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Character: Obi-Wan's POV. Timeline: Pre-Padme, Post-Ani… 
29th-Aug-2005 08:34 pm
Character: Obi-Wan's POV.
Timeline: Pre-Padme, Post-Ani
Warnings: Obi with aprons, meat and bad writing. Obi apron!angst. Stupid!Qui, slightly annoying!Ani and Sad!Obi.

The stew was bubbling a little too much then required, Obi-Wan noticed. Frowning a little at the stove, he turned the gas down with the Force, while continuing his epic battle with the Aklar steak.

Obi wasn't sure himself how he wound up on kitchen duty for the next 2 months. All he remembered was staying up late to work on his lightsaber, and falling asleep on the work bench. The next morning all of Qui-Gon's house plants had been brutally massacred, with his lightsaber lying guilty among the victims. Obi had also remembered Anakin avoiding his eyes when Qui-Gon had sentenced him to two months' worth of kitchen duty.

Obi gave a long-suffering sigh. It wasn't that he minded the kitchen duty. In fact, he rather liked cooking. But it was the fact that he didn't do it that bothered him. If anything, Ani was to blame, judging by his reaction to Obi's fate. Even Xani had favored Obi with a sympathetic look.

It's just that Qui-Gon didn't understand. His Master always favored his youngest Padawan, so Ani got away with everything. Xani, being the oldest and most experienced of the three, often found ways of his own to escape the situation. That left Obi as the scapegoat in many cases.

Maybe it was because Obi was the normal one. Xanathos had been introduced into the Order by the means of a bribe, and had killed his own father in order to protect Qui-Gon. Anakin...Well, Anakin had just been abandoned on the Temple steps. What was Obi compared to them? The most tragic thing that had ever happened to him was the death of his pet eopie Jark. Maybe Qui-Gon felt like he owed his eldest and youngest apprentices too much.

Kenobi in the middle indeed.

Tossing more Aiwha claws in the stew, Obi was slightly aware that he was making his Master's favourites again. Aklar steak marinated in gravy with Aiwha and Nerf stew. In fact, he made it so often that Xani and Ani often tried to worm their way out of dinner while he was on duty. Xani had once pointed out subtly (If yelling across the Temple courtyard constitues as 'subtle') that Obi's menu never seemed to change.

It didn't help that Obi's favourite apron had minature Qui-Gon Jinns dancing around the front. It had been a gift from Master Quinlan when Obi was 13, and he loved it very much indeed. But Qui-Gon had frowned upon the gift, muttering something about copyright issues before retreating to his room for the remainder of Obi's birthday. Xani and Ani ran off to their rooms after gatecrashing the party (Obi really didn't remember inviting them) and smashing his face into the cake. And hence Obi-Wan Kenobi's 13th birthday was spent with his apron amongst the messy kitchen unit of their quarters. After that, Obi refused to celebrate his birthday with the three of them again. The next five years were spent with Bant and Siri in a quiet corner of the Temple's cafeteria, watching holos of old, sad films and snacking on junk food. Not like his Master would celebrate with him anyway. Qui-Gon, bless his aging memory, never remembered Obi's birthday. So Obi never got presents like Xani's new leather robe, or Ani's tool set. After the first two years, he had even given up on hinting at what he'd like to recieve. Despite his wishes, Obi's woolen socks remain hole-ridden after four years.

Deep down, Obi knew that he loved his Master. He couldn't exactly explain how, but he just knew that he did. Qui-Gon might not pay much attention to Obi, will always forget his birthday, and was absolutely incorrigable in noticing his second Padawan's affections towards him, but Obi forgave him anyway. He found it hard to stay mad at Qui-Gon with his personal best having only been two hours. But still, sometimes his Master was so exasperating that Obi wished the only Qui-Gon Jinns that existed were on that green apron.

The commlink on the wall beeped urgently, shaking Obi out of his thoughts. Pushing the button revealed Qui-Gon's visage to him.

'Obi-Wan,' Qui-Gon's face looked strangely fuzzy through the hologram. ' I won't be back for dinner tonight.' Obi's eyes widened at this as he splurted out, 'But-but why, Master?? I've just finished making dinner!'

'I'm sorry, Padawan,' Qui-Gon's head enunciated, even though it was lacking an aptly apologetic look, 'but Ani got top in his Mechanics class. Xani and I are taking him out to town for dinner.'  But of course. Mom and Dad taking the kid out. Obi suddenly felt very betrayed.

'Sorry, Padawan. Maybe I should have told you earlier.' Even as Qui-Gon's self-admonishment went on, Obi could pick out Ani's excited chatter in the background along with Xani's annoyed complaints. Turning his head back briefly, Qui-Gon hurridley finished the conversation with a 'I'm sorry, Obi-Wan. I really have to go. I'll make it up to you sometime.' With that, the blue image of Qui-Gon's face faded away as Obi stared fixatedly at it's previous spot.

When Xanathos returned several hours later, he found his older junior asleep at the kitchen table surrounded by cold food, with his tear-stained face buried into green fabric spotted with little Qui-Gons.
29th-Aug-2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, sad isn't it?

I told you Qui-Gon was a horrid man. I mean, he was my padawan. That's to be expected, no? Couldn't remember the number of bloody times he refused to learn what I call tact.

If you want to hurt your second-favourite padawan (no, please, that Skywalker kid doesn't count), do it with more style, please. At the very least, just rub it into his face as to how his food makes you want to puke. I mean, that's true, isn't it?
29th-Aug-2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
Don't be silly, Master.

Obi-Wan, I told you I was sorry. You don't have to get upset with me everytime I spend the night with someone else am occupied with other things. Besides, remember that I am not that in tune with the Unifying Force (I think it's a load of bantha feed) and am prone to last-minute decisions. Remember the time I bought you a cup of hoi-broth when we went to the market? (Oh wait. That was Ani. Whoops.)

Um, I mean, Padawan, what do you say to 8pm tomorrow? (Hey wait I'm reading Ani a bedtime story every alternate day.) Okay. How about. 9pm -flips through calendar- on the third month, eighth day two years later?
29th-Aug-2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
Ani, Ani, Ani! If your life revolves around Ani, FINE, you can HAVE him! I'm just going to shift my stuff to Xani's room. ): He should be much better to cuddle with, AND he won't be missing every single night anyway!
29th-Aug-2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
But after Ani, I've been booked with Xani. For, uh, lightsaber practice! Yeah.
29th-Aug-2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
Fine! Maybe I'll just move in with Master Quinlan. I haven't seen Aayla in months ANYWAY. Or maybe I could just bunk with Siri or Bant. It's not like you care!
29th-Aug-2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
Be reasonable, Padawan. ('sides, Quin's mine.) (I want you to stay ._.) Master Quinlan is very busy training young Aayla how to hold a lightsaber properly. Siri and Bant are probably off on missions with their Masters. The Jedi are very busy, you know.
29th-Aug-2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
I'm sure MASTER YODA wouldn't be that busy, would he?
29th-Aug-2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
Not busy, I am. But mind trees sprouting out of the carpet and swamp scents, do you? Also, allow only porridge and tree root tea I do. Visit occasionally, Master Windu does. Sleep on the floor you will have to, when his Padawan comes along.
29th-Aug-2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
I er.... see. -Edges away- I suppose I don't mind, Master Yoda.

-Muttermutter- The Dark Side never sounded so appealing.
29th-Aug-2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
Miss out, you will, on 100-year meditation techniques. Hmm. Nevermind then.

The Dark Side, you say? Destroy you like a man on fire and without limbs, it will.
29th-Aug-2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
You wouldn't want to, Padawan. You just won't. (I'll be so lonely ;_;)
29th-Aug-2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
And I care if you're lonely because...?
29th-Aug-2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
Lonely? Who said anything about being lonely? I have three Padawans. You of all people should know. Talk to me once you feel like being reasonable. I'll be in Ani's room. -swishes off-
29th-Aug-2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
When -I'm- feeling reasonable? That's it, I've had enough of this hell-hole.
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30th-Aug-2005 06:12 am (UTC)
Oh, shut up.
29th-Aug-2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
I hate to say this, but for the first (and, hopefully, last) time, I actually agree with the M. of my M.
29th-Aug-2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
Master, even I know you suck, now. You know, one day Obi's going to get the kick and the apartment will fall apart. He's the only thing really holding us together, and you know he loves you that much, but you treat him like dirt anyway. Don't give us the excuse that you know he can take the responsibility, I know that's bullshit on your part.

And next time, you take Ani out on your own. The brat's been given more Chosen One treatment than he deserves to get; I'm gatecrashing Obi's party and making him eat hoi broth. At least he'll eat something.

P.S: Obi, my present for you is under your bed. Ani couldn't get to it this year.
30th-Aug-2005 06:09 am (UTC)
30th-Aug-2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
-hugs- Feel free to come over anytime you feel lonely. Just uh. I think your Master tends to come over sometimes too.
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