"I can't do it Artoo, I can't go alone," Luke complained as he prepped his X-wing.
"Yoda will always be with you." A familiar voice said.
"Obi-wan." Luke turned and his gaze settled upon the shimmering blue force ghost of the wise Jedi master.
"Why didn't you tell me, Ben. You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my father." Obi-Wan sighed and took a seat on a nearby rock. Luke was confused for a moment to how a ghost could sit on something but his confusion vanished as Obi-Wan began to speak.
"Your father was seduced by the dark side of the force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened the good man who was your father was destroyed. So what I told you was true from a certain point of view."
"From a certain point of view," Luke said with disgust, how could Ben have lied to him. "Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. Anakin was a good friend when I first knew him your father was already a great pilot." He informed Luke as the memories came rushing back to him.
Qui-Gon had told him of the pod race that Anakin participated in, and he had seen Anakin single handily destroy the separatist control ship. "...but I was amazed how strongly the force was with him, I took it upon myself to train him as Jedi." After promising that he would to his fallen master of course. "I thought I could instruct him just as well as Yoda, I was wrong." Obi-Wan sighed again. He felt as if he had failed Anakin. That he had not paid attention to him as much as he should have or supported him enough.
"There is still good in him." Luke chimed in. "He's more machine now than man, twisted and evil." Obi-wan turned his head in sadness, he wanted to believe Anakin could be saved, but he just couldn't after what Anakin had done. “I can't do it, Ben." "You can not escape your destiny. You must face Darth Vader again." "I can't kill my own father." Luke pleaded with Obi-Wan.
"Then the Emperor has already won. You were our only hope." Obi-Wan sighed defeated.
"Yoda spoke of another," Luke said with intrigue. Obi-Wan paused and took in a sharp breath before deciding there was no longer any point in hiding anything from Luke.
"The other he spoke of is your twin sister." "But I have no sister," Luke managed to say in his confusion. "To protect you both from the Emperor, you were hidden from your father when you were born. The Emperor knew as I did. If Anakin were to have any offspring they would be a threat to him, that is the reason why your sister remains safely anonymous."
The sudden realization hit Luke and it shows on his face, his eyes widened and his mouth open. "Leia...Leia is my sister." He let out a shaky breath. "Your insights serve you well. Bury your feelings deep down Luke, they do you credit, but they could be made to serve the Emperor."
"Yoda also mentioned my mother, but he didn't finish," Luke questioned Obi-Wan again. "Your mother is a different story. When your father was seduced he asked her to follow him, your mother being the good person she was couldn't. The events that followed were not pretty..." he paused. Luke stared at him in awe. "After I fought your father, I saved your mother from that planet
Your mother and I ended up with Bail Organa, you and your sister were born, but your mother was dying." Obi-Wan's eyes flashed with the pain of those memories, his mother was obviously a very close friend.
"She couldn't believe what Anakin had become. I watched your mother die with you and Leia in my arms..." he pauses the pain becoming too much for him to handle. "Is that it?" Luke questioned a catch in his throat. "No." Obi-Wan shook his head. "What happened next astonished me, ten minutes later your mother was alive again, I did not know how or why all I knew is that she was alive." Obi-wan sighed.
"My mother is alive?" Luke's eyes began filling with tears.
"Yes. After she was back to health, we realized that whatever had happened it caused your mother to become force sensitive and her signature changed. She never trained herself to use it, in a case of being hunted by the Emperor or Vader."
"What happened to her?" "Your mother changed her name and went into hiding. She hated separating you two from her, but she knew it was for the best."
"Does my father know?" "Your father believes that she is dead. The galaxy believes she is dead. Anyone that did know is now dead." Obi-Wan sighed.
Obi-wan smiles at Luke before vanishing. Luke hung his head in his hands as he contemplates all the information that he had just learned. His mother was alive, but where. There were so many questions he had but he had so little time.
"The Emperor has made a critical error and the time for our attack has come." Mon Mothma explained as she rested her hands on the table in front of her.
"Data brought to us by the Bothan spies pinpoint the exact location of the Emperor's new battle station. We also know that the weapon systems of this Death Star are not yet operational. With the Imperial fleet spread throughout the galaxy. It is relatively unprotected. But most important of all we have learned that the Emperor himself is personally overseeing the completion of this Death Star. Many Bothans died to bring us this information-" Mothma paused and motioned toward the Admiral "-Admiral Ackbar, please."
Ackbar made his way towards the holo-display of Death Star. "You can see here the Death Star orbiting the forest moon of Endor, although the weapon systems in this Death Star are not yet operational. The Death Star does have a strong defence mechanism. It is protected by an energy shield that is that is generated by the nearby forest moon of Endor.
The shields must be deactivated if any attack is to be attempted. Once the shield is down, we will create a perimeter while the fighters fly into the superstructure and attempt to knock out the main reactor. Ackbar paused to let the information settle in. "General Calrissian has volunteered to lead the fighter attack." He motioned towards Lando.
"Good luck," Han warns him. "You're gonna need it."
"We have stolen a small Imperial shuttle, disguised as a cargo ship and using an Imperial code a strike team will land on the moon and deactivate the shield generator."
"I wonder who they found to do that," Leia says to Han. "General solo is your strike team assembled." "My team is ready, I don't have a command crew for the shuttle," Chewie growls. "It's gonna be rough pal I didn't want to speak for you." He growls a response. "That's one." "General, count me in." Leia smiles.
"I'm with you too," Luke calls entering. Leia quickly hugs him. He seems a bit reluctant. "What is it?" She pulls away and asks. "Ask me again sometime." He brushes off his thoughts. "Luke." Han rushed towards his friend. "Hi Han, Chewie."
Luke leaned against the side of the hut. Threepio was a very good storyteller.
As his thoughts were wandering, Luke realised he was accidentally staring at one of the rebels. He quickly looked away and stepped outside onto the wooden bridge.
"Luke, what's wrong?" Leia asks concerned. Luke spins around quickly not expecting her to appear so suddenly.
"Leia. Do you remember your mother? Your real mother?" He lowers his head as he asks her solemnly.
"A little bit, she died when I was very young." "What do you remember?" "Just images really, feelings." "Tell me." Luke prompts. Leia is trying to remember. "She was very beautiful, kind, but sad. Why are you asking me this?" "I have no memory of my mother. I never knew her." He looked off to the side avoiding direct eye contact.
"Luke, tell me. What's troubling you?" "Vader is here. Now on this moon." "How do you know?" "I felt his presence. He's come for me. He can feel when I'm near. That's why I have to go. As long as I stay I'm endangering our group and the mission here." Luke takes a deep breath. "I have to face him." "Why?"
Luke gazed downwards gathering up the courage to tell Leia the truth.
"He's my father." "Your father?" She questions shocked.
"There's more, it won't be easy for you to hear but you must. If I don't make it back, you're the only hope for the alliance." "Luke, don't talk that way. You have a power I don't understand and could never have." "You're wrong Leia. In time you'll learn to use it as I have."
"The force is strong in my family, my father has it, I have it, my sister has it..." he pauses. As Leia contemplates a look of realization appears across her face. "Yes, it's you, Leia."
"I know, somehow I've always known." "Then you know why I have to face him." "No, Luke, run away, far away. If he can feel your presence then leave this place. I wish I could go with you." "No, you don't," Luke interrupts. "You've always been strong." "But why must you confront him." Her voice cracks slightly.
"There is good in him I have felt it, he won't turn me over to the Emperor. I can save him I can turn him back. To the good side. I have to try." He sighs, he kisses her on the cheek and was about to leave. Leia looks to the side she notices a woman.
"Natalie, what are you doing here." Leia notices tears streaming down her face. "What's wrong," she asks, fighting back her own tears as well. "Skywalker." She cracks out. "What about me?" Luke asks.
"No, my real name it's Skywalker." Her voice shakes. "What?" Luke's voice cracks. "My name is Padmè Amidala Skywalker, I'm your mother." All three of them were crying openly. She walked up to her children and embraced them. "I'm sorry, I didn't want to leave you but Obi-wan..." "I know, mother." Luke sighs. "I'm so proud of you two." She smiles. "You have to bring him back Luke. I want my Ani back. There is still good in him, I know." She wipes her tears. "I'm bringing him back." Luke hugs his mother and his sister before walking off.
"This is the rebel that surrendered to us, although he denies it, I think there may be more. With permission, I would like to perform a further search. He was armed only with this." The commander places Luke's lightsaber in Vader's hand. Vader simply nodded and waved the troopers off. Vader turns around and begins to walk with Luke.
"The Emperor has been expecting you." His deep voice growls.
"I know father," Luke says dryly. Vader turned his head, slightly surprised with his son's use of the word. "So you have accepted the truth." "I have accepted the truth that you were once Anakin Skywalker my father." Vader turns to protest. "That name no longer had any meaning for me," he spouted angrily. It was true he had no reason to go by that name without Padmé. There was no reason to live, but no matter what he always seems to escape death.
"It is the name of your true self, you've only forgotten. I know there is good in you. The Emperor hasn't driven it from you fully."
"That was why you couldn't destroy me. That's why you won't bring me to your emperor now." Vader sighed Luke was right. His glance drifts to his son's lightsaber, he ignites the green blade. "I see you have constructed a new lightsaber." He says inspecting it. Just like Obi-Wan's.
"Your skills are complete." He turns of the weapon and turns his back. "Indeed you are powerful as the Emperor has foreseen." Luke turns noticing the shift in Vader's emotions. "Come with me." Luke offers the escape. Where to the rebels and then what they'll execute me. Vader said to himself before turning and answering his son.
"Obi-Wan once thought as you do, you don't know the power of the dark side. I must obey my master." By that, he meant the way the Emperor kept him as his servant or the very thing he was his entire life; a slave.
"I will not turn and you'll be forced to kill me." Luke spouts confidently. Vader turned and said nothing.
"Search your feelings father, you can't do this, I feel the conflict within you, let go of your hate." "It is too late for me, son." His head bows.
"Mother would never say that. No matter what you've done she would take you back, no matter what." Luke feels a drastic change in his father's emotions. Sorrow, guilt, shame, sadness, anger.
"Your mother is dead Luke and it's my fault." "You never really believed that did you." "You don't know what happened. "You didn't kill mother. No one killed mother she is still alive, she loves you and she wants you back. The real you." Vader is left speechless. "How...can that be, I felt her die." "Father, you're not stupid, search your feelings. If you won't do it for her..." Luke sighs, "...then my father is truly dead." Luke voice cracked as the words left his lips.
Vader pondered as he watched two troopers take his son away. Those last words took a toll on him. Luke knew nothing of how the Emperor had kept him on the dark side.
Luke stood silently. The conflicting emotions were strong in his father, almost like his hate would disappear only for something to bring it back. Was his father a slave to the Emperor. The troopers entered the shuttle and forced Luke into a seat. Vader entered soon after instead of taking the pilots seat or even the co-pilots seat he went into the back and started to meditate.
Before long they had arrived on the Death Star. Vader was ordered to retreat as the Emperor had given him a small task. Luke, on the other hand, was brought before the Emperor.
The rebel fleet arrived and the emperor laughed as his plan was unfolding. Soon he would have custody of both the Skywalkers.
"Ha, the chosen one, the only thing your father is chosen for is to serve me." He cackled at Luke.
Luke was right, Padmè was alive, he didn't know how but she was. Whatever had snapped within him was enough to overpower how the Emperor was keeping control of him.
Electric currents flew throughout his body, but he didn't care in this instant he withstood the almost unbearable pain and marched towards the Emperor's throne room. There were four royal guards standing in front of the door. Each of them drew their weapons on Vader, without hesitation Vader raised his arm and they all fell to the floor in a heap. Vader stepped over them and made his way in.
As he entered, the horror before his eyes were not what he was expecting. Palpatine made his way down the steps towards Luke, he raised his hands and currents of lightning came out, Luke fell to the floor screaming in pain.
Vader's loud ominous breathing and footsteps echoed as he made his toward Palpatine. A look of realization was on his face. With a quick turn, he shot lightning towards Vader. But to his surprise Vader raised his hands absorbed the lightning and threw it back at his master. "How?" The weak voice of the Emperor croaks.
How was Vader overcoming the electric shocks and fighting him? Palpatine rose to his feet and threw a blast as powerful as he could at Vader, to his surprise again, his lightning was met with lightning from Vader. There was a look of horror on his face. How was this possible. "Father," Luke said weakly.
The pain being sent through Vader's body was agonizing but he had found the willpower to fight it. "You..." Vader bellowed. "...my wife is alive." His voice was deep. "I am no longer your slave." Palpatine could feel the ice cold stare he was getting from Vader, so sharp it could draw blood.
"She's always been your weakness, my apprentice, it's the same with all you Skywalkers, you care more about your friends and family than yourself. I used you, manipulated you, made you my slave, and you always will be." Sidious taunted as he and Vader slowly began to circle each other. Luke still lying on the ground recovering.
"You were so blinded by your own mission and vain that you didn't even notice that I had become more powerful than you could ever imagine, right under your nose." "You won't kill me, you're too weak to bring yourself to do it." His arrogance was overflowing and unbearable. "Your son wouldn't kill me...stupid Jedi morals...he couldn't kill me if he tried." "I am no Jedi," Vader said dryly as he drew his lightsaber.
The Emperor withdrew his lightsaber that he kept, just in case. He launched forward at his apprentice. But every strike was met with a parry.
"Even if you do succeed, the rebels won't accept you. You'll have nowhere to go. They'll kill you." "If they did at least I'd die knowing that I fulfilled my destiny and helped them destroy this monstrosity." Sidious stammers backwards.
"You did what." Pure rage in his voice, his eyes piercing yellow. "The shields have been deactivated the rebels will be blowing this up any minute now." Sidious could almost see the smirk that crawled across Vader's face.
Sidious lunged at Vader, with a few quick and precise movements, Vader disarmed his former master. Sidious' blood boiled.
With pure rage, he conjures lightning so powerful it would kill on contact. Time was running out, he had to defeat Vader and make his way off the Death Star. Luke had gotten up and was making his way towards the fight. Vader and Palpatine were both throwing lightning at each other.
They stepped closer to one another. Vader dropped his lightsaber and used his other hand. Vader's lightning now a blood red and Sidious' a dark purple. The power of his lightning seems to overwhelm Sidious' fairly quickly. As the two stepped closer once again, each putting everything they had into the attack. The force of the lightning parts the two of them with an explosion pushing all of them against the walls.
Sidious looked down at the throbbing pain in his gut. Vader had used the force to throw Sidious', Luke's and his own lightsaber into Sidious' abdomen. Vader rose to his feet and strode over to Sidious. He force pulled his own and Luke's lightsaber out of his former masters gut and crossed them, he grunted as he closed the sabers and sliced off Sidious' head.
Luke's thoughts dwelled on Leia. He felt his father's sudden realization. "You have a sister, a twin sister." Luke could feel the joy. "I have a daughter." Luke felt as though he could see through his father's mask and see the smile on his face. He reached out his hand and grabbed his lightsaber just before his father collapsed.
During the whole fight, he'd been electrocuted by his suit. The pain overwhelmed him in the end. Luke picked up his father and made he was for the shuttle.
Everyone noticed as an Imperial shuttle approached. It landed just outside of the village and everyone rushed towards it. Everyone draws their weapons ready to fire on any Imperial that made their way down the ramp.
The ramp lowered and out came Luke. And in his arms is none other than Darth Vader. His armour torn, his mask and helmet scratched.
"You defeated Vader," Lando said slightly surprised. "And brought him back here...why?" Han asked confused. "I did nothing, he's still alive. He defeated the Emperor and deactivated the shields so you guys could get through." "Lando's eyes widen in shock. "You mean you guys didn't blow it up." "We were just about to but then-" Han gestures giving Lando all the info he needed.
Vader's hand lifted and touched his head. His eyes flutter ed open and he saw Luke. Luke noticing that his father had awoken, lay him down on the ground. He sat up. "That was..." "Incredible," Luke says. "You are so powerful. You showed him." Luke gushed. Vader chuckles. Luke was slightly weirded out as the vocabulator was still working and his voice was deep.
Padmé stood up and made her way from the back of the crowd. When they make eye contact he freezes, he hasn't seen her in so long, and there she is as beautiful as ever. They stand feet apart, his cape flutters in the wind. Tears are streaming down her face. He's crying to just no one can see him. Luke, standing in between, looks wearily between them but backs up beside his sister.
Vader slowly steps forward. Outstretching his arm his hand gently touched her face with back of his hand. Padmé lets out a shaky breath and gently places her own hand over his. The two made eye contact once again and Padmé pulled herself close to him, pulling him into a tight hug. They wrapped their arms tightly around the other and just hugged.
It felt like the most natural thing to do at that point, they'd been apart for twenty years, he hadn't had proper physical contact with anyone for that time. He had longed to embrace her once more, to see her smile, hear her voice, taste her kiss. It was the same for her, for twenty years she had been the only one to believe he still had good in him. They missed each other so much.
"I can't believe it." Padme finally speaks as she steps back the littlest bit. Vader lowered his head in shame.
He removed his hands from her waist and unclasped his helmet, removing both it and his mask. Padmé's hand touched his cheek tenderly as she took in the sight of her husband.
"I...I'm sorry, I truly am, angel, I'm sorry for everything. Everything that happened on Mustafar. When I thought you died, I had nothing left, I thought everything was gone, my life, my child, well children." "Oh, you big idiot I love you." She wrapped her arms around him once again. "I loved you, love you so much, I missed you so much, Ani."
Anakin smiled at his wife, her hands in his.
"Wait a minute. Your arm it's..." she pulls the glove off his right arm. "It's real flesh." He smiles. "It's a really long story I'll tell you everything."
"Wait what do you mean real flesh what happened to your arm? I thought it was in your fight with Obi-Wan you lost your arm." Luke asks. "No I lost my other arm fighting Obi-Wan, and my legs." Anakin stopped as he saw Luke getting more confused. "Anyway, let's just say you weren't the only one who rushed off to face a Sith Lord when you were nowhere near ready." Anakin smiled and Padme laughed. "That was a crazy couple of days."
Suddenly a string if excited and happy whistles and beeps can be heard. Artoo quickly moves through the rebels and rolls up to Anakin. He knelt down pet his dome. "Hey buddy, you've been through a lot haven't you." He whistles back. "Of course."
Luke looks at his father in surprise. "Wait you can understand him." "Of course, he was mine."
"Wait, what!" Leia exclaims. "He was your mother's first then when we got married we swapped droids, Artoo was mine and Threepio was hers." "Threepio was your droid as well." "I built him." Anakin smiled. Chuckling slightly at his children's ignorance of their droids heritage.
"I missed you so much Ani." She hugs him. "I know angel." He leans down and kisses her. It seems to go on forever, they had been apart for two decades. Most of the other rebels there start to move around again, shocked at the revelation. Vader was married, Vader was Anakin Skywalker, Vader was funny, Vader was handsome.The last two being additions from Han.
"Let's give them some privacy." Lando chuckled. "I wouldn't be surprised if Luke and Leia had another sibling soon." Han jokes. Anakin and Padme break apart and laugh. "See they found it funny." Han boasted to Leia, causing her to hit him. "Ow! That hurt!" Luke laughs.
"I know this a happy reunion and all but we have the rest of the empire to defeat," Leia spoke up.
"She's right, the Empire is spread throughout the galaxy. Even though the Emperor is gone there is still leaders left." Leia looks in shock at her father, she wanted to forgive her father but it was hard. And she knew fine rightly her father could sense her conflict. "And what are we going to do with you, you can't go unpunished!"
"Leia!!!" Luke shouted startling her. She turned to him in protest before turning to look at her father. "I want to forgive you father but I can't, not with all the crimes you have committed." Leia looks into her father's eyes. "He's changed, Leia." Luke protests. "She's right. You're right Leia." She can see the regret in her father's eyes. "I've done so much to hurt all of you. I deserve to be punished."
"But we need you if we're going to defeat the Empire," Luke begged.
"That's true Luke." Padme states. "You know the location of all the Imperial fleets right?" She turns to Anakin. "Yes. I can lead you to every star fleet." He replies.
"Or what you could do is go back undercover and tell the Empire to surrender," Leia suggested. "No that's not a good idea." Padme states.
"Besides all the admirals have direct orders from the Emperor to not disengage and to not stand down. I wouldn't be able to convince them." "So you'll lead us to them." "I will," Anakin said firmly, making eye contact with his daughter and letting down his mental shields that would allow her to sense his intent. Leia was hit with the wave of emotions from her father. Leia nodded and turned back towards the others.