Leia sighed as she got all three of her children finally cleaned and ready for
bed. She did love her children very
much, but they were still a handful.
Jacen and Jaina, the twins, were six and full of energy. Trouble was their middle name. Anakin, the youngest of the Solo children,
was only four and better behaved than the other two.
"Mama, I'm not tired!"
complained Jacen. "Can't we stay up a
"Pease, Mama. I'm…no tired…either," yawned Anakin.
"You can barely keep you
eyes open, how will be able to stay awake?" asked Leia as she tucked her son
"Mama, can you tell us a
story?" Jaina said.
Jacen jumped out of the
covers and stood on top of the bed.
"Yeah tell us a story, or
I'll stand all night!" Jacen yelled.
"All right! I'll tell you a story, only if you promise
to go to bed after I'm finished," replied Leia.
"We promise!" they all said
Leia pulled went out of the
room and returned with a rocking chair.
Before she even sat down all three children started shouting the stories
they wanted to hear. Leia offered some
ideas but they could not agree.
"How about the story about
Cinderella?" Leia suggested.
"Yeah!" agreed Jaina.
"Oh, if we have to," Jacen
"All right. Now once upon a time there was a…"
"What are you children up
too?" came a voice from the door.
All four heads turned to the
door and saw Sabe, standing at the threshold.
Sabe was an elderly woman who helped Leia with the children and around
their living quarters. She was very
kind and humble, and for a strange reason Leia felt drawn to her.
"Hi Sabe!" Anakin smiled
"Mama was going to tell us
the Cinderella story," Jaina explained.
"I know, I heard all the
commotion in the next room," Sabe said with a soft giggle.
"I don't want too hear it
though," Jacen said to himself.
"I know a story you all
would like to hear," she suggested.
"Something they can all
agree on?" Leia said with disbelief.
"Tell us!! Anything's better than Cinderella," Jacen
"Yeah tell us Sabe," Jaina
"Well, If it's okay with
"Oh yes!" Leia smiled and
got out of the rocking chair. "In fact
I want to hear it too."
Sabe sat in the rocking
chair as Leia sat next to Anakin in his bed.
"Are we all comfortable?"
They all nodded.
"Now what is that phrase
they use? Ah yes. Once upon a time, there was a young boy who
dreamed of adventure all his life.
Unfortunately, this boy and his mother were a slaves and every night he
wished that one day he would see all the stars in the sky. And when this boy was nine years old, he
became friends with a Jedi knight, a padawan apprentice, and a young
"These people were on a very
important mission when their ship had been damaged and were stranded on the
boys homeplanet. So the boy helped his
friends repair their ship by winning the parts they needed by entering and
winning a pod race."
"On their stay, the Jedi
Knight noticed the boy was very strong in the force. Before they left the Knight freed the boy to take him to the Jedi
Temple, hoping he would be trained as a Jedi.
But his mother was still a slave…"
"I just can't do it Mom, I
just can't," Anakin replied, tears at the corner of his eyes.
"Oh Ani," Shmi held her son
in her arms.
"Will I ever see you again?"
"Look in your heart, Ani,
what does it tell you?"
"Yes, I guess. I hope so," Anakin replied.
"Then we will see each other
again," Shmi said, trying to smile.
"I'll come and free you mom,
"Now, be brave…and don't
look back…don't look back."
"So his mother watched with
a heavy heart as her only son left and went to follow destiny's path. Soon after that, the young handmaiden
exposed her secret, and was actually a queen and was fighting to free her
people. There were many battles at one
time. And the boy helped win one in
space. Everything was almost back to
normal, but sadly the kind Jedi knight had died during a battle with a
Sith. The apprentice was now a Jedi
Knight and was granted permission to train the boy as a padawan. But they were all sad for the loss of a
friend. The queen, the boy, and the
Jedi all became good friends, but were parted for a very long time."
Sabe stopped and looked
around. Anakin had fallen asleep, while
Jaina and Jacen were now lying in their beds half asleep.
"Maybe we should continue
the story tomorrow night," Sabe said.
"No!" Jacen said sleepily.
"Please finish it," Jaina
Sabe look over at Leia.
"Go ahead," she smiled.
"Ten years had passed since
the three had been together. The boy
went with his new master to be trained as a Jedi and the queen had remained on
her planet. But once again danger had
resurfaced and the queen needed protection.
Though no one truly knew that a great evil was still around, watching
them all. And that children, is where
our story begins…"
Amidala looked out the tiny
starship's window. Stars glittered
around her, but passed quickly. She was
off to Coruscant again. It had been a
year or so since she had been there, but the trips were neither friendly nor
fun. Mostly, they were business trips,
but a few were helping her escape danger.
Actually the last time her saftey was at risk was ten years ago. Had it really been that long?
More stars passed by. How much longer? she asked herself
impatiently. She looked over at Sabe
sitting on the throne. Amidala wondered
how she could sit and be patient for that long? In all the years she had been queen, patients were never a strong
point. She needed to get out of here,
out of this stupid room.
"I'm going for a walk,"
Amidala said quietly as she moved toward the door.
Rabe and Eirate exchanged
nervous glances as Sabe's eyes met Padme's.
She knew what Padme was thinking.
"Be careful," was Sabe's
Amidala wandered around the
ship for a half an hour or so. She found
herself infront of the cockpit door.
Should she knock? She could if
she wanted, after all it was her ship!
The door slid open and Captain
Panaka appeared before her. He was
about to question her but decided it was wiser not to.
"Not much longer,
handmaiden," he said, noticing the look on her face.
"Good," she replied.
"How is the queen?"
"She is fine," Padme
lied. Sabe might be fine but Amidala
surely was not.
"Excuse me, but you might
want to take a seat because we're going to land in a few minutes," Ric Olie,
the pilot, replied from inside the cock pit.
Finally, Amidala thought as she walked back to her compartment.
Chancellor Palpatine waited
for Queen Amidala to arrive on the landing dock, not too far from the Senate
building. He always made it his
personal business to deal with these problems.
Naboo, after all, was his homeworld, and if it wasn't for the queen, he
wouldn't have been elected chancellor, or was the Trade Federation the one's to
The silver starship was
appearing through the mass of traffic in the sky. It landed a few feet from him.
The queen emerged from the ship followed by Captain Panaka and her
"Welcome your highness. I'm glad you arrived safe," Chancellor
"Hello Chancellor. I am grateful for your concern," Sabe
replied in the same emotionless tone the queen used.
Chancellor Palpatine looked
at the tiresome group and smiled.
"Come, you must be worn from
your journey," he gestured toward the transport ready to take them to the
Senate building. As they boarded the
Coruscant sun was setting. Amidala
longed to be home taking a walk through the palace gardens, watching the
beautiful Naboo sunset.
Sabe was glad when she could
wash off the queen's makeup and change back into her simple, handmaiden
robes. Amidala was taking a bath while
Rabe laid out her white nightgown.
Eirate was hanging the black traveling gown Sabe had worn into a closet
and putting the headdress away carefully.
Sabe was left to do nothing, which she hated. She wanted to keep busy, to calm her nerves.
Amidala changed into her
nightgown and stared out one of the windows.
Coruscant was a very busy place, even in the evening. Transports and ships whizzed by in the sky,
as regulars walked quickly in the streets below. Even the buildings illuminated with lights, seemed to be buzzing
on the inside. It was the complete
oppostie of Naboo which was was usually quiet in the evenings. Amidala loved the silence, it was calming
and helped her think.
"Is there anything else we
can do your majesty?" Eirate asked.
"Yes, you can all rest. Don't worry about me I am fine. You three on the other hand need to get some
sleep, we all do," Amidala smiled.
Eirate smiled, bowed and
left the room. The common room was
deserted, but voices were coming from the room the handmaidens shared. Sabe and Rabe looked up and saw Eirate
entering the room.
"Anything else?" Sabe asked.
"Yeah, sleep," Eirate
"Finally!" Rabe sighed as
she plopped on her own bed. She was already
in her night gown, and ready for sleep.
"What's the matter
Rabe? Not happy with the handmaiden
life?" Eirate said teasingly.
"No, I'm just really tired,"
"Your tired? Try being a decoy, and wearing those awful
headdresses," Sabe said.
"Yeah but you get to act
like the queen, and be treated like her.
You have fun. I wish I could
have that job," Rabe said, imagining herself dressed as the queen, with a gleam
in her eye.
"Oh yes. Acting like the queen, making important
decisions, attending diplomatic missions, and living in fear of being
discovered and in danger? Right, Rabe
real fun," Sabe said sarcasticly.
"Sabe aren't you going to
bed?" Eirate asked noticing she was still in her robes.
"No, I'm going to take a
walk for a while," she said as she pulled up her hood and opened the door.
"Will you be all right?"
Eirate asked, eyes filled with concern.
"I'll be fine, go to
sleep. I need to stretch my legs after
sitting on that throne for a few hours."
"Are you sure?"
"You heard her Eirate, go to
sleep. See you in the morning Sabe!"
Rabe said from under the covers.
"Okay. Good night Sabe."
"Good night guys."
Sabe tip-toed past the
queen's room and left. She walked
silently through the halls and left the Senate building. She always wanted to see city life and now
was her chance. There were so many
different creatures in the streets.
Some she knew, some she didn't.
Sabe felt the small pistol hidden under her robes, hoping she wouldn't
have to use it. After a while she
realized her throat was dry. The last
drink she had had was back on Naboo in the palace. Sabe saw a bar on the corner of the street and made her way to
The bar was dimly lit and a
band was playing on a raised platform on the far side of the room. The tables were filled with creatures,
regular people, bounty hunters, just about anything one could find in the
galaxy. Waiters and waitresses walked from table to table serving drinks,
cleaning up, and taking away empty bottles and glasses. Sabe looked for an empty table and saw one
in a dark corner. She started walking
and passed by two men, who gave her a small shove.
"Pardon me miss," said the
one on the right. He was about middle
aged, with a beard and semi-long hair.
The man on the left, was much younger, no more than 19 or 20. He had sandy blonde hair and blue
crystal-like eyes, and was a little taller than the older one.
"That's all right," Sabe
replied and watched them move to their own table. She had a strange feeling she had met them before, but she
shrugged off the feeling. As soon as
she sat down, a waitress appeared at her side.
"What's your poison?" she
asked in a nasal tone.
"What do you want to drink?"
the waitress said, sounding annoyed.
"Oh, water please," Sabe
replied. Water was probably the safest
drink, one could ask for. Who knew what
stange things they put in drinks in this place.
The waitress came back and
set down a glass in front of Sabe. She
paid the bill and gave a few extra credits to the waitress.
Sabe took a few sips of the
water, which tasted like metal, and listened to the band. They weren't half bad. They were called the Cantina Medley. Tables were left, cleaned, then filled again
by newcomers. The bar was was more
crowded than before when Sabe got up and walked towards the door. She was a few feet away, when she passed a
table of workers, who all whistled at her.
"Hey pretty, we got one more
seat here!" one of them shouted.
Sabe ignored them. One jumped in front of her and grabbed her
"Where's the fire
sweetheart?" he said flashing a grin.
Sabe was thankful her hood
covered the fear in her eyes. He was
about a few feet taller than her and extremley dirty and foul-smelling.
"Let go of me," she said
firmly, trying to wriggle her arm free. But the man tightened his grip.
His buddies were all
sniggering from their table. Sabe tried
to speak but couldn't find the words. What
would the queen do? she asked herself.
Well the queen wouldn't be in a bar!
No the queen is safe in her bed.
I wish I had listened to Eirate and stayed in!
The worker was dragging her
over to his table.
"Let go of her, she has
nothing to do with you," came a voice from behind them.
The man Sabe had bumped into
earlier, was know coming to her rescue.
His friend was following him, looking at the others.
"Who's gonna make me?" the
worker said with a sneer.
"You don't want her," the
man said waving his hand.
"I don't want her," the
worker said, his voice was flat.
"Let go of her arm," the man
continued. "And apologize to her."
The worker did as the man
said and murmed his apology to Sabe, who realized he was in a trance. The older man was still controlling the
worker in a trance, while the younger man escorted the handmaiden out of the bar.
"Where are we going?" Sabe
"Trust us. My master and I will take you back to your
home, but now we must stay out of sight," the young man replied, leading her
into a deserted alley.
"Why are we staying out of
"That's what my master told
me, in case those men come looking for you."
Sabe only took orders from
the queen, no one else. But what choice
did she have? She could either go back
alone, or stay with these men. At least
she was with someone who knew where they were going. Or did they?
The master had joined them
in the alley shortly after.
"Will those men follow us?"
"Not likely," the young man
"We will escort you
home. Where are your accomodations?"
asked the older man.
"Why should I trust
you? I don't even know who you are!"
"I suppose she's right
"I am Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi
Knight and this is my apprentice Anakin Skywalker. We will not harm you, I promise," Jedi Kenobi said reassuredly.
Sabe had difficulty hiding
her surprise from the two Jedi. Of all people
she had run into these two. Anakin was
still a boy, the last time she had seen them, and Obi-Wan was still an
apprentice. She had forgotten they
"Are you all right?" Obi-Wan
asked, sensing her surprise.
"Yes, fine. We should be going now," Sabe replied and
quickly went out into the street.
"You never answered our
question," Anakin said from her left.
"Where you live," Obi-Wan
said from her right.
"The Senate Building," Sabe
said quietly, hoping they wouldn't ask her identity.
They didn't. All three walked in silence until they
reached the large doors of the Senate.
Sabe turned to look at them and thank them. She now noticed the tunics under their robes and the lightsaber
handles hooked on their belts. Sabe
wondered if all Jedi had the same outfits.
"Would you like us to come
inside?" Obi-Wan asked.
"No thank you," Sabe said
Anakin gave her a funny
"I don't want to wake anyone
up," she explained.
"Sleep well miss. And next time, don't wander by yourself at
night. It's extremly dangerous," The
"Thank you, for saving me
and for walking me home."
"We are glad to be of
The two men bowed and walked
back onto the street and through the mass of Coruscant inhabitants. Sabe slipped through the doors and walked
silently back to the living quarters.
She had a feeling this would not be their last meeting.
"Master didn't she look
familiar to you?" Anakin asked as they turned the corner.
"I could barely see her face
Padawan, how could she look familiar?"
"Well, I know I've met her
before, somewhere," Anakin said, getting a far away look in his eye.
Obi-Wan couldn't help but
laugh at Anakin. But he did think his
padawan was right. Obi-Wan had felt a
strange presence when they met in the bar earlier. He couldn't think of any particual person except…no, it couldn't
have been her. What were the odds of
them meeting in a bar?
It was very early hour in
the morning when the finally reached the Temple. It would be a long while until dawn, but still very late.
"Master, can you think of
anyone that dresses like that and lives in the Senate?" Anakin asked.
"No, I don't," Obi-Wan
lied. He knew of one person, but he
wouldn't tell Anakin. It wasn't her,
but he had a feeling Anakin would meet her soon.