Hey to all. Welcome to my third story, Empress. I'm just going to give you the basic gist of the story. It's rather complicated, so I suggest reading what's below. But, hey, if you want to go on, be my guest.
Characters: Anakin Skywalker/Vader, Padmé Amidala, Leia Organa, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mon Mothma, Bail Organa, the handmaidens Eirtaé, Sabé, Dormé, and Cordé, Admirals Piett and Ackbar, Chewbacca, R2, 3PO, and, for good measure, a few OCs.
Pairings: Anakin/Padmé, Han/Leia, Obi-Wan/Sabé, and mild Lando/OC
Episode VI: Basically, the story line is the exact same -- Vader cremated, Palpatine killed by Vader, the Rebels win. However, the changes: Han never offers to step down for Luke, and Leia never tells Han that Luke is her brother. Luke doesn't see the Jedi at the celebration.
Post Episode VI: Bail Organa, killed four years before with Alderaan, is found unconscious by the Alliance on the floor of the command center. Obi-Wan wakes up in the Jedi Temple, in the Council Room, along with Yoda and Mace Windu. The four of them side with the Alliance.
Padmé Amidala finds herself snuggled against Anakin Skywalker, handsome and human. Both of them are beyond shocked. Then, she remembers what he has done (the dead watch the living all of the time). She realises that she still loves Anakin Skywalker. In fear of loving what was once Darth Vader, she tells him that she cannot bear to be with him, and she flees for the Alliance, knowing that her children will be there. One little problem: Luke's away on some mission, and he won't be back for a month. So she reasons she can wait a month. And then she sees the adoptive father of her daughter.
Plot: Empress begins with Padmé and Bail arguing furiously over Leia. Padmé is threatened, and she finds herself fleeing back into Anakin's arms. He (surprise, surprise) takes her back. She remembers the words he said to her so long ago ... She begs him to use his old authority to take over the remnants of the Empire. Eventually, they work out a plan. Anakin puts on his old suit, claiming the throne as Vader. Padmé plays the perfect trophy wife while really helping restore the galaxy.
And then Leia sees Padmé. Everything changes.
Because neither side is going to give her away so easily.
Reviewing: I won't threaten to stop writing because I don't have any reviews or anything, so don't feel obliged to leave one... Even though getting reviews is like getting a mountain of candy every time.
Disclaimer: I do not own Star Wars.