That is a super sweet image but…I’m not sure Ahsoka would be that open and accepting that fast. I think she’d have a lot of (justified) anger to work through herself. But I would love to see them work through that together, and I think she would definitely be open to doing so. Give them a couple years and yup, they’ll be teasing each other like the enormous dweebs they are.
(Ahoska joins the growing chorus of people who keep trying to tell Anakin that his hat is just awful. Sometimes she even buys him new hats, hats that are actually kind of decent, and he always thanks her nicely, and sometimes even wears them. But The Hat - as it’s come to be known in dreaded whispers - remains his favorite.)
Actually, the other day I was pondering the possibility of Barriss in Guiding Winds ‘verse. IDK what they’re going to do with her in Rebels Season 2, but whatever, this is an AU anyway, I can do what I want!
I’ve only ever written pre-retcon Barriss before, so the idea of writing her as a former Dark Sider is…different, but I really like the thought of her joining this little community of healing on Tatooine. Barriss and Anakin working through their war issues together.
It probably takes her a few years to end up there. Actually, when she comes, it’s because she’s planning to kill Anakin. That obviously doesn’t work out. He talks her through a bit of a breakdown. “We can stop now, Barriss. We can stop fighting. There’s another way. Luke showed us another way. There’s more than violence for us now. We can stop.”
Instead of killing him, she ends up staying. She’s not exactly one of his students - she’s closer to his contemporary than anyone else, so it would feel weird to both of them to identify that way. But he passes on to her everything he’s learned from Luke. Anakin doesn’t carry a lightsaber anymore. He spends most of his time working with traumatized kids, brewing tzai, flying, and gardening. He very rarely fights, and then only when someone else starts it.
And once she opens up to the possibility, that’s such a relief to Barriss. She can stop fighting. She can stop. She’s finally found a place that values healing, a Jedi order that understands compassion and not just violence, and it’s been so long since she understood those things herself, but now she’s free to relearn.
The next time Ahsoka stops by, things are briefly but intensely awkward. Ahsoka’s just gotten used to Anakin, just really forgiven him and started rebuilding their relationship, and now here’s Barriss. Barriss, with all of the history between them, with all of the betrayal and anger and yes, heartbreak. (Because Ahsoka never told her, never even allowed herself to acknowledge it because she knew it was forbidden, but Barriss was still her first crush.) Barriss who wants to apologize. Barriss who wants to try to be friends again, if Ahsoka will have her.
And Ahsoka feels like she can’t exactly say no. After all, she’s rebuilding a relationship with Anakin, and this really shouldn’t be any different. But…
“She talks about you sometimes, you know, Snips,” Anakin says slyly over a pot of tzai. “When the kids ask her for romantic advice.”
Ahsoka gets really still. She’s not going to fall for this. It’s completely unfair that all these years later, with everything that’s happened, he can still trick her into revealing too much. She’s not going to let him this time.
“Just something to consider,” he says casually, as if he had any right to be casual about romantic relationships, the jerk.
(Three years later, when Barriss and Ahsoka get married, Anakin stands as witness and is practically unbearable under all that smug.)