Title: A Thing Unlooked For Author: Nyota's Heart Summary and Characters: Obi-Wan/Anakin & Siri -- these are becoming close-knit. Disclaimer: Borrowing from Disney etc. AN: A just-because gift for AzureAngel2 -- ~~~~~ Anakin had been injured on his last mission with Obi-Wan. His master couldn't upbraid him too much. He had been a constant visitor to the Healers' Ward in his padawan/knight days, so much that he practically had a room with his name on it. Siri came to visit. She cared deeply for the boy who was so eager to please and longed for affection since he had had perforce to break off ties with his mother. She perched on the edge of his bed and offered him a 4D game-console. "I know you're eager to be up and out of here." She smiled. "I brought you something to while away the time." He grinned. "Thanks, Knight Tachi." She smiled and ruffled his hair. "Siri - when no one is around." She had thought - he might forget and slip and call her by her first name when they were on official business. But then she had decided, probably not, and it was worth the chance. He gave her a shy smile in return. "Thanks, then, Siri." Anakin, for his part, figured Siri was there to accidentally run into Obi-Wan. So he was touched she seemed to genuinely care for him as well. ** A couple weeks later, after his release from the Ward, Anakin was sparring in the salle with remotes set on medium setting when Obi-Wan and Siri arrived. Obi-Wan and Siri had met for a talk in the Room of Thousand Fountains. They had talked about their padawans' progress and steered clear of any personal topics, by sheer force of will. Obi-Wan grinned. "Anakin wants to move up to the full work-out. But the healers don't want him to push it just yet." "He's far ahead of their schedule. Just like you always were." "That's because we can't stand to sit still for more than a minute." Siri laughed. "That's why you two work so well together." "I really want to do a good job." Obi-Wan confessed. Siri clasped his hand. "Is there any doubt that you could? Besides your own skill, you are such a caring person, always have been." Obi-Wan flushed with pleasure at her compliment. Her high opinion of him menat more than he could express in words. *** After Anakin's session, they all three went to the central plaza and got frozen treats of various sweet flavors. Anakin licked his clean and smiled. "That was delicious, Master Obi-Wan. We need to get these more often." Obi-Wan smiled. "That's a plan." ** It was a thing unlooked for but undeniable. They all felt at ease and unbreakable bonds of familial affection for one another. Whether Siri and Obi-Wan officially acknowledged their soul-bond publicly, they would always hold it sacred between the two of them in private. This was something they talked of long into that night. "The Jedi rule against attachment. How can love and compassion and loyalty lead to darkness?" Siri said. "It's their polar opposites or their twisted extremes that lead to darkness, not the real things." "Certainly not what I've felt for you since I was a youngling." He admitted and kissed her gently. Siri didn't leave until morning... for the first, not the last, time. +++++ Did enjoy writing that!