My name is Katia, and my best friend Cassi and I collaborated on this story, the third in our Darth Maleficent series. This is only the first chapter, but it will get good soon, trust me! Review, review, review!
Thank You Cassi! You are the BEST FRIEND EVER and an AWESOME writer!
DISCLAIMER: We don't own Star Wars. You know, unlike most of the rest of the geeky world, I don't actually want to own Star Wars. I'll have to ask Cassi, though. What do I want to own, pray tell? Let's see... BATMAN! Yes, I want to own Batman. That would be soooooo cool... *squee* Okay, okay. I get it. Nobody else wants to hear about Batman. WE DON'T OWN STAR WARS!
Without any further ado, the moment you've all been waiting for... Chapter One!
The Dark Side Descends
Adeline Nirvana and Obi-Wan Kenobi hear from Ahsoka that Darth Vader is heading to Endor, home of the newly formed Rebel Alliance. Desperate to stop him, they lead a small mission of Jedi to hold him up... only for Adeline to get in big trouble and end up captured on a Star Destroyer. Will she get away from Darth Vader's clutches?
Sixteen-year-old Ahsoka Tano stood on a rocky ledge, shielding her eyes from the light of Tatooine's twin suns. She was watching for Imperial scouts, because she wanted to avoid a confrontation. On any other day, she could have easily fought them off on her way, but the news she had couldn't wait. Ahsoka had most certainly grown up in the time since Order 66, having to grow up faster to make her way in the galaxy. She looked older, and acted more like a mature Togruta in her mid-twenties than the teenager that she was. The hardships she had endured had made her more and more mature, and you couldn't tell by talking to her that she was anything less than an expert on anything she talked about.
When Ahsoka had finished scanning the horizon, she swiftly and silently Force-jumped off the cliff she was standing on, landing neatly in front of a parked speeder, which was standing next to a small house. She smiled, pulled off her black cloak, revealing her signature red costume and reverse Shien lightsaber, and knocked on the door. It was opened by a bored-looking teenage Nubian Angel, who was wearing a 'Death to the Empire' t-shirt.
Ahsoka smiled. "Hey, Sadira," She said. "May I come in?"
Sadira's eyes popped, looking the Togruta up and down. "Oh, My Force!" She squealed. "Ahsoka! We haven't seen you in two years!"
Ahsoka sighed. "Well, I was busy-"
She was cut off by Sadira. "As busy as they are?" She jerked a glowing thumb towards the living room. "Addie and Obi-Wan are in there, watching some dumb holodrama and kissing."
Ahsoka laughed. "Well, I won't disturb them."
Sadira shook her head eagerly. "No, no! You're my excuse to bring them back from Planet Love Story!"
Ahsoka laughed again. "Well, I'll wait for you."
Sadira left the door and walked into the living room, where the noises of the Kenobi Family's holoprojector were sounding.
Ahsoka heard Adeline's voice. "Sadira, what is it?"
The smirk in Sadira's voice was evident. "Oh, nothing much, just Ahsoka coming to bring us urgent news of an Imperial invasion-" The teenage Angel was cut off as her older sister went rocketing off the couch.
"WHAT?" Adeline yelled.
Sadira laughed. "Ahsoka's here, Love Bugs. You heard me the first time!"
Adeline growled. "You little..." She stopped mid-threat, stepping through the doorway, her voice going back to its pretty soprano. "Ahsoka! Oh, it is so nice to see you again!" The Angel hugged her friend, almost squeezing the life out of her.
Ahsoka laughed again. "Hey, Adeline. Is Obi-Wan here?" She asked, already knowing the answer.
Adeline blushed bright red. "Yeah, he is. Sadira mentioned big news..."
Ahsoka's face paled. "Yes, and I'm afraid it's not good. May I sit down?"
Adeline nodded, leading her into the family's small living room, where Obi-Wan Kenobi was sitting. The young Togruta looked at him and began to laugh, choking and coughing on an unfortunate Tatooine Sand Fly that happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Jedi Master had lipstick prints all over his face, and looked a little bit dreamy-eyed. Sadira, who was listening to her iPod, ran over and pulled a scrap of cloth out of her pocket, wiping the lipstick off the poor Jedi Master's face. When he realized why she had done that, his face turned a very bright color of fire-engine red.
Ahsoka sat down on the couch, still choking with laughter and the Sand Fly. Adeline whacked her on the back and the Togruta coughed, sending the fly zipping across the room to hit the holoprojector. Everyone started laughing at that point.
Five minutes later, after the ruckus had died down, Ahsoka Tano was sitting on the couch, gravely telling the small family her bad news. "You see, Darth Vader is traveling to Endor, for some sort of inspection, I don't really know the details."
"Endor? Why do we care about Endor?" Sadira asked.
Ahsoka sighed, having already explained this. Apparently Sadira had the attention span of a normal teenager, "Because, the Rebel Alliance is stationed there currently, and he will find them and kill them all."
"So why not move?"
"That takes time, Sadira, time the Alliance doesn't have." Ahsoka explained patiently.
"Well, why not just get everyone into a ship and-"
"Please be quiet." Adeline groaned, "There are more people than can fit on the ships available, Sadira."
"Listen to your sister." Obi-Wan put in.
"You always say that." Sadira complained.
Obi-Wan would've snapped back, but Adeline interrupted, speaking to Ahsoka, "Look, I'm really sorry about this and all, but what can we do? We're three Jedi and a teenage Angel, what can we do?"
"We happen to be a Jedi Master, a Jedi who is also an Angel, a Jedi gone smuggler, and a teenage Angel."
"Is that all I am?" Sadira complained, "How come you all get important titles and I don't?"
"We've done important things; you haven't." Adeline said, rolling her eyes.
Sadira looked outraged. "What about the time on Nubia when I was five? Or the incident with the Queen of Naboo when I was three?"
Adeline sighed. "Yeah, so you kicked a bad guy in the crotch and saved Padmé Amidala from a rogue Super Battle Droid. Not so spectacular, Sadira, especially considering that the Queen could have done it herself, as well as every, single one of her thirteen handmaidens. We're Jedi Knights, all of us, and you aren't even a Padawan!"
Sadira sighed. "May I?" She asked.
Adeline looked startled. "May you do what?"
Sadira shuffled her bare feet on the carpet. "May I be a Padawan?" She asked.
Adeline sighed. "Sadira, I don't know... perhaps Obi-Wan could train you a bit... perhaps me, perhaps Ahsoka... we could split your training! You can learn from the strange and frightening experiences we have every day. It'll work, for now."
Sadira looked overjoyed, but simply plugged her iPod back into her ears and walked away singing loud rock music.
Adeline looked tired. "Teenagers will be teenagers," She muttered.
Ahsoka pretended to be miffed. "Hey, I'm sixteen!"
Adeline chuckled. "Well, you don't act sixteen," She concluded. "We should leave to stop the Imperial Fleet in the morning, after Obi-Wan and I have given you a good dinner and a place to stay for the night. I do hope we can stop them."
Ahsoka smiled reassuringly. "We will, Aunt Adeline. We will."
That night, at dinner, Ahsoka was helping to cut a strange root vegetable into large chunks while Sadira and Obi-Wan worked on the small family's broken speeder. Ahsoka looked sideways at Adeline, then back at Obi-Wan and Sadira. "Hey, Aunt Adeline," She asked, "How soon am I going to have an Uncle Obi-Wan, huh?"
Adeline turned scarlet. "Ahsoka! You aren't, at least not soon." The Angel muttered the last bit, and Ahsoka giggled at her friend's expense.
"Come on, you've been dating for two years." Ahsoka reminded her.
"You don't need to tell me that." Adeline grinned slightly, "I know full well."
"You've never talked about your relationship? Never wondered how far it goes?"
"No, Ahsoka. We don't have to, not for a while yet, I expect. Neither of us is ready for that."
Ahsoka just grinned in that I-don't-believe-you way, "Whatever you say, Aunt Adeline."
Adeline rolled her eyes. Just then, Obi-Wan's voice could be heard outside, "Sadira, you have to actually help, not listen to music."
Sadira could also be heard, "But it's a good song!"
"Sadira Valentine Nirvana!" Obi-Wan thundered, "I could care less. Either help, or kindly get out of my way!"
Sadira pouted, "Aw, come on, Ben, I-"
"Don't." He stopped her, "Don't even try to make me feel bad for yelling. Just don't."
Sadira's scowl deepened, "But, Obi-Wan,"
"No. Either actually help me or go back into the house." Obi-Wan's tone betrayed his weariness.
Sadira seemed to pause in her constant talking. "Well..."
Obi-Wan sighed again. "Sadira..."
She was obviously glaring at him. "Fine. Have it your way. I'll stay." The sounds of machinery being tinkered with told that they were back to their fixing, and as Ahsoka and Adeline looked at each other, they both burst out laughing.
After dinner, as Sadira showed Ahsoka to her room, Adeline sat Obi-Wan down on the couch in the living room to talk. "Obi," She asked, "Where is our relationship going?"
Obi-Wan looked slightly freaked out. "Why do you ask, Addie?" He said cautiously.
She sighed. "Well, we just haven't really talked about it, and we have been dating for two years, if you can call chasing Imperial scouts with a lightsaber a date."
Obi-Wan sighed. "Well..."
Adeline waved her hand, prompting him. "What?"
He looked incredibly uncomfortable, pulling at the loose collar of his Jedi robes and sweating. His face had turned a bright shade of red, and Adeline could have sworn that his teeth were chattering and he was shaking. "Um, well, I..."
Adeline began to feel a bit concerned that her boyfriend was going to have a heart attack. Even if he didn't, he was still freaking out, and Adeline felt the urge to twist his memory so that this would never come up in any conversation. Suddenly, Adeline heard a cheeky voice from above her, and she turned to look at the air grate in the adobe ceiling.
Sadira's face was behind the grate, and she said, "Awkward silence." Before pulling her head out of the small place between vents and walking away.
They could hear her giggling hysterically, and Ahsoka's cries of "I have ALWAYS wanted to do that!"
Adeline looked at Obi-Wan, who looked relieved for a break. "Teenagers will be teenagers!" She said, laughing.
Obi-Wan, forgetting his nervousness, began to laugh too, all the while thinking, "Phew! Saved by the giggly eavesdroppers!"
As Adeline climbed the stairs to their room, Obi-Wan opened the front door and walked out into the Tatooine night.
"What am I going to do?" He asked himself, watching the stars overhead. "I was going to ask... but I just can't. What is the matter with me?"
A familiar voice in his head replied, "Obi-Wan, you are just like everyone else. Take heart, my old Padawan!" Obi-Wan sighed. "Master Qui-Gon, why can't I just ask?"
"Obi-Wan, you want it to be perfect for her. You know that! That's why you can't ask her right now." Qui-Gon Jinn replied sensibly in Obi-Wan's head.
Obi-Wan sighed again. "Well... If she rejects me, Master-"
"She will never reject you completely, Obi-Wan. She might just think that this is a little fast. After all, she's only a little past a fortieth of her life, you know."
Obi-Wan was amazed. "How long is she going to live?"
"About a thousand years, give or take a decade."
"Well, that's amazing and all, Master, but why can't I just ask her to marry me without it going all wrong?"
"You learned the ways of the Jedi Code well, Obi-Wan, but learning this is an entirely different matter."
Obi-Wan sighed again, loudly. "Well, I just wish it were easy. I LOVE her, Master! I've been with her for two years, and I am not going to abandon her now."
"A wise choice on your part, Obi-Wan. If I remember correctly, she would probably whack you with an eggbeater a hundred times and then Force-push you off some cliff into a large lake."
"Obi? Where in the Force are you?" Adeline's voice echoed off the canyon walls, and Obi-Wan scrambled to his feet.
"Thank you, Master, for the advice! I gotta go, or Adeline will do all the things you mentioned, and more!" He ran towards the Angel's pretty voice, ready to go to sleep after a long, long day.
A/N: Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everybody who reviewed on the last two stories! I hope you all like this one, and I shall take a moment to recognize you all, individually and by name.
Thanks to Cnwriter, TCTrent45, XxKenobiGirlxX, and mystery-3675! Your feedback is wildly appreciated! Cassi and I will acknowledge everyone who reviews this story and all in the series next chapter! Thank you again!
May the Force be with you!
~KatiaSwift (Katia) and Casscat (Cassi)