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Gungan to the left

A Life Full of Destiny (G)

By : Arco

Archived on: Monday, June 24, 2002

For the sake of his duty, Obi-Wan loses the love of his life before he even really finds her.

There are things that you need and there are things that you want. You need the Force. You need commitment. You need to do your duty.


Love is a wanted thing. You don't need it. You have what you need, Obi-Wan. Love, family, those are things that inspire fear of loss. They would get in your way.

There was a hole in Obi-Wan's life that did not need to be filled. Never needed. He would not allow himself to feel a need for it. Sometimes, though, he would permit himself to want that place in his heart filled. And when he wanted love, he always ended up cursing himself for his weakness. Many a night he sat up disgustedly in the dark, dressed himself quietly as not to wake his padawan, and walked out into the cold, halfway hoping the frigid air could seep into his chest and numb the dull throb of loneliness that rested there.

He walked tonight.

The rooftop plateaus of Coruscant were a sterility of catwalks and landing platforms. There was nothing to stop the wind from scouring the metal and stone world. Obi-Wan's robes fluttered in the breeze and his long hair blew across his face. He blurred his eyes against the steady stream of ships that single-filed through the night sky. The flight lanes began to look like solid streaks of light, crossing the sky like multi-colored optic cables, connecting horizons. He let his mind wander.

He found himself at the East Park Annex, a sprawling artificial wilderness landscaped above the rooftops on a massive elevated platform. The park was one of the few vestiges of nature on Coruscant. The lake, streams, thick forest and brush were a welcome respite. Obi-Wan often gravitated to the Annex when his heart and brow were heavy. He walked up the stone steps and entered the park, smiling a little at the swaying trees and the fragrance of living things. He listened to the sound the trees made when wind passed through their branches and leaves. It was like an undulating static, a white noise current pushing the forest into a near instrumental communication.

He closed his eyes and reached out with the Force, breathing deeply, feeling blissful and unthinking life around him. His mind swept about the Annex, a little living world within itself. The soil was a void like space, full of small and twinkling lives. He touched the grass and the trees, chafing against the lifeless rocks that were a dark nothing in the Park world, and moved towards the water. His consciousness rested on the tiny waves of the lake flowing again to shore, and slowly back into Obi-Wan.

He opened his eyes and walked the stone paths that webbed the Annex. He stopped, turned, and left the path, making his way to a rushing stream beyond a dense cluster of trees. He sat on a large rock and stared at the flowing water.


The young knight smiled. Even though he had never seen him, Obi-Wan sometimes heard the voice of his master behind his eyes. "Master," he said softly.

"Look to your right, Obi-Wan. What do you see?"

He shifted on the rock and turned to look. Downstream was a girl sitting on the bank, staring at the water. It was dark and she faced the other way, steeped in shadow, feminine silhouette, a sweet mystery, alone like him in the night. Obi-Wan was surprised he hadn't noticed her before.

"She can't see or hear us right now. Not until after we've talked a moment and you've made your choice."

"What do you mean, Qui-Gon? What choice?"

"I have been watching this moment in time. This night is important, even critical. You have reached a crossroad of destiny, Obi-Wan, and I'm here to help you make the right decision. You see, that girl is the one for you, my friend. One of your destinies lies with her."

"I'm destined to be with that girl?" Obi-Wan asked, surprised.

"If you approach her, speak with her, you will fall in love with her. A love like none you have ever imagined. You will be happy for the rest of your life and you will have no regrets. You will never be lonely again. But you will no longer be a Jedi. You will give up the order and Anakin for her, and rightfully so, because she is remarkable."

"I don't believe it!" The young Jedi exclaimed. "How do you know all this?"

"The future I described to you is the easy one to see, like an open and very happy book. Your other choice, however, is clouded and difficult to define."

"But why?"

"I don't know. All I know is that your other destiny offers no love or peace. It's dark and it's painful, but it is the way of a Jedi knight. But there is no wrong answer here, my friend. The Force sometimes gives choices, and this is one of them. Love or duty. Both right. I can say no more."

Obi-Wan felt his master leave him and he turned again to look at the girl. His heart constricted in his chest and a painful look passed over his face. Love and happiness was downstream and all he had to do was take it. Tears began to well up in his eyes, tears of pain and frustration. He ran his fist into the rock, breaking two of his fingers.

The girl turned at the sound and all she saw was a shadow retreating into the swaying trees.

Original cover design by FernWithy. HTML formatting copyright 2001 TheForce.Net LLC.

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Current Rating is 8.8 in 107 total ratings.

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Author: Bant428  (signed)
Date posted: 6/24/2002 7:28:41 PM
Bant428's Comments:

I was shocked at the ending. Obi-Wan chose, yet he didn't. This story is a poem - emotion in its truest and purest form. Great job!

Author: Yoda-Wan
Date posted: 6/24/2002 7:37:30 PM
Yoda-Wan's Comments:

Wierd... but not in a bad way. YOu'd never think Obi-Wan would really think about his personal life. Nice Job!

Author: FernWithy  (signed)
Date posted: 6/24/2002 8:10:08 PM
FernWithy's Comments:

I'm not usually crazy about stories of Jedi knights that deal solely with the romance/non-romance aspect of their lives, but the language used here is lovely. I think the opening lines are haunting, and set the tone for the whole piece. Good job!

Author: Mcily Nochi  (signed)
Date posted: 6/24/2002 9:55:58 PM
Mcily Nochi's Comments:

A very interesting piece. I've never read anything quite like this. I agree with another comment-- it is more like a poem than anything else. A very lyrical vignette.

Good job.

Author: Viari Skywalker  (signed)
Date posted: 6/25/2002 2:11:53 PM
Viari Skywalker's Comments:

Hey Arco! I'm glad to see your fic up on this site! You truly deserve it; the fic is just as good as when I first read it! Wonderful job!

Author: matth2extreme
Date posted: 6/26/2002 10:13:49 AM
matth2extreme's Comments:

Hey Arco, I really liked this story, it's cool how you show Obi-Wan fighting within himself. He loses something that he never really had, its cool. good work

Author: Lau-ra Anu
Date posted: 6/26/2002 11:15:09 AM
Lau-ra Anu's Comments:

That was awesome! Poor Obi-Wan....

Author: Merik Darklighter
Date posted: 6/26/2002 12:27:20 PM
Merik Darklighter's Comments:

That had a very unique flavor, a savory oddity. Very nicely done. I'd love to read more.

Author: Master Jocelyn
Date posted: 6/26/2002 9:24:00 PM
Master Jocelyn's Comments:

I loved this story!I think the way obi-wan
had to choose duty over love.Great story!!

Author: jedisister
Date posted: 6/26/2002 9:55:57 PM
jedisister's Comments:

I liked your story. Very well written. Interesting, I have my own story similiar to this, just the other way and he remains a jedi.
Very touching and sad yours is though. It was great!

Author: UrbanJedi  (signed)
Date posted: 6/26/2002 11:19:53 PM
UrbanJedi's Comments:

I don't usually fanfics of this type, but I thought this was rather well done. You showed the emotion of Obi Wan in a proper manner. The only thing that bothered me was the non following of continuity by allowing Obi Wan to speak with Qui Gon. Thus far, it hasn't been shown that Qui Gon was able to retain his persona after becoming one with the Force. Other than that, I thought this was pretty good. I gave it a 7 out of 10.

Author: Mizhnari Windu
Date posted: 6/27/2002 10:38:00 AM
Mizhnari Windu's Comments:

Great job. Most people have difficulty completing a thought, much less an entire story in such a short form. You did really well with this. It sucks that he couldn't have both though. I like the idea of Jedi keeping family/relationship ties better. We can see the similar effect that it has on certain individuals in our own society. But, rules are rules. Thanks for writng

Author: Ivy
Date posted: 6/28/2002 2:58:45 AM
Ivy's Comments:

I enjoyed this story as a Beta Reader and now I'm enjoying it as a reader.
Well done!
I think that some Obi Wan romance was always missing in the movies, some little hint that would make him more human and more appealing. This story deals with it, yet doesn't and I find that realistic.


Author: Darth Kylosss
Date posted: 6/28/2002 4:29:46 PM
Darth Kylosss's Comments:

I really liked the bulk of this story, and I liked the end, (this sounds strange cus its short)
but i think the suspense wasnt built up quite enough for that last line...

Author: Keiran Halcyon
Date posted: 6/28/2002 8:06:39 PM
Keiran Halcyon's Comments:

I really enjoyed reading this short story! Most people don't know Qui-Gon not being able to communicate after death, but he can, and does in Episode II. This may be a SPOLIER if you have not yet seen the movie!
You can hear him scream "No Anakin, don't!" when they show Master Yoda seeing Anakin kill the sand people. I read the book and its in there too. Just an interesting fact. Oh yeah in Rogue Planet, Anakin speaks to Qui-Gon in his dream.

Anyway great story! Short and cool!

Author: ~Becky~
Date posted: 7/2/2002 12:41:34 PM
~Becky~'s Comments:

Wow...excellent job. It's strange to see so many strong emotions for something so short. :)

Author: jedi_knight_tahl  (signed)
Date posted: 7/15/2002 8:40:58 AM
jedi_knight_tahl's Comments:

Very good work. Very lyrical and it has a certain flow to it. I fell into this deeply as though I was there watching the whole story unfold. Again, nice work. Your words flowed so smoothly.

Author: Anakin Starkiller  (signed)
Date posted: 7/15/2002 3:47:07 PM
Anakin Starkiller's Comments:

Though it seems that a Jedi must suprress his or her emotions, it is good to see that they still have them.

Author: JediShampoo  (signed)
Date posted: 8/3/2002 2:28:05 AM
JediShampoo's Comments:

Oh, the angst! Oh, the sadness! Oh, Master Arco, how do you do it? <g>

Author: Force Master
Date posted: 8/24/2002 3:23:19 AM
Force Master's Comments:

oh my! by the force i just love this story!!! seriously! for one so short it holds such emotion in it! im so jealous! i wish i would have thought of it! ;)

Author: Luminara
Date posted: 2/10/2003 5:45:31 PM
Luminara's Comments:

ohh my gosh! Your story made me cry! Its wonderfully done and I am a huge fan of Obi-Wan. I will read this story over and over again. I loved it! *huge smile* Your word choice was amazing and you really brought out the characters with your descritpive writing, amazing :)

Author: Valiowk  (signed)
Date posted: 4/8/2003 9:49:03 AM
Valiowk's Comments:

This is an exquisite tale that has brought tears to my eyes. The ending is so simple, so sad. Even though Obi-Wan doesn't explicitly make a decision we already know what it will be, and there is so much heartbreak because of that.

Duty demands so much. You have a lovely quote in your summary.

Author: Jedi Gem  (signed)
Date posted: 6/9/2003 7:24:04 PM
Jedi Gem's Comments:

wow! that was poetic. i love the insite it gives on Obi-wan..shows that he does have feelings, desires, wishes, under all that Jedi. nicely done. may the force be with you.

Author: Domingaen
Date posted: 4/18/2005 3:07:31 AM
Domingaen's Comments:

I loved it.
Its all too true to the way things are.
And the ending was the choice I wish I could take. but im weak.

Author: 1-800-jedigirl
Date posted: 2/2/2006 1:45:40 PM
1-800-jedigirl's Comments:

its truly wonderfull, makes you wonder what would have happend if he had chosen the other path

Author: Writernoob12
Date posted: 7/3/2008 7:41:56 AM
Writernoob12's Comments:

I really liked this. The descriptions were excellent as was the writing. There isn't a lot more to really say. Magnificent!

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