Hello! Welcome to my official sequel to my first Star Wars story 'A Mother's Love' which I posted a while back. Title: A Jedi's Love Author: hlc88 Rating: T Timeframe: Difficult to say but starts about a year a half after the end of 'A Mother's Love' Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Duchess Satine Kryze, Shmi Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano. Genre: Family/Adventure/Angst/Romance Pairings: Obi-Wan Kenobi/Satine Kryze, Anakin Skywalker/Padme Amidala Summary: Sequel to 'A Mother's Love'. The war has ended and the Republic is rebuilding after the Clone Wars, but Obi-Wan Kenobi's trials are only just beginning. The escape of two criminals from the Jedi Temple leads to a series of events that not only changes Obi-Wan's life forever, but that of Duchess Satine Kryze.... Notes: It is advised that readers have read 'A Mother's Love' which can be found here: http://boards.theforce.net/threads/...mi-epilogue-added-12th-jan-complete.50003594/ However if you want to try reading this without having read the original story then all one must know is that the Council gave Obi-Wan permission to free Shmi Skywalker from slavery when Anakin was 10 years old. Shmi came to live and work on Coruscant for the Jedi. The result meant that Anakin had a much stronger bond with Obi-Wan, and he became a stronger person and managed to defeat Palpatine. At the end of 'A Mother's Love', Count Dooku and Asajj Ventress were imprisoned within the Temple for rehabilitation, Anakin and Padme were married as attachments and relationships are now allowed within the Jedi Order. And now lets begin... - - - - - Prologue If there was one thing Anakin Skywalker was certain of it was that his Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, was keeping a secret from him. A few days ago Anakin had seen Obi-Wan leaving the Jedi Temple in his star-fighter. Their bond, which was usually so strong, had dimmed. Obi-Wan had left the Coruscant system. Temptation had gnawed at the young man, wondering if he should follow or wait for his Master to tell him. The problem with waiting for that moment was the fact that Obi-Wan Kenobi had been taking sporadic trips off of Coruscant since the end of the Clone Wars two years ago. Anakin knew that his former Master was sneaking off-world for a specific reason. It had to be because he had an eye on someone. What else could it be if it were not for a woman? But of course Anakin Skywalker wanted to know who his Master was seeing if his theory was correct. With the Jedi Order now allowing marriages and children, it meant any Jedi could – if they so wished – to pursue a relationship. Anakin’s own success at having his mother in his life from the age of ten had been the pivotal factor in changing the fundamental principles of the Jedi Order. Now he was married to Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo, though she was currently on leave from her role due to giving birth to twins six months ago. Curiosity flared in Anakin. Despite their relatively close bond, he hadn’t been able to uncover or even detect any hints of who Obi-Wan’s woman was. He knew it had to be a woman he was leaving Coruscant for, his mother had intimated that she knew Obi-Wan’s secret, but out of her love and respect for the Jedi Master, she was keeping silent about it. He knew his Master was not on any assignments. They were both a part of the Jedi Council. What Obi-Wan did, Anakin always knew… but not when it meant Obi-Wan was making sneaky trips off-world. Therefore he had made the logical conclusion that it had to do with Obi-Wan’s personal life. It just had to be, hadn’t it? “You’re thinking about Obi-Wan again, aren’t you?” Anakin sighed and turned to face his mother. “Am I that readable?” Shmi Skywalker smiled at her son. “I am your mother.” Freedom suited her well. It had been thirteen years since she had been freed from slavery on Tatooine; her freedom secured on a whim by Obi-Wan who had sought permission from the Jedi Council to release her and allow her to have a presence in her son’s life. That decision by the Council had probably been one of the best ones they could have made. Shmi had grounded Anakin; she had kept him from being influenced by the former Chancellor Palpatine who had turned out to be a Sith Lord intent on turning her son to the dark side of the Force and exterminating the Jedi Order. It had been Shmi’s guidance that had steered him away from his influence and that had possibly changed his life. Anakin had defeated Palpatine. Obi-Wan had been mortally injured fighting Palpatine, yet he had hung on to say a final goodbye, and when he had nearly passed on completely from the world, it had been Anakin’s bond with his mother and her belief in him that had enabled Obi-Wan to be brought back. Without his mother, Obi-Wan would be dead. Anakin sighed, looking over at his mother. “Do you think he will ever tell me what he’s doing?” Shmi smiled gently. “When he is ready to.” Suspicion rose in Anakin’s stomach, as it always did when she hinted to him. “You know!” he emphasised. “You know what Obi-Wan is up to!” “He trusted me, Ani,” his mother replied. “He will tell you when he is ready.” Anakin smirked, folding his arms across his chest. “So it is a woman he is sneaking off to see?” “I never said that,” said Shmi, turning away from the window and heading back to the kitchen. Anakin followed. “It’s been two years!” Shmi gently smiled at her tall son. “Two years or not, he was raised with the old Jedi Code and he stuck to it. He was completely loyal to its values. No attachments. If he has someone that he has feelings for, it will take time for him to come to terms with the idea that he can be with them. Two years or not that is still quite short. Give him time.” She patted him on the shoulder. “How many Jedi do you know that have had a family since that rule was dismissed?” “Erm… Not many… Around thirty Jedi have formed attachments. A very small portion of the Jedi Order,” replied Anakin. “There you go then, it is still a new thing for the Order. In time you will see more Jedi have families…” she hesitated and then smiled. “And I think Obi-Wan will be one of them.” Anakin’s eyes bulged. “Really?” Shmi shrugged, enjoying watching her son’s reaction. “It’s a feeling. I tease Obi-Wan about that often enough.” “I bet he must love you,” grinned Anakin, watching his mother’s expression with interest. She shook her head, but before his mother could respond to that, Anakin’s comlink bleeped. Sighing, Anakin retrieved the comlink from his belt and flicked the switch, raising it to his mouth. “Skywalker, here.” Mace Windu’s voice came over the comlink. “Anakin, we require your presence at the Temple immediately. There has been a…” there was a slight hesitation, “…situation.” “What’s happened?” he asked. “Count Dooku and Asajj Ventress have escaped.” To be continued… Please let me know what you think!