by Crystal Logan
I opened the door to my apartment and closed it behind me. I leaned against the door, surveying my barren apartment.
Then I cried. For Padmé.
Vader has questions for his wife... and she has some for him as well..
by Kenya Starflight
Vader stood, his whole body trembling like a drug addict desperate for another hit. Here was the spot. Here he would meet his destiny.... Again he was struck by the odd appropriateness of his demise. He'd fallen before, and he would now fall again. First the fall to darkness, then the fall to madness, and finally the fall to death. If there was to be any good to come from his tragic life, this would be it.
What if Vader had survived the duel on the Death Star... and had to fight the demons of his own conscience when he arrived at Endor?
(A poem between Anakin and Amidala.)
Born of the sun, I grew in fiery day...
"Padmé," I whisper, "I..." I don't know what to say to her. I want to say that I'm sorry for what I've put her through, but I've never be been good at apologizing to anyone, even to those who I care about Perhaps it's too late. To late for sorrys, but never too late for me to love her. Perhaps she should know that.
Before going off to face Obi-Wan, Vader has one more confrontation, even more difficult.
Dritali smiled into the darkness... A knight. Or at least someone who thought he was, and that was close enough for Dritali Neral. She resolved to learn everything she could about Lord Vader.
Lord Vader becomes an unlikely hero to a frightened and lonely child.
Be still and strong, little one.
You have your father's heart and your mother's love.
Don't be afraid...
When Lord Vader strikes up a friendship with young Princess Leia Organa, neither can come out of it unscathed.
Today was about her -- finding her.
How is it that nothing I've experienced has erased her from my soul?
He could admit that he loved her now... when it was likely too late.
The forces of darkness surround Amidala, as Vader rushes forward to try and save her.
"In the spirit of sportsmanship, I have an offer for you, Lord
Vader. I'm going to give you a chance to stop me from carrying
out my plan... Just make it to the bridge before we fly into
Coruscant and you may be able to thwart my plan... Run the
gauntlet to the bridge, or die."
"Very well, I accept your offer." Vader answered. "Pray that I
do not reach you."
Vader runs a gauntlet at the instigation of a madman out to destroy him, and all of Coruscant.
Piett stood frozen by the door. He felt grateful he didn't have to contend with the emperor personally. At least you could halfway reason with Vader.
Piett witnesses the power structure above him.
A nameless son to search for whose Force potential sparked just out of reach now and again like a flickering light.... To be alone with such power... But how to find him? Where to begin?
Vader learns of his son, and determines to find him.
a round robin
It is a time of healing. Acting on a suspicious pattern of newly found Imperial camps, Wedge Antilles and Rogue Squadron have made a disturbing discovery that surprises even Luke Skywalker-- a cloning lab, and an experiment that could change his life forever, and at last bring peace and closure to his family....
Anakin claims a clone that Palpatine had made as his final temptation, and in it, faces his family, the galaxy, and himself.
by Icarus 729
The man did not comment, only looked at her with sad steady eyes... Jaina, startled, placed her own hands on his arms. "Do I know you?" ...
"Yes--and no. I wish you had the chance to know your grandfather better."
Many years after Anakin's death, his grandchildren begin to have strange and visionary dreams about him.
by Cindé of Naboo
Anakin, without thinking, blurted out the first question that came to his mind. "Am I dead?"
To his surprise, Obi-Wan laughed. "Yes," he answered, "from a certain point of view. But in another sense, you've just come alive."
After his body dies, Anakin finds himself in a strange series of symbolic worlds, where he is given a chance to find those things he once lost.
It was supposed to have been his own death as well as Palpatine's. His respiratory circuitry had taken a beating, and he'd felt the life slipping out of him. And yet, he wasn't dead.... He inhaled, then spoke in the way that had once seemed natural to him. "What day is it?".... The droid gave him the day and month in Amidala's world, and he smiled. He had been unconscious for four days, but he had awakened on this day, as he always did. "It's my anniversary," he said to no one in particular.
Anakin has survived the final battle, long enough to speak with his children.
by Alderaan21, ami-padme, and FernWithy
Amidala felt her hand rise to her lips, heard herself gasp... For a long moment, they simply stared at one another. Then, in a burst of courage and desperation, she ran to him.
When Amidala stands by her husband's side, no power in the galaxy can stand against them.
Binks looked down at the vase again. "There's a story that meesa thinking you can hear. This one is about da man dat yousa both know."
"About Vader?" Luke asked.
"Yes. About da Vader."
"I know enough about Vader," Leia said, turning away.
"Yes," Binks said again. "Meesa thinking you do know a lot. But yousa forgetting some."
An old friend comes to the Skywalker twins with a story of their past.
[Vader] had known from the beginning that his plan could turn out like that and now he had to bear the brunt of its backlash.
Vader's discovery of his daughter leads to a brash plan to defeat Palpatine and rejoin his family... if the mechanations of enemies and the anger of family doesn't derail it.
by ami-padme and Darth Pipes
(formerly "What if the Empire Went Back in Time To Episode 1?")
Perhaps Skywalker survived his battle against Lord Vader. Perhaps he even had the potential to become the most powerful Force-user to ever live. But even he could not control time itself...
Palpatine devises a way to stop Luke Skywalker before he is ever born, but Luke, Leia, and Vader all choose to stop him.
(formerly "I'm Your What?")
a round robin
[Luke] ran to the other man. A frustrated breath escaped him, then he turned, looking entirely unsurprised to see a Jedi. "I don't believe we have met," he said. "I thought I knew nearly all the older padawans. I am Qui-Gon Jinn."... Two more figures were running down the gangplank, a younger man in long brown robes and a small, dusty boy... Luke's eyes widened as he felt the distinctive surge of energy. "Say nothing," Qui-Gon Jinn instructed him.
While escaping from Tatooine, Darth Maul sabotages the hyperdrive, causing a strange malunction... which sends them crashing into a skiff escaping Jabba's barge thirty-five years later...
[The voice] spoke in a variant of her voice, because it wasn't really using words--she was supplying them--but the sense of being spoken to by someone outside of herself was pervasive. You must be wary, young Leia, and you must be strong. The only question that matters today is the one you must never answer.
On Bespin, Vader asks Leia the one question she has always been forbidden to answer.
by ami-padme and Darth Pipes
Anakin was stunned. He quickly looked at his now unconcealed hands and found healthy, vibrant skin on it. He ran his hands over his arms and his legs. It was flesh and blood. He pinched his arms to check if it was real and felt the small stab of pain. He could know feel the muscles and the ligaments in his legs as he lifted them off the ground and flexed them. No longer were they the mechanical attachments that had been put on him after his body was destroyed.
The reunited Skywalker family battles Palpatine to the end over the construction of the second Death Star.
by ami-padme and FernWithy
"She didn't understand," Mother said, turning to Leia with wide, pleading eyes. "But you do, don't you, my Leia? My beauitful girl? You understand."
Leia couldn't find her voice to answer. She glided over to the spot on the floor where Mon Mothma had fallen A bit of her white robe had floated down when Father had lifted her, and Leia picked it up. She held it tight in her fist.
Oh, yes, Mother. I understand. I understand it all.
The Skywalker family is reunited, but only by brute strength. Will Leia's idealism bind them in a healthier way, or will her anger permanently sunder them... and destroy the galaxy?
It is a time of exile. As the newly declared Emperor Palpatine consolidates his hold on the Core Worlds, the weak and scattered Resistance has been forced into the lawless territories of the Outer Rim, to wait and hope for a chance to fight.
Anakin Skywalker, fleeing the purge of the Jedi knights conducted by Palpatine's apprentice, has taken refuge with the exiled Amidala and their family on his homeworld of Tatooine.
New: First my first post-RotS Vader fanfic, Process of Elimination.
He ordered the world back to its place on the edge of the galaxy,
and deactivated it.
For the remainder of the cleaning process, he let the computer
highlight and eliminate worlds, leaving only Alderaan itself
undecided. Vader stared at it for a long time.
And deactivated it as well.
He turned his eyes elsewhere.
The search for missing Jedi takes the new Lord Vader to Alderaan, where he encounters Leia for the first time.