I looked at Ahsoka as we stared at the door shocked, out of all the things I had thought she’d do I was not expecting that!
‘Alexa!’ I tapped on the keypad to open the door only to find it locked from the inside. ‘Open up and talk to me Alexa!’ I demanded, but I didn’t receive an answer. I sighed shaking my head. ‘I apologise for my Padawans behaviour.’ I looked to Ahsoka.
‘Don’t worry about it, Anakin.’
‘No, really, she was rude and she had no reason to be.’
‘It doesn’t matter, she’s probably just not feeling well, I know I used to get like that sometimes.’
‘Yes, but you didn’t lash out like that.’ I replied.
‘Come to my room, let’s just leaver her be.’
I agreed and we went into her room and talked.
I just don’t understand it, admittedly she hadn’t quite been herself this morning, but she wasn’t angry or anything, so what could have changed since then? Maybe she had a fight with her friends um.... Jennifire and.... Lorryn? Or maybe something happened with Rendal. Hm.... I will have to ask them....
‘Anakin, I can sense that you’re still upset. It’s alright, I’m not going to hold it against her, so just let it go.’
‘Alright.’ I nodded, but it still played on my mind.
After a while I left, but instead of going straight to my room I went to see Alexa, making sure this time to knock politely on the door and surprisingly it actually opened for me.... Only to reveal a stone-faced Togrutan girl staring up at me.
‘Yes?’ She asked, her voice betraying no emotion.
‘May I come in?’
‘Of course.’ She moved aside and I walked in. ‘What can I do you, Skywalker?’
‘You can tell me what I did wrong.’ I went straight to the point.
‘I don’t know what you mean.’ She replied innocently.
‘Don’t try to play games with me, please, I just want to know why you’re upset with me.’
‘I’m not upset, I am perfectly calm.’
‘Then what was all that with the door when I brought Ahsoka to see you?’
‘Yes, that, both you and her Highness have my apologies for my poor behaviour.’
‘Come on Alexa, how long is it going to take for us to be honest with each other?’
‘I am being honest, Master. You could threaten me with your lightsaber and I would still give you the same answer.’
Wait a minute.... Lightsaber! I was meant to do some more training with her this afternoon! Instead I forgot about it and went to celebrate with Obi Wan and Ahsoka! That was why she is upset!
‘Alexa I am so sorry that I forgot to meet you this afternoon, but we had a meeting with the Council and Ahsoka was made a full Jedi Knight and we went out celebrating-’
‘I know and it’s fine, I can’t expect you to keep your schedule free for me all the time, you don’t need to apologise Master. However right now I would appreciate it if you would excuse me to get some sleep.’
‘Of course Alexa and I really am sorry.’ I murmured as I was told to leave.
I then exited and made the snap decision to go and see my wife, after all I hadn’t seen her since just before we left on the mission and I should take the opportunity to see her again. So I got a speeder, left the temple and headed to the Senator’s apartment.
When I got there I went straight up to her room, making sure to stay cautious so that no one would see me visiting her, then knocked on her door.
‘Hello?’ She opened the door and gasped! ‘Ani!’ She squealed.
‘Sh! Not so loud, can I come in?’
‘Of course!’ She let me in and I swiftly shut the door behind me. ‘How was your mission?’
‘Highly successful, we destroyed the base and sent the Separatists running! Obi Wan’s padawan even fought Dooku!’
‘Alone?!’ She asked shocked as we sat on her lounge. I nodded.
‘He did it to save a young boy Dooku was going to have shot and while he saved the boy he was captured.’
‘What a brave boy.... How old is Obi Wan’s padawan?’
‘I think he’s thirteen.’
‘Oh my! Did you save him or did Obi Wan?’
‘Neither of us....’ I replied scratching my neck awkwardly.
‘What? Then who did?’
‘Alexa snuck into their base in the middle of the night and smuggled him out, he had been tortured so he had to lean on her and she had to carry him at one point.’
‘And she’s twelve?’ I nodded. ‘That’s.... Amazing! I’ve never even heard of a child with that much physical strength, not to mention how much mental strength that would take! Did she come out of it alright?’
‘Yes, when we found them alone and weak in the rainforest she was exhausted, but unharmed, Rendal on the other hand, Obi Wan’s padawan, had broken his arm and leg.’
‘Oh no! The poor thing...’
‘Yes, he was in pretty bad shape.’
‘Only Dooku would torture a thirteen year old.’ She shook her head angrily. ‘But I bet he would have been even worse if your padawan hadn’t rescued him.’
‘That’s certainly true.’ I nodded slipping my arm around her shoulder. ‘Alexa really is something special.... That reminds me while we were on Shili we found Ahsoka.’
‘What?! Ani that’s wonderful, how is she?’
‘She’s great, hasn’t changed a bit and she is now the Princess of her home planet!’
‘I’m so happy for her!’
‘It gets better.’
‘How could it get any better?’
‘With this, she has rejoined the Jedi Order and is now a full Jedi Knight!’
‘That’s marvellous! I’m glad she has come back, oh Ani I must see her again!’
‘Alright, I’m sure she’ll be glad do see you, I’ll talk to her about it.’
‘Thank you.’ She snuggled in closer to me and I smiled.
I felt no guilt for what I had done, by tomorrow we will both probably be over it.... Maybe.... Still, despite my clear conscious I couldn’t sleep, I had been lying on bed for several hours now waiting and hoping to fall into a slumber, but I couldn’t. Sighing, I got up from my bed and went over to the window, the city lights shone brightly from below as I watched speeders go by.
Maybe a walk would help me.
So I grabbed my cloak and headed out, but as I passed Anakin’s room I sensed that no one was in there.
Odd. Where could he be?
I shrugged it off and kept walking, as long as he wasn’t in there it just made it easier for me to slip past undetected. So I took advantage of it and kept going. I couldn’t help noticing how quiet the Temple became at night, it was rather spooky, I mused as I snuck around the corridors unsure of whether I should be doing this. Feeling my hand brush against the cold surface of the pillars of the Temples entrance hall heading to the doors and out in to the steps.
I had no idea what I was doing or if this was a bad idea, but my were doubts soon left behind me as I came out of the temple and saw the city of Coruscant. As I stated around I tried to take in as much of the awe inspiring view as I could, the skyscrapers which looked like they were tall enough to reach into space, the millions of speeders that raced along the skylanes and the people who walked along the streets.
However my eyes caught something else looming in the darkness up ahead, as I walked closer I realised it was a wheel chair, so I came and stood next to it and looked at the older boy who was staring out at the city.
‘Couldn’t sleep either?’ He asked turning his head to face me.
‘No, as a matter of fact I couldn’t, what are you doing out here?’
‘Same thing as you I suspect; trying to make myself sleepy.’
‘Hmph.’ I wasn’t sure that the reason I was out here was to make myself sleepy, I just felt that I should be out here. I had no other reason for it.
‘I can tell you’ve got something on your mind.... Wanna talk about it?’
‘You sure? I know that sometimes talking about it can help.’
‘Thanks, but no thanks.’ I shook my head.
‘Alright.... Did.... Did something happen between you and Master Skywalker?’ He asked cautiously.
‘I told you, I didn’t want to talk about it!’ I snapped. ‘S-Sorry.’ I apologised almost immediately afterward.
‘That’s alright, I can see it hasn’t been your best day.’
‘No, not really.’
‘Come, we should probably go back inside before someone misses us.’
So the two of us came back into the Temple and headed to our rooms, or rather my room from the direction we were going.
‘You know you don’t have to escort me to my room.’
‘Yes I do, I have to make sure that you don’t go back out and run away while I’m not around.’ He smirked.
‘Ha ha, very funny.’ I rolled my eyes as we came to my door. ‘Well I guess this is my stop.... Thanks for taking to me out there.’
‘That’s alright.’ He smiled. ‘I guess I’ll see you in the morning then.’
‘Yeah.... See you.’ I murmured slipping inside where I took my cloak off and tried to go to sleep again....
This time I was successful.
I woke early and deciding not to wake Padme, I left her apartment and headed back to the Temple, where upon reaching my room I was surprised to hear a faint, almost musical, sound. I then realised where it was coming from: Alexa’s room.
I crept quietly over to her door and pressed my ear against the cold metal trying to hear what she was doing, however it was useless, I couldn’t really make it out, so I decided to open the door and what I saw shocked me more than I had anticipated.
Alexa was lying on her side asleep, humming a tune!
I listened surprised, it was a pretty little song, light and soft as a feather it was soothing, almost like a lullaby.... However I froze as her eyes fluttered open and her gaze settled on me.
‘Master?’ She asked sitting up. ‘What are you doing in here?’
‘Hi Lex..... I uh....’ I tried to come up with an excuse.
‘Don’t worry about it.’ She shrugged it off and got out of bed.
‘How are you feeling?’
‘I’m glad to hear it because we have a big day today.’ I smiled.