Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Alternate Events

Anakin entered the Supreme Chancellor's office as Palpatine scrambled into the corner of the shattered window. Master Windu's violet lightsaber blade was held at the old man's throat.

"Anakin!" the Chancellor cried. "I told you it would come to this. The Jedi are taking over."

"The oppression of the Sith will never return," Windu said. "You have lost."

"No, no, no, you will die!" Palpatine unleashed a torrent of lightning from his fingertips. Windu managed to hold back the attack with his lightsaber.

"He's a traitor," Palpatine shouted as his lightning rebounded into him.

"He is the traitor," Windu replied.

"I have the power to save the one you love." Palpatine's face seemed to melt under the force of his reflected attack.

"Don't listen to him, Anakin," Master Windu shouted.

"I, I can't hold him any longer...I'm too weak."

Finally the Sith Lord's lightning subsided and he collapsed back onto the floor. Mace once again held him at saber-point.

"I am going to end this once and for all," Mace said.

"You can't," Anakin said. "He must stand trial."

"Ah, don't kill me please," Palpatine whined.

"He controls the Senate and the Courts," Windu replied, "he's too dangerous to be left alive."

"I'm too weak," the Chancellor cried.

"It's not the Jedi way," Anakin said.

Mace swung his lightsaber back to strike the Sith down.

"I need him!" Anakin shouted.

Master Windu attacked. Anakin activated his lightsaber and thrust it into the path of the other Jedi's weapon.

"Anakin, what are you doing?" Windu shouted. The Chancellor squirmed on the floor in fear.

"I need him alive," Anakin replied.

"He's a Sith Lord. How could he possibly –" Windu stopped. He could sense Anakin's troubled thoughts. He detected thoughts of...

"Senator Amidala?" Windu said. "Her baby...it's yours isn't it?"

Anakin said nothing. The Jedi disengaged blades and faced one another. Anakin remained in a readied stance.

"Anakin, whatever your reasons, you must let your personal feelings go. Palpatine has no interest in helping you. It's only your power he desires. If he survives, the Jedi will be exterminated and the galaxy will be plunged into endless oppression."

Anakin sighed and relaxed his stance.

"You're right," he said finally and turned toward Palpatine, "the Sith must be destroyed."

The look of terror and desperation on Palpatine's face vanished and was replaced by one of seething hate and anger.

"So be it, Jedi," he sneered.

Suddenly an assault of lightning even more powerful than the first coursed out of Palpatine's hands and into Master Windu's body. Anakin was knocked back by the force of the attack and could only watch as the lightning fully electrocuted Windu. The Jedi was hurled out the window by the Sith's attack.

In a flash, Sidious was on his feet, facing Anakin. He extended his hands and two lightsabers flew into his palms from outside the window. One Anakin recognized as Windu's weapon, the other Anakin could only guess was Sidious's own blade.

"If you will not be turned," Sidious said a he activated the violet and crimson blades, "you will be destroyed."