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AN: Here's part 13! Thanks for all the great reviews, as usual. Enjoy this next installment and let me know what you think!
Witches: A Forever Destined Vignette
Clovis remained stoic faced, as Dooku entered the interrogation room with Qui-Gin and Mace behind him.
"You're wasting your time, because I have nothing to say to you. My attorney will be getting me released soon," Clovis stated.
"You've been a pawn of a powerful Sith Lord for the last two years, so you can understand that we have questions," Qui-Gon said.
"But I know nothing. Like you said, I was a pawn," Clovis responded smoothly.
"That's exactly why you should allow our healers to examine you in the interest of you mental health," Mace replied.
"That damn psycho was in my head for the last two years! The last thing I need is Jedi probing my mind too!" Clovis spat angrily.
"Understandable," Dooku stated.
"But you do realize that there are some very serious charges against you. You attacked and tried to rape my grandson's wife, a woman I consider my granddaughter," Yan said firmly.
"That parasite did that, not me!" Clovis yelled.
"So, you deny having an infatuation with Padme?" Yan questioned. Clovis sighed.
"I have admired Padme from afar for years, but I think the word infatuation is a little too strong. I respect that Padme is a married woman and I believe Sifo-Dyas simply chose me, because we work together," Clovis said.
"Why you and not any of her other male colleagues?" Qui-Gon asked. Clovis clenched his teeth in anger.
"What does it matter?" he snapped.
"Our questions are all pertinent to our investigation, we assure you," Mace stated.
"I'm sure," Clovis spat.
"Do you know the identities of any other pawns Sifo-Dyas might be using?" Dooku asked.
"No, he didn't share any information with me, I swear," Clovis replied in exasperation.
"Unless it concerned Padme, of course. Surely he shared his intentions for her with you. After all, you were enacting them when you were stopped," Dooku said.
"That was not me, damn it!" Clovis screamed, as he slammed his fists on the table.
"He is obsessed with her and in order to protect her, we need to know everything he might have revealed to you," Dooku said. Rush sighed.
"You're right, he is obsessed. It's hard not to be, you know. She is an amazing woman," Rush said wistfully.
"But he's also obsessed with Anakin or at least, Anakin's powers. He called Padme something different sometimes," Rush said.
"Padmia?" Dooku asked.
"Yes, and he rants a lot about some legend and how she and all the power of the Chosen One will be his again," Clovis said.
"That's all I know. I'm not perfect and I'll even admit that I've had a thing for Padme for years. But I never acted on my feelings since she's been with Anakin, nor would I have had it not been for that parasite stealing my body," Clovis insisted.
"Of course. You were content to just stalk her from a distance," Qui-Gon quipped, earning him a glare from Clovis.
"Believe what you want to," the Senator hissed.
"Yes and hold the rest of your questions, because my client has nothing more to say to you," a man said, as he waltzed into the room and handed a datapad to Dooku.
"You'll find that a judge has already released my client tonight," he said, making it clear that he was Clovis' attorney.
"Does the Judge know that your client has been under Sith influence for the past two years, which makes this a Jedi matter or did you conveniently forget to mention that?" Dooku questioned.
"The Judge knows, but since Senator Clovis serves as a member of the Senate, there is dispute as to whether this matter should be handled by the Senate. Judge Ganpawli granted my request and set bail, which has been posted. And the hearing in this matter to determine jurisdiction and merit of this case will take place in one month," the attorney informed.
"One month? Why such a delay?" Qui-Gon questioned.
"The courts are heavily booked, Master Jedi," the attorney informed.
"This case must take precedence. Senator Clovis attacked Senator Skywalker. The Chancellor will want this matter resolved immediately," Dooku said.
"The Chancellor must ultimately defer to the courts in matters of disciplinary actions when one party has invoked his right to Council, which my client has. We will see you in one month," the attorney said, as Clovis rose from his seat with a smug smirk on his face.
"Well, then good evening Senator. Know that you'll be receiving a restraining order delivered to you as soon as Master Unduli is able to file one, which means that if come near Padme, you'll be arrested on the spot and your attorney won't be able to help you worm out of that one," Dooku warned.
"Message received, Master Jedi. Good evening," Clovis said, as he left with his attorney.
"That slippery sleamo," Qui-Gon growled.
"I agree, but fortunately, Padme will be away on Dathomir with Anakin for a couple weeks at least," Mace mentioned.
"Yes, but I have a feeling by then that Clovis' attorney will find a way to get his client out of this," Qui-Gon replied.
"Then we'll have to make sure the case against him is too strong," Dooku said.
Padme exited the bedroom she shared with her husband and knocked softly on Leia's door.
"Come in!" Leia called. The door slid open and Padme found two of her daughters sitting on Leia's bed.
"Mom, are you okay?" Jenna asked, as she stood up.
"I'm fine sweetie, thank you," Padme replied.
"Are you sure? What you went through tonight was horrible. I just wish the Sith would leave us alone," Jenna fretted.
"I know, me too. He's too cowardly to face your father without hiding behind the faces of others, but the time will come where he'll have to and then your father will make sure he can never hurt us again," Padme assured them, as Jenna hugged her.
"Go get some sleep and I'll see you in the morning," she told her youngest, as she kissed her forehead. Jenna left and Padme sat down beside Leia on the bed.
"How are you doing sweetheart?" Padme asked.
"I'm fine Mom, it's you that we're worried about. That monster attacked you again, so my stupid boyfriend problems should be the least of your worries," Leia said, as she tossed a holo of her and Jake together into the trash receptacle. Padme put her hands on her eldest daughter's shoulders and leaned her head against Leia's.
"You know that your problems are always important to me and I appreciate your worry for me, but I'm fine," Padme promised.
"How? I mean, if I had been attacked like you were tonight, I'd be curled up in a little ball crying my eyes out," Leia said. Padme smiled.
"Well, I've done plenty of crying and I'm sure I'll still do plenty of crying, but your father somehow always makes me feel better, no matter what happens to me. His love can heal even my deepest wounds, but I'm here, because you need me right now. I need to make your wounds better now, because when one of our babies is hurting, then we're hurting too," Padme told her. Leia sniffed and Padme pulled her into her arms, as she cried and she gently stroked her daughter's hair.
"What's wrong with me, Mom? Why would he cheat on me?" Leia sobbed.
"There is nothing wrong with you, sweetheart. You're a beautiful, wonderful girl and he is a foolish jerk, because he'll never find another girl as wonderful as you," Padme said.
"You have to say stuff like that, because you're my Mom," Leia sniffed. Padme chuckled.
"No sweetie, I assure you that it's the truth and someday, you'll find the right guy that you're supposed to be with. I found your father and believe me, I had resigned to the fact that I would never find someone that would love me the way I needed. I thought that I'd never trust another man after what Palo did to me, but then I met my soul mate. And you will too," Padme assured her. Leia certainly hoped so. Her Mother had gone through so much and yet, she had found true and amazing love with her Father. And that's why Leia knew that she would find true love someday, even if she had to experience heartbreak before that.
Luke stared out at the Galactic Cityscape from the veranda of his parent's apartment. He couldn't believe how incredibly stupid he had been, not to mention the fact that he had treated the people that loved him the most like dirt.
"No matter what mistakes you make, your Mother and I will always love you. And so will your brother and sisters, even if they'll be sure to give you a bad time about it," Anakin said.
"I know…I just can't believe I was stupid enough to think that she was the one," Luke replied.
"Love is blind or so I've heard. And heartbreak is a part of life, as much as we don't want it to be," Anakin told him. Luke looked at him.
"With all due respect, Dad, what do you know about heartbreak?" Luke asked. Anakin smirked.
"Okay, you have a point. Your Mother is the first woman I really truly loved. But I guess I've done my share of heartbreaking and I just want to make sure you handle this okay. When I broke up with Serra, she hid how hurt she was and I didn't check up on her like I should have. And as a result, it messed her up pretty badly. I didn't think I had that kind of effect on her and I assumed she was okay, but she wasn't," Anakin explained.
"Don't worry, I won't be turning to the dark side over Callista Ming. It hurts, but I see now that it wasn't real love," Luke replied.
"Because you're really in love with someone else," Anakin mused, making Luke sigh in frustration. He knew his Dad was referring to Mara.
"Do we have to talk about this?" Luke asked. Anakin chuckled.
"No, but we just want you to be happy. Don't wait until your Mom and I are eighty to make a move, because if you do, you might lose your chance at true love. Unfortunately, most of the time, true love doesn't just happen to find you in a dark alleyway like it did with your Mom and me," Anakin told him. Luke nodded.
"Point taken. I'm going to bed," Luke said. Anakin patted him on the shoulder and followed him up, just as Padme came out of Leia's room.
"Goodnight Mom," Luke told her. Padme kissed his cheek.
"Are you okay?" she asked. He nodded.
"I'll be fine," he assured her, as he went to his room. Anakin took her in his arms and hugged her tightly.
"I don't like it when our kids are hurting," he mentioned.
"Me either, but they're strong and they'll find true love with the right people, just like we did with each other," Padme assured him. Anakin nodded.
"I know. Let's go to bed, because this has been one horrible night," he said. She nodded.
"I…I close my eyes and all I see is Clovis," she confessed. His heart clenched with fury at Sifo-Dyas, as he had once again hurt his beloved.
"I'll help you meditate and relax. That way, hopefully you'll sleep deep enough that it will keep any nightmares at bay," he said. She nodded, as they entered their bedroom for the night.
The next morning
Padme moaned sleepily, as she slowly opened her eyes and lifted her head from her husband's chest. Last night, she had been sure she would be assaulted by nightmares, but thanks to her wonderful, attentive husband, she had slept soundly and deeply. Anakin had given her a shoulder and back massage to relax her muscles and then he had meditated with her and used their powerful connection to help him protect her mind, even as they slept. And she had slept very soundly and dreamless. It was a welcome relief. She got up and padded to the fresher. She came out a few minutes later and pulled a travel case out of the closet. They would be leaving for Dathomir later that day and she needed to start packing. As she started putting their clothes into the case, she felt a pair of strong arms wrap around her waist. She smiled, as her husband kissed her neck, making her melt against him.
"Morning," she purred.
"Good morning, I see you're packing already," he mentioned. She nodded.
"We should probably be ready to leave this afternoon," Padme said.
"Yeah, I should clean up and get to the Temple. The Council wants to brief us before we leave or something like that. And I have to tell Callista off when I see her for breaking Luke's heart. I'm looking forward to that," Anakin said.
"I know. I wish we didn't have to deal with her anymore, but at least she will be going to Dathomir on her own ship," Padme replied.
"Good thing or she wouldn't make it in one piece otherwise," Anakin commented darkly.
"Anyway, I should go shower and get to the Temple so I can train with the boys before we leave," Anakin said, as he stripped off his sleep pants. Padme looked at him and her eyes glazed. Her husband had never been shy about his body or nudity, at least behind their closed bedroom door. He smirked and walked past her toward the fresher.
"You know, we could save time if we clean up together," he mentioned slyly. She giggled.
"Last time we cleaned up together it ended up taking us longer actually…much longer," she replied. He shrugged.
"Okay, guess I'll go get all wet and…soapy without you," he leered. She smirked and put her arms around his waist. She let her hands travel sensually along the bare, chiseled abs and chest.
"I didn't say taking longer was the bad thing. In fact…I think it's exactly what we need," she replied. He smiled and took her hand, as they went into the fresher together.
Jayden groaned in pain, as he landed on his back for the second time again that morning. He was used to this when he was sparring his father, but not when he sparred Luke. Between the two of them, he had a more aggressive fighting style, but this morning, Jayden was no match for his angry older brother. Last night he had been sad and this morning the anger had come out. As he pulled himself up off the floor, he grabbed his towel and gave his smirking twin a look of disdain.
"You know, it is so much fun to watch you get your butt kicked. I never get tired of it, but this is definitely new, cause usually it's Dad that's kicking your tail all over the place," Jenna said.
"What Dad does is actually training me so I don't get my butt kicked by other people and usually I don't have any problem defeating Luke…but he's in rare form today. I just can't believe he's that angry about the hag breaking up with him. He should be relieved," Jayden said, referring to Callista.
"I agree, but I don't think the anger is about Callista," Jenna replied.
"What do you mean?" Jayden asked, as he gulped down water from his bottle.
"I saw him in the hallway this morning in the residential wing and we both saw Mara coming out of Tek's room this morning," Jenna said.
"Oh," Jayden replied, understanding Luke's anger now.
"Man, why doesn't he just tell her how he feels?" Jayden wondered.
"Because not all of us live in Jayden and Natalie Land. Love isn't as easy for some of us like it is for you and Nat or even Mom and Dad," Jenna replied.
"Or maybe the rest of you just make love more complicated than it really is," Jayden challenged, as he went to hit the showers. Jenna rolled her eyes at him as he left.
"Looking good out there big brother. I like seeing Jay get his butt kicked once in a while," Jenna told Luke. He smirked slightly.
"Thanks…guess I let Mara get to me more than I thought. I mean, who cares if she's with Tek?" he grumbled.
"You care, because she's your friend and we all know that Tek just uses girls. But I know how you can get revenge on him," Jenna said.
"Revenge isn't the Jedi way, little sister," Luke reminded.
"I know, but if you managed to somehow let Master Windu find out that Tek slept with his daughter last night, he'll be eating through a tube when Master Windu gets done with him," Jenna said.
"That's mean…and tempting, but no. If I butt into Mara's life like that, then I'll never have a chance with her. I just need to be patient and let things play out. Good things come to those who wait," Luke said.
"Opportunities are often missed by those who wait too long," Jenna replied. Luke smirked.
"Don't worry, I'll make a move, just not now. I don't know why, but something inside me just says that this isn't the right time," Luke said.
"Whatever you say big brother," Jenna replied, as she watched him head for the showers.
Later that day, they all gathered on the Temple landing pad to see Anakin and Padme off. Callista had already left that morning after receiving some very harsh words from Anakin and was on her way back. Ryoo and Lando were there too and Leia was surprised to see that Han had tagged along.
"I'm surprised to see you here," Leia mentioned, as she walked up to him.
"I think you'll find I'm full of surprises," Han replied with a smirk, causing Leia to hide a blush by looking away.
"I just wanted to tell you that…you were right," Leia said, changing the subject.
"Right about what?" he asked.
"About Jake," she replied.
"Oh…yeah, I heard about that and I'm sorry. You deserve better than that," Han said sincerely.
"Thanks," Leia replied.
"I'm surprised he's still breathing. I thought for sure your Dad would have impaled him with his light saber," Han joked.
"He probably would have, but my Mom tends to deter him from those sort of actions," Leia replied with a smile.
Anakin loaded their travel cases and Artoo whirled, as he rolled up the ramp. They exchanged hugs with their kids and family, before turning toward the ramp.
"Contact us when you get there," Qui-Gon called.
"We will," Anakin promised.
"Keep an eye on things at home, Daddy," Padme called.
"No worries sweetness, everything will be in order when you get back," Riley called. They waved and smiled at their family, before heading up the ramp. They watched, as the sleep Nubian cruiser sailed into the air and through the atmosphere. Anakin set the course and the ship disappeared into the realm of hyperspace.
In the next vignette, which still remains untitled, Anakin and Padme journey to Dathomir and there's trouble from the start, as Queen Rayna's evil sisters attempt to see that they never make it to the Queen. Meanwhile, things on Coruscant are anything but quiet and boring. All this and more, coming soon in the next vignette!