This is what I get for posting after so many others. Especially leia_naberrie. Tough act to follow? Suffice it to say that this was one of my favorite chapters of WOC. Between the pregnancy revelation and the ?baptism? in the fresher, it sets Anakin on an entirely new course. Anakin decided he had been right to tread cautiously in Palpatine?s presence where PadmÃ© was concerned. The Chancellor clearly had a specific agenda, and would be unlikely to tolerate interference with it. It?s always good to see the strategist in Vader making an appearance. And also an important lesson there about the future Emperor too. (Not that Vader ever listens: ?I told you to wait with the fleet.? ) And yet what choice does Anakin have but to strike some sort of deal? Not all of it ? he had learned his lesson there ? but enough to bring her some vitality and strength. If she chose to, she could use it to fight her own inner battles. The return of the life-Force transference was a surprise. Even more than this, though, I like that Anakin is not compelling PadmÃ© to stay with him ? he?s not infusing her with energy she doesn?t want, or trying to control her. He will only help her if she?s willing to fight herself. And given Anakin?s penchant for wanting to control things, this is a very powerful statement about his love for PadmÃ©. I?m still here. Such painful foreshadowing in only three words? At some point he will no longer be Anakin, but Vader. When he looks in the mirror he won?t look the same at all. And yet even then Anakin is still there, lost (or buried) until Luke redeems him two decades later. ?Come on,? he murmured. ?Let?s go. It?s time to find a way to keep on living.? I couldn?t agree more that this is what they both would do. And yet Anakin?s reaction to BalÃ©?s death, and PadmÃ©?s reaction to losing BalÃ© and Anakin, shows that the opposite is also true? PadmÃ© could not live without Anakin and her children, nor could he live without them. Which, from a certain point of view, he won?t? Great job as always, my friend. Can?t wait for the rest.