Rating: Mature audiences
Summary: The mission that led to the shift in Rex and Ahsoka’s relationship.
I know most of you have probably already read this and that I’m super late to the party. I just had to make a post for it anyway. So, so, so good.
Ahsoka reached the bottom step and paused when she saw Rex. She swiftly wiped her tears away, but she knew she couldn’t hide from him.
"Something tells me those aren’t tears of joy, Commander," he said, attempting a bit of humor and finding that it didn’t have the effect he desired.
Ahsoka took one step up to remain at eye level with him. “I have something to tell you.”
"Before you say what you have to say, I just wanted to apologize for what you had to go through. I was—I was carrying out my duty. I didn’t want to chase you down."
Ahsoka smiled softly. “You’re the best, Rexter. Don’t ever change.”
Rex dropped his gaze, not liking her tone and what her words implied. “Where will you go?”
She wasn’t surprised that he had figured it out. Rex was a smart man, and she admired that among many other qualities she’d come to know over the years. “I don’t know. I wish I had you to watch my back, though.”
"All you have to do is ask, and I’ll follow."
"I know, which is why I won’t. Our men need you."
"It won’t be the same without you.”
Ahsoka bit her bottom lip to stop it from trembling. She reached out and wrapped her arms over his shoulders, bringing him in a close hug. “Take care of yourself, Rex. Look after Anakin for me.”
Rex hesitated, but eventually brought his free arm around her waist. “Take care of yourself…Ahsoka.”
Her heart broke all over again when she realized that she also had to walk away from him. She did it, though. Rex watched her go, tempted to follow, but he still had a job to do, even if she wasn’t at his side anymore.
Barriss Offee [Star Wars: The Approaching Storm] (via barrissoffee) —