Sunrise Over Maridun (Dawn/Ahsoka Tano)
Sunrise Over MaridunAuthor:
Right, I actually went and checked to be sure this time… Buffy the Vampire Slaye
r, Angel: the Series
, and all associated characters belong to Fran and Kaz Kuzui. And of course, that misogynistic bastard named George Lucas owns everything Star Wars
. Not mine, don't sue, and so forth and so on.Summary:
Ahsoka Tano thought she had an odd relationship with her master… and then she met Master Secura and her padawan.Joe's Note:
It's a bit similar to the joke I already made in Yummy Sushi
using a Vulcan, but… eh. It was funny. And I love me some Aayla Secura. So here, have a second helping of it.
"Well, we made it. And Master Skywalker is still alive."
"I'm just glad he wasn't awake to see that landing."
"He would have been proud."
"Um, pretty sure he wouldn't have. Because whoever said 'any landing you can walk away from is a good one' lied. That was a horrible landing." Ahsoka Tano bit her lip, trying to hold it in, but eventually the laughter spilled out as Jedi Master Aayla Secura went from trying to comfort Ahsoka over her master's condition to shooting an irritated look at her own padawan. Zora Eirriss just shrugged defensively in reply. "What? It's true. That ship's never gonna fly again. It's not even rain-worthy, much less space-worthy. It's a mess. A hot mess. Literally. It's on fire."
Despite the fact that it was criticism being directed her way, Ahsoka couldn't help agreeing. "Yeah, I've certainly perfected the art of demolishing ships and almost getting my master killed. This is a new low, though. He's out cold and… I'm not entirely sure where I lost our third engine to, to be honest."
Zora rose to her feet, the bright green Twi'lek twisting back and forth to stretch out her body before offering Ahsoka a hand up off the ground. "If we ask our masters nicely, maybe they'll let us track it down later. You can tear a piece off and put it in your quarters back at the Temple as a souvenir. Although hey, the landing could have been worse. The last time someone crashed what I was riding in, I broke my arm."
"No offense, but I would rather have a padawan with a broken arm than a broken master."
"…eh, that's fair."
After making yet another circle of the camp they were setting up, Ahsoka made her way over to the tent the clones had erected around her master's body. Master Secura was kneeling at Anakin's feet, examining the man as best she could with their limited resources. As Ahsoka approached, the Rutian Twi'lek turned her head to one side to acknowledge her presence. "Anakin doesn't have much time. We have to find help tonight."
Ahsoka nodded; it was far easier said than done but hopefully the saying would lead to doing and they could get Anakin back on his feet and criticizing her soon. "Okay, you and Bly go south. Rex and I will stay here to guard Anakin."
Much to Ahsoka's surprise, Master Secura shook her head at the suggestion. "No, Ahsoka. In order to get help quickly, we must work together. I can spare Rex, but not you."
"I can't leave him!" Eyes wide, Ahsoka looked back and forth between the impassive blue Twi'lek and the prone form of Anakin. "Master, I know that if I was hurt, he would never leave me behind."
Turning to face her, Aayla reached forward and put her hands on Ahsoka's shoulders. "I know this is hard, padawan, but Anakin has to stay behind and we have to go. Now. There's nothing more we can do for him. We must do all we can to get off this planet. As a Jedi, it is your duty to do what is best for the group."
Zora picked that moment to remind Ahsoka of her presence, letting out a sharp bark of laughter. "Thank you for those words of wisdom, Master Spock-ura. Because, you know, they make it so much easier for Ahsoka to deal with leaving her master behind. I swear, when we get back to Coruscant? I'm going to get a print of the word 'compassion' and its definition framed so I can hang it in your quarters. Besides, what does bringing her with you actually accomplish? I mean, besides helping you combat that strange mix of agoraphobia and autophobia you have?"
"I do not…" Master Secura took a deep breath as two spots of dark blue appeared high up on her cheeks. "Very well. How do you recommend we proceed from here, my padawan? Since you seem to be full of answers today?"
Pacing back in front of her fellow Twi'lek and Ahsoka, Zora reached up to play with one of her cone-shaped ears as she tried to decide on an answer to what Ahsoka privately thought had most likely been a rhetorical question. Finally, she stopped and spun to face them. "It's simple. Commander Bly is the most experienced clone here. He stays behind to guard Master Skywalker so that Ahsoka doesn't have to worry about him. Then we take the remaining six clones, split them up into pairs, and each pair gets a Jedi. One group starts walking due south, the others take southeast and southwest respectively, and the first group to find something useful radios the other two so we can meet back up. Master Skywalker gets protection while we get the best chance of finding him help and then getting off this rock. Everyone wins."
Ahsoka found that a tolerable compromise. She hadn't worked with Bly before, but given that he was a clone commander - one rank superior to Rex - he had to be suitably competent, not to mention that him guarding Anakin would free up Rex to travel with her. And come to think of it, wasn't it generally considered a bad idea to move a seriously injured human? The last thing she needed to do was finish her poor master off because she insisted on dragging him around the planet with them. "Sounds good to me. Master?"
"Agreed. I'll go speak with Bly to get his suggestions on how to split up the clones. Zora, you have five minutes. Please be done with your inevitable gloating by the time the rest of us are ready to move out." With that, Master Secura turned on her heel and strode away, forcing Ahsoka to lean back to avoid being slapped in the face by one pale blue lekku.
Contrary to Master Secura's words, though, Zora wasn't interested in gloating, or at least not to Ahsoka. "Surprisingly enough, being a bratty little teenager is still fun the third time around. Anyways, feel free to challenge her leadership for as long as you're a member of Team Lekku. It's why the Council assigned me to her: they're trying to toughen her up a bit because they think she might actually have what it takes to serve in a major leadership position someday, if not on the Council itself. Oh, and only strangers call me Zora or Zora Eirriss. You can either use my joined name, Zorae'irriss-"
"That's a bit of a mouthful."
"-or some of the other padawans like to use the Basic translation for my personal name: Dawn."