That is so sad...and yet so beautiful. I was afraid you were going to have Anakin fall into a lava pit in your last post. I'm glad you gave this a more peaceful ending, with Anakin and Padme still together...for now. This was beautifully written and I only wish George would have hired you to write Episode III. ?It seems that you will be needed.? Mace paused, and then finished quietly, ?It seems that your destiny lies along a different path from mine.? They did not talk much more after that. Obi-Wan went back to looking into the far distance, while Mace prepared to slip into a deep meditation. He needed all the strength he could draw from the Force. As would all the Jedi. There was light ahead, Master Yoda insisted. There was hope. But it would be born out of darkness and sacrifice. *sniffle* Ah, Yoda--the wise one is he. And we really have "a new hope" with Obi-Wan, and Luke. Amazing how Yoda can see that--but is there anything Yoda can't do? Great story my friend.