Hullo again, friends!
It’s been a while since The Elven Padawan has brought you anything new in the form of reading or listening material, but today we’re reemerging from the darkness to celebrate #RebelsRemembered: the anniversary of the finale of Star Wars Rebels, one of the best shows to ever grace our television screens and one of special significance to us here at TEP.
Not long ago, my good friend Lusa (who is also a huge supporter of TEP), told me she had something very special she’d written up in honor of Rebels, and particularly the character Kanan Jarrus. She sent it to me, wondering if I’d like to publish it here on the TEP blog, and once I read it I couldn’t wait to share it with you all!
So here it is: a special piece for #RebelsRemembered in honor of Kanan Jarrus, one of the greatest Jedi to live throughout the entirety of the Star Wars franchise. – Shay
A Simple Story
(A/N: I can’t take full credit for this. Shay actually started it on a chat group we’re in together, and I loved it and wrote more. Just wanna make sure she gets some credit!)
It was a small Jedi youngling named Caleb who first gave Obi-Wan the idea of recalibrating the signal to tell the Jedi to go into hiding.
A small Jedi Padawan who soon found himself receiving that message.
A small Jedi Padawan who found himself running through a forest, scared to death, completely alone and confused with his entire life and everything he had ever known crashing down around him.
A small Jedi Padawan who grew into a man.
A man who went for years with no purpose and no hope.
A man, once a small Jedi youngling, still alone but no longer frightened… or at least, not allowing himself to acknowledge fear.
A man, who after years of running through that forest, the forest of pain and bitterness, found himself with a home.
A man who became a leader.
A man people knew as Kanan.
A man who found himself in love. Real, true love. Not the kind that says it is love but walks away. Not even the kind that his Jedi master had given him as that small Jedi Padawan.
A man who sacrificed himself for that love. That love, and the love of his adopted family.
A family that was more real than any biological family could ever be.
A man — Caleb Dume, Kanan Jarrus — who found the moment in which he was most needed.
It had started in a lecture from Obi-Wan.
It grew into a simple story about a fallen knight.
No one ever thought it would end the way it did.
He found his purpose beyond what anyone ever imagined.
A simple story.
A small Jedi youngling named Caleb.
A fallen and risen knight named Kanan.
He became the spark that would light the fire that would burn the Empire down.