Chapter 25 Epilogue
"She's sound asleep," Padme informed Obi-Wan, taking her seat in the copilot's position on board the large MC30 frigate Bail had commandeered for them. It not only served as their transport, but would serve as their future home as well. They both appreciated the gesture, but wasn't sure if they would ever get used to the smell permeating the vessel. Obi-Wan had tried to alter the environmental controls, but as Padme had already discovered, he wasn't very talented when it came to things like that.
"I used to visit my Mon Calamari friend, Bant, in the Temple and could never become accustomed to it. I would leave with my tunics completely soaked through."
"Something we need to get used to, I suppose," Padme noted. "Dagobah isn't exactly arid."
"It's either there or.."
"Don't say it," Padme warned playfully. Mentioning the planet Tatooine had become an inside joke between them, but only after they had talked at length. Finally talked. On their trip from Alderaan to Dagobah, Obi-Wan had told her everything that had happened during his mission - Vader threatening him, the reason why they had to leave Aldara so quickly. There was still a connection between them, and Obi-Wan was afraid Vader would find him again, and if he found Obi-Wan, he would find Padme and Leia, and he was not about to let that happen.
Dagobah was the only place where they would be safe from Vader. It held so much of the Living Force through its thriving marshlands and forests, his and Leia's Force signatures would not be detected.
When they finally entered the atmosphere, Padme had strapped both her and the baby into the auxiliary station compartment further back. Obi-Wan had told her the massive canopy of Dagobah was interfering with the ship's scans. He was going to have to land with the Force's assistance only.
Through the front portal, Padme could see the oncoming thick foliage, and then she could hear it slapping against the ship's hull. However, the massive ship had no trouble piercing through the forest, and along with Obi-Wan's skill with the Force, their landing was fairly uneventful.
With thrusters firing, splattering mud all over the hull, the ship finally settled somewhat, sinking deeply into the marsh.
The loading ramp opened, immersing into more mud, with Padme and Obi-Wan standing at its peak. The view was...slimy, and Padme looked to Obi-Wan for mental support, which she received in abundance. After taking the baby from her arms, he leaned forward and kissed her gently. "Welcome home."
And that's what this was. It didn't matter what planet they were on. As long as they were together, they were home. Obi-Wan and Leia were her home.
She turned her attention back to the scene which lay before them with a pair of new eyes, beholding a most cheerful sight. Beyond the mud, standing in the greenery was Master Yoda, smiling cheerfully, leaning on his gimerstick. He levitated himself over the muck, and landed gently at the top of the ramp in front of them.
"Good to see you both, it is. Busy, you have been."
Padme unwittingly blushed, glancing at the sleeping baby in he husband's arms.
The Grand Master Jedi peeled back the receiving blanket to peer at the youngster. "Like both of you, she looks, but where is the other?"
"Other. Uhm..other what?" Obi-Wan stammered.
"Siblings I foresee. The prophecy, forget you did?"
"We...uh..we didn't..." It was Padme's turn to stutter.
"Here," Yoda took Leia from her father's arms, cooing the young girl back to sleep when she roused. "Now, work you have to do. Busy, you must be again. Go."
A free three-fingered claw directed the couple toward the back of the ship, and in disbelief, the couple obeyed, walking silently down the corridor.
"You'll have to excuse Master Yoda, he takes these prophecies very seriously," Obi-Wan told her quietly, noticing her look of shock. "And he really adores younglings. Leia will be fine."
"I'm not worried about Leia," Padme replied, "Master Yoda just swatted my ass with his stick!"
Author's Notes: Thanks everyone for sticking around and especially for telling me what you thought. I got a little off track about midway through and this story went somewhere I had not intended, but I think it turned out okay. Going to start outlining the next one soon, so be watching for it! Thanks again. :)