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Gungan to the left

Water's Rage (PG)

By : bobill

Archived on: Monday, March 3, 2003

After Darth Vader tracks her down, Padme is forced to say her last words to him

The water's rage had always frightened me. Ever since I was a little girl, I had learned the extent of the water's temper. Some days when it was not present, the water would stay calm and serene, allowing my sister and I to enjoy the cool bath of the lake near our home, swimming our way across and washing away our day's sweat. Other days, it would become angry and spiteful, turning and twisting the lake into violent whirlpools. On those days I would stay away from it, fearful of its wrath.

Here, on this unknown planet, the water seemed angrier than usual, constantly showing its rage as it furiously consumed any water birds or patrol boats in its path. I watched from my balcony as the waves continuously crashed against the jagged shore. It was a pity, really, to watch it waste such power to destruction. I had questioned such anger many times, to the point of which my daughter had started asking also.

I smiled as I thought of Leia, little Leia, who had turned her chubby little face to me and asked me why the water was so mean. I had knelt down to face her, answering sadly that it wasn't being mean, only forgetting how to be nice. But in time, it would remember again. Then, it would apologize in its own way. My answer confused the young girl, but who could blame her? She was only a baby, no more than four years old. I had placed her on my hip and told her one day, when she grew older, she would understand why evil could come out of good.

"Perhaps then she can explain it to me," I whispered out loud. Inside, though, I knew this would never come true. I had given her away weeks ago, allowed her to be adopted into the Royal House of Alderaan. Many nights I lay awake thinking of this abandonment, of the loss of my little girl. I had questioned my conscience, questioned my motives. Yet in the end, I wasn't the one with the answers. I lowered my head in sorrow and regret, wondering out loud for the millionth time, "Oh Ani, why?"

"I had no choice."

A tear rolled from my eyes into the raging water below. I had always known he would come, breaking the last connection to his old self. Turning slowly, I let my eyes meet the monster my dear husband had become.

A few dozen stormtroopers had infiltrated the house without my knowing. Two of them were now flanking their Dark Lord as he stood before me now. He was covered in black armor, his body showing more signs of metal than flesh. "Obi-Wan was right," I remarked, ignoring his apparent anger at the mention of his old master. "You're more machine than man."

For a moment he didn't answer, and just stared back at me. His posture seemed to slack, as if he was tiring, tiring of my inability to accept what he had become. Yet his head tilted, a secret hint of his everlasting love for me, despite my strong resistance to his new dark side self. Gently, he reached out to stroke my face with his gloved hand. I flinched slightly at his touch, but did not draw away. "I'm sorry, Padm?. I had no choice," he repeated, making sure that I knew.

I drew away sharply. "No choice?" I demanded. "You had every choice! You can leave the Empire whenever you want to!" Vader was taken aback by my anger, but I took no notice, and rambled on. "Why didn't you come back?" I screamed, filled with anger and grief. "What's holding you there? The Empire? Palpatine? Or your own hatred?"

I stopped, taking a deep breath. I raised my head to look up at Vader. His mask barred his facial expression from me, but I did not need to see his face to know what he was thinking. I knew now from his silent and peaceful manner that he was gazing back at me, through his mask, silently summing up my anger. At that moment I hated him. Hated how he had forced me into hiding, hated how he had kept me from my children, and hated most how he dared not even to try and justify himself. I wanted to slap his face, but he had no face to slap. I glared at him angrily, wanting him to break his shell, break the black armor that encompassed him.

"It wouldn't have to be this way," he voiced softly, echoing his old idea of secrecy displayed not long ago.

At that moment my serenity faltered, and I knew I could not hide my hurt that way. The fire that had burned my heart seemed to fade. I wanted so badly to hate, to cover the grief that would otherwise take its place in my heart, and thought of the billions of lives that now lived in fear and hatred of this Dark Lord. Yet I could not hate him. I could not be like the specks of life meaningless to him because it would mean he no longer loved me, no longer needed me as his anchor from darkness. I had always been his wife, his angel of light, and without that I would be incomplete.

Still, I could not go with him. I knew he would offer it, for his love for me had never faded. I waited patiently as his soft, baritone voice murmured the dreaded words. "Come with me, Padm?. Come live by my side. Together, we can end this madness."

Despite the pain that had replaced the anger in my heart, I felt a small smile creep to my lips. I was touched by this tiny display of affection. It was a bittersweet moment, though, for I knew that this fantasy would never come true. Darth Vader's way of handling madness would be to destroy it, killing millions without a second thought. I shook my head, murmuring softly, "I'm sorry but there are some places I cannot follow you." I looked up, tears in my eyes. "I cannot join forces with such a changed man."

Slowly, he stepped away, his hurt evident by the dark aura that hung close to him. "I cannot return to the life I once had." he tried to explain.

I took a deep breath, trying to calm myself as I forced myself to voice the hardest truth I would ever have to accept. "Then my husband is truly lost."

He stepped back again, his posture stiffening. "Then so is my wife," he said curtly. Turning, he signaled for a stormtrooper. "Senator Amidala, you have been charged and found guilty of treason. I hereby sentence you to?" he paused, his voice cracking at the soft sob that escaped my lips. Drawing a shaky breath, he tried again. "I hereby sentence you to a lifetime of working in the mines of Kessel."

The stormtrooper started towards me, dangling a set of cuffs. I stared at their metal glint, taking in the rejection. In those brief moments, I had lost all hope of regaining the life I had once lived. I would no longer be Padm? Amidala Skywalker, but a number given to me by the overseers in Kessel. My life was destroyed, all its love blotted out by this dark man. I took a step back, and another, trying to escape Anakin- no, Darth Vader's presence. I hit the railing of the balcony, and closed my eyes, uttering silently my good-byes. I bid farewell to my home, my parents, my sister and children, and all else that was my life.

And then, there was nothing but air.

Before the stormtrooper could reach me, I had quickly climbed over the balustrade and dived into the depths below. Above me I could hear him screaming, screaming for me, but it was too late.

The jagged rocks pierced my body, and I felt the blood flowing out. The angry water spotted its prey, and lashed out, gripping my body, and towing me into its depths. I had allowed the water's rage to take me, knowing that in time, it would fade away. My only hope had been that maybe one day, my husband's rage would fade as well.

Original cover art by Tarkheki. HTML formatting copyright 2003 TheForce.Net LLC.

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Author: Glo Scribs  (signed)
Date posted: 3/4/2003 6:58:03 AM
Glo Scribs's Comments:

very nice, that is all i can say.

Author: Destiny
Date posted: 3/4/2003 10:38:49 AM
Destiny's Comments:

Bobill, this was an extremely moving story. It was just...breathtaking. I could really see it happening that way. I adored the way you portrayed Padme and Vader, who not only will carry his love for her with him for all time, but now also has to carry the guilt of being responsible for her death. I loved the analogy of the "water's rage" - I thought it fit in perfectly with the story. Ironic that the same water we need to live is the water that could kill us in its fury. After all, that's what happened to Padme. Keep up the good work! :p

*~second reply!!!~*

Author: JediSkywalker13
Date posted: 3/4/2003 12:28:11 PM
JediSkywalker13's Comments:

Wow. And it is another wow!

Author: JediSkywalker13
Date posted: 3/4/2003 12:28:20 PM
JediSkywalker13's Comments:

Wow. And it is another wow!

Author: tahirifirefighter239
Date posted: 3/4/2003 2:23:12 PM
tahirifirefighter239's Comments:

I have said it before. This is truly a beutiful story; though it is very sad.

Author: Jix
Date posted: 3/4/2003 2:25:09 PM
Jix's Comments:


Author: Niki  (signed)
Date posted: 3/4/2003 3:59:49 PM
Niki's Comments:

Fabulous reading, very touching and sad. You can see how Vader's anger would grow, only it would be an anger at his own self as his words caused Padme to take her own life.

Author: Jedi_Mastre_Kris
Date posted: 3/4/2003 5:56:05 PM
Jedi_Mastre_Kris's Comments:

Bobill!! yay! You submitted!
*whispers to herself* maybe I wasn't a bad beta after all...

very beautiful and compelling! The symbolism is perfect, with a slightly more rational ending...well a reason for her suicide at least :)

Bobill- tell your cover artist that he/she did a wonderful job! Vader looks really COOL!! *glee*


Author: Bobill
Date posted: 3/4/2003 6:08:10 PM
Bobill's Comments:

Hey guys, just got home and found it archived, and I'm so excited! Anyway, thanks so much for all the positive feedback so far, glad you liked the analogy twist that I used, Destiny!

Anyway, without furthur ado, I would like to thank all my beta readers, THeMPIRE, jedi_michele, Lyra Luminara, Tahirifirefighter239, Siri Ruane, Knight_Ander, and Jedi_Master Kris, for all of their support and help for this! Also, many thanks to Tarkheki for the coverart! You did a really cool job, Tarkheki!

Author: THeMPIRE
Date posted: 3/4/2003 6:26:50 PM
THeMPIRE's Comments:

I am so excited that this story made the archive! Good for you! I loved this story, and I am so happy it made it! I hope that you can supply us all with your great writing abilities in the future! You style is fresh, and your ability raw. Great job!

Author: Princess Beccerz
Date posted: 3/4/2003 7:36:16 PM
Princess Beccerz's Comments:

*stunned* God. Wow! FANTASTIC!! I love how you tied the lake and the water into it. Keep it up!!

May The Force Be With You

Author: GenOochy
Date posted: 3/5/2003 4:40:34 AM
GenOochy's Comments:

You did it! You made it in the archives!!!

This has to be one of the best Fan Fics I've read.

Author: Darth Gazzan
Date posted: 3/5/2003 5:24:16 AM
Darth Gazzan's Comments:

Interesting conclusion to padme's life that she does not die and therefore could be included in the classic trilogy era.

Author: macleod_ranger
Date posted: 3/5/2003 7:45:28 AM
macleod_ranger's Comments:

An exceptionally moving piece. Gets right to the emotion of the encounter without being overwrought.

Author: Amidala_wannabe
Date posted: 3/5/2003 10:08:06 AM
Amidala_wannabe's Comments:

Wow, the detail, and the sadness that filled this story. Very well done, continue your good work. :)

Author: Sp00f
Date posted: 3/5/2003 1:03:45 PM
Sp00f's Comments:

I could totally view that one, great job!

Author: Beren
Date posted: 3/5/2003 4:08:05 PM
Beren's Comments:

Bobill, I am stunned that such a short story could move me that much. At times you hit on the very essence of the Star Wars mythos. Which is to say: if it doesn't turn out that way in Ep3, it should have. Wow, I really didn't want to begin to think of Anakin and Padme's final parting yet. I have been avoiding it; thinking mostly about Anakin and Obi-wan's duel, transformations of man and Empire, and the revealing of Palpatine. But your story cuts right through all of that and gives fair and great weight to Padme's true importance. Absolutely excellent.

Author: Admiral_Drake
Date posted: 3/5/2003 4:27:44 PM
Admiral_Drake's Comments:

Very Nice, really shows how it might end for her and how far gone vader truely was.
To spare her life but to send her to kessel shows how strong and yet how weak papltines hold over him truely was.

Author: Siri Ruane
Date posted: 3/6/2003 11:27:20 AM
Siri Ruane's Comments:

Congratulations Bobill!
Like I've said before, I really love this story. It's great to see it in the archives!
Keep up the good work!

Author: JurassicLord
Date posted: 3/6/2003 12:53:30 PM
JurassicLord's Comments:

Very breath taking!

You have true talent hiding in you. Have you ever thought about trying to write a book and get it published, or have you already done so?

I would say it was a very sad yet very joyous, or exciting at the same time. *pauses* Very much hate in it. But that's okay, hate is a good thing. Everybody hates, I hate, you hate. Hating keeps the society together.

BY the way I'm new here and not very active, as in posts a lot. So you probably won't hear from me again. Think of this as my final words before I go. Sounds like I'm dieng or something. Actually I am, we all are. Did you know you're dieng as soon as you are born? Of course you did, why did I ask?

Anyway back to your work. Very, very...good.

Author: Ani's girl
Date posted: 3/8/2003 7:47:23 PM
Ani's girl's Comments:

Absolutely, beautiful.
In a word breathtaking.
This is a positively brilliant piece. It also stays true to the fact that Leia did remember her mother in ROTJ.
Absolultely beautiful. Never stop writing.

Author: Leah
Date posted: 3/10/2003 7:19:56 AM
Leah's Comments:

yay! great story. i hope that vader really does get to see padme die--i hope it's something that will always haunt him.

Author: darth_motleynascar
Date posted: 3/10/2003 3:13:15 PM
darth_motleynascar's Comments:

This story, even though it's from a fan's 'point of view', puts some insight into what happened to Luke and Leia's mother. Very good!

Author: Jeff 42  (signed)
Date posted: 3/11/2003 4:49:01 PM
Jeff 42's Comments:

Good story! The idea of Padme killing herself doesn't really appeal to me, but it worked well here.

But for the story to really work, I do have to make the assumption that all those stormtroopers present were summarily executed. ;)

Author: jedi_michele
Date posted: 3/14/2003 11:49:52 AM
jedi_michele's Comments:

u know i just visited the today and i saw ur story posted up! i read it again and its just as wonderful as i read it the first time. congragualtions! u deserved it! thanks for acknowledging, and may the force be with u.

Author: jedi_michele
Date posted: 3/14/2003 11:50:00 AM
jedi_michele's Comments:

u know i just visited the today and i saw ur story posted up! i read it again and its just as wonderful as i read it the first time. congragualtions! u deserved it! thanks for acknowledging, and may the force be with u.

Author: the best
Date posted: 3/17/2003 7:41:21 PM
the best's Comments:

This captured everything so perfectly,evertyhing fit into the star wars universe,if I had it my way this story would definitely be in the next film,I wouldn't change a thing.

Author: Anakin's Girl
Date posted: 3/18/2003 6:53:41 AM
Anakin's Girl's Comments:

That was really, really well written. I don't think that Padme's death will happen like that, with her commiting suicide, but your story was very moving. It was one of those stories that you enjoy reading even though it makes you so depressed. You've definetely got talent.

Author: darthnikita
Date posted: 3/25/2003 7:36:06 AM
darthnikita's Comments:

i really enjoyed this story. i honestly think that with all that padme went through that either of two things happened to her: 1-the emperor kills her without vader's knowledge, or 2-she kills herself. the dialogue fits in very well with the characters and the story is credible.
good job!

Author: Cody Lover
Date posted: 3/27/2003 3:11:24 PM
Cody Lover's Comments:

Absolutely fantastic! This could really happen.
I loved it.

Author: jedimaster
Date posted: 3/27/2003 7:46:14 PM
jedimaster's Comments:

AWESOME! I may not know you but I would say that you could easily write a moving novel and publish it. Very well written! :)

Author: JediPug1  (signed)
Date posted: 4/2/2003 7:00:16 PM
JediPug1's Comments:

Deeply moving and well written!

Author: I-Love-Anakin
Date posted: 4/6/2003 9:38:43 AM
I-Love-Anakin's Comments:

Very good.I wish it was a scene in Eps.3

Author: Agent_Jaid
Date posted: 4/11/2003 12:12:25 PM
Agent_Jaid's Comments:


A freind sent me the link to this and I was "Oh cool, another Padme fic".

IT was good.

I thought you captured Bratikin nicely and Padme's reactions were believable.

Well done Bobill

Author: Calandra Arahas  (signed)
Date posted: 6/3/2003 3:19:13 PM
Calandra Arahas's Comments:

You have a gift with words. I very much enjoyed your story.


Author: Aww Gee S.S.S.S.S.S.S.
Date posted: 7/16/2003 11:32:05 AM
Aww Gee S.S.S.S.S.S.S.'s Comments:

What's up Bobill, hey, like you said, Bobill the bobbit, lets bob for apples Bobill! Bobill the bobbit, Bobill the bobbit, Bobill the bobbit... Awww, ain't he cute? My little Bobill *smooch*

Here's a comment... I'M TALKING TO YOU AREN'T I!

Very touching story though, my mouth was open if that meant anything. I loved the part about water, deep I tell ya. He was more machine than human, that reference was cool. I must say though, some phrases were interesting...yeah that's the word...I'll stick with interesting.

Author: Handmaiden_Yane
Date posted: 7/29/2003 12:31:31 PM
Handmaiden_Yane's Comments:

*wipes tear*

That was so awesome, bobill! This is truly a great story! No wonder it got archived! You go girl!

Author: Angel
Date posted: 8/26/2003 12:42:31 PM
Angel's Comments:

I love the way you described everything, it was magnificent. Please Let me know when you write another. you are a great author.

Author: JediMasterMariana
Date posted: 9/10/2003 7:10:41 PM
JediMasterMariana's Comments:

Excellent!I could actually see Padmé taking her own life.Good job!

Author: Annakin
Date posted: 12/20/2003 7:26:45 PM
Annakin's Comments:

your story is great! I was almost in tears. It's sad that Anakin's and Padme's love is torn apart so quick. :-(

Author: Leia_Amidala
Date posted: 1/19/2004 9:00:14 PM
Leia_Amidala's Comments:

You have a great creative ability. I really enjoyed reading your story. keep up the good work.

Author: Jake
Date posted: 4/13/2004 3:23:49 PM
Jake's Comments:

I like the line

"Then my husband is truly lost..."

a spooky reminder of Luke's words to vader on Endor..

I could totally see this happening in Ep.3.

Excellent work killer...

Author: syd bristow
Date posted: 10/29/2004 8:32:55 PM
syd bristow's Comments:

wow! That was a moving story!! Something that I would have never come up with- good job!!

Author: jabba  (signed)
Date posted: 2/12/2005 7:32:17 PM
jabba's Comments:

i liked it..... not that much but it was pretty good it just isn't my type of thng to read i want a fan - fic that changes SW history maybe one where either padme go's with vader or vader go's with Padme. maybe you could write one lke that *gives hopeful look*

Author: ObiWanGreatestJedi2688
Date posted: 6/23/2005 2:35:07 AM
ObiWanGreatestJedi2688's Comments:

I like the story, up until where she kills herself. I don't like that, perhaps because I hate the idea of suicide. But good story nonetheless.

Author: Kat
Date posted: 11/3/2005 4:38:04 PM
Kat's Comments:

I am not ashamed to say that I cried while reading this. Beautiful is all I can say to describe it.

Author: Hapless Tears
Date posted: 9/4/2006 5:03:25 AM
Hapless Tears's Comments:

It's sad to see how he drove her so far away
And even when she's standing there still giving him a chance he tlls her he has none

Author: Padme Skywalker
Date posted: 12/28/2006 2:53:44 PM
Padme Skywalker's Comments:

OMG. That was the best fanfiction ive ever read. I was completely taken back at the end i didn't expect that to happen. It was an honor to read such an amazing story and the end omg i think.....well let's just say that words can't even describe how awsome it was.


Author: PinkRangerV
Date posted: 8/26/2008 3:37:10 PM
PinkRangerV's Comments:

They should've done this instead of Padme's s***ty lines in Ep. 3. Wonderful, absolutly wonderful.

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