I'll be posting author's replies after we get back from the zoo. This chapter is a bit short, but the next chapter is pretty full of action, so be prepared! Chapter 11 The soaring temperatures of Tatooine made Obi-Wan drowsy. He was in Sarla?s home after sneaking away from Windu one more time. He rolled over and put his arm around her. She had already fallen asleep, and she looked even younger in her sleep. He moved closer, liking the way she felt against him. She murmured contentedly and shifted closer. He closed his eyes and thought about everything that would be taking place tomorrow. He had to make sure he timed it all very carefully. A mistake now could ruin everything he had worked so hard to do. Tomorrow, he would go to Shmi and retrieve Anakin. She was already preparing the boy for the ?adventure? he was soon to have with his good friend Obi-Wan. Nevertheless, he expected tears from both mother and son. He had already given Shmi a comm to contact him at any time. She would not have to know that neither he nor her son were really at the Jedi Temple. Anakin would believe what he was told and tell his mother the same thing. But even before he picked up Anakin he had to take care of Windu. He smiled in the small hot room. That would be a pleasure. He was tired of the questions the Jedi continued to ask. Some of the questions were telling. Some of the questions were about his time with Master. He was about to finally fall asleep when he heard his comm chirp. It was not his Jedi issued comm, but the one Qui-Gon had told Sarla give to him. He had been pleased to have a way to directly contact his Master while he was here on Tatooine. He had missed Dex?s diner and the easy access it provided. He always remembered to turn it off when he was around the Jedi. It was imperative that he remain careful to the very end. He threw back the sheet and tugged on a tunic over his leggings. ?Yes, Master?? he said quietly as he moved into the other room. ?Obi-Wan, I take it you are someplace that you can speak freely?? ?For now, Master; I am supposed to return to the Jedi in a time-part or so.? ?Good, good.? There was silence on the other end. ?Master?? Obi-Wan prompted daringly. ?Where are you right now, Apprentice?? Obi-Wan swallowed hard, the tone of his Master?s voice was harsh. Master was not pleased about something. ?I am at Sarla?s home, Master.? He knew that he could not lie to him, lies blazed under the scrutiny of the Dark Lord. ?You spend much time there, Obi-Wan. Do you think that is wise?? ?I find her company?pleasurable.? ?See to it that you do not forget your priorities, young one.? ?I won?t, Master, I promise.? ?Good, because I would have to remove the source of your distraction if that were to happen.? There was a pause. ?Do you understand?? ?Yes, Master, I understand perfectly.? ?You may continue to see her as long as you fulfill your duties to me.? ?Thank you, Master.? Now it was Obi-Wan who hesitated. ?I thought I might bring her back with me, to help me with the boy during the journey.? His Master laughed then. ?To help you with the boy, or just to help you?? Obi-Wan allowed himself a small chuckle. ?Both, My Lord, I admit. I find her skills most intriguing.? ?Is everything in place for tomorrow?? ?Yes, My Lord, all is ready.? ?Does Windu suspect you yet?? ?Yes, Master, he is most determined to find out what ails me,? Obi-Wan chuckled. ?We will satisfy his curiosity tomorrow then, won?t we?? ?Yes, Master, he?ll know everything tomorrow.? I just wanted to add that I've had such a great time writing this story. I've enjoyed it more than I've enjoyed writing anything in a while. And the lovely words of support I've gotten for it on this board have made it even better! So thank you to everyone who has read it and left a comment, AND thank you to the lurkers! I know you're out there because some of you have PMed me. Now, off to torture Mace, Qui, and Obi!