A/N: I don't own anything Star Wars!!

Background Info: Anakin is 20 and Padme is 23. (I didn't want their ages to be as far apart as in the movie) Padme is still Queen of Naboo and Anakin is still a padawan.

(I got the idea for this story from the song "More Than That" by the Backstreet Boys, but I'm not going to use the lyrics.)


Chapter 1

Anakin Skywalker slowly walked into the Jedi Temple with his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi.  They had just returned from a dangerous but exciting mission on the planet Keiy and he was dead tired.  What he needed right know was a vacation but he knew all too well that the Council was about to assign them to a new, possibly more strenuous mission.

"Master Kenobi, we have heard word from the Senators of Naboo that they are in need of assistance on their planet.  There have been several assassination attempts on the Queen's life, and the Senators request that you and your padawan immediately travel to Naboo to protect the Queen and discover who is behind these attacks." Master Windu said grimly.

"Are there any leads, Master Windu?" Obi-Wan asked.

"No, there is not.  Whoever is behind this is covering their tracks very well."

"We will leave immediately."

"May the force be with you, Master Kenobi."

Obi-Wan nodded gratefully to Master Windu.

"May the force be with you, young padawan."

Anakin, who before Master Windu's acknowledgement had stood expressionless, offered a weak smile before turning on his heel to exit the Temple.

While Obi-Wan and Anakin packed some light luggage, Obi-Wan quickly noticed his padawan's unusual silence.  He expected Anakin to be complaining already about their new mission, especially since they had just returned from a mission.  A part of him automatically resolved that Anakin's thoughts were of Queen Amidala.  He knew that Anakin had never fully gotten over his crush on her, but he hoped that Anakin was simply contemplating his much-needed rest rather than his very existent feelings for the Queen.

They boarded a transport and suffered through a painfully silent trip to Naboo.  Obi-Wan was desperate to ask what was on Anakin's mind but was fearful of the answer.  Anakin, on the other hand, was desperate to voice his concern for the Queen, but knew that he would be reprimanded for his feelings.

 He couldn't stop thinking about her, wondering if she truly was safe, if she was thinking about him, and if she could ever return his feelings for her. He was well aware of Padme's position as Amidala, Queen of Naboo, and of his own position as padawan, who wasn't supposed to be having these yearnings, these longings for a woman he hadn't seen in over nine years.  He also was conscious of the fact that their positions would cause a major problem in their relationship, that is, if the Queen was willing.  All he knew was his feelings for her.  They calmed him and kept him warm at night.  Padme was the only true comfort in his life, and he desperately needed to see her.

Queen Amidala took one last look in the mirror before hurrying to get the Nubian landing port.  She had been told that two Jedis were arriving to protect and assist her with her current problem.  She secretly hoped that one of the Jedis would be Anakin Skywalker.  It seemed like forever since she had last seen him and she knew that he still held a special place in her heart.   However, she also knew that any feelings she had for Anakin had to be reluctantly pushed aside for there were events being set in motion that were out of her control.

As the transport landed, Anakin felt the twinge of butterflies in his stomach.  The very thought of Padme made his nervous and restless.  The need to be near her was growing so strong that Anakin found it difficult to keep still. 

Queen Amidala watched the transport land, and for a second, she was Padme.  She was anxious to find out who these Jedis were and if one was her beloved Anakin.  She needed to be close to him just as much as she needed to find a way out of the new, horrifying arrangement she found herself in.  She hopefully watched the two hooded figures near closer to where she stood, impatiently waiting for them to finally approach her.

Anakin's heart began to race as he drew closer to his beloved.  He couldn't wait to look into her gorgeous eyes and gaze at her beauty for the first time in nine years.  As they came closer, her appearance became clearer.  She was absolutely beautiful, more beautiful than he remembered in his dreams.  He could feel his love and adoration grow for her with every step he took.  After what seemed like hours, Anakin and Obi-Wan were finally face-to-face with Queen Amidala.

"Hello, your majesty.  We are here to serve you." Obi-Wan said gracefully.

"Thank you, Master Kenobi.  Your presence here is much needed at the moment. You and your associate shall be a great help to us." The Queen said regally.

"Thank you, your majesty.  I would like to present to you my padawan."

Taking his cue, Anakin took off his hood.

"Your majesty, I'm sure you remember Anakin Skywalker."

Queen Amidala's face lighted up at the sight of Anakin, the man who held her heart.  Anakin, in turn, broke into a huge grin when he saw the Queen's pleased reaction.  

He bowed courteously before saying, "Trust me, your majesty, it will be a pleasure serving you."

The Queen smiled good-naturedly before leading them to Theed Palace.