Chapter 34: Padme's Delivery

Setting to Chapter 34: Padme gives birth to the twins Luke and Leia.

Anakin helped her out of their ship and the droids brought her around the back.

A nurse droid arrived and escorted them to the delivery room, where they were separated and Anakin was taken to a room across the hall.

"What's this?" he asked.

"This is the waiting room," the droid replied.

Anakin walked into the room and Padme was dressed in a white gown that could open in the front and looked as healthy as a horse.

A GH-7 droid and a midwife droid came in.

"How are you feeling, Padme?" Anakin asked as he held her hand.

"I'm fine," Padme replied as he kissed her.

Padme groaned as a contraction came on and Anakin whispered, "Padme, I can help you ease the pain if you'll let me."

"I'll let you," Padme replied with a smile.

Anakin suddenly heard the sound a VROOM outside the room doing over 100 mph.

The GH-7 droid raised it head up form what it was doing and asked, "Who the devil is that?"

Anakin smiled and said, "I bet that's Roxanne."

Anakin walked out of the room and saw Roxanne step out of a speeder with Obi-Wan Kenobi following behind her.

Roxanne smiled when she saw Anakin and hugged him.

"Did you drive over the speed limit?" Anakin asked with a grin.

"Nah," she said with a grin, but Obi-Wan huffed, "She drove like a bat out of hell when she found out from me.'

"Let's go to the waiting room," Roxanne replied with a smile.

As they entered the waiting room, Anakin said, "I have to go back with Padme."

"Go ahead," Roxanne said as she smiled at Padme.

Padme eased her grip on his hand and closed her eyes as she tried to rest before the next pain.

"Good, Padme," he said to her. "You're doing so well. I don't think it'll be much longer."

He looked questioningly at the midwife droid nodded.

"Yes, you'll be finished soon," he said, encouragingly.

"Time for the hard part," GH-7 said. "Time to push hard."

Gazing into her husband's eyes, she panted heavily and gasped, "Well, that's one."

Anakin grinned at her and kissed her on the cheek. Luke began to cry and wave his arms and legs about as he was being cleaned and bundled in a soft blanket.

A nurse handed him to Anakin, saying, "Here is your son, sir."

Gathering him into his arms, Anakin briefly looked into his scrunched-up face and tears welled in his eyes.

"Padme," he said softly, turning to her. "Look."

He placed him in her arms and she gazed down at the baby and murmured, "Luke."

"Can I nurse him?" Padme asked.

"Yes," GH-7 replied as Padme opened the front of her gown.

Padme opened the front of her gown and the droid helped her to position Luke at her breast, where he quickly began to enjoy his first meal.

Anakin kissed his wife and said, "I love you. Look what we have."

"Yes," she replied.

Turning his head, he saw him across the hall. "Padme, Obi-Wan is here."

"Go see him," she replied as he kissed her on the cheek.

She glanced out the door and smiled at their friend.

"A few seconds ago," Obi-Wan said. "How is Padme?"

"She's doing good," Anakin replied.

"And the baby?" Obi-Wan asked.

"He's fine," Anakin replied with a peaceful look on his face.

Turning back to his friend, he said, "His name is Luke Skywalker."

"That is a good name, Anakin," Obi-Wan said, placing a hand on Anakin's shoulder.

Obi-Wan looked at Roxanne and said, "Well, let's have a seat. It will be a little while longer."

They all sat down and Obi-Wan returned to meditation, letting the emotions from next door come to him.

When Anakin returned to Padme's side, Luke was asleep and Padme was quietly watching him. He put his arm around her shoulders and kissed the top of her head, and they sat quietly for awhile.

"Time to push," GH-7 droid replied.

"I'm only having one child," Padme protested.

The droid shook his head and said, "You're having twins."

Padme was shocked and looked at Anakin, who merely shrugged.

Gently, she gave Luke to Anakin, and then took a deep breath and pushed hard. She felt a release of something and it was over.

"Good," said the doctor. "Now, your daughter should be along shortly."

Anakin leaned over to return Luke to Padme, but she stopped him and said, "No, you hold him for awhile. Why don't you show him to Obi-Wan?"

"Here is my son, Master," he said quietly so he wouldn't wake up he infant.

Obi-Wan looked silently into Luke's face for a moment and said, "That's Luke?"

"Yes," Anakin replied. "Padme is having twins."

"Congratulations," Obi-Wan said with a rueful smile as he held the baby's hand.

"Luke, I can feel the Force within you," Obi-Wan said softly.

Turning back to his friend, he said, "I believe he will be very strong, my brother."

Anakin next turned to Roxanne and lowered the baby a little so she could see him better.

Suddenly Padme screamed in pain and Anakin glanced at Roxanne and said, "Roxie, you take Luke."

Roxanne took Luke from Anakin. She went to sit in the waiting room with the baby in her arms.

Padme groaned as she endured another contraction, just as Anakin walked in.

"Padme, I'm here," he said as he took his seat next to her.

"Anakin," she gasped as the pain lessened.

"Roxie's got him, sweetheart," he said.

Padme pushed with all her might and finally sighed with relief as she felt the baby leave her body and then she fell back, breathing heavily after the exertion of it all.

"Here she is, my love," he said, placing his daughter in Padme's arms. As she touched the little girl and fluffed her hair, Anakin retrieved Luke from Roxanne and held him down next to Leia.

Padme began to nurse the baby and the doctor said, "You will get to go home tomorrow."

"I'm glad," she said.

"Roxanne, I thought you were going to see Ferus?" Anakin asked.

"I decided to do some information hunting on my background history before I went back to see him," Roxanne replied.

"What did you find out?" Anakin asked.

"I found out that my birth mother, Destiny Keira Flax's maiden name is Solo. She has two children. Her first born daughter Kayla Sabrina Solo is my step sister. I have an older brother named Clive Flax," Roxanne said. "My sister was taken to the Temple when she was six-years-old and she left when she was twenty-two. She fell in love somewhere down the road and got married and she found out that she was pregnant and when she told her husband, he left her after she gave birth to my nephew Han Solo."

"Did you find out if your father is still alive?" Anakin asked.

Roxanne shook her head and Anakin said, "At least you know you still have someone from your family that is alive."

(End Chapter 34)