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Gungan to the left

Brotherly Love (PG)

By : EWK

Archived on: Monday, October 25, 2004

Suppose Owen really was Obi-Wan's brother? What did he think when Obi-Wan came calling with baby Luke?

Owen saw the little starfighter arrowing down, red hot and screaming, aimed straight at the heart of the Lars homestead. He dusted the sand off his hands, sealed the toolkit shut, and took off in a lope. He cursed under his breath as he ran.

It was never good news when Obi-Wan came to visit.

By the time he got to the house, Beru was cradling a bundle of cloth in her arms and cooing at it. Owen gave Obi-Wan a glare as harsh as Tatooine's twin suns.

"What are you doing here?"

Obi-Wan lifted his eyes and looked at him. Owen almost took a step back. He'd never seen his brother looking so defeated, so lost, not even after the Battle of Naboo, when Obi-Wan had come looking for their father with a purse full of wupiupi and a favor to ask. That had been twelve years ago, and Owen would never forget stumbling upon Obi-Wan in the corner of the garage, curled into a fetal position and sobbing almost silently, a hydrospanner dangling limp in his hand.

Whatever it was this time, it looked to be worse. Owen wanted no part of it.

"Get off my land."

"Anakin's turned," Obi-Wan said. His voice was raw. He looked away, toward the horizon. "He's murdered thousands." His brown cloak flapped in the wind, revealing the cream cloth underneath. Owen was reminded of the time he had come across the sunbleached bones of some unfortunate beast, harried by a clutch of dark-winged carrion eaters.

Owen crossed his arms. "And whose fault is that?"

Obi-Wan turned and looked sharply at him, but the spark of emotion faded so fast Owen thought he might have imagined it. "He's killed Padme," Obi-Wan said.

Beru gasped and looked down at the baby, biting her lip.

Owen set his jaw. "It's none of our concern. Don't bring your troubles here. We've got enough to deal with as it is. Not that you would know that, seeing as how you couldn't even be bothered to come help when Pa was dying."

Obi-Wan brushed a hand over his face and rubbed his eyes. "In case you hadn't heard, Owen, there's a war."

"Oh, we're not so ignorant as you think, brother. High-and-mighty Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi is on the news even out here. Trouble with the General is he's always out saving the galaxy. Never around when you need him."

Obi-Wan ignored him. "Anakin --" He choked, swallowed, and tried again. "Padme -- this is their son. He must be hidden."

"Absolutely not. You can't ask this of us. If he is as dangerous as you say, and I don't doubt for a moment he is, I want no part of him."

A tiny hand gripped Beru's finger, and the baby gurgled. Beru blinked; tears rolled down her face. "It's just a baby," she whispered.

Obi-Wan gritted his teeth. "You're my only hope, Owen. The only one I can trust. Anakin won't come here. He --" Obi-Wan broke off once more, and he had to swallow before he could go on. He stared into Owen's eyes. "The child must be hidden. The future of the galaxy may depend on it."

"No. Take him and leave. Now."

Obi-Wan stared at him for a moment, an unreadable look in his eyes. Then he turned and started walking toward his ship.

The baby whimpered.

"I mean it, Obi-Wan." Owen snatched the bundle from Beru's arms and held it out toward Obi-Wan's receding back. "I won't raise this child."

Obi-Wan said nothing, but kept walking.

The child began to cry, the sound rising quickly to a nerve-shattering pitch.

"Damn you!" Owen shouted, almost shaking the baby in his anger. He could barely be heard above the child's now-frantic shrieking. "Damn you and all the Jedi. Damn you for starting this war, and damn you for turning that sweet boy into a murderer!"

Obi-Wan's steps faltered for a moment, then resumed.

"Well, you won't ruin this one. I'll kill you if you so much as set foot on my land!" When Obi-Wan didn't respond, Owen shouted louder, his voice cracking with anger. "You're no kin of mine, Obi-Wan Kenobi! You can go to hell, you and all your kind!"

Beru pried the baby from Owen's hands and tried to soothe him. Owen barely noticed. His eyes were fixed on the distant figure, blurred now by heat or something else.

Obi-Wan climbed into the cockpit of his starfighter and strapped himself in. He took one last look at Owen and then locked down the canopy. The ship lifted and began its ascent.

In the scorching air of Tatooine, Owen's tears dried even before they could fall.

Original cover by EWK. HTML formatting copyright 2004 TheForce.Net LLC.

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Current Rating is 9.22 in 76 total ratings.

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Author: Jedi of Imladris  (signed)
Date posted: 10/25/2004 11:17:23 PM
Jedi of Imladris's Comments:

This is an absolutely wonderful piece! I really enjoyed reading it--it was very emotional and superbly written. I like how you show Owen deciding to raise the child to kind of spite Obi-wan. I can see how Owen could become so hardened against Obi-wan from the happenings you have alluded to. I think the cover art was very well done as well--it seemed to capture the feelings evoked by the writing. Great job!

Author: Helix2grim
Date posted: 10/26/2004 3:41:20 AM
Helix2grim's Comments:

A very well written piece!!

Emotional, and is very hard to potray acutely in characters... and I think you did excellent!!

Author: EWK
Date posted: 10/26/2004 9:25:01 AM
EWK's Comments:

Thanks for the positive feedback, guys. I'm probably not going to respond individually to each post unless somebody asks a question, but I *do* appreciate the strokes! I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

Author: ProphetCat
Date posted: 10/26/2004 11:44:54 AM
ProphetCat's Comments:

Very good story. Quick and to the point. As a person who has had a falling out with a brother before, I think you have portrayed the emotions and reactions quite well.

Author: Beta
Date posted: 10/26/2004 3:19:16 PM
Beta's Comments:

Wonderfully well done. You've made me proud.

Author: Darth Oculis  (signed)
Date posted: 10/26/2004 7:46:47 PM
Darth Oculis's Comments:

Well done! VERY well done. I really enjoyed this. I like how it reflected Owen's reaction to Luke's questions from ANH; this fits very well.

Author: Erela
Date posted: 10/27/2004 5:33:52 AM
Erela's Comments:

Wow. Wonderful, wonderful piece. I really like Owen's reaction to Obi-Wan, and even though it's an AU, such a background would make sense considering the OT. Well written, and very well characterized. :)


Author: Darth Dave  (signed)
Date posted: 10/27/2004 9:20:40 AM
Darth Dave's Comments:

That's one of my favourites, so far.
Hope GL does it as cool.

Author: bobilll
Date posted: 10/31/2004 10:11:10 AM
bobilll's Comments:

I love it! Shows nicely the antagonism between Kenobi and Lars in ANH. I could totally see this happening if they really were brothers. Great charecterization!

Author: Jacen Skywalker
Date posted: 11/1/2004 7:38:32 PM
Jacen Skywalker's Comments:

why didn't you add the fact that anakin and owen where releated like raise luke as one last favor or something?

Author: LuvEwan
Date posted: 11/6/2004 8:21:39 PM
LuvEwan's Comments:

Beautiful descriptions, EWK. That was very well done.

Author: CrazyJedi  (signed)
Date posted: 11/8/2004 11:47:33 AM
CrazyJedi's Comments:

Hey! I like this so far, pleeeeezeeee continue

Author: EWK
Date posted: 11/8/2004 1:13:41 PM
EWK's Comments:

Dear CrazyJedi,

To see a sequel to this story, watch Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.


Author: Ani-maniac
Date posted: 11/10/2004 4:37:44 PM
Ani-maniac's Comments:

I really liked your story!!! I had always wondered what it would have been like if Owen really was Obi-wan's brother. I was currious if you knew that in the Jedi Apprentice books, (#3) Obi-wan remembers that he does have a brother named Owen, although obviously not Owen Lars. Keep writing such great stories!

Author: Lost Jedi
Date posted: 11/10/2004 9:42:17 PM
Lost Jedi's Comments:

That was well written. I feel really bad for Obi-Wan because he came looking for help in his time need and all Owen could say was "Go to hell!" I almost cried. I think that stories that make you cry are some of the best.

Author: Jedimomg
Date posted: 11/11/2004 6:12:41 PM
Jedimomg's Comments:

One word..


Author: CrazyJedi
Date posted: 11/13/2004 8:42:22 PM
CrazyJedi's Comments:

I watched Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope... that was some sequel

Author: Idrelle Miocovani  (signed)
Date posted: 11/14/2004 6:43:21 AM
Idrelle Miocovani's Comments:

Lovely, absolutely lovely. Your character descriptions were wonderful - they made Obi-Wan and Owen seem so real. You are very talented - keep on writing! ;)

Author: thesilentwriter
Date posted: 11/19/2004 11:04:49 AM
thesilentwriter's Comments:

I must say, if Owen had been Obi's brother, this is exactly he would react. I like this very much. I only wish that it were longer.

Author: Darth N00blet
Date posted: 11/24/2004 2:06:06 PM
Darth N00blet's Comments:

Truly an awesome story. Could not have possibly been written better. You are indeed a true fan.

Author: Scotty
Date posted: 11/25/2004 8:23:45 PM
Scotty's Comments:

Better than (most)of the published official canon stuff by FAR! Wow wow wow.

I absolutely LOVED the touch of Qui Gon's death, Obi-Wan's mourning...everyone reacted JUST AS THEY SHOULD HAVE.

Just - what is waipuipui? Sorry. Just HAVE to know.

Author: JanLomona  (signed)
Date posted: 12/3/2004 8:25:12 AM
JanLomona's Comments:

The first fanfic I have read on TF.N and a good start. This really caught the anger inherrent in Owen, as well as catching on to a plot point that I regrte has been changed for the prequels - that Ben and Owen are not brothers. I don't see why they couldn't have been. although I like what has been done linking Anakin's family to Owens through Shmi and Clieg. Anyway, nicely written little vignette about these two "brothers." I shall keep an eye out for this writers work in the future.

Author: MissKenobi
Date posted: 12/7/2004 9:14:51 PM
MissKenobi's Comments:

Excellent! Well written too!

Author: VaderLVR64  (signed)
Date posted: 1/11/2005 11:32:36 AM
VaderLVR64's Comments:

That was really beautiful! You captured Obi-Wan's vulnerability, yet his determination to keep Luke safe, so very well. Lovely!

Author: ladykenobichan  (signed)
Date posted: 1/19/2005 1:10:38 PM
ladykenobichan's Comments:

I absolutely love considering obi wan is one of my favorite characters. It was really well written I would read it again and recommend it to anyone who wanted to read it.

Author: Anakin Starkiller  (signed)
Date posted: 2/8/2005 10:26:40 AM
Anakin Starkiller's Comments:

Great piece of fic here. I find it highly amusing that if written (or archived?) BEFORE the events of the prequels were known, it would NOT have had to been labled as AU. Fits perfectly with the pre-prequel Canon, when Owen Lars *was* Kenobi's brother (as told in the RotJ novelization).

Author: Sophia
Date posted: 4/17/2005 8:35:42 PM
Sophia's Comments:

Weather obi-Wan and Owen are brothers or not, this story reflects very well on their relationship: Owen's outbursts, Obi-Wan's calm and Beru's somewhat complicated position in the middle.

It would also explains why Owen always seems angry with Luke for something the boy hasn't done and in fact, don't even know.

A nice one, really.

Author: Lossefalme
Date posted: 4/26/2005 3:30:10 PM
Lossefalme's Comments:

WOW!!!! Absolutely BRILLIANT!! I LOVED it! ... the way you portrayed Obi-Wan's sadness over Anakin's turning, and Owen's anger toward Obi-Wan, it was so poignant, soooo well done! You nailed their characters; I could hear the voices so clearly in my head it was like I was watching the movies! A fantastic job! Suberbly written! I thoroughly enjoyed this little jewel!! :)

Author: TheOtherSkywalker  (signed)
Date posted: 5/14/2005 12:24:11 PM
TheOtherSkywalker's Comments:

Bravo! Very well written.

Author: Ben Skywalker
Date posted: 5/29/2005 9:24:16 AM
Ben Skywalker's Comments:

I think Obi-Won is Owen Lars brother because why else would he take Luke to him? Plus at the end of the book Revenge of the Sith Obi-Won says to Ankain, "You were my brother I loved you!" Anakin was Owen and Obi-Won's step-brother. If you have proof otherwise please say it on this message board.

Author: Jedi Cat Kenobi  (signed)
Date posted: 5/13/2006 11:09:05 PM
Jedi Cat Kenobi's Comments:

oh I loved this!!! I am on the verge of tears!!!

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