Obi-Wan had kept his word. He had come back for her four months later. During that time, Anakin had left the Jedi Order for good, renouncing the light for the dark. Anakin had abandoned every part of his old life, including her. Those four months waiting for Obi-Wan had been the most miserable of her life. She had felt so alone! She had mourned the husband who was still alive, but completely changed. She had mourned the brevity of their happiness. She had mourned for her children (as she had found out that she was carrying twins) and what their future would bring. She had mourned for the dying Republic. Chancellor Palpatine had managed to whittle away at the powers of the Senate, all the while increasing his by leaps and bounds. The Senate no longer functioned. Almost all the senators had been bought by Palpatine or were too afraid to question him.
When Obi-Wan got back, she had never been so happy to see anyone in her life! He had talked with Yoda to get his counsel on the situation. They decided that she should resign her position as Senator. She would go with Obi-Wan to a secret location, where he would watch over her until the children were born. She was also told that she would have to give up her children, for their own sake. The last part filled her with a despair she could hardly bear. She had to give up both of her children?
During those last four months of her pregnancy, things had gotten even worse in the galaxy. Chancellor Palpatine was revealed to be the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious. His new apprentice, Darth Vader, was all that remained of a left-for-dead Anakin. Obi-Wan had had to leave Padme for a while, not long after they were secured in their hiding place. He had felt Anakin's anger, his searching for his former Master. He had felt he needed to get away from Padme and confront Anakin. He had wanted to make one last effort to bring him back to the light. It had failed. Anakin had gone after Obi-Wan with a hatred and intensity that blotted out any glimmer of the light that might have still been in him. It was a duel that had seemed to last forever. Anakin may have been more powerful, but he was not nearly as controlled or experienced as Obi-Wan Kenobi. The more Obi-Wan had beaten back his attacks, the angrier and sloppier Anakin had become. Obi-Wan finally won the battle by knocking his former padawan into an active volcano. He had thought Anakin to be dead...
He had gone back to Padme needing a lot of medical care. He had many burns, gashes, bruises and deep wounds. He had been able to heal himself somewhat through the Force, but he was still in pretty bad shape. He was supposed to be the one taking care of her, but she ended up taking care of him, at least for a while. Padme knew that she never would have been able to make it through those times without Obi-Wan's steady support and friendship. They had bonded on a deep level during that time. Obi-Wan had still been blaming himself for Anakin's descent into darkness. He had picked up the mantle of blaming himself for all that was going wrong in the galaxy. Obi-Wan had been very unfair to himself. She had tried to remind him that he was taking on a burden that was not his. She had done what she could to comfort him and assure him that she didn't blame him in any way. They had started healing together.
Six months after the children were born, it was Obi-Wan who had the duty to give them away. He suggested Bail Organa of Alderaan, who was a friend, to raise the girl. He also suggested that Padme hide out on Alderaan, so that she could at least see little Leia from time to time. Yoda and Obi-Wan, together, came up with Tatooine for Luke. They thought that Anakin's step-family, the Lars', would be good to raise the boy. Anakin had hated Tatooine and the memories there. They doubted he would ever return there. Almost as soon as those precious little ones were in Padme's life, they were taken away. She had cherished every moment with her children and with Obi-Wan those six months. But it had ended so fast. Bail Organa took Leia and saw to hiding Padme on Alderaan while Obi-Wan took Luke to Tatooine.
Padme remembered that time while Obi-Wan was gone with a shudder. The walls of despair surrounding her had been oppressive. Obi-Wan had gone back and stayed with Padme on Alderaan for a while. He had wanted to help her through the trauma she was enduring. She had hardly let Obi-Wan out of her sight for a minute! He had become her lifeline. When he finally had to leave again for Tatooine, both had thought that they would never see each other again. It was the hardest goodbye she had ever had to make. He was taking her heart with him. She could tell that he had felt the same way.
She had clung to the light of his friendship. That's what Obi-Wan was – he was light. She knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that he would be light until the very end. He would never give in to the dark!
But even as Padme sat on the floor, stroking Obi-Wan's hair, a shudder went through her as she thought about what the Emperor might do to Obi-Wan to try and get him to the dark side. Whatever was waiting for them, for him especially, she knew it wasn't good…
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