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Fallen - Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker (RotE) 
8th-Nov-2009 03:19 pm
Whose woods are these ❧ NRFTW
Title: Fallen
Prompt: Over
Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker
Era: RotE
Rating: G
Word Count:
Warnings: None.
Author's Note: I've always wondered about Obi-Wan's "certain point of view" statement about Anakin's death when he talks to Luke in Return of the Jedi. I can't quite see Obi-Wan telling that bald-faced of a lie unless he really believed it on some level.


Obi-Wan watched the holograms. He saw the man in Jedi robes striding through the Temple. He saw Knights and Masters fall to his blade. He saw Padawans and Younglings cut down without hesitation. Clone troopers marched in his wake, aiming and firing their blasters with merciless efficiency, as if their targets were no more than battle droids.

The face of that man looked up into the security recorders. He knew they were there, watching his every move. But he did not care. He did not disable them as he moved onwards, slaying everything in his path.

Obi-Wan saw the face of that man again, contorted with rage, the dark side swirling around him as he choked Padme, pleading with love and despair. Then he turned from her, not watching as she hit the ground, and spoke in in a voice that Obi-Wan knew well, and did not know at all.

There had been a man named Anakin Skywalker. He had been a good man. A Jedi Knight. Reckless, idealistic, driven, a fierce protector of people he cared for. Obi-Wan had known him well.

This man was named Anakin Skywalker. But Obi-Wan could not recognize him.
Comments 
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9th-Nov-2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it! =)
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9th-Nov-2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! =)
9th-Nov-2009 06:27 am (UTC)
Excellent work. "From a certain point of view"; Obi-Wan never recognised that Anakin was capable of such things so Anakin isn't - Vader is. *nods* Brilliant.
9th-Nov-2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I mean, this is the guy who's saved his life on multiple occasions, risks his life for the clone troopers routinely (going by RotS at least), and he first met him as a cute nine-year-old kid. He was his mentor for about ten years, teaching him to be a Jedi. Now he's seeing him committing acts of unspeakable horror and pure evil. I imagine that it would be like seeing a completely different person with the same face, and that's why Obi-Wan made such a clear distinction between Vader and Anakin in his later years. He just couldn't make himself think that Anakin Skywalker was capable of it.
9th-Nov-2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Very well done --- liked the security cams being left operative, as if to flaunt his evil, or his 'good,' from his point of view.
9th-Nov-2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, I thought it was kind of an interesting detail. Anakin certainly could have taken out the security cameras easily with a few orders to the troopers, but they were just not important because he wasn't going to let himself be stopped.
10th-Nov-2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Very nice, and it fits nicely with Obi-Wan in his later years. I like his point of view on certain events, Padme, the temple, and of course his normal attitude during the war. From the war to the rise of the Empire, Obi saw it all happen with Anakin, so I can easily imagine it would be difficult for him to accept Anakin and evil Anakin/Vader thanks to this. *nod* Very nicely done, especially with the prompt.
12th-Nov-2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, and with the years he spent on Tatooine watching Luke grow up to be not entirely unlike Anakin while thinking about what Anakin/Vader had done in all those thirty years, I think that made his... I don't know if "belief" is the right word, but his idea of Vader having "killed" Anakin even stronger.
10th-Nov-2009 04:26 am (UTC)
I like this a lot; it expresses very well what Obi-Wan must have been feeling, and it sounds like him too. I agree that on some level he believed what he told Luke: I think he had been telling himself all those years that Vader killed Anakin, and so forth, because he couldn't deal with what Anakin had become.

Btw, is that icon from No Rest For the Wicked?
12th-Nov-2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Yeah. It really was one whopper of a lie that he told Luke, and I've kept trying to figure out how he can say Vader "betrayed and murdered" Anakin... I guess the betrayed is what gets me, since the rest of it (about him being a former student) rings as less untrue. But with how completely Anakin changed from the man he knew and was the opposite of everything he'd thought of Anakin as, it makes more sense.

It is indeed!
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