A Forced Issue

By Ticklesivory

Warnings: Serious ridiculousness ahead.


The GCHN Announcer

Your host, "Galactic" Gayle

Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi

Senator Padmé Amidala

Michael, the holovid tech

Plus a few anonymous, and not-so-anonymous callers

Announcer: It's time for The Galactic City Report via the GCHN, broadcast throughout Coruscant and surrounding systems. Brought to you this evening by Galaxy Express: Don't leave your system without it.

And now here's your host, "Galactic" Gayle Riordan.

Gayle: Good evening Coruscant! How about those space lanes tonight? Phew! Remember to fly friendly, everyone. And if you're joining us on the HoloNet, we are live this evening and pleased to announce our very special guests, Senator Padmé Amidala and her Jedi Protector, Knight Obi-One Kenobi.

Obi-Wan: That's Wan.

Gayle: Pardon?

Obi-Wan: Wan -- not One like the number. Wan – with a short a.

Gayle: Allrighty then. Let's get to it. I'm so pleased that you accepted our invitation to join us this evening on Coruscant's most popular GCH network news, and I know there are important issues that we need to discuss…

Padmé: Thank you Miss Riordan. Yes, I am currently on a committee that is designed to…

Gayle: But before we get to that, there are a few questions I'd like to ask.

Padmé: Uh….okay?

Gayle: We all know that an attempt was made on the senator's life which explains your presence, Knight Kenobi. But we at the station were wondering. Just how much time do you two spend together? Say, in a day?

Padmé: Excuse me?

Gayle: Your assignment Mr. Kenobi.

Obi-Wan: Knight Kenobi.

Gayle: Sorry. Your assignment, Knight Kenobi – does it cover 24/5 or do you work in shifts?

Obi-Wan: I'm at the senator's disposal at all hours, protecting her during the day and night.

Gayle: Interesting. So, you never sleep?

Obi-Wan: Of course I do. I have a padawan who relieves me during several hours a night.

Gayle: Ah, yes. Young Anakin Skywalker. We'll come back to him later. So tell me, Obi-Wan. How does this beautiful young senator spend her time? Surely not hiding out in her apartment.

Padmé: I really don't think that's any of your business!

Obi-Wan: Revealing Pad…Senator Amidala's choice of recreation would be detrimental to her security and a violation of the trust that she has put…

Gayle: So she trusts you?

Padmé: Of course I do.

Gayle: Enough to take risks such….as….taking her to one of Coruscant's hottest night spots?

Obi-Wan: I don't know what you're talking about.

Gayle: Michael? Roll the Indiscretions footage for our HoloNet viewers. Now this night, as you can see, the club was quite crowded, but our holovid operator was able to locate you Knight Kenobi – quite easily in fact. Perhaps you should have considered leaving the lightsaber back at the Temple.

Obi-Wan: Not possible.

Gayle: And here – freeze footage Michael. Here Senator, I believe that's you. Decent disguise, but the boots gave you away. Exquisite by the way. Are they Nabooan?

Padmé: Yes…uhm….thank you.

Gayle: Proceed Michael. Look closely. Now…these are some hidden vid shots from inside the club. Little shaky footage, but there you two are – dancing up a meteor shower. Stop vid please. Knight Kenobi, do you think that this type of behavior is appropriate? I mean, considering the fact that the Senator's life is in danger?

Obi-Wan: I don't think that's any of your concern, Ms. Riordan.

Gayle: Oh, but that's where you're wrong. You see, the welfare of this young woman is the concern of us all. She is a public servant you see.

Padmé: And of legal age by seven years! And I'll have you know that I resent my life being put under this type of media microscope!

Gayle: Oh, just wait. It gets much better. Roll again, Michael! Here you two are walking back Miss Amidala's apartment. The zoom vid please. Why Senator, I do believe you're blushing here!

Padmé: It was a very warm evening.

Gayle: I believe the temperature was regulated to mild that night. But what's this? No good night kiss? Why Jedi Kenobi, that's disappointing.

Obi-Wan: Padmé, we don't have to sit here and listen to this.

Gayle: First names, I see. And I also see we have our first caller of the night.

Caller #1: Hello?

Gayle: Good evening! You are live on the Galactic City Report. Go ahead.

Caller #1: Hi. Yeah, I was at Indiscretions that night. I remember seeing them together. I thought it was odd because you don't usually see Jedi in Coruscant at night, especially dancing at a club.

Gayle: And what was your impression caller?

Caller #1: That they were having a good time. It was rather nice to see. Jedi are usually so….serious. They looked happy – like they had been friends for a long time, ya' know? Just dancing and laughing. Kinda like they were a couple.

Gayle: A couple you say? Hmm. A couple. Is that what you two are?

Padmé and Obi-Wan: No!

Padmé: No…not really. Obi-Wan and I are acquaintances. Just friends -- that's all.

Gayle: Friends….How very interesting….