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Title: The Second Day We Spent Together
Author: Sabey
Rating: PG
Disclaimers: I don't own them and I never will, sadly. They all belong to Mr. Lucas :-(
Summary: Sequel to The First Day We Spent Together

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Anakin yawned as he came back to consciousness and snuggled closer to the large warmth that held him, trying to fall back asleep. He knew it was about five in the morning from his internal alarm and was happy that he had the chance to keep on resting for four more hours, but he couldn't. Not after the nightmare he'd had earlier. He'd woken Obi-Wan with his cries and was held in those protective arms again as he was cooed and cuddled.

Finally, he opened his eyes and looked up at Obi-Wan's serene face. The lines of tension and worry were gone from his forehead and he looked so young in his sleep. He was a masterpiece drawn by the Force.What Anakin didn't know was that Obi-Wan was already awake and gaspedwhen the man's eyes opened suddenly.

"You too, huh?" Obi-Wan said and Anakin gave him a look of confusion.

"Me too what?" he said.

"You wake up around five?"

"Uh-huh. We had to so we could get our chores done before the suns rose and it would be too hot to work."

"I see. Qui-Gon made me get up so I could meditate and spar as long as possible. Blech!" Anakin laughed and wrapped his arms around Obi-Wan's stomach, laying his head on the man's chest and closing his eyes as he suddenly got tired again, he heard the man say, "Do you want to sleep a little longer?" He felt Obi-Wan stroking his hair and smiled.

"Yeah. Thanks for taking care of me, Obi," he whispered before his consciousness fled. Obi-Wan stared at the blonde-headed boy and took in his features. He looked so at peace when he was asleep. Never having to fear the consequences of slavery, never being beaten, never having to worry about…anything. Already, Obi-Wan looked to him as a son and a brother. Is this what it felt like? Surely it had to take longer. Then again it might not, because it had already happened between them. Obi-Wan chuckled softly before laying his head on top of Anakin's and following the boy into dreamland.

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The next time they woke, it was around 9 a.m. and Obi-Wan had to help Anakin get his Jedi garbs on. He had him try it by himself the second time and had to hold in his laughter at the boy's frustration and helped him the rest of the way.

When they were through getting dressed, Obi-Wan cooked breakfast for them and they ate quickly so they did not miss the union of the Naboo and Otta Gunga. Since it would take a long time to walk to the ceremony, Anakin and Obi-Wan used a small speeder.

"Obi-Wan, Anakin, over here!" Queen Amidala called and the two Jedi ran to her on the podium, "I was starting to wonder if you got lost!"

"No, we just had a little trouble getting ready," Obi-Wan said and smiled down at Anakin, putting his hand on his shoulder.

"Oh, that's good. At least nothing bad happened. Come on. Let's go take our places." Padmé led Obi-Wan and Anakin to where they were supposed to stand and then went to Boss Nass. After handing him the glowing orb, the gungan shouted, "PEACE!!!" Everything was an uproar for the next thirty minutes and the party was wonderful. Until, that is, Obi-Wan lost Anakin in the crowd.

"Anakin! Anakin, where are you?!" he called above the crowd's loud conversations. He panicked and looked frantically. How could he lose him after only two days?! After minutes of looking, Obi-Wan finally found the boy asleep in a chair. He let out a sigh of relief and lifted the boy in his arms with a gentleness that no one else could achieve.

After informing Queen Amidala that he and Anakin were going back to their quarters, he took Anakin inside and laid him on his bed rather than the one in the boy's bedroom.

He changed Anakin into his pajamas, tucked him in, and lowered the lights before laying next to him and taking him into his arms so he wouldn't wake up cold again. It felt awkward at first, but that feeling soon turned into one of love and protectiveness.

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THE END

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