Title: Meaning and Purpose Author: Siri-Wan Kenobi Timeframe: Alternate universe (Before TPM) Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi, OC Genres: Drama & romance Rating: T Summary: Two young adults with their own inner struggles cross path. Will they be able to find the meaning and purpose of it all within the companionship of each other, or will their own demons drive them further apart, both from what’s true to them and from the reality that is in front of them? Chapter 1: An Unexpected Voyage She had always thought that life was boring. She had always thought about the meaning of life, but had never managed to find the answer she was looking for, nor had she managed to find the purpose with life. She hated life as much as she hated the jerks that she was surrounded with. Life on Earth had been hell, fighting to burn her alive from within with the fire which it presented. Until he came along… **** Thea could feel her heavy eyelids starting slowly to close as soon as her head hit the pillow. It had been another dreadful day, with school, kickboxing training, homework and other stuff that she had to get done before the day was over. And the jerk Simen and his buddies had been bothering the life out of her during the entire school day, even though she had learned to shut them out of her mind after all these years, it still hurt nonetheless. They had known each other since their junior years in high school, and ever since they met, Simen had set on a mission to hate her and make her life as miserable as possible. Her parents had taken the matter very seriously, and both the teacher and Simen's parents had been dragged into the mess. At first, it had helped, but Thea could still feel those disapproving looks behind her backs, and she had caught the wind of stupid rumors about her that were being spread around. She had been doing her best to ignore them all and try to do her best to convince people of what's right and what's wrong. But to what purpose when no one believes you, Thea scoffed, stirring on the ceiling as if it would present an answer anytime. The longer Thea let her thoughts drift, the more irritated she became with each passing minutes. She let out a heavy sigh as she shifted in her bed. It's going to be one of those nights, huh? **** 18 year-old Obi-Wan sat cross-legged in the Room of Thousand Fountains, deep in his own thoughts while being surrounded by the entity of the Force. Soon, he would be travelling with his Master, Qui-Gon Jinn, to Delphon to stop a gang of criminals from disturbing the peace-loving delphonians. This gang had been terrorising Delphinur, the capital city of Delphon, for several months now, and the government has tried everything they had of resources to stop this gang. However, to no use. Therefore, they have called upon the Jedi for help. The Jedi, as the peacekeepers of the galaxy, had of course not turned it down. So, here he sat, ready for another mission with his Master. It's been almost 4 years since he left the Order. It was a time he didn't want to look back on. Even after so many years, the scar that the incident left behind was still fresh and hurting, as if it had happened only days ago. His departure from the Jedi Order had also caused a big rift in his relationship with Qui-Gon, and even though almost 4 years had passed, both of them were still mending their trust for each other. Yet, no matter how hard he had tried; burying himself with intense training and meditation, he still couldn't find the inner peace within himself. The horror of Melida/Daan still haunted him day and night, slowly forcing him down the black hole again and again. The dark emotions swelled inside him, choking him as if an invisible hand tightened around his throat. No, I can't think of the past. I must stay in the present, Obi-Wan thought. He let the Force embrace him tighter and the emotion ebbed. I have dedicated myself to the Jedi Order and I'm going to hold that dedication for as long as I live. **** Darkness still lurked in her room and the skies outside when Thea woke from the dreadful ringing of her alarm clock. Letting out a silent groan, she slapped the top of her clock to stop the ear-hurting ringing. Laying in the comforting silence of her room, Thea could hear the sound of carengines as they drove past her house. Sitting up gingerly, she fought the temptation of laying back down again and covering herself with the warmth and coziness of her duvet. Several minutes passed as she used her fisted hands to rub the sleep out of her eyes, before climbing out of her bed. Ugh… I hate mornings during winter times… curse those dark and chilly moments. With a sour mood, Thea found her way to the bathroom to start her morning routines. **** Obi-Wan woke up with a low groan, laying on something hard and in a rather awkward position. Where am I, he thought as he turned to lie on his back. He blinked a couple of times to adjust his eyes to the darkness that surrounded him. Minutes passed as he lay there on the hard floor, before sitting himself upright. His now night-adjusted eyes scanned the room slowly; the room was quite big, maybe about 30 square meters. It was also filled with different kind of furnitures. On the right side of room sat a sofa, circled around a long coffee table, while on the left side of the table was a recliner. In front of where the sofa and coffee table were, was flat screen, with one shelf placed on each side of it. And Obi-Wan could also spot out a big bookshelf behind him, it was filled with different kind of books that he had never seen before. Linked together with the bookshelf was a cupboard filled with various glasses. Well, this clearly isn't the Room of Thousand Fountains, he mused to himself. So much had he managed to figure out after several minutes of glancing around, yet he still couldn't figure out where he was. The space was filled with warmth and a certain homey feel. Obi-Wan was still dressed in his usual Jedi attire, with his lightsaber hanging on its usual place. It's just that his surroundings were somewhat… different. **** Thea didn't even know where to start when it came to expressing her hate for the winter season. It's absolutely dreadful. The air was chilly no matter where you were, biting into your skin like a pair of invisible claws to the point that it was hurting. And occasionally it was so cold that you could almost feel the coldness surging through your bones, no matter how many layers of clothing you were wearing. But the landscape is just magical during the winter, Thea admitted to herself. Especially when it is covered up by a thin layer of snow. But with the snow, came also the ice, and they should have never existed if that ever was possible. Thea couldn't even count how many times she's lost a balancing battle against the god forsaken ice-covered ground. Or when it had rained and the ground is covered with slush. She grimaced at the thought and casted a final lock in the mirror. Tossing her bag on her shoulder, she walked to the living room. Turning the light on, she didn't notice the person that appeared in front of her at first, but when the appearance finally caught up with her, she couldn't help but let out a shout of surprise. **** Obi-Wan stood in the middle of room when he heard sound of steps approaching him. Not quite knowing if he should hide and just stand around, he cast another glance around room, as if he was looking for a place to hide. In the end he chose the latter. Suddenly lights filled the room, causing him to squint. Shortly after a shout cut through the silence, but it was quickly muffled as Obi-Wan launched forward and covered the person's mouth with his hand. At first glance, Obi-Wan guessed that the woman standing in front of him must be around the same age as himself. With his hand still covering her mouth, he studied her with a bit of curiosity lingering in his eyes, all the while he felt a rudeness surge through him as reality hit home. How in the kriffing Force did I manage to stumble myself into someone's home?