Heart Strings, A Valentine?s Day Story (even though it's updated months after ) Category: J.A. Summary: Obi-Wan Kenobi thought Siri Tachi was the love of his life. Can lightening strike twice? Or is the boy just confused? --------------------------------------------------------------- Okay okay I know what you?re thinking, ?Jodi, you haven?t finished your Halloween story yet; how can you be starting a Valentine?s Day story?" Well, Friday night I had a very vivid dream. I had to write it out. I had planned on waiting till I completed it, but I have no discipline in that area. Hope everyone enjoys. ----------------------------------------------------------------- As was the way with Qui-Gon Jinn, he and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi were making a side trip from their way back to Coruscant after their last mission. Obi-Wan had a feeling, not a bad one, just a feeling, that this so called side trip was going to end up being more of an adventure than the actual mission the Jedi Counsel had sent them on. He had gotten used to the fact that Qui-Gon had a knack for following the will of the Force so that sometimes they ended up helping people no one knew needed help. Most of the time they ended up being entangled with what the younger Jedi began calling Jinn?s pathetic life form club. The day before Qui-Gon had been looking at the planned stops their transport would be making when he pointer to a spot on the star map and said, ?Bajaka, you?ve never been to Bajaka.? Obi-Wan tried not to look as uninterested as he was. ?There are a lot of planets I?ve never been to. Are we to stop at every one?? Qui-Gon winked before answering, ?Not every one Padawan. Only those where I believe you may learn something." ?Master, why is it - - ? Kenobi pondered out loud. ?That you seem to think I can only learn on remote planters that are out of the Republic?? Qui-Gon had that look on his face. The look that told Obi-Wan he should have known better than to ask that question. ?Padawan - - ? Qui-Gon had his signature mischievous glint in those old blue eyes as he asked, ?Does the power of the Force end at the borders of the Republic?? ?No Master.? ?And if people who happen to live outside of the Republic might need the help of a Jedi or two, shouldn?t we oblige?? ?Yes Master.? Obi-Wan agreed out of habit. ?But how do you know someone on Bajaka needs our help?? ?I have a feeling,? Qui-Gon answered. ?Not a bad one, just a feeling.? At the moment Obi-Wan wasn?t sure what kind of a feeling he had. In the morning, when the ship arrived on Bajaka, Obi-Wan awoke to find he could not find his clothes. He found that Qui-Gon was not on his own sleep couch either. There was a note there in his place. It read: ?Wait for my return.? ?As if I?d go wondering about in my under shorts,? Obi muttered to himself. ?More reason for more sleep.? It was that Obi-Wan, snuggled up in his blanket that Qui-Gon found on his return. ?Glad to see you?ve spent your spare time well Padawan,? Jinn bellowed as he whipped off that blanket. ?Uhhh, Master, must you. It?s cold,? Obi-Wan complained as he curled up. ?It?s warm outside,? Qui-Gon said. ?It?s summer on the grasslands after all.? ?Is that why you?ve absconded with my clothes?? Obi-Wan sat up remaining on the edge of his sleep couch giving Qui-Gon a scowl. ?No. I took your clothes to trade for your disguise.? Qui-Gon held up a threadbare pair of pants that looked as if they?d only reach Obi-Wan?s mid calf, and an equally raggedy piece of cloth that might pass as a tunic. ?You traded my clothes for those rags?? Obi-Wan frowned deeply. ?What am I supposed to be disguised as, a beggar?? Qui tossed the pants at his apprentice. ?No, not a beggar,? he said as Obi wriggled into the pants. The Master Jedi held up the square of cloth that was to cover Obi?s back and chest. Then put the hole that passed as a neck over Obi?s head. ?My slave.? ?Master, There?s no sleeves on this thing,? Kenobi uncharacteristically whined.