Anakin opened his eyes; he could smell salt and hear waves, there must be an ocean somewhere.
He stood, and saw that he had been laying in the sand.
Then, he felt a presence behind him. One he hadn't felt in over 20 years.
"Padme" He breathed, turning around.
There she was, just as he remembered her, dressed in his favorite gown. It was lavender, one of the ones she had worn on Naboo and when she was pregnant.
He took a step forwards and searched in her eyes, silently begging for forgiveness. She nodded, silent tears running down her porcelain cheeks.
"Thank you" He cupped her chin and kissed her. He ran his hands through her long, dark hair that was spilling down her back. It was as soft as before.
Breaking away, he looked into her eyes again. In her deep brown pools, he saw her presenting the same questing he had just asked.
"Why?" He asked her, stroking her cheek.
"For giving up"
He kissed her forehead and pulled her close.
"If you had stayed, I would have hurt you more than you could ever stand. It's better this way"
"But what about Luke and Leia?" She asked, the tears starting to fall.
"They played their parts, just like you and I...Trust me Padme, they're beautiful"
Padme wiped her cheeks.
"Someday, they'll be here with us, a-and I can finally see them"
Anakin kissed her forehead again.
Slowly, the minutes ticked by, but it mattered to neither of them. They had each other, and all the time in the world.
After what seemed like an age, Anakin dared break the silence.
"Where are we?"
"The place in between worlds" Padme replied. "We can do anything here, any part in our lives we want to replay and act out, see what could have happened, we can do it"
Anakin smiled, then looked off to his right. Padme followed his gaze.
The ocean lapped against the sand, the waves matching their heartbeats. The moon hung in balance above it. Anakin looked to his left, and saw Tatooine, the sande, then suns.
Just like them. The Sand and Ocean, the Moon and Sun.
Anakin closed his eyes and imagined the balcony that they had their wedding on.
When he opened them, Pame still stood in front of him, but Naboo was all around them, the birds, the trees...Just the way he remembered.
He smiled his famous smile, and Padme's heart fluttered, just like it always did when he smiled. Ever since he was a boy, he had been able to captivate her with just a look.
They leaned against the balcony, just like they did all those years ago, when he was protecting her from an assassination attempt, and they had fled to Naboo.
He picked grains of dirt off the railing, mirroring what he had done before.
Padme obviously had something else on her mind, because she turned to him, her eyes asking unspoken questions.
"Why?" She whispered.
Anakin looked at her, and replied as honestly as he had ever said something.
"For you. Always for you"
Padme's breath froze.
He gathered her into his arms and kissed her just like he always did. The kiss that would make her melt.
Anakin picked her up bridal style, and took into their room, laying her down on the bed...Just like he had all those years ago on their wedding night.
"I love you. Always and forever" With that, he began to hum a melody he had thought of when looking up at the stars the night she had told him she was pregnant.
Tears of happiness began to fall down Padme's cheeks. The music brought so much of it back, so many of the times they had shared, so many times when they were carefree.
And so they lived in the world between worlds, their own place.
They had endured so much pain and suffering over their lives, now they were able to live together in the life they had only dreamed about.
Stretching across the stars as far as the eye can see.
Across the stars.