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Gungan to the left

Banquet Encounter (G)

By : Sreya

Archived on: Monday, May 14, 2001

Princess Leia encounters an enigmatic figure when at a banquet with her father, Bail Organa, a figure Bail doesn't exactly want Leia around...

Princess Leia stood at her father's side greeting the other guests at the banquet she'd accompanied him to. At fourteen, she was undoubtedly the youngest person there. But her father knew of her strong desire to enter politics, and had offered her a chance to attend this particular function, since many of the Senators and planetary rulers of the Empire would be there.

Indeed, the room swarmed with political elites. Senators, aides, kings, chancellors, and councilors were talking with one another everywhere Leia looked. Yet, as she stood there, she suddenly realised something... there were only humans in the room.

Even on Alderaan, a world colonized by humans generations ago and widely considered a human planet, the cities were crowded with a myriad of species. And Leia had seen hundreds of species on Coruscant... yet only one was represented in the banquet hall.

As Leia smiled and held out her hand to a Moff her father was introducing her to, she made a mental note to ask Bail about that little inconsistency when they were alone.

"Bail! How good to see you again!" A man three times the normal size came walking ("waddling" Leia thought with a mental giggle) over to the two Organas. "You haven't aged a day! And who is this charming young woman on your arm? This can't be little Leia, can it?"

Leia knew she must be blushing furiously and clung to her father, who laughed. "Darvin, it has been 10 years, after all. How have you been? Still running Corellia in tiptop shape?"

"Trying to!" The large man grinned at Leia, then bowed, surprisingly graceful, given his size. "Forgive me, Your Highness, if I embarrassed you. Sometimes my enthusiasm overtakes my mouth before I have a chance to think."

"It is of no concern." Leia replied, trying to grasp some vestiges of a Princess image. "I take it you and Father are good friends?"

"The best of friends, once upon a time." Darvin's eyes twinkled as if he were enjoying some private joke. "Princess, if I were to ask, could I gain permission to steal away your father for a few moments?"

"You could," Leia replied, arching a fourteen year old eyebrow, "if you were to ask."

"By the goddesses, you've trained her well, Bail." Leia's father only laughed at the exasperated expression on Darvin's face. "Well, I'm asking. If you'll excuse us, Your Highness."

Bail turned to Leia. "This should only take a few moments. Wait here for me."

Leia nodded, and watched Bail follow the jolly Corellian over to a knot of politicians. She looked around her for a familiar face, but saw none. She sighed, trying to fight down her boredom. 'You'll never survive in the Senate if you can't even last through a banquet,' she scolded herself. She tried to imagine the banquets she'd attended back home on Alderaan... they may have been stuffy, but at least she'd known the people attending, and had been able to follow the conversations. But what did she know about the bacta trade on Thyferra, or the trade agreements between Bespin and Cordula?

It seemed she had a long way to go before she could enter intergalactic politics.

Leia had just started mentally reviewing Alderaan's charter when she heard a strange sound behind her. It almost sounded like breathing, but it was very regulated and mechanical... and loud.

She turned slowly to see what was making the noise, and when she saw the origin, it felt as if her heart had leapt up into her throat. A bipedal being stood to her right, encased in black. Lights flashed on the being's chest, and glinted off the helmet worn on the head. Though Leia had never personally encountered this being before, a name immediately sprang to mind.

Lord Vader.

And he was holding out a cup to her.

"I thought you might like some refreshment, Your Highness."

Leia swallowed, trying to slow her racing heart. "Thank you, Lord Vader." She timidly grasped the offered cup, her white hand looking miniaturized next to his enormous black-gloved grip. She raised the cup to her lips, hardly tasting the pink juice it contained. Her eyes were riveted to the Dark Lord, her mind filled with memories of his whispered name.

"Your Highness must be ambitious to brave such an event at such a young age."

She could feel his deep voice reverberating inside her ribcage. "My father thought it would be a good learning experience," she replied, slowly regaining her courage. "I plan to become a Senator."

"And do what?"

The question surprised Leia. 'Isn't it obvious?' she thought to herself. "Help the galaxy."

Vader waved his hand as if brushing the reply away, while at the same time indicating the room's occupants. "There are thousands of fools trying to help the galaxy, each pulling in a different direction, only making things worse than when they started. What makes you think you will be any different?"

Leia stared, then realized Vader was serious. She thought for a few minutes before answering this time. "Then perhaps I can lead them to all pull in one direction."

Vader turned his helmet toward Leia, truly looking at her for the first time, and she had the eerie feeling that he was peering into her soul. She shrank back, realizing that the other humans previously crowding her had moved away.

Then an odd sound came from Lord Vader. Leia couldn't be sure because of the mechanical breathing, but it sounded... it sounded like a chuckle. "I can see you shall go far, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan. You shall go far and accomplish many things." Then he looked away, gazing at something across the room. "We shall meet again, Young Princess."

Lord Vader turned and strode away, a path opening in the crowd for him. Leia turned to see what he had been looking at... and looked straight into the terrified eyes of her father. A moment later, Bail Organa was fighting his way through the crowd. When he reached her, he grabbed her right arm, pulling her to a secluded alcove. Shocked, Leia let him pull her along. When they reached the alcove, Bail shot a furtive look around before speaking. "What did he want? What did he say?"

Surprised, Leia could do no more than stare at her father.

"Did he hurt you?"

"No!" Finally, Leia regained her voice. "He offered me a drink, then spoke with me a little. That's all."

"What did he say?" Bail spoke in a tone of voice Leia had never heard before - sharp and high with fear.

"He asked me why I was here, that's all. Polite conversation." Leia couldn't understand why her father was so terrified... he was almost shaking! "Father, is something wrong?"

"He didn't harm you in any way?"

"No. He merely asked me why someone so young was here, then was very polite. I don't believe he's spent much time with adolescents."

Bail sagged against the wall, convulsing.

"Father!" Leia reached out to him, then realized he was laughing.

"No, dearest, he hasn't had much experience with adolescents." After a few moments, the Viceroy of Alderaan visibly collected himself. "Come, Leia, I think we've both had enough for one evening. We won't be missed."

Leia nodded, then followed her father through the banquet hall. She tried to catch another glimpse of Lord Vader, but he seemed to have disappeared. She thought back over his strange pronouncement: "You shall go far and accomplish many things."

Princess Leia certainly hoped he was right.

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Current Rating is 7.52 in 282 total ratings.

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Author: BOBtheJEDI
Date posted: 5/16/2001 9:08:47 AM
BOBtheJEDI's Comments:

This was such a good story! I love it. I read it the first time on, and I'm very glad to see it here. The idea that Princess Leia and Vader met before really appeals to me. It makes the scene in A New Hope more meaningful when Leia and Vader talk in the corridor before she is forced away. Thanks for this great story, and continue writing!

Author: Belle Bayard  (signed)
Date posted: 5/18/2001 11:18:34 AM
Belle Bayard's Comments:

Nicely done. JediGaladriel/FernWithy had another take on Vader and Leia, but this one has a great deal of merit as well. Loved Bail Organa's panic in the city when he sees Vader with his daughter (hehehe... [b]whose[/b] daughter. Big grin on this reader's face!

Author: Obi's Chick
Date posted: 5/19/2001 6:42:32 AM
Obi's Chick's Comments:

I loved it!!
Bail Organa's panic and then amusment where great, as was Leia's attitude. Continue to write!

Author: Sreya
Date posted: 6/14/2001 11:19:32 AM
Sreya's Comments:

Wow, I can't believe so many people have read this story. Over 450 hits! However, I'm disappointed that so few have left a comment. Please leave something, even if it's just a few words. (Especially if you're giving me a low rating!) For those of you who have commented, thank you, they are well appreciated.
Happy reading to everyone!

Author: Mor'hia Corte'
Date posted: 6/21/2001 6:31:41 PM
Mor'hia Corte''s Comments:

I have just one thing to say about this movie. It was incredible! I loved it! Amazing! Stupendous! Incredible! Astounding! Wait a minute, that was six things. Ahh well, it was great.

Author: Anaka  (signed)
Date posted: 6/27/2001 2:36:19 PM
Anaka's Comments:

Great Work! This story is wonderful. I will tell everyone I know about it!

Author: somebody
Date posted: 9/3/2001 9:52:10 AM
somebody's Comments:

Ironic and amusing. I like it.

Author: Mcily Nochi  (signed)
Date posted: 9/3/2001 3:46:11 PM
Mcily Nochi's Comments:

Very, very well done. Not only was it a good idea, but the story was well executed (no pun intended :) and the characters were wonderful. I could see Leia's personality in it, and I loved how Bail Organa was alarmed to see Vader talking to her. I can just hear what he thought Vader was saying (i.e., "Leia, I m your father . . .").
Keep up the good work!

Author: Frank Natera
Date posted: 10/11/2001 3:03:16 PM
Frank Natera's Comments:

Wel written. It is both light and dense at the same time, great characterization. Any film director should find this tale a very good excuse to make a short film. It could deliver some great performances out of actors and some dramatic camera shots. I just Know it. Keep up the good work!

Author: Rogue 8  (signed)
Date posted: 11/11/2001 4:31:05 PM
Rogue 8's Comments:

good personalaties, good story.

Author: mara
Date posted: 12/18/2001 4:27:31 AM
mara's Comments:

how spooky!! when i read it i thought leia would meet palpantine but she met her real father. i can imaging why bail organa had a near heart attack if vader knew the truth bail and probably leia too would have been daed in a second

Author: LLL  (signed)
Date posted: 1/10/2002 9:24:31 PM
LLL's Comments:

Good grief, what is WITH you guys??? I thought this was a very good little story ... certainly didn't deserve a *6.3* .

Nice job!

Author: BlueTuna
Date posted: 2/1/2002 5:03:08 PM
BlueTuna's Comments:

Wonderful story. Enjoyed it very much.

Author: Zahn_Matrix  (signed)
Date posted: 2/20/2002 1:15:30 PM
Zahn_Matrix's Comments:

I think the author captured Leia's essence perfectly. It was very easy to 'see' her at fourteen. I admit a moment of shameful surprise. I thought the secret guest was going to be Tarkin.

A fun read.

Author: Kenya Starflight
Date posted: 2/22/2002 8:12:52 AM
Kenya Starflight's Comments:

Wow, wow, and wow! What else is there to say? Wow again! Love it!

Author: Lianna C.
Date posted: 2/23/2002 1:07:54 PM
Lianna C.'s Comments:

This was really good. I like the idea they had met before. Heaps good.
Lianna C.

Author: Skyla Doragono  (signed)
Date posted: 2/25/2002 10:51:26 AM
Skyla Doragono's Comments:

I really like this story. I've never seen this kind of take on when Leia first meets Vader before. Keep up the good work. :)

Author: Kitt327
Date posted: 2/26/2002 4:15:14 PM
Kitt327's Comments:

Great job. This was a well-written short, and your characterisations were very good.

Author: Zal Taur
Date posted: 3/5/2002 9:54:21 PM
Zal Taur's Comments:

Very interesting scenerio. I liked it. I would have liked to a less restrained Vader. I imagine the Dark Lord would have great difficulty attending a formal diplomatic function.

Well writen.

Author: lockhart
Date posted: 3/12/2002 6:47:40 PM
lockhart's Comments:

good story

Author: Bria  (signed)
Date posted: 3/16/2002 12:31:19 AM
Bria's Comments:

Very good. Bail's panic was cute. :)

Author: Viari Skywalker  (signed)
Date posted: 5/24/2002 6:36:36 PM
Viari Skywalker's Comments:

Great story! I don't understand why the rating is so low. I thought it was excellent! I love how Vader and Leia meet! It's very believable. Great job!

Author: dc boy
Date posted: 6/10/2002 9:18:24 AM
dc boy's Comments:

good story, but i had always thought vader didn't know of leah being his daughter till he fought luke on the death star... o well nice concept, :)

Author: Sabbrielle
Date posted: 6/14/2002 1:12:37 AM
Sabbrielle's Comments:

This is a really cute, well-written story. I'm rather intrigued by the fics that explore the pre-trilogy relationship between Leia and--it's so strange to call my one true love "Vader"--the Dark Anakin. Also, everyone's in-character, which is always good. Great job :)

Author: Anya_Skywalker
Date posted: 6/25/2002 3:44:51 PM
Anya_Skywalker's Comments:

I wasn't going to leave a comment, but as I read through the rest I noticed Sreya had said something on that matter, so I re-thought my initial idea.

I really don't know how to comment, so I'll just say that I enjoyed this story very much. It's a heart warming scene, at least to me, and like others have mentioned before, the intereactions are wonderfully made.

I give my most sincere praise to this lovely piece of fiction.

Author: Destiny
Date posted: 1/16/2003 9:14:05 PM
Destiny's Comments:

I almost didn't read this story because it recieved such a low rating - I don't know why THAT is! It was a wonderful story! I agree with Sabbrielle - I can't imagine Ani - er, VADER - being so collected in a room full of boring stiffs. They must have irritated him with their petty chatter, and he isn't known for his self-restraint. I loved how the crowd parted for him - very realistic! :p

Author: Fish
Date posted: 4/1/2003 5:25:19 PM
Fish's Comments:

interesting! I liked how you wrote the conversation between Vader and Leia...however I wished it were a little longer. I rated it a 9 so keep up the good work!

Author: angel_gidget
Date posted: 4/24/2004 4:46:04 AM
angel_gidget's Comments:

"No, dearest, he hasn't had much experience with adolescents." I found that rather funny. Filled with a lovely irony, it's a cute little fic.

Author: Jedi of Imladris  (signed)
Date posted: 9/8/2004 12:30:30 PM
Jedi of Imladris's Comments:

Great story! I really enjoyed reading it. I also really liked the cover art--the drawing was beautiful. Leia was wonderfully done--I could really see her saying and doing what she did.
Great job!

Author: soccerfanatic  (signed)
Date posted: 11/12/2004 6:22:00 PM
soccerfanatic's Comments:

Wow, great job! I really enjoyed reading it. I love fanfiction about Leia and Darth Vader. The cover art is brillant too!

Author: SithLord13
Date posted: 7/8/2005 10:00:54 PM
SithLord13's Comments:

Great! That's the one word that comes to mind.

Author: eowyn
Date posted: 1/23/2006 11:02:19 AM
eowyn's Comments:

GREAT ! Even in the movies, there was "something" going on between Leia & Vader( a bit like Lecter & Starling). I could imagine people spreading rumours hes in love with her...
When Luke tells Leia the truth she answers:"Somehow Ive always known..."
I think Vader knew too...

Author: Skywalking
Date posted: 7/14/2007 10:04:58 PM
Skywalking's Comments:

I was linked here today via a fanfiction recomendation community and I really enjoyed this. Such lovely characterizations!

Author: BetaReject
Date posted: 4/8/2008 6:25:15 PM
BetaReject's Comments:

This was an incredibly lovely piece of work. I truly enjoyed the subtle and yet beautiful interaction between Lord Vader and his daughter. Even though neither is aware of the other you can see the connection between them, they are on the same wavelength so to speak in that moment.

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