Chapter Eight

"Oh Obi-Wan. I don't know if I can do this." Padme held the tiny infant to her cheek as tears fell from her lashes.

"You can, Padme. Remember, you are brave, as she will be."

Padme reluctantly handed over the sleeping infant Leia to Senator Organa.

"My wife and I will take good care of her on Alderaan, Senator. Don't you worry."

"But what about Luke?" Padme sought the answer from her husband, Obi-Wan.

"He will reside on Tatooine with the Lars family, away from the Emperor's influence. The Emperor will be searching for us as well, and if we are found, at least he will be safe. You must also understand the two of them together would create too great an effect on the Force and they would soon be discovered. I mean... they had the power together to bring you back to life, Padme! Indeed, the Force is strong with them...both of them. And you and I will not be far. I have set up a residence for us in the desert right outside of Tatooine. We will be close, so that we can watch over him."

"It will be difficult," Padme admitted turning to face him. "But I believe I can do anything, as long as you are with me."

Wrapping her infant son in her arms, Obi-Wan and Padme walked up the ramp and into the ship awaiting to take them to Tatooine, where they would live out their lives together, fulfilling their destiny.