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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20. Tense

  A searing pain ripped through Anakin's skull as Zartek once again seized his hair.  He gritted his teeth, determined to stay strong in front of his master.
        The look of anger on Obi-Wan's face unnerved the padawan.  Anakin's master was always cool and collected, and Anakin couldn't remember ever seeing him this upset.
        "Let the boy go," Obi-Wan ordered between clenched teeth.
        Zartek smirked and yanked Anakin's hair harder, pulling him to his feet.  "Ah, but you see, he is my slave now.  He is not yours to take."
        "I'm not a slave!" Anakin yelled, finally letting loose the anger, fear, and tension that had been building up inside of him since the mission began.  "You're not my master, and I will never obey you ever again!"
        Zartek looked stunned for a moment, but then he grabbed Anakin by the throat.  "Now listen here, slave-"
        As Anakin choked, Obi-Wan snuck up from behind, his lightsaber activated.  He cut away the bonds holding Anakin's wrists, and reached out to unfasten his padawan's Force-inhibiting collar.
        Zartek whisked Anakin out of the way before he could do so, glaring at Obi-Wan.  He pulled out his electrowhip and cracked it menacingly in the air.
        Obi-Wan held his lightsaber at the ready, watching Count Dooku out of the corner of his eye.  He noticed the Sith slowly drawing out his lightsaber.
        Anakin had landed hard on the cold floor.  He pushed himself up just in time to see Zartek lash his whip towards Obi-Wan.  The Jedi easily deflected the advance with his lightsaber.
        Meanwhile, Dooku was sneaking up from behind.  Anakin gathered all his strength and yelled, "Master, watch out!"
        Obi-Wan whirled just in time to see Dooku's red blade whirling through the air.  He sent the Sith's lightsaber spinning in the other direction, but Zartek had used the distraction to take advantage of his opponent.  The whip curled around Obi-Wan's leg, sending him crashing to the ground. 
        Acting on instinct, Anakin half-crawled to where Zartek was standing triumphantly.  He seized Zartek's legs and pulled them out from under him.  The Zygerrian lost his balance and fell.
        Obi-Wan shot his padawan a grateful smile before picking himself up.  He recovered his lightsaber and turned to face Dooku.
        Anakin, who was intently watching his master, didn't notice that Zartek had pulled himself back up, his pride deeply wounded.  Suddenly, he felt the slaver's cold hands pressing into his torn back, pinning him to the floor.
        Count Dooku tossed his lightsaber to Zartek.  Obi-Wan was about to strike a killing blow to his opponent when he realized Dooku's plan.
        Zartek caught the lightsaber and jerked Anakin onto his knees, holding the lightsaber to the padawan's neck.  "One false move and he dies," he growled to Obi-Wan.

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