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Skyguy and Snips

17 Apr
Skyguy and Snips

Anakin still shivered as he tinkered with the Twilight, safe in the Republic cruiser. That… place—was it even a planet?—called Mortis that Ahsoka, Obi Wan, and he had just escaped from haunted him. According to Obi Wan, the Son had managed to control him and use him for the Dark Side. He’d been shown things he shouldn’t have been, things that were unnatural. Anakin couldn’t remember his brief time serving under the Son, but he’d heard enough to guess.
After Obi Wan had rescued him and he was again Anakin Skywalker, he’d noticed a slight change in Ahsoka’s behavior. It was slight, and not even Obi Wan had picked up on it, but Anakin didn’t like it. Fear. As near as Anakin could figure, while he was under the Son he’d done some pretty awful things. Things that his young padawan’s eyes shouldn’t have seen.
Ahsoka. Still so young. Smirking proudly to the engine he was working on, Anakin thought about how young and yet how capable his student was. He, Obi Wan, and occasionally even Padme had worked tirelessly to make her the best that she could be, and she had no problem meeting the challenge. Ahsoka was something to be proud of.
And yet, while they were stranded on that planet, she had been taken by the Son as well. She’d been forced to helplessly battle Anakin himself without even knowing what she was doing. She had died in Anakin’s own arms! Anakin was worried that seeing his darker self had been too hard on Ahsoka, but he knew for a fact that seeing Ahsoka’s darker self had been too hard on him.
It was just a trick, Anakin reminded himself. Just a mind trick. Ahsoka was nothing like that. But wasn’t she? There was a dark side in everyone, and just because it didn’t have the upper hand in Ahsoka didn’t mean that it wasn’t a part of her.
He’d fought Ahsoka. He knew intellectually that what he was fighting hadn’t been Ahsoka and that he had had no other choice, but he’d still fought his little Ahsoka. Secretly Anakin was impressed by how strongly she was able to stand against him. Anakin wasn’t pulling punches and Ahsoka wasn’t an easy target. But the vision of little Snips having such hatred—hatred for him—in her eyes and on her face would never leave him.
Worst of all were the things she’d said. Anakin didn’t want to remember it, but out of nowhere he started to hear the voices again.
Anakin had walked up to Ahsoka’s turned back as she sat in meditation. “Ahsoka? Ahsoka, it’s me, you’re safe now. Let’s go,” he said, holding out a hand, wanting her to take it and knowing somehow that she wasn’t going to.
“Are you proud of me, Master?” she said instead.
“What?” Anakin gulped. This didn’t seem like Ahsoka, not at all. What had the Son done that could ever make her question that? There was only one answer, of course. “Um, of course, Snips! Of course I’m proud of you, now let’s get out of here!”
“He’s right. Right about everything,” Ahsoka said as she stood and turned around to reveal the yellow eyes that tensed every one of Anakin’s muscles. “You must join him. He only wants what’s best for the universe,” she finished, contorting her body like a little girl in emotional blackmail… which Ahsoka knew Anakin had a hard time resisting.
What had the Son done to her? Anakin was already worried sick about the kind of torture she could have gone through, but this was something else. This wasn’t his Ahsoka at all. “Hey, what’s wrong with you?”
“Always with the criticism, Master. Never really believing in me, trusting me!” That wasn’t true! Anakin did trust her, trusted her with his life! According to the Council, he trusted her too much! “Well, I don’t need you any more.”
No. This wasn’t right. This wasn’t his Snips. The Son had done something. Confused her. Anakin tried and failed to hide the panic as it crept into his voice. “Ahsoka. Ahsoka, listen to me. He’s done something to you. Snap out of it! This isn’t you, Ahsoka!”
“Isn’t it? I feel more like myself than I ever have. He asked me to give you a message. He said if you don’t join him, he will kill me.” She chuckled slightly as she taunted the last line. She didn’t know what she was saying. She couldn’t know.
“I won’t let him,” Anakin responded simply. Because he would never join with the Son willingly. And he would never allow Ahsoka to die.
“Then you will be forced to kill me!” shouted Ahsoka at the top of her lungs as she ignited her green lightsaber and flung herself at Anakin. The first blow Anakin quickly ducked, but as Ahsoka continued to attack, Anakin realized that she was too powerful for him to keep evading.
“I don’t want to fight you, Ahsoka,” Anakin pleaded one last time. Snips, or what was left of her, didn’t respond. Without warning the heel of her boot made contact with Anakin’s chin and caused him to shoot backwards and fall on the pavement. He watched his lightsaber fall away from him and Ahsoka advance. Curse Togruta flexibility!
Ahsoka stood over him with her lightsaber inching closer and closer to his throat. “And now, the student will kill the master!” Anakin couldn’t help but smirk. In your dreams, little one.
Anakin lifted one hand and forced Ahsoka just back enough to hop back up and grab his saber. “Getting a little ahead of yourself, aren’t you, Snips?”
“Don’t call me that! I hate it when you call me that!” Ahsoka had yelled to him.
Anakin snapped back and his eyes fluttered open. Had they closed? Looking to his left and right and recognizing the Twilight, he sat hard on a toolbox near him and placed his head in his hands. The Son in Ahsoka wasn’t her, but it had gotten those words from somewhere. The Son had magnified her own insecurities and twisted her until the original girl was no more. So how much of what Ahsoka said were her own feelings?
Did he criticize her too much? Was he not praising her enough? Should he trust her more? Surely it was Anakin’s own fault if Snips felt that way. And… Did she really hate it when he called her Snips? Was that true? At first Anakin had meant it as an insult, but now it was a pet name. Didn’t she know that?
“Master?” came Ahsoka’s voice from above. She leapt into the engine hole and crossed her arms. “Are you alright, Master?” Technically speaking, as a padawan Ahsoka should address Anakin by “Master,” and use the title at the end of most sentences. But Ahsoka never did that. Not until now.
“What? Oh, yeah, I’m fine. Sn- Ahsoka, you do know that I’m proud of you, right? I mean, you know I trust you, don’t you?”
Ahsoka lifted an eyebrow and tilted her head a bit. “Well, yeah, of course I do.” She stepped a bit closer and knelt to be at Anakin’s eye level. “Are you sure you’re ok, Master? You seem pale.”
“No, I’m fine, really. I should get back to work.” Anakin stood and picked up the screwdriver he’d set on the floor next to him. “Hey, one more thing though. You don’t, don’t mind it when I call you ‘Snips,’ right? I don’t mean it like an insult, honest.”
Now Ahsoka crossed her arms again and scrunched her lips up like she did when she was confused. “I didn’t think you did. Of course I’m fine with it, I mean, it’s like how I call you ‘Skyguy.’ Skyguy and Snips, right?”
Relieved, Anakin rested a hand on Ahsoka’s shoulder and smiled at the familiar light in Ahsoka’s soft blue eyes. “Yeah. Skyguy and Snips.”

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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in *Le Fanfic, *Le Star Wars

 

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4 responses to “Skyguy and Snips

  1. theseshipswontsink

    April 18, 2014 at 4:11 am

    That was really good! It kept me reading the entire time and I was really intrigued with the story! Your writing style is brilliant! Keep up the great work!!

     
    • Rierierose

      April 18, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      🙂 Thanks! I didn’t know you watched the Clone Wars?

       
      • theseshipswontsink

        April 19, 2014 at 5:35 am

        I have watched more than a few episodes with my younger brothers. I know enough to know who everyone is and what is going on and why it is happening. Ehehe. ;D

         
        • Rierierose

          April 19, 2014 at 5:44 am

          Hehe, ok. I really suggest watching it! It’s got a few “meh” episodes, but by the end it really gets awesome. In season three there is a story arch where Anakin, Obi Wan, and Ahsoka go to a place called Mortis. The flashback part of this episode was a flashback to that episode. Actually, the Mortis arch is one of my favorites. So yeah. 🙂

           

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