Elaborate on the time travel star wars AU pretty please please please?!?! Is that once again tiny grumpy Obi-Wan? Why are they captured? What is the plan? If it was Obi-Wan, does Qui Gon just come in like 'uhhhh ok?' or is he surpisingly chill because 'hey the force does some weird stuff' My heart wants to know! (also just thank you for all your AUs they're great)
*grabs my desk and flips it across the room in excitement* THANK YOU AND YES I CAN CERTAINLY ELABORATE. At least to the extent I have it figured out myself, which is admittedly not much. And yes of course it’s tiny grumpy Obi-Wan, it’s ALWAYS tiny grumpy Obi-Wan here in my house :’D
Basically, somehow Ahsoka (and possibly Anakin) ends up falling backwards through time. Ahsoka, naturally, immediately gets herself arrested/captured and thrown into a prison/dungeon/whatever. She manages to bust out of her cell, but doesn’t make it too far before hearing someone else coming from around the next corner. Thinking it’s a guard, she decides to charge them in hopes that surprise can help her win, but unfortunately the person around the corner had the same idea. They tussle, and Ahsoka wins for reasons I’ll get to in a minute. They realize that they’re both idiots and that the other is in the exact same boat, but unfortunately they took so long fighting each other that the real guards had a chance to catch up. They get tossed into a cell together.
Then some fun team-building conversations and obligatory awkward wound-tending that lead Ahsoka to learn the following pieces of information: This boy is 16, and is a Jedi padawan. He’s been captive for several weeks, and is periodically tortured for information and stomped on by the guards just for the hell of it. He’s malnourished, dehydrated, and is being drugged to mute his Force abilities (that’s why she won the wrestling match). He’s also extremely sarcastic, which is one of the reasons the guards muzzled him recently.
There are a lot of bookkeeping details that bother me though, because I worry too much about bookkeeping things. I feel like A+A have to know they’re back in time, even if they’re not sure how far at first. Like when they got to this planet initially, this whole settlement was abandoned, but someone (maybe even Master Kenobi) makes a comment about how it used to be this, that, and the other thing. So when convenient time-travel weirdness happens and they suddenly find themselves in a bustling gangster town or whatever, they’re like “o shit.” This also helps because it’s a convenient excuse for them to know not to tell anyone their real names, and to hide the fact that they’re Jedi, in order to not mess with the time stream.
I fancy the notion of Anakin being along for the ride so he can run into Qui-Gon, whose excuse for not coming for Obi-Wan sooner is probably fairly weak (like a “we split up and I assumed he was fine” sort of facepalm moment), but is now at a DEFCON 1 level of pissed-as-fuck. I’d really love a scene where Ahsoka and OW are in the middle of yet another escape attempt and somehow manage to establish a communication with Anakin, like Ahsoka had a communicator on her that the guards missed and they’ve finally climbed high enough to get a signal. I want Anakin struggling to convey to her that she has to go back to the detention block and rescue a padawan, while acting like they’re both only casually aware of Jedi. Impressing upon her how SUPER EXTREMELY IMPORTANT it is that she gets this boy out alive while trying to avoid using names. I want her to have a lightbulb moment as she looks into her new friend’s eyes and realizes she’s seen them a dozen times before. I want her to boggle at how Master Kenobi casually described this place as “somewhat unpleasant,” when in reality he’d been tortured here for weeks. I want the fact that his teenage self is so convinced that no one is coming for him to punch her in the feels. I want her to burn up with embarrassment because she’d totally been thinking to herself that this guy has great cheekbones and is probably super hot under all the bruising.
I want the two of them to be close to freedom when OW succumbs to his injuries and can’t run anymore, and is endlessly frustrated that Ahsoka won’t just leave him. I want them huddled on the floor being shot at by a dozen guards when suddenly a wall just fuckin disintegrates as their masters burst in and waste everything (Anakin using a blaster to keep his cover). I want A+A to get to witness a QG+OW bonding moment. I want them to come home and have a lot of feels, and for OW to look at them funny for a minute but then dismiss it as faulty memories since he’d been running on fumes and doesn’t really remember the details of his last visit to this planet.
I want a better way to end this post, but I don’t have one so I’ll just say “the end.”