. Back when he'd either been an outcast due to awe or jealousy. This time, perhaps he could make some decent allies.
Faces of some of the original initiates and padawans he'd met flashed across his mind and flinched.
Then again, maybe not.
What bothered him more, though, was that fact that this time, he wouldn't have Obi-wan to back him up. Before, when classes had become unbearable, he'd talked with Obi-wan or Palpatine. He couldn't do either at the moment. Not strictly speaking anyway. He wouldn't go to Palpatine if the universe ended, and Obi-wan would now be off starting his days as a knight, traveling across the galaxy.
Without an apprentice.
Thinking of Obi-wan as a Jedi representative without Anakin by his side felt incredibly strange. Most of his memories regarding Obi-wan featured his master as a Knight. Now they would both be on their own. Anakin wasn't sure what to think of that. It actually annoyed him that a lot of the insecurity he felt stemmed from the fact that he wouldn't have Obi-wan's support. Instead of sharing a room with the older Jedi, he had been given a small initiate room of his own upon arrival at the Jedi Temple after the funeral and parade on Naboo. He couldn't remember if initiates normally got their own rooms or had to sleep in barracks of some sort. He knew the cresche children didn't have their own rooms.
Berating himself for being foolish (and getting off track again), Anakin returned to the task at hand, making sure he had gathered everything he would need. For about the fifth time that morning, he ran over the list in his head again. A few blank data pads, flimsy and styluses in case he needed to put down a diagram, and several data pads filled with information about the latest gadgetry and mechanics in case he became bored (which he undoubtedly would) and last but not least, his textbook data pads.
Nodding in satisfaction, he froze when he heard doors open behind him. Then a familiar presence entered.
"Master Yoda," he said, somewhat surprised as he whipped around to face the smaller being. "Why are you here?"
Yoda chuckled. "Come to escort you, I have."
"To your classes, mmm?"
Anakin blinked. "But...you're the Grandmaster. Why escort me?"
Yoda hobbled closer, using his little cane for balance. Anakin often wondered about that. With the Force, it wasn't like the old Jedi needed it. He somehow suspected that the little troll just liked to hit people with it.
"Know me, you do. Familiar, no?"
Anakin read through the lines. So this was how his life with them keeping a close eye and tight leash on him would be. For several seconds he just stood there, resigned. "You are right to be wary of me." Would he have to have an escort everywhere now?
Yoda shook his head. "Worried for you, I am."
"For me?" Anakin asked, immediately suspicious. Yoda had never been this welcoming to him. What had changed?
"New this is. No master have you. Felt I could help, I did."
Ah, so that was it. Yoda always had had a soft spot for children.
"I will not have an escort tomorrow?" Anakin asked slowly.
Yoda shook his head with a smile. "Important you are, but not that important."
In his old life, that would have made Anakin angry and resentful. He was the Chosen One! How could he not be important?
But at that moment, to his great surprise, Anakin found that the old master's words were exactly what he needed to hear.
Nodding his head, he hefted the bag full of data pads onto his shoulder before turning to give a bow that seemed both awkward and practiced at the same time. "Thank you, Master Yoda."
Yoda just chuckled and led the way through the door.
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