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08 May 2011 @ 03:49 am
Fic: ‘Remaining true.’ (III of III)  
Title: Remaining true.
Fandom: Star Wars
Rating: (G)
Time Period: AotC.
Summary: She did not fail.

Author's Note: This is quick ‘n’ dirty (for definition see the F. A. Q.).

Below are moments snatched from AotC, told from a certain (Obidala) point of view. It continues the journey that can be found in the below parts:
A thought, a gift
Upon a chance
Confront the disturbance you must (Part I of II)
Of Senators and disturbances (Part II of II; deleted scenes: Of Jedi and their padawans & Expect him to leave, they will).

These eventually lead to events in For each other alone.

Just a quick note: the tenses in this will probably be off.


Part III of III.

Disclaimer
All characters contained herein are the intellectual property of Lucas; I am not affiliated with nor endorsed by him.


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Her heart leapt into her throat at the sight of the transmission R2 forwarded to Coruscant.

I ... failed you, m’lady

She would not fail him.

She heard the orders given Anakin and the moment the transmission was ended, she faced Anakin. “We’re going to Geonosis,” she informed him calmly; no one would be able to accuse her of a rash decision later. “We’ll get there before they will. It makes sense.”

“We’re to stay where we are.” But she could tell he wanted to go.

“Your mandate is to protect me, am I correct?”

He nodded.

“Then you go where I go. And I’m going to Geonosis.”




They kissed and he saw them, between the guards and the creatures brought into the arena. In that moment, his heart crumbled, broken first into small pieces that, once crumbled, are ashes in his mouth.

He didn’t see who initiated that kiss but does it matter?

“Some rescue.”

Anakin shrugged, concentrated on the guards.

In the ensuing chaos, he cannot help the twinge in his chest where his heart should be when the nexu’s claws raked her back. He steeled himself when she fell from the transport in pursuit of Count Dooku.

“We cannot go back!” He yelled at Anakin above the engines that whined as they were pushed to their maximum limits.

“We can’t leave her there!”

“Have you forgotten your oath to the Jedi Order?”

“We have to go back!”

“You’ll be kicked out if you fail in your duty!”

In those words, he heard the many others who had said those very words and reminded himself of his duty.

The ashes tasted stronger in his mouth.




She cannot hide her concern when at the Jedi Temple; however, it can be hidden as concern for Anakin who lost his hand on Geonosis. At the doors to the Healing Halls, she is met by the one she truly wanted to see and is taken to a small adjoining room.

“You cannot see him. He is resting at the order of the healers.”

“It’s not him I wanted to see. Why are you avoiding me?”

His gaze met hers. “Does this look as though I am avoiding you?”

“Not physically, no.”

With the discreet wave of a hand, he closed the door. “Would this suit you better, m’lady?”

She flinched. “I came to see you, not Anakin.” She steeled her gaze; her chin rose in unconscious defiance. “I did no wrong.”

He swallowed quietly, his gaze unmoved.

“Is this about the kiss Anakin gave?” Disbelief marred her features. “He kissed me, not I him.”

“You should have stayed on Naboo.”

“I came to Geonosis to save you.” Her cheeks flushed from the heat of her words. “You.”

“When he is able,” the door quietly opened, “Anakin will see you back to Naboo.”

A last look is given, her voice quiet. “I did not betray, or fail, you.”
 
 
 
Armchair DM: Igor & Carson: Waitingarmchairdm on May 8th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
.... poor, poor Padme.
F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on May 8th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
It's difficult to see how they go from the last scene to the wedding in For each other alone?
Armchair DM: Carson: No no no AIEEE!!armchairdm on May 11th, 2011 07:23 am (UTC)
Very much so!
F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on May 11th, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)
Well, there's more story to go ...
Angel... Dark Wings Descending...: gotstormbornangel_in_tears on May 8th, 2011 06:21 am (UTC)
Oh Padme ♥ his is heartbreaking :(
F. J.: Lanterns: Warmmorethanacandle on May 8th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
There's the eventual end of this series in For each other alone to look forward to ...?
emiv: dh | did I fall asleep?emiv on June 2nd, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
Oh, that ending! Hello, heartbreaking. Poor Padme, it's not her fault Anakin's crazy and in love with her! Poor Obi-wan, fearing the worst when she left and then getting seeming proof of it. Misconceptions all around!

Now I am sincerely interested in how you bridge this and the wedding together. :D
F. J.: Three candlesmorethanacandle on June 2nd, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
Misconceptions all around!
This particular part of your comment has me throwing my arms triumphantly in the air! Yes! The misconceptions worked!

Now I am sincerely interested in how you bridge this and the wedding together. :D
So was I at this point!