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Chapter LIII: Undercover
Friendship Shows Us Who We Really Are.
A terrorist threat! Moralo Eval, mastermind of a Separatist plot to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine, has been captured by Republic forces. But even with the criminal behind bars, rumors swirl in the underworld of Coruscant that Moralo's plot has already been set in motion. With precious time running out, the Jedi Council hatches their own plot to keep the Chancellor safe...
Naruto sat at a table in a diner listening to Ahsoka explaining how she helped Padmé's Late Separatist friend's son find out who killed her and ran up against Death Watch and split up after getting off the planet. "I was told to give you this." She said, dropping a chip on the table. "Said she worked for you."
"Thanks," Naruto replied as he took it and finished his drink.
A Few Days Later.
"So what's the big rush?"
Anakin asked as he, Obi-Wan, Barriss, Ahsoka, Naruto, and Zule walked down the street in the night. "The Jedi Council has called an emergency meeting."
"I can see it now. Another long, boring debate." Anakin sighed as they got to their ship.
"Would you rather they call you in to train younglings?" Naruto smiled as they missed a sniper on the roof behind them.
"Are you crazy?" Anakin asked before stopping as a shot got near their feet.
They all hid before Obi-Wan yelled out. "Any idea where that shot came from?"
Zule looked up to see the sniper on the roof who had a helmet on. "A sniper. I see him up there!"
"All right, here's the plan," Naruto spoke up. "Anakin, you, Zule, and I will flank him on the right. Ahsoka, you and Barriss cover the lower streets."
"I'm going after him," Obi-Wan said as they all ran out with their sabers drawn.
They take to the roofs to chase after the sniper. They lose him, and Obi-Wan moves out into the open to look for him when the sniper fires and hits him dead. He falls to the street below, crashing into a pile of crates, as Ahsoka runs to him. Anakin tries to chase the sniper, who escapes on a speeder, and when he returns to the others as rain starts to fall.
Later, Jedi Temple.
"I'm worried about Anakin."
Naruto with his robes on heard Ahsoka talk to Plo Koon as they all stood in the tombs for Obi-Wan's funeral. "He hasn't said a word since it happened."
They saw the blanketed body go to the floor as a beam of light shot up to the ceiling. Naruto then walked out and up to the med room.
"So, how was my funeral?"
Naruto looked up to see Obi-Wan sitting at a table. "It was fine… I thought There'd be more people though."
"A better performance than you, your corpse gave."
Naruto turned to see Mace and Yoda walk in. "Whatever do you mean? I fell from the top of a building. I could have killed myself." Obi-Wan said, picking up an armored plating that had a mark on it.
"Survived worse, you have," Yoda replied with a hand behind his back. "Young Skywalker knows this."
"I took the vitals suppressor as instructed. I was dead to the world when Anakin moved my body. There's no way he could know I was alive."
"Not know. But since he will, that something is not right." Yoda replied as Naruto crossed his arms.
"Keeping Anakin on the outside was critical." He said as BD popped up to look over his shoulder. Everyone knows how close they are. It was his reaction that sold the sniper. I'm sure of it."
"What's done is done," Mace said from his spot as a droid came up with a razor. "We need to get your transformation underway.
"Well, time for a shave!" Obi-Wan said as the droid brought the razor up to his head and started shaving him. "Tell me about my target."
"His name is Moralo Eval," Mace said, bringing a hologram of a male Phindian. "Works directly for Count Dooku. Rumor is their plot will be hatched in three revolutions at the festival on Naboo."
"We tried to make a deal with Moralo for more details, but he was uncooperative," Naruto said, uncrossing his arms with a sigh.
"Any details that might help me gain his trust while in prison?"
"Eval killed his mother when he was only a boy," Naruto explained as the droid worked on Obi-Wan's beard. "Told the authorities he did it because he was bored.
"Hmm, I'll try not to bore him." Obi-Wan mused before Yoda spoke. "Not a game is this, Obi-Wan. The risks, great they are."
"Yes, and so are the rewards." Obi-Wan mused, rubbing his face and head. "Besides preventing Eval from abducting the Chancellor, he could lead us to Grievous, and possibly Dooku himself." He said as another droid holding a syringe walked up.
"Facial transformation program loaded."
"I take it there's no way to have the Chancellor pull out of the festival?"
"No. See it as a sign of weakness, he would." Yoda said as Obi-Wan sighed
"Sign of weakness. Wouldn't want that." Obi-Wan said as he laid down and had the syringe inject him in the neck.
After a moment, his face changed slightly and gained a tattoo on the left side of his face. "OK, let's get you to Oola's," Naruto said as he turned to walk out.
"This cantina is a bust."
Oola looked up to see a man who looked like Obi-Wan's new look looking around after paying for his drink and talking to a woman. "Do you want to go to the next one?"
Rako turned to see a droid walk up to him. "Who wants to know?"
"Your employer has your payment. Please follow me."
"Round for the house!" Rako said, getting everyone to cheer.
"This way." The droid said as they walked to the back room passing dancers on tables. "Inside if you please."
Rako walked in and saw a shadowed figure sitting at a table. "Well done, Mr. Hardeen. You did precisely the job we hired you for. We have your credits right here. But first, we need one more thing…" The man stood and walked into the light to reveal the disguised Obi-Wan. "Your clothes."
"What the…" Rako backed up and had a hand grab him. He looks to see Naruto looking at him. After tying him up, and taking his clothes, they asked him questions before Rako explained his mission. "So I took off in my speeder, and then I got a ride here. That's it."
"Keep talking. Into this." Naruto said holding a metal orb.
"This is stupid! Confessing to a murder I didn't even do!"
"Oh, but you did…" Obi-Wan said, fixing Rako's clothes. "For all intents and purposes, Obi-Wan Kenobi is dead. And that certainly was your intention. How do I look?"
"Like a criminal. Should buy you all the credibility you need in prison." Naruto looked over before Rako spoke.
"Look, I don't know what you guys are up to, but..."
"Do we have enough recordings?" Obi-Wan asked as Naruto nodded and stood.
"I believe so. Which means you can go to sleep now." Naruto used the Force on Rako to put him to sleep and handed Obi-Wan the orb.
"So how does this vocal emulator work?"
"Well, you swallow it."
"I was afraid you'd say that." Obi-Wan sighed as the orb gained legs and went into his mouth then his throat. "What an odd sensation. It will take some getting used to." Obi-Wan said, his voice mirroring Rako's.
"That's a luxury you don't have."
"I hope this works."
Later, Anakin and Ahsoka were walking to the bar. "I still don't understand. Did Master Yoda say how they found the sniper?" She asked Anakin who stopped at the door.
"Who cares? All that matters is they did." They walked in and looked at Oola who was at the bar. "Where is Rako Hardeen?"
They walked in to see Rako asleep on a bed. "Is he dead?" She asked as Anakin walked over.
"He's about to be."
He woke Rako up who looked at him. "A Jedi? I already killed a Jedi today. Let me sleep."
"He's not dead. He's drunk. Get up, you filth!" Anakin pulled the assassin up and glared. "If it was up to me I would kill you right here! But lucky for you, the man you murdered would rather see you rot in jail. Now, let's go, you coward before I change my mind." Anakin then pushed Rako out.
On the other side of the bar, Naruto walked out of the restroom and into a dancer. "Hello Naruto, want a private show?"
"No, sorry, I gotta work." Naruto smiled at her before walking away. He then got to Rako's room before his eyes widened at the empty room. "Son of a-!" He ran up to the bar before speaking. "Where's the guy in the back room?!"
"Anakin took him."
"Damn it!" Naruto cursed before turning.
"Aren't you forgetting something?"
Naruto sighed before smiling as he turned and kissed her before running off as BD popped up.
"I was supposed to take him to the prison so I can keep an eye on him!"
Later, Naruto skids to a stop outside the prison where he sees Anakin and Ahsoka. "You almost botched this up Anakin!" Naruto spoke in a loud whisper.
"What are you talking about?"
"Obi-Wan's not dead, he's undercover as Rako." Seeing their eyes widen, Naruto continued. "I was supposed to put him in jail then insist to stay for a while as Obi-Wan gets info on an inmate inside on a plot to kidnap Palpatine."
A Few Days Later.
Naruto sat at a desk looking over the report Obi-Wan made for his mission. Once inside the prison, Obi-Wan proceeds to make contact with another inmate, Moralo Eval, who is suspected to be a key figure in the plot against the Chancellor. Eval expresses his respect for "Hardeen" for having killed a Jedi. And that Obi-Wan saw Cad Bane was his roommate.
And that in addition, Obi-Wan learns that both of them plan to break out of prison very soon. In due time, Bane stages a breakout by having Boba Fett start a fight with Obi-Wan, triggering a general riot which Eval and Bane use as a cover for their escape. Obi-Wan joins them uninvited and surreptitiously aids them in escaping the prison through the morgue and incineration facility, though several of the prison's personnel are killed by Eval and Bane in cold blood on the way.
Naruto continues reading that after stealing ships, they crash-land the ship in the swamps of Nal Hutta to further throw any pursuers off their tracks, and he, Moralo Eval, and Cad Bane proceed to the Bilbousa Bazaar to purchase new equipment and a ship. Only for Bane to double-cross Obi-Wan and leave him on the planet. But Obi-Wan put a tracking beacon on the ship to follow in case of betrayal.
Naruto continues and read that after contacting Yoda and Mace Windu and asking them to lift the manhunt in order to allow them free movement and provide some money for a new ship, Obi-Wan is rejoined by Eval and an irate Bane, who have only barely escaped the Hutt's forces, just in time to present them with their new ship. After getting off the planet, they went to Serenno to meet Dooku and where they along with others battled in brutal competition to see who would help in the kidnap mission.
Only they and three others survived before Dooku put Bane in charge of the mission. Only for Obi-Wan to tell the Jedi the plan and be able to save Palpatine as well as a second attempt by Dooku. "(Sigh) I feel like I'm missing something for this whole damn thing." Naruto sighed as he leaned back in his chair.
To Be Continued.
A/N: Thanks for reading and let me know of any mistakes.
Beta: Chaos-PSD. Contributor: KuronoDono12.
Here's a mass update for the holiday, to those that celebrate it, I hope you have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
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Next to be updated will be Shinobi as I'll start over on publish order.
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