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26 February 2007 @ 03:04 am
Fic: 'A Moment Too Rare.'  
Title: A Moment Too Rare.
Fandom: Star Wars
Rating: (G)
Time Period: RotS(ish).
Summary: Not even a thousand years of Jedi history could prepare him for this.

Author's Note: In November and December, requests were taken to celebrate the one year anniversary of this journal. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, these could not be finished by the deadline that was set. This is the first of the requests and I do hope that the requestee is pleased with the final result.

All characters contained herein are the intellectual property of Lucas; I am not affiliated with nor endorsed by him.


Incongruous against the outer robe, stillness was maintained as the white ball on the end of the hat was nimbly adjusted. Straightened brown hair fell over a slender shoulder as the vermillion fabric was studied. Amusement quirked the Senator's lips; Obi-Wan had proven to be an excellent study in Jedi dignity under any circumstance, including gifts from Senatorial nieces.

“You should wear it, Obi-Wan, when the Council next convenes.”

“I could begin a new trend. Fashion by Pooja.”

“May I quote you?”

“Senator Amidala, you may not –”


“Padmé, no.”

“Master Kenobi, it would delight Pooja to know that her handiwork is admired by a dashingly wonderful Jedi Master.”

There was no escaping the barely suppressed snicker and grin of the Handmaiden who chose the pause in conversation to enter and hand Padmé a datapad. At least, he silently mused, no holorazzi was present. It’d be on the next newscast, accompanied by an especially lurid caption pertaining to the Negotiator and his sense of fashion. Or not; it was best not to think about it.

“Flattery, Senator, will avail you,” he chuckled, “not at all.”

“Perhaps not.” The hat was plucked from his head, leaning forward as she stood on tiptoe and her fingers brushed his hair lightly. “A credit for your thoughts?”

His instinctive, wry retort stopped itself, dying half-thought. Senator Amidala – Padmé, he corrected silently – wasn’t like politicians he’d observed during his life as Padawan, Knight and Master. The differences were obvious, and many, but there was something that eluded his attempts to define and explain. One day, perhaps on the muddy field of a distant battleground, he might realise what that elusive quality was.

One day.

“M’lady, that would imply my thoughts are easily purchased.”

“They’re not?”

It was difficult to maintain his sombre expression; moments of teasing banter were too few now and due to their rarity, he often desired to smile when they occurred. “No, m’lady, they’re not.” Thankfully so at this very moment as his gaze settled on the nimbus of light that surrounded her from a nearby window. A vision of beauty to his war-weary soul.

“That is a shame, Master Jedi, for they would’ve been a splendid accompaniment for the holo I’m going to send to Pooja of yourself, wearing the gift she lovingly made for her aunt.”

“Padmé …”

“Thank you very kindly, Master Kenobi, for modelling it.”

“Padmé, you …”

There was nothing in one thousand years of history, teachings and codified proverbs for situations like these. Cato Neimoidia was looking to be an excellent destination for a sabbatical, once the Wars were over. He could always volunteer to arrest Grievous; that would be preferable to … “Is there a matching scarf, Senator?” If one was going to be holographed wearing a crimson cap with a snowy ball at its point?

One might as well wear the accompanying scarf.
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F. J.: Three candlesmorethanacandle on February 25th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you very kindly for taking the time to read it and comment.

I do have other fiction memorised or follow the tags if you enjoyed this one in a similar vein.

Again, thank you for taking the time to read and comment; it was wonderful to hear from you.
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F. J.: lantern & candlesmorethanacandle on February 26th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
Thank you!

This 'fic took a little while to get into - half a dozen ideas (that can be used for other 'fics), almost fifteen drafts later and much editing later, this was the result - so, I'm not really surprised that it takes a second to understand what was happening. -L-

But, it was meant to capture a moment, which seems to be a current theme within my 'fic and so, rather than give a whole lot of explanation before, during and after, my mind settled on minimal and hope everyone caught on.

-L- You read It Was The Hat? That was a nice, quick li'l 'fic to write, inspired completely by the above icon.

Thank you, again, for taking the time to read and comment. As always, it was wonderful to hear from you and know that the descriptions worked.
kenobifanlealynnkenobi on February 25th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oh that was a fun read.

The bantering between the two, was excellent.

Great all around job! :)
F. J.: Christmas Candlesmorethanacandle on February 26th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
Thank you very kindly for taking the time to read and comment!

I wasn't certain that the banter between the two worked, so thank you!
Idrial Nëume: Obi/Pad idrial_neume on February 25th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
It was very cute! Awesome fic. :)
F. J.: Three candlesmorethanacandle on February 26th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Thank you very kindly! I'm pleased that you enjoyed it.
rabbitmagerabbitmage on February 26th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
Poor, poooor Obi. *snicker* A very enjoyable little read, especially right after work!
F. J.: lantern & candlesmorethanacandle on February 26th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly for the kind words.

I had absolutely no sympathy for him, honestly. He didn't have to keep the hat on.

Also, I'm glad if this caused some amusement after work - part of this 'fic's intent is to be amusing.
(Anonymous) on February 26th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
I adore your fics
F. J.: Christmas Candlesmorethanacandle on February 26th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
Thank you very much; that's made me grin and blush, the latter being very hard to do.
Armchair DM: Igor: Joy! Joy! Joy! Joy!armchairdm on February 26th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC)
As always, a wonderful Obidala. I've always liked how you keep to what the reality is according to the films; but yet managed to convey the /essence/ of Obidala. I'm not sure I'm making much sense. It's all the basic elements are there, but yet you are 100% true to the canon relationship.
F. J.: Three candlesmorethanacandle on February 26th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly, for taking the time to read and comment.

I'm happy that I manage to catch the essence of Obidala, although I've not heard of that before or, at least, heard it put that way previously.
"MJ": Obidala (facing each other)londongirl27 on February 28th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
That was great, F.J.! :) Padme and Obi-wan's interaction is so cute here. Not to mention, this goes so well with "It Was the Hat". Beautiful job, as always. Thank you for the heads-up! ;)
F. J.: lantern & candlesmorethanacandle on February 28th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! I had a lot of fun with their interaction here and I had that thought about it pairing with It Was The Hat only after I'd written and posted this one.

Thank you for the heads-up! ;)
De nada! This was one I didn't want you to miss.
dreaming_owldreaming_owl on March 1st, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
as always
You really capture what I would imagine Obi-wan like if I had never seen a movie or read a book. A very well mannered man, whose humor is a bit dry.

You're great at that!!

Keep up the good work, and I look forward to the next one.
F. J.: Christmas Candlesmorethanacandle on March 1st, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
Re: as always
You really capture what I would imagine Obi-wan like if I had never seen a movie or read a book. A very well mannered man, whose humor is a bit dry.

You're great at that!!

Thank you very kindly. I'm always remarkably uncertain of whether I'm capturing Obi-Wan, at any stage, correctly or not. However, this time, he was firmly in mind after a recent viewing of part of RotS which was used as the basis of his personality.

Thank you very much for your lovely comment; I hope I can continue to meet your expectations of my writing.
Mya Scarlet: rosamund2calmer_sky on August 28th, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)
I love the way I can hear Obi-Wan's English accent in my head as he says the last line. They're like little jewels, your fics, all sparkly and polished and bright.

Don't know how I missed this one before.

F. J.: Christmas Candlesmorethanacandle on August 29th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
Thank you very kindly for your comment and thoughts; it's always delightful to hear what others have to say.

I'm very glad I'm not the only one who can hear his accent on this 'fic, especially that last line. I re-read this 'fic, having not thought of it in a very long time, and couldn't suppress my laughter at the thought of Obi-Wan standing there, with the 'Santa hat' on.

Thank you for reminding me and I think you missed this 'fic due to the 'quite a lot' you had going at the time. But, thank you - you've managed what many others haven't: remind me why I do like writing the humorous 'fics.