Chapter one:

Love Is The Only Way

"This just in, the Clone Wars are OVER!"

I stared at the holo in disbelief. This is not possible. How was the war over. It didn't make any sense at all. There had been no news of any side weakening. No talk of treaties or Surrender. The war was at its climax. How could it be over?


My thoughts were cutoff as I heard the front door open and someone come in. I got up off the couch, and started to walk cautiously towards the front door. As I rounded the last corner, I found myself staring at the reason the war had ended.

Anakin stood at the door staring at me. He looked like he had been hell and back quite a few my mind, I felt as though my emotions were going around and around on a never ending roller coaster. Then, my bottom lip started to tremble and my eyes starting to burn, and before I knew it, I was snuggled in his muscular arms sobbing my heart out. I let all my emotions flood over me. I was mad at Anakin, but only because he worried me so. The thought of losing him was also fresh in my mind. I was frustrated. Anakin was shutting me out. I was so confused. I had no clue what was going on. But most of all I was happy. Anakin was alive, the war was over, and my unborn-child was safe. I looked up once to see tears dripping down Anakin's face as well. That made me cry even more. I had only ever seen Anakin cry once before, when his mother had died. It killed me to see him so sad. I buried my head in his chest, and he held me tighter. We just stood there, holding each other.

After a few more moments, we finally broke apart.

He lifted me up in his arms and carried me to the couch, were we sat down.

I dried my eyes, and stared into his blue ones. Finally, I voiced the question that hung in the air. "Ani?" I asked cautiously, "What happened?"

He looked down at me, a small smile playing across his lips. "You always ask the hard questions, don't you."

He sighed and stared at the floor for a minute before he started telling me everything.

He told me about his secret assignment to spy on the chancellor. About Palpatine's story of the Sith that could stop death. He told me about learning Palpatine was the Sith lord, and how he chose to save Mace Windu instead the chancellor. How all the battle droids got shut down, and how the trade federation fell. And how the separatists were locked away. He finally finished after telling me about why he killed Palpatine. "I realized the real way to save you was not through Palpatine, Padme." He stared into my eyes as he told me this, and I saw nothing but love and deep, deep remorse. "It was not the Sith. It wasn't the Jedi either. It was love. Love is the only way for us to survive. We need each other, Padme. I need you.

At his last words, the tears that had filled my eyes, started pouring down my face, like a waterfall. I flung myself at Anakin. He was right. We needed each other.

He held me and stroked my hair for awhile, before asking gently "Why are you crying?"

I lifted my head from his shoulder and choked out "You c-could of d-died! It's a-all m-my f-fault!"

He looked at me for a moment, then broke out into a huge smile and burst out laughing

"It's not f-funny." I pouted.

He smiled at me and said "Well I didn't die, I'm right here and I always will be. And I know why you think it's your fault and it's not. I falling in love with you is the best thing I ever did." He lifted my face up to his and kissed me. I melted. If there's one thing Anakin's best at, it's kissing. He pulled away eventually, and I snuggled up next to him. "And by the way, I told the Jedi council were married, and they except it, and have decided to reconsider the "No attachment" law for all Jedi as they realize, love is the strongest force in the world."I gasped. A giant smile slide on to my face to match the his. "And believe it or not, I'm not the only Jedi whose married"

I started crying again, and Anakin asked amused, "Why are you crying again?"

"I'm Pregnant, get used to it!' He held his hands up in surrender. "But to answer your question, I'm just so happy! We don't need to have to hide our relationship anymore! But, I don't want to tell everyone about us just yet. But, you can finally come meet my family! Oh and we can have another wedding, and legally share a house, and-"

"Woo, slow down." He stopped me, "We can do all that, but why don't we just go to bed for now. It's been a hard few years. Tomorrow, we will wake up to a new World and a somewhat more peaceful life. And I promise, no more secrets."

I nodded and held out my arms. With my best puppy dog eyes, I said "Carry Me."

He laughed and swept me off my feet, carried me into our room.

I lay in bed, in Anakin's arms. One around me, the other wrapped protectively around my stomach. I couldn't wait to be holding our little baby in my arms. Then, our family would be compete. I smiled to myself. Happy thoughts of Ani, the baby, and I, all together as a real family filled my head, as I drifted off into a peaceful slumber, for the first time, in a long time.


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Oh I almost forgot, in the first chapter Padme is only six month pregnant.