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Title: Confessions: A War Begins
Prompt: FF100 #001. Beginnings
Character(s): Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker
Fandom: Star Wars
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Rating: PG
Warnings Uh, spoilers for AOTC? Which, at this late date, means you must be new.
Disclaimer George Lucas owns Star Wars. Lucas is King. If he doesn't like me pilfering his characters, he can have his merchandise back.
Summary: Obi-Wan and Anakin head to Geonosis to help Master Allie, who's been captured.
Author's Notes: Continuing the ground-work for my Confessions-verse. Dialogue shamelessly stolen from AOTC.

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R2-D2 summoned both Jedi and Senator to the Naboo ship with an urgent message from Master Stass Allie; the Tholothian Jedi had picked up the tracking signal from the beacon Obi-Wan had placed on Jango Fett's and followed it to Geonosis. She had infiltrated the compound and discovered that the Trade Federation, the Techno Union, the InterGalactic Banking Clan, and others had come together to discuss the emergence of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Together they would exacerbate the alarming trend of nations seceding from the Republic by declaring open warfare upon the august body of the Senate. In the midst of her report, blaster fire erupted from somewhere off-camera, forcing Allie to draw her lightsabre in defense. Destroyer droids entered the holocam field just as Master Allie stepped out of view. Moments later the transmission cut off.

Master Allie's comm-system didn't seem to have the range to send her message all the way back to Coruscant - it was probably damaged - so Anakin re-routed the full message to the Temple, whereupon a grave-faced Master Windu frowned back at the Master-Padawan duo. He signed off by ordering the two Jedi to stay on Tatooine and protect the Senator, but apparently Padme was having none of it.

"I'm planning to go and save Master Allie; if you two want to obey your orders to protect me, you'll just have to come along."

Obi-Wan raised a brow at Padme's sass, though Anakin's grin at her words wasn't lost on him. He wondered just what exactly had happened on Naboo between the Senator and the Padawan.

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The trio were forced into the droid foundries of Geonosis where, after a brief battle with the locals, they were outnumbered and taken by Jango Fett to the Geonisian Council. Senator Amidala tried her best to secure a diplomatic resolution, but in the end it was no use. Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padme were to be sent to the Petranaki arena for execution, alongside Master Allie. After a lengthy battle against four terrifying creatures, including an acklay, a reek, and a nexu, a cadre of Jedi led by Master Windu materialized from out of the gathered Geonosian crowd and rallied toward the prisoners. Windu held Dooku at ‘sabre point for a long moment, but soon after, droids filled the arena and boxed the prisoners in. The fight began again in earnest, until all the Jedi were gathered in the centre of the arena, standing back to back as the relentless onslaught closed in on them. Though it seems all was lost, the whine of engines emerged from the din of battle as a dozen troop transports descended upon the arena.

Master Yoda and the Clone Army had arrived.

-

The gunship bearing Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padme raced over the Geonosian landscape. The army he'd discovered on Kamino was as well-trained as the cloners had advertised; the troopers were efficient and seemed to have no qualms about taking orders from the Jedi. By Anakin's suggestion, the gunners targeted the fleeing enemy ships at their fuels cells, felling one in a single pass. As the smoke cleared Obi-Wan pointed across the valley at several fast-moving objects that were rapidly pulling away from the engagement.

"Look over there!"

"It's Dooku," the Padawan announced. "Shoot him down!"

"We're out of rockets, sir," the clone replied.

"Follow him!" Anakin ordered. The pilot pulled the gunship into a tight turn to take up the chase.

"We're gonna need some help," Padme pointed out.

"There isn't time," Obi-Wan replied. "Anakin and I can handle this."

As they moved away from the main battle and crossed into the desert proper, the ships flying escort for the retreating former Jedi pulled away and circled around behind the gunship. They fired relentlessly upon the pursuing Jedi. As they cleared a large dune, an explosion rocked the ship, sending Padme and several clones tumbling over the side and into the sand below. The surge of panic that floated off of Anakin had Obi-Wan whipping around to face his apprentice.

"Padme! ...PUT THE SHIP DOWN," Anakin bellowed.

"Anakin! Don't let your personal feelings get in the way! Follow that speeder!"

Anakin would have none it, though, as he tried to countermand his Master with a heated, "Lower the ship!"

Obi-Wan stepped in front of Anakin and caught his gaze. "I can't take Dooku alone. I need you! If we catch him, we can end this war right now! We have a job to do."

"I don't care!" Anakin retorted. "Put the ship down!"

"You will be expelled from the Jedi Order!" It killed Obi-Wan to say the words, but they needed to be said.

"But I can't leave her!"

"Come to your senses! What do you think Padme would do if she were in your position?" Obi-Wan watched the sour resignation on Anakin's face.

"...She would do her duty."

Satisfied that the matter was settled for the time being, Obi-Wan spared a final look for his Padawan before he returned his focus to the matter at hand. He had an idea, now, of what had happened between Anakin and Padme, and it worried him. Every time he turned around, Anakin's actions rekindled old memories and sent fire across the scars of Obi-Wan's soul; all the mistakes and missteps that Obi-Wan had taken in his youth were coming back to haunt him through his Padawan. He wondered briefly if Qui-Gon had ever felt the same way. One thing was for certain, however: He and Anakin were going to have a very long talk about this once the mission was over...
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