Leia could not believe what had just happened. She couldn't believe she just allowed herself to be bought off and sold to that rascal-one-eyed-peacock-space-dog Captain Magpie again. Annoyed, the doppelganger glared at the Captain with hatred and said, "So, what do you plan on doing to me now, Captain?"
Smiling, Vic replied, "Well, I always wanted a maid."
However, Leia swatted at his arm and shouted, "Don't give me your nonsense you swindler! You said you'd help me. I had no idea this is the kind of help you were offering. It's so demeaning!"
"But I thought you'd be glad to be rid of the Jabberwocky?"
Though, before Leia could reply Obi-Wan cupped her mouth with his hand and leaned her back to his chest and said, "Yes, Miss Leia is very grateful, Magpie. In fact, I'm sure she'd be happy to know you plan on returning her to my custody until she can gain her autonomy."
The Captain then gave the Knight a false pout and said, "Oh, Kenobi, you take away all my fun. And here I was planning on tying a ribbon around her pretty little neck and presenting her to you as a proper gift."
At those words, Mace raised an eyebrow in response to the Captain's colorful comment, but wisely remained silent. And as far as the Jedi Master was concerned the matter was closed. He knew that Obi-Wan wouldn't let Magpie keep Leia and he knew that Magpie was a trusted friend of Master York. He knew she was in good hands.
"Obi-Wan, Vic, I can see that this situation is resolved so I'll leave you two to figure out the details. But, I expect a full report on my desk soon Master Kenobi and I also recommend that you go to the medical ward and have a healer look at that eye. I hope whomever you got into a fight with that you came out ahead."
Yet, Leia was the one that answered when she finally pulled Obi-Wan's hand away from her face. "Oh, Obi-Wan won me far and square, Master Windu."
Shocked, the Council Jedi stopped dead in his tracks and narrowed his brow. He slowly turned and stared at the Knight questionably and said, "I hope she doesn't mean what I think she means, Obi-Wan."
The Knight sighed and moved to stand next to Leia and took hold of her hand. He humbly looked at the ground and replied, "I'm afraid so, Mace. I was going to tell you after the situation was resolved, but I see no point to delaying the inevitable. It's true, Miss Leia and I have formed an attachment. I was planning on waiting till Leia gained her autonomy till we make any plans, but I understand if you wish for me to wait for Anakin to finish his training before I resign my place in the Order."
In answer, Mace shook his head and held up his hand to stop Obi-Wan from speaking any farther. "Wait! Hold up for a minute. Are you telling me that you love Miss Leia and plan on leaving the Order so that you two can be together?"
Magpie shouted, "Force! She's a man-eater."
However, Obi-Wan stepped forward and said, "I'll accept your decision, Master Windu, no matter what you and the Council decide, I will leave if I must in order to be with Leia."
Fuming, Mace replied, "You put me in an awkward position, Obi-Wan. One that I unfortunately not surprised to be in."
"That's right you, fool. Didn't you think I'd know if my friend were in love? I just assumed you were too good of a Jedi to actually do anything about it. But, officially I can tell you that your situation will be formally presented for review with the Jedi Council. They will likely take a vote to determine if they think you can still function as a Jedi while having an attachment. I think your personal history and achievements speak for themselves and they will vote in your favor. Though, to be perfectly honest, I couldn't be happier for you."
Meanwhile, everyone was surprised. They had no idea the Council was willing to be so lenient. Obi-Wan was certain he'd be expelled. He was stunned to learn he was looked upon so favorably.
The Captain slapped the Knight on the back and cheered, "Jabba's horde! You old robes do have a heart."
"Not so fast, Magpie," said Mace. "Now, that you are officially Miss Leia's owner, you are now responsible for signing off on her paper work for her autonomy."
With a groan the space-pirate replied, "Oh, bast! I hate paper work. I still have to wire my payment to the Jabberwockies too. Windu, why don't you forward the information to my shipping company as well. At least this way it will all be waiting for me when I get back to the office."
Mace nodded. "Right, I'll do that. And if that is all gentlemen—ladies, then I will be on my way."
Yet, in a rush, Anakin leapt forward and said, "Wait, Master Windu! Before you go I have something to say."
The Council Master turned to face the Padawan and asked, "What do you want, Skywalker? I'm a busy man."
Anakin bowed his head respectably and said, "Master, I would also like to be reviewed by the Council for attachment."
Mace couldn't believe it. He raised his hand and rubbed his brow. It felt like he was going to get a headache. "What is it with you and Obi-Wan? Well, come on Padawan, who is she?"
"Miss Padme, Master. I love Miss Padme."
"What!" roared Mace. He then looked at the brown-eyed beauty and gazed at her critically. "What is it with you and Jedi, Milady? Have you bewitched them all?"
Yet, Padme approached Anakin's side and said, "Oh, Ani. You can't mean that."
"But, I do Padme. I love you. I've loved you for a long time. You just never noticed me, but I've always cared about since the day we first met. You're my Angel, Padme."
Amazed, she said, "I—I don't know what to say, Ani."
The young Jedi shook his head. "No, I understand Padme. You don't have to say anything. It's how I feel and I'm just glad I was finally able to tell you."
The Senator smiled gave him a hug. Though, when she pulled away she replied, "Thank you for tell me, Ani. I care about you too, but I'm not ready to be in a relationship right now. I'm still upset about Obi-Wan. It's going to take me sometime to get over him."
Though, passionately Anakin took hold of Padme's hands and said, "Take all the time you need to forget Obi-Wan, Angel. I'll be waiting."
"Obi-Wan?" questioned Mace. He glanced at the Knight and smiled. "So, that's how it is."
"Oh, please," groaned the Knight. "Please—let's just drop the subject for now."
Mace laughed. "I expect to be invited to the wedding."
"Yes!" shouted Magpie. "Then, I can give away the bride. How charming! Well, I think I'll be off too, my friends. But, I expect you, my little houseplant, to pay off your debt."
Appalled, Leia cried, "Debt? What debt?"
"Well, if you want to be a free woman than your going to have pay me back for the credits I just put up for you to the Jabberwockies. I know you like your dignity."
Fuming, she said, "I thought you were a gentleman, Captain!"
Magpie snorted. "No you didn't. I'm a space-dog remember?"
Yet, Leia didn't reply. She was too upset to be not only bought and sold, but now indebted to the Captain. She crossed her arms over her chest and sighed. She knew she shouldn't be so angry. She should be grateful, but it was hard to be with Magpie was acting so smug. Though, unexpectedly the one-eyed man leaned forward and kissed her forehead. And at the touch, she looked up at him surprised, but he gave her a wink and moved to give Obi-Wan a hug.
"Be well, Kenobi. It's always a pleasure to see you."
"I wish I could say the same, Magpie."
Author's Note: I'd like to give my thanks to pronker for reviewing me and getting me to actually finish this story. I appreciate your encouragement.