The two men stood just outside the shuttle, talking.

"Do you think Palpatine will suspect anything?"

"I don't think so. He respected to leave me alone. Maybe if I'm gone for a day or so, maybe they'll get suspicious because I usually don't just disappear for a whole day."

"Be weary. The Emperor mustn't know of the children."

"I won't let him. The day he decides to threaten even one of them is the day he dies." Anakin said it with severe sincerity, making it sound like a vow.

Obi-Wan was a little worried about the sincerity in his voice, but he knew that he was only trying to protect his children. He understood. And he took a real look at Anakin.

"Anakin, if I may ask… What will you do about that suit? Do you need it to survive? Did our fight on Mustafar years ago handicap you that much?" But he knew that he was the one that left Anakin to die.

"Yes. My lungs were weakened and so now I have this built in respirator in the suit that will help me survive."

"Really? Well, if I would've known that you would've changed your ways after meeting your children, I would've saved you after the battle. I'm sorry. But I have heard of some kind of treatment for your situation. It's kind of like a regenerator. I've read about it, but there were little information that I could dig up because it's so ancient."

"Is there such a thing? Tell me more."

"It's not much, but here I go. A story tells of an ancient war that supposedly happened before the Jedi Order even existed. It may have been the time when Yoda's Master lived."

"Wow, that's old. Compared to his Master, Yoda only seems like he's just going through his mid-life crisis.."

"I said, no more Yoda jokes! Anyways, the side who had started the war eventually became overpowered by the other and thought of a gift to give in order to stop the fight that they could not finish. They knew the other side's leader was past his prime, about 200 years old, so they built a regenerator and gave it to the other side. The war was stopped and the leader slept in the regenerator. But he slept in there for more than a hundred years! When he awoke, he had his young body back, but everyone that he loved, who couldn't live to his age, had died. His army was dead and the other side had ruled for about that time."

"That's probably the worst thing that can happen to a man. Outlive your loved ones."


"But wait! If we get the regenerator, how long will I stay in there?"

"I haven't a clue actually."

"You're not contributing, Obi-Wan!"

"Maybe about three years, give or take. Before you lost your limbs."

"That doesn't seem so bad. My kids won't be grown up and I can still raise them."

"...Or maybe before you got your arm cut off by Dooku."

"Can I at least choose the number of years I stay in the regenerator?"

"I don't think that man could."


"What do you think?"

"I'll pass, thank you. I don't want to neglect them anymore. I just want to raise them myself! Like it should have been."

"Do you really want to stay in that suit?"

"No… but I can't neglect them anymore."

"I understand. I love your children."


Anakin walked to the pilot and gave him his instructions.

"Take us back to Anchorhead."

"Yes, Lord Vader."

Anakin motioned for Obi-Wan to come in. When they were both situated in the shuttle, the shuttle took off for Tatooine.