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Chapter XXXVIII: Sheep's Clothing.
The Future Has Many Paths, Choose Wisely.
Training Day! Ahsoka Tano has chosen to fight with a shoto blade with her regular lightsaber and is eagerly training with Anakin and another Jedi who fights with two. Naruto Uzumaki starts to train Riyo Chuchi in piloting. Later, Anakin tries to get alone time with Padmé Amidala but his Padawan keeps interrupting….
Coruscant; Jedi Temple, Training Room. (1.)
Anakin was training with Ahsoka in the training room. She's now wearing a burgundy top with a decorative hole in the front and the back out, dark gray leggings with diamonds cut in the sides, crossed belts, gauntlets, three armbands on each arm, and different combat boots and gloves. And she's also wielding a yellowish-green shoto blade.
After tapping each other for several minutes, Anakin knocked the saber out of her hand. "Don't forget your second blade Ahsoka."
She turned her shoto off and sighed. "I'll try Master."
"(Sigh) You're doing great. It takes time to learn to wield two lightsabers." He said to her, turning his saber off as well.
She walked over to get hers just as Naruto walked through the door with BD looking over his shoulder. "I'd like to check your Padawan's progress. Yoda thought I would be better due to also wielding a second blade."
Ahsoka's eyes widened before glancing back to Anakin who smiled and nodded as BD ran to the side of the room. "Of course, Master Uzumaki."
"None of that, just Naruto is fine," Naruto said as they went to the middle of the room. She then turned her blade on having Anakin wince. "No," Naruto said before bowing.
"Sorry." She replied, turning her blade off. "Right, bow. I always forget to bow."
She then bowed as well. "Just like Anakin," Naruto commented before she turned her saber on. "You have two now," Naruto said pointing to her shoto.
"I'm not very good at using it. I just started learning."
"That's what this is for. Our enemy isn't going to wait for you to master it." Naruto pulled both his blades up and turned them on, leaving the red blade off. He then dashed over and attacked as she brought her blades in an X to block. Naruto slashed her midsection, having her fall on her back. "Two blades are like a Master and Padawan, they can sharpen each other to be stronger."
She kipped up and spun around as she came towards him. Naruto spun his shoto to block a strike at his side before sidestepping her to trip her. "What makes you unique can also make you stronger. Be yourself."
She got up and closed her eyes before sighing. "I think I understand. I need to fight like myself." She then flipped her blades to hold them in a reverse grip.
They started to fight and spun around each other before Naruto got behind her and attacked. Only for Ahsoka to bring her blades behind her back and block his strike. Naruto took several steps back before turning his blades off and clipping them on his belt. "Good. You learned well. But with me as your teacher, it's no surprise that you learned that quickly." Naruto said with a smile before wrapping his arm around her shoulders and had the Togruta blush. "Remember, take anything you learn from your Master, or another and make it your own."
A Few Weeks Later, Riyo's Apartment. (2.)
Naruto sighed as he stood in a room where a table was being set up for a dinner/negotiation with Riyo and Arthurian delegates. He was picked to be security for them as several people do not want negotiations to go through. "Thanks for this Naruto," Riyo said as Naruto stretched his arms up.
"No problem. There's no one outside."
"These negotiations are critical and there are certain people who don't want them to happen. Can you stick around?" She asked, having him groan.
"It'll be boring… But sure." Naruto said as a woman servant fixed the table as he stared for a moment. He walked over and saw utensils on the table. "Why'd you set utensils? The Arthurian delegates never use them and could find them insulting."
"… You're right, I made specifications on that," Riyo said before looking at the woman who was walking to the door. "Excuse me, can you explain this?"
The woman stopped and turned to reveal a blaster pistol before she shot at them. Naruto used the Force to bring Riyo to him before diving over the table and flipped it to use it as a cover. "Is she on the guest list?"
"No, no she's not."
Naruto jumped out and deflected a shot back at the woman having her fall and changed into Cato Parasitti. She got up and hit a detonator, having Riyo yell out. "Bomb!"
"I got it!" Naruto used the Force to pull the table to him and cut a hole around the circular bomb and then threw it out of the window where it exploded.
Cato ran towards the door before being hit with a lamp by Riyo. "Good work," Naruto said before a vase fell over.
"Well, I guess negotiations will be postponed."
"Good. I wasn't looking forward to staying for that." Naruto said before calling for the police.
Next Morning, Senate Hanger. (3.)
Anakin was standing by a T-6 shuttle before seeing Padmé walk up with her entourage. "General Skywalker. Good to see you again. Thank you for joining me on this mission."
"It's my honor Padmé." He said with a bow before gesturing to the shuttle. Padmé's group left as she walked to the ship before Anakin walked up to whisper. "You have no idea what I did to get this mission. I owe Naruto a lot."
"It'll be worth it to finally be alone together," Padmé said before they heard Ahsoka.
They turned to see her running up to them. "Sorry, I'm late."
"A-Ahsoka… What are you doing here?" Anakin asked his Padawan.
"Master Obi-Wan said I should help with the mission."
"We're glad to have you Ahsoka." Padmé interrupted Anakin as she stepped up by them before putting her arm around the alien and walked inside as Anakin sighed.
Getting on the ship, they flew up in the atmosphere before going into hyperspace. Anakin then hit several buttons before Ahsoka looked on from her seat. "You changed the flight path?"
"Yeah, suddenly, I'm in a hurry," Anakin replied, glancing back.
"But we can't go this way. A Separatist fleet was spotted in this sector." Ahsoka said before they heard an alarm.
Coming out of hyperspace they saw a fleet of Separatist ships in front of them.
"We're in trouble!"
"Like I said!"
"Ahsoka, you're on guns with me. Anakin, fly!" Padmé ordered before running back to the turrets.
"I like her," Ahsoka commented as Anakin sighed.
"Yeah, me too," Anakin said before turning to fly through the ships. "Almost thou… Look out!" He yelled before a blast hit the ship where Padmé was.
Dust covered the inside before Ahsoka waved the smoke away, and saw Anakin holding Padmé away from the turret. She smiled before running up to the pilot seat. "I got you," Anakin said before Padmé looked up.
"Thanks… Who's flying the ship?"
"I'm on it."
They looked up to see Ahsoka flying past the fleet and went into hyperspace.
The trio walked out on a pad before Anakin turned to Ahsoka. "Ahsoka… I'm really glad you came.
"You and Anakin make a good team," Padmé said walking down the ramp.
"Thanks… I can say the same about the two of you."
Surprised, Padmé turned to see Ahsoka smiling. "Thanks, Ahsoka."
A Few Days Later, Space. (4.)
In space, Naruto in his Delta-7 was teaching Riyo who was in another with RC. "Thanks for teaching me combat maneuvers, Naruto."
"No problem," Naruto said looking over to see she was in a pilot's outfit. "You're a fast learner. Now, follow me." Naruto flew ahead as BD beeped from his stand.
They flew for several minutes before RC started beeping just as a droid ship flew to them. "Incoming!"
"What is that?"
"A droid ship," Naruto replied as he flew by her. "But there should have been no one out here."
"How do we beat it?"
"Improvise, droids can't handle that," Naruto replied, flying around an asteroid to block a pulse shot at him. Only to see one heading to Riyo. "Riyo, look out!" Naruto flew over and took the hit, having his ship short out.
Riyo then flew up. "Naruto, Naruto, are you alright?"
Flying up, Riyo got hit with a blast having smoke come off by RC. "RC put out that fire."
"(Boop-Trills.)" RC started to work as they were chased.
After fixing the fire, Riyo then flew to the tail of a coming "(Beep!)
"I'm improvising," Riyo replied as she flew on the ice. "Time to put my training to the test."
She then slowed down and flew up behind the droid before shooting it, having the ship fly into the comet and explode. After seeing the explosion, Riyo flew back to Naruto and explained she shot the droid down. "Time to go home."
Coruscant; A Week Later, Oola's Bar.
Aayla walked into the bar with Tiplee, Tiplar, Barriss, and Riyo before Oola saw them walking over. "Is this something about information?"
"No," Aayla replied as they went to a corner booth. "I think we should finish talking about what we talked about with Naruto."
"About being in a relationship?" Oola asked, crossing her arms over her bust.
"Yes. I brought Riyo here as she also has feelings for Naruto."
"Really?" Oola asked Aayla who nodded.
"Yes… Have you given it any thought?"
"I have, yes," Barriss said, getting their attention. "And I would like to be in."
"As would I," Oola said as Riyo nodded as well.
Tiplee and Tiplar sighed before Tiplar spoke. "My sister and I will still need time to think. I know we talked to you Aayla about feelings for Naruto. But we don't know if it's love, or not."
"That's fine," Aayla said as she looked over. "I know feelings are new for Jedi."
Suddenly, Naruto in his leather jacket and hood walked in before seeing Oola wasn't at the bar and looking around.
BD popped up and saw her at the corner of the bar before walking over. "Hey, what's up? Anything I should know?"
"Yes," Aayla said looking up at her boyfriend. "Oola, Barriss, and Riyo would like to join."
"Oh, what are Tiplee and Tiplar doing here?" Naruto asked, looking down at Ayala.
"They wanted to talk about it but would like some more time to think."
"OK, then. Well, if you can get someone to cover for you, Oola, let's go out somewhere as a group to talk. Tiplee, Tiplar, you're welcome to come if you want." Naruto said before they all left.
Conflict with no end in sight! Across the galaxy, the quagmire of war continues. While clone troopers suffer casualties at alarming rates, the Galactic Senate convenes an emergency session to debate the true cost of the war...
Coruscant, Senate Building.
"Order. Order. Let senator Saam finish." Mas said from his spot beside Palpatine as he gestured to an amphibian humanoid alien.
He has green skin, two large gold eyes extending from angular stalks on either side of his head, and a beak-like mouth.
Saam, nodded before he spoke. "This is a matter not of philosophy. More troops are needed. The Republic cannot afford to let the separatists gain any more ground."
Bail then stood up at that. "Our generals inform us that troops in the field continue to perform valiantly. What we cannot afford, is to be irresponsible. The Republic would be very close to bankruptcy now if we did not have General Uzumaki who not only has gotten us more victories than most other generals but has the lowest casualty rate among troops.
"Bankruptcy is not necessary, my friends," Lott said as his platform moved forward. If we pass senator Saam's bill to open new lines of credit, we will gain access to the needed funds."
"Won't this bill essentially deregulate the banks?" A human female asked from her spot.
"A small price to pay to finance the war, is it not?" A female Kaminoan said from her platform.
"We must keep the war going."
"Get a bill on the table!"
"Keep the war going."
"Members of the senate." Padmé stood up and had her platform move to the middle of the room. "Do you hear yourselves? More money, more clones, more war. Say nothing of fiscal responsibility, what about moral responsibility? Hasn't this war gone on long enough?"
"Senator Amidala, are you suggesting we surrender to the separatists?" Saam said from his spot.
"Of course not. But negotiation might be a better course of action." Padmé replied, looking down.
"You can't negotiate with those animals."
"Keep the war going. Vote now."
"Members of the senate." Bail said having the senators settle down. "I suggest we table any emergency bill until it is determined whether or not deregulation is the right course of action."
"Very well. We shall let calmer heads prevail." Mas said, looking up from his platform.
Later, Padmé was walking with Anakin who had his armor off, Ahsoka, and Naruto who was wearing his leather jacket with his strap on having BD ride on his back.
"You must ask the Jedi council to speak with Chancellor Palpatine," Padmé said to Anakin who sighed.
"Don't involve us in this."
"A peaceful solution is the only way out of this morass of war."
"That's not Naruto's or mine role, Padmé," Anakin said, having her look back at him.
"Why not? Why isn't it your role?" Ahsoka spoke up before walking in front of the group. "Aren't we Jedi knights? Isn't it our duty to speak our minds to advise the chancellor?"
"I suggest you teach my young Padawan a thing or two about politics," Anakin said to Padmé who sighed.
"After today's debate, I was hoping she learned a great deal."
"Truthfully, I don't understand any of it. I know the separatists are evil, but all anyone argued about was banking deregulation, interest rates, almost nothing about why we're fighting in the first place."
Naruto sighed at that. "Not all planets or people who aligned with Separatists are evil Ahsoka, some just have a different view of how things should be done and most of their views align with Dooku's and those who lead the army. War's complicated, Ahsoka. The Separatists believe the Republic is corrupt, but they're wrong, and we have to restore order."
"Maybe talking to the Jedi council isn't the role for you after all," Padmé said to Naruto and Anakin before putting a hand on Ahsoka's shoulder. "Thanks for your help. Come on, Ahsoka."
"You told me to teach her about politics. So I'm going to."
Space, Grievous' Ship.
Grievous sat on his chair looking at a hologram of Dooku who spoke. "There is a problematic situation brewing in the senate. We must ensure that everything my master has set in motion does not unhinge. My representatives in the republic are relying on you, general. See that your droids complete their mission."
"But of course, Count. They will not fail."
Grievous then went to the hanger where he looked at tall droids that had parts to make them look like sweeper droids.
Suddenly, he had a call on his comms before pulling it up and had a hologram of Dooku and the Banking Clan's representative.
"Have all the preparations been made?" Dooku asked Grievous who nodded.
"I'm about to deploy the infiltrators."
"You must hurry. The senate is restless." The representative said from behind Dooku.
"I don't take orders from you, only count Dooku." Closing the transmission, Dooku looked at the infiltration droids before speaking. You have been designed for this mission, to be the ultimate infiltration unit. Some of you may not return. Actually, none of you will return. But don't let that get in your way. Is that clear?" He asked, getting a deep tone from one. Grievous then looked at a B1 droid before speaking as he left. "Get them to Coruscant."
Coruscant, Padmé's Office.
Later, Ahsoka and Padmé were in her office before she sighed. "If only I could talk to Senator Bonteri."
"He is a she, a senator in the Confederacy of Independent Systems," Padmé replied looking back at the Padawan.
"Your friend is a Separatist? One of Dooku's pawns?"
"The Separatists used to be a part of the Republic. I was close with many of the senators who left. I may not agree with them, but they're more than pawns." Padmé explained before turning around to face Ahsoka.
"If you think negotiating is the right thing to do, let's talk to her," Ahsoka said, having Padmé sigh.
"The Senate made it illegal."
"They say official meetings would only legitimize the Separatists," Padmé explained having Ahsoka look down in thought
"Master Skywalker and I hold what we call aggressive negotiations all the time. It's a shame you can't hold more peace talks when you want."
"You just gave me an idea. You're a Jedi, which gives you special clearance." Padmé said, looking at Ahsoka who raised an eyebrow.
"And Jedi are allowed to travel to neutral worlds like Mandalore, where we could then board a cargo ship to a separatist system," Padmé explained having Ahsoka blink.
"Are you suggesting I use my status as a Jedi, to smuggle you behind enemy lines?"
"It's just that you could get us through to meet with her, I haven't seen her or her family in so long," Padmé said before sitting down on her chair.
"Relax," Ahsoka said, raising a hand. "I'll help you. Besides, master Skywalker said you should teach me about politics."
"You know, you two have more in common than you think. It's no wonder you get along well."
"Of course," Padmé said after a pause.
"So where are we heading?" Asoka asked as Padmé got up and walked to the door.
Ahsoka and Padmé, both wearing hooded cloaks, met with Bonteri, a female human with fair skin and short brown hair.
She smuggles them through the droid controls. Padmé and Bonteri greet each other cordially, but with her instinctive distrust of the Separatists, Ahsoka is less than pleased, even when Bonteri's son Lux tries to extend her a warm welcome. While talking with Bonteri, Ahsoka finds her attitude being tempered as Bonteri patiently states that some of the Separatists may have had good reason to leave the Republic and recounts that she had already lost her husband in the war on Aargonar one year ago.
Taking a walk in the garden to get over her confusion, Ahsoka meets Bonteri's son Lux, and the two begin to discuss the blurred concepts of the "good" and the "evil" sides in the war and how much they actually know or don't know about the respective opposition. Padmé and Bonteri, as the friends they are, agree on a notion to move the Senate and the Separatist Parliament to initiate a mutual peace negotiation and thus attain a peaceful solution.
The Separatist Council in general approves this proposition, though there are a few opposing votes, including the Corporate Alliance. Dooku pretended to be in favor/neutral to it only to have the droids Dooku and Grievous moved to the Senate District power generator and set themselves up as living demolition charges, causing a massive power failure just as Padmé has managed to have the Senate vote on the Separatists' proposal for peace.
This covert attack dramatically changes the Senate's attitude, and the bill for deregulating the banks is passed. Ahsoka, despite being scolded by her Master for her illegal and dangerous action, walks away from these events with a more tempered view of both sides of the war.
To Be Continued.
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