The Vader Monologues

            Anakin/Vader sits at a table, reading, in a perfectly normal home. He looks up, surprised, and puts down his book.

Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker: Oh, hello. I didn't see you come in. (quickly picks up a few random toys on the floor, puts them on the table) Sorry about the state of this place. Padmé has a few of her little cousins over. You know how kids can get; once they start playing they forget everything you've told them about picking up. (Chuckles) I've got two children myself, Luke and Leia. Care to see a picture of them? (pulls a wallet from his back pocket) We took this, oh, about six months ago. First picture they ever sat still for (displays photo of twins, smiling with their arms over each others' shoulders). Luke hates this picture for some reason. He's always embarrassed when I show it around. (Laughs. Puts photo and wallet away) I think it's because he's just entering the 'I hate girls' phase. Leia, though, is a true little princess. Very much a daddy's girl, I might say. Yes, they are a handful; I hate to image what the parent's of triplets go through! (Pauses, listens) That's my wife Padmé in the kitchen. She's one of the smartest women I've ever known, not to mention the most beautiful. Everyone thinks their wife is the best, but I'm the only one who knows it. (apologetically) Oh, I'm sorry I haven't offered you anything to drink. Do you like water or… (Suddenly, Vader/Anakin falters. He is sad and resigned). You're confused aren't you? So am I. (Speaks to himself).  I want to be here, but something keeps reminding me I'm really dying on a cold metal floor. I know I'm not awake, that I'm just hovering between sleep and awake…in that small space between them. In a second, I will be gone. You know how, before you die, your life flashes before your eyes? (Resolute) I do not want my life to be the last thing I see. Now, now, I'm seeing my life the way it should have been. The head of my family and not an empire. This is my life-this is what I want to see before I go! Not a breathing mask, or the might of a Star Ship or the death of a planet or the Emperor or decay! decay! decay! I want to see memories of me and my family before I die…even if they are only imagined.    

Just a splurge of thoughts. I'd still like a one or two word review, though.