Episode 2: A Different Hope (Star Wars Story)

Original Posted on WordPress July 28 2020

Previously, I did a quick Star Wars mini-story based on one of the numerous Star Wars memes out there. Now that my health issues are clearing up, I’m choosing to continue the story at long last.

The Original Post: Butterfingered Padawan

Part II: A Different Hope

Obi-Wan first buried Luke and then returned to the interior of the house.  He looked at Artoo and let out a heavy sigh.  “It’s been a long time, my little friend”.  “The years seem to have been kinder to you than they have been to me.”

Artoo chirped excitedly and rocked back and forth, apparently happy that the earlier charade had now been dropped.

“Now, what brings you to this forsaken corner of the galaxy?”  “The message the boy mentioned, I presume?”

Artoo beeped and chirped, and then a small access panel on his body popped open.

Obi-Wan raised an eyebrow, walked over and knelt down.  “I see…  Give me just a moment to undo what the Jawas did…”

He tinkered around inside the small compartment, and suddenly a holorecording of Princess Leia sprung to life.

“General Kenobi, years ago you served my father in the clone wars, now he begs you to help him in the struggle against the Empire.”  “I regret that I am unable to present my father’s request to you in person, but my ship has fallen under attack and I’m afraid my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed.”  “I have placed information vital to the survival of the rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit.”  “My father will know how to retrieve it”.  “You must see this droid safely delivered to him on Alderaan.”  “This is our most desperate hour”.  “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”

“Hmmm, do the impossible with limited information and resources… here I worried life had changed from the good old days.” Kenobi said with the hint of a wry smile.

Qui Gon’s spirit smiled.  He’d grown to appreciate the dry humor of his former padawan during their time communing together on Tattoine.  “Trust in the Force, Obi-Wan”, he replied calmly.  “It’s guided the droid to you, and will open further doors as well when the time is right.”

“I don’t appear to have much choice.”, Kenobi replied bluntly.  “Whatever is happening is something big… it’s connected to the dark premonitions we’ve all been having.”  He glanced back and forth between the images of Qui Gon and Yoda.  “She was desperate to get this droid delivered also.”

“Go to Alderaan, you must”, Yoda said.  “Seek answers there regarding the girl’s location.”

Obi-Wan gathered up some of his belongings, placing them into a knapsack.  “I should return the speeder, and tell the boy’s aunt and uncle what happened…” he said slowly.

“If the Empire has a clue about the droid carrying whatever this information is, they’ll certainly be looking for them.” Qui Gon added.

“Then I have to warn them.” Obi Wan replied.

“Of the essence, time is, Master Kenobi” Yoda rebuked.  “Warn them you should, but be quick you must.”

Obi Wan nodded, then reactivated C3PO, stored both droids on the back of the speeder and then hopped in it.  He gave it full throttle heading towards the Skywalker homestead.

As an added note, I’m going to be doing this story in smaller chunks like the one above. Most people don’t have the time (or attention span) to read longer pieces, and it will leave me less pressured, as well as give me time to think up how the story will progress vs the official version.

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