Mental exhaustion got to me once again, and my brain couldn't be bothered to give input on Losing Faith until I wrote this idea out on paper. Another one of the things that drove me to writing this is the fact that the one still in-progress adoption AU story that exists, seems to have been abandoned by the writer. And since said writer appears to enjoy reading my story, I thought I'd give him a hint (so, please do it Jimmy, I'd appreciate it)
Anyway, without further delay, enjoy!
And we'll go to Naboo
They where stood in the council chambers. Around two thirds of the council members, all of them involved in her trial. Her master, Anakin Skywalker, was standing on the side. Ahsoka herself stood roughly in the middle of the large, circular chamber.
Anakin spoke first. "I am so sorry, Ahsoka." He said. Ahsoka felt that he didn't need to apologize, he had believed her and wanted to help her, despite hunting her down. Yet, she accepted his apology, and sent her gratitude through the bond.
"The council was wrong to accuse you." master Plo Koon spoke up next. Genuine shame and sorrow rang through his usually so calm voice. He seemed genuinely sorry for his actions. Ahsoka accepted his apology as well.
"You have proven yourself to be very skilled and persistent in your struggle to prove your innocence." Master Tiin spoke up. Ahsoka was slightly irritated. He seemed to not be sorry, just trying to sweet-talk her.
"This is the sign of a true Jedi Knight." Master Mundi said. Ahsoka's irritation rose. Once again he didn't seem sorry for his actions, just more sweet-talk. What upset her even more was the implication that they wanted to give her the rank of Jedi Knight, despite the fact that she'd only been a padawan for about 2 and a half years, just because the council wanted to get her back. She wanted to be a Jedi Knight, sure, but she wanted to do the same hard work as all the other padawans! She didn't want such a title because the kriffing council wanted to bribe her!
And then, master Windu spoke up. "This was actually your great trial, we see that now." What had previously been just mild irritation sparked into full blown anger. "You will be a greater Jedi because of it." He continued. Ahsoka was disgusted. He was trying to cover his own mistakes as if it had been some trial from the fucking force! He stood there, trying to fucking gaslight her! She raised an eyebrow, but didn't say anything. She wanted to scream at him, but she didn't allow herself
"Back into the order... You, may come." Master Yoda spoke. His voice carried some sorrow, but he didn't apologize.
"They're asking you back, Ahsoka." Anakin said, as he walked up to her. He extended his hand, showing her her silka beads. "I'm asking you back." She could see the hope in his eyes, and her anger washed away. She saw the sorrow. It pained her heart to see him like this. It pained her. The battle between the pain of leaving her master and the pain of staying here, unable to trust anyone, was hard. She deliberated for what felt like hours, even though it only took a few seconds. Then she decided. As much as it pained her to leave her master, she couldn't stay here any longer.
Ahsoka grabbed Anakin's hand, closing his fingers around her silka beads with the her other hand. She looked up to him. Her heart cracked at his look of shock, then sorrow, pain and sadness. "I'm sorry master" she said "But I'm not coming back." She didn't know how she'd managed to keep her voice steady, because she was hurting so much.
She then turned around, unable to bear the look on his face anymore, and walked away, leaving at an even pace. She would NOT! Show the council how much this hurt. She just wished she could leave without hurting her master.
When she rounded the corner, she picked up the pace, suddenly needing to leave very urgently. She could hear Anakin behind her, urging her to wait. But she didn't stop, didn't slow down, she couldn't, or she would start doubting her decision. Anakin chased her all the way to the large entrance to the temple, where she finally slowed down, allowing her old master to catch up.
"Ahsoka, wait! I need to talk to you!" Anakin's voice sounded urgent. It was obvious why.
Ahsoka stopped walking, turning around to face her master. He slowed to a halt, panting from the chase.
"Ahsoka why... Why are you doing this?" he asked.
"The council didn't trust me, so how can I trust myself!?" Ahsoka said, nearly shouted.
"What about me? I believed in you, I stood by you!" Anakin sounded hurt. "he thinks I'm abandoning him" Ahsoka thought. "And really, I am. But I can't stay here any longer. Not afer what happened."
"I know you did, and I'm grateful for that." Ahsoka said. "But I can't stay here, I have to sort this out. Without the council." She turned around, tears brimming in her eyes. "And without you."
"I understand..." Anakin spoke again. I understand, more than you realize, Wanting to walk away from the order."
"I know" Ahsoka said. Anakin was slightly shocked, then he smiled. Of course she'd known. She was smart and observant enough. And, really, she'd spend 2 years at his side.
He heard her footsteps behind him, walking away. He turned around, looking at her. The sun cast the shadow of her slim figure on the stone. Her shoulders where slumped and her head hung low. "She is hurting as well" Anakin thought. He then deliberated for a few seconds, and then ran after her. He couldn't just leave her on her own.
"Ahsoka!" he yelled out. She turned around and faced him, tears brimming in her eyes. He caught up to her, grabbing her shoulder. "Are you absolutely sure that this is what you want?"
"Yes, I'm sure" Ahsoka said. Her voice was shaking.
"Come here, snips." Anakin said, as he pulled her into a hug. She finally broke, her shoulders jumping up and down as she sobbed in his arms. Anakin simply held her, her head against his chest, stroking her back to comfort her. He understood her tears, of course. She'd spent two years on a battlefield, fighting for the council, and they dropped her without a second thought. She'd been betrayed, not only by Barriss, but by the order itself. It must've been horrible, being abandoned by the people she once thought to be a part of. And he swore to himself that he would not abandon her, no matter what.
When Ahsoka's sobs subsided, they remained thus, halfway down the stairs in an embrace. Then Anakin spoke up again.
"Ahsoka" he said, prompting her to look up at him. "Do you trust me?" he asked.
Ahsoka seemed puzzled at the question. "Of course I trust you" she said, "but what-"
"Good" he said, as he unlocked from their embrace. He placed his hand on her back, guiding her down the stairs. He then hailed a taxi, and gave the driver an address, which Ahsoka couldn't hear. She was very tired, and couldn't really process anything anymore.
When the taxi speeder stopped, they where greeted by Padme. She paid the driver and put a hand on Ahsoka's back, guiding her to her apartment. Ahsoka just let herself be guided, to tired to even think.
When they arrived at the apartment, Ahsoka sat down on the couch.
"Make yourself comfortable." Padme said. "I'll be right back with something to eat."
Ahsoka's stomach grumbled at the mention of food. "That'd be nice." Ahsoka said, with a tired voice.
About a minute later, Padme came back. She had not only what looked like some type of energy bar, but also a steaming hot cup of tea in her hands. She also had a blanket tucked under her arm. She set the tea down on the table, handing Ahsoka the energy bar. She then unfolded the blanket, and tucked Ahsoka in.
"You where cold and shivering." Padme said. "This should warm you up."
And she was right. Ahsoka hadn't noticed until now, but she was freezing. Spending several days on the run with no food and hardly any sleep did that to you.
"Thanks, Padme." Ahsoka murmured, as she yawned.
"It's no trouble, sweetie" Padme said, with a warmth in her voice that caught Ahsoka of guard. She was way to tired to even think right now, so she just ate the energy bar. Force, she was hungry. And tired. She tucked herself into the corner of the sofa, wrapping the blanket around herself for warmth, and curled in on herself. Within seconds, she was asleep, far to exhausted to stay awake.
Padme looked at the sleeping form. She looked so peaceful as she slept there , so young. Force, she'd do anything to protect this girl from ever having to go through such a nightmare again. She slowly stood up, hoping the movement wouldn't wake her up. She grabbed a pillow, and adjusted Ahsoka's head so that her neck wouldn't be at an uncomfortable angle anymore. Ahsoka murmured something in her sleep, half waking up.
"Shhh, go back to sleep." Ahsoka said, still that ever-present warmth in her voice. She kissed Ahsoka between her montrals. "Sleep, sweetie, you deserve it." And thus, Ahsoka went back to sleep.
Padme was happy. She was glad, so glad that Ahsoka had made it out alive. She loved Ahsoka as her own daughter at this point, and if she'd died... Padme didn't know how she'd have taken it. But there was no use to worrying about how it could have been, since it didn't happen. And thus, Padme sat, smiling slightly, observing the sleeping togruta.
Some time later, the doorbell rang. It wasn't loud, but Ahsoka woke up startled none the less. She was a light sleeper, as most people who had been soldiers for long where. Ahsoka's eyes darted around the room, looking for a potential source of danger.
Padme chuckled warmly, somewhat amused. "It's just the doorbell, Ahsoka" she reassured her.
Ahsoka sighed, then yawned. "how long did I sleep?" she asked.
Padme checked the chronometer on her wrist. "About one and a half hours." She said, then stood up. "I'll go see who's at the door." She walked out of the living room, to the hallway.
Ahsoka's head was clearer than it had been when she arrived here. She started thinking about her situation. It was obvious that Padme and Anakin where in a relationship, they where terrible at pretending otherwise. And now, Anakin had brought her to Padme's apartment. She didn't know what to think about the situation. But she realised that both Padme and Anakin cared about her. A lot. She didn't really know to what extent however.
Speaking of which, both Padme and Anakin walked back into the living room. Anakin was carrying a large backpack and what looks to be a plastic bag with the logo of Dex's diner on it. Padme went to the kitchen to grab some plates and cups, while Anakin sat down next to Ahsoka.
Anakin chuckled warmly. "You look comfortable." He said.
"That's because I am." Ahsoka replied.
"Well, that's good to know." Anakin said. "How are you feeling, snips?" he asked. He was genuinely concerned about her, she'd gone through quite a lot.
Ahsoka sighed. "Tired." She said. "And confused."
The last part spiked Anakin's interest. "Confused... About what?" he asked.
Ahsoka was silent for a few seconds. "I don't know" she said. "I'm to tired to even think"
Suddenly Padme joined the conversation. "Well then I hope you're not to tired to eat." She said.
Ahsoka sat up straight, suddenly energetic. "I'm never to tired to eat!" She said.
Both Anakin and Padme laughed at her sudden enthusiasm. "Well, that's good at least." Anakin said, while unpacking the plastic bags full of food. "Take some!"
And thus, they ate. Padme had put on some show on the holo-TV, but Ahsoka didn't pay attention to it. When she was done eating, Ahsoka felt tired, again. Anakin leaned back into the couch, he was done eating as well. Ahsoka rested her head against his shoulder, and closed her eyes. She felt warm. Anakin slung an arm around her waist, pulling her closer to himself. He then kissed her on the forehead. "Sleep well, snips" he said.
Ahsoka mumbled something that Anakin couldn't catch, but what he assumed was roughly what he'd said. He looked over to Padme. She had nestled next to him, her head resting against his shoulder. He kissed her on the top of her head. "I'm sorry for dropping Ahsoka on you like that." He said, his voice low as to not wake Ahsoka.
"Ani, it's fine" Padme said. "She's like a daughter to me."
Anakin thought for a moment "you know, We could make it official." he said. "Since she is not a part of the Jedi order anymore, she is technically an orphan. We could adopt her."
Padme's eyes lit up as she looked at her husband. "Could we?" she asked. She had always wanted to have a family with Anakin, but she'd always thought of that as something for the future. But now, that future seemed very close, and that prospect filled her with warmth.
"Well, if Ahsoka wants to, of course." Anakin said. "But yes, we could. Honestly, for the past years, the only reason I stayed with the order was because of Ahsoka. Now that she's not a Jedi anymore, we could be a family." The idea made Anakin very happy as well. He to, had always wanted to start a family with Padme, but he cared to much about Ahsoka to abandon her.
"Oh Ani" Padme sighed. "I would love to finally, officially take Ahsoka in as our daughter." They both looked over at the sleeping form. "We need to talk to her about it though."
"We'll do it tomorrow" Anakin said. "Right now, she needs to sleep."
Padme looked back to her husband. "You need sleep to" she said. Then she sniffed. "And a shower, because I doubt you have been doing that lately."
Anakin chuckled. He may have neglected his health and hygiene trying to catch Ahsoka and prove her innocence. Padme was right, he smelled. He got up, supporting Ahsoka with his arms so she wouldn't wake up. He then slung one arm around her back and the other arm around her knees, lifting her off the couch. Ahsoka stirred in her sleep, resting her head against his chest as he carried her to one of the guest rooms. He put her down on the bed, tucking her in. "Goodnight, snips." He said, before kissing her forehead. Then he turned around and walked back into the hallway.
As Anakin showered, he thought about the events of the last week. He'd almost lost one of the most important people in his life. He couldn't bear the thought of losing Ahsoka. Or Padme, for that matter. But now, they where all together. Anakin smiled. He hoped the rest of his life would be like this.
And that was the first chapter off And we'll go to Naboo! I'm definitely not done with this story, although updates are most likely going to be slow since Losing Faith has a higher priority.
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