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Title: Trees in the Wind
Disclaimer: I do not own Star Wars and am not making any money with this drabble
Word Count: 240
Rating: PG
Summary: Lady Pestage has a moment of realisation.
Author's Note: Meme response for [ profile] veronicaprof, who requested Palpatine and Vader + outside observer. Also, just for the record, the new posting style is a bitch.

Darth Vader leaned down as they walked, like a great black-barked tree bent by the wind. Alloy and leather solid against the darkening cityscape. It was always strange to see that autocratic sorcerer bow before Palpatine with ease, as if he’d been born to it. Moteé couldn’t hear their conversation, but she knew the Emperor’s coy, pale hands of old; the way Palpatine would turn, set a smooth, measured pace ahead and make tall Anakin Skywalker slow up his steps to follow him across the room.

Moteé had been Padmé’s political aide, the one who arranged meetings, not hair, and she had often been in the Chancellery to liaise with Sate. A cold shudder ran through her body in abrupt realisation. She flinched a little when Vizier Pestage, her husband, laid a hand on her arm. Are you all right? Those quick, dark eyes inquired, gently squeezing her skin. And Lady Pestage felt a sudden, strange triumph turn over in her stomach: that she wasn’t alone, that she wasn’t the only one of Padmé Amidala’s associates who hadn’t retreated from politics or performed that final ritual which placed beings beyond any government – the accepted resignation of any handmaiden who failed in her duties.

Moteé was a pragmatist. It was one of the many traits which tied her so intimately to her husband. And, it seemed, that Anakin Skywalker was too. Or perhaps, she considered derisively, he really is in love.

Date: 2011-08-26 05:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Of course he's in love :) Ha!

I like the image of Palpatine making Vaderkin take slower steps. It's something I never really thought about before with their height difference... and that just seems like such a Palpatine thing to do.

Date: 2011-08-29 12:35 am (UTC)
ext_25678: (lushani)
From: [identity profile]
He's unwilling to miss a single word because it relates to their next assignation. Lady Pestage knows herself very well, ooooh that can be dangerous ...

Date: 2011-08-29 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I enjoyed this greatly, and will answer with more detail later, as with the latest Alexis installment!


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