|Letters to a Senator
Author: kasey8473 PM
Letters written to Padmé during her life were compiled into a book. Long years later the volume surfaced in an exhibit in a museum. Complete.Rated: Fiction K - English - Humor - Padmé Amidala - Words: 5,071 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 3 - Published: 06-24-07 - Status: Complete - id: 3614945
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Title: Letters to a Senator
Summary: Letters written to Padmé during her life were compiled into a book. Long years later the volume surfaces in an exhibit in a museum.
Disclaimer: Star Wars is the property of George Lucas. No disrespect is intended.
Notes: This is a piece of humorous fluff I've had rattling about my brain recently. Hope it's enjoyed!
Adallia Verron, Curator
Thank you. One moment while the documents load.
The compilation of this (by no means exhaustive) volume of letters was a labor of love for me on behalf of Padmé Amidala's niece Ryoo. Sadly, however, many of the letters Padmé had kept were destroyed in a fire in the years after her tragic death. What remains were generously contributed by both Ryoo and her sister Pooja from the family archives.
As a girl, I was honored to serve as a Handmaiden to Padmé when she was the Queen of Naboo. What memories I have of those days! Even at a young age, she was gracious and kind, sensitive to injustice, and of quick mind. She was a multi-faceted lady, at home both in the Senatorial Chambers and playing with her nieces in the dirt. She was courageous and fiercely loyal, never hesitating to take up the cause of the right and just. But those things were not all of Padmé Amidala. She was so much more, always growing, always expanding, always adding to her wide circle of acquaintances.
She was a prolific letter writer and while sometimes she had to dictate her replies for the sake of time, Padmé Amidala always replied to each letter. For her, taking the time to reply was like taking the time to chat with a friend. It was welcome and never a duty. I recall that clearly from my days in her employ.
I have tried to organize the letters chronologically, though in some cases I could only guess as dates were not given. The apparent timeframe is the months leading up to the Clone Wars right through to her death.
I am grateful to Ryoo for the chance to re-live memories and revisit friends now long gone (through natural circumstances and others). Many thanks and I hope this volume pleases.
It should be noted that this volume is now intact and as my grandmother wished it. The first printing was heavily edited through no fault of her own or of Eirtaé's due to the political views of the time. Such a work was possibly incendiary and was naturally edited. It is a small wonder that it was printed at all. In my declining years, I decided it was time to share the entire bulk of letters. Those involved are long gone and while some names still have a bit of notoriety, they are now simply historical figures and cannot be embarrassed by any matter contained within. I have searched for family of those mentioned and the few I did find gave their consent for their ancestor's letters to be included.
History buffs will recognize the Organas of Alderaan, the then Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and more. My namesake had a wide circle of acquaintances.
I am pleased to have been named after such an amazing woman. I hope that in some small way, I am like her.
My dear Senator Amidala -- Might I mention how lovely you looked at our meeting the other day? A true shining jewel brightening the Senate Chamber. You have absolutely blossomed and are certainly in your element!
Now, I feel we must have a committee to look into that trade matter. It does not sit well with me at all. Such slippery folk. Have you a course of action you wish to be introduced? I would be pleased to discuss a compromise or any other action. We must present a united front on matters you realize. I have time for a late dinner meeting this evening if your schedule would allow it.
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
When are you coming home? Remember, it's always acceptable to bring a friend.
Sincerely, Acirt Raggib Sacul
Owner, Egroeg Clothiers
Serving Naboo and Coruscant for 75 years
Mom's driving me nuts. Does Padmé have a 'friend' she asks, though we both know what she means by that. Boyfriend. I can't even tell her yes or no because I don't know myself. So do you? Don't try and tell me that paunchy old diplomat I glimpsed a holo of you with at some official party is your boyfriend. He's not cute at all. He's not even handsome in a halfway distinguished fashion, not to mention he's too old for you. I have a friend you should meet, by the way. He's a colleague of Darred's and he's very nice. This one doesn't live with his mother and he has a good job. He can even cook I'm told.
Ryoo and Pooja want to see you. Oh, and Padmé? Please don't bring them anymore of that paint when you do come home. They egged each other on and decided to paint a mural on one of the walls. The paint won't come off. I've had to cover the area with a tapestry until I can decide what to do about it. Where do you find these things, anyway? Bizarre toy shops in the underbelly of Coruscant? I can just see poor Typho, Cordé, and Dormé hunting down some object for you so you can send it to my children to annoy me. I'll get you back for that some day, just you wait. One day you'll have kids and it'll be my turn to be the Aunt.
I tell you, you really need to live a little on your hours away from the office if you think the new art gallery was a good time. It might have been a good time with a cultured man by your side to laugh with you about the bad art, or just a man at all. Your brother-in-law doesn't count. He's both taken and oblivious to any woman save your sister.
And to answer your question before you ask it, my love life has ceased to be exciting. Unfortunately. The zealous suitor I told you about has developed 'intimacy issues' or something ludicrous like that. I tried to tell him I only want his exercised buff body, but he told me not to joke about serious issues. He wanted to have this chat about commitment and how marriage was not in his future, so he couldn't continue to string me along. It wouldn't be right.
I swear, men just don't listen. Slap them upside the head and they'll still do whatever they want without acknowledging you've done anything at all. Long story short, I'm single once more. No more clandestine meetings on Coruscant and wherever else we two will be. My heart is not broken however. I shall soldier on and wade out once more into the dating pool.
Love, Ryoo and Pooja
Sincerely, Baron Molgloglol
I shall be on Coruscant this weekend to shop for Bail's birthday gift and make final plans for his surprise party. Would you still be able to assist me? We always seem to have a wonderful time together and I'd love to see Dormé and Cordé again as well. I'll have Morena and Aliana with me this trip. They wish to see Cordé and Dormé regarding an official Handmaiden matter. They are considering planning a Handmaiden convention for all Handmaidens in the galaxy.
Personally, I think the idea is wonderful. They could hold it over several days and share experiences and techniques, among other things.
I hope this weekend is agreeable for you.
Our lady Padmé -- We were all saddened to hear of Cordé's death, but we are consoled by the thought that she died nobly, performing her duty. She will be missed. We have heard that together she and Dormé were a force to be reckoned with. Our condolences. If you need anything at all, please contact any one of us.
Your faithful Handmaidens,
Sabé, Saché, Eirtaé, Rabé, Yané
Also, I met a man. I'll tell you all about him the next time we chat.
We are indeed quite well, despite what Anakin refers to as 'appalling conditions that are even worse than the scorching sandtrap that was Tatooine on a blistering summer day'. He does exaggerate, you know. It's nothing like Tatooine. There's only one sun and not nearly as much sand. And contrary to what he might say, we do have a change of clothes that are clean. They just aren't with us and haven't been for the past eight days. Nevertheless, we are in good health and I at least am in something of a decent mood.
I do hope that you and Dormé are faring well? I was pleased to read in your letter that your search for a second and third Handmaiden is nearing an end. Good. It isn't right for one individual to shoulder the load of full security all of the hours of the days and days of the week. One cannot be on duty so long and not suffer consequences. And, reading my own advice, I shall hie myself off to rest while Anakin teaches some of the clones a dirty drinking song he learned somewhere. Now that I think about it, he might have heard it from me at some point, for I do recognize the tune. I believe it's the one I overheard Qui-Gon singing once or twice.
Take care of yourself. It will be best for you to have two or more companions at your side as the war continues. Please pass on a greeting to Dormé.
My regards to all,
Oh, and that man I mentioned? He's definitely interested. We're having dinner tomorrow night. Was it the green you said I should wear? Or the orange?
Ellé sounds like a delightful young woman. I look forward to meeting her sometime in the future. Extend my well wishes to Dormé. And Ellé and Moteé, of course.
Did you receive the statue? You admired it so much on your visit that I thought it would be a lovely birthday gift.
Thank you as well for Obi-Wan's contact information. Yes, he is rather concerned about my condition. He's very sweet. He agrees that Alderaan will be the perfect place to recuperate. He has made several sensible suggestions regarding future arrangements and plans to visit as often as his leave will allow.
The dress you sent was lovely. It's just what I need now that my current clothes are becoming somewhat snug in the waist. I do like the embroidery. I agree that a few simple pieces are truly all I need -- pieces that will allow for expansion. I am beginning to look forward to the coming days despite the war.
The convention plans are moving forward, albeit slowly. Sabé has volunteered to handle the Naboo end and I am taking the Alderaan one for now. We have already planned several panels and have speakers willing to commit. It won't be long until registration can begin. I believe it shall be a success!
Your support has made a world of difference.
Love, your niece who loves you very, very much, Ryoo
Oh, Padmé, it was lovely! It was a true vacation. However did you find that delightful retreat? And in the middle of Coruscant no less! Chocolates on the pillows, complimentary massages. It was like a second honeymoon.
I was pleased to have a visitor not long after your party left Alderaan. Obi-Wan managed a few hours of his leave to see me. His visit cheered me greatly and I am happy that he and Anakin are both in good health. He helped me with a few more decisions that I'd put off and I now feel my future is well in hand.
Anakin is being moody lately. He's run out of dirty drinking songs to teach the troops and they've run out of dirty drinking songs to teach him. We're at a stalemate. It's horrible, truly horrible. I'm hoping something exciting happens to snap him out of it.
Yes, I'm being dramatic there. We are being kept busy and sometimes I'm not even certain if the clothes I'm wearing are the clean ones or the dirty ones. Don't stand upwind of any of us. Days can go by in the barest blink of an eye.
Watch yourself, Padmé. I can't help but feel that something is going to happen.
My dear Senator Amidala -- I'm so sorry to hear that you are feeling poorly. Of course I'll take a 'raincheck' as I've heard the youth call it. The dinner meeting was nothing more than preliminary strategy. Think nothing of it. We can't have you of all people falling ill. It simply will not do. We'll reschedule.
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Much love, Mom
Also -- bring a friend when you come home!
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Also -- Come home soon and bring a friend!
Tell your mother the truth or I will and have that friend of yours contact me.
Your father says to find out where your friend is stationed so he can write him a nice letter. Why don't you come home this weekend for a visit? I'll make your favorite dishes and show you some articles I found this morning.
Love, Ryoo and Pooja
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Much love, Mom
I heard about that crash on Coruscant. Anakin Skywalker was all over the HoloNews. Were you anywhere near there? I imagine the noise was dreadful.
Yes, I believe I am safe on Alderaan and will remain here as long as the Royal family needs me. But should you need me, Breha has said I should go to you. Don't argue, please. If you need me, don't hesitate.
Your loving husband
The final letter I must admit is something of a curiosity to Eirtaé and myself. My mother found it tucked into a large bouquet of flowers at my Aunt's gravesite some months following Padmé's death. I do not recall my aunt marrying before her death and a search has recovered no legal documents verifying a marriage. However, I cannot search every village and town. A marriage could have occurred anywhere in the galaxy.
My aunt obviously had a close male friend since her condition at her death was the late stage of pregnancy. My mother and grandmother speculated as to the man's identity, though I do not believe they ever really knew the truth. Who was the last letter from? Was it her husband by law? Or was it her close friend who felt in his heart he was her husband? I do not know.
I do have vague memories of a friend of hers who visited us and sometimes, I think it was him. He was very sweet to all of us. I believe the man I remember died during the war however, so I suppose I'm wrong. The mystery will remain.