Chapter 46: The End of The Beginning
As Rendal and I were laying together on my bed he noticed something under my pillow and looked at me strangely. “What’s that?”
“Nothing.” I lied. I knew exactly what it was, but I didn’t really want to tell him what it was.
“You sure? Because I can feel it sticking into my head and I can assure you that it’s not nothing.” He smirked and sat up a little, reaching under my pillow. I frowned and shook my head as he pulled out my teddy bear. “What’s this?” He asked surprised.
“Something that isn’t really your business.” I replied quietly and gently pulled it out of his grasp, cuddling it to my chest.
“Sorry, I was just curious about it, but if you don’t want to talk about it then that’s ok.”
I didn’t really want to talk about my bear, but I realised that the reason for it was silly so I sighed softly and decided it was worth trying to open up to him again. He wouldn’t judge me for having the toy, right? “Well... It was given to me by a new friend that I made in the infirmary when I was there.. Geez that was ages ago..” I said as it hit me that it had been months since I’d been injured. “Anyway, I’ve kept it with me since then when the youngling said I could have it.”
“They really said you could keep it? That was sweet of them... My question is where did they get it from?”
“Well it’s a long story, I don’t know all of it, but take a look at this.” I showed him where my name was on the bear. “See? It was my bear when I was little, but I know I left it on my home back on Shili, so how it got to that youngling I don’t know.”
“That’s incredible...” He whispered, looking at the thing before returning his gaze to me. “What’s her name?”
“I called her Lelo.”
“Well I think Lelo is very lucky to have you and you are very lucky to have her.”
“I think so too.” I nodded.
“So you really have no idea how the youngling might have gotten her?”
“Well, maybe some day you’ll find out.” He smiled.
“Yeah... Maybe.” I shrugged my shoulder.
“I hope you do, but I’m glad that you got it back. Now you have something to cuddle when I’m not around to give you my fabulous snuggles.” He grinned, making me laugh softly.
“Well can I have a brilliant snuggle with both of you since you’re both here?”
“You know you can.” Rendal leaned over to gently kiss my forehead. “I love you.” He whispered softly.
“I love you too.” I whispered back, snuggling closer to him as he wrapped his arms around me.
Though I enjoyed cuddling with my best friend/boyfriend the mystery of the bear was fresh in my mind again and I was determined to one day find out who had been given that bear and why it had come to the temple. For now, however, I needed to focus on the present and being with Rendal. That was what was important, being able to spend some time with my friend and just relax.
Later that afternoon Obi Wan and I took Ahsoka, Alexa, Rendal, Jenifire and Lorryn out to Dex’s diner for a special treat. Obi Wan knew that it was probably against the code, but I convinced him that Alexa’s achievement needed to be celebrated and we all needed some time out. So for a little while we went to the diner to eat and talk, and just enjoy ourselves.
Luckily the diner was empty when we came in so we had the place to ourselves and didn’t have to worry about being watched or reported to the Jedi Council. Dex was nice enough to keep our little party secret and let us stay to get some stuff to eat and drink.
“Master, I still can’t believe you’re letting us do this.” Rendal smiled at Obi Wan as we all sat down at one of the larger tables that were available so that we could all sit together.
“To be honest, I can’t either.” My old master chuckled.
“Well I think it’s fine, surely we won’t get into trouble for having some fun, right?” Alexa asked.
“Right.” I nodded, though I wasn’t sure myself. “Anyway, let’s not talk about that. We’re here to relax and celebrate my little Lex’s achievement.” I grinned at her and I could just see her blush from beneath her hood which she still kept down, though it no longer covered quite as much of her face.
“Anakin...” She groaned quietly, shaking her head.
“What? Can’t I congratulate my padawan?”
“Yeah, but... That’s embarrassing.” She muttered and I wrapped an arm around her shoulders.
“Sorry Lex, I didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable.”
“I know. Just don’t let it happen again.” She glared at me before we all started laughing softly. “Thank you for this, Anakin.” She smiled.
“You’re welcome.” I whispered, giving her a gentle squeeze.
Lorryn looked at us from across the table and giggled softly. “You have the best padawan ever, Master Skywalker, but I’m sure you realise that.”
“Uh! I am offended!” Jenifire gasped and looked at her in mock anger.
“Hey, don’t be jealous, you’re great too, Jen!” Lorryn laughed.
“Aw thanks.” She grinned at her.
“Alright you two, settle down a bit.” Ahsoka said, though she too was smiling brightly.
“Aw ok.” Jenifire and Lorryn reluctantly agreed.
“Thank you.” I replied as they calmed down a little.
I hadn’t seen Anakin this happy in awhile and his happiness was infectious, while we were all together with the kids joking and laughing it was impossible for me to stop smiling. It was moments like this that made me glad that I had decided to come back and rejoin the Jedi Order. It was great to be back with Anakin and Obi Wan, and the new padawans were certainly making things interesting.
It made me wonder if the Council would ever grant me the chance to train my own padawan and if they did how would my padawan get along with these ones here. They were all interesting questions to ponder, but before I could think about them too deeply Anakin got my attention by taking my hand in his underneath the table. He flashed me a smile and I smiled back before looking at the others who were still chatting amongst themselves.
“Thanks for coming up with the idea to do this, Skyguy, I think everyone here needed it.” I smiled at my old master.
“You’re welcome and I think you’re right. Let’s just hope that no one decides to report us to the Council.”
“I’ll have my fingers crossed.” I smirked.
“So will I, so with any luck that might stop it from happening.” He chuckled and gave my hand a gentle squeeze. “Oh hey have you seen Alexa’s lightsaber yet?”
“No, not yet.”
“Well you should ask her to show it to you.”
“Alright I’ll ask.” I nodded and leaned forward so that I was able to look past him at Alexa. “Hey Alexa, I’ve heard that your new lightsaber is amazing, can I see it?”
“I don’t think it’s that cool... But sure.” She carefully gave me her lightsaber and I examined the hilt. Anakin was right, it was stunning. “You did very well, padawan.” I smiled as I handed it back to her.
“Thank you.” She grinned, taking it back.
“You’re welcome.” I said then looked at Anakin again. “Like I said, you have trained your padawan very well, Master Skywalker. Don’t doubt that.”
“I’ll try not to.” He replied, smiling. “Thanks.”
“You don’t need to thank me.”
This was great, having everyone together. We didn’t often get to hang out together, and having Master Skywalker, Master Kenobi, and Master Tano all with us was an added bonus. It was fun to get the afternoon off for once. Alexa, Jenifire, Lorryn and myself were all chatting and talking about what had happened while Alexa and I were off at the Gathering. Apparently there had been some interesting things going on with Kira.
“Wait, wait, how do you guys know that someone put a spider in her bed?” Alexa asked giggling.
“Well um... Let’s just say that we know it didn’t wander in there by accident.” Jenifire smirked.
I gasped and stared at her in disbelief. “You put it-!”
“Sh!” Lorryn shushed me.
“No one saw so no one knows.” Jen grinned at us naughtily.
“If anyone finds out you’re going to be in so much trouble.” Alexa warned.
“Yeah so no one finds out, deal?”
“Deal.” My girlfriend and I both nodded.
“Why did you guys do it, anyway?” I asked, curious as to what prompted them to pull such a prank on Kira.
“We heard that she was giving two of our friends a hard time.” Lorryn winked at us.
“Oh my gosh.... Thanks guys.” Alexa laughed and beamed at them. “You know we can fight our own battles though right? Besides we got our own little revenge on her for all the mean things she’s said.”
“Oh really? What did you do?” Jen asked.
“We’ll tell you about it later.” I said then glanced over at the masters, reminding them that we weren’t alone.
Thankfully they took the hint. “Yeah ok, later is fine.” Our friends nodded.
“For now, how about we just celebrate?” Lex suggested.
“What will we celebrate?” Anakin asked as the adults attention was suddenly drawn to us.
“A great padawan?” Ahsoka suggested.
“A job well done?” Master Kenobi offered.
“Friendship?” I asked, but Alexa shook her head at all of them.
“Family.” She smiled, and for once the true radiance of her smile shone through as she lifted back her hood to reveal her sparkling blue eyes.
“Family.” We all nodded in agreement, each one of us all beaming back.
If someone told me less than a year ago that I would be taken into the Jedi Order as a padawan, learn the values of trust and friendship and be blessed with my own family I would have laughed in their face and told them they were crazy. But now? I can say that’s exactly what has happened. The Force has guided me to a place I can call home and a family that I can call my own, with great teachers and friends, and a life that is now sure to be filled with daring adventures. I know there will be tough times ahead and things won’t always be this easy, but for now I am happy to say that all is well and that is all I can ask for.
I love my family and I’m so happy to be with them all. I believe that this is the end of my broken beginning and the start of a whole new chapter in my life. One could even say that this is the chance to begin again.
“Thank you all for everything and may the Force be with us. Always.”
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