I posted a Halloween piece. It's called 'Moritz's Nightmare'.

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"It wasn't necessary for you to give up your money for the hyperdrive generator." Qui-Gon told Anakin. "Republic Credits are useless out here." Anakin said as they walked back to the speeder.

Qui-Gon was silent for a moment.

"Anakin, who were your parents?" Qui-Gon asked. "They have many names. Momma is sweet and gentle and Dad is cold and can be cruel; both of them are deadly fighters." Anakin said as they walked.

"What do they look like?" Qui-Gon inquired. "Momma has blue eyes like me with blondish hair and her smile could light all of Coruscant. You would know my Dad if you met him." Anakin answered.

Finally they reached the speeder.

"Well?" Cliegg asked. "We got it!" Anakin said joyfully.

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Cliegg watched as a group of men took the hyperdrive generator into the ship.

"Is there anything we can do to repay you?" Qui-Gon asked, curious. "Anakin," Cliegg said. "Can you take him with you?"

Qui-Gon looked uneasy.

"Anakin doesn't fit in with the other children and his only friends are Owen and his droid 3PO." Cliegg said.

"Master, we need one more part then we can leave." Obi-Wan reported. "Alright," Qui-Gon said.

"I will need to test his blood and find out if he can be a Jedi in the first place." Qui-Gon said after Obi-Wan disappeared back in the ship.

Cliegg nodded.

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Obi-Wan sat at a computer going through what the ship had when his commlink chirped. Quickly he activated it. "Obi-Wan," Qui-Gon's voice called. "Yes Master?" Obi-Wan asked. "I need you to analyze this blood sample I'm sending you. I need a midi-chlorian count and a DNA comparison." Qui-Gon said.

Obi-Wan hooked his commlink into the computer and waited for the blood sample to arrive. Once the readings came in Obi-Wan frowned in puzzled confusion. "The sample must be tainted." He told his Master. "Why?" Qui-Gon asked. "First off the midi-chlorian count is off the chart; over twenty thousand. Not even Master Yoda has a count that high." Obi-Wan reported. "And the other reasons?" Qui-Gon pressed, curious. "According to this what ever you got this sample from DNA isn't in the database at all." Obi-Wan explained.

There was silence.

"Thank you Obi-Wan."

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Qui-Gon put his commlink away and stared at Anakin who was lifting boxes with the aid of the Force and stacking them. If the test was correct then Anakin wasn't even human. However he both looked and his Force Presence said that he was human.

Should I bring the boy with us? The Council might not accept him. But on the other hand he could become a danger to himself and others with his abilities. Jabba the Hutt might pick him up and force Anakin to work for him. Qui-Gon mused.

Searching the Force Qui-Gon received his answer.

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Mira was cutting meat for supper when Cliegg came in.

"Mira, Qui-Gon said that if Anakin wishes to go with them he may!" Cliegg said in a near rush.

Mira quickly placed the meat in the cooker and washed her hands. "Let's tell him then." She told her husband.

They found Anakin in his room organizing his things. He turned after a moment and stared at them.

"Anakin, Master Jinn said that you may go with them when they leave; but only if you wish to go." Cliegg told the boy he had come to consider a son.

Anakin nodded, pulled out a pack and started to put things in it.

Cliegg swallowed. He knew in his heart that this day would come when Anakin would leave them but he didn't expect it to be so soon.

"You can have all my money from fixing parts." Anakin said as he tried to stuff that bloodstained blanket into the pack.

Mira smiled sadly and quickly took both the pack and the blanket from Anakin and started to pack for the boy.

"Their ship is already headed for the outskirts of Anchorhead so that they can get that last part that they need. I'm going to take you to Anchorhead. We'll meet up with Master Jinn there." Cliegg explained.

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Owen watched as Anakin walked over to him.

"I'm going to Coruscant Owen to learn how to be a Jedi." Anakin announced.

Owen blinked several times. "But you can't go!" He cried. "Who will be my friend?" "Beru Whitesun will be your friend." Anakin answered.

Owen was crying.

"I will miss you Owen." Anakin said. "You will always be my brother."

Owen's eyes followed Anakin as he left the courtyard and started to enter the garage. Once Anakin was out of sight Owen raced for his room to cry.

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Qui-Gon watched as the speeder came to a halt beside him. Anakin carefully climbed out and grabbed a pack that was full of his belongings.

Cliegg Lars looked straight into his eyes. "Take care of him Master Jinn." He whispered. "I will," Qui-Gon replied.

They watched in silence as the speeder drove away.

"Come, the ship is ready to leave." Qui-Gon told Anakin.

They walked through the streets for several minutes when there was a spike in the Force. Qui-Gon turned, ready to retrieve his lightsaber, only to find the remains of some type of droid in several pieces on the ground.

He quickly examined it.

"He knows that it's been destroyed." Anakin said urgently.

A warning from the Force had Qui-Gon grabbing one of Anakin's hands and racing out into the desert for the ship.

After what seemed like an eternity the ship came into sight. But a Dark presence was fast approaching.

Qui-Gon hazard a glance back and saw a figure on a speeder bike coming towards them.

Instinctively Qui-Gon shoved Anakin to the ground and ignited his lightsaber just in time to block a blow from the rider of the speeder bike.

A whirlwind of sand suddenly surrounded the attacker.

"Anakin! Tell them to take off!" Qui-Gon yelled to the boy.

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Obi-Wan watched as the boy, Anakin, raced into the ship. "Master Qui-Gon said to take off!" He announced, gasping for breath.

Obi-Wan turned and hurried into the cockpit. "We need to get into the air." He told Ric.

Obi-Wan's eyes scanned the desert for his Master. "There!" He declared. "Fly low."

Obi-Wan held his breath as they flew over the heads of the fighters. Then he felt his Master leap onto ramp and enter the ship.

"Get us out of here." Obi-Wan said as he headed for the entrance of the ship to speak to Qui-Gon.

Qui-Gon was laying on the deck looking winded. "Master, are you alright?" Obi-Wan asked, concerned. "I believe so."

There was silence for several seconds. "What was it?" Obi-Wan asked the question that was on his mind. "I'm not sure, but it was well trained in the Jedi Arts. My guess is that it was after the queen." Qui-Gon said.

Obi-Wan bit his lip. What did all of this mean? He wondered silently

"We should be safe once we make the jump to lightspeed." Obi-Wan said mostly to himself.

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