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See the notes at the end for information on this series, and enjoy!

Short Story Challenge: Palpatine and Kit Fisto

Theme: Kill Me

Verse: Movie/Novelization of Revenge of the Sith

Timeframe: Shortly after Vader leaves for the Jedi Temple and Order 66 has been given

The small room lies in silent testimony to the immense changes that have transpired here. I drift aimlessly, overcome with the power that permeates my existence, the exuberance that threatens to uncoil the beast buried in my shadowed chest. I have tucked him away again, always mindful of my surroundings, for I know my truth will not be accepted by the vaunted Senate if it displays my current visage. Only when I wore the face of dear, kind Palpatine was the beast able to roam freely amongst its victims.

However, soon there will be no need for the approval of that august and nearly obsolete body. Order 66 has been set into motion, and none can stop it. Soon, I will be completely free and the vengeance of my Order complete. A long, low chuckle drips from my impatient lips as I consider this, as I dare to dream of all that will be mine.

In due time.

I have waited decades, and so another year or two shall make little difference. My foot bumps into a broken lump of flesh on the floor, luring a glance downward: ah yes, one of the Jedi masters who came to face his death here in my parlor. I kneel beside the headless and curled form, curious and strangely drawn to the echo of energy that still hovers in the Force. Disgusting light tinged with despair, with the hollowed recognition of false friends and shattered dreams.

Determination too, which, though admirable, came far too late to prove effective. The body rolls easily in my grip, and I see the moist green hands, one still curled lax around the handle of its lightsaber, a blade that once glowed green with all the foolish hopes of its wielder.

Master Kit Fisto, an absurd amphibian of a Jedi with a smile that constantly spoke of some hidden jest, of some humorous end that only he could foresee. The bloody swirl of the desperate struggle returns to my mind, swamping me in a delicious and heady blend of images, and I remember the turning point of his destiny. Crimson soaks the edges of my vision as I recall the moment, the sharp lateral swing, the spraying blood and bone, the shock in the dying lidless eyes.

I rise again and note that the eyes still stare blankly from where they perch atop the ebonite desk, set into the severed head whose glabrous tentacles drape down the front of my private console. The gentle smile has curved in final repose across his frozen features.

A soft sigh of contentment escapes me, and I ease into the chair behind the desk. Real. This moment is real and true and right at last. The galaxy will have much to be grateful for this evening. My slender fingers stretch out, almost of their own accord, latching gently into the tangle of head-tresses and turning the face to my own.

Which of us looks more the dead, I wonder with a faint and caustic twist of ire. But then, looks don't matter. I have ever been the pragmatist in these situations. He is dead, and I am alive, to be so for as long as I shall desire. And in the travailing birth of my empire, all of my enemies will join him in his oblivion.

I release my grip on the alien's tresses, watch the head settle into the pool of drying life-blood with a soft squelch of protest. I suppose I should clean this mess up before too long, before my loyal constituents take notice and invoke unsavory questions that I prefer not to answer.

Instead, I linger for a few moments longer.

After all, Jedi are not without number. Eventually, I shall never stand watch over another Jedi corpse again. Eventually, they shall all pass into their Netherworld, their weak wills submitting to the overwhelming power of the Force. I might not have many more chances to enjoy this sight, or these emotions that ravage me with a dark and terrible joy. Such maudlin sentimentality, I know.

But this is my finest hour, and all the galaxy my stage.

I study the expression on his cold face and come to a decision. I detested Kit Fisto less than some of the others, perhaps because I wielded a secretive smile of my own. My grand jest just happened to play out at the expense of the entire Jedi Order. He understood the joke, in the end.

And so I share that smile with him now.

Writing Palpatine in third person is creepy enough, so why put myself through first person? Because it's so much fun! (That sounded better when I was thinking to myself…) and why does my version of Palpatine enjoy holding one-sided conversations with dead things…?

This drabble came about as the result of a unique challenge from some friends who shared it from a website with me. To try to get myself back into writing on a semi-regular basis, I thought I would open this up to anyone interested. Look at the list below, pick a theme and a Star Wars character that you want to see interact with ol' Sheev, include it in your review, and I'll do my best to fulfill your wish. Hopefully things won't get too wild or wacky, but they could get pretty radically AU.

Leave an "Amuse Me" in your review, and I will write a short story about my character trying to cheer yours up, or vice versa (specify if you want).

Leave a "Break Me" in your review, and I will write an angsty short story about our characters (specify if you want).

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