Disclaimer: I don't own Star Wars or any of the places and people in it. If I did, I would get paid for this.
Author's Note: I will be following TPM and AotC quite closely, although I'm giving Sabé a more prominent role in AotC. (She's in it, for a start, lol) I have my own ideas for RotS but I will be threading them through the movie storyline, so it will end up as a mixture of both. Please R&R.
Updated Author's Note (2010): Pretty much every chapter has now been replaced with an updated, improved one. There are a few extra scenes, but it is still the same story. Just an upgraded version! If you are re-reading Fair Maiden I'm glad to be able to offer you this and I'm, as always, touched and proud that you all like it so much! May the Force be with you!
Fair Maiden, Shining Knight.
This is a story of two Jedi who loved. One in whom it was undeniable. The other who would become worthy of it.
This is a story of two Jedi, of two women, of devotion. Of Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Naberrie Amidala, proud parents of Luke and Leia Skywalker.
But mostly of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Sabé Naberrie. The Jedi Padawan and the decoy Queen, the Jedi Knight and the handmaiden. A man and his love.
A knight and his maiden.
Queen Padmé Naberrie Amidala of Naboo stood in front of one of the large transparisteel windows of her Theed Palace. Her gaze was steady, thoughtful and resolute, but laced with undeniable sadness. Her ornate robes and headdress hid her small frame, and her white face paint concealed the youthfulness of her complexion. She seemed regal and cold. Exactly what the complex masque was designed to show. Behind it was a young girl of fourteen whose exceptional intelligence and leadership had led her to the position of Queen. She was wise beyond her years, but now, at the beginning of the first crisis Naboo had seen in decades, she worried.
Standing in the throne room she was alone but had no time to enjoy the brief moment of solitude. As Queen she was rarely left to her own thoughts. Now they overwhelmed her. She watched the armies of Trade Federation battle droids marching her people through the streets to camps. She wondered how the Chancellor's ambassadors could have let this happen. They were supposed to be finding a diplomatic solution to things but the Trade Federation Viceroy had told her, with more than a hint of over-confidence, that they had failed to turn up. Senator Palpatine, Naboo's representative in the Galactic Senate, had quickly informed her that the Viceroy was lying and in fact they had arrived. Despite the barefaced contrast of opinion, Padmé didn't have to think twice about which story to believe.
She turned her attention back to the view outside. The wide promenades of Theed had always been considered some of the most beautiful in the galaxy. Padmé couldn't bear to see such wicked cruelty in her beloved city. How dare the Trade Federation send their troops to Naboo. Padmé would have liked nothing better than to march up to Nute Gunray and wring his reptilian neck. But this situation was almost out of her hands and strangling the Viceroy of the Trade Federation would hardly get her recognised as a great political leader. No, this would call for something more subtle and subtlety called for drastic measures. Padmé called for Sabé. It was time to put a carefully conceived plan into action.