The Secret Life of Ri'ma Kenobi
Part One: The Phantom Menace and Secret Romance
A few days passed. Each day Obi-Wan taught Anakin to use the force. By the end of the second day Anakin could catch the holo-disk perfectly, and Obi-Wan began giving him heaver objects to lift. The young Padawan's light-saber skills were increasing every day as well. Obi-Wan was teaching Anakin harder and harder moves. The new Master was surprised at how quickly his Padawan was learning. He of course hadn't much experience in training Jedi, but he knew that it had taken him much longer to learn these moves from Qui-Gon. And surely, Obi-Wan wasn't a better teacher than Qui-Gon. This boy was purely magnificent.
Every afternoon Anakin spent some time with Chancellor Palpatine. The old man was wise in many ways. Once Anakin asked him why he himself was not a Jedi.
"Oh, Anakin! Me, a Jedi??" Palpatine chuckled. "You can't be serious. After all, how could an old man like me learn all of those fancy moves with a light-saber. Not to mention the power of force ability..."
Palpatine's eyes grew very serious and Anakin seemed lost in them. This man was powerful in some way that was far beyond what Anakin could know. The boy merely smiled, unable to find words to communicate his admiration for this man who he saw as a sort of grandfather figure. Anakin didn't know it but he was becoming very attached to the man almost to the point of worship. Palpatine knew it though; he knew that everything was going just according to his plan.
"Anakin, you, however...I can foresee becoming a most powerful Jedi. You will soon pass Master Kenobi if you keep up as you have been thus far."
"I know. I want to be more powerful. Because Master Kenobi couldn't free my mother. Even Master Qui-Gon couldn't free her. As soon as I can, I want to learn how to free her."
Palpatine smiled, the seemingly charming smile that held beneath it so much evil power.
"Anakin, don't let that be your stopping point. There are many other, greater powers that can be taught to you, in due time. Never stop learning. Never stop trying to be more powerful. We need Jedi who are not passive, who do not just do the ordinary, daily chores of an average Jedi. We need Jedi who are s much more than that..."
"Is Obi-Wan a Jedi like that?" Anakin asked, blue-eyes wide. He very much respected his new Master and admired him greatly, though not in the same way that he admired Palpatine.
"Uh, Anakin...he is better than most Jedi, to be sure. However, even he is lacking in a few ways. After all, like you said, he couldn't free your mother." Palpatine smiled again. "Promise me you will learn to be more than the average Jedi."
"Of course. I promise. I want that for me, too."
"Good." The Chancellor beamed. "That is very good."
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