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08 May 2011 @ 03:44 am
Fic: ‘Remaining true.’ (II 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 II 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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Both respected the given vocation of the other and neither would press the boundaries laid down by those vocations, both professionally and personally; a silent agreement that, at times, tested the impatience of the younger of the two. However, at a single precise moment, those boundaries press the patience of the older.

After the initial greetings and small talk, his padawan is given the task of checking the security measures. He leaves, with an envious look in his eyes, whilst his Master and object of his desires speak quietly of what security is in place and how it can be improved upon, after his padawan has made his inspection and the current security is discussed between them.

Only when the door is closed do they proceed to the balcony, away from any cameras that may be watching. On the balcony, instead, they are aware of other eyes. At any moment, Anakin may return. Or the assassin might strike once more.

With his back turned to the room behind them, his arms are crossed, his head inclined toward her. “Are you well?”

“It was Cordé disembarking.”

“I am so sorry.”

“I am glad it is you and Ani who have come,” she smiled sadly. “I wish it were under better circumstances than these.”

“There could have been no other for Anakin and I to be here.”

“I know.”





When dressing for dinner, her thoughts stray and her clothes betray her. At dinner, Anakin is engaging and sweet, regaling her with tales of his and his Master’s exploits. By the fireplace, he is betrayed by his words.

“Padmé, I love you.”

Words that jolted her from thoughts of his Master. “Anakin, no.” Her attention now on the padawan and not the Master. “I don’t want you in that way. You love an ideal, a fantasy, and not the woman you proclaim to love.”

His face twisted, he stepped forward. She held her ground. “Did you not hear me?”

“And did you not hear me?” It is now that her clothes are realised and silent curses are directed at herself. “I do not love you, Anakin. You are Jedi.” As is the man I love.

Love.

A realisation of emotions she’d never given thought to. “Goodnight, Anakin.” She will not betray this love. She knows she is watched when she leaves the room.




Finding the assassin, her death spurring an investigation, he finds himself thinking only of his padawan and his Senator on their long trek to Naboo. Following Jango from Kamino to Geonosis, his thoughts are upon their farewell.

“Keep her safe, Anakin.”

“I will, Master.”

He smiled crookedly to the Senator as he half-bowed from the waist. “Do not lead my padawan astray, Senator.”

“I won’t, Master Kenobi.” She leaned forward, kissed his cheek. A whisper escaped, only heard by him. “Be safe.”

His hands on her shoulders, he kissed her cheek in return. “You as well,” he murmured in reply. The whole conversation took seconds but the uneasy feeling that had begun when it was determined it would be Anakin accompanying her to Naboo – a wise choice – remained. He tucked his hands into his sleeves. “I will be in contact when I need to be.”

He had stood next to Typho; they’d both watched them walk away. “It’s not her I’d be worried about,” the captain had stated quietly. “It’s him.”

The uneasy feeling had increased. Dormé, seeing his expression as the captain had turned away, grabbed his arm and squeezed it reassuringly. He smiled in reply. Then she was gone.

And that feeling grew stronger.


Watching Jango fly toward the atmosphere of the planet below them, he mused that it was not his padawan for whom he was worried; it was her, knowing his padawan’s feelings for her all these years.

His mind elsewhere, he was almost hit by Jango’s first shot and only with Jedi reflexes does he manage to spin away from the fiery bolt.
 
 
 
Armchair DM: Igor & Carson: Waitingarmchairdm on May 8th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
... this explains so much about the film series.
F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on May 8th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
It does?
Armchair DM: Igor & Carson: Waitingarmchairdm on May 11th, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
Yeah; it explains the vast majority of both Padme's and Obi's actions in Attack of the Clones.
F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on May 11th, 2011 09:26 am (UTC)
A shame, then, this isn't film!canon.
Angel... Dark Wings Descending...angel_in_tears on May 8th, 2011 06:19 am (UTC)
I love this, how it fills in the gaps between the events in the movie, and how she ran away from Anakin ♥ This is how it should have been! :)
F. J.: Lanterns: Warmmorethanacandle on May 8th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I always felt there was more behind the scenes than we saw.
emiv: dh | did I fall asleep?emiv on June 2nd, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Very nice continuation! Unnerved and somewhat jealous/worried!Obi-wan is wonderful! And that middle paragraph with Padme and Anakin could be subtitled "Things as they should have been." :D
F. J.: Three candlesmorethanacandle on June 2nd, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
Very nice continuation! Unnerved and somewhat jealous/worried!Obi-wan is wonderful!
Thank you, on both counts!