Just a quick little thing I was inspired to write after I saw ROTS... another fic is in the way, but not just yet The Conversation (Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon) SPOILERS! Obi-Wan stared over the dunes beyond the Lars moisture farm, and saw the twins suns go down. It was painfully hard not to see it as a metaphor. Not a metaphor for the newborn twins, no: they were rising. It was their parents? Speaking of parental figures, his own Master, Qui-Gon Jinn, was staring at him from two glowing blue eyes, arms outstretched. They physically could not touch. ?I am proud of you, Obi-Wan,? he said ?Come, walk with me?. Instead of lifting a burden from Obi-Wan, it made it heavier. ?They?re all dead! Younglings, women, men? Anakin too,? he said. It was as if the arrival of his long-dead master had opened up a floodgate that had remained shut when he talked to anyone else. His statement to Yoda that he couldn?t kill Anakin was mere need-to-know fact, as he saw it. He hadn?t confessed how bad he felt to Padme. He had talked to Anakin himself as if he was another person entirely. ?His spirit lives on,? Qui-go told him. ?Can?t you feel it?? ?It was like a sun before. Now I only feel night.? ?The Dark Side,? Qui-Gon said, with his head bowed and his eyes closed. ?No,? Obi-Wan contradicted his former master. ?I?ve felt him full of anger before, it?s nothing like that. You?re not telling me something.? ?He?s also weak,? Qui-Gon told him succinctly. ?You did nearly kill him.? ?I couldn?t... I left him to the will of the Force.? ?And the Dark Side kept him alive. I? do not believe he would have survived had he not hated you with such a passion.? ?Well, that?s a comfort!,? Obi-Wan growled, kicking a rock. ?Yes, let go of your anger. You?ve bottled it up? don?t let it consume you.? Qui-Gon motioned to move on, and Obi-Wan hesitantly began walking again. ??I had a padawan who went to the Dark side too, if you remember.? ?Yes; Xanatos. But he wasn?t a Sith! He didn?t kill nearly all the other Jedi! Strange way for a Jedi apprentice to surpass his Master: in the training of padawans to fall to the Dark Side?? ?Let go of your pride, Obi-Wan. You didn?t choose his path. Did you listen to him?? ?Of course not! Why would I listen to a Sith?he would only lie to me!? ?Because he is still the chosen one.? ?Is he?,? Obi-Wan asked, genuinely unsure. ?I can?t see how?? ?He is,? Qui-Gon nodded. ?Some way, he will fulfill his destiny, whether he likes it or not. Or whether we like it or not. The only thing he, or you, or I, can influence is how the prophecy is fulfilled.? ?Balance, that is the prophecy? ?The Empire is not balance, it is power for the Sith!? ?Precisely. The Empire will crumble. But, how?? ?I don?t know, Master,? Obi-Wan said. Then he began to get very quiet. ?I nearly killed him. I would have, I almost did. I can never forget that. I left him to die!? ?You left him to the Force; it could have gone either way. If the Force did not want him to be alive, he would not be.? ?I know,? Obi-Wan said, taking one last look back at the setting suns. They would come up again tomorrow. He nodded his head, calmer than he had been. ?I know.?