The moment Cody’s door opened and an unusually cheerful Ahsoka and an amused looking Anakin walked in, he knew he would have a headache by the time this meeting was over.
No. He had known there would be a headache involved from the moment Ahsoka felt the need to schedule an appointment. Any member of the family scheduling an appointment was a sign of trouble. It was just a question of what kind.
“Hey, Alor!” Ahsoka greeted as she settled into one of the comfortable chairs in his office.
Yep, there was the headache starting. If she was calling him that, then this was something official…
“Ahsoka, Anakin. Good to see you,” Cody responded.
As if they hadn’t just been at his house the evening before for latemeal.
The Togruta grinned.
“I have something very important to discuss with you!” Ahsoka exclaimed, sitting up as straight as she could.
Anakin raised an eyebrow.
“Ok, we have something to discuss with you,” she corrected. Paused. “But it was mainly my idea!”
“And what is this idea?” Cody prodded, hoping to avoid a squabble.
Anakin held up a folder while Ahsoka brandished two different datapads.
“It’s for a cartoon! A kids one. The Littles will love it!” Ahsoka said emphatically.
Dread and confusion warred within Cody. Why did she have to come to him for it?
“It would feature you and the other commanders in kitty form going on adventures!” the Togruta continued.
And that was why she needed his approval. Anything using the actual likeness (in any form) of one or more of the Vode needed Official Approval from the Office of the Vod’alor. He had never quite expected it to lead to things like this.
“How would that even work?” Cody asked, the first question that came to mind tumbling out before he could even fully formulate a reaction.
“With their specially designed ship, of course!” Anakin chimed in, holding up several pieces of flimsi with what was apparently said ship on it.
That would explain his involvement then. Ahsoka was good at fixing ships, but Anakin was better at designing them. Cody had a feeling he had designed other equipment for this too. It certainly fit his skillset.
Still, he wasn’t sure how he felt about any of this.
“Ahsoka,” Cody started with a heavy sigh. “I’m not sure this is a good idea.”
The Togruta pouted.
“But it’s a great idea! It would be so much fun! You and Rex and the others were all such cute cats. Children would love it!” she insisted. “The show can be both fun and educational!”
Cody regretted every single one of his life choices.
And also most of Obi-Wan and Rex’s. His having to deal with these two menaces was entirely their fault, after all.
“What…what are your ideas for the actual stories?” the clone asked with a sigh.
He was certain he would regret the question, but he had to know.
Ahsoka beamed as she started to lay out the ideas. Some were heavily watered-down versions of battles, but with them as cats instead of people. Some were nothing more than shenanigans taking place on their ship or at their homeworld base. Some were outlandish stories that bore no resemblance to anything that had actually ever happened to any of them. There was certainly enough variety to be appealing to children.
She handed over the datapads and Cody flipped through them as she talked. There were sketches for scenes, holos of both of his and the other Shebse’s misadventures as cats and even a couple of scripts already written. Cody had to admit, she really had put a lot of thought into this. Some of the stories sounded good, some sounded ridiculous, but he acknowledged he was not the target audience.
“Say I give the approval. How will it be made and distributed? Have you talked to Dogma about reading over any contract you are offered? Do you know what fair rates would be?” Cody questioned.
Ahsoka hesitated just a bit, but Anakin had those answers.
“Padme knows the head of the children’s network on Naboo. Her friend looked over the preliminaries and really liked it. So, pending your approval, they would be happy to produce the show. Padme mentioned it to Bail who brought it up to Queen Breha and Senator Chuchi. Alderaan and Pantora would be interested in licensing it as well. And of course, Ahsoka would run any and all contracts by Dogma before signing them. Rex would never let her hear the end of it otherwise.”
“See! I planned for all of what I could and asked for help on what I couldn’t!” Ahsoka said proudly. “We’ve got it all covered.”
“I’m proud of you,” Cody assured with a smile.
“And if the show does well, they mentioned possibly wanting to do holobooks and maybe even toys! And we would get a portion of the profits for those too,” Ahsoka said. She added shyly, “I’d donate all of that to the care funds for the Littles.”
A menace she might be, but she was one of his and Cody wouldn’t change her.
“That’s generous and wonderful of you,” he said proudly.
Ahsoka smiled widely.
“What are you going to call it?” Cody asked.
“Adventures of the Kitty Commanders!” she chirped.
Anakin wrinkled his nose. “We are not calling it that. It’s fine as a working title but it definitely needs better.”
Ahsoka frowned. “We? This was my idea!”
“Children,” Cody scolded, resulting in matching contrite looks. “I’m sure you can discuss this civilly”
“Yes, sir,” came the matching grumbles.
These two were ridiculous.
“So…is that a yes? You approve?” Ahsoka asked hopefully.
Cody sighed, but nodded.
“You have my approval. Fill out the official forms and I’ll sign them.”
“Great, thank you!”
“You’re welcome. I have one stipulation,” Cody said with a grin.
“Oh?” Ahsoka asked.
“The rest of us are adult cats, but Rex is a kitten.”
Ashoka nearly laughed herself off her chair before gasping out, “Deal!”
“Actually, make that two,” the clone added. “We keep this quiet. The rest of the Shebse don’t find out until it gets released.”
Anakin and Ahsoka both grinned.
“Deal! I can’t wait to see how they react!” Ahsoka giggled.
There was a moment of quiet before she spoke again.
“Now, wait until you hear about my idea for a cartoon with most of Torrent as puppies!”