Still have pneumonia after 20 days and am going to the doctor, but putting up an entry for you nice people. ENTRY 4 Today was one of our longest Council meetings since I joined the ranks. I have seen a matter of business occupy several hours, but it has usually had to do with the Jedi Trials or the shuffling of assets in the Outer Rim. Today had to do with 'shuffling of assets,' but the first half hour was occupied by a political report from Master Gallia. I may be the Chancellor's representative--against his will, no less--but she has been tasked with determining the loyalties of the Senate. Palpatine has promised multiple times that he will call for an immediate election of a peacetime Chancellor once the war comes to an end. Master Windu has been skeptical since the start where Palpatine is concerned. I am not sure that a man who has kept that office for thirteen years will give it up without a fight. Master Gallia is of the opinion that the Chancellor will call for an election because the Senators will look favorably on his ability to keep a promise, but there is no guarantee that he will stay out of the race. I will be discreetly monitoring what meetings he takes, which Senators he is showing unusual favor to, etc. Master Gallia has her eyes on the contenders, most notably Senator Organa. Because this is a special election--much like the one that put Palpatine in office--there will be no Republic-wide polling or a drawn-out campaign. The candidates will be chosen in session and the election will be limited to the elected officials who represent the will of the people. While I think that Senator Organa would make a noble Chancellor, I think that Padme would make a better choice. I would say as much, but there are obviously other variables to consider. And I'm not sure how well Anakin would enjoy being First Gentleman of the Republic. He has balked at the idea of standing in my shadow and this would be exponentially more difficult. I met Anakin and Ahsoka for dinner at Dex's. Ahsoka does not seem to know that things have changed between myself and Anakin. I wonder how many people catch sight of my wariness or can sense my fear. We spoke about her training and Anakin regaled her with stories of the time on Ketaris when he came to my rescue...thrice. Because it's the first time that I've seen him smile in three days, I suffered the mild humiliation. Anakin's reassignment to the home guard will be posted tomorrow in its official capacity. Those who follow the war as avidly as they do the smashball standings will probably see the wisdom in a weary hero being given furlough. I simply want to give him what is needed to heal.