Chapter Fourteen


Galactic HoloNet News Vol. 531 54/22.11.23

Galactic City, Coruscant

The hearings for Senator Amidala came to an abrupt close today. Judge Ronault Tah and an esteemed peer jury deliberated for less than an hour before overruling an earlier arraignment of the Naboo Senator, pronouncing the young woman to be not guilty on all charges, by unanimous decision.

Evidence provided to the Senate Bureau of Investigations subsequently has led to the arrest of Naboo Representative Jar-Jar Binks in connection with the recent crimes. The Senate's defense attorney has already submitted a plea of innocence based on temporary insanity.

In other related news, Senator Onaconda Farr is being held for questioning due to possible connections in the assassinations of Senators Looruya and Dio. Inside sources claim that Farr has not yet been accused of the murders, but his possession of the so-called Treason List, has raised some suspicion into the morality of the Rodian Senator, therefore leading to his dismissal from the Chancellor's Loyalist Committee.

d.h. marshall/GHN Reporter


Padmé clicked off the HoloNet newsreader on her computer screen before leaning back into her high-back leather chair.

"Well?" Obi-Wan's muffled voice rang out through the apartment as he entered from the kitchen, carrying a tray with tea and an assortment of cookies - one of which he held in his mouth.

"Well what?" She replied with a lopsided grin.

Obi-Wan sat the tray down on the living area table and motioned for Padmé to take a seat, before he began pouring her a cup of the hot liquid.

"Do you think Farr's guilty?" He asked as he sat down and propped his booted feet on the table next to the tray.

"I'm really not one to say." Padmé replied as she moved to join him on the sofa.

"You could press charges you know. He illegally acquired the information you worked so hard to gather and took the credit all for himself."

Padmé turned to Obi-Wan and frowned slightly. "Oh, Obi-Wan. I didn't want the credit or the recognition for that. I just wanted them exposed. My whole purpose was to serve the Republic."

Obi-Wan grinned widely at Padmé's admission, adding humility to the growing list of things he liked about Padmé Amidala.

Liked.

Who was he kidding? He was in love with her.

"What about Jar-Jar?" She asked suddenly.

Clearing a throat that had suddenly gone dry, he changed his train of thought to answer her question. "I hear that Jar-Jar has been committed to drug rehab. I spoke with Yoda and the Jedi Council about possibly setting up a similar detox center on Otah Gunga. Boss Nass has apparently welcomed the effort."

"That's good to hear." Padmé replied quietly, sipping her tea, all the while not taking her eyes from Obi-Wan.

So much had happened since their return from Dagobah, they hadn't had time to be together alone much less talk about what happened there. She sat her cup down upon the table, her eyes now focusing on the intricate carvings of the silver platter. "What about us?" She asked, her voice barely above a whisper.

"Us?" Obi-Wan stammered, immediately biting his tongue at the remark. Now was not the time to play dumb or be funny. He grasped ahold of Padmé's hand and urged her to look him in the face.

"I'm sorry." He replied more seriously and then could not help but grin. "I recommend that we spend as much time as possible together - day and night."

"I can live with that verdict." Padmé replied sheepishly before returning the soft but thorough kiss to her lips.

"Obi-Wan?" She asked as she felt his arm steal about her shoulders. "How did you know I wasn't guilty? I mean, why did you stick by me when nobody else was?"

He could tell her the Force told him, but that wasn't entirely true. The real truth was, he knew exactly why and now was apparently the time to admit it.

"Because." He hesitated, turning to face her, dropping his eyes to her slightly open mouth. "Because I believe in you. I trust you." He hesitated again, bringing his eyes back to the dark brown orbs brimming with unshed tears. "Because I love you."

He watched in silence as Padmé's eyelids fell, breaking the dam that held back her tears. She then flung herself into his arms, holding onto him tightly.

"I love you too." She whispered into his ear. "Thank you for believing in me."

- End -


AN: MAN! That was torturous! This was another one of those silly personal writing challenges. Forcing myself "out of my box" so to speak. I have never written a mystery or political thriller/murder plot before. I hope I did okay with it. About halfway through, I have to admit that I got stuck a couple of times, but I had pretty much planned out the entire thing before I started writing it.

Writing this story did teach me something. How to do SW research. I hate to admit it, but this is actually the first Star Wars story I have written that I did in-depth research for.

All the characters in this story are true SW characters, and even the assassinations of the senators are in actual SW history (although I changed the reasons behind them). Looruya, Dio, Fey'lya, Onaconda Farr – they're all out there. Aren't you impressed? ; )

So therefore, I feel I have to add a list of references. This is where I got all of my information:

Wookieepedia - a Star Wars Database

The Force . net

and the Star Wars . com databank

Thanks for reading this story and for all the reviews.

Stay tuned….another story…yes..ANOTHER…is already in the works. : )