Author Note: Hey guys, this is the last chapter I'm afraid, and yes you've guessed it...Padme doesn't die...but why? Well why not read on and find out...and thanks so much for all your great reviews...I'm glad you liked my story. THANK YOU!
P.S: Coming soon - A dream is a wish your heart makes - the sequel to Never HadA Dream Come True! Yes folks, I just need to write a few more of the chapters, then the story will be complete and I can start posting!
"I love you," Anakin whispered again as he cradled the lifeless body in his arms, thinking he had lost her forever.
And then Padme gasped and Anakin jumped in shock. Even the three at the door snapped their heads up to look as he layed Padme gently on the floor and she propped herself up on her elbows, wincing but smiling all the same.
"How...how can this be?" Bail asked incredulously. "She was dead...we saw her die!"
"A strange thing, the force is. Still lots to learn about it, even I have," Yoda replied, just as stunned. "Perhaps, heal her because of young Skywalker's love, it did."
"Anakin said he had the power to stop people from dying," Padme smiled as she wiped a tear from his cheek. "Perhaps he just used that power without realising it?"
"I don't care what happened," Anakin grinned, wiping away his tears. "You're back, and that's all I care about!"
As he helped her back to her feet, and gently propped her up in his arms, Bail's frown of confusion turned to one of alarm.
"But what of Vader. Is he still a Sith?"
"Darth Vader is gone. Destroyed by Young Skywalker, he was," Yoda replied and everyone laughed at the confused look on Bail's face, as Obi-Wan went over to Anakin and hugged him.
"Welcome back brother," he whispered in Anakin's ear, but not quiet enough for Padme not to overhear.
"Brother?" she whispered when Obi-Wan's back was turned.
"Don't worry, he's not really my brother. We were just like brothers though, when we were Jedi together."
"Oh," Padme replied, then winced and placed a hand to her chest again. Anakin looked at her in concern, but she convinced him that she was fine and when he was sure, he gathered up the courage to do something he'd been wanting to do for a long time.
"I love you Padme..." he said, leaning forwards as he spoke. Padme did likewise and their lips met in a soft and gentle kiss. One that lingered and deepened. One that said everything, they both realised, that they should have spoken to each other before.
This was their first kiss, and both were sure to savour every sweet moment of it, ignoring the growing audience as more of the rebels burst into the room, wondering what could be taking their leaders so long.
Slowly...finally...the two parted and rested their foreheads against each other as they both struggled to catch their breath. As they gazed into each others eyes, Anakin could feel Padme's warm breath graze his cheek, and couldn't help but wonder if it had been fate or pure coincidence that they had come into each other's lives. Whatever it was, he was determined never to lose Padme again.
A few weeks later on Naboo, in a rose-covered arbour overlooking the sparkling lake, Anakin and Padme stood hand in hand, Anakin in formal Jedi robes, Padme in a beautiful white gown with flowered trim.
She'd quickly recovered from the injury, partly thanks to Anakin's use of the force to give her some much needed physical strength, but mostly because she was a strong fighter, and now that she had something to live for, it gave her a new emotional strength like nothing she'd ever felt before.
Before them stood a Naboo holy man, his hands clenching an old book as he recited the ancient texts of marriage.
When the proclamation was made, the small crowd - including Yoda and Obi-Wan, Padme's family, Anakin's droids and the few remaining Senators who had escaped the Emperor's clutches - whistled, clapped and tossed rose petals over them.
And as the sun set behind the mountains, casting a warm glow over everything, Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala shared their first kiss as husband and wife and everyone knew that this was the start of a long reign of peace and justice throughout the galaxy.