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Gungan to the left

When Angels Fall (G)

By : Gina

Archived on: Monday, June 6, 2005

Obi-Wan witnesses a friend's final moments. Episode III speculation vignette. Not based on spoilers.

There was no shudder, no cry of pain when you fell.

Only peace.

My one consoling thought is that you were able to look upon your children, even if only for a moment, before the darkness came to claim you. You were holding those precious lives, only minutes old, within your loving arms when you slipped into a state of unconsciousness, your already injured, broken body unable to withstand the demands of their birth. At least, that is what I was told by the Jedi Healer charged with attending to you as she rescued the infants from your rapidly fading grasp.

After keeping you safely hidden for weeks, we were forced to flee as troopers began to invade the sector. Healer Karil was holding your hand tightly, guiding you through the chaotic streets when I heard the fire of blasters behind us. I fell back to fight off the troopers now following us, secure in the knowledge that Healer Karil would see you to safety. I had almost reached you, Milady, when it happened.

I heard the telltale sound and watched helplessly as the weapon streaked through the sky. You were thrown by the explosion, the force of it wrenching your hand free of Healer Karil's grasp.

As I lifted you tenderly from the debris, I knew.

Swallowing my own despair, I carried you, cradled in my arms, whispering repeated reassurances as I followed Healer Karil, trying not to notice the wounds and pretending not to hear your shallow breathing.

You were so brave, Milady. Even as the walls of the abandoned building where we had taken refuge shook around us with the initial blows of the impending battle, you remained strong, intent to bring your children safely into an otherwise unsafe galaxy. Finally, after a troubled delivery, your cries of pain mingled with their cries of life. As Healer Karil whisked your daughter and son away to examine them, I wiped the sweat from your searing brow and the tears from your flushed, burning cheeks.

I could see it in your eyes. Your pain wasn't only a physical one.

"It wasn't supposed to happen this way, Obi-Wan," you rasped, the effort of speaking causing you to cough uncontrollably.

I understood.

It was supposed to be Anakin by your side as you brought his children into the galaxy. This moment was supposed to make you a family. Instead, it was the man charged with protecting your infants from their own father who held your hand as you endured their birth. This moment that was supposed to be utter joy was instead one of unspeakable misery.

I held you close and whispered soothing words as the painful sobs wracked your weary body. Soon after, as the Healer placed your babies in your embrace, your tears at last became those of joy, but it was not to be, Milady.

"I will never leave you," I barely heard you whisper, struggling to bestow this final promise to them as your eyes slowly began to close, at last surrendering to the shadows closing in around you. When Healer Karil took the infants from you, the tiny lives you had fought so hard to protect, I tried in vain to fight back my own tears, refusing to believe her as she uttered the cruel truth.

"I'm sorry. There is nothing we can do."

As you began to slip away, I held your hand. There was no equipment to monitor your condition, yet I knew the very moment when you became one with the Force. There was a sudden void, a sadness in the Force, as if something precious and beautiful had been extinguished.

Even now, after you are gone, I hold your hand even more tightly, as if I can keep you from leaving by simply refusing to let go.

"Master Kenobi, there is no more time. We must leave now," Healer Karil calls frantically to me, the bundled infants held tightly beneath her cloak.

Reluctantly, I nod to her, and she hurries from the room just as another explosion, this one much closer, causes the building to quake yet again. I wipe my eyes viciously on my sleeve as I pick up a blanket from Healer Karil's now-discarded pack and carefully, reverently, cover your worn, broken body.

But I cannot bring myself to cover your face.

I brush the hair from your eyes and gently kiss your forehead as I look upon your countenance for the final time. It is a beautiful face, one no longer marred by pain and sadness.

When I first learned of your deception, Milady, I resented you, cursing the day that the Force caused your paths to cross once again. I resented the way you took his heart when it was never yours to claim. The Chosen One belonged to the Force. I convinced myself that you were the reason he now bows before a new Master.

Now I see that it was foolish pride that guided my reasoning. It was much easier to blame you for his fall to the Darkness than to look to Anakin, the Order or within myself to find accountability, but I understand now that Master Yoda was correct. The Force will be brought into balance, and the descendants of Skywalker will be the catalysts of that balance. They must be protected at all costs.

Only days ago, in a fit of melancholy that overwhelmed you as we sat hidden in the cold darkness of the shelter that had become your prison, you told me that when you first met him in that dusty hovel on Tatooine, Anakin believed you were an angel, one of the beautiful creatures that live on the moons of Iego.

Perhaps he was right.

Perhaps now, at last, you can watch over them, guarding them, accomplishing in death what you could no longer do in life.

I sense him growing closer.

I know if they are discovered, all you have suffered will be in vain. Reluctantly, I leave you for the last time, offering my final farewell to that emptiness in the Force.

Go in peace, Milady. You have earned your rest. Fear not, angel, for your precious ones.

Know that I am with them.

Original cover by obaona. HTML formatting copyright 2004 TheForce.Net LLC.

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Author: VaderLVR64  (signed)
Date posted: 6/6/2005 7:55:55 PM
VaderLVR64's Comments:

You know how beautiful I think this piece is! I'm so happy to see it in the archives, just where it deserves to be!

Author: DarthIshtar  (signed)
Date posted: 6/6/2005 9:06:55 PM
DarthIshtar's Comments:

*sigh* I love the tenderness he demonstrates, the desperation you convey with the words. Well well done.

Author: Blue Yeti
Date posted: 6/7/2005 3:32:57 AM
Blue Yeti's Comments:

Don't you just love it when, while reading a fanfic, you get a burst of inspiration to write your own. Thanks for that inspiration (argh! Why do I have a Studies of Religion assessment tomorrow?), as well as the good read. I especially liked the reminder about Padme and the Angels of Iego - it was a beautiful image.

As a moderate criticism: I don't know how well this structure or format fitted what you wanted to portray - it seemed like... too much the obvious choice. It seems that doing something else with the voice, rather than have Obi-Wan talking to Padme, would have made the story more impactful and emotive, rahter than explanatory. Just something to keep in mind for future stories.

Again, thank you.

~ Yeti

Author: Rhaya  (signed)
Date posted: 6/7/2005 5:11:25 AM
Rhaya's Comments:

Oh my goodness.. this is just so beautiful. Tears are pouring down my face as I type this. You have done a lovely job on this fic. I love the premise of it, Obi-wan's thoughts as he is helping Padme deliver the babies. And when he says he knows it should have been Ani there, I started bawling! I'd like to know if you plan on writing more along this vein? Or anything relating to Ani/Padme, because I'd really like to read it.

Author: darth mitros aka vicky
Date posted: 6/20/2005 2:57:14 PM
darth mitros aka vicky's Comments:

wow that is so beautiful, amazing, i mean.....beautiful is the only way i can even describe it, so beautifully written, 10 out of ten...100 out of ten!

Author: Jedi Knight Safira Felan
Date posted: 6/21/2005 10:53:59 PM
Jedi Knight Safira Felan's Comments:

Very good fic. I liked the connection you created between Obi-Wan and Padme as friends. I also like how you mentioned resentment when he found out about the seems as if Obi-Wan really would feel that way, that perhaps it was this relationship that caused Anakin's downfall. Anyway, very emotion. I enjoyed reading it!

Author: heineken32
Date posted: 7/1/2005 12:19:07 PM
heineken32's Comments:

this is amazing... the best thing that i love about star wars is the great love story of anakin and padme but then there's that undercurrent of padme and obi-wan's friendship as opposed to the inseparable camaderie of obi-wan and anakin. this is quite unique because we all know there is deep love between obi-wan and padme, more of a brotherly affection than anything else... and we've found in this believable and moving piece just how profound. :) hope you come up with more stories. thank you.


Author: DarthSabe  (signed)
Date posted: 8/5/2005 10:17:34 AM
DarthSabe's Comments:

Oh, sad! :( But beautiful, and bittersweet. Skillfully captured emotions. Well done!

Author: Shada  (signed)
Date posted: 8/13/2005 1:11:11 PM
Shada's Comments:


I love it when I read a piece that leaves me with an ache in my heart that matches what I know that character must be feeling. It's the well-written fics that leave that feeling, where you can follow the character in his/her struggle. I believe you accomplished that well.

I enjoyed this. :) Thank you.

Author: t_bombadil
Date posted: 11/20/2005 3:00:13 PM
t_bombadil's Comments:

i loved it! it was great and i was trying not to cry by the end. it showed a great insight on what episode iii could end with!
mtfbwy :)

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