Oh there are so many tangled emotions here, especially between Obi-Wan and Anakin and Ahsoka - which I am going to dive right into with the next update. In the end, both parties are right and wrong and there's no clear cut, right answer. It's a tangled web to unweave but I'm determined to do it in this story! Our heroes deserve nothing less. And this is a bit too early in canon for the pair we know and love . . . but there is most certainly a connection that I can't wait to share. As always, I thank you so much for reading, my friend, and hope that you continue to enjoy! Yep - Ahsoka really is on the short end of so many sticks right now. But don't worry, she has people who still love her and its going to be okay in the end. We just have some angst to muddle through in the beginning. Thank-you for reading, as always! Oh, always! There's never any doubt. And, your reviews are always worth the wait, so I can't thank you enough for the time and insight you put into leaving your thoughts! In many ways, TCW, like Rebels was written with a younger audience in mind, but it was so very mature in the way it handled Palpatine's growing influence and control over the galaxy. And, this is the Republic that will give birth to an Empire where anti-non-Human sentiment is the norm. Even the anti-Jedi sentiment was building in a way that the public would easily believe them as traitors and at first welcome an Empire who was 'saving' them from the classes of beings who were the 'cause' of all of their woes. It was really subtle, fantastic writing, and it was even more fascinating to watch as someone who knows the end result. So it's equally sad but complex to kinda dive into here. There's such a marked difference in Anakin of Season 5 and 6 of TCW - losing Ahsoka really, truly haunted him. Especially as he made her leaving personal: *I'm* asking you to come back, he changed from the council is asking you back when he tried to return her Padawan beads. He took her leaving so bitterly hard - and it really laid a fertile ground for the Anakin of RoTS that's sadly right around the corner. I honestly didn't identify with Anakin much at all through the PT alone, but TCW gave me all sorts of love and depth and empathy for his character - and you know how much I adore exploring his thoughts and relationships with others now. Oh, Obi-Wan! He can't help but be a dear - he really has the best intentions, even if Ahsoka is far from a good place mentally where she can appreciate that. One of the most heartbreaking things during the plot arc with Ahsoka's trial was watching Obi-Wan's facial expressions. He's so grieved and torn but his hands were tied. There's this moment, right after Ahsoka shares her decision to leave where he tries to follow her and Anakin out, but he's physically held back by Plo Koon to give them their space and it breaks my heart. All this man wanted was to just keep his family together. You know what? I'm just going to share that scene here. It's one of the most moving scenes of the entire series, and the dialogue and lighting and music and facial animation are all just - gah, I absolutely adore this show. If you watch nothing else of TCW, this is the best three minutes and worth the view, hands down: That really is one of the most interesting aspects of the First Person POV - here we just have Ahsoka's thoughts and opinions as a lens through which to view the plot. And while she's most certainly entitled to her hurt and her anger, it's just her side of the story we are seeing and its hard for her to think objectively when she's so deeply emotionally invested in the situation. It's actually a hard balance to achieve as a writer - because she's certainly not an angry bitter character, but she's dealing with those feelings to an extreme degree now. I'm trying to walk a fine line before too much is too much. But, at the very least, she's most certainly going to grapple with some definitely grey decisions coming up - just you wait! I love my dear broken boys so stinkin' much - as I'm sure you've heard me go on about at length now. I will have this lot stick together through anything, and you can't tell me that Ahsoka and Rex didn't keep in contact through her year away. It's the canon of my heart, and I refuse to shake it until I'm told otherwise. (That was honestly a big bummer for me in Rebels - what do you mean Ahsoka and Rex fell out of contact for so long after surviving Order 66 together??? Common fanon honestly thought he was going to help her in her role starting the Rebellion before Rebels officially said otherwise. Retiring and fishing in the desert? Nah. Not my Rex. It's still OOC and wasted plot potential in my book. But then, maybe I'm biased. ) This is certainly an opportunity for Ahsoka! One I'm not going to say much about here but to say that the Force isn't going to let her not be herself for too long. Being a Jedi, even without the title, is too much ingrained into her bones just for her to back away quietly. But that we already know and love about her. And this Human/Wookiee duo is almost kinda indeed an 'unlikely meeting' that I at first hesitated to add for just how much of a small world I am making this galaxy far, far away - again. But, in the end, I decided that I didn't care about improbability and decided to just write what I wanted anyway. The names in the next chapter are Legends!canon, rather than Disney, but they most certainly are not OCs - a trip through the Wook will give you a nice background if you want spoilers. If not, sit back and I can't wait to surprise you! As always, I thank you so much for reading and hope that you enjoy this story as it unfolds. Alrighty, dear readers, there will be more up in just a few minutes!