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Gungan to the left

The Bed Blanket Lawn Party (G)

By : Darth Breezy

Archived on: Monday, April 21, 2003

Pooja gives Anakin Skywalker a bit of a lesson in being both a child and a parent.

Eight months! Eight months since his secret wedding to his beloved angel and at this first opportunity to be together for any real length of time, Anakin was sick.

He had secured a fifteen day leave with the promise to report to Arbra at its end. As Arbra was only a short journey from Naboo, he would be spending his free time there. In his heart, it had always been a place of refuge. Never mind the fact that it was also the home of his ?friend? Senator Amidala. It was just a fortunate coincidence that they happened to share the love of her home world. That was the ?official? word, at least, and it worked for those who would be concerned about such matters. Indeed, Obi-Wan had raised nary a cynical eyebrow when Anakin had told him of his plans. The fact that the Senate was in recess and that Amidala might be there? well, as was already mentioned, it was her home world too? what of it?

Oddly enough, his plans had originally included spending a great deal of time in bed. Of course, Padm? had factored rather prominently in those ideas, but most decidedly not as a nursemaid! So here he was, lying in the guest room of the Naberrie household. While the rest of the family was preparing for the lawn party that they would be holding in three days, he, Anakin Skywalker, Jedi and hero of the Battle of Geonosis, was lying in a sick bed floored by a simple cold. Obi-Wan would have been pleased.

Things had started off well enough. Padm? had met him at the Hotel Ennui in Theed and they had managed to spend at least one night in each other's embraces before returning to her family home, where a slight sniffle that had been echoed from Padm??s niece Pooja, had, for Anakin at least, turned into a raging head cold overnight. The Healer had come and gone, prescribing bed rest and a sleep-inducing tea that seemed (in Anakin?s eyes) to have been made from Bantha urine. (On second thought, Bantha urine would probably have tasted better and been just as effective, but rather than risk the considerable wrath of his wife, Anakin took the remedy without comment.)

Slowly, even with his senses dulled by illness and sedation, Anakin became acutely aware of an increasingly painful pressure on his? well, his groin. He opened his eyes to find that Pooja had set up a little picnic on his lap complete with a brightly coloured blanket, sandwiches and cups with saucers, and the inevitable teapot which was resting right on his?

?Perhaps we should move this, little one,? he said as calmly as he could, gingerly moving the very full (and very hot) pot to the side table. ?And what brings you here?? He gave her a bleary wink. ?Does your mother know you?re here??

?Momma is out in the garden with Auntie Padm? and Granma,? Pooja said petulantly. ?And Ryoo told me that I was just underfoot and that it was my fault that you would miss the party and that you would hate me forever ?coz you only see Auntie Padm? every once in a while and it?s my fault that you?re sick?? Her brown eyes, so much like her aunt?s, welled up with tears.

Almost fully awake now, Anakin cupped her chin in his left hand and gently lifted her face up to meet his eyes.

?Neither your Auntie Padm? nor I could ever hate you, little one,? he said softly, and smiled.

Relieved that the world wasn?t going to come to an end after all, she smiled, sniffing back the tears.? ?Since you?re too sick to come to the party I thought I?d bring you a lawn party on your bed!? She smiled broadly and handed him a cup and saucer.

More alert now, he quickly made for the teapot and poured some first for Pooja and then, tentatively, for himself. To his surprise and delight, the tea wasn?t the Bantha piss that the Healer had forced on him, but instead a pleasantly minty-smelling concoction. He took a hesitant sip and was relieved to find that it was actually as tasty as it smelled - and cleared his head a little in the process.

?Thank you,? he said softly, nodding his head. ?This is quite lovely.?

?It?s what Momma gives me when I?m sick,? Pooja replied, beaming. ?R2 helped me make it!? She lowered her eyes a bit. ?Can you keep a secret?? she whispered.

Anakin nodded, wondering what this little girl could possibly hold so secret.

?I?m going to marry him,? she said quietly, blushing to the roots of her curly hair.



?Are who?? Anakin repeated, perplexed.

She blushed even more furiously. ?Ar-Two! Either R2 or Altain? I haven?t decided yet.?

?R2?? Anakin considered this. ?But who is Altain??

?Promise not to tell?? she implored him again, eyes wide.

?I?m honor bound not to,? he reassured her gently. ?It?s against the Jedi Code to betray your niece?s trust. I promise. So who is this young suitor that would win you away from?? he bit his lower lip back, trying to hide his smile, ?R2??

Pooja sighed. ?He?s a boy who lives down the street.? She pulled a face. ?But he?s icky! Like all boys!?

Anakin, grateful for his years of Jedi training, managed to keep his face straight.

?Are all boys? ?icky??? he asked, trying to be diplomatic.

?Well? mostly,? she admitted. ?Uncle Ani?? she asked, her face again becoming a mask of seriousness. ?Did you ever think girls were icky??

Anakin paused, thinking.

?Well, until I met your Aunt Padm?,? he began thoughtfully, ?I thought girls were just like boys? you know, okay, so some of them couldn?t run as fast, but others, like Ekba, she could kick your?? he trailed off, seeing that the conversation might be a bit too mature for Pooja. ?Your Aunt Padm? was special?? he trailed off wistfully. ?I wanted to marry her the day we met. I was all of nine, I think.?

?Nine?? Pooja echoed. ?That?s a long time away for me, isn?t it??

Anakin nodded. ?But you don?t want to get married right away, do you??

?No.? She shook her head. ?I?m not ready for all that adult stuff yet.?

Anakin felt the colour rise in his cheeks. He knew the Naboo were, well, ?forward thinking? and told their children the basic facts of life as soon as they asked, but he had been seven when he had found out about such matters and this little girl was all of what? Four?

?I like to be cuddled,? she admitted, her thumb creeping towards her mouth. ?But I don?t think I want to learn to cook just yet.? She sighed, and her eyelids began to droop.

Anakin carefully began moving the party implements to the nightstand, after which he lifted the sleepy little girl onto his lap. She promptly closed her eyes, thumb firmly entrenched in her mouth. Anakin, who was also beginning to feel sleepy again, rested her against his chest and lay back on the bed. He began stroking her hair gently, sending waves of comfort through the Force.

?Auntie Padm? won?t mind you cuddling me?? Pooja asked, her voice thick and sleepy. Anakin kissed her forehead lightly and continued stroking her hair. Within moments, they were both asleep.

?Ryoo, how many times have I told you not to tease your sister like that?? Sola sighed, exasperated as she walked into the house, her elder daughter and sister following close behind.

?But Momma!? Ryoo whined. ?She did make Uncle Ani sick??

Sola thought she saw Padm? suppress a smile as she passed the two of them to check on her ailing husband.

?Pooja?? Sola?s voice echoed throughout the house, and for a moment she panicked. Her daughter was nowhere in sight. She was about to fly into a fearful search when she saw her sister standing at the doorway to the guest room, a small smile on her face.

?Is it???

Padm? just nodded and gestured to her sister to join her.

When Sola beheld the sight before her eyes, any lingering doubt about her sister?s choice of a husband vanished. There was her daughter, cuddled in the arms of Padm??s Jedi protector and husband, both as content as any beings could ever be. Both fast asleep, with the cares of the rest of the galaxy far away and forgotten. Yes, Padm??s husband, Anakin Skywalker, was a good man and a good husband. Perhaps someday soon he?d make a good father as well.

Original cover by DarthBreezy. HTML formatting copyright 2003 TheForce.Net LLC.

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Author: Siri Ruane
Date posted: 4/22/2003 5:54:52 AM
Siri Ruane's Comments:

How cute! I wanna marry R2 too!

Author: vampirejing  (signed)
Date posted: 4/22/2003 6:05:00 AM
vampirejing's Comments:

^___^Pooja is so cute!

What a lovely story.Good job!

Author: Princess Beccerz
Date posted: 4/22/2003 6:57:51 AM
Princess Beccerz's Comments:

Aaawwwwww! How cute! Excellent story!

Author: Princess Beccerz
Date posted: 4/22/2003 6:59:43 AM
Princess Beccerz's Comments:

OOOPS!sorry i put the wrong author! Darth Breezy, sorry about that. excellent story. sorry again!

Author: Jedisister
Date posted: 4/22/2003 8:41:25 AM
Jedisister's Comments:

That was so sweet!! Great job!

Author: Quiller  (signed)
Date posted: 4/22/2003 3:00:30 PM
Quiller's Comments:

I'm not sure I could see Anakin being quite so patient, but the story was well done. And the child, Pooja?, was nicely drawn. Good job.

Author: starzgrl
Date posted: 4/22/2003 4:44:15 PM
starzgrl's Comments:

Awww! That was soooo cute! I loved the story... great job!

Author: Jedi Master Leia Organa Solo
Date posted: 4/22/2003 5:06:31 PM
Jedi Master Leia Organa Solo's Comments:

Wonderful sweet story!

Author: Wilhelmina  (signed)
Date posted: 4/22/2003 6:59:47 PM
Wilhelmina's Comments:

I'm tickled pink to see this story here! It's nice to see adult Anakin on the light side--they can't *all* have been bad days from AOTC to Sithhood, right? ;-) Anakin's never been able to get the hang of not forming attachments, so it makes perfect sense that he'd get along so well with his niece.

Pooja is adorableness personified! Grown up for a four-year-old in some ways, but still very much a child. I could absolutely picture the young actress from the deleted scenes in this role. (Nice job on the cover art, BTW!)

Author: geo3  (signed)
Date posted: 4/22/2003 7:33:50 PM
geo3's Comments:

What a refreshing story! I agree that it cannot have been all darkness, all the time - that attachments come naturally to Anakin Skywalker and that he would indeed enjoy his niece's company.

A lovely, charming story that is a pleasure to read. I laughed out loud in a couple of places - I'll leave you to guess which! (Hint: one of them was 'arwho?' 'R2'....)

Author: Jedi Dajuan
Date posted: 4/23/2003 11:12:20 AM
Jedi Dajuan's Comments:

This is a great story. It really shows Anakin's caring side that never quite left him even in the darkest of times.
:) Jedi Dajuan

Author: jedishellyskywalker
Date posted: 4/23/2003 2:53:52 PM
jedishellyskywalker's Comments:

Ahhh, this fanfic was so sweet! The way you portrayed Pooja in the cover art reminded me of my little sister when she was little too! Jeep up the good work!

Author: jedishellyskywalker
Date posted: 4/23/2003 3:03:15 PM
jedishellyskywalker's Comments:

Shesh! I can't spell! I meant to say KEEP up the good work! I loved this story!

Author: ForceAchtungBaby
Date posted: 4/24/2003 9:46:26 AM
ForceAchtungBaby's Comments:

Breezy, dear! I've always loved this story! It so deserved to be highlighted here!

Author: Rwhen 85
Date posted: 4/24/2003 12:37:06 PM
Rwhen 85's Comments:


Author: rhonderoo
Date posted: 4/24/2003 3:21:52 PM
rhonderoo's Comments:

Great story DB!!! Like others I can see Anakin as being VERY good with children. It's good to see stories where everything is not ALL bad with him. Good job!

Author: Senator Jake
Date posted: 4/25/2003 7:47:49 PM
Senator Jake's Comments:

This was such a cute anecdote! Pooja was just great. I was also glad to see Anakin, an all-powerful Jedi, get the common cold, showing how vulnerable even the Knights of the Republic can be!

Author: Nade_Naberrie  (signed)
Date posted: 4/26/2003 6:57:57 AM
Nade_Naberrie's Comments:

Well, it's about time!!! I love the Naberrie family, (hence, my alias) especially the s! And wanting to marry Artoo, LOL! Way too cute. Loved Ani in this fic, too. What a sweetie. This is how I love to see him portrayed. AWESOME job. Keep the Naberrie fics coming! :)


Author: Nade_Naberrie  (signed)
Date posted: 4/26/2003 6:58:56 AM
Nade_Naberrie's Comments:

oops, I meant *kids*!

Author: pimpy wan
Date posted: 4/26/2003 12:09:14 PM
pimpy wan's Comments:

this was a nice short fiction. it's good to see a story which provides a glimpse into the personal lives of these characters. and the niece was very well-written also.

Author: SoloGirl
Date posted: 4/27/2003 8:22:13 AM
SoloGirl's Comments:

What a beautiful fic- you paint a perfect picture of the father Anakin could have been, and it's so sweet!! Keep up the good work, because I definitely loved this!

Author: SoloGirl
Date posted: 4/27/2003 8:22:14 AM
SoloGirl's Comments:

What a beautiful fic- you paint a perfect picture of the father Anakin could have been, and it's so sweet!! Keep up the good work, because I definitely loved this!

Author: Darth Breezy  (signed)
Date posted: 4/28/2003 10:30:09 PM
Darth Breezy's Comments:

Thank you to the people who have read, and especially to those who have left comments. It is a wonderful feeling to see and 'hear' such nice things about your work. Special thanks to the tough as Nails Betas (Geo3, Darth Lex) and the archive staff who cared enough about the story to help correct any errors they found.


Author: Valiowk
Date posted: 4/29/2003 3:08:16 AM
Valiowk's Comments:

Awww...that was such a sweet story. I like the way the focus was so throughly on Anakin and l'il Pooja, yet it was so unnoticable that I was totally immersed in the story without really paying attention to exactly who the character was (I usually don't tend to think of Anakin in this context).

Marrying R2! It's the freshest, most novel idea I've ever known :) I wonder what R2 would think :)

Author: Cat
Date posted: 5/6/2003 7:51:52 AM
Cat's Comments:

Cutest story EVER! Pooja is so sweet! And wanting to marry R2, lol!
And the ending is adorable. I wouldn't mind a cuddle with 'Uncle Ani' myself ;)

Author: JediSkywalker13
Date posted: 5/7/2003 12:26:02 PM
JediSkywalker13's Comments:

Wow this story is just plain out cute. Great job! Sibling rivils are good <Ryoo Pjooa>.

Author: Yoma
Date posted: 5/11/2003 1:17:41 PM
Yoma's Comments:

I can only agree with the rest. It's cute. Hope to get my hands on more of this. :)

Author: JediMasterMariana
Date posted: 9/10/2003 6:45:14 PM
JediMasterMariana's Comments:

I'm glad to finally read a story about Anakin being happy before he turned.

Author: DarthMaul431  (signed)
Date posted: 9/24/2003 3:04:40 PM
DarthMaul431's Comments:

I guess even in the Star Wars Galaxy, the common cold isn't curable!

Author: JediAngel
Date posted: 3/18/2004 10:03:27 AM
JediAngel's Comments:

I loved your story. It's both funny and sweet.

Author: LordObiWan89
Date posted: 4/22/2004 11:59:58 PM
LordObiWan89's Comments:

This was such a great story. The part with R2 was SO funny! LOL! Great Job!

Author: Endurwen_Kenobi  (signed)
Date posted: 7/13/2004 1:39:43 PM
Endurwen_Kenobi's Comments:

This is sooo cute! I've read this fic at least ten times and I still love it.


Author: Chelsea
Date posted: 7/19/2004 3:05:35 AM
Chelsea's Comments:

It's soo cute that I red it about a million times. keep writing thees cute stories I'm sure they'll be very good.

Author: Daniel
Date posted: 8/13/2004 6:59:03 PM
Daniel's Comments:

Vader felled by a cold, I'd never thought I'd see the day.

Author: Allie
Date posted: 3/9/2005 2:11:56 PM
Allie's Comments:

This sotry is so adorable! I love it!!!!!!!!!!

Author: JediFalcon
Date posted: 4/12/2005 4:40:19 AM
JediFalcon's Comments:

Awwwwwwwwwwwww thats so cute :x its too bad Anakin fell to the darkside and it all happened that way, because he would've made a good father thats for sure :)

Author: me_luv_darth_squishy
Date posted: 4/21/2005 4:35:01 PM
me_luv_darth_squishy's Comments:

that is soo cute! i think that, for the first time, it would b cool if anakin didnt turn 2 the dark side


Author: TKeira_Lea  (signed)
Date posted: 10/19/2005 8:18:23 AM
TKeira_Lea's Comments:


I hit random fic and this wonderful gem came up. Sort of a blast from the past, eh? I want to marry Artoo, too. :x I just loved Pooja and sick Anakin is priceless.

Glad I got to enjoy this again.


Author: FelsGoddess
Date posted: 10/21/2005 9:14:23 AM
FelsGoddess's Comments:

Very cute. Who wouldn't want to marry R2.

Author: rocketsientist
Date posted: 1/1/2006 1:01:05 PM
rocketsientist's Comments:

This story is so sweet and poignant, I'm getting sniffly myself. Anakin is so sweet with the child - sigh - if only....
Lovely story!

Author: ShadowSpinner
Date posted: 11/12/2009 10:52:09 PM
ShadowSpinner's Comments:

Ohhh!!! this is my very favorite story i keep coming back to read it over and over!

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