Category: AU Romance, drama, action
Summary: AU Sequel to Last Night of Innocence. What will be Anakin and Padme's fate, now that they've decided to give into their love for each other?

I don't own any of these characters, but I'm so pleased George created them. Anakin and Padme have become my favorite characters in the Star Wars Universe. Hayden and Natalie brought them to life beautifully. I have been a fan since the original trilogy. I want to thank you Mr. Lucas. I think you're a genius.

Chapter 1: Daydreams and Nightmares

Padme's eyes were closed as consciousness drifted her out of sleep, and back to reality.
The softness of the pillow beneath her head, and cool sheet over her waist welcomed her out of pleasant dreams. She knew where she was. What day, or time it was didn't matter. All that did were the arms that held her close. His heart beat against her flesh, his breath against her neck. She opened her eyes slowly to admire him, Anakin Skywalker, her handsome Jedi protector. The boy she once knew had become the man she loved.

Before last night she was convinced that maybe it was not meant for her to be truly happy. Padme could hardly believe that this feeling of love, and completion was even happening to her. She never knew love could bring so much joy, and pleasure.
They had made love four times; twice outside on the balcony on the lounge chair, and twice in the bed where they now lay. A smile crept across her face as memories drifted back to early morning events.

In their bliss they saw the sun begin to rise above them as they dressed, and gathered up their clothes from the balcony floor, fearing the servants could wake and catch them. Padme put her dress back on, and Anakin pulled on his pants. They walked together to their bedrooms with his arm around her waist.

Padme was giggling, and smiling at him: "Can you imagine if one of the servants saw us?"

He chuckled back. "Yeah, well it is sort of a giveaway with us holding all our clothes in our arms."

"And you with your shirt off". She gave a seductive smile, and grazed her hand over his bare chest.

"Is that an invitation into your chambers my lady?" He smirked at her, and looked deeply into her eyes.

"It could be," she turned around, and smiled at him as she opened the door to her bedroom.

They walked into a large bedroom with tapestry like rugs, and a huge king-size canopy bed. The early morning sun flooded the room from the beautiful view of the lake, and mountains, through the window leading to the balcony.

"I can't believe the sun is already up."

"The night went too fast," he said while dropping his clothes on the floor.

"It was the greatest night of my life". She said softly dropping the clothes in her arms while looking deep into his eyes.

"Mine too," he glided his hand gently over her cheek, and leaned down to kiss her.

Their lips sucked, and tasted the others sweet mouth as he ran his fingers through her soft, wavy, long locks while she twirled his braid around her finger slowly. Anakin pulled down the zipper on the back of her dress, and slowly began to move them towards the bed. The back of her knees touched the bed as he pulled her dress down to her ankles, and tossed it aside.

Padme sat down on the bed while he knelt before her, and looked seductively up at her. He began kissing, and caressing her ankles, moved up her caves, and inner thighs. She ran her fingers through his short hair. Her heart throbbed, her breathing grew ragged as she felt, and watched his tongue flutter closer, and closer to its ultimate destination. Oh my gods is he really going to do what I think he's going to do? She asked herself. She closed her eyes to take in this new sensation.

"Mom no, no, no leave her alone no".

"Ani."

"No, noooo."

Something touched him, a feeling of ultimate love with soft arms around him. Standing over his mother's beaten, bloody body he saw his true love. "You're having a bad dream wake up Anakin" her angelic image holding out her hand to him. Soft light began to replace the darkness of nightmares. Her lovely face slowly came into focus.

"Padme," he said breathlessly covered in a feverish sweat.

"You were having another nightmare." she said kissing his cheek.

"Jedi aren't supposed to have nightmares." He shook his head.

"But you were having one, what happened?" she asked while stroking his hair.

"I saw horrible things."

"What things?"

"My mother is in pain; they're beating her, torturing her. I heard her screams; I saw her blood."

"It was just a bad dream."

He sat up in the bed. "No, no, it's real; I can feel her pain as if it were my own. I have to help her; I must find her."

Padme sat quietly next to him on the edge of the bed. She knew that he needed her silence to sort things out in his mind.
They sat beside one another, neither spoke for a few minutes. Anakin got off the bed, and took a deep breath. She couldn't help, but notice the troubled look on his face as the sunset's fading light reflected off his gorgeous, nude, male physique.

He turned to look at her. "I know I'm going against the Councils instructions, but I have to go. I have to save her." He closed his eyes, and ran his fingers through his hair. Padme walked over to him, and put her hand on his shoulder. He turned around, and put his arms around her.

She spoke with a serious look in her eyes. "Let me come with you; that way you'll still be protecting me."

Hesitation held him for a moment out of fear for her safety, but finally he nodded, "Ok". They held each other, and kissed tenderly for a few moments.

"All right we're going to Tatooine. We better get dressed, and packed quickly."

He turned to begin picking up clothing that had been torn off, and thrown around the room haphazardly in the heat of their passion. But something stopped Padme from moving; her feet suddenly felt glued to the floor. A sinking feeling moved through her body. Her heart began to pound from an enormous amount of fear that crept up her spine. I don't know about this, she thought to herself. She did not like the idea of the two of them going on this hunt for his mother by themselves, without even alerting anyone of their sudden change of plans.

"Anakin."

"What my love?" he asked putting on his pants.

She took a deep breath to calm her nerves. "Maybe, maybe it would be best if you let the Council know where we're going."

He stopped zipping his pants, and lifted his head to look at her. "I can't do that; if I do I'm taking the risk of being kicked out the Order."

"I know that, but I just don't think its right for us to take off. What if someone needs to contact us; what if there's some kind of emergency?"

"This is an emergency Padme; my mother needs me," he said with a bit of agitation.

She took another deep breath. "I know it's just that well, I know that you promised Obi-Wan that you wouldn't do anything without alerting him or the Council."

"How do you know that?" he asked with a raised eye brow.

"I overheard the two of you speaking on the transport by accident, just before we said good bye to everyone. Just before we left on our own for Naboo."

Anakin knew she was right. He did promise Obi-Wan he wouldn't do anything without alerting him or the Council. But what hurt was the fact that she seemed to lack faith in him, and his abilities as a Jedi.

"You don't think I can handle this task on my own, to help my own mother. I can't believe you have that little faith in me," he said with hurt in his eyes.

She put on her robe that was lying on a chair by the bed. "No, no I do; I have tremendous faith in you. I just can't ignore this terribly unsettling feeling in my heart.

I feel something awful will happen if we don't contact Obi-Wan."

"Let's leave my Master out of this. I've finally been given my first mission to protect you by the Council. If I contact them they'll think I can't handle it on my own.

They'll continue to postpone my trials, and hold me back".

"Wasn't it you who told me "sometimes we must let go our pride, and do what is requested of us?" This is the right thing to do I can feel it, and deep down I know you do too".

He rubbed his eyes, and ran his fingers through his hair "We're wasting time arguing. I don't want to talk about this anymore. We're going, and I'm going to take a shower".

Padme couldn't believe her ears; the stubborn pigheaded man she thought to herself. Anakin turned to walk towards the refresher, but she stopped him, and grabbed his arm. He turned around, and looked at her in frustration. She put her hands on her hip, and shook her head.

"You know you really are something Anakin Skywalker; when I think about all that has happened between us and all we said to each other. We promised that we'd always listen, and trust one another. I'm not going to just always agree with you, follow you, and do whatever you want just because you say so. We're in this relationship together as partners." She crossed her arms around her chest, and gave him an annoyed look.

"We are partners," he reached around her to put his arms around her. But she moved away from his embrace.

"Then start acting like it." She yelled at him, and started walking towards the refresher.

"Padme" He called after her. She turned around, gave him an agitated look, and slammed the door. Anakin didn't say anything else, grabbed his pile of clothes on the bed, and went to his room to take his own shower.

The water was warm, and therapeutic as the beads jetted off his body. Soft soap bubbles helped too ease the tension in his muscles. He inhaled the hot steam that rose in the air; it seemed to help clear his mind of confused troubled thoughts.
That's quite a woman you've got yourself Anakin he thought to himself. He had acted like a stubborn ass, and she called him on it. Giving her demands, not listening to her thoughts, and feelings.

As much as he hated to admit it to himself, Padme was right, and he knew it. He had made that promise to Obi-Wan, it was just his masculine arrogant pride that got in the way of thinking clearly. He did owe his Master that gesture to at least alert him of their destination, and his reasons for going as his Padawan, and a friend. Anakin shut off the jets, and grabbed a towel to wrap around his waist. He quickly got dressed, and finished packing. He put on his belt, and lightsaber, and grabbed his commlink.

"R2 it's Anakin; do you copy?"

R2 beeped, and chirped in response to his call.

"I need you to come meet me at the lake retreat on the balcony. We have an important message to send to Obi-Wan, come quickly."

R2 left the ship, and rolled along to meet Anakin on the balcony.

"Record this message R2, return to the ship, and transmit it to R4 with Obi-Wan".

R2 turned on his recorder, and Anakin began to speak.

"Master, I am contacting you to let you know that Senator Amadala, and I are going to Tatooine. Padme will accompany me as I will continue with my mission to protect her. I have recently had a series of disturbing images, and visions in my sleep.
My mother is being beaten, and tortured. She is in pain; she is suffering. I know I am disobeying my mandate, but I must go now. I must find her, and save her. I hope you, and the Council will understand that this is just something I simply cannot wait on; it's something I must do. I wish you much success and safety in your investigation. May the force be with you."
He bowed, and R2 stopped recording, turned, and moved back to the ship to transmit the message.

Anakin took a deep breath, walked to Padme's bedroom, and knocked on the door.

"Padme may I come in?"

"Yes." She answered back.

She was standing by the bed putting the last pieces of clothing in her suitcase.

"What is it Anakin?" she continued to pack, and didn't look up at him.

He walked over to her, and put his hand on her shoulder. I'm sorry; I acted like a complete jerk with my behavior, and what I said to you before. You were right about contacting Obi-Wan. R2 is transmitting a message to him that I just recorded explaining the reasons for our trip.

She looked up at him, and smiled. "Anything else?"

"I love you Padme, and one of the things I love most of all about you is your ability to stand up for what you believe in, to speak your voice. I never want you to think that I would want you to change that. We're a team like you said." He put his arms around her.

"Thank you Anakin, thank you for telling me that, and I'm so happy you sent a message to Obi-Wan; that makes me feel so much better".

He leaned down to press his forehead gently to hers. "I'm glad; I'd do anything for you."

"I know I love you Ani," she looked into his eyes.

They embraced, and kissed slowly and passionately for a few minutes.

He finally moved his lips from hers. "Are you ready to go?"

"Yes let's go find your mother."

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The heavy rains of Kamino poured down, and drenched his cloak. Obi-Wan's heart grew heavy with worry from the message he had just received from Anakin.

"What could he be thinking? I told him to stay on Naboo. At least he had enough sense to contact me to let me know what he's up to." He spoke quietly to himself.

"R4 scramble code 5 in care of the old folk's home. We must contact the Jedi temple immediately."

The hologram of Obi-Wan appeared before the two Jedi Masters Yoda, and Mace Windu.

On edge, and distressed he glanced over his shoulder to make sure no one was around.

"Masters, I have two very important matters to discuss with you."

"Start with the one that most concerns you Obi-Wan". Yoda stated simply.

"Yes Master, I have just received a recorded message from my Padawan; he has informed me that he, and Senator Amadala are on their way to Tatooine. He says he has been having disturbing dreams seeing his mother beaten. He feels he must go there, and try to find her. I am very worried they could be headed into danger."

Mace nodded "Your worries are most understood Obi-Wan." Mace turned to Yoda.

"Agree with you I do, Young Skywalker's mind is not clear."

Mace spoke quietly. "Obi-Wan we will further discuss your apprentice in a moment. First please inform us on the other matter you wish to discuss".

Obi-Wan began to inform them of the mysterious Clone Army that was secretly ordered by the Republic, and of a certain bounty hunter named Jango Fett who has been cloned. All three Jedi Masters knew this unsettling news would prove to be a challenge. They also understood the greatest challenge would not be from a Clone Army, but of a young, aspiring Padawan named Anakin Skywalker.

Hope you all enjoyed this first chapter. The next one should be up by the end of the week, thanks for reading.