Padmé grinned as Anakin moved to hand her down once more as the working day officially ended.
The return of his confidence in her presence was such a relief. Anakin was Anakin again, despite the casing that hid him from her most of the day.
"You go straight next door and get into your sleep pants. I'll bring the twins in," Padmé instructed him as they made it into the apartment away from any unscrupulous eyes.
She could see the change in his step as he replied
"Yes m'lady," and walked off ahead of her.
Yes, he was definitely back.
"Hello Ralé," Padmé greeted the minder warmly.
She reached out and took Leia.
"Hello hello," she greeted her daughter with kisses.
"I was just about to bathe her m'lady. Luke has just finished his bath."
Padmé cuddled Leia tightly and replied "Perfect. I'm going to head next door with him for a few minutes if that's alright with you?"
"Of course," Ralé nodded.
"Have fun in your bath Leia," she cheerily told the baby girl and relinquished her to her minder.
She headed determinedly into the twins room and looked to where Luke's clothes were just being pulled out of his wardrobe.
"No it's alright. I'm just going to take him to his father, we can dress him after. Could you just hold him while I change?"
Meed nodded and picked up the undressed baby boy to wrap him in a few blankets.
Padmé moved quickly around her own bedroom as she found a tunic that easily pulled on and off and slipped into it.
"Hello Luke! How was your day?" Padmé greeted as she took him from Meed and made her way to the where Anakin awaited them.
He gurgled happily to her.
A short period spent removing the various elements covering their skins that could threaten Anakin and then she was opening the door to find Anakin waiting expectantly. He stopped pacing and moved towards the door.
They're here! Anakin's mind cried as he had to stop himself from dashing from his controlled room.
"I thought I'd bring Luke in first and then Leia. Here you go dad."
Anakin could not wipe the smile off his face as Luke was placed in his arms.
Though he couldn't hold their eldest closer than the breather allowed, he could finally feel him.
Leaning down Anakin kissed his forehead.
"Hi you!" he greeted and sat on the corner of the bed.
The tiny being in his arms reached out his hand and Anakin offered one of his metallic fingers without thinking. Luke didn't seem to care though, grabbing on tightly.
"I'll leave you two be and get Leia," Padmé said softly.
Anakin heard her leave but he kept his eyes totally focused on his son. He loved Padmé but he would spend all evening with her. He only had five minutes with Luke.
"I'm your daddy. This is what I really look like. What do you think? Hmm? Less scary? I bet I sound less frightening too."
He waved Luke's little finger around, grinning happily. Luke suddenly sent him a feeling of wonder and Anakin's heart swelled with pride.
"You're going to be a very powerful Jedi Luke, aren't you?" he asked him quietly, sending a feeling of love back. "Is it my fingers or my face that you're surprised by?"
Too soon the timer was going off and Padmé was entering.
"I'll swap you," she said softly.
"Bye Luke," Anakin murmured, waving his little hand around and coaxing him to let go.
He looked at Padmé who held Leia and cocked his head in questioning.
"How are we going to swap? We've both got our hands full."
Padmé quickly laid Leia on the bed and held out her arms. Luke was quickly handed over and his forehead given a final kiss, then Padmé was speedily slipping out. Anakin had no reason to let himself get depressed just yet though.
He picked Leia up for the short period he had with her and the two of them spent time quietly conversing until her time too was up.
"Here," Padmé said softly, taking Leia from Anakin.
And that's when his heart fell. Because that was all he could expect with his children. Ten minutes total each day. It was wonderful compared to what he'd had yesterday, but now he really pined for more. For what he couldn't have.
"I'll be back in just a moment. Wait for me."
Anakin nodded and watched reluctantly as she took Leia from the room and returned fairly hastily.
Luckily he had very little time to be melancholy.
She strode in confidently and placed her hands on his cheeks, kissing him hungrily.
"Padmé," he murmured beneath his breath, slipping his hands up to her waist and caressing her lightly.
For a long time they simply stood there, holding each other, lips passionately enjoying one another.
"We should probably return to the twins," came Padmé's soft voice in his ear as he ardently covered her cheeks in kisses.
"Mmmmm," he murmured disappointedly.
"Maybe we'll spend tonight in here was well, after they've gone to sleep?" he asked, a little hesitantly.
She grinned at him and let her lips linger over his for a moment longer.
"I would enjoy that," she told him elegantly, finally pulling away from his arms.
He nodded with animation, already jumping ahead in his mind to what he would do with her as she headed for the door.
"I'll be back in a minute," he assured as he reached for the suit pants.
She shut the door behind her and he turned his gaze to the outfit he had to wear. Growling, he pulled off his comfortable and relaxing pyjama pants and begrudgingly back into the sealed suit. When he'd finally secured the helmet he returned to find Padmé watching over the twins as they laid out on the floor of the lounge room.
Now he felt funny. He almost didn't want them to associate this him, with the one they'd just played with next door. He wanted them to think of that person as their father. And he wanted to be out of this helmet so they saw that him all the time.
Reaching out almost unconsciously he grasped some of the toys that lay at their sides and lifted them to dance in the air over the twin's heads.
"They certainly like that," Padmé turned to smile at him as he walked over and settled at her side.
He didn't reply. Not because he didn't want to, but a sudden compulsion had him not wanting to speak at all if he couldn't sound like himself.
The next chapter will contain adult, NC-17 scenes. ChapterEight will not.