The Secret Life of Ri'ma Kenobi
Part One: The Phantom Menace and Secret Romance
The next morning was a busy one as Obi-Wan attempted to teach Anakin how to relax and use the force to pick up small objects. "Alright, Anakin. Close your eyes."
"But how will I-"
"You won't need to see, Anakin. Vision can deceive you. Think, feel..."
Anakin shut his eyes and sighed.
"Relax, Anakin. Now, try to see the holo-disk in your mind."
"Just try, Anakin."
The Padawan took a deep breathe and squinted hard, trying to picture the holo-disk. There! It was blue, and small, and...
"Now, try to pick it up."
Anakin stretched out both his hands and reached for the holo-disk."
"Use one hand, Anakin. And don't actually try to grab it; picture the holo-disk coming towards you."
Anakin squinted harder and put down one of his hands. Concentrating as hard as he could, he managed to make the holo-disk slide about one centimeter across the table it was on. Anakin opened his eyes, gasping.
"Good try, Anakin. This time, don't think of anything else."
"How did you know I was thinking of-" Anakin cut off short, but Obi-Wan had a good guess.
"Anakin, be mindful of your thoughts. They betray you. Now, try it again. Here, move a little closer to the table to start with."
Anakin obediently took two steps towards the table, shut his eyes, cleared his mind, and pictured the holo-disk floating into his outstretched hand. After several moments, the holo-disk slipped a few inches down the table, flew into the air and- smacked Anakin full on the nose.
Obi-Wan couldn't resist a chuckle as his Padawan's eyes opened, surprise written across his young features. "It's alright, Anakin." He bent over, picked up the holo-disk, and handed it to his apprentice. "You probably got too excited and stopped focusing once the holo-disk began to move. I'm sure you'll get it next time."
"Can we try something else for a little while?" Anakin asked, rubbing his nose.
"Sure." Obi-Wan reached for the helmet that younglings wore so that they could not see the orbs floating around them. Anakin groaned. "Please, let's do lightsaber work, not using the force. I think my brain hurts."
Obi-Wan tosses Anakin his short Padawan lightsaber before pulling out his own longer one. Both ignited their blades at the same moment and two blue lights shone out and filled the room.
"Alright, Anakin, we'll start with a few simple moves."
"Aw, c'mon Obi-Wan!" Anakin pleaded, flipping his lit lightsaber from one hand to the other. He fumbled, dropping it, where it turned off after singing the hard-wood floor of one of the padawan training rooms in the large Jedi temple. Anakin blushed and Obi-Wan gave him a long, stern look.
"Simple things, Anakin. We'll start with the simple things." Obi-Wan raised his lightsaber. Anakin retrieved his, relit it, and stood at the ready.
"Now for some simple block moves."
Anakin sighed. "Sorry, master."
Obi-Wan raised his eyebrows. "You will learn your place, young one."
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