Memories not lost
Summery: We all know that R2-D2 is not like other droids, he has personality and independence. We also know that at the end of ROTS only C-3PO had his memory erased. So what now R2 has decided to share his memories of Anakin and Padmé with their children.
Disclaimer: Star Wars and all recognisable characters, places and happening belong to George Lucas and Lucas films.
Authors Note: Personally I hate script fics, but I think for some of this fic I am going to have to use this technique, but I will only use it for small amounts of text.
Diary Entry 818
"I can't believe it, Palpatine is forcing me to accept more security." Padmé ranted, racing in front of Artoo. "It is not that I want Cordé's death to be in vain but I don't need more protection, the Jedi have more important things to do."
She growled in frustration. "But I suppose seeing Obi-wan again will be enjoyable." She let a small smile grace her beautiful face, "maybe Anakin will be with him." Her smile increased.
"M'lady, the Jedi are here."
"I'm coming Dormé."
A new scene immediately appeared.
"It's a pleasure to see you again, M'Lady."
" It has been far too long Master Kenobi. I'm so glad our paths have crossed again... but I must warn you that I think your presence here is unnecessary." Padmé replied.
"I'm sure the Jedi Council has their reasons."
Padmé then spotted Anakin, hovering behind his master.
"Annie? My goodness, you've grown."
"So have you... grown more beautiful, I mean... and much shorter... for a Senator, I
mean," Anakin trying but failing to sound smooth.
Obi-wan gave him a disapproving look while Padmé smiled and shook her head lightly at him, "Oh Annie, you'll always be that little boy I knew on Tatooine." She said; which was exactly what Anakin didn't want to hear.
"Our presence will be invisible, M'Lady, I can assure you." Obi-wan said as they all moved towards the couches in the room.
"I'm very grateful you're here, Master Kenobi. I'm Captain TYPHO, head of Her Majesty's security service. Queen Jamillia has informed you of your assignment. The situation is more dangerous than the Senator will admit." The captain of the guards said.
"I don't need more security, I need answers. I want to know who is trying to kill me." Padmé insisted.
Obi-wan frowned, "We're here to protect you Senator, not to start an investigation."
"We will find out who's trying to kill you Padmé, I promise you." Anakin stepped in.
"We will not exceed our mandate, my young Padawan learner!" Obi-wan scolded.
"I meant in the interest of protecting her, Master, of course."
"We will not go through this exercise again, Anakin. And you will pay attention to my lead."
"Why else do you think we were assigned to protect her, if not to find the killer? Protection is a job for local security... not Jedi. It's overkill, Master. Investigation is implied in our mandate."
"We will do exactly as the Council has instructed, and you will learn your place, young one." Obi-wan scolded before turning back to the senator.
"Perhaps with merely your presence, the mysteries surrounding this threat will be revealed. Now, if you will excuse me, I will retire." Padmé said standing and leaving, followed closely by her handmaiden and Artoo.
Diary Entry 823
"I can't believe they are doing this! They're sending me away. The most important vote in the history of the republic is happening in a few days and I am being sent home to hide." Padmé was moving around her bedroom packing the cloths she would need for the journey. She continued to rant about the unfairness of it all occasionally disappearing from view until Dorme informed her that representative Binks was there.
She left the room but R2 continued to record as Anakin entered the room and stood by the window waiting for Padmé to return.
"I don't like this idea of hiding!" she snapped at him.
ANAKIN: "Don't worry, now that the Council has ordered an investigation, it won't take Master Obi-Wan long to find this bounty hunter."
PADMÉ: "I haven't worked for a year to defeat the Military Creation Act not to be here when its fate is decided!"
ANAKIN: "Sometimes we have to let go of our pride and do what is requested of us."
PADMÉ: "Anakin, you've grown up."
ANAKIN: "Master Obi-Wan manages not to see it...Don't get me wrong... Obi-Wan is a great mentor, as wise as Master Yoda and as powerful as Master Windu. I am truly thankful to be his apprentice. In some ways... a lot of ways... I'm ahead of him. I'm ready for the trials. I know I am! He knows it too. But he feels I'm too unpredictable... Other Jedi my age have gone through the trials and made it... I know I started my training late... but he won't let me move on.
PADMÉ: That must be frustrating.
ANAKIN: It's worse... he's overly critical! He never listens! He just doesn't understand. It's not fair!
PADMÉ: Mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults than we would like. It's the only way we grow.
ANAKIN: I know...
PADMÉ: Don't try to grow up too fast.
ANAKIN: I am grown up. You said it yourself.
PADMÉ: Please don't look at me like that.
ANAKIN: Why not?
PADMÉ: It makes me feel uncomfortable.
ANAKIN: Sorry, M'Lady.
Anakin backed away and Padmé went back to packing her bags.
"She is so much like you its scary." Han said to Leia.
"I'll take that as a compliment."
"You know in some ways I am glad I never met those two together."
"Han, that's an awful thing to say."
"Well you heard them they attacked each other at every second sentence." He defended.
"Kind of reminds me of another couple I know." Luke commented looking pointedly between Han and Leia.
Chewie laughed with Luke and R2 joined in with an amused trill.
"Do you have anymore recordings R2?" Luke asked trying to avoid the fight that would otherwise break out between Han and Leia which looked now like it would involve him too.
Artoo bleeped and started another recording, one that he thought might interest Luke.
PADMÉ: It must be difficult having sworn your life to the Jedi... not being able to visit the places you like... or do the things you like...
ANAKIN: Or be with the people I love.
PADMÉ: Are you allowed to love? I thought it was forbidden for a Jedi.
ANAKIN: Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden. Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is central to a Jedi's life, so you might say we're encouraged to love.
PADMÉ: You have changed so much.
ANAKIN: You haven't changed a bit. You're exactly the way I remember you in my dreams.
"Artoo, do you know anything else about the old Jedi order?" Luke asked when the recording stopped.
Artoo confirmed that he did.
"You knew that I was looking for information on them. Why didn't you tell me you knew this?"
Artoo simply replied that he didn't ask.
"So you knew, Obi-wan and Yoda."
"and Palpatine, from a distance." Artoo beeped starting another audio recording.
PALPATINE: I will talk to her. Senator Amidala will not refuse an executive order. I know her well enough to assure you of that.
ANAKIN: Thank you, your Excellency.
PALPATINE: And so, they have finally given you an assignment. Your patience has paid off.
ANAKIN: Your guidance more that my patience.
PALPATINE: You don't need guidance, Anakin. In time you will learn to trust your feelings. I have said it many times, you are the most gifted Jedi I have ever met.
ANAKIN: Thank you, your Excellency.
PALPATINE: I see you becoming the greatest of all the Jedi, Anakin. Even more powerful than Master Yoda.
"Did Father spend a lot of time around Palpatine?" Luke asked.
"More then was considered appropriate by the Council or Obi-wan."
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