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FIC: Mortal Instruments | 2, Purpose
Here's the next chapter. As the title goes, more about the point of this story will be revealed in this chapter and the question of who the girl is (though that wasn't really meant to be a mystery) is answered.




Mortal Instruments

2, Purpose



(18 years)

The Jedi’s hair was pale, radiation-bleached and his eyes were a color rarely found on Naboo. She watched him covertly from across the room, trying as she had been taught, to read his mind from the language of his body.

Even Jedi betrayed themselves, Father had taught her. Sometimes in their very stillness.

So Padmé wasn’t in the least surprised when he broke out of his stern pose by the door and walked to the wall-window beside her. Up close, his eyes were even bluer than she had realized.

“Finished?” he asked curtly.

She read the lines of tension around those remarkable eyes, set in an almost expressionless face and smiled. “My apologies, Master Jedi. I was bored. There is nothing here as new as you.”

He stared at her, his cheeks reddening. “I’m not a Master.”

“Oh? I’m sorry. I don’t know the distinctions of your rank…”

“You’re lying.”

Now it was her turn to be surprised – not that he knew she was lying, but the fact he confronted her with it.

She recovered quickly enough, schooling her emotions into a state of cynical serenity, raising one indolent eyebrow. “That’s rather rude for a Jedi.”

He shifted his feet and shrugged at the same time. “I’m not a Jedi yet,” he said softly, not quite meeting her eyes.

She resisted the urge to smile. Of that he was certainly right. A proper Jedi shouldn’t have been easier to read than the youngest political aide that worked in the lower floors of the Senate dome.

“A Padawan then? We are somewhat alike then. I’m in training myself.”

“Yes, I heard.” He raised his eyes, obviously relieved that the topic was shifting away from him. “They say you will run as Senator after the serving Senator’s first term.”

This time it was harder to suppress the spike of emotion that jumped inside her. “It is unlikely I will qualify. The Parliament will consider it a conflict of interest for two elected officials to come from the same family.” It wasn’t easy but she managed to bite back the bitterness from her tongue.

The sympathy pouring out of the Jedi helped a little. “That’s rather unfair,” he said. “Palpatine isn’t even really your father.”

She started, surprised – even offended at his statement. “He’s my father in all the ways that matter,” she said seriously. “It was through his efforts that I was found after the Gungans murdered my family. He’s raised me, provided me with education, support and all the opportunities I could wish for. My own family could not have done better.”

“Still,” he insisted. “They’re your family. Your blood…”

She laughed to hide her anger. “That is an odd thing for a Jedi to say. Your people teach us to regard bonds of shared values, purpose and vision as much and if not higher than the ones of common race or family ties. Or is this a case of ‘do-as-I-say-or-not-as-I-do’?”

He didn’t back down, as she had half-expected him to. Instead, he stared at her with eyes that seemed to see too much. “Like I said, I’m not a Jedi yet.”

He was a little bit taller than her. She only just realized that.

“I hope we are not interrupting.”

For the second time that day, she was caught of guard. The tall doors to her Father’s inner chamber had opened. His audience with the Jedi had ended and the three figures now regarded her and the Jedi Padawan.

There were few men who could make Father look small in Padmé’s eyes and Master Dooku was one of them. But not even a diminishing of height could stop the rush of affection that she felt when she regarded him, his hands folded behind a figure that got chubbier every day – she’d have to look into the caterer’s schedule – his gaze that endearing mix of amusement and concern that it was always was when it rested on her.

She gave him a special smile before she approached the second Jedi, and bowed low enough that her head was almost level to the diminutive figure.

“Master Yoda, it is an honor to meet you at last.”

The old Jedi regarded her thoughtfully.

Later, she and Father stood side by side at the wall-glass, watching the Jedi embark on their transport.

As usual, she waited for him to speak and taking his cue, paid attention to the Jedi as they folded themselves into their vehicle. Master Yoda was gracefully helped in by Dooku, then the other Master followed and the Padawan served as chauffeur, jumping behind the wheel a little too exuberantly.

“What did you think of Master Yoda, child?” Father asked thoughtfully.

“He doesn’t like me,” Padmé said at once. There was no sadness or anger in her voice, just concern.

“Indeed? You’ll have to do something about that then.”

She sighed. “Yes, Father.”

“What did you think of his Padawan?”

The blue exhaust flames of the speeder ignited. Her eyes were trained on the Padawan so she did not miss the sudden sharp turn his head made, the way his eyes seemed to leap across the distance and find hers. And hold them.

Then she blinked and the speeder was gone.

“I think Anakin Skywalker is a very talented Padawan, perceptive and physically adept. He hasn’t mastered their serenity and he’s not very skilled at hiding his emotions. He’s also too aware of his talents for a proper Jedi. He still has a lot of training to do before he becomes one.”

Father was silent. Padmé tried to gather her thoughts together. They seemed to have scattered before a pair of startling blue eyes.

“I also think Anakin Skywalker is not very sure he wants to be a Jedi.”

Palpatine smiled. He turned to her and one of the yellow twinkles she loved were sparking in his eyes.

“You’ll have to do something about that then.”

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in_excelsis_dea From: in_excelsis_dea Date: September 20th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, so it was Padme? I definitely wasn't expecting that. And I like how her personality is largely the same- she's not afraid to stand up for herself, she doesn't take nonesense from anyone. Of course there does seem to be some Palpatine influence. And stopping Anakin from being a Jedi- that will be interesting...

Great job, I'm definitely looking forwards to reading more.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 24th, 2007 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, sorry about that. *g* It wasn't even meant to be a secret (that it was Padme), it just happened that way.

stopping Anakin from being a Jedi- that will be interesting...
I'd say! :)
indiefic From: indiefic Date: September 20th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
OOh! I thought it was Padme, but I was never expecting her to be raised by Palpatine. Now that is a very interesting concept. He used her to adeptly to influence Anakin in canon. But it seems it was almost an afterthought, a convenience. I'd love to see what he manipulations he has in store by using her intentionally from the start.

Fantastic concept. Can't wait for more!!
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 24th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
*g* I've always loved the idea of dark Padme which is very unfortunate because stories where Padme is evil are few and far between. I'm quite excited about this story because iI intend to make all the characters as twisted as I can! :D

ladyaeryn From: ladyaeryn Date: September 21st, 2007 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting concept so far! :) Like indiefic, I'm curious to see how using her to manipulate Anakin turns out with the added element of Palpatine being a much more direct influence on her.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 24th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can only reassure you that there'll be plenty of backstabbing angst!
From: ex_suhina987 Date: September 21st, 2007 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Awesome. In a way, since you're playing with things, I was almost hoping the Padawan would be Qui-Gon, especially after Dooku was mentioned. Still, this looks quite intriguing1
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 24th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the feedback but whyever Qui-Gon? He's a great deal older than Padme... *scratches head*
r0ck3tsci3ntist From: r0ck3tsci3ntist Date: September 24th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Even Jedi betrayed themselves, Father had taught her. Sometimes in their very stillness.


Oh leia, oh leia - the moment I read this, I knew it was going to be good. I just love how subtle your characterization is.</i>

The sympathy pouring out of the Jedi helped a little. “That’s rather unfair,” he said. “Palpatine isn’t even really your father.”

She started, surprised – even offended at his statement. “He’s my father in all the ways that matter,” she said seriously. “It was through his efforts that I was found after the Gungans murdered my family. He’s raised me, provided me with education, support and all the opportunities I could wish for. My own family could not have done better.”


OMG!!! THIS is why I love you...

and here I thought maybe I was losing interest in this pair - you may have just jumpstared me.

and the rest... ok = you got me.

0_0
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 25th, 2007 08:01 am (UTC) (Link)
::blushes:: You're too kind! And I'm so glad I've revived A/P interest for you. Does this mean we'll get more of Doppelland soon? Please, please, pretty please?
fialleril From: fialleril Date: September 24th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
So many goodies to pick from... :D

(18 years)

I have to ask, as a matter of curiosity, 18 years for whom?

“You’re lying.”

Now it was her turn to be surprised – not that he knew she was lying, but the fact he confronted her with it.

She recovered quickly enough, schooling her emotions into a state of cynical serenity, raising one indolent eyebrow. “That’s rather rude for a Jedi.”


For some reason I love this section. I think it's the fact that he is completely open and honest, even when he perhaps shouldn't be, and everything she does is an act, even when it wouldn't need to be.

It was through his efforts that I was found after the Gungans murdered my family.

It's truly terrifying how similar this is to a conversation I had with my sister. Only in that case, we were using it as a spoof. Trust you to make it serious. ;)

“Like I said, I’m not a Jedi yet.”

Love the echoes of Vader to Luke here. Makes me wonder which of them is Vader and which is Luke. ;)

There were few men who could make Father look small in Padmé’s eyes and Master Dooku was one of them.

Yay, Dooku! *does happy dance*

“What did you think of his Padawan?”

*crushed expression* And here I was really starting to hope that Anakin was Dooku's padawan. *glares at Yoda* But really, with Yoda for a master, I'm amazed he'd even need any help turning to the Dark Side. I'd have thought Yoda would have driven him over the edge years ago. It takes a special person to put up with old Yoda, and a Luke Skywalker Anakin is not.

“I also think Anakin Skywalker is not very sure he wants to be a Jedi.”

On a serious note: very good observation from the author. :)

On a less serious note: He's not very sure he wants to be a Jedi. In fact, he's becoming more certain by the day that he'd really rather be a street magician. ;)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 25th, 2007 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
18 years for Padme. The story timeline is her age.

I think it's the fact that he is completely open and honest, even when he perhaps shouldn't be, and everything she does is an act, even when it wouldn't need to be.

Exactly. On the surface, it seems like such an innocent conversation - NOT! Even in canon while Anakin was not a very good Jedi (wore his heart on a sleeve), Padme was a very good politician and in the beginning, the balance between them was definitely slanted to one side. Imagine what can happen 'here'. ::evil cackle::


And here I was really starting to hope that Anakin was Dooku's padawan. *glares at Yoda* But really, with Yoda for a master, I'm amazed he'd even need any help turning to the Dark Side.

It's a compliment to Dooku that I made Anakin Yoda's Padawan. P & P would have had their work cut out for them if Anakin had been Dooku's Padawan. As it is, he's already straining against the troll's leash.

Street magician? Now, that's an idea! ::winks::
veriond From: veriond Date: October 2nd, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
after the Gungans murdered my family

This made me laugh. fialleril and I once came up with the perfect way to get Padmé to rule the Empire in a crack RP session. It involved convincing her that the Gungans killed her family.

She then went on a reign of terror and began the Gungan genocide. She was completely paranoid, accusing everyone of plotting with the Gungans against her. Eventually the Sith and Jedi allied together to stop the madness and Padmé was placed in a mental hospital where she raved constantly about killing all the Gungans.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 3rd, 2007 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow, fialleril and I must really be twins! Which makes you and I sisters! ::g:: Your RP is uncannily like one of my semi-abandoned plot bunny ‘verses: ‘The Bargain’. The basis of that AU is that Anakin was found by the Jedi as a baby and so, he wasn’t there to fly the fighter craft during the Battle of Naboo but it is really a story about Padmé.

Anakin being a Jedi from childhood started a chain reaction of events that led to Padmé losing the Battle of Naboo as Queen Amidala, Naboo being annexed by the Trade Federation, and the Neimodians appointing the Gungans as the ruling species with the humans as slaves.

Padmé finally succeeded in overthrowing the Neimodians but only after making a bargain (and hence the name of the AU-verse) with now-Sith Lord Sifo-Dyas. One of the first things she did was to quietly arrange for the mass genocide of the Gungans when she had them forcefully relocated to Otoh Gunga, then ‘faked’ a Separatist attack on the moon that exterminated all forms of life.

And the real uncanny kicker? The story finally ends with Padmé ruling the Empire. *g* However she doesn’t get committed – only murdered by her own daughter. ::evil smile::
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vanimy From: vanimy Date: October 6th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
:o

I love this... (is that even a surprise? ;)) Padmé and Sidious... eek... It's so wrong in every single way.... *shudders* And Anakin/Padmé being in almost reversed roles... Mmh... Very interesting...
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 7th, 2007 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Padmé and Sidious... eek... It's so wrong in every single way....

Oh you haven't seen anything yet. ::evil smile::
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