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Ahsoka was sitting in up in her bed, hugging her knees to her chest and breathing heavily. She couldn't believe what she had just seen.
'Pregnant?' Ahsoka thought to herself, 'How is that even possible? There's no way she could be pregnant unless...'
Her eyes widened in realization, and she took a shuddering breath as she hid her face in her knees.
'No. No no no no!' She thought desperately, 'Master, how could you do this!'
There was no other explanation. Anakin was the only other male that Padme spent her time with aside from the usual senators, and she knew that Padme wasn't as close with them as she was with Anakin.
She tried to fight tears as she realized the magnitude of the situation. If the Council had discovered this, Chosen One or not, Anakin would be expelled from the order, and Padme could lose her credibility as a senator. If the Separatists got wind of this, it could be damaging both to the military and political aspects of the Republic.
In other words, everything she had ever believed in and cared about was being threatened at this very moment.
'Why Master? Why?' Ahsoka thought internally as her shoulders shook with emotion as she tried to hold it in. 'How could you risk everything we've ever worked for?'
She had always suspected that her master and Padme were in some sort of relationship, but she never knew that they were intimate. She doubted anyone else knew for that matter.
She took a few deep breaths as she tried to calm herself. This was not the time for panicking or feeling sorry for herself. Right now, she needed to focus! If this is what she felt now, she couldn't even imagine what Anakin and Padme were feeling, if they even knew.
'Do they know?' she thought. She closed her eyes in concentration, trying to get a feel of the new life that Padme carried inside her. Her expression softened when she felt it. The life force was so innocent and bright. She smiled involuntarily.
When she opened her eyes, she deducted that the child was only two weeks old. Even though Padme was showing symptoms of a pregnancy, her body couldn't yet acknowledge what was actually inside her. Padme probably wouldn't know for another three to four weeks. And when she did find out, well life for Padme would never be the same.
She imagined that Padme would be scared, and it was going to get a lot harder for Anakin to keep his cover. Ahsoka knew that she would help them in any way she could. They were her family and she was going to protect them.
She finally stood up from her bed and walked towards the window. She opened the blinds and saw that the sunrise was only just beginning. She figured Padme wasn't up yet so Ahsoka decided that she could go for a walk to clear her head. She walked outside to the Terrace and found a balcony. She walked towards it and she was speechless when she saw the breathtaking view of the sunset and the gardens along with the lake.
She breathed in the fresh morning air; a scent of fresh flowers, grass and morning dew. It was glorious. Most days were spent in a military camp or the Temple and their sunsets weren't nearly as beautiful as this. The nature and wildlife of the planet were amazing. Her head was still buzzing from the revelations she discovered. She was still debating on whether she should tell them that she knew, but she wasn't sure if it was the wisest decision.
"The view is quite amazing isn't it."
Ahsoka turned around and sure enough Lux was there. "Hi Lux."
"Hello." Lux made sure to wipe his hands on his jacket before he walked towards her, so she wouldn't see his sweaty palms. He was always nervous whenever he was around Ahsoka. "You're up rather early aren't you?"
Ahsoka shrugged her shoulders indifferently, "I've been up at earlier times."
Lux gave a chuckle. "You know most girls I've encountered usually complain when they don't get enough sleep, and normally they don't wake up until it's past noon."
"I'm not like most girls." Ahsoka argued putting her arms over her chest.
"I know." Lux made sure to look at her when he said it.
Ahsoka felt both flattered and uncomfortable by his attention. "Why are you up so early?"
"Not sure." Lux said, picking a rose from a vine that was growing along the bars of a balcony. "I don't normally get up this early but for some odd explicable reason, I just woke up and felt like coming out here."
He gave her the rose he had picked. "For you."
"Thank you." Ahsoka said, as she took it. "It's beautiful."
'So are you.' Lux thought in his head.
"So tell me why come here?" She asked trying to lighten the mood. "No offense, but this isn't the most lively bunch of people to hang out with."
Lux gave a small laugh, "I agree, but Mother insisted I come. Even though I'm determined to follow in my father's footsteps to join the Military, she feels it would be good for me to learn the politics of the war."
"She's got the right idea." Ahsoka said, "It's always smart to learn about the politics every chance you get. I had to learn that the hard way"
"Is that why you're here?" Lux asked.
"No." Ahsoka laughed, "I just came along to keep Padme company."
"It's good to see you laugh." Lux said.
Ahsoka sobered up quickly. "What do you mean?"
"You seem distant." Lux explained. "And everytime I look at you, you always seem troubled."
Ahsoka tried to change the subject, "When did you start looking at me?"
"Uh...Well I just-That is-don't change the subject!" Lux stammered.
Ahsoka chuckled, he looked adorable when he was flustered.
'Wait, did I just think that?' She thought to herself. 'No! This cannot be happening! I can't like him! I'm a jedi! We're not supposed to develop feelings like this!'
'That didn't stop your master.' Her inner voice said slyly.
"I should go." Ahsoka said, "Padme will be wondering where I am."
Before she could walk away, Lux grabbed her arm.
"Ahsoka wait." He said. "Later on today...that is if you're not busy...would you like to go on a ride with me?"
"W-What do you mean?" Ahsoka asked.
"The palace has carriage rides." Lux explained. "There are some that will take you on a tour of the city. And there's supposed to be a sort of fair going on today. Would you like to come?"
Ahsoka was speechless. No one had ever asked to do something that wasn't training or military involved. In fact, she didn't think there was a time when she acted like a regular teenager. Even though her head was saying this was a bad idea, she couldn't help herself.
"Well, sure!" She said smiling in spite of herself. She couldn't help but be excited at the prospect of doing something that wasn't related to the war. Especially with a person her age. "I'd love to go. That is if Padme will let me."
Lux smiled, his day suddenly taking on a brighter turn. "Of course. Great! I'll meet you out here, say 2 o'clock."
"Ok." Ahsoka said. "I'll see you later Lux."
"Yes, good-bye Ahsoka." he said.
She waved at him and walked back into the palace.
Padme was finishing doing her hair when Ahsoka walked back to their room. "Oh there you are. I was wondering where you went off to."
"Sorry, I didn't sleep well last night." Ahsoka explained. "I went out for a walk."
"Are you alright?" Padme asked, concerned. She walked up and felt Ahsoka's forehead. "You're not ill are you?"
"No, no. Nothing like that." Ahsoka said, not wanting to alarm Padme. "It was probably something I ate. Like you."
"If you're sure." Padme said.
"You look beautiful." Ahsoka said, wanting to change the subject. Padme was wearing a periwinkle blue senator's robe, that glowed in the sunlight and her hair was in a half-up, half down do, with curls falling down her back.
"Thanks." Padme said, blushing at the compliment. "I'm hoping to look my best, so I can be more convincing in my arguements today."
"I thought the debates weren't for another two days." Ahsoka said, remembering some of senators conversations she overheard.
Padme was surprised, but didn't show it. "The real debates begin in two days, but during the address whenever we decide whose agendas and issues are most important we tend to get passionate about our causes and we fight tooth and nail to get them in the agenda."
"I guess even politics can be a grueling battlefield." Ahsoka joked.
"You have no idea." Padme said, smiling.
"Padme, I was wondering what is it that you're planning to do today? Besides the Address?" Ahsoka asked.
"The address itself will take all morning and probably end by one this afternoon. Then we go to the senator's luncheon and afterwards we each go with our respective allies and begin a strategy in preparation for the debates." Padme explained, pinning a jeweled haircomb. "Why are you asking?"
"Well it's just that Lux asked, well he invited me to go on a carriage ride with him on a tour of the city." Ahsoka answered, shuffling her feet, "Then he wanted to go to this fair in town."
Padme paused, and then a conspiratorial smile was on her face when she turned around to face Ahsoka. "Ahsoka, did he ask you on a date?"
"No!" Ahsoka blurted out. "It is not a date! We're just going to hang out as...well as friends I guess."
"Mhmm." Padme smirked. "Ahsoka, of course you can go. I have my own set of security and more than enough bodyguards. Not to mention the weapons I carry and the self-defense moves I've been taught. And I can contact you on my comm if I really need you. But go! Enjoy yourself! In fact here."
Padme reached for her bag and took out a card. "Use this. I keep it for my personal expenses."
"Padme, I can't do that!" Ahsoka said, "That's your money! Besides I'm a jedi, we're not supposed to have personal items."
"Take it." Padme insisted, pressing it into her hand. "Just use it in case of an emergency, and besides I hardly spend any money on myself."
Ahsoka reluctantly pocketed the card. "Are you sure?"
"More than sure." Padme smiled. "Go and have fun. Trust me, if I were in your shoes I wouldn't hesitate."
Meanwhile Lux's room looked as though a tsunami had blown in. When Mina walked in she almost tripped over a pile of clothes.
"Lux!" She admonished. "What is the meaning of this?"
"Ugh! No this isn't right! None of them are right! What am I supposed to wear?" he asked himself completely unaware his mother was in the room. He would hold an item of clothing to his chest, then make a disapproving noise and threw it on the floor. "Should I be casual? Or do I need to dress up?"
Lux froze at the sound of his mother's voice. He turned around to find her with her arms crossed and her foot tapping.
"Hello mother." He said uneasily.
"And what pray tell are you doing?" Mina asked.
"I was just-I was only-" He sighed. "I'm going into town today and I've asked Ahsoka to come with me. She accepted."
Mina immediately brightened. "Is that so? Well Lux, I must say you do move rather quickly with the ladies. Only one day and you already have a date."
"Mother!" Lux blushed, "It's not a date. We're merely going as friends."
"Of course you are dear." Mina patronized. "Now! Let's pick your outfit for today. I won't have my son looking anything in short of excellent."
"Mother I am sixteen years old." Lux argued. "I'm perfectly capable of dressing myself."
Mina raised a brow as she gestured to all of the clothes on the floor. Even Lux couldn't argue with himself.
"Alright." He conceded. "Maybe I do need a little help."
"Wonderful!" Mina said. "Now lets see here."
Lux knew he was in for a long morning.