I just wanted to take the opportunity to say 'thank you' for reading along, particularly to those who made the time of offer encouragement, constructive criticism and great ideas in the their reviews. You are all appreciated more than I can say. Special thanks to those who reviewed regularly – it was lovely to see your names pop up all the time.
I don't know whether all my readers realized it (certainly a few of you did) but this story was not about redeeming Anakin, it was written to save Padme from an ending that I could just not believe in. For a Queen, a warrior and a Senator to simply 'lose the will to live' because her husband turned Sith was an absurdity to me (sorry George!). I had to re-write the ending, I couldn't leave it the way it was. To be honest, I find Anakin deeply annoying but Padme is someone who I wish I was more like. I couldn't just leave her there on her funeral pyre, it was such a waste.
Unfortunately, I've known too many psychopaths in my time not to know that they are rarely redeemed in real life. Thank goodness for poetic license! One thing was for sure, I could not redeem Anakin quickly and believe in the story myself – hence the long timeframes.
I've found everyone's encouragement along the way just so heartening and it's given me a boost of confidence in my writing, so thank you to all of you for that gift.
May the Force be with you.