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21 May 2011 @ 12:22 am
Fic: ‘How could she?’  
Title: How could she?
Fandom: Star Wars
Rating: (G)
Time Period: tPM: on her way to Coruscant.
Summary: How could she?

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

Imagine leaving your people, your planet, under occupation while you fled to ask for help. I couldn’t imagine that scenario without wondering about what she would’ve felt by doing so. What thoughts must’ve been running through her mind.

And in sleep, or even in the dark, there’d be no escaping those inner whispers that sometimes betray how she’d be feeling about her actions.

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


sign the treaty

She turns, eyes remaining closed. Nearby, a Handmaiden murmurs in her sleep.

return, sign

Hair falls over a cheek, across her face. She bats it away.

how could you do this to your people?

The Handmaiden startles awake and looks over to the young Queen. Seeing nothing new, she settles once more and closes her eyes.

herded like shaak into camps, to feel abandoned and without hope

She turns once more, eyes screwed tight against the words haunting her.

padmé, how could you?

She gasps, sitting upright, eyes wide and staring into the dark. How could she? That last voice, that accusing question ...

“Padmé?” The Handmaiden is sitting on the edge of the bed, her hand on the Queen’s shoulder, eyes wide with concern.

“It is ...” She shakes her head.

“Are you certain?”

She nods. “I will be fine,” she says, determined for it to become true. The Handmaiden hesitates before withdrawing and the Queen lies down, pulling the blanket over her. Long after her companion closes her eyes and her breathing falls into even tones, she is still awake, those last words echoing, over and over.

padmé, how could you?

She scrunches her nose with her eyes closed. It is a question that will not go away, she knows, until her people are free.
lazypadawan: paradequeenlazypadawan on May 21st, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
You do have to wonder about Padmé's guilt and second-guessing herself.
F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on May 21st, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
It's always something I've wondered about. I've always felt there would've been at least some guilt and second-guessing.
Armchair DM: Igor & Carson: Waitingarmchairdm on May 22nd, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
Poor, poor Padme. I really feel for her.
F. J.: Lanterns: Warmmorethanacandle on May 22nd, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
I would really hate to be in that position.