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AN: Here's part 12! Thanks for all the great reviews. Enjoy and let me know what you think! :
Revenge: A Forever Destined Vignette
The lift stopped on her floor and Leia got off, as she began trekking down the hall. As she turned down the correct hallway, she heard a girl giggle and quickly dashed out of sight, as she saw that it was Han with this girl. She spied on them from around the corner. And what she saw broke her heart. Han had this beautiful blonde girl, who was about his age, pinned against the wall, as they made out.
"Where's your room?" she asked seductively. Han smirked and took her hand.
"Right this way," he replied, as he led her into his bedroom. Hot tears cascaded down Leia's cheeks, as she watched the door slide closed. How could she have been so stupid as to think that scoundrel could ever like her? She was just a kid and all he wanted was a good time with that busty blonde bimbo! Sobs racked Leia's shoulders, as she found the door to the suite her parents had rented for their family and ran inside crying.
Padme entered the penthouse suite they had rented and looked around the living area. Leia was no where in sight, so she made her way to the hallway that led to the bedrooms. She stopped at Leia's door and put her ear to it. She heard Leia crying and knocked softly.
"Leia…sweetie, it's Mommy. Do you want to talk?" Padme questioned. She heard her daughter sniff.
"No…I don't feel like talking," Leia sobbed.
"Sweetie, I can't help you if you don't tell me what's wrong. Talking might make you feel better," Padme called. Leia sniffed.
"Okay…you can come in," Leia called back. Padme opened the door and went in, only to see her daughter on the bed with eyes red from crying and a tearstained face.
"Oh honey…what's wrong?" Padme asked, as she sat down beside her on the bed.
"Mom…am I pretty?" Leia asked.
"What? Of course you are. You're so very pretty. Why would you ask that?" Padme asked. Leia shrugged her shoulders.
"I don't know," she lied.
"Is this about a boy, perhaps?" Padme asked. Leia looked at her.
"How did you know?" she sniffed. Padme hugged her and laid her daughter's head on her shoulder.
"Motherly intuition, baby girl. I know you're probably not comfortable talking to Daddy about boys and frankly, he's not crazy about the subject either. But you are growing up and you can talk to me," Padme told her. Leia sniffed, as fresh tears welled in her eyes
"There's a boy and I thought he liked me…but then I saw him kissing an older girl. She was really beautiful and blonde and tall," Leia sobbed. Padme held her and gently stroked her hair.
"Oh baby, I'm so sorry, but that doesn't mean you're not pretty. You're very beautiful. Does this boy have a name?" Padme asked. Leia's cheeks flushed.
"It's Han," she confessed. Padme had to admit that she was surprised by her answer.
"I don't even know why I like him! He's such a jerk, but then he was nice to me and then he was a big jerk again!" Leia cried.
"Oh, I know it hurts sweetie, but there's going to be a lot of boys. Believe me, your father is already going crazy about it. You're so pretty and you'll grow into a very beautiful woman. And someday, you'll meet one that you love so much that you want to spend the rest of your life with him and he's going to feel the same way about you. But along the way, there might be a few heartbreaks. But always know that Daddy and I will be here for you," Padme said.
"Thanks Mom, I do feel better," she replied. Padme smiled.
"Good," she said, as they heard commotion in the living area. Anakin had returned with the rest of their children.
"Your father is worried about you, but I'll tell him you're okay and send him in. You look like you could use a Daddy hug," Padme said. Leia smiled and nodded, as Padme kissed her forehead and left her room.
"You're back," Padme said, as her husband and children were gathered on the sofas, eating their ice cream. Anakin handed her a cup of the sweet treat.
"Mmm…thanks sweetheart," Padme said, as she took a bite.
"Anything for you angel and I had them put extra chocolate sprinkles on yours," he replied.
"Thanks," Padme said, as she spooned a bite into her mouth.
"Is Leia okay?" he asked.
"She'll be fine," she replied.
"Is it about…a boy?" he asked with disdain.
"Yes, she had a crush, but this boy didn't exactly reciprocate her feelings. But…we talked and everything's okay now or at least, it will be okay," Padme said, as she walked to the kitchen. Anakin followed.
"Okay…who's this boy?" Anakin asked.
"It's not important. She's fine and I told her you'd come in and give her a big hug," Padme replied.
"Who is it, Padme?" he asked again.
"It's Han, but don't you dare go scaring the life out of him. Leia would be mortified," Padme warned.
"I just want to ask the little womp rat why he thinks my baby girl isn't good enough for him," Anakin replied.
"I don't think that's a very good idea. I think it would upset Leia more, because I'm not entirely sure Han is aware of Leia's feelings for him," Padme replied.
"Then what made her so upset? How does she know he doesn't feel the same?" Anakin asked. Padme winced.
"Well, she sort of saw him kissing another girl," Padme replied. Anakin snorted.
"Great. Well, Leia doesn't need to be involved with a player anyway. But I still want to go scare the life out of him for breaking her heart," Anakin said. Padme wrapped her arms around his neck.
"I know, but in a couple years, Leia will have her revenge. She'll be a lot more grown up and then Han will notice her. Then she can toy with his heart a little and really make him work for her affections," Padme said. Anakin got a sour look on his face. His daughters dating was not something he wanted to talk about.
"I'm going to go give her a hug and enjoy the last fleeting moments of her being my baby girl," he pouted
"She'll always be our baby, no matter how old she gets," Padme reminded, as he walked to her room.
"Can I come in Princess?" Anakin called, as he knocked.
"Of course Daddy," she called back. Anakin smiled and went in, finding Leia curled up on her bed, reading something on her datapad; probably one of the latest teen publications.
"Hey, are you okay?" he asked. She nodded, as he sat down on the bed next to her, handing her a cup of ice cream. She smiled and nodded, as she started eating it.
"Sorry if I worried you, Daddy," she said. he smiled.
"It's okay. Mom said it was a girl problem. I guess I'm still getting used to the reality that you're growing up, which means you'll need me less and less," he replied.
"Daddy, I'm always going to need you," Leia reminded him.
"Promise?" he asked. She smiled and hugged him.
"Promise," she replied. He kissed her hair.
"Okay," he said, as he got up and left her to her thoughts. He found Padme outside the door smiling at him. He took her in his arms and kissed her softly.
"You're such a wonderful father," she told him.
"You and the kids are everything to me," he replied.
"I better go get ready. Pooja has an interview with the press in an hour," she said. He nodded.
"Okay," he replied, as they shared a tender kiss, before she went into their bedroom and he headed back out into the living area.
"Hi Grandpa Riley!" he heard Kimberly say, as Riley arrived.
"Hey there, tiny one," he replied, as he gave her hug. The other kids chorused a "hello" to him, but remained absorbed in the hologame they were playing. Anakin noticed the weary look on his father-in-law's face.
"What's going on?" he asked.
"Have you watched the Holonews in the last couple hours?" Riley questioned.
"No," Anakin answered.
"Well, they're reporting that there is a significant number of Falleen survivors that have yet to surface on any Republic world. Now, normally I wouldn't care what happened to them, but I'm afraid our good friend Ysanne is already hard at work against us," Riley explained.
"Why do you say that?" Anakin asked.
"An "anonymous source" released a clip of me killing Xizor," Riley said. Anakin sighed deeply.
"Then it's safe to assume that Ysanne has recruited a good number of survivors to her cause," Anakin stated. Riley nodded.
"Then they've got protestors on several different planets demanding that I be arrested and even some are demanding Padme's arrest. But fortunately, they have no case. Xizor was a fugitive and a war criminal, so his death was ruled a result of resisting arrest and attempted assault of an Officer, so they can protest all they want," Riley said. Anakin sighed.
"It just means we'll have to be persistently vigilant. This was only one battle in a war that's just begun," Anakin said. Riley nodded, as Padme came out in a formal Senatorial gown, midnight blue in color, with her hair up in twin buns on either side of her head. She was a vision of beauty, as always.
"Hi Daddy," she greeted with a hug.
"Hey sweetness, you look like you're ready for an interview with those vultures," Riley said, referring to the Holonet.
"More like ready to get it over with," Padme replied.
"Luke, keep an eye on things. We'll be back in a couple hours to get you guys for dinner," Anakin called.
"Okay Dad," Luke called back.
"Make sure you're all washed up and changed by then," Padme reminded. They answered with a chorus of okays, as their parents and grandfather left.
Xalazar De'reux puffed on a Death Star, as he sat in his study aboard his personal cruiser. He had just finished watching Pooja Kenobi's speech to the people of Naboo. He heard his wife Anya huff in annoyance.
"Those irritating goodie goodies! What I wouldn't give to see Padme Skywalker be publicly and very painfully executed," she yelled.
"Relax my dear. Lady Ysanne has plans for the demise of the Skywalkers. Our part is keeping tabs on Naboo's next Queen," Xalazar replied.
"Well, that would be much easier if Lady Dahlia were to be elected. But no, the Naboo are going to elect the niece of their beloved Amidala," Anya huffed.
"And that's why we must keep an eye on the young Queen and get someone on the inside. A bodyguard…that can get close to her. Where is the family disappointment, anyway?" Xalazar asked.
"Now darling, Adam is young. He still has a lot of opportunities to bring pride to the family name. He wants to make you proud," Anya insisted.
"Well, this assignment will be his big chance, but if he fails, I'll disown him. It's risky giving him this job. The boy is weak and too softhearted," Xalazar complained.
"Then this assignment is exactly what he needs to toughen him up," Anya replied.
"Yes and it will get him out there to get his feet wet. You baby him too much," Xalazar scolded.
"Oh Xal, he's my youngest. Of course I babied him. But that doesn't mean he won't follow in your footsteps. He's young, handsome, and charming. Wrapping young Pooja Kenobi around his finger and winning her heart will be child's play for him. And then we'll step in and crush the little twit," Anya said, as their oldest son entered the room with their youngest trailing behind him. Adam De'reux didn't resemble his tawny haired, husky, and rather unattractive brother, though Devan wasn't really ugly, just not handsome either. Adam was different, however. While Devan resembled Xalazar in facial features and build, Adam inherited good looks from his mother. His wavy, jet black hair, which was combed neatly, was the only thing he inherited from Xalazar. His eyes were blue, like his mother's and he had a compact, lanky, yet muscular build. Adam was the black sheep of the family and often called weak and soft, because he had no interest in the family business or doing harm to others. Unfortunately, being born a De'reux meant you either did as you were told, which meant carrying out various assignments, or you ended up dead. Adam knew his father wasn't above killing his own for disobeying or shaming the family. Stories of Xalazar's first wife and his own brother were prevalent reminders to them all. No one got out alive. Xalazar's first wife discovered what he did for a living and left him with their daughter Kyla when she was a toddler. Three days later, Kyla was back with her father and the former Mrs. De'reux was found dead on a riverbank on Dantooine, with her throat slit from ear to ear. The story of Xalazar's younger brother was much the same. He didn't agree with the family ways and he tried to run away with his fiancé to begin a new life. They evaded Xalazar's powerful reach for about two months, but were eventually found shot to death in their hotel room on a world in the outer rim. In the De'reux family, betrayal and desertion mean execution. As a result, Adam had attended only the finest schools and Universities, educating him well in business and finance. He was also highly trained in hand to hand combat and weaponry making him perfect for his upcoming assignment.
"Devan tells me you're not thrilled about your new assignment," Xalazar said. Adam glared at his older brother. They were like night and day. His father laid a holo on his desk.
"She is your assignment. Pooja Kenobi will likely be the next Queen of Naboo," Xalazar stated. She was young and very beautiful, though he shouldn't have been surprised, for he had yet to see any woman related to Padme Skywalker that wasn't gorgeous.
"You're going to come highly recommended for a position as one of her bodyguards by the new Captain of the Royal Guard, who is in our pocket. You will make a point to get close to her without seeming suspicious and eventually you need to become the bodyguard she requests at her side the most. If she falls for you, all the better," Xalazar said.
"And what exactly will that accomplish?" Adam asked.
"You'll feed us the information we need and when the time is right, we'll move in and seize control of Naboo's government for ourselves," Xalazar replied. Devan smirked.
"I'm not sure he can stomach this job, Dad. Maybe you should give this assignment to me," Devan teased. Adam glared at him.
"Like you could get close to a beautiful girl like her. Women think you're ugly and repulsive. Dad chose me, because he knows I can charm my way into the Queen's heart. You'd only make her sick," Adam spat. Devan barred his teeth in anger. He was about to take a swing at his baby brother, but Xalazar chuckled and motioned for Devan to hold back.
"Settle down Devan. Adam is about the Queen's age and he does have the best chance. Now son, go pack your things. You're going to Naboo," Xalazar said.
"Yes father," he replied. Participating in his father's schemes was the last thing he wanted to do, but he wasn't sure he had the courage nor the means to defy the family…
Kendra arrived at the ruin Temples on Korriban. She pulled back her cloak and put a hand on her swelled belly. The child she was carrying was the result of the fling she had with Boba Fett. But the child would be used for the Sith purposes and she would follow her mother's instructions to the letter.
"Soon father, you will be reborn into this world and you will rule after we destroy the Chosen One and the Jedi," Kendra said, as she entered the Temple. Her mission was to locate her father's demonic Force spirit, which dwelled in the Temple of evil she had just entered. Then she would give birth to the baby, so her father's spirit could possess it and then she would return to the Death Star, where the Xalryn scientists would engineer a purely organic, yet ultimately powerful Sith warrior with their bio technology, gene manipulation, accelerate aging process, and the blood of the Chosen One. It would only be a matter of a few years, before their ultimate objective was realized. If they succeeded, then not even Anakin Skywalker, the child of the Force itself, could stop them or so they believed…
3 months later…
The newly built Theed palace had been finished only a week ago and was appropriately being christened with its first formal event; the coronation of Naboo's newly elected Queen. It wasn't a huge surprise when Pooja won the election by a landslide one month ago. The people liked what she stood for and who was standing behind her. For the last month, she had been learning he ropes and conducting her duties from the parliament building temporarily until the palace was finished. She was awarded the title of Queen Aridala. It was similar to Amidala and very much meant to be, for the Naboo were proud to have their beloved Amidala's niece serving as their Queen. Her coronation speech had gone off without a hitch and now the guests enjoyed the party. Pooja quickly tired of greeting so many delegates and knew she would have to build a stamina for it. She quietly slipped into the gardens and gazed up at Naboo's beautiful moons.
"There you are," Obi-Wan said.
"Oh hi Daddy, I just came out here for some fresh air," she replied.
"Already eluding your bodyguards, I see. Your Aunt will be proud," he teased, as he put his arm around her.
"You look so grown up tonight," Obi-Wan said proudly, albeit with a bit of sadness in his voice.
"Thanks Daddy. You and Mom are going to come visit a lot, right?" Pooja asked. He smiled.
"Every possible chance we got. You're going to get sick of us, because we're going to visit so much," he replied.
"That won't happen. I'm going to miss everyone, but I'm grateful for this opportunity to serve our people," Pooja said. Obi-Wan kissed her hair.
"You're going to do wonderfully," he replied, as they heard someone behind them.
"Oh, forgive me, Master Jedi. I didn't know the Queen was with you," a young bodyguard said.
"That's quite alright. She slipped off by herself, but no harm done. I'm glad to see you're taking your job seriously," Obi-Wan replied, as he patted his daughter's shoulder.
"Don't stay out here too long," Obi-Wan said, as he went inside. Pooja continued to enjoy the fresh evening air
"You don't have to stay out here if you don't want to," Pooja told the guard.
"It's my job to see that you have protection at all times, my Queen," he replied. Pooja rolled her eyes.
"Aunt Padme said I'd have to get used to all the security," Pooja replied.
"It is for your own protection," he stated.
"Well fine, if you're going to be out here, then at least we can talk or are you going to be like the other guards and tell me it's improper for you to converse freely with me?" she asked.
"It is improper, but if you want to talk, then it will be so. You are the Queen," he replied. She looked at him and smiled.
"Nice answer. What is your name?" she asked.
"Adam Landrey, Your Highness," he answered.
"You're Captain Landrey's nephew," she remembered. He nodded.
"Yes my Queen," he replied.
"So…Adam, where are you from?" she asked.
"The Vesta province in the western hemisphere," he replied.
"Vesta? Wow, that's a very exclusive province," she mentioned. He nodded and didn't miss a beat.
"My father is a wealthy business man. He is a high finance, financial advisor. He helps his clients invest and protect their money. He makes money for them, which in turn makes him money. He's very good at it," Adam replied.
"Wow…and your mother?" she asked.
"She's a homemaker," he replied.
"So is my Mom, except for the part time work that she does as a nurse in the Jedi Temple," Pooja replied.
"Weren't your mom and sister from Valencia?" he asked. She nodded.
"Yes, they were, before Governor Danae's rule was abolished. My Aunt ran away when she was a girl. My Mother escaped with us when I was a toddler. My biological father was a very bad man. I consider Obi-Wan my real father," Pooja replied.
"I've always admired your family's conviction to doing what's right. It is an honor to be serving you, my Queen," he said, as he bowed to her. She blushed shyly.
"Thank you Adam. I look forward to getting to know you. Will you escort me back inside?" she asked.
"Of course my Queen," he replied.
Anakin smiled at the beautiful woman in his arms, as he twirled her, before bringing her back to him. He held her close, as they swayed slowly to the soft romantic music.
"You know how to throw a great party, angel," he said. She smiled.
"Only because I cherish moments like these where I'm in your arms and making every woman in the room jealous," she replied.
"Well, I could kiss you, if you'd like to make them really jealous," he suggested.
"You better kiss me," she replied, as their lips met in a passionate kiss.
"I love you Padme and I will never let anyone or anything take you from me," he whispered fiercely.
"You'll never lose me. You proved that you're holding on far too tightly for that to ever happen," she replied, as they spotted Leia sitting with Mara and Kimberly.
"Do you think Leia is still hung up on Han?" he asked.
"Maybe, but at her age, there's going to be so many crushes that it will be hard for us to keep track. She's a teenager now. A teenage girl and those are very turbulent years at times. There's going to be a lot of drama, especially with the girls and they're going to have problems that seem trivial to us, but very big, life eclipsing issues to them. They're growing up," she said.
"Don't remind me," he groaned.
"I hate to say this Ani, but it only goes downhill from here. In a couple years, we're going to have not just two teenagers in the house, but FIVE," Padme said.
"No wonder Mom and Dad wanted to watch them when they were little. They knew this was coming and that we were in trouble," Anakin replied, only half joking.
"Yes, we're probably in a lot of trouble. But I think we can take on this new challenge together, don't you?" she asked.
"Of course. We fight Sith Lords together. I'm sure teenagers are about the same as that," he joked again, making her giggle.
"But in all seriousness, I know we can do anything as long as we're together," he said.
"And we will be, forever," she added, as their lips met again in a passionate, loving kiss. They both knew very well that the dangers from their numerous enemies were far from over. They had only won a battle in what was an ongoing war between good and evil. But they were confident that their love would conquer all evil, no matter how bleak a situation seemed or how strong an enemy became. Their love would destroy all evil, now matter how powerful they grew, for their love was destiny, bound by the All Mighty Force itself. Even though more battles would ensue in the future and they would bear many struggles, their light would banish the darkness always.
The End…for now…
That is the end of this vignette, but this story is far from over. I will rollout the newest vignette, which is still untitled as of now, soon. In the next vignette, approximately two years will have passed. Two years of relative peace, but once again, things will begin to heat up, as their enemies form a united front against the Jedi and the Republic. Meanwhile, the Skywalker children and their friends are growing up. And growing up as a teenager with famous parents isn't always easy around their peers. They will face many of the things all teenagers face and much more that most do not. I am very excited to begin developing the lives of the children, which will prove to be very interesting now that they are becoming young adults. So, there is still much to look forward to from this amazing saga. Stay tuned for the next vignette. I hope to start it and have the first chapter out soon! In the meantime, please review and let me know what you think!