|Conflicting Ideals: A Forever Destined Vignette
Author: Lilac Moon PM
8th Story in the FD Vignette series. As Anakin and Padme's tenth anniversary approaches, they decide to renew their vows. Riley comes to visit after completing a job. But his professional and personal ideals begin to conflict and it could spell trouble.Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Adventure - Anakin Skywalker & Padmé Amidala - Chapters: 5 - Words: 22,517 - Reviews: 56 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 03-22-08 - Published: 03-05-08 - Status: Complete - id: 4114577
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Disclaimer: It's George's galaxy. I just created my own little alternative universe sandbox to play in. :)
AN: Here's part 5! Thanks for all the great reviews!
Conflicting Ideals: A Forever Destined Vignette
Elana sighed in relief, as the comm transmission blinked out. She had just spoke to her husband and he had informed her that they were all fine. Since they had discovered that Padme had snuck onboard the ship, they had all been worried sick. Sola and Jobal were furious with her. Elana and Shmi had been too at first. But Elana knew that there would have bee nothing they could have done to stop her. That girl loved her grandson so deeply that she was willing to travel to Sith hell and back if she had to in order to get him back. Love had possessed her to do it and Elana couldn't be angry with her loving Anakin so much that she was willing to risk it all. It was the way it was and always would be. They would both fight for each other with everything they had and every last breath in their bodies. The three other women who were waiting for her stood up, as she exited the office.
"Everyone is okay and they're on their way home. They'll be here in a few hours. They'll probably be famished, so I promised we'd have a big dinner ready," Elana said.
"I'll call Zia and tell her Mace is on his way back," Shmi said.
"I'm so glad they're okay. I was so worried and I'm going to give my baby sister a piece of my mind," Sola said.
"You know how stubborn she is. Nothing we could have said would have stopped her," Elana reasoned.
"Her blasted stubbornness is what gets her into trouble. All I've done her whole life is worry myself sick about her. She never did what she was told," Jobal said.
"No Jobal, you've spent all of Padme's life trying to change her and trying to get her to conform to your ways. When will you accept Padme for the person she is? When will you stop letting your dead ex-husband's ways keep driving a wedge between you?" Elana asked.
"I love my daughter. I get enough grief from Riley. I don't need it from all of you," Jobal snapped.
"We know you love Padme. But the problem is, Jobal, is that Padme doesn't believe you do. If you're looking for a perfectly obedient daughter that will do as you say, then you will not find this with Padme. You have to take Padme as she is and learn to love her, even for her faults," Elana said. Jobal sniffed.
"If I haven't already lost her. Padme always wanted to be daddy's little princess, but she couldn't have that with Ruwee. I cheated her and Riley both. I knew what they would be like together and I was already too jealous to let them know about each other," Jobal cried.
"I knew that she would adore him, no matter who or what he was. And I knew she'd make him a better person and that she would become his whole world. And I was afraid they wouldn't need me. I cheated Padme by trying to keep her close to me. And I only pushed her away," Jobal said sadly.
"Then stop pushing, Jobal. Stop pushing and they'll stop pushing. Embrace them and they'll embrace you," Shmi promised.
"I'm not strong like you, Shmi," Jobal sniffed. Shmi hugged her.
"But you can be. You just have to work at it," Shmi said.
"Shmi is right. Now, let's cook a big welcome home dinner and then we'll go get the kids," Elana said, as the four women shuffled into the kitchen.
Anakin opened his bleary, sleep filled eyes. He let the vision of his beautiful wife, staring down at him, fill his senses.
"Are you an angel?" he asked. She smiled and stroked his cheek gently.
"If you want me to be," she replied.
"How long was I asleep?" he asked.
"About three hours. Grandfather put you in a healing trance. How are you feeling?" she asked.
"Much better. Just a little sore," she said, as he started to sit up, groaning in pain.
"Okay...a lot sore," he replied, as he noticed the bandages on the puncture wounds he had sustained.
"I patched you up while you were sleeping. With more rest, you'll be back to normal in no time," Padme said. He leaned in and kissed her lips.
"I don't know what I'd ever do without you," Anakin whispered.
"You won't ever have to find out," she replied, as their lips met again, this time with a hard, passionate urgency. Anakin pulled her between his legs, as he moved his lips desperately over hers. Her arms locked around his neck, as she kissed back, just as desperately. Their lungs burned with the need for air, but both refused to relinquish each other's lips yet. When their lips finally did part, they panted for air and pressed their foreheads together.
"You shouldn't have come after me, Padme. It was too dangerous," he told her.
"I had to, my love I know it was stubborn and foolish, but I had to. You've come after me so many times and I will always come after you too. I could feel how much you needed me and nothing could have stopped me from coming to you," Padme replied.
"Well, I have to say, you were pretty amazing. Watching you beat the Sith out of that witch was wizard," he replied. She smirked and kissed his swollen lips.
"I'm a force to be reckoned with when someone dares to try and take the man I love away from me. And this little pixie can be quite vicious when another woman has the gall to touch her man," Padme replied, with a playful smirk. He chuckled.
"I love when you're feisty, star nymph," he whispered in her ear. She giggled and wrapped her arms around his neck, as their lips met passionately again.
"I can't wait to get home, so I can marry the most beautiful angel in the galaxy all over again," he said.
"I can't wait either. Renewing our vows is a perfect way to celebrate the last ten wonderful years and forge ahead for the next fifty...or sixty...or seventy..." she said. He smiled.
"How about forever?" he asked.
"Forever sounds perfect," she replied.
"You know, I didn't think about this before, but our girls might fight over who gets to be our flower girl," Anakin mentioned.
"They can all do it. Why not? And Jayden can carry the ring," Padme said.
"What about Luke?" Anakin asked.
"Luke's getting older and since he's going to be your padawan, then maybe he can be your littlest best man," she replied, with a smile. He chuckled.
"I like that idea and I think he will too. Perhaps Leia would like to be mommy's littlest bridesmaid?" Anakin asked.
"It's perfect. Jenna and Kimberly can throw flower petals. They're all going to feel so special," Padme replied.
"Well, they should, because they are special, just like their mother. I can't wait to marry you again, this time, with them present, so I can show them how much their daddy loves their mommy...and always will," he said, as he kissed her lips tenderly.
"Then, I'm going to take you on a second honeymoon, much longer than the first, where I'll make sure you are relaxed and showered with all my attention. No Jedi Council meetings, no patrols, no Senate sessions, no politicians squabbling. Just you and me, for two whole weeks," he promised, as he began feasting at her neck with the insatiable hunger that Anakin always had for her. He sent wonderful chills down her spine and a warmth spread through her like a hot wave of pleasure.
"Then, after I've shown you the finest tourist spots that the galaxy has to offer, I'll take you back to our luxury suite and make love to you every night until we can no longer move...until we fall asleep so thoroughly entwined that one could never tell where one of began and the other ended...until I am completely sure you know how deeply I love you," he whispered, as he captured her lips in another kiss, feasting at her sweet mouth like a ripe piece of decadent fruit.
"Anakin..." she breathed passionately, as his lips devoured hers again, until she went limp against him. She no longer had strength to hold herself up, but he made sure she didn't fall, for his arms were wrapped tightly around her and his body squelched any daylight between them. They were forever...of that there was absolutely no doubt.
"Mommy! Daddy!" the Skywalker children sprinted to their parents, as they walked down the ramp. They embraced their beautiful children, kissing their blonde and brown-haired heads. Shmi and Elana were right behind them, embracing their family. Sola, Ryoo, and Pooja surrounded Obi-Wan. Mace lifted Mara, as she ran to him and put his arm around Zia's waist. They were all together again.
Padme was surprised when Jobal hugged her tightly.
"Do you have any idea how worried we were?" Jobal asked, as she pulled back and cupped Padme's beautiful face in her hands. Padme wasn't used to such displays of affection from her mother. Jobal had always been a little cold to her, even after she had left Ruwee.
"I'm okay mom. I had to go and I know it was stubborn, but I couldn't just sit around and do nothing," Padme replied.
"I know, it's not your nature," Jobal replied. Padme was surprised, for she had expected Jobal to launch into a lecture about how she should do as she was told and stop defying her wishes every chance she got. But none of that came and Padme was bewildered, as her mother hugged her tightly again.
"I'm just so glad you're okay. I couldn't bare losing you again. Would it be all right if we talked later? I was unfair to you and I really want to mend our relationship. I know it will take a lot of work and a lot of honesty, but I'm ready. I just hope you'll grant me one last chance," Jobal pleaded. Padme saw the sincerity in her eyes. Padme nodded.
"After dinner, I can come to your room," Padme agreed. Jobal hugged her again.
"Thank you sweetheart. I won't let you down again," Jobal said. Still a little shell shocked, Padme joined her husband, as they followed everyone up to their apartment. Riley hung back and Jobal turned to him.
"I think we need to talk too," Riley mentioned.
"Yes, we do. Will you come to me tonight, after I'm done talking to Padme?" she asked.
"Yeah...I'll be there, baby," he replied, as he took her hand and led her inside.
Padme watched fondly from the doorway, as her father played with her children. It was fun to see him enjoying it as much as the children were. Anakin was in bed, resting, though he had fought and argued with her all the way, complaining that he was fine and didn't need to go to bed early. But she had won, as she always did. She had stayed by his side until he had fallen asleep, which hadn't taken long, being that he was exhausted. Padme sighed and quietly closed the door to the playroom. She walked down the hall to the room that her mother slept in. She knocked and heard her mother call, before she went in. Padme sat down next to her on the bed and Jobal smiled at her.
"I'm so proud of the woman you are, Padme, and I don't ever tell you that. You overcame adversity and abuse to become an amazing woman, who has more courage than I can fathom. I can't take credit for raising you into that woman and for that, I'm sorry," Jobal began.
"I made so many mistakes with you. I should have told Riley about you, because I know in my heart, he would have been a wonderful daddy to you. I should have taken Sola and went home to your grandma and grandpa the minute I found out I was pregnant with you. I should have never let Ruwee or the Danae family harm you the way they did. I can't change any of these thing, but I can spend the rest of my life, making sure you know how important you are to me," Jobal said.
"I love you mom and I'm sorry for the way I acted the other day. I know I can be a brat sometimes. I just...I guess I like being daddy's little princess. I watch the way Anakin is with our girls and I always wanted that. I know that Daddy has a past that I should be leery of, but I can't help it," Padme said.
"You don't have to apologize for being close to him, Padme. I was wrong for trying to drive you apart. I guess I was just a little jealous of how much of your attention he got," Jobal replied.
"I'm sorry mom," Padme said, as she hugged her.
"Don't be sweetheart," Jobal replied.
"Can I ask you something?" Padme requested.
"Of course honey. And I promised that I will never ever lie to you again," Jobal promised.
"Do you still love Daddy?" Padme asked, with a clear, hopeful tone in her voice. Tears welled in Jobal's eyes, as she hugged her daughter's head to her shoulder.
"I never stopped, my sweet girl. I never stopped loving your father," Jobal sniffed.
"Then you should be with him. Daddy loves you too, I can tell. I want you both to be happy," Padme said. Jobal smiled.
"Well, I'm not as courageous as you sweetie, but your father and I are going to talk later. And who knows, maybe we'll finally get this whole love thing right this time," Jobal replied.
"I hope so. You do deserve to be happy, mom," Padme told her.
"Thank you sweetheart. That means a lot coming from you," Jobal replied. There was a knock at the door, as Riley popped his head in.
"Am I interrupting?" he asked.
"Not all. Come in," Jobal replied.
"Just thought I'd come and tell you my good news," Riley said.
"What is it, Daddy?" Padme asked.
"Well, I've been talking quite a bit tonight with your friend, Ms. Jade. She's been telling me about her business as a detective and private investigator. Seems she puts a lot of scum in prison," Riley said. Padme nodded.
"She does. She's a consultant to the Jedi Council too and usually helps on high profile criminal cases as well," Padme replied.
"Well, she was telling me that she's always in need of agents with skills like mine...so you're looking at Ms. Jade's new assistant detective/investigator," Riley announced. Padme gasped in excitement and leapt up, hugging him tightly
"Oh Daddy, that's wonderful!" she exclaimed.
"I thought so too. Now I get to help put the scum away in prison, so they can't come after my family," he replied, as he kissed her forehead.
"That's wonderful Riley. I'm so happy for you," Jobal said. He opened his other arm.
"There's room for you here too, Jo," he said. Jobal accepted his embrace, putting her arms around his waist and resting her head against his chest. Padme watched her parents and saw this as an opportunity to get them alone and talking. Padme kissed her father's cheek.
"I'm so happy for you, Daddy. I'm going to go tuck the kids in and retire. Goodnight mom," she said, as she hugged her mother too and left quickly.
"She left in a hurry," Riley mentioned.
"I told her that we were going to talk," Jobal replied, as she looked up at him.
"Yeah...we need to talk about us. I want to make this work, Jo," he said.
"Oh Riley, so do I," she replied, as she kissed him.
"Do you think we can get it right this time?" he asked.
"I know we can. I never stopped loving you," she told him.
"Neither did I, as much as I tried to forget you. But I couldn't," he replied.
"What are you saying?" Jobal asked.
"I'm trying to say that I love you too, Jo, as much as I tried not to. I love you," he replied. Tears cascaded down Jobal's cheeks.
"Oh Riley..." she cried, as she threw her arms around him.
"I love you too," she cried.
"Sweetness says that love is all you need," Riley said.
"She would know and she's right. As long as we have each other, we can make it," Jobal replied.
"Well, then let's get busy on that love part," Riley replied, as he gazed down at her. She smiled, as he drew her lips to his...
Padme gently kissed Luke's forehead, as she tucked him in.
"Mommy?" he asked.
"Yes sweetie?" she replied.
"Is Dad okay?" Luke asked curiously. She smiled.
"He's just fine. He was just exhausted from his mission, so Mommy made him go to bed early, whether he liked it or not," Padme replied.
"Dad got hurt on the mission, didn't he. That's why you went after him," Luke stated. Padme smiled.
"Can't hide anything from you, can I sweetheart?" she replied.
"I'm almost eleven, mom," he replied. She stroked her fingers through his mop of sandy blonde hair.
"I know baby, but you'll always be my little boy. And I don't want you to worry about Daddy. He's home and safe with us, where he belongs," Padme assured him. Luke seemed to accept her answer and let himself be tucked in. Padme kissed his forehead and moved to Leia's bed, as she came out of the fresher in her nightgown. Padme picked up her hairbrush off the night stand Leia stood in front of her, as Padme brushed out her long, fine brown hair.
"Mommy, aren't you and Daddy already married?" Leia asked.
"Yes, we're already married. Mommy and Daddy are celebrating our tenth anniversary by renewing our vows," Padme explained.
"Do I get to pick out a pretty dress?" Leia asked. Padme nodded.
"Uh huh. We're going to go pick out dresses tomorrow," Padme said, as she tucked Leia in.
"Goodnight my angels," she said, as she lowered the lights and closed the door. Padme peeked in our her three youngest, who were all sleeping soundly already, being that their bedtime was earlier than Luke and Leia's. Satisfied that all her children were safe in their beds, she quietly entered their bedroom. She undressed and slipped into a silky nightgown, before climbing in bed beside her sleeping husband. She stroked his handsome face and softly kissed his still lips, before cuddling by his side and closing her eyes. She smiled, as she felt his arm go around her waist on instinct. She let sleep claim her into its realm, joining her husband.
The salesman sighed in boredom and Obi-Wan stood off to the side of the shop, arms over his chest, looking equally as bored.
"You've been looking forever, Anakin. Don't you see anything yet? I'm sure Padme will love anything you get her," Obi-Wan said.
"I'll know it when I see it. It has to be perfect. It's our tenth anniversary, after all," Anakin said. Obi-Wan rolled his eyes.
"Everyday is your anniversary. You're already taking her on a lavish second honeymoon," Obi-Wan replied.
"I like to spoil my wife. Maybe you should try being more romantic. I'm sure Sola would appreciate it," Anakin said.
"Sola has no complaints. We may not be on an eternal honeymoon like some people, but I'll have you know, I sent her flowers for no reason, just last week," Obi-Wan boasted.
"Bravo for you," Anakin replied, sarcastically, as he suddenly spotted it. The perfect necklace to go around his wife's perfect, gorgeous neck.
"That's it," Anakin said. The chain was made out of iridescent Alderaanian crystals with a pendant, shaped like a fairly large star, also made out of a larger iridescent Alderaanian crystal. Anyone who knew jewelry knew that Alderaanian crystals were very rare and expensive. They were even better and more valuable than Corellian diamonds.
"Sir, that is the most expensive necklace in this store. Are you sure?" the snobby salesman asked.
"I know how much it is and it's the only thing in this place that doesn't pale in comparison to her beauty. I want that one," Anakin said. Obi-Wan was entertained for the first time that day. The poor salesman didn't recognize Anakin.
"Young man, I'll not have you insulting my merchandise. Now, I must ask you to leave, before I call security," he snapped.
"That won't be necessary, I assure you," Yan said, from the doorway. The salesman dropped his comlink.
"C...Count Dooku...sir, how can I help you?" the man stuttered. Anakin and Obi-Wan were trying their hardest not to collapse into roars of laughter.
"You can wrap that necklace up for my grandson and allow him to purchase it," Yan replied. The man paled even more and nearly fainted.
"Your grandson?" he gulped.
"I'm terribly sorry, Sir. I'll have this ready right away," he said, snatching the necklace from the case and hurrying in back. Yan smirked.
"Causing trouble again, Ani?" Yan asked.
"Yes," Anakin and Obi-Wan answered simultaneously.
"I was just...well, you know me," Anakin smiled sheepishly. Yan patted his shoulder.
"Yes, I do. I'll be waiting outside," Yan replied.
"Troublesome brat," Obi-Wan said.
"Boring old man," Anakin retorted. The salesman returned with the necklace and Anakin paid him for it, before they finally left.
"Well, there you are. I was beginning to wonder," Qui-Gon teased.
"His fault," Obi-Wan retorted.
"Yes, we're sorry to keep you elderly men waiting, but I'm sure you both enjoyed a good nap," Obi-Wan chuckled. He'd been making all kinds of "old" jokes, ever since he found out they hadn't sensed Padme had snuck aboard the ship, before they left for Malastare. Qui-Gon and Yan rolled their eyes, as Obi-Wan amused himself. But no one was laughing.
"Oh come on, it's funny," Obi-Wan replied.
"More like lame. You're not very funny, you know," Anakin teased.
"I am so," Obi-Wan insisted. Anakin snorted.
"Mace tells better jokes than you and that's saying something," Anakin replied, referring to the Master's serious nature.
"I'm funny," Obi-Wan insisted again.
"No...you're not," Anakin replied. Obi-Wan grumbled under his breath.
"Sola thinks my jokes are funny," he mumbled.
Today was the big day. Even though she had been married before, she was a bundle of excitement and nerves. Jobal stood quietly behind her, as she sat at the vanity. Her mother was greatly enjoying fixing her daughter's hair for this special occasion. She finished putting the top layer and sides of her daughter's hair back in a large, decorative barrette. They were letting the rest cascade down her back, just the way Anakin liked it. Two curls framed her face on either side and Jobal finally helped her daughter into the dress she had bought for the occasion. It was a very flattering style, sleeveless with one inch thick straps. The collar dipped in a sensual V. The bodice hugged her curves and the skirt had a very slim, yet gentle flare, as it fell to her ankles. It was white with a very subtle pink tint. It was make of shimmer silk and had a beaded design on the bodice, while the skirt complimented her radiance with a subtle glitter. Jobal stepped back and gazed at her daughter in awe.
"Well, it's official. You are, without a doubt, the most beautiful bride there ever has been or ever will be," Jobal said.
"Thanks Mom," Padme replied shyly. There was a knock at the door.
"Can I come in?" Riley called.
"Of course," Jobal called, as Riley entered.
"Wow," Riley said, as he looked at his daughter.
"Isn't she beautiful?" Jobal asked. Riley nodded.
"You look gorgeous, baby girl," Riley told her.
"Thanks Daddy," Padme replied.
"I'm going to go take my place and give you two a few minutes," Jobal said, as she left, closing the door behind her.
"You ready?" he asked. She nodded.
"You're going to knock that boy off his feet. You're stunning, sweetness," Riley said. Padme smiled and accepted his arm, as he offered it.
It was a much smaller gathering this time than it had been ten years ago. Family and close friends, including all the Council members gathered in the Temple Gardens. This time, Bail was officiating the ceremony, since his office of Chancellor allowed him to do so now. He had been extremely honored when Anakin and Padme had asked him. Little Natalie sat in the audience with her mother. Mara sat near her with her parents as well, waiting patiently for things to begin. Anakin's family and Jobal sat front and center, with an empty chair next to Jobal for Riley. Everything was absolutely perfect.
Anakin waited at the altar, as Obi-Wan and Sola entered arm in arm. They took their places and Anakin smiled, as Luke and Leia entered next, arm in arm, like they had taught them. Leia was wearing a beautiful sky blue dress and Luke was dressed in his finest Jedi robes, looking like a miniature version of his father. They took their places, Luke between his father and Uncle, and Leia next to her Aunt. Kimberly was next in her own sky blue dress, carefully dropping flower petals along the aisle. She took her place in front of her Aunt Sola. There were chuckles from the audience members, as the youngest Skywalker twins entered next. Jayden carefully carried the rings on a pillow, while little Jenna dropped more angel blossom petals. They finally reached the altar after much dawdling and took their places, in front of Luke and Leia. The soft music intensified, as Padme entered on her father's arm. Riley proudly walked his beautiful daughter to the altar. She had once again stolen Anakin's ability to breathe. She took her place and joined hands with Anakin, as Riley took his seat beside Jobal.
"It is with great joy and honor that I come before you today to officiate this ceremony, as my two closest friends renew their sacred wedding vows and publicly profess their love once again," Bail began
"Ten years is quite a feat to accomplish in marriage, for most couples struggle to make it just one. But not Anakin and Padme Skywalker. They are the very example and embodiment of what a marriage should be. And that is because they put love above all else and dispense with the pettiness that often invades a marriage. They have taught us all about the amazing powers of love and we should all seek to learn from these two who have mastered it. We've come together today to celebrate their amazing love story and witness their words of commitment," Bail said, as he nodded to them. Anakin took both her hands in his own, as they stared into each other's eyes, love shining in them like mirrors to each other's souls.
"Just when I think you can't get more beautiful, you go and prove me wrong. I don't know what I ever did to deserve such an amazing woman, but I'll be forever grateful to the heavens for parting with their most beautiful angel and giving her to me to love and cherish. And I will...always. The last ten years having you as my wife have been nothing short of amazing. Waking up every morning with you in my arms is an indescribable feeling. The depth of my love for you runs so deeply that I have trouble putting it into words sometimes," he said, with a half smile.
"You're much more gifted with big, fancy words than I am. So, I make sure my actions speak louder than words when I express how much I love you. You and our babies are everything to me and I'm glad they're here and that they'll grown up knowing how much I love them and their mother," he said, as he stepped closer, wrapping his arms around her waist.
"You're the air that I breathe and your presence is my light. You're in my very soul and you've claimed my heart for all eternity. And it is my eternal promise to you that I will love you, cherish you, and protect you for all time. My love for you knows no bounds or ends...and never will," Anakin concluded. Padme couldn't help the few tears that cascaded down her soft cheeks. She carefully wiped them away, before taking his hands in her own.
"Oh Anakin...you are everything to me too. You make me feel so beautiful. Your love leaves me breathless and feeling weak, but in a beautiful, exciting way. You're my hero, my protector, my handsome Knight. I'm still in awe sometimes when I wake up in your arms and think of how wonderful my life has become, because of you. You're always there when I need you, to hold me, to kiss away my tears, to love me. My love for you will never fade or die, for my very soul is entwined with yours for all eternity," she said, a smile ghosting her lips.
"My heart belongs to you and only you, Ani. The way you make me feel is indescribable at times. When I'm with you, I tremble under your loving gaze. I go weak at your touch and I feel like I can fly when you kiss me. You and our babies are my life. Just as you will fight to protect me, I will fight to protect you if I have to. I will love you and cherish you for all time. My love for you knows no bounds or ends and never, ever will," Padme concluded, seeing the tears in her husband's eyes.
"To stand in the presence of such pure love and devotion is quite humbling. Today, we've witnessed only a small sliver of the love that is shared between these two wonderful people. May the Force bless them. The love and connection between them is awe inspiring and what the Force has brought together, let no one or anything come between," Bail said, smiling at the couple.
"As if anything ever could come between these two. You may kiss your lovely wife, Anakin," Bail replied. Anakin smiled back at him.
"Don't mind if I do, Bail," Anakin replied. Padme yelped in excitement, as her husband took her in his arms and dipped her back, before planting a hot, passionate kiss on her lips. Their family and friends shared a chuckled, as they applauded the young couple. They enjoyed a small reception, before they accompanied Anakin and Padme to the pristine landing pad in the tourist district of Coruscant. The cruise ship was leaving at dusk and the time had neared. Their luggage was already aboard and their family was hugging them goodbye.
"Do you have to go?" Jayden complained.
"Mommy and Daddy are just going on a little trip together. We'll be back before you know it, sweetheart," Padme told him.
"Yeah, and we'll bring you presents when we come back," Anakin promised, watching their eyes light up at the mention of gifts. They hugged each of their five children, as well as their friends, and parents, before they turned to the ship.
"Welcome aboard The Destiny, Master Jedi. I'm Tyler. Can I help you with anything before we take off?" the young employee asked.
"Yes, you can Tyler," Anakin said, as he swept Padme into his arms.
"You can show us where our room is," he said. The young man smiled.
"Right this way, Master Skywalker. We have your honeymoon suite all prepared with everything you asked for," Tyler said, as he lead them to the ship's lift. Padme wrapped her arms around his neck.
"Everything you asked for? Whatever are you up to, Master Jedi?" she asked.
"You'll see. And as for what I have planned for tonight...you'll just have to wait and see," he replied.
Their family members waited until the large cruise ship lifted off, before they began to depart.
"Well, I don't know about everyone else, but I'm famished. What do you say we all take the children and go invade Dex, my treat?" Bail asked. They all agreed and boarded Bail's transport, heading for Dex's Diner in Coco Town...
To Be Continued...in the next vignette. The next Vignette will begin directly after this one. On Bandomeer, Xalazar De'reux gets word of Kyla's death, thanks to the Jedi. He vows to somehow escape the Jedi prison. On Coruscant, Riley begins his new job working with Zia Jade and learns first hand about how the cruelties his former ways hurt people. He vows to never return to that life. And Anakin and Padme are traveling the galaxy on a two-week long honeymoon, enjoying themselves immensely. But near the end of their journey, when The Destiny is pulled through a strange warp hole, they find themselves on a strange, hostile planet. Their trip soon becomes a game of cat and mouse, as they fight against a mysterious, unseen enemy. Can they escape the planet or will the Xalryn claim the Chosen One and his angel for their own evil purposes? You find out soon in the upcoming Vignette: Planet of Terror. Coming soon! I hope you enjoyed this Vignette. As always, your thoughts and comments are greatly welcomed and appreciated. :)