Undercover: Anakin Skywalker

Anakin Skywalker is forced to go undercover as a slave, where his pride, strength, and willpower will be challenged like never before.

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19. Hopeful

        The pain never came.
        With a sickening jolt, the ship lurched to the side, causing Zartek and Anakin to slide back against the wall.  Only Count Dooku managed to stay standing, although it took him a moment to regain his balance.
        "What was that?"  Zartek snarled, while keeping a tight grip on Anakin's wrist.
        "It seems the Republic has attacked us," Count Dooku replied in a bored tone.  "Just as I suspected."
        "Oh, of course you suspected," Anakin said sarcastically, earning a slap from Zartek.  "Show some respect, slave," the Zygerrian hissed.
        Dooku's wrist comm chimed, and the Sith sighed in annoyance.  "What is it?" he said into the comlink.
        "Sir, there's a Jedi heading this way-" the frantic voice of a battle droid yelled.  "Wait- no-"
        The signal crackled and fell silent.  Anakin tried not to look hopeful, but he failed miserably.
        "Looks like your beloved Master has come to rescue you," Count Dooku sneered, addressing Anakin.  The padawan spat at him in response.
        "Zartek, you may continue with the punishment," the Sith continued.  "We can give 'Master Kenobi' a show when he comes in."  He snickered at the thought.
        Zartek seized his electrowhip and swung it through the air.  It landed on Anakin's back with a sickening crack.  Anakin managed not to cry out. 
        Out of the corner of his eye, he could see a blue lightsaber, steadily cutting through the door.  Zartek must have seen it too, for he increased the beating until Anakin was crying in pain.
        Suddenly, a chunk of the door crashed to the ground.  Obi-Wan Kenobi stepped through the resulting hole, his lightsaber drawn.
        "Master?" Anakin said hoarsely.
        "Anakin!" Obi-Wan exclaimed, trying not to let his alarm show.
        Zartek smirked and continued the whipping, showing no mercy on Anakin's bleeding back.  Anakin bit his lip, trying desperately not to scream in front of his master; although tears rolled down his cheeks.
        "Anakin!" Obi-Wan shouted.  He turned to Zartek, shooting daggers with his eyes.  "Stop beating my padawan!"
        Zartek shot him a fiendish grin.  "Well, you see, he is no longer your padawan."  He seized Anakin by the hair and pulled him closer.  "He is my slave."

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