Gee... two acronyms in a row! I feel proud. Anyway, what does everybody think of this... it's rather preliminary at the moment. Just a stray 'why didn't they?' thought I had while watching TPM: Watto lost everything in the pod race... he said so to Qui-Gon. After selling the racing pod, Anakin suggests using the money to free his mother (Watto stated that a pod wasn't worth two slaves, but since he conceded to betting Anakin against the pod, we can assume it is worth one), thus also going some way to keeping Watto out of bankrupcy (a double good deed, the sort of thing Anakin at that age would like). Watto thoroughly despises these outlanders, but does need the money, so he agrees, and Shmi accompanies them to Coruscant. The middle of the story is still kind of murky in my mind, but I have some vague ideas about the ending. Shmi stays on Naboo doing some kind of job for Padme (not sure what) while Anakin goes with Qui-Gon for training. There will probably be some hints of romance between Qui-Gon and Shmi. Obi-Wan gets an apprentice of his own and takes her to be trained. Any thoughts? Or am I blathering (again)?