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The Stray by ruth baulding, obi-wan & anakin & ocs, 10.4k
    Even in a galaxy far, far away, every boy needs a dog. Anakin brings home a pathetic life form, and Obi Wan is far from amused. But which of them is the worst rascal?
    I cannot even begin to tell you how much I loved little bb!Anakin in this story, when he takes in a stray and of course everything winds up blowing up in his face and I felt every bit of the struggle he has with trying to adjust and you can see the foundation being laid for everything that's to come, but it's also a cute little story about a mishap when he's young and it ends with Obi-Wan being a stealth asshole to people that annoy him in the absolute best way and kind in his own way, too. It's a semi-quick read and just so utterly solid in the writing of it!

Ashes to Ashes by Yesac, obi-wan & anakin, 5.3k
    A few months after the events of The Phantom Menace, Anakin is having nightmares about burning alive.
    This is a short but lovely piece about the early days of Obi-Wan and Anakin's training, which is sort of cute and seemingly harmless on the surface, but when you know what's coming, is super ouchy underneath that. I love that it's not cold-hearted, you can see the Jedi care, but you also just quietly understand where it all starts going wrong from the beginning, and the fic does that really well.

A Good Cause by 221B.B, obi-wan & anakin, 3.3k
    Not surprisingly, an argument with one's padawan doesn't do one good.
    No, but, seriously, if you give me a fic where Anakin practically curls up on Obi-Wan because he still needs comfort from his Master even once he's an adult and a Jedi Knight himself? I'm pretty much guaranteed to be yours. And this fic is lovely because it's just a touch of Obi-Wan being amused at Anakin having difficulties with his Padawan, just as Obi-Wan had with Anakin, but then when it actually happens, no, Obi-Wan loves him far too much to be amused, it's still far too soon from their own relationship for him to be anything but sympathetic and wanting to help Anakin. He doesn't fix everything for Anakin, he just cuts through Anakin's emotional spinning and then lets Anakin curl up on him a bit and it really, really worked for me and gave me all the bittersweet warm fuzzy feelings, just like I wanted.

Confined (to Quarters) by Kaylie Malinza, obi-wan/anakin, 4.4k
    Anakin's a bastard, Obi-Wan's a prude.
    WELL. So I cackled my way through this fic. I am delighted by this one, where Anakin is such a teenaged brat, who is a total mess of hormones, with Obi-Wan who is trying to be an adult and be dignified and doesn't want to have to deal with this, all the more so because Anakin may be an obnoxious little shit, but he's an attractive obnoxious little shit. It's scene after scene of Anakin trying to deal with being a hormonal teenager and Obi-Wan trying to be serene, which ends up with Anakin saying the most terrible things that left me honest to god giggling into my reader. I love it because there's absolutely nothing mean-spirited about it, instead it's just pure hilarity of dealing with a teenager who really, really wants sex. Beautiful.

A Trip to Forget by amber75, obi-wan & anakin, 14.8k
    ObiWan and Anakin's latest mission starts off on the wrong foot and gets worse from there!
    I usually prefer a little later in their relationship, but I got pulled into this fic and couldn't put it down until I'd finished it, because it was a lovely, solid story about Obi-Wan and Anakin on a mission, how things aren't perfect, they're not a seamless team yet, but you can see the beginnings of it, you can see the rough edges between them, the lack of understanding, but also see how they bridge those gaps, all while trudging through a jungle. It's self-contained and perfectly paced, I enjoyed every inch of their mutual discomfort as various bits of jungle decided to make their day terrible, but most of all the building of the relationship between them was perfect.

Sleeping with the Enemy by Imadra Blue, obi-wan & anakin, 1.9k
    While Qui-Gon is in a Council meeting, Obi-Wan is left with the care of young Anakin. Anakin's irritating, but much like a tumor, he grows on Obi-Wan.
    SUPER CUTE. Obi-Wan and kidlet Anakin forced to spend time together, where the fic balances that tension between them, because they don't know each other yet and Obi-Wan has no reason to care about him yet, with that there is an instant connection there, an instant fascination that Anakin has with him, a very quick affection that Obi-Wan develops for the little moppet. It's super cute and fluffy without being too sugary and I may have done a bit of hand clasping after having finished it.

Passing Dreams by Yesac, obi-wan & anakin, 2k
    The first time that Anakin has a nightmare about his mother, he and Obi-wan are coming home from an assignment.
    Oh, my heart. The way Obi-Wan and Anakin just don't quite understand each other emotionally, especially as Anakin is worried about his mother and just cannot cope in the way Obi-Wan does, all of that blended with how they try and find a way to at least connect, to come together and Obi-Wan may not be perfect, but he's there and he makes it clear that he cares. You can still see Anakin's road coming, but you also see why his relationship with Obi-Wan is so intense. A wonderful fic.

between desperate and divine by imaginarykat, obi-wan/anakin, 3.1k
    Anakin has nightmares, Obi-Wan just wants to help, and the ways of the Force are very mysterious indeed.
    This fic gave me something I am super, super into: Anakin being a moody, sullen emotional brat and the Force loves him and Obi-Wan can't help loving him as well, so he totally lets Anakin crawl into his bed and curl up against him. I am so very here for Anakin just grabbing one of Obi-Wan's arms to wrap around himself and plunking himself down and Obi-Wan just... can't say no to the little shit, even when he's pretty much an adult now, which of course Anakin just soaks right up. I greatly enjoy how obnoxious and yet how needy Anakin can be, yet how everyone can't help loving him, Obi-Wan included, plus, you know, it's late and he's tired and even then Obi-Wan has more patience and is a better person than I'll ever be.

Brass Knuckles by skygawker, somewhat obi-wan/anakin & ocs, 15.1k
    Anakin gets rejected, flirted with, involved in a less-than-legal race, and punched in the faceóbut not necessarily in that order. Written for the AcesInSpades ficathon, features demisexual!Anakin. Written for the prompt "brass knuckles."
    I admit, I read this fic as the sexual attraction between Obi-Wan and Anakin being genuine and there, just not the right time for either of them, but it's totally possible to read it as gen as well, if you want. And it's only sort of about that attraction, the point of the fic is on Anakin's character and how he deals with being an emotional mess and tries to work through things and just isn't really a very good fit with the typical Jedi ways. It's a lovely look at his character, how he copes with things, how he's trying so hard and sometimes it's hard to read about him like this because he really is a good person at heart, but so much gets fucked up in his life, and while this time works out, while it's not an entirely miserable fic to read (and could even be a Divergent Timeline, if you wanted to read it that way), you can see more than one trouble spot with him. The characterization is lovely, I really enjoyed teenager Anakin being both rebellious and resentful and desperate for even more of Obi-Wan's affection, who clearly loves him very much, but isn't always sure how to handle such a mercurial teenager. I really loved the kind and caring scene where Obi-Wan turns Anakin down, it was so spot on for them both, it wasn't over the top or or too dramatic, it was just the right amount of understated, and I loved the ending that made my heart feel better. A lovely fic all the way around, especially because I could not agree more strongly that Anakin is absolutely demisexual, that is a hill I will die on.

From One Generation by Phosphorescent, obi-wan & anakin, 1.5k
    "What do you know about it, anyway?" Anakin muttered resentfully, scuffing a booted foot against the floor. "You were a perfect padawan, probably just like Ferus karking Olin." His Masterís eyebrows shot up nearly to his hairline.
    Yesss, I love moppet!Anakin stories and this was a lovely one, where Anakin has gotten in trouble and grumbles about how Obi-Wan wouldn't understand, so Obi-Wan tells him a bit about what he was actually like as a Padawan Learner. It's super adorable and easy to see as part of canon, both of them are absolutely spot on and the conversation has a great flow to it, especially for Anakin's mercurial temper. An absolutely delightful read!

Coalesced Matter by Mirror and Image, obi-wan & anakin & dooku, 48.4k
    Jedi Master Dooku is in a long-term undercover assignment with slow but steady progress. But he gets a distress call from this Knight Kenobi with a Padawan Skywalker and things just start to go crazy.
    Cranky grandpa Dooku is apparently a thing that I desperately needed in my life and I'm so glad I read this fic. I had a day to do not much else and so I was puttering around to find a new fic to read and thought, eh, I'll give it a try. I promptly got sucked into the whole thing because it was exactly what I wanted, where Obi-Wan and Anakin are picked up by Dooku who is still a Jedi but is teetering on the edge of becoming a Sith and the three of them are forced into playing family, which provides the nudges that all of them need to get back onto a healthier track. Dooku finds connections, Obi-Wan is able to get past his grief sooner, and Anakin finds the structure that one person alone cannot provide, the balance between healing from Qui-Gon's death (that affects them all) and building on it is lovely, and there's plot shenanigans! The beginning is a little rough, a little more tell-than-show, but once I got underway, the fic was a solid read that utterly captured my imagination and I would have read at least another 50k of this one, it was just so pleasing to what I want. Which is apparently cranky grandpa Dooku who finds himself having feelings for these grand-Padawans of his. And that they still really need guidance while you can feel how incredible they're both going to be in the future, like, that is the perfect blend to strike for a fic like this! So, so satisfying.

Life Beyond the Code by Bek-K, obi-wan & anakin & cast, 141.7k wip
    After the Naboo incident, Obi-Wan defies the Council to train Anakin. Leaving the only life he knows behind and with Anakin's help, he discovers life beyond the code.
    I do have a couple of caveats about this fic: The first half of it is the stronger half, but I also recognize that I'm most interested in the fic when it's focused on Obi-Wan and Anakin's relationship. The fic works better if you assume Obi-Wan is about ten years younger than he actually is, because he doesn't feel like someone who's almost thirty years old, but instead in his early 20s. And while the fic does have a plot, the best moments are more in the slice of life family building that Obi-Wan and Anakin have with each other, when they kind of leave the Jedi Order and decide to build their lives into something else. And that's where this fic got me, it had such heart and charm in those moments, but I'm always here for that kind of heart-warming slice of life stuff, so it was right up my alley. It's one of those fics about how things are fluffier here, even when they have trouble, you know things will work out for them, and so it was like a warm blanket in the right scenes for me, and sometimes I just really need that in my life. Plus, with the length of it, it was nice to have something longer to sink my teeth into and just read read read for a few hours at a time!

Shadows of the Future by stormqueen873, obi-wan & anakin & qui-gon & cast, 129.3k
    ObiWan lost the duel on Mustafar, but instead of dying, he finds himself on a ship leaving Tatooine, with his old Master and a familiar young boy. As events begin to unfold, can he stop the future he knows from occuring?
    I AM SO SAD THIS FIC IS OVER. I admit, the beginning is super fluffy and it takes awhile to get into the real tension of the piece, but when the fic delivers on the revelations, when Qui-Gon finally finds out what Obi-Wan knows, when Obi-Wan finally has to really let loose in a fight, when Anakin realizes what happened in Obi-Wan's future, all of it is so goddamned worth the wait. I do actually enjoy the fluff of this fic, I don't mean to indicate otherwise, because it's adorable and necessary, where Obi-Wan just loves kidlet Anakin so much and has the experience to be more open about it this time, the maturity to better handle everything, has Qui-Gon still alive to let up on his own grief, it's wonderful to read and soothed my heart and paved the way for the relationships being even stronger than they were.

But it's really in the second half where this fic becomes absolutely magical, where shit finally hits the fan and revelations have to happen and the plot cannot remain the same because Obi-Wan's not going to let things fall apart again. I absolutely could not put the fic down by that point, I was utterly engrossed and read practically the whole second half in one sitting because I kept needing to turn the page, just one more time, just one more time! The tension of how things unfold, Sidious and Maul's plots, the Jedi Council trying to figure out what's going on, Qui-Gon trying to figure out what the hell is up with Obi-Wan, Anakin bonding so fiercely to Obi-Wan, all of it ties together and culminates in a fine as hell epic fight scene that left me so damned satisfied.

The fic is absolutely focused on making things better, in fixing everything, but it never forgets that Obi-Wan is not who he was in the original timeline, because he's grown, he's healing here, but he's still a Jedi Master who has Seen A Lot Of Shit, that the second time around is necessary to be built on top of the previous one, which is how time travel fics work best for me. Plus, this has one of my new favorites of the duel on Mustafar, when Anakin won that duel and how he won it, how you realize it shapes so much of what happens between them. And the ending! MY HEART FEELS SO MUCH BETTER AFTER THIS FIC.

Threads of the Past by Magier74, obi-wan & anakin & qui-gon & xanatos, 37.8k
    Obi-Wan and Anakin make an unexpected detour returning home from a mission.
    Another fic that I found myself getting sucked into before I knew it! It's Obi-Wan and Anakin traveling back to just before Obi-Wan became Qui-Gon's Padawan and of course things do not go smoothly, but in a way that ultimately winds up being really satisfying to read. I do wish there had been a bit more filling in of details (the revelation scene was sadly missed) but ultimately I don't mind because it still gave me so many things I was here for: Anakin getting a better understanding of Obi-Wan for having seen him as a less controlled child, being kind of freaked out because if Obi-Wan dies then he won't be there for Anakin, the getting to actually see Qui-Gon instead of placing him on an idealized pedestal, as well as Obi-Wan seeing Qui-Gon again and learning how to really work through that grief. But also beyond that the timeline changes and that means plot changes happen! Xanatos becomes more important to the grand scheme, it means Obi-Wan and Anakin are closer when Anakin's life goes to hell, it means the events of the galaxy shift into a better gear bit by bit. It's not a terribly long fic, but it was suitably epic in scope and utterly satisfying by the end, it balanced the bigger plot stuff with the smaller human moments (Obi-Wan helping Anakin through his mother's death is a scene that really stuck with me) in a way that really made me happy. Another example of why I read time travel fic, god bless.

Five Times Anakin Skywalker Played Horrible Party Games and One Time He Knew Better by AllennellA, obi-wan/anakin & ahsoka & clones & aayla & ferus & tru & cast, 12.1k
    Five times Anakin Skywalker played horrible party games and one time he knew better.
    I originally picked this up for the Obi-Wan/Anakin, but it's actually much more an Anakin piece from when he was 10 to when he's a Jedi Knight, as shown through the various party games he's roped into. It's really cute and light-hearted most of the time and Anakin is such a feelings nerd and the whole fic just has a really good-spirited vibe about it that I wound up being delighted by the whole thing. The party games work surprisingly well in the Star Wars universe, they're fairly tame games (even when Anakin is such a nerd about them) and I love the interactions he has with the other Padawans, with Obi-Wan, with Padme, with Ahsoka, with all of them, the sense of time passing and how the games are different and yet... not. I also really enjoyed that the fic had a light hand with the Obi-Wan/Anakin aspect, partly because Anakin was so young for much of it and partly because it's only sort of about that, it's really more centered on Anakin and how he interacts with people, especially how he's really kind of a total mess, in an endearing way. Like, Anakin just so desperately wants affection, has so much of it for those he's close it, and it made for a really adorable fic!

Will of the Force by pythaglorious, obi-wan/anakin, 1k
    The whole universe fell into place around them. There was everything and nothing all at once. They ceased being Anakin and Obi-Wan.
    More fluff, yes, good, give it to me, my heart deserves this! It's a short and sweet fic about a first kiss, about the tension between the characters finally giving way until they come together, the attraction between them finally pulling them towards each other, and giving me some goddamned resolution, just as I needed. This was nice for when I was really in the mood for something happy and fluffy!

The Spirit is Weak, but the Flesh is Willing by theascetic, obi-wan/anakin + palpatine/anakin, 4.4k
    Maybe the Sith gods are having a laugh at his expense. He did ask them, after all, to make him Skywalker's master...
    I really expected to turn right around at the idea of Palpatine/Anakin, but--! This fic is really more about Obi-Wan/Anakin than anything else, as Palpatine takes over Obi-Wan's body and does what a Sith Lord does--breaks apart all the Jedi structure in Obi-Wan's mind, until he sees the depth of Obi-Wan's love for Anakin. It's a delicately written fic that works so well, that Palpatine is initially only using Anakin for his power, using this form because Anakin loves Obi-Wan so desperately, until Obi-Wan's influence takes him over. It's lovely for the way a Sith Lord is so different from a Jedi, how their desires are structured so differently, and the fic does a fantastic job of showing that Obi-Wan isn't weak or cowardly to act the way he does, but that he's a Jedi with an unbreakable moral code. Yet, at the same time, there's this passion for Anakin, Obi-Wan loves him so much, this goes hand in hand with his Jedi nature perfectly well and, yes, that's Obi-Wan, who has no trouble with balancing emotion and being a Jedi.

It's also a fantastic look at just what a dark version of Obi-Wan could do with Anakin, how easily he could manipulate the Chosen One to be entirely owned by him, you get brief glimpses of what kind of horrible power they could be together, if only Obi-Wan weren't such a good person. It was a really lovely, fantastic read!

Durasteel by CamilleDuDemon, obi-wan/anakin, ~1k
    Anakin doesn't love his prosthetic hand at all. Obi-wan tries to cheer him up.
    Short and fluffy, it's just what my heart needed, it's cute and heart-warming, where Anakin hates the prosthetic hand and Obi-Wan nudges him out of his funk. A good soul-soother for when you need one!

Cookies and flour by manyscarletskies, obi-wan/anakin, ~1k
    Anakin is baking. Obi-Wan likes his cookies.
    Sometimes I seriously, seriously just need some pure, straight up fluff to make me feel better after all the heartache of the fandom and so this was a welcome fic that's just super cute and nothing bad happens and it's pure, absolute, total fluff where Anakin likes to bake and Obi-Wan appreciates that.

Sloth by keep_me_alone, obi-wan & anakin, 1.3k
    Anakin's a lazy fuck and Obi-Wan is so tired
    This is a short piece but I'm such a sucker for this era and for Anakin being such a little troublemaker even when he doesn't really mean to be and Obi-Wan's life is just really goddamned hard. I think it's Obi-Wan being tired in his very soul, but in an affectionate way, we're reasonably sure, that just delighted me with this.

Young Old Man by LuvEwan, obi-wan & anakin & oc pov, 4.1k
    Anakin tries to learn more about the character of his new Master, soon after the tragedy of Naboo.
    I was a little thrown by the "young old man" aspect of the fic, but! OC POV on the early days of Obi-Wan and Anakin's relationship! As Obi-Wan takes Anakin to a place that he helps out at, sharing something that means a lot to him, as Anakin soaks up all the new information he's gaining about his new Master. It's a really good use of an OC to have an older woman free to give Obi-Wan shit because she remembers him from when he was younger, as well as taking Anakin aside and talking warmly to him, while still making it about the canon characters. It was one of those nice little gap fillers that was a really solid read!

Lightsabers by Jillie chan, obi-wan & anakin, ~1k
    Obiwan has stumbled on a secret of Ani's...
    This was a cute, silly, humorous little fic of Obi-Wan stumbling over Anakin's lightsaber stash (setting aside that lightsabers aren't that easy to make, if anyone could sneak enough kyber crystals for them, I'd buy it of Anakin) and I am always here for Anakin getting caught and Obi-Wan actually being better than all of us when dealing with that brat.

My Very Young Apprentice by squelchything, obi-wan & anakin, 1k
    Anakin and ObiWan take a while to get to know each other on a rainy Couruscant night.
    A short but lovely piece set not long after TPM, where Obi-Wan is still grieving Qui-Gon and Anakin just curls up in his lap and it's a quiet bonding moment. I will read a thousand of these fics, just watch me, because it hits my id so directly on and it soothes my heart and they're just entirely enjoyable, especially when the fic really gets exactly what I wanted and is lovely to read.

Autopilot by FernWithy, obi-wan & anakin, 2.4k
    Obi-Wan devises a test to teach Anakin trust
    A short but interesting look at how Anakin copes with Jedi teachings, just one of the little ways that things go wrong not because of the lack of care but just because sometimes that's how things work out and also terrible communication. It's more of a sad piece than anything, but definitely still worth the read.

The Dynamic Duo by Kian-Rai Delcam, obi-wan & anakin, 1.1k
    What happened in Anakin's padawan days, and how in the Force did Obi-Wan manage to not kill the boy? A series of one shots surrounding the pair, some humorous, some dark.
    This was short but totally adorable! I love the image of Obi-Wan getting frustrated with Anakin, who is just always getting into something, but gentles it into teasing him, as well as a scene of Obi-Wan letting a young Anakin sleep in the bed with him after a nasty dream. I will read a thousand of these kinds of fics and never get tired of them and this fic fits right into that collection of how it made me happy to read it.

Reassurance by j_k_rowlingjr, obi-wan & anakin (pre-slash?), ~1k
    Anakin is only little and the flames worried him. He missed his mom. And he missed Qui-Gon. But he had his new mentor, Obi Wan.
    Despite that this is marked as a pairing, I found that it read just as well as entirely gen, so I'm gonna put it into that section, all the more so because it's in line with a bunch of fics that I've been reading--short, bittersweet, comforting fics when Anakin is still a little kid and needs Obi-Wan to comfort him. Including Anakin crawling into Obi-Wan's bed and asking to stay there for the night and my heart just being entirely soothed for it. And this fic is another lovely addition to the collection, ahhh, bless it, too.

Learning Curve by ruth baulding, obi-wan & anakin, 5.2k
    It is a poor student who does not thereby also teach his master.
    Two adorable scenes from early on in Anakin's Padawan days, both of which appeal for different reasons! The first is a fic where Obi-Wan has returned after a long delay on a mission and Anakin is upset about how long he's been gone, scared because he was so worried and it's set in an AU where Qui-Gon is still alive and able to help smooth things over a bit, but it's still wholly about Obi-Wan and Anakin's relationship and, ahhh, so adorable and heart-tugging! The second is a delight because you absolutely see the ending coming and yet it's no less great because absolutely Obi-Wan can be a bit of a dick on purpose when he wants to get something done. Two scenes from Anakin's early days as Obi-Wan's Padawan and it was a joy to read them both.

Worthy by whereiismymindd, obi-wan & anakin, 1.5k
    12-year-old Anakin is upset because other Jedi think he isn't good enough. Obi Wan tries to help him, while dealing with some demons of his own.
    I am always, always here for fic like this, where I feel really badly for poor kidlet Anakin, but Obi-Wan is entirely there to help him back up, to say what he needs to hear, to care for him and protect him, even if it's just emotionally. I loved the moments of Obi-Wan talking about what he was like as a Padawan as well, but mostly it's just about Obi-Wan's utter dedication to how much he cares about Anakin and will protect him. My heart, okay.

Of Questions, Dishes, and Pathetic Life Forms by Yesac, obi-wan & anakin, 3.1k
    Obi-Wan has never been very good at babysitting Qui-Gon's "pathetic life forms". Anakin is no exception. Incessant questioning, chaos, and a little big of snuggling ensues.
    Oh, I loved this fic so much. Set just barely after Anakin was first brought back from Tatooine and Obi-Wan really didn't know what to do with a child yet, he was vaguely annoyed by having one around, but little moppet Anakin just somehow charmed his way right in by being adorable and kind of a failboat and maybe a little obnoxious but in a good-hearted way. The whole fic was so charming and wonderful and spot on, a lovely examination of the time before Obi-Wan loved him, but you could see the beginnings of it, the awkwardness still there but slowly starting to melt away, and it was just so damn precious, in a really well-written way.

A Secret Charm by bioticbootyshaker, obi-wan/anakin, ~1k
    Anakin has never been one to follow orders. Apparently, a lesson he's learned from his Master.
    This was a short but lovely piece about the pull of desire and how Obi-Wan knows it's a distraction for Anakin (and for himself), that it's not the right time or place for it, but Anakin has always been so much, so tempting, so bright, so beautiful. Obi-Wan trying to get him to learn to resist acting on those feelings, the way he tries to guide Anakin, but ultimately cannot resist the everything that is Anakin. There's some lovely imagery of the way Obi-Wan touches Anakin here, the way Anakin exposes his throat to the way Obi-Wan leans into him, the way it feels so quiet and intimate, like it's just them in the world, that I really enjoyed, too.

progression by blazeofglory, obi-wan/anakin, nsfw, 1.4k
    Their relationship progresses slowly and secretly.
    There's mentions of past childhood sexual abuse, which usually sends me running from a fic, so if you're like me, know that it's only referenced and briefly so, even if it does play a central role in Anakin's characterization. It's not a long fic, but it's one that's about how much Anakin is just completely in love with Obi-Wan, how Obi-Wan refuses to take advantage of someone so young, but still obviously loves him back just as much, and it's about how Anakin finds something warm and gentle here, the way Obi-Wan touches him is always full of thought and care and love, which my heart really needed today, so bless this fic. Especially because eventually Obi-Wan will fuck him, just as Anakin wants him to, but it'll be better and that's what my heart desires today, thank fandom for giving me this.

The Consequences of a Crash by SkywalkerShenanigans (HedgehogJawn), obi-wan/anakin, 7.6k wip
    Anakin doesnít remember how they lost control of the ship. A newly made knight and his former master crash on an unknown world and must hang on until help arrives. Obi-Wan is injured and anxious. Anakin is injured and, well, being Anakin.
    There are only three chapters at the time of this rec, but I'm enjoying it a lot! Anakin is such a hot mess when shit goes down, when Obi-Wan is injured and Anakin's faced with that he might die and the only thing holding him together is that Obi-Wan is still awake enough to help him, which is exactly how it would go. The writing is solid and I enjoy h/c when it's clear that the characters are doing what they can to mend each other, when they draw comfort from just being near each other, when they're two idiots who seem to always get into this kind of trouble and yet it's still somehow terrible each and every time. It's a really fun fic and I'm looking forward to more!

Come On, Get Up, Let Me See Your Bruises by Imadra Blue, obi-wan & anakin, 5.8k
    When Obi-Wan and an eleven-year-old Anakin crash land on a muddy, dangerous planet, Anakin is badly injured. Obi-Wan is pushed to the limits, determined to save his young Padawan, even if it's at the cost of his own life.
    Oh, no, feelings. ): Obi-Wan and Anakin are only just a little ways into their Master/Padawan relationship, so they don't really know how to talk to each other very well yet, the feelings are there but neither of them really realizes it, and so of course they fall into a dangerous mission with a terrible crash that leaves them injured and that's when they realize just how much they've come to truly love each other. It's so satisfying for whump fic and h/c in the way Obi-Wan is so desperately worried over Anakin, in that it eventually gives us them melding their minds together so Obi-Wan can help keep Anakin focused when he has a concussion, and it just happily, happily embraces being all about shoving these characters into tough circumstances to make their bond even stronger and give me feelings about it. God bless.

Promise by Aridette, obi-wan & anakin, 1.2k
    Obi-Wan goes on a dangerous mission, leaving his young Padawan behind. When he returns injured, Anakin insists he come along the next time.
    I am so very weak to tiny little moppet Anakin who desperately wants to stay by his Master's side, who is adorable with all those feelings and this fic knew exactly how to get straight at my heart, because I am intensely interested in this era of their relationship, as well as of course there is eventually a tiny little missile launching itself at Obi-Wan because he wants to hug him. Give me that forever, especially when it's as precious as this one is.

Finding the Words by freedomfry, obi-wan & anakin, 2.2k
    Anakin frowned as he looked through the words beginning with S. "I'm not here," he said.
    This was super cute! And then it wasn't. The concept might seem a little silly, the theme of s-words across the span of such serious events, but the actual details and moments, the charm of the early days of Obi-Wan and Anakin's relationship, the cute kid and the surly but still lovable teenager, all the way to Darth Vader and how heartwrenchingly painful all of that was, it's really well done and made my heart ache all over again. Any fic that can produce an actual ache in me (I admit that I'm prone to it, but still) is one I'm glad I read, it's a bittersweet and well-written look at the characters, even if I kind of want to cry afterwards and stuff my face into some fluff to make myself feel better.

All But Name by Mirror and Image, obi-wan & anakin + padme & dooku & qui-gon & yoda & ocs & cast, 107.9k
    "You will be a Jedi, Anakin. I promise you. In all but name."
    Oh, let me tell you my feelings about this fic. By the time it was finished, despite that I'd just read a novel's worth of fic, I was so sad it was ending because it's such a great build-up and great characterization and great pacing and great story. When I first started reading, I was a little wary because Obi-Wan didn't entirely feel like himself to me, despite that I acknowledged that he was grieving and he was just post-TPM and hadn't had the time to progress yet, but by the halfway point of the fic I got it, I understood why the story made all the choices it did, why it put Obi-Wan into the situations and places that it did, because it absolutely was about a larger path that he was following and the Force needed him to be right where he was at those specific moments. By the end of the fic, you can see the care and thought that was put into the story, why everything happened the way it did, in addition to how much insight and care the authors put into Anakin's development as a young child still emotionally and mentally developing. It's not just that the writing is really smooth and easy to become engrossed in, it's not just that there's a plot happening (maybe not that many light saber battles, but there are some and it's a great balance between the quieter moments of their lives and the healing process they go through and the bigger, more epic moments of their lives), but also that I cared deeply about the characters.

It's a fic that's about Obi-Wan and Anakin's early days and how things are different when they're no longer part of the Jedi Order, how that subtly changes their dynamic until it's entirely different (and yet still entirely recognizable) from where they ended up in canon. It's one of my new favorite fics because it does justice to how those changes start small, how Anakin has more freedom to express his attachments and emotional instability because they're not at the Jedi Temple and because Obi-Wan doesn't have the support from others, so he can't be as strict about it, plus he too needs that emotional connection in the wake of his own losses, until they've grown close and found a better way for Anakin to deal with his anger and emotions, because they were nudged in just the right direction for it. It doesn't villainize anyone (not even the Jedi Order is villainized, thankfully! they're not perfect and some characters are furious at them, but they're still good people) but instead gives these characters a different path to follow, one that I could see the canon characters going down if they'd had these circumstances instead. That thought and care was given to how they would interact with each other, how each of their mindsets and motivations would affect their interaction, that Anakin's anger and restlessness aren't just swept aside, but instead tackled head-on, in a more subtle sort of way. Reading the author's notes really gave a look into how much thought was put into his development and I loved it for that.

But ultimately, at its heart, this is a fic about Obi-Wan and Anakin becoming much more emotionally available to each other as they both develop over the months they figure out their new lives, it's a fic about having only each other to rely on and that creates a more intense bond, even as it nearly threatens to drown them. It's a fic about Obi-Wan grieving his losses and struggling to hold onto what he can, dealing with depression and coming through it after a struggle, it's a fic about learning to accept help from those who care about them. It's about all those things, but it's also about how awesome Obi-Wan is, how brilliant a negotiator he is, about how morally unbreakable he is, about how he's amazing in so many ways, as well as just how much sheer, raw potential Anakin has, how he's such a caring little moppet even when he's a trouble magnet. It was a fic that I legitimately respected on a technical level, but it won my heart for giving me so much that pleased my id at the same time! And that's not even getting into how fascinating Dooku was in the last third of the fic, how I loved his addition to the story and every interaction he had with Obi-Wan was absolutely satisfying as hell. This is a fic that is really, really worth reading and this is why I got into the Star Wars fandom in the first place!

Patience by sanestlunatic, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, 1.7k
    Anakin can't meditate; Obi-Wan gets irritated.
    This was a fun little PWP that's one of my favorite subjects: Anakin just can't settle down, he's too fidgety and antsy, so Obi-Wan holds him down and teaches him a lesson about patience, that the more Anakin wriggles around, the longer it's going to take for Obi-Wan to fuck him properly. It was fun and satisfying porn and exactly what I wanted to get out of it!

Death and the Living Force by YamiSnuffles , obi-wan & anakin, 4.6k
    Not much time has passed since Qui-Gon's death and both Obi-Wan and Anakin are trying to find their own way. Little did they know, the one they mourn will also help them move forward.
    I both love and hate this fic with such a passion--I love it because it's so exquisitely spot on to how I think Obi-Wan and Anakin's dynamic was in those early days, but I also hate it for the same reason. I want things to be off to less of a rocky start, I want Obi-Wan to be more emotionally open, I want Anakin to be less of a burgeoning rage monster, and yet it's not who they are, it's not Obi-Wan to hug the moppet like I want him to, not when he's grieving like this, it's not Anakin to settle down and be more secure and mature. They still find a way to move forward, it's obvious they care greatly about each other and this is an epic relationship in the making, it's ultimately a bittersweet but good fic, but man. It broke my heart in a way that feels very much like canon.

And The Truth Shall Set Us Free by Nicole1, obi-wan & anakin, 23k
    ObiWan and Anakin are sent on a mission to a planet that holds painful memories for both of them.
    I'll admit ahead of time that this fic needs a good scrub with the grammar brush, but the heart of the fic is absolutely solid and provided me with a) satisfying Obi-Wan whump and b) Anakin freaking out about potentially losing Obi-Wan and c) SURPRISE SOUL BOND. It's a gen piece, but it'll be satisfying to both gen fans and pairing fans, because the relationship between the two characters is so strong and it's literally soul-deep by the end, as well as there's plot happenings and action scenes! I was especially fond of just how badly Anakin reacts to the idea that Obi-Wan might be dying from being poisoned, you can see how emotionally needy he is and why he teeters on the edge of the Dark Side so easily sometimes, because he's so desperate about his affection for others, while Obi-Wan is so much calmer and solid with himself, even as he loves Anakin just as dearly. I do wish there'd been a sequel, I'd have greatly enjoyed seeing how this affected ROTS, but it stands well on its own and was a really solid, satisfying read!

First Rain by Allie_el, obi-wan & anakin, 3k
    Obi-Wan runs back to the Temple in a frenzy when he believes something is wrong with Anakin.
    The fic starts off a little rough, but by the midway point of the first chapter, I was totally onboard with the super cute and absolutely adorable fluff here, when little Anakin is scared by a thunderstorm, which he's never experienced before. The fic just happily embraces that it's all about Obi-Wan being protective of the little moppet and that it's about Anakin needing a hug and to curl up against Obi-Wan, and that even when he's older, it still helps because he's still just as emotionally needy. It's pure soul-soothing fluff that I ate up like it was delicious candy because it was.

In Innocence by Ehliena, obi-wan/anakin & qui-gon, 1.2k
    The first time they met, a bond was formed and a promise was made.
    Fluff and cuteness! Kidlet Anakin meets Obi-Wan for the first time and pretty much immediately declares that he's going to marry him someday, it's adorable. This is a collection of scenes, some fluffy, some bittersweet, across their relationship, nothing that goes too far, but is nice to read to ease my heart after some of the harder fics I've read lately.

You Wanted to be Found, Didn't You? by Wonder_Pumpkin, obi-wan/anakin + anakin/others, NSFW, 3.5k
    Obi-Wan has had enough of Anakin's promiscuous behaviour, and after he catches his former Padawan for what seems like the hundreth time, he takes matters into his own hands. Basically just porn.
    This is one of those fics that I'm here for because of Anakin, who is such a goddamned brat here, an aggravating and deliberately antagonistic little shit who fucks around in places he knows Obi-Wan will find him, just so that his Master will finally snap and fuck him. Anakin's emotional messiness and the way he demands attention through acts like this, working towards the rough sex that he so craves, the way he so desperately enjoys grabbing Obi-Wan's attention only on him, the way he can make Obi-Wan possessive of him and push him down the way he does, I am here for that. That and the very satisfying porn, god bless.

Indulgence by patientalien, obi-wan/anakin (sort of), 1.8k
    Anakin knows what he wants for his birthday.
    This is another fic that balances between being a pairing fic and a genfic, it's a little bit of both, where there's definitely attraction there, but it's more emotional than anything. I love the idea of a birthday indulgence as a Jedi tradition and of course Anakin already is already indulged in a lot of things, so what he wants for his birthday is something completely unexpected. It's mostly a light-hearted fic, but there's some emotional whump in there and it made my heart hurt for Anakin again, until the ending was just the right balance of what is between these two characters. A lovely little read!

What You Are (the Certain Point of View Remix) by Beatrice_Otter, obi-wan & anakin & padme, 1.3k
    Three people look up at the stars at night.
    Oh, this was lovely and bittersweet, the three times these three different characters look up at the stars and think about all these bittersweet or painful things. Obi-Wan thinking about Luke and Anakin, Padme thinking about Anakin, Anakin thinking about his future, it's all so lovely and wonderfully written and just quietly sad, in that way Star Wars fic has. Each is a good insight into the characters but also makes a lovely collection together, so pretty and painful.

When the world gets too heavy put it on my back by nematoda, qui-gon & obi-wan + obi-wan & anakin + references to to obi-wan/anakin, 25k wip
    Studies of platonic love in the life of Obi-Wan Kenobi, exploring the master/padawan relationship with Qui-Gon and eventually with Anakin.
    This was an interesting look at Obi-Wan's character, where he comes across as younger/less insightful than in canon, but I absolutely get where the author is coming from with the fic, that he just doesn't get the sexual drive other people have, that he wants physical contact but doesn't see how it comes across to others. Each of the chapters is basically its own story, each set at a different point in his life, but all doing a really great job of showing what it could be like for an ace character trying to navigate relationships when he doesn't want sex. And I can still put this together with canon, because aro and ace are not the same thing (while the fic doesn't touch on this, I can put it together in my head) and the fic does a great job at not trying to shoehorn in our modern language or try to push it into ways the characters wouldn't talk about it, but instead actually shows it and doesn't make it define the characters.

I picked the fic up for platonic interactions in Obi-Wan's life, because I'm a sucker for that, and I especially loved the Obi-Wan & Anakin scenes, because they really felt solidly spot on to the characters, from when Anakin was a cuddly little kid to when he's a sullen and moody teenager that Obi-Wan struggles with to when he's an older teenager with hormones who has a complicated relationship with his master. Each of these is something I wanted, because I love bb!Anakin! And I love that teenage Anakin swings back and forth from being sullen to desperate for Obi-Wan not to leave him, just a complete and total emotional mess that was so satisfying to read about! And I love teenage Anakin who really kind of desperately wants his Master to fuck him, but Obi-Wan's just not interested in sex, and it's complicated because Anakin can't help feeling that if Obi-Wan loved him he would fuck him, even when they manage to get around that, it hit so many of the things I wanted from their interaction.

What started as just wanting some gen fluffy interactions turned into, oh, no, now I'm having feelings about Obi-Wan and his complicated relationships with people, especially with Anakin and the fic's writing is absolutely lovely and knows exactly how to hit some of those emotional beats that we all come to fic for.

Epiphany by Elenothar, obi-wan & anakin, 3.8k
    After the tiring mission to Ansion, Obi-Wan&Anakin are both stressed-when dreams about his mother dying plague Anakin more and more, his emotions start getting the better of him as his Master struggles to understand his apprentice before it's too late...
    One of the reasons I keep coming back to this pairing is the way they hurt each other because they love each other so much, that the words they fling at each other sometimes hit a mark deeper than they mean to, so it's all this delicious emotional h/c for me, when they figure out a way to come back to each other. Anything that can give me that ache in my chest, when Anakin is upset about the dreams of his mother's death and lashes out, when he hurts Obi-Wan precisely because Obi-Wan loves him, and then he's desperately sorry about it afterwards, oh, just give me a spoon because I'm going to eat that up like delicious candy.

Tears by ForgottenMoonbeam92, obi-wan & anakin, 1.4k
    The night after Qui-Gon is killed, Anakin wakes to find Obi-Wan by his bedside. Surprised that the reserved Jedi is seeking company, he hardly knows what to do. But sometimes, nothing needs to be done.
    I'm serious, I will hunt down every single fic like this I can, where it's not long after TPM and they share their grief, where Obi-Wan is still mourning but reaching out to this little kid who has no idea what to do next and is so sad as well, hugging him and pulling him close, so that they can share this moment together. This is entirely one of those fics meant to be sweet and soothing, even as it's in a bittersweet, painful point of their lives and it's exactly the kind of fic I'm gonna read as many of as I can find, bless.

Masters and Padawans: Three Generations by GirlwithCurls98, qui-gon & obi-wan + obi-wan & anakin + anakin & ahsoka, 24.6k
    Three generations of incredible bonds.
    Oh, I never wanted this fic to end because it was such a perfect thing for what I was looking for and was so many great moments and was paced so well! Each chapter has three scenes, set around a common theme, with each generation of Master and Padawan pairings, showing all the comparisons and contrasts between all of them, showing all the care between these characters. It had such charm and sparkle and was so very, very easy to see these moments, some big and huge, some small and like little slices of daily life, some happy and some sad, all of them filling in even more of the detail of these characters' lives in the way I crave. It was so solid and satisfying a read, I just couldn't put the fic down, I had to keep turning the page, all the more so because I wanted to see the reflections between one generation and the next, because the fic was so good at keeping just the right length for the scenes!

They're short scenes, but I never felt like they were too clipped or brief, the fic was great about choosing moments that only needed to be little snippets, about making them complete on their own but feeling much bigger because they were part of a set of three scenes, in a fic that had 30 chapters of this. That's 90 different moments in the various points of the timeline and yet none of it felt repetive of pointless, all of it was about the connections between Master and Padawan, so it was just one of the most emotionally satisfying things I've read lately!

TOUCH by shoiryu, obi-wan/anakin, 1.8k
    It takes nearly three months for Obi-Wan to realize that there is something wrong with his apprentice.
    This was an absolutely lovely look at Obi-Wan and Anakin's relationship, how Anakin reacts to being touched, how Obi-Wan touches him, how Anakin deals with others touching him, across several years of their relationship. It's beautifully written, one of those pieces that felt entirely spot on to me and gave me a ton of feelings. This is one of those fics that's not really about the physical part of their relationship but about the intimacy it expresses between them, that it has beautiful imagery but what really got me is the sense that these two sometimes shut out the rest of the world, just by focusing on each other, that it expresses so much more than just physical desire. I love pretty images of kissing and touching, but give me feelings to go along with that? Have my fannish heart always.

In All The World by Ammar, obi-wan & anakin & qui-gon & padme & cast, 52.5k
    The story of how Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi tamed each other, from Naboo to Anakin's early days at the Temple. Slow-building Anakin/Obi-Wan friendship.
    I spent about two days of reading time devoted to nothing but this fic because it was just so engrossing and satisfying for what I was looking for. It's very smoothly written, it's easy to just sink right into, and it does such a fantastic job at being what it sets out to be-the early days of Obi-Wan and Anakin's relationship, mixed with plot, mixed with philosophy on what the Jedi are, mixed with world-building. It's set in the days just after Qui-Gon's death, as Obi-Wan grieves and tries to figure out what's next, while there's still aftermath happening and new assassination plots happening on Naboo, while Anakin tries to figure out where he fits into all of this, and how there are all these awkward moments between him and the Jedi, how the beginning seeds of his friendship with Obi-Wan are there, but haven't yet had time to grow, yet it's so important, all mixed with a lot of thought and care given to how the Jedi look at the galaxy.

It's a wip and the first arc isn't complete yet, but I found it satisfying because the plot isn't really the point for me (though, it absolutely is well-done and I'm glad the fic has it, it makes it so much more satisfying a read to have them actually doing things, that Obi-Wan is already teaching Anakin things), it's about the characters and there's a lot of good stuff there. This is an Obi-Wan who is still young, who hasn't matured into who he is in AOTC or ROTS, but you can see the beginnings of it, as he struggles through these difficult times, as well as Anakin who is young and so eager to help, but you see the seeds of so much anger in him, both are just spot on for this moment in their lives. There are loads of great moments as well, especially the question of who cut Obi-Wan's Padawan braid was beautifully handled in the fic! It's one of those that's a genfic but it's exactly what I look for in genfic and was so, so good for me.

The Promise by Ripki, obi-wan & anakin, 1.4k
    Unwilling to leave, Obi-Wan waits beside his young padawan's sickbed.
    This is pretty much how I see the early days of Obi-Wan and Anakin's relationship, yes. That Obi-Wan cared about, grew attached to, and probably loved that little munchkin from the time he was just a year or two older than when we first saw him. I love that this fic did a lovely job of being about feelings, that Obi-Wan knows Anakin will get better when he's sick, but he just can't make himself leave, even though Jedi detachment tells him that he's not actually doing any good here. It's not denial about his feelings, Obi-Wan knows exactly what he feels, but Anakin is always different for him, there's such deep and understated affection and care here that it gave me all the right feelings. It was a fantastic read.

Take My Waking Slow by panharmonium, obi-wan & anakin, 2.7k
    The elusiveness of sleep, and the practice of patience. Three very early mornings in the Kenobi-Skywalker quarters, once the droids have been dismantled and the pyres burnt down.
    Three scenes of waking up early or being unable to sleep, during the early days of Obi-Wan and Anakin's relationship and they're each just... bittersweet and yet something good, something hopeful, something meaningful. They're little bits of filler scenes, nothing that has to be epic, instead more slife of life and they're perfect for that, they contribute to my feelings on what was such an important relationship and how difficult it was for both of them and what it meant to both of them and just.... I could read a hundred more of fics exactly like this, which were understated in the right ways and not trying too hard and just had a very solid, smooth style that left me with the sense that... even though they were short scenes, they were entirely satisfying, they didn't need to be longer to make me feel like I truly read something.

The Mathematics of Repair by panharmonium, obi-wan & anakin & cast, 4.6k
    For raw teachers and rough-edged students building in the rubble: tiny steps are enough, provided they carry you in the right direction. Immediately post TPM, in short snippets.
    Another fic that's about Anakin's moppet years, told in snippets and scenes/moments, to create a collection of slice of life stories. I love how it's not always easy, they're still feeling each other out, still adjusting to the losses they've both faced and trying to figure out who this other person is, but they get there with small steps and moment by moment. I loved how each of the moments is something I could easily see, as they face new situations and new things to learn or adapt to, new people to meet, and there's a really great sense of little details, of time passing, of them doing things, but that it's still at the center about the characters and their relationships. I loved the slow progress towards being able to banter with each other, the sense of hope that's there when they're finally on the same wavelength, that there's finally an established connection between them. It's such a lovely fic and it was so satisfying to read, both because I crave moppet Anakin stories, but also because it was just a genuinely good character piece!

Works in Progress by panharmonium, obi-wan & anakin, 3.2k wip (sort of)
    Padawan Anakin Skywalker is a work in progress. But then, so is his master. Various unconnected snippets set during the apprenticeship of Anakin Skywalker, updated whenever inspiration strikes.
    This is a collection of shorter fics (two of them at the time of this rec), moments in the lives of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, so each of them can be read on their own, if you like. And I absolutely adored both of them--the first one is total joy because it does such a great job with Obi-Wan's character, who is resoundingly responsible and noble, but also would absolutely make bets on Padawans' sparring and the way he answers Anakin's questions, direct and yet not direct is great. I would have read it just for moppet Anakin years, but the Obi-Wan characterization was even better.

The second is more serious, as Obi-Wan deals with Anakin trying to do too much too quickly, always so talented with technical skills and not yet emotionally mature enough for all of it, in a way that was really, really good to read. The way Obi-Wan gets Anakin to stop and think, to look at things in a bit of a different light, the way it's a struggle and works well enough, but not perfectly, the way they're both really trying here and you can see them making progress, but it's so frustrating, even as there's so much good and hope here? It's absolutely perfect, I could read a hundred of fics just like this one and still come back more just like it.

i am young, but i have aged. by shoiryu, anakin & cast, 1.5k
    Let us say you are nine years old, and you are a slave.
    This was half-meta, half-fic, and it's a lovely look at Anakin's character and the deep-rooted issues he has from childhood and on into adulthood, from Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader. There's something intimate about the second person pov that really worked well for me here, it's not something I always like, but it allowed for a better sense of being in Anakin's shoes and made me feel for this beloved trash child all over again. Plus, oh, this one moment especially: His attention cannot be allowed to waver from you for an instant, for if it does, you will be alone. If he is not watching you or scolding you, he does not care, he does not love you. Oh, Anakin.

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