viridescent skies - 4
part four of ageswap au,
where Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker is Qui-Gon’s former padawan and Obi-Wan is the shiny new padawan on the block; TPM au.
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cw: an adult emotionally pressuring a child (it’s over relatively quickly and without success). Anakin’s tendency to Chicken Little.
The trek back to the Naboo ship seems to take twice as long as it did to find Obi-Wan and Jar Jar the first time. The two at his heels forces his stride shorter, but it isn’t until his plasma heart cools into a misshapen lump that fits uncomfortably amongst the slagged remnants of his lungs and ribs that he realizes the others still struggle to keep pace.
It feels slightly less like every grain of sand of every dune is grinding his nerves raw when he turns his head; wordlessly, the little padawan learner slogs and stumbles through the sand, struggling so hard to keep up with Anakin’s longer stride that he spends much of the time flailing as to not fall face first into the sands. Jar Jar isn’t faring any better but if Qui-Gon left him behind, he should have listened in the first place.
His chest and head feel like a pod or speeder that’s been run hard, hot metal ticking and clicking as it cools. He pauses the moment that it takes to bring Qui-Gon’s monster into reach. Anakin reaches out and catches him by the wrist as he stumbles again, taking the pitifully negligible weight and keeping him upright.