See the note on the previous page about the posting schedule. ************************************* POF Missing Scene # 1: The Morning After (Chapter Six) Author?s Commentary: I thought about including a scene like this in Chapter Six, but it was growing too long already and a further scene wasn?t necessary to develop the story. It?s a fun Missing Scene, though! With his feet set wide and his hands clasped at the small of his back, Anakin stood on the terrace of the Skywalker residence and faced into the warm, soft glow of the rising sun. His eyes were closed in meditation, but his perceptions in the Force showed him everything he needed to see ? the bustling airspeeder traffic, the nighttime fog slowly vanishing into the dawn, the towering skyscrapers teeming with life inside their cold metal structures, the birds chasing the insects through the skies, and so much more. He felt more than heard the door open. ?Good morning, DanaÃ©.? ?Good morning, Daddy,? his daughter replied. After a long, slow, deliberate breath he turned to face her. ?I had a message from Mace this morning.? She nodded solemnly, silently. ?You should be proud. Master Yoda would have made that decision with the greatest care.? ?I know.? Anakin smiled. ?And yet you still wonder why he chose you.? DanaÃ© flashed a helpless grin. ?Would you expect any less of me?? ?No. Not really, no.? ?I trust his judgment. Even if I don?t understand it yet.? He grinned back. ?Maybe you never will. There are decisions he made, insights he found, that I still can?t figure out to this day.? She chuckled. ?Humbling, isn?t it, Master Skywalker?? ?Yes. Yes, it is.? She strode to his side and gazed out over the cityscape. ?Why are you out here? Breakfast is almost ready.? He smiled. He had to admit it was out of character for him not to be hovering around the food. ?I have my reasons.? She looked at him curiously. ?It seems Leia forgot to set her morning chimes. Her? guest? has yet to make his escape.? DanaÃ© burst out laughing, loudly and happily. ?Since when do you pass up an opportunity like this?? Anakin laughed too. ?Since I was threatened with an Executive Order by the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic. Her Excellency was most insistent on the matter.? ?You must be so disappointed.? ?I am.? Anakin wrapped an arm around his daughter?s shoulders. ?But this is Leia we?re talking about. It?s not as though I won?t have plenty of other opportunities in the future.? ?Very true.? She leaned into him. ?We can foresee that without the Force.? ?Yes, we sure can.? They stood together for a few minutes and watched the airspeeders zoom by. Then DanaÃ© eased out of his embrace and headed toward the door. ?I?m going to help Mom,? she said. ?You coming?? Anakin glanced back over his shoulder. ?Not if I know what?s good for me.? DanaÃ© grinned, and waved open the door. Ultimately his growling stomach compelled Anakin to risk joining the others in the kitchen, where he quickly appraised the situation. Bryon and SarrÃ© were huddled in a conversation at the small table. PadmÃ© and DanaÃ© moved with nearly frantic efficiency to prepare a truly impressive feast. Neither the twins nor their lovers were anywhere to be found. Anakin concluded it was best if he just started ferrying the serving dishes to the dining room. It was on his third trip back into the kitchen when Leia burst through the opposite door. All eyes in the room shot to his daughter. Her hair and skin were damp from a shower, and she hurriedly tucked her shirt into her trousers. Anakin wondered if he?d ever seen Leia this flustered. He smiled his best innocent smile. ?Good morning, Leia.? ?Good morning, dear,? PadmÃ© added from behind him. He didn?t need the Force to feel his wife?s gaze digging into his back like a vibroblade. ?Sorry,? Leia said as she sat down next to Bryon and immediately began to fold the napkins he and SarrÃ© had forgotten about. ?I? uh?